just when i was wrapping up what i thought was a fairly productive day, i came upon this story.
tomorrow i will do better.
San Diego Experience
Spa Founder, Now 87, Works Out With A SEAL
By Wendy Lemlin
For her 87th birthday this year, Deborah Szekely gave herself…a personal trainer. A Navy SEAL comes to her home at 6 a.m. three mornings a week, to help her get the most out of her daily workouts.
Fittingly, Szekely (pronounced SAY-kay) is the founder of two of North America’s premier destination spas, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, and The Golden Door in Escondido. Through her vision, these fitness-oriented spas, which have played host to Hollywood elite, social philosophers, “health nuts” and hundreds of thousands of guests, have long been the gold standard of spas.
Szekely is regarded as the godmother of the modern-day health-and-fitness movement, and was an advocate of eating organic foods and following a sustainable lifestyle long before those phrases were coined. She has founded, funded, and serves on the boards of numerous charities and nonprofits. She meets with the Dalai Lama, authors cookbooks, serves on international commissions and is constantly in motion.
With the vitality of a woman half her age, Szekely is an unstoppable force of nature, and challenging the perception of aging. In her 60s, when other people would have begun slowing down, she ran for public office, started a new career with the U.S. Diplomatic Corps and served as president and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, D.C.
For Szekely, it’s all about attitude. “You create your own joy,” she says. “You create good health. There’s always something new that fascinates me, some new project I want to start. I have as many goals and ambitions today at almost 88 as I had at 58. I have too much yet to do. I don’t have time to get old.”
“Always do your best”
– Don Miguel Ruiz