Friday Five: As promised: all the yummy stuff I got to eat on the Fourth of July!

Happy Friday! As promised in Monday’s post, here are a few of the goodies I scoffed on Wednesday while visiting my fabulous brother and sister-in-law’s annual 4th-of-July party.

  1. BAKED BEANS!! Mr. 50by60 and I don’t have beans a lot. I won’t go into too much detail about why. Still, every once in a while, they’re a treat. To a point.
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  2. HOT DOGS!! My traditional holiday indulgence, grilled to perfection and with LOTS of ketchup on my hot dogs. Yeah, I’m one of those!
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  3. POTATO SALAD!! Not normally one of my favorites, even on holidays, but someone brought in a tub of Reser’s Potato Salad, and I have to admit, it was goooood!!
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  4. POTSTICKERS WITH SOY SAUCE!! Mmmmore please!!
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    and of COURSE:
  5. CAKE!! See, the 4th of July is also our niece Kate’s birthday. And this year, she turned 18. So OF COURSE we had birthday cake! Not just any ol’ cake, though — ice cream cake. And not just ONE ice cream cake, but THREE (at least — I lost count after the the third). Happy birthday, Kate!
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And yes, I did have a teensy little weight gain the day after, which I’m still coming down from. Oh well, there’s more to life than your diet, right? Every once in a while you just gotta cut loose and enjoy yourself. Right?

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See you on Monday, when we’ll find out just how much damage that delicious feast did!

Weekly Weigh-in, Pre- or Post-Patriotic Holiday Edition (depending on your location)!

Hey, happy Monday! Looks like a great week for all us patriots (and those who enjoy short work weeks, heh heh!). Starting yesterday, we had:

And of course, later this week it’s our turn, down here in the Lower 48:

So whichever part of the Northern American continent* you’re reading this from, enjoy your special day!

Anyway, let’s get down to business, shall we? Here’s the Weekly Weigh-In:

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Whew! Well, I’m still stuck in the ’90s, but at least it’s heading back in the right direction! See you Friday, when I’ll tell you about all the yummy stuff I got to eat on the Fourth of July!

(*Lo siento, Mexico, pero su Dia de la Independencia es el 16 de Septiembre!)

viva

 

Saturday Snippet: just because…

Well, hey, everyone! If you were waiting on pins and needles for Friday’s post, I apologize. However, I had a VERY good reason:

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Actually, I didn’t forget as much as I just couldn’t think of anything to say. Plus, I went to a really purty place where I spent the day in quiet meditation ‘n stuff.

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St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA

So anyway, sorry if you were disappointed, but better late than never, right? Anyway, hope your weekend’s going well! See you Monday for the weigh-in!

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First “Post-Diet-Break” Weigh-In!

OK, ready for this? Let’s go!

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So, up exactly one pound from last week. Not too bad! Honestly, I was expecting worse. I did my best to follow through on my pledge to take a diet break, indulging in things like NON-diet soda, like classic Moxie:

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farm-fresh eggs fried in REAL BUTTER:

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and my all-time favorite breakfast, country-fried steak in gravy:

So all things considered, one pound up ain’t too shabby!

And I know it’s only temporary. Follower tidingsofcomfortandjoy said it very well in her comment on Friday’s post:

I was eating at maintenance calories for awhile, but felt my control over what I was eating slipping a bit, so I went back to eating at a calorie deficit.

Yeah, I’m almost at that point! It’s kinda tricky, once you get into the “diet all the time” mindset, to let yourself take any kind of a break, isn’t it? Almost like you have to reprogram your brain or something!

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Yeah, I know how you feel, but a little cofveve should help. See you Friday, everyone — have a great week!

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block print by artnoose (https://flic.kr/p/V3sw1B)

Summer Vacation? Diet Break!

Well, it’s summertime, and for those of you who’ve been watching my blog (all 2 of you – hi!), I seem to have entered the dreaded —

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Weight Loss Plateau!

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So while I’m not ready to do anything drastic, like change the diet completely which would be kinda silly, ’cause it’s WORKING, and you know what they say —

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Oh! Well, I guess that’s true, Dwight! But still, what I’m thinking of isn’t so much changing the diet, as just taking a TEMPORARY break from it.

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Now, the idea of taking a “diet break” is nothing new. It’s recommended in an AWFUL lot of diet plans (both sensible and whacko). The idea is, as Lyle MacDonald at Body Recomposition puts it:

…Say that you are someone who is extremely overweight, perhaps you have 50-100 pound of weight to lose (or more).  Going by the standard recommendations of 1-2 pounds per week, that means that you are realistically looking at 25-50 weeks of dieting.

