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biscottibody59 - Sunday Aug 26, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 164.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Fri: Driving 1.5 hrs
Sat: Mowing 1.5 hrs/Cleanup 30 min

Oh--oh--oh! The irony (and spasms) of it all--planning a bunch of activity! Friday my lower back felt like someone took a poker, stuck it in the left side, jiggled it around, pulled it out, stuck it back in, broke it off (so that there was about an inch or two sticking out from the skin) ensuring that it got caught on everything when I moved, and . . . did I tell you IT HURT! It's gradually getting better after a few baths, stretching and pelvic tilts. And I still mowed the lawn yesterday--so glad to have gotten that out of the way! Not so bad--I did sleep fairly well Friday night despite waking up 800 times!

Slept much better last night and the back is much better, though not 100% yet. I did get on my bicycle briefly yesterday and felt like I could have gone for a couple of miles, but thought again and after forcing myself to finish the yard cleanup, just kinda took it easy the rest of the afternoon.

I did some activity today--it didn't aggravate my back. But for me the worst thing when I get back spasms is inactivity after the first day or so. Sitting is the worst for it.

I don't know really what caused the spasms this time. Driving without stopping for a break perhaps. It hit when I picked up two grocery bags out of the car. I put them down and simply couldn't move for about a minute. It's all so familiar, and I kid myself thinking I can do my weight training whenever (instead of on a regular basis). I know that's a start. Of course, we'll see how my sore, spasmy back is in 3-5 days--that's usually how long it takes to completely clear up.

Plan for today: NTrack (done)

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2020 cal * 68g Fat * 28g Fiber * 56 oz Water
956 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2007:
I hope your back gets better soon so you can get come physical activity in! I hate the feeling of beeing forced to sit around because of pain or injury!


Soon2BThin on 08/27/2007:
Hey, I hope your back gets better as you said. I hurt mine yesterday but it doesn't feel as bad as you described, haha! Well, maybe almost. Mine feels like if I move the wrong way, it's going to freeze up on me. I hope that doesn't happen! I've never had this before. Well, have a good Monday anyway and good luck with the back.


Donkey on 08/27/2007:
I have a herniated disc in my lower back that acts up from time to time. You gotta be really careful with your back. Never take it for granted! If your back starts twitching or giving little shoots of pain, that's a signal to stop what you're doing and go lie down flat on your back for the rest of the day!

Good luck!


greengirl on 08/27/2007:
I'm sorry to hear you have been having such pain, biscottibody. I find that the older I get, the more episodes like this I am having. Just take care of yourself, and dont try too much, too soon :o)


WorkingIt2 on 08/27/2007:
I hope your back is feeling better!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/30/2007:
hi, i understand that you are unable to support me. I have about 5 days free of too many obligations...and i've thought about doing this in the past. There's research that it's doable and will not affect overall long term health.

i can tell you i won't be fasting forever...



biscottibody59 - Friday Aug 24, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 164.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Tues: Walk 45 min; Bike Ride 33 min/5.5 mi
Wed: Bike Ride 36 min/6.4 mi
Thur: Bike Ride 36 min/6.4 mi

It's hot! Wouldn't have it any other way around here--haha!

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, Bike Ride, Jog/Walk, Mow/Yard Work (a couple of these at the very least)

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2124 cal * 95g Fat * 15g Fiber * 84 oz Water
238 cal Deficit * 8% Activities

jon'smom on 08/24/2007:
Keep up the great work!!


greengirl on 08/24/2007:
Your plan for today looks a bit too energetic for me and I'm useless at gardening!!! Hope it goes well for you. Have a great weekend :o)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
you know what i've learned...sometimes, when i plan too much for myself, i get discouraged because i know its too much exercise and i do none...lately, this isn't the case and i'm doing great...sometimes when you feel like you don't want to do the exercise..say, "i'm gonna do only 10 minutes and then i'll see how i feel," usually you'll want to continue after 10 min.


sharklover on 08/26/2007:
hey. Thanks a lot for all the support! It really helps.

wow, it looks like you're still doing great and going strong! that's awesome. way to go!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 21, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 164.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Housework about 2 hours

I'm up 2 pounds on my weigh-in and down 1.25 inches on my measurements--just about all the decrease is in my abdomen, which I suspected. As far as the gain in pounds, I didn't put in the work. I did so early in the week, but it really fizzled over the weekend. I have to stay very close to this and watch things closely as well. Onward I go!

