Are we focusing too much on weight during the lockdown?

Hey, everyone! How are you holding up? I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a lot of quality crocheting and knitting projects done.

And my weight is pretty much staying the same, a little up, a little down, but basically circling around the same area it’s been for the last several months:

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However, I’m thinking after today I might give myself a break from the weigh-ins.

Don’t worry, I’ll still blog! But I came across this article in Glamour Magazine last week, “Everyone is Terrified of Getting ‘Quarantine Fat’ and Just Enough Already,” in which author Lindsay Schallon says:

Despite the fact we’re going through an unprecedented health crisis, the prevailing message on social media right now is that we’re somehow supposed to be “making the most” of our time spent indoors. Write that novelOrganize your closetBake breadGet quarantine fit!

Now, I don’t blame anyone for taking up a new hobby in order to distract themselves. You can only have so many conversations with your cat until you begin to feel completely deranged. But that last one—the idea that we should be using all this “extra time” to lose weight, or at least not gain any—moves beyond feeling productive and gives into a societal fear I thought we were moving past: Getting “fat.”

And I think she makes some great points! It’s what I’ve been saying as well: if cocooning with a good book and a big bowl of M&M-laced trail mix is what you need to help you get through this time of very legitimate angst, I am NOT going to tell you you’re wrong!

And neither is Pope Frankie!

So do what you need to do to stay sane! Sure, I think it’s great if you’re enthusiastic about doing more exercise and working out and sticking to your diet. But it’s ALSO great if you’d rather put off the healthy stuff till the crisis passes.

Do what you need to do! And in the spirit of nonjudgmentalism (also because, frankly, next week is Easter, which means a whole lot of cheese and chocolate and eggs and meat, in our household anyway!)…

…I’m hereby giving MYSELF a break from the Official Weekly Rhymin’ Weigh-Ins, till April 30th.

(and btw, so long, Schitts Creek!! loved that series finale!!)

Again, I’ll still check in on Wednesdays with a cheery “howdy”! Just won’t be updating the numbers for a while. So feel perfectly free to do the same! You have this kinda-sorta diet guru’s full permission!

See ya next week for the NON-weigh-in!

And now for something completely different!

Thought I’d take a break from the weigh-in this week, travel back in time, and have a conversation with my grandfather.

Edward Paul “Eddie” Meisburger, Oct 26, 1895 – June 1979 — we just called him “Papa!”

He was a journalist, and also pals with President Harry S Truman (for real!)

That’s Papa, second from right, with HST on the left

So I figured he’d have some good insights into our current situation! I told him all about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and all the “shelter at home” and “social distancing” stuff.

Happy 15th anniversary to “The Office”!

I told him how jarring it was to go to the grocery store now and have to stand in a long line to get inside, where the shelves were increasingly empty.

Though for some strange reason, there’s plenty of vegan meat and cheese substitutes!

I told him how frustrated we all were at the fact that no one had any idea how long this was going to last, or how it was going to end.

He nodded, took a sip from his hip flask, and asked, “And who’s your President these days?”

“Donald J. Trump,” I replied.

Papa looked startled for a moment, then turned his head to look at the calendar on the wall behind him.

And he chuckled. “Good one, kiddo — you had me going there for a while!”

Happy April Fool’s Day, everybody! See you next week, where I promise to do an actual weigh-in, maybe! Oh, and enjoy these “bonus alternate endings” from an idea by Mr. 50by60:

The occasional rant!

As my more-or-less loyal readers know, I usually try to keep this blog controversy-free. And for the most part, like the great Weird Al, I succeed.

However, every once in a while I get a bunch of Really Important Thoughts!! that simply MUST be expressed somewhere, somehow, or I’ll blurt them out in an inappropriate place, like, y’know, church, or the yarn store.

And I don’t really want to antagonize the good folks at the yarn stores because, what with the coronavirus AND the spring rains, I’ve been spending more time at home, crocheting, weaving, and just generally getting my craft on!