…What if, instead of facing that huge mountain, you knew that you only had to go say, 10-12 weeks of dieting before getting a break for 2 weeks where you could eat relatively ‘normally’ (note: this does NOT mean returning to your old horrible eating habits) before starting the next phase of active weight loss?

Suddenly, that might seem a whole hell of a lot more doable.

Jay at AWorkoutRoutine also recommends the diet breaks in his self-published book, “Superior Fat Loss” (which may seem a bit pricey, to us cheapskates, BUT it’s really a great resource, chock-full of strategies, techniques, and tips — and WAY better than 99.99% of all the other diet books you’ve already wasted way more $$ on, IMHO, so there!) as well as on his blog:

Instead of going months and months in a consistent caloric deficit, use refeeds and/or diet breaks to periodically pause your deficit and go back up to your maintenance level (or a small surplus) to help minimize the amount of water retention that occurs and get rid of whatever water weight you’re already holding

And of course, the entire concept of the “No S Diet” involves taking regular “diet breaks,” if only on certain days:

There are just three rules and one exception:

  • No Snacks
  • No Sweets
  • No Seconds

Except (sometimes) on days that start with “S”

So I’m giving it some thought. Please note, though: as I understand it, taking a diet break does NOT mean just dumping all my nice, new healthy eating habits and eating all the junk food that got me to the point where I had to go on this diet in the first place!

 

No, no, there’d be at least a minimum schoche of planning involved! Basically, what I’d do is add about 500 calories per day to the level I’ve been losing at, to bring me up to maintenance level.

I don’t know if I have the guts to do this for TWO weeks, but I’m gonna try it for at least ONE week (from today through next Friday) and see how I feel by then. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Awww, come on, Snowdrop, not in just one week!! I don’t THINK that could happen … but we’ll find out!! So I’ll see you Monday for the post-first-three-days-of-diet-break weigh-in! Have a great weekend!

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Stuffy Nose edition!

Wow — ready for this? It’s a good ‘un!

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Lookin’ good there! That’s a pretty solid loss, if I say so myself.

So how’s your Monday going? OK … ok … uh huh … yeah, that’s tough … uh huh … uh …

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Sorry, but it’s MY blog, so lemme tell you about MY Monday!

First, I’ve got my semiannual sinus infection/cold/bronchitis/whatever you wanna call it.

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Which is a pain (although it does give me that always-to-be-cherished VALID EXCUSE to cancel my dentist appointment today … yay?).

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Second, WordPress seems to be acting up, and isn’t letting me preview my page before I publish it. Which means I’m meme-ing in the dark!!! It’s kinda weird.

Third, well, OK, there’s no third. I just like counting things, because math, right?

Anyway, it’s just Monday, right? Hang in there … tomorrow it’ll be all gone!

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See ya Friday!

 

When Nature Calls!

So there I was, Wednesday morning, debating which of my two gyms to go to for my workout. 24 Hour Fitness in Simi, with the awesome pool?

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Or the equally awesome Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, with the super-fun video treadmills?

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I was at a crossroads (literally! Roscoe and Valley Circle, for you fellow Valley-ites). I had to decide NOW: right turn for Chatsworth, or straight ahead for Simi?

Then, my friends, I had a profound realization:

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Yeah, I really did. And there was LITERALLY no time to get to EITHER gym!

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“Literally” literally, man! But then — aha! — I remembered that there was some sort of historical nature park with clean, easy to access restrooms, LITERALLY right around the corner!

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So I drove there; ran (well, walked really fast!) from the parking lot to the restroom; um, answered nature’s call …

and then … noticed this:

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and this:

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and realized that, while the gyms were nice and all, I’d kind of lost track of the whole reason I’d joined them in the first place: to lose weight and get in better shape, so I could go places like this:

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And so, Wednesday morning, instead of the comfort of the gym, I opted instead for the “cheap showiness of nature” … and enjoyed every minute of it!

The gyms will still be there when I want them. But it’s nice to know this will be, too!

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(and in case you’re wondering, that park is called the Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center. Go visit — it’s a lovely place for an amble!)

Weekly Weigh-in, post-potluck edition!

Good morning, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was great, thanks. Went to two potlucks, both in honor of some wonderful young people who are graduating from high school, and thus are probably wayyyyy too cool to be reading blogs, fercryinoutloud. Still, Magdalena, Alex, Katherine, Molina, and the others whose names I don’t remember (sorry, I’m old!), congrats!

Anyway, the point is, we went to two, count ’em TWO church potlucks, and after stuffing myself with yummy casseroles, mouth-watering cakes, and oh yeah …

…I was a little nervous about this morning’s weigh-in. Fortunately, it was actually pretty good! Ready? Here goes:

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Not too shabby, eh? So that’s exactly three pounds down from last week, but of course, if you’ve been paying attention, that’s probably more water than fat. Still, as long as it’s heading in the right direction, I’m good!

