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biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 05, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 157.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157 (June 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=26.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


5% Activities; Fat grams=44; Calories=1775; >100 oz Water; Fiber=34 g
Deficit=994


Well done is better than well said. --Benjamin Franklin

New Low For Me: 157 pounds and (just) below BMI=27--woo-hoo!

On challenge goals I only made the water goal. I did a circuit-type workout with dumbbells for 20 min--pushups (both types), bent over rows, stationary lunges, deadlifts, calf raises, biceps curls, shoulder presses, triceps dips, and bicycle crunches.

Hope you're having a good Thursday!


My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, <20 g fat/day

dolyda on 06/05/2003:
that is awesome!!!....way to go!!! :D


MM on 06/05/2003:
Great job getting to a new low! Keep going!


Golightly on 06/06/2003:
Well done Biscotti! Glad to see you've gone down 2 pounds! And me too ... I'm down to 168 as of this morning! YAHOO for both of us!!

I've been eating terribly on jury duty (the case continues ... we don't have to be in until 10 this morning, so I'm in the office catching up on diet diaries). They cater to the jury, so I've been indulging in the free cookies, donuts and muffins -- Bad GoLightly! I'm looking forward to getting back into my office routine with my daily Subway salads.

You're workout sounds really intense. Lately I've been thinking that my workout tapes are too easy, so I've added the harder Jane Fonda tape twice per week. The first time I did it was killer -- I was sore for 2 days. But I'm proud that I'm finally increasing my workouts! It's easy to get lazy about these things. I still can't do pushups very well, so I'm jealous of everyone on the boards who can!

Keep up the good work and have a great weekend!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jun 04, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by July 8
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


22% Activities; Fat grams=22; Calories=1695; >100 oz Water; Fiber=40 g
Deficit=1590


Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind.
--James Graham

Happy Wednesday!

I made 2 out of 3 challenge goals and the fat goal was in the ballpark, so I'm pleased. I changed the date for my weight goal to July 8th. I wasn't even going to come close to June 17th for 149.

I did about 1 hour/6.7 mi on the NordicTrack and I did a jog/run. I did 10 min of "fast jogging"--I still can't call it running, walk about 3 min, then jog 10 min. It was faster than 12 min/mile but slower than 10 min/mile. So I'll do this for a week (or 4-5 sessions) and go on to the next level. It's in a schedule I'm following.

Hope you all have a good day!


My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, <20 g fat/day


biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jun 03, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 158.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.1; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. --George Bernanos

I took 4 days off (Fri-Mon) from overt (hahaha!) exercise. Gee, would it ever be easy to just not exercise again until I put 15 or 20 pounds back on--that's what I learned. Didn't get that planned jog done from the other day. But I got on the dern NordicTrack this morning. Felt great to get it done:-)

I'm down 1.5 pounds from last week and the only measurement down is my abdomen (.25 inch). The rest are up except arm, waist, and leg.

I didn't overeat--didn't drink enought water--for the most part over the weekend, but I ate a few things I have tended to avoid the last few months; potato salad, french fries, and I found these Milka Brand Chocolate Cookie Candy bars at Walgreens--crea-my goodness!

I got the Lean Bodies book by Cliff Sheats and also found The Underburner's Diet by Barbara Edelstein. The latter is the one by the woman whose diet I originally was on at the first part of my diary. It's from the mid-80s or so--and I just got it because I couldn't find it at the library. It's interesting for the fact that it is by a woman, a doctor (MD), and it's simply written.

I thought that Lean Bodies would have a little more elaboration of this "optimal caloric intake" concept--or whatever it's called. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but just the part on this concept seems to have even less info than the other. About half of it is recipes, and I always love to read how well others have done on a plan. What the hell--I got it in hardcover for $4.98 +tax.

I have just about decided I'm going to use this "Lean Bodies" way of eating for 4- and 5-day challenges. Essentially it's low fat, high carb, somewhat higher protein, don't deprive yourself, exercise or not, but don't keep your calories down to where you're going to lose more than 1 or 2 pounds/week. I also think you're supposed to cut out caffeine--I'm not doing that:-) You can use this "MCT oil" or not--I'm going to look into it more, but probably won't use it.

Pezzy, the headache had to be from lack of water and a little too much chocolate, 'cause I sure don't remember going on a bender:-)

I'll check in later--hope you're having a good exercise/food choice day!


My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, <20 g fat/day

SoccerMom on 06/03/2003:
Congrats on making it onto the Nordic Track, and especially on losing a pound and a half!! Woo-hoo!

My son-in-law has been going to a gym and working out, several days a week, and also has started eating healthier. He's lost about 30 pounds so far, and last night we were talking about it. He broke it down for me: "Basically, you just have to burn more calories than you consume, in order to lose". He said, forget the "diet" plans, and just eat a healthful variety, while working your ass off, and you'll lose. Now why didn't I think of that? haha I think I'll stick with my current eating/exercise plan...slow, but sure, and it's working for me.

