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biscottibody59 - Friday May 23, 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

18% Activities; Fat grams=64; Calories=2030; >110 oz Water; Fiber=53 g

All I'm trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet.
--Joshua Nkomo

Happy Friday!

I did a NordicTrack workout of about an hour/6.4 miles. I met all the goals, except I was a little over on calories--no big deal!

Hope you have a good day!

My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day,
1800-2000 cal/day

Golightly on 05/23/2003:
Hi Biscotti; Very cute alphabet trick! I calculated my situation (using my dream weight of 120) and, like you, I am on K! Something about this system appeals to the librarian in me ...

You are completely right, I must stop worrying about what other people think and just do what is best for me! I will particularly have to take this tactic as my daughter arrives home for the summer in a few days...

Take care and have a great weekend!

biscottibody59 - Thursday May 22, 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

14% Activities; Fat grams=68; Calories=1979; >100 oz Water; Fiber=41 g

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
--Kenji Miyazawa

I did my Circuit Aerobic Workout on the Airdyne--2 sets. I met all challenge goals. Hope you have a good food choice day!

My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, 1800-2000 cal/day

Golightly on 05/22/2003:
Wow, today's quote really hit home for me!!

Thanks so much for the note you left me yesterday. I suppose I should have expected to hit a plateau in my weight at some point. I naively started my diet thinking I would easily follow it every day and lose 2 pounds a week like clockwork. Obviously, this is not the case!!

I had never really thought there would be consequences to the diet, such as "feeling I didn't have to be the fat person". Your words really made me think. For now, I still consider myself fat, so I continue to play that role. Another component is that people still treat me like the fat person. Yesterday at work, people were talking about exercise and I mentioned that they hold running clinics down the street. Everybody looked at me like I was an alien (why is the fat chick aware of these clinics?), ignored me and continued the conversation. And it's not the first time. After reading what you wrote, I realize this is going to be much more than a diet/self-improvement journey. This is going to effect how I think about myself and how people will react to me. Kinda scary when you think about it!!

I agree with your comment that when people start noticing the weight, it adds performance pressure. For some reason, this week I have received a LOT of comments from people and all I kept thinking was "I had better start losing again ... if I don't, what will they think??" I'm trying to reprogram my head out of that mindset!

I feel somewhat better to know that you sometimes hate to exercise. I was beginning to think I was the only one!!

Have a great day and thanks again for the feedback!

Chrysalis on 05/22/2003:
I read the comment you wrote on Golightly's entry and it made me think. I notice how people react to me and if I am in a "I'm a goddess" frame of mind, both men and women will react much more positively to me. Today was one of those days. I'm not even having a particularly good hair day (no, I won't use that shampoo again) but I'm feeling really good about myself. I've had people I know as well as one total stranger tell me that I look very pretty today. On the other hand, I've had days when I have felt fat and ugly, have been perfectly polite and friendly to people, but have had no reaction from them. I think that attractiveness is 95% attitude. If you project the attitude that you are a beautiful, sexy, attractive woman, then people will respond to you that way. If you think of yourself as the office fat person and you project that, then people will treat you as such. Also, people don't like change. If you challenge yourself to be better, it can really intimidate people who think that if YOU can do it, they no longer have the excuse that it can't be done.

biscottibody59 - Wednesday May 21, 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

10% Activities; Fat grams=57; Calories=1620; >90 oz Water; Fiber=52 g

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. --Author Unknown

I met all challenge goals except water. For exercise I did a 40 min jog. I hope you have a good food and exercise day!

My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, 1800-2000 cal/day

Golightly on 05/21/2003:
Hi Biscotti, thanks for the note yesterday! I agree, women are very good at beating themselves up -- especially me! I was thinking about this (and you) last night and wishing I could have the Lackadaisical attitude of some of my male friends! Sigh. In any case, everybody's notes yesterday lit a fire under me, so I'm back and more determined than ever!

You always seems to have a good attitude ... I can't remember the last time you had an off-day! How do you do it??

ItalianGirl on 05/21/2003:
Thank you for showing me how to see my chart!!!!! And thanks for commenting in my diary. Your diary really does look crazy with all those numbers! :)!!! But not to you, I bet! I love all the quotes too!

Chrysalis on 05/21/2003:
Snicker...cute quote. I had to read it twice before I got it, too. Proves the point, doesn't it?

SoccerMom on 05/21/2003:
Congrats on doing so well today! Try to get more water in tomorrow. Hey! I was back down to 153 this morning.

