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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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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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Stretch Your Body! Move Your Body! Otherwise … #health #healthy

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For new retirees, one of the most important activities to incorporate into your TDS is exercise. Why? If you are spending more time around the house, chances are you are less physically active than you were when you were working. Less physical activity leads to stiff joints. Stiff joints lead to pain. What’s the solution? Move your body! Start with daily stretching. Stand up, spread your feet about 2 feet apart, and raise your hands as high in the air as you can. Feel the stretch from your fingertips all the way down to your toes! Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Then, bend over at your waist and try to touch your toes. If you cannot reach your toes, do the best you can. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. For 7 early morning stretches, click here. After stretching, it’s time for a 10 minute walk to get your juices flowing! If you can go outside for your walk, great! If not, walk around your home, or up and down the stairs. You can even walk in place while watching TV! We try to walk for at least 10 minutes after every meal. Walking after every meal provides 3 benefits:

  1. Walking helps with food digestion
  2. Walking increases metabolism
  3. Walking burns calories

Before starting your walk, make sure your ankles are flexible and strong by performing the following ankle stretch:

Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

 

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5 Steps to Take Control of Your Medical Care! #health #healthy

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If you are in your 50s, you have seen many doctors in your lifetime. The 50s are a critical decade because that is when the “chickens come home to roost.” If you have been health-conscious all of your life, maybe you can escape your 50s without too many medical problems. However, if you are like most people, and you ate what you wanted, drank what you wanted, and never got enough sleep or exercise, chances are you will experience a medical warning in your 50s! Washington Post contributor Sandra G. Boodman wrote an excellent article on examples of medical mysteries that occur for various reasons. She listed the following steps to reduce your chances of becoming a medical mystery:

  1. Get a Copy of Your Medical Records
  2. Be Persistent and Follow Up
  3. Don’t Go Alone
  4. Come Prepared
  5. Trust Your Instincts

Medical Records

When my gynecologist retired a few years ago, I asked for a copy of my medical records to give to my new gynecologist. I had been seeing my old gynecologist since I was 16, and when he gave me my medical records, there were only 3 – 4 pages! I asked him about the rest of the records, and he said there would be a $50 charge for him to copy  all of my medical records. I felt it was very important for my new gynecologist to see my entire medical history, so I paid the $50 and gave the big stack to my new gynecologist so she could determine what was important for her to keep.

Be Persistent

Whenever I get bloodwork or any laboratory tests performed, I call in a few days and ask for a copy of the results. My spouse is just the opposite, who figures if there is anything wrong, the doctor’s office will call. According to Ms Boodman’s article, this is not always the case. I have had to “encourage” my spouse to be more proactive and follow up with the doctor’s office for test results.

Don’t Go Alone

I am a very independent person, so I have never thought twice about going to the doctor’s office alone. However, now that I am in my 50s, I realize that it is very important for someone else to know my medical history. A medical emergency can occur, and someone else needs to know what medications you take on a regular basis, and an overview of your medical history.

Come Prepared

Since you only get a few moments with your doctor, it is important to make the best use of your time! Before your appointment, make notes about your questions, symptoms and concerns. After your appointment, jot down the doctor’s answers to your questions, so that you won’t forget! Also, take a copy of your medical records and/or lab test results that you think may be related to your medical concerns.

Trust Your Instincts

If you have a gut feeling that something doesn’t seem quite right, get a second opinion! Listen to your intuition! The Internet is a valuable resource. I use it to search for prescription drug side affects. If I plan to see a new physician, I search the Internet for reviews. When I needed to have surgery, I searched for the top surgeons in my geographic area. Two names popped up and I searched for reviews on their names. One of the surgeons had hundreds of online reviews attesting to his bedside manner, his willingness to answer questions, and his follow-up after surgery. I met with 3 surgeons, one of whom was world-renowned, one at Johns Hopkins University, and the one I found on the Internet. The world-renowned surgeon was in his late 70s and was not willing to answer questions. The surgeon at JHU was recommended by my spouse’s co-worker, who recently had surgery. He was nice enough and answered my questions, but he didn’t have the number of surgeries under his belt. The medical literature stresses that the number of medical procedures a surgeon has performed is an important evaluation factor. The surgeon I found on the Internet, who was listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors, met all of my requirements. He had performed more than 3,000 surgeries, had excellent bedside manner, and answered all of my questions without rushing me. My instincts told he that he was the one! Now that several months have passed since my surgery, I am extremely happy with my decision!

