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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jul 02, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1100 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 145 by August 19
Current BMI=27.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


2% Activities; >40 oz Water; Deficit=887

Didn't push myself terribly--food choices were good despite missing the deficit goal--and the other two goals. Got about a 20 min walk!

Have a good one!

Soon2BThin on 07/02/2003:
Sounds like you're doing good. I quit taking the new meds and haven't heard back from the doc to see if she wants me to repeat the blood work. And I haven't heard about any pollution alerts here. Of course they say it's bad for people with breathing problems but that's all I've heard about. Right now it looks like the smoke is getting closer to us from the sky outside my window. It's been really windy here everyday, that's probably why it hasn't been so bad. We're running the AC now anyway since it has gotten more humid lately. You know when it's 105 and 22% humidity, it's pretty uncomfortable. Our humidity here is usually less than 10%. But the monsoon season is upon us. Okay, have a good holiday weekend. I'll be joining you in the pursuit of lower weight levels on Monday.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jul 01, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1100 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 145 by August 19
Current BMI=27.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


17% Activities; >140 oz Water; Deficit=1410

I'm down a half-pound for my weigh-in! Measurements are mostly down or unchanged--none are up!

I made my challenge goals for the day. Also, I got in a 30 min/3.4 mi NordicTrack workout and a jog of 38 min (21-17). I'm enjoying my workouts a great deal. It's good to find something that I can look forward to and to challenge myself fitness-wise. If I were just slogging through them with no rhyme or reason, I would have given up long ago. I'm grateful for the ability to do as much and stay as healthy as I have!

I hope you have a good food day!


biscottibody59 - Monday Jun 30, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1100 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


19% Activities; >90 oz Water; Deficit=1128

Happy Monday!

I did well on Day 3 (Sat 6.28) of my 3-Day Challenge--despite missing 2 of the goals. I did about 2 hours of mowing/cleanup and then a 30 min jog (18-12) later on. My derriere was still massively sore from those dern lunges, but amazingly it didn't seem to affect my jog. I just avoided the usual hills I take in favor of flat road.

I'm launching another personal challenge for today-Thursday with Activities of 10%, 100 oz water, and a deficit of 1100.

Yesterday I ate with somewhat reckless abandon and did no exercise.

I'll see you all later!


biscottibody59 - Saturday Jun 28, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


6% Activities; >100 oz Water; Deficit=686

Cheers to you all this fine Saturday!

I had a pretty good Day 2 of my 3-Day Challenge. Kept out of any sweet stuff--fresh cherries are much better than any old cookie any day!

Looks like I didn't get much of a workout, but ya' know numbers can be deceiving--especially when your ass is as sore as mine is today from a set of lunges (stationary), 25 each side. I did 10 exercises in all, and I used 8-pound barbells for those requiring them: Standing Bent-over row--25, Stiff-legged deadlift--22 reps, Calf Raise--70 reps, Shoulder press--21, Biceps curl--18, Triceps dips (chair)--16. In addition, I did Push-ups--11 military, 12 sissy; Bicycle crunches--100 and about 5 min on the Airdyne. The most amazing thing about this barbell workout is that it only takes 15-20 min. I can't really say I enjoyed it, but it got the desired effect--haha!

I know it's tough on the weekend, but I hope you get to do something to further your weight loss goals today!


biscottibody59 - Friday Jun 27, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


21% Activities; >130 oz Water; Deficit=1464

I had a good day for Day 1 of this 3-Day Challenge. I resisted bites of stuff and ate well--no sweet snacks! I have one of those "Tres Leches (three milks) Tortes" from Walmart in the fridge--it's almost too sweet (I had a slice when I bought it a couple days ago). It's rich, but a little goes a looooong way!

There are several recipes I saved from the paper--so maybe one day I'll tackle it for myself and control the amount of whipped cream it has. I am not one of those who can just leave whipped cream on a plate--haha!

As for exercise, I was very productive. I did an early NordicTrack workout of 1 hour/6.7 mi and then a jog of 25 min (13-12) later. The weather was much cooler but still humid, thus my water consumption was quite high.

I hope you all are having a good food choice day!


biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 26, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. --Saul Bellow

Hope you're doing things to further your goals today!

As for me, I've been getting in my exercise. I'm jogging every other day instead of skipping two days. For this challenge (Th-Fri-Sat) the plan is to get in some exercise and eat sensibly. I haven't gone hog wild with my eating the last week or so, but I could use a boundary (haha!)--and I'm not going to come close to meeting my coming goal deadline without a boundary. So, I'll try!

I didn't lose any pounds on Tuesday, but my arm measurement is down to a new low--11-1/8 inches--woo-hoo! Waist is down a quarter inch, but the rest are the same or up a little.

