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. Laurie

    I already left you a Happy Birthday greeting on your facebook wall but won’t let the opportunity to give you one more! Looking good, my friend. Not sure about the beard though… you look like the Quaker Oats guy! 😉

    He had a beard?

  2. Charles Whiteman

    Happy birthday Tom. You look like a bad ass. I’m still trying to get there. I had five months of off the wagon junk food binging that set me back, but I’m back on the wagon and ready to get down to my desired weight 220.

    P.S. You think it’s okay have at least one candy bar a month? without, I start to go crazy.

    I think you can handle almost anything once per month.

  3. Lynda

    Happy Birthday Tom!! Thank you for planting the seed in my brain so long ago that inspired me and my husband to change our lives. We are forever thankful to you and others like you who have blasted a trail of saneness in this world gone crazy.

    Nice photo too…. I see you are embracing your inner Amish 🙂 Have a great day!!

  4. Sarah & Ray

    Happy Birthday from Ray & Sarah! I didn’t know we have the same birthday! (Sarah) It’s a good day!

    Happy Birthday, Sarah. You, me, Dr. Mary Dan Eades and Prince Charles.

  5. Jan

    Us Senior Citizens do very well. I am now 60 and since going LCHF I’m feeling good and staying slim.

    You’re looking great Tom – keep up the great work

    All the best Jan

  6. april

    Happy Birthday Tom! You look amazing for 55!
    I just wanted to take a minute and say happy birthday, but also that you’ve changed the way my family looks at which foods are healthy vs. which are really making us sick. Even my mother recently discovered that once she stopped eating “heart healthy” labeled carbs that she’s not only lost weight but her bad cholesterol has gone down and her good cholesterol went up. Very important since she’s already had a heart attack (which triggered her grain eating fiasco).
    So thank you! (and my husband loves you since I don’t limit his meat intake as long as he eats his vegetables LOL)

  7. Kevin Benjamin

    Clearly facial hair makes people appear in good shape. Getting right on that!
    Happy Birthday Tom!

  8. JasonG

    Happy Birthday!

    If you posted your body pictures minus your face comparing now to 20 years ago, I would wager that they would pick the slimmer photo as the younger you.

    Your muscle tone is visible also. Great job.

  9. Robb Niebeling

    Happy Birthday Tom. I just turned 55 last month also, and I’ve never felt better. Thanks to changing to LCHF lifestyle via Fatheads. Thanks!

  10. Rachel M.

    Happy 55th Birthday, Tom! Have a spectacular day! Thank you for all you’ve done to impact our family’s health journey. We are grateful!

  11. Tim

    1. Happy Birthday.
    2. When did you become Amish?

    I’m growing the beard in preparation to give up electricity. I hope the wind-powered PC allows me to keep blogging.

  12. Kate

    Happy birthday, Tom!! Wishing you a fantastic coming year! Thanks for all of your efforts… you have changed so many lives!

  13. Phil

    Tom, happy birthday! I hope I look as good as you do when I’m 55. Also, awesome beard – you look like a badass.

  14. Howard

    Well, Happy Birthday, you young whippersnapper!

    You going to be sporting that beard on the LC Cruise?

    Probably not. I grew it at Chareva’s request, but will shave it before my upcoming speech.

  15. Laurie

    I already left you a Happy Birthday greeting on your facebook wall but won’t let the opportunity to give you one more! Looking good, my friend. Not sure about the beard though… you look like the Quaker Oats guy! 😉

    He had a beard?

  16. SteveC

    LOL.. I did think Abe Lincoln for a second but he was for big government IMHO so I quickly dismissed it. You give me (about to hit 45) hope Tom! Happy Bday! I wish you and your family great health and success!

  17. Charles Whiteman

    Happy birthday Tom. You look like a bad ass. I’m still trying to get there. I had five months of off the wagon junk food binging that set me back, but I’m back on the wagon and ready to get down to my desired weight 220.

    P.S. You think it’s okay have at least one candy bar a month? without, I start to go crazy.

    I think you can handle almost anything once per month.

  18. Lynda

    Happy Birthday Tom!! Thank you for planting the seed in my brain so long ago that inspired me and my husband to change our lives. We are forever thankful to you and others like you who have blasted a trail of saneness in this world gone crazy.

    Nice photo too…. I see you are embracing your inner Amish 🙂 Have a great day!!

  19. Sarah & Ray

    Happy Birthday from Ray & Sarah! I didn’t know we have the same birthday! (Sarah) It’s a good day!

    Happy Birthday, Sarah. You, me, Dr. Mary Dan Eades and Prince Charles.

  20. Jan

    Us Senior Citizens do very well. I am now 60 and since going LCHF I’m feeling good and staying slim.

    You’re looking great Tom – keep up the great work

    All the best Jan

  21. april

    Happy Birthday Tom! You look amazing for 55!
    I just wanted to take a minute and say happy birthday, but also that you’ve changed the way my family looks at which foods are healthy vs. which are really making us sick. Even my mother recently discovered that once she stopped eating “heart healthy” labeled carbs that she’s not only lost weight but her bad cholesterol has gone down and her good cholesterol went up. Very important since she’s already had a heart attack (which triggered her grain eating fiasco).
    So thank you! (and my husband loves you since I don’t limit his meat intake as long as he eats his vegetables LOL)

  22. Kevin Benjamin

    Clearly facial hair makes people appear in good shape. Getting right on that!
    Happy Birthday Tom!

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