I'll be 60 in March. I really want to be super fit this coming decade. I can still do a cartwheel (although it hurts my wrists) and I did lose 20 pounds between May and September, but gained back 5 due to a job I had (looong story) but now I don't have that job, (YAY!!) so I can easily lose that 5 lbs. again.
Have to say that losing 20 pounds is VERY noticeable when I'm hiking, I feel lighter on my feet and faster, and it seems to affect the biking, too. Definitely worth the effort. I suggest LOW CARB such as Atkins Diet, and forget the low fat diets, they don't work, at least not for me!
This past year I knew I wouldn't be hiking much. I had other adventures. I lived in Costa Rica 4 months. I graduated from college, finally, (wish my parents had been there to see that!) I went on a 24-day river rafting trip in Grand Canyon on my own private permit, and did a lot more rowing than the previous two trips. So, all that was good. The rest of the time I have been in a super big struggle to just keep afloat financially. So, having all those adventures, I really did have to "pay the piper" in between adventures, and it has really not been very fun at all.
Not fun at all.
I still have not ridden a "century" on my road bike. I still have two sections of Tonto, plus Waldron/Dripping Springs, to complete pretty much all named trails off South Rim. I still would like to kayak from Hoover Dam to Yuma, using a special cart to drag the kayak around the dams. I still would like to hike the AZT, and quite a few other trails. I still would like to try mountain bike touring/camping. Pretty sure this coming year is going to be very busy, however, since I am trying to move away from Eagar! So, not sure how much hiking I'll be doing, we'll see how much time I have to devote to it. Now that I don't have that onerous job, I'll have more time for hiking and biking.