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You're going to get old someday...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I hear people say all the time, "Well, I'm going to get old someday and..." Or "you're lucky you're still young." It is true that as we grow old lots of things change in our bodies that we simply can't control. True. I am just not sure that growing old is so terrible, nor as restricting as it is often portrayed. To illustrate: my husband and I go running regularly along the Illinois Prairie Path, where loads of other runners get out to enjoy scenic paths, sheltered by tree and bush from the sights of city and suburbia. We see all sorts of runners out there, and just as a note, I am encouraged by each one of them. The most inspiring runners for me, however, are the ones who have wrinkles. First, they are usually going way faster than I am. They have gone down these roads before (literally!) and know what it takes to run well. They have form and poise, stamina and grit, and probably deeper things to think about while they run than most of us younger runners, not to mention more self acceptance which makes their experience that much more blissful. They are the runners I admire and esteem. They may have lost some things to time, like muscle, speed, or flexibility, but I certainly can't tell. It's not that they are admirable for 'staying young' but they are admirable because they didn't give-in to the perceptions we have about aging. Again, some people may have such severe joint issues that running is simply out of the question, but that's besides the point, I think. It's one thing to let your real self set the boundaries rather than the self that people project onto you.
All that to say that one of my 'lifetime goals' is to run, if I can, when I'm 75. Not to stay young. But because I'm free to do it if I want.

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SPEEDYDOG 4/25/2010 10:02AM

    I am a bit older than you. Of course "old" is a relative term. I am 52, which doesn't seem that old to me. I have been running for a long time. I joined my Junior High School track team 39 years ago and have been running ever since.

I know that I have more miles behind me than I have in front of me. Every mile I run now is a lot sweeter. Someday I will have to hang up my running shoes. But today is not that day.

When I was younger I used to think profound thoughts when I ran. Now, I just watch the world go by and think about a nice warm shower when I am finished.

I have a book called "Born to Run". This book has a theme that is, "Most people think you get old and quit running. Actually, you quit running and get old."

Thanks for a great blog.



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TURNINGJ 4/8/2010 8:01PM

    What an awesome blog.... definitely put me in a good mood reading your optimistic way of thinking! Thanks for the reality check - and I'm with you... I want to run when I'm 75 too!!

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SHAKENMA 4/8/2010 2:08PM


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    I admire you for your goal! I'm glad you can do that. When I do that too much my chest hurts (I'm big busted). I do a little of it though, and am surprised I can do it at all.

I find getting old is somewhat hard for me. What helps so much is that I can take these concerns to God in prayer, knowing that He cares for His people and has promised to supply all our needs.

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SRTWINS47 4/8/2010 1:05PM

  I love your attitude. My husband's grandmothers are both still alive. One is an ancient 75, with one foot happily lodged in the grave. It's been there as long as I've known her. His other grandma is 77, and went white-water rafting to celebrate her recovery from a hip replacement. She remarried 4 years ago. She plays with my kids and her teenage grandkids and lives life with vigour.

When I grow up, THAT's the Grandma Great I want to be.

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CHARITY_DAWN 4/8/2010 12:59PM

    Good job on running :) I've only just started this year and to be honest I love the way I feel after I have done it. Never thought I'd feel that way but I love it :)

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REBCCA 4/8/2010 12:56PM

    emoticonAs a bicyclist with wrinkles I totally feel uplifted by this attitude. emoticon

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Trouble Goal

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Ok: I have realized lately that I have a MUCH bigger goal than loosing a few pounds. Those few pounds have never been the real source of my angst. My deeper level frustration has been that I deal with tough situations by eating loads of food, and then I try to manage those same tough situations by restricting what I eat. Therefore I tried to refocus my goals on cutting down that habit of overeating when 'trouble' strikes. I have found this amazingly difficult. It has only been in the past two weeks that I have found things that kindof work, like not being home alone, not keeping sweets accessible and journaling/tracking food/am-pep-talks ever day. But 'not overating' is such a massive goal, not to mention that it is stated in the negative. I am not sure right now how to break it down into smaller goals... Maybe those means I listed above are goals in themselves? I don't know. The real killer of my good intentions, however, is falling behind in my graduate studies. So often lately the thing that drives me to overeat is falling behind in graduate studies/projects. How on earth do I make manageable goals out of all of this I keep asking myself? Oh dear... so this is (these are?)
my trouble goal. There are so many choices in life.

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WANNABE751 4/5/2010 2:06PM

    I can relate to this absolutely. I was praised for eating all my dinner on the day my mother died when I was 10 years old and I've been an emotional eater all my life since. After the over eating I have fasted for days, lost up to 9 pounds in less than a week then bought myself a "treat" for being so good. The "treat" would be chocolate and I would tell myself I can handle it/work it in/ just have a small amount every day. I was in control now wasn't I???? I don't know what the answer is, I would eat without noticing/distractedly when I was a mature student in 1990-94,when my tutor didn't turn up for a disertation meeting etc. It's all stopped now, I don't crave or binge and just eat what I know is good for me. Perhaps it's because it is all I have to focus on right now, well that and my home. At least you know why you do it... no concellation I know but it gives you a starting point. You will get there in the end, after all you are the one in control, you'll beat it for yourself.

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ALIS__10 4/4/2010 11:36PM

    I totally understand where you are coming from. When I get stressed or mad I tend to overeat and then when I realize it I decide that I should restrict everything I eat. Lately, I have tried to exercise at least for a few minutes when I get stressed or upset to curb my appetite which isn't really an appetite at all when your eating because of the wrong reasons. Sorry I didn't have a better answer but I hope that helps a little.

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Student Life and Inner Strife

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I am currently in grad school and just now waking up to the issues I have with food. With the new stresses of graduate studies I am finding that food no longer cuts it as a coping method. I notice that many of the people I know completing their PhDs all seem to have gained a bit of weight, as well as the other girls who have started the graduate program with me (can't say about the boys). I have a close friend who finished his graduate studies, and then stuck it through at the University till he was given a full-time position. Once he received that he had time to pick-up running again and is very skinny now. I guess I am wondering how I might make it through school without having to give up good habits like healthy eating, exercise, and good sleep. I know people from all sorts of busy walks of life can do it, but it seems that most people I know who really want to make it in the academic field that I am in (theology) end up giving those things up for the sake of having hours to pour over books. It just seems so counter intuitive to be studying about the beauty of the earth and the love of good, but to at the same time be trashing our bodies. After all, we are called not to simply publish and produce, but to live a life.

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SPEEDYDOG 4/25/2010 10:09AM

    I know there is only so many hours in the day. It would seem to me that eating healthy foods, exercising and sleeping would make you more efficient in your studies.

Good luck in your endeavors.


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AMARAN 4/8/2010 9:48PM

    Maybe you could prop the book up on the treadmill and do your reading and walking at the same time? It's a thought... :-)

Truthfully, though. If I could do grad school again (and you know the intensity of the program I was in), I would have carved out 30 minutes a day for health. I think those 30 minutes would have yielded a much clearer mind, more focus, and greater energy.

I think it is kind of like tithing. Give that 10%, and watch how God blesses the 90%. If you care for the temple, God will be able to minister more through you.

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KAT-MOMMY-TO-2 3/25/2010 2:54PM

  I agree. I think you will find your own way to balance it, since you are obviously looking for it. good job.

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JCARDINAL 3/25/2010 1:23PM

    Don't worry you'll find you own way to balance.

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