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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 18, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 130.8

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%; 2.8.15::31.0%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Feb 2015)
Current BMI: 22.8 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity: Nothing

I didn't get in any "real" activity yesterday, but I'm not giving up. I'm considering counting calories for a little bit. I know I'm not eating enough throughout the day. I've had so many ups and downs with sensitivities to foods and such (around '09-'11). That's all behind me, but the remnants of thinking a certain way (unconsciously probably) about certain foods remain.

I envy people who can plan a menu and stick to it. It would make things easier for me at the moment. I suppose I kind of bristle at that kind of structured eating. It may be because I fear going the other direction and becoming too rigid. At any rate I need to stir things up! Yes, I'm overthinking things just a little--haha!

Sleep: 6.5 hrs

Water: 20 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne

puddles on 02/18/2015:
Its hard sometimes to decide what to do what to try. Good luck and wishing you a great evening.


nenak on 02/19/2015:
Have a great evening x


Umpqua on 02/19/2015:
Counting on MyFitnessPal definitely works for me. Even if you're not counting calories, sometimes it's nice to get a breakdown of what you're eating, amount of protein and carbs, etc. Are you doing a vegan diet now? I have a vegan friend who is always posting articles about getting more protein for muscle development while eating vegan.


Maria7 on 02/19/2015:
Wow, Girl, you've lost some weight. Congrats to you on your number and bmi!

biscottibody59 on 02/19/2015:
Actually it's not really a good thing unfortunately. But I'm where I am and it is what it is.

The fact that I feel pretty good after a hard time is the important thing.

My aim is to gain muscle until further notice:-)

(You may want to read my entry from Tues.)


liza36 on 02/20/2015:
I'm always impressed with your "not giving up" attitude and the fact that you soldier on. Hope all is well with you.


Maria7 on 02/22/2015:
I'm sorry to hear you've not been feeling well...I never said anything on here, either, but in 2012 I went through a very difficult time and lost a lot of weight (lower than what it was when I did an entry on DD after I'd been away from DD a while) during that time. Take care. Will be praying for you. :-)


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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 17, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 130.8

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%; 2.8.15::31.0%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Feb 2015)
Current BMI: 22.8 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity: Nothing

Today I've posted my current weight. I hope to have gained 2 pounds for next week's weigh-in.

This post marks me moving on. Recovering. I checked my body fat a couple of Sundays (posted above) and it's not much different than it was awhile ago.

Please don't be alarmed. Just know it's complicated to explain, and I'm probably not going to do it here. (Despite my low weight it has nothing to do with an eating disorder--my appetite has been absolutely excellent throughout my ordeal.) I feel good, though I have my work cut out for me to recover my lean body weight.

I'm not going to go into detail about much, but I echo several other posts a couple weeks ago about the failure of our "healthcare" system, especially the drs. It's something I was immersed in while being involved with a family member's care a few years ago, and from my standpoint things are worse now--drs and institutions have become more stealthy in some way. At the same time they take every opportunity to NOT NOT NOT be customer oriented in essentially a retail setting.

It still pays to listen to my body and to stay hopeful!

Sleep: 7.5 hrs

Water: 33 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

puddles on 02/17/2015:
I agree with your Dr. statement. I do not have anything to complain about the services I have gotten but I do find the Dr. are not getting smarter. Take care and have a great evening.


puddles on 02/17/2015:
No they don't play golf but it will be a lot of activities for the two little ones they are 8 and 6. Maybe some miniput golf. Thank you for the encouragement.


Umpqua on 02/18/2015:
I'm sorry to hear you're going through a rough time, Biscotti. It sounds like this recent loss is not a positive for you. I can certainly relate to your frustrations with our healthcare system from when I went through a rough time 2 years ago. I hope that whatever is happening can be sorted out and I know you will stay strong.

biscottibody59 on 02/18/2015:
Thank you--I appreciate your words and thoughts:-)

The loss is a little bit of a positive only because I feel good. It's not my "normal" (the weight) to be sure. I have to take better care of myself and if gaining wt in a healthy way is possible, I want it.

Yes, I remember a bit about your ordeal with getting even a diagnosis (as I recall--I hope correctly).

