Today would have been my grandpa’s 96th birthday, he died three years ago. I think about him a lot. Of course, I remember him fondly as my grandpa, but I also think about his health habits and how his actions may have helped to mold me into a fitness person.
I spent a great deal of time at my grandparent’s house. I was an only grandchild for 15 yrs, so some of you may call me spoiled, I prefer to say I was loved. My grandparents always had fresh fruit at their house, always. It was usually the snack of choice. My grandpa would go on “walks” after he worked part of the day, however they were more like hikes. When I was younger, I could tell you every hiking trail in every park in or near to Cincinnati. He also loved to pick berries while hiking, let me tell you that wild berries are so much better than store bought. Oh and let me say we walked everywhere in western hills, there was no need to drive if we could get to the bus stop and then walk to our destination. Grandpa was finicky about what he ate and always watched his weight. Even when age caught up with him and he lived in an assisted living facility, he was most often found in the gym doing arm exercises.
So, the moral of this story is not about my grandpa, but it is about what YOU are going to do to live to see your great grandchildren. My grandparents were into fitness and healthy living before it was cool. Our generation has no excuse, we are armed with far more knowledge and resources to live a healthy life. So I ask you “what are you going to do to make your life healthier and live to see future generations?” The ball is in your court, it’s up to you. Happy birthday grandpa, I would have had your favorite coconut cake, but I agreed to diet with some contest prep girls until Easter. So instead, I boxed (my grandpa was a boxer of sorts) and took a long walk in the woods. Here’s to many more birthdays to all of us.