Time for a Thanksgiving Blogging Break!!

Good morning, everyone! Since one turkey has been pardoned this week …

and since Thanksgiving 2020 looks to be, well, pretty much the way the rest of 2020 has been around the country …

I, for one, am MORE than ready to take my annual Holiday Diet Break!!

Of course, I may still check in from time to time here, even if I don’t post my weight stats till after January 1st, ’cause you never know what’s next in this crazy year!

Meanwhile, let me just wish all my loyal readers (you, and you, and, um, let’s see, oh yeah, you, I guess) a very happy Thanksgiving — you are hereby REPRIEVED from your dieting duties (temporarily anyway!)!

Oh, and P.S. (’cause I just HAVE to get one last one in!) —

The easiest Overnight Oats recipe you’ll ever find!

Hey, everyone! Without further adieux, I’m thrilled to report that the needle has finally moved! Drum roll please — today’s weigh-in:

196.0

Now that’s pretty cool, right? Three whoppin’ pounds down since last week’s near-200 squeaker!

Yes, in addition to (and perhaps even related to) my weight loss, I’ve also made a major life decision!


Well duh, but you already figured that out, right? No, the other big life decision is, I’m a vegan (again!)!

And this makes — let’s see — oh geez, at least the third time I’ve tried it during my lifetime. Back in the ’80s I lived for a while under the influence of some hipsters (well, they seemed hip at the time) who were granola-munching vegetarians.

But once I moved out and got my own place, I went right back to the hard stuff!

Then in the early part of the century (the current one!), shortly after my marriage to the longsuffering Mr. 50by60, I tried it again. On the one hand, it helped that, as a pierogi-munching Byzantine Catholic, he knew some good vegan recipes, since Eastern Catholics, as well as their estranged cousins, the Orthodox, go semi-vegan twice a year.

But it was really hard to find good meat and cheese substitutes back then, in the Dark Ages, P.D. (Pre-Daiya)! And after a long, arduous Amtrak train trip when Mr. 50’s menu featured luscious, well-cooked pasta with cheese, chicken, salmon, etc. and my vegan option was basically “yellow fake meat patty with rice” meal after meal after meal … I broke!

Yeah, I went back to the yummy dead animal carcasses and excretions! But long blog post even longer, two weeks ago I read Jonathan Safran Foer‘s new book, Eating Animals, and by the time I finished, I was done — and I done gone vegan again!

Well, not quite — there’s still that Overnight Oats recipe I promised in the title! See, I love oatmeal, but as we all know, as good as it is for you, it also has loads of calories! I decided to try this Overnight Oats thing I kept hearing about, but every recipe I found seemed to have a long list of ingredients, which always irritates me. Just give me the basic concept, and let me figure it out from there!

And the fact is, making oatmeal overnight is easy peasy lemon squeezy — although I don’t recommend adding lemon!

No, the basic and EASIEST O.O. recipe is the concept behind it! Basically, you just take one serving of oatmeal — say 1/4th of a cup — and put it into some kind of container, with a lid. THEN you add water — when I made it the other day, I put 3/4s of a cup. And THEN — you put the lid on the container, stick it in the fridge, and sleep the sleep of the just!

When you wake up in the morning and go check your container, you’ll be thrilled to find that science has, once again, proved correct, and that OATS plus WATER plus TIME equals an EXPANDED container of oatmeal which should last you for a few days!

Now, as Mr. 50by60 pointed out, it’ll be cold from being in the fridge, but you can easily just dollop out the amount you plan to eat and heat it up in the microwave or on the stovetop. That’s also a great time to add in your plant butter, sugar, etc. (Remember, though, even though sugar is “plant-based,” that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly become your best friend! Use it with caution!)

So there ya go (pant pant), a super long blog post with a somewhat anticlimactic sort-of recipe at the end, but y’know, you’re not paying for this so go complain elsewhere, ‘kay?

Ooh, sorry ’bout that! Well, that’s what happens when I don’t have my cofveve before blogging! I’ll do better next week, promise! Meantime, have a FANTABULOUS week, and remember — 2020’s almost OVER!!

