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1/17/20 10:10 P

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If you work on the computer, you probably have eye strain. Take a 15 minute and walk around to stretch your legs and clear your head.

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1/17/20 7:29 A

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Get out of the house or office for just 15 minutes. Clears your head and your cravings

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1/16/20 11:21 P



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Hopefully you've figured it out by now, but if not, take a good look at what you eat. Processed foods with little nutritional value will fill your calorie allotment and that is all. You need to be eating healthy, nutritionally dense foods because once your satiety is dealt with, odds are you won't be wanting to stuff unwise 'foods' (for want of a better description) to your diet. Fruits and veggies are a wonderful friend. Ensure that you are getting a good amount of lean protein and healthy fats, and if you eat bread, choose the whole-grain ones with a higher fibre content. I eat a higher fibre, higher protein and lower carb bread and it is a lot better re satiety.

I remember a few years ago Professor Jim Mann (World renown expert on Nutrition) saying a good way to tell if whole-grain bread is good quality (apart from reading the nutrition label) is to hold a slice on it's side. If it remains upright it is good, however if it is soft and flops over, it generally isn't as good as other other choices.

As far as exercise is concerned, you don't have to go out to an exercise group, altho' it is good in that you have people around you and can make friends. I get most of my exercise at home ... putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. Yesterday I got a 20 minute walk in by doing that. It also including bringing them in from the car and up 11 steps into the house, and on the way using them for dumbbell curls. A couple days earlier I got in 20 minutes by putting my laundry way one at a time.

Rather than looking for why you can't do something, look for why you can!

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1/16/20 5:34 P

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Do you like bananas? Soft-serve ice cream? If so, how about this recipe (even less than 3 ingredients, very cheap and very tasty). I add 1T of unsweetened cocoa and a bit of vanilla and it's totally yummy, but you could switch that up ... canned pumpkin, berries, etc.

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No heavy cream, no extra sugar ... reasonable in calories yet sweet ...

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1/16/20 4:19 P

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You have to track all your food and begin replacing sugary items with healthier options. I don't buy candy or bakery because then I'd be tempted to eat it. If I have a terrible sweet tooth then I'll have yogurt, apple with peanut butter, Halo Top ice cream or even a sweet potato with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar.


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12/21/19 4:33 P

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Walking is always good. There are many things you can do in your own home. Check out spark people for monthly challenges. You can repeat them anytime, which I do often. Even the new member challenge. emoticon



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12/20/19 8:04 P

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"But every time I've seen a group and say I'd love to be on board but can anyone pick me up...no one answers. "
Well, yeah.
No one is going to pick up a random stranger, just as they wouldn't pick up a hitchhiker!

Maybe you can take a taxi, or do a ride sharing system.

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12/6/19 6:33 A

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Stop with the excuses starting now!

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As for asking for a ride on a website, a lot of people wouldn't respond to that. I am sure you're a safe human being but in today's cyber connected world, there are a lot of scary and creepy people out there. People aren't necessarily willing to risk their safety, even if you know you're a good person.

I am involved in my local run club's Facebook page. It represents a decade of relationship building. Most of the people I have known that long. If people need something, we help each other out because we have taken the time to get to know each other in real life, which is why I initially suggested getting involved with a local activity group.

As for rides, asking your husband to drop you off is an excellent idea. You could also check with your city or county to see if there is a transportation service available. If you are religious, you could ask your local church, parish, synagogue, mosque, etc if they know of anyone who drives people in need.

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12/5/19 1:17 P

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The tracking insight is definitely a great reminder.

As to exercise ideas, they all have the same issue: driving is needed.But you're right that if I ever get going I might meet someone who can bring me back/forth. Or hubby might drop me off and I'd only need a ride back.

I will tell you there's one "service" I hate: it's a website I've known for years where you can match up with all sorts of exercise groups; e.g., 50+, joggers, marathoners, etc. But every time I've seen a group and say I'd love to be on board but can anyone pick me up...no one answers.

Real pain!

I know...I'm making excuses. And I should know better.

Thanks!

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12/5/19 9:11 A

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Plan ahead and have ready some fruit (alternative to sweet m and ms) that you love but don't usually have in the house (fresh raspberries, watermelon)because it's out of season. If that doesn't work, your fallback could be chocolate covered mints that don't have so many calories. For me, some iced coffee with a little almond milk, cocoa powder and the tiniest amount of sugar cuts the need for a sweet.

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12/5/19 6:41 A

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My local newspaper has a community second. There are tons of things going on, everything from clogging classes to cooking classes, bridge, gardening, Chinese new year and Polish independence celebrations and baby owl showers. Many of these are free, some are low cost (around $5), and there are a few pricier options (I think $150 is the highest I have seen, once for a charity dinner, the other time for a few months of cooking classes). You could also find a group to volunteer with in your area (garden, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, church). Check your local transportation services as some offer free/reduced rides for seniors. Your local library probably has books and movies, some of them available from the comfort of your own home.

Have you looked for fruit crumble type recipes? An apple, baked with an oaty topping? You also need to have a food plan that does not involve m&ms for lunch and you do not have to have dessert everyday. If you do, cut down your recipe so that there is not so much to eat.

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12/5/19 6:19 A

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My question is are you tracking everything and meeting your caloric and subsequently your macronutrient (fats, protein, carbohydrates) needs? If you aren't tracking, I encourage you to do so. Track for 2-3 weeks and see where you are at and what you can tweek.

If you have been tracking, are you eating enough? Are you tracking 100% of everything? Again, be consistent for 2-3 weeks and see where you are at.

Since you are seniors, I imagine you are perhaps Medicare eligible. Do you have a Medicare Advantage plan? If so, many offer Silver Sneakers or Silver and Fit (I think it's that or something similar). These are fitness programs that get you into gyms for reduced or FREE!!! Yes, free. One of the community centers I worked at offered Silver Sneaker (SS) classes that were free with an SS or Silver and Fit membership. The classes are geared towards the wiser crowd. :-) The participants always looked like they were having a blast.

That Community Center in that town and my current town have something called The Lodge, which is a gathering for 55+. They get together for various activities in their area and go on various trips or field trips. The costs are free or reasonable. If anything, since you don't drive often, perhaps you can get to know people through these types of activities who do drive and your can carpool.

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12/5/19 2:30 A

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Good news that's also bad news. I've learned to make amazing, 3-ingredient ice creams that need no churn. They're easy.

It's bad news 'cause these are not low-cal. Heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder. I've TRIED lo-cal desserts. I use Splenda. But we had to give up 2% milk and go back to whole. Hubby can't stand part-skim cheeses.

And a host of financial and health issues have me depressed and totally noshing. I can't drive too often and in this town there's no easy way to go and have fun. So w/o any real friends here, almost no family still alive (we're seniors), we sit at computers or TV. Our "recreation" is going food shopping! Can't afford movies anymore or to belong to clubs like the Y.

I've tried to eat carefully. But even if I make a healthy dinner my M&Ms lunch and ice cream dessert destroys my goals. I've tried protein bars; never found one I could tolerate...especially given the expense.

Any ideas? Thanks.

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