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biscottibody59 - Thursday Jul 05, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity lately:
Wed: Elliptical Trnr 20 min; Trdml: Jog 10 min (7-3)/Walk 10 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (26 min/5.6 mi)
Thur: NordicTrack 41 min/4.5 mi
Fri: Driving 3.5 hours
Sat: Cutting large tree limbs w/chainsaw 35 min; Cleaning up/hauling stuff from yard 1.5 hours
Sun: Cutting w/chainsaw 40 min; Bundling small limbs; Mowing/weedeating/cleanup 2 hrs
Mon: Walk 10 min
Tues: Walk 45 min; Mowing/cleanup 1.5 hrs
Wed: Shopping with cart 3 hrs

Day 114 was 1 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Walk only.

Days 115-121 were . . . who knows--except for the walk above.

In about 20 days the "day counting" for this session will be coming to an end. It gets me back here, so I'll probably come up with some other thing to count following the termination of this one.

I weighed in and measured yesterday--didn't weigh-in on Saturday. Weight was the same and I'm down a half-inch overall on my measurements--most significantly in waist and abdomen. I've been marking my food down in my little notebook this past week, but skipped Fitday logging simply because if I don't do it every day on that day, it's more than a drag to backtrack. (I need to be disciplined about it with no excuses.) And then for today and yesterday, I'm not doing either one. Will get back to Fitday tomorrow. I'm pretty sure I'll get in my exercise today as well.

The rain. I think it's rained every day for the last 3 weeks. I was finally able to get my mower back and in between raindrops get the mowing done. It was so humid on Sunday that my sportsbra was completely soaked--I generally don't sweat THAT much for that amount of time. It's pointless to watch the weather forecast because it's inevitably wrong. For instance, this upper level low has been sitting over our area (and moving back and forth and up and down) for what seems like forever. This isn't normal weather. It doesn't ever happen in Summer. EVER!!! And so maybe it will simply be here for the foreseeable future--hahaha!

It's supposed to be HOT HOT HOT here--and that's what I've come to expect and enjoy every summer. It's supposed to be hot starting on Monday. But since it's so f*@#ing wet, it's going to be damn humid as well. And if it's going to be humid, I'd just as well see the rain continue on until October for crying out loud! I guess we'll see!

Last week I went to the rinkiest, dinkiest fitness center around and was pleasantly surprised by the treadmill(s) there. Some brand I've never heard of. Same with the elliptical trainer(s). I was going to remember the names to look them up--that's how off-brandish they are (or completely out of touch I am). I looked at treadmills online several months ago when I thought I was going to have to retire my NordicTrack and the brand at the fitness center didn't come up.

I've been around a few fitness centers and know of a few brands fitness centers usually have--Precor for the ellipticals, for instance, but these were unknown to me. The treadmill(s) may be quite good in fact--the cushioning seemed adequate--no overt pain or soreness the next day. Maybe I can use the treadmill to push myself speedwise as the scale goes down. I'd love to see if I can make a dent in my 12-min test, which has been a big ho-hum the last few times.

I'll be back to use both for sure.

Plan for today: Circuit workout, walk

Have a good day!


2656 cal * 108g Fat * 12g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-345 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Running Wkly Def (11 Days): -252 (s/b +400 to +500)

Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

greengirl on 07/05/2007:
Good for you on the exercise and on the half inch down on your measurements!! Thanks for your advice, I know its common sense, but it doesnt take much to discourage me at the moment. I know there is no quick fix, and I should stick with what I know works in the long run. Have a great day :o)


maria777 on 07/06/2007:
YAYYYYY on the exercise! Good for you! Big Smile!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/06/2007:
yeah, precor ellipticals/treadmills are GREAT! whenever i read about your activity, it makes me smile because you include the most "exotic" (not really the right word) activities! from cutting trees down to hauling stuff in the yard...to..uh...driving! LOL. the driving one still is a little tricky in my mind. however, I HATE driving...so for me its quite an endeavor...especially when i'm not familiar with the area. it seems that sometimes you spend a lot of time in the car!

i see you wrote your "20 days" are over. how do you decide when it ends? I've been counting for almost 100 days now...and i will not end until i am under 1800 calories per day. gosh, it's going to be a lot longer, too. RIght now, tomorrow is day 100! I thought about it for a moment...and realized it's only a little less than 1/2 of the year! that is scary!

will you start counting again?....you always do. oh, but it says dayt 114...and the 115-121. you don't have to explain if its complicated!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jun 27, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity lately:
Sat: Nothing
Sun: Walk 55 min
Mon: Driving 2.5 hours
Tues: Nothing

Day 110 was 0 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Neither accomplished.

Day 111 was 2 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Both accomplished.

