The middle agers group. (Upper 30s,40s & 50ish folks)

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  • kimber0607
    kimber0607 Posts: 994 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    Very cool!!!
    I am both petrified and fascinated with sharks...if that makes any sense
    In my late teens, I almost got a tattoo of a shark one drunken night in NYC-thank god I didnt have enough money..LOL

    For most sharks, you are not on the menu. There are a few that sometimes have unfavorable interactions with divers. More likely that a swimmer or surfer triggers a feeding instinct because they look like what lunch looks like swimming above. It's usually just a taste because we really AREN'T for lunch. Of course if a large White Shark takes a taste, you'll still be damaged even when it lets you go. I have only seen a limited number of sharks diving in California. Mostly small ones. I've seen Angel Sharks, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, and Tope Sharks. I once ~thought~ I saw a Blue Shark, but it was probably a Tope Shark. I've also seen rays; same family. Bat rays are cool. Electric rays are also WAY cool (look like the Starship Enterprise), but don't touch or get too close; they can give a good shock. Also seen a couple Round Stingrays. I would LOVE to see a Whale Shark!

    One dive years ago we were swimming through Giant Kelp. The passage was pretty narrow, so my buddy and I were single file instead of abreast. I was in front. There was a clearing ahead, and I saw a shark swim by. I turned and made the "Shark" sign to my buddy. I turned back around, and as we proceeded, the shark came back and swam down the same passage we were swimming up. It was a Tope shark. It got close enough for us to get a really good look at. We got back on the boat, and my buddy said, "I sure am glad YOU were in front." I said, "Me too!" No need to be petrified. If you want to be scared of something.... INFLUENZA!

    All I can say is.. I think you are a brave man. I think sharks are scary. Great Whites the scariest, I would be running on top of the water if I saw one.. 🦈

    LOL..Im right next to ya!
    I know the fear is completely irrational....but I can't help but equate sharks with the Jaws theme in my head, and that is scary as *kitten*
  • HeyThereFatMan
    HeyThereFatMan Posts: 10 Member
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm 42 and still fat. Add me. We can talk about not being fat someday, and stuff.
  • cgrout78
    cgrout78 Posts: 1,679 Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    Good morning! I did some shopping for my Valentines night run. I found some glow in the dark face paint. Let's see how that works. I will definitely be changing my profile pic if it all turns out well!

    Fun!!!
    What about a hair band with hearts? I need to find one for my curling game on Friday

    I got a headband with a rose hairclip/hairband/pin. It was really cheap!

    can't wait to see pictures!!! sounds super cute
  • bago08
    bago08 Posts: 360 Member
    Hi all 47 here.
  • mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 7,656 Member
    YellowD0gs wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    cgrout78 wrote: »
    I cry trying on bathing suits...so stressful. I just need to put on my big girl panties (bikini bottoms?) and deal with it !!!!

    There are lots of tankinis this year at the store I like to shop at and they are like loose outer parts of them. So i got like this little crop top one that is loose so it hides a lot. Then lots of bottoms are high waisted although I don't like those I always feel fatter in them so I will pair this with some bottoms I have
    This is the top it is awesome https://www.lavieenrose.com/en/solid-crop-cami-bikini-top-black-150416

    THIS is the swimming suit I will be wearing soon (the 3mm version)

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    I've never had a suit like this; I usually use a drysuit or sometimes my 7mm suit that has a built-in hood and 5mm vest. At 3mm, even this one might be "too warm" for 80-degree water. But I won't get cold! And it will protect most of my body from jelly stings. I might even add some thin gloves, like those nitrile-coated cotton ones. I hate getting stung.

    I thought you were going to swim with sharks in that thing..LOL

    We might see sharks. I do fish presence and abundance surveys, and I had a look at what animals are most often seen; I need to study up because I have never done ANY tropical diving. The most commonly surveyed shark is a nurse shark, but it was only seen on about 2.5% of dives (over 5000 survey dives since 1993 and almost 6300 hours underwater). Next would be the Caribbean Reef Shark seen on only 0.3% of surveys. To be sure; there might have been sharks seen on more dives, but we only report species that we can identify 100% accurately. People would be able to identify a hammerhead - they are reported only 0.08% of surveys - actually only one time, and it was by a novice.

    What I think we will almost certainly see are Blue Chromis, Foureye butterflyfish, and Stoplight parrotfish. Those get reported almost every survey.
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    There are about 40 species that are seen on at least half of the dives, so my first focus will be on learning those. I also hope to see some of the rarer species like Manta ray. I hope we find some Goliath Grouper. We're more likely to see Nassau Grouper; that will be keen, too.

