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biscottibody59 - Friday Dec 12, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

I'm glad to know some of you appreciated the video from yesterday:-)

High Blood Pressure A :: Symptom Not A Disease (about 3 min--presented by John McDougall MD, who incidentally had a stroke in his late teens or early 20s)

No Oil--Not Even Olive Oil--Caldwell Esselstyn MD (about 4 min--this is just part of his longer talk on preventing and reversing heart disease)

The Truth About Fats--Jeff Novick RD ( about 6 min--this is worth a watch--he does attempt to entertain:-)

I haven't watched the following two videos all the way through, but if you know someone with heart disease and they don't want to have coronary bypass surgery (sometimes it's unavoidable of course) or keep having stents or whatever, Dr Esselstyn summarizes his book in these two videos. He's around 80 years old, and if I remember correctly, his father (a dr as well) died in his 50s of heart disease.

Part 1 (about 5 min--in his own words)
Part 2 (about 10 min)

Exercise: A little housework

Sleep: 6.5 hrs

Water: 32 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.2 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

museumgirl on 12/13/2014:
Good videos, I especially like the info on blood pressure. I think I may finally have found the final piece of the puzzle.Thank you so much!


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biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 11, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Happy Thursday!

An older video I like to watch from time to time: Escaping the Dietary Pleasure Trap (2006). The presentation is a bit corny in the beginning, but he loses that and gets to the subject fairly quickly. Of course if you've never seen it, it will all be new and possibly UNcorny:-)

Exercise: Airdyne 21 min; Jog in Place 2 min

Sleep: 7 hrs

Water: 32 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.2 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/11/2014:
I just looked at the video and the statistics are off the chart. This all makes a lot of sense the only thing I would have a problem giving up is some meat once in a while. I can do the beans and lentils but sometimes I just have to have a piece if meat or seafood or fish. I do not do the sugars and the flower and the salt and bread and I agree that after a period of time you really do not miss them. Your brain does not crave them as before. It is definitely worthwhile looking at it. Thank you.

biscottibody59 on 12/11/2014:
I'm glad you got something out of it.

There are people who lose that taste for animal proteins, dairy, eggs, etc (or they come to it from an animal rights/protection standpoint and quit eating it overnight). I'm not there by any means.

I don't fault anyone for eating meat--I believe in animal welfare, but not animal rights--too "out there" for me at this point.

I am not off of animal products by any stretch, but I know I felt profoundly better with an "8-day's worth experiment" I did a few years ago.


museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
My health has improved since I changed my diet - at least, 95% of the time. Sometimes I do have pasta, occassional desserts, and of course I eat fish. So I am not a true vegetarian. I also agree that the current generations are NOT going to live as long as their grandparents did. (I'm not through watching the video yet....)

biscottibody59 on 12/11/2014:
The dirty little secret is that it's hard to be a vegetarian/vegan for any amount of time and only 2% of the US population 17 and older manage it according to a new report.


museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
hmm, I would need to add potatoes, which I don't eat now because of inflammatory issues. And i would have to give up fish. I also wonder about any diet that suggests a supplement to survive, due to B12. Interesting, though and I may think of doing some tweaking for my diet......


museumgirl on 12/11/2014:
I've been thinking a lot about the info you have provided...can you tell me more about your diet? I am starting to wonder if I should cut out the fat/oil/nuts completely, and add in potatoes and/or rice....I watched that video, and now I am looking at /reading/ other things about diet. What I have done so far has made a tremendous difference.... Would you mind taking a minute to give me your thoughts?

biscottibody59 on 12/12/2014:
My diet in its current state is nothing to write home about. I'm kind of all over the place.

When I eat at home I try to stick to the no-oil, plant-based type of eating. I will buy a dozen eggs from time to time and then when they're all gone I may not buy them for awhile.

I only have coffee/decaf out so I don't keep any at home, which means no milk. However I have used plain soymilk or coconut creamer from time to time when I do have coffee at home.