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

biscottibody59 - Tuesday May 20, 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

19% Activities; Fat grams=48; Calories=1773; >100 oz Water; Fiber=29 g
Deficit=1396 (Weekly Def=847)

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. --Truman Capote

I'm up a pound for my weekly "formal" weigh-in. Measurements are really mixed up. I'm down an eighth inch in my wrist for the first time in a long, long, long time and down a quarter inch in my abdomen measurement. The rest are slightly up or the same.

I did 1 hr, 31 min/23.1 mi on the Airdyne for my exercise. I was going to skip it altogether because of my stiff neck (or wry neck as I read it is also called:-). So I started out just to see if it made it hurt to ride and it didn't so I kept going. It was a nice workout!

Hope you have a good exercise day!

My Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri Challenge goals:
100 oz water/day, 1000 cal deficit/day, 1800-2000 cal/day
See ya'll soon!

SoccerMom on 05/20/2003:
Hey, you copy-cat! I was up a pound this week, too. We've gotta work just a bit harder this week...push our water, and keep moving as much as possible. Let's try for a loss for next weigh-in, OK?

kamryn on 05/20/2003:

I know it's been a while. Long time no talk. Well I want to let you know that I am really proud of your progress. Good for you. I hope to stay on much more now that things have calmed down in my life.

Take care.

kamryn on 05/20/2003:

I know it's been a while. Long time no talk. Well I want to let you know that I am really proud of your progress. Good for you. I hope to stay on much more now that things have calmed down in my life.

Take care.

biscottibody59 - Monday May 19, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17
Current BMI=27.0; My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8

0% Activities; Fat grams=102; Calories=2406; >60 oz Water; Fiber=14 g

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
--Author Unknown

Happy Monday--and it is--opportunities abound!

I didn't get any purposeful exercise yesterday. Once again, I needed the break--I guess aging ensures that you can't go go go at full throttle day in and day out. Well, I can't:-) I can simply take advantage of time and motivation to get done what I can, when I can!

I'm sure I burned a few calories grocery shopping, but I didn't count it. I ate a bit more than I wanted to owing to a cake I made, and I only had two pieces of it.

I'm in the middle of a neck spasm--it's like a stiff neck, but I didn't wake up with it. It just happened. I'm gonna sound like a broken record--aging!

On another note, I tried on another pair of shorts that were tight in the legs about 3 months ago and now they're loose and comfy. And they're comfy as a bonus, too, because I'm happy with how my legs look--woo-hoo!

I added my BMI (Body Mass Index) above and a goal to shoot for. I have no idea if it's attainable in the healthy and happy way I would like to get to it. So time will tell, I may have to adjust. According to the guideline on the page I use, BMI=24.9 will get me out of the overweight category. Here's a link in case you're interested, Calculate Your Body Mass Index.

Hope you have a good food choice day!

Soon2BThin on 05/19/2003:
I went to that site and my BMI is 27.1. I'm overweight!--who woulda thought?! Haha! Thanks for the link. Oh, talk about aging......!! Don't get me started, hahaha!

Golightly on 05/20/2003:
I really need to get a home computer. The irony is that, while everyone on the boards was discussing binging this weekend, I was actually doing it! AURGHHH! Anyway, I found your entry yesterday very interesting.

I'll bet your legs look great. I still don't feel ready for bathing suit season, but at least I look a hell of a lot better than last year!!

I'm really trying to make good food choices today!

biscottibody59 - Sunday May 18, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17

25% Activities; Fat grams=55; Calories=1543; >130 oz Water; Fiber=36 g

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. --John Dewey

Yesterday I did 65 min/7.6 mi on the NordicTrack and a 30 min jog later in the evening.

Didn't really have any goals for this weekend, but I'm going to jump back in tomorrow with something to shoot for. In the meantime, my long-term exercise goal will be to do something first thing in the morning every day. NordicTrack, bike or walk for 35-45 min on days I have a weight or jogging workout scheduled. Yep, I'm going to start scheduling a weight workout. I already pretty much jog 2-3 days per week. I have improved my eating for the most part, but it could use some long-term attention as well.

As for Pinkuspettuty's discussion about bingeing--for me, bingeing (or I guess I'd define my problem as overeating) is more or less under control these days. I don't overeat on an everyday basis, but I certainly catch myself eating more of something beyond my capacity. I still am not doing alot of baking because I'm very vulnerable to eating it if it's around. I haven't conquered that one yet. I think that may be a function of poor planning or just not "policing" myself. I have a point where I say to anything, "Enough is enough!"

