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biscottibody59 - Saturday Jan 17, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I took a break from exercise yesterday. Food choices reflected a "free" day. I know that's one of those things that hits a nerve with alot of people. I've tried free days in the past, it didn't really serve me. As I've been writing lately, I'm in a different place in the process at this point. A crossroads maybe, where I could self-destruct. I don't think I'll do that. I'm just too proud of my hard work over the last few years that got me to this point. Momentum cannot be underestimated in a journey of any kind when you have an idea of what point B is (assuming you started at point A).

Point A is far far away for me. I couldn't go back to it if I wanted to. Not to say that something could happen (as happens in life) to cause me to gain weight again, but I wouldn't be going back to that point. Good for me!

Anyway, I will continue to try to make good food choices, get in my workouts and hold myself accountable here.

Cheers everyone!

3729 cal * 158g fat * 23g fiber * 22 oz water * -1429 cal deficit

JellyBelly2 on 01/17/2004:
Yep. You've come too far to self-destruct. But doesn't it seem like we've been stuck in the 150's for a decade or more? It is so easy to gain 10 lbs. and so, so, so hard to lose it. I have gained. But more than that, my body tone has become flub. Like, I look decent in clothes but out of clothes it's another story. Lifting a full coffee pot make my arm shake that's how out of shape I am! But, we keep chug, chug, chuggin along. Chugging together helps! Enjoy your free day!

prism on 01/18/2004:
When I was doing well on weight watchers, I found that a "free" meal at a fun restaurant once a week really never did me any harm...Once I started doing free "days" then I started an evil downward spiral ... I have not been in the mood for weight loss lately, just want comfort food...don't know what's wrong... I'm going to try the 10 week challenge again this year...Can't remember if you did it last year with us or not...? Anyway, I'm eating all the "bad foods" in the house and starting either tomorrow or Monday, planning on getting myself on track. I'm sure you will be able to get going again...You probably just needed a mental break from the constant focus on weight loss... :) If you want to check out the challenge...it's at http://www.geocities.com/dyp2k1/

biscottibody59 - Friday Jan 16, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Six days of the challenge completed. I had a good breakfast only 1 out 6 days. I did a little better on the Circuit Aerobic Workout--made my goal there.

I pretty much skipped breakfast and lunch yesterday.

I have concluded that losing weight/getting fit is deceivingly easy (DE). In fact alot about my life at this point is that way, DE. There are some things I need to rethink. I'm not finished--with alot of things. Deep down I find much comfort in not finishing things. That's not how most people are, I suppose. They are eager to finish and go on to the next thing. I'd like to say I'm like that in any form or fashion, but I'm just not. Except maybe about going to the bathroom--hahaha!

Cheers everyone!

Wed 1.14:
2431 cal * 86g fat * 68g fiber * 90 oz water * 600 cal deficit
Activities: 20 min Jog, 5 min dog jog, 10 min walk

Thurs 1.15:
3473 cal * 144g fat * 14g fiber * 22 oz water * -493 cal deficit
Activities: NordicTrack 49 min/6.0 mi, 45 min hauling boxes up to garage attic

Soon2BThin on 01/16/2004:
Hey, what's this about skipping meals?!! Is that possible? Can people really do that? Lol There's no way I ever skip a meal, can't remember if I have ever done that, Lol. Seriously, you need to eat to keep your metabolism going, ya know? I try to eat several small meals during the day, we'll see if it helps, but my stomach is thankful, haha. Have a great weekend!

Scruffy on 01/17/2004:
If it works for you then enjoy it :-)

Chrysalis on 01/17/2004:
I had to think about your comment about how getting fit/losing weight is deceivingly easy. You know, I think you're right. We dress up weight loss and getting fit in complicated formulas and conflicting diet plans, stock shelves and shelves of diet books and food books and fitness books, all of them claiming to have the perfect solution...and not only that, but the ONLY TRUE solution. I think that dieting has become the religion of the new millennium.

