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biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 09, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Fri: Walk 25 min; Hedge trimming/cleanup 2 hrs
Sat: Mow & Cleanup 2.5 hrs/Clean Gutters 1.5 hrs
Sun: Walk 25 min

Time to get a move on. But only at the rate of one day at a time!

Not sure if it's all the yardwork I did (and didn't collapse) or reading about something to measure that's new to me--Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR). (And I got my number.) But I'll take motivation any way I can get it--strike while the iron's hot and all that jazz:-)

Tomorrow: Back to 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. Can't wait--should be fun:-)

Eats Today: decaf + coconut creamer, 1 banana, small reg coffee + small decaf + h/h + milk, bbq potato chips, 3 beef ribs + sauce, 2 green tea + 1 tsp sugar, rolled oats + miller's bran + ground flax, 1/2 med swt potato, mustard greens + vinegar, lg apple, rolled oats.

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***::4.10

Plan for today: ???


40 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

V on 04/09/2012:
Hey Biscotti, I hope you had a nice weekend. Mam Henry Cloud has a way of bringing it home, right? I hope you have a successful week :)


selina on 04/09/2012:
If I were presented with beef ribs with bbq sauce I'd drop my clean eating anyday! I hope your week goes well with the health-supporting eating! Keep us posted/updated!


moogy on 04/09/2012:
Yep! One day at a time and for you another challenge to keep you sharp:) Hope you have a good week biscotti:)


Umpqua on 04/10/2012:
Your foods sounds super yummy, good luck with the Esselstyn approach again. And yeah, Henry Cloud gives it to us straight!


Kati on 04/10/2012:
I'm into green tea now. It makes wonders when it comes to WC issues... :)


supercheese on 04/10/2012:
Wow food sounds good! And for waist to height ratio....Hm interestinf....I know I have a very small torso....which sucks cause it makes me look heavier



biscottibody59 - Friday Apr 06, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Wed: 20 min
Thur: Walk 15 min
Fri-Sun: Nothing
Mon: Walk 30 min
Tues & Wed: Short Walk
Thur: Walk 40 min

No weather mayhem here. Where I live we got some rain, tiny brief hail and thunderstorms--good rain:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::4.6

Plan for today: Walk


30 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

hollybelle on 04/06/2012:
lad no weather issues where you are! Texas got hit so hard. Have a wonderful weekend.


selina on 04/06/2012:
Thank you, Biscotti!

So glad you got some good rain and skipped the bad stuff. I've seen photos of the tornado down there and they really scare me!

Enjoy your walk!


grannyannie on 04/06/2012:
Glad the tornadoes missed you!

Thanks, feeling a bit less ill every day.


Umpqua on 04/06/2012:
I'm glad your area was spared major damage from the storms. Thanks for your comments about my exercise, I know it's important to keep everything in perspective and most importantly, enjoy life! I hope you have an excellent weekend.


V on 04/06/2012:
Hello!! So happy that you fared the storm <3


Maria7 on 04/06/2012:
Looks like you are doing well. Glad you are okay over there in Texas. Thanks for your comment. :-)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 28, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Thur: Short Walk
Fri & Sat: Nothing
Sun: Walk 30 min
Mon: Walk 15 min
Tues: Walk 40 min

I haven't completely given up the ship:-) Onward!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.29

Plan for today: Walk


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

moogy on 03/28/2012:
So glad you are still rowing biscotti:) Nothing wrong with resting for a bit along the way as long as we maintain that peace of mind and keep going:)


supercheese on 03/28/2012:
whoo only 10 lbs to the goal!!!


moogy on 03/28/2012:
Oh! I knew if you saw that quote I would get you to bite!! Go biscotti!!!!


thinkpositive on 03/29/2012:
No you haven't given up the ship at all. Hey, this isn't easy. Looks like we've both been absent..


V on 03/29/2012:
Hey Biscotti :) I know YOU will never abandon the ship!! Have a successful week :)

Yeah I am so thankful I wasn't there for the gunplay :( This one by far was the scariest.They had one of our managers in the trunk and all set to take off with him and the cops showed before they could..


