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23 October 2008 @ 10:53 am
Ramblings on Ancietude  
Having had a few days now to get used to being 45... this one seems a little harder than the last birthday. Is it being closer to 50 than to 40? What?

Physically, there aren't too many changes from last year. A little extra weight (on top of the extra weight, grrr). The shoulder-rot problem came (February) and left (September?). \o? I've still got the stress-related acne going on, and the less-than-working nose (I'm really considering that surgery, before my copay rates go up). I've got a back-of-the-neck rash/itchiness thing going on that flares and wanes, and I'm ready to talk to my doctor about all this stuff as soon as I get the mammogram I've received five letters about.

I'm 45 now...

You're typing this from the grave?

It's funny, my mother said that she didn't really notice being older until she turned 70. I wonder if it would be the same if I were less of an avid exerciser. I've still got major stamina, though I've lost a little speed and the recovery turnaround matters more. A woman at work who's been through this mentioned that this tends to hit women around age 40 and men around 50. That explains why I no longer bike with the guy at work who is my age, but is still in the 'performance category.' That "C'mon, pick it up!" attitude gets annoying after awhile. ;) But if I were just walking and doing yardwork, I doubt I'd notice much. Advil is my friend. :)

I don't know. It feels older somehow. My youth, where did it go?

ETA randomness: Eating a pomegranate at your desk and trying not to 'set something off' is like defusing a bomb. Possibly messier. :0

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aizjanikaaizjanika on October 30th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
The main thing I noticed when I turned 40--after that, really--was the extra weight. :-( I was exercising a lot and didn't change my diet at all (which was generally healthy), and the weight started creeping/packing on *very* easily no matter what I did. And it's much, much harder to lose it now. I'm almost 48 now... Eeep.

Since I turned 40, I've also noticed a lack of stamina and a general tiredness. I exercised a lot and injured my back. I did physical therapy which caused other problems. heh I've had lots of little minor health issues which all add up to one giant pain in the butt (too many doctor visits and useless tests and lots of annoyances in my daily life).

I don't think I'd mind getting old except for that, really. Even the weight wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the other stuff.

Also, happy belated birthday. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 31st, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
I exercised a lot and injured my back. I did physical therapy which caused other problems. heh I've had lots of little minor health issues which all add up to one giant pain in the butt
This is the kind of story I keep hearing repeated, especially for women. Sometimes we're all just one injury (or pregnancy) from packing on the pounds and never getting them off again.

Mine was pregnancy-- I struggled for years after child #2 with the last 6-8 lbs., and when I got plantar fasciitis and had to change my patterns/activities that REALLY did me in. It's all been downhill since then, even though my feet are much better now.

A couple of women at work had this happen via back injuries, like you. Once you get laid up for awhile and the weight comes on (as it does for some of us the second we stop exercising to maximum intensity), then you're stuck on a perpetual diet which if you're lucky only results in slowing down the weight gain. It's really frustrating, and I've watched the weight creep up even as I've been battling it constantly. :(

I hate to think of physical therapy creating other problems! Is it better now? Are things starting to turn around?

There's a guy at the office that I see at the gym, and I asked him what his workout routine was. Apparently, his only routine is to move around between the various types of exercise equipment and work at modest intensity for no more than about 15 minutes on each. He said that if he doesn't do that, his back starts to bother him-- the switching around and going short durations is his formula to quiet his back problems, and it works for him. Doing nothing was wrong, and overdoing was wrong. This is the thing that works-- and I suspect he stumbled across it on his own.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, too! I'm glad to have others in my age ballpark-- you know whereof I speak!