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biscottibody59 - Monday Sep 18, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Sat: Walk 15 min
Sun: Phone call 2+ hrs

Days 202 & 203 were okay. There went the last of my five 2000 calorie days allotted for the month. What an experiment--at least I did better than any other month since February. Of course there are 12 days left. I'm tempted to just stop counting for a week or so. But I know if I did that it would more than likely backfire.

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog, walk


In response to GeeVee's comment: Hmm--what weight loss plan? Looks like it needs some tweaking. I think "normal eating" is about right. It works in the long run for me to create a deficit balancing food and exercise, however, I could stand to be stricter most of the time with my food choices.

I eat pretty much everything from soup to nuts, not really anything is cut out, though there are things I simply don't eat or that I eat only occasionally. As far as processed foods, other than cereal and occasional cookies, I don't keep them around. I eat only whole wheat bread or higher fiber raisin bread. Calories are still too high on a consistent basis. I've been craving lamb shanks. And they're okay once in awhile and $$$.

I eat whole fried eggs 2-3 times/month--whereas normally I have 4-5 whites plus 1 egg. I go through a cereal phase occasionally, either Uncle Sam Cereal or Kelloggs Fruit Harvest--it's got freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries--a guilty pleasure because it's not that great fiber-wise and it's pretty sugary, though subtly so. I had been eating alot of grits there for awhile, but since I started this counting the days in Feb, I went to make some grits and they were out of date. I'm much more flexible, though I have my days where I completely eat way too much.

I occasionally eat fast food. My system doesn't handle deep-fried foods in any quantity. (I think that's somewhat due to aging--no more "cast iron stomach.") I don't have sweets completely cut out, but I don't regularly keep ice cream, soft drinks, candy or cookies around. Those are things that I will buy occasionally and usually only one serving, like one donut once in awhile. I still have to bake some cookies one of these days, and my plan is to keep a few in the freezer individually packaged rather than having no cookies at all. The other day I would have plowed through a dozen if I'd had them around. That's something that I have better control of, but it's one of those things that I can get it into my head that it's not so bad. Sure--if I were someone who could do the "one free day/week" thing. I can't do that. I had fallen into the trap of eating in relation to my exercise/activity some time after I started the jogging a few years ago. I feel like I've gotten out of that mindset here recently, but I must watch myself very closely.

It's interesting that you asked this because I've been wanting to recommit (or restart or whatever you might call it) to a stricter food regimen for a couple weeks or so. I was reading of someone doing a strict diet for several days or a week and feeling like it awakened an awareness that she had not previously had after she went off of it. That's sort of what happened to me on the original diet I did here. Shaking up your plan by either restricting or introducing something you hadn't been eating can be an eye opener--satisfying a curiosity one way or the other. I've always been a "food faddist" for better or worse--at certain points in time eating the same thing for lunch (for instance) EVERY DAY for months. I've gotten away from that for the most part in the last few years since actually trying to lose weight, though when you're trying to be strict, having a food fad isn't all bad unless you feel deprived:-)

I'm not a protein bar eater. I tried a couple of brands a few years ago and the ones I tasted were just awful for the price. I'd rather have a peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat sandwich. I can keep the single Dove dark chocolate pieces around--I don't have a compulsion to eat them every day or more than a couple at a time. I think that's because one time I ate about 10 or 15 of them when I was on the phone a couple of years ago and then couldn't get to sleep that night!

I'm still not "there" yet. I'm close as far as control goes. I think I've started to set myself up for the future, but it's truly a learning experience. And I'm still as grateful as hell that I can be as active as I have been. Nothing's guaranteed in that area for me.

Have a lovely day!


Sat:
2213 cal * 80g Fat * 12g Fiber * 28 oz Water
89 cal Deficit * 2% Activities

Sun:
1762 cal * 79g Fat * 15g Fiber * 84 oz Water
494 cal Deficit * 4% Activities

Soon2BThin on 09/18/2006:
You're certainly a great example for all of us! You've really taken control of things now. Keep up the good work!


WorkingIt on 09/18/2006:
I agree with Soon! I am totally rooting for you to complete the last 12 days of this month in fine style!


smiley2 on 09/19/2006:
It definately seems like you are in control of most of your eating habits. The important thing is to keep pushing forward, no matter what. None of us can eat perfectly all the time, but we can manage our strong and weak points to work for us.

Maybe you should try and restrict your carbs for a few days and then allow yourself it gradually again for the rest of the week. The trick is to do what you feel comfortable with and what works for you. I also hate protein bars and i cant drink more than one meal replacement shake a day, it will ofsett a binge.

