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#Retirement is #Walking Around the #Lake on #Weekdays! #retireyourway

Retirement gives you the freedom to schedule activities during non-peak times. For example, the lake is very popular on the weekends. The narrow walkway is filled with joggers, bicyclists, strollers, dogs, children, and their parents. However, on the weekdays, the walkway is wide open! You can walk with your arms extended and open to the awesome nature surrounding you! After working for decades, your body clock is so tuned to postpone activities until the weekends. Once you retire, it seems like a revelation when you can schedule recreation on the weekdays. You feel like you’re playing hookie! Years ago, I read the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex,which said that connecting with nature is an excellent way to reduce stress. Paraphrasing John Gray, “nature absorbs your stress.” One of the most special retirement moments is the moment when you realize you can schedule fun activities on weekdays!

While driving around Newport News, Virginia, we discovered City Center at Oyster Point! It was Memorial Day weekend and the Navy band was performing near a gorgeous lake! We took a nice, relaxing walk around the lake a enjoyed the free concert!

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#Retirement is Taking Leisurely #Walk After Dr’s Appt! #retired #retireyourway

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American employers typically provide 2 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick leave in benefits packages. If you have a doctor’s appointment, you need to use leave to go, which means at least a few hours away from the job. I usually made my doctor’s appointments in the morning, so that I could work about 5 hours in the afternoon. Rush hour traffic, waiting for the doctor to see me, ate into my leave, which caused a little stress/tension. The old saying “time is money” was always present. As soon as my appointment was over, I would rush to my car, and head to work. If I had to drive downtown for my appointment, it made for an extra long day. Now, when I have a doctor’s appointment, I can actually enjoy the surrounding area! For instance, I just had a mammogram in a suburban office park. For the first time in my life, I left the appointment and took a leisurely walk around the block. It’s early Autumn so the flowers are still blooming. Office parks usually have very nice landscaping, so I admired all of the lovely combinations of evergreens, coleus and flowers!

During the past few years, doctor’s appointments have made me a little anxious. Not that I am over 50, I must be afraid of what I am going to learn! Taking a leisurely walk after the appointment helps calm my body … The bright yellow Chrysanthemums bring a smile to my face!

Walking is fantastic exercise, and it’s free! It’s good for our cardiovascular system, and builds muscles in our lower bodies. Our primary focus at The Fifty Plus Network is health and wellness. Follow our Healthy Lifestyle board on Pinterest below.

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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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9 #Spices & #Herbs Improve #Health! #healthylifestyle #healthyliving

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We are always looking for natural health solutions. Why? 3 important reasons:

  1. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs have side effects
  2. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be very expensive
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be ineffective

Several years ago, my doctor prescribed Zetia since I had high cholesterol. The pills were very small and fairly inexpensive, but I was hesitant to take prescription drugs. I took a few of the Zetia, but decided I would rather change my diet to reduce my cholesterol. It took many years to change my diet, lose weight, and reduce my cholesterol, but I accomplished my goal! In the meantime, studies discovered that Zetia was ineffective. It did not reduce cholesterol at all. If I had continued to take Zetia, I would have spent lots of money over the years, and my liver would have had to process Zetia for no reason at all. For details on Zetia, click here. One of the most effective spices is Tumeric. We use it to add flavor and health benefits to our Navy Bean recipe. For 10 proven health benefits of Tumeric, click here. For 9 spices and herbs that improve your health, click here.

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8 Daily Habits of Ecstatic Couples! #relationships #marriage

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Are you aware of what happens to your body when you go to bed angry? I know because I’ve done it before and I vowed I would never do it again … Your blood pressure stays elevated all night long, and your whole body is tense. It’s not good for your health and it’s not good for your relationship. Not going to bed angry is just one of the 8 daily habits of wildly happy couples. To learn the other 7 habits, click here. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

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Survival Instincts Kick in! #Blizzard2016 #jonasblizzard #health #healthy

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We are in the midst of a Winter Blizzard in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.! We have 16 inches of snow on the ground and we are expecting 12 more inches! The weather forecasters predicted 40 to 60 mph winds, which would guarantee massive power outages. Fortunately, the winds have not materialized yet, so we still have power. A pleasant surprise is neighbors are helping neighbors. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the daily routines of life, that we forget to look outward and help others. What a heartwarming feeling to look outside and see our neighbors help one another!

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We are being very careful about shoveling and not overextending ourselves. Shoveling snow can be a major cause of heart attacks, so we work a little bit, then rest. For those of us over 50, it is extremely important to protect our health! If there is an emergency,it is virtually impossible for the emergency vehicles to get to our home. Therefore, we are drinking lots of water, eating healthy, minimizing alcohol consumption, and most important, taking breaks. We will continue to update this post as we make our way through the Blizzard of 2016!


