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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!



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!



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