Category Archives: Aging

Need Control

In January 2007, I reached my goal weight. I had to lose 58 pounds to get there. But, I did it. And, from that time until (around) April of 2013, I was able to maintain that number of (around) 174 … Continue reading

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30′s and 50′s (So Far) Have Not Been Kind

By the time I was 43, I had really let myself go. At six months past my 43rd birthday, I weighed 232 pounds. Actually, it started before then – since I weighed about 242 pounds when I was 40 years … Continue reading

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My Aching Neck & Shoulder!

My rear neck and right shoulder are still a mess.  In fact, today, it hurts worse than it did in the two days prior.  It’s screaming right now. On Sunday, I tried Tylenol and Schreiner’s Herbal Solution. No luck there. … Continue reading

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Goals, Obstacles & Honesty

By just about every independent assessment I hear, I’m in good shape.  And, via the same sources, I’m in “great shape for someone my age” – although that speaks more towards the state of most people, today, by the time … Continue reading

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Today, I Am 50 – But, Am I Fit?

Three months ago, I set some goals for myself that I wanted to reach by my 50th birthday, today. They were: Lose five pounds and get my weight down to the range of about 172 pounds. Get myself back to … Continue reading

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Why Am I Tired All The Time?

Lately, I cannot manage to stay awake past 9:45 PM most evenings.  It seems that every night, I am falling asleep in front of the TV and my wife has to wake me up at ten and tell me to … Continue reading

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63 Days Until I Turn 50

Last week, I started feeling some ache and sensitivity in one of my teeth.  Today, I went to the dentist to get it checked out.  And, this afternoon, I ended up getting root canal on (my) tooth #19.  That was … Continue reading

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In 12 Weeks, It Will Be My 50th Birthday

I have been feeling old lately. And, twelve weeks from today, I will turn 50-years old.  Yes, in 84 days, I will hit the half-century mark. Since I started my back to health journey in June of 2006, one of … Continue reading

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*@#! The World Thinks I Look Old

O.K., first, some facts before I get into this story. Today, I am 49.8 years old.  My wife is 43.1 years old.  And, our daughter is 10.2 years old and our son is 8.4 years old.  Got all that? Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Is This What Getting Old Means?

I went to the gym this morning after breakfast and before work.  While there, I did four sets each of the following: Bench Press Hammer Strength Rows Hammer Strength Shoulder Press Ab Coaster Hammer Strength Leg Extensions Icarian Leg Curls … Continue reading

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Running On Empty

I have been feeling very old, weak, depressed and achy lately. This morning, all of it was raging. So, I decided to try and snap myself out of it by going for a 5K run before lunch – on what … Continue reading

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Fear Of What Happens When You Hit 50

In January, the husband of my wife’s friend passed away – after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 59-years old when he died. Yesterday, someone who I worked with for years passed away. He had stomach cancer. He … Continue reading

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Study: Jogging Makes You Live Longer

Via Medical News Today – Women who jog regularly live 5.6 years longer, and men 6.2 years longer than their counterparts who don’t, according to Danish researchers who presented their study – Copenhagen City Heart study – at the EuroPRevent2012 … Continue reading

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Eating Young, Not Old

Great stuff on this from WebMD – Here are five examples of foods that you may want to limit to stay as young as possible, inside and out: Potato chips and French fries. Really, anything that’s deep-fried in oil is … Continue reading

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High Calorie Intake = Elderly Memory Loss?

Via USA Today – Older people who consumed more than 2,143 calories a day had more than double the risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment compared to those who ate fewer than 1,500 calories a … Continue reading

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My First Ever 5K Race

The day after turning 49, I ran my first ever 5K race (today). First, my early fears about the weather conditions were a waste.  It was perfect out there this morning – high of 54° F and partly cloudy.  (And, … Continue reading

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The Best Shape Of My Life?

Tomorrow is my 49th birthday. I was lamenting this, a bit, yesterday.  And, when I did, my wife said to me “Hey, you’re in the best shape of your life.  So, what’s the big deal about being forty-nine?” This got … Continue reading

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Unwelcome Surprise Back Attack

Yesterday, after work and dinner, I was prepared to hit the gym.  In fact, I was minutes away from leaving when I stopped to pick something up, off the floor, that my 7-year old son left (misplaced). No biggie.  I … Continue reading

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Long Life Secrets In The DNA Of Elderly?

An interesting report from USA Today – George Eberhardt turned 107 last month, and scientists would love to know how he and other older folks like him made it that far. So he’s going to hand over some of his … Continue reading

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Four Healthy Behaviors Help Fight Cancer

Via U.S. News – A healthy lifestyle helps you live longer, a new U.S. study confirms. Researchers looked at long-term data from Americans aged 17 and older and found that those who embraced four healthy behaviors — not smoking, eating … Continue reading

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Senior Citizen Triathlon Star

A great story via CBS New York – From rock bands and cigarettes to elite athlete. A New Jersey man is doing all he can to postpone senior citizen status and proving that you’re never too old to go the … Continue reading

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Mid-Life Mile Time Linked To Heart Risk Chances

Interesting news via the Worcester Telegram – How fast can you run a mile? For people in midlife, this simple measure of fitness may help predict their risk of heart problems as they age. In two separate studies, researchers from … Continue reading

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One Word Antiquity Incantation

Today marks the 48th year, 4th month, and 21st day that I’ve been on this planet – give or take a day or two, I suppose, due to some rounding during this calculation, on my part. Why does that matter? … Continue reading

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Damn, Young, Courteous Gym Rats

This evening was a “Chest & Back” session at the gym for me. As usual, it was four sets per exercise with the goal being ten reps per set (or as best as I could do). I started out with … Continue reading

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A Real Fish Story – Telomeres & Fighting Free Radicals

Via RealAge.com – The fragile tips on the ends of your DNA? They reveal exactly how young or old you are. And here’s the dinner choice that can keep them in tip-top shape: fish. In a new study, the good-for-you … Continue reading

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