Motivated for maximum results
Name: Don Yeager
“Keeping active makes me feel good, look good and gives me a better frame of mind.”
Background: Don Yeager served four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. For the last 15 years, he’s been working as a project lead for a company that writes technical maintenance for aeronautical equipment. At 59, because of personal problems, Yeager suffered a bout with depression. Eventually, he picked himself up, joined a gym and got himself back in shape.
When He’s Working Out: Yeager works out at the gym five days a week. Twice a week he works out with a trainer. He also enjoys tennis and takes a yoga class. He even took a “leap” of faith and did the unexpected: Yeager went skydiving and crossed it off his bucket list. “It took my breath away, but I accomplished something that was out of the ordinary. It would equate the experience to being a dust ball sucked into a vacuum,” he said. “I proved to myself that I could do it.”
When He’s Not Working Out: Yeager finds pleasure decorating and working on his house. He also enjoys working in his garden, traveling and socializing with others.
Staying Motivated: Yeager’s motivation is to feel good and stay young so he can enjoy retirement. “You have to do things for yourself to keep yourself motivated,” he says.
At Meal Time: Yeager likes a lean piece of beef and mashed potatoes. He also indulges with a peanut butter or oatmeal raisin cookie, but he only treats himself to these once a week. The rest of the time he enjoys a hearty bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh blueberries, and salads with tomatoes, sprinkled with cheese and drizzled with red wine vinaigrette. Turkey or chicken breast and barbecued vegetables are other favorite foods of his. To satisfy his sweet tooth, he enjoys homemade yogurt or a delicious Granny Smith apple.
Goals: Yeager wants to travel to Europe when he retires. He also wants to learn to play the piano and bungee jump. Most importantly, he plans to be healthy and happy.