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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jan 31, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. --Steven D. Woodhull

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (12 min/1.2 mi)

Day 338 was good. Got it all done except for the walk. I could count driving, but I really only count that and talking on the phone when I've done nothing else exercise-wise.

I found some freshly made chocolate croissants finally. I shared one, ate one and took two home to freeze (we'll see how that goes). I found them at a familiar place I wouldn't frequent even on a weekly basis, but I could change--haha! Anyway, I got what I wanted and now I know exactly where to go next time. Better the real thing than a poor substitute any day!

Of course I ate a few other high-calorie things throughout the day, so my daily deficit was blown to hell. This is the time to get some basic routines established. I'm doing okay with exercise. I can certainly do better with food. But I don't want to get bored and then find myself obsessing over the really rich foods that I seem to gravitate to as well. Balance--is that too much to ask!

Here's a link if you're interested in a go-by other than your weight. It can be an eye-opener as well if you've never checked your BMI: Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2756 cal * 123g Fat * 36g Fiber * 62 oz Water
-224 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Running Wkly Def: 335 (s/b +400 to +500)

borntocry on 01/31/2007:
I think you're right - the key is to establish those basic routines. If we leave ourselves too many choices we inevitably make the wrong ones (at least I do!).

Thanks for your comment the other day. You know me too well! I am indeed already thinking of the Superbowl. But my recent splurges may prove to be a blessing in disguise, as I have already struck several high-calorie items off my menu for Sunday!


greengirl on 01/31/2007:
I know what you mean about balance. Its either all or nothing with me. I love your quote today. Where do you find them?? :) As regards BMI , I am obese but looking forward to being overweight!!! I'm the only person I know who can say that!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2007:
so you're a croissant chef! LOL, i remember you saying that once before. no, balance is NOT too much to ask, lol! it is good to give in. let me tell you, i feel my heart race sometimes when I need to make a food decision! I'm a pure nut and I definitely notice how affected I can get when I think about food.


maria777 on 01/31/2007:
What you wrote about the chocolate crossants reminded me of what I crave...chocolate iced Krispy Kreme donuts with the pudding inside...yum!!! But I am staying away from them for now.

Thanks so much for you comment!!!


borntocry on 02/01/2007:
<br>Hi biscotti,

Thanks for reminding me of my resolution. I had forgotten all about those. And I need to keep them in mind now more than ever...

You're so right - there's no need to make excuses or come up with reasons for not eating something. It should be enough just to say I don't want it. In fact I think it's generally a mistake to try to come up with an excuse for anything one doesn't want to do, as that gives the mistaken impression that one does actually want to do it, but can't. And that just leads to further efforts at persuasion, etc.

The bean paste rolls you had were probably made with "red bean paste", or adzuki beans. That seems to be a common ingredient in Chinese/Japanese desserts. At least the ones I have are steamed, not fried! Dim sum comes in such deceptively small portions, though. I always feel like all I've had is just a few bites of this and that, when really those calories do add up!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jan 30, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 11 min/1.1 mi; DogJog 7 min/Walk 10 min

Day 337 was good. Got in all my planned activity. I'm back in black on my deficits for the last 4 days (though they're in red for today's color).

I'm up a half-pound from Saturday; measurements up 7/8 inch overall from last week. I'm down on calf, hip, waist and wrist measurements.

I have to keep in mind I'm just getting back to it with the jogging, which feels great so far, and with regular weight training. I feel very fortunate that I seem to have lost so little fitness on both activities.

Plan for today: Circuit workout, NTrack, walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


1919 cal * 95g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
525 cal Deficit * 7% Activities

Running Wkly Def: 342 (s/b +400 to +500)

maria777 on 01/30/2007:
Good for you on the jogging!

Hope you have a good evening!


smiley2 on 01/31/2007:
Jogging does wonders for the body and soul :)



biscottibody59 - Monday Jan 29, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.5 mi; DogJog 7 min/Walk 10 min

Day 336 was good. Got in all my planned activity.

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2692 cal * 76g Fat * 44g Fiber * 84 oz Water
505 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

Running Wkly Def: 213 (s/b +400 to +500)

maria777 on 01/29/2007:
You are doing so well! I am so happy for you. I haven't exercised in days. You got in your NTrack, your jog and walk. You are real disciplined. Keep up the excellent work! Big Smile!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Jan 28, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 32 min/3.5 mi; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (23 min/5.1 mi)

Day 335 was good.

Just a little warning: you may find the following rather brutal! I apologize in advance . . .

