Aging Gracefully During Covid-19 : Approaching 70 – Why It Feels Like the Speed Limit, lol!

Felipe Adan Lerma on Old Baldy Wimberley Texas ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Felipe Adan Lerma on Old Baldy Wimberley Texas ©Felipe Adan Lerma

As my October birth month approaches, I’d begun tinkering with the idea for this post for a few weeks, with the initial thrust for the title being a kinda play on words and near-history, when – at least here in Texas – 70 was the mainstay speed limit, vs 55.

The “play” was that when I was younger, ala me below, circa ‘bout 2010 or ‘11 😊, I’d imprinted the idea of “70” being the limit, for pressing beyond my expectations physically as a way of keeping myself fit.

I never really ever considered 55 my limit, especially considering when I was 55, I’d been Jazzercising with my wife for half a decade, and weighed nearly 40 pounds more than in my pic below, when I started turning my health & fitness around. I’m now 15-20 lbs even lighter now (circa 2020)!

Doubts about whether 70 would actually be that major a birthday marker for me, in terms of how hard and how far to push myself, held me back from developing thIs post though, until today!

Me, Felipe Adan Lerma, Aug 2011 making a #Zumba music video - posted in WordPress August 22, 2011 😊 #Dance and Musicality .^.^.^^ My Poetry from Yoga — ~~ — Making My First Music Video #seniorfitness #aginggracefully
Pic from a Zumba routine I did for a contest 🕺 😊

I’d worked my way into going to a stability class Mondays, a Vinyasa yoga flow (including mat work) on Wednesday evenings, and a seated/standing yoga flow SilverSneakers class on Fridays. In between I also went to the gym, but worked various strength machines and walked the indoor track. All while maintaining a 7500 to 10K step count each day including weekends.

And painting. And fixing up my “art room.”

That included organizing my paints, assembling two new art carts (not as bad as I’d feared), and hesitantly-fearfully-anxiously throwing away anything I could bare to part with 😊

Adan’s “art room” in progress Aug 2020

And taking care of our new plants on our balcony – I posted a pic of my 1st Hibiscus bloom ever on Facebook ❤️ & got the most likes etc in a very long time!

We have very nice new resin pot to replant it into, but that’ll have to wait, at least a little bit 😊

My 1st Hibiscus bloom, ever! August 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Anyway, bottomline, I hit my endurance wall today.

I do also blame the Texas heat, Austin pollution & pollen, and most anything else I don’t like, lol! 😂

But I overdid it. Either completely – or just too fast too much! 😓

I’ve a feeling I may be able to cheat the 70 mph lifestyle-speed-limit a bit as I condition myself more, and if I pace better.

And I tell ya – that two hour nap this afternoon was baby-sweet! ☺️

Stay well everyone, be healthy as you can!

And happy as needed! ❤️


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  1. Ah, you are doing great, Adan, just keep on keeping on, and do pace yourself! You remind of one of my most favorite people in the world, Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead. That guy is 72 and he still rocks on, still tours with his band and he takes really good care of himself, a true inspiration!

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    • Wow, what a compliment! He is a true inspiration! 😊 But you’re right about pacing myself, whew! It’s worth it ‘long as I don’t over do it – it’s almost as bad as not doing anything, lol! Thanks so much, Tiffany ❤️


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