Umpqua on 03/29/2012:
You are dedicated and I know you are going to keep up the good fight!


thenewMLE on 03/29/2012:
Thanks for the info on the weights. I went to eXrX.net last night and spent a lot of time. It was very interesting and informative. I liked the animated examples of how to do the exercises. I may just hire a personal trainer to make up a routine for me and show me how to do it so I can do it on my on time. I wonder if somebody would do that...Hmmmm....


selina on 03/29/2012:
Great to see that you are rowing with me! Yay! Stay well my friend!


selina on 03/29/2012:
Thank you, Biscotti! I appreciate your input on my problem with my daughter's workload. I told her that although she doesn't have a choice about her school load, she does have the choice of dropping a couple of dance classes (she takes five one hour classes/week.) She declined stating that she does use the classes for de-stressing, anyway, so it would not be beneficial for her health. She's very mature and acknowledges the fact that she should be able to manage her time more smartly. Although these are stressful times with accumulated end of term papers and exams, I see all this as a good learning experience for her and a good teaching opportunity for me. I realize that she'll go through the same issues (of time management, stress, and more) when she goes on to college and will not have me around to guide her... this is my teaching opportunity and I'm taking it.


V on 04/04/2012:
Hey I am just checking in to see if you are okay..I am not sure exactly where you live but i know there were alot of tornados in your area.I hope you are safe <3


selina on 04/05/2012:
Hi Biscotti! Hope all is well with you!


WII on 04/05/2012:
Never give up! YAY! Hope you aren't near those storms!


Maria7 on 04/05/2012:
Hope you are doing well. :-)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 22, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Mon: Short Walk
Tues: Walk 10 min
Wed: Short Walk; Quite a bit of driving

Fair birthday this year. I think I'll skip the next couple, haha!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.21::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


Mon: 60 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
Tues: 40 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 34 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

grannyannie on 03/22/2012:
Have a fabulous day, kiddo! :-)


thenewMLE on 03/22/2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


liza36 on 03/22/2012:
Happy belated birthday! I can really appreciate your entry from Monday. Hope you have a happy and healthy year ahead!


Kati on 03/22/2012:
hmm, Mrs. Strange had a strange death indeed!


Kati on 03/22/2012:
and we still find those crazy, "5 Liters of ice cold water a day" diets printed in women's mags!!!


V on 03/22/2012:
Hahaha!! Never miss out on an opportunity to get doted on for your very special day!! I am sure you enjoyed your Bday celebration <3


thinkpositive on 03/22/2012:
Wouldn't it be nice to skip a birthday or two. Good idea , maybe every other year.


Selina on 03/23/2012:
I want to skip my birthday for a couple of years, too, Haha. Have a great weekend!


Umpqua on 03/23/2012:
I'm skipping right over this year's birthday haha ;) Have a wonderful weekend!


greengirl on 03/23/2012:
Belated Birthday wishes to you, Biscotti :-)


Kati on 03/24/2012:
http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/rachael-anne-hill/lose-weight-day-long-131833102.html


Maria7 on 03/24/2012:
Glad to read that you had a happy birthday! :-D Hope you are having a wonderful day today, too.


moogy on 03/25/2012:
I think I have reached a stage in life when, I can't be bothered with birthday's, come to think of it, I would happily give Christmas the swerve as well. Except for the carols!! Just as well the children are around or I may turn into Scrooge:) Hope you have a successful week biscotti:)


WII on 03/28/2012:
Hello! Just checking in! WII was here! :)



biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 19, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Fri: Walk 35 min
Sat: Walk 15 min
Sun: Short Walk

It's My Birthday--53rd!

I'm glad it only comes around once a year! I'm going to make the best of it--the day and the year. I put some things behind me in the last year (since my birthday). Some other things cropped up--that's inevitable at whatever age we happen to be. I'm getting closer to a year since having shingles and I feel like I've paid better attention to my immune system (not the greatest--but not the worst either).