6.20 Jog 30, then 10 min of running divided into about 5 intervals.

6.21 NordicTrack 70 min/8 mi--51 min at level 1 incline.

6.22 Did a 50 min jog.

6.23 No exercise.

6.24 Did a 45-min jog divided into 5-2-17-4-5-6-6. This was ridiculous--the heat and humidity were horrendous even at 8 p.m. when I went out--but I was determined to get it done!

6.24 NordicTrack for 18 min/2 mi--got sidetracked and never got back to it.

So far jogging every other day isn't doing anything detrimental to me physically, so far:-) Which is a continual surprise to me. It's amazing that I can do at 44, what I couldn't do at 24. Don't get me wrong, I get twinges of reminders that I'm not 24, but the mental game is easier at 44 (if that makes any sense). Who knew? Not I! I'm just glad I had the fortitude to get out and try it again with no expectations.

It's about time for a new pair of running shoes, and I'm going to look for some type of carry along water bottle, since there are no fountains or anything along my routes--the heat is only going to get worse. The humidity, on the other hand, isn't usually like this around here, kind of a fluke!

So my goals for the challenge are the usual--10% activity, 100 oz water and 1200-cal deficit/day. BTW, the quote is an old one from a previous entry--but is one of my favorites--gonna give it a rest for awhile!

Have a great day!

Golightly on 06/26/2003:
Hmmm, intersting theory about your age. I suppose, now that I think about it, you are right : my mental fortitude is better now that I am older. Perhaps we don't have much time to waste, so we want to get on with it!

I've been drinking more water in the past day or two because the humidity is KILLER in Ottawa right now. It's so hot, I can't sleep at night. I sweat alot. So, I'm replenishing my fluids! One good thing about the heat is that swimming in the evening is an absolute JOY! Most days I can't wait to get to the pool later!

Hey, congrats on the measurements!


BellaK on 06/26/2003:
I've got your quote up onto my calendar! I LOVE it!

PS: Your resistance is incredible! Go girl! Bella :o)


Soon2BThin on 06/26/2003:
Well, I'm going to say just what I said to CharlieAngel--I admire you for all the exercise you are doing!! Wow, even in all the heat and humidity! I feel like such a wimp! Keep up the good work.


SoccerMom on 06/26/2003:
Congrats on the lower arm measurements! I know what you mean about the mental game being easier...we've "been there, done that" with all the excuses, and now we know it's just simply "up to us" to get the job done.

Have a good one, and I'll check back again.



biscottibody59 - Friday Jun 20, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


0% Activities; >60 oz Water; Deficit=879

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. --Mark Twain

Happy Friday!

I didn't get in a workout yesterday. Still struggling a bit with poor choices (some potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie) here and there, but had a good day as far as "conscious" portion control. It has to be done. The good thing about this point in my weight loss journey is that I'm sure my metabolism is a bit faster and I can get away with a few more food indiscretions than when I was 189--but not too many. It's better than going the other direction for sure.

June 18th marked 2 years (and just about my highest weight ever) of my getting back on here to buckle down and lose some pounds. Kyrin had sent me an email at that time to drag me back to DDs--Thanks Kyrin! It made all the difference in the world. It continues to make all the difference in the world--thanks to all of you! I appreciate all of your fine comments!

Now, what have I learned in that time. I learned to drink skim milk in my coffee. I had not jogged for probably 10 years; I started a jog/walk program about a year ago. My resting heart rate is about 60 (as compared to 78). My blood pressure is lower than the new guidelines for "pre-hypertension," which is 120/80-139/89. Hypertension is probably THE biggest health risk in my family. Most days I only drink 3 cups of coffee, as opposed to 10-12 at one point a few years ago. I learned that I enjoy egg whites for breakfast and they're really good when you add just one yolk.

I had a totally stress-related eating episode last week, of course it accomplished nothing, but to fill a void that I had no hope of filling otherwise. These require access to food and a conscious decision to devour it--oh, and the stress--you've gotta have that element!

I haven't eliminated these episodes, but I have curbed them. One of the ways is to eat properly and not get hungry during the day. And realizing that you're doing it--that's what I learned. Before I started this journey, I never thought I was eating out of stress. I would guess that, outside of breakfast, for years, most of my eating was out of stress. Another thing I learned is that it's okay to eat the same thing every day if you want. You'll possibly tire of it eventually, but make sure when the boredom hits, you have something good to replace it.

To make my point, we humans have an infinite capacity to change. You can complain all the while you're in the process of it if it helps. But if I've been able to change or replace habits that I was sure were such a part of me and that I needed to make me content on some level, then anyone can. I'm not that strong--but replacing a habit with a healthier one has worked for me. Sometimes it takes a bit of imagination to get this done--every one of us has it! Don't let anyone make fun of your food or exercise choices. If they're working for you--that's all that is important!

