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Old Enough for Botox

There are days when I just miss my youth. I used to eat half a pizza and drink a can of Coke or two. When I was body building, I would drink a gallon of milk a day and spend 2 hours at the gym. I couldn't get over 170 pounds. And se... never mind.

Then year 41 came.

I rocketed up to 230 so fast I didn't know what was happening. I was busy working 80 to 90 hour weeks. The luncheons with clients and customers. It has been a real struggle since then. I guess I'm a jealous of the old me.

Up an down the scale went from 195 to 295 like the tachometer in an Indy car.

53 years rolled over on the odometer. There I was in ICU hanging on to life. It was time to make changes, so I did. I lost 66 pounds in the next year. I was at the gym 3 times a week. I restarted Couch to 5K. I was determined.

I joined MFP. That's when the real fun started.

I made a few friends - like 1,000. It was amusing while I was out on disability recovering from congestive heart failure. I wrote blogs to help me understand my feelings of fear and loss. It was also a way to give myself a creative outlet. I watched the Bruins clinch the Stanley Cup over the Canucks.

2011 ended well except for the knee surgery.

2012 was my year to run. And run I did. My first 5K was in March. I ran the entire length. It was a lot of fun so I ran more 5Ks. By September I ran my first 10K. I became a running addict.

I also knocked off almost 40 more pounds.

There I was in One-derland! What a great feeling. My race times were becoming faster and faster. 2012 turned into 2013. It was a great year. I did my first half marathon, survived shoulder surgery, and got laid off at work.

I kept the weight off and bought new underwear.

My food choices got better and better. A year went by without drinking any sweet drinks. Cake was reserved for a couple of birthday celebrations. There was no pizza, no french fries, and no fast food. I finally got back to work. They even had a 5K loop on the corporate campus. The gym had showers. I started training for my first marathon.

Then the cancer came.

I was scared. I had ultrasounds, biopsies, and consultations with surgeons, radiation oncologist's, and urologists. It was just about ready to suck the emotional life out of me. I prayed. I got a second opinion. However, I kept running and stuck to my food regimen.

I bought new underwear.

The cancer showed up in a couple of other places, but I kept on going. My lifestyle changes were pretty well engrained. They are still working OK despite the damn medicine. My life has changed a lot. Last summer 60 years arrived one day. My wife and I made some big changes moving to Virginia from New England.

Then deja vu.

In 2019 I was out on disability. I finished the World Major Marathons just six years after I started, and I survived shoulder surgery, and got laid off at work.

And the Bruins have already won their first game of the Stanley Cup series.

Meanwhile, I am still in treatment for the chronic headaches. Friday, I had 31 Botox injections. As the doctor unleashed a torrent of bee stings on my face and head, I hoped that it would work. The last few days have been the exact opposite. Not unexpected, but hope quenching at times. We'll see. Sadly, the injections were not in any of my wrinkles.

I just hope my misfortune is good luck for my Boston Bruins.
 
Thanks for the votes and comments. I could use some new freinds, too! 

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11 comments:

texteach66 wrote 28 months ago:
You are the epitome of my mom's saying for how to get through tough times, "Just keep putting one foot in front of the other." You keep doing that, you keep moving forward, and I hope the answers and relief come for your chronic headaches. I can't even imagine. Thanks for sharing your life with us!
farmboyphotography wrote 28 months ago:
My mom says, all the time to this very day: One day at a time... and prayers don't hurt along the way.

Stay strong. Keep running. Do your best (I learned that one in the Cub Scouts and it has served me well).
solieco1 wrote 28 months ago:
You look "Mahvelous Dahling!" The botox can't hurt :D

Seriously though, I hope you get some relief from those wicked headaches and back to pure fun soon.
Thehardmakesitworthit wrote 28 months ago:
Always so glad to see a new blog....although I am sorry to know that those dang headaches are plagueing you presently. Hoping for manageable outcomes soon!
fitbabs wrote 28 months ago:
You have absolutely made my day, your resilient attitude mixed with humor is awesome!
Your new friend Barbara

2baninja wrote 28 months ago:
You are amazing, all your bad luck and you still keep on ticking.
You're the pink Energizer Bunny....
I wish I had 1/2 of your resolve.
pizzafruit wrote 28 months ago:
I do admire your strength and faith. Life is often harder than we ever imagined but you sir manage to move through these health challenges with such dignity. You really are an inspiration to all. Here's to better days ahead.
demery12371 wrote 28 months ago:
Always rooting and praying for you.. however as a St. Louis gal I just can't root for your Bruins.
You are like the Energizer Bunny, you keep on going. Chin up and you've got this!!!
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i am ERIC BRUNT by name. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my wife after three(3) years of marriage just because another Man had a spell on her and she left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a man had a spell on my wife and he told me that he will help me and after 3 days that i will have my wife back. i believed him and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my wife. Thanks for helping me Dr Akhere contact him on email: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com
or
call/whatsapp:+2349057261346

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