SparkPeople Active Seniors Team Messageboard Seniors (who still feel and think young) who are still working on their bucket list. Seeking to be fit and active well into old age. Join in - tell us about your lifestye! SparkPeople Active Seniors Team Messageboard Absence Hi All, <BR> <BR> I can't believe it has been so long since I was here scrolling through the posts, I saw my one about losing Mickey, still miss that boy so much...I found life unbearable without a meezer in it, so I adopted a new boy, his name is Clooney. He is a chocolate point... So much has happened to me since I last visited. I will save that till I have more time. I am still fighting the weight loss battle &amp; will continue to do so, although I may never win! I will save t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:48:11 EST What's in your refrig or pantry A-Z A = APPLES, just now harvesting them, I have soooo many! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:27:54 EST Hello All Pressing the 'restart' button and looking forward to being healthier as I turn 60 in a couple of months. I just underwent some medical tests and am happy to report that my heart is healthy and I continue to be cancer free (12years). <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Reduce cholesterol and glucose <BR> Strengthen my body <BR> Become comfortable with walking again (I used to walk three miles every morning) <BR> Lose 35 pounds <BR> Learn kayaking <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you and participat... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:57:11 EST SPIN POINTS (Personal & for the team) Why isn't anyone posting their spin points any longer -- come on Sparkers, this is one of the ways we keep the status (popularity) of our team up. The lower the number on our status it means the more popular we are! I think we are a 7 or 9 right now, out of all the 55+ teams. <BR> <BR> Today my personal spins were 7 &amp; 25 <BR> <BR> My spin for the team was a 20 <em>355</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:15:36 EST How many Active Seniors Have Joined? I joined in with the Awesome A Team. Did anyone else join, and on what team? I really like it. I didn't there was a chance in H3LL of me getting 5% off as I'm too close to goal, but I have lost 2 pounds total already -- Terrific! <BR> <BR> Eve Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:02:40 EST 5% Challenge Spring 2016 This challenge is really fun. There are 8 teams competing in a friendly way. It is a lot like our Great Adventures in that exercise minutes count as air miles, but teams are competing against each other to reach destinations. There are goal setting, accountability, and fun aspects to this challenge. Check out the 5% challenge site for spring: <BR> <link> ndividual.asp?gid=66559 </link> <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:20:30 EST Tasmania Now we are really going "down under!" Tasmania is an island south of the Australian continent and part of Australia. It will take us 6,719 miles (10,813 kilometers) from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. We have 1,152 extra miles from our Mongolian trip, so we have only 5,567 miles to go. We have 2,014 water points, so I have upgraded our seats to First Class! How cool is that!! <BR> <BR> Check out Tasmania, pack your bags, and let's go. I can hardly wait to get t... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 03:02:05 EST Mongolia Our next adventure leads us to Mongolia where we will enjoy large modern cities and primitive desert dwellings. It is 2,434 miles to Mongolia but we landed in Polynesia with an extra 1,524 miles because of accumulated miles from one of our travelers. That means we have only 910 miles to go. We can do this. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>;_ylt=A0LEVihvyLtW.8sAYxknnIlQ?p=citie<BR>s+in+mongolia+images&amp;fr=yhs-mozill<BR>a-004&amp;fr2=piv-web&amp;hspart=moz... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:46:07 EST Polynesian Islands We will fly to Polynesia and enjoy the remote beauty of the islands. While we are there, we will vote on the island we wish to purchase for our own Active Senior vacation spot. Check out the beauty of these islands and learn about the islands that are for sale. ( I hope spark people does not remove the link as an advertisement.) It is 4,993 miles from the Wave to Polynesia, and we already have a headstart of 2,477 miles because of accumulated miles. That leaves only 1,576 to go. <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:44:33 EST The Wave in Arizona The Wave in Arizona is a fantastic series of limestone rock formations that are not readily available to view. We have applied for permits for our group and will be hiking through them when we have flown from Belize to Arizona. It is 2,477.9 miles. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:20:55 EST The Great Blue Hole The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize.The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-the-blue-hole-of-belize/ </link> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:52:04 EST Belize Our first adventure will take us to Belize. It is 1,691 miles to Belize, and every exercise minute will count as one air mile. When we have landed in Belize, we will head to another exotic destination. <BR> Reply to this thread and add your dates and exercise minutes as I will demonstrate on my reply. As you reply, add your exercise minutes on to the team minutes registered on the post before yours. <BR> Now just sit back, relax, and check out beautiful Belize: <BR> <BR> <link>https:... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:29:11 EST One Healthy Item I Ate Today! Just enter one healthy item that you ate today! For example, a salad -- not one loaded with cheese and bleu cheese dressing! lol tomatoes, fat free cottage cheese, fruit, etc. <BR> <BR> For me today I had cucumbers and low-fat cottage cheese -- gave me lots of protein! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:40:35 EST QOTD (Question of the Day) QOTD: Do you tend to eat the same thing for breakfast every day? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For ME: I normally make a protein smoothie (different flavors) but if I get bored with <BR> that I will fix a different breakfast, such as a breakfast sandwich. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 11:13:26 EST "ME DAY" Here is a spot where you can come once a week or so, and just tell us about the last special thing you did for yourself, or what your plans are. <BR> <BR> My "me day" was sort of today. I didn't get up too early, went out and watered and checked out my plants to see how they were doing. Then I spent quite a lot of time reading on a new Nora Roberts novel that I picked up at the Library. <BR> <BR> This evening I am going to start writing on a novel (non-fiction) to help out my SIL. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:25:04 EST September Challenge An easy one for this month, and one that will benefit you all, and you can all join in, regardless of your physical condition! <BR> <BR> Rule #1 - drink 8 glasses (8 oz. each) of fluid daily (coffee, tea, milk, water, iced tea, etc) <BR> <BR> Rule #2 - eat an assortment of five (5) fruits & veggies (combined) <BR> <BR> Rule 2 may sound daunting to some of you, but let's say you have 1/2 a banana and some strawberries either in your cereal or in a smoothie for breakfast. THAT'S 2 already! ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:57:28 EST 465 Minutes of Exercise in August That's right! August has a challenge! Get in just an average of 15 minutes per day for the 31 days of August and you win the challenge. <BR> <BR> Come on and enter your name right now. Then come back daily, or weekly and let us know how many minutes you are racking up. <BR> <BR> Come Join The Fun! <BR> <BR> SCOTTYDOG76 IS IN -- ARE YOU? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:09:55 EST What I'm Doing I am living with stress more & more these days & trying to cope...waiting to find out when DH has next surgery & praying it's the last. Dreading more rain on the horizon today. And to top it off, have been invaded by scorpions! Hoping I make it through another night until the pest control guy comes to get rid of them! And so it goes.... <BR> <BR> Thanks for the "team" goodie, Eve, that looks really good! <BR> <BR> TX Eve Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:45:44 EST Hello I am new to your team I am so excited to find y'all, everyone calls me Anne in July I will I will be 74 . I am a widow ,a mom, grandmother, and great grand mother . In 1913, after 25 years of owning my own floral <BR> shop I retired. <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:33:12 EST Trading Habits We could all stand to trade a bad or old habit for a new, healthy one! Log in whenever you get a chance and let us know some old, unhealthy habit you plan on trading for a new, better habit -- even if just for a day! <BR> <BR> Today I am going to trade watching one of my recorded shows for giving my dog a bath! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:42:04 EST Resolutions for 2015 Many of us make New Years resolutions, and if you are one of those people who do, please share with the team about what you hope to accomplish, and how you will do it! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:49:26 EST What fruits or veggies did you eat today? Banana <BR> Grapes <BR> Strawberries <BR> Lemon <BR> Grapefruit <BR> Honeydew Melon <BR> cucumbers <BR> Spinach Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:27:25 EST Plans for the day? I am going to take my new Leslie Sansone DVD "Walk to the Hits" into a girl friends and we're going to do 45 min. of exercise with the DVD and then have lunch together. This evening 3 other gal friends and I are going to a concert given by The Tenors. I am so excited. We're doing dinner first and then go to the concert. I'm looking forward to a girls evening out. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:58:25 EST What exercise are you planning for today? I found some great Leslie Sansone exercise videos on YouTube yesterday and plan on trying one of them today. These are actually full length workouts and I've put them on my Pinterest. I've purchased other DVDs of hers and these are ones I don't have. Will try them out. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:41:59 EST Male names -- A to Z Here's your chance to come up with names you like, common names, unusual names -- but let's see how long we can keep this up. <BR> <BR> ALLAN Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:01:18 EST Female names -- A to Z Getting kind of tired of naming food, so I'm starting this post on female names, and will also do one on male names. Please join me! Active brains are healthy brains! <BR> <BR> ALICIA Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:59:13 EST Favorite Music I love listening to relaxation music while I'm on my laptop. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:57:35 EST Red flag support you team go to start page half way down click on red flag your team names will be on the red flags to your right click on five team names <BR> <BR> 3-----I got three to start up you can get more up to 50 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:34:00 EST Weather Baby, it's COLD outside! I can't believe I am in TX, we are not supposed to get this cold. 28 with freezing rain. Could it get more miserable? And of course, with that kid of weather you crave "comfort foods"....I'm ready for Spring! <BR> <BR> Eve Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:28:37 EST Weight going down? Share your plan..... If you are successful at losing that extra weight, how about sharing your plan or secrets with the team, so we can all reach our goals! <BR> <BR> This is something that we all need to recognize in 2014. It's fine to say to yourself "It won't hurt to do it just this once -- I'll be good tomorrow." I did that a lot in 2013 and you know what happened because of that saying? I pretty much spent an entire year as a yo-yo. So unless the occasion really is a "just once" thing -- you need to forget ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:00:51 EST Weight going up? Tell us for support and help! Weight creeping up? Think you're doing everything right -- or do you know where you messed up? Share with us on this post....... sometimes the littlest errors add up to the biggest gain. Around the holidays I thought a jar full of M&M Peanut would look cheerful and add a lot to the holiday decorations. Know what it added? Weight to my scale!! <BR> <BR> No kidding, it's these innocent, unconscious little pop-in-your-mouth items that can be your downfall. You don't even seem to realize you've ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:57:53 EST Plans for 2014 I haven't quite decided what my plans are for 2014. I've been kind of on a plateau for the past 2 years, more maintaining than losing, but have been staying under 140. So now I need to get off that last 10 pounds or so and reevaluate my goals. <BR> <BR> But for those of you efficient people, if you've already made your plans for 2014 -- by all means write and let us know, maybe it will give the rest of us some ideas. <BR> <BR> Have a Delightful December! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 15:30:57 EST Feeling Drained I am a 67 year young female. I workout about 6X a week. I a home-made sport drink after my workout. My question is why am I drained. I feel good during my workout but when I finish I am drained. I workout at home with Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home/ Walk Away the Pounds DVD with 2 or 3 pound weights. About a year ago I used to run and workout for 45 mins, now 30 mins fast walk is it. I've workout for years but now I'm wondering if I should slow down or stop. I really don't want to do either... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:55:07 EST I will be out of touch I will be having a revision of my total knee replacement on Tuesday, June 18 so I will be out of touch for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Kathie <em>220</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:52:02 EST Marree15 Hi, <BR> This is my first day with Spark People.....I am a 66 year "young" lady living in Washington state. I am wanting to lose 85 lbs. and it is not easy!! <BR> I lost my job four and a half years ago, and am now retired and have way to much time on my hands! I am a mother of five (5) grown kids, have fifteen (15) Grandchildren and two (2) Great-Grandsons. I am also divorced and live by myself, which is very nice. <BR> I look forward to hearing from some of you that want to share. <BR> Tak... Tue, 21 May 2013 14:05:29 EST A Great Garden Tool With signs of spring starting to show we're fining ourselves finally able to be outside and starting to do springtime gardening. I found this a few years ago and ordered one, it's a weed puller that works great and I don't have to get down on my arthritic knees to use it. I bought one for my daughter in law in New Mexico to use on the goat head plants that were overtaking their yard and I use it to pull out dandelions. It works great on anything with a tap root. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:19:10 EST A Yummy Breakfast Idea I don’t usually do things like this but this morning I found a SparkPeople Recipe I want to share. I’m not much of a fruit eater so when I buy bananas I always end up with some over-ripe ones I have to figure out what to do with. I’ve also been looking for ways to get more protein in my diet. I bought some protein powder and now am on the look out for other things to do with it besides just drink it. This is a recipe for Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins. Besides the fruit they’re made wi... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:11:23 EST Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes Someone emailed me a couple of days ago asking my opinion of Digestive Enzyme Supplements and/or Probiotics to aid digestion. I thought the answer might be of interest to others so decided to share my reply with my teams. The information I’m providing is educational only, I’m a retired biology teacher, NOT a doctor. I’m not attempting to offer medical advice. Also, SparkPeople has an excellent Diet and Nutrition forum. This is a great place to ask questions related to nutrition, fitness... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:28:31 EST Frustrated? Grumpy? Try this! OK everyone, <BR> I started out the day in a real diet (excuse me, “lifestyle change”), exercise funk. I feel like I’m going nowhere fast and am getting frustrated! Daylight Savings Time is making me grumpy! I even wrote my blog today about it. Since I prefer to be a positive person all this negativity was only making me grumpier – can you see the beginnings of a cycle here? So I decided to look online for some weight loss jokes, hoping I could cheer myself up a little. I’m not sure my... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:30:48 EST Swelling Ankles? The Sodium/P otassium relationshi <BR> I recently had a problem with my ankles swelling, some of you followed the posts and I thank you for your input and suggestions. What finally solved the problem for me was simply recalling a concept I used to teach, the relationship between sodium and potassium in your cells. I’m a retired Biology teacher, NOT a doctor so this information is from an educational standpoint, not medical advice but I thought it might be helpful to understand a little more about how this part of your... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:00:05 EST Good-Bye It is with decidedly mixed feelings that I will be withdrawing from this team. I've had a lot of fun here, but it's time to put my SparkEnergy elsewhere. You were one of my early teams, and I've now added other teams that are a better fit with me at this point in my journey. I've also become Team Leader for a team that has some people expressing major interest in growing the team both in terms of numbers and activities. So, thanks for the memories, and best to all of you on your journeys! <BR... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:56:01 EST Swollen Ankles - Suggestions???? Hi everyone, I'm at my wits end and am really hoping I can get some suggestions that will help me with this. Ever since I started having problems with my feet and can't go on the long walks I used to take daily I've had a big problem with my ankles swelling and general water retention. Does anyone have any suggestions of "natural" ways to deal with this? I'm reluctant to see my doctor about it yet because I feel like once my feet are better and I can start walking more the problem will reso... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:24:47 EST How to Access SparkPeople Links that Don't Work Since I began posting on SparkPeople I've noticed that sometimes the links don't work. I’ve had people reply to me, “I’d like to read that but the link doesn’t work”. If that's the case all you need to do is this: <BR> <BR> Highlight everything between the <link> on both sides (put your cursor on the right side just before you see <link> <BR> Hold down the left mouse button and drag to the left until everything you want to highlight is blue – make sure you stop before highlighting the ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:47:46 EST The Guilt of Cheating Yesterday was a good day – and a bad day. I “cheated” on my diet and treated myself to a BIG bowl of popcorn. A lot of people’s self control challenge has to do with sugar but not me, for me it’s popcorn. I could eat it 3 times a day and not miss anything else (at least for awhile). Popcorn is OK by itself but somehow it’s not the same if it’s the microwave variety and definitely not the same without butter – lots of butter. So yesterday I cheated. My calorie count for the day stayed re... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:03:33 EST Warning - Don't boil water in the microwave! I just read this post on the "Seniors 60+ - Fit For Life" team page and thought it was worth passing along. Something that makes sense to me once I read it but that I hadn't thought of before - very dangerous: <BR> <BR> A 26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shu... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:40:00 EST High Protein, Low Fat Snacks Suggestions?????? Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:32:55 EST Housework Fitness Tracking I use the Sparkpeople Exercise Tracker daily to track my fitness. The one thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t include any type of housework as an activity. At my age, weight and health problems I feel I definitely am using calories to do such things as mop the floor, vacuum, shampoo the carpet, etc. There are other online sites you can go to that will calculate the calories burned during different housekeeping activities and I’ve been going to one of those, calculating the calor... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:17:55 EST Reputable Information on Vitamins and Supplements This is a post I made on the Arthritis Team site this morning. I think it’s good information to also pass on to people not on that team. The response is to a person asking if anyone knew anything about the effectiveness of raspberry ketone for weightloss: <BR> <BR> When I hear of a vitamin or supplement on the market that promises certain benefits I do 2 things to check it's possible effectiveness: <BR> <BR> 1. I go to WebMD's "Find a Vitamin or Supplement" site and see what it says. It h... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:01:35 EST Slow Metabolism - HELP! Hi everyone, this will be my first post since introducing myself. I’m new at this so be gentle, OK? Please, can anyone tell me if they have the same problem I am having? I started menopause in 1999 after the death of my first husband and then had my thyroid removed in 2001. I had a slow metabolism before those things happened but now feel like my body is responding to everything at a snail’s pace. One reason I get so discouraged and end up giving up is because I already feel like I’m doi... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:39:06 EST Third Time's The Charm???? Hi everyone. This will be my third time returning to Sparkpeople since I discovered it in 2008. I guess there's a reason I keep coming back, maybe there's still a little hope of success left in me. I would like to lose at least 60 pounds and it really seems impossible sometimes. I think I’m mostly tired, tired of counting calories, of watching EVERYTHING I eat, of trying to figure out an exercise program I can stick to and mainly I’m tired of hating my reflection – especially when I’m not... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:17:59 EST What Do You Do With Your Retirement Time? Are you one of those people who have something planned for most of the day? One of those who doesn't seem to have enough hours in the day? <BR> <BR> Or are you on a definitely relaxed schedule? Naps every day? Lunch with friends? Do you eat out a lot? Cook seldom? What do you do to fill your time? Do you volunteer? Do you have a part time job? Do you take care of your grandkids? <BR> <BR> I sometimes wonder how my life compares with other retired folks. And I suppose that was my ma... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:28:55 EST Sharing NSVs Since it's easy for the scales to get "stuck" (plateau) or even "broken" (gain) at this time of year, let's cheer each other on with NSVs. <BR> <BR> I shared one on my status update today. Seriously, sampling while I cook has long been a problem for me. (And I'm not talking about legitimate TASTES in order to adjust seasoning. Too often I have eaten one or more servings of something before it ever reaches the table. I really enjoy a strip of bacon crumbled into salad, omelettes, soups, or a... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:29:25 EST new member... again Hi, I just rejoined Spark People again. I have been retired since 2002. My daughter just retired too, and now I know I am old. No, not really. I try to stay young and not let a number dictate how I feel. I will be 76 in January. I take care of my gs while his parents work, I have 2 little dogs to take care of and I love to putter around in the garden. I have been single since 1984. I live in California now, originally from the midwest. <BR> <BR> I need support in sticking to my die... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:11:59 EST Would anyone like a Challenge this month? Send me a spark note and let me know if anyone is up to a Challenge!! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:47:47 EST Name a Food/Drink A to Z I'm starting this post over with a new name -- eventually the old "veggie" one will fade away! <BR> <BR> A = avocado Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:24:20 EST Game Time -- Fill in the Word Letter "A" we will go to B once this is completely filled. You must copy the whole thing before you fill in one of the empty spots. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - Adventurous <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8. Somethng hard - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10. Television prog... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:43:06 EST First message Hi, my name is Barb and I live in MN. I retired 13 years ago and my husband and I traveled in an RV until 3 years ago when health problems arose. We do maintain a part model in TX and spend about 4 months a year there. We have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-children. Also have a Boxer, Fritz. I am 77 and for the last twenty years have dealt with a real weight problem. I started SP about 6 months ago, doing better with nutrition, but exercise a problem. Will be great to communic... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:23:17 EST Name a Veggie from A to Z OK, team, here's our counterpart to the fruit -- let's try the same thing with veggies! <BR> <BR> I'll start with an A = artichoke Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:46:42 EST Is Your Page Set to "Private?" I noticed as I was trying to welcome new members to our Team, that many of you have decided to make your page "Private." Or.... possibly some of you inadvertently checked that box without really thinking about it. <BR> <BR> It's definitely one's own business as to why you would want to join a group but then make your Spark Page private -- but the only reason I'm bring this up is that normally I like to give <BR> a "welcome" gift to each new member. And sometimes I like to send gifts "jus... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:42:51 EST Name a fruit from A to Z apple Sat, 11 Feb 2012 17:10:19 EST Hi Just retired in December. Lost 45 pounds and kept it off a year. But, since retiring my eating habits have deteriorated.My goals are more exercise, more water, watch snacking. <em>249</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 13:47:08 EST Advanced Thinking A-Z Words ending in tion or sion This is going to prove a bit harder than words ending with "ing" I believe; but anything to keep Alzheimer's from sneaking up on us. Thinking is a good defense. <BR> <BR> A = acceleration Sat, 10 Dec 2011 17:11:30 EST December Challenge - We Can Do It! Let's try to get 10 pounds off by Christmas! Today is Dec. 1st, Christmas is the 25th, so if we lost 0.4 lbs per day that would equal 10 pounds by Christmas (including Christmas Day) -- I'm going to sign up, 0.4 per day is an attainable goal! <BR> <BR> S/W 145 <em>39</em> <BR> Goal 135 by <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> COME AND JOIN ME! We will post again on Dec. 26th Thu, 1 Dec 2011 12:43:52 EST Getting in the mood for exercise I always seem to be too tired to exercise, How can i conquer that? I have an exercise DVD from Sparkpeople and i have tried to do some of the exercises but I tire out so easily. It is a good DVD and i would love to exercise with it. <BR> I have low thyroid too and that makes me tired. I need alot of encouragement. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:58:08 EST Seniors Chat Room It would be really nice if we could get a group of people to come to this posting every day, just as a regular thing -- like brushing your teeth. Just tell us what's going on in your life, how your goals are progressing, are you sick or well -- stuff like that. Senior Life. What do you do with your time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I asked my DH if he'd like to go out to lunch. I thought I would test out the theory that if I ate that amount of food at lunch instead of for dinner, perhaps it woul... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:09:59 EST REMEMBERING SENIOR CITIZEN ANDY ROONEY <BR> November 5, 2011 10:18 AM <BR> Remembering Andy Rooney <BR> <BR> By Overtime Staff <BR> <BR> When our colleague Andy Rooney died on November 4th at age 92, he had lived not just a long life, but also a lucky life. <BR> <BR> Andy told viewers that himself just a month ago in his final essay for 60 Minutes. "Not many people in this world are as lucky as I have been," he said, recalling his many decades as a journalist. "All this time I've been paid to say what is on my mind on televis... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:26:01 EST I am new to the forum I am 64 and retired. My mind is always working over time but sometimes I think my body is on vacation. I would like to get healthy and fit again and enjoy the golden years. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 23:12:38 EST Beginning again I have started weight-loss programs so many times, I lost count. Hopefully, this time will be the one time that I lose weight. I have realized that i can't tie my shoes without getting out of breath and I feel so tired all the time. Oh, by the way, I'm from Michigan and I love it here. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:00:38 EST October Chat Room Hi Team! Vacation is going well -- nice weather so far. Today it was the Very Large Aray! Really huge, and very impressive when you see them up close! Probably have to do some laundry tonight -- those mundane chores follow you everywhere! Sat, 1 Oct 2011 19:29:47 EST Happy Birthday to YOU! For those of you who are so kind as to indulge in sending well wishes to fellow team members, I decided to start a thread listing the birthdays for the current month! There is no need to reply to birthdays you see listed on here, instead send a "Spark Goodie" directly to the person having the birthday! <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: <BR> <BR> OLDBROAD -- Joan -- September 4th <BR> <BR> ESTEMOA -- Roz -- September 17th <BR> <BR> JANNYGIRL3 -- Jan -- September 22nd <BR> <BR> AWESOMEDEE --... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 22:37:24 EST September Chat Room Hi Team! Hope September will be a terrific month for all of you. If you have a trip planned, I hope it will be safe and fun! If you are trying to lose weight, as so many of us are, I hope this month will see you closer to your goal. If you have health issues, perhaps September will be the month you will find relief from your pain. <BR> <BR> Fall is now just around the corner. With the kids back in school I always think of September as the turning point from Summer to Fall. Soon the lus... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 22:29:10 EST What is your favorite part of Sparkspeople? One of my favorite parts is the "insider" because it teaches how to use the sight. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 14:50:18 EST Introducing myself Hi retired seniors! I am a 72 year old retired RN who just joined a SparkTeam. My husband and I live in Southeast Georgia. I am enjoying being retired although there never seems to be enough time to get all my projects done. Despite having officially retired 10 years ago, my husband is still teaching at the university two days a week. My hobbies are reading mysteries, sewing and art projects. I recently had shoulder surgery with the accompanying physical therapy. Since surgery I have g... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:58:32 EST Room for one more? I am a retired police officer who gained weight without eating donuts - which police are often accused of. I look forward to chatting with those of my age group in an attempt to get my health back in order. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:05:29 EST August Chat Room Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that we've got a new place to chat. And also, if you have not yet checked into our "Monthly Weigh In" be sure and do that while it's still the beginning of the month. Put down your August 1st weight if you know it, otherwise today's. <BR> <BR> I've decided the only way I'm going to lose weight in August is to get up at 5:30 and get in one extra walk each day. I have no problem going at dusk (so the sun doesn't bother my eyes) but the rest of the d... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:20:15 EST FAMOUS QUOTES BY FAMOUS AMERICANS Famous Quotations <BR> <BR> I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.' <BR> - Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible <BR> - George Burns <BR> <BR> <BR> Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. <BR> - Victor Borge <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:48:23 EST What Did You Eat For Breakfast Today? WHAT DID YOU EAT FOR BREAKFAST TODAY -- here is where the tire meets the road, <BR> as we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day! <BR> <BR> Not my usual fare this morning, I was lazy! <BR> Coffee with sugar-free creamer <BR> Bowl of Capt. Crunch Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:38:08 EST I am New to this Forum Hello, <BR> I am Ron and I just got released from the hospital a week ago and am now back in our home. I am 69 and have been married for 45 yrs this coming Oct. We have three boys and three grand children. I am retired and on disability, my wife still works part time as a doctor's nurse. Now she has to take care of me for a while, at least until my stumps heal. She has to help me change the bandages three times a day and it takes a little time as there are three stumps to deal with. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:08:17 EST PLAN TO END SOCIAL SECURITY???? <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <BR> June 10, 2011 <BR> 1:58 PM <BR> <BR> CONTACT: Strengthen Social Security Campaign <BR> <BR> Don Owens, (202) 587-1653 <BR> Josh Rosenblum, (202) 587-1635 <BR> <BR> White House Proposal to Exempt Employers from Paying For Social Security Would Hurt Workers and their Families <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON - June 10 - White House advisors are reportedly considering relievin... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:44:50 EST Motivation for today Tell us your best motivation for today, or any other hint you care to share! <BR> <BR> IT IS BETTER TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF FOR DENYING YOURSELF A GOODIE THAN TO FEEL GUILTY BECAUSE YOU ATE IT! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:22:59 EST I am new to Retied Seniors Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Barbara. I read the "The Spark" book last year and made a brave try at losing weight. I did not stick with it. I entered my food and exercise and points (can't see the point of them). But, I did not connect with anyone in messages. Later, I dropped my attempts at weight loss. Now I am back. But, this time I am going to use the message boards and see if this helps. I am also going to reread the book which is very inspirational. <BR> <BR> My husband is 78 and I am ... Fri, 27 May 2011 22:27:48 EST HAPPY EASTER <em>213</em> <em>172</em> <em>145</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:13:19 EST ONE CONGRESSMAN SPEAKS OUT FOR COLAs <BR> REP. ENGEL – SENIORS NEED MORE SOCIAL SECURITY HELP <BR> 02/18/11 <BR> <BR> Washington, DC -- Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) again called on Congress to support legislation he is re-introducing in the 112th Congress that would guarantee seniors a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security benefits. This is designed to help them avoid a repeat of their not getting such increases in the past two years. Due to the way the COLA is calculated, for the second consecutive year senio... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 08:42:33 EST Chatting with Seniors Thought with my vacation coming up it might be easier to just make this a chat room that will be good for any month of the year! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you will go to "Monthly Weigh In" and see how you're doing compared to previous months. I think I'm down this month. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:13:48 EST Have YOU huddled today? <em>48</em> Jan. 6th Thurday Thu, 6 Jan 2011 00:24:55 EST Jan.'11 Chat Room Happy New Year again to everyone. Sorry I was a day late getting this chat room started for the month (as well as for the NEW YEAR!) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone made it through the New Year's Eve parties -- if there was one -- safe and sound. I was in bed by 10:00 so I'm not much of a party girl. <BR> <BR> Back to the Valley of the Sun, as Phoenix is well known -- however we will have unusually cold weather for the week, temperatures will be around 60 or so, but no freezing at night, and the... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:06:02 EST Happy New Year! I wish you all a healthy, prosperous, and happy 2011! <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kathie <em>220</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:38:21 EST WE WOULD NEVER, NEVER RE-GIFT!!!! <BR> BUT..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Regift-Without-Getting-Caught </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 09:44:27 EST RIGHT hand: H I J K L M N O P U Y KINKY Thu, 16 Dec 2010 02:10:38 EST LEFT hand: A B C D E F G Q R S T V W X Z ATE Thu, 16 Dec 2010 02:09:09 EST ANDY GRIFFITH VIDEOS = nearly $3 million dollars Administrator <BR> Washington, DC 20201 <BR> October 28, 2010 <BR> <BR> Tegan Millspaw <BR> Judicial Watch <BR> 425 Third Street, SW, Suite 800 <BR> Washington, DC 20024 <BR> <BR> Dear Mr. Millspaw: <BR> I am writing in response to your letter dated September 2,2010. In this letter you <BR> requested "all records concerning the creation and/or funding of the video, "An Important <BR> Message from Medicare with Andy Griffith" under the Freedom of Information Act. This U.S. <BR> De... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 10:53:48 EST Name a Christmas Carol O Holy Night Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:20:08 EST December Chat Sorry to be so late -- I was out of town and couldn't get to a computer. Hopefully if it happens again someone else will start the new month's chat for me! <BR> <BR> I wonder what everyone has planned for Christmas. For me I believe my BF and I will just enjoy each other's company and not get together with kids or any other large group of people. We went to one of his relatives for Thanksgiving and there must have been at least 35 people there -- too many to suit me! But the food was deli... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 00:38:38 EST SUGGESTION FOR CHRISTMAS CARD SENDERS <BR> When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take ONE CARD & send it to this address: <BR> <BR> A Recovering American Soldier, <BR> c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center <BR> 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20307-5001. <BR> <BR> If we pass this on & everyone sends just one card, think of how many cards these <BR> soldiers could get....& need to help bring up their spirits!! <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE SHARE <BR> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 15:05:58 EST Have you ate you fruits for each day in December? Dec 1--- <em>248</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 17:14:39 EST have you are your veggies each day of December? Dec. 1... <em>248</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 17:13:26 EST Help make words out of Christmas arch Wed, 1 Dec 2010 17:12:27 EST 1st DECEMBER - REFLECTIONS .... <BR> I think I must be in a pensive/reflective mood today ..and that's fine, because for me, it is a very peaceful way to be.I am a person who among other things, collects quotes and thinking about SparkPeople,and the few "new friends" I have met through these pages, I found myself drawn to a favoured quote: <BR> "Whatever my secrets are: remember, when I <BR> entrust them to you, they are a part of <BR> me." <BR> I don't know : but I suspect,(personal thought)th... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:03:11 EST SPARKS SHUTTING DOWN SPARKS DOWN AGEIN AT TEN PM <em>198</em> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:07:54 EST Who's Doing What in Our Team This thread does not have to be about recognition alone, but could contain anything we want it to contain. But for now, I thought I'd start a special little thread to recognize the efforts of two special people on our Team who are #1 and #2 in either SPARK POINTS or FITNESS MINUTES for this past week! Congratulations to all of you who worked so hard! <BR> <BR> #1 in both POINTS and WORKING OUT: GIVEUP30 <BR> #2 in SPARK POINTS: KAYE4454 <BR> #2 in FITNESS MINUTES: SUGARSMOM2 <BR> <BR> Gi... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:07:32 EST Are you concerned about Social Security? Heard news about Debt Commission report on suggestions of changing parts of Social Security..including stopping all COLA increases immediately and eventually raising the age when one could get full SSI benefits. Do you agree with this plan? Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:31:27 EST NOT LOSING I AM DOING 1200 CALORIES AND WRITING DOWN ALL THE FOOD I INTAKE..WALKING THE MALL 3 TIMES A WEEK. BUT THE SCALE IS NOT MOVING DOWN. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:18:25 EST CHANGE TIME CHANGE YOUR TIME BACK ONE HOUR BEFORE GOING TO BED SATURDAY <em>412</em> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 00:51:26 EST AARP HIKES EMPLOYEE HC INSURANCE COST <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs <BR> By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, The Associated Press <BR> Updated 4:37 PM Thursday, November 4, 2010 <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON — AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law. <BR> <BR> In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 13:35:12 EST November Chat I posted my weight today. I waited until today because I had gained a few pounds and wanted to take them off before I posted. I am now at my goal weight. I met my goal mid June and with minimal effort was keeping my weight within a few pounds of goal. Anytime the scale went above that, I would cut back and it would come off in a few day. <BR> <BR> I had a couple of challenging months although fortunately none of the challenges were major. Mostly it was just one after another after anoth... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:39:59 EST Book - A-Z A Man for all Seasons Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:08:46 EST DEPRESSION ERA COOKBOOK! Don't remember how I found this, but the lady on YouTube lived and survived the Depression..and was 91 years young... when she made this video. Hope you will enjoy this. Certainly no signs of senility or any mental degeneration on her part. Hope we can all do as well when we get to be 91 years young! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> The recipe she makes is not the Chinese Egg Drop Soup reci... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:27:30 EST Are you old enough to remember Liberace? <BR> <BR> October 15, 2010 <BR> <BR> Before Lady Gaga, before Elton John, there was Liberace. People of a certain age will remember the candelabra on his piano, the flamboyant costumes, even the self-deprecating humor in his distinctive voice. <BR> <BR> "My clothes may look funny but they're making me the money," he once said. <BR> <BR> At one point, thanks to Las Vegas, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. That's where he created the museum that bears his name. It was... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:03:51 EST Name a City/Town A-Z A = Atlanta <BR> <BR> (if it's some obscure little town, or in a foreign country, tell us the state/country it is in) Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:00:02 EST Favorite Holiday -- and Why! My favorite holiday is CHRISTMAS! First of all, I love the holiday decorations, especially the trees. And I'm like a kid when it comes to giving and receiving presents. I love the parties and general friendliness of everyone this time of year. It is a time to have parties, write to people you stay in touch with only once a year, and a time to make amends. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:23:39 EST No Social Security Increase 2nd Year Straight No Social Security Increase 2nd Year Straight <BR> Mon Oct 11 15:09:37 2010 by Angela Kaye Mason <BR> <BR> Oct 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) As most Americans know, the cost of living rises, every year, rain or snow, no matter who is in office at the White <BR> House, or what job you may have. You are guaranteed to pay more at the pumps, at the grocery store, and for heat and water at home, and yet, for the second year in a row, Social Security and Disability recipients, <BR> many of them Veterans ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:56:01 EST October Chat I know this is early, but rather than leaving it up to someone else to do, I'm trying to think of as many loose threads as possible before I leave. <BR> <BR> I'll see you all back here on October 11th. May your month start out wonderful, and don't forget to sign in on the "Monthly Weigh In." <BR> <BR> Hugs, Eve Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:35:42 EST What were you doing this time last year? My husband and I just got back from celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary. Last year we couldn't really afford to go away or do much so we had a family campout with our middle son, daughter-in-law and the two grandchildren. <BR> <BR> We did that this year back the middle of August and aren't feeling as financial fragile this year so decided to take a quick car trip up to Erie Pennsylvania to a race track and casino up there. We stayed at the Sheraton, which is on Lake Erie, and had a ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:59:09 EST Name a snack -- from A to Z an apple (I like mine with peanut butter) Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:48:30 EST Going to California for Vacation ...Help!!! Retired Seniors that know California tell me some places of interests..... <em>38</em> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 05:12:12 EST WHERE WERE YOU ON 9/11??? I was at the J-H tax office helping to register persons for the fall tax course. We closed the place and told everyone to go home. The Safeway, Drugstore and all the other stores in the shopping center closed also. Someone said they'd heard a plane was headed to Andrews AFB, other people were desperately trying to contact their family members who were working at the Pentagon. I tried to call my own Daughters...but phone lines were too busy to get through. <BR> <BR> I think I'm more depre... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 11:37:42 EST September Chat My blog post today says a lot about my philosophy of life. Enjoy. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 11:02:19 EST SAD NEWS..BUT GOOD MEMORIES OF ZSA ZSA (CBS/AP) Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist said Sunday the 93-year-old actress was in extremely serious condition after having two blood clots removed at a Los Angeles hospital. <BR> <BR> The Reuters news agency reported that the Hollywood maven had been read her last rites by a priest Sunday, with her husband Frederic Von Anhalt by her side. <BR> <BR> Anhalt told Reuters Gabor was conscious while the priest visited her at Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but was able to communicat... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:28:21 EST Good Thought.. Read this today at another SP site, the "Explore Secrets" site: <BR> <BR> Good Thought... <BR> <BR> One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching. -Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 07:50:39 EST I'm old enough to remember.. This is from a post at the SP Cafe site. It's really fun...and sometimes a bit sad to read. So many commented on how when they were children...they could play outside all day w/o being afraid. I remember that also. <BR> <BR> I also am old enough to remember when Doctors still made house calls! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 11:10:35 EST August Chat Room Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I know for some of you it's a bore,but let's all go to the Monthly Weigh In and record our new weight. <BR> <BR> Happy August all -- fall is just around the corner! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 22:04:47 EST Thank You Thanks for the nice welcome. I am still searching and going through the pages. So much to read and learn. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 09:50:03 EST Thank you military soldiers,e everywhere and their Thank you military soldiers,everywhere and their families. <BR> <BR> Hurry Home! Be safe!! Without you there would be no 4th of July to celebrate. <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> God Bless America. <BR> <BR> It would be great to have thousands add comments and send then send this to some of the soldiers serving. <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>283</em> <em>652</em> <em>304</em>... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:27:42 EST July Weigh-in So after one month I'm only down 1.5 pounds. I joined the team for accountability and support and I plan to do better in July. Sandi Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:49:32 EST July Chat Room Just getting a headstart on this as I'm heading up to the summer home and will not be on the computer the rest of the day. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:29:54 EST Raise Social Security's retirement age to 70????? <BR> THE HILL <BR> <BR> <BR> Top Republican: Raise Social Security's retirement age to 70 <BR> By Michael O'Brien - 06/29/10 10:50 AM ET <BR> <BR> A Republican-held Congress might look to raise the retirement age to 70, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested Monday. <BR> <BR> Boehner, the top Republican lawmaker in the House, said raising the retirement age by five years, indexing benefits to the rate of inflation and means-testing benefits would make the massive entitleme... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:17:12 EST How Many Log In Points? Just tell us how many points you got on the spin today! <BR> <BR> I got <em>511</em> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 20:30:31 EST LATEST RECALLS FROM CONSUMER REPORTS <link><BR>0/06/recalled-foods-spinach-lobster-be<BR>ef-and-pet-food.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:15:43 EST Happy or concerned about the Health Care bill? I decided to keep my regular HC plan rather than switch to Medicare. However, I do wonder if they actually do cut Medicare by $500 Billion...will there be no loss of quality in the services provided to Medicare patients. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:55:05 EST GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD <BR> From my friend at "Challenged by Arthritis" <BR> <BR> GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD <BR> <BR> 1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.. <BR> 2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get. <BR> 3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there. <BR> 4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. <BR> 5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:05:15 EST A funny post from another SP team Well...anyway, I thought it was funny.... <BR> <BR> This was posted in the Challenged by Arthritis Team Forum by ANGELFINDER. I had missed reading it when it was first posted!!! <BR> <BR> 1) My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we don't know where the heck she is. <BR> <BR> 2) I joined a health club last year, spent 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up! <BR> <BR> 3) I have to exercise in the morning before my brain f... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:08:01 EST Motivation - A to Z All you need to do is write a motivational sentence, and the first word must begin with the letter that is next in the alphabet. I'll start off using an A. <BR> <BR> An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:34:19 EST June Chat Room I recommitted to following my food and exercise plans on June 1. I ate at the lowest range of the calorie allowance and exercised well. My reward was the scale going up twice. This morning it says 150 I number I really didn't want to see again. I am still eating in my calorie range but yesterday I went all the way to the top of it. I am still exercising but the weight work at the gym doesn't seem so important today. <BR> <BR> I will not give up but I am not trying as hard as I did earli... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 13:01:43 EST A to Z words ending with "ing" averaging <BR> <BR> I am not averaging many pounds lost each year - are you? Mon, 31 May 2010 15:56:57 EST Words A to Z ending in 'y' Let's have a little fun Team! We'll do this alphabetically, and I'll start off with A. Use any word you like as long as it ends with a "Y" <BR> <BR> A = alphabetically Tue, 11 May 2010 00:38:10 EST HI My name is Marilyn and I am new to the team Joined a couple of weeks ago, but have not been keeping my records properly. Have promised myself that I will do better this next week. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 35 pounds by the end of the year. My biggest "action" towards loosing that amount is leaving out the after dinner glass(s) of wine. Better for the waistline and the liver, as well as my budget. <BR> <BR> Would love to hear from other members. By the way I am 69. <em>303</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 10:49:23 EST May Chat Room Hi everyone! Just a gentle reminder to all of you members who are somewhat active on here -- it's time to check in on the "Monthly Weigh In" and see how you are doing and putting your weight down. Interesting to look back over the months, don't you think? <BR> <BR> I will be sooooo happy to get back to my own house in just a few days. It is so true "There is No Place Like Home!" Sat, 1 May 2010 21:13:56 EST Second Grand daughter Baby Kenisha was born 31st March by Emergency C/S.She weighed 10lbs and is being observed in ICU.Please remember her in prayer. <BR> Mom is recovering quite well. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Roz. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:55:40 EST April Chat Room Hi there! Sorry to be late getting this post started. Thursday is my day at the Library and I do not have time to get on the computer before I leave in the morning. Tonight I'm really tired, so I do wonder sometimes why I continue to volunteer, but I'm afraid if I give up pretty soon I won't be doing anything. And then I'll start to get old. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 23:39:46 EST Awesome Morning Dear Friends <BR> So far I am having a pleasant morning as it comes to an end. I went out to breakfast after I attended Mass and I made good choices concerning my food! The sun is shining after all the "needed" rain so it is all good! I wish everyone a Blessed day and be safe and take care of you! <BR> Dee <em>247</em> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:58:38 EST Go With The Flow Hello All <BR> well time change something that we have no say in or choice! Sign of the times!!! We know who is in control!! It is time for me to "change" myself inwardly and outwardly that is something we do have control over! Today is the first day of my "changeover" Be safe and take care of you! <BR> Dee <em>247</em> <em>250</em> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:10:07 EST Patience Dear Friends <BR> Hello and I hope you are having a "good blessed " day. Today I am being and exhibiting "Patience". Sometimes Life can't be "hurried" and doing those times patience is indeed a priceless virtue. I am living in the present moment and savoring all that is given. Be safe and have a great weekend! <BR> Ms Dee <em>247</em> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:10:41 EST Good Day Dear Friends <BR> Today is a great day and will be ALL day! Just wanted to check in and wish all a good day I have learned to take it one pound at a time and also one day at a time but I have problems staying in the present moment! I remember reading that " a setback is a set-up for a Comeback! I have comeback and it has been so many setbacks that I am looking forward and really being in the present moment! It is diligence and patience! As these pounds came about me and around me so they must... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:53:50 EST Ways to Save I thought this would be a good topic. Many are on fixed incomes find ways to get the best value for our dollar. When I travel, I look online for bargains as well as AAA, Senior discounts, (rarely AARP - I do not like many of the things they are doing)Now I am wondering what people do to save money when they travel at hotels, motels, when they can not go during the off-season times to places here in the US. <BR> I use coupons and watch for sales on what I use on a regular basis including... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:59:28 EST Getting Started Hello All <BR> My name is Dee and I have been on SP since 2006 but have no AHA moments as I go back and forth like a yo-yo and I sign in and out the same way! I need a partner or someone to keep me motivated! I have been retired for three yrs and when I retired I married after being divorced for over 20 yrs and I thought I was going to risde off in the sunset but no way! he is still working and will retire in the next two years! He has no weight problem but I do! I am such a weakling when it ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:17:55 EST My Birthday Is....... Hi! My birthday is: (if you know how to copy and paste, please do so -- or I will do it every so often) Put it in order of what month your B/D is. <BR> <BR> SCOTMAMA (Eve) October 19 Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:54:47 EST March Chat for Retired Seniors I'm a little late with this -- maybe better late than never. If this happens again, and you see that with a new month I forgot to get our "Chat for the Month" thread going -- please just start one if you like, always in this same spot if you don't mind. <BR> <BR> My weigh-in was a fraction of a pound higher than it was in January and February. Not good to be going in the wrong direction. Guess I was having just too darn much fun with two boyfriends competing against one another the last 2... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:01:02 EST Seniors Chat for February 2010 Here it is all set up for you eager-beavers! Depends on the time zone for who gets here first I suppose. Anyway, wanted to have it ready for you. <BR> <BR> Now don't forget to sign into the "Monthly Weigh In" and record your new weight for February 1st. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Eve Mon, 1 Feb 2010 00:24:16 EST What recipe have you made recently? Let's inspire one another with a favorite recipe. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:31:50 EST What do yo do to get through winter? A new member mentioned being bored and winter cold is part of that. When we worked we got up and out no matter what but now that we don't have to brave the weather each morning it is easy to stay home and hibernate. Let's all chime in with ways to spend happy time when it is cold and dreary. <BR> <BR> cross-stitch <BR> sew <BR> keep indoor plants <BR> play with my puppy <BR> keep in touch with friends and family via e-mail <BR> learn something new-the internet is a great place to start the... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:26:26 EST New Year Difficulties Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble getting "back in the groove"? I mean eating right, exercising, etc. It is not going as easy as the start of last year for me. I guess maybe if this freezing weather will ever move on, I will be more in the mood to eat salads & smoothies again, right now, all I seem to be wanting is "comfort" foods & not the healthy kind. So it is a constant struggle between good & bad for about ya'll? <BR> <BR> TX Eve Sun, 10 Jan 2010 09:09:08 EST Hello! New to this Team... My name is Marcia and I'm 62 and now in forced retirement. I've been working all along and planned to retire sometime around 66 but since I live in Michigan, most jobs have disappeared, as mine did. I love to read, do crafts, garden, walk etc... I also have a cat named Joy, who likes to use my lap as her warming bed. Plan to get more serious with getting this extra weight off so my back will have some relief. I had spinal fusion back surgery and still have alot of difficulty. Going to g... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:17:00 EST What is your retirement lifestyle. I live in an active over 55 community in central Florida. My DH and I love it and are grateful that we could find such a wonderful place. We have so many activities and friends and we can get to everything in under 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> DH is originally from NY; I am from OH. We spent 30 years in the DC area before we moved to Florida. <BR> <BR> DH bikes, walks, works out at the gym and loves to socialize with people and give all the dogs treats and pets. <BR> <BR> I play pickleball (t... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 18:19:04 EST Senior's Chat for January 2010 I'd like to be inspirational, but frankly I'm just too tired tonight. So tomorrow I'll put something on here for everyone, or send it by Spark Mail. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to a really wonderful group of Team Members!! <BR> <BR> Scotty Eve Sat, 2 Jan 2010 00:24:00 EST Christmas Carols What are your favourite Christmas carols? <BR> I love them all! <BR> Roz. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 10:07:56 EST Senior's Chat for December Hi everyone! Today was a milestone for me. Not in my battle to lose weight, but it is a milestone to make a doctor who thought more of the almighty dollar than he did about his patient's well-being get at the very least a slap on the hand! <BR> <BR> Nearly 4-1/2 years ago I had a mishap when I was having Lasik surgery to both my eyes. All I wanted was to see without having to wear glasses. That was not to be for after 48 hours my right eye felt like it had cut up razor blades in it. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 22:21:31 EST anleesung Hello. I live in central-east Canada and am married with four children. I am retired and want to lose weight for my health's sake. I weigh 174 and am 5'6" tall. My goal is to weigh 142 pounds by June 2010. To do this I need to eat 1200-1500 calories per day. I have a bigger problem--I get discouraged very easily, very early. <BR> My user name is Asian because I greatly admire the cultures there and love Asian art. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:09:04 EST Happy Thanksgiving I saw this poem which is the epitome of what not to do on Thanksgiving night. Enjoy! Kathie <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, <BR> but I just couldn't sleep... <BR> I tried counting backwards, <BR> I tried counting sheep. <BR> The leftovers beckoned...the dark meat and white, <BR> but I fought the temptation with all of my might. <BR> Tossing and turning with anticipation, <BR> the thought of a snack became infatuation. <BR> So, I raced to the kitchen, flung ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:11:43 EST November Senior's Chat I don't know where my brain is anymore -- I just now discovered we didn't have a thread for our Nov. Chat! <BR> <BR> and also.....I received the following message from another SP friend, and I felt compelled to pass it on. May many of us respond to this little boy! <BR> <BR> ...I received this info from another SP friend and was asked to pass it on! <BR> <BR> Hello this is a VERY special request... <BR> <BR> This week Christmas is being celebrated by a very young boy and his family,thi... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 14:31:22 EST October's Senior Chat Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here in Phoenix we've all been wondering if the cooler weather of October would EVER roll around, but here it is October 1st and right now at a little after 9:00 it's 70 degrees at my house. My Scotty and I have been on our 1-1/2 mile morning walk, and perhaps it will be nice enough this evening to go on another; getting in 3 miles a day would be great! <BR> <BR> October is my birth month also -- but as I'm turning 71 I don't think that's anything to laugh and sin... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 12:11:13 EST I am new I'm a senior and trying to figure out if I'm in the right place on this web site. My goal is to lose 10 lbs which was my goal 10 years ago and no results so far!! <BR> <BR> If I am in the wrong place, could someone direct me. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 08:59:16 EST Hi from New Member Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I just found this team this morning & since it seemed perfect for me, joined in...both my husband & myself are retired & enjoying doing what we want to do...LOL.I have been a "Sparker" for a while now & I am half way to goal, but I am finding this last half the most difficult! <BR> We live in TX & have four beautiful cats that we spoil rotten.. <BR> <BR> Eve Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:44:09 EST September Chat My vacation to Montana, specifically to the Bitterroot Valley was wonderful in that we had each and every day with perfect temperatures. Most of the time it was in the mid to high 80's, although one day it did reach 94. All the people were complaining about "how hot" it was, but coming from the Phoenix area I thought it felt quite good. My trip was filled with lots of lazy times, side trips with wonderful scenery, hours in the jacuzzi tub, and obviously some delicious meals. I could not ge... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:46:02 EST Nurselinda Hi, I'm from PA and just retired. I notice I have packed on some pounds since retirement....grazing all day. I want to nip this in the bud. It's hard to get motivated to begin. Hope this program is an incentive for me. Without a daily seems I sit more than move. Not good! Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:31:24 EST August Chat Can't believe what a short time July hung around! Like it was at a "Open House" or something -- just dropped by, said hello, had a glass of iced tea, and away it went. I didn't even have the time to get into a serious relationship with it. lol <BR> <BR> So now we have ahead of us August. First thing on the agenda, please go to Monthly Weigh In and record your weight -- after all, this is a health site! I know mine is higher than last month, but I'm going to be honest and record it anyway.... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:32:43 EST July is HOT - Drink Water Let's see how many of us can actually drink that recommended 8 glasses of water each day. Record daily if you think of it, otherwise, catch up when you do record how you're doing. <BR> July 1st & 2nd -- 8 glasses daily <BR> July 3rd -- not sure, driving much of the day <BR> July 4th -- think I did OK, but again (traveling) <BR> July 5th -- DID GOOD TODAY! Sun, 5 Jul 2009 20:44:10 EST July Chat Well, when I went to post on the July chat I realized I had failed to make one up yet. Bad girl! I guess I needed Jack here to remind me. haha <BR> <BR> My dog had something bothering her ears last night and it caused me to have a restless night, listening to her shake her head and carry on. Never did figure out what was wrong, but she seems OK this morning. I didn't know what to do, so I finally put a couple drops of olive oil in each ear. I don't know if that helped or what, but she layed... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 13:54:14 EST New To SparkPeople Hello, <BR> My name is Faye and I am 65 years old. I live in Georgia, hence my screen name “georgiagirl14”. I found the SparkPeople website by accident and I am so thrilled. I couldn't’t believe all the resources available to me and for free. I previously belonged to weight watchers and used their online website, which I liked very much. But with recently retiring and needing to watch my budget, I felt that I could no longer justify paying that monthly fee, plus to be honest, I wasn’t los... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:15:47 EST Canada's Independence Day Greetings and God bless to all our Canadian friends on your special day. <em>636</em> <BR> Roz. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 00:35:58 EST New Member that's retired and back to work Hi! <BR> <BR> Six years ago I hung up my wings at United Airlines and began a new career working at a local bank in the Commercial Lending Department and am really enjoying it. A new adventure! <BR> <BR> It's been a challenge having my "wings clipped" and becoming an earthling. <BR> <BR> Do any of you not believe your age? I'm going to be 64 next month and on some days feel 16, or 23 or 107! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you! <BR> <BR> Colleen <BR> <BR> PS/ I hope I qualify for ... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 11:39:33 EST Laundry Does everyone like folding and putting away laundry? I don't although I love most housework in general. <BR> Is it just me? <BR> Roz. Sat, 13 Jun 2009 14:03:40 EST June Brides I know June had always been a favourite month for weddings in the past. <BR> It would be interesting to know how many persons are celebrating wedding anniversaries this month. <BR> Roz. Fri, 5 Jun 2009 11:29:55 EST June Weight Challenge SCOTMAMA (Eve) <BR> <BR> SW: 148.0 <BR> GW: 142.0 <BR> <BR> If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again! Wed, 3 Jun 2009 20:51:35 EST June Chat Today I went to record books for the blind, then delivered cookies (homemade) to a Pastor who rents a little house from me, then on to the 94-year old lady that I am the Caregiver to on Tuesdays. Her back was hurting yesterday, so we cancelled, but I took her a dozen cookies too. After that it was over to my Healthcare center to pick up a refill of my one blood pressure medication. Sounds all so boring but it filled up most of my afternoon. After all that it was nap time -- one of my favorite... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 20:24:32 EST Hello I'm new It was interesting to find this group. Though I'm just under 60, I am retired. I have about 40 lbs to lose, but am in good physical health and am very active. I would love to meet other mature people who are learning to control obsessive eating habits. Thu, 28 May 2009 23:39:36 EST May Challenge Let's have a weight-loss challenge for May. Enter starting weight and your goal weight. Remember it's for one month only, so don't go overboard. <BR> <BR> SCOTMAMA (Eve) <BR> SW: 145.8 <BR> GW: 142.0 Fri, 1 May 2009 12:32:41 EST May Chat Here you go, Team! May Day -- remember when we were kids and it meant you should leave flowers or goodies on someone's doorstep, ring the bell, then run? <BR> <BR> Or maybe you're not quite as old as me???? <BR> Goodbye April -- Hello May <BR> Did you notice that April, May and June are all names of women! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 21:43:34 EST staying motivated... I officially retire, early retirement on April 9th. I want to exercise,but I know the aches and pains I have from fibromyalgia,back pain,and a torn acl, sometimes makes it very difficult to stay motivated. Does anyone have any ideas to help me get going, and stay with it? I do some walking on good days, and I want to join a warm water pool exercise class very soon. I have great intentions,but cant push myself to work thru those bad days. Any ideas would be helpful. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 11:41:50 EST April Chat I know -- jumping the gun again, but I know some of you live in areas where you get to the computer while I'm still busy sleeping. And I want this thread to be here and ready for you. <BR> <BR> April 1st -- Wow, how the time goes by. Can you believe that those baby back ribs I ate last night caused me to LOSE 5 pounds? <BR> <BR> Ya -- APRIL FOOL, that'll be the day, huh? <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 23:31:35 EST Topsy Turvy Tomatoes I would like to know if anyone of you have ever planted <BR> tomatoes using this type of planter? <BR> I've seen it advertised on TV. <BR> Roz. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:12:37 EST A Great Recipe From another team- <BR> <BR> A GREAT RECIPE <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant. <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following sentence: "I am thankful for__________" <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> 5. Drink green tea... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 13:11:28 EST Brain Games If you like to play word games, here's a great web site. Sat, 28 Mar 2009 02:40:00 EST March Chat All you dog owners, give your dog an extra pat on the head, they are responsible for getting us to get out there and WALKING some days. Hey! If they had their way, our walks would be even LONGER, wouldn't they? <BR> <BR> Don't forget to WEIGH-IN, this is March 1st. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 22:52:35 EST BIRTHVERSE See your birth verse at this link every body has one ! <link> fm </link> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:10:49 EST Does anyone go to Campging in warm weather? Boy hope I can stick to this during the summer when we go camping in a small Travel Trailer and get together and camp with friends in Missouri and go to some friends there for grilling outside. That will be a test for me for sure. <BR> <BR> They do have a path around the campground though where we stay so will have to walk every day there for sure in case my calories aren't exactly what they should be. Also to help my numbers for FBS as I am diabetic. <BR> <BR> They have WIFI there and I ... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 20:38:34 EST February Chat I'm sorry Jack, if the Leader of this Team wasn't so darned busy thinking about what clothes to take along on that upcoming Cruise -- she'd have done it 3 days ago! <BR> <BR> I have not had the problem of 3 to 4 pounds, but I'm smaller than you. I have gained 1 to 2 pounds and I know very well I did not eat the equivalent calories that they say you'd need to gain it. 3500 = 1 and 7000 = 2. There is no way I could have eaten between 3500 and 7000 calories. But I have discovered one thing; ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:24:06 EST I live in (blank) state Let's find out where all of us members live! Wouldn't it be fantastic to learn there is one of our team almost in our backyard. Wish I could meet all of you personally. Perhaps with this, there IS someone who is close enough for me to meet. <BR> <BR> I live in Arizona. As a part of the greater Phoenix area, my own little area is El Mirage, on the border of Surprise. <BR> <BR> Now tell me where you live -- I hope all the members will respond so we'll be able to keep track of all. <BR> ... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:18:02 EST Starting Over after a 2yr break from SparkPeople Hi fellow team members. I joined SparkPeople back in 2007, worked the program for a short time then dropped out. I'm back and the funnist thing is when I went to weigh in and put down my measurements I'm exactly the same as when I left in March of 2007. Though over the past 22 months I have been up and down with my weight and measurements. It seems like my body likes to stay around the 200 pound mark. But at 4'11" that's not very healthy. Though I have to say that I just had some blood work d... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:06:35 EST January'09 Chat Hi Team! Although we are all spending the first day of the year in different ways, I'll bet one thing we have in common is that we all look over the past year and think about things we could have done better maybe differently. Hindsight is always 20/20 so they say, so it's easy to look back on something and see how there could have been an easier way, a better way, a shorter way, whatever! But the most important thing is to NOT GIVE UP. You learn by your mistakes, so nothing is ever a complet... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 21:56:36 EST New Year's? Anybody make resolutions? <BR> <BR> I'm reading a good book, "This Year I Will. . ." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-Resolution/dp/0767920082 </link> <BR> <BR> and have decided to work on my finances next year and maybe get certified as Certified Financial Planner. This current year is the year of SparkPeople and getting on the lifestyle adjustment train and next year will be the year of finances. Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:22:14 EST about shingles Iam 57 yrs old.Can someone tell me how to prevent and treat shingles.Can you go out or not. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 19:27:24 EST End of the Year Chatroom Nothing much exciting as far as my weight goes. If it isn't 148 it's 149. least it's not in the 150's where it was a few months ago. I have just about decided that rapid weight loss is just not for me, so I may as well calm down and accept it. That's good in a way, because if it comes off slow it's more likely to stay off. <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm dragging a little because I volunteered at the local Library and was on my feet for four hours straight. Just not used to doing that w... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 19:53:19 EST Our Team Challenge I've added a new team challenge to our home page. I realize there may be many of us who are not able to walk a mile, or spend 30 minutes working up a sweat in the gym doing aerobics or other strenuous stuff. <BR> <BR> My thought is that it should be something we can "all" participate in. All of us are able to earn SparkPoints. I make it a personal challenge to get 50 each day! Yes, there have been days when I have done that, but not a lot of them! <BR> <BR> There are so many ways to ear... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 22:52:46 EST Procrastinate? Or what's your excuse? Yes, I hate to admit it, being your Team Leader; but I am a Procrastinater. I sometimes procrastinate about getting out of bed in the mornings. I just recently procrastinated about shampooing my carpets. And always -- I mean ALWAYS, I procrastinate about walking. Why can't I just get out there and tell myself "I have to do it." I rather enjoy it once I get going. <BR> <BR> So what habits do you have that slows you down? Do you sneak food late in the evening? Figure it does not count b... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 22:12:24 EST Post your October Steps (or Miles) Here Sorry your leader is not totally on the ball -- I should have done this on October 1st. My only excuse is that I'm not home. <BR> <BR> Name: Eve <BR> Date: 10-2-08 <BR> Steps: 2 miles -- all in the park <BR> <BR> Let's see some serious posting this month! Fri, 3 Oct 2008 12:17:11 EST Hi I'm new I like bike riding and walking from York County Pa Red Lion to be exact. <em>217</em> <em>232</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2008 23:08:31 EST Post September Challenge Steps Here Name: Eve <BR> Date: 8-27-08 <BR> Steps: 10,463 Yipee! Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:23:57 EST Making progress I figured out this morning that I'm losing about a pound every 6 days (or, at least, lost my last pound at that rate :-) so I'm looking to be in the next 10 down on August 6th. I'll see if my prediction powers work. <BR> <BR> I'm working now on getting consistent walking each morning. I have trouble just doing it. I get working on the computer and having a good time here at SP and have to push myself out of the chair. I don't like the "negative" encouragement I give myself either, "It's ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 09:39:43 EST New to this team Hi - I just discovered this team and since I am very much a senior, I thought I would join in with you all. <BR> I will be 70 in July - married, have 7 grandchildren. <BR> I live in a rural area about 50 miles west of St. Louis. Right now, our small surrounding towns are battling with the floods. We have several roads closed. I live far enough away, that I'm not affected. <BR> I have diabetes, fibromyalgia, and high blood pressure, which is giving me problems. My ankles are swelling a lot... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 11:11:57 EST Days of the week In some respects, being retired the days all run together. It's taken me until just recently to be able to remember what date it is each day and re-orient to that (not important anymore?) so I feel more connected. I guess this past month or so I've had so much going on every weekend that that has helped me as I've had to make lists and plans to be ready for parties and yard sales and going away, etc. Which reminds me, have to call the pet sitting again; he didn't call me back Monday or yes... Wed, 21 May 2008 09:57:39 EST Consistent Progress I've lost another pound which is so exciting to me. I just joined the "Leaving 250" team yesterday. But the best thing about today is that my asthma appears to be under control and I got sleep! I feel much better and am so glad my old asthma med that I reluctantly picked up a refill of on Saturday and decided to use the way it's supposed to be used has apparently done the trick and kicked in. <BR> <BR> But my hopefullness has just soared and I'm even more motivated than ever. I decided o... Mon, 19 May 2008 10:22:47 EST Summer Chat Room OK - so we're not active posters in this group, so I figure a "Summer" chat room will last us the entire summer! <BR> <BR> I'm bummed out today because I've lost my prescription sun glasses! Worse yet, I know they are here around the house somewhere -- but where? I could have accidently thrown them in the garbage I suppose as I was doing yard work, but I doubt it. So today I'm off to purchase (or at least ORDER, then wait close to 2 weeks to get them) another pair. It is so aggravating. ... Wed, 14 May 2008 13:10:13 EST Cooking new foods Has anyone worked with the SparkRecipes or others and started cooking differently since being here or working with one's weight? <BR> <BR> I have several new foods I like, a flax "bar," kind of like a granola bar, I found at my health food store and I'm working harder to eat my yogurt. I just realized though that I don't like this brand of yogurt (Yoplait's Fiber One), I like its taste, but it's made with Aspertame and I hate when they do that. But suddenly I found myself thinking about ma... Wed, 14 May 2008 08:09:17 EST Dinner on the deck We live in a tiny townhouse on the water and redid our whole outdoor space last summer. Tonight was our first real outdoor grilling/eat on the deck. It's so peaceful (we live right next to Aberdeen Proving Ground, so with the exception of occasional air raid drills and house-shaking explosions, LOL no one is allowed "near" the area so it's less populated "that way"). On the other side of us is the Gunpowder Falls State Park: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <B... Tue, 13 May 2008 20:14:15 EST non ambulatory sufferd a stroke five years ago and loss the use of one leg and the left side of my body,any suggestion on a excise rutine Fri, 9 May 2008 20:38:39 EST How Do YOU Spend Your Days? I'd like to know more about how various seniors spend their time. <BR> <BR> My days generally go something like this: <BR> Get up around 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. make the bed, brush my teeth -- then either me or my husband goes to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee. I love the flavored kind. We both invariably turn on our PC, although his is a laptop. After checking our mail, we have our first cup of coffee. If the weather permits I enjoy drinking mine out on the patio, perhaps taking the time... Sat, 3 May 2008 14:09:13 EST Hi Hi I'm Dennis and new to SparkPeople. I retired a few years back and I'm interested in talking to some other retired folks. <BR> Hope you'll come by and visit my page sometime. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 15:53:25 EST April Chat Room We're such a quiet group here I'm not sure how much use this room will get, but let's give it a try. You can just pop in and say a couple of words, or you can use it to vent, let us know how things are going -- use it however and whenever you want. It can be a lot of fun if we all participate. <BR> <BR> My stomach cramps have finally left, I'm still bloated and my weight on April 1 is heavier than it was on March 1 -- that didn't bring a smile at all. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 155.4 this ... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:26:18 EST MAKE ROOM, PLEASE 61+ RETIRED WITH 3 GRANDKIDS TO ENJOY, RUN AFTER. NEED FITNESS, ENERGY. MUST EXPLORE THIS WEBSITE Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:18:38 EST Welcome New Member A big welcome to our latest member, CLASSICS. I wish I knew your first name but as I don't I'll just call you Honey! I see you're from our neighbor country of Canada and that you like gardening and reading. <BR> <BR> We are looking forward to seeing you post and take part in our activities. We have a monthly weigh in that takes place on the 1st day of each month, so if you would like to participate in that, feel welcome, just look for the Monthly Weigh In and enter your post. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 15:42:00 EST What did you have to eat? So..... what did YOU have to eat this morning? <BR> <BR> For me this morning it was a sort of fruit/protein drink that I make by combining coffee/milk/banana/protein powder and anything else that sounds good to me at that particular moment. At 150 calories it's not bad and really fills me up. <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:12:27 EST Busy Times Ahead Well, gals, I talked to my daugter last night (she lives in Las Vegas). She has been talking for years how she'd like to have breast enhancement, and now she is finally going to do it. In Costa Rica of all places!! And guess who gets to baby sit while she's gone? It will be stressful to say the least as my grand-daughter is 16, thinks she knows it all, and has a very sarcastic mouth on her. At 5'9" she also towers over me! <BR> <BR> Anyway, all this isn't taking place until March 10, whe... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 19:49:19 EST Hi Everyone I joined 1/6/08. I have been retired since 2004 and love it. I am only 4'8" and a young 63. It seems like I have been dieting for practically all my life. I know it is what and how you eat foods. I am very upbeat, positive, and down to earth person. I would love to be part of this group, plus being supportative and helpful. <em>213</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:20:08 EST Let's Play! OK, play time -- who wants to tell what the very worst (or fattening) food was that they ate? <BR> <BR> I'll start: at a company dinner last week I had chocolate chip cookies and "Cookies n'Cream Ice Cream" for dessert. Someone else brought it, so I couldn't turn it down, could I? lol <BR> <BR> Eve <em>246</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:28:41 EST February Challenge OK gals, didn't receive any feedback on this, so I'm just making up the February Challenge on my own. You can submit ideas for March, April, etc. <BR> <BR> For February Only: <BR> 1) walk for 30 minutes 3 times per week <BR> 2) days you don't walk, exercise at least 15 minutes <BR> on other types of exercise than walking. <BR> <BR> With this challenge hopefully we will lose some serious pounds. Don't start posting until Feb. 1st <BR> If you like I'll keep track of all the posts and let ... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:07:25 EST Monthly Weigh In Hi agreed we will have a monthly weigh-in and it will be the first day of the month (even April, and let's not have any April fools on there!) <BR> <BR> To get us started I'd like to state that my weight right at the moment is 155.4, so I'll see if I can get that down a bit by the 1st of February. <BR> <BR> See you all then. If you want to post your weight as of now, that's great. Then we can show how we've progressed. I'll do the paperwork, you guys can just relax. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 15:57:40 EST Daily exercise Yesterday I told myself to quit cooking, cleaning, drawing, gardening, etc and go into the exercise room. I did. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 3.0 mph and 20 minutes of strength training. I felt so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I thought when I retired I would have all this excess time? What I have done is fill my days so full I am as busy as when I was working. I have to squeeze in exercise to my dance card instead of half heartedly exercising a few times a week. <BR> <BR> Here's wha... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:52:00 EST Favorite Foods I know we all have old standbys in the food department. What's yours? Do you serve breakfast for dinner when you're in a hurry? How about chili, do you make it with ground beef or ground turkey? And...last but not least, what ingredients do you think comprise a GOOD tossed salad? <BR> <BR> Eve <em>220</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2008 19:50:40 EST Lazy Day Today I didn't do much of anything. Kept my PJ's on all day and just enjoyed myself and my various activities. Do you have days like this? Tell me what YOU do. <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 20:19:05 EST Introduce Yourself Here Hi -- I'm Eve, age 69, living in Arizona. Have been retired now since 2002 and loving it. It was kind of hard to get into a new routine or way of life at first, but now I'd really hate to have to be at a job at a certain time of the morning. <BR> So tell me what you do all day with your time..... <BR> <em>220</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2008 18:22:28 EST I love retirement I retired a year ago from the Federal Government. My husband is still working and has no plans to quit for a long time. We converted our garage into an exercise room/guest room/karaoke room. I either do a circuit training program or simply go for 30 minutes on my treadmill, elliptical, or bike. I also have a small below ground swimming pool and hot tub I get in daily. Sounds like I should be skinny but I love having dinner parties and fixing gourmet food. But now I want to get back in shape a... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 12:55:05 EST Join This New Team Hi! After searching the teams I didn't see one that fit Seniors who are retired. Come join me and let's get acquainted. Share our particular set of priorities and problems with exercising and losing those extra pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 11:48:36 EST