Ooh, so close!!

Good morning, everyone! Well, we gave it our best shot, and we’re proud of our efforts. Still, it wasn’t the desired result for everyone, was it?

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Um no … no, I’m not talking about that little football game you watched yesterday! I’m talking about my weigh-in, silly!

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Yeah, I’m not in the Super ’70s yet, but it’s still two pounds down from last week, so I’m happy about it! (Especially since I had me some delicious Popeye’s Chicken not once, but TWICE, last week … mmm! And btw, if you work for Popeye’s, feel free to send me a check for that blatant product plug!)

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And I’m looking forward to a week with slightly less rain than last week’s deluge —

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so I can go outdoors for more long walks —

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so NEXT week’s weigh-in should FINALLY “touch down” into the region I’m aiming for. “Touch down” — touchdown — get it?

Hmm … OK, yeah, my football metaphors probably need a little work. Maybe if I actually WATCHED a game sometime …

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Yeah, you’re right! I’ll just go find a light-hearted football movie to watch and see if I can educate myself.

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Oh yeah, that should do it! When in doubt, Stooge it out!

See you Friday!

My Weight, and Welcome To It!

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With apologies to the late, great William Windom, not to mention James Thurber!

Good morning, everyone! Well, as you may remember, last Monday I didn’t post my weigh-in, due to excessive sadness. However, time passes, grief slowly loses its initial punch, and we move on.

And part of moving on, for me, is getting back into the weight loss swing of things! So here goes with my first weigh-in in two weeks — is it…? is it…? YES it’s a loss!

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Not bad! Still stuck in the ’80s, but at least it’s not going UP, right? And with temps in Southern California getting a little more fall-like, this week (theoretically!), I’m hoping to do more long walks and short bike rides this week. So perhaps NEXT week I’ll be edging closer, ever closer, to the ’70s!

See you Friday!

Why it’s a good idea to weigh yourself every day

Good morning, everyone! Yes, it’s Monday again, and time for the weekly weigh-in. Ready? Here we go!

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Hmm, let’s see … last week, it was 183.6, so I’m up 0.8 pounds. Should I be concerned?

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Nah, definitely not! And here’s why: even though I only post my WEEKLY weigh-in here on this blog, I’ve been weighing myself DAILY for quite some time. I can tell you from personal experience that it really does make a difference in how you deal with these minor weight fluctuations. And it’s really easy to do, too. I just buy these cheap-y magnetic pads and write my weight on it every morning before breakfast.

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See how it started out at 183.6, then went up a little, down a little, etc.? Chances are excellent that tomorrow, and/or later in the coming week, it’s gonna go down again. Ever heard the old saying, “God writes straight with crooked lines”?*

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Well, weight loss is kinda the same way! Once you start keeping yourself in a calorie deficit (by whatever method works for you), the weight WILL start going in a downward trend. It’ll take some time, and there’ll be some ups and downs and zigzags along the way ’cause, well, we’re humans, not machines!

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So don’t let those little fluctuations get to you. Just keep doing what you know you should be doing, and have faith* in the process — it’ll work! Just keep at it!

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Have a great week, everyone!

*oh, and even though, as I’ve said before, this isn’t a religious blog, I personally don’t think I would have been able to do this without God’s help, so sue me! I could use the publicity, nyuk nyuk!

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Puttin’ in a plug for my new/old site!

Hey, everyone — thought I’d let you know that, in addition to continuing this site focusing on my weight loss, I’m also reviving and rescuing one of my beloved OLD websites, “Women Who Run With the Stooges” — all about, well, women who like the Three Stooges!

I had originally created it at Angelfire, and frankly, it’s been rotting away over there, links dying, ads popping up, spam everywhere. So I decided, what the hey? Why not move the best parts of it over here to WordPress and make it all shiny and sparkly new, if possible?

Anyway, that’s the plan! So if you enjoy my blog — and you’re a Three Stooges fan — hope you’ll check out the new site as well. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but I’ll try to get some more stuff up within the next few days.

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Thanks!!

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Quickie Memorial Day edition!

Well, another happy Monday to everyone! I’m happy to report that the May Grey/Gray has drifted away, the sky is blue and the sun is blazing, so it should be a great day for all those Memorial Day ceremonies and other outdoor events.

Ready? Let’s get to the weigh-in!

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Gee, thanks, Tony!

Oh, and by the way … whatever you’re doing today — whether you’re going to a barbecue or picnic, Vegas weekend or mattress sale, hitting the beach, hanging out in the back yard, watching the annual Three Stooges Marathon on IFC — as you enjoy this day off work or school, PLEASE take some time to remember all those who made it possible for you to do exactly that.

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Have a great week, everyone — see you Friday!