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#Healthy Eating Improves #Health! #healthyeating #healthyeats #healthyliving

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What we put in our mouths and eat is one of the most important aspects of our health. Numerous studies have shown that controlling our intake has a very positive affect on our health! So why not control what we eat and how much we eat?! As we age, our digestive system slows down, so we may not be able to eat the rich and spicy foods we used to eat. We have made a conscious effort to limit our calories, and eat low fat, low cholesterol, low salt meals. It may sound bland, but it works! One of our favorite recipes is what we call Sweet & Sour Chicken. We sautee’ cut-up chicken breast, red peppers, green peppers, onions, and for zest we add House of Tsang Stir Fry Sauce Sweet & Sour 11.5 OZ(Pack of 2).


For years, I gained a few pounds every year during the holidays. I worked at an agency where each floor would have a potluck every day during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Eating was in style, until one day a male co-worker took a photo of me leaning over and scooping some macaroni and cheese onto my plate. When he showed me the photo, I had gained so much weight that I almost didn’t recognize myself! That was a turning point for me. I began walking every day at lunchtime. It was a long, slow process to change my eating habits. This past Thanksgiving, this is what I had for my Thanksgiving feast:


I topped it off with a slice of spice cake, the one time I eat cake during the year. I am proud of my efforts and I know it is keeping me from developing diabetes and heart disease, which is prevalent in my family.

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Canned Foods May Increase Blood Pressure! #over50 #health #healthyliving

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For the past 2 years, I have had difficulty controlling my blood pressure. When I am stressed, it spikes. I thought it was job stress. When my doctor recommended blood pressure medication, that’s when it became serious for me. When I went to the pharmacy to fill the prescription, the pharmacist requested to speak with me about the medication, which was unusual. Never before had a pharmacist requested to speak to me about a medication! The prescription was for 10mg of Amlodipine. The pharmacist asked about my blood pressure, and I told him what I had experienced over the last couple of years. He cautioned me that Amlodipine was a “calcium channel blocker,” which opens the arteries to improve blood flow. The most important statement he made to me was that once you start taking these types of drugs, you cannot get off. My doctor told me that I may only have to take the Amlodipine for 6 months, until my blood pressure stabilized. The pharmacist also told me that Amlodipine has 3 side effects:

  1. Dizziness upon standing up
  2. Swollen ankles or swollen lower legs
  3. Lack of energy

I told the pharmacist that it was always important to me to avoid having to take any medication on a regular basis. He responded that I needed to be very aware of my diet. He mentioned that canned foods have lots of sodium and preservatives that can increase my blood pressure. BINGO! For the last few years, I have been eating canned beans everyday for lunch and dinner. My reason was to add fiber and protein to my diet, and to lose weight. The beans helped me to meet both goals. However, I failed to notice the amount of sodium per serving.

The FDA recommends no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. When I added up my sodium intake per day, it was 2,000 mg! I was shocked and relieved. Now, I had the answer to stabilizing my blood pressure without taking medications. My daily goal is to cut my sodium intake in half, so I am cooking Bulk Dried Navy Beans – Non GMO (Three Pounds) myself instead of buying them in a can. I cut my daily Special K Cereal, Original, 18-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 3) breakfast to one cup of cereal instead of 2 cups. Even the 2% Lactaid milk has 125 mg of sodium per cup! I am looking at the label of everything I eat to make sure I stay below my daily goal! I am determined to avoid having to take blood pressure medication. Join us at TheFiftyPlusNetwork as we get healthy!

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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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#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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