And yeah, unfortunately all that sitting around does have an effect on my, er, bottom line — to whit, today’s weigh-in:

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Still, I’m enjoying it! And if you’re currently being affected in any way by the coronavirus outbreak, or have just decided to stay home out of an abundance of caution, I say good on you, mate! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re being too paranoid or blowing things out of proportion.

Which is where I have to do my Mildly Controversial Rant! I’m seeing a lot of religious folks in my Facebook feed and elsewhere insisting that taking steps to keep the coronavirus from spreading, by avoiding crowds, washing your hands more often, not shaking hands, etc. is all just a Big Satanic Plot!

And as we all know, during the Middle Ages, when the plague and cholera and other diseases were wiping out thousands of people in Europe, all you had to do was go into a church and/or join a procession, and you’d be perfectly safe!

Yeah, that’s not really how infectious diseases work. And fortunately, there are plenty of equally religious folk who DO understand that. Now, I’m a “cradle Catholic,” so naturally I criticize my church ALL THE TIME — and let’s be honest, more often than not, they deserve it!

However, I do appreciate that most of our Bishops are urging people who are sick to stay home from Mass, or at least avoid shaking hands and spreading their cooties to others during the Sign of Peace.

And apparently, some people think that’s Satan talking! But y’know what? I seem to remember a certain guy in the Bible telling people that we should treat others the way we want to be treated!

And I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want anyone giving ME their icky cooties!

So I am perfectly OK with hunkering down in my She Shed with my YouTube videos and (re)learning all my fun needlecrafts until they develop a vaccine for this thing, which they will, eventually! Although it probably wouldn’t hurt for me to go out for a walk once in a while, which I’ll also do, as soon as it stops raining.

Meanwhile, STAY SAFE and don’t take any unnecessary risks! Remember —

State of the Weight!!

Well, good morning, everyone! I’m sure we all enjoyed last night’s State of the Union address, featuring President Trump, a frequent visitor to my meme gallery, and a couple of newbies

Of course, not everyone enjoyed it:

But ya know, you can’t please everyone! So on that note, let’s check out the State of the Weight, shall we?

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Hey, not too shabby! I mean, I’d rather it was a LOT lower, but I’m fine with it just going down in dribs & drabs, right? As long as it’s down, not up!

So unless you’re in Iowa,

get ready to MAKE A DIFFERENCE for your country! Meanwhile, don’t rip up that diet plan just yet, Nancy!

I’m sure it’s chock-full of great weight loss ideas from our beloved Prez!

So let’s give it a try, and meet back here again NEXT week — whaddya say?

OK, well, the REST of us will be here, David! Have a great week, everyone!

Thanksgiving conversation starters and/or calorie burners!

Well, hello, everyone! Are you as excited about next week’s Big Giant Turkey Holiday (U.S. only) as I am? Bet you are! But before we get to that, how’s about the weigh-in?

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A little lower than last week, so that’s good, right? Anyway, no worries! It’s that time of year, when we all gather round with our loving families, to clasp hands and, together, repeat those hallowed words:

And y’know, a lot of people worry about getting into political and/or religious arguments over holiday meals. I say, go for it! Nothing like a good knock-down, drag-out fistfight to keep that calorie deficit going!

So on that note, here’s a few ideas to get your family’s conversational balls rolling:

1. So, how soon do you think they’ll impeach Trump?

2. So, who’s paying for our meal, Elizabeth Warren or Andrew Yang?

3. Is it weird that I want Joe Biden to sniff MY hair?

4. When are you people going to [ditch religion/find God] and [enjoy your life/have a better life] already??

5. (take a deep sniff first) Um, you’re sure this turkey was cooked, right?

6. Hey [insert name of least favorite elderly relative here], are you going to take out your dentures again?

7. Hey [insert name of least favorite young whippersnapper relative here], when are you gonna get MARRIED and give us some GRANDchildren??

