True Confessions of a Weight Loss Blogger!

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Yikes! Sorry to be late checking in! I was on vacation last week in beautiful, sunny Arizona (because of course, where else would anyone go for vacation in early September?) and what with visiting all the relatives and noshing on the fabulous La Quinta continental breakfast every morning…

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I just never got around to blogging! So here ya go, after two weeks, my weight is:

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Which looks good, right? I mean, it’s actually LESS than when I left on vacation, right? Welllll … I have to confess there’s another reason I didn’t blog my weight last week.

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The truth is … my weight was over 190 pounds!!

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Yeah, it’s true. It was actually (sigh) 190.8! And it’s the first time it’s gone over 190 in a long, long time. And to be honest … I was kinda embarrassed about it. I mean, after all, I’m a rich, successful, marginally competent weight loss blogger!

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I know, I know! So I should have just posted it and let the chips fall where they may. (Mmm … chips … )

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So anyway, yeah, what with the train trip in August and the Arizona road trip last week, I kinda let my diet train get derailed.

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But I’m back on track now! I’ve been counting my calories (sort of) and exercising a lot (sort of) and I fully expect that NEXT week, I will have lost at LEAST one full pound (sort of)! And if I don’t, I PROMISE I’ll blog about it anyway, because misery loves company, right? I mean, not that I want you to be miserable, but hey, I’m sure as one of my many loyal readers, you’ll jump right off that cliff with me. Right? (ahem) I said, right?

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Well, um, that’s encouraging, I guess! Anyway, like I said, I’ll be back next week with another weigh-in, and NO excuses!

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See ya next Wednesday!

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Sigh…okay, back to the grind, then!

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Yeah, the bad news is:

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Yikes! Well, that’s what happens when you (a) don’t count your calories and (b) spend a whole lotta time with your feet up on your comfy recliner binge-watching “30 Rock” during the “dog days” of summer!

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The good news is, it’s a wake-up call to get back to the basics:

1. Count my calories,

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2. Eat right,

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and of course,

3. Exercise!

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No excuses! And I’m gonna get started…right AFTER my planned vacation, which starts, er, today! and hey, it’s in Phoenix, Arizona, so maybe the pounds will MELT off!

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So I’ll try to spend the next week eating sensibly, yada yada yada, and we’ll see what happens.

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(my NEXT binge watch??)

Have a great week!

On vacay! See you in September!

Hey everyone, I’m taking a little blogging break so I can enjoy the last few waning days of summer! Will be back and weighing* in on ALL sorts of topics sometime in September.

Hope you’re enjoying some well-deserved summer relaxation — if not, please accept my heartfelt sympathies! Maybe you can at least do a mini-staycay of some sort!

See you in September, everyone!

A little up, a little down – it’s all good!

Up a little this morning:

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but ya know, it’s OK! I did a whole bunch of long walks last week, mostly alone but one with Mr. 50by60, just around the neighborhood, enjoying all the fresh graffiti.

So that’s something we both enjoy! And over the next few days, we’ll be doing something ELSE we both enjoy on a regular basis!

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That’s right — we’re going on another train trip!

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[off-stage whispers]

You thought WHAT?? Oh come on, get your minds outta the gutter!

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Anyway, we’re taking the fabulous Amtrak Coast Starlight up to Olympia, Washington for a church thingy, which should be lots of fun (as long as I don’t run into anyone who’s heard about my recent rants against church men telling church women how to dress and behave)!

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And of course, being on the train, and then at a hotel, and then at a church thingy, means pretty much the same thing to us lifelong dieters:

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So I might not do a weigh-in next week! I’ll do some sort of post, though, to let you know how the trip went, and maybe share some photos too. Meanwhile, hope YOU have a great week, and remember:

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3 Signs You Should Step Off the Scale (Shared post from MyFitnessPal)

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Good morning, everyone! Here’s an excellent post from My Fitness Pal which really resonated with me this morning. Enjoy!

Should You Weigh Yourself? 3 Signs to Step Off the Scale

by Elizabeth Millard

Daily weigh-ins can be a valuable tool in understanding where you are in terms of a goal. But for me, and for many others, it can also become a source of anxiety and frustration.

Here are three signs you might want to put the scale away for at least a little while:

You can read the rest here! And after reading this, I think I am going to take a break from the daily weigh-ins. Maybe the best thing to do is focus on our overall health and enjoyment of life, and not let the numbers dictate our feelings.

As Elizabeth points out in the article:

After I stepped away from the scale for a while, I ended up going back with a better strategy and attitude. I chose to weigh myself weekly instead of daily, and to use that number as a guide that could help me tweak my caloric intake and activity levels — not as a set on an emotional roller coaster.

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Makes a lot of sense! Hopefully, this article will give you something to think about as well.

Hope you enjoyed this “surprise” mid-week post — see you next Tuesday for the weigh-in!

Another week fighting the fat (and patriarchy)!

