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12/31/18 4:14 P

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpQ5N_ttNQ

Listen to the TedTalk of Elizabeth White who wrote the book "55, Unemployed and Faking Normal." She talks about how most Americans aren't ready for retirement. She self-published her book, as she is an MBA graduate from Harvard, who worked in the corporate world but then decided to open stores to sell African Art. She did well until the economy failed in 2008, but as she had always thought if she didn't do well, she'd just go back to the corporate world. She got a huge surprise when she found they didn't want a woman in her 50s.
The PBS interview is very interesting. Her book did so well, that it was picked up by a major publisher and she now has become a "voice" for those needing to retire. She didn't ask for that but said she began receiving so many emails after her first article was published. She is well worth listening to even if a person is retired and doing well. A Professor at Harvard told PBS that Elizabeth was right, but 55 isn't the problem for women, but 35 is in the corporate world. That is when women peak. Her message now includes telling younger people to plan for their retirement.



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12/3/18 2:06 P

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Volunteering is a bonus-you benefit and so does the organization.



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11/29/18 6:46 P

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One thing I noted when I retired four years ago was that for the first time in many years I was getting adequate sleep... and that made being healthy much easier. Say no to what you don't want to do; but even more importantly, say yes to things that make you happy. And try on lots of activities before you commit.

Breathe!

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11/27/18 7:56 A

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Yes retirement can be beneficial if you volunteer for various jobs and keep moving!



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11/24/18 11:06 P

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It is easier said than done, but make your healthy lifestyle your new purpose. You didn’t retire to sit in front of a tv for hours on end. Join a gym, take cooking classes, learn a new hobby, volunteer, go for a walk, take a vacation......the world is your oyster!
With that said, it took me at least a year to get in the groove. Love retirement!

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11/24/18 2:28 A

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As per my views, life after retirement becomes really very stress-free as one does not have to worry about the things related to work. My father is going to retire next month, and as a responsible son, I want my father to live a healthy and happy life, without any worries. And for this, I am thinking to get him enrolled under a Medicare plan so that he can receive medical facilities or routine checkup every month without any expense. Just came to know about the exclusive offers provided by one of the Medicare-approved firms, while surfing the internet. Seems like they are well experienced and can help me in getting the right insurance plan for my father. I think I should contact them as soon as possible through the source: www.thehealthexchangeagency.com/about-us/

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9/2/18 7:51 P

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Eating healthy, ever & knitting I finally have time to enjoy it.

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Thanks for the good info!

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8/14/18 2:59 P

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My cure for the couch slug syndrome is the fitness watch coupled with walking and a Gazelle Edge. You can usually snag one somewhere for $130 or less and jump on it once an hour when the watch tells you to move if you don't feel like a more formal session or heading out to walk. Be warned, you need to be handy enough to lube it or it will squeak or do what I do and wear Bluetooth headphones. That's been my fairly cheap solution and it works. YMMV. Never quit!

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PS - My same old answer for nutrition is to use the tracker religiously.

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8/14/18 2:17 P

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I've also lost 7 pounds from walking but need to get my eating in check though.

One day at a time!


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8/14/18 2:12 P

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I'm just over a year retired. It has its ups and downs but I like it so far. Before I was always working but now I have time to go visit my parents and be able to stay longer than the weekend. Thankful that i have a patient and loving husband. I joined the local chapter of AARP, I go to the walking trail 5 days a week, go shopping, mostly just looking lol, but there are some days I just sit and watch tv/Netflix. My hubby enjoys having dinner ready when he get in from work too.

One day at a time!


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8/9/18 3:56 P

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Hi WIZZLEWOLF1, I know exactly what you mean. Since I retired almost 8 years ago I've become much less active ~ My husband recently retired too, might be time for me to become way more active & find more hobbies! lol



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8/8/18 8:01 A

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spending more time with my wife and more time with me.

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8/6/18 5:29 P

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JIMIPAGE29, If you didn't hear any loud noises during the trip, you did okay!

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8/6/18 8:46 A

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My goal was to make it to 62 so I could retire. I'm not living high on the hog, but I have a great wife and a great life. We immediately got a used RV and spent our first winter in Florida. It was the first entire winter we shared without any snow. You want a workout try driving a class A 36 footer for the first time. I think I burned some nervous calories on that trip.



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7/17/18 2:01 P

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I tried to lose about 50 lbs for the last 30 years. I retired last year and started to play PICKLEBALL...

What an amazing sport for health as well as socializing. I meet with 20-40 seniors ( most of them healthy due to playing Pickleball) and sure enough, 35 lbs less this year. only 15 to get to where I am at a healthy weight.

Amazing sport.....give it just one try if you haven't



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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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