Pre-Vacay Weigh!

Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday! Here’s my weigh-in —

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Up just a tad from last week. Oh well, really, that’s OK! I’ve decided that for the next few weeks, I’m gonna temporarily shift my focus from losing to maintaining.

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See, Mr. 50by60 and I going on yet another Vacay Train Trip starting this week, so I’m going to allow Amtrak to tempt me with all their delicious onboard menus, as well as enjoy the luxuries of the Hotel Continental Breakfast Bar. I’ll try to keep things in check but I’m not gonna try too hard — I mean, come on, it’s VAKAY!

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Anyway, my main goal right now is to maintain that 50-pound loss till my official 60th birthday, which happens to be right around Labor Day (my mother told me that’s why they named it that). After that, I’ll continue with Phase Three of the Big Giant 100-Pound Weight Loss. And I just KNOW I can do it!

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(In case you’re new to the blog, Phase One was 2016-2017, when I lost 20 pounds; Phase Two was when I started this blog & then lost 50 pounds; Phase Three is from now till Christmas (with the option of a 12-day Orthodox Christmas extension) when I plan to lose the final 30 pounds. 20 plus 50 plus 30 equals 100. There ya go, a little math for ya, and no Barbie meme to spoil things.

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Harumph! Anyway, this is the LAST WEIGH-IN for two weeks, since they don’t provide bathroom scales on Amtrak or our hotel, and we’re not packin’ ’em, either. I’ll try to post from the road (er, the rails) at some point, but meanwhile, hope YOU have a nice vacay planned! If not, at least try to take a long lunch, sit outside with some iced tea or something, and enjoy the last dregs of summer!

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Friday Five: Excuses, excuses, and more excuses!

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A blogger named Kaylee (Chair in the Shade), wrote an amusing post on July 27, 2017, listing her “12 Excuses Why There’s No Blog Post Today.” Go over and read it — then I’m going to shamelessly borrow the following five of her reasons:

  1. My life is boring.  I don’t have anything good to post.
    Actually, my life really isn’t that boring. However, it seems kind of boring and lame when I try to describe it to other people. Perhaps I’m not as good a writer as she is!
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  2. I have nothing to say.
    Well, that’s not quite true — I always have a lot to say, but most of the time I realize later I probably shouldn’t have said it!
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  3. I need to clean my house.
    Hmm…well, that kinda goes without saying. And just saying it isn’t going to clean the house. I am doing laundry today, though.
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  4. I should really read some other blogs for inspiration.
    Now THAT is definitely true! And there’s quite a few excellent bloggers out there too, even in this age of Instagram and Twitter! Kaylee’s just one of them. Check out my Blogroll (off to the right somewhere, depending on which app/program you’re using to read this), and you’ll undoubtedly find someone you like.
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  5. I don’t want to be copying other bloggers.
    Yes, which is why I DEFINITELY won’t be copying any of Kaylee’s other 12 reasons! However, I do want to thank her for inspiring me this morning! And yes, I’m adding her blog to my Blogroll, as soon as I figure out how to work that widget! Thanks, Kaylee!
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Have a great day, everyone — see you Monday for the Last Weigh-In Before The Big Vacation (which I’ll tell you about Monday!)!

 

 

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Slow ‘n steady!

Whee! Here we go with yet another weekly weigh-in, and I don’t know about you but the tension ’round here is palpable!

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So I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Ready? Here goes:

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Not too shabby! Almost a pound down from last week, and that’s just fine — more than fine, in fact.

Don’t know if I’ve expounded on this before (get it? I’m a dieter — ex-pounding — anybody?)…

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Um, anyway, IMHO, slow weight loss is really the way to go if you want to keep it off for the long haul!

First, the longer it takes you to lose the weight, the more likely you are to develop better eating and exercise habits which will help you maintain your loss.

Second, the less weight you’re aiming to lose per week, the more calories you can allow yourself per day. And in this long, hot summer of 2018, that means:

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Heck, they’re only 40 calories each and they sure are good! (And in case you’re wondering, I don’t get free Fudgsicles for mentioning them in my blog, but I’m 100% open to the possibility of delicious, icy cold bribery!)

