Diet and exercise advice for older men. How to get slim and fit without too much effort.

How mature older men get slim, fit and healthy without trying too hard

This is a photo I took when I woke up on my 60th birthday (July 31 2018). I weighed 76.4 kilos.

mangod at 60

 

I used to be your typical middle aged fat white chain smoking, beer swilling bloke but a visit to the doctor changed all that.  Read my post about why men don’t visit the doctor.

Shortly after the above photo was taken, I got a text from the doctors asking me to come in for a check up.
A nurse ran some tests and put me on a machine that took a bunch of readings.
She seemed surprised as most of the 60 year olds she sees are fat and unfit. It seems that a lot of older men do not do much about diet and exercise and have given up looking after themselves.

The doctor explained the results of the tests and told me that my metabolic age was 45.

That was a nice surprise and since then I have lost another half a kilo. It also made me realise that with little effort, anyone can get fit and slim no matter how old they are or what state they are currently in.

Metabolic age of 45
My metabolic age. Weight 76.5 Kilos, Height 179cm, Fat 19.6%, Muscle Mass 59.4 Kilo, Metabolic Age 45

How older men can lose weight and get fit without too much effort.

My last post talked about why men don’t go to the doctor and why I wish I hadn’t.  My last visit led to severe depression and a feeling of helplessness. I got over it and after a couple of months, bought a pushbike and changed my diet.

I lost weight without too much effort by giving up sugar and eating what I thought was a healthy diet. At first it was hard because I was still eating bread and butter with every meal. I also loved my French fries, but I ate less. I also ate a fair bit of pasta and rice. Again I ate less but it was impossible to maintain my target weight.  When I went over, I would just starve myself with the mantra, “hunger is your friend” until the scales said 76. Now, I  never starve or feel hungry because I found new foods to keep me full.

You may think you are eating healthy but you may be wrong.
I thought eating wholemeal bread as opposed to white was good. Turns out not to be the case. When you cut out bread, sugar, potatoes, pasta and white rice, you are able to eat as much as you like and still keep the weight off.
Now, I enjoy big breakfasts of fried eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushroom, Salad for lunch and steaks and vegies for dinner.

I cycle 4 days a week and now weigh myseld every morning. I swapped beer for red wine and if I do have an ale or 8, I drink low carb Hahn Superdry which is sugar free and low carb. As I began to regulate my weight, keeping to my target of 76 kilos, I began to log all the food I ate with an app.

Is there an App for that?
The app I use is called MyNetDiary. I use the free version.  I enter all the food I eat and it gives me a daily account of the amount of fat and carbs consumed. I tried a couple of other apps and I am sure there are others as good if not better. Let us know. I also installed GoogleFit on my phone. When I’m out walking or cycling, GoogleFit synchs with MyNetDiary and calculates how many calories I burn and then adjusts the overall calories I can eat to maintain my target weight. My next purchase will be a Fitbit or their Versa watch which is waterproof because summers coming and I’m keen to hit the surf.

If you are not ready to give up your jugs of beautiful English best bitter, then treat yourself to an eyeful of these lovely 1980’s jugs belonging to Sam Fox.

I have chosen higher fat, low carb foods and this works for me.

As for exercise, I walk or cycle 4 or 5 days a week. I also do a lot of stretching, a few push ups and some stomach exercises.  Now I have a flat stomach, I would like to keep it that way, so when I am watching TV, I raise my legs 20 times and this seems to have the desired effect of keeping the tummy muscles taught.

Here is my recommended diet for the older man.

Breakfast:– Day 1 – Fried eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushroom with two slices of toasted Aldi 85% Lower carb bread and butter.

Breakfast day 2:- Quick oats made with full cream milk drizzled with one teaspoon of honey and topped with banana and blueberries (thawed from frozen)

Lunch:- A salad with a dressing made of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and mustard. Eat a combination of  tinned mackerel, tuna or chicken and add cheese for calcium. Lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum (I don’t like cucumber or beetroot). Add any other salad in season that’s cheap.

Dinner:- Lean steak, pork, lamb chicken or fish. Loads of vegetables. I like to sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Add thinly sliced sweet potato or pumpkin. Then add leafy greens and broccoli. I just found out that you can eat cauliflower leaves. I used to throw them away. Zucchini (courgettes), broccoli or any other in season cheap veggies. To make them extra tasty I add chillies preserved in oil.
For a variation, boil up some brown rice and portion off some for the freezer. Cook the meat, then add soy sauce and oyster sauce (Or teriyaiki) to your veg for an oriental kick but some of those sauces contain a lot of sugar so read the labels.

Snacks.
Almonds and walnuts are really good for you. Sometimes I mix them with salted mixed nuts.
Fruit. Whatever is in season.
Dark chocolate can be a bit bitter but if you eat it with some Aldi sugar free biscuits, its a nice treat.
Cheese and crackers.

