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Day 247: Living in the NOW

Sunday, September 04, 2011

A fellow Sparkler, YOGATIME, wrote a blog entitled 'Age Appropriate.'


She brought to mind an article I read years ago, written by Erma Bombeck.


The gist of it is advice to celebrate Life.

YT's blog has more to do with physical health; she writes about friends who curtail activities, sometimes quitting altogether, either due to injuries or to avoid them. The problem is, these people then don't replace the eliminated exercise with a different one - they just stop exercising altogether.

What really caught my attention was her line about those who say they don't want to 'injure myself for good before the great golden years arrive.'

To me, that's not logical. 'Use it or lose it' isn't just a trite saying. I find that as I age, doing less merely opens the door to 'genuine' old age. I'm finding the decline in physical strength, endurance, and flexibility seems to happen much more quickly than it did in my younger years, and what concerns me is reaching a point where it's not possible to recover what's been lost.

I'm not expecting to be able to do a four-minute mile. (Ya gotta laff, lol--!) But if I don't strive to do a twenty-minute mile, will the time come that I can't walk at all, because my muscles are too weak, my coordination too deteriorated, my endurance - my 'wind' - too far gone?

If all you can manage are five steps, slow, walking, just five steps, across your bedroom... Then you do six steps, each day, for thirty or sixty days... Then add another, so you are doing seven steps... Does it matter how long it takes you to work up to ten? Fifty? A hundred? Regardless how much older you become in the meantime, won't you improve?

Then today, I read a blog by another Spark friend addressing a very similar topic:


At any rate, there's my food for thought.

The State of Being: the big news, of course, was the BP Friday, and next Friday we'll see what the GP says. (Tho I'm not sure I'm in any hurry to repeat the 'Let's just stop the med totally' experiment, lol.)

Now, the flip side of that - the 'bad' news, if you will, although it's relatively minor - is the weight-loss plateau I've been on for weeks. Today, I broke it. FINALLY.

On the 30th of July, I was 157.3; today, I'm 156.6.

I know, I know, it's 'only' .7 of a pound. BUT: what it represents to me is that I'm not 'done' yet. This isn't some kind of setpoint beyond which I won't lose. (I'm still in the 'overweight' category BMI-wise.) That little bitty loss tells me I'm progressing again, that it will happen, and not to give up.

So when I wrote 'Only One Pound' a few days ago, I wasn't kidding about celebrating every achievement, no matter how small. After all, better eleven ounces than none, lol...

With that, I'm done. Off to television, Beatleband, and bedtime, in that order. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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    Great blog! I'm so surprised when I see DH and me, and a whole lot of younger people out cycling. Where are all the older peeps?
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    Use is or lose it is definitely something I can identify in my own life. I think we get more of what we already have (or do). Couch potatoes get lumpier, exercisers get more fit, studiers becoming smarter. Oh my GOSH! I just looked into the mirror and there was a pizza staring back at me! emoticon
    3376 days ago
    Congratulations on breaking that plateau! That is a huge success. You didn't get discouraged. You didn't quit. You waited it out, and you won. Good for you!!!
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    3376 days ago
    I so love this...you are right....
    We can actually sit down and wait to die....effectively....
    I certainly don't plan on doing that....I am more active now that I have been in years.....I have gone from walking to power walking....whats next....maybe I will do some running...who knows.....maybe I will get younger instead of older?????lol

    I remember years ago thinking "Life begins at 40".....well my new life certainly did howver i am now entering another new phase as I click over 60 this year.....lol
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    Comment edited on: 9/4/2011 8:18:34 PM
    Staying active as you can is the fountain of youth, right? Those 70-something guys who are still in the 5K's and finishing right behind me? Pretty decent, huh!

    Spark on!
    3376 days ago
    nope--Ya gotta keep moving---- no matter how old you are--or--you will ""seize up""---and get that weight off--sez me who is totally moving in the wrong direction!---But geez Kasey--You are losing---even if it is just under a pound--it is weight off-=-almost a pound of butter! Way to go girl!!!--And the Bl Pressure meds---dunno if I'd quit them entirely-sez me who is not a Dr-----but---Drs don't know everything--In fact, I am married to one and there is a lot Drs don't know--Ha Ha (as he beats me over the head here!)-----Well, we did the rails along the part of the deck we had stained----It's lookin' good--Keeps my hands out of the cookie jar too--as if we have a cookie jar anymore---Enjoy the evening----Lynda from the Wilds of Canada--- emoticon
    3377 days ago
    Don't you just hate those plateaus---even .7 is a move in the right direction. And boy, can I feel it when I exercise now after not doing that much this summer!
    3377 days ago
    Congrats on finally breaking your plateau. That is wonderful!

    I'm all for the 'use it or lose it' thinking. My Daddy is almost 75 years old and i swear he is fitter than me. Certainly fitter than men half his age - he's amazing. My Mum is almost 65 and she isn't nearly as fit. I need to write her an exercise plan or something to get her moving properly, she is great at walking but not uphill or for great lengths. We need to make the most of life! ~And damn well live it !

    Beatleband hehe, some music? x
    3377 days ago
    .7 is over a 1/2 pound!! That is fantastic! Lots of good news and positive outlook in your corner!
    3377 days ago
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