Day 3 of the 7-Day Challenge

Day 3’s walk was, like Monday, another combination errand-walk. This time, the errand was a holy one. Today is the feast day of the Three…

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Stooges?

NO! The Three Holy Hierarchs!

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Anyway, they’re these guys*:

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and since (as I’ve mentioned occasionally, with Uriah Heep-like modesty) I’m one of the cantors at our little Byzantine Catholic Church — not to mention the only one who doesn’t work for a living — I rode the fabulous Orange Line bus from Reseda to Sepulveda, then walked to and from church from there.

On the way back, I stopped at this fabulous Tarjay

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for a “pit stop” and to use up most of a Christmas gift card (thanks Becky and Jon!). And here’s my pedometer at the bus stop as I head home (notice the bright sunlight):

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So Day 3 is done! Now tomorrow, for Day 4, I was originally going to stay completely home and post some ideas about how to exercise indoors, for my cousin Margaret, who pointed out it’s a little difficult to walk outside when it’s below freezing.

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But I forgot I’m taking my car (Decrepit Blue) to get new tires tomorrow morning, so it’ll be another “errand-walk” from the garage to home. Oh well, maybe I’ll save all those brilliant ideas for the Friday Five — it’ll still be cold then, right? I mean, everywhere but out here in sunny California, right?

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OK, that’s plenty long enough for a mid-week blog post — I haven’t even had lunch yet! See ya tomorrow!

(*I’m happy to report there were marginally more people in church than in the icon, though not by much!)

7-Day Walking Challenge: Days 1 and 2 are done!

Both days 1 and 2 of my self-imposed 2019 7-Day Walking Challenge are in the history books!

Motivation for yesterday’s walk was pretty easy to find. It helps to have a cat who prefers a VERY SPECIFIC type of cat treat that’s ONLY carried at a particular pet store, which just happens to be about a 20-minute walk from home. Meow!

Day 2 (today) I got up bright and early (well, early!) and did a slightly shorter walk, also in our neighborhood but going in a different direction.

So all in all, very nice pair of back-to-back walks. Tomorrow’s walk should be more interesting, as I’m having (gasp) a root canal this afternoon.

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Hopefully I won’t need to be all whacked out on painkillers but if I am, keep an eye out — I’ll be the old grey-haired lady staggering down Reseda Boulevard. (Well, *one* of them anyway!)

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See ya tomorrow!

Are you up for the 7-Day Walking Challenge?

Happy Monday, everyone! Well, last night I indulged in a special treat — prime rib (well done) with mashed potatoes and gravy and Yorkshire pudding, mmm!

So it’s really not that much of a surprise that this morning’s weigh-in is:

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Grr! Ya know what? I’ve been hangin’ out in the ’80s too long! Maintenance is great, but this ain’t the weight I want to maintain! SO — this week I’m starting the Great 2019 7-Day Walking Challenge! Who’s with me?

Aw come on!! Seriously, here’s the ground rules:

  1. Walk (and/or run) for *at least* 30 minutes every day.That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? And to make it extra special, I’ll add a second rule, just for me:
  2. Post a brief comment on the blog every day, even if it’s only, “Yeah, I did the #@*% walk, ok??”

And of course, I’ll still be counting my calories. So maybe THIS is the week I can finally blast through that border wall

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and get back into the ’70s! Who’s with me?

Well, I’m doin’ it anyway! So enjoy your Monday, and I’ll see you again — Tuesday!

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!

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…)

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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oh poo

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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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!

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!!

 

Bonus Post: Wisdom from Two Utes of Today!

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Hey everyone! I’m still officially on vakay, but since my niece Rachel and her pal Ashley are still busily keeping THEIR blog, “Simply Us,” up to date, I thought I’d share with you one of their recent posts, with a whole lot of wisdom in it! Enjoy!

New Year New Me. New Year’s Resolutions and Tips for Sticking To Them

 

Surprise! Just poppin’ in to say Merry Christmas!

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m on a blogging break and all that.

Still, if former Pres. Obama can pop in to say hi, I guess I can, too!

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I’m enjoying my little break, and hope you’re all keeping snug as the proverbial bugs in your rugs, keeping warm, sipping cocoa and enjoying life.

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Listen — we’ll get back to the diet and exercise struggle soon enough. This is a time to relax and enjoy yourself. Go ahead, have some chocolate. We’ll work it off, together, in January.

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Merry Christmas to all my loyal readers! See you again on Monday, January 7, 2019 (aka Orthodox Christmas, for my non-Western readers)!

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