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Old and Out of Shape
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 Posted: Tue Jun 5th, 2012 02:36 AM
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Ozark Ed wrote: When the kids went away to college the wife & I began eating out more and more. It didn't take long to need additional girth in the waist size. I hate to exercise and sweat but something had to change. I decided if I had to sweat and exercise I wanted to be paid for it rather than pay a membership somewhere. Our kids had played soccer growing up and I missed being around the game so I took the referee class and became a licensed referee. I make around $35 per game and try to do a couple of games a night, 2 to 3 nights a week. Yes it took a while and copious amounts of Ibuprofen to get back into shape, but I get paid to exercise. Is this a great country or what? Guess where the majority of the extra income gets allocated? Filling gaps in the rack of the gun safe! $140 to $210 a week depending on the schedule and I'm back to normal size pants.
That is using the noggin Ed.  Great idea.  One thing if you want to lose a little bit extra.  Before your games lift some weights, doesn't have to be HEAVY stuff.  I used to hit a gym near Iowa State University and listened to all the Phys Ed gurus when in the sauna learned a bit.  They all seemed to say hit weights then cardio to lose weight easier.  A 10# kettle bell and some squat reps would probably fit the bill.  :) 



 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2012 12:54 AM
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Our company insurance started a program they call "Walk the Talk". It is a program that requires you to walk 150,000 steps in 27 days. I have enrolled with the goal of doubling that requirment. So far have dropped from 210 to 200 lbs. I would really like to see 185 again. Not looking for 6 pack abs again but dropping some of the beer gut will help reduce the back pains, make the Doc happier and help me to enjoy my time in the wild a little more.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2012 11:44 PM
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Like some have said I have a dog that makes me get out and walk twice a day. I also go the Y M C A every other day. I am retired and get in more work outs than when I was working



 Posted: Fri Dec 28th, 2012 10:58 AM
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You want to get in shape?:troll:

Get into airsofting. The Grandson and SIL went and tried it, and I went along to see.
Now we are having a blast doing it.
But you get out and play MilSim with a bunch of kids and young guys, you have so much fun shooting and ducking you don't realize how much activity you are getting.
Till you get home and drop into bed after a nice hot shower.
The kids are very nice where we go now, too. Very polite.
Last Saturday a couple came over to look at my sniper rifle. The older one told the younger one, "When you see an older guy with a gun like that, you run away!"
:lol:
I let another try out my gun during a water and reload break.
I'm not in BDU's, but I'm well covered with a 'Nam era fatigue jacket, boots, and home made gear like a neck cover, and a mesh mask. I haven't broke out my home made-hand made Ghillies yet. But the kids are learning to watch out for the Grandpa guy! (I think they just think it's me shootin them)

At almost 63 (March), I'm having a lot of fun with it.
I had a heart attack almost 3 years ago. The doc said lose weight. I dropped 30 pounds in 30 days. (213 to 178) but the wife said I was getting too gaunt. So I went back to 183 on my 5'10.5" frame. I hoover at 181-185.
And I can outlast the SIL at 43.

Try airsofting. I bet you'll like it! And the kids are real decent.
It fulfills at least 2 needs, shooting, and shooting some people. :wink:
(Just pretend the "enemy" is members of Congress.) :thumbs:

During the week I walk with one of the dogs. But the occasional skirmish is a real work out.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 21st, 2013 12:53 AM
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Dude that sounds like a blast.

Congrats on your weight loss!



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Sonny, I got one question. Outlast the SIL at what? :confused:



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 Posted: Mon Jan 21st, 2013 02:27 AM
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Rockydog wrote: Sonny, I got one question. Outlast the SIL at what? :confused:
As a matter of fact, I do outlast him. Mostly we play CQB (Close Quarter Battles) in a plywood town. Military Simulation games, or MilSim's.
We divide into teams and do different games.

He is always the first one wanting to go home. :eek2: But he plays harder than I do generally.
But you know... old age and treachery will win over youth and skill.
Grandpa tends to bide his time and if I don't shoot them outright, I keep them pinned down. I'm a sniper.
Last time out it was pretty chilly by the end of the day and my ears were cold.
And of course I got hit in the ear from behind.
Holy Moly that hurt! I have ear covers on my neckerchief now. (I make most of my own gear)



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The dog makes me walk a mile twice a day. I need a new dog:rolleyes:



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Sonny, Now I got it. I didn't connect the two parts of the post. Forgive me. I've never tried the paintball thing. My son came home after an excursion with some buddies to a rental place about 12 years ago. They were all in T-shirts and he took a couple of rounds in the chest from about 5 feet. The bruises were about 4" across and they ball had broken the skin. He was a senior in HS at the time. I was not impressed. Not that it might not be fun. I just thought it was a bit risky and can't get used to people pointing guns at each other as a game. To each his own I guess. Maybe if I tried it I might like it. RD



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This is Airsoft and is much more forgiving.
Much smaller welts... if you collect any at all.
I cover up pretty good. But my cold ear caught a stray BB.
6mm plastic BB's, speed limits on the guns, and eye protection mandatory. Full face protection under the age of 18.

Much less gruesome than any of the video games they play at home or online.:wink:



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Rockydog wrote: Sonny, I got one question. Outlast the SIL at what? :confused:
I'm sorry Rd, this produced a laugh out loud, whether intentional humor or not!  :lol:



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Ledslngr wrote: I used to hit a gym near Iowa State University and listened to all the Phys Ed gurus when in the sauna learned a bit. They all seemed to say hit weights then cardio to lose weight easier.

