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biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 17, 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)

I'm sixty years of age. That's 16 Celsius. --George Carlin

I celebrate my birthday on Sunday when I will be 8 Celsius!

For my activity: NordicTrack 38 min/4.6 mi; Jog 18 min/Walk 15 min

Day 18 was a pretty good day. Reducing my minutes to 18 from my standard minimum of 20 turned out well. I don't get winded, my body just isn't back to where it was when I was jogging up to 6 days/week. I actually JOGGED with no breaks--what a concept! It'll happen for me in due time--I've just gotta be patient:-) And I didn't do the "shuffle walk" thing for the last 2 minutes--I can just imagine how funny this looks to someone who may see me--it's something that started in the last couple months at the tail-end of my jog:-)

p.s. I got the rainbow text from here: Rainbow Text Maker

Hope you have a lovely day!

1686 cal * 27g Fat * 71g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1163 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

liza36 on 03/17/2006:
Way to go on another successful day. You'll get up to where you were before with your jogging. For now, it's great that you are being so consistent and working on it.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Early Birthday!! Love the George Carlin quote.

borntocry on 03/17/2006:
Haha! How well I know that "shuffle walk"...

Maria7 on 03/17/2006:
I guess that means you will be 30??? Happy Birthday!

monet0239 on 03/17/2006:
wo0o0oh0o0 on the jogging girly.. awesome job,,,

now I want to know how to get colors.. nit the rainbow.. just a purple color..lol.. how do you laides do that in here??? its probably something simple like the picture and I just dont see it? lol.. thats me.. silly girl..

you have a great Saturday.. hugs

me_interrupted on 03/17/2006:
Happy Birthday on Sunday! That's my hubby's birthday too - he'll be 38! I turned 30 back in September, and so far it's treated me well! LOL I hope to reach my goal weight before I turn 31. We'll see! I see you are a runner - that's what I want to be (and used to be). My goal is to be able to get a 4mile run in (work to library and back) plus time to stretch and shower during my lunch hour. Guess that means I need to be able to run about an 8 minute mile! Yikes! I can't even run for two stright minutes yet at a 10-minute mile pace! LOL Oh - and I know that shuffle-walk well! :-) Happens somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0 mph... LOL

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 16, 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)

Growing old is no more than another bad habit. --Spanish Proverb

For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.6 mi; Walk 10 min

Day 17 did not go well at all. It was a tar baby--I couldn't seem to get rid of it--a discouraging day! And I learned again (how many times does it take) that I can't eat cereal and milk at breakfast and not have my cravings/hunger adversely affected. Why I thought to mess with what's been working lately with the "Lean Bodies" thing--when I was just starting to lose for real, again--I'll never know. Live and learn I guess.

So that set up my day to be nearly screwed. It doesn't look so bad in the numbers, which included six pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate--I can usually eat one or two and stop when I just have to have some chocolate. Otherwise I can keep them for weeks and weeks and never touch them. They're the ones wrapped in red foil with a little something printed inside--like "It's definitely a bubble bath day."

If this sounds like I'm discouraged, I'm not. Yesterday is far behind me, I hope. It's all in the game, although I could have done without it:-)

I knew going jogging would put a bullseye on my awful mood and pretty much blow it away, but I resisted because I've been trying to be mindful of moderation re: exercise. I don't want to fall BACK into the trap of "eating more because I did thus and such exercise-wise." I don't need to feed my vulnerabilities. I'm in this for the long haul. Life is too damn short!

So, once again I am going to schedule the next few weeks of jogging the way I did when I first started--it helps my accountability to write it down. My outlook is utterly negative when I don't get out and run the roads occasionally:-) Who knew that I'd still be jogging nearly 4 years after getting back into it after so many years away. I'm grateful that I have the wherewithal and the health to do it!

Hope you have a lovely day!

Posted @1:20 p.m.

1892 cal * 55g Fat * 35g Fiber * 56 oz Water
883 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

liza36 on 03/16/2006:
Oh, I'm so sorry your day did not go as planned. One thing I can say is that you have had 16 days in a row up to now that have been great. That's impressive as far as I'm concerned. My good days are few and far between. It sounds like you are pretty consistent and know what works for you. So don't worry too much, just stick to what you know works. You are really doing a fantastic job!

geevee on 03/16/2006:
Oh, to be able to run again! Go, Biscotti, before the joints give out!

And THANKS for your positive comment!

monet0239 on 03/16/2006:
Hi sweetie.. sorry you had a bad day.. but I am so glad you put it behind you !!.. keep it up hun.. your really doing great.. expecially with that exercise.. hugs

Maria7 on 03/16/2006:
Hey...I see I'm not the only one that LOVES chocolate! Oh, well!

borntocry on 03/17/2006:
Hi biscotti,

When I first started trying to lose weight and get in shape, I made a pact with myself that I would never let diet get in the way of exercise. I know all about that trap of feeling like you deserve to eat more because of the amount of exercise you've done. But you can limit the damage. I choose one or two small rewards for myself beforehand - no more than 200 calories or so - and stick to that after my run. And the truth is that I would probably need a snack by that point in the day anyway, but instead of forcing myself to choose something healthy, I let myself have whatever I want, as long as it's not over a couple of hundred calories.

Running does a lot to lift my spirits too, and I actually find that with just a little effort I can usually keep my calories even lower on the days that I go running than on the days I don't. It helps that I'm in a better mood afterwards, and then there's also the hour or so I spend running which I would probably otherwise spend eating!

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!

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!

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