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BMR, calories and the inevitable pitfalls of aging

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One's BMR drops as one ages. (I've calculated that eventually my estimated resting BMR will actually drop below 1200 before being multiplied by a Harris-Benedict factor for average daily activity level.)

In order to maintain a specific weight, one therefore needs to gradually eat less and less food as one grows older, and therefore in order to get sufficient proper nutrition there is less and less leeway for ever eating any fun "empty calorie foods", unless one becomes more and more active, which is rather difficult to do as age takes its toll (most people have to become more sedentary, not less.)

I guess that eventually cuts out getting to have even an occasional cookie, never mind one's birthday cake. It is all rather depressing.
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November 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I and my family are feeling quite devastated now.

I've lost both human family members and elderly dogs in the past, and while it is very, very sad to lose a beloved family member who at least has lived a good long life, it is awful to lose family members many years before their time. On top of that, now we have also lost a family member who was still definitely in the "young" part of her lifespan (our beloved dog-child.)

When you love someone as family, it doesn't matter if they are human or not; what matters is that they love you in return - and dogs tend to do this with all their hearts. For these compassionate intelligent little beings, their whole LIFE revolves around their family, species notwithstanding.

I don't know what to say right now, really. The pain is so acute, so strong. Our whole family - parents, kids, the other dog - we are all grieving so much. At least we have each other to be with at this time.

But none of us wants to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

  
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RUTGERSM0M 11/25/2010 6:10PM

    I am sorry to hear about your lost. I have had a few the past couple of years and it does not get easier. I hope you and your family find some peace and comfort together.

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