Thursday, June 30, 2011
Although I've been retired for quite a number of years now, it took me awhile and a couple of tries before I got it down pat. You retire, then you're so bored and can't get used to no paycheck coming in that you decide to go back to work. Then you retire again, or switch to part-time. I guess that just proves to me that I'd have one heck of a time going "cold turkey" on anything. Thank Goodness I've never been a smoker, as it seems the only successful way of quitting is to go cold turkey.
It's amazing the different stories you hear about retirement also. But not so strange when you stop and think about it. There are many people who have not saved and planned ahead for their retirement years and they find all they have for income is their social security each month; and unless you were in a very high-paying position, that income could be very low. Unfortunately, not planning for retirement is not the only hazard to be faced -- I know people who have been very diligent in that area only to have their life savings wiped out due to a misfortune beyond their control. Stocks falling, bad economy, losing ones job before you are in a position to retire, and of course the one we hear of most often -- illness.
Retirement years should be a breeze if you have a comfortable income and can come and go as you please. But not so pleasant if you are in subsidized housing, have to be very careful of your utility usage, and make careful lists of the food you will need. For the unfortunate people in that class an unexpected expense (like a car breaking down) can be the last straw.
But sometimes the least expected things can cause irritation or friction in our retirement years. First of all, how many wives are used to their husbands being around the house 24/7 and suddenly home for lunch. It's like the old saying goes, "I married you for better or for worse, but ....... not for lunch." Any extra person in the house causes a disruption in routine, most of you realize that when you have company for more than 3 or 4 days. The first couple days go by smoothly as you're busy talking and having fun. But suddenly cooking for twice as many people as normal is a chore, and you find yourself trying to accommodate their lifestyle instead of your own. That's never pleasant. So another thing to take into consideration when planning your retirement is figuring out "what am I going to do with all that spare time?" Sleeping? Watching TV? Not a good idea to do too much of either. Sure you can enjoy sleeping a bit later than you used to, but you can fall into a rut with some of the habits you form, so beware!
Friends tell me they are busier now than when they were working. That's great if you can handle it. For me, personally, I don't like to have my day planned out to the minute, crammed with activities from morning til dusk. I like having lots of "me" time to read, work in the yard, take walks, take a nap -- various little things. Most of the things I've listed are single person activities, so it kind of blocks out the other person. And that other person should not feel left out and condemn the person for their desire for free time -- they have the same rights as you. Better by far to have a few hobbies of your own to fall back on.
So whatever your lifestyle, let's hope you are with a person whose desires are compatible with your own, and whatever you each want to do, I hope you have the income to do it.
Here's to a happy retirement!
Friday, June 24, 2011
This is a little niche in the boulders around my home that is a sheltered spot for my lilies. Although a 'tiger lily' is in bloom, I did not do a close-up of it.
Here is a close-up of a beautiful white lily that is in full bloom!
Another little flower bed made by Mother Nature, just needed a few rocks in the front to hold in the good dirt. I put these 3 plants in, which I can't remember the name of -- tall bluish/purple flowers on top of a long stem. Not in the picture as I planted them later, are small Rosemary which I think will hang down over the rocks.
Another flower planter by Mother Nature, located just to the left of the previous one shown. The purple flowers are salvia, and my DH gathered seeds from wild flowers in our area and planted them alongside, for contrast. Don't have a name right now, but I am including a close-up of the wild flower in the next shot.
This is the flower bed that DH and I worked so hard on last fall, driving for miles to find the rocks, assembling it, and finally getting it filled with dirt. We now have it filled with marigolds, petunias, marigolds, a rose bush, salvia, penta's and penstemon, as well as a couple I don't have names for, and last night added a couple of sea lavender.
That's all I have photo's of. Hope you enjoyed the bit of color in my yard -- perhaps later in the summer as it all fills in we'll take more photo's!
Enjoy your summer -- take time to "smell the roses!"
Thursday, June 23, 2011
There are times when even your BEST isn't good enough! You make the right choices, you do the exercises, you walk the walk and talk the talk -- but the scale just doesn't budge!
What to do? Here again there are choices:
1. Go on a binge, what the heck, it isn't working anyway!
2. Tell yourself the scale will come down soon and keep working at it.
3. Go over your plan and see if there is a way you can change it a bit, perhaps give it a little boost that will change your metabolism.
So there you go! Which one are you going to choose? #1, #2 or #3. The choice is YOURS!
Friday, June 17, 2011
When you think of a "healthy Lifestyle" site you probably think about diet/food plans, exercise programs, and lots of articles telling what to do and what not to do. While SP does contain all those things, it offers so much more than that.
For me, the reason it has worked to be on SparkPeople is not the fact that someone is hovering over me, making note of every morsel of food that enters my mouth, or keeping track of my fitness minutes each day. No! There are real life people on here, people who have become my friends, people who share the same problems I have, someone I can reach out to when the scale goes up, or rejoice with when the scale goes down. They are with me thru thick and thin, they understand if I binge on a bag of cookies or potato chips, because they have probably done the same thing at one time or another.
It's also a place when I can seek out specific information, get in touch with one of the many coaches we have if I can't find the answer on my own, I can get advice, hints, recipes, and read articles on just about any known subject. I've learned a lot in the 3+ years that I have been a member, and when I reach my goal I have no intention of dropping out of this neat little world I have discovered.
It would be like saying to your Mom and Dad when you reach 18 years of age, "OK, you've raised me, and now that I'm an adult I have no further need for you, so Good-bye." I plan on staying on as a member, it has become part of my daily routine. Just because the magic number I'm looking for may suddenly (that's a laugh) come up on my scale, it doesn't mean it's the end of the journey. Healthy Lifestyle is exactly that -- it's a lifestyle that is healthy. If you fall back into old habits, and we all know those "old habits" were not what anyone in their right mind would call "healthy." If you start slipping into those habits again the weight on the scale is going to start creeping up and before you know it you can be back where you started.
So when I discovered SparkPeople it was just another site I decided to check out. But as I have lived, learned and grown with them, it has become a part of that healthy lifestyle I was seeking. And as a part of my lifestyle I have no intention of cutting it out. I have no intention of cutting out drinking water, so why would I want to cut out my inspiration and my motivation.
I LOVE SP !
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