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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 31, 2004
(<2100 Cal/70g Fat/25g Fbr/90 oz Wtr/10% Activities)
Weight: 153.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. --Terry Pratchett

I got a bunch of activity in yesterday. I did my Circuit Aerobic Workout (after about a month's break from it--not planned) using the NordicTrack (62 min/7.5 mi). Last time I'd gotten on it was 3.17--felt good! Later I did a Jog 20 min/Walk 10 min.

Here are a few paragraphs from the introduction of Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter (both psychotherapists):

If you count yourself among the people who feel compelled to eat even though you're not at all hungry, this book is for you. It offers a radical alternative to chronic dieting, a way to go beyond controlling your compulsive desire for food and start curing it.

Our approach to curing compulsive eating will enable you to

--give up dieting forever and discover that you eat much less without the restraints of a diet.

--learn to eat from physiological hunger and, perhaps for the first time, enjoy the enormous satisfaction of meeting that hunger with the foods you most desire.

--stop overeating and lose the weight that has been its by-product.

--move beyond your negative preoccupation with eating and weight into a fuller life.

We are therapists not statisticians, and we have never been in a position to conduct the rigorous, double-blind studies that allow scientists to declare that something has been "proved." Nonetheless, our long experience with clients indicates that although 25% of people may feel frightened about such a radical change and give up on the program before it yields the desired results, the remaining 75% have a remarkable experience. They resolve their compulsive eating and in so doing change their lives. The examples throughout this book are drawn from our experiences working with peple very much like you.

From Chapter 1:

We define OVERWEIGHT as that weight which reflects the fact that you eat in excess of your body's needs. Notice that our concept of overweight bears no relation to the statistical concept of overweight reflected in height/bone structure/weight charts. These charts delineate statistical averages and have nothing to do with whether your body size is a reflection of overeating. We define normal weight as the natural weight you will return to once you cure your compulsive overeating.

No one can diagnose compulsive eating on the basis of size. Only you know if you feel compelled to eat or to control your eating. Only you know if you are a compulsive eater.

Well . . . enough already!

Cheers to you all!

2602 cal * 108g Fat * 40g Fiber * 68 oz Water * 313 cal Deficit
28% Activities

kanga on 03/31/2004:
Wopw I like the comments from the book Happy Reading

garlic on 03/31/2004:
Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing it.

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 30, 2004
(<2100 Cal/70g Fat/25g Fbr/90 oz Wtr/10% Activities)
Weight: 153.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I'm down a half-pound on my weigh-in. My measurements are thus:
Abd 38.125 (+1.125), Bust 33.75 (+.25), Calf 15 (~), Hip 40.25 (+.5),
RArm 11 (~), RLeg 24.125 (+.375), Waist 33.5 (+1.75), Wrist 6.125 (~).

On Sunday I took about a 15 min walk, picked up the yard a bit, and did about 20 minutes worth of sawing (wood) by hand. Yesterday I did a Jog for 30 min/Walk for 15 min.

I'm about halfway through Overcoming Overeating and it's very intriguing. Not to give it's premise away before I'm finished, just wanted to say it reminds me (so far) of the way the "Schick Center" in the 70s used to (supposedly) get people to quit smoking. It was to offer them a tray of cigarettes and let them smoke just as many as they wanted.

I'm at the part in the book where you go to the store and buy 3 times as many bags of potato chips (for example) than you think you'll eat. The other two are to show you that you have abundance and have no reason to think they're going anywhere. You are instructed to make a list of everything you "deprive" (my word) yourself of. One person mentioned that she went to a store far from her usual. Another told the cashier they were having a big party. It says to not substitute. For example, if you always eat lo-cal margarine but you'd rather have butter--by all means--get the butter. If you want Snickers, don't buy Baby Ruths. It is strictly anti-diet.

You get rid of your scale (or at least put it away) and make sure you have a full-length mirror so that you can look at yourself in privacy. You get rid of all clothing you can't wear at this moment--too smalls and too larges. Don't wear something tight to remind yourself you need to lose weight.

I highlighted a few passages. I'll try to share them in my next entry.

Cheers to you all!

