This website is dedicated to helping people help each other enjoy the rest of their life. I really feel lucky to be a part of this movement. I am happily taking part in this opportunity, but it wasn’t my idea. You may be here because you’ve heard of Tom Matt, the “Boomer Rejuvenator”; he has a talk show, and has just published his book, and is very passionate about sharing what he has learned about fitness, food, and brain health. I just happen to be his next door neighbor.
Six years ago, Tom and I were both approaching middle age with reckless abandon. I had fifty extra pounds on me, and I was frustrated about a lot of things. Tom was in a similar place, and then he caught pneumonia and spent a week in the hospital. As I dealt with my own frustration with mid-life, and Tom dealt with his illness, we both started exercising a bit more and eating better. We started to help each other, as neighbors often do.
We encouraged each other in very quiet ways. I think it helped us both. Tom discovered a real passion for all things wellness. I realized that I enjoyed life much more, and many more aspects of life, because I was taking care of myself. It is, for me, a very simple proposition: treat myself like I care about me, and want my future to be a good as it possibly can be.
I hadn’t taken care of myself in years. Not in decades, really. I had exercised, and I tried to diet, but each time I gained back more than I lost, and it was not going well. I wasn’t happy. Now I am happy in spite of abundant pleasures that America offers.
It’s a mixed blessing here in America. Food is plentiful and high in calories. Many of us have easier lifestyles than our ancestors. Our bodies aren’t meant for all these good things. So there are a lot of things you have to do right to take care of yourself.
Tom has written a book that talks about his mistakes and his challenges as much as it talks about the things you have to do right. I like how it acknowledges the challenges, because so many of the diets I tried for 30 years showed you one gimmick to lose weight, but didn’t dare grapple with the abundant pleasures that, inevitably, would be waiting for you when the diet was done.
Maybe this is your chance. Maybe reading this article on this website is the lucky break you needed, like when Tom moved next door to me. It may be as simple as finding some advice, or sharing some advice, with someone who is dealing with similar challenges, that may help you find happiness and start caring for yourself in the way that only you can.
Tom’s book is called “Maximize Your Quality of Life, The 200% Solution“, and it’s available from Amazon as a Kindle eBook. (It will be available as a trade paperback very soon.) You may want to read it, or you may find everything you need right here on this website.
I hope, more than anything, that everyone can find the happiness they need.