If you haven't seen "Forks Over Knives" the movie, it might be a good intro to several practitioners (they're not all drs) who promote plant-based eating with no (or very little) added salt, oil or sugar. The differences are rather small.


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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Dec 10, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Just a usual post:-)

Exercise: Short Walk

Sleep: 6.5 hrs

Water: 32 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.2 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/10/2014:
I would definitely prefer your weather right now. It is a Winter Wonderland outside right now. Have a great evening


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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 09, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

I'm down 3# on my weigh-in.

Eating has been a little erratic and not great choices either. My appetite's fine, so I'm not sure what's going on. It's possible I'm a little more stressed out than usual, though I don't feel it, which could be the problem:-) This may not make sense, but perhaps I've gone the other direction so that it's not obvious--is that possible?

No digestive issues. More uncharted territory. I really hate counting calories, etc, but will resort to it if I must. Probably not a bad idea--I just hate it after doing it for a number of years, which I didn't mind, it was sort of fun back then:-)

Exercise: Short Walk

Sleep: 6.5 hrs

Water: 24 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.2 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

Progress as of today: 44.4 lbs lost so far, only 1.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/09/2014:
Whatever it was has certainly had an effect on the scale for you. It is funny how sometime we can't figure out what is going on. Have a great day and congrats - you are real close to your goal now.


museumgirl on 12/10/2014:
Congrats on the weight loss! I know what you mean about stress - I was under a lot of stress for several years under a little earlier this year - when you live with a high stress level constantly, you don't notice it or have any visible reactions. At least, I didn't. But I sure could tell when it was gone. Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. I don't like counting calories much myself, but it is the only way for me to stay on track and not fool myself.

biscottibody59 on 12/10/2014:
Thanks for sharing that:-)


Jezebel on 12/11/2014:
You sound centered and grounded. I always admire those who manage stress with grace. Congratulations on your weight loss.

biscottibody59 on 12/11/2014:
Thanks!

The stress management thing is a moving target, so I appreciate your sentiments, but I know I'm out of my element from time to time, if that makes sense.

What worked a few years ago might need to be tweaked today.

Always a work in progress on this one:-)


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biscottibody59 - Monday Dec 08, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

These may be helpful to you Jezebel. Sounds closer to what you mentioned in your comment to me from yesterday.

Here's a link to sleep duration from the Wikipedia article on ghrelin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghrelin#Sleep_duration

Link from same to gastric bypass surgery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghrelin#Gastric_bypass_surgery

Link from Wikipedia article on leptin--role in obesity and weight loss: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptin#Role_in_obesity_and_weight_loss

Exercise: Nothing

Sleep: 5 hrs

Water: 24 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/08/2014:
Again interesting reading for us. Thank you. Have a great evening.


museumgirl on 12/09/2014:
Interesting article on leptin. Kind of depressing,though, if you can't do anything about it. Seems from the article it wouldn't be very easy to take as a "supplement" or "treatment." Explains my struggles, though, and increase in "appetite" lately. Perhaps behavioral modification can overcome that urge. I have to believe it is possible, otherwise I am doomed. :(


Jezebel on 12/10/2014:
Thank you. I was so sure I responded to this, but I don't see my post. I am interested in the hormone relation to sleep and obesity.



biscottibody59 - Sunday Dec 07, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

Here are a couple of articles I mentioned to Jezebel in comments to my previous post--all three are clickable links:

From age 8 to 80, expert reveals the price we pay for not sleeping

Healthcare professionals should prescribe sleep to prevent, treat metabolic disorders, experts argue

I'll see if I can't find something to relate the hormones leptin and ghrelin. It appears there's some research relating at least one of those hormones to childhood obesity and sleep, but not adults or women.

I just threw this one in for "fun." It's a little bit of comprehensive obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) info: Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in US threatens public health

Exercise: Nothing

Sleep: 8.5 hrs

Water: 24 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/07/2014:
You always share interesting things to read up on. Thank you for that. Have a great evening.


museumgirl on 12/08/2014:
Good articles. Thanks for sharing. I am showing them to mr husband, too, my chronically sleep-deprived dearest man. Maybe he will listen to the experts.

biscottibody59 on 12/08/2014:
We're so adaptable--amazes me how we can get by on little sleep, until the poop hits the fan and it's like a new day and we need it more than ever!


