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86-year-old alpinist Miura proof of power of positive thinking

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"When did I gain all this weight?" a shocked Yuichiro Miura asked himself.

The celebrated alpinist was around 60 years old at the time. With his visibly bigger body, he knew he could not possibly climb a mountain in winter.

Miura simply let himself go after he achieved his dream of skiing down the highest peak in each of the seven continents of the world.

Thinking it was time to retire, he stopped training. But his appetite did not drop, and he could not restrain himself from continuing to consume as much alcohol and food--sushi, steak, and so on--as before.

His blood pressure and blood sugar levels........

© The Asahi Shimbun