Words cannot describe how much I hate getting older.
The grey hair.
The lack of hair.
The grey arm hairs… Ugh. I’m not even that old. At least I don’t feel that old.
Well, I didn’t feel that old, until this morning. This morning was a big ‘ol dose of reality check for me.
You see, up until a couple of years ago, I played competitive ball hockey in a league, as I had been doing since I was 19-years-old. That makes it around 25-years, give or take a year here and there.
Some years I played on 2 teams, some years 3-teams, and at the time when I met my wife, I was playing 4-nights a week.
Those 4 nights dwindled to 2-times per week, and then to once a week. A torn calf ended my ball hockey play and I haven’t played since. I think about playing again, but at my age, and having gained a “few” pounds paired with the fact that I’m out every evening with the kids at programs, means I just have no time.
Fast forward to November 2018, and I accepted a contact with Intuit Canada, the makers of TurboTax, to be their spokesperson, and blog editor. The job was amazing! The people were amazing. My boss was beyond amazing and the role was so much fun! The only downfall was that I literally sat at my desk for 8-hours a day. I had an hour drive to get there and an hour drive home and there was no time for exercise.
I put on a few more pounds.
I was feeling very uncomfortable.
Walking up the stairs became a chore, and I was winded when I got to the top. I knew it was time to focus back on fitness. When the kids went away to camp, was when I started exercising again. Walking on the treadmill, eventually running on the treadmill and trying to ease my fat ass back into working.
I even agreed to do a fitness class with my wife (something we have never done together) at the fitness studio that she goes to. I did a class called Chiseled. She took a different class.
The class was great, and the instructor was awesome. She was dynamic, engaging, informative and she helped me sort out the exercises and the correct techniques.
Almost 3/4’ers of the way through the circuit, I felt that I was done. Exhausted. Not that I couldn’t lift anymore, but that my heart rate was elevated, and not having had breakfast, I felt nauseous. I just needed a break.
I’ve had this feeling before when I played ball hockey and took time off due to children or injuries. The next game back was usually a tough one.
So I sat down on the chair to catch my breath.
And passed out.
When I awoke, there was a juice box in my mouth, I could hear, but not yet see, the trainer and a participant who happened to be a doctor, checking my pulse, and when I opened my eyes, and started to feel a bit better, I apologized (I’m so Canadian) and said that I over did it.
I finished the juice box, and started to regain my focus when the doctor / participant said, don’t worry, the EMT is here.
My eyes popped wide open.
Umm, you called the ambulance?
Always do, she said.
I was so embarrassed. This has never happened to me before. Ever. UGH.
The EMT’s checked on me, and we agreed that it would be best if I could, to walk outside so they could run some tests. I walked out on my own power – now feeling almost completely back to normal, and into the ambulance.
The look on my wife’s eyes was something I will never forget. She didn’t say anything, but her eyes spoke volumes. Then she said to me, “When I said to you don’t die in the class, I was joking.”
I explained that I overdid it and having not eaten, my blood sugar must have bottomed out.
In the ambulance, they checked my blood sugar, my heart, my blood pressure, and all we fantastic.
I was totally back to normal.
I signed some papers, agreed to go visit my family doctor soon for a physical, and I ate a whole lot of humble pie.
We got into the car, drove home, and all I kept thinking was that I’m not that 20-year-old kid anymore who could play 4 games a week. I’m older, heavier, and man, do I hate getting old.
So how was your Monday?