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WOMEN AGES 50+ FOR JANUARY 2020

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  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    First bicycle ride of the year!

    Distance: 14.52 km
    Elevation: 65 m
    Moving Time: 1:00:17
    Elapsed Time: 1:09:33
    Speed: Avg: 14.5 km/h | Max: 19.4 km/h


    Machka in Oz
  • bananasandorangesbananasandoranges Posts: 670Member Member Posts: 670Member Member
    Hi everyone,

    1 good thing for beginning of year: I meditated 1 hour this morning.

    Do you all track all every day?
    I find I have not been able to keep up with it regularly for quite some time. I track a couple of days or a week at best and then just forget for a while.

    Do you buy food online?

    I'm GF which is more expensive than usual, plus aiming to add more protein. I saw a food buying online thing offers lower prices but for a subscription price of 50 euros or so. I spend a lot on food so 4 euros per month is a drop in the bucket. I tend to support brick and mortar businesses, even if they are organic food chains, -still have humans working in them, and I find food shopping often pleasant when not overbusy, another tiny way of being connected to my community, but GF is so pricey, plus the online thing gives other options.

    Do you have resolutions or goals?
    For the year?
    For the decade?


    Thinking about a decade seems: daunting, possibly empowering, and impossible due to unknown.

    Off the cuff :
    Things that seem to have evolved positively in last decade:
    Have master's degree
    Have 'permanent' work contracts
    Not concerned with friends and buddies thoughts about me so much at all
    Have lease (I had been paying under the table for 10+ years)
    Connected much more with one sister (she had been out of touch with family for 20+ years)
    Connected with my father's cousin, as a somewhat kindred spirit
    More frugal
    Bought 2 tiny investment studios on credit (after 10-20% downpayment the rent pays 15 year credit)
    More aware of worker's rights
    More politically aware (that is not fun, but reasonable)
    More at ease speaking to and meeting all sorts of people I think
    Am a coordinator in one school
    Am on international commission in one school
    Much more involved in places I work at. (I feel like this is both a grown up thing and a fall from grace. before I used to just come teach and leave and know nothing. Now I'm very aware of political things and not very good things, and it's disheartening.
    Deepened my teaching skills
    Have more professional recognition

    Mixed : Defending workers rights (I feel this is a "good" and necessary thing to do, but it does not leave me light-hearted at all. on the contrary it leaves me heavy-hearted and disappointed much of the time. The directors give lip-service but are all more or less disparaging and even illegal with particularly some of the lesser paid teachers (which I am one of). I aspire to leaving this to others in 1-3 years. But at present I'm in the thick of it.

    Less interesting evolution:
    Not in a couple relationship (not that it's necessary but the one I was in was imperfect but interesting enough)
    Much less exercise
    Foot and knee issues
    Gained 5 kilos
    Have more tension and distance with some family of origin members
    More frugal
    Unable to keep up with housework and paperwork much of the time
    Less close friendships.
    Difficult relation with thesis teacher, very stuck in thesis.
    Doing much less art work
    More conflictual work relation.
    3 legal cases in action in relation to 2 work places. (1. contestation of statutory decision. 2.harassment 3.illegal conditions of our contracts at one school from 2008 to 2017- they were obliged to give us normal contracts but did not; I am not alone here, but only a few of us prefer to fight for our rights). At this point, for the latter, it has bearing on our retirement.

    I think a major shift is I have been putting more energy into work and less into personal life. Most of my life I didn't so much focus on work in a strategic way. I was not so concerned with retirement reality. I focused on relations and present moment. I've had to grow tough and defend myself, at work (enormously), with my landlady.

    My lawyer made a request on the last possible date, on Dec 31, for 42,000 euros from my employer, 20,000 from harassment, particularly in a period 2015 -2017 rather well-documented. And the rest from mismanagement of my working file, and prejudice, a little bit from outright legal fees (about 2000). He doesn't think I will get all, but he thinks I will get some. It sounds- according to the lawyer- like the common response would be a refusal from my school and then necessity to go to court. Which takes 2 years. Another hypothetical possibility would be a highly respectable counter offer.

