Why it’s a good idea to weigh yourself every day

Good morning, everyone! Yes, it’s Monday again, and time for the weekly weigh-in. Ready? Here we go!

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Hmm, let’s see … last week, it was 183.6, so I’m up 0.8 pounds. Should I be concerned?

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Nah, definitely not! And here’s why: even though I only post my WEEKLY weigh-in here on this blog, I’ve been weighing myself DAILY for quite some time. I can tell you from personal experience that it really does make a difference in how you deal with these minor weight fluctuations. And it’s really easy to do, too. I just buy these cheap-y magnetic pads and write my weight on it every morning before breakfast.

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See how it started out at 183.6, then went up a little, down a little, etc.? Chances are excellent that tomorrow, and/or later in the coming week, it’s gonna go down again. Ever heard the old saying, “God writes straight with crooked lines”?*

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Well, weight loss is kinda the same way! Once you start keeping yourself in a calorie deficit (by whatever method works for you), the weight WILL start going in a downward trend. It’ll take some time, and there’ll be some ups and downs and zigzags along the way ’cause, well, we’re humans, not machines!

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So don’t let those little fluctuations get to you. Just keep doing what you know you should be doing, and have faith* in the process — it’ll work! Just keep at it!

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Have a great week, everyone!

*oh, and even though, as I’ve said before, this isn’t a religious blog, I personally don’t think I would have been able to do this without God’s help, so sue me! I could use the publicity, nyuk nyuk!

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A few good reasons NOT to go to the gym today (even if you love your gym)!

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Uh, yeah, time to get to work, huh? OK (yawn, stretch) hang on! Sorry, I should be more awake than this — I did go to the gym yesterday, after all (hi, Kaily, Charles, and Nathan at Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, here’s your shout-out, as promised!).

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And I’m glad I went — it’s been a while, and I was beginning to worry I wasn’t getting enough use out of my pretty purple key fob.

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Actually, EVERYTHING there is purple … the signs on the doors:

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… the workout equipment …

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… and of course, the weight lifters’ faces.

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So it’s a good gym, and I have no complaints about it. However, I haven’t been using it much lately, nor any other gym, for one very good reason: THE WEATHER! Yes, as I mentioned last time, it’s finally FALL/AUTUMN (depending on your personal vocabulary preferences) with the cooler temperatures to go with it! Which means my PRIMARY reason for keeping my gym membership(s) active — the hot weather —

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is no longer viable! (Ooh, there’s another good vocabulary word for you! Who said this blog isn’t educational?)

So anyway, with temps going down, along with my weight (yay!), my energy levels are rising slightly, just enough to make me want to exercise, all right — but NOT indoors, or on a machine! That’s right — instead of walking on a treadmill, I walk OUTSIDE!

 

And instead of riding a stationary bike, I ride a REAL BIKE!

 

You can do all sorts of other “gym” exercises outside too, like carrying heavy stuff around:

Or just go for a long walk amongst the crunchy fall (autumn!) leaves!

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Whatever you decide to do, just remember: exercise is simply moving your body (preferably off the couch) in some way — whether it’s in a gym or outdoors, in the cheap showiness of nature, it’s all good! So find a way to move around today — indoors or outdoors — and enjoy this beautiful fall/autumn weather!

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Monday Weigh-In: Finally, Fall!

And the first thing that’s falling is — my weight! Let’s start with that, shall we? ‘Cause I’m pretty happy about it! Remember last week when I was up to 186.2, post-potluck? Well, feast your orbs on THIS!

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Yes, the weight is falling — and that’s appropriate, ’cause it’s finally FALL, y’all!

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OK, yeah, I know, Fall actually started a couple of weeks ago (September 22, to be exact), but out here in sunny Southern Cal, the temps were still climbing up into the 90s (even close to 100) for several days after September 22, 2018.

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So it didn’t really feel “fall-like” (or “autumnal” for those of you still trying to expand your vocabulary — never too late to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions!) if you know what I mean — till this morning, when the thermometer finally broke the 60-degrees barrier.

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Yes, it’s a chilly 57° Fahrenheit out here in the Valley, and while those of you in West Yellowstone, Montana (current temp: 28° F) and the Vostok Station in Antarctica (current temp: -62° F) may sneer at the idea that 57° F is in any way “cold,” it’s definitely coldER than we’ve been used to for quite a while!

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And as I always say (well, as I always say NOW, because I’ve started exercising!), cold weather is great walking (and biking) weather! So no matter how cold it is where you are — even if it’s colder than 57° F, which is hard to imagine …

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… why not go outside today and walk, run, bike or just generally move around a bit? You’ll warm up in no time!

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And oh yeah, a belated happy Fall, y’all! Get ready for the deluge!

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Friday Five: A little late and a little short!

Hmm, I keep calling these posts the “Friday Five,” even though, from time to time, I can’t come up with five things. Wonder why?

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Yeah, but as Homer Simpson once said, “Hope springs internal,” so I’ll keep giving it the ol’ college try!