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jan 14, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Happy Wednesday!

Doing better--ate quite alot yesterday. For activity I did my Circ Aer Wkt on the NordicTrack, 61 min/7.1 mi (20 min at Lvl 2 incline)--still have been doing the entire workout at Lvl 1 incline. I dragged my feet about doing this workout. It is soooo paying off though, I'm getting a great workout, feeling fatigued, etc. I am increasing my weights, add reps, etc. I'm mixing it up. The thing is I'm way way over the soreness. I just have a feeling of fitness the next day--TODAY!

I feel at least 20 years younger overall--I don't get indigestion anymore. That's a hazard because on these high calorie days I can eat like I did when I was 20 years younger. I have no compulsion to eat that way every day. But I like a chili dog with everything every so often. Anyway. I don't know quite how to describe it. Of course, the majority of my choices have to be good ones, or I'll be in the same boat in three months.

Cheers everyone!

3288 cal * 164g fat * 16g fiber * 114 oz water * -462 cal deficit

Soon2BThin on 01/14/2004:
Wow, you're still going strong! I know what you mean about the indigestion. If I don't eat right I have those problems. Mmmmm, chili dog! NOT!

inmorning on 01/15/2004:
Cheers right back at ya. You are such a neat lady. annastasia

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jan 13, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

For my activity yesterday I did a 30 min Jog, a 5 min dog jog--happy dog!--and a 5 minute walk.

Ain't changing that number to 153, but that's what I weigh and I took a couple measurements (for good measure--hahaha!) and they're the same. So in the interest of my condition of "camelness"--keep reading, unless you've already gotten it--I'm not changing my weight, thank you very much!

I Googled "retaining water like a" and these are what popped up:

1. From ****ypoo's diary (July 2003), I gained three pounds in Gatlinburg. THREE pounds - and I'm retaining water like a m*therf*ck*r due to PMS and sore muscles. Do m*therf*ck*rs retain water?

2. From Fit & Femme - Spandex Is A Privilege, Not a Right, How lean I perceive myself to be. I don�t select micro-shorts if my thighs are retaining water like a public works earthen dam built in the thirties.

3. From DietLowCarb.com, someone's journal, I am cramped beyond belief and retaining water like a camel.

4. From Jaqueline Fink, I got super tired and started retaining water like a 5 foot 5 inch sponge.

4. Others, "sea cow," "whale," "pregnant woman," "woman," "madlady," "dyke" but they probably meant "dike"--little dutch boy, finger in the dike, get it???

Cheers everyone!

2148 cal * 90g fat * 22g fiber * 45 oz water * 348 cal deficit

Soon2BThin on 01/13/2004:
It's funny how our weight can jump up or down every day for no apparent reason. Oh, wait, you said you're retaining water like a camel. So that must be it. You do have a reason. I'm in menopause so never know when I may be retaining, no "special" time of the month, could happen any time. Ain't life grand?!

inmorning on 01/14/2004:
Damn that scale. I think would think we had the same one but yours seems to be a bit more polite than mine. The b*st*rds.

biscottibody59 - Monday Jan 12, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Did 69 min/8.2 mi on the NordicTrack. No jog.

Cheers everyone!

2132 cal * 83g fat * 15g fiber * 50 oz water * 708 cal deficit

biscottibody59 - Sunday Jan 11, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Happy Sunday!

I had a verrry good activity day yesterday--yiii-ha! Did a Circuit Aer Wkt using NordicTrack, 61 min/7.0 mi. Later took a 20 min Jog and 10 min dog walk.

Drank a beer and had a Schlotzsky's sandwich too--woohoo!

Cheers everyone!

