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biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 29, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 157.2

Body Fat: 34.4%::4.25.13
(32.8%::1.11.13 . . . 34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.4 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 30 min

Happy Monday!

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results: . . .

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-29::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::***::4.29::5.2::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


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

thinkpositive on 04/29/2013:
Good going on the no caffeine. Happy Monday to you1


V on 04/29/2013:
Happy Monday to you as well Biscotti :)


IndependentEm93 on 04/29/2013:
Have a great day!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Apr 28, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 157.2

Body Fat: 34.4%::4.25.13
(32.8%::1.11.13 . . . 34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.4 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 45 min

Down a bit more upon weighing in this morning--1.6 pounds.

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results: Two out of three meals on plan. I had 2 fruits--barely.

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-28::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::**::4.28::5.1::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


30 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

OhioRaven on 04/28/2013:
Hey, Biscuit. Just stopped by to say hello. I haven't been checking my posts lately cause I've been so darn busy. Went out foraging and got caught in the rain. Holding out in a shed I built in the woods many years ago. I found some wild ginger and taking it to work in a pot and putting it in a window sill. Rain stopped. Have a good day.


IndependentEm93 on 04/29/2013:
Have a great day!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Apr 27, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 158.8

Body Fat: 34.4%::4.25.13
(32.8%::1.11.13 . . . 34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.7 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 25 min

Made a small batch of soup finally--no added fat--water, blackeyed peas, whole (canned) tomatoes, garlic, red onion, mushrooms, okra and a little bit of frzn mixed veg.

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results: One meal on plan.

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-27::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::**::4.27::4.30::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep

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

Progress as of today: 30.2 lbs lost so far, only 15.8 lbs to go!

Puddles on 04/27/2013:
Sound all good. Have a great day.


thinkpositive on 04/28/2013:
All sounds good- thanks for your support!



biscottibody59 - Friday Apr 26, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 158.8

Body Fat: 34.4%::4.25.13
(32.8%::1.11.13 . . . 34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 15 min

I weighed in and am down a bit.

Getting close or even a pound or two above 160# is my current "danger zone." Before menopause it was around 170. I can't imagine how awful I'd feel at 170. By the same token, I've never been below 150 as an adult (that I know of). I didn't pay much attention to my weight back in the late 80s, early 90s. I just stayed active and ate really well--it was automatic. Hitting 189 coupled with feeling like hell woke me up. 

I doubt that I was ever much below 160 back then, but I had lots of lean body mass effortlessly as long as I kept up my wt trng and fitness level--my 30s were good to me. I had to kick my *ss a little more in my 40s, and my 50s are shark-infested. Not fun, so far. At least compared to my 30s.

Yesterday was good in that eating a little off plan didn't derail me. I feel pretty good today. I've gotta stay prepared with food. Getting close to 160# again may have been the reality check I needed. The difference this time is that I can directly correlate feeling awful with that weight. Should be a no-brainer, but I'm a little slow from time to time:-)

Since I got a decent night's sleep, I should be able to get my wt trng in.

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results: I ate all on plan except for lunch. Had only one piece of fruit.

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-26::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::**::4.26::4.29::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, 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

Puddles on 04/26/2013:
Your doing good and your attitude is great. Have a wonderful weekend.


V on 04/26/2013:
Congrats on your loss Biscotti! A wonderful weekend to ya :)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Apr 25, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 159.2

Body Fat: 34.4%::4.25.13
(32.8%::1.11.13 . . . 34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity:
Tues: Walk 20 min
Wed: Walk 35 min; Airdyne 25 min

Just for grins I weighed in and checked my body fat this morning (using my handy little Omron gadget). Plenty to work with there:-) It's just about what it was last November. I suspected it was going to be a little higher.

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
Tues: None met.
Wed: Met cardio, only one fruit and about half my meals at goal.

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-25::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::**::4.26::4.29::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Airdyne


Tues: 60 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 60 oz Water * 4 hrs Sleep

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

OhioRaven on 04/25/2013:
Hey, Biscuit. Have a good day !


V on 04/25/2013:
Just keep at it with your challenge Bicsotti, you can do this! have a good evening :)



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 23, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 32.8%::1.11.13 (34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 95 min

The weather was just too gorgeous not to take advantage of multiple walks. The longest was early and was about 50 min. Today's weather: a strong cold front hit and it'll probably be in the 30sF overnight.

In addition to the routine bullsh*t of my life, I have a bunch of other stuff--home and house work--to do. Personally it's quite overwhelming, and I have to keep reminding myself that taking "small bites" will get it all done eventually. I can delegate some things later, but the initial process is all on me.

In addition, I intend to cut out the coffee in earnest tomorrow morning. I have more reasons to cut it out than to keep chasing it and drinking it. Again. It's a joke by now to put that in words, but it is what it is. I did it before, and I was fine with it after a fashion. I'll be fine with it again.

I'll review my intake if you're not following along too closely:-) I have one small or medium (self-serve convenience store--always fresh--same place) coffee consisting of about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of reg and the rest decaf. I add a little H/H and the rest milk (total of about a half-cup).

I guess the milk is the vehicle for the coffee. I don't drink milk or crave ice cream. I don't keep ice cream in the freezer because it generally gets freezer burn before I eat it. I don't eat yogurt--I can take it or leave it. Yogurt has never been my thing, but I used to make my own, which was kind of fun!

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
I did the one hr cardio--the rest not!

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-23::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::*::4.23::4.26::4.29::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


60 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 04/23/2013:
Good workout and walk! Good luck with the coffee!