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Anyway, without actually getting into the numbers game, I did a lot of walking and BIKING this week! I’m particularly proud of the latter because I’ve been letting my poor ol’ cruiser languish in the garage for months, not even taking it out to wipe off the spiders.

But last week I decided it was time, so I’ve been puttering around the Valley (or at least my part of it) and getting slightly better at dodging traffic, not to mention running errands — groceries, post office, etc.

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So it’s been a productive week all around, and I’m looking forward to more bike/walk adventures in the near future (though preferably not at the same time)!

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That’s it — I guess the Friday Five will just be five memes, loosely connected by the fact that they’re on my page! Oh well, I’ll be back Monday with a weigh-in — a good one this time, I hope! Have a great weekend (and try to get outdoors, if you can)!

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Rhymin’ Monday Weigh-in: The Plot Thickens (and so does the blogger)!

Yeah yeah yeah, I admit it: two potlucks in one weekend is probably NOT the best strategy for someone who’s actively trying to lose weight. As proof, I offer you the following evidence:

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Yeah, the weight went up a bit! Not surprising, and I’m NOT worried about it (much), because I know the rest of the week I’m gonna go back to my regular eating/exercising routine.

BUT it is a good reminder — the reason so many people (including me, the previous times I did this) regain their weight after a successful loss is — we get complacent.

We stop tracking our food, our calories, our weight. We think, “Hey, I lost all that weight — whew! Good for me! Now I can relax and start eating what I want again!” We think we’re finished!

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Well, guess what? If we want to keep the weight off for a significant chunk of time, no, we’re not finished. It’s an ongoing struggle. We have to keep counting the calories (or the POINTS! if you’re a Weight Watcher), keeping an eye on the food labels, etc.

Like those tricky “per serving” scams. I saw a chocolate bar the other day that said it had 100 calories, and was about to buy it when I checked the label. Guess what? They’d somehow managed to get four, count ’em FOUR servings into that tiny little bar which I would’ve just scarfed up in one bite! At 100 calories per serving, that would’ve basically been my entire meal, and no it wouldn’t have been worth it!

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Heh, well, I wouldn’t count on it — those food label writers are notoriously tricky! You just gotta be on the watch all the time!

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Hmm, well, let’s hope that’s not the case! But that’s why it’s also a good idea to make more homemade stuff. When you put in all the ingrediments yourself, you have a way more realistic idea of what the nutrition facts are than if you just trust some robot in a factory somewhere in Elbonia.

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So that’s it, my Diet Wisdom for a Monday! Hope your day and your week go well. I’m off for a long walk, and hopefully some of those Potluck Pounds will hit the road by next week!

Friday Five: Now we’re cookin’ with gas (and Spam)!

Happy Friday, everyone, and BOY, have I got a busy day ahead of me! I’m doing a LOT of cooking for two big events this weekend. First, tomorrow (Saturday), Mr. 50by60’s side of the family will be getting together to celebrate a bunch of birthdays.

I should explain that Mr. 50by60 is one of SEVEN brothers!

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So naturally, his mom feels it’s over her pay grade to remember all their birthdays. She likes to just get ’em all over with at once, and I can’t say I blame her! Anyway, MY mom gave me her patented recipe for “Spam loaf,” so that’ll be my contribution to the mix, sort of from one mother-in-law to another.

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Second, we’ve got ANOTHER big church potluck on Sunday! And those of you who know me and/or who’ve read this blog before know that means only one thing:

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So here ya go, for this week’s Friday Five: four recipes I’m gonna make today, plus one variation you might want to try – enjoy!

  1. Mom’s Spam Loaf!
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  2. Aunt Chrissy’s Key Lime Pie! It’s the best, trust me!!
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  3. And you might want to try this little variation on #2: Orange Pie. I made it a couple of years ago and it turned out pretty good. Basically, it’s EXACTLY the same recipe as my Key Lime Pie, except you MUST add sugar, like maybe half a cup per pie. Also, taste the mixture before you bake it, ’cause fresh unsweetened oranges are almost as tart as lemons, in case you hadn’t noticed.
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  4. Key Lime Pie (low calorie)
    I’ve actually seen a few different versions of this, but the main difference seems to be that different sites recommend specific brands for the pie crust, the yogurt, or the gelatin. However, the BASIC recipe is the same. This Weight Watchers version from geniuskitchen.com is as simple as it gets:

  5. Aunt Chrissy’s Parmesan Crisps — mmm good!
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And there you go, five more or less great recipes you can try — and save!

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Let me know if you make any of these yourself, and send me a picture — I’ll put it in a future post!

Thanks, everyone! Hope YOUR weekend has some family, food, and/or fun! See you Monday for the post-potluck weigh-in!

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Rhymin’ Monday Weigh-in: Late start!

Hey, everybody … (yawn) …. what, is it Monday already? (double yawn)

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sorry for the late start … (yawn) … what can I say? It’s cloudy and I haven’t had my cofveve yet. Hang on a sec, OK?

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A’right, lessee … weigh-in, weigh-in … yeah, I got that around here somewhere … here ya go:

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Well yeah, if all my weigh-ins are gonna be that good, I definitely want more! Not sure about the schnitzengruben right now, though.

