Monday Weigh-In: Post-Fartlek!

Good morning, everyone, and for those of you who are still struggling to wake up, welcome to Daylight Savings Time 2019!

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We go through this every year, and it never gets easier, does it? Oh well … try to make the best of it! Remember, we’ll get that precious, precious hour returned to us in … oh, let’s see, eight months, I guess.

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Don’t worry, the time’ll just fly by! Meantime, how ’bout that weigh-in?

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Not too shabby! And by the way, remember a couple of weeks ago when I did that post, “Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!“? Well, how in the world did I leave out FARTLEKS??

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I mean, I’ve actually being DOING them! Whenever I go out on my tentative runs — basically, walking for a while — then deciding to run as fast as I can from, say, that rock over there to that palm tree down there — then slowing back down to a walk again. I had no idea that was a “thing”! But apparently it is!

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If you want to do some fartlek training yourself, go for it! It’s easy and fun! And I’ve signed up for my very first 5K, the Dream Mile Color Run/Walk 2019, at the end of this month, so I’m hoping to use my newly discovered fartlek skills to possibly finish in less than a full hour!

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It is, isn’t it? Feel free to say it to someone at work today, then chuckle as they threaten to bring you up on sexual harassment charges! It’s good, clean fun! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday, and don’t worry — you WILL get used to this stupid time change (eventually)!

 

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!

Clean Monday: Last Weigh-In Before Pascha!

Good morning, everyone! A happy and blessed “Clean Monday” to my Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic (aka “Orthodox Lite”) friends out there!

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And rather than repeat myself ad nauseum, I’ll just refer you to LAST year’s Clean Monday blog post and let you go on about your day.

Meanwhile, without further adieux, here’s the weigh-in:

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Aw shucks … back in the ’80s! But hey — Lenten fasting is upon us! So obviously that’s a great opportunity to lose some weight … right?

…this is the fundamental basis of Lenten promises. Whatever we give up, we have to ensure that God is kept at the centre of our resolve, and that the primary purpose is to draw near to Him. I will decrease my indulgences or bad habits so that God can increase in glory. NOT: I will decrease my chocolate intake so that I can increase my confidence on the beach, popularity at school or likeness to the celebs.

Oh, OK — and well said! So on that note, whether your Lent starts today, or Wednesday, hope it’s spiritually profitable for you – and not “just another diet”!

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!

 

Post-Road Trip, Pre-Lent Weigh-In

Good morning, everyone!

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Yes, that’s right — as I’ve occasionally mentioned in this blog before, I’m an Eastern Catholic (Byzantine, Ruthenian, Greek Catholic, or whatever). We’re simple folk with different ways, but we’re cool.

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Anyway, the main thing to know about us as it relates to this blog is that even though we’re Catholic, we follow the same basic traditions as the Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was what we call “Meatfare,” or “Farewell, Meat!” (You militant vegans out there should appreciate that since it’s the total, polar opposite of “Meet your Meat.”)

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The idea is that instead of melodramatically going from feast (Mardi Gras) to famine (Ash Wednesday), we kinda slide into the whole fasting thing gently. This week, we give up meat. Next week, after Cheesefare Sunday, we give up … well … everything else, basically!

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That’s right — our Lent officially starts two days BEFORE your Ash Wednesday!

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Anyway, you can read more about the whole Meatfare/Cheesefare Sundays thing here, if you’re so inclined. Meanwhile, I suppose I should get on with the whole weigh-in thing.

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Oh … wait … did I mention I was on a road trip last week? So that might have affected my weight? I mean, I did put the words “Post-Road Trip” in the post title and all, so I probably should at least mention it, right?

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Oh, all right!! Today’s weigh-in is, like people who don’t spout their political opinions to everyone they meet, whether they want to hear them or not (*cough* EVERY DAMN PERSON AT THE OSCARS *cough*), surprisingly neutral!

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That’s right — it’s EXACTLY the same as it was Monday, before I hit the road for beautiful, sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

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And I did indulge in some non-diet-type foods at the hotel’s fabulous Continental Breakfast Bar.

So I’m actually pretty impressed that I managed to keep the numbers from wildly skyrocketing. I did do some walking (in between the torrential storms) so that probably helped.

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Anyway, that’s it! And I’m going out on a limb AND going on record (hmm, can’t seem to find a meme that combines those two images! how bizarre) to renew my pledge, before God and everybody, to start counting my calories again. To be completely honest, I’d slacked off a bit on actually writing everything down, and keeping a running total in my head. Now that may work for you super math geniuses, but y’know, I’m not one of those.