Far be it from me to tell ya' what I'd look like if I were a celebrity chef, but if I cooked all the stuff some of them cooked and actually ate what I cooked, a la Giada De Laurentiis (the petite, skinny, anorexic (???) one), I'd be so big they'd probably have to take camera shots from a mile away--hahaha! If you like her, I'm sorry--I can't get past her constant cooking of things that don't remotely look like anything she'd touch with a 10-foot pole.

She uses a famous name--her mother's maiden name--Giada's grandfather was Dino De Laurentiis, movie director. So if she used her married name and her middle name it would be Pam Thompson. Just wouldn't have the same ring to it "Pam Thompson's Everyday Italian." You might think she was heating up spaghettios from a can or something:-)

And she always seems to have this same look on her face that says, "I look really good, don't I. Do I eat ANY of this food that I cook? I never touch the stuff!" Hahahaha! Maybe her show should be called "Everyday Italian Anorexic." (As an aside, her husband is a clothing designer for "Apologie." Maybe with this renewed interest in NOT having skinny models, she'll gain a few pounds:-)

I just think it's time for a little truth in advertising. If you eat what you cook, how much do you eat and still get into your size "0" britches--haha! Do you work out and how much and what do you do? At least Emeril Lagasse has started looking like he eats everything he cooks--more genuine, but unfortunately is looking like he could explode at any moment.

And you just know for sure that Ina Garten eats what she cooks. She's the anti-Giada in my book! (And Garten is her married name for what it's worth.) She doesn't even pretend to be anything but a great cook who loves to eat what she cooks. Kinda normal--Ina G--my idol!

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2604 cal * 103g Fat * 26g Fiber * 84 oz Water
124 cal Deficit * 20% Activities

Running Wkly Def: 68 (s/b +400 to +500)

Donkey on 01/28/2007:
I couldn't agree with you more, biscotti. You said it! Long live Emeril...


geevee on 01/28/2007:
What a great entry! I'm not familiar with any of those cooks that you mentioned. Pam Thompson. WHAT a good one!

There are very few who can eat to their heart's content, and I have known one. I find it very hard to accept the fact that the calories I ingest for the rest of my life HAVE TO BE limited, or I'll be right back where I was before I started DD's.

Many thanks for your helpful comments. I really appreciate it!


Moody on 01/28/2007:
Great entry! LOL..I know who the Everyday Italian lady is, even tho I have never seen her show! I love Emeril tho and have been a fan of his for many years...

I hope you have a great day!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2007:
i'm gonna have to watch that show. your comment about the skinny cook is the second comment i heard this week!


borntocry on 01/29/2007:
Wow, I can't believe this! I remember seeing this really irritating Italian chef in America and wondered if that might be who you were talking about. So I did a Google image search and yep, that's her! Great minds think alike, I must say!

Have you noticed how she always cooks the fattiest things, too? Seriously, I've only seen a couple of episodes of her show but both times she was piling on the cream and butter and talking about how she just loves pastry, cookies, etc. What-EVER!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Jan 27, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 31 min/3.5 mi; DogJog 7 min/Walk 10 min

Day 334 was good. Normally I don't weigh in on Saturday, unless I feel like I've lost or that I was retaining water like a sponge earlier or that I finally had a decent amount of water for the last few days--all true!

So I weighed in and I'm down 2 pounds. I'm counting it--because I need a boost and I'm fairly sure it's accurate! I can always change it on Tuesday come what may:-)

Plan for today: Circuit workout, NTrack, walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


1802 cal * 51g Fat * 41g Fiber * 84 oz Water
757 cal Deficit * 13% Activities

Running Wkly Def: 49 (s/b +400 to +500)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2007:
yay biscotti! It seems that a lot of DDers have been very successful lately, yourself included! Looks like you had a good day calorie-wise as well! Have a great evening!


borntocry on 01/27/2007:
Yeah, good job!


maria777 on 01/27/2007:
Congratulations to you!!! YAAAAA!!!!

Tell me...how do you program the new favorites?



biscottibody59 - Friday Jan 26, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 156.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.8 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. --Thomas Merton

For my activity: NordicTrack 21 min/2.2 mi; DogJog 5 min/Walk 10 min

Day 333 was good. Didn't get in as much activity timewise, but I did get in what I planned for--for a change:-)

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2172 cal * 73g Fat * 35g Fiber * 84 oz Water
350 cal Deficit * 9% Activities

Running Wkly Def: -81 (s/b +400 to +500)

Donkey on 01/26/2007:
I've been meaning to tell you that I like your home gym set-up, with the Nordic Track, the bike and some weights. I hope to have something at home, someday, too.


Justine6Robert3 on 01/26/2007:
Just wanted to thank you for the cereal ideas. That Fibre 1 really was nasty!! I really seem to keep coming up short with getting enough fibre in, wich I know is really important. I think I will also check out a couple of health stores and see what I can find.

Good job getting in all your planned activities today.

