Monday: Weighin’ In With The Boys!

Good morning, everyone! Today’s weigh-in will be short & sweet (like me, tee hee!) ’cause I have an early appointment at everyone’s favorite car repair/parts store!

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What happened was that Thursday morning I was driving merrily down the street, headed for the gym, tra-la-la, not a care in the world, when suddenly, outta nowhere,

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some guy in a parked car opens his driver’s side door, and took out my side mirror! So I’m getting it replaced today. Fortunately, it turns out replacing mirrors is cheaper than I thought, plus it gives me a good excuse to spend some quality time in the most scintillating city on God’s green earth!

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So anyway, here’s the weigh-in:

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Oh sigh!! Yeah, it’s kinda “up” again. But y’know what? If people keep smashing bits & pieces of “Decrepit Blue,” I may just have to do more walking and biking, which should help! Win-win, right?

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Anyway, see ya later — I’m headed for that luxurious waiting room! Have a great day!

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Friday Five: The Groaning!

Yeah, it’s me with yet another blog full of random complaints about why I can’t seem to get past Plateau Point, and five ideas about why that might be happening.

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Here we go: five reasons I can’t lose weight!

  1. Sugar — OK, I don’t buy into the idea that sugar is the devil, responsible for all the evils of the modern diet.
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    Mainly because people who promote that idea seem to be kinda…what’s the word I’m looking for…?
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    Yeah, well, not in a verifiable, scientifically provable way, but just kinda off balance, somewhere. Still, there’s no denying that foods with lots of sugar tend to be (a) more calorific than others, and (b) really, really yummy!
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    So that’s one.
  2. Cream in my Coffee — Sure, I buy the sugar-free, low-calorie French vanilla version of Coffee Mate, at only 15 calories per serving. Then I dump about 5 or 6 servings in my morning cofveve, because why not? It’s only 15 calories per serving!
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    …carry the one…oh…OK. Hmm, maybe I’d be better off just getting the half & half!
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  3. Fried Chicken — and not just ANY fried chicken, baby — you KNOW what I like!

    Before Lent started, I was getting over my KFC/Popeye’s/[fill in your favorite fast food cooked bird restaurant] by keeping some relatively non-evil Trader Joe’s boneless chicken breasts in the freezer, and cooking one of them with BBQ sauce, Parmesan cheese, etc. Way less calories than the fast food stuff and still relatively yummy.
    However, we’re in Lent now, and in a fit of misguided devoutness, I asked Mr. 50by60 not to buy any more meat or dairy products from Trader Joe’s till after Lent. Which sounds fine and dandy, except twice last week, while out on a long, healthy walk, I “rewarded” myself with some KFC.
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  4. Peanut Butter — When I was a kid, I *hated* peanut butter. I still hate it when it’s combined with something else, like chocolate.
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    But a really good, thick peanut butter & jelly sandwich? MMM!!
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    And it’s totally Lenten, too! So it should be good for you, right? Well, yeah, unless you have, er, more than one, and then start diggin’ into the PB jar as well. Yum, more calories!
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  5. Non-Peanut Butter — Just regular butter, y’know, melted and on popcorn. ‘Cause popcorn’s good for you! It’s got fiber &etc. It’s just that, y’know, that fake butter spray isn’t quite as good as the real, calorific thing.
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So there ya go, five reasons why I may be stuck at the 179/180 plateau for a little longer! Of course, as they say, being able to describe your problem is the first step towards solving it, so maybe now I’ll just fix myself a nice, low-calorie Thomas 100-Calorie English Muffin for breakfast.

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(With, y’know, maybe a dab or two of melted butter.)

See you Monday, to find out how that affects my weight!

Monday Weigh-In: Happy Uncooperative Scales Day!

First, the weigh-in (for all you who are viewing it on a mobile site and don’t have time for all this meme nonsense, harrumph!):

176.6
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Yay! That’s actually quite a lot of weight lost since last week!!

Which is a good thing — don’t think by the post title that I’m complaining! However, *yesterday* (Sunday) morning’s weigh-in was a scary 181.0, which means either:

  1. It’s just normal daily weight fluctuations,
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    OR —
  2. the scales have become sentient and are taunting us!
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Yeah, I can’t think of any other explanations, can you? Plus Mr. 50by60 was disappointed by *his* weigh-in this morning, so y’know, it’s GOTTA be the scales, right? The uncooperative scales! We’ll have to do something about that, I think.

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Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! How’s YOUR Monday goin’?

 

 

Friday Five: Five blogging questions for expert bloggers!

Hey everyone, here I am on yet another Friday when I should have a nice, well-written, meme-intense Friday Five for ya, and yet I’m yawning and scratching and just generally not ready for this AT ALL!

So to any of my readers who are also bloggers, how do YOU do it? What do you do when you’ve made a commitment to blog on certain days, and you get to those days and just don’t feel like blogging?

