Super Scary Hallowe’en Weigh-In Edition!

Well, good morning, boys and girls! As you know, it’s almost time for the scariest day of the year — All Hallows Eve!! And Aunt 50by60 has some really scary stuff for you today!

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First, of course, there’s the obligatory Weekly Weigh-in. Well, now THAT can’t be too scary! I mean, yeah, I haven’t exercised as much this last week, but I’ve been keeping an eye on my calories, kinda-sorta more-or-less! So let’s just step on the scales…

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…and see what…EEEK!!

190.0??
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Yikes! 190 is my (self-designated) Official Cutoff Point O’ Doom! So that’s really scary because it means I DO have to get off my butt this week and do some (eek) exercise!

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And that’s gonna be REALLY tough because, as hinted at in last week’s post, we’ve just welcomed a new addition to the 50by60 household — meet PUMPKIN!

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As you can see, Pumpkin, a black cat with gorgeous orange eyes (which you can’t see because, like all cats, she’s usually asleep) is getting into the Hallowe’en spirit by making herself comfortable on the shelf directly above the Memorial Shelf, where we keep the mementos of our beloved previous cat, +Princess+, who perished just a year ago yesterday.

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And just to make it sadder, +Princess+ died on Mr. 50by60’s birthday last year.

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THIS year, he had to go to the dentist and get a filling and a crown. Hmm — maybe next year we should plan something a tad more cheerful!

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Anyway, we miss +Miss Princess+, so we’re thrilled to welcome Miss Pumpkin to take her place in our home (although of course, never in our hearts!). Our other cat, Buddy, is still debating about how HE feels about it!

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However, I’ve found a little extra food in his bowl makes him calm down about the whole situation. That works for humans too — which is probably why my weight is going UP rather than DOWN! You may have noticed we’ve had a couple of wildfires out here in So Cal (and No Cal) over the past few, um, weeks? (I’ve lost track.)

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Pretty much every morning over the past couple of weeks, we’ve awakened to yet another round of smoke, ashes, high winds, and red fonts on the Drudge Report. This morning’s outbreak is just past Simi Valley, near the Reagan Library — AND not too far from my favorite 24 Hour Fitness Location!

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YES, the one with the pool!!

So best wishes to all the beleaguered firefighters who are definitely being stretched thin! Which makes my efforts to get thin seem kinda unimportant, in the grand scheme of things, right? Still, I haven’t given up hope! At some point (if Pumpkin lets me)…

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…I’ll stand up, grab my water bottle (and my face mask), and take a nice long walk through the beautiful Southern California autumn!

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Well, that’s it!

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Enjoy your week!

Quick Low(er) Calorie Trick or Treat ideas

Hey, everyone! If you’re one of those people who hesitates to buy Halloween candy for those adorable li’l trick or treaters who’ll be pounding at your door tonight, because you KNOW, you just KNOW, there won’t be as many as last year, and you’ll have to muster all your willpower to keep from scarfing them all down yourself — don’t panic! I’ve got some helpful hints for you. (Granted, it’s a little late in the day, but c’mon — it’s free! You get what you pay for, ya know.)

Anyway, the #1 best way to avoid being triggered by your treats is super easy: just buy stuff you HATE.

Me, I absolutely can’t stand even the basic concept behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (peanut butter and chocolate? Brrr – now THAT’S ghoulish!)

Tip #2 is, get stuff you like, but get GOOD stuff. Low calorie stuff. It’s out there, really! You just have to look beyond the “candy” aisle. Here’s what my Trick or Treat bowls look like:

Just two simple treats that you can indulge in (relatively) guilt-free:


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Tootsie Roll Midgees, 5 for 120 calories. (25 calories each, if I did the math right.) Even if you scarf down 10 that’s STILL less than your standard candy bar – and mmm, are they good! (A bit chewy, though, so take out your dentures first, Gramps.)

Second:

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Check it out – cute little boxes of raisins! Nature’s candy, y’all! I got the generic store brand, but Sunkist has ’em too, and at about 40 calories a box, they’ll satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

(Important: don’t cram the Tootsie Rolls AND the raisins together in your mouth at the same time. See, raisins get stuck in caramel, and… you know what? Just trust me on this.)

Thus endeth my Halloween tips for 2017! Hope you have a BOO-tiful evening!

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