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Younger Next Year. . .

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:01 pm
by Lion_Lady
Live Strong, Fit and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, MD.

I'm tired of feeling old. And more than a bit worried about how I'll fare riding 400+ miles a day for 4 days in my current physical shape. Sad, sad, sad. A fellow rider recommended the book. I bought the audiobook and the hard copy (so I can go back and reference pages easily in the future). Been listening to it on my way to and from work.

Its really amazing!! Written in regular language with humor and anecdotes. The medical facts are presented in English, not "med-speak." The basic premise is that our bodies were designed for activity. . Our modern lifestyle (air conditioned and heated homes, enough to eat every day, no need to forage) is just over 100 years old. An eyeblink in evolution.

Our systems were designed to switch into reduced metabolism (famine mode) as a result of inactivity.

I've begun working toward being younger next year already, by walking every day for at least 30 minutes. Once I get my cardio self up to "mediocre" I plan to add weight training as well. I feel really good so far, after my third day. And the bonus is, my husband is joining me. ... 0761140735

Its a good read. Gets you thinking. Anybody else who's creeping up in years, trying to figure out how to stave off the scary crone's hump and riding into their 70's?

A scary fact: Once we (women) turn 30, we start losing bone mass at a rate of 1%/ year. The rate doubles as we hit menopause. By the time the average American woman reaches age 60, she's lost 30% of the bone she's ever had. And she's still got a THIRD of life to live. Weight-bearing exercise is the best way to stop that from happening, but right now we can help stave off the hump by taking an over the counter calcium supplement daily.

... Hip fractures kill more women than breast cancer (50% of women who suffer a hip fracture, die within a year).

So, anybody else considering an exercise program this season?


Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:55 pm
by Fiddler
I quite my "real job", a desk job, and at the age of 45 I took a much more physical job that I love. At work I probably walk about ten miles a day, and lift about 1400 pounds worth of materials per day in 30+ pound increments. That can only help, and I feel so much stronger.

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:15 pm
by coffee_brake
Your thread has stuck a very strong chord with me. I'm 34 and only beginning to feel age coming on, but I have lived a hard-work life and my joints feel more like 50's than 30's.

I work out and weight train so that I can spend a few more years on a motorcycle. It is the best motivation (other than my wonderful spouse of enjoying my appearance) that I can think of.

After being raised to work very hard on a farm and in an industrial shop, and then 4 years of active duty Army with lots and lots of running and excercise, I got a sedentary desk job and ballooned up to WAY overweight. I got fired and the same week went back to the gym, and haven't looked back. That was almost 2 years ago and I find it effortless to get up and go to my workouts, because every time I move or push the bike, reach for a tool, pick up a box, play "tag" with the neighbor's kids, or even just get out of bed, I can feel how much easier it is now, than it was when I lost my job 20+ pounds ago. I can't believe how much better I feel, or that I've kept the weight off. I work in a small motorcycle shop now and I'm in better physical condition than anybody else in the place. None of them can keep up with me!

Never was my belief in staying fit to ride stronger than on my ride last year across the country and back. I really needed the strong back and core muscles I'd developed to keep bodily fatigue at bay in the saddle. And the cardio payed off as well as I hiked at high altitudes and pitched camp all over the country without ever running out of breath. Strong shoulders and legs are great if you have to push a bike around, too! (It was only an electrical disconnect, I didn't have to push it far---but I could have!)

I won't say there weren't a few scary moments camping alone. But feeling capable of putting up a decent fight goes a long way towards making peace with your situation and getting a good night's sleep.

I've still got 10 pounds to go to reach my old Army weight, but I feel better than ever in my whole life. Of course we shouldn't base our self-image on appearances, but I feel so much more confident knowing I'm fit.

Now if only that wisdom I keep hearing about that is supposed to come with age, would kick in....

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:02 pm
by MZ33
I'm in! I've ordered the book from the library--it has about 10 copies and I'm still number 31 on the waiting list.

