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When you are finally able to enjoy your #home & #garden all day long …

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Think about it … for more than 30 years, you work hard and save to purchase your home. Just about every day, you have to get up and go somewhere, like work or school or both! You never truly have the time to lounge around and enjoy your home … until you retire. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your interior decorating, or change it. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy the art on the walls, or change it! When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. When your retire, you have all day long to downsize and declutter. When you retire, you have all day long to walk outside and check on your garden to see what’s blooming, and what needs help. When you retire, you have all day long to look up at the sky, and watch the clouds float by. When your retire, you have all day long to take a walk around the lake on a weekday.

When you retire, you have all day long to pursue hobbies that bring joy to your life. You can spend all day long perfecting your craft.

When you are retired, you don’t have to request permission to take vacation days. You just get up, pack, and go! When you are retired and go on vacation, you don’t have to worry about the work piling up while you are away. When you are retired, you don’t have to call in to your boss when you aren’t feeling well enough to work.

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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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Downsize & Donate! #declutter #clutter #over50 #50plus #healthy

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Confession: I have a bedroom that is filled with clutter! It used to be an office, but when my mother died, it became a place to store Mom’s papers, clothes, mementos, and a bunch of other STUFF. I finally have the time and motivation to clear out the clutter, and I am starting with Christmas gifts that I don’t need or use, such as lotions, creams, and perfumes. Several years ago, I heard a radio advertisement about a local homeless shelter that needed donations. I gathered up 4 boxes of toiletries, called the shelter to confirm they would accept toiletry donations, and drove to the shelter. What a good feeling! I helped those less fortunate, and I cleared out some clutter! That was a huge step for me … check back for updates as I tackle an issue that’s been hanging over me for years …

Two old pairs of prescription eyeglasses sat on our bedroom dresser for years, gathering dust and adding to the clutter. I researched charitable organizations that accept eyeglasses and found the Lions Club. The Lions Club recycles the eyeglasses and provides them to those who are unable to afford prescription eyeglasses.


The Lions Club has donation centers all of the U.S.A., which makes it very convention to make donations!

Early in my career, I bought loads of books on career advancement for women. These books helped me plan out my career, set career goals, and re-evaluate my progress throughout my career. Thirty-something years later, it’s time to dust off these books and donate them to young women who may find them useful. Even though decades have passed and technology has advanced, the career development concepts remain the same.

Finally cleared out the clutter in my bathroom vanity below the sink! Threw out toiletries no longer need. Cleanup up leaks from old bottles. Even found some toiletries that I never used or unwrapped, so I will donate them to the local homeless shelter. What a good feeling to open the cabinet every day and see the cleanliness and order!


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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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Campus Life Makes Us Feel #YoungatHeart! #over50 #younger #50plus

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On an overcast Autumn afternoon, we attended the last football game of the season for our college football team! Visiting our alma mater’s campus in our 50s made us feel invigorated! The football stadium has been refurbished due to an influx of funds from CapitalOne. The athletics program was in the ACC, and now in the Big 10! We gets lots of questions about the university’s decision to move from the ACC to the Big 10. We believe the decision was about money and resources. Several years ago, the athletic program was in financial difficulty. The move to the Big 10 gave us access to financial resources and the students can use library resources and take classes at all of the the Big 10 unversities! It’s a win-win for everyone except our football team LOL! One downside we have noticed is that the Big 10 offensive and defensive lineman are much bigger than the ACC lineman! It will take several years of recruiting to beef-up our offensive and defensive lines!


As we walk around campus, remembering old buildings and seeing lots of new construction, brings back a flood of memories … What was once a parking lot is now a new building! We pass by the dormitories where we recall lots of dorm parties! Cole Field House used to hold the basketball games, but is now the Student Union building. The basketball team now plays at Comcast Center.


Being around young people makes us feels young! Their energy and excitement about the future is contagious! It forces you to remember your own youth, goals and aspirations. Think back … did you accomplish all of the goals you set when you were in your early 20s? If not, why not? If the goal is still important to you, why not pursue it in your 50s or 60s or 70s?


When you are in your early 20s, your whole life is ahead of you. You don’t spend much time thinking about obstacles, or limitations. You feel invincible, like nothing can stop you. Remember how good that felt? Visiting your alma mater may shake something inside of you. It may encourage you to pursue a passion you had as young adult!

