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Covid19 Spare time


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WhatsApp was one of those little known secrets my wife's coworkers told her about. Both the caller and recipient must have the app on their device. It saved a lot of money with international calling. Downside of most countries in the other side of the equator lack the infrastructure for video calling. There were many times I had to hang up the video call and call my wife via regular calling through the app.

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The infrastructure required to enjoy our technology is huge and constantly changing.  I lived in a community  in the 80's where sharing your phone-line with only 3 other households was a good thing and another community in the 90's where cell phones or non-dial up internet were unavailable. Now I'm beginning to wonder if we can be over connected!  We have a very nice young neighbour who knows our family all live far away.  Since the start of the pandemic she has phoned us on a regular basis to see if we're ok or in need.  I know that the younger a person is, the older people our age appear and I think she believes we're more limited in our abilities than in reality!   (I remember being an adult and thinking 50 was old!)  The other night, my wife and I were both on our cell phones while watching TV and this neighbour called on our landline for a wellness check!  We burst out laughing because we both realize how lucky we are and we don't dare mention the idea of sitting undistracted watching a show together!  

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Bold comment from our “leader” last night


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Yes it is. It shows that they don't want people to make decisions and he wants complete control. People don't like being told what to do, they like information to be able to make a decision. Sadly some people like and want the government to tell them how to live their lives.

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Just pick up the phone and call just about anyone in the (mostly) United Counties of Texas, Florida and other self motivated states. We’ll gladly give guidance on how to get together. And go to school, restaurants, etc.


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Lucked out in my state and not much changed. Never a mask mandate. 99% of all businesses stayed open. Did have a stay at home order for a month last Mar-Apr, but most people were still out. Was still eating in restaurants. Basically left up to people to decide.

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2 hours ago, Donstar said:

 I know that the younger a person is, the older people our age appear and I think she believes we're more limited in our abilities than in reality!   (I remember being an adult and thinking 50 was old!)  

An aside  but on point is a persons state of conditioning and diet as to physical ability. Forced into retirement at 55 and not being a guy with active hobbies at the time I made the mistake of 'taking it easy'. Soon my doctor was telling me that I would turn 90 before turned 60 and to get on the move. Dad would would even laugh at me. "I'm in better shape that your are!" Thing is, he always has been but.....that man can not sit still. Takes awhile to recover some state of fitness once you've let it slide. Being locked down hasn't helped. It is a standing joke, right? The COVID 30 (pounds)! 

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I understand people gained weight during lockdowns, I just dont see why. Lockdowns don't stop someone from exercising and eating right. A person can exercise in the home, outside on the property, and I never read any rule that stopped someone from going on a walk or run. People that couldn't go to work had even more time to focus on exercise and eating right. I see the lockdown as an excuse instead of admitting to oneself and others the real deal.

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People get depressed and eat. And eat. And eat.


I thought at the start of this whole thing that people would mostly lose weight. Since many were forced into eating at home rather than out at bars and restaurants. But I guess that doesn’t matter if you just sit on your butt all day.

2 hours ago, Bash74 said:

 I never read any rule that stopped someone from going on a walk or run.

I think those actions are still restricted in NY and CA. 😂

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I understand people gained weight during lockdowns, I just dont see why. Lockdowns don't stop someone from exercising and eating right. A person can exercise in the home, outside on the property, and I never read any rule that stopped someone from going on a walk or run. People that couldn't go to work had even more time to focus on exercise and eating right. I see the lockdown as an excuse instead of admitting to oneself and others the real deal.

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Umm, childcare is an issue. I can't leave the house when my toddler is sleeping. My children cannot keep pace with me for a good cardio workout. I also do not have weights to workout with because the military restricts how much weight they'll pay for when moving household goods. Weight over the limit is charged to the family, and it can get very expensive very quickly. When I workout I try to get my heart rate up. Being stopped by wife or kids mid-set yields no results, gets very frustrating, and can put a total stop to the workout. So I stopped working out. I'll wait for normalcy to return. I'm behind enemy lines, so that may take awhile. Take comfort in knowing that my fat *** may benefit some poor soul because I'll be the slower one that gets eaten by a bear while they get to run to safety. I don't mind because that means I went down doing some good in this world by saving somebody's life.

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People get depressed and eat. And eat. And eat.

I thought at the start of this whole thing that people would mostly lose weight. Since many were forced into eating at home rather than out at bars and restaurants. But I guess that doesn’t matter if you just sit on your butt all day.
I think those actions are still restricted in NY and CA. [emoji23]
Children are just now getting to the point where they can participate in sports in Southern California.

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Umm, childcare is an issue. I can't leave the house when my toddler is sleeping. My children cannot keep pace with me for a good cardio workout. I also do not have weights to workout with because the military restricts how much weight they'll pay for when moving household goods. Weight over the limit is charged to the family, and it can get very expensive very quickly. When I workout I try to get my heart rate up. Being stopped by wife or kids mid-set yields no results, gets very frustrating, and can put a total stop to the workout. So I stopped working out. I'll wait for normalcy to return. I'm behind enemy lines, so that may take awhile. Take comfort in knowing that my fat *** may benefit some poor soul because I'll be the slower one that gets eaten by a bear while they get to run to safety. I don't mind because that means I went down doing some good in this world by saving somebody's life.

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The wife and kids knew not to bother me during workout time. Plus the wife likes me staying fit and she works out. I would go into the yard or garage, crank up the music and be all to myself. I never ran much during my own workout and left that for PT time. Plus burn more fat faster lifting heavy objects. I always shipped my weights and was lucky enough to never break weight. Now being retired I have even more time to workout even though the pain really sets in afterwards.

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The wife and kids knew not to bother me during workout time. Plus the wife likes me staying fit and she works out. I would go into the yard or garage, crank up the music and be all to myself. I never ran much during my own workout and left that for PT time. Plus burn more fat faster lifting heavy objects. I always shipped my weights and was lucky enough to never break weight. Now being retired I have even more time to workout even though the pain really sets in afterwards.

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I'm glad it all worked for you. Honestly, I am. I wish it all would work for me. Once the YMCA reopens and childcare is available through them, I'll get back into it.

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19 hours ago, Grumpy Bear said:

 Takes awhile to recover some state of fitness once you've let it slide. Being locked down hasn't helped. It is a standing joke, right? The COVID 30 (pounds)! 

I get it.   I was in better shape at 65 than 55.  Covid19 changed routines for most of us and weight gain was a popular result.

 

This past year was a change similar to the first year of retirement   It takes a lot of activity to replace a typical 8 hour work day!  My post employment routines were pretty entrenched before Covid hit but I was very surprised by how much additional time the closures and restrictions required me to fill!   My exercise plan is simply shying away from the sedentary projects (like sorting boxes of old photos) and look for activities that involve moving around.    For some of us, something as simple as getting down on to the floor to play with the dog can be physically demanding.  It is harder for some to burn fat than others.  I look fine and can walk miles but struggle to get into a standing position. Who knew? 😉   The most effective option for me is managing my intake which all credit in this regard goes to Mrs. Donstar!  

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