Have a great day!!



biscottibody59 - Saturday May 31, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 159.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


0% Activities; Fat grams=?; Calories=<5000; Almost 20 oz Water; Fiber=-500 g
Deficit=Don't Care
Headache when I woke up=yes!


If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle. --Spanish Proverb

Didn't exercise yesterday. Ate quite a bit. Needed the rest day!

Plan: I just want to drink 100 oz of water and go jogging before this day is done!

Oh well, I'll be back later!

pezzy34 on 06/01/2003:
hmmm... uh... man. What do I say to that? Well, uh... er... um... PLEASE tell me that the Fiber grams are an error on your entry or you'd better stay near a bathroom for the next week... REALLY near.... LOL

So, what's up? Headache in the morning? You just have to elaborate here! Signed, anxiously awaiting your next entry, Jenni


SoccerMom on 06/01/2003:
OK...you had a break yesterday. What exercising are you working into your day today?? Get that heart rate up, and remember to ~~SMILE!~~ while you do this for YOU. Drink that water and have fun.


pollyanna on 06/01/2003:
How did the day go yesterday? Did you get a bit of a jog in afterall? Hope you are doing okay,

peace<br>pollyanna :)


Allie on 06/02/2003:
I loved your Spanish Proverb! Thanks for making me laugh today! Those words completely apply to my brother! =) Hey how do you change the colors in your diary like that? It looks so much better than plain black!

*\o/* Allie


Golightly on 06/03/2003:
Hmmm, you are sounding a little down. We all have days like that. I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this note!

Take care Biscotti!



biscottibody59 - Friday May 30, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 159.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


10% Activities; Fat grams=97; Calories=2833; >80 oz Water; Fiber=27 g
Deficit=63


Good judgement comes from experience, and experience--well, that comes from poor judgement. --Cousin Woodman

Oh well, those are the numbers. I was hungry just about the whole day, so I ate just about all day long. I did a 40 min jog in the evening. I put something down for Sat-Sun to kind of go by--it may change. Planning is in order:-)

Have a good Friday everyone!


My Sat-Sun Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
30 g fat limit/day, 2200 cal/day limit

pezzy34 on 05/30/2003:
Oh my gosh! I checked out that site and it said my ideal caloric intake is over 3000! I can't even FATHOM eating that much! I'm going to begin aiming for 1500 for the beginning of June and hopefully be up to 1800 eventually. I really am full, so I don't know what is up with that! My carbs are around 60, protein is a bit low and fat is a bit high, but that could just be this week. Thanks for the advice though... I could use anything I could get my hands on right now. I would hate to think I could lose any muscle.... so I need to eat more... isn't that GREAT? I'm so excited that I'm being told to EAT! WOOHOO!

Love, Jenni


pezzy34 on 05/30/2003:
E bay has his book on three different auctions. If you don't use E bay I will get the book for you... looks like with shipping I should be able to get it for 7.00-10.00, so let me know! Love, Jenni


Beth 201 on 05/30/2003:
I have not wanted to eat much lately. Fighting a bug. You seem to be doing great. You keep up the great work and have a wonderful weekend. Beth :)


pollyanna on 05/31/2003:
What is it that so many of us are hungry more than normal right now? Must be something to do with the rotation of the sun or whatever :) Doing great!

peace<br>pollyanna :)



biscottibody59 - Thursday May 29, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 159.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


28% Activities; Fat grams=74; Calories=2297; >100 oz Water; Fiber=46 g
Deficit=1180


Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
--Anton Chekhov

Hello Everyone!

Ugh, let's get this out of the way. I have an issue with mowing, I hate it! It's nice to see a nicely cut lawn, but I hate it. And I was forced to eat too much--haha! Because I had already done an early workout.

I could have eaten 2 cups of oatmeal (not my idea of satisfying or fun--oatmeal cookies maybe:-) instead of a slice of pizza beforehand (this was leftover pizza that I froze--it was actually pretty good!). Then I was so doggone hungry after the mowing.

Now I have to tell you that my stiff neck, from about a week ago, is so much better overnight. Could changing pillows really help that much? Apparently. I really don't like firm pillows, but this change seems to be the solution. It's some relief anyway.

In addition to 2 or so hours of mowing I also did about 1 hour/6.7 mi on the NordicTrack.

Have a good day! Do a little something for yourself, even if it's staring into space for 5 minutes!


My Mon-Thurs Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
30 g fat limit/day, 2200 cal/day limit

dolyda on 05/29/2003:
wow....sounds like some great workout!!...glad your neck is feeling better...yes, pillows do make a difference...we use buckwheat pillows at home...I LOVE 'EM!! :D


pezzy34 on 05/29/2003:
Um... you may be right about me not eating enough! I stopped using Fitday and started calculating in my head and I figured I was around 1500-1800 calories, so I went ahead and entered them in today and even with adding cheese to my sandwich AND having a soda it was only 1296!!! Soooo needless to say I need to eat huh? I just don't know what a good range is for me, because there is SO much conflicting information out there!! But thanks for the eye opener! Love, Jenni



biscottibody59 - Wednesday May 28, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 159.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


12% Activities; Fat grams=37; Calories=1983; >100 oz Water; Fiber=41 g
Deficit=965


The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.
--Roger Nash Baldwin

Well, I missed the fat goal--but at least I'm coming close. I figured it would be pretty tough. I also missed the deficit. I did 32 min/8.1 mi on the Airdyne and about a 20 minute circuit-type workout. It was quite challenging.

