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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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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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6 #Businesses to Start with Little to No Cash! #over50career #50pluscareer

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Even if you have a successful career, and are in the “over 50” category, it still behooves you to consider an additional stream of income. You never know when your employer might merge, initiate layoffs, or offer early retirement. Due to technological and geopolitical changes in the economy, businesses must adapt to a constant state of change. Sometimes businesses will add employees to account for extra demand for their products or services; and sometimes businesses will eliminate employees to reduce liabilities. Some jobs may be lost to the increased use of robots. Fast food restaurants are already using robots to replace humans. Geopolitical changes in the economy result from trade agreements negotiated with other countries, such as NAFTA. Typically, the first employees laid off are workers over 50 because their salaries and benefits are higher than younger employees. If you are over 50, it is prudent to prepare for uncertainty in the economy by creating an additional stream of income. To learn more about 6 businesses you can start with little to no cash, click here. For more on preparing for economic change, click here.

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3 Reasons to Visit #Historic Places in Your #Hometown! #over50 #travel

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Do you like to travel? Most of us do! Have you ever thought about visiting historic places in your own hometown? Why would you do so? We have 3 reasons:

  1. Educational and Cultural Experience
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Time-Efficient

Educational and Cultural Experience

All cities and towns have historic sights … you just have to look for them. Start with the Wiki page for your city or hometown. It will provide the history for your area, and it will identify interesting historic sights to visit. It is an opportunity to learn something new and grow new brain cells!

For instance, the Wiki page for the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes indicates that the church was built in 1874. Imagine what the country was like in 1874, 9 years after the end of the Civil War. It gives you a perspective on life and where you are today!

Inexpensive

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, transportation costs are minimal because you are driving or using local transportation. You may have to buy a ticket to tour the historic sight. If you are a senior citizen, ask for a senior discount!

The cobblestone streets and historic buildings near the historic statehouse provides a quaint and peaceful environment to explore … perfect for over 50 travelers.

Time-Efficient

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, it should take less than 1 hour to arrive. Become a tourist in your own city or hometown!

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3 #TravelTips for #Over50 #Travelers! #over50travel #travel

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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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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#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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3 Ways to Prepare 4 New President & #Economy! #business #businesstips

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No matter who you like and/or who you voted for, there will be a change at the top leadership position of the free world! That change introduces “uncertainty” into the economy and financial markets, so there will be volatility. There may be job losses in your industry based on new policies. We all must prepare for change, and here are 3 ways:

  1. Beef Up Your Emergency Fund
  2. Create an Additional Stream of Income
  3. Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Beef Up Your Emergency Fund

Try to save money wherever you can. How? Take a look at all of your discretionary spending, which is money you don’t have to spend. For example, you don’t have to buy a coffee everyday. Make your coffee at home using Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker, Black, SK13. Spend $25 on a coffee maker and it will pay for itself in 5 days! I am a huge proponent of taking your lunch to work every single day. For inexpensive lunch ideas, click here. Instead of drinking a soda or fruit punch with your lunch, drink water. Water is healthier and it’s FREE! Taking your lunch and drinking water will easily save $10 per day! That’s $200 per month and $2,400 per year! Your emergency fund should cover at least 6 months of expenses just in case you lose your job or incur unexpected expenses.

Create an Additional Stream of Income

Generate extra monthly income. How? Take a look at your passions and skills.

  1. What are you really good at? What do you love doing? What would you do even if you didn’t get paid for doing it?
  2. Can you provide this product or service to others, and would they pay for it?

If you have elderly or very busy neighbors, they probably need help around the house. They may need help running errands. Think of ways you can make their lives easier, and how much you can charge for that service. You can build a customer base in your own neighborhood! Minimize advertising expenses by using word-of-mouth and old-fashioned flyers! What types of services can earn extra money?

  1. Cut grass
  2. Teach classes in your area of expertise
  3. Cook meals for an elderly neighbor or client
  4. Tutor children or young adults
  5. Run errands for an elderly neighbor or client
  6. Fix computers
  7. Provide transportation to an elderly neighbor or client
  8. Program electronics such as alarm systems, cable or satellite TV, thermostats
  9. Powerwash house siding, decks, and sidewalks for homeowners
  10. Gardening (pull weeds, fertilize grass and plants, prune shrubs)

Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Donald J. Trump is our president, and the Congress (House and Senate) remain controlled by Republicans, so you can believe they will change the U.S. Tax Code to help businesses, large and small! Once you decide what type of product or service you can provide, and get paid for, form a small business. Learn about Schedule C of the U.S. Tax Code. Read it and study it, over and over again. If there are terms you don’t understand, google the terms. Read books such as Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need. To save money, go to the library and borrow the business books. Make sure the books are no more than 1 – 2 years old because the Affordable Care Act has had a universal impact on the U.S. Tax Code.

To summarize, extra monthly income will help you weather the storm, no matter what policy changes occur when a new president takes office. To learn more about career and business options for folks over 50, click here.

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