    Nonetheless, I am surprisingly relieved that the letter has been sent. We have a school wide lunch next Wednesday. The director will have received the letter and will - once again- be all over himself with seething anger, I assume, but I'm not too concerned about it at present.

    I make so many goals and achieve just a few in the year.
    Of course ideal would be to make less, but it's not so easy. I'm a bit under economic (and thus partly professional) pressure. I was not recognition or money focused in the early part of my life, that is for sure. I was more living in the present moment, which can be very pleasant but problematic when you come to retirement, and the present didn't involve retirement planning. Long story. Now I realise minimal recognition is necessary for minimal money (in my field), and possibility. Higher ed is a very competitive, even cut-throat field. I didn't realise when I arrived as an adjunct, but when one wants to go further it really is a rough road. It's hard to change paths at this point (56) and whose to say other fields aren't the same in one way or another. Thank goodness the relation and work with the students is mostly quite good still.


  • bananasandorangesbananasandoranges Posts: 670Member Member Posts: 670Member Member
    @LisaInAR Thank you for the Ny's wishes ! right back to you!

    And Happy New Year to everyone !

    @exermom, if you want a Roomba as a gift I would ask for it. personally I wouldn't buy it as a gift, without a specific request. it's mechanical and with quite variable specs, some better for sweeping, others for mopping, and so on. But even moreso, my mom, mother of 5 was totally offended when she got household gadgets as gifts. Even when she was living alone and I bought her a blender, way back when. It was surely a throwover from when my dad must have bought her a washing machine or something as a gift to do the laundry for 7 people. She said "so I can make you food!" which was absolutely not our dynamic- I was moved out and she never made me food.
    And also about 10 years back a newish serious BF was too haggly to buy me a 30 euro natural necklace without haggling (and so I didn't get it) and offered to pay for half of a new stove 250 euros. It seemed so unromantic and I declined. I think farther on in the relationship I'd have accepted but it just didn't sit right for the 1st few months of a relationship. So: 2 x negative experience with household appliances as gifts. Though it depends on the person. my older sister is super-frugal and happy to get any practical thing. I got her spark plugs and a measuring cup (to replace her melted one still in use) one time and she was totally delighted : "spark plugs! :) "

    @machka9 what are some low cal interesting foods you've found?

    off the cuff:

    Financial Goals: use a monthly zero-based budget, track all expenses and income. I used to do this.
    Organizational goals: get all papers filed (this is massive!)
    Spiritual Goals: meditate daily 10-60 minutes
    Fitness Goals: 20 min minimum per day 6 days a week, including 3x a week at gym at maximum target rate, tracking all daily. (i'll keep working at that)
    Educational Goals: Finish thesis and get Phd (I'm in last possible year and stuck) :#
    Family Goals: Go out on one date a week. Very easy living in a big city with apps. At our age there seem to be more normal guys and less creepy guys. This has not at all been a priority for me these past years. I have to kick myself in the butt to do it. Usually it's pleasant. I met some nice people last summer. Then I get so busy and I just don't care. There are some softer apps (not tinder) and it seems like there are some nice guys happy to meet for coffee.
    Career Goals: Get website redone professionally. See if I can get another professional in terms of a related point.
    Social Goals: Meet a friend for coffee or something once a week. I usually do but with transport strikes for past 27 days it's harder to get around.

  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    @machka9 what are some low cal interesting foods you've found?

    Yogurts and puddings with no sugar.
    Frozen dinners that have lower calories and better flavours and choices than WW brands etc.
    A no-sugar maple syrup which I use on vanilla yogurts because I don't like vanilla yogurts.
    Certain soups and "international" foods.

    Veggies, of course.

    You'd have to explore your own grocery stores to find things ... I suspect much of what I've found may be limited to Australia.


