“Good morning, I’m fat! How are you?”

“I’m fat; how are you?” Great line, isn’t it? Sure wish I’d come up with it! But no, I have to give proper credit: it’s from Simcha Fischer’s “What’s for Supper? Vol. 201, Potatoes and Other Tornadoes?” post last week.

Well, there’s something to be said for celebrating, rather than denigrating, your fatness sometimes — and my cat Pumpkin seems to agree, since she seems to find my “trying-to-sleep-under-a-mountain-of-covers” body the perfect memory foam pillow, to knead and mold into the shape she wants!

And of course, all this preliminary hoohah is just my way of psyching us all up for today’s weigh-in! Shall we?

194.0

Yeah, up an entire 0.6 pounds since last week!! The horror, the horror! But hark, what’s that approaching, in the not-too-distant future?

That’s right, campers, it’s that time of year again! And if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that yours truly follows the Byzantine Catholic way of life (more or less!).

And being pseudo-Orthodox, the ideal is to give up all meat, cheese, dairy, oils, and just plain FUN for the next month-plus.

And then, of course, during the week FOLLOWING Pascha, or Easter (aka “Spring,” for all my atheist, heathen, and Pagan pals!), it’s basically “all you can eat at the Resurrection buffet” time!

(And “New Calendar,” please — I can’t wait another week!)

So here’s the sked: this Sunday is Meatfare, following which we give up

the following Sunday is Cheesefare, after which we give up

and voila, there we are, all us Eastern Christians, deep in the heart of Lent a full two days before all you Westerners get those smudges on your foreheads!

But hey, it’s all good! At least, it’s *supposed* to be good. I always think I’m going to lose weight during Lent, but somehow it never happens. Maybe because “bread” is not one of the forbidden fruits — and I can definitely eat WAY too much bread!

Which is just another reason not to give up on the calorie counting, ’cause no matter what you’re eating — even if you’re a full-fledged Ultra-Orthodox Vegan — it’s STILL possible to overdo it!

So there ya go! And here *I* go, but I’ll see ya NEXT week, when hopefully we’ll have, not Meatfare or Cheesefare, but FATFARE!! So long, fat!!

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Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In: Post-Bright Week Edition!

Well, howdy everyone, and welcome back! So glad to see y’all again! So didja have a nice Pascha and/or Passover? Me personally, I did Pascha, but finished it off with some leftover Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine, so as to be, y’know, ecumenical.

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(And of course, shout-out to our Eastern Orthodox friends who are just now STARTING their Bright Week! (And btw, we know all that “Old Calendar” stuff is just a clever ruse to take advantage of all our post-Easter & Christmas sales. Whatevs!)

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So anyway, after a nice Bright Week full of yummy treats like REAL CREAM and REAL SUGAR for my coffee, kielbasa up the wazoo (and no, I don’t have a photo!), and cheese cheese cheese, here’s the official weigh-in with a DOUBLE rhyme (to make up for lost time*)!

179.8
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Wow, only 0.8 up since two weeks ago — that’s not too shabby! I’m fine with that. In fact, maybe I’ll just grab myself some more cheese…

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Oh all RIGHT, Sistah! Just have some nice, 110-calorie Chobani yogurt, then, ‘k? Geez! Anyway, nice to be back! Hope y’all have a happy Monday!

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(*see what I did there?)

Holy Week Without A Weigh-In, Batman!!

Good morning, everyone! Although technically, it’s “good evening,” since I’m actually writing this on Sunday evening, and just *scheduling* it for tomorrow morning. So whenever I say “today,” I mean “Monday,” which is really “tomorrow” for me “today.” So good morning (evening)!

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Anyway, just wanted to let you know there’s no weigh-in today tomorrow! Monday! because it’s the start of Holy Week. As I may or may not have mentioned, both Mr. 50by60 and I are cantors at our Byzantine Catholic church

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and this is a busy busy busy week for us, starting this morning with a long service called “Bridegroom Matins,” after which there are MORE services every day, till we get to the weekend and the services are so long that they spill over into the next century, or so it seems.

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Anyway, bottom line is, no weigh-in today (Monday!), and no posts besides this till after next week (aka “Bright Week”). Hope you have a blessed Pascha/Easter; or Passover, which also starts this Friday; or, if you’re not religious, a “nice week”!

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Good Friday Five: 5 things I’ll get to eat again after today!

Hey, everyone, a blessed Good Friday / Passover / “just plain Saturday” to all my Christian, Jewish, and “none of the above” readers!

Hope you won’t feel betrayed but I’m keeping this post a little shorter than usual in honor of the day. Basically, Lent is almost over, and by Monday I’ll be able to eat a whole bunch of stuff I’ve managed to avoid (more or less) during most of Lent.

And I’m certainly not going to have all these things every day, during every meal (though hmmm … maybe … nah!!). Still, it’s nice to know that, with a clear conscience, I’ll be able to indulge once again in:

  1. Buddig slices! Those 90-calorie packs are a great alternative to a 250-calorie bag of potato chips, any day of the week.
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  2. String cheese! At less than 100 calories, a really juicy, stringy string cheese is not only delicious, it’s entertaining!
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  3. Real cream for my coffee! Nothing against the Almond Milk industrial complex, but frankly, a 40-calorie teaspoon of real heavy whipping cream makes your coffee taste a LOT better than a 30-calorie CUP of their “almond water”!
     

  4. Real butter! As I’ve mentioned before, I have no problem with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!!!!” spray, which goes surprisingly well with freshly popped popcorn. However, once in a while, I do love the rich, creamy taste of freshly churned butter. Well, okay, freshly churned a few months ago, before it was frozen and dumped into the grocery store.

    Still, it’s a lovely treat, especially when drizzled onto freshly scrambled eggs, which brings me, of course, to:

  5. EGGS!!!
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    Yes, the Incredible Edible Egg makes a dynamic, multicolored comeback this weekend, and I for one welcome our new cackleberry overlords! Especially fried, sunny-side up, with a slice or two of hot, sizzling bacon … mmm …
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    and oh yeah, bacon would be #6, if I hadn’t limited myself to five today. Ah, the perils of the blogger!
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So that’s it, everyone, my Good Friday Five! Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, I hope it’s a truly Good one! See you Monday for what will undoubtedly be a rather bloated weigh-in!