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I joined a gym.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Do you know what if feels like to join a gym when you are 58, out of shape and everyone around you is toned? Well I do, I used to work out at some of the big name gyms, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Urban Active and Victory Fitness Center. I always felt like a loser, and not in a good way. Twenty and thirty somethings working out in their skimpy gear. Well, I joined a gym this past Thursday. Was is crowded? No. Did it have state of the art equipment? Not really. Did I have to sign a long term contract, spend big bucks? No. Did I have to put up with 20 or 30 somethings in their skimpy gear? Not at all. What I did was I went to my local senior center. It costs $5.00 a month, payable monthly. There are no young people there. The gym is small and there are bikes, one eliptical, one treadmill and some older weight machines. The most people I have worked out with was 2. This is perfect for me. If you are old enough to join a center and live close enough to one, I would recommend looking in to it. An added bonus, they have Zumba twice a week.

  
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CINDYANNE5 9/18/2012 9:15PM

    In our area if you are 65 or older you can join the Y for free. Not thatI am 65 yet, but maybe somone can use this information. I am not sure if all Ys offer this to seniors.
I belong to Urban Fitness and yea, I see the little 20 year old in there working out and I just laugh. I think to myself that I looked like them when I was that age and want to tell them to just wait, their day is coming! lol Childbirth, menopause, aging plays heck with the body! Of course, it makes me feel good to see someone my age....and I admit, bigger than I am, working out, too. Now I feel bad thinking that! emoticon

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SHEL_V2 9/15/2012 9:48PM

    I've also found a low-key place to work out, and now I've gotten to the point where I'd consider a "real" gym again. The karate studio (where we pay $$$ for my son and husband to take classes) has a small workout room. I've been getting 3 good workouts a week, but I must have made it look too easy... more parents are doing it now!

For anyone covered by Medicare, check out Silver Sneakers:
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It is a benefit offered by many Medicare programs across the country. Gyms sign up for it, and provide special classes to get seniors moving, and access to they gym's facilities. Ironically, it caused our local Community Center to be busy... with seniors... in mid-morning when I wanted to work out.

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MEADSBAY 9/15/2012 3:35PM

    I first read this:
everyone around you is stoned!
ahahahahaha! um... nope.
I had to join our sr center to participate in a wt loss study in Jan and have continued with Tai Chi and zumba there but their 'gym' is woefully inadequate.
You go, girl! emoticon


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REXTINE1 9/15/2012 3:02PM

    Here the "Senior Center" was first combined with the parks department then young kids were added, and now it's just the "Center". They don't have workout machines. We joined the Y, which has all sorts of people, and some of them are older and creakier than I am, but some are a lot younger and look pretty good. I'm sort of in the middle of the pack.

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TCANNO 9/15/2012 12:24PM

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I wish there was something like this around here.

Well done.



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Getting healthier

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When I started SP 5 months I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. I can't wait for my quarterly appointment with my doctor. The last time I went she took me off one med with the promise if I continued, I might go down to only one med per day. Considering my family health history, that would be quite an accomplishment. I was only 13 when my father died of a heart attack at age 44. My mother had a heart attack at at 60 and survived. I am a ticking time bomb. My family was concerned and my husband asked my oldest daughter to sit me down and talk to me. They were concerned for my life. I could not bend over and tie my shoes without gasping for breath. My daughter told me about SP and I have been active ever since . I feel like SP and my SP friends and teams have saved my life. So come October 10th, I will be walking into my doctor's office with my head held high, my heart singing and my attitude toward health much healthier.

  
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REXTINE1 9/13/2012 10:39AM

    It's a great blog. Losing a lot of fat is the proverbial "Fountain of Youth," but you do have to do more than drink form one special spring. Good show.

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MEADSBAY 9/12/2012 8:41PM

    OMG-
I LOVE this blog!
Keep up the good work, my friend.
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NESARIAN 9/12/2012 8:08PM

    Yay you, Phat! So awesome that your family loves and supports you and that you made the choice to take care of you! I have the ticking time bomb history on my Dad's side also. So, I know how it can influence our intentions.

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KNYAGENYA 9/12/2012 7:54PM

    Good luck with your upcoming appointment. You have been making some great decisions for your heath.

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Remembering 9-11

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today is the eleventh anniversary of the tragedy that we suffered at the hands of terrorists. Please take some time to remember what we lost that day and mostly what we found. We found out that Americans are strong, compassionate and most of all united. Let us never forget and remain ever vigiliant and strong.

  
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NESARIAN 9/11/2012 8:18PM

    I still feel the dumbfounded shock that this occurred on our shore. Our country has never been the same since. We can each make sure we are doing our best to make positive changes as a result. Thank you Pat for this post and remembering those lost and those grieving.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/11/2012 2:13PM

    The events of that day and its aftermath have changed the lives of some of my loved ones profoundly. But while it directly affected a cousin, two other cousin's adult child and the spouse of one of those young people; I cried in fear for my elder son, too. As I watched those towers in the hours after the first plane hit, I knew the event had changed my son's life forever. So many more lives than those lost --in the event and even in the wars fought because of it-- were altered by that horrid day.

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REXTINE1 9/11/2012 10:44AM

    I remember 9/11, and Pearl Harbor, but not the Maine. These are notorious events that make the history books for people who are too young to remember. I'll never forget 9/11 - and watching it live on television all day.

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Planning ahead

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Today is our annual block party. I got my excercise in early and have planned ahead on what will be eating. Since there will be games, I plan to get more excercise in there too. I don't plan on overeating. I am bring Jenni-o lean turkey sausage. At 160 calories per serving, I am cooking them with peppers and onions, so I will be getting in my veggies too. It smells like the county fair at my house because I am pre-cooking my sausage so that it will just need to be warmed up on the grill. Yummy.t

  
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HEALTHYDEBRA 9/8/2012 10:21PM

    Just think how good you will feel with your planned healthy choice vs. trying to make due with what it there or being tempted to eat unhealthy things! KUTGW :D
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MEADSBAY 9/8/2012 3:11PM

    Good plan!
Have fun!
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LAINYC 9/8/2012 1:01PM

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NESARIAN 9/8/2012 12:59PM

    Awesome planning ahead! I hope you have a great time!

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I did it to myself.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

For the first time in the 5 months I have been on SP I sabotaged my own results. I indulged in cookies and sugary cereal last night. Why did I do that? I don't know. Will I do that again? I don't know. Did I learn something? Yes. Am I punishing my self? Heck no, I'm human. Did I gain weight when I stepped on the scale this morning? No. Am I happy? Yes! Thank you SP for helping me learn to not punish myself and I appreciate everyone for their support.

  
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NOCALORIES 9/9/2012 10:19PM

    Love reading your blog. You are a delightful lady. Thank you for sharing how you had a step back, but didn't fall. Live today being happy you have learned how to be a Sparker and not put the flame out just because you spilled some water(ate cookies and sugar cereal) You are making progress and I am grateful for your actions that motivate me.

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PAULALALALA 9/7/2012 8:28AM

    Way to move on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NESARIAN 9/6/2012 3:31PM

    PhatPat,
You are human! I think it a great test to have done so and relied upon your new knowledge to guide you. A+++++++++++++++++ for you!!!!!!

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