Yikes I'm Getting Old! - page 6

We all must face it - we are aging. Oh yeah, when I was 20, 30, even 40, heck I was NOT going to get old. I was going to keep learning, stay current with evidence based practices and be on TOP! ... Read More

  1. by   mtsteelhorse
    I'm in my early 50's (gulp, break hard to say at times). I just completed my BSN in December after 14 years of nursing. It was a challenge, but well worth it. As much as you can carve out time for fitness. It will give you more energy and more focus for school. I work FT, still have kids at home (older mom) and everyone knows I must exercise. Sometimes I would read while riding the stationary bike if I felt a time crunch. But mostly I take that time for myself knowing it will recharge my batteries. Drink LOTS of water...it helps to fill you up and keep fatigue at bay. Take a break from that paper and do crunches...take a 15 mins brisk walk....keep dumb bells in your house and break for 10 and do curls. It all adds up! Congratulations to you on taking this journey....you can do it! Nurses tend to care for others and neglect our own needs. You'll be a better nurse if you take care of you first. Good luck and keep us posted!
  2. by   adpie28
    Thank you for sharing your advice... it really gave me a lift... having some hip pain today from clinical the other day and it scares me... so on the floor I go to stretch now and then try your other suggestions too!
  3. by   mtsteelhorse
    It's just a daily thing you/we have to do. I stretch often...had back surgery in Aug and if you rest you rust! Choose a nursing field that doesn't hammer your body. Med/surg is brutal. I am in a physically non-demanding area. I wish you all the best!
  4. by   tyvin
    I just turned 60. I still feel like when I was 30. I look like I'm 45 (runs in the family). I tried to get the senior day credit at the store the other day and they laughed at me. I finally showed them my ID. My mom who is 84 is her husband's caregiver (he has Alzheimer's). I hate it but she caths him x3 daily, dresses him, the whole shot. The thing is she still has time to drive to lunch with her friends, do the shopping, etc... My family doesn't die off until we're 100 and we remain sharp as tacks mentally so there you go. I admit it; we're tough. Did I mention I had a child when I was 45...yea, I'm helping him with his homework after I do this.
    Age is a state of mind unless you have debilitating disease and then any age is tough. When I read the younger ones complaining they feel so old it's sad. I lift weights, die my hair, and drink Myofusion post workout. Don't forget the over 2 liters of fluid a day. If you want to remain sharp, you need to work at it!
  5. by   mtsteelhorse
    Love it! My last child born when I was 40. You keep it up, girl! What is Myofusion???
  6. by   tyvin
    Myofusion is a whey protein powder that I drink often. It's a good protein source. I drink it with water, sometimes with milk, and sometimes I'll do the smoothie thing. There are many protein powders, it's just the Myofusion is the one that taste best to me. There's whey, soy, etc... This way I don't have to worry about how much protein from what.
  7. by   mtsteelhorse
    Ahhhh...whey protein is super stuff. I need to get back on my protein shakes. I'll look into this one. I've used Ultimate Muscle Protein by Beverly International ($$). Will try yours!

    As we discuss the age thing I would love some feedback about grad school. I was all set to go on for my MSN but have decided that's not what I truly want. I'm considering a master's in counseling but the road is loooong. It would take me probably 4 yrs plus lots of clinical time. I'm weeding through the pros and cons. Anyone out there exploring similar options??? I guess my main issue is time away from things I hold dear to take on more school. Maybe I need to see a guidance counselor, lol!
  8. by   uRNmyway
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Well, it seems nobody in my family lives past a certain age---I call it "the curse of 66"---and it's not looking good for my sister either, so I may very well have to be the one to break the mold. In fact, several people in my life, including my head doc, have told me recently that they are going to be HUGELY PO'd if I don't, so I guess I've got to take care of myself so I can avoid disappointing them. So......here's to eating apples instead of chocolates, and keeping my stress levels down so I don't use myself up too soon. LOL

    Viva, nothing wrong with eating a little chocolate! Don't they say that eating a bit of dark chocolate every day is good for heart health? :P
    I hear ya, have similar family history, at least on Mama's side. If cancer doesn't get me, CAD will.
    I really have to start being pro-active on that I guess. Daily regimen of dark chocolate and red wine, starting tomorrow! :P

    But yes, seriously, add me to that list of people who would be PO'd if you aren't around much longer with your wisdom and humor. Love reading your posts.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    you all crack me up!