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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 15, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. --Beverly Sills

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (22 min/5.3 mi)

Day 16 went well. I did a little different routine with my workout yesterday. Normally I do 3-4 exercises, then the Airdyne for 5-10 min. This time I did two exercises then about 2 min on the Airdyne. It still took a little over an hour to do it all (22 min aerobic portion/~25 min exercise).

I did eat a higher calorie/fat supper, but I don't see me completely going off track yet. Of course that's not saying much--I don't think I've EVER seen myself going off track, though it has happened time and again!

*UPDATE*
I just went through some of the menus for the "Lean Bodies" deal mentioned below. I just can't do it at this point. I tested a couple of ideas just for breakfast through Fitday. It would increase my carbs to the point that I fear I'd be running to Sonic for about eight menu items or something by about 11 a.m.--haha! I see why I didn't try it before. I'm just feeling a little too vulnerable to failure at this point. Maybe when I've dropped a few more pounds . . . for now, I'll just dig my heels in with what's been working lately:-)

Some time ago I got the book Lean Bodies, Total Fitness by Cliff Sheats. I was looking for it on my bookshelf and thought I'd found it--I was looking for the workout schedules. The one I actually picked was the original Lean Bodies. I got it at Half-Price Books at some point and apparently stuck it in the shelf and forgot about it. The books do mirror alot of the basic plan. The original doesn't have the workouts.

So after skipping through it and realizing that and feeding my numbers obsession, I did the little calculator for "optimal calories" after reaching your "ideal weight." My result: 3040 calories @145 pounds (fairly high activity level--not the highest listed). I had done this a few years ago, and it does sound a little out of kilter to say the least--even keeping in mind that this is quite low in fat as eating plans go.

Anyway, I never really tried the plan in the book. (I'm going to go ahead and read the entire "original" as long as I'm at it as well.) I was apprehensive that I would feel deprived and then go on the binge from hell. I feel now is the time after managing to control my hunger/cravings in the last couple of weeks (more than in the last 2 years--at least). Now is the time to try it for real! I'm going to give myself a 4-day chance.

As an aside this book (and the other) is chock FULL of testimonials of how great it is, ad nauseum--just like every other diet/lifestyle book. Still, I'm not a believer, because I haven't tried it yet. So here goes.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Posted @9:25 a.m. :: Update @4:20


2216 cal * 92g Fat * 27g Fiber * 84 oz Water
407 cal Deficit * 12% Activities

Maria7 on 03/15/2006:
I did have a cone of soft serve ice cream at McD's today! But I think it's listed as only 150 cals.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 14, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. --Anonymous

For my activity: NordicTrack 40 min/4.5 mi; Walk 20 min

Day 15 went well. My weight is up a pound today. My measurements are down about a half-inch from last week, and less demoralizing, down just about 3 inches for the last 2 weeks. I can't really complain when they're down.

My calories were too low yesterday. A 1600-calorie deficit in one day is just too low for me. I arrived at suppertime and just wasn't all that hungry. (Hunger is rarely my issue since starting this diet.) In fact the diet is a no-brainer if I plan and shop accordingly. Of course I have to follow through and eat according to plan. I mostly did that in the last 2 weeks. I would say I deviated up to 10% on average.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @8:20 a.m.


1179 cal * 33g Fat * 28g Fiber * 56 oz Water
1616 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

Calories Breakdown for the Week 3.7-3.13: Fat 33% :: Carbohydrate 40% :: Protein 27%

Progress as of today: 23 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

liza36 on 03/14/2006:
I love the quote you have today. I can so relate to it!

Your numbers are good, and I am so proud of you for doing so well 15 days in a row now. That really is impressive. And the fact that you have only deviated 10% is also a feat. There is something to be said about consistency, and your stats are showing improvement. Keep up the awesome job!


