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You Too Can Live to 135

          Many years ago I was listening to the radio when I heard, “People alive today will live to 135.”  I immediately asked myself the question, “Why not me?” I was born in 1950.
          Since then I have made changes in my life to allow that optimistic number to have a chance to become reality.  I lost 31 pounds in 2006 and have maintained my weight at 189 since then.  I continue to exercise.  Running five hours each week occupies four days.  The other two days vary between weight lifting, bike riding, core work, legs, and upper body often combining two or three.  Stretching after exercise keeps me limber.  Six days per week I do yoga stretches and believe that my foam roller was a gift from the Almighty Himself.  I can lay on my stomach and grab both ankles.
          Diet versus dieting is the biggest change in my overall health.  When I discovered my current regiment it changed my life forever.  Listing everything I eat or drink is a huge contributor to weight control.  Sharon Meredith looked at my daily food consumption chart a few years ago with a comment about carb consumption.  I love bread, pizza, and pasta  and eat them on occasion.  Yes, I do write down everything I eat every day on a weekly journal.  I started writing everything I eat on January 28, 2006.  My mantra is, “If you bite it you must write it.”  Now, when eating carbs, I have a better understanding of my weight control and how to create balance.  Rather than eating a whole pizza I can now get by with three or four slices.  I still eat what many would call, all the wrong things like ice cream, carbs, candy, and anything chocolate.  I love peanut M&M’s.  I now eat more fruits and vegetables getting five servings minimum on average every day.
          Besides diet my mental stamina is also important.  To keep myself stimulated I plan to continue my business, Integrity, (www.integritysd.com) where we work with people in business who want to attract the right prospects and generate more referrals.  I will do that until the day I die.  To do so and be current I need to stay sharp when it comes to technology.  Therefore, I belong to organizations that make me interact with all the younger generations.  I often find that I know more about technology than those who are in their 20’s.  I also read business books and stimulate my thoughts by learning new words and increasing my vocabulary. Staying computer and technology literate keeps me in the game.
          Most of my peers are interested in downsizing.  I am in acquisition mode.  I have three antique cars that keep me busy.  I am interested in selling them and buying others to refurbish and restore.  I also have a hobby business where I refurbish wood furniture.  I still enjoy yard work although I do find myself farming some of it out so that I have more time for focused exercise on specific body parts.  The yard work, helping neighbors with their home chores, and refurbishing cars and wood allow me to use the muscles that I build with exercise to do meaningful work while building long lasting relationships.  The combination of physical labor with using my mind allows me to stay in such good shape that I truly believe that 135 is attainable.
          With this, some of you who have read this far might be saying, “Gerry living to 135 will be ugly.”  Please be clear, yesterday I ran for one hour and 12 minutes.  I will exercise my upper body this afternoon.  The day I turn 135 I want to be able to do what I will do this week.  This year I will run a half marathon.  In 2019 I will run a full marathon.  In 2020 I will repeat what I did in 2006.  I will complete a Half Iron Man which is a 1.2 mile ocean swim, a 59 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run completed in less than eight hours.  I will maintain myself so that on any given day I  am healthy enough to run 13.1 miles or a half marathon.  My goal is to be able to repeat my weekly training regiment for the duration of my life.
          As the man said on the radio, you too can live to 135.

Gerry Rose runs INTEGRITY Networking Solutions in Marana, AZ.  He works with people in business who want to attract the right prospects and generate more referrals.  More than 10,000 businesses have been presented the INTEGRITY Networking Solutions system in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange Counties, California and now he is also in Arizona.

Gerry’s stimulating presentation Unlimited Prospects, Unlimited Referrals is ideally suited for small business owners, home-based businesses, and independent professionals who want clearer direction and want to attract more prospects, develop dynamic systems, and strengthen their companies’ accountability.  Gerry does one on one consulting, conducts a range of keynote speeches from thirty minutes to full-day education workshops.  His book series, Unlimited Prospects, Unlimited Referrals, are available on the website, www.integritysd.com.

Gerry has more than 20 years’ experience directing business owners how to grow their businesses.  He is a networking dynamo.  Those who know him will assure you that he does a great job of bringing people together—which is why he started INTEGRITY.

Involved with networking organizations since 1984, Gerry is a Distinguished Toastmaster, a member of Toastmaster International, and has chaired numerous chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations.

Are you truly committed to attracting the right prospects and generating more referrals?  If so then contact INTEGRITY Networking Solutions for availability and information.  You can contact Gerry by mail at 5107 W. Wild Burro Spring Drive, Marana, AZ 85658.  Direct dial (760) 439-4623; e-mail to gerry@integritysd.com.  For more information, go to www.integritysd.com

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