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biscottibody59 - Saturday Aug 04, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.2

Body Fat: 35.6%::6.2.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 39.0%::4.21.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#)


For my activity: Walk 20 min

I'm up a pound on my weigh-in. I'm reasonably sore  (in all the right places--haha) from my wt trng--about what I'd expect after a long break from it.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***19 missed***::8.2::8.5::

Plan for today: Walk


120 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep 

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

grannyannie on 08/05/2012:
Good goals. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Umpqua on 08/05/2012:
I'm sure that's water retention from the weight training/muscle soreness. You'll be back down soon - congrats on getting back to the weights!


V on 08/05/2012:
What Umpqua said, I agree..Good job hitting the weights Biscotti :)


selina on 08/05/2012:
Hi Biscotti! So sorry I haven't had time to do anything else except sort through stuff before the move! Tomorrow (and tued and wed)the movers are coming to pack and ship our stuff. No fun. I'm probably heavier due to eating out, entertaining at home and a lot and stress, oh well. Will leave Washington dc area on sun, a week from today, spend 10 days in the pacific northwest and head to us emb tokyo on the 20th. Will post when we settle in tokyo. thank you for dropping me a line. hugs to you and keep up the good work!


inmorning on 08/05/2012:
I really missed reading your entries while I was gone. You are so focused. Such a great example.


grannyannie on 08/05/2012:
Aye, absolutely thrilled with Andy's win!!!


liza36 on 08/06/2012:
Nice job getting the weight training in again.

I'm amused at your olympic commentary - love it!



biscottibody59 - Friday Aug 03, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.2

Body Fat: 35.6%::6.2.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 39.0%::4.21.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#)


For my activity: Walk 100 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)

I got in a full wt trng wkt--weeee! I feel good today--I didn't "gut it out" just to say I did it. I feel like I can get in a groove and stay there 'til the next thing comes along. Just to show where I'm starting from:

Exercise Repetitions
Shoulder Press 15
Abs (bicycle crunch::lower ab crunch::leg lift::bicycle crunch) 25::10::10::25
Reverse Leg Lifts 20 each leg
Pushups: Sissy :: Military :: Sissy 10::7::10
Bent Over Rows 18 each arm
Calf Raises 60
Stiff Leg Deadlifts 25
Chair Dips 12
Mountain Climbers 10
Alternating Lunges 10 each leg
Side Abs 15 each side
Squats 10
Abs Again 25::10::10::25
Upright Rows 12
Triceps Kickbacks 18 each arm
Biceps Curls 15 each arm
All moves done with 8# dumbbells except
Abs, Pushups, Lg Lifts, Mtn Clmbrs and Ch Dips.

Olympic Games:
I cannot get into Handball (not the handball with a wall and two people), which has been described as soccer with hands not feet. I probably would have liked to play it when I was about 8 years old. It looks like it would be fun to combine it with dodgeball somehow. It's been around for a fairly long time and apparently originated when little children playing soccer were suffering broken legs. I guess it's better to break your arm instead of your leg?

The International Pole Sports Federation (pole dancing) would like to have their sport included in the 2016 Olympic Games (yes that is a real federation--please get your mind out of the gutter:-) I also heard that the PogoStickers of North America would like consideration as well. V mentioned Air Guitar. How about Stilt Sports and Eyelid Curling and Unicycling--go ahead and make that a Triathlon, but the Olympics currently includes a Triathlon--Women's final is tomorrow, Men's is Tuesday.

The current Olympics includes a Running Around Whooshing Ribbons (Actual name Rhythmic Gymnastics) competition. So I don't think anything is off the table. Speaking of tables, how about Setting The Table And Pulling The Tablecloth Off With The Fewest Placesettings Undisturbed hahaha!

My imagination runs wild with this, and I'm easily amused:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***19 missed***::8.2::8.5::

Plan for today: Walk, NTrack


90 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep 

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

grannyannie on 08/03/2012:
You're doing great with workouts.