Vigilance is the watchword. I can't give up. I can take a break here and there, but I know what's in front of me after. It's lots of hard work and those who learn to like the hard work, develop routines (mine need lots of work) will triumph. There's no need to compare ourselves to others who are farther ahead or feel guilty that we're doing better than those around us who are somewhat (or very much) behind. Everyone has to start somewhere and the only crime is giving up! If you give up anyway (or feel like you have done so), don't let it last too long--it's all about getting back in the game people!

Do whatever you have to do to keep faith in yourself and your plan and keep posting here and keep exploring and trying other things if what you're doing isn't working.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.19::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


Fri: 60 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Sat: 60 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sun: 40 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

Kati on 03/19/2012:
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Happy Birthday, teenager!!! :o))) I wish you one of these: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aWIpEEyd6yI/TLqS2iUwV8I/AAAAAAAAB70/nOPcmL9FAVE/s320/WeightLiftingCakeSide.jpg and one of these, really, the one you like most!: http://www.seabreeze.com.au/Img/Photos/Stand_Up_Paddle/3833580.jpg


lolla on 03/19/2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! I loved your posting, so positive and right on. Hope this is the best year ever!!!


Kati on 03/19/2012:
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, I know SOME new guys who'd like to have the body of this "old" guy! :D Uhh, I remember an ex-colleague of mine, all sporty and muscles, but forty and a lot, and when I expressed my opinion about him (being hot and sexy) everyone looked at me like if I were a necro of some kind, heheh... but seriously, the guy was smokin hot, a martial arts freak, so you can imagine the personality (MA guys are normally super-calm and balanced, and represent respect and self-control in their postures)...


grannyannie on 03/19/2012:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! You're still a kid yet! You WILL get where you want to be. Have a fabulous day!


selina on 03/19/2012:
Happy Birthday, Biscotti! Have a great one! Nothing like a birthday to stop and ponder about the events/achievements over the past year - well done! Thank you so much for helping me keep vigilant and not giving up in the past year!


sweetpea1977 on 03/19/2012:
happy birthday!


Umpqua on 03/19/2012:
Happy Birthday Biscotti! What a great post, you have probably been the most consistent poster on here since I joined and you are so right, never give up. And no one here is in competition, it's absolutely about achieving your personal best and doing what needs to be done to keep ourselves healthy and hopefully happy. I hope you have an excellent day of celebration!!


V on 03/19/2012:
Happy Birthday Biscotti!! Actually i have to thank you because I read your post earlier and that was when I realized it is my sister's b day as well..There are so many siblings it is kinda tough keeping up but since she is my baby Sis(only Sis) she is kinda spoiled(understatement) and there would be HELL to pay if I wasn't the first person to call her!! hahahaha

If you have special plans this evening(I hope you do) have Fun <3


moogy on 03/19/2012:
Hope you had a lovely day biscotti. I love the idea of not comparing outselves with others. I tend to do that here. Some of these girls are so fit and have conquered the mountain and I am still at base camp and not sure if I will ever yet to second base:) Maybe I am just working on different but equally important issues??


Maria7 on 03/22/2012:
I wish you a belated VERY HAPPY HAPPY birthday! :-D


Kati on 03/22/2012:
http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/myths-about-water.htm



biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 16, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Wed: Nothing
Thur: Walk 15 min
Fri-Sun: Nothing
Mon: Walk 65 min
Tues: Walk 15 min
Wed: Weedeating 1.5 hrs/Mowing 2 hrs/Cleanup and misc stuff 1 hr
Thur: Walk 55 min

I'm not horribly sore from the yardwork blitz yesterday or today. I was hesitant to do it all at once given my lack of wt trng lately. But, I held my own and I think I'm bringin' FITTEE back--hahaha! (SEXY will have to wait:-)

Seriously, after pushing myself so--there's no good excuse for not doing my wt trng. I just have to get on with it already. We're supposed to get some more soaking rains in the upcoming days--the drought is still in place in much of Texas, but we seem to be all right for now.