2023 cal * 68g fat * 14g fiber * 45 oz water * 1024 cal deficit

ClearOcean on 01/11/2004:
wow! 7 miles!

babygirl112 on 01/11/2004:
Amazing, you are doing so good, keep it up! :D

biscottibody59 - Saturday Jan 10, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I had a no exercise day. Unless you count passive paper sorting. Nevertheless it amounted to a negative deficit--more eaten than burned. Imagine that--that's how I used to live and eat day in and day out.

My diet used to be just downright nasty and tons of it. I'm glad I saw some kind of light. Losing the first 10 pounds was a huge boost. It seems to be difficult to find that boost with every subsequent 10 pounds, but it's doable. For me it's doing something every day--writing down my food--being mindful of my choices. Even noticing they're not the best--making a mental note--going on. I don't beat myself up about it anymore. Counting calories, exercise minutes, tracking something, a pattern I'd like to change--increasing exercise intensity or minutes.

I often think of the blurb PastaGal always put at the end of her entries: "One day at a time and Consistency will help you get to your goal faster."

Cheers everyone!

2943 cal * 137g fat * 31g fiber * 45 oz water * -643 cal deficit

geevee on 01/10/2004:
I, too, have thought about the tons of junk food I used to eat on a daily basis and wonder how I didn't get fatter than I did. Considering how much I've cut back and cut out, you'd think I would weigh 100lbs. but as you noted, the less one weighs, the slower it comes off. Not to be able to exercise really hurts! I feel like if I don't, I'll gain a half pound.

Soon2BThin on 01/10/2004:
Hi, thanks for your comment. I read bitchypoo.com every day. I'm even on her notify list, call me weird. I like her and her hubby. Have you read his old site "onefatman.com"? I think it's no longer there but he lost over 100 pounds and he's doing great. I think Robyn is just taking some time off but I think she's maintaining right now. Anyway, I just got an e-mail about the Iditawalk and it starts on Feb. 1. I'm going to do it for sure but I'm going to wait to see if Robyn is going to do it so I can be on her team again. Last year they messed up my t-shirt and put some other team name on it instead so I want to try again. Besides I loved doing it. You can go to idita-walk.com to sign up now until Jan. 31. Are you going to do it? Well, I'd better get at some house cleaning. Have a great day!

geevee on 01/10/2004:
Thanks for your encouragine comment. I just posted a mid-day update which tells you how very aware I am of the situation, yeah! sloshing down the bun-less pork sandwich with a nice, cold beer. Ahhh. We do what we can, right? Geez, I sure wish I could just get in that pool to undo that damage. I'll just have to wait until tomorrow.

ClearOcean on 01/10/2004:
When I think of this as a diet, I usually give up because it dictates me. When I think of this as a lifestyle journey, I rule, I am in control and the pounds come off. At least they did in the past. I am hoping it still works for me!Beating oneself up definitely does not work!

biscottibody59 - Friday Jan 09, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=25.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Happy Friday!

My two goals for the challenge are to eat (a good) breakfast every morning and to get in a Circuit Aerobic Workout every 2 days.

I was down to 151 for Tuesday's (1.6) weigh-in. My measurements were down 1/8 inch in both Wrist and Arm, down .5 inch in Waist, Calf and Hip unchanged, Abd and Bust up .75 inch and Leg up .25 inch.

Yesterday, in addition to my jog, I took the dog on a 5 min jog--what a happy dog! My lack of water (25 oz) for yesterday was overtaken by about 30 oz Coca-Cola and 12 oz Pepsi. Nothing to write home about!

Cheers everyone!