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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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Don’t Let Old Age Come & Take You Away Because It Will! #health #fitness

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No truer words were ever said … These words were forcefully delivered by Steve Harvey on his daytime Steve Harvey Show. The topic was fitness, specifically the ECTORcise mother and daughter personal trainers, Gymnetics Fitness Presents ECTORcise The Challenge Vol. 1. Believe it or not, the mother is 63 years old! Her body looks toned and fit! The takeaway from the show was to move your body and eat healthy! For those of us who are over 50, it is extremely important to remind ourselves on a daily basis — our health is our wealth! Every time we put something in our mouths, we need to ask, “What affect will this have on my body?” When we eat something we know is fatty, sugary and delicious, we need to walk it off! Do some type of exercise to counteract the pleasure (and calories) of our favorite snack! Whenever we have the opportunity to talk to older relatives and

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friends, we always hear that the key to physical fitness and health is to move your body every single day. Even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes, a briskwalk or stretches will make your muscles and tendons more supple. For example, I took a few days off this week because I wasn’t feeling well. I stopped doing my daily floor/core exercises. When I went to the doctor, I carried a bag with my ice water, magazine, etc. The next morning, my upper arm was hurting and I couldn’t figure out why. I thought back to everything I lifted and remembered the bag I took to the doctor’s office. If I had been doing my floor/core exercises and stretches, my muscles and tendons would have been stretched, supple, and ready to lift! As fitness-focused as I am, even I need a reminder every now and then!

A fun and inexpensive way to work your whole body is dancing! You can dance almost anywhere, with or without music!

We recently read an article where several doctors were asked for health tips to live a long life. One doctor said to eat a vegetable at every meal, even breakfast.

Stay encouraged! Work out, eat right, and get good sleep every night!

 

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5 Ways to #Refresh & #Rejuvenate at the #Beach! #fitness

Going to the ocean is like going back to the source. Watching the waves crash to shore, feeling the sand vibrate and move beneath your bare feet, shows the powerful force of the ocean. Watching, listening, and feeling the power of the ocean is mesmerizing. Whenever we want to refresh, rejuvenate, and reduce stress, we head to the ocean! Here are 5 ways to refresh and rejuvenate at the beach:

  1. Take a deep breath of salty air. (Inhale and count to 7. Hold for 7 seconds. Blow out while counting to 7.)
  2. Dig your toes into the wet sand.
  3. Close your eyes and listen to the waves crashing to shore.
  4. Get up early and watch the pelicans hover over the ocean looking for breakfast.
  5. Watch the dolphins play in the morning. Virginia Beach has schools of dolphins that are very active in the morning. At the Ramada Inn on the north end, we could eat breakfast and look out of the huge picture window to see the dolphins! How exciting!

To save money, take a day trip to the beach. If you can drive to the beach in 4 hrs or less, make the trip and come back the same day. When I was a child, my Dad loved taking us to Ocean City. We would wake up on a summer Saturday morning and he would say, “Ready for the beach?!” Of course we were! We grabbed our towels and pillows, and raced to the car! Great memories …

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Cut the #Clutter! #declutter #healthandwellness

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You wanna see clutter? Come to our house! We have accumulated 30 years worth of “stuff.” One of our first “joint” tasks when we retire will be to de-clutter. When we graduated from college and got our first apartment, we had a bedroom set, a table and 4 chairs. There was no clutter! After years of buying and not discarding, we have clutter! We have also lost our parents and “inherited” some of their personal effects, which are difficult to throw away. Clutter is physical and emotional. It is physical, material things that represent something to us. It may represent memories of the past. It may represent hopes for the future. We hope the following article will help you “process your clutter!” To learn more, click here. To follow our personal journey to cut the clutter, click here.

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Welcome to The Fifty Plus Network! #over50 #50plus #over50lifestyle #50pluslifestyle

The Big 3 for those of us over the age of 50 are: Health, Career/Business Options, Retirement. The Big 3 will be the focus of our website, thefiftyplusnetwork.com. The impetus for the website came from an article on career challenges for “over 50” employees. One of the interviewees said she wished there was a place to network about issues important to folks over the age of 50. Thus an idea was born! Our goal at thefiftyplusnetwork.com is to become an online meeting place to encourage and help one another, and to share ideas and tips. To join The Fifty Plus Network:

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