Never, Ever Give Up! (unless you lost, duh)

So last week there was this election, and after all the dust settled and the votes were counted (even the “legal” ones), we have a new Hair Sniffer in Chief!

But in case you hadn’t heard, the currently reigning Infector in Chief has, so far, refused to concede.

And you can’t blame him — I mean, what with all the accusations of voter fraud out there. Sure, pretty much all of them are based on hearsay and unfounded assertions, but there’s gotta be SOMETHING, right?

Well, it’s all a tempest in a teapot, but if there’s one thing I agree with Current Prez about, it’s that there are some battles that are so important you just can’t bring yourself to lose gracefully.

No, you go down fighting! And that’s how it is with me and the Battle of the Bulge! Yes, my weight has been pushing slowly upwards, ever upwards, for months now —

— and sure, today’s weight is a tad up, again —

198.8

— but as we all learned from that fine documentary series, The Office:

And y/know, Michael Scott was right! As long as I can afford to pay for this verkakte blog which, yes, I actually have to pay a yearly stipend for it because SOMEBODY didn’t think to include “free blog sites” in any of their stimulus packages —

— I’ll keep counting the calories and hoping for the best! Meantime, let’s continue to hope that as we edge closer, ever closer, to that Big Giant Holiday Season,

I’ll be able to at least hold the fat at bay, long enough to get to the ever-popular New Year’s Resolution, which in 2021 is probably going to be something like:

Meanwhile, have a great week, and remember, count every calorie!!

(Oh and by the way, a HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY to all youse guys and gals!)

Now the news you’ve REALLY been waiting for — did I lose any weight this week??

Hey, I know we’re all excited about the presidential election,

but if you can just keep your nail-biting to a minimum for a few minutes, let me give you the REALLY important news of the day:

198.2

Well, down a pound … not quite what I was hoping for, but better than I expected, especially given that last week was, as you know, All Hallows Eve, which, of course, means lots of yummy, healthy CHOCOLATE!!

So between that and all the comfort food that at least 50% of the people in our household (hang on, let me count — one, two — yeah, that’s about right) will be indulging in over the results of that election, I’d say that’s not too shabby!

Oh, and also, Mr. 50by60 and I finally got to the series finale of Desperate Housewives last night.

Which not only meant saying farewell to what was a fun but, let’s face it, kind of a dippy series …

… but also a very real farewell to Kathryn Joosten, the actress who played my favorite character, Karen McCluskey.

So between that and … well … whatever THIS is …

I’m just happy my weight didn’t zoom right back up to 262!!

No worries — now that the weather’s cooling off,

I’ve been able to do more walks and even (gasp) a little running!

So hopefully that’ll begin to result in …

Yeah, well, of course, but also, perhaps …

… a bit of a loss next week? Anyway, I’ll keep my fingers crossed and let you know! Meanwhile, don’t let it get to you.

It’s gonna be okay — we’ll get through this, no matter what!

*oh, and fun fact which I’m REALLY annoyed I didn’t realize till after we watched the entire series — “Karen’s” late-in-life love, “Roy,” was played by Orson Bean, who was, among other things the father-in-law of Andrew Breitbart! How did I miss that? Anyway, RIP to both of ’em!

Hang in there … it’s almost over!!

Well, hey, friends and neighborinos! Welcome aboard! Glad to have you around for this, the penultimate Blog Before The Election! And this election especially makes us SO happy to be Americans, doesn’t it? Er … show of hands? Anyone?

Well, I don’t think it’s QUITE that bad, Your Highness! Still happy to have those free elections, not being required to join the Church of England, etc.!

Still, it’s a stressful time for a lot of people, so with that in mind, let’s just get this out of the WEIGH, shall we? (get it? WEIGH?)

Er anyway, without further adieux (hee hee!), it’s

197.2

And boy howdy, it’s nice to see them numbers headin’ downwards for a change, ain’t it? We’ll see if it lasts during the next few nail-biting days!

