However old I look matters not to the inner workings of my body. I used to run 6-7 miles, four times a week. In the past 1.5 years, I've had to cut that back to a 3-4 mile run twice a week or a long run once a week and have added in yoga classes because I became anemic and my joints ARE almost 40 and they like to tell me so every time I run more than a few miles. That decrease in activity should have led to a decrease in calories. Au contraire, mon frere! I like to eat and I like to drink beer. This has resulted in extra pounds. My mother gleefully tells me how when she "hit forty" she suddenly got a belly and needed reading glasses. How do you "suddenly" get a belly? You just wake up one morning and instead of a 28" waist, it's 33"? I object.
The 12 year old in this house told me last night that "forty isn't old." When pressed to say what is old, she replied "Fifty." So at least I have that going for me.