Never Too Late

Okay, so I’m going to TRY not to go on and on and on about the That’s Fit interview like I did with the weather last week (it’s still triple digits, btw), but I do have to mention that I am blown away by the comments and emails I’m getting. I had no idea so many people my age had just given up, figuring they were too old to accomplish much or to change.

When did we decide that our 40s or 50s is “old”? Who decided it? Not these people:
– Playwright George Bernard Shaw broke his leg when he fell out of a tree he was trimming in his backyard. He was 96 years old at the time.
– Grandma Moses painted her first picture when she was past 80 years old. She completed over 1,500 paintings after that, about 25 percent of those when she had passed the age of 100!
– Michelangelo was 71 when he painted the Sistine Chapel.
– Actor George Burns won his first Oscar at the age of 80.
– Actress Peg Phillips, best known for her role as Ruth-Anne on the television series Northern Exposure, didn’t begin acting professionally until she is in her 60s and had retired from her job as an accountant.
– Colonels Sanders created his chicken franchise when he was in his 60s.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first book of the Little House series when she was in her 60s.
– Author Raymond Chandler published his first short story when he was 45; his first novel, The Big Sleep, came six years later, when he was 51.
– Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was still performing operations in his African hospital at 89
– Or James King, who at the age of 55, is having his first novel published after having it rejected by 54 publishers.

And what about my Memaw, who at age 90 decided to try to grow watermelons “one more time.” She’s now apparently planning to corner next year’s watermelon market? SHE doesn’t seem to think she’s too old to try again, despite her advanced age. (Although she did mention that if I’m still not working, I could “help” her. To which I say, C’mon, book deal.)

My point, obviously, is that it is NEVER too late. I repeat, NEVER.


So throw out that “old fogey” attitude (assuming you have it), and get busy! Don’t hide from your size; embrace your flaws and focus on working your way around, over, and through them.

Forget the bikini (unless you’d rather not), and shop for cute workout clothes. (Note: Yoga is not only good for you, but the apparel makes you look centered and wise.)

Stop looking at your past efforts as failures and see your renewed commitment as evidence that you are simply a late bloomer.

Make YOU the center of your universe and live like you are just getting started!

Who’s in?

(Personal Note: If you’ve written to me in the past 36 hours and I haven’t replied, please be patient. AOL linked the story to their main page yesterday, which was nice, but it created a bit of a traffic jam in my inbox. I’m answering each email (and enjoying myself immensely, I might add), so hang tight! Or maybe you want to go out for a walk while you wait. :) )

22 thoughts on “Never Too Late

  1. Thank you very much for sharing this. I have subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up the good work.

  2. You know how much I like this.

    I’m now 71 and I haven’t given up working toward weight loss. I might be extra slow but I’m not quitting.

    We also have plans to travel some more … planning adventures never needs to end. My mother is 96 and enjoys her life although limited by health. Her brother is 94 has been to Australia this year and planning to go to Crete with a WW2 commemoration tour group next year.

    Life is for living whatever your age.

    I have lived 21 wonderful years since I turned 50 and plan to have at least another 21 and more wonderful years. They will be all the better if I shrug off this pesky fat.

    I love you for writing this.

  3. I’ve emailed your story to a few folks :) just a few, honest. But this post is a wonderful addition to that. No matter how old or young we are it’s never late and you just don’t know if this one last go is going to be the one. We learn things through each “failure” that culminate in the achievement.

  4. I enjoy your posts very much, particularly when they focus on age and weight loss. I used to believe that I couldn’t lose weight because I was too old. I turned 62 in July and I am healthier and 74 pounds lighter than when I was 61. I had to start high blood pressure medication last year and decided I would do whatever I had to do so that I could quit taking the medication. It took me a year but I’m off the meds now. I started a nutritional cleanse program and then working with a personal trainer. I love working with weights which boggles my mind since I’ve been anti-exercise for as long as I can remember. I wish you continued success with your weight loss. Keep on writing and I’ll keep on reading.

  5. Congrats on the article and being featured. You are a true inspiration to me and many others. I will always remember and love you for being the first person (who I’ve never met in real life) to comment on my blog.

    As I inch ever so closer to my 40’s it is nice to read of so many who accomplished much later in their lives. I do not feel old and I certainly will not act it!

  6. That is awesome, Cammy! You deserve the attention and fame. You have a lot to of great things to share and need a larger platform (not for your tiny body, for your big voice), so I hope this opportunity provides that.

  7. Congrats on the That’s Fit feature, Cammy! You are so right about never being too old. And wow, I had no idea about all those people you mentioned starting their successes later in life – so cool!

  8. Cammy I am so glad that this has turned out to be a positive experience for you.

    Yes, it is never to late to start over, learn something new, try something different and to take a chance!

  9. I loved, loved, loved this post! I work in the geriatric field and am so amazed by the vast differences in one person being say 75 and the next being 75. We are never, ever, ever too old for anything! This is what I try to bring to my patients. And as I have recently learned and am incorporating in my practice now, the same holds true for wheather you are old of fluffy! Hugs to memaw!!! And you too! Thanks for all you do!

  10. I am a fitness trainer in Southern California. Though I have been associated with more than a few weight-loss success stories, the greatest of those success stories have all been folks over the age of 50.

    The single greatest success story I have ever been associated with, is a man who lost 160 pounds — and did so over the age of 60. It can be done!!!

  11. Hey! I never even thought about the possibility that I was told old so thanks a lot (sarcasm). I’m almost 50 here, and finally getting the weight to come off. (Check out my weigh in this morning … I lost even more!.)

    Really tho, congrats on the feature. I know that I still look forward to regularly seeing your comments on my daily post, so tell your Memaw that you have a “job” helping people lose weight!

    Thanks… Vee at

  12. Cammy, my dear, you are just a wealth of wisdom! Love your blog and was delighted to be getting back to reading it! Glad that all is well with you! Congrats on the interview! :)

  13. Uplifting reminders. Good to remember there is so much to look forward to.

    The info out “there” that resistant training is so beneficial at any age is relatively new. I wonder if it is set in our minds that gyms and weights are for athletes and younger, Venice-beach types. As stereo-types are being busted and everyone feels welcome, it won’t be so shocking.

    Our metabolism slows as we age, so it can seem like a losing (or anti-losing) battle. The more we toss out the concept of “diets” and embrace nutrition and muscle-building the more doable fitness will seem.

    You have been a great service in that movement by sharing your experiences.

  14. I think the reasons may change – the motivation may be more about health than appearance as we get older – but the fact is that we are still living in our bodies and can still change the way we treat them! Thanks for being a living reminder of that!

  15. It’s never too late until the day we die.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get that book deal so you don’t have to plant watermelons in the spring.

  16. Love this. And congratulations on the article! My favorite reminder of this was reading Ann Landers, or maybe Dear Abby, and a woman was debating whether to get her college degree in her 40’s. And the response was “You’re going to get older whether you do it or not, so why not do it?” I always tell myself that when I’m doubting something.

  17. Someone directed me to this post after I was expressing concern about
    Alzheimers. I’m happy to read comments by other 60+ people. I have been wishing there were more of them in my life.

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