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  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,721 Member
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    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    @AnnPT77 Axe throwing? Seriously? That's so awesome! And speaks well of your upper body strength from rowing :)

    I was surprised: It doesn't take a large amount of strength. The axes used were small (but very pointy!), probably less than 5 pounds as a guess? The throwing was more reliant on technique (how you *kitten* and follow through) plus staying relaxed. I think most average people could do it.
    @BCLadybug888 have fun with the grandkids today :)

    I have an all-day dragon boat clinic today with a coach coming from out of town to train us (out of town = expert LOL). My lunch is packed. My gear is packed. And I was up an hour before my alarm went off. Can you tell I'm excited?

    That sounds so fun, @ridiculous59! Some of the most fun I've ever had as a grown-up has been at rowing camps, and this sounds similar. Expert coaching is great, the camaraderie is wonderful, and . . . interesting, fun people seem to do these kinds of not-so-mainstream hobbies. Let us know how it goes, maybe?

    🤣🤣🤣

    Just realized I got kitten-filtered because MFP thought I was using a bad word, but I was really using a perfectly sensible word in this context: "C*ck", a term quite respectably used for chambering the axe-head back against one's shoulder, with elbow pointing skyward, in preparation for the throw. Also a respectable term for a rooster, but a slang term for . . . something else, thus kitten-ed on MFP!

    🤣🤣🤣
  • donbonsully
    donbonsully Posts: 5 Member
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    I am new to this post. I’m just curious what is kittened on MFP?
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,721 Member
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    I am new to this post. I’m just curious what is kittened on MFP?

    There's a list of words that MFP considers to be inappropriate to use, mostly things that are considered swearing, sexual, or otherwise objectionable or impolite. If someone puts one of those words in a post, MFP replaces the word with "*kitten*".

    So, in my previous post, I was talking about axe throwing, used the word "c*ck" in a totally innocent and respectable way (IMO), and MFP substituted "*kitten*" so it looked like this:
    AnnPT77 wrote: »

    I was surprised: It doesn't take a large amount of strength. The axes used were small (but very pointy!), probably less than 5 pounds as a guess? The throwing was more reliant on technique (how you *kitten* and follow through) plus staying relaxed. I think most average people could do it.

    Evidently, that word I used is on the "inappropriate words" list, because it's also a slang term for a private body part.
  • tjharleygal55
    tjharleygal55 Posts: 545 Member
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    @AnnPT77 😂🤣😂🤣😂
  • JackieWilson58
    JackieWilson58 Posts: 13 Member
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    Accept but find what you enjoy doing - I like to walk as you notice what’s going on around you. Or get a bike? Decide what foods you can do without - and do without. It’ll start to go, the weight will. Just embrace it all. 60 is fabulous, it just doesn’t feel like that yet - but motivation is a great motivator :)
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,721 Member
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    I've been thinking about the "exercise motivation" discussion we were having earlier. I'd mentioned my personal focus on picking things that are so fun I'd want to do them even if not good for me - which is true - but realized there really is more to the story. I don't know whether similar ideas would help others, but I'll take a chance and see.

    There are days when I wake up that it would be easier to go back to sleep, instead of getting up and getting with it, and I realized that I do have some ways of gaming myself that do help me.

    One of them is to create "appointment workouts" or social connection/obligation. I'd started getting active before I ever lost any weight, when I was obese. One thing I've done is to deliberately create a group of friends that row together in the summer. I coordinate the group, communicate with everyone, keep track of who's coming. Every year, when we have a new learn-to-row class, I help with the class, and at the end recruit people from the class to join our rowing-friends schedule. Often, we'll get one or two new people per season, just enough to overcome attrition or maybe even grow a little.

    Thing is, this also creates an obligation to Be There, if I possibly can be. I'm meeting my friends at a specific time and place. (Bonus for me: I'm not a person who likes to hang out only and exclusively with people my own age - not that there's anything wrong with that, it just isn't me. Our rowing group gathers people of all adult ages who want to join in. That adds to my fun!).

    So, on the days when I didn't sleep well or something, this friend-connection stuff is that little extra prod that gets me out of bed and packing my stuff to head for the river.

    Pre-pandemic, I went to classes at the Y twice a week (spinning). That wasn't as strong a motivator as my rowing group, but still, having that "appointment" of a class I'd paid for, was a bit of a help in getting me to show up. Now, I take bike rides alone (in season) instead of spin class; I don't even try to do that first thing in the morning, which makes it easier for me to make it happen!

    In addition, I started participating in a thread here where people report what their workout was that day. No one would nag me or "motivate" me if I didn't post there, but it's an aid to me in my self-motivation, and there is a little bit of pleasant social chat on the thread, too. (It's https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10705619/what-was-your-work-out-today#latest, but that's not the only thread or group of that general type.)