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk (done)

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2145 cal * 81g Fat * 21g Fiber * 34 oz Water
155 cal Deficit * 4% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2007:
that's oddd....that you are down in the abdomen and up in weight...water weight? otherwise...have a good day...i like your plan!



biscottibody59 - Monday Aug 20, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Sat: Nothing
Sun: Bike Ride 37 min/4 mi

Just a slow ride up and down the street.

I'll start back with the challenge goals starting tomorrow. I may even count days:-)

Plan for today: . . .

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2481 cal * 94g Fat * 13g Fiber * 102 oz Water
255 cal Deficit * 4% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2007:
even though it was a slow ride around the block, you did it! if you hadn't, those health benefits of being outside and getting your body moving wouldn't have happened!


Donkey on 08/21/2007:
Well, I sure hope to take your advice and get in some exercise today. I would even settle for bad exercise. Or not-so-good exercise, even. I'm turning into a blob.



biscottibody59 - Saturday Aug 18, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 18 min/1.7 mi

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day. For Friday I accomplished no goals. Part of it was needing some rest, thus not much exercise, and I was quite hungry again.

As for the goals, I think I'll go ahead and start another short challenge tomorrow, these are good things for me to shoot for in alot of ways. I may need to tweak it a little, but I'd like to continue on this track for the next week or so. If I have a day that's high calorie for every 3 or 4 lighter days I'm not going to have a fit. I just don't want to plan for overeating/"free day" in hopes that I can get in a little better groove overall. Free days never have worked for me.

Plan for today: . . .

Hope you get some good exercise today!


3207 cal * 130g Fat * 16g Fiber * 112 oz Water
-744 cal Deficit * 6% Activities


biscottibody59 - Friday Aug 17, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Walk 50 min; Bike Ride 36 min/ mi; NordicTrack 27 min/2.5 mi

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day. For Thursday I accomplished all except for the fat goal.

I was able to get into yet another pair of shorts I previously could not access (haha). Funny, but it seems like it was just last week I couldn't even zip them--probably was--haha! Must keep at it!

Plan for today: NTrk (done)

Hope you get some good exercise today!


1871 cal * 69g Fat * 25g Fiber * 112 oz Water
985 cal Deficit * 23% Activities

Workingit2 on 08/18/2007:
Thanks for being so gracious and responding to my entry! And congratulations on getting into the smaller shorts!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2007:
i guess you have chosen a good food/calorie plan that is working for you! keep up the good work. i like how you "agree to disagree" with people on this site. It makes us question ourselves and what we do. it's good critical opinion!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Aug 16, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using (NordicTrack 27 min/2.5 mi)

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day. For Wednesday I accomplished none of the goals.

It took me forever to do my workout and I could have eaten even more--it's a wonder I didn't!!! One of those days--and fortunately today is much better;-)

Plan for today: Bike ride, Walk, NTrk

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2267 cal * 93g Fat * 14g Fiber * 84 oz Water
392 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2007:
hi! thank you sooo much for taking the time to write and answer the questions that i left you. It all makes a lot of sense. You wrote saying how it's amazing that some people are on this site so long and it's as if they aren't moving foward...but i think you totally have been since you started. first of all, you did lost weight and keep it off. and, you've always continued your physical activity. of course, we have our up and down days.

i actually went back in your journal to read some of your earlier entries. It was interesting to read how you changed in your diet after awhile of working at your job and started eating more and more. you wouldn't believe it...or maybe you would...but this is exactly what happened with me. not my job...but senior year of high school until now. for some reason, i just started to continuously eat...till after being full. unable to stop. in college i ate all the goodies available...and we had some really tasty foods. my school had good cafeterias compared most.

anyways, have a good day...keep up the good work...like you have been lately~



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Aug 15, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Bike Ride 31 min/5.4 mi; Walk 40 min; NordicTrack 40 min/4.3 mi

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day. For Tuesday I accomplished all except for the fat goal.