Thanks for the entry yesturday, I enjoyed that, I had a good giggle!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/27/2007:
i'm glad you enjoyed your day today and that you were able to enjoy a change of pace!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Jan 25, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 156.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.8 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (11 min/1.2 mi)

Day 332 was good, though I didn't get in my walk.

A rabbit one day managed to break free from the laboratory where he had been born and brought up. As he scurried away from the fencing of the compound, he felt grass under his little feet and saw the dawn breaking for the first time in his life.

"Wow, this is great," he thought. It wasn't long before he came to a hedge and after squeezing under it he saw a wonderful sight--lots of other bunny rabbits, all free and nibbling at the lush grass.

"Hey," he called. "I'm a rabbit from the laboratory and I've just escaped. Are you wild rabbits?"

"Yes. Come and join us," they cried. Our friend hopped over to them and started eating the grass. It tasted so good. "What else do you wild rabbits do?" he asked.

"Well," one of them said. "You see that field there? It's got carrots growing in it. We dig them up and eat them." This he couldn't resist, so he spent the next hour eating the most succulent carrots. They were wonderful. Later he asked them again, "What else do you do?"

"You see that field there? It's got lettuce growing in it. We eat that as well." The lettuce tasted just as good and he returned a while later completely full.

"It's fantastic out here in the world!" he told them.

"So, are you going to live with us then?" one of them asked.

"I'm sorry, I had a great time but I can't." The wild rabbits all stared at him, a bit surprised. "Why? We thought you liked it here."

"I do," our friend replied. "But I must get back to the lab. I'm dying for a cigarette."

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2154 cal * 89g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
352 cal Deficit * 10% Activities

Running Wkly Def: -153 (s/b +400 to +500)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2007:
you did far better in calories today!!! I was a bit high as well! You know whats interesting, we all know what's healthy. but, it's just so hard to do what's healthy! even health professionals don't always make the right choices!


lafemme_loca on 01/25/2007:
I loved the story... it made me smile !!! :-) Thanks for sharing...


sharklover on 01/25/2007:
hahaha, I've never heard that one before. Thanks for brightening up my day, well night.


borntocry on 01/26/2007:
Oh my God, that was just too funny!!


greengirl on 01/26/2007:
Ha!!. Loved it :)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jan 24, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 156.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.8 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.7 mi

Day 331 was good, despite a minor foodfest. And I got some purposeful exercise. Back spasms are a distant memory. Gone!

Plan for today: Circuit workout, NTrack, walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2790 cal * 98g Fat * 35g Fiber * 84 oz Water
-170 cal Deficit * 13% Activities

Running Wkly Def: -254 (s/b +400 to +500)

maria777 on 01/24/2007:
Hi...thanks for your comment...Hope you are having good day...


smiley2 on 01/25/2007:
Im glad your back gave you permission to exercise. Hopefully you will be able to keep it up for some time.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jan 23, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 156.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.8 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Nothing

Days 329 & 330 sucked. Not just the food, but muscle spasms in my back returned for an encore--yeeeeeeeee-hah! Now I know why Grandpa, the beloved Walter Brennan, in The Real McCoys walked that way--hahaha!

I'm the same on my weigh-in, no measurements today. And I've just gotta do something meaningful exercise-ish today--before the day is finished.

I calculated what I've lost in inches since I started counting days. It's 11.75 inches--that's for Rt Arm, Leg, Calf, Wrist, and then Bust, Waist, Abdomen, and Hips. And it's up until last week, instead of the lowest weight. Note to self: The weight training IS the difference at my age. Period!

It wasn't that long ago that I was starting on a roll with the exercise--it's easy to just quit. I don't mind the weight going up this much, but this is just about the limit I think. I don't want to find myself in March fighting the same 6 pounds though. It's just stupidity to beat my head against the wall this way.

On another subject . . . I've got to expose this guy I saw briefly on the Rachael Ray Show--I don't watch it, but flipped it on briefly for some reason and she had several large containers of sugar on a table. Then the guy took a cover off of a container of what looked like about 30 pounds of beef fat.

He has a book called "The Cure." She addressed him as "Dr Tim." Well he does have a PhD from a non-accredited distance learning university in California--couldn't find what the PhD might be in--con-artistry or pickpocketing perhaps? It kills me when these people are touted by someone who's popular and who doesn't question their credentials on the air. He is a Naturopathic Doctor--ND. If you had a brain tumor I doubt you'd be wanting Dr Tim to treat it:-) Please beware.

I watched it long enough to hear him say that sugar clogs your arteries. Really, there may be a process that sugar may contribute to, but it's not THAT simple, dammit!

