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As you may remember I began doing a Jane Fonda strengthening and stretching exercise DVD in January after I retired. Then, when I visited my heart doctor in early May he suggested I add some cardio to the plan. So, I added a low-impact aerobic Jane Fonda DVD to my weekday routine. In addition, most Tuesday evenings I participate in my daughter-in-law’s free Yoga class at church. All of these programs have been very compatible, and I’ve noticed much improvement in my strength and endurance. In addition I wear a pedometer and track my steps every day, with a goal of 10,000 per day, though my average is not that high. (I’ve worn a pedometer for years and participated in several walking contests at my former workplace.)

For several years community anticipation grew as a cooperative effort between the YMCA, City of Indianola, Simpson College and Indianola Schools gelled and set into motion. Construction began and we watched the brick and mortar process for over a year. Finally, the grand opening was announced! Dave and I were among the thousands of people who toured during the Open House. It is a very impressive facility, but during all this time I never dreamed that Dave would think we could join. Once Dave saw the facility, he agreed that we could give it a try. I didn’t waste any time joining and getting started.

I quickly began participating in some of the morning classes–a wonderful benefit of being retired! On most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 8:30 a.m. I am taking a 45-minute AOA (Active Older Adult) class and five days (Monday thru Friday) I am taking a 45-minute water class at 9:30 a.m. I know this is a pretty aggressive program, in addition to continuing my DVD exercise program, but I’m really enjoying it.

Wellness is a priority.


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So, how do I like retirement? I LOVE IT!

What have I done? LOTS!

1. For starters, I had to learn how to use my new computer with Windows 8. I also had to load some software and install some hardware. While I try to use as much technology as I can, it isn’t exactly second nature for me, so everything takes me longer.
2. Next I re-scanned and photoshop’d more than 750 photos and finished Mom’s memoirs, which also meant my first-time experience working with a publisher and a separate printer.
3. We photographed Mom’s artwork and I created a Shutterfly photo book for family members.
4. I emptied at least two dozen boxes of stuff, by sorting and filing or recycling, but I can see many more boxes needing attention as I write this.
5. I created a Shutterfly photo book and wrote the accompanying travelogue from our New England trip last fall. The book is 97 pages! Then, I actually discarded the travel brochures that aren’t genealogy related.
6. I scanned the entire collection of our society newsletters and 1895 Warren County census records and added them to the new Warren County Genealogical Society website.
7. I facilitated an adult Sunday school class on writing Treasured Family Stories.
8. I got the hang of blogging.
9. I had a broken tooth pulled and am consulting about the next step.
10. I’m helping my mother more: doing her laundry, running errands, etc.
11. Dave and I provided child care for three grandchildren during Spring Break.
12. I began research for a 1907 weather-related, family genealogy project.
13. I exercise at least 5 days a week: Jane Fonda DVD, treadmill, yoga, and/or go for a walk. I haven’t gotten back up to 10,000 steps a day, but I’m on my way.
14. And, for the fun of it, I made nine batches of yummy raspberry jam.

And, people ask me what I’m doing in retirement!

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