Sigh…okay, back to the grind, then!

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Yeah, the bad news is:

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Yikes! Well, that’s what happens when you (a) don’t count your calories and (b) spend a whole lotta time with your feet up on your comfy recliner binge-watching “30 Rock” during the “dog days” of summer!

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The good news is, it’s a wake-up call to get back to the basics:

1. Count my calories,

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2. Eat right,

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and of course,

3. Exercise!

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No excuses! And I’m gonna get started…right AFTER my planned vacation, which starts, er, today! and hey, it’s in Phoenix, Arizona, so maybe the pounds will MELT off!

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So I’ll try to spend the next week eating sensibly, yada yada yada, and we’ll see what happens.

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(my NEXT binge watch??)

Have a great week!

Peppa? (knock knock knock) Peppa? (knock knock knock) Peppa? (knock knock knock)

I’m ba-a-ack! Had a wonderful time in Phoenix, connecting and/or reconnecting with relatives (big shout-outs to Laura and Rachel!), and of course, watching the “Big Bang Theory” finale!

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However, as Rachel and I walked into my parents’ living room to watch Leonard, Sheldon, Amy and the gang say their final goodbyes, we were a tad nonplussed to find that a young neighbor child, Miss Billie, had taken over the sofa and was very, very determined to watch ANOTHER show, something called “Peppa Pig.” So naturally, I had to come up with what is probably the ONLY “Big Bang Theory/Peppa Pig” mashup you’ll ever see on the Internetz or anywhere else. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, I was gonna do a weigh-in too. Here ya go:

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Dang! Well, obviously I’m still adjusting to this “No S” thing. I may go back to calorie counting if the weight keeps going up. Or I could just change my official weigh-in day to Tuesday instead of Monday, to avoid the post-weekend snacking bump. Or maybe count the calories while still doing the No S?

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Yeah, that’s probably the best option! OK, I’ll just get back to my post-vacay routine and see how things go. See ya next week, everyone!

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(*oh and btw, RIP to beloved Internet icon “Grumpy Cat!” Seven is too young for a cat to go, but your memes will live forever!)

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RIP Grumpy Cat, the “Sheldon” of the cat world

On the weigh to vacay!

Hey everyone! As promised, here’s my quickie weigh-in before I hit the road for Parts Unknown*!

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Oh well, not really that surprised to see a bit of a gain. Remember, I’m now doing the “No S Diet” (no snacks, seconds, or sweets, except on days that start with S**) which means I’m eating a little more on weekends. So there’s gonna be a little bit of an adjustment till my Monday weigh-ins get in sync!

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Meanwhile, as I said, I’m headin’ out to spend some quality time with the extended family! Hope you have a great week — see you next Monday!

(*well, Phoenix, ‘kay? Yeah, it’s pretty well known. Just doin’ my part to keep your Monday dramatic!)

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(**S days: Saturday, Sunday, and “special,” which IMHO will DEFINITELY include Thursday evening, aka the SERIES FINALE of the Big Bang Theory!!)

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Weigh-In: Post-Valentine Chocolate Overload Edition!

Welp, good morning, friends & neighbors! Time for my post-Valentine, pre-Road Trip weigh-in. Let’s get this over with quickly, shall we?

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Today’s weigh-in is (gulp):

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Sigh — up a little since last time!

Oh well, as mentioned above, I’m heading out on yet another one of my famous L.A.-Phoenix Road Trips, which consists mainly of trying to avoid being on the I-10 for any longer than absolutely necessary. Takes a lot longer, but it’s definitely doable, and way more scenic!

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Still, what with all the recent rains we’ve had out here, some of my usual “longcuts” won’t be usable, so I’ll probably have to do the boring Freeway Slog most of the way this time. Yawn!! Oh well, the bright side of any Road Trip is — you  guessed it! — the Hotel Continental Breakfast!

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er … sorry … I meant, of course, the Visit with Family!

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Which is just one of the many exciting things I’ll be doing in beautiful, not-at-all-boring Phoenix this week. I won’t be doing my Friday Five post, though, since Friday morning’s the day I get up early-early-early to start heading back. So you’ll just have to make this one do till next Monday.

Oh well, given that I’ve been super-late with my LAST two Friday Fives, I don’t think you’ll be too upset! Anyway, that’s the Weigh-In, and now I’m gonna get behind the wheel and take out my frustrations on the road!

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Have a great week, everyone — see ya next Monday!

Pre-Vacay Weigh!

Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday! Here’s my weigh-in —

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Up just a tad from last week. Oh well, really, that’s OK! I’ve decided that for the next few weeks, I’m gonna temporarily shift my focus from losing to maintaining.

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See, Mr. 50by60 and I going on yet another Vacay Train Trip starting this week, so I’m going to allow Amtrak to tempt me with all their delicious onboard menus, as well as enjoy the luxuries of the Hotel Continental Breakfast Bar. I’ll try to keep things in check but I’m not gonna try too hard — I mean, come on, it’s VAKAY!

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Anyway, my main goal right now is to maintain that 50-pound loss till my official 60th birthday, which happens to be right around Labor Day (my mother told me that’s why they named it that). After that, I’ll continue with Phase Three of the Big Giant 100-Pound Weight Loss. And I just KNOW I can do it!

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(In case you’re new to the blog, Phase One was 2016-2017, when I lost 20 pounds; Phase Two was when I started this blog & then lost 50 pounds; Phase Three is from now till Christmas (with the option of a 12-day Orthodox Christmas extension) when I plan to lose the final 30 pounds. 20 plus 50 plus 30 equals 100. There ya go, a little math for ya, and no Barbie meme to spoil things.