Meanwhile, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that tomorrow is my hubby’s birthday, so happy birthday, Mr. 50by60! Lookin’ good there!

Oh, and just FYI, this year Mr. 50 and I are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, which sounds bad, but look at it this way — when all the dust settles and we figure out who won, 50% of our household will be celebrating.

So whatever side of the political divide YOU’RE on, rest assured you’ll still be welcome here next week! If you’re happy, great! If you’re not, well …

And remember, we have to go through this again in four years, so ya better start preparing yourself now!

See you next week and remember, no matter WHO wins or loses, count them calories — it’s the only WEIGH!!

So what are you doing for Hallowe’en this year?

Well, the weight isn’t changing much — up a little, down a little, up a little — basically holding steady at:

197.8

No complaints from me, though, as long as it stays under the dreaded 200!

Which brings me to a not entirely unrelated question — what are YOU doing for/about Hallowe’en? Every year before this, Mr. 50by60 and I have miscalculated, either buying too much candy and getting NO trick or treaters, or not buying any and getting inundated. This year being 2020, of course, we really don’t know what to expect, although we’re looking online for ideas.

Now, I know there are some parents who are still thinking of letting their kids go out for candy, even though it’s officially being discouraged. And as that neighbor who usually overbuys, I kinda want to encourage them, so I’ll have that legitimate, socially sanctioned excuse to buy three giant bags of tiny Three Musketeers bars!

On the other hand, as a respected weight loss blogger (and never mind that I haven’t lost more than a pound or two since the pandemic started!), I should be setting an example, right? I should be “that neighbor” who only gives out healthy stuff, like toothbrushes and Bible tracts!

Well, yeah, but eggs are good for you! Bring ’em on, I say

So anyway, getting back to my original question, in as circuitous and Byzantine a fashion as possible…

… what are YOU planning to do for Hallowe’en? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a wonderful week (even though … yes … it is STILL 2020)!

Who cares if it’s still 2020? It’s PUMPKIN SPICE TIME, y’all!

Sorry to it’s report it’s still (checks watch) 2020, but in spite of the fact that yeah, it’s STILL 2020 (c’mon, Father Time, what ARE you thinking??), that doesn’t negate the fact that everyone’s favorite time of year is here, and that time, of course, is PUMPKIN SPICE TIME YAYYY!!

Sure, it’s still over 100 degrees, and sure, it’s, um, still 2020 … but ya know, everything seems just a little bit brighter when that unmistakable odor drifts through your face mask and into your nostrils, doesn’t it?

And even though I’m (yay!) down a whole pound this week —

197.4

I’m pretty sure it’ll fluctuate right back up a little in the next week or so, because y’know …

So you know what? The H-E-DOUBLE-TOOTHPICKS with 2020, my friends! Break out the pumpkin spice, sprinkle a whole bunch of cinnamon around the house, and rev up your engines, ’cause yeah … it may still be 2020 …

but all those yummy, gorgeous, tasty, stinky

holidays are right around the corner! And this year ESPECIALLY, we really need ’em, don’t we? So give yourself permission to relax a little bit over the next few weeks. Sure, we’ll probably wind up gaining even more poundage than we already have in this, the Year of Our Lord 20–

— 20, but so be it! Plenty of time to lose it NEXT year, right? I mean, assuming there IS a next year, and we’re not just stuck in some horrible time loop where, on December 31, 2020, the clock strikes midnight and then rolls right back around to January 1, 2020. That’s not what’s happening, is it? IS IT??

Well … probably not! But y’know, I don’t know about you, but until that wonderful moment, I’m not gonna take anything for granted. And I AM going to have that Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, even if it IS 12,000 calories!

Okay, okay … it’s not THAT bad, right? Anyway, I lost a pound this week, and pumpkin spice is all around us, so ENJOY! and I’ll see you next week!

Oh well, at least fat isn’t contagious!

This will be short – I’m running late!

Sorry to report this, but my weight

is UP a bit, to:

198.8

Still, there’s one thought that gives me relief:

I’m not contagious – so I can’t cause grief, like, oh, I dunno …

(Sorry for the short post — hope you have a great week!)

