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About Healthy Midlife

Well, it was bound to happen. Have enough birthdays under your belt and before you know it, 35 happens. Then, blink. And you’re in your 40s. You’re middle aged.

Healthy Midlife came about when two couples met over dinner and started to discuss the challenges we’ve experienced since entering midlife. Our personal stories seemed to mirror much of what we hear in the media. Between the four of us, we had a clichéd checklist of health related issues: Weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol. Midlife crisis and depression also had visited some of our group. In the journey of life, two had experienced divorce, one experienced a death of a spouse and another had a marriage late in life. From complex parenting issues to midlife dating and from training for a marathon to making career changes, we’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it (which we might sell on this website shortly).

Over the same dinner, we realized each of us had experiences or were learning something that would be valuable to others in middle age. Healthy Midlife shares what we’ve learned and what we’re learning about fitness, nutrition, health, relationships. Basically, anything related to health and wellness in midlife.

We encourage you to participate on Healthy Midlife. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions. If you’re knowledgeable about a topic on middle age health and wellness, volunteer to write an article. We’d love to build a community of Healthy Midlifers.

Meet the four people behind Healthy Midlife

Grant

Middle age brought many changes to my life. A divorce. Two layoffs. A remarriage. A combined family with four children. It also brought weight that ebbs and flows as I traveled from diet to diet along with prescriptions to manage blood pressure and cholesterol. I’ve been visited by midlife crisis and some stress a few times. Following the stereotype, I did buy a blue convertible roadster.

With mid midlife looming, I’m experiencing a renewed energy to make changes in my life and to unlearn erroneous past knowledge on fitness and nutrition and explore more accurate and up-to-date information. It’s also a period where I’ll explore new opportunities and revisit past passions, like traveling, writing, and Monty Python episodes.

Debi

I love life and have chosen to embrace my imminent 50th birthday. I have realized that 50 is a good number for me. Soon I’ll be 50 years old, I’m already 50 pounds overweight, I have at least 50 dimples on my behind and 50 wild hairs growing out of places they shouldn’t be. My goal is to gracefully increase my years while decreasing all the other 50’s in my life.

I have suffered the loss of a spouse and both parents, left the corporate world after 25 years of empire building, continue to experience the joy of raising teenage children, found love on-line and married an amazing man, just slightly younger than myself. I now work for a non-profit and love helping others.

Life is an exciting journey full of twists and turns and I am excited to learn about this place called midlife, especially since I am smack in the middle of it. I look forward to learning, sharing, working on my health and happiness.

Kathy

I decided to participate in this project because I want to find a better me and the more research and education the easier it will be to reach my goals. I believe that through education and consistent practice you can make the correct decisions about your health.

I’m in my late 40’s and on my second marriage. My first marriage lasted 17 years divorced and remarried 5 years later. Devin is my current husband of 4 years. I have one child who is a teenager and a mother in her late 70’s who is living 1500 miles away. I have been at the same company for 20 years. I’m happy to have job stability in this unstable economy.

Medical issues include adult onset diabetes currently taking Metformin to keep it under control. Realizing the diabetes is a direct result of weight gain, I am working on losing those excess pounds. I’ve already made some progress but have a ways to go.

My goal is to lose the rest of the weight through diet and exercise. Getting off medications and to have as much energy as possible so I can do everything I want to do.

Devin

I’ve been ‘living the midlife’ for a while now, and have experienced many of the common events that occur during this time in our lives. I was ‘downsized’ in 2005 after a 20 year career in video production and photography. The next year, I lost my Father to cancer, met Kathy, to whom I proposed and married about a year later. All I can say is I don’t know what I would have done if she had not been in the picture during that time. Kathy had gone through losing a parent and was my rock.

Just minutes before the real estate crash, I sold my ‘man cave’ of 15 years, and moved in with Kathy, my step daughter and rambunctious dog. We fit our two houses into one, which was no small feat. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder, but being a bachelor up until my early 40’s gave me time to amass a wonderful collection of stuff; my thanks go out to Craigslist! In 2 years my life had made a complete 180. Remember “the Bat-turn”? That’s what it felt like.

I have an independent mother who will be 80 this year who lives in our city. We are looking at helping her to sell her home and move into a low maintenance choice at some point. I’m sure this will be the subject of a few posts in the future.

Since my downsizing, I’ve had to wear many different hats. I’m a free lance photographer, multi-media equipment installer, and assist with the publication of customized documents for a Health, Safety and Environmental consulting firm. When the idea of Healthy Midlife presented itself, I saw it as a great opportunity to work with my lifelong friend Grant. Crafting a website is something I’ve wanted to do but never took the time, or had the proper subject matter to work on. I feel that Healthy Midlife will not only be something of value to me, but especially to those like me that want to strive to make the best out of our middle age years, and in doing so, to prepare our minds and bodies for our senior years.