Just a flesh wound!

Yeah, it’s a teensy little gain:

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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!

Back From the Brink!

Good morning, everyone! Sorry to be a little late. I’m been mixing my Trader Joe’s Breakfast Blend (coarse grind) with some pre-Covid era decaf, in order to save on trips to the store, so I’m having a little trouble getting completely awake and alert!

Hopefully that’ll be remedied soon (hint hint), but meantime, I’m thrilled to be able to report that, after coming justthisclose to my personal Danger Zone (200 pounds!),

I FINALLY started doing what I’m always telling YOU guys to do — writing down my calories every day and resuming a semi-regular exercise program (basically, long walks in the wilderness of Simi Valley, three times a week), I’ve got a decent loss to report! Ready? Here’s the number:

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Yeah, that’s more like it!



Now, since I’m down to half-caf, I’ll just go have TWICE as much covfefe and maybe that’ll make me a little more alert!

See ya next week!

My well of catchy blog titles is empty right now, sorry!

Yeah, it’s Wednesday and it’s Weigh-In Time, but for the life of me, I can’t think of a catchy title today! Just can’t seem to get those … things … you know, in my head … working …

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Yeah, well, guess I’m not the only one, huh? Anyhoo, let’s do the weight first because it’s actually pretty good!

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Yeah, down a bit! I was getting a little worried there. But you know, that’s a good argument for weighing yourself every day — you can see it creeping back up and decide what, if anything, you want to do about it.

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Yeah, well, unlike Chidi, I don’t have as much trouble with that! Still, I do know that when I get > 5 pounds away from THE BIG 2-0-0, that’s my cue to restart the diet!!

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And I’m doing my best to go out for long walks 3 days a week. It seems to be helping — and you know, even if it didn’t affect the weight, I’d still do it, just for that feeling of freedom and being one with Nature and all that jazz.

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Of course, I can’t go to all the popular trails I used to enjoy, because, y’know, people are idiots.

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But as long as I stay off the beaten path, I’m fine! And off the beaten path is where the prettiest flowers are, sometimes!

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And NO I’m not telling you where I took that picture — stay away from my trails, dagnabit!!

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Did you know Biff Tannen from “Back to the Future” was based on Trump??

Oh, and speaking of bullies in popular movies and TV, let us all bow our heads in remembrance of the GREAT Ken Osmond, aka everyone’s favorite wise guy, Eddie Haskell!

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He was one of the greats! So on that slightly melancholy note, I’ll bid you farewell, and let’s keep our fingers crossed we don’t lose any more childhood favorites between now and next Wednesday!

Wednesday Wildflower Walk Weigh-In!

Good morning, peeps! Great to see you! How are you holding up? Feel free to rant in the comments!

First things first: the weigh-in!

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Down a pound, which is nothing to sneeze at! And speaking of sneezing …

yours truly saw some lovely wildflowers on a hiking trail in an undisclosed location in the beautiful San Fernando Valley area yesterday! Here’s a few photos for your enjoyment:

Oh, and just FYI, the REASON I’m not disclosing the location is I don’t want all you nitwits to go out there tomorrow and ruin it for me!

Find a nice place to walk in your OWN neighborhood that only you and your neighborinos know about. If you can’t find one, well, there’s always the ol’ Staycation, right in your own back yard (if you’re lucky enough to have one)!

And remember, both Aunt Chrissy (a left-wing loony) and Mr. 50by60 (a right-wing NON-covidiot) say, wear your masks, please!

At least when there are other people around! If you’re alone, it’s probably OK to take it off — maybe!

In which case, you’re on your own!! See ya next week!

Insert Humorous Blog Post Title Here (or, “What? It’s Wednesday Already?”)

Yeah, I wasn’t really prepared for this, after sustaining a minor but very annoying injury on an otherwise enjoyable hike this past Monday when, in my best Peter Griffin imitation, I slipped and whacked my kneecap on a very hard, irritatingly unyielding rock!

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Contrary to all the concerned Facebook comments I got when I posted about it later, I wasn’t so much worried about “omg, I’m all alone, who will help me?” as I was, “omg, I hope I don’t have to get one of those mountain bikers or large, noisy families to help me!” See, it was MLK Day, and on federal holidays, the parks don’t charge the usual entrance fees.

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So it wasn’t like I was stranded out in the wilderness with only a few Fedex boxes to keep me alive till I could get off the island.

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No, I channeled my inner Grumpy Cat and hobbled my way around the rest of the trail,

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enjoying the scenery and making extravagant promises to my knee involving hot bubble baths, ice packs, etc. if it would just hold out till I got back to the parking lot. And it did! I checked the mileage later and found that my fall had happened at mile 1.5, after which I walked another 3.5 miles!

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That’s right, Huell! Which is why it’s REALLY annoying to have to tell you that, after all that — after the long hike, the knee whack, and STILL sticking to my calorie counting the next day — my weight is STILL up!

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Which makes me think that maybe I should be focusing less on the weight and more on the fact that I’m a bada$$ old hiker lady! I mean, maybe the reason my knee WASN’T injured as badly as it might have been is that layer of fat protecting it!

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So maybe I won’t worry too much about the weight, and instead, look into the possibility of getting some of those cool folding hiking poles, which might actually have been useful around mile 1.5!

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And meanwhile, I’ll just keep countin’ the calories and walking, when I can!

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See ya next week!

 

 

Hiking for Fun and (sometimes) Weight Loss!

First, let’s get this out of the “weigh” (get it?):

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Oh, it’s funny, all right! All humor at 50by60.com is guaranteed to make you laugh, or you get a full refund on your admission price!

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OK, okay*! Here ya go, my Offishul Way-In for the Weak:

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There ya go, down a little from last week — not too shabby! And I’ve been doing some actual hiking during the past week, too, which I think has helped with the weight loss (though not so much with the knees!), assuming I can avoid eating back all the calories I burned. And of course, you know the old saying about “assuming”!

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So, on that note, let me post with a photo I took yesterday at a place I have hiked to twice, Lasky Mesa, in the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space (“in or near Los Angeles,” as Grampa Google puts it), because I have searched high and low on the Interwebs and NO ONE has posted a photo of this neat and weird-looking little pool of water:

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Weird pool of water surrounded by sand/rock dunes, Lasky Mesa, Upper Las Virgenes Open Space, photo by Christine Lehman

Yes, you, faithful reader, are seeing something that most people don’t know exists! That’s what hiking does for you! (Well, that and making your knees hurt, but ya know, it’s always something!)

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See ya next time for more Adventures In Hiking!

*It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it, but I do freelance transcription, which means I have to remember that one company’s Style Guide says to use “OK” and the other company says to use “Okay” and god/dess help you if you get confused. Get it? Got it? Good!

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

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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