Anyway — ahem! Back to the slow weight loss thingy! Another thing that’s nice about taking your sweet time to drop the fat is that it gives your body more time to adjust. If you’ve got a lot of weight to lose, you’re gonna have a little bit of the “loose skin” problem no matter what, but the slower you go the less drastic it’s gonna look.

And eventually, if you stick to it, either the skin will tighten up, or science will finally find a way to convert those arm flaps to wings, and you can save on transportation costs. Either way, win-win!

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That’s all I got, folks! Have a great week, and I’ll see you Friday (or thereabouts)!

Rare Saturday post: take a hike!

Hey, everyone, sorry I forgot about the “Friday Five” yesterday! Actually, I didn’t forget so much as … well … actually, I did forget, sorry! But to make up for it, here’s some photos from a hike I took this morning with a group of people from Anytime Fitness in Chatsworth, CA — enjoy!

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Out in the wilderness…hard to believe there’s a major urban sprawl just a couple of miles away!

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I’m a bit of a slow walker, so as usual I’m at the back of the pack. No worries — they didn’t get TOO far ahead!

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See, I’m catching up (pant pant!!)!

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Here we all are at the end of the trail. We’re smiling ’cause it’s OVER!! (Photo by Naomi Ruth Torres. )

This was all at a nice area called the Victory Trailhead Loop, part of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (depending on who you ask and which parking lot you’re in, I guess!). Apparently there are some caves on the property somewhere (the Caves of Munit), but since going there would have required more uphills than downhills, the majority vote was to save the caves for another time.
 

So all in all, it was a great morning for a hike, and a good time was had by all, even the dog.

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That’s all for now — see you Monday for yet another Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in!

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: EPISODE 4 (the only good one): A NEW H̷O̷P̷E̷ GOAL!

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Monday! Well, it was exciting last week, huh? Seeing those numbers FINALLY roll over the 50-pound mark, and hitting that major goal, was definitely a big rush. So whaddya say? Is it time to set a NEW goal and generate some MORE excitement? I think so!

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But of course, first things first – it IS Monday, after all. Let’s just step on the ol’ scale and see if all that celebrating last week took me back into the ’90s. Hang on …

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0.6 pounds down, so not too shabby! Especially since we were in charge of providing snacks for the after-church coffee social yesterday, and I gave in to the temptation of buying a can of piroulines.

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The whole point of us bringing in the treats was to give ourselves some lower calorie options, as opposed to the usual Church Donuts. Well — one serving (2 piroulines) is 130 calories, and I’m pretty sure I had WAY more than one serving! So I probably wound up having about twice as many calories just from those as I would have had from that lowly donut!

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Oh well, I did what I always do in those situations:

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Which is fine — after all, that’s the beauty of counting calories, right? You can eat anything you want, as long as you stay inside that magic number! Just be sure to recalculate your daily calorie needs as you lose weight. If you stop losing and you want to keep losing, you may have to either cut your food calories or raise your activity level.

Anyway, enough diet wisdom! How ’bout that new goal, as promised in the headline?? OK, here goes! My NEW goal — now that I’ve lost 50 pounds before my 60th birthday — is to lose an ADDITIONAL 30 pounds by Christmas (with the option of extending it to Orthodox Christmas, which, in case you didn’t know, is January 7th)!

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Why 30 pounds? Well, for those who pay attention to this blog, or at least check the little widget over on the right, I actually started my weight loss efforts in 2016, a year before starting this blog.

That first year (2016-17), I lost 20 pounds. This year (2017-18) I’ve lost 50 pounds. So, doing the math (carry the one … what? no one? lemme see … hang on …)

OK, OK! Well, anyway, 20 plus 50 = 70, right? And 70 plus 30 is 100, right? SO I figure 100 pounds is a nice round number to shoot for.

So there ya go! A new goal, a new target, a new hope! Have a great week, and remember: —
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Friday Five: Where’s my parade??

Well, it’s been a fun week! Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and helped me along the way!

