The winds are rising, and the stock market is falling (but hey, so is my weight!)

Happy Monday, everyone! Yes, I know — as Mr. 50by60 just pointed out to me, the winds are rising, and the stock market is falling.

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However, on a more positive note — my weight’s falling, too!

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So there ya go — a little good news for your otherwise melancholy Monday! Hang in there  — the Holiday Season™ is on its way!!

Oh, and speaking of holidays, today’s Veterans Day in the U.S., so a big THANKS to all you military veterans out there!

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My Weight, and Welcome To It!

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With apologies to the late, great William Windom, not to mention James Thurber!

Good morning, everyone! Well, as you may remember, last Monday I didn’t post my weigh-in, due to excessive sadness. However, time passes, grief slowly loses its initial punch, and we move on.

And part of moving on, for me, is getting back into the weight loss swing of things! So here goes with my first weigh-in in two weeks — is it…? is it…? YES it’s a loss!

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Not bad! Still stuck in the ’80s, but at least it’s not going UP, right? And with temps in Southern California getting a little more fall-like, this week (theoretically!), I’m hoping to do more long walks and short bike rides this week. So perhaps NEXT week I’ll be edging closer, ever closer, to the ’70s!

See you Friday!

Just hangin’ out in the ’80s for a while, I guess…

OK, so last week, my weight was 184.4 — and what is it today, I wonder? Let’s find out!

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Hmm, doin’ a lot of those little kicks lately … you’d think that would burn way more calories, huh? Oh well, I’m not too worried. Some of you loyal readers may remember I had to hang out in the ’90s for a lot longer than I wanted to.

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But eventually, I cracked the ’90s/’80s barrier, and eventually I’ll make it to the ’70s as well!

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It’s just a question of patience (although, not being a doctor, I don’t have a whole lot!).

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Still, I think next week’s weight will be lower because I’m expecting a special delivery in tomorrow’s mail of a SECRET WEAPON which I’ll tell you about Friday!

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Meantime, I’m just gonna keep countin’ the calories and doin’ the daily weigh-ins and keep my fingers crossed! Have a great week, everyone!

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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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Monday Weigh-In: Finally, Fall!

And the first thing that’s falling is — my weight! Let’s start with that, shall we? ‘Cause I’m pretty happy about it! Remember last week when I was up to 186.2, post-potluck? Well, feast your orbs on THIS!

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Yes, the weight is falling — and that’s appropriate, ’cause it’s finally FALL, y’all!

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OK, yeah, I know, Fall actually started a couple of weeks ago (September 22, to be exact), but out here in sunny Southern Cal, the temps were still climbing up into the 90s (even close to 100) for several days after September 22, 2018.

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So it didn’t really feel “fall-like” (or “autumnal” for those of you still trying to expand your vocabulary — never too late to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions!) if you know what I mean — till this morning, when the thermometer finally broke the 60-degrees barrier.

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Yes, it’s a chilly 57° Fahrenheit out here in the Valley, and while those of you in West Yellowstone, Montana (current temp: 28° F) and the Vostok Station in Antarctica (current temp: -62° F) may sneer at the idea that 57° F is in any way “cold,” it’s definitely coldER than we’ve been used to for quite a while!

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And as I always say (well, as I always say NOW, because I’ve started exercising!), cold weather is great walking (and biking) weather! So no matter how cold it is where you are — even if it’s colder than 57° F, which is hard to imagine …

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… why not go outside today and walk, run, bike or just generally move around a bit? You’ll warm up in no time!

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And oh yeah, a belated happy Fall, y’all! Get ready for the deluge!

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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!

Rhymin’ Monday Weigh-in: Late start!

Hey, everybody … (yawn) …. what, is it Monday already? (double yawn)

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sorry for the late start … (yawn) … what can I say? It’s cloudy and I haven’t had my cofveve yet. Hang on a sec, OK?

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A’right, lessee … weigh-in, weigh-in … yeah, I got that around here somewhere … here ya go:

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Well yeah, if all my weigh-ins are gonna be that good, I definitely want more! Not sure about the schnitzengruben right now, though.

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Let’s start with some cofveve and see how it goes, OK?

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And enjoy your Monday, even if you have to work!

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Monday Weigh-In: Back to the Grind!

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Good morning, everyone! Time to rise and shine, and face the new day, and all that crapola us annoying “morning people” like to say to you lazy stayabeds!

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Yeah, well, I sympathize! I’ve noticed the school bus traffic getting heavier so that must mean a lot of people (hey, kids are people too!) going back to school, which of course makes things more difficult for the adult people trying to navigate the already mind-blowingly insane highways & byways. So I get it — the daily grind can blow your mind!

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Not to mention relentlessly cheerful people like me, right? But bear with me for a few minutes, OK? I’ll give you my weekly weigh-in, you can read it, get a chuckle out of the lame rhyme I’ve chosen, and get on with your busy busy day! Ready?

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Oh, all right! Here we go, then — today’s weight is:

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Now, wasn’t that worth the weight? (hee hee…get it? “weight”? ’cause it sounds like “wait,” right?)

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Yeah, well, they can’t all be gems! Lemme get MY “daily grind” going and see if I can come up with anything better in the next post!

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Have a great week, everyone!

Weekly Weigh-In: Back to Whatever!

Well, Labor Day week was nice (and short), but this is the first FULL work week for a lot of you, so my sympathies! Mr. 50by60 is definitely not looking forward to it. Still, keep in mind, as you head back to work or school, we’re ALSO heading full-tilt towards some of the tastiest and best-smelling holidays of the year!

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With that in mind, let’s check the ol’ scales, shall we?

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Only 0.6 pounds down since the holidays, but hey, I’ll take it! Better down than up, right?

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Hey, here’s something fun — I’m working on setting up a fancy-schmancy Excel chart showing my weight loss in line graph fashion! What I mean by “fun” is fun to LOOK at, not necessarily fun to WORK on. I’ve always hated Excel to begin with (nothing personal, Excel, I hate Quattro Pro too!), and I’ve never been good at graphs, line or pie.

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Still, it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now (since, ahem, the day I started this blog, no, I’m NOT lazy!). With any luck I’ll have it finished and displaying properly on its own little page. I’ll let you know for sure on Friday! Meanwhile, have a great week!

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Happy Birthday to Moi!

Since yesterday was my birthday…and since I did indeed lose 50 pounds by my 60th birthday (hence the name of this blog)…

I’ve decided the best present I could possibly give myself is…

NO WEIGH-IN TODAY YAYYYY!!!

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So, pass me another cuppa cofveve,
and hand me a slice of birthday cake,
’cause this is it — my special birthday!
It’s time for another diet break!**

Plenty of time in the next week to go back to the calorie counting and the exercise, right? At least, that’s the theory! We’ll see how that plays out next week, as I begin the next phase of my diet journey*: 30 More Pounds By (Orthodox) Christmas!

Who’s with me?

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OK, that’s it! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! (Oh, and by the way, when I was a kid, my mom told me it was called “Labor Day” because it’s when I was born, and I believed her, so be sure & thank her for your nice long weekend!!)

(*I know, I hate that word too, but what are you gonna do, eh?) 

(**Inspired by “Truck Drivin’ Man,” written by Terry Fell & performed by many, many, many folks — here’s Buck Owens for ya! here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVgo6bgLw9Y)