Maria7 on 03/14/2006:
Increase could be muscle or retaining water...good for you on the decrease in inches!!! You are STILL doing fantastic!



biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 13, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. --John Updike

For my activity: NordicTrack 40 min/4.5 mi; Walk 20 min

Day 14 went well. So that concludes my 2 weeks on the diet, though I'm going to continue to count as long as I'm on the general structure of the diet until I reach 145.

I have deviated from the diet somewhat because I'm doing much more exercise than the diet outlines, which is mostly just walking. It's not terribly big on exercise. I'm losing about 2 pounds per week. I expect a decrease in inches tomorrow as well.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @11:15 a.m.


1816 cal * 77g Fat * 23g Fiber * 84 oz Water
947 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

monet0239 on 03/13/2006:
Keep up the great work hun.. :O).. 2 pouds a week is great!! hugs


geevee on 03/13/2006:
To be able to say that I was losing half a pound a week would thrill me at this point! GO GO GO!


Maria7 on 03/13/2006:
You've been making a lot of progress...keep up the good work!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 12, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself. --Francis Crawford

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (30 min/3.3 mi); Walk 15 min

Day 13 went well. For my circuit I increased my dumbbells from 7.5 to 10 pounds each. Kicked my ass to put it mildly!

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @10:40 a.m.


1417 cal * 33g Fat * 22g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1363 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

Maria7 on 03/12/2006:
Hang in there!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 11, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. --Woody Allen

For my activity: NordicTrack 47 min/5.5 mi; Jog 20 min (11-9); Walk 15 min

Day 12 went well. It had been 16 days since I'd been jogging. Being a little bit lighter in weight made only a slight difference in my mind. Even 20 min is good for my stress level. It's all good!

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @10:45 a.m.

1693 cal * 55g Fat * 32g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1160 cal Deficit * 21% Activities


Time for a "Wynonna Rant!"

Did you see Wynonna on Larry King by any chance? She's addicted to food. Imagine that--ADDICTED to FOOD. I didn't know it was possible to be addicted to something you actually need to sustain life. What's next--oxygen addiction. I really did have better things to do with my time, but watching Wynonna (I'll never be a fan, but she is one of the better singers of her generation) spew her stuff about being addicted to food engages me like a car wreck outside my front window would. She still has the mole BTW:-) Actually her whole point was to get out in front of tabloid stories next week, announce plans for a clothing line in her name and a forthcoming book, and to promote yet another singer contest TV show. More power to her!

ad�dic�tion 2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

Wouldn't she be better called a compulsive overeater? I mean I am an awful housekeeper--cleaning I keep up with--picking up and tidying up is a whole nother story! I guess I could go into a 42-day program for one ADDICTED to sitting on one's ass instead of cleaning up the kitchen or making one's bed. Instead of ADDICTED, I'd call myself a slob!

To be somewhat fair, I did get something out of it. She did say this change she's been through has required her to put herself first. I have embraced that myself. The journey is about ME:-) And she doesn't have DietDiaries like we do--I guess this is MY 42-day program in a way!

geevee on 03/11/2006:
No, I didn't see Wynonna on Larry King but the cable channel I watch a lot has been flooded with ads for her new TV program with Cowboy Troy. She's a good example of how big is NOT beautiful! Since obesity seems to be the way things are going, she's bound to capitalize and make a fortune on a clothing line or whatever else. She oughtta learn from Kirstie Alley and get rid of that ugly excess. Kirstie is looking pretty good lately. I love those Jennie Craig ads she does.


geevee on 03/11/2006:
A PS about being overweight. When I was in 6th grade, I went to the movies one Saturday with the "fat" girl in our class, and she was fat! At that time, the explanation was that she had a glandular problem.

BOY! What an eye opener that day was for me! She must have bought a half dozen candy bars, a large Coke and a large buttered popcorn. I had never seen so much food in my life.

