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Where does my time go?

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.
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    You have a lot on your plate... an reassessing is a good idea to make sure you are not overloading yourself and therefore more prone to injury. But remember, too, that you aren't at square one anymore; you have made a lot of progress in the year you have been on here, which means if you can maintain where you are at, there are a whole lot of steps you won't have to take when you are able to refocus your efforts on weight loss.

    1139 days ago
    Over time is definitely an energy sucker. Paychecks are kinda nice tho. Hope you get your energy back and you are able to work out a little bit even if it's a quick walk.
    1140 days ago
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