Plan for today: Walk, NTrk, Circuit Workout

Hope you get some good exercise today!


1719 cal * 61g Fat * 27g Fiber * 168 oz Water
1157 cal Deficit * 21% Activities

Donkey on 08/16/2007:
I like the 4 Day challenge idea. Hope today has been successful. You will be 3 for 4 then. Best of luck!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 14, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


To forget is the great secret of strong creative natures; to forget is the way nature herself who knows no past and who at every hour begins the mysteries of her untiring labors afresh. --Honore de Balzac

For my activity: Bike Ride 31 min/5.4 mi; Jog 12 min/Walk 20 min

I'm down a pound on my weigh-in today! For my measurements I'm down a little more than an inch since last time (7.24).

I didn't get in every planned activity, but given the heat I think I made the best of it. On my 12-min Test I jogged the whole 12 minutes and after checking the route, it was .9 mile--this was outside right before dark, about 88�F (31�C). I don't even remember the last time I jogged, but all things considered .9 mile (Fair to Poor for my age group) was more than I could have hoped for!

Today starts my 4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day.

Plan for today: Bike ride, walk, NTrk

Hope you get some good exercise today!


1884 cal * 59g Fat * 30g Fiber * 118 oz Water
659 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

Progress as of today: 26.5 lbs lost so far, only 20.5 lbs to go!

greengirl on 08/14/2007:
Good results Biscotti !!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2007:
my mom has always been like that. if i desperately need a white shirt, she'd say "no way" to borrow it. she's very territorial. I say, "it comes with the territory," of living at home. haha!

you are doing well. do you sometimes not comment on my diary because you don't want to respond to certain things i write? i was just wondering. what i mean is, do you sometimes feel like i am being too cynical or just plain self-destructive...or, who knows...maybe even juvenile. i was just wondering if you ever thought it.



biscottibody59 - Monday Aug 13, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

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


Experience is a grindstone; and it is lucky for us if we can get brightened by it, and not ground. --Henry Wheeler Shaw

For my activity lately:
Sun: Nothing
Mon: Bike Ride 30 min/5.4 mi; Walk 10 min
Tues: Nothing
Wed: Bike Ride 34 min/6.3 mi; Walk 10 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (12 min/2.6 mi)
Thur: Bike Ride 29 min/5.4 mi; Walk 10 min
Fri: Driving 3 hrs
Sat: Nothing
Sun: Walk 10 min; Several Short Bike Trips up and down the street; Random sweating while doing random things outside; Shopping with cart 2 hrs; Looking for car in parking lot in the blazing heat 5 min

For my Tuesday weigh-in last week I was down a bit--no measurements. I'll do a 12-min test (jogging) today. Been writing down my food in my little notebook--no Fitday lately!

What a great workout I had last week--42 each military and sissy pushups; chair dips; used 13 pound dumbbells for my weightlifting--lunges, squats, bic curls, tri k'back, deadlifts, calf raises, bent-over rows, shoulder presses, upright rows; two sets of "my regular" abs, which is 75 bicycle crunches/35 leg lifts/75 bic crunches repeated; then side abs--hate 'em! Not in that order--it's a good little workout that serves me just fine right now:-)

Tomorrow I'll start a 4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F) with these goals: no more than 60g fat and 1900 cal; at least 20% Activity cals/day. At least 100 oz/day of water is implicit in this one--it's so damn hot!

I lost my watermelon (and didn't even notice) while searching for my car. A very nice man pointed it out and even retrieved it for me!

I made a little ticker for an interim goal to lose about 10 pounds just as a small reminder:-)

Plan for today: Bike ride, jog/walk, NTrack, maybe a Circ Wkt (we'll see)

Hope you get some good exercise today!


2289 cal * 115g Fat * 24g Fiber * 56 oz Water
58 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2007:
LOL! I'm glad you found your watermelon!!! That was very random and fun to read after going through this entry! haha.

I love the ticker...I may try to do that myself (but my real goal now is just to build muscle and loose what i have recently gained...)

I like your own goals on exercise and calories.



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