Growing pains are real

April 5, 2019

Tim McGraw's song, "My next thirty years," is really starting to speak to me.  The years are starting to go by much faster than they used to, my body has way more aches and pains than years before, and any type of junk food seems to have a direct impact on my body.  Let me tackle these problems in order.  First, time going by too fast.  Growing up, I always heard old timers saying, "Just wait till you get older.  Time flies by."  "Yeah yeah" I always thought, but as I close in on 33 years old, it couldn't be more true.  It seems like months are just flying by.  I swear I wake up and two months have just passed by, and I find myself always saying out loud, "Jeeze!   It's already blank month!"  This brings me to my next problem.  My body aches and pains. 

I grew up an athlete.  I played sports year round, until I reach my sophomore year of college.  That's when I finally put an end to it, and decided it was time to relax.  Maybe,. I decided to relax a little too much, because I gained A LOT of weight.  Luckily I was able to lose it (granted it took me a solid six years) but not I'm back to a good weight, but at a price.  Two years ago, when I really started taking my exercise serious again. there were no problems.  I could run for miles, and miles, wake up the next day, and do it again.  Now, oh let me tell you.  I run more than two blocks and my knees feel like they are going to explode!  What happened?  In a mere two months, my body just gave up.  I'm trying to prolong my life, and my body is fighting me! And that brings me to my final struggle, Junk food. 

Back in 2004, I was able to eat whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted, and there were no repercussions. Now, anything I eat, seems to directly affect me.  Want to have a ham and cheese hoagie, you better get ready to swell thanks to the salt.  Have a soda, you better believe the belly will jiggle for the next two days.  I'm trying to limit my intake on sugar and soda, and believe me, I have a big sweet tooth, and attempting this is no easy task.  In fact, I simply can't give up or limit my ice cream intake.  No matter how hard I try, I will always end up eating more ice cream.  So while I try and say I'm focusing on my next thirty years, maybe I should just try and focus on the next five... you know, so I don't get overwhelmed.   

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