3.28 Sun:
2358 cal * 105g Fat * 13g Fiber * 30 oz Water * 89 cal Deficit
10% Activities

3.29 Mon:
2410 cal * 106 Fat * 12g Fiber * 60 oz Water * 91 cal Deficit
10% Activities

garlic on 03/30/2004:
Book sounds interesting. Sounds like fun too!!! I look forward to you sharing the passages.

geevee on 03/30/2004:
What an interesting concept. I don't think it's for everyone, though. Me, in particular. If I filled my pantry with all the goodies I would find it irrestible. I've made peace with myself in not denying myself, but instead, limiting the no-no foods. If I just have to have some chocolate, or whatever, I do, but in very limited quantities. Loading my shelves with no-no's is not what I can personally handle. Maybe some can. As an ex-smoker, offering me a tray of cigarettes is definitely NOT the way to quit! I smoke every single cigarette! Getting rid of "small" clothes does not strike me as helpful. I find the incentive to fit into them to my liking. But, to each his own. It's like dieting: some are lo-carb, some lo-fat, blah blah blah. Whatever works, go for it!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 28, 2004
(<2100 Cal/70g Fat/25g Fbr/90 oz Wtr/10% Activities)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

On Wednesday I did a 20 min Jog/10 min Walk. On Thursday and Friday I only got in a 10 min Walk. Yesterday I did a 30 min Jog/10 min Walk.

As for those calorie for yesterday--chalk it up to a few donuts and cookies--doesn't take much! Good thing I don't do that too often these days:-)

Cheers to you all!

3.24 Wed:
1723 cal * 59g Fat * 25g Fiber * 60 oz Water * 385 cal Deficit
7% Activities

3.25 Thur:
2062 cal * 90g Fat * 14g Fiber * 60 oz Water * 251 cal Deficit
1% Activities

3.26 Fri:
2475 cal * 86g Fat * 11g Fiber * 60 oz Water * -38 cal Deficit
1% Activities

3.27 Sat:
3384 cal * 182g Fat * 33g Fiber * 60 oz Water * -991 cal Deficit
10% Activities

kanga on 03/29/2004:
I can sympathize with the donuts, certain things call my name too. I try not to be home but they still call!

pinkuspettuty on 03/29/2004:
Yes it was me that recommended Overcoming Overeating. I agree with most of it, but not all. I'd be intersted in discussing it with you by email . Are you intersted? Pam

MsMotorcity on 03/30/2004:

Do you know what ever happened to "Halley"? Did she ever post her before and after photos? Any info would be appreciated. :-)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 24, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I got in a 20 min Jog/10 min walk. I'm going to report my numbers again. My main interest is to just tow the line. Not to really break my back or anything. The challenge of last week served its purpose in getting back into a bit of a groove when I was way off. I feel so fortunate to have kind of gotten the hang of what works for me. In the past I had been lost, unmotivated, and uninterested thinking I just couldn't do it. I have changed my outlook . . . don't want to lose that!

Cheers to you all!

2048 cal * 76g Fat * 25g Fiber * 60 oz Water * 385 cal Deficit

kanga on 03/24/2004:
You sound very confident! Good for you! Glad your motivator is up and going again!

geevee on 03/24/2004:
Thanks for the correction. I totally misinterpreted what you meant. So sorry. As far as outlook goes, the same thing has happened to me. What I really can't get over is the total denial of just how fat I was! I couldn't see it and continued making excuses! It was never my fault. At this moment I'm shaking my head in disbelief. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Anyway, once we realize we're in it for the long haul it becomes much easier, don't you think?

inmorning on 03/24/2004:
So glad to see you got your motivation back. How inspiring!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 23, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 153.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.3; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

Why the hell are we conditioned into the smooth strawberry-and-cream mother-goose, Alice-in-Wonderland fable, only to be broken on the wheel as we grow older and become aware of ourselves as individuals with a dull responsibility in life? --Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

I endured the violent overthrow of my stomach contents on Saturday night . . . late. I have to tell you that I would rather walk over hot coals than to lose my lunch. I could never be a bulimic. As long as I live, I could never become one with the act of vomiting. I can count on the fingers of both hands the times I remember vomiting in my life. I probably have more fillings than that number. I guess I'm lucky:-) Hell, I know I'm lucky!

I started back on toast on Sunday, but didn't really have much of an appetite. My appetite isn't really back to 100%. I did a 20 min Jog/5 min Walk on Friday. Didn't do any exercise at all except housecleaning on Saturday. Yesterday: Jog 20 min/DogJog 5 min/Walk 15 min. I really needed that--exercise has really become a stress preventive for me--it was soooo exhilarating to get out after feeling puny for a couple of days.

I'm down on my weekly weigh-in. I didn't take measurements again--need to get back into the weight training regularly.

Welcome back to everyone who has come back recently--it's good to "see" you all once again!

