Friday laziness: My Very First Reblog!

Following Penny Wilson‘s advice from a couple of weeks ago, I’m reblogging this post from Drew Robinson’s “Trail To Peak.” I really love all the photos — looks like a fun hike. So ENJOY — and I’ll see you Monday for the weigh-in and an ORIGINAL post!

Hiking Bane Ridge Trail in Chino Hills State Park

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Chino Hills State Park is a 14,173 acre park located on the borders of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Visitors to Chino Hills State Park can explore 60 miles of trails and fire roads that pass through woodlands, sage scrub, grasslands, and wildflowers. One of the most popular hikes within Chino Hills State Park…

via Hiking Bane Ridge Trail In Chino Hills State Park — Trail to Peak

Friday Five: Five blogging questions for expert bloggers!

Hey everyone, here I am on yet another Friday when I should have a nice, well-written, meme-intense Friday Five for ya, and yet I’m yawning and scratching and just generally not ready for this AT ALL!

So to any of my readers who are also bloggers, how do YOU do it? What do you do when you’ve made a commitment to blog on certain days, and you get to those days and just don’t feel like blogging?

  1. Do you just get up and write whatever comes into your mind, like a stream of consciousness thing?
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  2. Do you just post a bunch of pictures, with minimal or no comments?
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  3. Do you just say, “Sorry folks, no blog today, see ya next time”?
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  4. Do you prepare “emergency blog posts” ahead of time and keep them in reserve for just such occasions?
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  5. Or do you just not post anything at all, and hope nobody will notice?
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I’m genuinely interested in your answers, suggestions and/or tips! Go on, share your wisdom!

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Thanks, and I’ll see you Monday, when I should be over my temporary writer’s block!

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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!

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Friday Five: Blogs to bookmark!

Today I thought, rather than subject you to yet another nonstop memefest (that’ll be Monday, thank you!), I’d introduce you to five of my fellow WordPress bloggers!

  1. https://pennywilsonwrites.com/
    I think Penny Wilson was one of the first people to click “like” on any of my posts, so naturally she’s gotta be number one on any of my blog lists! Penny describes herself as “a free-lance writer who’s been blogging for more than 5 years.” She manages the (to me) incredible feat of blogging EVERY DAY, and given that I can barely manage twice a week, my hat’s off to her!
  2. https://zombieflamingoes.com/
    A close second to Penny is Emily’s Zombie Flamingos, another blogger who’s been kind enough to visit my page regularly for a long time. Her schtick is that she lives “in Victoria, BC, Canada with my optometrist husband and 3 insane cats in an 1907 Heritage house that we will never finish renovating.” And (also like Penny Wilson), she seems to have a new post pretty much every day, accompanied at least one of her own beautiful photos! Well worth bookmarking!
  3. https://changetheoutcomehf.com/
    Martin Alvarez has some great recommendations for non-gimmicky weight loss and fitness. No pills, no weird stuff, just sensible nutrition and workout advice. I don’t necessarily agree with all his nutrition recommendations (as you know, I’m more into calorie counting than low carb), but then again, he’s “a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist,” so what do I know? Anyway, check him out!
  4. https://thisgirlsgotcurves.wordpress.com/
    This isn’t a weight loss blog (although I thought it was at first, because of the title – you know, curves?). Instead, it’s one woman’s experiences with bipolar disorder. Kimberly lives in Michigan and has been blogging here since May 2017, and writes beautifully. Having had family members and friends with this problem, I find her posts very honest, brave, and yes, sometimes funny! Drop by and say hi!
  5. https://tmfitness.co.uk/
    And last but not least, take a look at Troy Martin’s TM Fitness! Troy says he has 10 years experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach, and strives to put evidence-based articles on his blog and website. Excellent motivation and advice here, plus He’s located in Hitchin, a small town in England, which automatically makes me want to read all his blog posts with the English accent I’ve acquired (in my head) from such fine educational programs as “Downtown Abbey” and “Doctor Who.”downton.jpg

I hope you’ll take a little time today to visit all these sites. Give ’em a like and tell ’em 50by60.com said hey! And if you have any blogs you’d like to recommend, by all means, please let me know in the comments — I’m always looking for new reading material! Meanwhile, have a great weekend! See you Monday for the weigh-in!

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Friday Five: Excuses, excuses, and more excuses!

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A blogger named Kaylee (Chair in the Shade), wrote an amusing post on July 27, 2017, listing her “12 Excuses Why There’s No Blog Post Today.” Go over and read it — then I’m going to shamelessly borrow the following five of her reasons:

  1. My life is boring.  I don’t have anything good to post.
    Actually, my life really isn’t that boring. However, it seems kind of boring and lame when I try to describe it to other people. Perhaps I’m not as good a writer as she is!
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  2. I have nothing to say.
    Well, that’s not quite true — I always have a lot to say, but most of the time I realize later I probably shouldn’t have said it!
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  3. I need to clean my house.
    Hmm…well, that kinda goes without saying. And just saying it isn’t going to clean the house. I am doing laundry today, though.
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  4. I should really read some other blogs for inspiration.
    Now THAT is definitely true! And there’s quite a few excellent bloggers out there too, even in this age of Instagram and Twitter! Kaylee’s just one of them. Check out my Blogroll (off to the right somewhere, depending on which app/program you’re using to read this), and you’ll undoubtedly find someone you like.
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  5. I don’t want to be copying other bloggers.
    Yes, which is why I DEFINITELY won’t be copying any of Kaylee’s other 12 reasons! However, I do want to thank her for inspiring me this morning! And yes, I’m adding her blog to my Blogroll, as soon as I figure out how to work that widget! Thanks, Kaylee!
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Have a great day, everyone — see you Monday for the Last Weigh-In Before The Big Vacation (which I’ll tell you about Monday!)!