    I'm sure you're going to need an assistant for these surveys. I'll be happy to provide a resume'. ;)

    The trip has been full for months, but I definitely encourage you to get involved in citizen science when you dive. Check out the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
  • mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 7,656 Member
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    Very cool!!!
    I am both petrified and fascinated with sharks...if that makes any sense
    In my late teens, I almost got a tattoo of a shark one drunken night in NYC-thank god I didnt have enough money..LOL

    For most sharks, you are not on the menu. There are a few that sometimes have unfavorable interactions with divers. More likely that a swimmer or surfer triggers a feeding instinct because they look like what lunch looks like swimming above. It's usually just a taste because we really AREN'T for lunch. Of course if a large White Shark takes a taste, you'll still be damaged even when it lets you go. I have only seen a limited number of sharks diving in California. Mostly small ones. I've seen Angel Sharks, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, and Tope Sharks. I once ~thought~ I saw a Blue Shark, but it was probably a Tope Shark. I've also seen rays; same family. Bat rays are cool. Electric rays are also WAY cool (look like the Starship Enterprise), but don't touch or get too close; they can give a good shock. Also seen a couple Round Stingrays. I would LOVE to see a Whale Shark!

    One dive years ago we were swimming through Giant Kelp. The passage was pretty narrow, so my buddy and I were single file instead of abreast. I was in front. There was a clearing ahead, and I saw a shark swim by. I turned and made the "Shark" sign to my buddy. I turned back around, and as we proceeded, the shark came back and swam down the same passage we were swimming up. It was a Tope shark. It got close enough for us to get a really good look at. We got back on the boat, and my buddy said, "I sure am glad YOU were in front." I said, "Me too!" No need to be petrified. If you want to be scared of something.... INFLUENZA!

    All I can say is.. I think you are a brave man. I think sharks are scary. Great Whites the scariest, I would be running on top of the water if I saw one.. 🦈

    LOL..Im right next to ya!
    I know the fear is completely irrational....but I can't help but equate sharks with the Jaws theme in my head, and that is scary as *kitten*


    I read that the only year the number of SCUBA certifications declined was the year Jaws was released. Good movie, but not a good depiction of White Sharks.

    Jaws is old enough to be a member of this group!
  • alteredsteve175
    alteredsteve175 Posts: 2,591 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    Jaws is old enough to be a member of this group!

    My sister set me up on a blind date with a friend of hers back in the day. We went to see "Jaws" at the drive-in. Did not get a second date with that girl. I can't imagine why! HAHA! :D

  • mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 7,656 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    Jaws is old enough to be a member of this group!

    My sister set me up on a blind date with a friend of hers back in the day. We went to see "Jaws" at the drive-in. Did not get a second date with that girl. I can't imagine why! HAHA! :D

    Looks like you were going to need a bigger car. Or was it actually an old deVille, and you were DRIVING the shark.
  • kimber0607
    kimber0607 Posts: 994 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    Jaws is old enough to be a member of this group!

    My sister set me up on a blind date with a friend of hers back in the day. We went to see "Jaws" at the drive-in. Did not get a second date with that girl. I can't imagine why! HAHA! :D

    IDK if scared its a good move it cuddle up with someone and pretend your scared
    blind dates don't work IMO....had a disastrous blind date in college..it was my first and last!
  • AliNouveau
    AliNouveau Posts: 36,287 Member
    Second strike day this week for schools
    We have been exploring our city. Yesterday was downtown for the museum of illusions and today was to a skate trail close to the lake.
    I'm going to run out of things to do if this strike goes on much longer yokmas5ht450.jpg
  • slimgirljo15
    slimgirljo15 Posts: 268,994 Member
    edited February 2020
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    Very cool!!!
    I am both petrified and fascinated with sharks...if that makes any sense
    In my late teens, I almost got a tattoo of a shark one drunken night in NYC-thank god I didnt have enough money..LOL

    For most sharks, you are not on the menu. There are a few that sometimes have unfavorable interactions with divers. More likely that a swimmer or surfer triggers a feeding instinct because they look like what lunch looks like swimming above. It's usually just a taste because we really AREN'T for lunch. Of course if a large White Shark takes a taste, you'll still be damaged even when it lets you go. I have only seen a limited number of sharks diving in California. Mostly small ones. I've seen Angel Sharks, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, and Tope Sharks. I once ~thought~ I saw a Blue Shark, but it was probably a Tope Shark. I've also seen rays; same family. Bat rays are cool. Electric rays are also WAY cool (look like the Starship Enterprise), but don't touch or get too close; they can give a good shock. Also seen a couple Round Stingrays. I would LOVE to see a Whale Shark!

    One dive years ago we were swimming through Giant Kelp. The passage was pretty narrow, so my buddy and I were single file instead of abreast. I was in front. There was a clearing ahead, and I saw a shark swim by. I turned and made the "Shark" sign to my buddy. I turned back around, and as we proceeded, the shark came back and swam down the same passage we were swimming up. It was a Tope shark. It got close enough for us to get a really good look at. We got back on the boat, and my buddy said, "I sure am glad YOU were in front." I said, "Me too!" No need to be petrified. If you want to be scared of something.... INFLUENZA!