However, now that I’ve reached my goal weight (the FIRST goal, that is — I’ll be setting a new one soon!), I realized that, fat or thin, there are a few things that won’t change — even though I kinda hoped they would!

  1. Most people don’t notice — or care — as much about your weight as you do. Sure, there are always a few people around you in your day-to-day life — your spouse, your kids, your fellow employees, etc. — who are aware of your weight challenges. But there’s a whole lot more people who don’t know, or care, that you used to be fat and now you’re slightly less fat. The cashier at the grocery store doesn’t really care that you’re buying more fruits and veggies and fewer giant bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos. All she wants is to go home and soak her feet and binge-watch “Downton Abbey” for the hundredth time. So keep your ego in check.
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  2. Clothes shopping is easier in some ways, tougher in others. I used to dream about getting thin enough to fit into a beautiful dress that would make me look like a princess. Well, guess what? Fat or thin, you can’t find dresses like that unless you’re currently residing in a palace and/or playing the part of someone who lives in a palace. The fashion these days seems to be sleeveless dresses that show off your underarms, and IMHO that’s not a good look for ANYONE. Also, swimsuits still suck, even in “normal” sizes. There are very few women who don’t feel like “Cathy” when trying on swimsuits.
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  3. No one will read your blog. OK, that’s not fair. YOU’RE not “nobody,” and you’re reading my blog! And believe me, I appreciate it! What I mean, though, is if you haven’t become a major star in the blogging firmament by the time you hit your goal weight, you probably won’t afterwards. I’m still gonna keep blogging though, since it seems to be an important factor in keeping me honest about my weight-crackin’ efforts (“Hmm, I’d really like to eat that second donut, but tomorrow’s ‘Rhymin’ Weigh-in Day’ on the blog, so I better not. Pass the celery, please!”).
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  4. Crappy stuff still needs to be done and you’re the one who has to do them. For example, our sweet cat Princess had to go to the vet this week, which meant getting her into her carrier (helpful hint: “mrrOWW!!” means “NO WAY!!” in Cat-ese), then I drove her to the vet, which is about 5 miles and 5,000,000 angry “mrrOWWs” away (no matter how loud you turn up the radio), paying the vet bill, and driving her home again (repeat angry “mrrOWWs”). Cats don’t care if you’re fat or thin. They just want out out out NOW!!!
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  5. Half the people in the world will hate you. I don’t write about politics or religion in this blog (though at some point I should probably mention that my faith in God was a MAJOR part of my motivation to stay on the diet, so thanks and yay, God!). Still, if you’re a normal person trying to live your life in this beautiful country we call America, you probably know that, no matter what your political views are, about half the country despises you and wishes bad things would happen to you. I won’t go into detail, but rest assured, those dirty looks you were getting at Starbucks this morning when you were reading “National Review,” or at Dunkin’ Donuts when you were perusing the op-ed pages of the “New York Times,” had NOTHING to do with your weight. Isn’t that a relief?
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So there you go, five things that won’t really change a whole lot once you’ve reached your goal weight! Does that mean you shouldn’t try? Heck no! There are a lot of things that do change, for the better, and I’ll write about those next Friday. If I remember. Remind me, will you? Thanks, and have a great weekend!!

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Whoosh — GOOOAAALLL!!!

Without further ado (or “adieux,” for my French-Canadian and/or spelling-challenged friends), let’s view the majestic wonder of this week’s Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in, shall we?

Take a deep breath … in … out … in … out … one more … in …

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Oh, all right! Ready? Here goes nothin’:

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Oh, all right — YES!! As of today, I have *officially* achieved the goal ensconced in the name of this blog!!

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Yep, I’ve lost FIFTY FRIGGIN’ POUNDS since I started, way back on my birthday last year — and for those whose motto is “pics or it ain’t so,” okay — here ya go!

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SO, that was exciting, huh? Finally off Plateau Point and headed down the road towards — what? Well, I’m definitely not stopping! But I might, y’know, have a little somethin’-somethin’ to reward myself, later this week. Maybe …

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Although given that we’re about to experience a MASSIVE heat wave out here in L.A. this week, a chili cheese dog might not be the best choice for that particular reward! So, maybe …

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might be the better choice. I’ll let you know later in the week what I decided on.

