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biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 04, 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

For my activity: Nothing

Day 5 went well. I'm very pleased thus far.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @11:00 a.m.

1408 cal * 38g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1024 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

borntocry on 03/04/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks for the encouraging comment you left me yesterday, and for wishing me luck with my race. It really means a lot to me!

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 03, 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=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: NordicTrack 30 min/3.1 mi

Day 4 went well. Wowee--it's already Day 5. Feeling good about my choice. It may be a little premature (we all know how the feelings of newness and initial success can sometimes be deceiving), but I am trying to think differently about a couple of things that stress me out lifewise, and maybe it's just given a little room in my brain for ME ME and ME instead of other people (whom I have no control over anyway), but whose actions and words affect me nevertheless.

I was thinking about a "Tears for Fears" song lyric from the 80s yesterday--"Change! You can change!" I think the song is called Change--imagine that:-) Of course the song has nothing to do with eating well, dieting or exercise--haha! It had a catchy video on MTV at the time.

I'll weigh in tomorrow and then plan on Tuesdays and Saturdays for weekly weigh-ins.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @9:15 a.m.

1701 cal * 40g Fat * 38g Fiber * 84 oz Water
913 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

Soon2BThin on 03/03/2006:
Thanks for alerting me that Pastagal is back. I always loved that girl, she's so strong! And so are you. Heck, we just keep on keeping on, don't we? Keep up the good work.

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 02, 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=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (30 min/3.1 mi); Walk 10 min

Day 3 went fairly well. I waited a bit too long to eat lunch. And I was scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel as I'm in desperate need of a grocery trip. I ended up eating a cherry turnover later in the evening. I don't know about other people, but I can't resist that sour cherry pie taste, the rest of its trans fatty badness I can leave. I'm also not one who can't take food apart and just eat one component. Like a friend in school who use to eat only icing on a store-bought birthday cake--the kind made with Crisco--I don't think the grocery stores use that these days.

I did something I was sort of dreading--I compared my measurements from when I was at my low weight to this week's. I'm up about 15 inches overall. I knew it was bad, just not that bad. (That's Rt Arm, Rt Leg, Right Wrist, Right Calf, Abdomen, Waist, Hips, and Bust.) Also, I was looking back in my diary and I have been stuck in the mid-160s a couple of times for what seems to be an absurd amount of time. I want to breeze through the 160s and not linger in that region for far too long!

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @9:20 a.m.

1723 cal * 46g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1055 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

MONET0239 on 03/02/2006:
get to the store girly heheh.. I happen to not like cherries.. so thats a good thing ..lol..but try to be strong hun.. oh and that iceing your friend likes... is yummy.. but if I am gonna eat the iceing.. I am gonna eat the cake..lol.. but not any more... I hope you do breeze through those 160's hun.. hugssss

BigLoser on 03/02/2006:
Hi biscottibody. Just popping in to check out your diary. Thanks for commenting in mine. :-)

It's fun to find another Nordic Track user. Mine has been way baaack in the dark reaches of my basement for the past 15 years or so. So I feel very retro hauling it out again. LOL

Hang in there. Sounds like you're well on your way. Personally, I couldn't get near a cherry turnover right now because that one would so turn into 2 or 3. LOL

Have a good day.

borntocry on 03/02/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Why, oh why, did you have to mention that cherry turnover? Now I'm totally in the mood for something like that. Only in my case, it's the "trans fatty badness" that really appeals to me. Only I can't take food apart either, which really sucks, especially with hard-boiled eggs (I don't like the yolks).

I'm sorry your measurements have gone up. I guess that's the advantage of having measurements which never seem to budge, like mine - they don't go down but at least they don't go up much either. I guess I must gain and lose most of my weight in places that I don't measure.

Good luck breezing through the 160's! Who knows, maybe you can do it this time around!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 01, 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=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity: NordicTrack 45 min/5.3 mi; Walk 10 min

Day 2 went well. I ate much more protein to stave off that empty (not hungry) feeling, and it's reflected in the calories.

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @10:00 a.m.

1775 cal * 63g Fat * 34g Fiber * 84 oz Water
964 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

monet0239 on 03/01/2006:
hello sweetie.. awesome on that Nordic Track.. wow.. cant wait till I get that far.. :O)

ahve a great evening..

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 28, 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=29.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity: Walk 10 min

Day 1 went well. Lots of temptations, but I did well overall. The diet allows pickles as a vegetable to eat in unlimited amounts, but I'm substituting pickled okra. I really wanted some chocolate in the worst way by late evening. I may pick up some FF puddings for that craving in a pinch. I'm trying NOT to deviate in these first two weeks though.

It's funny but I had shunned chocolate for about 3 months until the last week. Then all of a sudden all I wanted to do was eat chocolate.

The most satisfying thing I ate all day was a big, juicy apple I had after lunch.

Also, I'm pretty sure I peed a river yesterday. I'm not one to run to the bathroom. I've always pretty much had a "bottomless bladder." Yesterday was rather frightening. I stopped counting at about seven trips. It seems to have tapered off today, but the day is young--hahaha!

Starting Body Fat is 33% using measurements and Health Central Home Body Fat Test, in case you're interested. In going backward in my diary, my body fat measure was 29.9%/163 pounds at one point. It's just something else to go by, I'm kind of obsessed with numbers I guess:-)

Hope you have a good food day!

Posted @10:50 a.m.

1378 cal * 44g Fat * 32g Fiber * 56 oz Water
1109 cal Deficit * 1% Activities

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

borntocry on 03/01/2006:
Hi biscotti,

It is interesting how you found yourself craving chocolate just when you're not supposed to be having it! I've noticed the same thing myself since I started dieting a couple of years ago. For instance, I always used to hate butter - I didn't mind if something was cooked in butter but I couldn't stand the taste of it in its raw form, like on bread, popcorn, vegetables, or anything really. But ever since I started counting calories I developed a strange desire for butter and now I want to put it on everything!

Similarly I used to hate flaky pastry, so things like croissants and so forth never tempted me. But now I can't get enough of them! It's ridiculous!

Thanks for the comment you left me. I'm going to ask you for more advice on the workout once I get around to doing it. I don't want to skip the aerobic portion as that's what appeals to me - the way you combine the two to get a really challenging workout. That's so cool!

biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 27, 2006
(Woman Doctor's Diet For Women/Exercise/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

For my activity: Nothing

I'll weigh in and take measurements tomorrow. Today is the first day for my "old" diet plan. I'm reluctant to do this, but I don't see it in the same way. I've been around long enough to know that what has worked in the past won't work exactly the same or maybe even not at all--getting bored or any other excuse to give up.

I'm in a frame of mind to try it again. There's something about this time of year for me, for motivation, too. So it should be interesting or disappointing. Real change (for me) is very hard. I will just go one day at a time this time.

Posted @10:45 a.m.

2904 cal * 119g Fat * 14g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-439 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

borntocry on 02/28/2006:
Hi biscotti,

Thanks for posting your Circuit Aerobic Workout for us the other day. I found it very intriguing! It looks really, really tough... really hardcore! I'm going to save it and maybe try to do it myself once I get bored of all this running and want to change things up a bit. It's pretty intimidating, though!

I find that I generally tend to be quite motivated at this time of the year too. Must be something about the spring. I think this will work for you, but I guess we just have to wait and see! Good luck!

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!

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