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Old 02-21-2016, 09:46 AM   #1
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Retirement so far - 7 weeks

Lost 6 pounds
Increased cardiovascular capacity
Walked or climbed 10 - 15 hours per week
Completed three knitting projects - one very challenging
Finished two books - Empire Falls, Richard Russo and Elephant Company, Vicki Croke
Cooked more dinners, added soups to the freezer
Applied to be a Family Friend at the VT Refugee Resettlement Program
Attended community meetings
Did more volunteer work with my two non-profit organizations
Celebrated the event with a party for 60. We did all the cooking and cleaning. NO Potluck!
Loved staying up late some nights and sleeping until seven in the morning!


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Old 02-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #2
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.....sleeping until seven in the morning ...
Give it some time and you will get over getting up so early.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:56 AM   #3
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Congratulations, Lem1955!!!

As I look over your post, my knee-jerk reaction was "Wow, it doesn't look like Lem1955 has had any FUN yet in retirement." Then it occurred to me that you are probably enjoying things like cooking for 60, which doesn't sound like any fun at all to me (quite the opposite). Retirement fun is so different for different people!

Anyway, hope you are having a good time and have been able to kick back, relax, and enjoy life these days.
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Give it some time and you will get over getting up so early.
+1

I don't usually crack an eyelid until 8:00 at the earliest, and usually later. Never been a "morning person".
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:34 PM   #5
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Congratulations. Especially on your fitness progress. Healthy and fit will make whatever you choose to do in retirement so much more fun!
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Looks like you will not flunk retirement after all.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:33 PM   #7
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I'm envious of your metabolism (or possibly your work ethic). I retired at the same time, have been riding my bike 4-5 days a week, and have only dropped 3 lbs. Sure am sleeping better though.

On the plus side: I've found that cycling, reading, camping and basically hanging out is not only pleasant, but CHEAP. I've been averaging about $1600/mo expenses for the first couple of months (about a quarter of what I budgeted for). Maybe that's helping with the sleeping better part....
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:21 AM   #8
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and it only gets better!!!
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:21 AM   #9
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You'll know that you are truly retired when you quit keeping track.

Congratulations.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:58 AM   #10
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And it only gets better the longer you are retirement. Congrats on being free!
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:49 AM   #11
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Impressive! Congrats!
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:13 PM   #12
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Lost 6 pounds
Increased cardiovascular capacity
Walked or climbed 10 - 15 hours per week
Completed three knitting projects - one very challenging
Finished two books - Empire Falls, Richard Russo and Elephant Company, Vicki Croke
Cooked more dinners, added soups to the freezer
Applied to be a Family Friend at the VT Refugee Resettlement Program
Attended community meetings
Did more volunteer work with my two non-profit organizations
Celebrated the event with a party for 60. We did all the cooking and cleaning. NO Potluck!
Loved staying up late some nights and sleeping until seven in the morning!
This!! Congrats
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:13 PM   #13
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Lost 6 pounds
Increased cardiovascular capacity
Walked or climbed 10 - 15 hours per week
Completed three knitting projects - one very challenging
Finished two books - Empire Falls, Richard Russo and Elephant Company, Vicki Croke
Cooked more dinners, added soups to the freezer
Applied to be a Family Friend at the VT Refugee Resettlement Program
Attended community meetings
Did more volunteer work with my two non-profit organizations
Celebrated the event with a party for 60. We did all the cooking and cleaning. NO Potluck!
Loved staying up late some nights and sleeping until seven in the morning!
You will have good response material for the inevitable "What do you do all day in retirement?" questions.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:03 AM   #14
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Sweet ! I sleep much later than you and in 8 months of retirement have only lost 4 lbs but I have never been happier. Life's is good. Keep updating us, I'd like to see how retirement evolves for you.
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I have not lost any pounds yet but I sleep better and get more exercise. But my husband and I have 3 cooked meals every day and that's been keeping us busy. Plus we are finishing the hard scape of our yard. 3 years later and we are just finishing. My motivation for finishing is that I get $1000 back from the HOA, I will add that to our vacation bucket.


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Old 02-24-2016, 10:37 AM   #16
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It sounds like you are doing all the things you have been wanting to do but had no time to. That is great!!

I woke up past 10AM this morning (Stayed up past 2AM). That is "staying up late" in my book .
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I stay up to 2:00 a.m. looking for travel bargains--since we're perpetual travelers.

Then I'm up at 5:30 for awhile.

But a retiree's best sleep is between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. That's when I have to get up and watch the most positive two hours of the day--Let's Make a Deal and Price is Right.

It's then time to get moving on all the things I put off doing yesterday.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:23 AM   #18
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The scale finally showed I lost 5lbs, yippee. Retirement is grand.


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This is awesome, Lem! Congratulations. Looks like you have been busy, but it is YOUR busy.
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