    M in Oz
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    2019
    Jan-19 ... 241.6 km (150.1 miles) = 27 hours 2 minutes
    Feb-19 ... 175.5 km (109 miles) = 19 hours 8 minutes
    Mar-19 ... 170.3 km (105.8 miles) = 28 hours 21 minutes
    Apr-19 ... 160.3 km (99.6 miles) = 25 hours 4 minutes
    May-19 ... 164.0 km (101.9 miles) = 29 hours 10 minutes
    Jun-19 ... 246.2 km (153 miles) = 25 hours 40 minutes
    Jul-19 ... 217.3 km (135.0 miles) = 33 hours 45 minutes
    Aug-19 ... 162.5 km (100.9 miles) = 28 hours 4 minutes
    Sep-19 ... 136.0 km (84.5 miles) = 23 hours 10 minutes
    Oct-19 ... 196.5 km (122.1 miles) = 31 hours 27 minutes
    Nov-19 ... 155.5 km (96.6 miles) = 25 hours 01 minutes

    2019 Monthly December
    Walking Distance (km): 89.8
    Walking Time (min): 1105.4
    Cycling Distance (km): 106.0
    Cycling Time (min): 380.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Number: 95.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Time (min): 76.0
    Rowing Distance (km): 8.0
    Rowing Time (min): 53.0

    Totals
    Total Distance (km): 203.7
    Total Distance (miles): 126.6
    Total Time (min): 1614.4
    Total Time (hr): 26:54:23
  • bananasandorangesbananasandoranges Posts: 670Member Member Posts: 670Member Member
    @Machka9 thanks

    I tried re-inputting my goals. If I put 1000 calories per day they say it's too little. It's annoying because being older, small and not intensely active mfp seems to not adapt. I'm 5 2 but my family has slow metabolism in general. What about a woman who is 4' 9 and sedentary? I put it at 1000. I wonder if one can healthy be an average of 1000 or if it needs to be an average of 1100. In another online thing it says I need to eat 1100 average to lose weight and 1000 (average!!) to lose fast. There's a bit of a blind spot.

    To anyone who wants to answer:
    What is your daily calorie goal?
    Do you aim for an average (weekly)? (how do you plan fluctuation? - occasional splurges- by putting lower goal or by averaging out over week...)
    What is your macro ratio ?
    edited January 1
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of rowing)
    Mar-15 … 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
    Apr-15 … 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
    May-15 … 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
    Jun-15 … 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
    Jul-15 … 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
    Aug-15 … 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
    Sep-15 … 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
    Oct-15 … 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
    Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
    Dec-15 … 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
    Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
    Feb-16 … 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
    Mar-16 … 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
    Apr-16 … 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
    May-16 … 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
    Jun-16 … 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
    Jul-16 … 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
    Aug-16 … 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
    Sep-16 … 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
    Oct-16 … 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
    Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
    Dec-16 … 511.05 km (317.55 miles) = 52 hours 2 min
    Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
    Feb-17 … 600.5 km (373.1 miles) = 57 hours 30 min
    Mar-17 … 1113.2 km (691.7 miles) = 78 hours 25 min
    Apr-17 … 1181.9 km (734.4 miles) = 76 hours 45 min
    May-17 … 426.6 km (265.1 miles) = 39 hours 21 min
    Jun-17 … 575.7 km (357.7 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
    Jul-17 … 714 km (443.7 miles) = 52 hours 23 min
    Aug-17 … 475.8 km (295.6 miles) = 38 hours 41 min
    Sep-17 … 455.5 km (283 miles) = 41 hours 25 min
    Oct-17 … 647.1 km (402.1 miles) = 57 hours 19 min
    Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min
    Dec-17 … 553.5 km (343.9 miles) = 52 hours 12 min
    Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
    Feb-18 … 826.9 km (513.8 miles) = 57 hours 35 min
    Mar-18 … 582.01 km (361.6 miles) = 50 hours 11 min
    Apr-18 … 176.23 km (109.5 miles) = 29 hours 47 min
    May -18 … 167.6 km (104.1 miles) = 29 hours 08 min
    June-18 … 349.9 km (217.4 miles) = 36 hours 58 minutes
    July-18 ... 324.2 km (201.5 miles) = 24 hours 26 minutes
    Aug-18 ... 210.1 km (130.6 miles) = 25 hours 59 minutes
    Sep-18 ... 261.7 km (162.6 miles) = 25 hours 11 minutes
    Oct-18 ... 230.8 km (143.4 miles) = 30 hours 15 minutes
    Nov-18 ... 216.8 km (134.7 miles) = 30 hours 3 minutes
    Dec-18 ... 285.2 km (177.2 miles) = 37 hours 49 minutes
    Jan-19 ... 241.6 km (150.1 miles) = 27 hours 2 minutes
    Feb-19 ... 175.5 km (109 miles) = 19 hours 8 minutes
    Mar-19 ... 170.3 km (105.8 miles) = 28 hours 21 minutes
    Apr-19 ... 160.3 km (99.6 miles) = 25 hours 4 minutes
    May-19 ... 164.0 km (101.9 miles) = 29 hours 10 minutes
    Jun-19 ... 246.2 km (153 miles) = 25 hours 40 minutes
    Jul-19 ... 217.3 km (135.0 miles) = 33 hours 45 minutes
    Aug-19 ... 162.5 km (100.9 miles) = 28 hours 4 minutes
    Sep-19 ... 136.0 km (84.5 miles) = 23 hours 10 minutes
    Oct-19 ... 196.5 km (122.1 miles) = 31 hours 27 minutes
    Nov-19 ... 155.5 km (96.6 miles) = 25 hours 01 minutes
    Dec-19 ... 203.7 km (126.6 miles) = 26 hours 54 minutes