Buckwheat bread is a new type made by the brand I usually buy for myself for sandwiches. The bread I make in the machine is too heavy for sandwiches - good for toast.

In Uganda I can have European food or Ugandan food. I like Ugandan food but there isn't a huge variety. When a guest at someone's house though they are insulted if you don't eat huge amounts.


Umpqua on 08/03/2012:
Way to kick some booty with the weight training!


V on 08/03/2012:
Good job on the training! Yipeee.. LOL once again thanks for the commentary on the events, it brightens up my day more than you know :) LOVE the triathalon idea, hahahahaha..Oh RYC yes i will get the free tee that states "I earned it" After Asylum, I can get the freebie that states "I'm committed" :) Have a great weekend



biscottibody59 - Thursday Aug 02, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.2

Body Fat: 35.6%::6.2.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 39.0%::4.21.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#)


For my activity: Walk 20 min

It's around 106F/41C right now. I guess the string of 100s and no rain in a couple of weeks has finally given us a "dry heat"--haha. It's supposed to start trending downward to the low 100sF next week. The only thing that can break this apparently is a Gulf Storm and then it would have to make its way inland.

I intend to get the full circuit workout in today. I'm going to give myself a full 2 months before checking my body fat again (using my little Omron gadget). I was going to check it just to have another number closer to September, but I don't see the point since I'd like to get in a groove with the wt trng again. It's been a long time for a groove there.

As for the Olympics, there will be coverage of the Trampoline event on Friday in primetime. Beyond that I don't know. I did look up the Open Water Swimming particulars. There's definitely something for everyone--except for Tiddlywinks and Air Hockey aficionados. It seems like I heard that Frisbee/Disc Golf may be included in a future Olympics.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***bunch missed***::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

V on 08/02/2012:
Hahahahaha :) don't forget "Air Guitar" It would give tiddlywinks a run for the money for sure. Seriously I heard that Jump Rope was being considered as well..Hope ya stay cool, our temps are alike unfortunately. I am sure you will have an awesome circuit workout today :)


grannyannie on 08/03/2012:
Yea, some of the events in the Olympics are quite a joke! Although I'd like to enter the spin bike competition if they ever have one! LOL. Have a great weekend!


Soon2BThin on 08/03/2012:
Nice to see you're doing so well. Sorry I haven't been here in so long. At least this heat isn't year round, thank goodness. Just a couple of months and it will be better. Take care and keep up the good work.



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Aug 01, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.2

Body Fat: 35.6%::6.2.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 39.0%::4.21.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#)


For my activity: Walk 110 min; Short Circ Wkt

I got in a very short session (less than 10 min total) wt trng, floor/abs/stretching--just to get back in the swing a little. I didn't write it in my little notebook and that's the beauty. I think by next week I'll feel some confidence to reestablish consistency with it.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***bunch missed***::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep 

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

V on 08/01/2012:
Keep on fighting the good fight Biscotti! Have a good evening :)


Umpqua on 08/02/2012:
Welcome back to the biscotti diary ;) Glad to hear you have moved past those things mentioned in your previous entry, they are looming for me too and I try not to think about it too much haha.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.2

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (23.0 = 130#) :: Goal Weight (149#) Date: ???


For my activity:
Mon 7.16: Walk 135 min
Tues 7.17: Walk 110 min
Wed 7.18: Walk 25 min
Thur 7.19: Walk 140 min
Fri 7.20: Walk 15 min
Sat 7.21: Walk 140 min
Sun 7.22: Walk 40 min
Mon 7.23: Walk 20 min
Tues 7.24: Walk 20 min
Wed 7.25: Walk 15 min
Thur 7.26: Walk 20 min; Housekeeping 45 min
Fri 7.27: Walk 30 min
Sat 7.28: Walk 25 min
Sun 7.29: Walk 45 min
Mon 7.30: Walk 10 min

I'm returning to this diary until further notice--haha!