As for the gastric bypass operation -

I had no idea how radical a procedure it is until I met and stayed with a woman who had one. Not being able to eat even one slice of pizza, limiting yourself to a couple of ounces is madness in my book. You have to be so careful about getting enough vitamins and minerals. I don't know how these people do it, and there are several who have had it on DD's. We complain about difficulty in controlling our portions, but to have it imposed FOREVER by that awful operation is beyond me.



biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 10, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.3 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. --Ann Landers

For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.3 mi; Walk 10 min

Day 11 went well. I'm down another half-pound.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @8:30 a.m.


1681 cal * 55g Fat * 25g Fiber * 84 oz Water
995 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

borntocry on 03/10/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Hey, good work!

Thanks for your comment. These are fried <a href="http://www.cybersnacks.net/product42.html" target="_blank">horse beans</a>, also called <a href="http://www.made-in-china.com/products/show/freemember/prod/TAwMDEyMzkwN/mic/Agriculture_Food_Bean_Preparation_Fried_Broad_Beans.html" target="_blank">broad beans</a>. Believe me, I'd never heard of them either, until Runner sent me some. Now I'm totally hooked!


Maria7 on 03/10/2006:
You're doing well yourself! WOW! Have a great day!


BigLoser on 03/10/2006:
Thanks for the interval idea on the Nordic Track. I think I will try it next time I get on. Yes I was huffing away using both arms (at least until I had to turn a page on my magazine) and legs for 15-20 minutes straight. I will try to add some variety to the thing - maybe that will help.

Ultimately I think it will probably just go back into storage though. I just am not that enthused with it. I enjoy doing yoga (I'm doing that everyday now). And when I rent a new pilates tape, that interests me (for a little while at least), but I never seem to feel that interested in the Nordic Track. I get on it and I'm good for the first 10 minutes or so, but then when my legs start complaining and my arms start complaining and I work up a good sweat, and I'm really puffing... I start checking the clock. Then that darn clock seems to just get slower and slower, until I finally just give in and give up.

I have promised myself, for now, to get on it at least once a week, maybe twice. I know it's good for me. But once I am at my goal weight, I think the thing will go back to being a storage rack again. :-P

Sounds like you are doing well though. Keep it up! Have a great day. :-)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 09, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (32 min/7.0 mi); Walk 25 min

Day 10 went well. I'm going to record a loss when I see one instead of Tues/Sat. I'm down a half-pound today!

I guess I'm feeling a little restless today--I just want this done now. That includes getting out of the 160s first of all, then getting out of the overweight category of BMI--for me that's 145. Possibly I will feel less restless after that. At least I'll be able to get into a couple more pairs of shorts--haha!

It's not possible for me to right all the wrongs, endless re-starts and stumbling and bumbling I've done on this journey, but it's possible for me to do my best. Onward, Upward and Forward this day!

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @8:50 a.m.


1563 cal * 68g Fat * 21g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1116 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

BigLoser on 03/09/2006:
Congrats on all your progress this week. I'm impressed that you can do the Nordic Track for 38 minutes. I've only ever been able to stay on for 20 minutes max (usually only 15). You go girl!

Have a great day! :-)


borntocry on 03/09/2006:
Hey biscotti,

Way to go! Can't wait for you to get out of the 160s.

Thanks for the birthday greetings. You'll be pleased to know that I've been drinking plain water every day since you told me to!


Maria7 on 03/09/2006:
<font color=red><b>Congratulations!</font color=red>

That's all any of us can do is our best...I did my best yesterday, but didn't see any change today...so I just did my best again today...

Wow....<font color=yellow><b>yellow bell-bottoms!</font color=yellow> How cool! And in my favorite color!


monet0239 on 03/09/2006:
I am glad your feeing alittle better today hun.. and I wish you the best to get out of the 160's.. :O)gotta get in those shorts right.. so stay strong!!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 08, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves. --Friedrich Nietzsche

For my activity: Shopping with cart 1.5 hours

Day 9 went well all in all. I veered off and had potstickers for supper, but I didn't overeat and it balanced out.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @9:25 a.m.