I reluctantly went to his website to see if he came clean about his "title," and he's selling a bunch of stuff with his name on it. Oh and he's "doctor to the stars" or something like that--hahaha!

Plan for today: NTrack

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2669 cal * 92g Fat * 28g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-381 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Running Wkly Def: -275 (s/b +400 to +500)

Progress as of today: 33 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/23/2007:
We tend to eat way too much sugar. Excess sugar converts easily to fat. Fat clogs the arteries. I lost the last 10lb by cutting out sugar. ((I consequently gained it back when I started stress-eating over moving, but that's another story.)) I used to snack on frosted mini-wheats, thinking I was doing well because of the fiber. Once I became aware of how much sugar I was eating, hidden away in boxed, canned, dried foods, I cut way way down and lost weight. Dr. Oz (You on a Diet) and Dr. Agatston (South Beach Diet) and Bob Greene (Best Life Diet) have all been saying the same thing too. Cut out the sugar and the many disguises it has (e.g. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a bad one for sure).


girliegirl6486 on 01/23/2007:
Nice job on the fiber! I think I want to go buy that BeneFiber stuff that you just mix in water because its really hard to find good food sources that have a lot of it. It helps make you feel fuller which keeps you from eating more.

How do you get your text pink?? Just HTML coding? I want pink text! : )


borntocry on 01/24/2007:
<br>Hi biscotti,

I am totally with you when it comes to exposing these quacks. (Speaking of quacks, are you familiar with http://www.quackwatch.com? There's another one I love at http://www.skepdic.com which provides a skeptic's view on all sorts of subjects.) It's just so easy to tout the stuff which we all know is good for us anyway, and point the finger at the demonic sugars and fats. Like one day out of curiosity I tried to find out how acidic different foods are, wondering if perhaps that could be why raw fruits are bad for ulcerative colitis. But all I kept finding were references to some silly "alkaline diet" which involves eating alkaline foods to balance our pH, or some such nonsense. But you know what the craziest part is? Apparently all fruits and vegetables - basically, all the foods which we already know are healthy - fall into this category. Yes, even things like oranges are "alkaline", not acidic. The explanation for this is that even though oranges may SEEM to be acidic, they leave an alkaline "residue" in the body. Oh yes, it's the residue that counts. So which are the acidic foods? Surprise, surprise! Sugar, fat, refined carbs.

And I love how we're supposed to be impressed that someone is "doctor to the stars". Like the stars really know their stuff. It reminds of that Applebee's commercial which refers to some guy as a "celebrity chef". If we have to be TOLD that he's a celebrity, how much of a celebrity can he be?

Thanks for the comment you left me. I read your link of indoor air pollutants - gross stuff! That put me off my lunch! Luckily I don't think I've been experiencing any of the health symptoms mentioned. I'll do some vacuuming to get rid of any spores, but I don't see what I can do about ventilation. I live in an apartment so I can't ventilate anything to the outside. My only option is to leave the windows open, and in these sub-zero temperatures, I don't see that happening.

The closet heater suggestion is a good one, though. I've seen that elsewhere on the web. I'll look into getting one of those. Plugging it in may be a problem, though, as there are no electrical outlets in the closet.

Thanks for all your help!


Donkey on 01/24/2007:
Excess calories, whether they come from carbohydrates (sugars), fats or proteins, are always converted to fat by the body.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2007:
i love reading diet books. some of the do state the obvious, but are usually still interesting. everyone has their own diet beliefs; and its not necessary to use one person's as the end all be all. meaning, i think its best to create your own diet based on several plans.



biscottibody59 - Sunday Jan 21, 2007
(<1700 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 156.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.8 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Nothing

Day 328 was not too bad. It had been nearly 2 months since I did any jogging, and that was one time for 5 min. I'm not one bit sore, so I feel good about my teeny-tiny outing. Gotta go!

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog/walk

Have a lovely day and take good care of yourselves!


2327 cal * 99g Fat * 23g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-14 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Running Wkly Def: -83 (s/b +400 to +500)

Justine6Robert3 on 01/22/2007:
Good for you, going jogging. Its okay if its only for a little while, you'll gradually work your way up to more as your body becomes used to it.

Thank-you for the list of foods to help me get more fibre. Very helpful. Have a great day!


Jmarie60 on 01/22/2007:
Thanks for the comment. I love Cheesy workout videos. They make me laugh. Glad you got out for a bit! It's been WAY longer than 2 months since I went jogging so I am proud and envious of you.


borntocry on 01/23/2007:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks for the link to the article on mildew removal. I wasn't even going to read it at first because I've been surfing the web all day reading articles just like it, but I'm glad I did, because it was packed with information, including some which I hadn't read elsewhere. Well, I know what I'm going to be busy doing for the rest of the week/month/winter...



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