I’m 80 years old today !? …

Holy crap! I am an octogenarian! I can’t believe it. I don’t feel that old. In fact, having been retired for 20 years now, I can honestly say, I feel better and am healthier now than when I was working and in my ’50’s. Lucky me.


This is my birthday picture from a few years back. It’s the only one I have that’s decorated. Also, my pup is in it, too.

This is from my birthday blog post last year:

One of the main reasons I feel like I have things so together is this blog. I started writing it in March of 2010 with a partner who has since left for other pursuits. From the beginning, I discovered a focus. At first it was simply trying to keep my weight down. I learned portion control and serving size. This Italian guy was surprised to learn that a “serving” of pasta was not a 10 inch plate heaped with spaghetti noodles smothered in tomato sauce. No, a 200 calorie serving of pasta is about the size of a baseball. Incredibly, that was a revelation to me. I put the information to use. I began to reduce my portions accordingly. I am not going to recount all the lessons I learned in the past nearly nine years, but if you want to get control of your weight, check out my Page – How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off.

Regular readers know that the blog now covers a far broader scope than just losing weight. I am convinced that losing weight is a simple problem easily dealt with once you put your mind to it. I have expanded the blog’s purview to include the understanding that healthy eating is healthy living and healthy aging. If you do it right, you can live a long, healthy and happy life with your mental faculties intact the whole way. My family has Alzheimer’s and dementia on both my mother’s and father’s side, so my brain continuing to work is a primary focus. I am proud to say that I have one of the few blogs that ties exercise to a healthy brain. Check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain – and Exercise to learn more.


Here I am at the Horseshoe Casino, enjoying a buffet brunch, last week.

The following documents my present health as of October 2019: My resting heart rate is under 50 beats per minute. My cholesterol level is 199. The HDL (Good cholesterol) is 77; LDL (Bad cholesterol) 111. I stand 5 feet 9-1/4 inches tall (vs 5 feet 11 inches 10 years ago.I weigh around 155 pounds and have a 32 inch waist. This is pretty much the same as when I was a senior in high school in 1957. I don’t take any drugs, prescribed or not. I do take some plant based pills to relieve the arthritis pain in my hands.

From last year’s post: I wanted to share this information with you because so many people I run into who are in their late 50’s and 60’s appear to be giving up on their health and conditioning. They act like it’s over. The phrase ‘I’m gettin’ old’ bubbles out of their mouths frequently. A lot of the posts I write for this blog are meant to demonstrate that by focusing on your eating and making sure you get adequate exercise you can continue to enjoy yourself for many years.

My ‘go to’ exercise is riding my bike. I average over 100 miles a week year ’round here in Chicago. Last year it totaled just under 6000 miles. Find some kind of movement that you enjoy, dancing, walking, etc., and do it regularly and you will be on your way to good health, too.

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Filed under aging, aging brain, birthday, Exercise, exercise benefits, successful aging

21 responses to “I’m 80 years old today !? …

  1. garrystafford

    Happy birthday Tony! You, sir, are an inspiration!

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  2. Thomas Marion

    Happy Birthday Tony

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  3. Happy Birthday, Tony. Thanks for your writings!

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  4. Sincerely, Tony, happy birthday. Here’s to many more.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Tony. You are an inspiration to this 76-year-old guy. Would you send me your link to your other blog? I like to read what you have to say. Thanks and enjoy your special day. Richard

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  6. Wanda Wellons Jones

    Happy Birthday🎂

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  7. Happy Birthday Tony. Have a wonderful day!!

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  8. You are amazing! An awesome inspiration! Happy Birthday Tony! I am 55 and I hope when I turn 79 I can be even close to as heathy as you. I will “never give up”! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Raj Chaudhary

    Happy birthday Tony, have a healthy year again !!

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  10. Penny

    A very happy belated birthday, Tony. Thank-you for another year of your inspirational blog. I am a 66 year old woman. I ride a bike less often than I do yoga, walk or weight train. The point is to keep moving, don’t you think? I hope to be doing as well as you as the years go by! Thanks again,

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    • Thank you, Penny . So nice to hear from you. I agree completely that the idea is to keep moving. Most assuredly. Actually, you may be better off than I am if you are weight training, too. That is the only drawback of biking – it is pure cardio, no benefit for my bones. The weight training is great. Keep up the good work!


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