I hope you have a good food choice day!

BellaK on 06/20/2003:
Hey!! What an inspirational entry! Thanks for your incredible message today � and congratulations on sticking to your resolve to make better choices in your life for 2 years now! Way to go! Have a great weekend!!! Bella


gigi43 on 06/20/2003:
Thanks for the welcome! My problem is that it doesn't take much to lose the weight but, unfortunately, it also doesn't take much to gain it back. I hesitate to celebrate losing anything because that's only like 25% of the battle for me. But I did manage not to eat from stress tonight so that's one small victory. Good luck and keep using your imagination!


Soon2BThin on 06/21/2003:
Wow, you are doing so good. You even have the mental part going well too. Everything you said makes so much sense and I totally agree. Keep up the good work.


Golightly on 06/23/2003:
Hi Biscotti! Very good entry today. Inspirational and lots of food for thought. Sometimes I begin to doubt that habits can be changed ... but you are proof that they can! Very reassuring!

Thanks so much for the note you left me. I was at a restaurant on Saturday that is across the street from my office, so I popped in and printed out my notes (gosh, so many!) I read them all on Saturday night. Your story was very interesting ... I feel so bad for you! Your supervisor was horrible! But I appreciate that you shared your hair loss story with me. I am actually feeling a little better about it because everyone who left me notes about their stories all ended up with their hair back! So, I will survive.

What are you going back to school to take? I was really scared when I went back, but it was that exhilerating fear that is scary and exciting at the same time. I was a much better student as an adult than I ever was as a high schooler! Perhaps we are more disciplined now?

Take care and thanks again for the support!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 19, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


11% Activities; >100 oz Water; Deficit=879

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
--Jean de La Fontaine

Didn't quite make the deficit goal, but ate well nevertheless. And I'm trying again to curb the nighttime eating. I took a 45 min jog. We've really been lucky with having cooler weather this June, but it's just going to extend the time it takes to get used to the real heat that's sure to come.

How do you like that Oprah book pick--just screams, "B-O-R-I-N-G!" if you ask me, and no up-and-coming writers get to take advantage of her coattails to get rich and famous! How dare she:-) I guess it's just easier to pick a dead writer than to risk someone pooh-poohing your picking them, which I guess is sort of what happened to stop the book club awhile back. The bottom line is that more people will read something and that's a plus. I need to read more. But, I don't think I'll be reading her selection, which happens to be East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I've seen at least one version of the movie, but have never read the book.

I hope you have a great day!

momof3gr8boys on 06/19/2003:
Hey Biscotti! Thanks for the comment on my diary - you guys are really firing my up. My mother-in-law was here the other day and when the workers came by she said - Gentlmen we have a problem - I could have died right there - why does confrontation spook me so. I really need to take a class on the subject. How to not get jerked around without being a bitch. They don't have to like me - they just have to give me what I'm paying for. Maybe if I say that over and over . . .


Golightly on 06/19/2003:
Ugh, Steinbeck? No thanks. I was wondering why she stopped the bookclub in the first place ... do you know if she took some heat about her choices? In any case, as an avid reader, I am horrified at the thought that people don't read until Oprah suggests something!

I just finished "The Nanny Diaries" which is currently on the bestseller list. It was a fun, light read ... perfect for the summer! I'm now reading a book on mid-life crises (ha,ha, just want to see if it is something I want to try!)

Good for you for taking a jog! I accidentally slept in this morning, so I had to skip my workout. I'm so mad at myself! I'm going to go for a swim tonight to compensate...

Have a great day!

UPDATE : Thanks for the note. No, I didn't embellish, but I was paraphrasing so it is possible that her wording was somewhat different. Maybe I made her sound more harsh than she was in reality? (I have to paraphrase in all my entries, as I can never remember word for word what people say). She did say that I had been HUGE (I remember that, OUCH!) and she did say that she was worried about the chairs at the Xmas party ... which is ridiculous! I mean, I was about 209 pounds, but I could certainly fit in a chair! And she did ask me about the deal with the devil.

I think, now that she's no longer my supervisor, she felt she didn't have to be careful with what she said to me. She was always very professional when I worked for her. It was sort of like she was trying to be my pal...? I'm not sure I can explain her tone. But it really came out of left field and left me feeling terrible!


butterf;y21373 on 06/19/2003:
I've been doing a lot of reading this summer...I am not sure what type of books you are into, but "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume was excellent! Also, "Good in Bed" by Jennifer Weiner, "Out of the Blue" by Isabel Wolff. Another pretty good book by Judy Blume was "Smart Women". The one I just finished "Catch Me If You Can" was really good too...it is a lot better than the movie...I mean I liked the movie...but it left out a lot! Anyways, hope you have a great day and if you haven't read any of these, check them out on Amazon.com or somewhere...they were all really good reads!