Good luck af finding your "recipe" ;)


Becca27 on 09/19/2006:
I think it is definitely good to "tweak" our diet from time to time. I believe that my body gets used to my eating habits and my metabolism adjusts to the # of calories I eat. If I mix things up, by being stricter, I can get through a plateau. Sometimes, though, my plateau is taking place during a strict time and I think, "I cannot possibly eat fewer calories or exercise more.!" I end up walking away, caving, and eating more than ever! But, THEN I DO see a loss! Isn't that funny? Am I making sense?


maria777 on 09/19/2006:
Congratulations to you! You're doing FANTASTIC!!!!!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Sep 16, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Mowing, weedeating and clean-up abt 2hr:30min

Day 201 was good.

Started out yesterday with a minor low backache and it's still there today--just glad it's not a stiff neck. If I keep up with my circuit on a regular basis, I don't get that occasional stiff neck. (Knock on wood!)

I couldn't have done my other planned activity if I tried. It was quite hot, hence the water intake.

Have a lovely day!


1940 cal * 67g Fat * 25g Fiber * 168 oz Water
655 cal Deficit * 19% Activities

cornucopia982 on 09/16/2006:
so cool, you're grams of fiber equals exactly 100 percent of the recommended value! good job


geevee on 09/17/2006:
Hi Biscotti!

I'm not sure if I understand your weight loss plan. From what I gather, you balance normal eating with plenty of water and exercise. Is that it?

You never go into detail about the foods you eat or if there are a lot of sweets and processed foods in your diet. Can you clarify?


WorkingIt on 09/17/2006:
Wowza! LOTS Of water! YAY!



biscottibody59 - Friday Sep 15, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (15 min/3.3 mi)

Day 200 was better. I still missed the jog and walk, but I made my water goal.

The "great backsliding" is not going to happen this time! I didn't look back to see what time of year I've had these lapses, but all I can say is that I'm not going to backslide back to the 160s again. I eat well for the most part. If I eat a good breakfast, my day is set pretty well. If I go off the deep end early in the day foodwise--it certainly can be a set-up for searching (and finding) for as many poor choices as I can.

I know that one Christmas season I made spinach dip as a special treat. I had wanted it in the year or so that I was "dieting" and losing weight and thought it would be okay. Well that one transgression (and it started out so innocently as a "treat"--such a nice word:-) did me in for months and was worth quite a bit of backsliding. It was part of my learning experience on this journey. I think GeeVee had a similar experience with french fries (I think?). She didn't gain as much as I did, but still!

The point of this is that I think at this point I can make the U-turn a little faster after a transgression. In other words, the poor choices can be "re-done" quite soon after the binge, or transgression. It's not the end of the world.

Plan for today: Airdyne, jog, walk, assorted yard work

Have a lovely day!


1916 cal * 64g Fat * 35g Fiber * 84 oz Water
551 cal Deficit * 9% Activities

geevee on 09/15/2006:
Hi Biscotti - No, it wasn't the fries that did me in. It was "the season" - Thanksgiving to Christmas. All those leftovers...ahhhh. I still have two whole pies in the freezer! I don't want to opt out of the family and not show or offer my house for our get-togethers so this is a long-term problem...nine months and counting!

My latest tactic is to not deny myself my favorite goodies but learn how to eat them without overdoing it. Sounds so easy, but it's not. It takes tremendous effort to only eat one ounce of nuts. In the "old" days, I'd just munch away until I had had enough. Calories werenever a consideration. The calorie count of macademia nuts made me wonder again how it was possible to not get fatter than I did!


Soon2BThin on 09/15/2006:
Thanks, Biscotti, I guess I deserved the kick in the butt! And you're not "too harsh". I'm glad for the kick! Really, though, I know what I do is wrong and I still need a lot of work on that. When I'm good, I do really good, but when I'm bad, well..... I agree with geevee about the learning to eat some of the favorite goodies occasionally but not overdo it. I'm learning that I'm not there yet, lol. So when I have a bad day, I just want to continue it the next day. I think about what I'm doing but then I think, well, I can do better the next days and make up for it. And still, here I am at this weight. Time to wake up. This isn't working. So tomorrow is a clean slate and I'll work at it again. Thanks again.


WorkingIt on 09/16/2006:
Very good entry, thanks!


Becca27 on 09/16/2006:
Hmmmm..... I think you called me a sissy



biscottibody59 - Thursday Sep 14, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Nothing

Day 199 was pretty crummy.

