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!!)!

Saturday Snippet: just because…

Well, hey, everyone! If you were waiting on pins and needles for Friday’s post, I apologize. However, I had a VERY good reason:

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Actually, I didn’t forget as much as I just couldn’t think of anything to say. Plus, I went to a really purty place where I spent the day in quiet meditation ‘n stuff.

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St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA

So anyway, sorry if you were disappointed, but better late than never, right? Anyway, hope your weekend’s going well! See you Monday for the weigh-in!

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The “Saturday Some” — a new thing, kinda sorta

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you may have wondered what happened to my regular “Friday Five” post.

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Yeah … well, the long answer is, “It was sunny and bright, so I decided to go out for a long drive to a wonderful place I haven’t visited for quite a while,” and the short answer is, “I got lazy,” so feel free to take your pick.

Anyway, in lieu of the “Friday Five,” let me offer the very first “Saturday Some,” which is basically just a bunch of stuff I’m rambling about, off the top of my head. Plus memes! Lots and lots of memes!

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Anyway, I’ve been doing a lot more walking lately, and really enjoying it, too. Now that the weather’s getting nice and hot, though, I may have to go back to the gym and hop back on the treadmill. Which doesn’t particularly bother me. As I’ve said before, I do enjoy the video treadmills at Anytime Fitness (AF).

However, it does bother me in the sense that, given a choice, I’d MUCH rather do my walking outdoors. There are so many great places to walk in Southern California (yes, people actually DO walk in L.A.!) that I hate to give that up.

But once the temps start climbing up above, oh, 85 or so, it’s either the treadmill or the pool. And I do love me that 24 Hour Fitness pool, too, as you may recall!

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Still, it’ll probably be the AF treadmill more often than the pool, mainly because it’s much closer to home, and also right next door to a Ralphs. Which means I can do a couple of miles on the treadmill, then trundle over to the grocery store and do ANOTHER half-mile (I measured it!) in the store.

(And get cat treats, of course. That’s the main reason humans go to the store, according to certain purrsons.)

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Where was I? Oh, yeah, walking! And walking, although it probably doesn’t burn anywhere near as many calories as, say, kickboxing or weightlifting, if you do it every day … or every other day … or at least on a fairly regular basis, you’ll burn a few calories. Even if you can only walk around the block a couple of times, that’s some quality exercise there, my friend.

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More importantly, you’ll relax and enjoy life a little bit more. There’s just something about seeing the world at two or three miles an hour that makes everything else seem oh, so right. Except maybe your knees, if you have arthritis. Which I do. And I have to admit, my knees do get a bit sore the day after a really long, satisfying walk.

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Still, it’s the price I pay for staying in such fabulous shape! And we’ll find out how that translates into actual weight loss on Monday. Hope you’ll join me then! Meanwhile, have a GRRRREAT rest of your weekend!

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Finally Friday!

Hey everyone, I’m finally home from my travels! Sorry I didn’t do my regular “Friday Five” post today, but I didn’t have access to my fancy-schmancy computer while in the wilds of Arizona.

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No, I didn’t get lost in the Haunted Forest, but still, it was a long trip! Anyway, I’ll have my regular post on Monday, with my post-vacation weigh-in and everything.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Lamest, groggiest “Friday Five” so far!

Boxing yourself into a regular format on your blog (like my “Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-ins” on Monday and “Friday Five” on … you guessed it), can really help you stick to your goal of blogging regularly. It gives you a framework and helps you corral your random thoughts into a targeted post so they make more sense.

So overall, most of the time, a specific, regular format is a good thing. However, there are a few notable exceptions.

Like today, for instance. It’s Friday, so I should be putting together my “Friday Five.” However, it’s also cloudy, gloomy, and a bit chilly. Plus I’m still not completely awake. Plus I just can’t think of anything to hook five connected thoughts together.

I probably could, if I put more thought into it – or if, as I’ve done before and HIGHLY recommend, I’d put together a rough draft yesterday, and just tweaked it a bit this morning. But guess what? I didn’t do that. So now, all I have to offer you is this lame post, full of lamentations and excuses for why I didn’t do what, after all, no one but ME really made any kind of commitment to do.

On the other hand … I DID manage to make this post five paragraphs long! Maybe that counts as a “Friday Five,” hmm? Especially if I embed this fun video to make you, my loyal readers, dance and sing! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

See you Monday, everyone!

Friday Five: Memes, shopping, bronchitis, and more!

