Originally Posted by avid
I used to say something similar, but now that age 80 something is not so distant my attitude has changed. I now measure the quality of life. I don't care what the acutal age is, I want to be robust physically and alert mentally. When one or the other deteriorates substantially then it's time to depart, but I strive to keep each of these faculties going strong for as long as possible. I would love to see great grandchildren.
I feel like 80 is not going to be in a whole 'nother lifetime anymore, too. I'm only 43, but I feel like I was pregnant with my nine year old so recently, and time is just flying by. Like, I had this 8 weeks of childcare lined up for studying, and I feel like I have just hardly gotten started and it's half over. I hate it when weeks just seem to disappear like that. So, I am much more conscious of the fact that time is passing and I am getting older.
And I am also very conscious of the fact that I don't want to be any kind of burden on my kids, especially, or on my husband, either. He's a couple of years older than me, but having a fairly serious chronic disease leaves me feeling like this is not an even playing field. I am also scared of getting to the point that someone outside of the family would have to take care of me. That just sounds downright scary to me.
So, ya know, I'd like to extend my life as much as possible, but even more, I'd like to make sure that I'm physically capable as long as possible. I don't know if The CR Way is likely to make the difference, but I could see incorporating some of it to my life, especially since it's already pretty compatible with what I'm doing. It's funny to think that I probably already have around ten months of eating very low calorie (around 900-1300 per day) and with lots of fasting for about 10-12 months out of the last 2.5 years and I've come to the conclusion that this is a viable way of life for me.
It's funny, too, I actually think that my IL's are consciously (I mean, not by mistake) doing calorie restriction for longevity and have been for many years. They don't come out and say it. And oddly, they aren't doing it together, they were divorced 40 years ago! But neither one of them ever eats anything substantial. My MIL is actually vegan and she will go days at a time basically not eating. They're both almost 80 and he runs ten miles every weekend and she climbs mountains several times a week. I gotta say, it looks to me like it's working for them. And if you read a little about the guy who wrote The CR Way, he's got a group of people doing it with him and they seem to have had some real success, several people to live over 100 and I think one of them may currently be like 107 or 108. I don't know how many people are in his organization, but there'd have to be quite a lot of them to get several who live to be over 100 by chance.
I'm not totally sold on it, but I'm certainly not ready to dismiss it.