About Me


Howdy, folks.  I’m Grant.  I’m a 65 year old married man fighting the good fight to stay healthy and fit I’m my later years.  I’m retired, twice, once from the US Navy where I flew helicopters and once from the local Police Department where I was a desk officer. Cathy and I have been married for 43 years and have 5 kids and 13 grandkids.  We live in Western Colorado.

Educationally, I have graduated from college, twice.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Business Administration, marketing emphasis, from Mesa State College (Now Colorado Mesa University).

Right now I’m about 50 pounds overweight and I have high blood pressure and diabetes.  I know that there are a lot of things I should be doing different in my life to fix the problems that I just listed, and I know that there are a lot of you out there in the same or similar boat that i’m in.

My favorite form of exercise is road cycling.  It’s easy on the knees, and fun.  I think it is anyway.  I usually ride with a partner or group.  The times when I ride alone it’s a little harder to stay motivated.  I normally ride about 5 days a week, weather permitting, which it usually does here in western Colorado.

What this site is all about

In my younger days I was slim, trim, healthy, and active.  Somehow as I got older, my belly got bigger, my metabolism got slower, and I started to wear out.  I’ve had two knee replacements and my wife keeps telling me to lose the gut.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  We all seem to fall into the same traps as we get older.  Life can be cruel.  As we get older we get wiser, but can’t physically do the things we could when we were young and dumb.

Anyway, my idea is to create a site that offers tips on upgrading this life we each live, hence the name of the site; Upgraded Living.  I think that wherever we are in life, we can always improve our quality of life.  I’ll be searching out tips we all can use, and products that might help.  Hopefully as I do that I’ll learn and improve too. I feel like I’m living in the fourth quarter of the game, to use a football analogy.  I haven’t heard the two-minute warning yet, so I’ve got some time. Unless I get run over by a linebacker.

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about me.

Sincerely, Grant