Days 112 & 113 was 0 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Neither accomplished.

I was less anxious yesterday after my weigh-in--was really beginning to think I'd never make a dent in that weight. I was down a pound yesterday. On my measurements I'm down a half-inch overall for the week. And 3 inches since May 29th (167). As an incentive I'm going to weigh again on Saturday. Also I changed my goal weight below to 142, which will be 25% of my highest weight. Again I don't have high hopes for attaining that number. All I can do is try like hell!

This weight (163-167) proves to be the toughest for me to get out of. It's like climbing a hill that you never seem to reach the top of. You'd think I'd see it coming at me. I seem absolutely powerless to its inevitable latching on and entrenchment. And this is about the 4th time, though I haven't actually counted.

When I hit 150, effortlessly and inadvertently, last fall I should have counted it as a gift--having done nothing to achieve it. I knew that it was stress-related, tied to odd eating patterns and somewhat came about because I had ceased all weight training. Why I couldn't just pick back up and let the chips fall where they may, I'll never know. I can only move forward now with where I am.

Though I did fairly well last week, I must try to be vigilant to continue to lose. It's not just the exercise, it's the whole picture: the attitude, food choices and getting plenty of exercise. Oh, and extraordinary patience. I don't have any choice on the patience this time. And I will try to acquire permanent vigilance.

Also, last week I did well putting the previous day behind me as I started on the present day. I know some people do this automatically, but I really pushed myself to do this last week. It worked in my favor.

Plan for today: Elliptical or treadmill, circuit workout, jog/walk

Have a good day!


2656 cal * 108g Fat * 12g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-345 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Running Wkly Def (11 Days): -252 (s/b +400 to +500)

Progress as of today: 25 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

greengirl on 06/27/2007:
Hey biscottibody, thanks for your supportive comments. They help a lot when I get a bit despondent. I am struggling with the 160s so I'm glad to see you drop a pound. Gives me more motivation! Good luck with your plan for the day. 'Constant vigilance!!'


halley on 06/27/2007:
I know how hard it is when you are stuck at a weight. Just keep going - you'll get there.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/27/2007:
hey, you've already lost in measurements this week! that is great! you are heading in a positive direction! keep it up!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
whenver someone mentions biscotti, or i see biscotti, i think of you! someone was talking about having it on their diary and i was like "biscottibody!"


maria777 on 06/29/2007:
Congratulations to you on your progress! Keep up the good work! BIG SMILE!


yamahaflutist on 07/04/2007:
Thank you for the great website! I love it!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Jun 23, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Walk 55 min; Driving 2 hrs

Day 109 was 2 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Both accomplished.

I ran out of time/energy to get in the rest of my activity. I did a bit of housework, but didn't count it.

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


2210 cal * 61g Fat * 11g Fiber * 56 oz Water
372 cal Deficit * 10% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2007:
sometimes i also tend to not want to count everything as "exercise!" i feel like i want to become a more active person overall...some some things we do should just be "routine" rather than planned exercise. although, exercise can be routine, too. but, the point is, it's good to be physical all day without even realizing that it is exercise. i think i just confused both of us!


GG on 06/25/2007:
Wahoo: 2 for 2! Gotta love those days! How do you count your calories & such for the day? Via website or on paper?



biscottibody59 - Friday Jun 22, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (10 min/1.1 mi); Jog 3 min/Walk 10 min

Day 108 was 1 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Walk only.

Got all activity in.

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


1934 cal * 57g Fat * 32g Fiber * 28 oz Water
666 cal Deficit * 12% Activities

weightlossyoyo on 06/22/2007:
Keep up all the good exercise!


maria777 on 06/22/2007:
Good for you on all that exercise! WTG!!! BIG SMILE!


greengirl on 06/23/2007:
Well done on the activity, biscottibody and thanks for your supportive comments to me :o)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 21, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Walk 50 min

Day 107 was 2 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Both accomplished.

Onward through the fog: the soreness was still a little much to take yesterday, including my abs, which never stay sore that long. Today I should be fine to get through all my planned activity.

Can't say I'm in a groove with it all just yet, but I'm very close! Yeah, I can dig it!

Plan for today: NTrack, Circuit workout, jog/walk

Have a good day!


1842 cal * 66g Fat * 18g Fiber * 56 oz Water
533 cal Deficit * 5% Activities

halley on 06/21/2007:
Soreness = progress!


harleygirl79 on 06/21/2007:
Could not have said it better myself about soreness meaning progress. It is so true. Just got back from a 45 minute walk on top of the 1 mile walk this morning, each way to and from work. Now I am carrying laundry baskets up 2 flights of stairs. Can we call that strength training?


weightlossyoyo on 06/21/2007:
YOU ARE DOING GREAT WITH ALL YOUR EXERCISE! KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT THE GROOVE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jun 20, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Walk 55 min; NordicTrack 12 min/1.1 mi;

Day 106 was 2 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Both accomplished.

