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JOHNSONE4 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/15/11 10:13 A

I have an elderly dad and an elderly mother in law, so some time is spent running for them. I have been doing things I already know how to do ( but doing them for charities. I can do them at my pace, when I want to, or join a local group to gab as we work.

Many of the nursing homes love to have volunteers come just to visit with residents.

ANNIE1114 SparkPoints: (153,765)
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1/14/11 10:41 P

I joined a gym I am dedicating most of my first year of retirement to making healthy lifestyle changes. Some gyms give discounts to people 55 or older.

JUSGETTENBY42 Posts: 7,606
1/14/11 1:48 P

As a person who went to work one morning and that afternoon was out of job, retirement was not eased into, nor did I have a prepared path.
3 yrs into a no stress life with time to do anything I want (for the first time ever), I walk 5 miles most days, I have lost 33 lbs and feel better than I have in years.
My advice is to become healthy, enjoy life, and be grateful for the free time you have been given. Enioy living life-----it's a wonderful life really!

JACKSMIMI2 Posts: 676
1/14/11 9:44 A

You lucky dog!!! :-) I'm not there yet, but I know that when that day comes... I will start every day w/ a walk or yoga or some form of exercise. I am much better if I exercise first thing in the day and so many days I don't have enough time before work.

I also know that I want to volunteer - mine will probably be at a couple of local parks or as a tutor at a school. I even thought the library would be fun.

I also have a 'house list'... I went through every room and wrote down the 'little things' that need to be done - that should take me well into my 70's.

So no matter what you do - have a blast doing it!

ONEDERLAND2016 Posts: 96
1/14/11 9:15 A

Great advice - I do need to put some of the time management skills I learned over my career to practice - schedule time to finish knitting the sweater for my granddaughter before she grows out of it, for example.

Thanks for your support - it really helps

CELMERS SparkPoints: (0)
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1/13/11 10:11 P

I am also a nurse...but not totally retired...I have not worked for six months. I am excited to get back to teaching. From my time off I have learned that daily goals are important...getting one or two important things done each day has kept me focused.


JODYELLEN57 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/13/11 4:09 P

Congratulations! I retired 2 years ago after working 30 years as a nurse. For the first couple months there were so many things that I wanted to do that I had put off - I was like a bee going from flower to flower and not really focusing on everything. I was so excited to finally have the time! And I would feel guilty for not "accomplishing" anything. Then I realized, I needed to set goals, just like at work, and this is where Sparkpeople really helped me - Goal setting while keeping healthy. Make a list of the things you have always wanted to do, make a plan, and then go do those things! Best of luck!

DIANNEMT Posts: 12,638
1/13/11 3:22 P

When my dad retired, he spent a lot of time fishing--found a new buddy and went out! You might also look for somewhere to give back--a local park, perhaps where you could help trim brush--getting some exercise, meeting new people and helping as well. (We have a local park that would welcome you--in NJ--but I'm sure you'll be able to find one close to home!)

ONEDERLAND2016 Posts: 96
1/13/11 1:26 P

Thanks for your reply. For now I am just getting re-introduced to my home and trying to sort out what I want to do now. I don't want to jump into anything and then regret it. I am thinking of taking some courses at the local community college - for interest only. I think I would like to learn to speak French - my daughter lives in Quebec and her children will go to school part of the time in French and I think it would be fun to learn along with them.

I do think of my weight loss as my Number One Retirement Project. I think I will then feel better about this new stage in my life.

Thanks for your kind thoughts

DEBIGENE SparkPoints: (199,738)
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1/13/11 1:24 P

I wish I knew about retirement but I don't yet .... but I can tell you that you have come to the right place to get healthy and change your eating habits. Welcome, learn to navigate the site and you will find all the information you need to take you on your journey. Good luck and God bless.

BONNIEJEAN51 Posts: 190
1/13/11 11:50 A

Congratulations on your retirement! I retired from a lifetime of stressful jobs in July 2010 and it is a little tough figuring out what to do. Maybe you could make losing weight and getting in shape your new "job" for a while? Research nutrition, exercise, etc. I lost 70 pounds over 2 years by changing my lifestyle. For me "diets" don't work. Find out what works for you.
Also, are you doing any volunteer work or fun things? When trying to lose weight it helps if you find fun things to do that distract you from eating.

ONEDERLAND2016 Posts: 96
1/12/11 8:57 P

I have just recently retired from a fairly stressful and busy job. I am anxious about how I am going to manage.

I decided to try to lose the weight that I have added over a long period of time and had always used the excuse that because I worked so many hours in a week I didn't have time to plan meals - just ate whatever was available. That excuse is gone now.

Any ideas about how to ease into retirement and stay on my weight loss journey

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