I, too, have been "feeling my age," and started my cardiovascular program, but have yet to move on to the essential weight training. On reflection, I'm not sure whether I have been feeling my age or just feeling my fatness. :? So, the television has been banned, the computer time is shortened, and my organizational self is reappearing.

And actually, the AMA Women's Conference is a great motivator for me. I have to be more fit, and get more done so that I can get more ride time, so that I can go to Colorado.

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:15 pm
by Lion_Lady
W00T!!! :pbjt: Awesome!!! Glad I'm not "alone" in doing this!! :budhug:

In July 2004, I wrecked my motorcycle (full gear, no road rash) and ended up with a cast on my left arm for almost 4 months. During that time, my weight zoomed (I rationalized not getting on the scale because the cast would throw off the number).

When the cast did come off, I weighed MORE than I did at full term carrying my kids. YIKES!! :scared: I've been struggling to get that weight off, and I'm there, finally. . . BUT, I'd still like to turn back the clock. I've always felt that I could do "something" to stave off aging. Knew that exercise was probably the ticket, but didn't have any sort of clear guideline on what. The usual "every other day" recommendation never did work for me. I'd stick with the routine for two weeks or so, then one day off would become two, then three, then "what's the point?" and I'd stop completely.

The premise of the book is make being fit one of your "jobs" for the rest of your life. We women are so good at caregiving and making sure others have what they need, no matter what. The book spins it that taking care of YOURSELF needs to be one of your jobs that you do no matter what. And it includes exercising 6 days a week, for the rest of your life.

I started on February 27th. I walked for about 30 minutes. On a winding, hilly, dead end road not far from my house. Its the access road for our municipal dam. The scenery is beautiful and quiet. No traffic. Two summers ago, I could walk from one end to the other, and back (just over 3 miles, total), without puffing for breath. Thursday, I had to turn back for my car less than 1/3 of the way.

Today, if I pushed, I could have made it to the end, but I chose discretion instead, and turned back about 3/4 of the distance. I've felt stiff and kinda sore, but it reminds me of the first week of swim team practice when I was in school. Its a good stiff and sore. :ohyea:

So, anybody else want to be younger next year?


Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:21 pm
by MZ33
Well, I was going to skip the gym tonight because my clogs made me quite footsore at the mall. But after some time sitting (on the bike :wink: ), and now after reading your post, I think they are sufficiently recovered. So, off I go!

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:06 pm
by Lion_Lady
MZ33 wrote:Well, I was going to skip the gym tonight because my clogs made me quite footsore at the mall. But after some time sitting (on the bike :wink: ), and now after reading your post, I think they are sufficiently recovered. So, off I go!


Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:13 am
by follow
I feel so old.... :help:

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:03 pm
by Lion_Lady
follow wrote:I feel so old.... :help:
Start out by just plain ole WALKING! half an hour, whatever. DO IT EVERY DAY, at least 6 days a week. Just get your heart rate up for a time. My first walk was SHORT, but I've kept at it. Day 9 and today I biked 7 miles with my husband!


Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:23 pm
by MZ33
I biked 7 miles with my husband!

Rock on, Lion Lady! And follow, you are not old! , and you have a great heart. Sounds like you need to start taking care of yourself, too. Join in, the more the merrier! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

BTW, I've started a blog on getting ready for Colorado. I did it in part to motivate myself to stay on track. Feel free to drop in and offer support, reflections, and the ole "constructive criticism." If I am really brave, I'll also include my struggles to regain fitness.

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:12 am
by blues2cruise
Great thread, Lion lady.

I was so strong and fit prior to my crash. I was unable to do anything for so long that I gained some weight and lost some bone mass.

I now have to take a bone metabolizer, calcium and vitamin D as well as getting strong and fit again.

I started walking and adding a block of jogging. I can now jog 4 blocks.
It may not sound like much, but it's a start.

I need to be strong and fit by the end of May. I am taking a 2 week motorcycle instructor course so I need to strong and have my skills back up by then.