Mon 1.5:
1621 cal * 40g fat * 25g fiber * 90 oz water * 1274 cal deficit
Activities: NordicTrack 53 min/6.1 mi; Jog 20 min/dog walk 10 min

Tues 1.6:
2405 cal * 102g fat * 41g fiber * 90 oz water * 426 cal deficit
Activities: NordicTrack 70 min/8.0 mi; No Jog

Wed 1.7:
2161 cal * 72g fat * 21g fiber * 70 oz water * 686 cal deficit
Activities: Circuit Aer Wkt using NordicTrack, 53 min/6.0 mi;
Jog 20 min/dog walk 5 min

Thurs 1.8:
2417 cal * 92g fat * 13g fiber * 25 oz water * 331 cal deficit
Activities: NordicTrack 40 min/4.5 mi; 25 min Jog 25 min;
Dog jog 5 min; 5 min walk

curlsncuffs on 01/09/2004:
Whoa! What a great job and plan! Horray for you! You're doing great! I admire your workout! Can't wait til I'm 151 -

inmorning on 01/10/2004:
I think you have me confused. I just sound organized, there is a difference ;~)

biscottibody59 - Monday Jan 05, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=26.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I had a good exercise day. Did a Circuit Aer Wkt on the NordicTrack,
58 min/7.0 mi. No jog. Hope you have a good food/exercise day!

Cheers everyone!

2211 cal * 92g fat * 46g fiber * 45 oz water * 601 cal deficit

curlsncuffs on 01/06/2004:
Thanks - totally agree! You are so determined! I admire that! Sever miles - woo,hoo! You are almost at your BMI goal - congrats to you! I'm hoping to get there one day! You're doing s Super Job!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Jan 04, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 36g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 151.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 151 (Dec 2003)
Current BMI=26.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Happy Sunday!

For me, food tracking starts today. Back to FF milk in my coffee. Back to drinking 90 oz water/day--100 is stretching it when I'm not out sweating like a pig.

Thursday 1.1 I did a Circuit Aerobic Workout using the NordicTrack,
59 min/6.8 mi. No jog.

Friday 1.2 I did a 30 min jog + 5 min dog walk.

Saturday 1.3 I did 36 min/4.2 mi on the NordicTrack and a
20 min jog + 15 min dog walk.

I really had a hard time making myself do that workout on New Year's Day. It was almost one of those times where you just say, "Okay, I don't have to do this. I have done well and I can take a break for a few days, weeks, months." Instead I finally got into it and after 10 min I knew I would be okay.

Just give yourself 10 min of activity. If you don't feel better and don't want to do another 20 min or so, don't. Try again the next day. Sort of "fake it 'til you make it." You may surprise yourself. Don't make lofty goals that you know you'll never stick to in a million years. Take the exercise a day at a time. No one says you have to love exercise, but you do have to have some payoff of feeling good at the end--at least I do.

The first few minutes of a jog are not always enjoyable--there are cobwebs in the body and mind sometimes. Sometimes I get this sense of doom that I won't be able to finish the time I've set on my watch--I don't do mileage--except to check it afterward every so often to see how I'm doing.

You don't have to be perfect, just do a little toward some goal every day. Keep a notebook of your exercise progress. Anything to motivate you. I went for so many years without (or with spurts of 2 or 3 days of) purposeful activity. If I can change, anyone can.

Cheers everyone!

squiggly on 01/04/2004:
Thanks for the great advice. You put exercise into prespective (sp?). You can reach your goals. Have a great Sunday.

geevee on 01/04/2004:
"Cobwebs in the body" -Great phrase! I felt that way swimming the other day. I thought, "Oh, geez, I'' never last 55 min., not with the logey way my body feels today, but somehow, I loosened up and did last. I have a gimpy right knee that's caused me problems for years, but since I went back to swimming, the swelling has gone down and it hasn't acted up. It's hard to believe that exercise is good for it, but that seems to be the case.

Soon2BThin on 01/04/2004:
Yippee, good for you!! I am still amazed by your amount of exercise. I hope I can get mine up that high. Little by little, I'm working my way up there. Keep up the good work.

legcramp on 01/05/2004:
Great entry! One of my goals for January is to do some form of exercise daily. I hope to stick to this for the month because hopefully then it will have formed into a sort of 'habit' if you will. You're doing a great job - good job on the holiday challenge! Keep up the pro work and stay strong!

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