Interesting Study: Aerobic Exercise Beats Resistance Training at Burning Belly Fat. This refers to visceral fat--that which is deep in the abdomen around organs, not under the skin (subcutaneous) fat, aka "muffin top" fat.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.16::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


Sleep and Water: 6-8 hrs Sleep Nightly :: Water: Fair to excellent intake daily 

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

Umpqua on 03/16/2012:
I hope you have a good workout today and a nice weekend!


liza36 on 03/16/2012:
It's a nice outcome of your pushing yourself in the yard to realize you really can do things despite the lack of weight training. "Just doing it" seems to be my problem too when it comes to my exercise goals, but really have no good excuse either. So the two of us just need to get on with it!!

Thanks for your comment to me. I think I'm convinced that I should just make the committement, get up early and make the drive to JC for the food for the week. I'm sure I'll be glad I did.


grannyannie on 03/16/2012:
Have a good weekend!


hollybelle on 03/16/2012:
Yardwork really will make you sore - we use muscles like no other time. I did a bit in th front last weekend. If it stays dry enough I'll start on the back this weekend. I want to put out some pansies (pansys???) to spruce it up. I may be able to take pictures of my patio peach (which is not on my patio - it's out front) and the tulip magnola tree (also out front) as they are getting pretty - every early this year! About your comment - IT IS A LOT of stuff to be taking - ME who hasn't ever believed in supplements and "snake oils" LOL - but something's got to give!


Kati on 03/16/2012:
LOL, fittee's back! :)))))


Em17 on 03/16/2012:
Have a great weekend!


V on 03/16/2012:
LOL!! You don't have to wait, bring sexy BACK Biscotti :) Girl we haven't had rain in months now :( And it is hotter than the seventh circle of Hell here!! I am a little scared of what summer is going to bring.. Have a great weekend :)


moogy on 03/18/2012:
I always had you down for 'good and wise' anyway biscotti:) I love it that you never give up and always have intentions of giving new things a try:)


selina on 03/19/2012:
Good job on the yard work - it's always satisfying to see the garden grow beautifully in the spring after one is done with the yard work. I still have to clean mine - there are still lots of dry leaves leftover from the autumn season, yikes. Happy weight training! Visceral fat: that's what I need to get rid of - so it means that I'm doing the right thing - lots of aerobics in my schedule...



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 07, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.8

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=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


For my activity:
Fri-Sun: Nothing
Mon: Walk 55
Tues: Walk 35 min

Did a little evaluation on Saturday--wt/BF updates. I'm down a bit on weight and BF is up. Resuming measurements today. It's been so long since I've taken a full set so I don't have (handy) a recent set to compare to. It can be motivating to see that change weekly as I don't see a reason to check BF more than once a month.

I took Arm, Leg, Calf, Hip, Bust, Waist, Hip and Wrist measurements today. The weird one is my wrist--it's the smallest ever. It's the one that never fluctuates too much--usually at 6.25 inches give or take an eighth of an inch--for years. It's now at a firm 6 inches, which to me means that I'm really losing lean muscle mass. I don't have evidence of that one way or the other, but that's the answer I'd guess if someone put a gun to my head--haha!

4-Day Challenge (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon) consisting of 1) 60 oz water/day 2) 60 min activity/day 3) Plant-based, no-fat-added eating. (The only exception I'll allow will be coffee + H/H here and there, just not at home--I only use SoDelicious Coconut Creamer at home without fail.) ***Challenge OVER--nothing to write home about.***

It's a good bet that I've never been this fat in my entire life--37% BF (rounded up as measured with my little old reliable Omron gadget). When I was pushing 190 all those years ago, I had had my BF tested by calipers at a fitness center I belonged to and I was around 33% IIRC. I should dig up the paper to be sure. It's possible my wt was a little lower than 189. I'm thinking the high 170s.

With that number there's no possible way I can feel up to par. I don't know what par is for age 52, but this isn't it. With that I'm going to go for a "30-Day *NON* Challenge" (haha) wherein I will judge the day as "In the groove" or "Not." Simple and to the point. I know what I want to have done/eaten at the end of the day (literally EACH day) so here goes nothing. I'll try to post daily for the next 30.

Didja know if you feed your dog a new potato and you don't get all the skin off you can give yourself a little scare that she has blood in her stool? Yep, it happened to me. Today. Luckily I figured it out . . .