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Yeah, that too! OK, everyone, don’t know if I’m up for another week of posting every day, but I’ll try to check in at least once before Friday. If not … well … see ya Friday!

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Day 6 – more fun with fluctuations!

OK, so yesterday (Day 5) my weight dipped down to 193.5, a satisfying plunge from Monday’s 198.0, right? And yet, in just 24 little hours, I’m back up to:

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Again — it’s a fluctuation, and I’m NOT worried about it, because I’m doing the averaging! Math time again!

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Well, I’ll say it, ’cause check this out! Here are my weights from Day 1 through today:

Monday:      198.0
Tuesday:      196.8
Wednesday: 196.8
Thursday:    195.4
Friday:         193.8
Saturday:     195.8

Added together: 1,176.6, and DIVIDED BY 6 (6 days):  196.1

So my AVERAGE weight for the past 6 days is 196.1, which isn’t too shabby!
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So there! Anyway, it’s Saturday, and Mr. 50by60 and I have a busy weekend ahead of us — graduations, potlucks — so if it’s all the same to you, I think I’m going to skip tomorrow (Day 7) and just rejoin you on Monday for the regularly scheduled Weekly Weigh-in.

But now that you know my Secret Weaponized Weigh-in Technique(tm), you’ll know why I don’t get too upset when the poundage goes up or down a tad. “Averaging” makes everything better!

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Have a super weekend, everyone! See you Monday!

Friday 5: Day 5 … what a weigh to go!

Good morning,  everyone! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a beautiful weekend!

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Yeah baby!! But first, let’s get this stuff outta the way:

1. Day 5 of the 7-day weight averaging thing:

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Wow — that was unexpected! Hey, remember how I started out on Monday at 198.0? That’s almost seven, count ’em 7, pounds lost in five days! Now you know and I know that could NOT be 7 pounds of fat. It’s definitely water — and tomorrow morning it could very well go up again. Which demonstrates that we really shouldn’t worry about these little (and sometimes not-so-little) fluctuations from day to day, or even week to week. As long as the LONG-TERM trend is downwards, you’re fine. (Jay at aworkoutroutine.com lists a whole bunch of reasons for these daily fluctuations here.)

2. Another day, another gym. Now that I’ve been a member at Anytime Fitness Chatsworth for more than 30 days, I’m allowed to visit gyms in other locations, so this past Wednesday I visited the one in Simi Valley (shoutout to Jasmine in the office!) It was actually pretty nice, although the video treadmills were set up a little differently: no YouTube app, so no Corner Gas, but a whole slew of DirecTV channels, so lots of sitcoms and game shows. It’s all good!

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Anytime Fitness Simi Valley

3. Eat something small to keep from eating something big. So yesterday I was doing a walk around my neighborhood, when I was suddenly seized with an almost irresistible desire to stop at the nearest KFC and savor as much of those 11 herbs ‘n spices as possible. Where that desire came from I have no idea. I thought I’d managed to kick the fried chicken habit, but ya know, these things come back to haunt you.

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I confess — I actually walked to the door of the KFC down the street, ready to take the calorie hit. FORTUNATELY, it was 10:45 and they didn’t open till 11:00. So I went to the Starbucks next door, ordered an Americano with just a scosche of regular, full-fat half-and-half, and decided to indulge in one of their yummy 80-calorie string cheeses.

Half an hour later, after sitting at a table sipping my coffee and savoring the cheese, I walked out — with absolutely NO desire to revisit the KFC, even though it was wide open! Yes, the evil cravings were GONE!

So there you go — today’s Diet Wisdom:

If you’re struggling against a 1,000-calorie craving,
treat yourself to something yummy with 100 calories instead.

Worth a shot, right? Let me know how that works out for you.

4. Man, I’m having trouble coming up with a fourth thing. Tell you what, we’ll just agree that this counts as #4, and move on. Um, if that’s OK with you …

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Thanks, Napoleon!

5. On a more serious note, very saddened to read this morning that Anthony Bourdain apparently took his own life. Although I hadn’t watched very many episodes of his show, “Parts Unknown,” I did recently read his book, “Typhoid Mary,” the true story of an Irish immigrant cook who spread disease to dozens of people before she was found and jailed. What made the book really enjoyable is that he obviously felt a lot of sympathy for her, as one cook to another. It was a good book. He wrote quite a few books. It’s sad to hear he’s not going to write any more.

+Eternal memory, Mr. Bourdain

OK, that’s your Friday Five, more or less. Hope you have a great weekend — see you Monday!