If I were to tell you I wasn’t scared I would be lying. The gym was about one quarter filled with sleeping cots lined in perfect rows as we filed in one by one. “Welcome home ladies” the stocky young drill instructor facetiously barked as we entered the cavernous room. “Home”for the next day or two was “Dan Daily Recieving Barracks” the infamous hall, named after a double Medal of Honor winner. A place where each day’s newly arriving recruits were being pooled together. Awaiting the total of 80 new recruits who would form our “band of brothers” platoon, soon to begin training together for the next 56 days. One thing that sticks out most in my mind years later were the guys who were panicked by the screaming DI’s. As they rushed to shave and bath cutting themselves in the process, with cheap disposable razors, leaving blood streaming down their faces.
Jumping off a 40′ cliff at 71 can be like discovering the Fountain of Youth, especially when you hit the water.
Thinking to myself “if once again I was 40 years old I too would be jumping off that 40′ cliff”. I sat on the rocks about 20 yards across the water from the famous Nauyaca Waterfall in Costa Rica. Watching my fearless 30 something classmates leaping into the water 40′ below, my mind was made up. I thought to myself “Hell yes you can do that”. I had actually made a similar jump 35 years before on a white water rafting trip on the Stanislas river in California. Having just hiked a challenging 4 miles up a steep, hot, and dusty trail to reach these beautiful but isolated falls I hadn’t intended to jump—but then I changed my mind, “why should I deny myself the fun,” I thought “just because your 71?” “I can do anything I put my mind to and this is no different.” I had given my swimming trunks to my new friend Jarrett, after his trunks had split on a daring 65′ plunge from the very highest point—so here I was stuck with only my underwear. “No problem” I thought as I pealed off my shorts and entered the cooling water swimming toward the cliff.
Water splashed annoyingly in my face as I strained on the rope to pull my heavy, water soaked body up the face of the falls. I was concerned that my feet might give way on the slippery rocks sending me crashing to the hard surface below. Two thirds of the way up our guide asked me if I wanted to jump from there—“Hell no” I said, wanting only the top. Finally with one last powerful effort I reached the summit carefully picking my way to the spot from which I would leap. Yes, looking down, I was nervous but honestly speaking the worst was now behind me. I took a deep breath and hurled my body out into space away from the cliff as far as I could go. SPLASH—it was over and I was fine, happy that I hadn’t given into my unfounded fears. “Now that’s how a 71 year old man acts like a 40 year old guy” I satisfactorily thought to myself. Forty eight years later my Marine Corps training had once again paid off.
Would you like a gift of 30 healthy years added to your life? I can promise you this—that gift is yours for the taking. You know being 70 but looking, feeling and acting 40 is a super thing. I, Scott Crosby, am a grandfather of 8 who has lived the last 40 years with no major illness and always feeling great. This is the result of 40 years of healthy living in which I constantly ate nutritiously, exercised regularly and lived a mostly low stress life. I am living proof that the way I lived my life really works. Here is how I did it and how you can too.
It all started with a book I read at age 27 about how we were designed by God to live to be 120 years of age. It explained that if we just treat our bodies properly we can live an illness free life—that the body is it’s own great healer—and you know I found over all these years that that’s really true. Another thing it said, that really impressed me, was that we could program our subconscious mind by using affirmations. So I would wake up every morning and repeat this affirmation—“I will live to be 120 years old and I will feel great every day of it.” I did this for years and in my mind I still believe it to this day—I believe I still have another 50 healthy years to go.
My path to wellness began in 1972 at about the age of 30. I went under the dietary care of Dr. Ed Wagner a cutting edge holistic doctor to the stars in Malibu, California. I followed Ed’s plan religiously for over a year before I adjusted to eating a more moderate diet. But in that time I developed a solid foundation of healthy and nutritious eating never returning to the “steak and potato” diet of my first 30 years. With Dr. Ed’s inspiration I began a life long passion for learning about all the facets of healthy living—still listening to different opinions but following only a carefully selected few.
I began running compulsively 10 to 15 miles a week a year before I discovered my new diet. Having been forced into “running”, at 23 in Marine Corps boot camp, I had sadly allowed my body to fall into a state of over weight dissipation by age 29. I actually remember the day on the tennis courts at South Pasadena High School being so disgusted with my winded condition that I threw down my racquet, walked a few yards up to the 440 track, and jogged a mile. This I’m happy to say was literally the first day of 40 years of continuous vigorous exercise which I now credit with being instrumental in the A+ rating I received last year from my cardiologist after giving me an EKG stress test at the age of 70.
After 10 years of only running, at the age of 40, I also began a rigorous regime of resistance training which I continued, along with the cardiovascular training, for the next 30 years. During that time I reaped the benefits of intense resistance training coupled with high intensity interval training which provided me with a lean, strong and muscular body, exceptional for my age, for many years to come.
Is feeling healthy and strong every day a way you would like to live the rest of your life? If you’re like I was, all those years ago, you are now an out of shape 30 something . I enthusiastically encourage you to take my 40 year example. Start putting “money in the bank” for your future years to come by beginning a program of exercise and healthy dieting today. Or if your a 70 year old who never exercised or ate a healthy diet—the good news is that it’s never too late to start—-you too can begin your new life today.
Finally the last key to healthy living is keeping a strong positive attitude coupled with a strong spiritual awareness. You have a choice to make each morning upon awakening— you can choose to be a happy positive person or you can choose to be a negative grump—it’s up to you—the choice is yours—who do you want to be?
Want to learn my secret? Do I have a grotesque and aging portrait, like Dorian Gray, hanging in my closet? No it’s much more fun and exciting than that. So join me as I share my story of 40 years of fun filled amazing adventure—where I learned about health, life and God. Living life like a millionaire only on a simple budget—yet living one rich in experience, relationships and exotic travel. Experiences that have taught me many of life’s most valuable lessons. Lessons not learned in books or school but ones learned in the challenging world of real life and distant travel. Lessons that provided me with a street wise sense of how to successfully move at will in a foreign land as well as at home—ones that you can only learn on the street of life and in the university of hard knocks.