Changing my habit of getting way too hungry and then ravenously eating whatever I could with little control has been brought about by writing down what I eat and using FitDay to monitor my exercise and nutrition. And, of course, making sure I have regular meals and good food to choose from in the first place. I can have a bowl of chocolate candy around and eat a serving of it occasionally. Likewise I can have soft drinks around and not drink them until they're gone; just having one when I really want it.

I think in the past I have certainly been a binge eater--my whole eating day at a job that had a fairly good cafeteria certainly changed my good habit to bad. I used to eat a bowl of oatmeal with applesauce on the way to work. Then I'd eat a bowl of bean soup from the cafeteria with a salad (with FF Italian dressing) and raw carrots and green peppers and a slice of whole wheat bread from home. Then I would go work out and for my supper I would make and eat either pasta with fresh parmesan cheese and/or salad dressing. Or if I was really exhausted, eat two or three tortillas with melted cheddar cheese.

Over the years I started getting more and more food from the cafeteria while I was at work. They had breakfast pizza with eggs on it instead of other meat (tons of cheese). Then I'd eat bean/chili/onion inside a very large burrito with liquid nacho-type cheese and a piece of walnut cake with whipped cream instead of frosting (this cake was wonderful--who gave me permission to eat it nearly every day? I did--hahaha). Then right before the cafeteria closed, I'd fill up my big cup with some type of soda (especially in the summer when they would have specials for 49 cents) and a cup of frozen yogurt. Then about 2 hours later I'd raid the candy/chip machines. Then if I had to work overtime unexpectedly, I'd raid the machines again or we'd get pizza or sub sandwiches delivered.

I can't trace back the change to "bad" compulsive eating to some trauma--I can trace the previous "healthy" lunch-eating to having a loss of appetite from an ongoing back problem at that time and just not being really excited by food. So I picked a certain thing to eat for lunch and ate it religiously and unexpectedly lost weight in the process. I also was walking about 1.5 hours twice a day to get my mind off the back problem, which worked perfectly by the way. As an aside, doesn't compulsive eating cover alot of ground, such as eating the same thing every day without fail whether it's a healthy or unhealthy choice.

I still probably wouldn't call the somewhat out-of-control cafeteria eating as bingeing. For me, I have to have a willing participant to egg me on (and for me to do the same for them) in a binge, sort of a "symbiotic binge relationship." And I had that in a roommate my first year of college. I still can't believe how much we would eat. A taco place, then an ice cream place (Swensen's), then Burger King. And not just one item at any of these places. I put on a few pounds, but I shudder to think how much weight I'd put on at my age today with that much food. I suppose if we had thought about it, we would have purged, too and then just started over. I must add that we each had an unlimited meal card--you could go to the cafeteria and eat just as much as you wanted, and they had really good food. Off meal times you could get fresh fruit and a few desserts and stuff too.

So that's my take on bingeing. I guess for me overeating will always be a part of me:-) Hope you have a good day!

biscottibody59 - Saturday May 17, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17

0% Activities; Fat grams=81; Calories=2411; >60 oz Water; Fiber=25 g

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
--Philip K. Dick

Just a quick update--I did not exercise except a test to see how many situps (the bent-knee, under furniture or someone holding your ankles kind) I could do in 1 minute--28!

Had some pizza and ate a little much, but as long as I don't make it an everyday thing, I'll be okay!

Have a nice evening!

biscottibody59 - Friday May 16, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17

17% Activities; Fat grams=75; Calories=2160; >100 oz Water; Fiber=52 g

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. --Buddha

I finally lifted a few weights. I did a Cicuit Aerobic Workout, 40 min Airdyne and 45 min weights (2 sets instead of the usual 1 set). I was energized to do it, but I've got to continue and get this kind of workout in at least a couple times a week instead of every month-and-a-half. It's always noticeable when I haven't done lunges in awhile. I'm sure I'll be awfully sore tomorrow!

I feel pretty good, hope you all have a good day!

hearts_desire on 05/16/2003:
hey there.. love the quote.. how true it is.. good luck with the work outs.. you van do it!!! hugs..Lisa

dolyda on 05/16/2003:
yea!...congrats ont he workout!!...that's what i need to do...i need to get in some good workouts! :D

flossy on 05/16/2003:
Gotta love the lunges! My legs still hurt from lunges and squats from 2 days ago!! Big ouch on the booty. <br>

Do you do squats? Those are really good to. I usually follow Power 90, you do 2 lunges and then 3 squats and then 2 more lunges.. I don't know how many times you repeat it though. They also do 8-8-8 which is 8 regular squats, then 8 with your legs slightly wider, and then 8 with your legs really wide. Does wonders for the booty, but you sure can feel it the next day!