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So it’s back to pen(cil) and paper for me! Let’s see how that works out. Meanwhile, have a GREAT first week of pre-Lent, everyone! See you Friday for a brand-new Five!

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Weigh-In: Post-Valentine Chocolate Overload Edition!

Welp, good morning, friends & neighbors! Time for my post-Valentine, pre-Road Trip weigh-in. Let’s get this over with quickly, shall we?

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Today’s weigh-in is (gulp):

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Sigh — up a little since last time!

Oh well, as mentioned above, I’m heading out on yet another one of my famous L.A.-Phoenix Road Trips, which consists mainly of trying to avoid being on the I-10 for any longer than absolutely necessary. Takes a lot longer, but it’s definitely doable, and way more scenic!

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Still, what with all the recent rains we’ve had out here, some of my usual “longcuts” won’t be usable, so I’ll probably have to do the boring Freeway Slog most of the way this time. Yawn!! Oh well, the bright side of any Road Trip is — you  guessed it! — the Hotel Continental Breakfast!

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er … sorry … I meant, of course, the Visit with Family!

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Which is just one of the many exciting things I’ll be doing in beautiful, not-at-all-boring Phoenix this week. I won’t be doing my Friday Five post, though, since Friday morning’s the day I get up early-early-early to start heading back. So you’ll just have to make this one do till next Monday.

Oh well, given that I’ve been super-late with my LAST two Friday Fives, I don’t think you’ll be too upset! Anyway, that’s the Weigh-In, and now I’m gonna get behind the wheel and take out my frustrations on the road!

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Have a great week, everyone — see ya next Monday!

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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Monday Weigh-In: Steady As She Goes!

Happy Monday, everyone! OK, let’s start right in with the weigh-in!

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Awesome! Down a full pound since last week! Although in the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I did an *unofficial* weigh-in about an hour before the *official* one, and it was 178.4. So this week’s Hot Weight Loss Tip: weigh yourself EVERY HOUR on the hour till you get a result you like!

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Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Anyway, I’m gonna keep this short & sweet because today — after months of pretending it wasn’t there, despite the regular monthly payments being deducted from my checking account — I’ve decided to pay a rare visit to my second least unfavorite gym, 24 Hour Fitness in Simi Valley.

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The one with the pool!

Well, maybe, but given that we’re still having relatively subzero temperatures out here in the beautiful San Fernando Valley,

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I think I’ll stick to the indoor part! Anyway, I figure since I’m still paying to keep my membership alive, I should probably use it once in a while, just to make sure my fingerprints haven’t changed or anything.

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So that’s *my* Monday plans. What are yours? Whatever they are, hope your day — and your week — goes well!

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See ya Friday!

Friday Five (minus about 4): That’s Snow Good!

Heh, yeah, I know, I know…

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However, my excuse for not posting my regular Friday Five this morning isn’t a whole lot better. Basically, I forgot, ’cause I’ve been out enjoying the beautiful sunny Southern California weather!

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Haha — yeah, that’s snow (or at least the remains of it!). I did a nice long walk out at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA, where it never got higher than 42 degrees Fahrenheit! Still, it was sunny and clear and gorgeous, so even though you didn’t get your usual “Friday Five,” hope you enjoyed that ONE lovely photo!

I’ll do better next week, promise! Now go enjoy that weekend!

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Monday Weigh-In: Après le Week of Walks!

OK, campers, rise and shine!

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“Meatballs,” 1979

And don’t forget your booties, ’cause it’s COLD out there! Even here in sunny Southern California, it’s a brisk … oh, let’s see … 51 degrees Fahrenheit — brr!! Too cold for me to do anything but blog, I guess.

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Oh yeah, and weigh myself … I guess … let’s see, it was supposed to be a big weight milestone today, too, wasn’t it? Hmm … let me just go wash my hair …

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Original “Clairol’s Herbal Essence Shampoo,” 1978

… and see if that jogs my memory.
OH YEAHH … now I remember! Drum roll, please:

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Here’s this morning’s weight:

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Minnesota Kicks, 1976

That’s right — I’ve FINALLY re-entered the ’70s, man!

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“The Brady Bunch,” 1969-1974

So now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go get my breakfast …

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Carnation Instant Breakfast ad, 1970

pop in a movie …

or maybe just settle down with a good book …

and enjoy the rest of this beautiful, rainy Monday! Hope you’re able to do something fun, wherever you are!