Friday Five: Books You’ve Gotta Read!

Hey, everyone – welcome once again to my Friday Five!

This week, I thought I’d do something a little different, and share with you five of my all-time favorite diet/weight-loss books.

These are books I’ve really, truly enjoyed reading, more than once – not just for “nuts and bolts” diet info, but for inspiration, laughs, and – well, fun! Because you need some fun, when you’re dieting. You also need to know you’re not in this alone.

So, without further ado, here’s my Friday Five Book Review:

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl by Shauna ReidDietgirl
    First published in 2008, this is a collection of Shauna’s posts from her original blog, in which she chronicled, in a charming Aussie accent, her attempts to lose weight (notated in stones rather than pounds), but oh, my friends, it’s so much more than that! It’s about family, friends, and finding true love when you least expect it. (AND weight loss – it’s in there too, trust me!)

    (Try to get a copy of the original edition, if you can (love those stones!), but even in its Americanized version, it retains its charms.)

    Shauna said goodbye to “Dietgirl” in 2014, and started a new blog, ShaunaReid.com. In a recent post there, Shauna says she no longer thinks of herself as “Dietgirl.” Hey, I get it! I called myself “Chrissy the Stooges Woman” for WAYYYY longer than I should have. At some point we all outgrow our Internet personas. But that’s cool. “Dietgirl” was there when I needed her – and her wonderful book is waiting for you, too!

  1. The No-S Diet by Reinhard Engels
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    This is a really short, really simple concept developed by an engineer named Reinhard Engels. Here’s all it is:No Snacks
    No Sweets
    No Seconds
    Except (sometimes) on days that start with “S” (Saturdays, Sundays, and “special” days)

    Now, even though it’s such an easy concept you could recite it in your sleep (almost), the book is well worth reading, too. Although the weight loss is really, really slow, it’s a fantastic behavior modification tool, perfect for anyone who’s a nonstop snacker. Stick with it, and you’ll learn to love it.

    And I did love it – for about six months. However, as I’ve mentioned earlier, during this past summer, it got really, really hot, and I really, really wanted some “S’s” in the form of ice cream. Fortunately, one day, I stumbled across my next choice in my Kindle Unlimited recommendations:

  1. Then Just Stay Fat by Shannon Sorrels
    then just stay fatShannon Sorrels is a mysterious soul, cloaked in secrecy, seemingly without any sort of Internet presence at all. I’ve looked high and low, and she doesn’t seem to have a blog or a website*. So there’s no way to let her know how much her championing of basic, no-nonsense calorie counting has impressed me. I started tracking my calories, and it’s made a huge difference – as you can tell by my weight loss stats over there on the right.

    Shannon states the case for calorie counting very simply and forcefully. If you need a good kick in the pants, this is the one you want!

    (*I did find a Facebook page for the book. It hasn’t been updated since December 2016, but hey, it’s better than nothing!)

  1. Calorie Accounting by Mandy Levy
    calorie accountingThis is the EXACT same concept as “Then Just Stay Fat” – basic, no-nonsense calorie counting. The difference is Mandy Levy herself! She describes herself as “an Emmy-winning writer, comedian, and karaoke enthusiast,” and that’s quite a winning combination of talents.

    I recommend you get the oversized paperback, rather than the Kindle version, because Mandy’s book is just so bright and cheerful and colorful that it makes you smile just looking at it! She’s like the bouncy cheerleader big sister you never knew you needed. I love her attitude, her cheerfully nutty photos, and her love for totally fake foods.

    I don’t agree with all of them (the Zero Calorie Noodles are definitely an acquired taste!), but it’s nice to find someone else who shares my illicit love for I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter Spray!

  2.  A Walk In the Woods, by Bill Bryson
    bryson walkOkay, you got me – this is definitely NOT a diet or weight-loss book! However, it’s a wonderful, often funny, sometimes terrifying (bears, eek!) book about a couple of guys who decide to walk the Appalachian Trail, and have all sorts of wonderful, often funny, sometimes terrifying adventures before they pretty much give up. The movie version starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is pretty awesome, too – plus it features the great Kristen Schaal in the small but hilarious role of Mary Ellen, who was apparently the most annoying woman on the planet.
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    Anyway, the main reason I mention it here is that reading this and other books about ordinary schlubs heading out to the wilderness to walk for miles and miles and miles every day is, it motivates ME to get up out of my comfy recliner and go for a walk. Maybe just around the block, or down the street to the library. But hey – walking is good, so whatever it takes, right?
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Let me know in the comments what some of YOUR favorite weight-loss books are. I’ve got a library card, so I’ll definitely (dare I say it??) check them out (yes, I dared!!)!