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biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 26, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/84 oz Water)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity lately:
2.19 Sun: Nothing
2.20 Mon: Nothing
2.21 Tues: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (31 min/3.1 mi)
2.22 Wed: Jog 20 min (7-13)/Walk 15 min
2.23 Thur: About 4 hours of housework
2.24 Fri: Nothing
2.25 Sat: Nothing

Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
Today is your lucky day. --Will Durant

I'm finished with what I've been doing (or not doing, as the case may be). I can move--exercise, good. But my food choices are so out of whack and have been that way for so long that I don't even remember. I was looking at some diary and came across a name I'd never heard--Adele Puhn--apparently she wrote a book, "The 5 day something or other." And I think she has another book or two. So I investigated further and found the gist of it on a newsgroup. The result this person got who tried the "5 day thingie" was similar to what happened on the original diet I went on (so many years ago now--haha!).

So I'm going to go back on that. I don't expect it to be easy, but I do remember that it evens out hunger quite well. So that's it! Actions speak louder than words, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and all that jazz! At the least I'll lose 8-10 pounds rather quickly--water weight, whatever--in a couple of weeks. Anything different with some kind of results will stimulate me at this point:-) At the worst, I'll inspire someone else who may be feeling like all they do is beat their head against a brick wall--that's how I'm feeling way too often.

Posted @5:50 p.m.

Averages (2.19 thru 2.25):
2741 cal * 118g Fat * 18g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-266 cal Deficit * 6% Activities (159 activity cal burned/day)

Worst Day (2.24) Counted Up In A Very Long Time--Yikes!
3168 cal * 115g Fat * 14g Fiber * 0 oz Water
-807 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Soonie asked about my Circuit Workout. My "Circuit Aerobic Workout" is a bunch of exercises consisting of:

Pushups (1 set each of military and sissy) :: Bent Over Row
Bicycle Crunches--1st set (2 sets with leg lifts in between) :: Deadlift
Shoulder Press :: Upright Row
Oblique Ab Crunch :: Stationary Lunge
Calf Raise :: Chair Dip
Squat :: Bicycle Crunches--2nd Set (same as previous)
Triceps Kickback--2 sets :: Biceps Curl--2 sets

For most exercises I use a set of adjustable dumbbells that at the moment are 8 pounds each. (Obviously I don't use the weights for the abs, pushups, and chair dips.) The thing that makes it "aerobic" is that in between exercises I get on either the NordicTrack or Airdyne for at least 3 min, then immediately go back to the weightlifting portion. The key is to not stop for too long in between. (At the moment I do about 4 of the exercises and then about 10 min or so on the aerobic portion until the entire workout is done.)

The original workout for this was called "Burn Fat Faster" from a Prevention article. In it you were supposed to do a 3 min warmup on the machine or jogging or whatever aerobic thing you chose. Then ONE exercise, then 1.5 min on the aerobic thing. It had maybe 8 exercises. Then a 3 min cooldown on the aerobic thing of YOUR choice.

I do this workout at home.

Progress as of today: 19.5 lbs lost so far, only 22.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 02/26/2006:
Wow! You're close to your goal!

monet0239 on 02/26/2006:
Hiya sweetie.. good luck hun.. I'll be here if ya need me.. and please feel free to kick my boodie if you see I need it .. :O).. hugs

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 21, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 1800 cal per day/84 oz Water)
Weight: 169.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

This is a placeholder for my weigh-in.

Progress as of today: 20 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 19, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 1800 cal per day/84 oz Water)
Weight: 169.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity:
2.17 Fri: NordicTrack 48 min/5.3 mi
2.18 Sat: Circ Aer Workout using NordicTrack (47 min/5.2 mi)

My weigh-in yesterday was disappointing. I can see that I must drastically switch gears or continue cycling through the same way I have for I don't know how long.

I ate twice as many potstickers yesterday evening than necessary, but by the time I ate I was famished and I didn't take the time to make either a salad or a vegetable. (The potstickers have a little cabbage and water chestnut in them, but that's it.)

I have eight more circuit workouts to go until mid-March. I refuse to backslide! I'm not going to get too upset about any overall gain until then.

I'm still doing well with cutting back on caffeine, so I know I can follow through. The only change I have noticed is that I get at least 7 hours sleep per night consistently, so it's a no-brainer at this point.

I looked way back in my diary and I weigh about 5 pounds more now than I did 1 year after first getting serious. If I could go back and mirror what I was doing then, this would be simple. I'm not the same person physically and mentally that I was then. I'm going to continue to try to move forward!

Posted @1:30 p.m.

2134 cal * 76g Fat * 7g Fiber * 56 oz Water
1102 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

geevee on 02/19/2006:
As to cutting back on caffeine, did you use to have it all throughout the day or only in the morning?

I would consider doing the same - cutting back but definitely not cutting out caffeine because if I don't have my coffee, I end up unable to really wake up and spend the day sleeping. I lost an entire weekend once because I thought it was a good idea. Foolish me!