Feeling MUCH better is at least halfway to recovering. That may not be much to a dr in a clinical setting--but it's one of the best things to me.



biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 06, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Dec 2014)
Current BMI: 25.2 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity:
Wed & Thur: Nothing

Plans for activity have proven elusive. A partial reason for failure is that I'm not cooperating with myself:-) It's time to get on with at least a little wt trng, so that's in my plan for later today.

BTW, it barely got above freezing yesterday, but tomorrow (according to one forecast) it's supposed to be near 85degF.

Sleep: 
Wed: 7.5 hrs
Thur: 5 hrs

Water:
Wed & Thur: 32 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

*** Just in case you missed it in a previous entry, my posted weight isn't correct. ***

grannyannie on 02/06/2015:
Hope you get in your weight training. Have a great day.


museumgirl on 02/06/2015:
I love the way you put it - activity is elusive, and not cooperating with yourself...boy, do I know how that works! Hope things work better for you!


thinnside40 on 02/06/2015:
I don't like it when I lose the battle between Me~Myself~I.... Hup 1,2,3...... :)


thinkpositive on 02/06/2015:
I hear you -have the same problem myself. No so much about exercise,but eating.


Umpqua on 02/09/2015:
OK Biscotti, it's time to have a talk with yourself and convince yourself to cooperate. And don't settle for any excuses ;) I hope you got some activity in over the weekend!


Maria7 on 02/11/2015:
Wow...85...summertime weather. So happy for you at the weight you are at. You are doing FANTASTIC! :-D Thanks for checking on me twice since my last entry. :-D


Maria7 on 02/12/2015:
Hoping you are having a blessed day. :-)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 04, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Dec 2014)
Current BMI: 25.2 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity:
Mon: Nothing
Tues: Driving 2 hrs

A couple of days without exercise--I can feel it when I don't make the effort. I only count the driving because it burns a couple of calories--see Fitday for particulars:-) Back on the activity wagon today--it makes a huge difference!

Sleep: 
Mon: 6 hrs
Tues: 7.5 hrs

Water:
Mon: 1 liter
Tues: .5 liter

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

thinkpositive on 02/04/2015:
Good luck getting back on the activity wagon.


thinkpositive on 02/04/2015:
Good luck getting back on the activity wagon.


grannyannie on 02/05/2015:
Looks like you are doing very well! :)


Umpqua on 02/05/2015:
I know how tough it is to get back in the game with regular exercise, it's probably my biggest struggle. I also know you've done it consistently and will do it again :)

biscottibody59 on 02/06/2015:
We're really in this struggle together:-)


museumgirl on 02/05/2015:
If I can count driving as exercise i've certainly racked up some time this week... unfortunately, I think I need to actually get off my butt at some point. You are inspiring, and so dedicated to your health. I should find a way to measure my body fat...but maybe I don't want to know :)

biscottibody59 on 02/06/2015:
Not so much exercise as activity. Fitday uses a pretty generic database (not sure the origin) and sexual activity, talking on the phone and all sorts of things are counted as activity. Some things are obviously exercise (IMO).

It's instructional to those who've never thought about it one way or the other because even sleep is activity (burns calories).

Essentially if all you're doing is sitting around breathing, you're active!

I use a handheld Omron Fat Loss Monitor. Not expensive. I find that it's a better "go by" than the online calculators out there, but those are good too. It's best to just use the same thing if you're into monitoring it.

The most accurate methods are expensive.


thinnside40 on 02/05/2015:
Yep, keeping some activity sure does help keep on track better. Hope your desires come to fruition. :)



biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 02, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Dec 2014)
Current BMI: 25.2 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity: Airdyne 16 min

Doing all right. I'm kinda pushing myself on the Airdyne, but I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks I've built up to 150 min/week of activity (purposeful/aerobic). It would be good for that to be automatic. I easily did this years ago and more, but for now this is a good place to start.

I just wanted to leave y'all with a reminder. To me the beauty of this website is support. We're all not doing the same thing, but we all show up here for the same thing. All it takes is going to another board to see how contentious, unsupportive and stressful it can be to be there:-)

Here's something from the "Terms of Service" page: Be nice to people. If you can't be supportive, go somewhere else. It's a good FIRST rule of thumb when commenting.