Good morning, and happy Tuesday, everyone! First of all, I wanted to express my sympathies to all the victims of gun violence over the past few days. It’s heart-wrenching and happens all too often. Let’s see if we can do anything useful about it *this* time, ok?

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Anyway, my weight remains steady:

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in spite of (or perhaps because of) a week spent arguing against patriarchy within my beloved Byzantine Catholic church. Specifically, one of *our* priests (gasp!) posting propaganda videos for something called “The New Emangelization Project.” (Go ahead … read it! I’ll wait)

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I know, right? Anyway, it’s not like the whole idea of “men do this, women do that” isn’t already pretty much baked into Church teaching … I get that. However, this particular group was apparently founded specifically by the very manly Cardinal Raymond Burke:

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to push the idea that all the problems in the Church today — especially the child abuse scandals — are happening because of (brace yourself) WOMEN!

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Yeah, that’s right! If all those pushy women hadn’t been pushing their way forward from the back of the bus, er, church, and demanding the right to stand somewhere in the vicinity of the altar so they, too, could wear long dresses and lace in front of God, then the good Christian men wearing all those long dresses and lace wouldn’t have abused all those little kids!

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Also, he wants women to stop wearing clothes he doesn’t approve of, because it makes him nervous.

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Anyway, that’s what I’m on about now. And yeah, I realize fighting patriarchy within the Catholic Church is an unwinnable fight. But hey, I figure I’ve got at least as much of a chance of winning that one as Americans have of ending violent mass shootings within our lifetimes. So it’s worth a shot! (get it?)

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And yeah, I’m following through on my suggestion a few weeks ago that this blog might indeed transition into something a bit more political! Let me know what you think! Meanwhile, have a good, safe, and PEACEFUL week, my sisters and my brothers!

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Same Ol’ Same Ol’!

Hey guys! Gotta make this a quickie weigh-in as I’m off to do some errands, churchy-type stuff, etc. Here we go:

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Same as last week … oh well, I kinda thought with all the walking I’d been doing, not to mention actually writing down my calories (for at least a couple of days!), it’d be down a little.

Oh well! As I have to keep reminding myself, the numbers on the scale ain’t everything!

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That’s right! Plus my other “non-scale” victories are holding firm, like being able to wear “normal” clothes, being able to go out and do long walks (which I still love, when it’s not 150 degrees outside!), etc.

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So overall, I’m actually feeling like my body is happy at this weight. And if my body’s happy, I’m happy!

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Listen to the whole song here and dance your way to work! https://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM

Anyway, as aforementioned, gotta run! See y’all next week!

 

Procrastination never works, amiright?

Hi everyone! Mr. 50by60 and I had a nice weekend, participating in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim, California. And of course, when church-y people celebrate anything, there’s inevitably FOOD involved.

So, I held off an extra day for the weigh-in because I thought that would give my weight a chance to settle back down a bit, after not one but TWO days’ worth of food.

Yeah, I don’t think it made all that much difference! So …

here’s the weigh-in:

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Oh well — the GOOD news is that even though our own beloved pastor is retiring this weekend, he’s made it abundantly clear that he does NOT want or expect a potluck! And of course, being good, obedient Catholics, we always do what our priest tells us, so there shouldn’t be any more fattening food to deal with this weekend.

And just a reminder, I’ve decided to shift the weigh-in from Mondays to Tuesdays for a while, to see if that makes any difference. Obviously, it didn’t THIS week, so as usual, everything’s subject to change — including yours truly, nyuk nyuk!

Oh well — see ya next TUESDAY and we’ll see how things go!

Ch-ch-ch-changes (again!) – brace yourselves!

Hey everyone, due to an excess of church potlucks and other high-fat-content food-laced events on weekends, I’ve decided to shift my weigh-in (and blog) day from Mondays till Tuesdays.

It’s either that or change religions, and since I understand other religions also embrace food, that may not work, diet-wise.

Also, I gotta go pick up our cat from the kennel.

See ya tomorrow!

Is it possible to get TOO much sunshine? Naahh…well, maybe!

As those of you who know me know quite well, I’m a big fan of sunshine and blue skies! I also love hot days, especially when it’s NOT a hot day and I’m shivering and drinking hot chocolate and wondering if the temperature will EVER go over 60 degrees, ever again.

Well, it has…and baby it’s HOT outside! But that didn’t deter me from weighing myself this morning, before making my preparations for the rest of the day!

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Yeah, that two-tenths of a pound has been bouncin’ around my bod for quite a while now. Feel free to find a new home, little fat globule!

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Anyway, this somewhat disjointed post has been brought to you by the fact that it’s only 8:30 a.m. and it’s already hot!! So today may well be the day I revisit the fabulous Gym With A Pool in the achingly beautiful San Fernando Valley.

If, that is, I can bring myself to leave the comfort of my air conditioned room. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, have a great week, everyone — and stay cool!