Friday Five: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Scales

One of my loyal 50by60 readers (and not coincidentally, one of my favorite cousins!) confided last week that she’s developed a fear of getting back on the scales after the holidays.

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Well, Margaret, I’m here to help you — and anyone else who’s nervous about facing The Shocking Truth! (aka your post-holiday weight) — with five ways to make sure your scales give you the numbers you KNOW you deserve!

  1. Before getting on the scales, make SURE you cross yourself, say three Hail Mary’s and apologize to Our Lord for sullying His birthday season with your atrocious overeating!
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  2. Repeat after me: “it’s water weight! it’s just water weight!” and subtract 10 pounds from whatever the stupid numbers say!
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  3. Be sure to stand on the correct part of the scales! Even a millimeter off center can create a margin of error of up to 20 pounds!
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  4. VERY important: did you remove ALL your clothes? And the weight’s still too high? Well, keep stripping down — anything other than what God graced you with at birth has gotta go!
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  5. And if none of those ideas works for you, here’s a thought —
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    Yeah, I know — really wacky and rad! But what the heck, it’s worth a shot, right? I mean, seriously, if all else fails, why not try counting your calories every day for a week, and THEN looking at the scales? You just might be surprised!

As I’m hoping *I* will be, come Monday’s weigh-in! Will I finally get back into the (1)70’s? We’ll find out — together!

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Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

At long last, blog post!

Well, Happy New Year, everyone! It’s great to be back here at 50by60.com! So, how was your holiday season? Mine was absolutely delicious…

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which is why I was a little nervous about this, the first weigh-in of 2019! But not to worry – I’m happy (and relieved) to report my weight as of this morning is:

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

That’s right, I actually managed to get through the biggest eating season of the year (aka the Celebration of the Birth of Our Lord) without gaining weight!!!

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Oh, OK! Full disclosure — I DID gain a *little* bit, during December. Even though I didn’t report it here, I continued weighing myself every day. And it’s true, at one point I was up to almost 185, which during December became my “go over this and no more cookies” border wall!

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Just a gentle reminder from Spidey

Oh yeah, sorry ’bout that — almost broke my own rule, nyuk nyuk! Anyway, the nice thing about the daily weigh-ins is that they kept me aware of how all those delectable goodies were affecting me — and inspired me to at least *try* to keep things under control.

And I did! And you can, too! Did YOU enjoy a nice, sugar-filled December? Not to worry — it’s January now, and Christmas is over and done.

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Oh yeah, I forgot! OK, if you’re an Old Calendar 50by60 reader, just take all the advice I’m giving you today and transfer it to 12 days from today!

As for the rest of you, let’s go! I think 2019 is going to be a great year, and I’m looking forward to telling you all the exciting things I’m planning to get and stay in better shape!

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Happy New Year/Merry Christmas/see ya Friday!!

 

Bonus Post: Wisdom from Two Utes of Today!

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Hey everyone! I’m still officially on vakay, but since my niece Rachel and her pal Ashley are still busily keeping THEIR blog, “Simply Us,” up to date, I thought I’d share with you one of their recent posts, with a whole lot of wisdom in it! Enjoy!

New Year New Me. New Year’s Resolutions and Tips for Sticking To Them

 

Surprise! Just poppin’ in to say Merry Christmas!

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m on a blogging break and all that.

Still, if former Pres. Obama can pop in to say hi, I guess I can, too!

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I’m enjoying my little break, and hope you’re all keeping snug as the proverbial bugs in your rugs, keeping warm, sipping cocoa and enjoying life.

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Listen — we’ll get back to the diet and exercise struggle soon enough. This is a time to relax and enjoy yourself. Go ahead, have some chocolate. We’ll work it off, together, in January.

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Merry Christmas to all my loyal readers! See you again on Monday, January 7, 2019 (aka Orthodox Christmas, for my non-Western readers)!

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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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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!

Post-Vacay: Weigh To Go!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Yeah, that’s right, I’m back from vacay and ready to get back on the treadmill! Figuratively speaking, that is. As you faithful long-time readers of this blog know (hi, Garold Whisler!), I used to LOVE hopping on the treadmill at Anytime Fitness, cueing up the YouTube app to a random Corner Gas episode, and happily stomping away to the melodious sounds of Oscar’s “jackass.”

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It was fun, it was movement, and best of all, in the hot weather, it was INSIDE, out of the sun!

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But now, in spite of Reverend Lovejoy’s caution, I find myself wanting to walk OUTSIDE, and yes, enjoy the cheap showiness of nature, even though I’m mostly walking in beautiful downtown Reseda, where there’s a lot more, uh, cheap showiness than actual nature.

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Still, what with the walking, the strength training, and most importantly, the calorie counting, I’m happy to say that within three days of getting home, I lost almost ALL my Amtrak-cheesecake-induced weight gain which, the day after we got home, was 191.2 — eek! Which means I put on about three pounds.

Still, I didn’t panic. I went back to my regular routine — walking, strength training, calorie counting — and as of this morning, I’m happy to report that the Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in is … drum roll, please …

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OK, OK!! Gimme a break, it’s been a while! Anyway, it’s:

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Which is EXACTLY THE SAME AS WHAT I WEIGHED TWO WEEKS AGO, people!! Which means — the diet break — she WORKS!!

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Well, actually, I’m not, but Mr. 50by60 is, and he did the same thing, so I’m sure he’s going to see similar results when he does his weigh-in this morning. Meanwhile, I’ll finish off with a nice photo of him from our trip:

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Handsome Steve in front of Ugly Ed’s!

This was at a little waterfront town called Raymond, Washington. We’d stopped to visit a couple of museums, which were either closed or too expensive, so instead, we did a nice walk along the shore. And when we saw that great mural in the background, I couldn’t resist! Unfortunately, Ugly Ed’s was going out of business, so we weren’t able to go inside and look around. Frankly, I think it would’ve been more interesting to poke around in than the museums.

That’s it! Hope your Monday goes well — see ya Friday!

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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)!

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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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!