It's simple. Let's all try to keep DDs the safest place possible. At the end of the day it's about support!

Sleep: 6 hrs

Water: 55 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

thinnside40 on 02/02/2015:
Great goal(s) :) I'm so glad to be back and have never forgotten the time you told me I was one you knew was determined to succeed... I thank you for that... I'm back on the road amidst the lonnnnnnnnnnnnng detour I took.


puddles on 02/02/2015:
I agree with that Biscotti. Have a great evening.


museumgirl on 02/03/2015:
I love the reminder. You have been a big supporter, for me, along with Puddles and Jezebel, and a few others who leave great comments almost every day. I don't think I've seen anything on here that is not supportive, so I hope I have never left a comment that makes anyone feel bad :( Have a wonderful day, good luck with the exercise, I could really use some myself!


Umpqua on 02/03/2015:
Wise advice for us all as usual, Biscotti :) Nice job on the exercise front!


liza36 on 02/03/2015:
Great reminder and so true. I value the support I've received from you in the past - thank you! The supportive nature of this board is why I keep coming back after short hiatus.



biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 01, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Dec 2014)
Current BMI: 25.2 (23.5 = 135#)


For my activity: Airdyne 17 min

I got in my bit of activity--woo-hoo:-) Not enough sleep, but I'll survive!

Sleep: 3.5 hrs

Water: 45 oz

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2015:
wow, that's not a lot of sleep at all :( are you worried about something?

Thank you again for all your advice. I am taking it to heart. Still taking the muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory meds, but totally thinking positive about this. picturing myself in a cop uniform helps :)

still have a long ways to go and the books just came in the mail, so will be starting to read them. my friend says that i have a tendency to open my mouth and just hurt myself - blackmail myself - it's like i'm trying to lose my job. i'm not...

anyways, thank you so much, i'm starting to finally feel better from last week. and i am going to start your books tonight :)

biscottibody59 on 02/01/2015:
No. I was overcaffeinated a bit. Worrying has never really affected my sleep. Not that I don't worry just like anyone else. At any rate the sleep I got (always CPAP-assisted of course:-) was refreshing and restful!

I hope you get some good info from the books.


thinnside40 on 02/01/2015:
YAY!!!!! For activity.......


horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2015:
I agree with thin :)


Umpqua on 02/02/2015:
I hope you got some more sleep in over the weekend. Good job on the exercise!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Jan 31, 2015
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Body Fat: 11.18.14::31.8%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 144.6 (Dec 2014)
Current BMI: 25.2 (23.5 = 135#)


Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. --Mark Twain

For my activity: Very little

I don't like seeing my name last on the roster to the left:-) I'll post from time to time--at least that's the plan.

I need to engage myself in exercise DAILY--no excuses--even if it's just 10 min of something purposeful. I have gained weight on purpose in the last few weeks, so the above weight is not correct. My appetite is excellent, so that's not a problem:-).

Sleep: 7.5 hrs

Water: 1 liter

Activity Plan: Airdyne; Wt Trng

thinnside40 on 01/31/2015:
Good plan(s)


puddles on 01/31/2015:
Good to hear from you. Have a great weekend.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 23, 2014
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 144.6

Life got a bit interesting for me since my last post, so I'm taking a break (which I've done from time to time).

I wish you all all the best for Christmas, if you celebrate. Otherwise all good cheer for 2015--woo-hoo!

Exercise: TBD

Sleep: TBD

Water: TBD

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 12/23/2014:
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and all the best in the 2015 but most of all I wish you Health. Thank you for your support. I will be posting while I am away - packing my scale in my suitcase. lol


museumgirl on 12/23/2014:
Hope everything is ok, and wishing you good health and happiness. I hope you will be back - you have been such a great encouragement to me and offered so much great information that has transformed my health. I will appreciate you always, take care!


SkinInTheGame on 12/24/2014:
Biscotti - have a great holiday and new year! Don't stay away too long!!


Jezebel on 12/24/2014:
I hope you're OK. Wishing you a Happy Christmas.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/25/2014:
yes, i hope all is alright by you! Happy Holidays, see you soon i hope!!!



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!



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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