I've reached a point I wasn't sure I'd get to so I'm back to this original diary for the foreseeable future. I feel better physically. I've let go of some things mentally that I let hold me back--didn't happen overnight and still takes practice. I didn't expect perfection, but I have worked hard to respond differently to things and people over the last 2ish years. Not easy to do, but it's been essential to my health. My life changed so drastically in '98, and I purposefully switched gears with everything. I just didn't take into account how hard it would be to switch back. Or more realistically, to adapt to NOW.

I kept the other diary (LeakingLife) for a little over three months and I accomplished something--I didn't mention the word menopause there even once. Keeping the LeakingLife diary enabled me to move on. I think it's safe to say I'm past it--timewise I've been past it for nearly 2 years. (Menopause technically is the complete absence of periods for at least one year.)

Menopause and perimenopause were simply put, marauders. (I get that it's a big nothing for many women.) At any rate, I don't need to write about it anymore--good riddance! I'm done.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***bunch missed***::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

V on 07/31/2012:
Good riddance indeed..Welcome back Biscotti, here's to continued success in the latest chapter :) I hope you still plan to keep us updated during the Olympics.Who needs Bob Costas when we have YOU! Yep so dreading what's to come in Aug, weather, the NRC uggh ;) have a good evening!


hollybelle on 07/31/2012:
Yes, indeed - good riddance. The thing you are not talking about anymore was not nothing to me! Yuck! SO GLAD it's behind me (and you, too).


hollybelle on 07/31/2012:
Yes, indeed - good riddance. The thing you are not talking about anymore was not nothing to me! Yuck! SO GLAD it's behind me (and you, too).



biscottibody59 - Monday Jul 16, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.8

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (23.0 = 130#) :: Goal Weight (149#) Date: ???


For my activity:
Thur 6.28: Walk 30 min
Fri 6.29: Lots of Driving; Walk 10 min
Sat 6.30: Walk 50 min
Sun 7.1: Walk 40 min
Mon 7.2: Walk 20 min
Tues 7.3: Walk 25 min; Weedeating 1 hr/Mowing 1.5 hrs
Wed 7.4: Walk 40 min
Thur 7.5: Walk 25 min
Fri 7.6: Walk 20 min
Sat 7.7: Walk 10 min
Sun 7.8: Walk 10 min
Mon 7.9: Walk 85 min; Little wt trng wkt 5 min
Tues 7.10: Walk 100 min
Wed 7.11: Walk 110 min
Thur 7.12: Walk 115 min
Fri 7.13: Walk 70 min
Sat 7.14: Walk 130 min; Grocery shopping 1 hr
Sun 7.15: Walk 125 min

Activity to this point of the month.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::***bunch missed***::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

liza36 on 07/16/2012:
You've really upped your walking last week. Nice job!


V on 07/16/2012:
Awesome job Biscotti! Hope you had a good day :)


Maria7 on 07/17/2012:
Congrats to you! :-D



biscottibody59 - Thursday Jun 28, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.4

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Fri 6.1: Walk 30 min
Sat 6.2: Walk 20 min
Sun 6.3: Walk 25 min
Mon 6.4: Walk 20 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (12 min)
Tues 6.5: Walk 40 min
Wed 6.6: Walk 25 min
Thur 6.7: Lots of driving
Fri 6.8: Walk 20 min
Sat 6.9: Short Walk
Sun 6.10: Walk 50 min
Mon 6.11: Walk 35 min
Tues 6.12: Walk 25 min
Wed 6.13: Short Walk
Thur 6.14: Walk 15 min
Fri 6.15: Airdyne 10 min; Mowing 60 min
Sat 6.16: Walk 40 min
Sun 6.17: Short Walk
Mon 6.18: Walk 25 min
Tues 6.19: Walk 20 min
Wed 6.20: Walk 15 min
Thur 6.21: Walk 20 min
Fri 6.22: Walk 30 mn
Sat 6.23: Walk 30 min
Sun 6.24: Walk 35 min
Mon 6.25: Walk 40 min
Tues 6.26: Walk 35 min
Wed 6.27: Walk 20 min; Dog bathing/grooming abt 45 min

Just wanted to update my activity. Also I wanted to note that this is about the time I got serious about my weight loss all those years ago--eleven. Kyrin (now long lost like many of the diarists who were here when I started) dragged me back.

