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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! :28: Maybe we can help you out. We'll start a new thread: TOM'S LAST WEEKLY WEIGHT LOSS! :WellDone:
 

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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! :Damn:

Sitting at a desk all day is getting to me. I'm still working and riding though (Dan :desismiley:) 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! :sign0173:
 

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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.....:wideeyed: 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!
5' 10"-235lb as of today.
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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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Good on ya, across the board. I figure anything we do that's a step in the right direction is a good step.

Are re the weed thing - legal or not, with that back yard of yours, who would know? ;^)

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Good on ya, across the board. I figure anything we do that's a step in the right direction is a good step.
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I think you're wise to use the machines at the gym. We have a pretty nice exercise room at work, but by the time I get off, I'm not in the mood to stick around and use it. Walking and cardio's well and good, but it's known that augmenting that with strength training gives you the most bang for the buck when trying to tone up and lose weight.
 

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I recently went through a bout with shoulder instability. In my case, it stemmed form a lack of strength in my shoulders and a lack of muscle tone. The muscle and tendon tissues get pinched in the joint and the result is a fair amount of pain and agony. In my case, I could not sleep due to the pressure on my shoulders.

Right before retiring I had a partial tear of my left Achilles tendon while sprinting to first base in a softball game. As a result of that and getting off the bike, my left calf is atrophied.

Enough was finally enough; getting old is not for sissies. Being a devout sissy, I need to forestall the aging process as much as possible.

I'm off to the gym.

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I got a stress fracture playing football that was followed almost immediately by a car accident that compressed several vertebrae in my lower back. I have terrible posture. Bad knees. Had foot surgery and also surgeried myself by slicing the tendon with a dropped knife and basically wrecking that foot. Ironically, the self-inflicted injury is the worst.

So, I'm 35. Been in pain pretty much constantly for the last 10 years. Can't take opiates anymore. Can't jog. I got a bike. Meh. I wish I could ride like I used to ride my mountain bike. Frustrating.

So, am I just whining? No, I am whining AND telling you a wonderful secret. For about a month now, I've been swimming 3 or 4 times a week. No gross gym equipment. It's fun. It doesn't hurt. I've lost weight and you can actually see stomach muscles again. Like a TWO PACK! ;)

Food for thought. Tom, you big lesbian, that cracked me up. Good on ya. And Planalp, good on ya. Cigarettes are bad news. And I agree with Tom. What you do on your own porch...you get tested though, huh? Someday. ;)
 

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Day two is down.

Three circuits and 20 reps each of the four exercises for my shoulders.

Had to walk up that damn hill again. Made it past the squashed banana. Tomorrow I vow not to get off until the busted sprinkler pipe.

I feel puny.

Today's workout tunes had a surf theme:

Stan Getz
Don Ho
Beach Boys
Honk
Deck Dale and His Deltones
The Ventures
Chantays
Surfaris

Gotta get some Chilliwack on the i-Touch for tomorrow. That's my tip of the hat to you Canadanians.

Hell, maybe I'll do Canada Day late and set up a playlist with Feist, Celine, CSN& Young, Lightfoot, Bublé, Chilliwack and k.d. lang. Sorry, I don't do Beiber. Ever. Shudder. Can you take him back? Please?

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Go brother, go!

Rancid makes me feel less puny. Bad Religion, too. Stan Getz is the only man who has ever made me wish I played the sax. ;)
 

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That's the stuff. :InLove4:
 

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Wouldn't it be cool if he could have sat in with Goodman and Krupa?


I have Benny Goodman's first concert at Carnegie Hall (1932, I think was).

Krupa was a madman.

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Hell yeah, it would. Krupa was a MONSTER. You've probably seen this, but it's dope.

 
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