 

 

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: EPISODE 4 (the only good one): A NEW H̷O̷P̷E̷ GOAL!

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Monday! Well, it was exciting last week, huh? Seeing those numbers FINALLY roll over the 50-pound mark, and hitting that major goal, was definitely a big rush. So whaddya say? Is it time to set a NEW goal and generate some MORE excitement? I think so!

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But of course, first things first – it IS Monday, after all. Let’s just step on the ol’ scale and see if all that celebrating last week took me back into the ’90s. Hang on …

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0.6 pounds down, so not too shabby! Especially since we were in charge of providing snacks for the after-church coffee social yesterday, and I gave in to the temptation of buying a can of piroulines.

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The whole point of us bringing in the treats was to give ourselves some lower calorie options, as opposed to the usual Church Donuts. Well — one serving (2 piroulines) is 130 calories, and I’m pretty sure I had WAY more than one serving! So I probably wound up having about twice as many calories just from those as I would have had from that lowly donut!

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Oh well, I did what I always do in those situations:

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Which is fine — after all, that’s the beauty of counting calories, right? You can eat anything you want, as long as you stay inside that magic number! Just be sure to recalculate your daily calorie needs as you lose weight. If you stop losing and you want to keep losing, you may have to either cut your food calories or raise your activity level.

Anyway, enough diet wisdom! How ’bout that new goal, as promised in the headline?? OK, here goes! My NEW goal — now that I’ve lost 50 pounds before my 60th birthday — is to lose an ADDITIONAL 30 pounds by Christmas (with the option of extending it to Orthodox Christmas, which, in case you didn’t know, is January 7th)!

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Why 30 pounds? Well, for those who pay attention to this blog, or at least check the little widget over on the right, I actually started my weight loss efforts in 2016, a year before starting this blog.

That first year (2016-17), I lost 20 pounds. This year (2017-18) I’ve lost 50 pounds. So, doing the math (carry the one … what? no one? lemme see … hang on …)

OK, OK! Well, anyway, 20 plus 50 = 70, right? And 70 plus 30 is 100, right? SO I figure 100 pounds is a nice round number to shoot for.

So there ya go! A new goal, a new target, a new hope! Have a great week, and remember: —
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Friday Five: Where’s my parade??

Well, it’s been a fun week! Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and helped me along the way!

However, now that I’ve reached my goal weight (the FIRST goal, that is — I’ll be setting a new one soon!), I realized that, fat or thin, there are a few things that won’t change — even though I kinda hoped they would!

  1. Most people don’t notice — or care — as much about your weight as you do. Sure, there are always a few people around you in your day-to-day life — your spouse, your kids, your fellow employees, etc. — who are aware of your weight challenges. But there’s a whole lot more people who don’t know, or care, that you used to be fat and now you’re slightly less fat. The cashier at the grocery store doesn’t really care that you’re buying more fruits and veggies and fewer giant bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos. All she wants is to go home and soak her feet and binge-watch “Downton Abbey” for the hundredth time. So keep your ego in check.
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  2. Clothes shopping is easier in some ways, tougher in others. I used to dream about getting thin enough to fit into a beautiful dress that would make me look like a princess. Well, guess what? Fat or thin, you can’t find dresses like that unless you’re currently residing in a palace and/or playing the part of someone who lives in a palace. The fashion these days seems to be sleeveless dresses that show off your underarms, and IMHO that’s not a good look for ANYONE. Also, swimsuits still suck, even in “normal” sizes. There are very few women who don’t feel like “Cathy” when trying on swimsuits.
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  3. No one will read your blog. OK, that’s not fair. YOU’RE not “nobody,” and you’re reading my blog! And believe me, I appreciate it! What I mean, though, is if you haven’t become a major star in the blogging firmament by the time you hit your goal weight, you probably won’t afterwards. I’m still gonna keep blogging though, since it seems to be an important factor in keeping me honest about my weight-crackin’ efforts (“Hmm, I’d really like to eat that second donut, but tomorrow’s ‘Rhymin’ Weigh-in Day’ on the blog, so I better not. Pass the celery, please!”).
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  4. Crappy stuff still needs to be done and you’re the one who has to do them. For example, our sweet cat Princess had to go to the vet this week, which meant getting her into her carrier (helpful hint: “mrrOWW!!” means “NO WAY!!” in Cat-ese), then I drove her to the vet, which is about 5 miles and 5,000,000 angry “mrrOWWs” away (no matter how loud you turn up the radio), paying the vet bill, and driving her home again (repeat angry “mrrOWWs”). Cats don’t care if you’re fat or thin. They just want out out out NOW!!!
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  5. Half the people in the world will hate you. I don’t write about politics or religion in this blog (though at some point I should probably mention that my faith in God was a MAJOR part of my motivation to stay on the diet, so thanks and yay, God!). Still, if you’re a normal person trying to live your life in this beautiful country we call America, you probably know that, no matter what your political views are, about half the country despises you and wishes bad things would happen to you. I won’t go into detail, but rest assured, those dirty looks you were getting at Starbucks this morning when you were reading “National Review,” or at Dunkin’ Donuts when you were perusing the op-ed pages of the “New York Times,” had NOTHING to do with your weight. Isn’t that a relief?
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So there you go, five things that won’t really change a whole lot once you’ve reached your goal weight! Does that mean you shouldn’t try? Heck no! There are a lot of things that do change, for the better, and I’ll write about those next Friday. If I remember. Remind me, will you? Thanks, and have a great weekend!!