    All I can say is.. I think you are a brave man. I think sharks are scary. Great Whites the scariest, I would be running on top of the water if I saw one.. 🦈

    LOL..Im right next to ya!
    I know the fear is completely irrational....but I can't help but equate sharks with the Jaws theme in my head, and that is scary as *kitten*

    Yep, and I've seen enough news clips of people taken especially off the Western Australia coast to know those bad boys rule there 😁
    I guess they aren't any more dangerous than the Irukandji or crocs though 😁
  • slimgirljo15
    slimgirljo15 Posts: 268,994 Member
    drmwc wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    kimber0607 wrote: »
    Very cool!!!
    I am both petrified and fascinated with sharks...if that makes any sense
    In my late teens, I almost got a tattoo of a shark one drunken night in NYC-thank god I didnt have enough money..LOL

    For most sharks, you are not on the menu. There are a few that sometimes have unfavorable interactions with divers. More likely that a swimmer or surfer triggers a feeding instinct because they look like what lunch looks like swimming above. It's usually just a taste because we really AREN'T for lunch. Of course if a large White Shark takes a taste, you'll still be damaged even when it lets you go. I have only seen a limited number of sharks diving in California. Mostly small ones. I've seen Angel Sharks, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, and Tope Sharks. I once ~thought~ I saw a Blue Shark, but it was probably a Tope Shark. I've also seen rays; same family. Bat rays are cool. Electric rays are also WAY cool (look like the Starship Enterprise), but don't touch or get too close; they can give a good shock. Also seen a couple Round Stingrays. I would LOVE to see a Whale Shark!

    One dive years ago we were swimming through Giant Kelp. The passage was pretty narrow, so my buddy and I were single file instead of abreast. I was in front. There was a clearing ahead, and I saw a shark swim by. I turned and made the "Shark" sign to my buddy. I turned back around, and as we proceeded, the shark came back and swam down the same passage we were swimming up. It was a Tope shark. It got close enough for us to get a really good look at. We got back on the boat, and my buddy said, "I sure am glad YOU were in front." I said, "Me too!" No need to be petrified. If you want to be scared of something.... INFLUENZA!

    All I can say is.. I think you are a brave man. I think sharks are scary. Great Whites the scariest, I would be running on top of the water if I saw one.. 🦈

    Swimming with sharks is not really scary at all. It is wonderful, and I'm lucky to have done it.

    Here is my Great Hammerhead video from Bimini a few year ago:


    I am hoping I will be able to snorkel with whales on a holiday soon.

    Super cool vid, thanks for sharing 🙂
  • plsrkitty73
    plsrkitty73 Posts: 1 Member
    Hi, I'm 46 and trying to lose weight. :'(
  • YellowD0gs
    YellowD0gs Posts: 693 Member
    Hi, I'm 46 and trying to lose weight. :'(

    Hi, you're in the right place. :) What's your current status?
  • maaka1981
    maaka1981 Posts: 140 Member
    Hello, I'm 38, feel free to add me.
  • TomFit18
    TomFit18 Posts: 2,562 Member
    Good morning peeps! Hope you all have a great day!
  • clord2
    clord2 Posts: 413 Member
    Good morning everyone. Happy almost Friday
  • robkaminski5406
    robkaminski5406 Posts: 1 Member
    Good morning everyone, best Thursday wishes to everyone.
  • cgrout78
    cgrout78 Posts: 1,679 Member
    it's so cold here today I almost wish my hot flashes would kick in....brrrrr. Have a good day all!
  • CdnCmpr
    CdnCmpr Posts: 4 Member
    Hello everyone. I'm Missy from Ontario and just turned 44. I was a member of MFP years ago when I had to get my weight back on track after having kids (please ignore the fact that they are both teens right now - smashes head on wall). I joined about 5 years back and lost 35+lbs....then our whole family took a 2 week vacation to Florida in Nov of '18 and had a blast, and I put on about 5-10lbs...not much, but then Christmas came and you know the story. The motivation just wasn't there.
    But now....there is a different story. At the suggestion of my Dr., I have gone off my acid reflux meds cold turkey; in turn, I have cut out most chocolate....ok, chocolate after dinner, to be honest, most sugar, bananas and other citrus fruit. I have also cut out alcohol during the week and have stuck to my intermittent fasting plan.
    So, yes....I'm a huge believer in intermittent fasting. I know many aren't, mainly bc they don't believe in it or think it's bad for you. That's ok....I'm not here to win you over on intermittent fasting. I just want to gain a few friends that can make this journey with me....maybe make weight loss a bit more fun. So, if we have something in common, feel free to add me and we can help each other!