If you're someone who longsÂ to be healthierÂ and lose some of that extra weight but feel like you're too old (or out of shape or fill in the blank with whatever you think is stopping you)âthink again! One 63-year-old woman from California lost 225 pounds after struggling with weight issues her whole life.
Diane Naylor went from weighing 380 pounds at age 59 down to 155 pounds over the course of four years. What finally tipped the scales (so to speak) for Naylor was, randomly, a line of dialogue between a medical examiner and the lead actress on an episode of ABC's "Castle."
"One of the medical examiners was telling the lead actress she should follow her dreams," Naylor told TODAY. "He pointed to the corpses and said, 'All those people had dreams, but their time ran out, so don't let that happen to you.' It was like a light bulb went off â I had a lot of dreams, too, and I wanted to accomplish them."
She joined a non-profit weight-loss organization called TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), where she attended weekly meetings and focused on losing weight the healthy way: through weight-loss and exercise. She continues to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, and she focuses on a diet rich in healthy foods like fish and veggies. TOPS charges just $30 a year of annual membership fees.
"If I can do it starting at age 59, starting this late in life and with this much weight loss, they can do it too," sheÂ told TODAY. "Never give up on your dream."
Remember: It's never too late to take charge of your health and begin making changes, and it can help to have a group or a fitness buddyÂ holding you accountable. If Naylor can do it, then so can you.