Senior Citizen

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Well, I finally qualify for senior-citizen discounts at Denny’s and other fine dining establishments.  Yup, 55 years old as of 12:01 AM this morning.  I believe I’m supposed to spend the day feeling depressed about my wasted youth and my impending decline and eventual doom.

Nope, not gonna happen.  I’ll be spending today doing some shopping with Chareva, playing some disc golf, watching my Titans get hammered by the Colts on Thursday Night Football, and feeling pretty good about life in general.

If I’d been a lean jock-type as a young man, maybe the then-versus-now comparison would be a little depressing.  But here’s the “then” comparison for me — two pictures taken sometime in my early or mid 30s:

And here’s me twenty-some years later, shortly after stepping out of the shower on the morning of my 55th birthday:

I’m not cut, I’m not at 10% body fat, and I still have some residual softness around the middle that may never go away.  But considering how I looked and felt for most of my adult life, I’ll happily accept where I’m at now.

Back then, I loved to eat, but also considered food my enemy.  Food was the stuff that made me fat.  Now I still love to eat, but consider food my friend.  I don’t try to semi-starve myself into being leaner.  If I’m hungry, I eat something.  I just had to learn which foods to eat.

And now I’m off to enjoy my birthday.

p.s. — To everyone who wants to leave a Happy Birthday comment:  I’ll thank you all now instead of within the comments.

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128 thoughts on “Senior Citizen

  1. Peggy C

    Sorry I missed the chance to wishe you a Happy Birthday on your birthday, but I do wish you a fantastic year until your next one and beyond. From one senior citizen to another, thank you for making my senior years (thus far) much better and healthier than my middle aged years.

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  2. kimberly

    Looking good! That “residual softness” is a nice resource cushion that may save your life someday—don’t disparage the little extra. Your catwalk modeling days are behind you, anyway. 😉

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  3. Peggy C

    Sorry I missed the chance to wishe you a Happy Birthday on your birthday, but I do wish you a fantastic year until your next one and beyond. From one senior citizen to another, thank you for making my senior years (thus far) much better and healthier than my middle aged years.

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  4. kimberly

    Looking good! That “residual softness” is a nice resource cushion that may save your life someday—don’t disparage the little extra. Your catwalk modeling days are behind you, anyway. 😉

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  5. Sol y Sombra

    Happy birthday, Tom! You look really hot! And thank you so much for Fat Head and for this blog!

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  6. Miranda

    Is it getting hot in here? That pic of you shirtless has me all hot and bothered. Chavera is one lucky woman. If you were single, I’d climb that body like a tree 😛 *Muah*

    Lots of love,
    Miranda

    Heh-heh-heh … thanks.

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  7. Miranda

    Is it getting hot in here? That pic of you shirtless has me all hot and bothered. Chavera is one lucky woman. If you were single, I’d climb that body like a tree 😛 *Muah*

    Lots of love,
    Miranda

    Heh-heh-heh … thanks.

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  8. William Baker

    LOL I wish I looked like that at age 16-21….21-31 lol
    Oh well low carb diet has lost me 30 lbs in the past 4-5 months so maybe I’ll get there soon enough.

    I wish I’d had that build at 35 myself, but all’s well that ends well.

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  9. William Baker

    LOL I wish I looked like that at age 16-21….21-31 lol
    Oh well low carb diet has lost me 30 lbs in the past 4-5 months so maybe I’ll get there soon enough.

    I wish I’d had that build at 35 myself, but all’s well that ends well.

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  10. Cheryl

    I like that comment, “residual softness”. I think a lot of us have some of that. Eating the right food is a challenge today with the GMOs.

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  11. mark

    The Abraham Lincoln beard needs to go.
    Makes you look 65.
    Perhaps the Mrs likes it, otherwise no excuse.
    Still, proud of you.

    Bologna-Head Mark

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  12. mark

    The Abraham Lincoln beard needs to go.
    Makes you look 65.
    Perhaps the Mrs likes it, otherwise no excuse.
    Still, proud of you.

    Bologna-Head Mark

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