Got my “annual” eye exam yesterday. (“Annual” = I go every three or four years, after I’ve been down to my last pair of contacts for about 6 months.) I ordered new glasses and finally gave in and got reading glasses. The nice (and young) Dr. Anderson said to me “Your eyes look really great and healthy. A little lattice degeneration, and some permanent pigment on the whites from the sun. And the brown pigment in your pupils fading to hazel is, you know, just normal wear and tear of aging.”
Here’s what I think of aging: this body can creak and crack and wrinkle and sag all it wants (although it will now have to fight a little harder against the weights that are toning me up), but my mind will be exactly as old as, or as young as, I allow it to be.
And this is the age I think I am:
P.S. FITNESS BUDDIES!!! I had weights day again today, and do you remember how I told you that on Friday I did the bench press for 19 reps of 75 pounds? Well, today, I did 2 full sets (10 reps each) of 75 pounds, PLUS 8 out of 10 on the 3rd set before I needed an assist. I had a worker at the gym spot me, and after I finished the 3 sets at 75 pounds (28 out of 30 ain’t bad!), he helped me do drop sets at 95lbs, 85lbs, 75lbs, 65lbs and the bar (45lbs).
My arms are TORE UP! I am so deliciously sore right now.
I just realized that this increased my strength on the bench press by 10 pounds in one month. (I had just started hitting 65 pounds consistently when I joined the Center for Fitness and Health.) I’m still fighting fatigue a few times a week and trying to adjust my cardio times so I don’t crash out as much, but it’s so exciting to have this progress. I’m still hoping to bench press 100 pounds before we leave for Africa in 4 months. I don’t know if another 25 pounds in 4 months is reasonable or not, but I plan on doing everything possible (but natural – I don’t do that enhancement crap) to get there!