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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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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.

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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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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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#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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