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post #1 of 84 Old 07-09-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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It's a brand new day...

When I was working I rode my bike to work everyday, about 30 miles round trip. That kept me on the good side of about 225 and in fair shape.

After retiring two years ago I pretty much stopped riding. My strength has gone down hill and my weight uphill.

I'm not saying what significant portion of a ton I now represent, but in my minute circle of friends I'm often hailed as "Oh, ye of ample girth!".

One cold day a few months ago I went to the hardware store wearing my usual shorts and flip flops, but with a flannel shirt on.

I was mistaken for a pregnant lesbian.

"Oh, no, it's just a gut and man-boobs!", Tom exclaimed expectantly.

Truth, I'm in pretty good shape for a 75 year old guy, but I'm only 57. For Father's Day I asked for a gym membership, vowing to ride my bike to and from the gym and do a daily work-out.

Today was the first day. Culture shock! You get checked in and then they cut you loose. No one shows you the ropes or even shows you to the lockers. They don't give you towels, either. Ya gotta buy them. I did. One for wiping me, one for wiping the equipment. Later, I noticed nobody wipes the equipment. Eeew, that's icky.

The last time I was in a gym was about 10 years ago and there was a buff guy that you wanted to just go away that stuck with you for your first session. He showed you the ropes and kinda smirked at the initial machine settings you were able to use.

Today I wandered about a bit aimlessly and finally found a circuit of machines back in the corner that seemed to be frequented by Asian octogenarians. Perfect! Got in a good hour's work-out on those and then rode back home.

Shamefully, I had to walk up a hill I'd once have sprinted up. Heavy sigh; how far I've fallen.

Work out tunes (Same tunes I ride the twisties to):

Katy Perry
Gwen Stefani
Bowling for Soup
Foster the People
Pink
KT Tunstall
Reliant K
Kanye West
Flo Rida
Fun.

I can do this.

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Hilarious! Good work man! Next time try to talk a hottie into showing you the ropes.
You might utube some vids on kettle bell exercises and exercise ball exercises. Give you something to mess with next time.

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...Next time try to talk a hottie into showing you the ropes. ...
It's mostly Asian octogenarians at mid-morning on the weekday. There were a couple of younger ones, but they were pretty marred up with tats.

Kettle bell, eh? I will look into that. Sounds like it combines cooking with music, and that can't be all bad....

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The good thing about retiring is you don't have to go to work. The bad thing is you need to go back to work! Maybe we can help you out. We'll start a new thread: TOM'S LAST WEEKLY WEIGHT LOSS!
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After retiring two years ago I pretty much stopped riding. My strength has gone down hill and my weight uphill.

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Wow I guess Dan Diego was right!

Sitting at a desk all day is getting to me. I'm still working and riding though (Dan ) It's been hot so I haven't been getting out after work and riding my mt. bike and I'm only working out about 3 times a week. Sounds like I'm doing good but I'm slacking off age is creeping up on me.

The hard part for me is getting into the routine. Maybe we should start a work-out thread for mutual encouragement!

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Good on you Tom! Keep up the good work
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Good for you Tom! I am having a different problem re "exersize". I am on my feet all day. When I get home I feel like exercising like I need an other hole in my head..... As well my work schedule is all over the place. Can't get a routine going. Got to get motivated. My strength is OK but no wind. Need to get into better shape if I am going to ride the TCAT next year!
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Good luck with your endeavours, Tom. My philosophy is that anything is better than nothing. My beagle gets me out. Our smaller dogs get plenty of exercise in our fenced yard, but the beagle needs to get out and stretch his legs so I walk him a couple of miles every morning, then leave him at home and head out down a dirt road where I do another mile and jog ("lumber" would be a better term) about 1/4-mile or so.

Am I in good shape? The answer would have to be "no," but I'm in better shape than most 280-pound 50-year-olds I know and I would be in much worse shape if I didn't do the walking. I'm lucky my legs and knees still seem to be in good shape. I know several people my age who have had knee replacements.

There's no denying the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise. I wouldn't consider my walking a serious workout even though I do a few heart-wrenching hills and the relatively short jog, but my philosophy is "Do it while you still can."

Hard to believe 15 years ago while I was still in the Army I could run 4 miles in 32 minutes, but you can't just throw up your hands and exclaim, "I'm done. My best days are behind me now. What's the point?" I at least try to appreciate that I'm still lucky enough to be able to do something so get out and do it.

Stick with your program and you'll see the benefits!



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Good luck with your endeavours, Tom. My philosophy is that anything is better than nothing. My beagle gets me out. Our smaller dogs get plenty of exercise in our fenced yard, but the beagle needs to get out and stretch his legs so I walk him a couple of miles every morning, then leave him at home and head out down a dirt road where I do another mile and jog ("lumber" would be a better term) about 1/4-mile or so.

Am I in good shape? The answer would have to be "no," but I'm in better shape than most 280-pound 50-year-olds I know and I would be in much worse shape if I didn't do the walking. I'm lucky my legs and knees still seem to be in good shape. I know several people my age who have had knee replacements.

There's no denying the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise. I wouldn't consider my walking a serious workout even though I do a few heart-wrenching hills and the relatively short jog, but my philosophy is "Do it while you still can."

Hard to believe 15 years ago while I was still in the Army I could run 4 miles in 32 minutes, but you can't just throw up your hands and exclaim, "I'm done. My best days are behind me now. What's the point?" I at least try to appreciate that I'm still lucky enough to be able to do something so get out and do it.

Stick with your program and you'll see the benefits!


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Something, anything is better than nothing!

I look for opportunities to be more active like parking farther away from the donut shop!

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I'm also in the process of quitting smoking and am doing good: almost a month now after quitting cold turkey. I've done it several times and the initial quitting is no problem for me: it's the starting again a year or two later that gets me. I was starting to wheeze a lot and that's not good. I've found that even in this short time since quitting the hills I walk up are much easier. Of course the not smoking is kind of derailing my weight loss goals, but I figure that's just temporary.

So, figured maybe it was time to quit again. Plus, I'm hoping by the time I retire, they'll legalize or pseudo-legalize marijuana possession here in Missouri and I want to have some lungs left so I can grow a couple of plants in the back yard and sit around and smoke weed on my front porch when I'm old.



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