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7 Ways to Improve #SexOver50! #sex #relationship #relationships

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How do you make love to a man over 50? How do you make love to a woman over 50? All Night Long: How to Make Love to a Man Over 50 How do you improve sex over 50? Let us count the ways!

  1. Maintain Your Physical Appearance
  2. Maintain Your Health
  3. Maintain Your Physical Hygiene
  4. Maintain a Positive Attitude
  5. Try New Adventures Together
  6. Use Nature’s Lubricant
  7. Adjust to Changes in Sexual Performance

Physical Appearance
As we age, we probably spend less time maintaining our physical appearance, especially if we’ve been married a long time. We tend to take each other for granted. It takes effort to fix yourself up. It’s easy to get into a rut, wearing the same old sweat shirt and raggedy jeans all the time. How would your spouse or significant other react if they came home one day and saw you all dressed up? Fresh haircut or beautifully styled hairdo … what a nice surprise! It might remind them of when you first met! Try to recapture the moment you first met. Where were you? What were you wearing? What were the circumstances? What first attracted you to your mate? Any of those old feelings coming back? Feeling a little warm over? Go ahead, fix yourself up, and surprise your significant other!
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Health
The older we get, the more important health becomes. In other words, our health is our wealth! The quality of your sex life is largely dependent on your health. Clear arteries plus normal blood pressure equals good blood flow to all extremities. We made a commitment to our health about 5 years ago. We were enjoying eating and snacking, which began to show up on the scale and in our lab results. It was time to make a change. To learn more about our journey to good health, click here.

Physical Hygiene

It has been scientifically proven, women have a better sense of smell than men. I can smell the garbage and my husband cannot smell it at all! I can smell my husband’s towels when the need to be washed and he cannot smell them at all! Since women have a stronger sense of smell, it is extremely important that men smell fresh and clean, so as to arouse a women’s interest in sex. It is such a turn-on when a man smells good — right ladies!!! I’m sure men appreciate a good-smelling woman too! Your mate doesn’t have to wear strong cologne or perfume. All he or she needs to do is bathe on a regular basis (daily), and wear deodorant. Apply a mildly-scented lotion or scented oil such as Calily Aromatherapy Essential Oil Set, 6 Bottles/10ml each (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint). That is an extra incentive! One particular area we should all pay special attention to is our feet. If we plays sports, or just work around the house cutting grass or gardening, our feet can get sweaty. A nice way of encouraging your mate to keep their feet clean is to prepare a “healing foot soak” so they can soak their feet after a long day. Warm water and epsom salts is all you need. The feet contain lots of nerve endings, so any extra attention paid to the feet will pay off later in the bedroom! After your mate has soaked their feet, dry them off with a soft towel, and give them a nice little massage. A foot massage qualifies as “foreplay!” Gentlemen — start your engines!
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Positive Attitude

It’s easy to become grouchy or cynical as we get older. Our bodies ache, our lives become more stressful, and we may have financial obligations that overwhelm us. It may help to ask yourself “what’s going well in my life?” Make a list of all the good things in your life. Focus on the good things happening in your life. Many years ago, I read The Power of Positive Thinking. The principles laid out by the author, Norman Vincent Peale, helped me to seek the positive in every situation. It’s much more fun to associate with positive people!

New Adventures

When you do something different, your brain grows new brain cells. So, even though you have a favorite vacation spot, try a different vacation spot. Take a different route to your favorite restaurant. Take a day trip or an overnight trip to a nearby location. It minimizes traffic/driving stress, and allows both of you to enjoy the trip.
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Nature’s Lubricant

As women age, and estrogen hormone decreases, our skin becomes drier, and other parts of our body become drier too. There are over-the-counter products that help with dryness, such as K-Y Yours + Mine Couples Lubricants 3 oz. However, there is a natural lubricant that won’t cost you one penny. You don’t have to go to the store to pick it up. You don’t have to order it online. Nature’s lubricant is instantly available. It is one of our body’s fluids. It is saliva.

Sexual Performance

Let’s face it … sex changes as you get older. As we age, our hormones decline. Testosterone decreases in men, and estrogen decreases in women. The end result is less desire and more discomfort. It’s a subject that folks don’t like to talk about. We don’t want our friends to think we’re not “doing it.” We also don’t want to let on that we’re having problems in the bedroom because it may give an acquaintance the opportunity to “disrupt” our marriage or relationship. What to do?
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Open up the lines of communication with your partner, but be sensitive because it is a touchy issue. Instead of criticizing, suggest something a little different that you both might enjoy. Add a little spice to your romance! The book All Night Long: How to Make Love to a Man Over 50 has many tips for making love to a man over 50 and making love to a woman over 50! Realize that you are both different now. It takes longer to reach climax. Try to be sensitive, loving, and caring. If things don’t happen as quickly, or things don’t happen at all, act like everything is fine and you didn’t even notice. The key is to make sure your mate doesn’t feel pressured. Performance anxiety can be difficult to overcome. The next morning, act like it was the best night you ever had! Be cheerful, positive, and optimistic about the future! Don’t mention what happened or didn’t happen the night before. Just focus on how good you feel, how happy you are together, and your excitement about what the future holds!

