10 Years Sure Makes A Difference In Our Active Lives

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  1. Lon Tanner

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    10 years sure makes a difference in our active lives.

    10 years in our 20's 30's & middle age is no big deal, but when you hit the 60's 70's & 80's it sure as hell a big deal.
    10 years ago I was walking 18 holes of golf three times a week, I was Scuba Diving up to 100 feet, playing Pickle Ball on a regular basis, swimming daily, taking long walks. Physically I can no longer do those things except daily short walks & occasional swimming
     
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    Yep, I notice a difference in 65 vs 55. I can tell just by the difference in playing with grandsons. The older two got grandma who could play all day.

    The younger 3 get grandma who says after building one lego set, my back hurts ...time for a break.
     
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    I agree with exercise and trying to keep relatively fit but as we age it should be at our pace. I walk everyday but probably not the hikes I used to do even five years ago. I swim daily too and cycle but I have noticed not as far as I used to.
     
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    Exercise is where I'm lacking....cause I'm basically lazy. :)
     
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    @Chrissy Cross glass of bolli dahling that's all the exercise you need FB_IMG_1450112983638.jpg
     
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    I really felt the difference when I turned 60. I was feelin a lot younger than my 50's when I was in them. We all age, that's a given. I think about it a lot, unfortunately. I want to go back and try this whole thing over again. Like they say, old age isn't for wimps. It's pretty much a bitch growing older if you ask me.

    Nothing graceful about me growing older, LOL! I mean I don't fight it, and try to be younger, but I am not all cheery about it either;)
     
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    Oh gads, now when I remember some "similar" morning afters, I'm glad I am not young and wild anymore, LOL!!
     
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    I have to admit to getting lazy way, more often. It's easier the older I get, LOL!
     
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    the only thing that goes out now is my back
     
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    LOL @Gary Ridenour
     
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    Double lol...lol lol.
     
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    i was going to join silver sneakers but after taking care of this puppy that my daughter has i feel like i have been all day at the gym -he is only 2 months old --so sneakers is out
     
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    My water skiing days have been over, actually for years.
    My rodeo/roping days have been over for a good 20 years.
    Don't know if we will ever be able to Square Dance again, but may try after moving.
    After having our boat in dry storage and having a forklift put it into the water, once we move, we will have to launch and retrieve again ourselves. But, before that happens, we will have an electric winch installed on the trailer. Wife will have a remote in her hand, push a button and the winch will automatically bring the boat up onto the trailer.

    No more camping in a tent. Since we've been married, done that once at a lake in Colorado. Never again.
    Have to have warm water in the complex swimming pool in order for us to use. Our "warm" to some young folks here is "hot". But, when the water is warm, we are in it at 8 or 9AM on a Saturday or Sunday. Everyone in the complex is still asleep at that time, but that's fine with us.

    At almost 69 for me and already 70 for my wife, there are definitely more "over" than "still doing" for us.
     
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    I thought I was going to have an "active retirement", but 4 days after I retired, I fell and broke my back. That aged me at least another 10 years in an instant. My wife is considerably younger (almost 9 years) so she is still working seasonably and we have a small farm we work in the summer. We got rid of all the livestock, since she is a small woman and couldn't handle all the heavy chores by herself after I fell. We still travel when we can and visit the children and grandchildren. We have been married over 40 years and are still going. I guess that is an accomplishment.
     
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    Definitely an accomplishment!! Congrats.

    We've been married 17 years and still going strong.
     
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    Jeeez Don... what a nightmare for you . :eek: How did it happen, and how long ago? Are you wheelchair bound?
     
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    It was just over 3 years ago. I retired when our last child left the house, and we timed it for my MIL's 100th birthday. I was doing winter stuff, changing light bulbs in the security lights and stuff up high because the weather would be too bad when we got back from the trip to her mother's. My wife said, "While you have the ladder out, you might as well clean the chimney." I got the brushes, etc. and proceeded to clean the chimney when our dog decided to take off after a moose. He wouldn't come back, so I got angry and proceeded to climb down with less care than usual due to my anger with the dog. Anyway, the ladder slipped out and I fell at my wife's feet with a broken back. Life hasn't been the same since. The story goes on, but I don't want to bore people with my troubles. Thanks for your interest. I was in a wheelchair for a while, then used a walker, then crutches, now nothing unless there is an extended walk when I use a walking stick (more convenient than a cane).
     
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    Yes, it does. Ten years ago, I was thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail, which ends near where I live. I think I could have completed it except that I couldn't find an acceptable way of being away from my work or my cats. My wife could visit me on stops that I would make along the way, but she couldn't take the cats with her.

    Now, I doubt that I would be able to make the trip even if everything else could be worked out. I am still playing around with the idea of hiking what is known as the "100 Mile Wilderness," which is the last stretch of the trail before getting to Millinocket. However, it is also supposed to be one of the more difficult parts of the trail, and one in which there aren't very many outs, as it doesn't pass through or very near any towns, and there is probably not any cell service. This isn't just a hundred mile hike - it's a hundred miles of hiking up and down mountains. I don't know if I will, though. I was thinking about it last summer, and never did.

    Last year, or maybe the. year before, they found the body of a woman who had left the trail in this section to go to the bathroom, and couldn't find her way back to the trail. She left a logbook in which she said she had decided to sit tight and wait to be rescued rather than risking getting further lost. She had her tent and all of her supplies, yet she starved to death, and they didn't find her body for a couple of years. She wasn't far from the trail. She had hiked all the way from Georgia to Maine, and died during the last 100 miles.

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    Oh good lord @Ken Anderson , that's a tragic story..

    @Don Alaska , goodness me you must have super strength of character to have suffered through all that at retirement age and be walking unaided after just 3 years,,,, Kudos to you and yours because I'm sure your wife must have been a super strength emotionally and physically to you also , but yes I can imagine how it has changed your life plans for retirement. Just shows how easily and quickly our lives can change and not always for the better. What is that old adage about the best laid plans etc... However, please don't think you're boring us with any stories you may wish to share, remember there's always someone who will learn from all of us ...and I wish you a continued recovery and good health from now on...
     
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    I am so sorry about that. I never used to be afraid of heights, but I am very aware now that I have grown older that all it takes is one slip-up. In the past, I have climbed ladders to the second story of houses that were on fire, and now I don't know that I could paint my own house beyond the second floor. For one thing, I can't lift the larger ladder, although that was no problem eighteen years ago; for another, it's scary up there.
     
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    I notice my aging most of all in loss of energy and stamina. I never was highly energetic to begin with...but now I really notice the difference. I can't keep up with my youngest grandson when he runs around in the yard, etc. either so when I'm watching him I have to make sure he's in a place that has boundaries that will keep us both safe. :)
     
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