Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fit at Any Age...with T.R. McClure

I'm a Survivor fan. Maybe the last surviving Survivor fan because when I mention the show I get blank looks. But it's been on the air for 16 years so somebody besides me is watching it.
In Survivor: Kaoh Rong, one of the contestants was a 71-year-old former FBI agent. I was amazed at how well he did in the challenges. But, hey, he was an FBI guy. They're supposed to be in shape. Then this morning I saw a news clip on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Twelve teams left London last August to sail around the world. Forty thousand nautical miles. Two months left to go.
Except for the skipper, the entire crew is amateur. One of the sailors is a 69-year-old woman. She's the rigger, which means she must climb 100 feet up in the rigging to make sail repairs. She could give Tarzan a run for his money. She got in shape over the past year by taking Pilates and pole-dancing classes.
So, I decided right then and there that age is not a factor when it comes to being in shape. Starting tomorrow, I am exercising (can I still write for Heartwarming if I take up pole dancing?) and eating right. No, wait, make that the next day. We still have leftover donuts from Father's Day and well, Grandma always said "waste not, want not". Obviously, she wasn't thinking "waist" at the time.
Don't forget to check out my first Harlequin Heartwarming Wanted: The Perfect Mom, which debuted this month and is just to the right of this column. While you're in the browsing mood check out my new website background at www.trmcclure.com.
Enjoy the reads!
T.R.

24 comments:

  1. Lol. I'm right there with you on your fitness program!

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    1. If I could only quit procrastinating...

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  2. I'm right there with you too! I'm trying my best to lose weight, and exercising is my Achilles heel. UGH! I really despise it. Oh, and I love watching videos of pole dance exercising. The women I've seen are SO fit. It's amazing the strength they have to do some of those routines. If I could do it, I would in a heartbeat. Good luck with the exercise program!

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  3. T.R. I've been missing from reading blogs for almost two weeks as I was traveling to see my twin grands graduate from high school. Hectic time with all the grad events and I was lucky to get to see old friends. I'm afraid while I was away from home my fitness routine fell by the wayside. I just wonder why it's so darned hard to keep weight under control. Looking forward to reading your book.

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully you can get back into your routine now.

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  4. T.R. Kudos on the plan, and once you get into it, I'm sure you'll accomplish good things. I get a lot of exercise, dog-walking, walk to town a couple of times a week, but the insidious thing is I always feel because I've gotten so much exercise, I can have a second dessert, or nibble between meals. I've got to fix what's in my head! (But I've been trying to do that for years, to no avail.) But good for you on the plan. Maybe that'll reinspire me.

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  5. A 69-year old pole dancer? That might make an interesting character in a book. I have to workout to keep my stress levels in check. Once you get into a solid routine, it can become addicting.
    Congratulations on your release! I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Spoken like an author. You're right though! And thanks.

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  6. Wonderful way to start the day with a laugh. Thank you.

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  7. I've been debating whether I'm too old to participate in a 5k run. Looks like I need to sign up

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  8. Go for it Melinda! Sign up for that 5K. I would except for bad knees.

    I've been doing Pilates for 12 years now. Couldn't touch much more than my knees when I started and now at 71 I can put my hands flat on the floor with straight legs. :-) And it is addicting and about the only exercise I get while I finish my 8th book.

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  9. All those ultra-fit people are inspiring, or annoying, depending on my mood. But I agree, I need to get more exercise. Turning pages is exercise, right?

    Loved The Perfect Mom. Great characters, and Riley is adorable.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I believe I read somewhere recently that turning pages burns a lot of calories. :)

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  10. Thanks for the chuckle this morning, T.R.! We think so much alike! I wanted to start my carb free diet this week, but the hubby came home with a huge package of homemade tortillas from a local lady...and well...they're really good. I'd hate to have to throw them away. :(
    Can't wait to check out your book!

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  11. I love hearing stuff like this! I wish more people thought about what they can do as they get older rather than what they can't. Living isn't just for the young!

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