On becoming a Gym Rat

Wow. Well, I never thought this would happen, but as of this past Wednesday, I’ve actually got TWO gym memberships, simultaneously!

In addition to my on-again, off-again recurring 24 Hour Fitness membership (it’s all about the POOL, people!!), I’ve just signed up with Anytime Fitness for a year.

And THAT one, my friends, is all about …

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Yes, Anytime Fitness has beautiful new equipment. And yes, it’s in a super-convenient location: just down the street from the Ralph’s, the train depot, and of course, the chili cheese dog place.

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But what sold it for me was: THE TREADMILLS HAVE LITTLE VIDEO SCREENS ON THEM CONNECTED TO YOUTUBE!!

And YouTube is currently the only place I can watch my all-time favorite sitcom, “Canada’s Seinfeld” … er, “Corner Gas“!

So now, I can walk or cycle while enjoying the exploits of Brent, Lacey, Hank, Emma, Oscar, Davis, Karen, Wanda and, of course, Mayor Fitzy!

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Of course, they have no idea that was the main selling point. And unless they read my blog, they never will! Bwah hah hahhhh!!

Anyway, as I said, I’m not ready to give up on good ol’ 24 Hour Fitness just yet, because:

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Worst case scenario, I’ll just sit back and enjoy the view.

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(And that’s authentic!)

 

Milestone Monday at last!!!

Good morning, everyone, and YES!! it’s finally Milestone Monday, that very special weigh-in we’ve all been waiting for! Ready? Ta-da:

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Michael Coughlan Graffiti: Woo Hoo! 2016, https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/31095075814

That’s right, at long last I’m BELOW 200 pounds — for the first time in… geez, eight or nine years, I think!

So just to recap, here’s where I stand so far, weight-loss-wise:

  • In September 2017, when I started this blog, I weighed 240.2, so as of today I’ve OFFICIALLY lost 42 pounds (that’s FORTY-TWO, a very significant number!).
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  • But it gets even better, ’cause in September 2016, when I decided to start losing and went on the “No S” Diet, I weighed 262.2 pounds. So as of today I’ve lost 64 pounds (SIXTY-FOUR!!)!

So next time some yutz on the Internet tells you “calorie counting doesn’t work,” kindly refer them to this blog — and tell them they ain’t as smart as they thunk!

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Andre Chinn, Flickr 2011, https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrec/6216092126

 

 

(unused Word of the Day: crank)

Friday Five: 5 ways to make calorie counting slightly easier

Howdy there, friends and neighborinos! If you’re counting your calories every day, perhaps you occasionally (like EVERY DAY) look for ideas to make the whole process a little easier. Here are a few ideas I came up with, all of which I’ve done (or at least imagined doing):

  1. Easiest: Just count ’em manually, using an app like MyFitnessPal or just jotting everything down on a piece of paper. I used to use MFP but then I decided to become an elderly hipster and got a flip phone. Yeah … it’s cool, man …
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    BUT it ain’t got no apps! So, pen and paper it is. Which is actually super-easy. Just write the number of calories you’re allowing yourself for the day at the top of the page, and subtract as you use them.
  2. For Those Who Love To Plan: Divide your total daily calorie allowance by the number of meals and snacks you plan to have. This works best for people who are stuck in a food rut and know exactly what they’re going to eat all day, every day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! However, if you tend towards the more spontaneous life, you may prefer to stick with #1.
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    (Seriously, this isn’t a bad strategy at all. In fact, when my husband and I first started dieting two years ago, we used a version of this called the “No S Diet,” which is basically three meals a day, no snacks, which pretty much ensures you’ll stick to your calorie allowance for the day. Give it a look – it might be just what you’re looking for!)
  3. For Those With Money: Pay someone to count everything for you. Hey, a lot of people do it. In fact, it’s big business — Jenny Craig, Medifast, etc. Heck, you can even get all your food delivered to your house in controlled portions so you don’t even have to read the labels for yourself. Wowza! Just make sure they know you’re trying to LOSE, not GAIN, the weight!
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  4. Call Them Something Else, like POINTS! Similar to #3, but involves a highly complicated formula that only a publicly traded company like Weight Watchers can decipher. The nice thing is they give you lots of “free” foods, which ensures you won’t lose weight too quickly (or at all), because there ARE no foods completely free of calories. (Sshhh – don’t tell! It’s proprietary!)
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  5. Hike The Appalachian Trail: This is the only one of the above I haven’t tried … yet! But I read a lot of books about it, and from what I understand, long-distance thru-hiking burns a TON of calories – so much so that hikers are notorious for their ravenous appetites. Of course, once you’re done with the hike, and you go back to your normal way of eating, you’ll have to start all over. But hey, there are lots of trails all over the world, so go for it!

OK – that’s it! Sorry this was late, but I’ll be back Monday, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, with what I HOPE will be “Milestone Monday At Last!” We’ll see … I still have to get through those church donuts …

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(unused WordPress Prompt of the Day: glimmer)

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In: Lazy Monday edition!

OK, OK, I know you’re in a big rush to find out what my weight is this morning. I get it. Everyone’s in a big rush this morning.

Our cat, Princess, is extremely impatient (and with good reason!) because her servant-human (aka my husband) had the colossal nerve to sleep a few extra minutes and thus deprive her of her morning shower. (Why yes, we give our cats showers. Doesn’t everyone?)

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Anyway, you can untwist your panties now, Aunt Tilly, ’cause here we go!

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So, STILL not “Milestone Monday,” but with any luck, it’ll happen … NEXT week!

Meanwhile, relax, and remember:

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A different kind of Friday post

Well, it took me a little longer than usual to haul my a$$ out of bed this morning, so I’m temporarily abandoning the “Friday Five” format. Just for today, how’s about I tell you what my week has been like?

So far, so good. My weight is still hovering around the 200 mark, in spite of the fact that I’ve been indulging in all those yummy goodies that were forbidden during Lent. Some more so than others (Frigo Cheese Heads Light String Cheese, I’m lookin’ at YOU!). But overall, I’m keeping the calories more or less under control!

However, I regret to report that I’ve been temporarily sidelined from my favorite exercise, walking, for a while, due to a sore bunion and a meddlesome bone spur. But never fear! Did you know that taking a hot bath can burn as many calories as a leisurely walk? (Especially if you use the right soap!)

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And it was on Fox News, so you know it HAS to be true!

So anyway — between the long, leisurely, calorie-burning baths, and an increase in the number of weekly visits to the gym (which I still hate, but can tolerate), I figure I can hold my own till the Amazon drone drops my my new, comfy shoes onto the roof sometime next week.

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Meanwhile, I’m heading out today to enjoy the sunshine! Hope your weekend is a good ‘un. See you Monday for the weigh-in!

Radiant Happy Bright Monday Weigh-In!

Good morning, everyone! Hope your Easter / Passover / “just plain weekend, dagnabit, I’m not religious!!” went well, and that you’re feeling super-radiant this morning. Like me!

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As you can see, I had a pretty good Easter Sunday (or “Pascha” as we Easterners call it … yeah, I know, I’m on the West Coast, but we’re Eastern Catholics, OK? Gee, do I have to explain EVERYTHING?).

That’s me in my new dress which I ordered from Blair a couple of weeks ago, in my new haircut (yay, no more David Lynch!), wearing one of my own handmade paper bead necklaces (pink, for Easter!), and holding about 800 calories worth of goodies in my hot little hands – kielbasa, egg, cheese and OF COURSE, a chocolate cross, because Easter/Pascha, dagnabit!!

I was really hoping I’d be able to make this “Bright Milestone Monday” and brag about how I’d finally dipped under 200 pounds, in spite of all those yummy goodies. Alas, ’twas not to be! That magic moment will have to be postponed till next week (let’s hope!). Still, today wasn’t too bad – at least it was a loss, compared to last week. Ready? Here goes!

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So I’m not really too upset. And this week, even though we’re back to eating meat and cheese and dairy and eggs and all that other good stuff, I’m still gonna be counting my calories and exercising. Maybe NEXT week will be Milestone Monday!

Meanwhile, how did YOUR Easter/Pascha/Passover/”just plain weekend” go?

Good Friday Five: 5 things I’ll get to eat again after today!

Hey, everyone, a blessed Good Friday / Passover / “just plain Saturday” to all my Christian, Jewish, and “none of the above” readers!

Hope you won’t feel betrayed but I’m keeping this post a little shorter than usual in honor of the day. Basically, Lent is almost over, and by Monday I’ll be able to eat a whole bunch of stuff I’ve managed to avoid (more or less) during most of Lent.

And I’m certainly not going to have all these things every day, during every meal (though hmmm … maybe … nah!!). Still, it’s nice to know that, with a clear conscience, I’ll be able to indulge once again in:

  1. Buddig slices! Those 90-calorie packs are a great alternative to a 250-calorie bag of potato chips, any day of the week.
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  2. String cheese! At less than 100 calories, a really juicy, stringy string cheese is not only delicious, it’s entertaining!
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  3. Real cream for my coffee! Nothing against the Almond Milk industrial complex, but frankly, a 40-calorie teaspoon of real heavy whipping cream makes your coffee taste a LOT better than a 30-calorie CUP of their “almond water”!
     

  4. Real butter! As I’ve mentioned before, I have no problem with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!!!!” spray, which goes surprisingly well with freshly popped popcorn. However, once in a while, I do love the rich, creamy taste of freshly churned butter. Well, okay, freshly churned a few months ago, before it was frozen and dumped into the grocery store.

    Still, it’s a lovely treat, especially when drizzled onto freshly scrambled eggs, which brings me, of course, to:

  5. EGGS!!!
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    Yes, the Incredible Edible Egg makes a dynamic, multicolored comeback this weekend, and I for one welcome our new cackleberry overlords! Especially fried, sunny-side up, with a slice or two of hot, sizzling bacon … mmm …
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    and oh yeah, bacon would be #6, if I hadn’t limited myself to five today. Ah, the perils of the blogger!
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So that’s it, everyone, my Good Friday Five! Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, I hope it’s a truly Good one! See you Monday for what will undoubtedly be a rather bloated weigh-in!