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!

Doctor Who, “Partners in Crime,” Catherine Tate & David Tennant

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!

 

Monday weigh with bonus political AND religious commentary! Booyah!

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

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Got me some stuff to do today so just gonna post the weigh-in:

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Welp, still circlin’ the maintenance drain out here at beautiful Plateau Point.

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But hey, that’s OK! I’m actually happy with that number, as it zoomed up to a whopping 187 the day after the Fourth, when we visited relatives and happily chowed down on hot dogs, pizza, gossip, etc.

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Oh, and we had a couple o’earthquakes this week, in case you didn’t hear (or feel) — and btw, reliable ol’ Pat Robertson decided to cheer us up by reassuring us that hey, nothin’ to worry about — that’s just God applauding for President Trump’s 4th of July parade!

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I mean, even if that were true, there weren’t any parades on Friday when the 7.1 hit, were they?

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Oh well — seriously gotta run now! Hope you have a great week!

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Are the numbers going the wrong way, or am I?

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Well, like the great Wrongway Feldman, I came to an important realization this morning when I did my weigh-in, as follows:

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It’s that I’m no longer in weight LOSS mode — I’m in weight MAINTENANCE mode. And that’s a very different space!

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It also makes the daily weight check a lot less stressful. Instead of worrying, as I did this morning, because my FIRST try at weighing in showed a whopping 185.4, and the SECOND, just a few seconds later, showed 184.0, that perhaps the battery was going bad, I should just adopt Mr. 50by60’s sage philosophy:

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Wise words! So I’ll still weigh myself every week, but I won’t get all bent out of shape if it seems to be going in the wrong direction. At least, to paraphrase Wrong Way Corrigan (the real-life inspiration for Wrongway Feldman), that’s what I’m gonna say, till I believe it!

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Have a great week, everyone! See you next week for — oh, let’s see — how’s about “Maintenance Monday”??

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Yeah, that’s a good one! OK, have a great week! (OH and almost forgot — HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my friends above the border!)

 

Why “Yogurtland” may not be your best choice for low-calorie summer eatin’

Today’s weight —

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is REALLY irritating me because for the past four days it’s been about 3 pounds LESS than that, and I was sure this morning was going to be in that same range! Wha’happened??

Well, according to my ol’ pal Jay’s article, “Why Am I Not Losing Weight? Every Possible Reason, it’s possible it could be a water imbalance or something. I mean, that trip to Yogurtland Saturday couldn’t have had anything to do with it, right?

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Oh, er, yeah, did I forget to mention that? Well, OK, I guess that could theoretically have something to do with it as well!

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Well, what can I say? It was hot, and they have cool stuff! OK, OK, I guess I should find some lower-calorie substitute! Maybe I can get some Chobani and toss it in our freezer. Not quite the same, but still cool, right?

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Anyway, I’ll do SOME kinda workaround, and meanwhile, at least I had a loss and not a gain, right? I oughta be happy about that, at least! And I am! It’s just that I haven’t had my morning covfefe yet.

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So I’m gonna go do that, and maybe feed the cat,

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so you go off and have a wonderful Monday, if such things are possible! See ya next week!