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Old 05-13-2015, 05:41 AM
 
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One of the new habits I'm not enthusiastic about is using the senior gym. It's affordable and a nice one, yet the atmosphere of ancient people my age is sort of a downer. I'm thinking about switching to the Y.
Not sure what your age is; I sure don't feel ancient and I'm in the 70 year old age group.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Not sure what your age is; I sure don't feel ancient and I'm in the 70 year old age group.
Chronological age at the gym doesn't affect me. I meant to say the "talk" of the old folks at the gym. It's not that big a room and you can hear all the mundane conversation about aches and pains and operations and what's on for lunch at the center, etc. Their pace on the equipment so slow (and their gab gets in the way of their pace) that I have to wait for every next one. I'm just not ready if ever to be in an environment like that. I went once to the silver sneakers program at the Y and didn't experience that kind of thing. Folks were going at a faster pace and not talking.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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One new habit I'm trying to acquire, without much success, is making a discipline of housework. When working I just fit it in around job, sometimes doing it later at night. I have a retired friend who takes every Friday without fail and cleans her place top to bottom. Every Saturday morning without fail she does the yard. Once a week on the same day she grooms the dogs and on another day every month like clockwork, her hair and nails. I didn't realize how undisciplined I am till I met her. My brain can't seem to embrace a set routine.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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If you think you can, you can; if you think you can't. you can't. I don't see where age comes into it, lol.

I personally can take the aging talk better than the younger peoples talk of potty training. Why would I want to know that little Suzie pooped???????
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:52 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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One new habit I'm trying to acquire, without much success, is making a discipline of housework. When working I just fit it in around job, sometimes doing it later at night. I have a retired friend who takes every Friday without fail and cleans her place top to bottom. Every Saturday morning without fail she does the yard. Once a week on the same day she grooms the dogs and on another day every month like clockwork, her hair and nails. I didn't realize how undisciplined I am till I met her. My brain can't seem to embrace a set routine.
goodness. Without knowing her and not meaning to be unkind, she sounds very rigid. That is not your style. You are trying to squeeze yourself into something you're not meant for. I think you are being too hard on yourself.

on the other hand, I don't know you either
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:34 PM
 
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^^^

There are lots of folks, younger and retired, who maintain impressive disciplined schedules, whether it's getting up at 5 a.m. every day to go to the gym, doing chores on certain days of the week, or whatever. I've always been the type of person who does something when the mood strikes me, which makes me more of an emotion-based person than a rational one in many respects. I admire people with self-discipline, unless it seriously derails creativity and occasional impulse.
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:38 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I woke up early this morning for some reason thinking about some of my less wonderful habits that have followed me throughout life. Nothing dire, just things like aspects of diet and daily routine that I'd really like to improve but the habits are "comfortable."

Wondering what positive habits you adopted after retirement, or poorer habits you were able to overcome...and how.
I exercise a lot more now.

And I don't worry about nearly as much. And I don't worry about what other people think of me or what I do!
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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One new habit I'm trying to acquire, without much success, is making a discipline of housework. When working I just fit it in around job, sometimes doing it later at night. I have a retired friend who takes every Friday without fail and cleans her place top to bottom. Every Saturday morning without fail she does the yard. Once a week on the same day she grooms the dogs and on another day every month like clockwork, her hair and nails. I didn't realize how undisciplined I am till I met her. My brain can't seem to embrace a set routine.
For me..I've seem to latched onto Sunday afternoons to do the laundry and give the house a good cleaning and cook a nice "Sunday dinner". Just something I fell into doing once I retired.
I do my food/stuff shopping every other Friday.. I keep a running list of what I need on the kitchen counter.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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^^^

I've always been the type of person who does something when the mood strikes me, which makes me more of an emotion-based person than a rational one in many respects. I admire people with self-discipline, unless it seriously derails creativity and occasional impulse.
newenglandgirl,

I have the opposite problem of being too 'rational' and analytical. I research and plan for everything! As I get older, I realize that being too prepared or always anxious about not being prepared enough is not fun.

So I have tried to develop a new habit of 'just do it' when the mood strikes, being more spontaneous, accept things as they unfold, take it easy and don't worry too much, i.e. to be more like my other half who is an extreme type B, the polar opposite of my A++ personality ;-).
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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One of the new habits I'm not enthusiastic about is using the senior gym. It's affordable and a nice one, yet the atmosphere of ancient people my age is sort of a downer. I'm thinking about switching to the Y.
I don't mind seeing people older than me at the fitness center. I mean, I hope to be their age someday.

Actually, there are plenty of younger people there too.
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