Summertime blues weigh-in!

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our old friend, SUMMERTIME!

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Listen, even though the calendar says it’s a couple of weeks away, it was 108 degrees in the beautiful San Fernando Valley yesterday, and as far as I’m concerned, that means either (1) it’s summer or (b) climate change is HAPPENING, people!

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And of course, being good Republicans, we can’t support that! Summer it is, yes!

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Hey … sorry for getting all political on you! Sometimes I just have to get all that rebelliousness out of my system. If only I could get the FAT out of my system that easily, huh? Well, let’s check the ol’ scales and see what’s goin’ on:

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Nice, a pound down! That’s a relief. Let me tell you the two things I did differently during the past week:

  1. counted my calories, and
  2. did 3, count ’em 3, strength-training workouts at the gym.

Yes, that’s right — I went back to the gym! In spite of all my “I hate the gym” protests in days of yore, this is EXACTLY the kind of weather that drives me back into the air-conditioned halls of Spandex and grunting.

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Just not that easy to exercise outdoors when the temperatures zoom above 90, for me. Plus … well, there’s this:

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Yeah, yesterday I did my workout and rewarded myself by easing my 183.8-pound bod into that cool blue water … and it felt GOOODDD!

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Oh and by the way, I’m working on a new workout system, which I’m NOT going to describe here, yet! First I want to see if it actually works. But sometime in the next couple of months I’ll tell you about it, if it’s any good. If not, we’ll all just quietly tiptoe away from it.

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Anyway, that’s it for today! Hope your Monday, and your week, are fan-dam-tastic! See ya next week!

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Another nice Chatsworth walk!

Yesterday’s walk was on the Not really a “hike,” per se. To me, a hike involves hills, gullies, backpacks, and of course, mud galore. 

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No, yesterday was definitely a gentle, peaceful walk! And it’s someplace I’ve been before — in fact, I blogged about it this past January: Brown’s Creek Bike Path in Chatsworth, California!

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It runs (at least, the segment I did) from Devonshire (on Canoga, just across the street from the Ralphs and next door to the nursery) up to almost the 118 Freeway. And that’s the walk I did yesterday!

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You can probably go further than this, but I decided to turn around, which made it a nice 2-mile loop. And actually, I  walked on the bridle trail, which is parallel to the bike path and on the other side of the wash. I like it because it’s soft, not paved, and there’s always the possibility of seeing a horsie. Didn’t see any this time, but ya know, as they used to say, “Where there’s Hope, there’s Crosby!”

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After the walk, I ambled over to the Ralphs and got some lunch – a couple of pieces of baked chicken and a scoop of mac & cheese from the deli, plus a little container of vanilla yogurt. It was a little sad, though, looking across the parking lot at the Anytime Fitness.

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See, I allowed my membership to lapse after my prepaid one year ended. As much as I liked it, I’ve kinda moved on – doing way more outdoor exercise and coming up with all sorts of excuses to avoid the gym. So, fare-thee-well, Anytime Fitness Chatsworth – you were nice while you lasted, but I gotta get outdoors!

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That’s it for today — have a great weekend! I’m heading to Arizona next week…

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Arizona: all beach, no ocean

but I’ll still check in Monday for a quickie weigh-in!

Better late than never! (Unusual Tuesday weigh-in)

Hey everyone, sorry for the one-day delay on the weigh! Had to sing at a liturgy yesterday morning — usually the weekday liturgies are on Tuesday but for some reason this week was different. And since I’m the only cantor who doesn’t have an actual job, It’s always down to me!

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Oh well, afterwards I went for a nice walk. I’ll share a few photos in a moment, but let’s get THIS out of the way first, ‘k?

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Welp, up a pound, but that’s OK! I gave myself permission to gain a couple of pounds after Easter so guess I’m right on schedule! Next week should see things going back to normal (i.e., back to the ’70s).

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Anyway, after liturgy yesterday I went over to the Sepulveda Basin and did a nice walk on the L.A. River Trail. This basically goes around the edges of the golf course there, so you get a good view of golfers on one side and the river on the other. I spotted this little guy up ahead, and he obligingly sat still for a photo.

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As did this butterfly.

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Not to mention Frasier Crane down there.

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So all in all, it was a nice day. I’m paying for it today, with sore muscles and a blister on each foot — but it was worth it! So how was YOUR Monday?

Friday laziness: My Very First Reblog!

Following Penny Wilson‘s advice from a couple of weeks ago, I’m reblogging this post from Drew Robinson’s “Trail To Peak.” I really love all the photos — looks like a fun hike. So ENJOY — and I’ll see you Monday for the weigh-in and an ORIGINAL post!

Hiking Bane Ridge Trail in Chino Hills State Park

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Chino Hills State Park is a 14,173 acre park located on the borders of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Visitors to Chino Hills State Park can explore 60 miles of trails and fire roads that pass through woodlands, sage scrub, grasslands, and wildflowers. One of the most popular hikes within Chino Hills State Park…

via Hiking Bane Ridge Trail In Chino Hills State Park — Trail to Peak

Monday Weigh-In: The Gardening!

Good morning, everyone! Let’s get the weigh-in over with, shall we?

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Whew, that’s a relief — a bit of a loss! My body still seems reluctant to settle for *either* the ’80s or the ’70s — teetering back and forth over the border for quite a while now!

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Maybe I can keep it down with my newfound exercise regime — gardening! Yeah, I’ve learned how to operate our gas lawn mower, which with its balky pull-cord starter should provide a GREAT upper-body workout!

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Not to mention all the cardio from going back and forth, all over both the front AND back yards!

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Also, I’ve been pulling a LOTTA weeds — and let me tell you folks with lush, green lawns a little secret: pulling weeds is ADDICTIVE so you definitely don’t want to get rid of them! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting a really good grip on that thick clump of burlock and pulling it JUST RIGHT till you feel that long, slender taproot loosening from the soil beneath … mmm!

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Sorry, what was I thinkin’? Anyway, it’s fun AND it’s exercise! So go find some weeds to pull in YOUR neighborhood today! Your neighbors will be thrilled!

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Have a great week, everyone!

A Walk In Simi Valley

Hey, everyone, happy Friday! Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was tearing my hair out (figuratively speaking!) over my inability to come up with interesting (to me, anyway) new blog posts?

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And P.S. – thanks to blogger Penny Wilson (Penny Wilson Writes) for her great suggestions (even though I haven’t used ’em yet)!

Well, today, as I was strolling along the beautiful Arroyo Simi Greenway Bike Path (http://www.rsrpd.org/simi_valley/trails/arroyo_simi_bike_path.php) in equally beautiful Simi Valley, California, I had a great idea!

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I decided to start doing regular posts about the different places I enjoy walking and/or hiking, along with photos I take along the way!

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Anyway, I don’t know how long I can keep that up since as of now there’s really only a small number of places I visit regularly to walk. But hey, it’s a plan, and I love me a good plan, don’t you?

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So first of all, what is the Arroyo Simi Bike Path?

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Well, according to the entry at Alltrails.com (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/simi-bike-trail) it’s an “11.3 mile out and back trail located near Simi Valley, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”

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(or skateboard!)

Translation: most of the way, the mostly well-paved path runs on both sides of the Arroyo Simi, a flood channel which is actually full of water right now due to the recent rains. So you can see lots of interesting wildlife, like these giant geese who like to poop all over everything.

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Seriously, watch your step if you get off the paved path!

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And you may well want to get off the paved path, especially if you’re out with kids or dogs, because there are some nice little “pocket parks” along the way.

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So if you can deal with the ubiquitous poop, it’s a really pleasant walk and lots of interesting things to see along the way. Like this kinda sad-looking kid’s playhouse:

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I have no idea what the story is there, but I like to imagine that the kid who used to play in it grew up, got a terrific job, moved to the big city, and left the old playhouse behind, just in case things don’t work out.

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There’s a lot of mushrooms around

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And lots of gorgeous flowers, too!

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Although I didn’t have my (more or less) trusty pedometer with me on today’s walk, I estimate the walk from one pedestrian bridge to the next, and back again, is about 2 miles, maybe 2 and a quarter. All in all, a nice place for your daily walk or jog or…oh yeah, I guess you could ride your bike on it too. I mean, it IS a bike path!

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So there ya go, everything you ever wanted to know about the Arroyo Simi Greenway Bike Path – at least, it’s all I’m gonna tell you today! But if you want more details, here are a couple of good links to check out:

Hope you enjoyed today’s walk! See you on Monday for the weigh-in!

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Monday Weigh-In: Post 5-K Dream Mile Color Run Edition!

Yeah, yeah, the weight is up a little (again):

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BUT I had a great time at my very first 5K this past Saturday!

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This was the Dream Mile Color Run 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Vibha, a “color run,” which means everyone got these little baggies full of colored powder (cornstarch with food coloring, I believe) which they threw on themselves, other people, dogs, the grass, the sidewalk …

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The Yellow Brick Road at Lake Balboa? Nah, just some leftovers from the Dream Mile Color Run!

It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed my first (and hopefully not last) 5K run, although frankly it was more of a walk than a run for me. Especially when I got to Mile 1 and started meeting runners who’d turned around and were already headed back! At that point, I kinda figured I didn’t have to push myself too hard!

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As it is, my finish time was a very respectable 55 minutes (55:07:5 according to the results at ItzAboutTime, the chip ID co that timed everybody) and most important, I DID NOT FINISH LAST, y’all! Nope, yours truly was finisher #163 out of 194! (And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those lovely 31 people behind me who graciously stopped to get a drink of water or use the Porta Potty, so I could feel like a winnah!)

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So all in all, a great time was had by all, and probably the reason I wound up gaining weight is I rewarded myself a little too freely, especially the next morning at church when Mr. 50by60 and I were in charge of the coffee social at church and brought in wayyyy too many cupcakes and brownie bites…

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But even if I didn’t lose any weight, I think it’s kinda cool that I’m even able to stagger through a full 5K, at any speed, don’t you? Maybe I’ll do another one someday! How about you? Have you ever done a 1K, 5K, 10K, or any other kinda K? Let me know in the comments!

And have a great Monday! (Oh by the way, remember it’s April 1st, so watch yer back!)

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Monday: Weighin’ In With The Boys!

Good morning, everyone! Today’s weigh-in will be short & sweet (like me, tee hee!) ’cause I have an early appointment at everyone’s favorite car repair/parts store!

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What happened was that Thursday morning I was driving merrily down the street, headed for the gym, tra-la-la, not a care in the world, when suddenly, outta nowhere,

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some guy in a parked car opens his driver’s side door, and took out my side mirror! So I’m getting it replaced today. Fortunately, it turns out replacing mirrors is cheaper than I thought, plus it gives me a good excuse to spend some quality time in the most scintillating city on God’s green earth!

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So anyway, here’s the weigh-in:

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Oh sigh!! Yeah, it’s kinda “up” again. But y’know what? If people keep smashing bits & pieces of “Decrepit Blue,” I may just have to do more walking and biking, which should help! Win-win, right?

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Anyway, see ya later — I’m headed for that luxurious waiting room! Have a great day!

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Monday Weigh-In: Post-Fartlek!

Good morning, everyone, and for those of you who are still struggling to wake up, welcome to Daylight Savings Time 2019!

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We go through this every year, and it never gets easier, does it? Oh well … try to make the best of it! Remember, we’ll get that precious, precious hour returned to us in … oh, let’s see, eight months, I guess.

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Don’t worry, the time’ll just fly by! Meantime, how ’bout that weigh-in?

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Not too shabby! And by the way, remember a couple of weeks ago when I did that post, “Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!“? Well, how in the world did I leave out FARTLEKS??

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I mean, I’ve actually being DOING them! Whenever I go out on my tentative runs — basically, walking for a while — then deciding to run as fast as I can from, say, that rock over there to that palm tree down there — then slowing back down to a walk again. I had no idea that was a “thing”! But apparently it is!

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If you want to do some fartlek training yourself, go for it! It’s easy and fun! And I’ve signed up for my very first 5K, the Dream Mile Color Run/Walk 2019, at the end of this month, so I’m hoping to use my newly discovered fartlek skills to possibly finish in less than a full hour!

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It is, isn’t it? Feel free to say it to someone at work today, then chuckle as they threaten to bring you up on sexual harassment charges! It’s good, clean fun! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday, and don’t worry — you WILL get used to this stupid time change (eventually)!

 

Lazy Friday Five: Recent Hike Photos

Good morning, everyone (yawn)! Don’t know about you, but I’m savoring every second of the last remaining, and rapidly waning, days containing that beautiful extra hour we got last fall, before it’s yanked from our clutching arms!

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So as you can imagine, I’m not too keen on spending too much of that precious, precious time searching for hilarious memes, failing to find them, and having to go to Meme Generator to make them myself.

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So today I thought I’d just share with you five photos I took on some recent hikes, in and around Southern California. ‘Kay? Let’s go!

  1. First one’s at Griffith Park. This is called “Rattlesnake Trail,” but I didn’t see any rattlesnakes, just a buncha squirrels (and people with dogs!). Note the beautiful sunny blue sky! That was nice. Maybe we’ll have another one of those, someday!

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2. Here’s a nice trail out at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA — and yes, that’s snow (or at least the remnants of it) alongside the trail! This is near Big Bear and Arrowhead, so they do get snow down here occasionally.Valyermo 1.jpg

3. A little “hidden creek” right in my own neighborhood! I notice it after rainy days when I’m walking to the grocery store. Looks pretty, but I bet it wreaks havoc on the house it’s attached to!Neighborhood hidden creek 1.jpg

4. The infamous “detour to Hell” on the Sage Ranch Loop Trail in Chatsworth, CA. Actually took TWICE as long as the rest of the trail, even though it was (theoretically) shorter! Not to mention the mud! 03052019 Sage DETOUR SIGN.jpg

5. To recuperate from Sage Ranch, I took a nice leisurely stroll through Reseda Park yesterday, where there was a puddle for every duck!Ducks 1.jpg

That’s all, folks! See you Monday for the incredibly sleep Weigh-in!