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.8::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout, Bike Ride


Thur: 60 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Fri: 8 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 90 oz Water * 9ish hrs Sleep
Sun: 30 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Mon: 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

Umpqua on 03/08/2012:
That's interesting about the body fat and your wrist. I hope you're not losing lean muscle mass and that there's another explanation - maybe things are just shifting around? I'm glad your dog is OK!


V on 03/08/2012:
Congrats on your loss and that is strange about the bf being the highest it has ever been?? I am sure that you will keep at it and show the bf who's boss!! Have a good one :)


Maria7 on 03/08/2012:
Glad your dog is okay. Congrats on being back in the 150's. Hope you have a good day and thanks for your compliment about the photo. :-D


legcramps on 03/08/2012:
Good thing your dog is okay; that must have been scary. And hopefully no one puts a gun to your head in order to find out if you're losing lean muscle mass ;)


grannyannie on 03/08/2012:
Wondering why your bf is up when you've lost weight? A blip?

Thanks for comments!


selina on 03/09/2012:
BF going up must be frustrating - even with the weight going down! Hang in there - I'm sure you are doing the right thing by staying on top of the situation.

Your dog story reminds me of my cats: they both had the diarrhea the other day, and I couldn't figure out why on earth they had the same problem at the same time. Well, they both had licked some cat nip off the floor when I spilled some the other day. I have little toy mice in a airtight container full of catnip and get them out for the cats to play with, occasionally. Cat nips are only for the scent, not for eating. Lesson learned.


Kati on 03/09/2012:
you should write a book by now :) Your challenges and the conclusions are worth to describe and share! :)


thinkpositive on 03/11/2012:
I'm so impressed with your perseverance and that you keep finding new ways to challenge yourself.


moogy on 03/11/2012:
Thank you so much for bumping that article. I had forgotten about it and it helped me so much in the past, I am sure it will again. I think that given yourself a month of with no challenges might be productive to body and mind:) Have a good week biscotti:)


TinaAnn on 03/11/2012:
Love the dog story!



biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 02, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.0

Body Fat: 35.5%::1.5.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; 35.2%::9.3.11; 35.4%::10.18.11

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:
Fri: Walk 35 min
Sat & Sun: Nothing
Mon: Walk 60 min
Tues: Nothing
Wed: Walk 60 min
Thur: Walk 65 min
Fri: Walk 10 min; Mowing 45 min/Bundle tree limbs 45 min
Sat: Walk 15 min; Fair bit of driving
Sun: Nothing
Mon: Short Walk
Tues: Walk 35 min
Wed: Short Walk
Thur: Walk 20 min

2-Day Challenge (Fri Feb 17 - Tues Feb 28) consisting of 1) 60 oz water/day 2) 60 min activity/day 3) Plant-based, no-fat-added eating. (The only exception I'll allow will be coffee + H/H here and there, just not at home--I only use SoDelicious Coconut Creamer at home without fail.)
***Results: 95% Bust--Onward and upward:-)***

Challenges. Twelve days is too long for a challenge for me. Starting a short one today. Same goals as above--4 Day Challenge (F-S-S-M). Decaf coffee at home. It took me between 2 and 3 days to realize I'd lost major cravings for fat and sweet when I did this for 8 days in Dec. I hope I can stick this out long enough to get there this go 'round!

CPAP/Sleep Apnea. Hit 5000 hrs on my CPAP machine--I've been on CPAP therapy now for 2 years and it's made all the difference to my health, life and well-being. One less thing to think about. I only wake up once/night of late--if at all--not always to pee. Then I go directly back to sleep. So I'm usually sleeping 5-6 hours on good nights (7-8 hrs total sleep) without waking up. I think back to 2 years ago and how miserable I was for a few months (Oct '09-Feb '10)  when sleep issues took me to the ER originally (first visit EVER to the ER for me). CPAP = one piece of the "peace of mind" puzzle!

Food Sensitivities. During these 12 days I've continued to test foods to see if I'd get the same problems I had a couple years ago when food sensitivities surprised me. I seem to have left every sensitivity behind. The one thing I haven't tested is peanut butter--that one will be soon. Caffeine for whatever reason is still not my friend--I'll keep testing it because I'll always be a coffee addict/lover.