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Let’s start with some cofveve and see how it goes, OK?

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And enjoy your Monday, even if you have to work!

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Friday Five: hey, I’m famous!

  1. I was debating whether to do a blog post this morning at all. Then I thought I’d do one entitled “No blog post today” with some funny memes to that effect. So I did a search on Google images, titled “no blog post today” memes. Guess what? almost ALL the search results were from MY blog posts of the past!
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    Probably just lazy.

    Still, check it out and see for yourself: “no blog post today” memes on Google!

  2. I did actually do something exercise-related this week, though — got back on the bike! And here’s the pic to prove it:

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    My venerable Electra Townie Cruiser, taking a break while I take a pic!

  3. More often than not, though, I stayed home and did (ugh) housework-type stuff. NOT vacuuming* or floor-scrubbing (sorry, Mr. 50by60!), but less traumatic stuff like laundry and sweeping. Doing the laundry can be good exercise if you have access to an outdoor clothesline – lots of leaning over, picking things up, then reaching up to hang them. Sweeping the floor obviously has some exercise potential as well.

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    It’s good practice, in case one of your fellow employees shows up with the pinkeye.

  4. *Because:

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    I’m with the cats…and nature!

  5. Free TJ’s plug (although I’m certainly open to bribes, they ain’t payin’ me!) — if you need a good lower-calorie substitute for that nice crunchy bag of Doritos or Lay’s, why not try these?
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    They’re freeze-dried Fuji apple slices, yummy and crunchy. A nice compromise when you’re cravin’ the crunchy stuff. (And I’ll be lookin’ for that TJ’s gift card in the mail, Corporate! Remember, I can always delete this plug!)

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Bonus blog points if you remember this funny guy!

Alright, that’s all I got! Have a great weekend, everyone! See ya Monday!

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Monday Weigh-In: Back to the Grind!

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Good morning, everyone! Time to rise and shine, and face the new day, and all that crapola us annoying “morning people” like to say to you lazy stayabeds!

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Yeah, well, I sympathize! I’ve noticed the school bus traffic getting heavier so that must mean a lot of people (hey, kids are people too!) going back to school, which of course makes things more difficult for the adult people trying to navigate the already mind-blowingly insane highways & byways. So I get it — the daily grind can blow your mind!

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Not to mention relentlessly cheerful people like me, right? But bear with me for a few minutes, OK? I’ll give you my weekly weigh-in, you can read it, get a chuckle out of the lame rhyme I’ve chosen, and get on with your busy busy day! Ready?

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Oh, all right! Here we go, then — today’s weight is:

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Now, wasn’t that worth the weight? (hee hee…get it? “weight”? ’cause it sounds like “wait,” right?)

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Yeah, well, they can’t all be gems! Lemme get MY “daily grind” going and see if I can come up with anything better in the next post!

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Have a great week, everyone!

Friday Five: My 5 rules for the gym, in no particular order

Well, howdy and happy Friday, everyone! This has been a different week, exercise-wise. Mostly, because the weather was a little cooler (i.e., 80s and 90s instead of 90s and 100s!), I walked every day, and enjoyed it, for the most part (although the last 50 yards are always the hardest!).

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Still, I did make it to the gym yesterday — 24 Hour Fitness this time, rather than Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, because — well, pool! I keep telling them at Anytime Fitness, put in a Slip ‘N Slide, but for some reason, they won’t. Insurance reasons, prob’ly.

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Anyway, while I was floating in the beautiful blue sparkling water, flicking away the bugs and other debris, I came up with my Five Simple Rules for Enjoying the Gym, in no particular order:

  1. People in the sauna tend to sweat, a lot. Every gym I’ve been to with a sauna seems to attract a lot of men with hairy chests and gold chains, going back and forth between the sauna and the hot tub. Back and forth…dripping with sweat and trailing chest hairs wherever they go. Trust me, when you see people in the sauna, skip the hot tub and just take a hot bath when you get home.
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  2. In my experience, the only people who take a close, personal interest in the details of your workout are (a) trainers who want to upsell you an expensive training package, and (b) perverts who want to show you their package. Either way, Nancy Reagan was right: Just say no!
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  3. If you pick up a set of weights from the free weight rack, and you realize as you’re picking them up that you miscalculated and they’re too heavy, but you’re embarrassed to put them back because there are really genuine-looking, grunting weightlifters watching you — well, don’t worry about it. They’re not watching you. They’re watching themselves in the mirror behind you. Just set your weights back on the rack, quietly, and tiptoe away.
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  4. No one cares whether you actually exercise at the gym or not. Once you’ve checked in at the front desk, you’re on your own. You can spend an hour sweating like a maniac or you can catch up on some zzz’s. It’s your call.
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  5. If you think no one’s peed in that beautiful blue sparkling pool, you’re swimming in a fool’s paradise.
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Hopefully these rules will save you some troubles when you hit the gym today. Or you could, y’know, just take a walk.

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That’s it — enjoy your weekend! See ya Monday for the Weigh-In!