pezzy34 on 06/19/2003:
Oh girl you are missing out! Have you ever read anything by Steinbeck? He has a down to earth way of writing about the core of human emotion that is not found in this day and age, but is truly timeless. WOW... can you tell I'm a fan? I read Grapes of Wrath when I was 9 and I've been hooked ever since. I read my daughter Of Mice and Men when she was 3 and we even had a lizard named Lenny after the book. The Pony, Cannery Row, The Pearl, In Dubious Battle... OH, OH, OH! My favorite though? Tortilla Flat... SUCH a great piece of work! He has a way of writing that suddenly makes you feel pain for the plight of a farmer in 1932. His characters are written in the 30's, but we all know people like them today.... so that is why I say it is timeless.

Sorry... I went a little nuts, but I feel so strongly about him as an author because even when my mom hated me and called me names, or I got teased at school I could come home and his words were always there to make me feel as though I wasn't so alone. But anyway, if you want I have a copy all of his books if you ever feel like picking one up! You won't regret it! Love, Jenni


BellaK on 06/19/2003:
Hi there! It great to be back! Thanks for your comment on my diary today!! Let's do this thing - once and for all, my friend!!! :o) Take care, Bella



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jun 18, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


0% Activities; >20 oz Water; Deficit=-1157

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner. --H.S. Leigh

The notorious "Timmy the Tapeworm" strikes again! I consumed an awful lot, so I guess that constitutes my free day. I enjoyed every bite, especially the mini eclairs I found. They're kind of pricey, but for a treat--very worth it.

I would call it a binge, except to me a binge is when you're actually full and you still keep eating. I'm really not full. But when I sat down to figure my calories, it was approaching 4000 for the day, which is absurd:-)

So I'm gonna regroup for the coming week--still keeping in mind the 10-day plan I mentioned the other day--and hope that Timmy keeps to himself for awhile so that I can get back into a routine designed to lose an inch, a pound (or two), and get some good activity in. I've got all the good food. So, seriously it's up to me to get back in the swing and stop the endless supply of excuses.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Golightly on 06/18/2003:
Ha, ha, I think it's hilarious that you named the tapeworm!! Knowing my luck, if I ever actually got a tapeworm, it would be anorexic. I'd just keep gaining weight!

Somehow, I don't being the Canadian-Oprah is my calling! There are days I bore MYSELF -- I can't imagine having to entertain other people! It's funny, because I have my ups-and-downs with the real Oprah. Sometimes I get into a grove where I faithfully watch every day. Other times, I become Oprah-ed out. Of course, I still buy the magazine, but I won't bore you with my magazine-addiction problems!!

As for the endless supply of excuses, girl, I hear you! Just as I thought I had exhausted every excuse in the book, my daughter has now come up with some new ones! I really do think it's easier to diet when you are alone...

Good luck regrouping!!


Soon2BThin on 06/18/2003:
Talk about excuses!! I think I have way more than you do. I think you're doing a lot better than I am, if that makes you feel any better. Just a week or so ago I was 6 pounds lighter, sheesh! I sure don't know what the heck I'm doing or why but I wish it would end. I just feel like crap! Keep up the good work.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jun 17, 2003
(Activities >10%; 100oz water; 1200 cal deficit/day)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


Sun 6.15
16% Activities; >100 oz Water; Deficit=867

Mon 6.16
17% Activities; >100 oz Water; Deficit=1062


Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back. --Robert Quillen

Happy Tuesday!

I did about an hour on the NordicTrack both days, 6.8 miles each day, but for Sunday I did 35 min on the level 1 incline. Didn't meet the deficit goal, but that's fine for now. My immediate goal is to get this 1 hour a.m. workout in most days and then do something else in addition 3-4 days per week. I was simply wiped out from Saturday's yard work, etc and had kind of a nasty headache most of the day on Sunday. I'm fine now:-)

Later . . .
I'm up a pound on the scale--not a huge surprise to me. I'm down one-quarter inch in my hips, wrist and calf are unchanged, and I'm up in the rest--the most being one-half inch in my abdomen. So is it a "buckle down" and work day, or the devil saying, "Go ahead, have a semi-free sort of day!" I'm not sure which it will be. It's just that it's always easy to make the "free" day turn into three of 'em. We shall see:-)

Hope you have a good food and exercise day!

Golightly on 06/17/2003:
Yeh, it's funny how sometimes an everyday activity can be a MAJOR workout. I have a really old fridge that needs to be defrosted every 3 months. It practically floods the kitchen once I've turned it off. Every time I have to do this task, I wake up the next day with really sore muscles from squatting infront of that fridge for hours. No wonder our forefathers didn't go to the gym ... LIFE was enough of a workout!

Glad to hear your headaches gone! Take care!



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