Thanks Kyrin!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***67 Missed***::6.4::*******::

Plan for today:


60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep  

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

supercheese on 06/28/2012:
Have a great day!!!


grannyannie on 06/28/2012:
Doing well. Enjoy your day.


V on 06/28/2012:
Awesome activity Biscotti :) Yeah!


Maria7 on 06/29/2012:
I remember Kyrin! :-D What happened to Muggy? Or any of the others...do you know???? :-)


TheMother on 06/29/2012:
Great job with all of the walking. I love to walk and it's so easy as the five streets in our subdivision are all nice and flat!!!!


liza36 on 07/02/2012:
Nice job on the walking. Glad you are doing it!



biscottibody59 - Friday Jun 01, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 158.2

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Wed 4.18: Nothing
Thur 4.19: Walk 45 min
Fri 4.20: Walk 35 min
Sat 4.21: Short Walk
Sun 4.22: Walk 20 min
Mon 4.23 & Tues 4.24: Walk 40 min (each day)
Wed 4.25: Walk 20 min
Thur 4.26: Walk 35 min; Lots of Driving
Fri 4.27: Walk 40 min; Mowing 80 min (Mowing endurance CHANGE)
Sat 4.28: Walk 30 min (pushed it--felt PRETTY good)
Sun 4.29: Walk 40 min
Mon 4.30: Walk 10 min
Tues 5.1: Walk 10 min
Wed 5.2: Walk 73 min
Thur 5.3: Walk 78 min
Fri 5.4: Walk 81 min
Sat 5.5: Walk 63 min
Sun 5.6: Walk 26 min
Mon 5.7: Walk 52 min
Tues 5.8: Walk 10 min
Wed 5.9: Walk 10 min; Lots of driving
Thur 5.10 & Fri 5.11: Walk 10 min
Sat 5.12 & Sun 5.13: Nothing
Mon 5.14: Walk 10 min
Tues 5.15: Walk 27 min
Wed 5.16: Walk 30 min
Thur 5.17: Walk 20 min; Lots of driving
Fri 5.18: Walk 40 min
Sat 5.19: Walk 66 min
Sun 5.20: Walk 15 min
Mon 5.21: Walk 15 min
Tues 5.22: Walk 22 min
Wed 5.23: Walk 66 min; Dog Brushing (outside) 10 min
Thur 5.24: Mowing 45 min/Weedeating 35 min; Walk 20 min
Fri 5.25: Walk 40 min
Sat 5.26: Walk 32 min
Sun 5.27: Walk 30 min
Mon 5.28: Walk 20 min
Tues 5.29: Walk 20 min
Wed 5.30: Walk 45 min
Thur 5.31: Walk 16 min (so very s l o w)

This is just so I can start a new month with a fresh tally:-) It's seriously imperative that I get on the ball with some wt trng. I'll be keeping my LeakingLife diary active this month and will update this one again at the end of June.

I hope you all have a happy, successful and wonderful month!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed*** . . . CrIcKeTs . . .

Plan for today: Walk, Airdyne, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

liza36 on 06/01/2012:
You did tons of walking, which is fantatic. Keep it up! What's stopping you from the weight training? Is it time, or just don't feel like it, or something else? You definitely have it in you to get that started again. Good luck this month!


selina on 06/01/2012:
That's a lot of walking, indeed! I'm totally impressed! Dog brushing LOL!