  1. Do you just get up and write whatever comes into your mind, like a stream of consciousness thing?
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  2. Do you just post a bunch of pictures, with minimal or no comments?
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  3. Do you just say, “Sorry folks, no blog today, see ya next time”?
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  4. Do you prepare “emergency blog posts” ahead of time and keep them in reserve for just such occasions?
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  5. Or do you just not post anything at all, and hope nobody will notice?
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I’m genuinely interested in your answers, suggestions and/or tips! Go on, share your wisdom!

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Thanks, and I’ll see you Monday, when I should be over my temporary writer’s block!

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Monday Weigh-In: Post-Fartlek!

Good morning, everyone, and for those of you who are still struggling to wake up, welcome to Daylight Savings Time 2019!

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We go through this every year, and it never gets easier, does it? Oh well … try to make the best of it! Remember, we’ll get that precious, precious hour returned to us in … oh, let’s see, eight months, I guess.

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Don’t worry, the time’ll just fly by! Meantime, how ’bout that weigh-in?

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Not too shabby! And by the way, remember a couple of weeks ago when I did that post, “Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!“? Well, how in the world did I leave out FARTLEKS??

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I mean, I’ve actually being DOING them! Whenever I go out on my tentative runs — basically, walking for a while — then deciding to run as fast as I can from, say, that rock over there to that palm tree down there — then slowing back down to a walk again. I had no idea that was a “thing”! But apparently it is!

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If you want to do some fartlek training yourself, go for it! It’s easy and fun! And I’ve signed up for my very first 5K, the Dream Mile Color Run/Walk 2019, at the end of this month, so I’m hoping to use my newly discovered fartlek skills to possibly finish in less than a full hour!

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It is, isn’t it? Feel free to say it to someone at work today, then chuckle as they threaten to bring you up on sexual harassment charges! It’s good, clean fun! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday, and don’t worry — you WILL get used to this stupid time change (eventually)!

 

Lazy Friday Five: Recent Hike Photos

Good morning, everyone (yawn)! Don’t know about you, but I’m savoring every second of the last remaining, and rapidly waning, days containing that beautiful extra hour we got last fall, before it’s yanked from our clutching arms!

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So as you can imagine, I’m not too keen on spending too much of that precious, precious time searching for hilarious memes, failing to find them, and having to go to Meme Generator to make them myself.

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So today I thought I’d just share with you five photos I took on some recent hikes, in and around Southern California. ‘Kay? Let’s go!

  1. First one’s at Griffith Park. This is called “Rattlesnake Trail,” but I didn’t see any rattlesnakes, just a buncha squirrels (and people with dogs!). Note the beautiful sunny blue sky! That was nice. Maybe we’ll have another one of those, someday!

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2. Here’s a nice trail out at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA — and yes, that’s snow (or at least the remnants of it) alongside the trail! This is near Big Bear and Arrowhead, so they do get snow down here occasionally.Valyermo 1.jpg

3. A little “hidden creek” right in my own neighborhood! I notice it after rainy days when I’m walking to the grocery store. Looks pretty, but I bet it wreaks havoc on the house it’s attached to!Neighborhood hidden creek 1.jpg

4. The infamous “detour to Hell” on the Sage Ranch Loop Trail in Chatsworth, CA. Actually took TWICE as long as the rest of the trail, even though it was (theoretically) shorter! Not to mention the mud! 03052019 Sage DETOUR SIGN.jpg

5. To recuperate from Sage Ranch, I took a nice leisurely stroll through Reseda Park yesterday, where there was a puddle for every duck!Ducks 1.jpg

That’s all, folks! See you Monday for the incredibly sleep Weigh-in!

Clean Monday: Last Weigh-In Before Pascha!

Good morning, everyone! A happy and blessed “Clean Monday” to my Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic (aka “Orthodox Lite”) friends out there!

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And rather than repeat myself ad nauseum, I’ll just refer you to LAST year’s Clean Monday blog post and let you go on about your day.

Meanwhile, without further adieux, here’s the weigh-in:

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Aw shucks … back in the ’80s! But hey — Lenten fasting is upon us! So obviously that’s a great opportunity to lose some weight … right?

…this is the fundamental basis of Lenten promises. Whatever we give up, we have to ensure that God is kept at the centre of our resolve, and that the primary purpose is to draw near to Him. I will decrease my indulgences or bad habits so that God can increase in glory. NOT: I will decrease my chocolate intake so that I can increase my confidence on the beach, popularity at school or likeness to the celebs.

Oh, OK — and well said! So on that note, whether your Lent starts today, or Wednesday, hope it’s spiritually profitable for you – and not “just another diet”!

Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!

Happy Friday, everybody! Are you ready for something a little … different today?

