In 1999, country star Tim McGraw hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks with “My Next Thirty Years,” a feel-good jam that lays out his hopes and dreams for the next part of his life. In his next 30 years, McGraw croons, he’ll watch his weight, “eat a few more salads and not stay up so late, drink a little lemonade and not so many beers.” It was a nice dream for McGraw, who was then known for his hit songs and a love of whiskey.
Here’s the thing, though: It all came true. A few years back, McGraw quit drinking and dropped some serious weight; now 47, McGraw is in better shape than most of his 20-something country cohorts. He’s nixed the beer (though no word on whether he’s replaced it with lemonade), and credits a healthy diet and exercise with keeping him in shape and energized enough to keep up with a crazy work schedule — and be there for his family. Now, he’s heading up America’s Diabetes Challenge, helping those living with type 2 diabetes to live healthier lives.