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Saturday, September 8, 2012

In Which I’m 63 Years Old (and Four Months)


 

 
I have always thought of myself as an old soul. I’ve always enjoyed vintage French music, going out at night and getting drunk was never my thing, and yes, I had arthritis at twenty-seven.

Well, last week I did a fit point assessment test at my gym. Basically, based on a few tests, they tell you how old your body REALLY is. The suspense nearly killed me. 50? 80? I settled for 60. Well, friends, the verdict is out: my body is 63 years and 4 months old. Yes.

I’m 30, and my body is going all Benjamin Button on me!

Anyway, now I have the backup I’ve always needed. It turns out that I’m an old soul AND an old body. So the question is whether I should just enjoy my twilight years or go against nature and work out to try to shed some years.

The overly Botoxed personal trainer didn’t quite appreciate my humor when I asked her if I could get a senior citizen discount for the sessions. But, c’mon, take it from someone who’s clearly a prodigy at aging —I’ve always wanted to stay ahead of the game, so at least bone-structure wise I’m DECADES ahead of any of my friends. I’m probably even ahead of my mom, because she’s always exercised. Boo!

Although I love the practicality of a sedentary life, I have thought long and hard and have decided to take some personal trainer sessions, so I’d at least LEARN how to use machines to strength my muscles and keep my joints from deteriorating. Maybe by the time I’m 40, I can resemble a well-aged 80 year old. No, folks, my expectations aren’t high.

Plus, on the upside (yes, I always look for one), I’m sure the sessions will give me enough material to blog for the next few months. LOL. No, really! J

Anyway, that’s all! Off to the Elliptical now (I’ll be calling her Ellie in a couple of weeks. We’ll be good friends—until Ellie starts to bore the hell out of me).
Until later,
Carmen :P

16 comments:

  1. Haha!! Too funny!

    I hope you and Ellie are very happy together... for now ;o)

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    1. It'll be a love-hate relationship. But those are the best, according to my characters! LOL

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  2. Oh, I can so relate. We have a similar thing on the Wii where you do a series of tests and it gives you your 'age'. I have been in my 80s and I have been in my 20s, all depending on whether I am feeling good or not. When I exercised like I should, I could get a consistent lower number, so Ellie could help you.

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    1. Cool, I didn't know Wii had that. I'll try it out when I feel brave :) LOL

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  3. Haha. This made me giggle. I went on the Wii thing like Faith mentioned. Last time I did it was before I had the boys and I'm sure it was pretty good about 27/28. Two years laters, I havent been near it. I'm too scared! :-) x

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    1. LOL. Sam, you have no reason to be scared ;)

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  4. Funny post. Made me giggle too. And there's nothing wrong with being an old soul. I love older music, too, and I've never been the type to get drunk. Although, there was tat one, and only, time.....
    Hm, wonder how I'd go with that. Not good I imagine.

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    1. The one and only?
      Hhhmmm... Tell us more!! LOL :D

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  5. We can clink glasses on being old souls, Carmen. I've never been one to go against the grain but after I hit forty there has been some urge. Who knows it might even be strong enough to move me to the gym, which I tend to ignore exists on the road where I have to pass everyday. Till then, here's to vintage souls within old bodies!:)

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    1. Cheers!

      Vintage souls within old bodies... I like the sound of that :)

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  6. Good for you for going to the gym and taking that first step! Dr. Oz has a Real Age calculator, too, and I've taken it a few times, both before and after I got in shape. I started out a 54yo and am now a 34yo (and I'm 44 in real life :-). So it makes a big difference!

    I started getting in shape mostly because I hit 40 and realized if I didn't do it now, I'd be mad at myself when I was 60. It's made a tremendous difference in my life, in the amount of work I can do in a day, and how good I feel overall. :-)

    Shirley

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    1. Hi, Shirley:

      Thanks for your comment. I always read your FB posts and am in awe of your work out routine. All the running! Wow. That's pretty cool.

      I also want to get fit so I'll have more energy and make a difference. We'll see what happens :-)

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  7. Very impressive! If I went I'd probably get a letter from the Queen!!

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    1. LOL! A letter from the Queen. You're hilarious!
      xxx

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  8. Aw, thanks! :-) The running is something I NEVER thought I'd do (and honestly, I still HATE the first mile with a passion). But the trade-off of being able to eat anything I want...so worth those miles :-)

    And yes, I bet you will have more energy. I know I do. In the beginning, I was exhausted on days I worked out, but now I'm recharged and energetic afterwards. :-)

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    1. Wow that's cool. You seem so fit and energetic.

      Maybe one day that'll be me. :)

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