Exercise advice for the older man

Get on your bike.
I bought a mountain bike from Aldi. It cost $80.
It requires a bit of maintenance because the brakes are cheap and wear down quickly but I’ve smothered all the moving parts with WD40 and it goes good. I get on it about 4 times a week and find I can now cycle uphill whereas before, I got off and walked.
I watch TV laying down and find it easy to raise my legs 20 times which tightens my stomach muscles.
I like to stretch and this helps keep me supple.
I went to a gym once. Try it but its not for me.
Do whatever you like to do to keep active. For me I am fortunate enough to live by the ocean and swim a lot when the water is warm.
Just keep on moving. The more you move the more you like it. When you see the transformation in your body, it urges you to become more active. Have lots of sex. When your partner sees your transformation she is more “up for it”

Stay healthy and live longer boys.

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Why men don’t go to see a doctor and why I wish I hadn’t gone

Why men don’t go to the doctor.

I have a fear of doctors. Men do. We soldier on with all sorts of issues because we always get better. As we grow older, all sorts of health issues plague is. I have a cough, I hope it goes away, and it does eventually. So we, as men convince ourselves that whatever health problem we have will always go away. How many times do men have a problem. Shit loads. But, while we fear that we may have a serious health issue, we wait. After all, that ache, pain, discomfort we had when we were younger always seemed to fix itself up given time.

Recent surveys reveal that the main reasons men don’t go to the doctor are not enough time or scared of finding out that there might be something wrong

If you have a partner it helps. I remember my ex wife dragging me begrudgingly to the doctor and her saying, “test him for everything” The result, slightly high cholesterol. The doc wanted to put me on statins, fuck that. She then prescribed Champix to fix my smoking habit. Sure I stopped smoking but had that horrible side effect of feeling suicidal, so I gave that up and unfortunately went back to a pack a day.

I recently moved to a new town and for no particular reason thought it would be a good idea to get a doctor. Bad idea. She ran a load of tests and oh shit, I was a borderline diabetic. More tests confirmed what I thought only fat people got. I went in to a depressed state. Drank to much and started smoking too many. I got a second opinion and lo and behold, my new doctor told me its not as bad as I thought and by eating healthier I could stay on top of it. Given that I had already started changing my eating habits I breathed a sigh of relief.

Going to the doctor, caused me severe anxiety and depression. I feel OK now but I wish Id never gone to see the bloody doctor in the first place.

On another note, the first doctor I spoke to told me the only time men went to the see the doc was when their nob stopped working properly. More on that later.

A Mans guide to getting his hair dyed

Dye you hair and give you mates a laugh

Mangod Hair Cut
Getting a hair cut

A Mans guide to getting his hair dyed.

I quite like the salt and pepper look and to be honest, had never thought about dying may hair until I was out with my much younger girlfriend and we went to see a band her cousin was in. Standing at the back of the crowded pub one thing struck me, I was the only one here with grey hair. At the time I worked in a large open office with 100 other mostly younger people. My space, a booth with a desk and chair surrounded with grey walls personalised with a picture of my kids.

Hair cut
Hair ready for colouring

To see me, as you walked past the booth you had to stick your head over. After my new hair do I got to work early and sat down at my desk. The morning meeting soon shifted from sales projections to hair jokes. Throughout the day a constant stream of my fellow workmates peered over to have a look, joke and laugh. The best comment from Ivan was “Mikes wearing a wig” – Bastard.

Problems men face when getting their hair dyed

The problem with getting your hair dyed is that it looks pretty unnatural at first. It gets better after a week or so after it fades a little bit. Eventually it fades and you get grey roots so you need to get it done again. That’s the problem, It looks great after a week or two. And it looks great for a month before it needs doing again so people always know when you have had your hair done.

Man hair dyed
Leave colouring on for 20 minutes

Yes you do look younger, from a distance and from the back so you will not stand out as the only grey in the village. But in reality, if you are 55, you will still look 55 close up.

The bottom line is, if you do dye your hair, it is an expensive way to look younger because it needs constant re-colouring. So next we’ll look at those shampoos that supposedly, slowly colour your hair. I remember an old TV ad for Grecian 2000. Lets see what the local supermarket has to offer.

After hair dying
Rinse and reveal

Tips for men considering getting their hair dyed

Avoid going to a hairdresser if you can. I don’t like the idea of being seen by passers by. Get a hairdresser to visit you in your home or go to a home based one.

Use quality products. Here my hairdresser used “Goldwell”   which is one of the top brands. Cheap hair colour stinks really bad and makes your eyes water.

Get to know your hair colour, mine is a mid brown 6.

Do not let the hairdresser leave the colour on for more than 20 minutes. The longer it is on, the darker your hair goes.

Once you have your hair dyed you need to maintain it and it can become very expensive over time.

Be prepared to have your mates take the piss.

Some crazy bucket list ideas for the older man

Bucket list ideas for mature men growing old disgracefully

The Bucket List Movie Poster

We talked in the last post about the word meaning fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages or Torsehlusspanik.

For many men, the idea of a bucket list is something to consider when you retire, hopefully at 65 or sooner, however the need to continue working is a necessity for a lot of men. By the time many men lay down their tools, they are too old or in too poor health to do those things they always dreamed of.

