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It’s a topic Bob Moore is very passionate about these days. The 80-year-old believes if he can pound the pavement everyday and eat the right food, then other seniors just like him can, too.
“Our youngest son is an Ironman, and I was not in good enough shape to walk from where he gets out swimming ... to where he takes off all that rubber stuff and puts on his bicycle stuff. I had to stop and take a breath, and it just made me mad.”
At the time, he was taking nine pills a day to manage his health and high blood pressure. Now, he is down to one.
“I said if I keep on eating and drinking like I eat and drink, and if I keep on not doing a doggone thing with exercise, and if I keep on with the stress I got, where will I be in five years? I said I am going to die. That’s not a real good conclusion.”
Moore decided to take charge of his life. He walks an hour a day. He’s kept that up for six years now.
“I went to Tyler to register to walk the half marathon, not knowing what I was doing, and I came back to Tyler to train right here in this park. And I did it in four hours and six minutes.”
In 2006, Bob started keeping track of how many steps he’s walked.
“Since that morning, it was 16,198,000 steps, but it is one step at a time,” Moore said.
Gradually, the weight started coming off.
“These are size 36. I think the last time I was in a size 36 was the sixth or seventh grade; this is a medium shirt down from the big X.”
Moore said he also changed the way he thinks about food. He balances out his protein and carbohydrates with a little bit of fat to keep him trim and his blood pressure on target.
Moore said if he can get his message across to the “older-than-average people,” he’s accomplished what he set out to do.
Dana Hughey is an anchor and reporter at KYTX CBS19. Watch her “Fit City Success” reports Thursdays during the 10 p.m. news.