Thank you, Hilary, for responding with such an entertaining note. I hadn't thought that much about it, but it's true that as we get older we give a bit more thought as to "what" we say (and to whom) rather than just blurt it out. I tend to be quite talkative, especially to strangers; but at the same time I have very few close friends. I consider myself an open book, but I'm probably not nearly as open as I appear to be.
All in all, I'm happy you stopped by because I enjoyed your take on all of this. When I started this Team I was hoping to learn more about what other Retired Seniors do with their time, although it is as varied as the people we have as members. I myself started out as a widowed lady, guess I was about 68 or 69 at the time and lived alone with my dog. Now I have moved in with my BF and we will be getting married the beginning of next year.
Maybe your response will trigger a few more! There is always hope!
Hello Scotmama, I have been scrolling down through my Special Folder , "Sparks Considered". This is where I save Forum topics that catch my eye and which I save to re-read later, think about and perhaps reply too ! Your topic November Chat intrigued me, especially your words .. " Retired Seniors,for all their numbers, are just not a chatty group of people..." I don't know,but speaking for myself,rather than 'generalizing' I think it not so much "not chatty" as treating life,for want of a better word,with a certain caution or reserve. Growing older, I find that I tend to be careful about what I talk,and who I talk too. I guess even on Spark People, I like to read the Forum Topics follow the threads and when something catches my eye or hits a chord, turn to the writer/speakers page and learn a little about that person, before I launch into a 'tirade' of my own. Often we have to, the fact that we have experiences of having been full on Caregivers for our wife/husband/partner or we may have experienced the passing of same, and often while wanting to talk or share or seek advice from those already in the know, we are loath to appear to be forever "moaning" ...again, for want of a better word, when in fact we are probably only seeking a little reassurance and the company of those we know "have been there,done that". Anyway, that's my November Chat piece ... Tomorrow is the 1st December ... and so I am going to think out a highly original new topic!? Hilary.
Hilary . Dunedin. South Island . NZ. Every day when fully lived- is a grand succession of experiences both pleasant and unpleasant - for life is made up of both- and without the one the other would not be recognized or appreciated.
I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I had just been myself. (Brittany Renee)
I guess like it or not, Retired Seniors, for all their numbers, are just not a chatty group of people. But hopefully, by zeroing in on some of our other posts we still see all the familiar names of members on here, and we are slowly getting better acquainted.
I've been terribly lazy this month -- just tired all the time. Probably has something to do with my rush to the Emergency Room toward the beginning of the month, thinking I was having a heart attack. it's enough to make a person sit up and take notice, although it's effect on me was to lay down and try to sleep it off. lol
Hope you're all doing fine out there -- take care.
I don't know how many of you get the Journal or the report on the team for the week -- can't remember exactly what it's called; but for this week, and I know last week also, our #1 winner was GIVEUP30 -- she got the most Spark Points and also had the most Fitness Minutes. So CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work!
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.
I had a couple of challenging months although fortunately none of the challenges were major. Mostly it was just one after another after another. I started eating chocolate which is one of my 3 favorite high calorie, less nutritious foods and I let myself indulge too much. I was seeing the scale at nearly 5 pounds above my goal.
I had to have a colonoscopy (another challenge because I did not know that the biopsy from the polyp they took out last time indicated I needed another sooner than normal). So I decided to let the colonoscopy prep be the beginning of a weight loss time to get the excess pounds off. I was on liquids for two days prior to the procedure so I had an enforced break from eating my problem foods. Now that I am back at my goal weight I am going to continue with my weight loss plan and take off a few more. I would like to consistently stay a few pounds under goal so I can take action at my goal weight to lose a few rather than constantly be 1-3 pounds over goal.
When I am really tried of my weight loss food plan I remind myself of how easy I find it to eat according to a plan when it is for medical reasons such as the procedure prep or fasting for blood work or surgery. I just need to convince myself that losing another 3 pounds is just as important as a medical test.
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