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What being 60 means to me. A true story, by Cat.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It seems that we humans like to poke fun at stuff we aren't comfortable with. Maybe that's why I poke so much fun at Seniors.

I am one.

I turned 60 last November.

Yes, I know it's a number. But it's not JUST a number. It's a lot of numbers.

It means that I have lived 2 or 3 times as many years as those young whippersnappers on these exercise videos who are telling me I can have a firm butt if I do this 5 minute routine.

Or how about this one I bit on today: "Got 20 minutes? This easy-to-follow routine . . . . will strengthen and tone your entire body in no time! All you'll need for this efficient workout is a pair of dumbbells and a mat. "

Well, I tried it. And I thought I was going to have to call 911 !!!

Then I immediately signed up with the Chair Exercise Team and some of the 60+ Spark Teams. Maybe I can find some support there.

Support, that's what my saggy bits need the most.

(Disclaimer: The next couple are for mature audiences only. If you think there's a chance you might be offended, don't read 'em.)

Now, where's my BenGay?
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    Same as a lot of the people who commented, I am also in my 60s. Since I have been overweight most of my life, I've never had the perky or firm body parts. I do not compare what my body is now to what it was in my 20s--still about the same! I am working on losing weight and not losing strength.

    At this stage of my life I am less self conscious and do not give a rat's hinney what people think when they see me. I am ME!
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    Yep, I turned 60 last October. There's been a lot of discussion at our house recently about just what exercise will - or will not - do for you. At this point, I think it's a holding pattern. I'm not going to improve significantly in terms of strength, endurance, flexibility... but if working out enables me not to lose any strength, endurance or flexbility I still have, then it'll have to be good enough.

    But oh, when I think what 30 - 40 minutes / day would've done for me at 25--!!!
    1824 days ago
    You always have the best "funnies".

    My birthday is in November also and although I will be 62 this year I am trying very hard and with some difficulty to come to terms with my aches, pains, sags, flopping, and collagen failure resulting in skin detachment and cellulitis. Geez, that sounds like an awful picture doesn't it - LOL !!!
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  • GABY1948
    GREAT blog! I turn 65 next month so totally relate! Have a GREAT one!
    1824 days ago
    So funny cartoons! I turned 60 last September and celebrated by doing an extreme workout; we went to a "play in the trees" with balancing high off the ground and ziplines.....I don't think I've been the same since! I don't mind being 60, but I want my body to keep up with what my mind says I can still do!
    1824 days ago
    I just turned 64 and, yes, I feel it. 60 may be the new 40, but that's only until the first stroke. My hubby is 75 going on 85. All those lifestyle changes we make, eating right and staying active, need to start BEFORE the stroke. After that it's too late.
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    emoticon I'm in my mid 40's and I know how my skin is losing it's elasticity and certain "parts" are racing south! 60 may be the new 20 mentally, but unfortunately we can't get that 20 something body back without a lot of money and surgery.

    I think it's important to have a positive attitude about aging and you definitely have one! emoticon I wonder if our minds ever feel our chronological age? I know I mentally still feel 20's.
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    emoticon I'm right behind you!
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    emoticon Thank you from a fallow 60er
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    Oh I enjoyed your blog!! Thank you for the smile! emoticon
    1824 days ago
    love your sense of humor!

    Spanx help with the sagging and bagging, but I need a shoe horn to get into them, and a team of horses to pull me out. emoticon
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  • 123ELAINE456
    Our Minds are much younger than what our bodies tells Us. This is one of the things of what being Seniors is all about. The Chair Exercise Team has a lot of good Information and Videos for Exercises on all different levels. From being Bed Ridden, in a Wheel Chair, On a Scooter or what ever your level of Disabilities, Health Issues are they have something that You can do. I recommend it to Anyone. Good Luck and Enjoy The Team and What It has to Offer. Love the Cartoons too. Hope this finds You doing much better by now. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Comment edited on: 6/21/2013 12:55:09 AM
    Love those jokes. Keep them coming.
    1824 days ago
    My body tells me i'm older, but my mind hasn't grown up yet!
    1825 days ago
    60 is the new least that is what they say. But when WE hit that magic number we sure do need a great sense of humor......
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  • JACKIE542
    1825 days ago
    emoticon Awesome Blog!!! I think we will get along Just Fine!!
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    Very funny!

    1825 days ago
    These are so funny! I turned 60 last January. emoticon
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    I passed you by a few miles ago .......... emoticon (miles on the calendar) emoticon ............ Isnt' it fun!! I just LOVE those ads that promise us firm bottoms in only 5 minutes!! .......... We have to work hard for every thing we get and for anything we lose!! .......... (Not five min, but it would be nice) ............ I have lots of Ben-Gay and ice packs if you need an extra!) ........... emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/22/2013 8:35:52 PM
    Love the jokes.

    I bet a lot of 30 year olds would have trouble keeping up with you. emoticon
    1825 days ago
    Cat, I turned 60 a few months ago, and the realization that I was really SIXTY is part of what sent me to SP. Thank goodness. I sailed through forty and fifty without taking much notice, really, but sixty was another matter. You're handling it with humor, but my first reaction was to start counting how many years I might have left SO not the way to deal with it! I know I'll never again have perky boobs no matter how thin and fit I get, and I'll never again be able to do many of those things I used to do so effortlessly. I also know I am wiser, not to mention mentally and emotionally stronger than I've ever been in my life, and there's a lot to be said for that. I'm concentrating on the things I can do, and trying to do them well. I'm looking forward to life again, which is the right attitude-- and has led me to an optimistic place. Meanwhile, keep blogging the senior humor when the mood strikes-- it always makes me laugh. :D
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    Love them! I'm 6o also ( last October).
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    I can feel your pain. I'm 49, but even 49 is not 20. My brain feels pretty young for 49, and my body sometimes feels way older than that. Not quite as agile at sports as I used to be!

    I love the jokes, thanks for sharing a smile with us!

    1825 days ago
    LOL Love these! And if you can't laugh at yourself, well... life will be long bumpy road for you! I thank God I can laugh myself, as I'm basically perpetually entertained! lol

    You ROCK! (and not just in your rocking chair!) lol emoticon
    1825 days ago
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