Lost over 20 Ibs so far on Keto diet

After both my parents passed away in their 90″s I decided I needed to loose some weight to improve my health as I am myself in my 70’s and overweight since I have been in the USA( over 40 years ) I noticed since the 60’s people are getting fat. So I did some research and  stumbled across the Keto diet  and tried it. So far it is working, it is basically a low carb, high fat medium protein diet or lifestyle.

My mother of French decent always cooked with butter, ate a lot of cheese and never ate corn, as she said they feed corn to the pigs to make them fat. She stayed thin well into her 80’s.

Looking at the food from the 60’s  it has become very processed particularly with sugar added in its various forms!  Take a look at food labels and everything has sugar in it. That is why I tried the Keto diet it is very low to no  sugar.

Will be updating this page as I progress.


T’ai Chi For a Healthy Retirement


I started doing T’ai Chi Ch’uan long before I retired — nearly 20 years ago. At the time, T’ai Chi was the flavor of the month. These days it’s fallen behind Yoga and Zumba classes. But just because you take an exercise class, doesn’t mean you can’t do T’ai Chi as well. Continue reading

Boomers Health and Exercise

As you can see from the Boomer page I presume a lot of you are putting on weight. Supposedly our generation have a chance of living to 90+ or so they say. After my operation, see about us, I began putting on weight. I think the reason was I though I was going to die and when I survived I decide to live well and eat what I enjoyed. Well that has been a problem and my Doctor tells me the obvious, calories in to calories out to maintain your ideal weight. So I can eat what I want, within reason, just control portion size and exercise more to burn excess calories.

I tried gyms but at my age I got fed up with the young jocks in the changing room, acting like they owned the place and the senior were in their way. So I looked at exercising without the gym. Continue reading

Bone health for retired women

The following information is based strictly on my own experience with Osteoporosis and overall bone health. 


A little over five years ago, my GP ordered a routine chest  x-ray.  Once the results were in, my GP's office called me up and said that the doctor needed to see me right away.  No they wouldn't tell me why.  Well, I immediately thought that my chest x-ray must show that I either had TB or heart disease, or even lung cancer.  Having just seen a similar but tragic storyline on a popular medical show — my imagination was running wild!  I can't tell you how relieved I was when my doctor told me I had small  fractures in my spine.  Compared to thinking I had cancer, bone fractures that I didn't even know I had, seemed like nothing to worry about.  I shouldn't have been quite so relieved. Continue reading

Health problems Walking and Bicycling in California

Now that we are retired we thought walking and bicycling would be good exercise. Well basically it is. The only problem we have found is being nearly run over either by cars not stopping at crossing or being injured when a bicyclist flashes by on the sidewalk. In California the pedestrian supposedly has the right of way, if you are on a crosswalk a car supposed to stop to let you pass, but in Los Angeles most of the time they do but it is that one time when they do not that I worry about. So walking has its dangers.

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Start researching your retirement Medicare.

Last night we went to a local seminar about Medicare. This was given by our local senior center. Check your local city for these senior centers in your area as they have information on all your local senior activity’s.  Do not forget a lot of breakfast dinners offer senior discounts, but you have to ask?

Now I thought Medicare would be simple but after this seminar I found there are at present  4 parts, A, B, C, and D

  • A  — This is basically covers your Hospitalization cost with some copay.
  • B —  This is basically for Doctor and out patient fees, with some copay. This part cost you a monthly fee.
  • C —  This is what they call Medicare Advantage. Further info to follow.
  • D —  This is the prescription drug, with some copay.

I suggest you contact Medicare.gov for information and study it well as there seems to be a lot of gotcha!  Part  A seems to be free if you have paid a certain amount into the system  I found that in part B you have to pay a monthly fee which is deducted from your Social Security. Now if you live abroad and do not sign up for part B to save the monthly fee. When and if you return and sign up your fee is raised by 10% per year for every year you did not sign up. This new rate is now your rate set going forward not including cost of living raises.

We decided not to put in what the fees are in this post as things change and it would be best for you to find out from Medicare directly what your cost will be.

So we suggest you really start to read and study your Medicare system because one simple mistake will cost you for life.

If you are having problems with medicare then you can contact HICAP in California.

HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights and health care options. HICAP also offers free educational presentations to groups of Medicare beneficiaries, their families and/or providers on a variety of Medicare and other health insurance related topics.

You can find a similar organization by contacting your States insurance department

Good luck 2BRetired.