Now, I usually have a regular coffee cup full of expresso which is pretty strong, but recently I find myself having another half to full cup more. That probably is the reason I've had such miserable nights' sleep.

As for your workouts, just keep AUTO-PILOT in mind. When the workout day comes, blot everything from your mind, get dressed for it (VERY important!) and then GO!!!!

Soon2BThin on 02/19/2006:
I don't remember you saying before but what is your "circ aer workout"? We can't give up the fight!

geevee on 02/20/2006:
I have a cute little Krups expresso machine which brews up a full cup in a couple of minutes. I love this machine and always take it with me when I travel, using it at hotels and friends' homes. I am so spoiled by this strong java that I can't stand normal "dishwater" American coffee. I don't know the caffeine equivalent of one full cup of expresso to how many cups regular coffee but it has to be a lot.I'm sure it's all out of my system by the time I go to bed because I only have it first thing in the morning.

I used to drink it on and off all day (regular) and then started substituting soda w/caffeine and then finally cut that out too. But not my expresso. I have it black by the way.

borntocry on 02/26/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks for your comment on my entry. I did try tracking my protein intake at one point to see if I was getting enough, but I gave up because it was too much effort! I'll try again this week, though (it's easier for me to do it over the week than on the weekends as my eating habits are less erratic). Thanks for the advice!

biscottibody59 - Saturday Feb 18, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 1800 cal per day/84 oz Water)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

This is a placeholder for my weigh-in.

Progress as of today: 19.5 lbs lost so far, only 22.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 17, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 1800 cal per day/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

For my activity: 3-4 hours of yard cleanup

I didn't quite make the calorie goal. But I feel like I'm moving in the right direction day by day. I'm going to weigh in tomorrow.

posted @10:10 a.m.

1900 cal * 55g Fat * 17g Fiber * 84 oz Water
674 cal Deficit * 17% Activities

geevee on 02/17/2006:
Hi Biscotti,

I've stockpiled 2 cartons of soy milk that I got on sale plus one of almond milk which I love, along with oat milk. I was about to try the soy when Dreamer son decided to come down, so that's why I bought the whole milk I'm stuck with. I figured he'd want whole milk rather than skim, and it turned out he didn't have any so now I'm stuck with this luscious "liquid ice cream" I just can't throw out.

I tried rice milk the wedding week-end and hated it. It was so watery!

vvvzena29 on 02/18/2006:
I think you're doing great! I know you'll there! Renee

grayjay on 02/18/2006:
Hi biscottibody59,

Thanks for the comments yesterday. This is an ongoing battle, and I think that it just takes time. It's great that you feel that your making progress. I know that you can do it!


biscottibody59 - Thursday Feb 16, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 1800 cal per day/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

For my activity: Circuit Aerobic Workout using NordicTrack (37 min/4.1 mi)

I've decided to resurrect my fitday info for awhile. I had a much better day all the way around, though the calories were a bit high. I'm going to try to keep it at around 1800 calories if I remain as active as possible. If I don't exercise for several days, I really start feeling sorry for myself. It's the difference between night and day!

I feel like I can get back on track and finally put the puppy that is this weight loss to bed! It can't be done while sitting on my butt!

posted @12:00 p.m.

2398 cal * 104g Fat * 19g Fiber * 56 oz Water
344 cal Deficit * 17% Activities

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 15, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 2000 cal per day/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

For my activity: Nothing

First things first. I got in my Circuit workout today--finally! So that means I missed two of them since making the commitment. So for the next month until 3.15, I have nine Circuit Workouts. That sounds pretty doable. I've found I have to get the workout done in the morning or I'm just not going to do it.

I'm up about 1/8th inch on my measurements overall. And that last jog wasn't as bad as I thought it was--1.6 miles--not the worst!

I had a perfectly awful food day yesterday and I paid for it by evening. I felt like I was having a gall bladder attack or severe heartburn. I don't generally have GI problems, so I don't know what it was. So finally I stopped eating and sipped on a carbonated drink and after about 2 hours, I was feeling much better.

I ate leftover pizza, a bunch of cookies (made with butter), I don't know how many cheese sticks, several bbq wings, a few pringles, no water, and a large bottle of gatorade. That's just sick. Oh, and a small bowl of cereal with soy milk. My system finally gave out or I probably would have kept eating. I felt like a sicko!

posted @7:35 p.m.

vvvzena29 on 02/16/2006:
Good job on the run! I am always amazed with your ladies that run. If I ran half a lap someone would have to hook me up to oxygen. I've had eating days like what you said. It makes no sense why I did it afterwards. I think you're doing great though!

And thank you for your comments in my journal about my friend's dog.:-) Renee

geevee on 02/16/2006:
Your Gatorade wasn't as fattening as my beer! And your wings weren't as damaging as my HALF chicken!

