In just a few days I will be 54 years old and although I feel like I am not a day over 35, I am starting to realize that the rest of the world does not view me this way. As we get older there are so many things we can do to be the healthiest we can be, but the signs of age are always with us. The gray hair, lines on the face, skin becoming looser under the jaw, eyelids starting to droop. Yes, our physical features gradually start changing and although we are smarter, wiser and experienced enough to believe that we can take on the world, there are still opportunities that exist only for the young.
I suppose that the business world looks at us as a medical liability as we may get sick and need time off. Or maybe they believe that we are slower or stuck in our ways as to be un-trainable. I know that the several times that I did apply for certain jobs and was interviewed I did feel that my age had a lot to do with the decision to not hire me. In a way I can understand this decision when I put myself into the seat of the interviewer. “If he is 54 years old that means that he would only be with us for 11 years before he retires. We will be spending a lot to train him and wouldn’t that money be best served on someone who is in their twenties, or even thirties”. Could this be called age discrimination or just wise hiring practices?
So what does all of this mean? I know that there is a large population of fifty somethings out there who feel the same pressure. So, what job markets are available to the over fifty crowd? I am fortunate enough to have semi retired from a law enforcement position and have enough income coming in each month to maintain a frugal lifestyle. And with the experience that I gained I am able to work comfortably in the field of Security, which is a rapidly growing industry. But what about others? What about people who haven’t taken care of themselves and are already in a bad position medically? I would love to here from others who may be in the same position to learn what actions they are taking to fit into the job market.
Today I decided to stop taking creatine for two weeks until I get back from vacation. I made this decision based on the fact that I will not be on a regular workout schedule and trying to maintain this routine could become difficult. I am also interested in seeing if there is any difference in numbers while not taking it, so I will probably go a full 30 days without it. I feel the need for taking a day off of lifting weight today as I feel my body is tired and needs to heal once again.
Blood Sugar – 95, Weight – 167.2
Creatine – STOPPED
NO WORKOUT TODAY
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Sausage
Lunch- Sausage, Sauerkraut
Dinner- Steak, Salad