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7-Step #Vacation Strategy for No #Weight Gain! #weightmanagement #weightloss

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We just returned from vacation and the first thing I did the following morning is get on the scale! Vacation offers lots of opportunities to overeat, especially when dining at all-you-can-eat restaurants. For years, I gained weight during every vacation, but now I have a 7-step “no weight gain” strategy that works!

  1. Eat 2 meals per day instead of 3 meals
  2. Start breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal
  3. Top off breakfast with fruit
  4. Minimize carbohydrates (muffins, bagels, donuts, bread)
  5. Minimize breakfast meats (bacon, sausage)
  6. Snack on fruits and a handful of nuts for lunch
  7. For dinner, eat fish and vegetables with minimal carbohydrates

The Cafe Amalfi Restaurant at Hilton Beach Club offers a breakfast buffet for $17, which includes everything! I begin each breakfast with a large bowl of oatmeal (with raisins and a teaspoon of brown sugar), which provides fiber for “regularity.” For those of us who are over 50, staying “regular” while on vacation is a top priority! The buffet includes omelets, so I order an “eggbeaters” omelet with green pepper, onions and tomatoes (no meat or cheese). I love muffins but they are high calorie carbs, so I eat half a muffin. I estimate half a muffin at 150 calories, so I know I need to work off 150 calories that day. I top of breakfast with fruit, such as red, sweet, juicy watermelon!

I skip a formal lunch, but when I get hungry in early afternoon, I snack on a banana (for pottasium) and handful of heart-healthy cashews. For dinner, I eat fish, such as salmon, haddock, grouper, red snapper, or scallops. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and salad provide nutrients and fiber. I love bread, so I eat it in “moderation” at dinnertime. As soon as we get back to the hotel, we exercise! Walking and riding stationary bike works off the bread calories!

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Enjoy Peaceful Bliss at the Beach! #over50 #travel #retireyourway

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It’s the day after the Memorial Holiday weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One would think the beach and beachtown would still be overflowing with vacationers, however it is surprisingly very peaceful … Why? The weather is cloudy with a light rain … a perfect opportunity to enjoy peaceful bliss at the beach! Listen to the waves crash on the shore. Listen to the seagulls chirp. Feel the ocean breeze on your face and in your hair. Look at how far and wide the ocean extends … as far as the eye can see … Stretch out your arms and see if you can match the vastness of the ocean. The ocean is a natural stress reliever. If you are unable to travel to the beach, take a virtual trip to the beach! Watch and listen to the beach video below …



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3 Reasons to Visit #Historic Places in Your #Hometown! #over50 #travel

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Do you like to travel? Most of us do! Have you ever thought about visiting historic places in your own hometown? Why would you do so? We have 3 reasons:

  1. Educational and Cultural Experience
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Time-Efficient

Educational and Cultural Experience

All cities and towns have historic sights … you just have to look for them. Start with the Wiki page for your city or hometown. It will provide the history for your area, and it will identify interesting historic sights to visit. It is an opportunity to learn something new and grow new brain cells!

For instance, the Wiki page for the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes indicates that the church was built in 1874. Imagine what the country was like in 1874, 9 years after the end of the Civil War. It gives you a perspective on life and where you are today!

Inexpensive

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, transportation costs are minimal because you are driving or using local transportation. You may have to buy a ticket to tour the historic sight. If you are a senior citizen, ask for a senior discount!

The cobblestone streets and historic buildings near the historic statehouse provides a quaint and peaceful environment to explore … perfect for over 50 travelers.

Time-Efficient

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, it should take less than 1 hour to arrive. Become a tourist in your own city or hometown!

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3 #TravelTips for #Over50 #Travelers! #over50travel #travel

When we were young and newly married, we visited Virginia Beach at least once per year, sometimes twice per year! Virginia Beach was and is a magnet beach spot for young folks! Even though we are now over 50, we still enjoy visiting Virginia Beach. We just have to take certain precautions to ensure our “comfort.” We love the Hilton brand, so we usually stay at a Hilton hotel when we travel. When we were in our mid 40s, we stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront when it was a brand new hotel in the center of Virginia Beach! We were excited about being among the first to experience the new Hilton. As we started to wind down after we checked in, we noticed the Sound Stage next to the hotel. For some reason, we weren’t concerned about it until we were ready to go to sleep around 10pm. At that point, we realized we were no longer “spring chickens.” We were irritated that our sleep pattern was being disrupted!

So, our first bit of advice to our “over 50” nation … book a hotel that is not in the center of all the action! Typically, when you make a reservation, you are not thinking about the amount of noise present, or an entertainment venue might be next door. In our opinion, the hotels on the northern part of the beach are quieter.


