Getting old is for the birds.

Yesterday, my wife had a doctor’s appointment, so I decided that I’d go work out. Typically, we are there together, so going on our own is a little different, but no big deal.


Very true, but it wasn’t going to happen, so I packed both running clothes and swimming trunks as I’ve found that swimming gets my heart level up and is so low impact on my body. The running just is in me. I’m slow, I’m awkward. Yet, I love doing it. I love the feel of my feet on the trail, the sound of my breath, my footsteps on the gravel, the fact my heart rate gets going, and that I work up a good sweat. Plus, both swimming and running are a GREAT way to get rid of the ick that a school day can bring.


Hush. Anyway, packed my bag, went to school, and had a decent day, however, I was definitely was looking forward to getting some of the rude comments out of my system. Then I moved my knee the wrong way picking up my freaking backpack.


This has happened a couple of times now, I twist my knee a certain pain and suddenly I have pain and swelling, usually for 12-18 hours, then nothing. It’s an age thing, I know this, but even before the pain came, I knew my plans for the afternoon were out the door.


So, I ran a few other errands that were on the list, but no workout for Darin.

As I get older, I feel that this “aging process” is for the birds. I’ve had glasses off and on since I was 20, but this past year, finally started wearing them full-time, with *sigh* bifocals (not sure if there’s a more up-to-date word for that, but it’s all I got). I will say, prescription sunglasses are amazing. Being able to see while in the sun, worth the money spent for sure. My license wasn’t restricted, but I knew that I’d be in trouble the next time a renewal needed to happen.

I dealt with plantar fasciitis, so I’ve got insoles for all my shoes. If I drink too much, the hangout lasts longer (not a big deal, but a wedding last summer opened my eyes). If I eat too much, that pain lasts longer. And the list goes on and on.

Now, don’t come at me with the “with age comes wisdom” or any of those pithy quotes about growing old gracefully. Nope, don’t want to hear it. I want my eyesight to be better, my knee to be swollen, and to get a good night’s sleep! 🙂

I’m 5 – 7 years out from retirement, so taking care of my body so it’s not broken is a big deal to me. So, I don’t drink a whole lot of caffeine after noon because it messes with my sleep. I love me some health tea with honey (a staple for winter). I don’t eat as much at meals, but try to space out my eating thought-out the day. I try to get at least 5 workouts of 30 minutes per day per week. While getting old sucks, taking care of your health does not. I know and read my body much better now than I did in my 20s or even 30s.

So, are you one of those “oh I’ll age gracefully and be fine with it” or do you fall into the “nope, I’ll age kicking and screaming” category? Leave me a comment and let me know where you fall!

I won’t make fun of you too much. I forgot my glasses at home so it’s all good! 🙂