Congrats on your workout!!

Golightly on 05/17/2003:
Biscotti, your quotes are always so great. I loved yesterday's too!

Girl, you will be at 130 in no time. How exciting that it is peeking at you through your scale!

JFK had a "Monica" named Mimi?? That guy must have spent half his Presidential time sleeping with women. It seems like there have been so many! Although admittedly, I'm fascinated with the guy and so who knows, given the opporunity...

Sorry to hear about your terrible boss!! When I was 24 I had a job that only lasted 3 weeks ... I quit when he walked up to my desk naked. The girls in my office weren't too upset over Abe, as he is NOT their boss, just a coworker. Most of them thought it was pretty funny, but they are still planning to do something about it.

Come to think of it, you are right ... most of the men don't seem to last too long here. Whatever happened to PaulLopez?

biscottibody59 - Thursday May 15, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17

10% Activities; Fat grams=64; Calories=2257; >110 oz Water; Fiber=48 g

No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself.
--Rabbi Sofer

Hello All!

I did a 42 min jog broken up into 20, 7, 4, and 11 min. It was very humid last evening. I just took it slow and easy and just wanted to complete my objective. Sounds bland:-)

I enjoy jogging so much! For years I had a recurring dream of running down a certain street in the town I grew up in. I would think I'd never be able to feel that freedom of moving under my own power out in the open again. Walking would be fine too, but my dream was about jogging.

It took awhile to get to this point, but I have to say it was so very worth it. And I'm down about 10 pounds since starting the jogging program.

As for the old scale, I got on it today and in the little window looking to the very far left, I can actually see 130. I know that doesn't mean much, but when I started I didn't notice stuff like that. I suppose I didn't really believe I'd even lose 10 pounds.

I tried on the acid-washed "fancy pants" from awhile ago and I can actually zip them up halfway. The best part is that the pant legs are almost loose--these cannot be my legs:-) Don't get me wrong, I still have huge thighs and I've always worn shorts, but I'm much happier with the way "These Thighs" look.

I hope you're having a good day!

flossy on 05/15/2003:
I know what you mean about the jogging. I have always looked on in envy at the joggers on the street. While I was on my little walk on Monday I kept thinking, I wonder if I could run to that fence. I wonder how far I could run if I really tried.

Sadly, I didn't even attempt a light jog. The fear of people staring at me is way to intense. Which is stupid because they are looking at me walking! Maybe it is more of a fear that I wouldn't be able to do it. There is a certain comfort level in the maybe I could but will never know scenario. I am probably crazy. But anyway, props to you on jogging! That is wicked awesome.

Soon2BThin on 05/15/2003:
Hey, we're feeling great, aren't we? Good for us! You're doing great! All that exercise! When I tried a little jogging, I just didn't feel comfortable, too much jiggling, I guess. And I felt like I was going to trip over my feet, haha. So I admire you in that. I haven't even done any walking for over a week now and I kinda miss it. Going to start back soon. Take care.

hearts_desire on 05/15/2003:
you go0o0o0o girl!!!.. great job.. keep it up.. soon yourll be seeing the 120 hehehe.. i have faith in you.. i just klnow you can do it!!! Lisa

biscottibody59 - Wednesday May 14, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <60; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 157.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 157.5 (May 2003)
My Current Goal: 149 by June 17

20% Activities; Fat grams=109; Calories=2718; >150 oz Water; Fiber=58 g

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. --Thomas Merton

I ended up the day eating about 700 calories more than I intended including a couple of chicken strips and a baking powder biscuit with raspberry jam. As for exercise, I did 1 hr, 7 min/7.5 mi (40 min at level 1 incline). I'm finally getting to the point where I use both arms and legs all the time.

I hope you all have a great day!

flossy on 05/14/2003:
<font color="blue">You are an exercisng machine. It is inspiring how you make time to exercise, that is my hugest downfall.

hearts_desire on 05/14/2003:
ohhhhhhh.. watch those calories girly.... i know how easy it is to have too many... but youll get back there.. hugs..Lis~

kyrin on 05/14/2003:
So before you were just using one arm and one leg? {grins}

I'll be back tomorrow instead of Friday. I can't take being off track for one more day, but at least I don't feel as though I'm starting from scratch again.

You are still the water goddess of the group. WOW!!



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