Cheers everyone!

geevee on 03/23/2004:
When I start ignoring weighing in and ignore taking measurements, there's usually a good reason, meaning, I haven't been good and I don't want to face the music. Consequently, I continue going downhill and it doesn't take long before my plan is out the window and conscientiously watching my diet is a memory.You are only a couple of pounds up from your low, something that can be remedied in a short time. You CAN'T ignore the scale. It IS your friend that keeps you on the straight and narrow even though it doesn't always seem friendly. Clear your mind and start anew. And get on that scale!

digit on 03/24/2004:
Hello, thank you for the welcome back. It's ALWAYS friendly on here, that's why I like it. I completely agree with your comments re vomiting - I pass out every time I vomit (that's how I broke my ankle a few years ago), it's very scary. I'd rather lie with the room spinning than let it all out even though I know it's coming out for a reason and I'll feel better after.

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 19, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 154.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.5; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

There's a great amount of strain about getting on the train every day and every night . . . Fantastic Daa-a-aaay! --Haircut 100

Well I got to change my weight. Today's my birthday (45th) and I'm gonna keep going with my challenge. This one will be Fri-Mon with the same goals.

I got in only 30 oz water (goal=90 oz), deficit was 845 (goal=1000), and the fat grams were 70 (goal=40). I got in a 20 min Jog/15 min Walk.

It was a little difficult estimating my food for yesterday. I actually had a chicken dip thing with tortilla chips, so I just counted it as "Chicken Enchiladas"--oh well, if you've ever used Fitday you know you can't be absolutely perfect. It's a guideline to go by--and for me works better than doing nothing.

Cheers Everyone!

yoyo on 03/19/2004:
Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great one!

digit on 03/23/2004:
Hello - just wanted to let you know that I am back here (at last). I loved seeing the Haircut 100 lyric - I was sooo in love with Nick Heywood (or whatever his name is) when I was 13 years old :-)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 18, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

A better day than yesterday--I was a little more mindful. I got in a bit more exercise too!

I made the water goal (90 oz), deficit was 1009 (goal=1000), and the fat grams were 46 (goal=40). I did 63 min/7.4 mi on the NordicTrack and Jog 20 min/Walk 5 min.

Cheers to you all!

curlsncuffs on 03/18/2004:
You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work! Its a WOL! You are doing fantastic!

pastagal on 03/18/2004:
Hope you have a wonderful day today:}

inmorning on 03/18/2004:
You just keep going. You are too great. annastasia

kanga on 03/19/2004:
Good job on the exercise! Have a geat weekend!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 17, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

My challenge got off to a rough and rusty start. I didn't eat in any way close to how I had been for the last few weeks, still change is change! I made the water goal (90 oz), deficit was 454 (goal=1000), and the fat grams were 63 (goal=40).

I did a 21 min jog (3-3-10-5). I picked up the pace a little during the second 3 minutes. I also walked for 20 min.

Cheers to you all!

kanga on 03/17/2004:
Good Morning, just wanted to check in and say keep doing the good work, some times change is important to keep our stamina up, I try something legal but new every week or two just to keep my food plan and exercise from getting dull. have a great day!

BellaK on 03/17/2004:
As you said: change is change! You go girl!!! :) Bella

garlic on 03/17/2004:
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that book. I am involved in OA and have lots of books and literature but that one does not ring a bell.

mylilsista on 03/17/2004:
I was just reviewing your progress. You went from 185 to 156! You're doing awesome! Keep up the good work!

God Bless!


biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 16, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.9; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I'm up on my weigh-in. I'm not surprised. Still reading the book--don't have a conclusion just yet. Nevertheless, today starts a 3-Day Challenge for me. Goals are 90 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, <40g fat/day. Oh and I'm going to post whatever loss (or gain) I have on Friday--just to prop my ego and effort up a little (I hope!).

I have been jogging pretty steadily. Last week's effort:
Sun: J25 min/W10
Mon: J25 min/W15
Tues: J25 min/W10
Wed: J25 min/DogJ 5 min/W10
Thur: J30 min/W10 min
Fri: NordicTrack 61 min/7.0 mi

Yesterday I did a 12-min test for the first time in a long time--I will do another in 30 days. I jogged slowly for 3 min, then jogged as all-out as I could stand (knowing I had to go for the full 12 min). I ended up at just about 1.15 mi--this is not my best (1.3 mi) since starting to jog again about 2 years ago. I know I can improve in 30 days if even just to do
1.3 mi again. I just have to do a little speedwork--something I haven't done in more than a year.

