Living Stronger: 75-year-old swimmer inspiring others with her drive and passion


Six days a week, at 5:30 in the morning, you’ll find 75-year-old DeEtte Sauer swimming a total of 120 laps at a Houston aquatic center.

Sauer admits that when she first started swimming, she felt like a fish out of water.

“It was horrible, I quit in the middle of the first lap,” she said. “And I was swimming with my head out of the water so my hair wouldn’t get wet.”

In her 40s, Sauer was considered obese, tipping the scale at 250 pounds. She was ashamed when she couldn’t fit into a small boat on a family vacation and decided to do something about her health.

Sauer changed her diet and started exercising. It wasn’t easy, but she managed to lose 100 pounds in less than a year.

See CBS Evening News


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