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Old 10-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #21
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I'm usually getting up about 5:15 and going to the pool for a water exercise class. It's a habit I've had for a number of years and I hope to keep with it. Then it's read the newspaper, have a cup of tea, and breakfast. The mid-morning classes would take care of the better part of the morning. For now I like the early morning schedule and the freedom of the rest of the day. Retirement is great!
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A great thing about being retired is being able to do exactly what suits you, and let's face it, we're all different. I used to resent that alarm going off at 5:30 every weekday because I had to earn a living, but now that I'm setting it by choice to do things I want to do, it's no problem
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Since retiring I have not used an alarm clock once but I wake everyday around sunrise as the pup and I go on our morning run at that time, rain or shine. Before retirement I usually needed to be up at 4:30 due to a long commute, now it might be as early as 5:30 or as late as 7:00 due to time of year (and daylight savings). It is rather nice to not need an alarm anymore.
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Since retiring I have not used an alarm clock once but I wake everyday around sunrise as the pup and I go on our morning run at that time, rain or shine. Before retirement I usually needed to be up at 4:30 due to a long commute, now it might be as early as 5:30 or as late as 7:00 due to time of year (and daylight savings). It is rather nice to not need an alarm anymore.
The pup is a good alarm clock. Varies between 6:00-6:30. But it's ok. I feed him, drink some coffee, have breakfast, cruise the internet, and around 8:15 we go our walk. Then around 9:00, I head to the golf course. Well, I go to the golf course about 4 days a week. The other days I take the mutt on a hike some where.

So I have an early schedule that includes some exercise. But not as intense as Alan's. But I also take the mutt on a good long walk late in the day, so I think I get enough exercise. Seems to be enough to help keep off the 10lbs I lost this year. Would like to lose about 3 more pounds though.
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A great thing about being retired is being able to do exactly what suits you, and let's face it, we're all different. I used to resent that alarm going off at 5:30 every weekday because I had to earn a living, but now that I'm setting it by choice to do things I want to do, it's no problem
Exactly!

One of the best things around here is the early morning light on all the beautiful flowering plants in my yard and all over the neighborhood. It's a lovely time to go for a walk or a bike ride. I don't want to miss it! That's why I set the alarm.

And in the morning if I decide that I want to sleep in - I do!

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Sheesh Alan, I feared the worst when I read the headline...that maybe you had to go back to w*rk to get your structure back!

Glad it is just to do what you want instead! I love the idea of riding the bike to the gym or the coffee shop for breakfast with DW...gonna have to do at when we finally pull the plug.

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Sheesh Alan, I feared the worst when I read the headline...that maybe you had to go back to w*rk to get your structure back!

Glad it is just to do what you want instead! I love the idea of riding the bike to the gym or the coffee shop for breakfast with DW...gonna have to do at when we finally pull the plug.

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We just bought a new bike for DW's birthday. While in England and Canada we hired bikes on 4 different occaisions and she found the type of bike and gears she really liked. We are now coming into the seasons here where we increase the frequency of our bike rides as the weather cools off.
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Good for you Alan. This is great news.

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Speaking of alarm clocks, I've found an excellent app for iPad called Magic Window. It plays time lapse video with audio of a scene of your choosing. I like to set my alarm for sunrise over a lake, with the waves gently lapping. It's a very relaxing way to start the day.
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Speaking of alarm clocks, I've found an excellent app for iPad called Magic Window. It plays time lapse video with audio of a scene of your choosing. I like to set my alarm for sunrise over a lake, with the waves gently lapping. It's a very relaxing way to start the day.
How cool!

I thought of waves but went for birds. I'm still enjoying awakening to the sounds of birdsongs (on CD, played by my DreamMachine alarm clock instead of the usual buzzer).

The sweet morning songs of robins and sparrows awaken me ever so gently and put me in a great mood. You can listen to them on the amazon page for the CD, on track 1: Amazon.com: Songbirds: A Surround Sound Experience [SACD]: Dan Gibson: Music
I don't know why I love awakening this way so much! I know birdsongs annoy most people in the morning, but not me. I usually listen to the CD for 5-10 minutes before I get up.
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Speaking of alarm clocks, I've found an excellent app for iPad called Magic Window. It plays time lapse video with audio of a scene of your choosing.
We have one of those outside of our bedroom window, but it's on its own timer...
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Great photo Nords! I have a pretty nice view too and love to wake to natural light, which is great at this time of year. However, as a w*rking chick, sometimes I have to get up before dawn, especially in December when I am catching 6 am flights!
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Alan, thats and impressive workout schedule! Perhaps adding a Microsoft Project Plan to go with the alarm clock would provide an even greater level of structure for you two ex-engineers
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A great thing about being retired is being able to do exactly what suits you, and let's face it, we're all different. I used to resent that alarm going off at 5:30 every weekday because I had to earn a living, but now that I'm setting it by choice to do things I want to do, it's no problem
This is so true! I did a sabbatical over the summer of 2010. It was amazing I'd get up on average at least an hour earlier than I did for work because there was so much fun to do. Besides I could always take a nap latter if needed!! lol. Sadly, retirement is a loooong ways off so I won't be doing it again anytime soon.
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