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7/6/18 8:16 A

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I retired about a year ago and today I still feel I have to be doing something all the time. My TV time is usually reserved for late afternoon or evening. I do spend part of each day walking at the park or going to a local health club. I try to burn at least 500 calories daily through exercise. I love food so this gives me the opportunity to eat a little more. I did recently lose 20 pounds that I had gained. I have a habit of yo yo dieting, and have to continue to keep my food journal to limit my calories according to what is showing on my tracker. For some of you not knowing exactly what to do with your time, you might consider volunteering. I just started last month volunteering at the local animal humane society. It gets me out and allows me to have some contact with others and since I love animals, lets me have contact with animals that need some love. Started out 4 afternoons a week, but have cut it down to two.

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6/14/18 10:29 A

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@THISISSOSTUPID OMG!!!! Exactly!!! I taught art for decades. I NEVER sat down all day long for years. Last year when I stopped teaching all together, I just wanted to sit on the couch all day. This has left it's ugly mark. I feel so horrible. Not only the weigh gain, but the inactivity is tearing up my body. Luckily, I have finally gotten off the couch and I am riding my bike again. Just moving feels so good.

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6/14/18 9:08 A

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I just semi-retired. I say I retired so I can work a 40 hour week. In other words, I went to work for my son a few days a week as he started a new business. That said, in my old full-time job, I walked a good 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day. Now I might get 4,000. Reality check! I have a dog so I've always walked her for a good walk every morning and evening. I am developing a different route that will have some inclines and be longer as well. I have gained weight with the different job since it's more sedentary and I've rediscovered my passion for pb cups! Yikes! So am readjusting my eating. I need to lose a good 40 pounds to be in a normal range for my BMI. What an adjustment!

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6/2/18 4:29 P

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@NITEMAN3D , I guess we all go through very similar things. I am only 3 years into "retirement". I have been juggling and doing all kinds of things trying to find a purpose. However, something doesn't feel right. I suppose I should be very thankful. I am healthy and have no ailments. I am sorry to hear you are dealing with doctor stuff. I know so many people who have health issues. At least for now, I am good.
It is funny you mention the downsizing thing. This past six months, I did that too. I decluttered and threw things away that seemed so important to me years ago. Now, they aren't important at all. It is also interesting you mentioned TV and the computer. I remember years ago, I was so astounded by people who actually watched TV all the time. I never did. I was too busy working a job and doing my art. THEN, I retired. OMG! I became a total couch potato. For some reason, I associated my art studio time with my job time, so that faded away too. The first year I just watched TV and Netflix. It was fun at first, but now it is horrible.
I am doing exactly what you suggest. I am trying to find that feeling of happiness. I worked and have been self supporting since I was 17 years old. This not working thing is so bizarre to me. However, I did try the part-time job idea. That didn't work because I don't like young/less educated people as my "boss". LOL LOL LOL
Thank you so much for you input. I really appreciate it. :-)

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6/2/18 4:34 A

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You hit the nail on the head. Find new interests or expand on old ones. I have gotten kind of fanatical about walking every day and as often as I can. I had a fitness band that beeped every time I had been inactive for an hour, but I couldn't hear it. Now I have one that vibrates and that works much better. Right after I retired I was lucky to get five thousand steps a day. Now, most days are well over ten thousand. The goal set for me by Garmin is eighty-seven hundred and I almost never go under that anymore.

I've been spending a lot of time with doctors catching up on deferred maintenance to the old body. The announcement from my primary care doc that I was diabetic was a kick in the pants that got me restarted on healthy living in an active way. In the five years since retirement, I've dropped another fifty-five or so pounds and lost the diabetes meds altogether. I've taken over most of the household chores and shopping duties so DW benefits from my retirement as well. Spending time on organizing and trying to downsize helps as well. I want to get more active with my photography and woodworking. I spend too much time with computers and TV's, but I'm getting better about that, although not much. Just keep hunting things to do and trying new things and you'll get more active. Above all, shoot for things that make you happy and enjoy it!

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5/31/18 2:49 P

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Are you retired? I have to admit, a good portion of my weight gain has come since I retired. When I worked, I was on my feet all day and I was busy, busy, busy. Since leaving my job, I started to become a couch potato. This is not good. I love not going to work, but this lack of activity is really making me crazy. I have tried to get busy and create new interests, but that is difficult too. Have any of you had this problem?

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