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Old 02-22-2017, 02:30 PM
Location: Florida -
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All of my life, I worked out and ate reasonably well, thus, never put on much weight. I was doing fine in retirement until we moved to a new community to be nearer the grandkids. Suddenly, the regular golf, ministry and other activities slowed considerably - while the eating continued

In the new area, we didn't really know people to do things with and started spending more time on the computer, reading and other sedentary activities. Now, even though I try to work out some and am still healthy, I can't seem to get my belly back up to my chest where it belongs.
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:47 PM
Location: Long Neck , DE
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Yes I have put on several pounds . I do enjoy walking my dogs. about 2 hr a day,(3 dogs separately) but after that is into my comfortable recliner with the laptop until dinner. TV after dinner. No matter how much I eat or dinner I am a compulsive snacker.
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:33 PM
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Interesting reading. DH and I had opposite experiences. He'd worked more a desk job, ate fast food lunches and I discovered had a M&M snack jar on his desk. He lost weight in retirement due to more healthy eating. Me, I worked in an elementary school, never sat still the entire day, constantly running around the building, barely having time to eat a limited lunch at my desk that I brought to work. Put me in retirement I have more time to sit and unlimited time to snack. Needless to say I gained, and am still trying to take it off again.
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:49 PM
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I gained at first. No more having to be weighed and pass a physical fitness test, so I just went wild! It was awful. I took it off but occasionally will pack on 10 or 15 pounds and that is a lot for a short person like me. I packed on like 40 lbs that first year.

Right now I am on a reduction plan of better eating. I am determined that this will be the last time I let myself go.
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:00 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by Mr5150 View Post
Not sitting at a desk all day has caused me to lose a few pounds without trying.
Exactly. I had a week off and lost about seven pounds just from the increased physical activity.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:41 PM
Location: Central NY
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Good grief! What did you guys do at your desk jobs?

I had a desk job almost my entire work life...... did not gain.

Gained after I retired!!
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Stockyman View Post
I know that the metabolism slows down at that age and the appetite decreases as well(or it should). Just wondering how many of you put on weight when you retired. It's a small worry of mine as I get some exercise at work and tend to eat healthier on my workdays. I already have the time to workout but I can imagine putting on some weight when I fully retire from the workforce.
I like to workout, but I never get to spend as much time at the gym as I would like. Once I retire, that won't be an issue. I look forward to being able to eat more, because I can exercise more!
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:43 PM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I went the other direction. I've lost 25 pounds in the 33 months since I retired.
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:56 PM
Location: Nebraska
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When I retired, I weighed 240 pounds. After a few years I increased my weight to 260. That was 10 years ago, over that time I have slowly been losing weight and now hover around 200.
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:35 PM
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You lose muscle mass every year as you get older. As a result it is harder and harder to lose weigh even if you are doing weight training. And then there are medical issues like fibromyalgia which keep your metabolism stabilized no matter what you do unless you get down to starvation levels.

The same amount of aerobic exercise that you did when you were forty has almost no effect on your weight when you are 70. And beside that fact that your bones have lost calcium so the kind of exercise you can do is less useful, unless you have access to a pool. And most of us don't. I could join a local pool but it would cost $1000 a year, which is pretty steep on a pension. I'd rather use that money for fuel for winter.
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