Happy Birthday to Moi!

Since yesterday was my birthday…and since I did indeed lose 50 pounds by my 60th birthday (hence the name of this blog)…

I’ve decided the best present I could possibly give myself is…

NO WEIGH-IN TODAY YAYYYY!!!

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So, pass me another cuppa cofveve,
and hand me a slice of birthday cake,
’cause this is it — my special birthday!
It’s time for another diet break!**

Plenty of time in the next week to go back to the calorie counting and the exercise, right? At least, that’s the theory! We’ll see how that plays out next week, as I begin the next phase of my diet journey*: 30 More Pounds By (Orthodox) Christmas!

Who’s with me?

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OK, that’s it! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! (Oh, and by the way, when I was a kid, my mom told me it was called “Labor Day” because it’s when I was born, and I believed her, so be sure & thank her for your nice long weekend!!)

(*I know, I hate that word too, but what are you gonna do, eh?) 

(**Inspired by “Truck Drivin’ Man,” written by Terry Fell & performed by many, many, many folks — here’s Buck Owens for ya! here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVgo6bgLw9Y)

Post-Vacay: Weigh To Go!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Yeah, that’s right, I’m back from vacay and ready to get back on the treadmill! Figuratively speaking, that is. As you faithful long-time readers of this blog know (hi, Garold Whisler!), I used to LOVE hopping on the treadmill at Anytime Fitness, cueing up the YouTube app to a random Corner Gas episode, and happily stomping away to the melodious sounds of Oscar’s “jackass.”

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It was fun, it was movement, and best of all, in the hot weather, it was INSIDE, out of the sun!

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But now, in spite of Reverend Lovejoy’s caution, I find myself wanting to walk OUTSIDE, and yes, enjoy the cheap showiness of nature, even though I’m mostly walking in beautiful downtown Reseda, where there’s a lot more, uh, cheap showiness than actual nature.

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Still, what with the walking, the strength training, and most importantly, the calorie counting, I’m happy to say that within three days of getting home, I lost almost ALL my Amtrak-cheesecake-induced weight gain which, the day after we got home, was 191.2 — eek! Which means I put on about three pounds.

Still, I didn’t panic. I went back to my regular routine — walking, strength training, calorie counting — and as of this morning, I’m happy to report that the Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in is … drum roll, please …

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OK, OK!! Gimme a break, it’s been a while! Anyway, it’s:

188.2

Which is EXACTLY THE SAME AS WHAT I WEIGHED TWO WEEKS AGO, people!! Which means — the diet break — she WORKS!!

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Well, actually, I’m not, but Mr. 50by60 is, and he did the same thing, so I’m sure he’s going to see similar results when he does his weigh-in this morning. Meanwhile, I’ll finish off with a nice photo of him from our trip:

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Handsome Steve in front of Ugly Ed’s!

This was at a little waterfront town called Raymond, Washington. We’d stopped to visit a couple of museums, which were either closed or too expensive, so instead, we did a nice walk along the shore. And when we saw that great mural in the background, I couldn’t resist! Unfortunately, Ugly Ed’s was going out of business, so we weren’t able to go inside and look around. Frankly, I think it would’ve been more interesting to poke around in than the museums.

That’s it! Hope your Monday goes well — see ya Friday!

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The Not Quite Ready For Prime Time Blog Post!

Hey everyone, I’m back from vacay, a couple of pounds heavier but not too upset about it — mainly because most of the weight consists of the multiple servings of chocolate cake, cheesecake, and macaroni & cheese with crumbled bacon I happily consumed while on board the luxurious Amtrak Coast Starlight!

 

And since we won’t be riding that train again for, oh, at least a year, I know those pounds will melt away as quickly as they rose up. But mm-mm, they sure were good goin’ down!

Anyway, I thought about doing a “Friday Five” where I’d list the five reasons I gained weight, but then realized there’s really only one reason: I didn’t track my calories, so I never knew whether or not I was in a consistent calorie deficit. And actually, since I was intentionally taking a “diet break,” and eating lots of cheesecake, etc. (see above), I KNOW I wasn’t in a caloric deficit.

And I didn’t care, ’cause I was on vacay!

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Actually, our cats weren’t too thrilled to see us go, but we mollified them by putting them in a luxury kennel, complete with flat screen TV.

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So there ya go, one pretty lame blog post, but written by someone who had a nice vacation. Hope you had/are having/will have one, too! See ya Monday!

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!