No jog again. The soreness from my weight training session (circ aer wkt) finally set in. I guess I'm going to have to approach the weight training like a prescription I need to take for the rest of my life. I feel much better for having done it, it works--like a charm in fact. I know all the benefits, yadda yadda!

Of course like taking medication, I must actually do it on a regular basis or it's absolutely useless. And this getting sore afterward is just plain stupid. I don't get sore when I'm weight training regularly. Unless I increase the weight lifted drastically, but it's minor compared to this. At least I'd been walking regularly for a few weeks.

Speaking of pills--Jelly in the Belly: A Diet Pill That Expands So You Don't. And the article has the classic quote, "Obesity is such an enormous problem," hahaha! Really though, quite an interesting article.

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


1904 cal * 55g Fat * 36g Fiber * 112 oz Water
700 cal Deficit * 9% Activities

weightlossyoyo on 06/20/2007:
The soreness will go away at least you know it worked! Great job on the exercise!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jun 19, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.4 mi; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min/1.3 mi); Walk 10 min

Day 105 was 2 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Both accomplished.

The only thing I didn't get done was the jog. I'm the same on my weigh-in and I'm down .75 inch overall on my measurements.

Plan for today: NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


1898 cal * 45g Fat * 23g Fiber * 112 oz Water
1077 cal Deficit * 21% Activities

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/19/2007:
fabulous efforts today!!!! you are doing great...you better keep it up!


jolt on 06/20/2007:
WTG! Keep up the great work! Pat


Justine6Robert3 on 06/20/2007:
Great job on your exercise! Keep it up!



biscottibody59 - Monday Jun 18, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Nothing

Day 104 was 0 for 2 for the routine--good breakfast and walk.

I guess I motivated myself somehow--I'm actually having a day that's started out on the right foot. I count this as my anniversary (of sticking it out year in and year out--haha) here on DDs--6 years--Yikes! It's when I came back after Kyrin (long gone) sent me an email and I had gained more than when I first started a few months before that.

Who knows where I'd be had I not come back. Fat-ter, diabetic maybe, firmly and miserably ensconced on a sofa somewhere unable to move. And I always remember how bad, winded and uncomfortable I felt. Seriously, I didn't think even the modest success I've had was possible then. Today I hope it is just enough to let me start taking things a step at a time. Consistently.

Thanks for all the great thoughts. I feel like I've repeated myself more than necessary alot of the time. Whatever it takes--right?!?

Plan for today: Circuit workout, NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


2324 cal * 80g Fat * 16g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-6 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

harleygirl79 on 06/19/2007:
Every day is a new day, that's what I always say. Hang in there!


greengirl on 06/19/2007:
Whatever it takes?? I'll go along with that !!!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Jun 17, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity lately:
Thur: Walk 33 min; Sawing 45 min; Mowing/Weedeating/Cleanup 3.5 hrs
Fri: Driving 2.5 hrs
Sat: Nothing
Sun: Walk 65 min
Mon: Walk 65 min
Tues: Driving 3 hrs
Wed: Walk 55 min
Thur: Walk 65 min
Fri & Sat: Nothing

As for Days 94-103 for the routine--good breakfast and walk. Let's just say breakfast goal not accomplished. Walks according to above. There are about 40 days left in this count.

I'm down a half-pound on my weigh-in on Wednesday (instead of Tuesday this week). For my measurements that day as well, I was down .75 inch. As of now I think I'll continue to shoot for those same challenge goals (<60g fat, >100 oz water, 1000 cal deficit/day) daily, keep counting and try to pick my butt up off the floor.

That 33 min walk (above, with considerable hilliness throughout) was clocked at 1.8 mi (going full throttle in the heat). Not a great time, but then I consider the 15 extra pounds (off of my low weight) I'm lugging and it's no wonder!

For my 4-day challenge (the week before last) with goals consisting of <60g fat, 100 oz water/day, at least 1000-cal deficit/day, I'm not going to even figure it out for the last 2 days. I easily made the water goal on Thursday (140 oz). That was the day I mowed, etc.

The lawnmower lost the self-propelling power (broken belt) when I would've had about 15 min of yard left to mow. I ended up pushing it manually to finish that bit and it took 45 min instead. Then the leaf blower had a glitch that I had to fix, which took a little while. If all the breakdowns hadn't happened I would have gone jogging--was so looking forward to it, but that pushing an essentially dead weight to finish up the mowing just about did me in. Oh and I had done the hand sawing earlier, which just added to the accumulated exhaustion.