Umpqua on 06/01/2012:
Great progress biscotti!


hollybelle on 06/01/2012:
Good walking. I saw your note on yesterday's walk "so very slow" and had to laugh - I walked with husband and dogs last night and was so slow - I don't know why I am feel like a speed demon on my bike but the tortoise on foot!


V on 06/01/2012:
Great job with all the activity :)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Apr 18, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 163.0

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Tues: Walk 25 min
Wed: Walk 20 min
Thur-Sun: Nothing
Mon: Short Walk
Tues: Driving a few hours

Still working at it. On my weigh-in (on Tuesday) I'm down a bit! I apologize for my potty mouth toward the end, but I just had to get it out. Things can only get better, and if I'm really honest they're different--a different set of challenges. I'm through with the food sensitivity mess. Even to the point that I find myself having forgotten (for so long) certain foods and seeking them out to "test" them--haha.

I find myself cutting back the caffeine again, so it is what it is. It is sort of a "gateway drug" for me for foods that are useless in the quest for my three goals at the bottom of my entries. Longish-term I plan to be off of it completely for a month--the month of May (or thereabouts would be great).

I dusted off the juice extractor (again) after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on hulu.com--didn't think I'd care for it, but stayed with it and it was very worthwhile. I usually don't watch things more than once, but I may revisit this one again soon. I expect my juicer to go out because of its age, but it's doing its job right now while I can decide on the next one. I have access to a VitaMix blender as well, so that's also an option. It's perhaps 20 years old.

I glanced at my bio here--it needs some updating--and here's what I have for my goal weight: 115 (my scale)--120 (dr's type scale). That's a BMI of about 20, <18.5 (108# for me) is underweight. I honestly think this is possible, with one caveat--sickliness, proneness to colds and such. I'd run back in the direction of FAT-ter in that case. That whole prospect is pie in the sky at this point:-) I need to see at least 149# before I get into all that.

The one thing I've noticed with my spate of inactivity (probably coupled with menopause, aging and all that jazz) is that I'm flabby for the first time in my life. Flabby--that is not something I've EVER been. It's like some mad scientist has been messing with MY body and this is what came out of the sausage maker, or something. The body I have today is NOT the worst-case scenario, but it's just not me in many respects. I've never really felt that way before!

Menopause is a big ol' bi*ch and the sooner I realize I have to fight back every waking minute, or else get used to being a big, flabby mess, the better off I'll be. I mean this body is not going away. Many visitors come and they go. This MFer called bi*ch menopause from holy f*cking hell has come to stay and is sitting up on the top shelf laughing like Woody Woodpecker for crying out loud!

The Current Plan: No-fat-added, plant-based eating, aka health-supporting eating. I'm allowing one decaf coffee + coconut creamer or 1-2 cups of green tea + lemon daily. I'm also allowing no more than 1 oz pecans/day.

Eats Today: Teacher marked me a zero, but I will commit to at least one fresh juice: carrot + celery + kale.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::4.18

Plan for today: Walk, Airdyne, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

Em17 on 04/18/2012:
Have a great day!


V on 04/18/2012:
Sorry that menopause has bee a true biatch to you :( I look forward to reading your bio update.. Congrats on your loss <3


moogy on 04/18/2012:
I was always a 2-3 times a year girl from when I was about 28-45 and ever since then I have been as regular as clockwork, unbelievable!! I am always saying 'good grief, I am nearly 60 give it a rest', I don't think we are ever happy with what we have or what is going on with out bodies. Some girls here seem to me to have a great weight and are not happy. I have learnt that there is peace in acceptance of what is not going to change and focusing on what I change:) Hope you have a successful day biscotti:)


selina on 04/19/2012:
You described exactly how I feel about menopause - thanks! Really!


selina on 04/19/2012:
You can fight the flab with exercise, Biscotti, I know you can. I've been exercising and I notice that my flabby self is changing into a more fit one. I've been doing all kind of butt exercises that I had never done before at the gym and they actually work! I always thought that I was doomed with living with a flabby stomach but I've noticed recently that my flabby belly is taking a different, more firm shape, recently. I hate sweating while exercising, in fact, I hate exercising, but I guess there's no way out.... recently, I have actually enjoyed it. Aaack, I never thought I'd ever say that! Anyway, I hope you can find something that works for you fighting the flab. Stay well! And congrats on the weight loss!