Jezebel on 12/08/2014:
It was the hormone thing I was looking into. Something to do with some studies saying overweight people who loose weight naturally have higher levels of one of them vs people who have had bypass surgery, suggesting there's possibly a particular area in the small intestine that emits the hormone that affects hunger.

biscottibody59 on 12/08/2014:
I think there's no question that gastric bypass has some effect on hormones. (I'm not well-versed in it.)

The bigger effect is the absorption (or lack thereof) of certain nutrients. And there's a gene mutation some people have (rare) that when they have gastric bypass they eventually die because it's related to an essential nutrient in a specific portion of what gets cut out.

I've only heard this in one case in the US and the link was dead when I went back to the newspaper article awhile ago.

Off the subject, but they're also just finding out how gastric bypass essentially cures T2Diabetes. There's so little known about the long term effects of the surgery.



biscottibody59 - Saturday Dec 06, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

A Saturday post:-)

Exercise: Nothing

Sleep: 4.5 hrs

Water: 18 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/06/2014:
Hope you had a great day.


Jezebel on 12/06/2014:
I notice you post your hours of sleep. Is there a reason for that? What are your thoughts on sleep and weight loss. I think you mentioned something in a post that went over my head... I meant to look back into it when I had more time, but lost it. I ask because I went through a time when I couldn't sleep regularly. And sometimes I slip into that pattern. Especially when I have time off.

biscottibody59 on 12/07/2014:
I have a couple of articles that might interest you in an upcoming entry.

I started posting my sleep hrs (looks like) abt 4 years ago as part of my Fitday numbers, which allows a count of sleep calories burned.

I counted calories/activities on that for quite a number of years (years ago on here), but didn't post sleep as far as I remember.

Menopause, being diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) about 4 years ago--using CPAP therapy religiously since then--and having to cut out/down on caffeine probably is why I post my sleep. It's just to remind me more than anything.



biscottibody59 - Friday Dec 05, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

I thought I'd share the soup I kind of threw together yesterday. It's loosely based on a recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. For salt it only has the tad bit I added. The veg stock is plain--made with nothing but veg--no additives and no salt.

I chopped a half-onion, a few garlic cloves, and 3 celery stalks. I sautéed all in water and added a box of cremini mushrooms I sliced. Then I chopped 4 smallish russets, added a box of veg stock, 4 bay leaves, a little red pepper flakes, a bit of salt and some freshly ground pepper. I let that simmer for about 8 min and then added frozen peas, carrots and cut green beans. Simmered that for about 3 min and that's it. No GOOD excuse for me not having soup on hand:-)

The mushrooms were for an Asian-inspired soup recipe with tofu, but I'll have to get some more for that:-)

Exercise: Housework--a little

Sleep: 7 hrs

Water: 16 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

Progress as of today: 41.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 12/05/2014:
That soup sound real good. Have a great evening

biscottibody59 on 12/05/2014:
I must say that it certainly hits the spot:-)


SkinInTheGame on 12/06/2014:
You are so smart - I'm going to try that!!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 04, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

Essentially the same as yesterday--more sleep.

Exercise: Short Walk

Sleep: 8 hrs

Water: 30 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/04/2014:
Your so close to your 143 and 24.9. You are also persistent with your plan. Wishing you a great day.



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Dec 03, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 147.6

The usual rundown:-)

Exercise: Short Walk

Sleep: 5 hrs

Water: 30 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

BMI: 25.7 (Still Overweight) :: 24.9--143# = Normal Weight

Body Fat %:
8.12.14 :: 33.8%; 9.8.14 :: 33.9% :: 11.18 :: 31.8%; 2.2.15 :: tbd
(first goal = 30%; second goal = 24%)

puddles on 12/03/2014:
Have a great day.


museumgirl on 12/03/2014:
You are awesomely close to your goal!



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