I just wanted to chime in on the mention yoyo made about DrPhil the other day. I didn't see the ep she mentioned. I have completely stopped watching it. Other than the fact that I find him completely condescending toward women--where was his wife during the Women's Movement--she IS old enough. He, his son, and his wife continually call women girls, but not men boys. His wife seems to be increasing her fake-ass bust size by the month. Although since I haven't watched in about a month--the promo for Valentine ep with his wife calling the shots was about the last time I actually watched it.

Now I feel pretty stupid to have ever watched it at all. The one standout program--which I think was wonderful for the variety of opinions he included--was the one right before (or after) we invaded Iraq. I did enjoy him in small bursts when Oprah had him once a week. But now that his program has to repeat certain subjects with different people and has reached "formulaic" status and predictability--I no longer enjoy it.

Cheers everyone!

yoyo on 03/16/2004:
Hi Biscotti. I agree. I pretty much have stopped watching too, except for the weight loss challenge shows. But now that I found out that he is such an advocate of plastic surgery, I'm gonna stop watching that too. I don't agree with the message he is sending. Have a great day!

garlic on 03/16/2004:
Hey biscotti!!! I don't think I recommended that book to you. I never read it myself. Are you sure it was me?

kanga on 03/16/2004:
You are doing so well, so focused, I really appreciate reading your entries,they encourage me to work my program all the more.

geevee on 03/16/2004:
I keep track of the laps I swim and the strokes the way you do w/jogging and walking. I think doing this helps to keep me on my plan and it is satisfying to look at what you've accomplished right there on paper. I wish I could job but my bum right knee prevents me. I remember when I did run the wonderful feeling of exhiliration you get. Swimming doesn't do that for me at all but it's a non-stressful substitute that I can manage.

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 12, 2004
(1800-2100 Cal * 70g Fat * 25g Fiber * 90 oz Water)
Weight: 155.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=26.6; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

I just want to remind anyone who reads this what the DietDiaries is for--at least for me--it's for support! Not pontificating, although I have no problem with anyone doing that:-) When you signed on, this sentence preceded your clicking the "Submit" button: By hitting the Submit button above you hereby agree to the terms and policies of this web site.

From The Diet Diaries Terms of Service: Be nice to people. If you can't be supportive, go somewhere else.

I wish certain people were back on here, but what are you gonna do. The spirit of the site is made up of all of us, the ones here now and the ones who came before. If you're not really interested in improving yourself and expecting support, then maybe this is just not the place for you.

As for me, it is difficult to continue to make comments to people who don't comment to me, but I still try, I still read just about every diary.

I know I may be in a different place in my progress, so are others, it doesn't mean that a kind word or a little boost is not needed. Be kind and jump in with a pat on the back when you feel someone is doing
well--it won't kill you:-) Who knows, you may reap more comments yourself.

Cheers to you all!

As for me at the moment, I'm way out of the groove. My weight was up a half-pound this week. I am finally reading Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter. It was recommended by Garlic to me so many moons ago--so far it really hits the nail on the head for me. Maybe you have to really get lost before you get found--hahaha!

Soon2BThin on 03/12/2004:
I agree with everything you said! And I know I need to comment more often. Sometimes I'm just darn lazy! Have a good weekend!

squiggly on 03/12/2004:
I didn't mean to make such a commotion. I hope you didn't perceive me as mean. I wasn't trying to be. Had I known that I would have caused all that has happened today, I wouldn't have said anything. You are doing well and I read your entry on a daily basis. Keep up the good work. I'm sorry if I came off being mean it was not my intention.

yoyo on 03/12/2004:
Hi Biscotti, I have been reading your entries for awhile now and I just wanted to say that your entries are always so well written, organized, neat, and consistent. I think it is great how even when you "fall off the wagon" ocassionally, you always get back up and start again and own up to your "mistakes" even after a few days off. Please keep up you encouraging attitude towards others here. You are a "pillar" of this site!

kanga on 03/13/2004:
You are so right and I am so wrong Ihave tried to keep read with others like myself who have so much weight to lose but younare right we all need support and I can only imagine that the almost there folks really do have a tough time. I will do better thank you for the courage to speak up and for your work among us all. By the way, you work a pretty mean program too!:) Have a great weekend.

lexxijazz on 03/13/2004:
Hi there! I am new here but wanted to say hey. I know what you mean by being out of the groove. I have been for so long but for the last 8 days I have been in the groove. I just pray every night to give me the strength I need to stay on track in the morning. You sound motivated, fun and friendly. I really look forward to getting to know you and many others in here! That book sounds great too. I just might have to check that one out! It sounds like it's getting u back in the groooooooove too! Hugs! Lexxijazz

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