Umpqua on 04/19/2012:
This has been a tough year for you, good for you for keeping on top of the problem areas and trying to change them! I think that's all we can do, just try our best to be healthy and make healthy changes and improvements in our lives. I also think you will eventually hit upon a formula that works for you and that you can really commit to and stick with and that is what will eventually move the scale and the body fat percentage for you. I know you are well researched and well read on health and fitness but actually finding a plan that you can live with each day is not an easy thing. You have come a long way and managed to maintain a large loss and I know you will find a way to get where you want to go!


liza36 on 04/19/2012:
That menopause stuff stinks! I applaud you for keeping at it and trying to improve.


selina on 04/19/2012:
"It came to pass, it didn't come to stay!" - I like that! I always try to remember how miserable my mom was for several years, during the hardest time during her menopausal years. Later on, she went back to her normal self, back to her old ways, I suppose. She didn't complain so much anymore. I have to remember that when I have my hard times... I hear some people go back to taking hormones (my doctor just asked me the other day if I wanted to) and I don't know if I want to do that... I guess I have to do my research and weigh the pros and cons.

As to my exercising, every day is a new day and I have to force myself to get to the gym. Some days are easier than others. When I take daughter to her class it's easier because it's just across the street from her class, when I have to make the trip only for the gym, then it's not so easy. I just have to love myself and my health more, lol

Thanks for the feedback on my oils, I appreciate it! I was going to post another one, but I just couldn't get the colors right - the yellows were overpowering, yuck! I would love to see your big painting!


grannyannie on 04/20/2012:
Congrats on your loss. Sorry the menopause is being a pain. I still remember mine - nearly 20 years ago now! I was early - age 40. I'm working hard on toning up everything in hopes the excess skin and flabbiness goes away! I'll let you know if it works!


greengirl on 04/20/2012:
My symapthies on the menopause Biscotti. It's a horrible time of your life but it comes to an end eventually. Grit your teeth and carry on !


V on 04/20/2012:
<3 Have a good one!!


thenewmle on 04/22/2012:
Oh, Biscotti, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head! I am right there with you in the menopause thing and I don't think you were potty mouthed at all because I may have been a bit more descriptive! I am fighting the same, never had it before, flabby body. But since I upped the walking to 35 minutes and added 2 bike rides a week, the flab seems to be moving out a bit. You are on track with the choices for a healthier diet, just don't go too low calorie or that flab will want to hang on. The best change for me lately is that I am finally sleeping better. I don't know if it is the change in diet or exercise, or just that menopause would be letting up, but at 51 I feel better than I did 10 months ago. Good Luck and I am traveling the same path with you so we can support each other through the plateaus!!! Enjoy your weekend!


thenewMLE on 04/23/2012:
I used to hear people complain about menopause and I always thought what whiners that they can't handle a little heat occasionally! Well, that mother hit me so hard it knocked me out!!! And it is way more than just physical, it's just as emotional and mental. I would look around in church and notice that all the older ladies had a little belly fat and padded hips so maybe that was God's way of cushioning any falls so that you wouldn't break a hip - so I decided to accept it. And no sooner I was OK with a little flab, I got A LOT OF FLAB!!! I looked in the mirror and asked "Who the Hell is that in the mirror because it sure isn't the 110 pound girl who fell in love with her high school sweetheart and had 2 beautiful girls!!! I look at my girls and think, that's what I used to look like. So the mission began and the biggest step for me was admitting that I was a sugar addict and at their age my metabolism could handle it. But since that ship has sailed, I needed to make dietary adjustments. I am still looking into other helpful natural ways to deal with it like someone said Oriental women don't suffer menopause symptoms as much as we do because of their soy intake. So I started eating edamame more often and taking Soy Isoflavins before my dinner. With all this research, I have found that some things work for some and not others. Just keep your head on straight like you are doing with your goals and just secretly laugh inside at those who don't understand....YET!! Good luck in your adventures!