    2019
    Cycling Total: 1021.9 km
    Walking Total: 1086.6 km
    Rowing Total: 109.2 km
    Flights of Stairs: 1342


    Goal: Really, really hoping for a better year than 2019!!

    Wednesday, 1 January 2020 … 0.0 km walking + 14.5 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs


    2019 Monthly January
    Walking Distance (km): 0.0
    Walking Time (min): 0.0
    Cycling Distance (km): 14.5
    Cycling Time (min): 60.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Number: 0.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Time (min): 0.0
    Rowing Distance (km): 0.0
    Rowing Time (min): 0.0
    Other Distance: 0.0
    Other Time: 0.0

    Totals
    Total Distance (km): 14.5
    Total Distance (miles): 9.0
    Total Time (min): 60.0
    Total Time (hr): 1:00:00
  • okiewoman510okiewoman510 Posts: 938Member, Premium Member Posts: 938Member, Premium Member
    Happy New Year Ladies!

    Okie in the TX Hill Country
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    @Machka9 thanks

    I tried re-inputting my goals. If I put 1000 calories per day they say it's too little. It's annoying because being older, small and not intensely active mfp seems to not adapt. I'm 5 2 but my family has slow metabolism in general. What about a woman who is 4' 9 and sedentary? I put it at 1000. I wonder if one can healthy be an average of 1000 or if it needs to be an average of 1100. In another online thing it says I need to eat 1100 average to lose weight and 1000 (average!!) to lose fast. There's a bit of a blind spot.

    To anyone who wants to answer:
    What is your daily calorie goal?
    Do you aim for an average (weekly)? (how do you plan fluctuation? - occasional splurges- by putting lower goal or by averaging out over week...)
    What is your macro ratio ?

    I think my daily calorie goal is 1350 or 1375 or so. If I'm really trying to lose, it should probably be down to about 1325.

    When I'm actively losing weight, I meet my daily goal every single day. There are no fluctuations or occasional splurges. Ever.

    Now that said, I exercise and my exercise gives me extra calories to work with. A 12 km bicycle ride might give me an extra 200 calories. Rowing for 20 minutes might give me an extra 150 calories. Walking for 30 minutes might give me 100 calories.

    So if my daily goal is 1325 and I go for a half hour walk at lunch, then come home and row for 20 minutes, I'll have an extra 250 calories bringing me up to 1575 calories and I will eat up around 1500 calories that day. :)


    I don't care about macros.


    Machka in Oz
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 16,028Member Member Posts: 16,028Member Member
    There's a question in the Fitness Forum:

    What was your surprise accomplishment for 2019?


    Mine:

    Probably the half marathon I ran last January!!

    I'm a cyclist, especially a long distance cyclists ... I've dabbled in running now and then, but didn't really expect to ever actually run anything as long as a half marathon!


    Machka in Oz
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