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  • MikePhilPerez

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    Dec 01, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    Well, I hit the big four zero today. I'm wondering should I behave like an old man from now onicon_confused.gif

    Anyone here change there behavior when they turned 40icon_question.gif

    I mean did you dress differently, did you stop going to night clubs, did you change your hair stile, you know, all that kind of stuff.

    Mike
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    Dec 01, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    First off, Happy Birthday! Celebrate that you've made it this far with all the blessings and health that you have.

    I was really on edge before I hit 40, but then when it happened, I was just the same guy I always was. If there's any change, it's because of the wisdom that you've accumulated in all these years.

    The 40's can be great, especially if you don't worry about petty stuff, and focus on what you can do for yourself.
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    Dec 01, 2007 6:05 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday! I didn't really do anything different in my life until I hit 43. Had to start remembering to bring reading glasses with me when going out for dinner. It was either that or hope for a really bright light over the table so I could read the menu.
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    Dec 01, 2007 6:09 PM GMT
    Mike--
    Sadly, yes. The day I turned 40--the very day--I lost two inches in height and started walking bent over with a cane. More sadly, suddenly I developed a taste for plaid Bermuda shorts, which inexplicably I had a craving to wear with black over the calf socks, golf shoes, and a jaunty tam'o'shanter. Weirder yet, all of my CDs replaced themselves overnight with old vinyl recordings of Patti Page and Lawrence Welk. My medicine cabinet sported Metamucil; my refrigerator held prune juice. The sofa in my living room was suddenly covered with plastic slipcovers. My potted fern became a plastic ficus!
    How I yearned to be 39 again.
  • art_smass

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    Dec 01, 2007 6:39 PM GMT
    When I was thirty-seven, I made a challenge to myself to get over 800 calories burned on the LifeFitness Crosstrainer in thirty minutes. About ten days before my fortieth, I hit 818 calories in thirty minutes.

    Some people will read that and say "those calorie readings aren't accurate." That's beside the point. When I saw forty coming, I didn't want to feel old or washed-up. I gave myself three years to reach my goal, and I did it. That was just a little less than two years ago.

    I don't want to be the kind of person who says "forty is the new thirty" because that's a load of crap. However, I do want to be the sort of person who defies everyone's expectations of what a forty-year-old is capable of. My joints are healthy. I'm looking good. My prostate is doing just fine. I can't read the fine print like I could when I was twelve, but that's no big deal. If I could pinpoint one big change in my life since I turned forty, it's this: Guys stopped responding to my personal ad. It's funny what a number on your profile can do.

    Happy birthday, Mike!
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    Dec 01, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    Happy birthday, Mikey. Decrepitude is fun!

    HockeyAss:"If I could pinpoint one big change in my life since I turned forty, it's this: Guys stopped responding to my personal ad. It's funny what a number on your profile can do."

    No, really? And people wonder why my answer to "How old are you?" is the same every birthday: "I haven't decided yet."
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    Dec 01, 2007 7:17 PM GMT
    Happy birthday Mike! And don't start acting like your old, because when you do you are officially old. I'll still dance on the speakers at the Max a couple of times a year with my friends, ( shirt off of course). The only thing that changes is your diet. Keep the fats down, your body doesn't metabolize them as well as we age. Other than that if your hot, go for it.
    Great workouts
    Joe
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    Dec 01, 2007 7:44 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday, Mike...

    For me, turning 40 wasn't a big deal at all. With age, I've gained self-confidence, and am much happier as a result. Now that I'm 40-something, it seems more people flirt with me than when I was 20-something.
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    Dec 01, 2007 7:48 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday, MikePhil!
  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 01, 2007 8:12 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday MikePhil! Go out and have some fun! 40 is just a number!
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    Dec 01, 2007 8:34 PM GMT
    Mike, Happy Birthday!

    I had a blast on my 40th. I loved telling people my age (if I'd have looked it, things might have been different). To me it was so much harder to be 39, because you're "almost 40"; when I finally turned 40 it was a relief.

    For God's sake don't start acting old. But don't go out of your way to try to act young either. Just be yourself; you'll do fine. I turned 50 this year (had fun on that one too) and my favorite TV shows are still cartoons.

