• A nice success story... (1) August 17, 2014

     Lourdes from Quito, Ecuador, South America
    Topic: when I was 51 years old I said to myself: time to relax and become an… old person?!!!
    Dear Chris: year after year I’ve got into a collection of kedges which were the 5 Major Marathons: Chicago, Boston, NYC, Berlin and Boston. After I finished them and got the certificate I said: what’s next?
    Years before I had seen an ultra trail race’s announcement called El Cruce Columbia 100k. It goes from Chile to Argentina.
    A friend of mine motivated me to run a 21k Norh Star in the mountains of Ecuador, my country. So I did it and won in my age group.
    Then I remembered about El Cruce Columbia 100k and decided that it was going to be my next goal, or kedge.
    I finished first in my age group in that race this last February.
    After that I said: ok I am 51 years old, better if I start to rest and relax a bit.
    Two months later, with 4 new pounds in my waist from the relaxing pause I took, a friend of mine told me about your book. I bought it through Amazon.com and here I am… taking out the kedge from the water and with many goals in my mind and heart and soul. With lots of energy, running more than ever and biking, weight lifting, hiking, dancing, doing Pilates, swimming and looking for a way to do some rowing. And lots of love, really.
    Nowadays lifetime goal: Run Ecuador. I started my own business which I put you in your consideration for anyone who wants to visit some exotic country and keep on running and getting fit.
    What I can say is that a kedge is not just for set a fitness goal, but an adventure for life.
    Thanks to your book I really waked up! Thanks for writing it so well !
    Lots of love,
    Lourdes Hernandez

  • A wonderful letter! (0) August 21, 2013

    Hello Chris…
    It’s a rainy Saturday and I’m bummed because I won’t be able to ride my bike.  I thought it would be a good time to write as this month is my one-year anniversary of reading Younger Next Year.  I have read Younger twice and am currently re-reading Thinner for the second time.  I need repetition.
    I am 58 years old and my life style has changed pretty dramatically.  One of the best pieces of advice you gave was to join a gym.  Nobody has an extra hour a day but I made the time.  I go every day after work.  It’s automatic at this point.  Some days are better than others but I always feel good when I leave.  My weights on the machines have gone up so I’m definitely getting stronger.  I’m at max weight (415#) on the sitting bench press.  On weekends I ride the bike or take a hard walk or something for an hour each day.  I’m going up the same hills in a higher gear and going longer without feeling wasted.  I’m eating way more fuit and vegetables every day.  That was another great piece of advice.
    I was wearing 42″ waist pants a couple of years ago and was starting to buy 44″s.  Now I’m wearing 40″s and they are loose so I’m starting to buy 38″s.  My weight hasn’t changed much, I was 207# last year, got as low as 197# and am currently at 203#.  Even though my weight is about the same I’ve obviously redistributed it.  Diet and exercise.  Pretty simple.  And I feel good… better than I did before.
    My friend who recommended your book in the first place died in May.  He was 60 years old and not in good shape.  He got the concept and wanted to get started but fought a battle with cancer over the last year.  He died and that sucked.  I miss him but at least he provided and still provides some extra motivation.  I want to live a healthy and meaningful life for the rest of my time.  We all have to fight aging and I’m willing to keep up the regimen in order to do that.  I have recommended your books to many of my friends but the truth is none of them have taken this up.  Oh well… I’m not stopping.
    Thank you Chris.  You have truly done good.  I hope I have been able to express that.  May you live to 100.  I would like to come to that party!
    Jon
    Bethany, CT

  • Kedges work! (0) May 4, 2013

    Chris – I read both your books on a couple of recent long flights. Interestingly I had already been ‘following’ your program before I even knew about it. Last July I got a reality check when I saw my holiday photos. I had gotten out of control and was nearing 250lb. With my 50th Birthday around the corner I decided to do something about it. I signed up for a Triathlon that just happened to fall on my birthday in April. In the 9 months in between I lost over 30lbs and ended up finishing the triathlon (750m swim / 20km bike and 5km run) in a reasonable time. Your books have reinforced the message and I have now taken it to the next level by signing up for a long bike race in Nov and a 1/2 marathon in Dec. I am training daily and eating better – especially since reading Thinner…. I need to lose another 20-30lb! But like you I am not giving up my wine. Although not tonight as I have a 70k bike ride planned for tomorrow morning! Regards, Keith

  • Amazing Jonathon and Mary (0) April 14, 2013

    Went to WAshington DC last weekend to talk to a WPO (chief executives organization); I was  brought down by the most engaging couple you ever saw, Mary and Jonathon. They read Younger Next Year a year or so ago, they really drank the Kool-Ade, they really changed their lives. Especially Jonathon. He works out 6 days a week … sometimes more than once a day. He is thin as a rail and looks lovely. Okay that’s an exaggeration but he lost a ton of weight and he looks absolutely terrific. Huge energy, high optimism… “it changed my life.” Same old same old, and SUCH good news. Mary actually does look lovely, but YNY does not get credit for that: she came that way. But Jonathon is clear that YNY can take full credit for the quality of his life these days. And, as far as he is concerned, it is worth a ton. His life is sweet.

  • Nice note (0) February 16, 2013

    Chris, So far I have given away over 25 copies of your book (YNY) and have started over 30 people rowing. When I hear a hint from someone that they are ready to change, I can’t help but give them a copy of YNY. One of my rowers has Parkinson’s and is 73. Another is a retired thoracic surgeon and is 86! He loved your book! I am an airline pilot with Delta and fly with different crews every month, so it is a perfect place to affect other’s lives. They see me exercise on every layover and that often leads to conversations about YNY. Five of the other pilots I have flown with have bought rowers. I choose my layovers in our hotels that have rowers. My standard layover is Paris where the rower overlooks the Seine. Your book changed my life and I am forever grateful to you. Thank you Chris. If you are ever in the Charleston, SC area, please let me know. Off to the gym!! Take good care and YNY! Gratefully, Chuck Hughes