Post-Debate Special: More Uses for Plain Greek Yogurt!

Yes, yes, I’m sure we all enjoyed watched that exciting, never-a-dull-moment debate last night!!

The debate, in a nutshell! nyuk nyuk!

and we’re all ready for more excitement this morning, so with that thought in mind, let’s get right to the Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In!

Today’s weigh-in:

Hey, that’s okay, I’ll take “same” instead of “gain” any day of the week!

Sure, or even Tuesday Weld, who was wayyyy before your time, but y’know, anything for a laugh, right?

And since that’s as political as I really want to get today, let’s focus on something REALLY important: more uses for plain Greek yogurt!

Obi Wan is right — there’s TONS (or ‘tonnes’ for my British/Canadian/lousy speller friends!) of uses for that weird tasting plain yogurt besides dumping Ranch Dressing powder in it, like I suggested last week! Here’s just a few, just off the top of my head:

  1. Use instead of mayonnaise or sour cream in pretty much ANYTHING. I love to make tuna salad with mayo or sour cream, but the calories, eek! So just use a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt instead, then sprinkle on your onion salt, celery salt, and/or whatever you like to put in your tuna salad.
  2. Mix in some raisins. I get those big bags of cute little 45-calorie boxes of raisins, and dump them into salads, yogurts, etc. An 80-calorie yogurt with a 45-calorie box of raisins is, er, let’s see …

… well, anyway, it’s less than 150 calories, that’s for sure! Which is pretty sweet for a breakfast treat!

3. Mix in pretty much any other kind of fruit! Blueberries, strawberries, etc. – whatever you like!

4. Add a little sugar. Yes, real sugar! One teaspoon is 15 calories, so sprinkle that in, add a dab of vanilla extract, and voila, you’ve got a yummy vanilla yogurt for less than 100 calories!

Oh all right, enough with the math! Listen, if you want more ideas for plain Yogurt, here’s a great article at Today.com with way more (and better) suggestions for you to peruse: Yogurt is not just for breakfast! 53 ways to use this magical ingredients

Enjoy — and let me know what you think, in the comments! Did author Karen B. Gibbs cover your favorite idea, or do you want to add a #54?? Go for it, and I’ll highlight your ideas in NEXT week’s post!

Have a great week!

Proof that I CAN create a non-controversial post, once in a blue moon!

Well, hello everyone! Yeah, I get that we’re all tired of controversial posts about politics, religion, etc.

So how’s about a nice post about something actually related to DIETING for a change, eh?

First of all, here’s the weigh-in:

196.4

Cool, a pound down!! Of course, I was here a few weeks ago and it went right back up the next week. Still, I’ve been doing much better at following my own advice, writing down the calories and weighing myself every morning.

Maybe if I just persevere a little longer, I can continue the downward trend and (dare I say it out loud, in this destined-to-go-down-in-history Year 2020?) actually get back to where I was just a few short months ago?

Meanwhile, here’s an actual, genuine diet tip! Do you love Ranch dressing as much as I do?

Well, the thing with Ranch dressing is that if it’s any good, it’s gonna be fairly high in calories and fat. However, I discovered something AWESOME last week: you can mix genuine Ranch dressing powder into plain, 80-calorie Greek yogurt, and it tastes FABULOSO!!

(p.s. special thanks to Mr. 50by60 for the suggestion on how to combine these images!)

And yes, it’s true that other, better weight-loss bloggers already figured this out a long time ago, like the Sparkpeople. But y’know, we each have to make these discoveries for ourselves!

So if you’re someone who loves dipping stuff into Ranch dressing, grab a bag of something crunchy, like some baby carrots or low-calorie potato chips (you can even make your own!) and dip to your heart’s content!

Got any other low-calorie substitutes you’d like to share? Post ’em in the comments below and I’ll discuss them in next week’s post!

That’s it — thanks for reading! Join me next week for your favorite, almost entirely noncontroversial diet blog!