Ooh, so close!!

Good morning, everyone! Well, we gave it our best shot, and we’re proud of our efforts. Still, it wasn’t the desired result for everyone, was it?

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Um no … no, I’m not talking about that little football game you watched yesterday! I’m talking about my weigh-in, silly!

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Yeah, I’m not in the Super ’70s yet, but it’s still two pounds down from last week, so I’m happy about it! (Especially since I had me some delicious Popeye’s Chicken not once, but TWICE, last week … mmm! And btw, if you work for Popeye’s, feel free to send me a check for that blatant product plug!)

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And I’m looking forward to a week with slightly less rain than last week’s deluge —

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so I can go outdoors for more long walks —

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so NEXT week’s weigh-in should FINALLY “touch down” into the region I’m aiming for. “Touch down” — touchdown — get it?

Hmm … OK, yeah, my football metaphors probably need a little work. Maybe if I actually WATCHED a game sometime …

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Yeah, you’re right! I’ll just go find a light-hearted football movie to watch and see if I can educate myself.

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Oh yeah, that should do it! When in doubt, Stooge it out!

See you Friday!

Welcome to Bizarro Monday!

Well, happy Monday everyone — and a nice rainy one it is too, here in normally sunny Southern California! Not that we’re complaining, you understand!

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What’s a bit ironic is that Mr. 50by60 is on a business trip in Seattle, where those of us who rely on sitcoms and movies for our information about the Pacific Northwest just assume it’s raining constantly. And yet — this one time he’s there — it’s sunny! That’s right — it’s sunny in Seattle and raining in Los Angeles!!

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Yeah, well, all that fits in quite nicely with today’s weigh-in. Remember how last week I was SURE this was gonna be the week I finally broke through to the ’70s? (the 170s, for those of you just joining us).

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And I was sooo close, guys ‘n gals! For three days this past week I was actually weighing in at 179.2! Then … then came the weekend …

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Well, it is what it is! So let’s just get right to it, shall we? Hang on a sec …

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Oh all right!! Today’s weigh-in ISSSSS….

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Rats! Oh well, guess the ’70s will just have to wait another week! No problem — I’m just gonna dedicate myself to MORE exercise, MORE diligent countin’ of the calories, MORE attention to the whole rigorous process of weight loss! MORE binge-watching of “Corner Gas” on Amazon Prime!

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Yeah … I’ll definitely do at least ONE of those things! We’ll find out the results next week! Meanwhile, stay dry, L.A.! And as for you, Seattle, I’ll just say “badbye” and leave you to your bizarro winter weather!

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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!!

 

Last Weigh-In Before the Freeway, and also: Blatant Nepotism!

Good morning, everyone! Let’s all enjoy this final Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In before the holidays kick in, shall we?

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Grr … up TWO POUNDS since last Monday! What’s really annoying is that just two days ago (Friday, for you math-challenged Old Calendarists), I was actually down to the fabled 170s for a brief, shining moment (179.8, to be exact), but alas, the never-ended water-related fluctuations took over.

Oh well, “water” you gonna do, eh?

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Hey, sorry! They can’t all be gems! Anyway, as I mentioned Friday, I’ve decided to give the whole 50by60 blogging staff some much-needed time off — starting after this post all the way through to Old Calendar Orthodox Christmas, Monday, January 7, 2019!

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(‘Cause, um, I work for myself)

I mean, I’ll still do my daily weigh-ins — that’s crucial! I just won’t be posting any of them till that very special Monday. That’s right, beeyatches — I’m on vakay!!

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Before I leave, though, I wanted to direct your attention to this WONDERFUL new blog, Simply Us, created by my WONDERFUL niece, Rachel and her equally WONDERFUL pal, Ashley! It’s all about feminism — and makeup. (Hey — they’re NOT mutually exclusive!)

Anyway, so far the blog looks AWESOME, ladies!

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And I’m looking forward to chatting with at least one of the authors over our always pleasant, never polemical, Thanksgiving dinner! Here’s a couple of memes to get the conversational ball rolling:

Anyway, HAPPY THANKSGIVING*, Merry New Calendar Christmas, and Happy New Year to all my loyal readers! I may be sneaky and pop in once or twice before Jan. 7, but meantime …

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I’m outta here! (Oh, and:

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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!