Ate way over my cutoff of 2000 cals and didn't drink nearly enough water. Inertia and imagined hunger settled in early in the day. It has been fairly cool the last few days and sometimes that's the reaction I have to the first few days of cool weather. At any rate I have one last 2000 calorie day left for the month. And I didn't get in my activity. To be fair, I did have a little lingering soreness from the previous circuit workout as it had been more days than I usually skip between sessions, but that's not really an excuse to do nothing.

I know how to do this. It's a matter of consistency and will. I don't deprive myself at this point!

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


2800 cal * 109g Fat * 24g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-555 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

WorkingIt on 09/14/2006:
If you still have one 2000 calorie day for the month, you aren't doing bad at all! I react to the cool weather the same way..get sleepy and lazy..hibernation time lol.


monet0239 on 09/14/2006:
make sure you make plans for the over 2000 calorie day :).. that way.. you have control.. and not these cravings.. show them who's boss !!.. hugs my friend,,,


smiley2 on 09/15/2006:
I hate cold weather as well...for the simple fact that i always eat more! I also think its important to take one or 2 day day break from exercise when your muscles is sore. It shows you really worked them and just waiting a bit can help your muscles to heal properly, so dont feel guilty about it :)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Sep 13, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Old habits are strong and jealous. --Dorothea Brande

For my activity: Airdyne 22 min/5.1 mi; Walk 15 min

Day 198 was good.

Plan for today: Airdyne, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


1954 cal * 67g Fat * 28g Fiber * 84 oz Water
411 cal Deficit * 7% Activities

monet0239 on 09/13/2006:
Old habits are strong and jealous. --Dorothea Brande .. yes.. this is true.. and those bad habits will try their very best to get them back in your life.. we must be strong!!... hugs sweetie


WorkingIt on 09/14/2006:
YAY on the good day! Love the quote!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Sep 12, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Hedge trimming/clean-up abt 1 hr; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (22 min/5.1 mi)

Day 197 was good. Weight's the same, but I'm down 1 inch on my measurements. I did some yard work yesterday, which ended up as a substitute for the jog and walk--at least that's my story:-)

I noticed that my "midriff dimples" are diminishing. In fact, on my right side the dimple is practically gone! Finally some progress in this area! I even remember when I started getting these. I was about 35 and I apparently had no interest in keeping them at bay, even to the point of not noticing them for years! There's a wrinkle, but that's okay--if the little wrinkle doesn't go away--I'll have a reminder that I was able to change my ways and get rid of the rolls!

Plan for today: Airdyne, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


1897 cal * 47g Fat * 26g Fiber * 112 oz Water
699 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

Progress as of today: 35.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 09/12/2006:
Hooray on the inch lost! And what encouraging news about the 'dimples'! YAY! There is hope for us! lol


monet0239 on 09/12/2006:
Congrats on the inch !!.. and yayaya that the dimple is leaving :).. keep at it..hugs


geevee on 09/12/2006:
I usually heat the pumpkin in the microwave for 6 min. On rare occasions I'll use a little butter, but lately it's lime or salsa. Today I had some Mexican mole sauce leftover from what I used on the steak and it worked very nicely. Not only is pumpkin a lo-cal vegetable, it's one of the cheapest.

I like to do yard work because of the feeling of accomplishment it gives me. It also makes me feel as if I'm working off some calories, but it's still so muggy I can't bring myself to get out there.


golden on 09/12/2006:
WOOHOO, lost an inch, go girl!! keep up the good work you know doing yard work is just about the same as doing a workout sometimes better!



biscottibody59 - Monday Sep 11, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch.
--Thomas Paine

For my activity: NordicTrack Whispering--hahaha! (a.k.a. attempting to repair it properly, but not succeeding for 90 min)
Really though: NordicTrack 11 min/1.2 mi

Day 196 was good. I messed around with the NTrk until I couldn't stand it anymore and it left me no time or energy for anything else. I did find out that the parts I got were of no use. Long story. But the good news is that I found someone who has this particular part made by the original manufacturer. It's a crucial part. I feel like a bit of a dinosaur, but apparently I'm not the only NTrk kook out there:-)

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


1866 cal * 78g Fat * 14g Fiber * 28 oz Water
562 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Progress as of today: 35.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

smiley2 on 09/12/2006:
I should copy that quote and carry it around in my handbag. Hope you get your NTrk working properly again soon!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Sep 10, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Wed: Airdyne 40 min/9.4 mi; DogJog 5 min/Walk 10 min
Thur: Clean/Vac Car 45 min; Shopping With Cart abt 1 hr; Walk 40 min
Fri: Not much--a little house cleaning--didn't count it
Sat: Nothing

Day 192, 193, 194 & 195 were good. I really overate on Friday night. In addition, I've racked up two more over-2000 cal days, so I only have two left for the month. It's no coincidence that drinking hardly any water contributes to high-cal days for me.

