Welcome to Fork in the Road, a blog that is all about the psychology of life choices. If you want to explore, make, maintain, or even just survive changes in your life, this is the place for you.
My name is Jo Quinlan and I was born at the tail end of the boomer generation. I have spent many years doing what was expected of me, and ended up, in my fifties, with a respectable, but mediocre, life. If I continued to do what was expected, I saw that I would never have quite enough to retire, I would continue to put on weight, and my health would decline at an increasing rate. It was a literal and figurative “Fork in the Road”, and I began to search for a solution, starting with my health. I spent several years trying new things and researching what worked and what did not. After losing a significant amount of weight, regaining my sense of adventure, and learning how to make lifestyle choices that continue to work, I turned to the internet to learn more.
I found many healthy living blogs for the “TV commercial” demographic- written by and for young and energetic, stylish people. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading posts by young gymrats and 20-something mommybloggers, but really they do not often apply to me. Their concerns usually belong solidly in my past and I am happy to leave them there. On the other hand, the health sites I found for people my age were very serious, mostly medical sites with symptom checkers and ideas to slow the seemingly inevitable decline into worse health. I did not find blogs for those of us in our 40s, 50s, or better, who may still have families we care for, who want to deal with weight and health issues and continue on to enthusiastically improve our health rather than just holding our own against the ravages of time, and who want to enjoy doing it.
My blog is here to fill that gap. I hope to present healthy living information that is useful, evidence-based, well-rounded, and above all, fun! Everyone is of course welcome here, but I hope it will especially resonate with “boomers and beyond”. In this blog, I want to show that healthy choice can be synonymous with adventure, and I invite every reader to join me in discovering the joy in whatever fork you choose to take. It really is true that fulfillment lies in embracing the journey rather than focussing on the destination, so please visit often, comment, participate, offer suggestions, and share your own valuable insights. I would like us all to be standing at the end of our own roads, knowing we took the path less travelled and “that has made all the difference”.