  1. It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday! – First and of course most important, happy Friday to all of you! Hope your week has gone well, and that least one of you has won tons of $$ in the lottery so you can take the rest of us out for drinks later. No? Oh well … there’s always next week, right? Keep buyin’ the tickets! KEEP BUYIN’ THE TICKETS!!
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    Ronshelley at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

  2. Blogging – I’d like to pass along some important info re: the fair use of images. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed I use a lot of memes, funny pictures, etc. to illustrate various points I’m making. Well, it came to my attention earlier this week via this troubling article that this is kind of a BIG no-no. So from this point on, I’m going to try to use more of my own photos, artwork, and images, rather than rely on other people’s (or at least make 100% sure they’re available to reuse without a license or permission or anything of a legal nature). Who knows – I might even use more of my OWN WORDS! Literacy – what a concept, amiright?

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    Friendly turtle I met the other day along the Arroyo Simi Bike Path!

  3. Clothes shopping – some people love it, some people hate it. I tend to fall into the latter group. I used to think it was because nothing ever fit me due to my size. However, yesterday I went to a “Ross” in Simi Valley, and tried on at least 10 different tops and dresses. Well, guess what? They ALL fit – and they all looked CRAPPY! I finally wound up buying a pair of leggings that both fit AND didn’t look hideous. But frankly, I coulda done that online. Although that doesn’t always work out either. Maybe it’s time to rejoin that nudist colony …
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  4. Bronchitis – I’ve had chronic bronchitis for years, and it tends to flare up when the weather gets damp. Well, we’ve had an unusual amount of rain here in Southern California over the past couple of weeks (more than three drops is “unusual” here), and more on the way. So not only do we get to wake up to the beautiful, gentle sound of raindrops falling on the roof, we also get to hear a lot of this: HAACCKK wheeze wheeze cough cough couuugghhh (spittoo). Rinse and repeat. Summer can’t get here soon enough for me … warm, dry, hot summer … mmm …

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    Summer sun, I’m missin’ you! (taken by yours truly one bright hot day last summer)

  5. Exercising with Bronchitis – One of the many downsides of #4 (along with the rising cost of Kleenex) is that when my bronchitis is active, my body isn’t supposed to be. Which means all those long, lovely walks I’ve been enjoying so much over the past few months are verboten. Which is really triggering some conflicting feelings in me. I love the walks, and I really want to do more. However, I also love BREATHING, and I’d like to do more of that, too. So (sigh!) I’ve decided to compromise. I’ll walk, but only indoors, preferably strolling down the aisles of a bookstore or library.

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    Taken by yours truly at Prospero’s Books in the Westport area of Kansas City, MO, on my rainy 2014 visit!

That’s it, folks, your Friday Five! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday Five: Surprise, there isn’t one!

Yikes! Well, even though I was up with the crack of dawn this morning, I’m embarrassed to say I don’t actually have anything useful or interesting to say at all. (And for those of you saying, “Yeah? What else is new?” I say,

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So let me just tell you what’s going on. See, tomorrow morning, my wonderful husband and I are getting up super early in the morning, driving down to Union Station in L.A., and climbing aboard a really interesting, historic, private rail car called the “Vista Dome Silver Splendor,” for what they call “Brunch on the Beach” in San Diego.

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It’s our belated Valentine’s Day celebration, and we’re really looking forward to it. Only the thing is … I can’t stress this too strongly … we have to get up SUPER EARLY tomorrow morning. So this morning was a “practice run.” Let’s just say this is the first time since I gave up caffeine that I’m kinda sorta missing caffeine!

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So I’ve made a major life decision: Tomorrow morning, when we get on the train, I’m going to allow myself ONE cup of REGULAR coffee. Just one! After that, I’ll go decaf for the rest of the way!

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Seriously, though, this is in the nature of a “special treat” type thing. There’s no caffeine in the house right now, and I’m not planning to buy any to bring home with me. I just think it’ll make the day more Valentine’s Day-ish if I don’t fall asleep for the entire trip.

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Anyway, long story short, the reason I don’t have a Friday Five today is because, frankly, even though I’m the one who’s usually the “morning person” around here, today my husband put me to shame by getting out of bed, taking his shower, getting dressed, and going to work an hour earlier than usual. Not to mention feeding the cats! Or did he? Maybe I woke up in one of those alternate universes in “Rick and Morty” or something.

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Who knows? Anyway, I’m gonna sign off now, go brew a cup of my herbal coffee substitute, and see if anything happens.

Have a great weekend – see you Monday!

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