Our second travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with the hotel floor selection. When we visited New York City during the holidays, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The price was right, and we love the free breakfast! However, when we checked in, the front desk gave us a room on the 29th floor! At the time, we were tired and not thinking well, so we accepted the room on the 29th floor. To learn what happened in the middle of the night on the 29th floor, click here.


Our third travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with our health … stay hydrated! We just learned that one of our uncles was recently in the hospital for 3 days because he was traveling and not drinking water on a regular basis. He developed a kidney infection that affected his blood sugar and blood pressure. He didn’t want to drink alot of water because he didn’t want to stop every hour for a bathroom break.

To summarize our 3 travel tips for over 50 travelers:

  1. Search for accommodations that are away from the center of activity
  2. Request a hotel room on the 7th floor or below
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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Getting #Married Again? Consider #Prestonwood #CountryClub! #wedding

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If you are over 50, you may be in a “mature” relationship and considering marriage … If so, consider Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina! We were invited to a family wedding at Prestonwood, and used the opportunity to tour the Research Triangle area. Since we are over 50, we always like to do a drive-by to make sure we know where we are going before the scheduled event. So, we took a scenic ride through the famous hi-technology corridor. Since we are both techies, we really enjoyed driving past the corporate facilities for companies such as Biogen, Cisco, Lenovo, Delta Products, and FujiFilm. This area of North Carolina is so green and pretty … lots of Crepe Myrtle trees blooming, perfectly manicured greens, clean and well-maintained roadways. When we arrived at the Prestonwood Country Club, we were amazed at the visual! The buildings and the grounds are extraordinary!

As we drove around to the back of the buildings, we spotted the golf course, which was breathtaking!

This is our first taste of country club living! Perfectly manicured grounds, golf course, tennis courts, and a beautifully-decorated Grand Ballroom await! The Grand Ballroom seats up to 350 people, and most of the seats were filled. We all wondered if the bride would come down the winding staircase …

To our surprise, the bride entered from the back of the ballroom. We know it must be difficult to navigate the winding staircase in a wedding gown with a long train! The dining room was beautifully decorated. Another winding staircase was the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom to surprise us by popping up from behind the stairs and descending down the stairs holding hands!

To round out the evening, the brother of the groom delivered a very funny wedding toast!

Attending a wedding at a country club was a new experience for us. We were wide-eyed and excited about our new experience, and especially happy to share our family’s very special wedding day!

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Celebrate Year-Round #Vacations at #VirginiaBeach! #over50 #travel

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When we were young and newly married, we visited Virginia Beach at least once per year, sometimes twice per year! Virginia Beach was and is a magnet beach spot for young folks! Even though we are now over 50, we still enjoy visiting Virginia Beach. We just have to take certain precautions to ensure our “comfort.” We love the Hilton brand, so we usually stay at a Hilton hotel when we travel. When we were in our mid 40s, we stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront when it was a brand new hotel in the center of Virginia Beach! We were excited about being among the first to experience the new Hilton. As we started to wind down after we checked in, we noticed the Sound Stage next to the hotel. For some reason, we weren’t concerned about it until we were ready to go to sleep around 10pm. At that point, we realized we were no longer “spring chickens.” We were irritated that our sleep pattern was being disrupted!

So, our first bit of advice to our “over 50” nation … book a hotel that is not in the center of all the action! Typically, when you make a reservation, you are not thinking about the amount of noise present, or an entertainment venue might be next door. In our opinion, the hotels on the northern part of the beach are quieter.


Our second travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with the hotel floor selection. When we visited New York City during the holidays, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The price was right, and we love the free breakfast! However, when we checked in, the front desk gave us a room on the 29th floor! At the time, we were tired and not thinking well, so we accepted the room on the 29th floor. To learn what happened in the middle of the night on the 29th floor, click here.


Our third travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with our health … stay hydrated! We just learned that one of our uncles was recently in the hospital for 3 days because he was traveling and not drinking water on a regular basis. He developed a kidney infection that affected his blood sugar and blood pressure. He didn’t want to drink alot of water because he didn’t want to stop every hour for a bathroom break.

To summarize our 3 travel tips for over 50 travelers:

  1. Search for accommodations that are away from the center of activity
  2. Request a hotel room on the 7th floor or below
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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#Over50 #Adventures in #LasVegas! #Rihanna #travel #vegas

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Adventures in Vegas … Join us as we travel to Las Vegas to see Rihanna! Yes, believe it or not, a couple of over 50 seniors are going to see a millennial rock the stage! Why? It keeps us YOUNG! To be honest with TheFiftyPlusNetwork, one of us loves Rihanna! Guess which one?! I had never heard of Rihanna until the incident with Chris Brown. That’s when I discovered many of her CDs around the house … At first, I was a little jealous. My feelings of jealousy lasted for years. Every time I heard one of her songs while we were riding in the car, I changed the channel. After awhile, I began to feel a little silly about my jealousy. To rid myself of any feelings of envy and jeolousy, I suggested we take a trip to Las Vegas to see Rihanna in concert! It’s my way of empowering myself and validating my self confidence and self esteem. I had to remind myself that there was no need to feel envious or jealous at all.