It amazes me how we do these things when we know better!

biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 13, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 2000 cal per day/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

For my activity lately:
Fri 2.10: Jog 20 min/Walk 15 min

I went ahead and weighed in today, because after my weight workout I'll probably be up on the scale tomorrow. I guess it has something to do with muscles holding in water or something. It never fails that I'm up the day after weights. I will do my measurements later today.

I did get in the full jog with no breaks. I credit my weight training which includes calf raises. My calves are my first weakness while jogging. I wasn't terribly winded, but then again it was slow--very slow. I haven't clocked the mileage, but it was probably the slowest jog since starting back to jogging a few years ago.

I've been dragging my feet about the Circuit Workout. I've got to get it in today. No excuses.

posted @2:40 p.m.

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

geevee on 02/13/2006:
It feels SO good when you see a 2lb. drop! Get as far away from that nasty 7 as you can, and once I do the same with 130, keep reminding me!

Soon2BThin on 02/13/2006:
Yes, I still read bitchypoo.com. I read that she was going in for the WLS the morning we left for vacation!! I was so excited. I know, I should get a life! So every chance I got at the resort where we stayed, I checked in with her to see how she was doing. I mean, it was just so exciting to me. I never would have thought she was planning that but then, she really wasn't talking about her weight and how she was doing for quite awhile. Just like, I'm always the last one to figure out the ending of a movie, haha. I'm finally looking forward to getting back into my routine. So far since I've been back home, I've been taking my Mom to doctors and doing her shopping and taking care of her some so once we get her straightened out, I can get back to normal, I hope. Slowly but surely, we're going to make it, right? Thanks for the comment.

borntocry on 02/14/2006:
Hey biscotti,

Congratulations on the drop!

I started reading that blog you told me about. You're right, it is very interesting. Funnily enough, the writer actually ran her marathon a few days before her 29th birthday, and so will I! Well, mine is just a half-marathon, of course. I am still at the beginning of the blog and I'm looking forward to reading how she goes up to the incredible mileage needed for a full marathon. At the moment I can't fathom how anyone can do that!

biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 10, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 2000 cal per day/84 oz Water)
Weight: 170.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity lately:
Wed 2.8: Mow/Clean-up 2.5 hours
Oh a walk here and there--big woop!

I I I I I. Me Me Me Me Me. It's all about me!

I'm 2 days behind on my appointed duty--my Circ Aer Wkt--I'll do it today under threat of chucking all of my hard-earned momentum. I'm missing my jogging. It's not the shoes--I have nearly a brand-new pair of Glycerin 4s, which are perfect for me. It's just the getting out and going.

So I'm going to plan getting going (on a jog) tonight.

posted @2:45 p.m. (edited @7:50 p.m.)

Progress as of today: 18.5 lbs lost so far, only 23.5 lbs to go!

geevee on 02/10/2006:
DON'T think! If you do, you'll never do it. Get yourself dressed, clear your mind and just do it! That's what I had to do to get back into the habit.

borntocry on 02/10/2006:
I second that! Actually, geevee's comment reminds me of a running quote I read recently (in my constant search for motivation):<br><br>

"Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made." - Patti Sue Plummer, U.S. Olympian

Good luck!

borntocry on 02/13/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks for the link to that marathon blog. You actually read the whole thing from start to finish? It looks really long but quite interesting so I think I'm going to give it a go. I'll let you know when I'm done!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 07, 2006
(Exercise/Shoot for 2000 cal per day/84 oz Water)
Weight: 170.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=29.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity:
2.4 Sat: Nothing
2.5 Sun: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (21 min/2.1 mi)
2.6 Mon: Walk 10 min

I was looking for some good news after my disappointing weigh-in. I got it with my measurements for the week--I'm down overall from last week almost 2 inches. I've switched to FF milk in my coffee AGAIN! This time it hasn't been that difficult. I miss the better-tasting 2%, but not enough to go back at this time.

I took one for the team--haha! If you haven't tried the brownie bite Sweetheart Blast thingie from Sonic, don't. I tried it for you:-) The best thing about it is the brownie pieces. It tastes pretty good, but ... it's not even worth the calories!

posted @10:50 a.m.

Progress as of today: 18.5 lbs lost so far, only 23.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 02/07/2006:
Hey biscottibody,

Well done getting your measurements down like that. That's the one thing I've never been able to do, no matter how much weight I lose. My measurements seem to be written in stone.

Thanks for your comment - I looked up that recipe for Tijuana Trash, and you're right, it sounds pretty good. I bet my husband would love it. And I'd get to pick out all the nuts! But I can tell you it's going to be a long time before I make any kind of party mix again, that's for sure!

rjf on 02/07/2006:
Thanks for telling me about the Sonic thing. I had been looking at that before I started on here. Good thing the nearest Sonic is in the next town. Sweets are my downfall....well actually almost anything from Sonic is my downfall. Keep up the great work and it wil show on the scales!

geevee on 02/07/2006:
Every time I see a Sonic ad I salivate. I wonder why they're shown here because I've never seen a Sonic. Thank God! Those ads are so well done! I just know I'd love everything they offer and would gain accordingly.

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