Thread: The Damn I'm Old Thread - Putting Up With Being a Geezer

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    OK. Here's a positive "Geezer Post". I hit a gym 6 days a week for walking & weight training. It works at keeping the aches & pains at bay even when the arthritis flares up when it gets below 50 degrees outside.

    This past week, the snow & ice have made it foolish to go out and drive to the gym. It seems I have a lot of pent up energy / cabin fever so I suited up and went out and shoveled snow for 4 hours. Boy...it Felt Good to work up that sweat......clear my drive & sidewalks..... Slept like a baby last night and woke up without any aches or pains! YMMV IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    OK. Here's a positive "Geezer Post". I hit a gym 6 days a week for walking & weight training. It works at keeping the aches & pains at bay even when the arthritis flares up when it gets below 50 degrees outside.

    This past week, the snow & ice have made it foolish to go out and drive to the gym. It seems I have a lot of pent up energy / cabin fever so I suited up and went out and shoveled snow for 4 hours. Boy...it Felt Good to work up that sweat......clear my drive & sidewalks..... Slept like a baby last night and woke up without any aches or pains! YMMV IMHO
    Cool!

    I do an insane exercises because I know (well, I tell myself) it's what keeps me young.

    I'm fitter now than I was at 35. I'm fitter than my son, or my 2 sons-in-law. They're 31, 33, and 34.

    Whether it will actually allows me to live longer is debatable - but what is unquestionably true is that I'm able to live better!

    'Cept the last 2 weeks. I haven't exercised a stitch in almost 12 days, because of this f*&^!ng 'flu. But I'll be back at it on Saturday, with an 85% Intensity session, based on an FTP of 240 watts. (The pain will fade by Monday LOL)

    My aim is to compete successfully in at least one ultra-marathon this year. Probably a 12-hour event - i.e. how many miles can you complete in 12 hours.
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    Hats off, Duncan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post

    My aim is to compete successfully in at least one ultra-marathon this year. Probably a 12-hour event - i.e. how many miles can you complete in 12 hours.
    About 700 miles if I stick to speed limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    About 700 miles if I stick to speed limits.
    That's about the distance and time (if I were to eliminate stops) it takes me to get to ProgDay from Boston. To paraphrase the Easybeats, "I've got ProgDay on my mind."
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    Another positive Geezer post. I'll be 58 this July, and am in the best shape of my life. (not compared to Duncan)
    Weight training has been a Godsend for me. By far the most muscular I've ever been, and closing in on the leanest as well!
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    ^ Well, I'll be 58 in July too. What's that Meat Loaf said? "One out of 3 ain't bad?"

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    Not in quite the shape I'd like to be (who is?), but about 90 days short of 58, and considering some of the things I've done (particularly between the ages of 15 & 25), I feel very, very fortunate to have the health I do, and I try every day to feel gratitude for it. The days I succeed are generally good days.
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    I've mentioned this a few times over the last couple years. I stopped eating bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, and rice, and my daily diet is protein and green veggies. At home I only drink water. I feel and look better now than I did when I was 40. Dropped around 30 lbs. I don't even go to the health club that much anymore.

    You old guys who are still lifting heavy weights, well God bless ya. I can't do it anymore. The only lifting I do now is light dead lifting, using a t-bar, and maybe some leg presses. I only do this once a week. Otherwise, I walk, always take the stairs at work, and at home I use an ab wheel. My core is strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    I've mentioned this a few times over the last couple years. I stopped eating bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, and rice, and my daily diet is protein and green veggies. At home I only drink water. I feel and look better now than I did when I was 40. Dropped around 30 lbs. I don't even go to the health club that much anymore.

    You old guys who are still lifting heavy weights, well God bless ya. I can't do it anymore. The only lifting I do now is light dead lifting, using a t-bar, and maybe some leg presses. I only do this once a week. Otherwise, I walk, always take the stairs at work, and at home I use an ab wheel. My core is strong.
    A Comfort Zone is not a Life Sentence

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    I dropped 50 pounds by simply adjusting my diet to healthy foods about 2 years ago. I've kept it all, maybe within 1 pound, off. I do eat junk food on the weekends but strictly healthy foods during the weekdays. Works like a charm but I have to be highly vigilant.