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Friday ̷F̷i̷v̷e̷ Three: Nonscale victories and helpful trainers!

Hmm, just realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve tried to find five random things and connect them in some way. Let’s see if I still have the knack!

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  1. Non-scale victory — Tried on and BOUGHT three new shirts at Ross yesterday, and two “gently used” shirts from Goodwill — and they were all MEDIUMS and LARGES, y’all!!! Not an “X” in the batch! It’s been years (decades?) since I even thought about looking at any non-X labels, but this week I decided to give it a shot. Plus I even had to buy a coupla new over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders! Yeah, my body is definitely changing, even if the scales aren’t!
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  2. Non-scale irritation — So losing weight is great, right? I’m really happy about it. What I’m not happy about is I definitely have the “loose skin” thing going on. Which I didn’t really notice till I started trying on all those clothes (see #1) and got a good look at myself in one of those unforgiving dressing room mirrors. Oh well — at least the clothes cover it up (mostly)!
  3. Helpful Trainer Award of the Week — in the neverending (in my mind, anyway) battle between 24 Hour Fitness and Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, this week’s winner is NATHAN at Anytime Fitness, who showed me some basic kettlebell moves and didn’t try to upsell me on a super-expensive training package just for asking for help (24 Hour Fitness, I’m lookin’ at you). Thanks, Nathan — and as promised, here’s your shout-out!

And guess what? I can’t for the life of me think of two other things, and I have to do a coupla things this morning, so many apologies to those of you who were laying awake dreaming about the Friday Five — that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

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On that note, have a great weekend! See you Monday for the big weigh-in (this could be it, folks!!)!

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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The “Saturday Some” — a new thing, kinda sorta

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you may have wondered what happened to my regular “Friday Five” post.

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Yeah … well, the long answer is, “It was sunny and bright, so I decided to go out for a long drive to a wonderful place I haven’t visited for quite a while,” and the short answer is, “I got lazy,” so feel free to take your pick.

Anyway, in lieu of the “Friday Five,” let me offer the very first “Saturday Some,” which is basically just a bunch of stuff I’m rambling about, off the top of my head. Plus memes! Lots and lots of memes!

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Anyway, I’ve been doing a lot more walking lately, and really enjoying it, too. Now that the weather’s getting nice and hot, though, I may have to go back to the gym and hop back on the treadmill. Which doesn’t particularly bother me. As I’ve said before, I do enjoy the video treadmills at Anytime Fitness (AF).

However, it does bother me in the sense that, given a choice, I’d MUCH rather do my walking outdoors. There are so many great places to walk in Southern California (yes, people actually DO walk in L.A.!) that I hate to give that up.

But once the temps start climbing up above, oh, 85 or so, it’s either the treadmill or the pool. And I do love me that 24 Hour Fitness pool, too, as you may recall!

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Still, it’ll probably be the AF treadmill more often than the pool, mainly because it’s much closer to home, and also right next door to a Ralphs. Which means I can do a couple of miles on the treadmill, then trundle over to the grocery store and do ANOTHER half-mile (I measured it!) in the store.

(And get cat treats, of course. That’s the main reason humans go to the store, according to certain purrsons.)

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Where was I? Oh, yeah, walking! And walking, although it probably doesn’t burn anywhere near as many calories as, say, kickboxing or weightlifting, if you do it every day … or every other day … or at least on a fairly regular basis, you’ll burn a few calories. Even if you can only walk around the block a couple of times, that’s some quality exercise there, my friend.

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More importantly, you’ll relax and enjoy life a little bit more. There’s just something about seeing the world at two or three miles an hour that makes everything else seem oh, so right. Except maybe your knees, if you have arthritis. Which I do. And I have to admit, my knees do get a bit sore the day after a really long, satisfying walk.

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Still, it’s the price I pay for staying in such fabulous shape! And we’ll find out how that translates into actual weight loss on Monday. Hope you’ll join me then! Meanwhile, have a GRRRREAT rest of your weekend!

(unused WordPress Daily Prompt: all of them! read here if you’re interested in some kinda “inside baseball” stuff!)