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#Diabetes Epidemic Up Close! #healthy #healthyliving #healthylifestyle

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I work with a 47 year old woman who loves to eat. She is a single woman with no children, so she spends quite a bit of her free time going out to eat with her friends. Every Monday morning, she tells me about her weekend, which consists of eating at a local restaurant. She tells me what they had to drink, typically alcoholic drinks, and what they ate. They usually eat salty, fatty foods. Maybe she likes to tell me because I take my lunch to work everyday, and I try to eat healthy. I also try to exercise 30 minutes per day. She told me that she wants to lose weight, and hired 2 personal trainers over the past year. She quit each time the exercising became too strenuous for her. I told her she didn’t need to spend money on personal trainers. All she needs to do is start walking 10 minutes per day. Walking is free. Walking is healthy. A brisk walk will increase your heart rate.

Several days ago, she became ill after eating buffalo wild wings and onion rings. She spent the weekend nauseous and vomiting. She even tried to eat more buffalo wild wings and onion rings the next day, but didn’t have much of an appetite. She also experienced excessive thirst and frequent trips to the bathroom. When she came to work, she looked weak and disoriented. I asked her if she was feeling well and she told me about her weekend. I asked her if she was going to see her doctor, and she said yes. I was relieved, and thought to myself “thank goodness.” I had an experience with a diabetic co-worker several years ago. She suffered a diabetic seizure at work and I had to call 911, put a spoon in her mouth so she wouldn’t swallow her tongue, and keep an eye on her until the paramedics arrived. It was a scary and stressful experience for me and I didn’t want to go through it again!

I asked my co-worker what time her doctor’s appointment and she said 4pm. It was 3pm and she looked horrible. I suggested she leave early and she agreed. The next morning, she called into work and told us that she was in the emergency room at the hospital. Her glucose (blood sugar) was over 600! I was shocked and scared! Scared for her and every person who has diabetes. Diabetes is an epidemic in the U.S.A. The Centers for Disease Control designated the southeastern region of the U.S.A. as the “Diabetes Belt.” Commitment to diet and exercise is a daily challenge. I sincerely hope my co-worker successfully recovers and heals. I hope she can make the commitment to improve her diet and exercise at least 30 minutes per day. I certainly plan to encourage her.

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5 Reasons to Try Free Foot Pain Treatment! #health #healthy

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My feet have been hurting for months … Ouch! Every time I stand up to walk or get out of bed in the morning, they hurt! Naturally, I’ve been trying to figure out what is causing the pain. Am I carrying too much on a daily basis (heavy briefcase, heavy bags)? Am I driving too much? Is it arthritis? I have been hesitant to see a podiatrist because I see doctors so often! I have been soaking my feet in warm water and Epsom salts, which does provide temporary relief. However, I am looking for a more permanent solution. I really don’t look forward to seeing a podiatrist about my foot pain, so I decided to search the Internet to learn about the causes and treatments. As I was searching the Internet, I keep thinking of all the reasons I wanted a simple, free foot pain treatment:

  1. No hour-long, stressful drive downtown to see my podiatrist
  2. No $20 parking fee to park downtown
  3. No medication and possible side effects
  4. No time-consuming and expensive physical therapy
  5. No need to use 4 hours of sick leave for doctor’s appointment and round-trip commute

For details on a simple, free treatment for foot pain, click here.

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#Gardening Good 4 Your #Health! #healthy #healthyliving

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If you are approaching or over 50, and you are looking for a rewarding hobby that brings joy to your life and improves your physical and mental health, gardening is it! In this age of smartphones, social media, and video games, gardening gets you outside so you can breath in fresh air, and feel the rays of sunshine on your skin. If you have little to no experience with planting, fertilizing, and pruning, there are numerous resources available.

  1. How-to websites such as itsgardeningtime.com and brenhaas.com
  2. Publications such as Washington Gardener Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens
  3. Gardening tips from family, friends, and neighbors


Physical activities such as digging holes, carrying gardening supplies, and walking will help burn calories and build muscles! After planting and watering, you can sit back and admire your work! Beautiful plants, shrubs and trees will benefit your landscape for years to come. To learn more more about the physical and mental benefits of gardening, click here.

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