I am going to try this, I have always done the cardio first, like a warm up, and then moved to the weights.

I noticed that the men on both sides of my family quit exercising their legs and usually in their seventies got to a point where they no longer could walk very far and wound up finishing their lives in a chair in front of the TV. I want to be able to be hunting quail as long as I'm around so I am exercising and making an effort to control my weight in my fifties. Gone from 235 to 208 in about 3 years.

I have to make the right choices every day (apple fritters and cinnamon rolls have become my downfall) because the wrong choices set me back. It has taken a long time to lose what I have but because of my lifestyle changes I expect it to stay off. Through targeted exercise I am building muscle mass in my legs and hope to stay active and be able to do what I enjoy when I finally get the time to do it.



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I'll be 71 in a week or so. I never did take up all that health crap. I worked hard, with a lot of physical labor, all my life. About 5 years ago I had nasty back surgery and I walk almost every day about 1&3/4 miles to keep my back muscles strong.

With COPD and two bad shoulders, I'm limited on what I can do.

I still hunt elk every year, but would have to quit if I didn't have mules to do it with.

I never have been able to figure it out. Guys pay $50 for a steak and then $100 a month for gym membership to work it off.



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I hear you Saddlesore, I worked my tail off in the oilfield most of my life and stayed in great shape. But when Reagan dropped the price of oil to destroy the Soviet Union in the mid '80s it destroyed our domestic oil production and there were just a few of us left working. Fast forward to 2009 when we figured out how to get gas and oil out of shale and it opened a whole new domestic energy business. Well, all of us guys that stayed in became managers because of our experience and moved right in behind a desk and a computer screen. When I went from field work supervising on a coiled tubing unit to office work I put on about 45 lbs in two years. But it wasn't because of steaks, it was good Mexican food. The kind that can only be found on the Texas - Mexican border. I realized where I was headed and started turning things around. It helps that the company I work for has added a workout room to our office as a wellness aid so I don't have any gym memberships to pay, even if there was one close enough to use.
Both of my grandfathers were hard working men (one a farmer, the other worked on drilling rigs) but long illnesses in their late '70s claimed the muscles in their legs and they were just never able to get out and get going again.

One of the greatest things I have learned over the years come from the Bible:
1. You reap what you sow.
2. You reap in greater numbers than what you have sown.
3. You reap at a later time than when you have sown.

If you don't plan for the future then you have to take what you get. This was my plan. I am glad you are doing well and I hope you will post a picture of your elk so we can share in your enjoyment. Best of luck.



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I have been in good shape all my life. Approaching 65 in a few months and realized last summer that I was going up from my 34" waist to a 36" waist and feeling tired a lot easier. My girlfriend and I both joined a gym at the beginning of this summer and I'm gonna drop that extra 25 pounds. Eat smaller portions and my doctor said shop the walls (meat, veggie and dairy) and stay away from the processed box food in the aisles. I'm already down 7 of those 25 pounds. Last summer was huffing and puffing walking up hill from the lake to the car with my fishing gear and making several stops. This year I can make it with only one stop. Next year, no stops, I hope.

No desserts except at the church pot lucks and cut the Snickers waaaay down to almost nothing. No sodas and no fast foods (well maybe a couple times at Burger King). I walk to the mail box instead of drive, even though it's only a half mile round trip. Walking more and gonna get back into the bicycle too.



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For most people walking is great exercise, I must do something wrong. I walk about 3 miles most days. It helps a little but doesn't take any weight off and I still can't run much more than 30 yards. But I can walk all day. A few years ago when I was in pretty much the same condition as I am now, I participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Proving Grounds near Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is a full marathon distance with an elevation change of 1100 feet up and back down. It took me 10+ hours but I finished (and beat several active duty military who had celebrated a bit too much the night before). A week later I had recovered but I still could not run more than 50 yards at anything faster than a slow jog.



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alfson wrote:
A few years ago when I was in pretty much the same condition as I am now, I participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Proving Grounds near Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is a full marathon distance with an elevation change of 1100 feet up and back down. It took me 10+ hours but I finished (and beat several active duty military who had celebrated a bit too much the night before)..

Kudos to you Alfson, my son did that when he was in ROTC. His group was all in shape from running every day but he said it was tough. I did 20 miles one night at a Relay for Life event once, took all night and I was sore for a week but it was flat ground at sea level, not climbing 1100'. Raised $2500 though, it was worth it.



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Been blessed in my life to have had great health. Had a heart virus about six years ago that nearly killed me. At 68 I still go pretty much as I please--heart still pumping 45% so if I tire I just sit a bit and go again. Getting a "standby defibrillator put in 27th. Doc says it is like a spare tire--there if you need it. Did not argue with her--lol. Says I can not weld anymore and that is a bummer--may do it anyway and just keep the arc at arms length--lol.



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Well, when I started this thread, I was at a whapping 210 lbs. Hell, at one point I got to 220lbs. Since then I have gotten out from my desk job and am again running around a busy aircraft hangar. To date, my weight has dropped to 189 lbs. and the blood pressure has settled down a bit. Not sure where the cholesterol is but have changed my eating habits, to include a lot more fruits and veggies. Been feeling much better and am hoping to do away with the Lipitor. Still shooting for the 185 lb. goal, maybe push for 180.



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