    So, those are a couple of things that help me keep on track with being active, in addition to just choosing fun things that I truly want to do.
  • BCLadybug888
    BCLadybug888 Posts: 1,386 Member
    edited July 2022
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    Ann, nice that you added those extra motivating measures that help keep you active independent of 'feelings'. I found it helpful.
    Thank you 😊

    My doctor retired last year, sigh. And my dentist (whom I loved, can you believe it??) at the beginning of this year.
  • ridiculous59
    ridiculous59 Posts: 2,862 Member
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    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    On a more personal note: I'm going to whine a little. I went to my primary care doctor today for my routine 6-month check-in, the key point being review of blood test results and a re-up of my essential thyroid meds.

    I knew this was going to happen sooner or later, but it's here: He's retiring! (He's some small number of years older than me, and he's been my doc since well before my breast cancer diagnosis in 2000, though I don't remember the exact year I started seeing him. Decades, though.)

    He's always been super good about listening - really listening - to my concerns, responding with ideas, and about explaining things patiently when I had questions. Over the years, I've really learned to trust his advice, judgement, and experience, even though I know he's a regular human with failings like the rest of us.

    I always figured I was a little bit of a thorn in his side. I have lots of questions, and I talk very fast whereas he's one of those more methodical people, so I felt like I kind of overwhelm or bulldoze him sometimes. But today, he said such nice things about the experience of being my doctor (!), that I guess maybe he does have some personal liking for me after all. He even gave me a hug (very gentle and polite!), and he's not really a huggy guy, usually a little bit formal.

    I'm gonna miss him. I told him sincerely I hope he'll be very happy, of course. But, dang! ☹️

    Finding a doctor that you connect with is no easy feat! Believe me when I say that I truly am sorry that yours is retiring. My doctor (who I rarely saw, but liked immensely) recently moved to a larger city so I know a little of what you're feeling 🙁
  • ridiculous59
    ridiculous59 Posts: 2,862 Member
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    Having "activity appointments" works well for me too.

    I retired shortly before the pandemic started. At the time most stores had to close and we were advised to have a social "bubble" of only a handful of people. A group of us who dragon boat paddled together started getting together to walk three times a week. After our walk, because coffee shops were closed, we would take our travel mug of coffee from home and set up camping chairs in a "socially distanced" circle in a park. And solve the problems of the world. There was still snow on the ground but we did it three times a week. Two years later it's morphed into a regular walking group and we still go out three times a week, but now we go somewhere indoors for coffee afterwards LOL We walk winter and summer for an hour, but sometimes we snowshoe instead.

    My dragon boating is also an appointment that I always keep (unless I'm out of town or the weather cancels it). I'm on the club executive so feel I'm obligated to show up twice a week, though it isn't really an obligation because I love doing it.

    My dogs require a walk or hike every day so that's another obligation that keeps me active.

    And finally, I buy a season pass for cross country skiing and I'm frugal so I try to get in as many skiis as possible!

    I fit in strength training and yoga in between the other things but because it's just something I do, and not something that's externally motivated by a class or group, I tend to slack off sometimes. So that's my proof that an external commitment works better for me.
  • coblujay
    coblujay Posts: 688 Member
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    Thank you, @AnnPT77

    Still here and paddling away.

    I'm one of those people who prefers to exercise without interacting too much with people, other than hiking with my sister. I take an occasional class with Orange Theory Fitness, but sometimes they have "partner" workouts, which I don't really care for. My goal is to get in and get it done without having to socialize. At the same time, I don't want to plan workouts. I want someone to tell me what to do and when so I can just show up. I had a trainer for a few years and when funding permits, my plan is to do that again, with a focus on weight training.

    I'm in the process of building a new business (at 63) and since I've been swimming regularly (2x a week) for the last year, I don't have to think much about every stroke like I used to. I look forward to it because so many amazing ideas come to life while I'm in the water. It's my therapy, meditation and dream time. It's really helped in the midst of the chaos of business planning. At the same time, I pretty much just say hello going in and thank you going out.

    @Pdc654 I'm sorry to hear about your bone density scan and that you aren't off medication for high blood pressure. Hopefully the meds will really help. I need to add weight training in too.
  • Pdc654
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    Thank you, @coblujay.

    Yeah, I hope the medication for the bone density works well. As far as the high blood pressure, getting off at least one of the meds will be a goal for the coming year.
  • BCLadybug888
    BCLadybug888 Posts: 1,386 Member
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    Mel, where do you live? I ask because I really need to make a modest walking commitment and you sound like my speed lol!

    The Maritimes are really lovely and friendly. Good goal!