    Oh, one more thing - about people ignoring your profile now - oddly enough, these days I get more 24-year-olds taking an interest than 38-year-olds. I think it's because when you're 24, 50 is the same as 30 - they're both ancient. All that matters is if you look good. But when you're 38, you're starting to feel old yourself, so the number 50 gives you the willies - no matter what the guy looks like.
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    Dec 01, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    MIKE! Happy Birthday!!!

    "Anyone here change there behavior when they turned 40?"

    Does a continuing mid life crisis count? icon_smile.gif

    R
  • Timbales

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    Dec 01, 2007 9:49 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday!

    I'm twenty seventeen, so I'm not too far away.
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    Dec 01, 2007 11:07 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday, and many more. 40 was a long time ago for me, but I don't think anything dramatic changed. Aging is gradual, and one notices it first in one's friends and office colleagues (Damn, Joe's hair is getting really gray!) Then one see's one's own age in a series of epiphanies -- a photo taken from behind reveals a bald spot, another photo shows a jowl instead of a firm jawline, a doctor tells you the thing on your arm is "just an age spot," etc., etc.

    As I age I do slow down some. I don't go to bars very much, maybe once or twice a month. I don't drink as much, which is good. I certainly can't eat as much as I used to and I don't metabolize fat as quickly as I did at 40. I am more content to stay in and read a book or watch a movie. I started working out seriously about a year ago, and I really enjoy it. Age has its gentle compensations and pleasures. But 40 is not old, it barely even middle-aged.
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    Dec 01, 2007 11:15 PM GMT
    I think the one thing that has changed (but this has been in the last couple of years, now that I'm about to turn 44) is that I've excepted that I'm a "middle aged man" and now longer a youngin', but I'm trying to be the best middle aged man that I can be. Can I get in my best physical shape? Can I take care of my mental health. Can I be doing the things in life that I want to do.

    That has changed, but it took a few years for me to realize it.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 02, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    Hey there Mike, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    Don't be ridiculous, don't do a thing different than you did before. You are a cute 40.icon_biggrin.gif
  • art_smass

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    Dec 02, 2007 5:50 AM GMT
    And remember that when you turn forty-eight, it's like Sweet Sixteen all over again, only you're three-times as sweet.
  • GQjock

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    Dec 02, 2007 10:04 AM GMT
    Welcome to the club
    ...and Happy B'day

  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 02, 2007 10:16 AM GMT
    Happy birthday, Mike Phil. Where you been hiding yourself. Sure glad you back. I am 42. I was fat and old from 36 to 40 but reborn at 41. Now I feel better , look better and feel 20s. Age is just a number, go out there and have fun. A lot of young guys are intrested with us. Dont think yourself as old, you are experience, knowlegable, mature and a great catch.
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    Dec 02, 2007 10:17 AM GMT
    Happy birthday, Mikey! Chin up and all that bosh; you're a very spriteful Forty. Welcome back... laddie.
  • czkiwi

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    Dec 02, 2007 12:37 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday!!!
    Don't change a thing! Age is just a number! Cheers...
  • soccerstriker

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    Dec 02, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    Happy Birthday!!

    40 is the new 20
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Dec 02, 2007 4:01 PM GMT
    After reading all the replies (apart from jprichva replyicon_biggrin.gif), I feel like a 20 year old again.

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes and complements.

    I don't plan to start acting old, but as matt45710 said, I also felt on edge, but now that I'm 40, I feel ok about it.

    Mike
  • cityguy39

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    Dec 02, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    HAPPY BIRTDAY!!!! Remember age is just a number. I'm in better shape now then when I was in my 30's. You look great Mike phil, just remember to keep up all your hard work and to moisturize!!!!!

    Doug
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    Dec 02, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    Happy birthday!
    I don't even remember turning 40. Must not have been a big deal, I guess. Shouldn't be for you either other than to enjoy it. Your forties should be great!

    I didn't even start working out or getting in shape until I was 46, so you are by no means "far gone" at 40. Of course, I guess it was around 40 when I started liking "younger" guys. LOL.