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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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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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Squats + Shoulder Presses = Total Body #Workout! #health #healthy

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I used to work with a young man who had a sideline business as a personal trainer. He told me that the best exercise anyone can do is squats. Squats work our largest muscles, which are our leg muscles. When we workout our leg muscles, it burns the most amount of fat. Therefore, at least twice per week, I do 3 sets of 10 squats. To work my upper body, I hold 3 pound weights and do shoulder presses when I stand up. The effect is a total body workout! In between the squats, I walk to give my muscles a break. It’s an efficient use of time because it only takes a few minutes, and an effective workout because it works the largest muscles. My goal is a 30 minute workout, which includes the 3 sets of squats and walking. Let’s get healthy at The Fifty Plus Network!

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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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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For #Over50 > Hold Onto Stair Railings! #50plus #avoidfalls #avoidfalling

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I am learning how important it is to hold onto the stair railing when going up and down the stairs! During the past week, I have tripped going up the steps, and missed a step when running down the steps … not good. Fortunately, I was holding onto the railing each time. Last summer, for the first time in my life, I slipped and fell in the shower at a hotel! Thankfully, the shower door had a handle bar, which I quickly grabbed. Otherwise, I would have cut myself and/or broken bones! At that point, I knew I was no longer a spring chicken! Have you ever noticed how careful President Trump is when he goes up and down the stairs? He actually looks at the stairs and steps very carefully. For the over 50 nation, it may not be natural to step carefully, but it should be. As we age, we don’t lift our feet up when walking, like we used to … Our reflexes have diminished too, so it is necessary to be very careful and conscious of where we are stepping. Another way to prevent falls is to improve your balance. Several years ago, when I was in physical therapy for back pain, the therapist demonstrated a method to improve balance.

  1. Stand up, look straight ahead and focus on on object in the distance.
  2. Place you hands into a praying position.
  3. Bend your left knee and raise your foot off of off the ground.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds (or however long you can hold it).
  5. Gently place your left foot down onto the ground and follow the same process with your right leg.

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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