1787 cal * 66g Fat * 27g Fiber * 56 oz Water
703 cal Deficit * 13% Activities

monet0239 on 03/08/2006:
hey sweetie,,, glad your day went well for you.. may I ask what potsticker is? never heard of it hun,,, help.. hehe.. hugs


geevee on 03/08/2006:
Ooooh, I LIKE the way the weight is melting away!


Maria7 on 03/08/2006:
That sounds like a good exercise...pushing a cart for an hour and a half...have a good evening!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 07, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 40 min/4.4 mi

Day 8 went well. I'm doing well on this way of eating for the most part. I'm going to try to hang in there until I at least get to 150--which should be around mid-May. Seems a long way off. We'll just have to see after that. Not that I'm counting my chickens before they're hatched or anything--haha!

But seriously. For the first time I foresee a time when I will not have to physically count what I'm eating. This is very different this time, knowing I'm only shortly into it. I think differently about ME, and if you've been reading ME. I'm the ONLY one who cares about MY journey. Well, except for several of you who read me:-) What I mean to say is when all is said and done, no one is losing this weight but US--why would anyone else really care deep down--the way WE care about our own personal journey!

By the way, my measurements are down 2.5 inches.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @10:50 a.m.


1369 cal * 43g Fat * 28g Fiber * 56 oz Water
1315 cal Deficit * 13% Activities

Calories Breakdown for the Week 2.28-3.06: Fat 28% :: Carbohydrate 42% :: Protein 30%

Progress as of today: 23 lbs lost so far, only 21 lbs to go!

borntocry on 03/07/2006:
Hi biscotti,

2.5 inches, already? Not bad!

I'm also hoping for a time when I won't have to count what I'm eating. I think I've picked up a lot of good habits over the past couple of years and also come to understand my body much better... but we'll see!

Thanks for your comment on drinking water. As soon as I read it I felt a sharp twinge of pain in my kidneys - I'm hoping that's just psychological! Yes, there were water stops at the race but I normally never eat or drink anything while I run so I didn't want to start during the race in case it gave me stomach cramps. Of course now I know better. So I'm going to take your advice and start drinking plain water... at least some of the time. I'll start this weekend - promise!


Maria7 on 03/07/2006:
Good for you! And you're over half-way to your goal! I'm still counting, too. I usually count by the hundred in calories. You are doing real well!

Btw, I wear the tapered/straight-legged jeans...but I recently bought a pair of bell-bottomed/flared...it will take some getting used to to convert over...but then again, I may just go with either/or! Hehehe!


monet0239 on 03/07/2006:
day 8.. way to go.. and wo0o0oh0o0o on those inches hun.. and you know what? May is just around the corner.. time just flies...:O).. so you hang in there.. I am sure you'll make it !!.. hugs sweetie



biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 06, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 168.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.8; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. --Aldous Huxley

For my activity: NordicTrack 38 min/4.1 mi

Day 7 went well.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @9:00 a.m.


1531 cal * 55g Fat * 24g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1083 cal Deficit * 10% Activities

liza36 on 03/06/2006:
I'm glad you've had a good couple of days, and that your cravings are minimal. That's awesome! Keep up the great work.

Thanks for your comment on my blood pressure situation. I'm very concerned about side affects from any kind of medication, and for that reason I'm hesitant to take anything. I'll see what the doctor says on Friday when I go back, but in the meantime I plan on doing some research on the options available, including waiting to go on meds. Thanks!


Soon2BThin on 03/06/2006:
Hey, great, glad to see you're keeping up with it. Your exercise is fantastic! You can do it!


Maria7 on 03/06/2006:
I like to work out on those nordic tracks, I think they are fun! Good for you on your work today!


monet0239 on 03/06/2006:
Great day 7.. keep it up !! hugs



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