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 —

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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!

What’s up, WordPress? Back for another banger!

Good morning, everyone! For those who are a little puzzled about the title, I’ve been watching a LOT of the adorable “Twinsthenewtrend” videos on YouTube this week, and that’s how they start out every video. Check ’em out! Fair warning, though, start one, and you’ll look up and wonder where that hour and a half went! For example:

Oh yeah! I’m listening while I’m blogging! Anyway, let’s get to the weigh-in, shall we? It’s not too shabby:

197.4

Yeah, back down 0.6 of a pound, and down is always good!

So, in spite of the fact that it’s still 2020, and everything’s still kind of fluid right now …

… not to mention, all the fires and, oh yeah, that pesky virus …

I’m just gonna keep counting my calories, drinking lots of water …

and of course, walking, outdoors if possible, indoors if necessary!

And I still have an active prayer life, in spite of what certain members of the patriarchy (you know who you are!) might think.

So maybe if I just keep doing all the right things, the scale will move, 2020 will (eventually) be over, and things will get better!

Well, maybe not THAT much better! I’m a realist! But we’ll do our best, won’t we? Meantime, keep chuggin’ the water and countin’ the calories, and I’ll see you next week!

Just a flesh wound!

Yeah, it’s a teensy little gain:

198.0

But it could have been worse! Last week, in case you didn’t notice, I took the week off and did one of my legendary “road trips” to beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, where it only got up to about 122 degrees Fahrenheit at, um, 9:00 AM. So not too bad, for September.

And I spent a little quality time visiting relatives (at a relatively safe social distance, masks on) …

… as well as vegging in my luxurious hotel room watching “30 Rock” …

… and feeling guiltily glad that the fitness center was closed due to the pandemic. I mean, I never actually USED it, but it was always there, in case I felt the urge.

Heh … yeah, that meme is funny! But you know what? An outdoor gym might not be a bad idea! Although you might want to wait for all the fires to go out before hopping onto Nature’s Treadmill.

Yeah, that’s a shame. It’s really making the air quality suckalicious, too. So maybe it’s a good idea to stay inside, for multiple reasons — perhaps for the rest of the year!

Anyway, stay safe, do the best you can re: diet and exercise, and we’ll meet right back here next week!

Whoa baby — I’ve actually got a loss!

Well, happy Wednesday, fiends and nabobs! How’s everyone doing this oh-so-fine morning?

Well, good to hear, Mr. Lumberjack! I’m doing pretty okay myself, given that I have a nice big weight LOSS to report this week!

Aw come on, David, this is a good thing, trust me! Anyway, ready for the weight loss?

Yes sir (or ma’am — as I’m sure You know, I’m exploring the Divine Feminine right now, so I’d hate to misgender you before I get to my…

Okay, okay! Ready? Here it is!

197.6

Yes, down a whopping ONE POINT FOUR POUNDERINOS since last week!

And I owe it all to calorie counting a̶n̶d̶ ̶e̶x̶e̶r̶c̶i̶s̶e̶.  Yeah, obviously NOT exercise because (a) my gyms are closed and (b) it’s a little hot outside!

So it’s been all down to calorie counting ONLY. But guess what — that actually still works!

Yeah, well, we’re not all as highly educated as you, Napoleon, so suck it up, buttercup! Anyway, I’m happy about it, especially since I’m going on a road trip next week, so I’ll need a good running start (metaphorically speaking) to deal with all the fast food temptations I’ll be encountering along the way!

I won’t be able to do a weigh-in, but I’ll at least do *some* kind of post next Wednesday, just to let you know how it’s going (and to keep me honest)!

Hey, it’s worth a shot! So one way or another, I’ll see you next week!

If It’s Wednesday, It Must Not Be Belgium

Some people have asked why I don’t give as much attention to making fun of Joe Biden as I do of our current Infector in Chief.



Hey listen, as soon as he’s safely ensconced in the Casa Blanca, and Donnie’s back in Florida walking around in his Crocs, I’ll gladly indulge in some Hair Sniffer in Chief memes!



Till then, though, I just want to focus on two things:

1. getting my ballot(s) in as early as possible,

and

2. fer cryin’ out loud, counting my calories! I keep SAYING I’m going to, but then I DON’T …



Sigh! Well, maybe if I keep SAYING it, once in a while, I’ll actually DO it! Let’s see if I can do that enough times during the next week to have a loss, shall we? Because if I keep having weigh-ins like this:

199.0

nobody’s gonna be happy! 

Thanks, ex-Prez! Meanwhile, let’s just get on out there in the 150-degree temperature and do a little exercise, shall we? See ya next week!!