Keratitis. I had what I hope was my last appt for my keratitis (leftover stuff from shingles in June '11). For about the last 3 months I've used the prednisone drops sparingly--1 drop/day a couple times a week at the most. It's obvious when my eye is flaring up. I don't have any permanent damage to my eye, and I've had no problems with my vision. I'm going to try an old pair of contacts and see how that goes. If it's all right, will go for a new contact lens fitting. I have yet to be interested in trying bifocals again--did it once and it was a nightmare. I have had great luck with multifocal contact lenses in the past.

My long-term goal for eating is to eat plant- and starch-based (no added fat) until I get down to a certain weight--do it without losing more than 1-2 pounds/week, and then to attempt to maintain good muscle mass. (As you know that's harder and harder to do after 35 and I'll tell you firsthand that menopause seems to have further pulled the rug out from under me on that count--my best accounting/feeling:-) Next, to make sure that I haven't changed my diet so that I can eat whatever I want on occasion without suffering some ill effect. In other words, I want a balance for myself--not rigidity--long-term. I know that I must be more rigid than I'd like (or is my personality) to get over the hump of 150 pounds--my lowest adult weight. It's a little scary--I won't lie.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***32+ Missed***::3.1::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Fri: 64 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Sat: 30 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
Sun: 64 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Mon: 60 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
Tues: 90 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 30 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Thur: 90 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Fri: 64 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 34 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Sun: 30 oz Water * 4.5 hrs Sleep
Mon: 64 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Tues: 60 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Wed: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Thur: 30 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

supercheese on 03/02/2012:
wow thats a lot of challenge. I like the idea of cutting the 12 one down to 4 and omgggosh you haven't had Peanut butter? I wish I never did cause I'm pretty much addicted to it LOL


Umpqua on 03/02/2012:
Thanks for the info biscotti and I look forward to reading more. We all eat yogurt here but I figure the probiotics can't hurt. That's good news on your food sensitivities, good luck with the new challenge!


sweetpea1977 on 03/02/2012:
Thanks for the comment on the BF analyzer. I've been wanting one for years!! My last body fat test was done at LA Fitness in April 2011. It was 33.1%. I cant wait to find out what it is next week! :)

Good luck with your challenge!!


V on 03/02/2012:
Welcome back Biscotti :) I hope your challenge goes well <3


Maria7 on 03/03/2012:
Looks like you got some good walking in. :-D


thinkpositive on 03/05/2012:
I like the idea of having some balance & not being rigid in your plan. You sound very determind. Any significance to April 13?


selina on 03/05/2012:
Thanks Biscotti for the info on counter attacking statins. I will definitely look into it. I find it soooooo difficult to lose weight nowadays (after hitting menopause) that it's not funny. I hope that keep posting here will do me good. I like seeing your postings, as well - you've been through so much yourself and I wish you the best! When I look at people's sleeping patterns/needs I feel I sleep too much (9 hours so that I can feel decent)especially when I exercise...


V on 03/07/2012:
Thanks Biscotti :) Have a good one as well!



biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 17, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

Body Fat: 35.5%::1.5.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; 35.2%::9.3.11; 35.4%::10.18.11

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.27.12


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

For my activity:
Thur: Nothing
Fri: Lots of driving
Sat: Walk 35 min
Sun-Tues: Nothing
Wed: Walk 25 min
Thur: Walk 35 min

Methinks I'd best return to posting:-)

Let's kick it off today with a good ol' 12-Day Challenge (Fri Feb 17 - Tues Feb 28) consisting of 1) 60 oz water/day 2) 60 min activity/day 3) Plant-based, no-fat-added eating. (The only exception I'll allow will be coffee + H/H here and there, just not at home--I only use SoDelicious Coconut Creamer at home without fail.)

I felt so good during the eight days I practiced eating this way back in December that I owe it to myself to buckle down and do it again. I'll check back after the 12 days are over.