Interest in bucket lists soared with the release of the 2007 movie The Bucket List in which Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freemen played two terminally ill men who went on a road trip with a list of things to do before they kicked the bucket. This is what was on their list-

  • Skydiving
  • Drive a Shelby Mustang
  • Fly over the North Pole
  • Eat at Chevre d’or in France
  • Visit the Taj Mahal in India
  • Ride a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China
  • A Lion safari in Tanzania
  • Visit the base of Mt Everest
  • Visit the Pyramids
    Carter played by Freeman also had on his list, laugh till I cry, which he ticked off after Nicholson told him about the coffee which is passed through the bowls of a Sumatran jungle cat.
    After that Nicholson got back with his estranged daughter and kissed his grand daughter enabling him to cross of kiss the most beautiful girl in the world
    Carter died and Edward read the eulogy and then crossed off, help a complete stranger for the good.
    Edwards last item on the list, witness something majestic happened after he died when he and Carte’rs ashes were taken to the top of a Himalayan mountain by Edwards assistant Matthew together with a can of coffee.
  • Having spent several hours pouring over the many bucket list sites out there, here is my list and comments on the most odd and bizarre;-
  • Go to an orgy – Where’s the invite?
  • Set foot on the moon – yeah – right
  • Retire a Millionaire Brilliant, show me the money
  • Start you own religion – Any messiahs out there
  • Fall in love – Oh, you sad bastard
  • Dye your grey hair black – You only look younger from a distance but you Will feel younger
  • Join the mile high club – I believe the airline Virgin in the best for that although you will have to be a bit of a contortionist. No woman, no worries, have a wank instead – you are half way there
  • Go on safari in Africa 
  • Travel the world On a motorbike
  • Spend the day as a woman. Bring out the inner tranny – act like you’ve got your period. This is one of the most common sexual fantasies in the UK

    woman streaking
    Combine spending the day as a woman with streaking but avoid the high heels, no good for running
  • Streak in a public place. Best done before your body starts to sag
  • Do a striptease – Careful of stage fright and don’t leave it until you are too wrinkly
  • Name a star – Why not
  • Get married – Experience the pain
  • Share a fantasy – But who with
  • Share your most embarrassing moment – It will come back to bite you
  • Wear a wig for a day – Empathise with how bald men feel when they cover up
  • Eat an insect – make it a big one
  • Hire 2 private investigators to follow each other
  • Take part in a brawl – Cant beat a good punch up as long as there’s no knives or guns
  • Have sex outdoors – Its a right of passage
  • Run with the bulls – Over 45, you will be killed
  • Kill and eat your dinner – Don’t be a chicken
  • Throw a dart at a map and go there – Get the passport ready
  • Stay up for 24 hours – Yay, rediscover drugs

TORSEHLUSSPANIK, Means “Gate Shut, Panic” or The fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages

I came across this German word for which there is no English equivalent. The literal translation is ” gate shut, panic”  referring to the times when city gates closed for the night. In English it is roughly translated as meaning “The fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages”.  If you are over 50, your chances of becoming a champion sportsman are gone. Same goes if you have put off starting a family and your partners eggs have dried up. For many people, the term “I’ll get round to it” never really eventuates leaving older men regretting putting important goals off for too long until its just too late. As you get older, have a good look at your bucket list and start ticking off those that you know you wont be able to do the longer you wait. If you are single and like the look of the picture above, your chances of meeting a girl with a bum like that are pretty slim.  If you haven’t written a bucket list, you might get a few ideas you hadn’t thought of in the next post. Happy reading and feel free to comment.

 

ManGOD Blog. Inspired by Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly in banana boots

The Inspiration for this web site / blog came from Billy Connolly, The Great Scottish comedian. The man that coined the phrase “Grow Old Disgracefully”. I was at the  Manchester Free Trade Hall, June 1977. Billy Connolly walked on stage wearing his signature Fyffes banana boots and brought the house down. Not many people had heard of him in England at the time. An article promoting the gig hailed him as the funniest comedian to come out of Scotland where he was known as the Big Yin and based on that, myself and a few friends bought tickets. Back then his Scottish accent was much stronger and we could only understand half of his jokes. The many Scottish fans in the audience got the other half and as laughing is so contagious we roared away through the whole set. Fast forward 35 years and I saw an interview on UK TV where he talked about growing old and summarised  In the newspaper “The Scotsman”, he is quoted as saying “You’re constantly told to grow up. Grow up, its time you grew up, you’ve got some growing up to do boy. What they really mean is, get boring, stop being angry, stop being interesting, stop being a nuisance. I would say, don’t grow up. By all means grow old, but don’t grow up. Don’t be beige. I think disgraceful is the way to do it. Be a nuisance, stay alive”

Grow old disgracefully became his motto and since the the term has been widely used. This blog pays tribute to the great man. ManGOD is short for Man Growing Old Disgracefully.

Over the coming months I will be covering many of the issues men face growing older. So keep coming back, help contribute or join us and Grow Old Disgracefully.