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My Tummy's Up! My Observations About Aging and Weight Gain

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One day, I noticed something bulging from under my midriff. At first I didn't pay attention to this mountainous structure going up and down with every breath I took but gradually it caught my eye. It was my tummy showing up in layers from underneath my dress! I straightened myself, sitting up and pulling my dress down a little. But after a few minutes the folds started coming into my view again. This time I held my breath to suck my tummy in but to no avail. What else could I expect from sitting at home with absolutely nothing to do but eat and sleep? That's been the case for past two months. Extreme hot weather is making it impossible for me to step out to do anything. I tried to convince myself I am doing fine with my weight. But my profile that day told me a totally different story. My tummy's up and I need to do something about it soon.

As most people grow into adults they tend to become more sedentary. Metabolism starts slowing down by the mid-twenties. As the adolescent age comes to an end so do the physical activities such as running, walking, and being out of the house more often. As we become more job-oriented with all the education behind us we concentrate on responsibilities at work and getting settled. We spend more time working and trying to make money. But all the while we continue to eat the same way as we did when we were teens.

Most men in their 30s and 40s continue to drink as they did when they were in college. They tend to housework such as lawn mowing while drinking a beer, watching television at the end of the day or weekend with a beer in hand, or speak to the next door neighbor while having a drink. They might think they earned a right to relax and enjoy after a hard week. In the meantime the physical exercise part of everything is put in the back burner. So their beer starts showing up in their tummies. Most men boast about having a pot belly as being a sign that they are prosporous. I didn't see the connection between having a big belly and money. But they are a little bit luckier than we are in the sense they don't have to go through biological changes like we do. Hence, they get to keep their lean muscle intact.

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Great post, full of good information. And you made me laugh with your opening paragraphs. Made me think you'd been watching me through my window!!! Thanks for writing.

May 4, 2010 - 8:50am
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