I'm about to get very selfish about this. I originally started this diary with that thought, but over time I've let waaaay too much bullsh*t get in the way of what I want for me and my health. Excuses and pretty much thinking I've got time. I've been trying to get over an imaginary hump for a very long time. I would go so far as to say I've actually avoided it. There isn't anything more frustrating than KNOWING you can do something, but avoiding it or pretending like you don't care, just so you can take it easy for just a little bit longer.

I declare here and now that I'm recommitting to ME in a very serious way. It's my fault for letting things creep in on my moving forward. I can't blame anyone else!

I'm getting back to it tomorrow foodwise. I'm going to try to inject myself with some enthusiasm. Can't do much about the last few days, but I can start again tomorrow for certain!

This comment from Halley to me from my previous entry bears repeating: Sometimes it's hard to remember that you're supposed to want to lose weight. That being thin is better than eating the cake. That we diet to make a permanent difference in our lives for the better. That losing weight means being healthier. That tomorrow you will not remember the taste of the chips you had today, but if you lost a pound you will carry that feeling with you all the time. That it is empowering to be in control of ourselves and our bodies. You can do it, don't let yourself get in the way.

Plan for today: Circuit workout, NTrack, jog/walk

Have a good day!


3132 cal * 108g Fat * 24g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-814 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2007:
hey biscotti! i loved reading this entry. it is full of motivation and drive. oh, and Halley's quote, it's wonderful! you sound a lot like how i feel right now...except i think you may have more drive than me!!!!! yay!


maria777 on 06/17/2007:
Looks like you are 'waking up' and determined to get back to where you were at 150 in November 2006...come on now...you CAN do it! (and of course you know that...but the question is...do we WANT to????...talking to me, too....hehehe!!!)...I think we do! BIG SMILE TO YOU!!!!

PS...Good on the lawnmower and the 'getting selfish' to take care of yourself...if there is such a thing...maybe we might call it...taking responsibility?...or NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR OUR DECISIONS???...NOT LAYING THE BLAME FOR WHAT GOES INTO OUR MOUTHS ON ANYONE OTHER THAN OURSELVES???? (Note: I am talking to MYSELF here, too)...shouldn't this get us going, friend?


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2007:
hey biscotti, yeah, i fixed what i wrote in my journal. i know it blocks a portion, like 25-30 percent of fat per meal. i hope suicidal thoughts aren't related...the product doesn't say it! lol. have a good day.


greengirl on 06/18/2007:
You sound very positive Biscottibody. Good for you. Have a great day :o)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 07, 2007
(My Personal 7-Week Lean Bodies Experiment)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Walk 60 min; Airdyne 19 min/4.6 mi; DogJog 5 min/Walk 5 min

Day 93 was 2 for 2 for my routine--good breakfast and walk--both accomplished.

For my 4-day challenge (T-W-Th-F) with goals consisting of <60g fat, 100 oz water/day, at least 1000-cal deficit/day, I accomplished all goals, except for the deficit!

I will try to get in the habit of watching my calorie count as the day goes on, though I do it reluctantly. If I had watched it yesterday, I probably would have made the deficit goal. On the other hand I have to do alot of work outdoors today, so I will probably more than make up for it.

We all know someone we may try to avoid if we see them on the street--c'mon, no one's perfect! I decided that this person who lured me onto this path of destruction and lulled me into accepting the 160s for the umpteenth and I hope FINAL time, is to be avoided like the plague from now on. Of course that's my alter ego, but I can't afford the time it takes to retrace/redo it all again. And I don't know if I'll have the energy next time to confront her should she rear her ugly head again.

It feels so good to state a goal, reach it and (I hope) stick to it. Also, I was really sore from my circuit workout (weight training), which also played into my wanting to eat a little more and do a little less yesterday. I had missed a whopping six workouts, which is inexcusable, but very easy to do. Too easy!

Plan for today: Yard work, jog/walk

Have a good food day!


2235 cal * 53g Fat * 19g Fiber * 112 oz Water
266 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Running Wkly Def (13 Days): -116 (s/b +400 to +500)

halley on 06/08/2007:
Sometimes it's hard to remember that you're supposed to want to lose weight. That being thin is better than eating the cake. That we diet to make a permanent difference in our lives for the better. That losing weight means being healthier. That tomorrow you will not remember the taste of the chips you had today, but if you lost a pound you will carry that feeling with you all the time. That it is empowering to be in control of ourselves and our bodies. You can do it, don't let yourself get in the way.


greengirl on 06/08/2007:
Well done on another good day biscottibody. Keep to your goals !!


Soon2BThin on 06/09/2007:
Soonie says "hey"! Keep hanging in there. It will come! Have a nice Sunday!


maria777 on 06/15/2007:
Hope you're having a good day today! Big Smile!



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