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Old 08-03-07, 04:04 AM   #1
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Turning 50 tomorrow!

Tomorrow, I join the 50+! I got my AARP invite yesterday. I canít wait for Saturday when I shread it as I toast myself for my second chance of life.

Last year, the thought of pushing 50, was depressing and scary. I was miserable, out of shape. I was not taking care of my body. Everyday was a struggle

In February I was diagnosed with Crohnís Disease. With the diagnosis came the determination to my get life back. I knew that it was something I would live with for the rest of my life, but I also realized I had to return to a healthy lifestyle.

In March, I pulled the bike out and started riding after a seven year layoff. I started eating healthier. The pounds have actually come off quicker than I expected. As of this date, I have lost 43 pounds, and I have to say, I have never felt better.

My life is back in order. Iím going to have to deal with Crohnís for the rest of my life. But, the good daysÖthey are every day. No longer are there bad days, just an occasional bad moments. My outlook on life has changed. I actually enjoy going to work.

Now, I am looking forward to my 50th. I feel I have been given a second chance of life and I have no intentions to blow it this time around. A new phase has just now started. Not just cycling, itís life in general. I'm not getting older..I'm getting better.
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Old 08-03-07, 04:20 AM   #2
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Welcome to 50+ even if it is a day early...........sigh. You really want to spend time with us???

I'd have to say since you've lost 43lbs I should be spending time on your website.

Welcome.
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Old 08-03-07, 06:20 AM   #3
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Congratulations on all those incredible lifestyle changes. I applaud you efforts and wish a happy, happy birthday. May the second half be better than the first.
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Old 08-03-07, 06:25 AM   #4
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Wleocm, and have yourself a grand celebration tomorrow. It looks as if you're off to a good start for your fifth decade.
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Old 08-03-07, 06:50 AM   #5
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Welcome to the 50+ forum! and happy birthday. It's a pretty good group with alot of solid experience. I'll let someone else bring you up to speed about pie!, (a requirement).
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Wleocm, and have yourself a grand celebration tomorrow. It looks as if you're off to a good start for your fifth decade.
0-9 - 1st decade
10 - 19 - 2nd decade
20-29 - 3rd decade
30-39 - 4th decade
40-49 - 5th decade
50 - 59 - 6th decade.

But, welcome anyway!
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Old 08-03-07, 07:13 AM   #7
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Welcome to the 50+ group! Good to see another Buckeye
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Old 08-03-07, 08:42 AM   #8
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Welcome to the 50+ forum, you will enjoy it here.
And Happy 50th birthday,and many more
" GO OHIO STATE"
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Welcome to the over 50 crowd!

I believe I am cycling more, and at a higher average rate of speed, now than in my 30's.

cycle on!
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Old 08-03-07, 09:13 AM   #10
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Happy birthday and welcome to the 50+ forum. Keep on riding.
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Old 08-03-07, 09:19 AM   #11
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Happy Birthday, nice life changes, glad you are here to join us!
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0-9 - 1st decade
10 - 19 - 2nd decade
20-29 - 3rd decade
30-39 - 4th decade
40-49 - 5th decade
50 - 59 - 6th decade.

But, welcome anyway!
I beg to differ. 0-9 does not ten years make. The OPis now into his fifth decade. When the OP completes it the OP will have completed all the years in the decade and move on into the sixth decade.
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Welcome to the 50+ group! Good to see another Buckeye
Normally you would not be allowed to post here until tomorrow .. however since you are a Buckeye we will let that pass as long as you provide each of us with a slice of blueberry pie.
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Old 08-03-07, 10:39 AM   #14
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Happy birthday, and welcome to the asylum.
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Tomorrow, I join the 50+!
Tomorrow? A longhorn avatar coming from Columbus, Ohio?

You're gonna fit right in.
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Old 08-03-07, 11:27 AM   #16
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Glad to have you aboard, even though it is a day early. Young people, so impatient you are!

My best friend and a godchild have Crohn's, not the easiest thing to deal with but sounds like you got things under control. Continued good luck and long life!
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If you turn 50 tomorrow, and can still get dressed and go to the bathroom by yourself, then you're in pretty good shape. Or, am I assuming too much?
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Wow! Congrats!

Be sure you stay well hydrated, plenty of water and all that stuff. That's one of the biggest issues for IBD patients.
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I beg to differ. 0-9 does not ten years make. The OPis now into his fifth decade. When the OP completes it the OP will have completed all the years in the decade and move on into the sixth decade.

How do you figure? You're born at zero years of age... When you reach your first birthday, you have COMPLETED one year of life. 0-9 is your first 10 years. At 50 you have complete 5 decades.
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How do you figure? You're born at zero years of age... When you reach your first birthday, you have COMPLETED one year of life. 0-9 is your first 10 years. At 50 you have complete 5 decades.
And here I thought we'd finally settled the argument about when the millennium began. Sigh!
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Oh goodness, no, let's not bring that up again!
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Wow!!! Congratulations, Happy Birthday, and a HIGH FIVE to you for choosing to make positive changes to turn your life around. Your story is very encouraging and inspirational. You have a lot to celebrate on your birthday tomorrow. My 50th was last year, and it was a turning point in my life as well.

50 years = 5 decades. The day after one's 50th birthday is the start of the 6th decade.

But who's counting?
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Terrific! Just avoid mirrors!!
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But who's counting?

Not me, anymore!

Thanks for the welcome.

Yeah, I was a little impatient, but I have a full day planned for tomorrow, starting with a team ride at 7:30 AM.
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I'm a Longhorn fan trapped in Ohio
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