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Rene Horn

I agree with you wholeheartedly, and want to echo how so very important it is to find a physical activity that's enjoyable, and to find healthy food that are tasty.

Those things make healthy living sooooo much easier.

Tara Roberts

I completely agree with this. I am 41 and have been exercising regularly/eating well for the last 17-18 years. Sure, over the years, I have had times where I was off the wagon for a few weeks, sometimes even a couple of months, but as soon as I get back in a healthy routine, I feel so much stronger.

I was not an athletic child/teenager, so for me being active now is a conscious choice, not something someone else wants me to do. At 41, I feel more confident in my body than I did at 21 or even 31, which helps me feel more sexual and better able to express my needs.

To add to the suggestion about finding exercise that you like to do and finding foods that are tasty, I would say to realize that this is a permanent lifestyle change, not a temporary one. Do it for you and make sure that nothing interferes (within reason.)


You are so right. I had let myself go for a few years, and I was always tired, felt achy most of the time, didn't feel good about myself, and the sex drive had pretty much disappeared.

I've lost 70#, and feel so much better now. I don't hurt all the time, I have a lot more energy to do fun things, I'm a lot happier, and the sex drive came back with a vengeance :).

All those years wasted feeling bad, when a few simple changes could have made them so much better.

2-D Man

I agree that it's a difficult thing to do. One of the ways that I got around that was to start bicycling to and from work.
It forces you to finish your workout because if you don't, you've got nowhere to sit down!

Donna Gore

Me, too. I just feel so much better when I exercise. I have arthritis in my knees now so I can't do any high impact stuff but thinking about swimming lessons. I am bored with the stationary bike. I sit at a desk all day long so when I get out of there I gotta move or I will go nuts.

Greta Christina

Yeah, I have a bad knee too, Donna. I feel your pain. The elliptical machines at the gym have been a lifesaver -- great cardio workout with pretty much zero impact. Weights are good for people with knee problems too, if you pick your routines carefully... but I realize that, to put it mildly, not everyone thinks weightlifting is as much fun as I do. And definitely go for the swimming. I hate it myself, but I hear it's a great workout.


I just turned thirty and I felt all those horrible ways through my twenties (logy, depressed, etc), plus full of self-loathing for being such a fat pig. Fatter then than I ever was, even now, but I stuffed my face at McD's every damn day. Started a diet/exercise at about twenty-five and felt great for a year or two--lost about thirty pounds that first year. After that, I got to finally go to school (which is what I'd been saving for), and everything fell apart, culminating in a twice-smashed knee and torn ankle that kept me from moving right for over a year! So I gained it all back, and man do I feel like I did when I was twenty!

You pretty much said it for me, though, when you mentioned diet and exercise for hedonism. I spent my twenties tired, depressed, friendless, working a dead-end job to save my pennies for school (couldn't even get a loan, my parents made just a tiny bit too much--not enough to help, just enough to fuck me over). As far as I'm concerned, I'm not thirty--I'm twenty. I felt thirty when I was twenty, and now that I'm a much healthier thirty, I want to get all those things that I missed out on. I want to go to parties and concerts wearing a mini that I'd never have thought of wearing, and picking up incredible-looking guys I'd never have raised my meek, fat-crushed eyes to when I was twenty. I am losing this weight once and for all, and I am going to feel great about myself, both inside and out.

I have a lot of incentives, and you mentioned them (high energy, less depressed, etc.). Those alone would be plenty of incentive for a good diet and exercise program. But my biggest incentive is to get my hands on a twenty-five year old with sculpted shoulders and hips, a tapering waist, and long incredible legs. I think I deserve that at least once in my life. And for once in my life, I can say that without blushing shamefully.

Not that I'm planning on living my thirties in complete promiscuous sluthood--I'd just like to have a bit of the fun I've never allowed myself to even think of with some of the kinds of guys I've never allowed myself to dream of, just for a while before I settle down (again). :)

David Harmon

There's also that old saying (George Burns?), "If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!"....


I love weights, too. Since I started lifting weights, I go to the gym much more often. I feel my heart gets a better workout than just pumping away on a machine, and I feel good afterward.


"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones." - Seneca


"Eat healthy; exercise regularly; die anyway." - Haha! This is very eye catching!

Back to the topic, you are probably right out there. We don't have to be healthy because of the reason to extend our life. It's better to live and enjoy life in a healthier way.

"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones." - Seneca

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"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones." - Seneca

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