Monday, July 2, 2012

RETIREMENT and MAINTENANCE








This is a repost from last year , still true and important and I am still on the maintenance program  and feeling good .

I was laying in the hammock thinking , and remembering , something I do a lot of ,while enjoying my retirement, and the blessing in mine and Ciejay's life and reaping the benefits of all the hard work ,until I retired and moved to Thailand.

The thought that popped into my head was some advice my Dad gave me while I was a kid,and young adult, and growing up, He always stressed the importance of maintenance and that if you wanted to enjoy the things that you invested you time and money into that if you maintained and took care of it (things) you would get a life time of enjoyment and use from them. I thought( then) that all he meant was ,my car , my home , my yard and things. Now as I have gotten older I realize that everything in our lives need maintenance, our friends, family , wives, kids , pets, neighbors, our spiritual lives, and also of course our cars, homes , and yards, and things.
Lately with the encouragement of my wonderful wife Ciejay and my Pastor , and my Dr. and a look in the mirror( who was I looking at ?), I have begun to do a little maintenance on a very important part of my life, MY BODY , and you know what?? it has paid off ,my blood pressure is now normal and my sugar count has gone in 6 months from 147 to between 90 and 98 which means that I have beat the diabetes 2 problem and my Dr. said next month I can quit the Pill yee haa . The maintenance is easier than I thought , getting up earlier than my usual 9 or 10 am and going to bed a little earlier, and a mile walk with Ciejay and the boys (our dogs ) at 8 am at least every other day( will increase the distance as time goes by) . . About half way thru the walk (slow first half ) I do about 15 min of senior exercises, and stretches, nothing painful (you don't need pain to get gain ) and the last half is a little faster pace , not much and WOW what a difference it has made in my life and energy level, and the way I feel about myself, and the way I can look at Ciejay's Honey Do list and not cringe.
I'm sure most of you have a maintenance program in place and if you don't I would encourage you to start one. The better I feel ,the more I love being "Retired in Thailand and Loving It."

9 comments:

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Even if you can't see me in the photo I am helping to , just had to srop to take picture , couldn't resist.Malcolm

LindyLouMac said...

This is great news keep it up :)

Peter_M said...

Good advice Malcolm. Great news about the diabetes. As I fast approach my fifties I think more and more about my health. I have dropped a few kilos in recent weeks and have found new impetus in my life to change my more disagreeable habits. We need our bodies, we must work to maintain them.

Martyn said...

Malcolm good sound advice and keep up the fitness campaign. We should all do a bit of fitness work because it really does help, not just in levels of energy but also with self esteem. Keep pounding those roads soldier.

Snap said...

Malcolm you're right about the importance of maintenance...in every aspect of our lives. And, it's never too early or late to start.

I had to smile at your opening statement, about lying in your hammock. I was sitting under a large tree the other day up at the Golden Triangle and gazed up into its branches, to see an old hammock about 20 feet up. It had been left to grow upward with the tree. Don't fall asleep in that hammock of yours, for too long ;)

memock said...

You dug that field with that stick all by yourself didn't you?!

Once again Malcolm some more good advice from within the pages of this great blog. I love being in the village here as I find it much easier to limit what I eat and always manage to take some weight off, I just need to do the same back in Australia!

Harold said...

Good news on your health improvements; always beneficial to take stock of your situation, and make some thoughtful adjustments [smarter eating, more exercise, etc.]. I do think the cyclist took his/her fitness program a bit too far, and could use a good meal or two... Regards from Ken C.

Lise said...

Congratulations! Taking care of yourself is the most important thing! It isn't easy though:)

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You to look so happy I'm glad your went well. :)_