Then of course.....we all want to look good for the Conference. :mrgreen:

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:43 pm
by MZ33
we all want to look good for the Conference.
You nailed it, Blues!! :laughing: :laughing:

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:01 pm
by coffee_brake
You wimminz rock! It's fantastic how ya'll are getting healthy, or getting healthy again, for YOU, not for the fellows or swimsuit season!

Getting Healthier This Season

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:22 pm
by RocketGirl
I was in a car accident this past November. It ended my riding season a little earlier than I would have liked. I'm pretty much to my normal self again being on the road (cage or bike), but one of the discoveries that came out of that accident was that my blood sugar was high, like 200+ high!

I knew it was high back in June and had started to use my lunch breaks to walk and cut back on my sweets. It was a real surprise to me in Nov. that I hadn't made enough of a significant change and that I had to address this health issue.

Long story short, I switched to a low carb diet, got back on the stationary bike (up to an hour now, 20-miles, 5x a week) and have dropped my [home test] fasting blood glucose results down to below the 120's.

You all have my support, 100%, and congratulations on making life changes that will bring around a healthier you.

I'm looking forward to a riding season where I can stay on the bike longer and recover sooner after a long ride. I didn't realize last year that the possible reason I may have struggled with the long rides was because my high blood sugar was getting in the way.

Ride Safely! :)

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:49 pm
by coffee_brake
Wow. WOW. First, I'm so glad you weren't hurt any worse. And second, I'm so glad you have reigned in what was making you ill.

You have galvanized my determination to stay healthy so I can stay on the bike.

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:10 pm
by MZ33
Okay, I'm 'fessing up: I fell off the exercise wagon for a few days--but I'm back on it!

My other biggest challenge is trying to circumvent the munchies. I realized I hadn't bought fresh veggies to have on hand for a few weeks!! Aaarrrgh! What's the matter with me? I know this stuff!!

Gee, wonder why I haven't lost any more weight? 'tis a mystery . . . :roll:

How's everyone else doing?

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:01 am
by Lion_Lady
Guilty... haven't exercised in two days. The munchies have bitten me bad, as well. And its 26 degrees outside this morning. :frusty:

I've got a recipe for gazpacho that I LOVE - it makes a great snack, or lunch or dinner. It has lots of veggies, is tasty to eat - lots of crunch and a bit of spice as well. I'll get myself a bowl when the munchies creep on. Almost no calories and lots of fiber. I need to make a fresh batch.

Lemme find it so I can post it:

Gazpacho - this makes a pretty big batch.

2, 15 oz cans diced tomatoes (I use fire roasted) with juice
2 large sweet bell peppers, seeded and diced small
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, diced
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, diced small
1 cup celery, diced small*
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2-3 cups vegetable juice
Optional: Ripe avocado, peeled, quartered, sliced.

Combine in a plastic container with a lid. Refrigerate 4 hours, or until cold.
You can add the avocado to the mix when you make it, or add to your serving bowl. Putting it in the gazpacho keeps it from turning brown.

*My trick for celery: When you buy a bunch of celery, just give it a good rinse, pull off any discolored ribs, and place in a plastic bag in your frige. To use, don't pull off individual ribs, slice through the entire bunch, it is faster! You'll get leaves and both the tender center ribs and the tougher outer ones. I've found that the entire bunch stays fresher longer this way, and I don't have to throw celery away as often.


Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:48 pm
by coffee_brake
One nice hot cup of coffee (or maybe a diet Mountain Dew) just after lunch will likely cure the desire for sweets and snacks for the rest of the afternoon...something about the caffeine, I swear by it....

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:39 pm
by Lion_Lady
I've learned the hard way that as I'm getting older, I've got to avoid caffiene after lunch or I don't sleep so good.

A piece of fruit does help, though.


Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:45 pm
by MZ33
Finally, it's my turn to borrow the book from the library! Yay!!

The gazpacho recipe looks good, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

Decaf coffee made with a French Press is excellent in the afternoon. Like Lion Lady, I have found caffeine is best restricted to mornings. :spaz: