Friday Five: The Groaning!

Yeah, it’s me with yet another blog full of random complaints about why I can’t seem to get past Plateau Point, and five ideas about why that might be happening.

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Here we go: five reasons I can’t lose weight!

  1. Sugar — OK, I don’t buy into the idea that sugar is the devil, responsible for all the evils of the modern diet.
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    Mainly because people who promote that idea seem to be kinda…what’s the word I’m looking for…?
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    Yeah, well, not in a verifiable, scientifically provable way, but just kinda off balance, somewhere. Still, there’s no denying that foods with lots of sugar tend to be (a) more calorific than others, and (b) really, really yummy!
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    So that’s one.
  2. Cream in my Coffee — Sure, I buy the sugar-free, low-calorie French vanilla version of Coffee Mate, at only 15 calories per serving. Then I dump about 5 or 6 servings in my morning cofveve, because why not? It’s only 15 calories per serving!
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    …carry the one…oh…OK. Hmm, maybe I’d be better off just getting the half & half!
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  3. Fried Chicken — and not just ANY fried chicken, baby — you KNOW what I like!

    Before Lent started, I was getting over my KFC/Popeye’s/[fill in your favorite fast food cooked bird restaurant] by keeping some relatively non-evil Trader Joe’s boneless chicken breasts in the freezer, and cooking one of them with BBQ sauce, Parmesan cheese, etc. Way less calories than the fast food stuff and still relatively yummy.
    However, we’re in Lent now, and in a fit of misguided devoutness, I asked Mr. 50by60 not to buy any more meat or dairy products from Trader Joe’s till after Lent. Which sounds fine and dandy, except twice last week, while out on a long, healthy walk, I “rewarded” myself with some KFC.
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  4. Peanut Butter — When I was a kid, I *hated* peanut butter. I still hate it when it’s combined with something else, like chocolate.
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    But a really good, thick peanut butter & jelly sandwich? MMM!!
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    And it’s totally Lenten, too! So it should be good for you, right? Well, yeah, unless you have, er, more than one, and then start diggin’ into the PB jar as well. Yum, more calories!
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  5. Non-Peanut Butter — Just regular butter, y’know, melted and on popcorn. ‘Cause popcorn’s good for you! It’s got fiber &etc. It’s just that, y’know, that fake butter spray isn’t quite as good as the real, calorific thing.
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So there ya go, five reasons why I may be stuck at the 179/180 plateau for a little longer! Of course, as they say, being able to describe your problem is the first step towards solving it, so maybe now I’ll just fix myself a nice, low-calorie Thomas 100-Calorie English Muffin for breakfast.

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(With, y’know, maybe a dab or two of melted butter.)

See you Monday, to find out how that affects my weight!

Friday Five: Five blogging questions for expert bloggers!

Hey everyone, here I am on yet another Friday when I should have a nice, well-written, meme-intense Friday Five for ya, and yet I’m yawning and scratching and just generally not ready for this AT ALL!

So to any of my readers who are also bloggers, how do YOU do it? What do you do when you’ve made a commitment to blog on certain days, and you get to those days and just don’t feel like blogging?

  1. Do you just get up and write whatever comes into your mind, like a stream of consciousness thing?
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  2. Do you just post a bunch of pictures, with minimal or no comments?
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  3. Do you just say, “Sorry folks, no blog today, see ya next time”?
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  4. Do you prepare “emergency blog posts” ahead of time and keep them in reserve for just such occasions?
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  5. Or do you just not post anything at all, and hope nobody will notice?
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I’m genuinely interested in your answers, suggestions and/or tips! Go on, share your wisdom!

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Thanks, and I’ll see you Monday, when I should be over my temporary writer’s block!

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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!

Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!

Happy Friday, everybody! Are you ready for something a little … different today?

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Have you ever noticed that some exercises, which may be perfectly nice and normal and good for you, have names which are kinda, um, risqué? Or just plain gross? For example:

  1. Burpees
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    Actually, “burpees” are this full-body exercise where you get down on the ground in a “plank” position, then jump back up again.
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    It looks horrible to me, probably because it is! Still, it’s said to burn a lot of calories, so I may try it someday. Really, really slowly, though.
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  2. Squats
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    Of course, the squat is a legitimate and very healthy exercise. But please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks about … er … something else, when I hear the word.
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  3. Thrusters
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    It’s basically just doing a squat and thrusting your dumbbells into the air. So why does it sound like a potential lawsuit?
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  4. The Snatch
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    Probably getting into NSFW territory, so ’nuff said!!
  5. The Clean and Jerk – 
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    (Honestly, these things kinda write themselves, sometimes!)

That’s it, your grossly disgusting Friday Five! Have a great weekend, everybody — see you Monday for the weigh-in!

 

Oops, I did it again!

…forgot to write my usual “Friday Five” blog post, that is!

Sorry about that! Oh well, you know what I was doing instead? I was getting my glasses adjusted — AND exercising, at (almost) the same time!

See, my glasses get out of kilter very easily, always tilting just a little too much to the right. So every once in a while, I have to get them adjusted.

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Usually, after the adjustment, I go out somewhere for a long walk. However, today it was threatening to rain again, and in case you hadn’t heard, we’ve had a LOT of rain here in sunny Southern California over the past week.

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So I decided to do my exercising indoors (like I wrote about in a previous post). And today, my indoor walk was at a big box hardware store called Lowe’s!

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It was great! I went in the front entrance and walked as far to one side as I could get (in this case, the lumber department). Then I just walked up and down each loonnnggg aisle, up and down, enjoying the relatively empty store (it was only about 9:30 a.m.) and the bouncy music being piped in overhead — for some reason I’m really enjoying the music they play in stores these days!

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Before starting, I set the timer on my phone for 30 minutes, and when it went off, I cheered (silently! there were security people around, after all!) — my 30-minute daily walk was done AND I still had a couple of aisles left! Which I went ahead and walked. After that, I left, buying a bottle of diet soda on my way out (so as not to be a COMPLETE mooch!) and went on to enjoy the rest of my day.

Oh, and my glasses? Feelin’ good! I think I can get through another few weeks before my next adjustment slash exercise excuse!

Anyway, sorry for the non-Friday Five-type post, but you know me, I like to shake things up every once in a while! See you Monday for the weigh-in (after which I’m takin’ a road trip, yay!)!

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Friday Five: Things you (normally) don’t see from the treadmill!

Happy Friday, everyone, and of course:

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During the past week, we’ve had quite the little deluge here in normally sunny Southern California, so I’ve been forced to ditch the outdoors and spend some quality time in my least unfavorite gym, Anytime Fitness in Chatsworth.

As gyms go, it’s one of the best, but weather permitting, I’d really rather be walking (or running! yes, I’m running now, believe it or not!) OUTDOORS!

Because you know, there are things you see outside that you just don’t usually see from your gym treadmill. For example:

  1. These horses, saying “Howdy!” along a bike path in Chatsworth.
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  2. These bees, living in a manhole alongside a Chatsworth sidewalk.
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  3. The wash next to this bike path, sunny one day…
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  4. and getting ready to flood the next.
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  5. And finally, these papier mache dolls, just hanging out on a street corner in Reseda, which are not AT ALL creepy and will NOT appear in your dreams tonight.
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Of course, it’s entirely possible you might have seen similar strange and interesting things from your treadmill. If you have, let me know and I’ll post your story/photo next week!

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From “Whole Lotta Shakin: The Weird History of Gym Equipment”

Meanwhile, have a wonderful (and hopefully OUTDOORS!) weekend! See you Monday for the weigh-in! (and sweet dreams! heh heh heh…)

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!

Happy Friday (in keeping with the situation)!

Happy Friday, everyone!

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And yes, I know, it’s not a happy Friday for a lot of people. Fires and angst in some places, snow and angst in others … sickness, misery, sadness …

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Life is like that sometimes! But y’know, you gotta keep your chin up, face the day, and just keep on keepin’ on …

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Things will get better, eventually! And during the coming week, we’ll once again, as a nation, get a chance to take out some of our frustrations on a bunch of innocent birds!

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Of course, there are always a few iconoclasts …

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But for the most part, don’t we all enjoy sitting around the table with our families, enjoying a relaxing, drama-free time of peace and togetherness?

 

Well, whatever you decide to talk about, remember — Thanksgiving is just the beginning!

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So there’ll be lots of other chances to interact with your loved ones, between now and that blessed morning, January 2, when you wake up from your multi-holiday-binge and slowly try to make your way back to Normal Life™ — whatever that may be for you.

 

But first, we gotta get through THIS one! Well, try to be positive, if you can!

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Hey, whatever works for you! See you Monday for my last Post-Holiday Season Weigh-In! And remember … hang in there!

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Friday Five: Just a bunch of photos

Happy Friday, everyone! Yeah, I know, not so happy for a lot of people. Well, when I’m sad, something in my brain clicks over and I start doing (or at least, wanting to do) new and/or creative things. Or maybe just go for a walk.

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All of which I’ve been doing, over the past couple of weeks. And it’s starting to show up in my daily weigh-ins, so Monday should bring me closer to those ever-elusive ’70s, y’all!

Anyway, without further adieux (as our French-Canadian neighbors might say, if they were grammatically challenged, which they’re definitely NOT — je vous aime, le Canada!!), here are five pictures I took recently:

  1. 1 - Art Journal

    On the first of the month, I decided to start ‘art journaling’ again. I’ve done it before, most recently 2015-2016. I ran out of ideas, and steam. However, after we lost Princess, I decided to go back to it, and just keep it simple and cheerful — so far, so good!

  2. 2 - First ever bike tire

    I’ve also taken up — ta-da! — bicycle repair! Well, at least the basics. I’m practicing on a super-old bike that was rusting away in our back yard. Yesterday I decided it was time to learn to change the tires — and I did! Here’s my very first ever replaced bike tire!

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    Habemus bike, with both tires properly installed, mounted & pumped up, and a decent-looking seat as well! Looks really good with all those rays of sun pouring over it, huh? Still needs a lot of work, but it’s definitely looking better than it’s looked for, oh, the past decade!

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    Speaking of sad things, this is the view of one of the Southern California wildfires currently disrupting people’s lives. This is the Woolsey Fire, and if you follow that link, there’s some suggestions of how to help those affected.

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    Saw these in front of a neighbor’s house on my walk this morning. Aren’t these the saddest pumpkins you’ve ever seen? Don’t you just wish you could pick them up, pat them on the head and say, “There, there, it’s gonna be OK”? No? Me neither. Ick.

That’s it, a visual treat for your Friday Five. Hope your weekend goes well, and see you Monday for the weigh-in!

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Friday Five: Four things NOT to say when someone’s pet dies, and one thing you should ALWAYS say!

Happy Friday, everyone! Well, if you remember Monday’s post, it hasn’t been a very happy week for us. We’re getting better, though we’ll always miss our little Princess.

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And most of the people we’ve told about our grief have been very comforting. However, there’s always a few whose “words of comfort” cause more pain than if they’d just zipped their lips! So for our Friday Five, let me share with you four things you should NOT say to a grieving pet owner – plus one thing you that’s ALWAYS OK to say!

  1. Trivializing your loss: “Too bad, but can’t you just go to the animal shelter and get another one? There’s thousands of ’em out there who need good homes.”

    Um, yeah, that’s true. And maybe when some time goes by, we’ll consider doing that very thing.

    Right now, though, the cat we ALREADY adopted, and have loved for over 13 years, has left us, and we’re very sad about that. Would you say the same thing to someone who’d just lost their grandfather, child, or spouse?
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  2. More trivializing: “It’s just a cat (or dog, or horse, or whatever) – what’s the big deal?”

    The “big deal” is it’s a living creature we’ve spent time with EVERY DAY for the past 13+ years, and we’ll miss her.
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  1. Second-guessing: “Are you sure you have to put her to sleep? I heard about someone whose cat had the same thing and they took her to a Mexican vet who fixed her right up!”

    Uh, yeah, sure … let’s put our sick cat in the car, and drive for several hours across the border into a country we’re really not that familiar with, and see if we can find a vet who knows how to CURE CANCER … yeah …
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  1. Glurging them to death: Look, I get it. The “Rainbow Bridge” poem is sweet (I guess). And I’m sure it’s helped a lot of people. However, I worry that maybe some of the pets I’ve accidentally killed, like little Harlan Ellison, the hamster I squished with my mattress when I was moving into my new apartment, might not be so thrilled to see me. And frankly, a little glurge goes a long way with me.
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    Also, while I, like Abbot Tryphon at Ancient Faith Radio, do hope that our afterlife will include our beloved animals, that “Rainbow Bridge” thing seems a bit too New Age-y for my Eastern Christian sensibilities. What I’m trying to say is, stop sending me “Rainbow Bridge” poems, pictures, songs, YouTube videos, etc. Please!
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And finally, the one thing that’s ALWAYS appropriate to say to someone who’s grieving for their pet (or anyone else):

  1. I’m sorry!

    Yes, just a simple expression of sympathy that’s never out of line and always appreciated!

    Look, I get it – not everyone has pets, so not everyone understands how a person can grieve over “just a pet.” But if you care about that person, you can express sympathy for them, even if you don’t understand their feelings, right? So just follow the lead of the Doctor, and you’ll do fine!

That’s your Friday Five, everyone! Monday I’ll be back with a weigh-in, and maybe some more bike stuff. Meantime, have a great weekend!

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