I haven't done any wt trng for 93 days--more than likely a new record for me, so it will be like starting over. I have to stop using "feeling like sh*t" as an excuse not to do it. Dead or tired might be a good excuse;-) I hope some consistency on a few things will make me believe that the sh*tty feeling will be a distant memory one day. I hope to compare it to the way my sleep issues have been solved by vigilance and CPAP therapy. In the next few months I'd like to see my BF percentage back in the upper 20s (at least) to see how I feel. Then I'll go from there.

I just don't think there's much mystery here:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::***31 Missed***::2.17::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Thur: 60 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Fri: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Sun: 30 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Mon: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Tues: 64 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 64 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
Thur: 65 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 02/17/2012:
Hope you get back on track with the weight training. I've realized it makes a bigger difference than just doing cardio. Have a great weekend. Off to stretch my capris...LOL.


hollybelle on 02/17/2012:
Back on track - YAY!


V on 02/17/2012:
Hey Biscotti :) I hope for all the success in your next challenge :) Have a good weekend!


selina on 02/18/2012:
Great to see you back, Biscotti! Your 12 day challenge sounds great and so healthy! Looks like you've been having pretty decent sleep, yay!


Maria7 on 02/18/2012:
Good to see you back. Good plan, too. Hope you are having a good Saturday. :-)


supercheese on 02/22/2012:
great attitude!


liza36 on 02/24/2012:
Hope your 12 day challenge is going well. Have a good weekend.


selina on 02/27/2012:
I hope your challenge is keeping you healthy and energetic! Stay well!


thinnside40 on 02/27/2012:
Hi!


TinaAnn on 02/27/2012:
Good luck!


thinnside40 on 02/27/2012:
Your first line of comment...made me feel like you HAD hugged me.... Thank You!


Maria7 on 02/28/2012:
Good morning. :-)


selina on 02/29/2012:
Thanks Biscotti! Vet bills in Switzerland were actually about the same, maybe about 5% more expensive. So far, I've spent $460 (although I'm not done, yet) In Switzerland, Selina was injured twice and both times the bill was over $500. My friend had a dumb Bernese mountain dog who used to eat rubber toys - each time she needed a surgery (twice) to remove the rubber toy from her intestines, it cost them a bundle. By the time they moved back to the US, the dog had cost them more than 20 thousand dollars in vet bills. She didn't have pet insurance. Nor do I. C'est la vie - the cost of having pets....

Looking forward to hearing more from you! Stay well!


selina on 02/29/2012:
I forgot to say that tracking down the attacker is just in my fantasies. Even if I did find the owner, I don't have hard proof that his/her tomcat was the attacker. Nothing caught on film, no dna evidence. Just my eye-witnessing the cat running in front of my eyes and jumping over the fence. It's infuriating having one's pet injured in your own backyard!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Feb 09, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

Body Fat: 35.5%::1.5.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; 35.2%::9.3.11; 35.4%::10.18.11

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.27.12


For my activity:
Mon: Nothing
Tues: Walk 25 min
Wed: Nothing

Taking a break from posting--I'll see ya' later!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::************************::2.9::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Mon: 60 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Tues: 60 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Wed: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Seep

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

grannyannie on 02/08/2012:
Have a great day! Hope all is well. See ya later.


Maria7 on 02/08/2012:
Good plan for today. Hope you have a good break...enjoy it. :-D


getmebackto150 on 02/08/2012:
be well! Talk to you soon:)


hollybelle on 02/08/2012:
Bike ride today! YAY! have a good break - see you back soon, I hope!


supercheese on 02/08/2012:
Have a good one!


Umpqua on 02/08/2012:
Enjoy your hiatus and see you soon!


h82bfat on 02/08/2012:
Hope you're having a good week!


V on 02/08/2012:
Enjoy your break, you will be missed :(


selina on 02/09/2012:
I hope to see you soon!


Kati on 02/09/2012:
have fun while away, teenager :)


Maria7 on 02/09/2012:
Hope you're having a good day. :-)


moogy on 02/13/2012:
I will miss your post biscuit woman. Look forward to seeing you return:)


grumpy on 02/14/2012:
I have the same goal: peace of mind. Come back soon!


Maria7 on 02/15/2012:
Thinking of you...hope you're doing well... :-)


WII on 02/15/2012:
Helloooooooo! :)



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