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Brynn and Lo

The last time we went to Las Vegas was in 2004. We went to see Prince! I felt the same way about Prince that my husband feels about Rihanna … You can fill in the blanks … We are excited about our trip and will keep TheFiftyPlusNetwork updated with posts, pics, and videos! To learn more about Rihanna’s life and career, click here.

We stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort, the same resort we chose 12 years ago when we went to the Prince concert! The resort is much larger and more grand than ever!

Mandalay Bay has it’s own Convention Center, several restaurants, food court, 2 nightclubs, numerous casinos, shopping, the Michael Jackson One Theatre show, and Shark Aquarium. Mandalay Bay even has it’s own beach! As we were walking downstairs to the beach level, we noticed a beautiful waterfall.

Rihanna has a very distinct style of hair colors, clothing (or lack thereof), and attitude. If you wonder why so many teenagers and young women are walking around with blue hair, green hair, red hair, look to Rihanna. If you wonder why so many teenagers and young women are walking around with their underwear (or lingerie) and high heels, look to Rihanna. When Rihanna made her entrance, she did not enter on the stage, she walked up to a white platform in the middle of the Event Center. It’s difficult to see in the video, but she had clothes on top, and not much on the bottom, just a thin piece of cloth. Hence, the Rihanna style …

After Rihanna’s “Stay” song, she walked into a oblong-shaped cage that was suspended from the ceiling. As the cage began moving toward the stage, Rihanna sang another song and gave all the men in the audience a special treat … Use your imagination …

The only negative about the concert was the loudness of the music. The bass was so loud and thundering that we could feel the pounding in our chests! I was so afraid that I was going to lose my hearing, so I kept covering my ears throughout most of the concert.

All in all, I am very glad we attended the Rihanna concert. It made my husband very happy, and it made for a very exciting weekend! Sometimes, you have to make sacrifices to make your spouse or mate happy. Even though it pains or irritates you, you can find joy in the happiness of your partner.


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Dancing with Michael Jackson at Michael Jackson One Theater!

As we walked around the enormous Mandalay Bay Resort, we kept hearing Michael Jackson’s music throughout the resort. We were looking for the new Mandalay Bay hotel called the Delano, which has large suites. As we walked toward Delano, we were delighted to find huge images of Michael Jackson lining the hallway! Since we are big-time Michael Jackson fans, we decided to imitate some of his famous dance moves. There were other Michael Jackson fans doing the same thing! It certainly brought back memories of Michael Jackson’s entertainment career, Motown, groundbreaking videos, and unique music. The Michael Jackson One Theater, which is across from the larger-than-life images, captures the essence of Michael Jackson and his career.

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#Christmas at #RockefellerCenter in #NewYorkCity! #over50 #travel

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We spent the week of Christmas in New York City, which is truly the city that never sleeps! We took the Lincoln Tunnel into Uptown Manhattan, and there were so many people walking and so many Times Square lights flashing that it looked like the middle of the day. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square. Unfortunately, our room was on the 29th floor. As AARP members, we would hope that placing seniors on the 29th floor would be discouraged, however we were tired, it was 1:00am in the morning, and our brains weren’t functioning well enough to ask for a lower floor. The Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square does not have parking at the hotel, so we had to use valet parking. The parking attendant parked our car in a garage about 5 blocks away, and there is no “in and out,” meaning we could not request our car until we were checking out.

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

The next day, we took a cab to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and decorations. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is HUGE! The crowds of tourists from all over the world are HUGE too! Beautifully decorated angels and Christmas trees add to the festive atmosphere. A Menorah decorated one of the buildings on 5th Avenue. There were so many tourists around the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink that you couldn’t see the ice or the skaters! Everyone had smartphones, so there were scores of people taking selfies. It was difficult to walk without disrupting a photo session, so we just apologized and made our way through the crowds.

If you are looking for a break from the massive crowds, the NBC building is a nice respite because it has stores, restaurants, and restrooms! NBC studio tours are also available. If you need to take a break, sit down, and have refreshments, the Starbucks inside the NBC building is a perfect choice. The NBC building guards are very nice and provide excellent directions.