Funny how you can do a variety of exercises for weeks and weeks and then go and clean your car and you use muscles you didn't know you owned:-) As for my sluggish ways the last 3 days--my body needs a break every now and then. It's just how it goes--back in the swing today!

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


Wed:
1872 cal * 56g Fat * 32g Fiber * 84 oz Water
674 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Thur:
1954 cal * 80g Fat * 5g Fiber * 28 oz Water
612 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

Fri:
2482 cal * 111g Fat * 11g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-212 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Sat:
2320 cal * 85g Fat * 14g Fiber * 84 oz Water
-124 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

monet0239 on 09/10/2006:
hey.. I washed my car today as well.. hehee.. but I had help.. my boys wanted to help :).. but yes.. a great workout hehhe.. have a great Monday!!


smiley2 on 09/11/2006:
Im too short to wash our car lol, so we usually take it to the carwash LOL. Its good that you arent freaking out about your slip ups, but rather seeing it as part of the whole weight loss process. What is an Airdyne?


borntocry on 09/11/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks so much for your comment. I think I know what you mean about feeling intimidated by your success. I spent a while dwelling on my low weight of 109 and how I have to get back to that at all costs. But now I'm not stressing so much about it, and things are going better.

Thanks also for your tip on the McDougall program. I will look into that. In general IBD patients are advised to keep away from fibre, but no-one is really sure what the best course of action is, and a high-fibre vegetarian diet does seem right up my alley!

I have also noticed that drinking lots of water (well, five glasses is "lots" to me) tends to keep my calories down. Yet despite being fully aware of this I still seem to find it so hard to do. I guess subconsciously I would still rather fill myself up on food rather than water, despite my best intentions.

And I wish I could find a way to target the muscles I use to carry groceries, because I could use a little improvement in that department!


geevee on 09/11/2006:
You're getting there! I'm impressed.


WorkingIt on 09/11/2006:
LOL you are so right about the car thing!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Sep 06, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion. --Bishop Robert South

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (20 min/4.9 mi); DogJog 5 min/Walk 10 min

Day 191 was good. I'm down a half-pound today!

Plan for today: Airdyne, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


1964 cal * 71g Fat * 23g Fiber * 84 oz Water
540 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

borntocry on 09/06/2006:
Wow - what is your secret?!?


geevee on 09/06/2006:
What a roll you're on! GO GIRL! Hey! the 140's are just around the corner. Keep your focus.


smiley2 on 09/06/2006:
I like the quote! Congrats on the loss!


Soon2BThin on 09/06/2006:
Wow, you're absolute proof that slow and sure wins the race! You're doing it, girl!! And I'm going to think of you from now on when I'm wishing to lose it all at once, lol. You're being consistent and I think that's the secret! Keep up the good work!


monet0239 on 09/06/2006:
who0o0o0o0ho0o0o half a pounds.. awesome girly.. your doing great.. as always.. :)


Becca27 on 09/07/2006:
Keep up the great work. From now on, I'm going to think of all my long phone conversations as an extra workout! Thanks for the tip!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Sep 05, 2006
(<1800 Cal/Day :: Ex Up To 20% Act :: 84 oz Water)
Weight: 154.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Airdyne 40 min/9.6 mi; DogJog 5 min/Walk 10 min

Day 190 was good. Weight's the same today. Measurements are up overall including my bust, which I should just stop measuring or just stop counting in the overall because it's up, it's down, it's all around and it NEVER has any correlation with any of the other measurements. Oh my disembodied bust--hahaha! Down slightly are my leg and abdomen.

I'm getting my NTrk parts soon, so I can stop torturing myself on the Airdyne, which is getting old. I really have to force myself to stay on it in 10 min spurts. But it's good for me! I was beginning to think I was going to have to ask this guy down the street if I could nab some parts off of the NTrk in his garage.

Plan for today: Circuit workout, jog, walk

Have a lovely day!


1955 cal * 76g Fat * 31g Fiber * 84 oz Water
550 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Progress as of today: 35 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

WorkingIt on 09/05/2006:
LOL@ disembodied bust! Have a great day! Glad to see you are getting your NTrk repaired very soon!


monet0239 on 09/05/2006:
heheehe.. I am sure he would let you barrow them ehehee.. hope yours gets there SOON.. hugssss



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