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    Just had a piece of grilled salmon on a bed of fresh spinach. Out of this world. Another thing I stopped doing is eating out. I'm not saying I never eat out, but as a general rule, I avoid it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    Just had a piece of grilled salmon on a bed of fresh spinach. Out of this world. Another thing I stopped doing is eating out. I'm not saying I never eat out, but as a general rule, I avoid it.
    That's interesting. I eat in during weeknight but out on the weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I dropped 50 pounds by simply adjusting my diet to healthy foods about 2 years ago. I've kept it all, maybe within 1 pound, off. I do eat junk food on the weekends but strictly healthy foods during the weekdays. Works like a charm but I have to be highly vigilant.
    That's awesome! You should be very proud of this.
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    At 55.7, I'm starting to feel the weight of the years (my arteries & veins are that age too) as well as the weight of my belly... I've managed to control my diabetis 2 (hovering around 6.0), but want to do more (to cut down on the metformine doses), by excercizing more (even a bit would be an improvement). But my knees are often painful, but it's not only a weigth issue, as I had sport injuries when playing rugby, ice hockey and outside linebacker in HS and college years. Knee surgery doesn't seem a fatality in my case, but it will include losing at least 30 kg before engaging that road. Real exercice is kind of prohibited until I do lose quite a bit to ease on the knees.

    I've also got issue in the shoulder, left elbow and both wrist (carpian canal, methinks)

    In some ways, I'm paying for all of the excesses (brutal sports) and burning the candle at both ends (party animal, both booze and toke-wise)


    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I dropped 50 pounds by simply adjusting my diet to healthy foods about 2 years ago. I've kept it all, maybe within 1 pound, off. I do eat junk food on the weekends but strictly healthy foods during the weekdays. Works like a charm but I have to be highly vigilant.
    Unfortunately, I have two real weakness (or addictions) in chocolates (quality) and matured cheeses... If I could, I'd melt them and shoot them intravenously, but generally, I stay away from the worst types of junk foods, and instead of vegies (to long to prepare), outside tomatoes (which are fruits), I binge on fruits to get my fibers, but of course there are many Kcal and glucose in fruits than vegies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    Just had a piece of grilled salmon on a bed of fresh spinach. Out of this world. Another thing I stopped doing is eating out. I'm not saying I never eat out, but as a general rule, I avoid it.
    It would be doable feasible for me to stop eating out, but my lifestyle is simply not geared to it... Living on two different countries and 350 km between my job and w-e place), I'm all too often on the run...
    The only meal I have at home (95% of the cases) is breakfast, and that's quite healthy
    As a rule, on the job & weekdays, I eat lunch twice in my office (then I try to eat homemade stuff), twice with colleagues in restaurants, and once in the canteen. Weeknights, I'm out on average once a week.
    Of course, during w-e, except for breakfast, the only time I manage to eat "home" is when I cook (I'm not shabby at a few dishes, for which I'm reputed) on sunday night at my GF's place before heading out back to the workweek. The rest of the w-e and extra days off, i'm always running between my cultural life, social life and family life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou View Post
    That's awesome! You should be very proud of this.
    Thanks, Lou.

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    I am 57 have always worked out fairly regularly with both weights and cardio. Due to knee problems I switched from a treadmill to an exercise bike about a year ago. Unfortunately I am still looking at knee replacement surgery in both of my knees in the not too distant future due to old injuries from when I was younger. My knees are in constant pain, some days worse than others. I have also developed pain in my right shoulder for some reason. I have not injured it that I am aware of, but I have had pain for about 6 months now. Sometimes at night, if I sleep on it wrong it will wake me up with a severe shot of pain. I am still in pretty good physical shape, but the constant pain gets old.

    I am not much of a homebody, so love to eat out and drink beer, so I keep weight off by just not eating as much in general. I fast once a week for about 24 hours (usually Monday after a weekend) and I typically never eat more than 2 meals a day. I am not much of a snacker either. I know it is kind of opposite of what you are supposed to do, but it works for me as I still weigh the same that I did 20 years ago.

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    I did curls at the gym this morning. Now my shoulder aches.

    At the moment I'm at a sports bar enjoying a bucket-o-beers and the wifi. I do all my beer drinking and wifi-ing (Youtubin') on the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I have also developed pain in my right shoulder for some reason. I have not injured it that I am aware of, but I have had pain for about 6 months now. Sometimes at night, if I sleep on it wrong it will wake me up with a severe shot of pain. I am still in pretty good physical shape, but the constant pain gets old.
    Steve, do you tend to sleep with your arm under your pillow for support? If so, get a firmer pillow and sleep with your arm at your side. About a year ago, I had pain and discomfort during the day in my upper arm/shoulder area, and was able to trace it to my sleep habits. I was able to eliminate it when I eliminated the cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Steve, do you tend to sleep with your arm under your pillow for support? If so, get a firmer pillow and sleep with your arm at your side. About a year ago, I had pain and discomfort during the day in my upper arm/shoulder area, and was able to trace it to my sleep habits. I was able to eliminate it when I eliminated the cause.
    Yes, I do that sometimes. I will have to look into that.

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