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

 

For those of us over the age of 50, massive crowds can be a little disconcerting. I am always looking for a space to take a little break. I enjoyed sitting down in the Starbucks at the NBC building, having an ice water, and people-watching. We have visited New York City many times over the years. For some reason, this trip encountered huge crowds. Maybe it was due to the 70 degree weather! Nevertheless, as a senior, we don’t have to do all of the sight-seeing all over the city. We can pick 2 – 3 sights, look for places to take a break, and pace ourselves. We usually stay at the Iroquois Hotel near 5th Avenue, but the Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square had very low rates, approximately $150 per night with a free buffet breakfast. The hotel is 30 stories tall, and as I mentioned earlier, we were on the 29th floor. At about midnight on our second night, the fire alarm was triggered. We got up, got dressed, and walked down 29 flights of steps. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and we could take the elevator back up to the 29th floor. After undressing and getting back in the bed, the fire alarm went off again in about 30 minutes! How exasperating! We repeated the drill, but when we started to go down the steps again, my legs felt a little wobbly. Thankfully, the hotel personnel used the intercom to tell us it was another false alarm, and we could return to our rooms. I have read that seniors should request rooms below the 7th floor, and now I can affirm that it is excellent advice!

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#Holiday Weekend in #Middleburg #Virginia! #over50 #travel

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We love to travel! We love seeing new places! Every Autumn, we try to take a trip to the mountains. We usually go to the Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg Virginia, however this year, we decided to try something different. We have been reading about a new resort in the Blue Ridge mountains. We had always heard about Middleburg, it’s historic background as a backdrop for the Civil War, it’s reputation for fox hunts and polo matches, and President and Mrs John F. Kennedy’s weekend visits. We wanted to see it all for ourselves! We are happy to proclaim that Middleburg did not disappoint!

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Red Fox Inn, Middleburg Virginia

To begin our journey, we took Route 50 (John Mosby Highway) through the Bull Run mountain range, and passed through a small town called Aldie. Aldie immediately took us back in time. The small stone walls along the side of the road looked like they were thousands of years old. It’s a beautiful, quaint town. To learn more about the history of Aldie, click here.

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Main Street, Middleburg Virginia

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Noble House, Middleburg Virginia

Middleburg is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. As we approached, we noticed green rolling hills, large farms/ranches, and ornate stone kneewalls along the roadway. We began smiling when we saw impeccably-dressed horsewomen riding horses on the Fox Chase Farm. We knew we were close to Middleburg! We knew we were in Hunt Country!

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Main Street, Middleburg Virginia

As we enter the town limits, Rte 50 turns into Middleburg’s “Main Street,” which is Washington Street, no doubt named after our first President George Washington. We notice various architectural styles, such brick Colonial buildings, stone buildings, Gothic styles, even barn structures. The history and architecture of Middleburg is fascinating, and laid out in an application for the National Register of Historic Places. The application begins with the founding of Middleburg in 1787, recounts it’s role in the Civil War, and brings us forward to Middleburg’s grandest resort, Salamander Inn Resort and Spa!

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Salamander Inn Resort and Spa, Middleburg Virginia

We walked into Salamander Resort and Spa and were welcomed by a young man at the Front Desk. We told him it was our first time at the resort and we would like to tour the facility. He immediately took us on a tour of Harriman’s Grill, the Library, several conference rooms reserved for a Bluegrass festival, and the Spa. When you look out of the wall of windows in the Library, you have a grand view of the rolling foothills, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Imagine sipping a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine, and gazing out into the horizon – splendid! To learn more about Salamander Inn Resort and Spa, click here.

Middleburg is quintessential American history. When you glance at the stone knee-walls along John Mosby Highway (Route 50), you instantly know that the stones are hundreds of years old! Take a genteel step back in time. and experience the grandeur of Hunt Country U.S.A.!

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Top #Retirement Destination #MyrtleBeach! #retire #retireinspired

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of the top retirement destinations is the U.S.A.! We discovered Myrtle Beach a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoy vacationing in this tropical paradise! On our last trip, as we walked down Ocean Boulevard, we noticed Anderson Park, a free public park that is right on the beach. The park is filled with palm trees, benches, and swings. You can feel the salt water breeze blow through your hair. Some people don’t like to get sand on their feet, so they can sit in the park and still enjoy the beach atmosphere.

 

Our top 4 reasons for vacationing in Myrtle Beach:

  1. As soon as you cross the state line into South Carolina, you see beautiful Palm Trees!
  2. The climate in South Carolina feels like the Caribbean. If you love the Caribbean, you will love Myrtle Beach!
  3. Reasonable prices for hotels, food, gas, and entertainment will help stretch your vacation dollar!
  4. There is lots to do in Myrtle Beach, including entertainment venues such as Broadway at the Beach, Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show, and the Hollywood Wax Museum.

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