There ya go, seven questions guaranteed to get the blood flowing, so you can eat some more turkey and dressing!

Enjoy, and see ya next week!

A little up, a little down – it’s all good!

Up a little this morning:

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but ya know, it’s OK! I did a whole bunch of long walks last week, mostly alone but one with Mr. 50by60, just around the neighborhood, enjoying all the fresh graffiti.

So that’s something we both enjoy! And over the next few days, we’ll be doing something ELSE we both enjoy on a regular basis!

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That’s right — we’re going on another train trip!

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[off-stage whispers]

You thought WHAT?? Oh come on, get your minds outta the gutter!

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Anyway, we’re taking the fabulous Amtrak Coast Starlight up to Olympia, Washington for a church thingy, which should be lots of fun (as long as I don’t run into anyone who’s heard about my recent rants against church men telling church women how to dress and behave)!

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And of course, being on the train, and then at a hotel, and then at a church thingy, means pretty much the same thing to us lifelong dieters:

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So I might not do a weigh-in next week! I’ll do some sort of post, though, to let you know how the trip went, and maybe share some photos too. Meanwhile, hope YOU have a great week, and remember:

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Another week fighting the fat (and patriarchy)!

Good morning, and happy Tuesday, everyone! First of all, I wanted to express my sympathies to all the victims of gun violence over the past few days. It’s heart-wrenching and happens all too often. Let’s see if we can do anything useful about it *this* time, ok?

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Anyway, my weight remains steady:

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in spite of (or perhaps because of) a week spent arguing against patriarchy within my beloved Byzantine Catholic church. Specifically, one of *our* priests (gasp!) posting propaganda videos for something called “The New Emangelization Project.” (Go ahead … read it! I’ll wait)

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I know, right? Anyway, it’s not like the whole idea of “men do this, women do that” isn’t already pretty much baked into Church teaching … I get that. However, this particular group was apparently founded specifically by the very manly Cardinal Raymond Burke:

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to push the idea that all the problems in the Church today — especially the child abuse scandals — are happening because of (brace yourself) WOMEN!

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Yeah, that’s right! If all those pushy women hadn’t been pushing their way forward from the back of the bus, er, church, and demanding the right to stand somewhere in the vicinity of the altar so they, too, could wear long dresses and lace in front of God, then the good Christian men wearing all those long dresses and lace wouldn’t have abused all those little kids!

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Also, he wants women to stop wearing clothes he doesn’t approve of, because it makes him nervous.

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Anyway, that’s what I’m on about now. And yeah, I realize fighting patriarchy within the Catholic Church is an unwinnable fight. But hey, I figure I’ve got at least as much of a chance of winning that one as Americans have of ending violent mass shootings within our lifetimes. So it’s worth a shot! (get it?)

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And yeah, I’m following through on my suggestion a few weeks ago that this blog might indeed transition into something a bit more political! Let me know what you think! Meanwhile, have a good, safe, and PEACEFUL week, my sisters and my brothers!

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Monday weigh with bonus political AND religious commentary! Booyah!

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

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Got me some stuff to do today so just gonna post the weigh-in:

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Welp, still circlin’ the maintenance drain out here at beautiful Plateau Point.

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But hey, that’s OK! I’m actually happy with that number, as it zoomed up to a whopping 187 the day after the Fourth, when we visited relatives and happily chowed down on hot dogs, pizza, gossip, etc.

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Oh, and we had a couple o’earthquakes this week, in case you didn’t hear (or feel) — and btw, reliable ol’ Pat Robertson decided to cheer us up by reassuring us that hey, nothin’ to worry about — that’s just God applauding for President Trump’s 4th of July parade!

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I mean, even if that were true, there weren’t any parades on Friday when the 7.1 hit, were they?

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Oh well — seriously gotta run now! Hope you have a great week!

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