Kati on 05/07/2012:
Hey, I miss you, my teenager friend... how are you? :) I was reading this article: http://blog.pamelaegan.com/blog/post/2011/10/21/top-causes-of-female-weight-gain-1.aspx and I wonder if you agree w/ it. You read a lot. "Many women have wheat allergies or celiac disease and don't know it." This statement caught my attention. Could it be true??!.. hmm..



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 10, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 164.2

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Mon: Nothing

My weight is as posted above. I'm pretty surprised it's not higher.

I deviated with a lunch at McDonald's. BTW they have a side salad on the $1 menu--I got it with the low-fat Italian dressing (Newman's Own--not too bad). I'm okay with it today. (Saved the salad for later in the day.) If I can eat according to plan 95% of the time I'll be satisfied. For my purposes that translates to two meals/week off plan. I hope I can keep to it for this week, today through Monday. Being prepared and eating just as soon as hunger hits are the keys.

The Current Plan: No-fat-added, plant-based eating, aka health-supporting eating. I'm allowing one decaf coffee + coconut creamer or 1-2 cups of green tea + lemon daily. I'm also allowing no more than 1 oz pecans/day.

Eats Today: decaf + coconut creamer, 1 banana; 1 grilled chicken club, abt 20 french fries (plain, salted), small coke (McD's); mustard greens + vinegar, side salad + Nmn's Own Italian dsg (McD's), 1 green tea + 1 tsp sugar, about 2 oz mild cheddar, 2 strong p'mint hard candies, rolled oats + miller's bran + ground flax, 1 banana, 1/2 swt potato, mustard greens + vinegar.

Exercise a little now, even if you find it kind of hard to get out of bed early a few times a week, and then the easy part is later when you are enjoying good health. Take it easy now, and the hard part of open-heart surgery comes later after the heart attack. --Henry Cloud (The One-Life Solution)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::4.11

Plan for today: Walk, Airdyne, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

Goals (12.15.11) . . .
1: Better Blood Vessel Health 2: Wt Loss to Mid-Range of Healthy BMI 3: Peace of Mind

V on 04/11/2012:
Hey Biscotti :) Your plan sounds like a stellar one! I am sure you will succeed. Have a good day


grannyannie on 04/11/2012:
Good plan. Have a great day!


selina on 04/11/2012:
$1 for a salad sounds awesome! That plan of yours sounds great - eat healthy foods and only when you are hungry. Stay well!


moogy on 04/11/2012:
You sound like your brain in absolutely "in control" of your body with the "allowing" of particular food at different times. Good for you, I always feel out of control when I attempt to stay in such strict boundaries. I know that you love pushing your abilities and applaud you for it:)


grannyannie on 04/15/2012:
Thanks for comment!


selina on 04/16/2012:
hi Biscotti! Azuki beans are very hard to cook from scratch - if you don't use a pressure cooker, it may take hours for them to become tender!!!! Hope all is well with you!


thenewmle on 04/17/2012:
Just checking in on you. You hadn't posted in while but I appreciate your comment. Hope all is well with you.


Kati on 04/18/2012:
Holly shared this on FB, I wonder if it's sg for you to enjoy: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/05/28/counter-cougar-thinking.html


liza36 on 04/18/2012:
Your current plan sounds good. The Henry Cloud quote is so true. I shall remember that when I don't want to go to the new gym I just signed up for!



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