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Meanwhile, THANKS to everyone who helped me along the way, especially Mr. 50by60, who by the way has ALSO lost a giant chunk of weight, so congrats to him, too!!

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See you on Friday, everyone — have a GREAT week!!

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Friday ̷F̷i̷v̷e̷ Three: Nonscale victories and helpful trainers!

Hmm, just realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve tried to find five random things and connect them in some way. Let’s see if I still have the knack!

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  1. Non-scale victory — Tried on and BOUGHT three new shirts at Ross yesterday, and two “gently used” shirts from Goodwill — and they were all MEDIUMS and LARGES, y’all!!! Not an “X” in the batch! It’s been years (decades?) since I even thought about looking at any non-X labels, but this week I decided to give it a shot. Plus I even had to buy a coupla new over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders! Yeah, my body is definitely changing, even if the scales aren’t!
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  2. Non-scale irritation — So losing weight is great, right? I’m really happy about it. What I’m not happy about is I definitely have the “loose skin” thing going on. Which I didn’t really notice till I started trying on all those clothes (see #1) and got a good look at myself in one of those unforgiving dressing room mirrors. Oh well — at least the clothes cover it up (mostly)!
  3. Helpful Trainer Award of the Week — in the neverending (in my mind, anyway) battle between 24 Hour Fitness and Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, this week’s winner is NATHAN at Anytime Fitness, who showed me some basic kettlebell moves and didn’t try to upsell me on a super-expensive training package just for asking for help (24 Hour Fitness, I’m lookin’ at you). Thanks, Nathan — and as promised, here’s your shout-out!

And guess what? I can’t for the life of me think of two other things, and I have to do a coupla things this morning, so many apologies to those of you who were laying awake dreaming about the Friday Five — that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

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On that note, have a great weekend! See you Monday for the big weigh-in (this could be it, folks!!)!

In a holding pattern …

Hmm…let’s see: last week’s weight was 191.4*****. What’s this week’s weight, you ask? Well, lemme tell ya:

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No less, no more!

Yup, still hanging’ around the ol’ Plateau Point bus stop! Still, I’m not discouraged. In my daily weigh-ins during the past week, I was heartened when the numbers actually dipped slightly below 190, for a few brief moments! And I know I’m moving in the right direction — downwards!

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And there are some NON-scale victories to report – like for example, my waist and hip measurements have both gone down enough that I’ve actually been buying clothes in slightly smaller sizes — in fact, last week I bought two T-shirts in “Large,” with no “X” in sight!!!

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Damn right! and I’m actually feelin’ pretty good about that, so if it means I have to hang around Plateau Point for a while longer — well, at least I’ll be well-dressed while I’m there!

Hope YOU have a great week — see you Friday!

****IMPORTANT UPDATE, post-cofveve****
As I’ve often pointed out, math is not my forte! Someone pointed out to me that last week’s weight was actually 192.0 — which means I DID lose a little bit — 0.6 pounds, to be exact! So, still at Plateau Point, but a little bit closer to the bus!

Waiting for a lift from Plateau Point!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Well, as you can see from today’s weigh-in…

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…I’m still hanging out at Plateau Point, waiting for the “whoosh!” effect to kick me off.

What’s the “whoosh!” effect, you ask? Well, see, during the past few days, I consulted with reputable nutritionists and did in-depth research at a medical library Googled “weight loss plateau” and found this fascinating theory:

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The basic theory: as you lose fat, the fat cells don’t just disappear — they fill up with water, which hangs around for a little while before “whooshing” on its merry way.

Which seems like as good an explanation as any for why I’m currently stuck in the ’90s.

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Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing — I loved the ’90s! In fact, it’s the decade I’d love to revisit first when/if they ever get that time travel machine perfected.

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But for now, I guess I’ll just have to be content here in good ol’ 2018! Meanwhile, I’m just gonna continue doing what I’ve been doing — countin’ my calories, goin’ to the gym, and enjoyin’ life in the good ol’ days of 2018!

Hope you have a great week, everyone — see you Friday!