1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Anne Kirvan, performance coach, 56. I work in leadership development.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
Growing up, I didn’t think about it. I ate what we had in the house and hot lunch at school. I was active by nature; I loved to run around, engage in active outdoor games like kickball, and often went with friends to play on the playground. Later, as a college student, I gained a few pounds and my oldest sister gave me a little talking to.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
When I was home on break, my oldest sister — tall and thin, still today — took a gentle hold of the little buldge, and simply said, “you need to get rid of this”. That was it! I was inspired. I thought, oh my, this must be really something for her to say that.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I stopped eating the foods that if I started on, I couldn’t stop eating. I found it much easier to avoid difficult foods, rather than limit them. I easily dropped the extra pounds and have used this plan throughout my life. Doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally eat (too much of) those foods; I do, and thoroughly enjoy them! But (the key is) I rarely touch them.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
I’m not around many children these days, but when my adult son was growing up, I shared the wisdom with him and he continues to use it to maintain a healthy weight. I do share it with clients who are working on weight loss and developing healthy eating habits.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
Have fun! Do what you love to do!
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