So onward I go! Have a good food choice day!


My Mon-Thurs Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
30 g fat limit/day, 2200 cal/day limit

Soon2BThin on 05/28/2003:
Keep up that great exercise you're doing! I envy you that. I just can't get started lately. I hope you have a great day!


Golightly on 05/29/2003:
Hi Biscotti, I'm just catching up on your diary. Yesterday's quote was hilarious ... loved it!!

It seems like everybody is experiencing a weight gain this week! Runner and Pezzy are both agonizing about some weight gain, perhaps you will want to read their entries..??

As always, I'm very impressed with your workout regime. You are an inspiration!

PS The flower on your entry is very sweet!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday May 27, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 159.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.4; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


23% Activities; Fat grams=36; Calories=1770; >150 oz Water; Fiber=50 g
Deficit=1559 (Weekly Def=1002)


In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
--Winston Churchill

I met all goals except for the fat grams. I did 1 hr/6.5 mi on the NordicTrack and a 30 min jog later in the day.

8:25 AM
I'm up 1 pound on my weigh-in. On the other hand I'm down one-fourth inch in my abdoment and hips. I'm also down one-eighth inch in my calf. The rest of the measurements are the same.

It's not great to have the scale go up, but to be honest I haven't been consistent with my eating. Sure it's great to have downward changes in the measurements, but it always gives me a boost to see the scale going down, down, down!

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!


My Mon-Thurs Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
30 g fat limit/day, 2200 cal/day limit

squiggly on 05/27/2003:
Hello! I've always heard that muscle weighs more than fat. You may have lost weight in fat but gained a pound of muscle which is better. It's just a pointer that I heard. Good luck!


dolyda on 05/27/2003:
measurements are ALWAYS better!! :D


inmorning on 05/27/2003:
It was great to hear from you in my journal. I really missed you while I was burried in books.


pastagal on 05/27/2003:
The scale will catch up,just stay Consistent and you will see,,congrats tho on the inches lost,that is great,,have a wonderful day:}


SoccerMom on 05/27/2003:
Don't sweat the pound (OK, go ahead and sweat it <i>off</i>)...it's probably just water, or muscle mass, or (maybe) you just weren't as vigilant with your eating this past week. Let's get back in gear and work on getting that pound back off for next weigh-in.

I'm going to have a challenge eating correctly while working my new job. Too many fast food places nearby. I'll have to make sure to bring my lunch from home, instead. The other challenge is finding a way to drink all my water, since I don't have a desk, really. I kind of migrate all over the office. I'll work on a solution for that one.

Have a great day, and remember to ~~SMILE!~~



biscottibody59 - Monday May 26, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <30; Eat 1800-2200 kCal)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.2; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


0% Activities; Fat grams=120; Calories=2607; >20 oz Water; Fiber=24 g
Deficit=44


The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. --Oscar Wilde

I didn't meet any of my objectives for the last day of my Weekend Challenge--that footlong chili cheese dog sure was good. And so were the two pizza slices and two cans of Pepsi!

I drank hardly any water and didn't get any real exercise in either.

I'm going to try for something different (fatwise) for my Monday through Thursday challenge. It's a little ambitious because I haven't really been paying attention to my fat intake for the most part.

Have a Good Day!


My Mon-Thurs Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
30 g fat limit/day, 2200 cal/day limit


biscottibody59 - Sunday May 25, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.2; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8


13% Activities; Fat grams=45; Calories=1775; >100 oz Water; Fiber=52 g
Deficit=1223


Set up as an ideal the facing of reality as honestly and as cheerfully as possible. --Dr. Karl Menninger

I met all my challenge goals. I'm not saying it's any easier, but I am in kind of a groove and I'm exploring some changes. I noticed in my biceps that I've lost a ring of fat that I was seeing probably a couple months ago--it vanished! I haven't lost but maybe an eighth of an inch in that area, but the visible results do wonders for my validation.

I got in a workout on the Airdyne--65 min/16.4 mi.

Have a safe Holiday--if you're celebrating!


My Sat-Sun Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
2200 cal/day limit

9may on 05/26/2003:
I like the way your entries look - so different & pretty. I really enjoy reading about your progress. It's such a buzz seeing visual changes, like your tightened biceps. Congratulations and have a terrific day.


9may on 05/26/2003:
I like the way your entries look - so different & pretty. I really enjoy reading about your progress and your bio reason about setting an example for your niece is admirable - your dedication is sure to make a lasting impression on her. It's such a buzz when visual changes occur, like your tightened biceps. Congratulations & have a terrific day.



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