Day 6 — It’s Groundhog Day (Again)

I was debating just copying & pasting yesterday’s post, to see if you’d get the joke.


But I decided, nahh, that’s way too esoteric. Anyway, Day 6’s walk is done.

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And in spite of the rain, it was very nice, although about 20 minutes into it, we saw what was *almost* a nasty car-vs-bike accident on Reseda Blvd. (Hint: when it’s raining, look both ways, then look both ways AGAIN!)

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Fortunately the cyclist wasn’t hurt (other than a nasty-looking scrape to his elbow), and the driver stuck around to help him out, so we went our merry way. (Oh, forgot to mention that Mr. 50by60 joined me!)

So it was a nice walk, other than that little bit of excitement. Now we’re relaxing and watching a movie. Can you guess which one?


See you Monday, when I’ll let you know how I did on Day 7, aka Sunday!

Welcome to Bizarro Monday!

Well, happy Monday everyone — and a nice rainy one it is too, here in normally sunny Southern California! Not that we’re complaining, you understand!

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What’s a bit ironic is that Mr. 50by60 is on a business trip in Seattle, where those of us who rely on sitcoms and movies for our information about the Pacific Northwest just assume it’s raining constantly. And yet — this one time he’s there — it’s sunny! That’s right — it’s sunny in Seattle and raining in Los Angeles!!


Yeah, well, all that fits in quite nicely with today’s weigh-in. Remember how last week I was SURE this was gonna be the week I finally broke through to the ’70s? (the 170s, for those of you just joining us).

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And I was sooo close, guys ‘n gals! For three days this past week I was actually weighing in at 179.2! Then … then came the weekend …


Well, it is what it is! So let’s just get right to it, shall we? Hang on a sec …

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Oh all right!! Today’s weigh-in ISSSSS….

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Rats! Oh well, guess the ’70s will just have to wait another week! No problem — I’m just gonna dedicate myself to MORE exercise, MORE diligent countin’ of the calories, MORE attention to the whole rigorous process of weight loss! MORE binge-watching of “Corner Gas” on Amazon Prime!


Yeah … I’ll definitely do at least ONE of those things! We’ll find out the results next week! Meanwhile, stay dry, L.A.! And as for you, Seattle, I’ll just say “badbye” and leave you to your bizarro winter weather!



Friday Five: Take a hike, pal!

Let me set the scene for you:

1) it’s raining;
2) my husband’s home from work with a terrible cold;
3) the cats are extremely annoyed by all that water falling out of the sky;
4) I’ve got a delicious pile of “Big Nate” books to enjoy;
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5) most important of all, my Friday Five blog post is overdue!!

So as you can see, I’ve got a lot of very, very good reasons NOT to go for a walk today!

However — as I just told my husband, who’s arisen from his bed of pain to cough up the *other* lung — I might go out later anyway, if only to the library, a paltry half a mile. Even though it’s raining, I kinda sorta wanna DO it!

That’s what makes walking, as your primary and regular exercise, so appealing, so addictive, and so below the radar as far as some of the more active fitness gurus are concerned. Sure, they’ll concede that walking is “nice,” you know, good for the elderly and the senile. However, as a way to lose weight, they’re the first to point out that walking only burns a few calories compared to their OWN exercise of choice: hoisting a ’57 Buick above their heads.


But let me tell you something that people who walk regularly — if not every day, at least a few days a week — learn pretty quickly: walking is ADDICTIVE! in a way that other, more calorie-burning exercises are not.

And don’t get me wrong — if you enjoy running, weight-lifting, swimming, cycling, etc., then Mazel Tov, I say! Go for it! However, for me, I just find it way easier to put on my comfy shoes, grab a water bottle, and saunter down the block towards whatever adventure may await me, than to do any of those other things.

Walking just seems way more “user-friendly,” if that makes sense. And even though, yeah, on an hourly basis, it does burn fewer calories than those other, more strenuous exercises, I just don’t really want to DO any of those other exercises for more than an hour or two at a time, if that. Whereas I DO want to walk for a long, long time, and every day, if possible! So, ipso facto ergo sum, over time, I’ll burn more calories long-term just walking than I will with any of those other, “better” exercises.

Well, I’ve rambled on enough for this blog/hike … and my hubby and kitties are clamoring for my attention … so I’ll just stop here and give you my unsolicited advice: if you’re looking for the best exercise, take a hike. Yes, even if it’s raining!


Friday Five: Just a bunch of sorry excuses

Welp, I got up this morning and realized I had a blog post to write, and I hadn’t prepared for it at ALL. My deepest apologies! Here are some of the reasons I procrastinated this week.

  1. Celebrity sexual harassment. Unfortunately, even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years, and even worked on the peripheries of Show Biz (answering phones at a radio station), I’ve never been sexually harassed by a celebrity. I’ve been NONsexually harassed – Sandy Duncan once spat the F-word at me – but in her defense, she’d asked for coffee and I’d brought her hot chocolate, because the coffee machine wasn’t working right.
    But, since bitchiness isn’t a hate crime (yet), I’ll just have to hang onto all those juicy tidbits.
  2. Rain. Yes, it actually rained out here in sunny Southern California! Well, not so much rain. You know how you’ll be driving, and suddenly notice there are little droplets of water on your windshield, so you turn your windshield wipers on, but there aren’t enough little droplets of water and the wipers screech really loud, so you turn them off, and then more droplets show up, just to taunt you? That kind of rain. Like maybe the angels in Heaven are spitting at you. Or maybe Sandy Duncan. Anyway, it rained.
  3. Tar and slurry. The City decided to do some asphalt work on our street Tuesday, so we had to move our cars off the street for the whole day, as they were starting early-early-early. Well, 7:00 AM, which is kind of early. And I hear they didn’t actually start till 7:30ish. But still, I decided to take advantage of the situation and do a Road! Trip! to visit some bookstores in Orange County, specifically Bookman, Book Carnival, and Altair-4, all on Tustin Avenue. Which, I discovered after the three-hour drive to get there, was ALSO being asphalted. Nevertheless, I persevered and got some great books, which meant I spent a lot of quality time reading, rather than writing or creating.
  4. Memory Loss. On the way home from Orange County (see #3), I stopped at the grocery store to get some mundane but necessary items, specifically Kraft Grated Parmesan (2 teaspoons = 20 calories, mmm!) which we’d just run out of. The nice, chatty cashier bagged my groceries while we discussed life, the universe, and everything. I had to park a couple of blocks from my house as the street was still tarry, but I figured, hey, exercise, right? So I lugged everything home, and guess what wasn’t in the bag?
    parmesanYou got it. So I walked BACK to my car, hoping it’d fallen out, but it wasn’t there. Oh well – I didn’t feel like driving all the way back to the store, so there went four bucks, right down the drain. The next day, I went to a different grocery store to buy more Parmesan, and also some dry cat food, which we’d also just run out of. This time, I used the “self-checkout” and bagged my own groceries. Got home, and guess what was missing?
    cat food

    So, my brain’s had a rough week. Which kinda ties in with:

  1. Sheer laziness. We just started Daylight Savings Time this past week, so you’d think I’d be up a little earlier in the morning, given that nice cushy extra hour we were handed on a silver platter. Well, no – I always THINK that’s how it’s gonna be, but in reality, that extra hour just winds up getting converted into sleep, and pretty quickly, too. I mean, come on, I can’t work when it’s dark!

So there you go, friends, five more or less good reasons why I couldn’t come up with a halfway decent Friday Five this week. I’ll see if I can do better next week. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!


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