V on 04/23/2013:
Happy to hear that you were able to take advantage of the gorgeous weather there :) RYC thanks yes it was a good day for the old wallet :) Have a good evening Biscotti!


IndependentEm93 on 04/23/2013:
Have a great day!


thinkpositive on 04/24/2013:
Can I ask silly question- why no coffee?



biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 22, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 32.8%::1.11.13 (34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity:
Sat: Walk 20 min
Sun: Nothing

Enjoy your day!

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
Mixed bag:-)

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-22::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::4.22::4.25::4.28::5.1::5.4::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


Sat: 60 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Sun: 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 04/22/2013:
Have a great week Biscotti :)


supercheese on 04/23/2013:
looks good biscotti!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Apr 20, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 32.8%::1.11.13 (34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 20 min; Abt 60 min Housework

Hope you're having a great day!

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
Mixed bag:-)

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-20::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::4.20::4.23::4.26::4.29::5.2::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Circuit Workout


90 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

OhioRaven on 04/20/2013:
Hi, Biscuit.sorry to get to your post so late. Ivrbeen really busy, and I feel much, much better. Have a goodnight.


V on 04/22/2013:
Hope you had a good weekend :)



biscottibody59 - Friday Apr 19, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 32.8%::1.11.13 (34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


For my activity: Walk 20 min; Driving 4 hrs (progress impeded by traffic jams)

I heard a radio interview with one of the authors of Buddha's Brain, which I'm reading these days. Not surprisingly, it's a completely different perspective than I would have ever thought. Quite eye-opening for me at the moment:-) Below are some links.

The above mentioned author, Rick Hanson PhD (neuropsychology), has a more current book, Just One Thing, and I haven't read much about it. The interview (from 2010) I listened to costs $1.99 to listen to (I happened on it on the FREE airwaves a few weeks ago) and here's the website for it: http://www.newdimensions.org/program-archive/a-brain-that-knows-how-to-be-happy-with-rick-hanson/

Hanson has some links and stuff on his own website to listen to/watch: http://www.rickhanson.net/media/video

Here are two interviews I didn't listen to in their entirety:
FREE interview that's about 20 min:
http://radio.cincom.com/2012/01/dr-rick-hansen-author-of-just-one-thing-interview/
This is nearly an hour: 
http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/65009/just-one-thing-with-rick-hanson

He's not pushing Buddhism, BTW. It might seem a little "new agey" on the surface, but it's actually quite practical in my mind. At its core it's about your happiness and taking good care of yourself. I talk about those things a lot to others in my life, but practicing it ON MYSELF--well that's it, it takes awareness, patience, practice and discipline!

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
Mixed bag:-)

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-19::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::4.20::4.23::4.26::4.29::5.2::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Airdyne


90 oz Water * 4.5 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 04/20/2013:
Thanks for the links! have a great weekend Biscotti :)


hollybelle on 04/22/2013:
Yes, I agree with what you said - I think we all KNOW what to do, at least deep down we do, why are we so out of touch with it or don't do it? Take care of ourselves, I mean - well, that would take weeks to answer, no doubt. Culture, life experiences, family training, etc.......yikes! Why do I keep doing what I don't want to do? I am talking not about dieting and fitness, in particular, but other things as well - got to override those circuits, I think......the thought paths in the brain get "rutted" like the old wagon train trails of the wild west....Sigh!



biscottibody59 - Thursday Apr 18, 2013
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 32.8%::1.11.13 (34.3%::11.27.12 . . . 39.0%::4.21.12)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006, Dec 2012)
Current BMI = 27.3 (24.9 = 143#) :: Waist: 32.5" (1.11.13); 35" (mid-Sep '12)


It is a common delusion that you can make things better by talking about them. --Dame Rose Macauley

For my activity:
Mon: Walk 40 min
Tues: Walk 30 min
Wed: Housework 2 hrs; Walk 15 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)

Staying focused today--on me and my stuff!

I got my third wt trng session OF THE YEAR done yesterday. Pathetic--I'm moving on. I've kept great records of this type of workout and it has served me well--the workout. The last year appears to be the worst ever. It was probably more crucial to have kept up with it the last couple of years judging from how much muscle loss I noticed in my arms a couple of months ago. Menopause has been really good for that. Yeah, if your problem is too much muscle--menopause will take care of it!

All I can do is move on and keep doing it as regularly as possible. Yesterday I increased reps on a few moves from the last workout and probably won't add dumbbell weight for at least one more session.

I heard a radio interview with one of the authors of Buddha's Brain, which I'm reading these days. Not surprisingly, it's a completely different perspective than I would have ever thought. Quite eye-opening for me at the moment:-) I'll put up the link to the interview if anyone is interested.

Goals for Open-Ended Challenge:
1) All veg, starch, greens and no added fat or oil 2) 1 oz nuts/day optional 3) Fruit: 2-3 pieces daily 4) No coffee whatsoever (including decaf) 5) At least an hour of cardio daily.

Challenge Results:
Mixed bag:-)

Coffee Watch:
None 4.x
Some 4.1-18::

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done:
2013::***A Bunch Missed***::3.1::***13 Missed***::4.13::4.17::4.20::4.23::4.26::4.29::5.2::

Plan for today: Housework, Walk, Airdyne


Mon: 60 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Tues: 30 oz Water * 9 hrs Sleep
Wed: 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

OhioRaven on 04/18/2013:
Have a good day biscuit.


V on 04/18/2013:
I'M interested!!! Please share the info..Hope you stayed focused today Biscotti :)



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