Monday, September 09, 2013
As I got into my silver years (translation: senior years) I noticed that the old adage that the older you get the faster time flies seemed to hold true. In trying to figure out why this was so, I finally figured out that unconsciously I was slowing down: walking slower, moving my hands and arms slower, even taking longer to think about something. I also seem to be more easily distracted by thoughts, events, and even items that catch my eye. And the more I tried to compensate, the worse it go. For example, if I tried to complete a task more quickly, my coordination fell apart so I either made mistakes that had to be corrected (more time) or forgot necessary steps. It didn't make me happy to see that there was little I could do about this.
It also applied to my weight loss efforts. In my first year on Spark (anniversary in a couple days) I managed to lose about 22 pounds. That included daily food and exercise tracking, and workouts 5 days out of every 7. About a month ago I found I just didn't have the energy or motivation to keep up the program. Part of the problem was that work was demanding a lot of overtime, taking both hours and energy from my exercise program. But that doesn't seem to be the only cause. Even on weekends when I have gotten extra rest I find so many things left undone from the week that my sense of priorities gets overwhelmed. And when I get confused I lose focus and don't get anything done. Bummer.
So acknowledging that being well into age 67 might be a factor, I think it is time to reassess my life. I will continue to keep my food intake under control and verify that with the Food Tracker. I will continue working at my job as long as I can up to my next birthday in May, since I committed to that with my employer. And I will work out when I can but not worry about trying to meet goals or achieve milestones. As the weather cools down I may become more energized' we'll just have to wait and see. And I will continue my daily visits to SparkPeople to stay in touch with my friends and support them in their efforts, and to remind myself of the need to stay on a healthy track.
We will see what the next year brings.