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Have you ever noticed that some exercises, which may be perfectly nice and normal and good for you, have names which are kinda, um, risqué? Or just plain gross? For example:

  1. Burpees
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    Actually, “burpees” are this full-body exercise where you get down on the ground in a “plank” position, then jump back up again.
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    It looks horrible to me, probably because it is! Still, it’s said to burn a lot of calories, so I may try it someday. Really, really slowly, though.
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  2. Squats
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    Of course, the squat is a legitimate and very healthy exercise. But please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks about … er … something else, when I hear the word.
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  3. Thrusters
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    It’s basically just doing a squat and thrusting your dumbbells into the air. So why does it sound like a potential lawsuit?
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  4. The Snatch
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    Probably getting into NSFW territory, so ’nuff said!!
  5. The Clean and Jerk – 
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    (Honestly, these things kinda write themselves, sometimes!)

That’s it, your grossly disgusting Friday Five! Have a great weekend, everybody — see you Monday for the weigh-in!

 

Post-Road Trip, Pre-Lent Weigh-In

Good morning, everyone!

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Yes, that’s right — as I’ve occasionally mentioned in this blog before, I’m an Eastern Catholic (Byzantine, Ruthenian, Greek Catholic, or whatever). We’re simple folk with different ways, but we’re cool.

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Anyway, the main thing to know about us as it relates to this blog is that even though we’re Catholic, we follow the same basic traditions as the Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was what we call “Meatfare,” or “Farewell, Meat!” (You militant vegans out there should appreciate that since it’s the total, polar opposite of “Meet your Meat.”)

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The idea is that instead of melodramatically going from feast (Mardi Gras) to famine (Ash Wednesday), we kinda slide into the whole fasting thing gently. This week, we give up meat. Next week, after Cheesefare Sunday, we give up … well … everything else, basically!

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That’s right — our Lent officially starts two days BEFORE your Ash Wednesday!

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Anyway, you can read more about the whole Meatfare/Cheesefare Sundays thing here, if you’re so inclined. Meanwhile, I suppose I should get on with the whole weigh-in thing.

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Oh … wait … did I mention I was on a road trip last week? So that might have affected my weight? I mean, I did put the words “Post-Road Trip” in the post title and all, so I probably should at least mention it, right?

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Oh, all right!! Today’s weigh-in is, like people who don’t spout their political opinions to everyone they meet, whether they want to hear them or not (*cough* EVERY DAMN PERSON AT THE OSCARS *cough*), surprisingly neutral!

180.0
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That’s right — it’s EXACTLY the same as it was Monday, before I hit the road for beautiful, sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

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And I did indulge in some non-diet-type foods at the hotel’s fabulous Continental Breakfast Bar.

So I’m actually pretty impressed that I managed to keep the numbers from wildly skyrocketing. I did do some walking (in between the torrential storms) so that probably helped.

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Anyway, that’s it! And I’m going out on a limb AND going on record (hmm, can’t seem to find a meme that combines those two images! how bizarre) to renew my pledge, before God and everybody, to start counting my calories again. To be completely honest, I’d slacked off a bit on actually writing everything down, and keeping a running total in my head. Now that may work for you super math geniuses, but y’know, I’m not one of those.

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So it’s back to pen(cil) and paper for me! Let’s see how that works out. Meanwhile, have a GREAT first week of pre-Lent, everyone! See you Friday for a brand-new Five!

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Weigh-In: Post-Valentine Chocolate Overload Edition!

Welp, good morning, friends & neighbors! Time for my post-Valentine, pre-Road Trip weigh-in. Let’s get this over with quickly, shall we?

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Today’s weigh-in is (gulp):

180.0
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Sigh — up a little since last time!

Oh well, as mentioned above, I’m heading out on yet another one of my famous L.A.-Phoenix Road Trips, which consists mainly of trying to avoid being on the I-10 for any longer than absolutely necessary. Takes a lot longer, but it’s definitely doable, and way more scenic!

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Still, what with all the recent rains we’ve had out here, some of my usual “longcuts” won’t be usable, so I’ll probably have to do the boring Freeway Slog most of the way this time. Yawn!! Oh well, the bright side of any Road Trip is — you  guessed it! — the Hotel Continental Breakfast!

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er … sorry … I meant, of course, the Visit with Family!

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Which is just one of the many exciting things I’ll be doing in beautiful, not-at-all-boring Phoenix this week. I won’t be doing my Friday Five post, though, since Friday morning’s the day I get up early-early-early to start heading back. So you’ll just have to make this one do till next Monday.

Oh well, given that I’ve been super-late with my LAST two Friday Fives, I don’t think you’ll be too upset! Anyway, that’s the Weigh-In, and now I’m gonna get behind the wheel and take out my frustrations on the road!

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Have a great week, everyone — see ya next Monday!