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Harumph! Anyway, this is the LAST WEIGH-IN for two weeks, since they don’t provide bathroom scales on Amtrak or our hotel, and we’re not packin’ ’em, either. I’ll try to post from the road (er, the rails) at some point, but meanwhile, hope YOU have a nice vacay planned! If not, at least try to take a long lunch, sit outside with some iced tea or something, and enjoy the last dregs of summer!

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Is weight gain on vacation inevitable? Not necessarily!

Good morning, everyone, and welcome! Time once again for the Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in, and of course, this is the Post-Vakay Weigh-in, so there may be some issues to deal with! Ready? Here we go!

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Yeah … it’s a slight gain! Oh well…inevitable, right? Because I was on vacation for a week, and it’s perfectly normal to overeat, cut back on exercise, laze around by the pool, etc. etc. … right?

Wrong! Now, true, I DID do all those things. Here’s a list of the goodies I noshed on:

  1. Barbecued pork ribs with mac ‘n cheese on the side (mmm!)
  2. Homemade Thai sticky rice and mangos (thanks, Sri! And no, *I* didn’t think it was too salty at all!)
  3. Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar
    and finally, the coup de grace:
  4. Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with Extra Whipped Cream

Mmmm!! They were all oh, so yummy, too!

And, in spite of my good resolutions (to use the hotel fitness center, to do exercise videos, to get up early and walk every day), I wound up not doing a whole of exercise at all, because, vakay, amIright?

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So because I ate those particular foods, and didn’t exercise, it was inevitable that I’d gain some weight…right?

WRONG, oh cromulent one! It’s NOT inevitable, and I didn’t have to gain ANY weight! In fact, I could have done all (or most) of those things, and LOST weight … if not for one little thing:

I DIDN’T TRACK MY DAILY CALORIES.

Yeah, that’s it. That was my one and only mistake. If I’d counted my calories, and made sure that I stayed in that magical caloric deficit (as explained so well over at AWorkoutRoutine), I’d probably be sitting here bragging about how I’m the only dieter in North America who went on vacation and LOST weight!

And I meant to! I usually write everything down in an app (like MyFitnessPal) or even just a piece of paper. But last week, I threw the paper away, unplugged the devices … and just like that, weight gain! So there you go.

However, I don’t want you to think I’m upset, or shocked, or even disappointed. The truth is, I kinda KNEW this would happen, and I was okay with it. See, I was on VACATION! I decided to let myself relax, for a period of one week, knowing there was a good chance I’d have a slight weight gain when I got home — and ALSO knowing that I’d jump right back on the horse when I got here.

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And I am! Today I’ve got my pen and paper, I’ve logged my breakfast calories, and now I’m heading for the gym for that sweet, sweet calorie offset.

That extra couple of pounds won’t be around too long. In fact — if you want to look at it from a totally weird, yet very Doctor Who-ish point of view — it’s the FAT that’s on vakay this week … at my place! And next Monday, we’ll have said our goodbyes and the fat’ll be on its way home! Yeah, that could totally happen.

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Doctor Who, “Partners in Crime,” Catherine Tate & David Tennant

Meanwhile, me and my new fat pals are heading to the gym! Have a great week, everyone, and remember: KEEP TRACKING THE FOOD!!

Five ways to keep from gaining weight on that summer road trip!

Hey everyone — it’s that time of year! Everyone’s loading up the minivans and heading out onto the Great Open Road! But be careful — it’s way too easy to get all cramped up and sore in the car, when you’re strapped in and having nothing to do but watch the scenery. I get it — cows, man!

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You really should try to move around when you can. Even if it’s a long way between rest areas, here are some great ways to stay flexible (and even burn a few calories), even on the longest road trip!

  1. Abdominal Contractions (in the car): Draw your belly button in toward your spine as you contract and hold your abdominals tight while you continue breathing. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, release, then repeat another one to two times. (Sparkpeople: Road Rules: 10 Exercises Designed for Long Trips)
  2. Calf and Toe Raises (in the car): Raise your heels as high as possible, putting your weight in the balls of your feet while contracting your calves, then rock back on your heels to stretch the shins. Repeat eight to 12 times to complete one set. Work towards completing three sets total. (Sparkpeople: Road Rules: 10 Exercises)
  3. Rock your oblique stomach muscles. Flex your lower and upper abdominal muscles and then raise your right hip as high as it will go. Hold for 3 seconds and then lower and repeat on the left side. Repeat 10 times on each side or until you feel muscle fatigue. (Wikihow, Exercise While Commuting)
  4. Do isometric exercises. Imagine you need to flex every single muscle in your body. Begin by wiggling your toes and then flex each muscle 1 at a time for 3 seconds, until you reach your arms, neck and top of your head. (Wikihow, Exercise While Commuting)
  5. Raise the roof: Sit tall, with your spine straight and your abdominals engaged. Extend both arms above your head and push your palms into the car ceiling. Hold for three seconds and release, bringing your arms back down to your sides. Repeat for one full minute. (Best Health Mag CA: The Best Workout for Road Trips)
  6. AND A BONUS TIP! Food: Of course, there are tons of convenience stores and fast food places along the road. I’ll do another post on those later, but for now, just remember that even in the wilderness of the junk food aisles, more and more places — even gas stations — have healthier options like string cheese, bananas, and even my beloved Buddig slices! Look around, you can always find *something* good. And when you can’t — well, just count the calories and do the best you can!
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And OF COURSE, whenever possible, get out of the car, st-r-e-t-ch, and WALK! You’ll burn some calories AND stay flexible, which is really important because if you’re like me and have arthritis, you’ll get all cramped up and sore in the car. That’s no way to spend a vacation from your problems, friends – that’s a way to invite MORE problems!

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Whatever you’re doing on YOUR vacation, enjoy it! See you Monday for one last weigh-in before the freeway!

(unused WordPress Daily Prompt: tide)