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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Nov 23, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: Nothing

To all US Americans: Hope you have a lovely and safe Thanksgiving!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::*::11.23::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout 


65 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

V on 11/23/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Biscotti :)


moogy on 11/23/2011:
Nice to come back and see that you are still working at those little changes that are so important to you.:)


Maria7 on 11/23/2011:
And hope you have a good Thanksgiving also! :-D


thinkpositive on 11/24/2011:
And Happy Thanksgiving to you!


grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Happy Thanksgiving! :-)


Umpqua on 11/25/2011:
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: NordicTrack 26 min/2.4 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 35 min

This (no) coffee thing is proving difficult after falling off for that one day. On a good note, I seem to be losing my sweet tooth just a tiny bit. Amazingly I haven't had any chocolate in quite a while now. I'm getting back "on the wagon" tomorrow. I had two little (amounted to about 8 oz) coffees yesterday. I had a cup of coffee this morning too.

For anyone interested in dairy-free stuff, I tried a new creamer over the weekend. It's called So Delicious Dairy Free Original Coconut Creamer and it's made of coconut cream. It has fewer additives than the soy or rice milks I tried in my coffee last year. This one is actually specifically a creamer rather than a milk to be drunk. It happens to be fat-free. I really liked it! For info: www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com

I probably won't be purchasing any more until I get settled with my "caffeine (or no caffeine)" behavior after the 60 days is over. It's too tempting.

A little tidbit I heard while on hold (for 25 min) to get my name off of the mailing list for the American Heart Association: 1 hr of activity daily will add 2 hours to your life. Never heard that before--just a blurb, but I imagine there's a study about it.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::*::11.22::

Plan for today: Toss-Up


60 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

Umpqua on 11/22/2011:
That creamer sounds good, I'll have to check it out. I had to LOL at your Jillian comment. Sure enough, I tried her yoga class today and after 2 minutes I realized it was going to be loud, fast music, commands being barked and a pace that was about 10 times as fast as what my other classes are. No thanks! I did try the P90x class and I was surprised that it was in line with what I'm used to and there was "breathing" and "time" to get through the motions haha. I will be doing that one again for sure :)


V on 11/22/2011:
LOL!! Well I guess if I ever "tested" myself with the energy drinks or coffee I would find myself in the same boat ;) Stay strong my friend!


~WI~ on 11/23/2011:
Have a great weekend! Interesting bit about the hour of exercise!


grannyannie on 11/24/2011:
Losing sweet tooth!? Wish I would. I don't get sweets very often and do find they are almost too sweet when I do have them. Dark chocolate seems to be just right now.



biscottibody59 - Monday Nov 21, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: NordicTrack 13 min/1.1 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 35 min

Doin' all right--hope to get my wt trng in today!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::*::11.21::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout


65 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

liza36 on 11/21/2011:
I'm proud of you for cutting out caffeine, I know we've mentioned it's a tough thing, but what I'm impressed about is that you have listened to your body and come to the conclusion that you don't need it/it's not good for you.

I was having a conversation with my sister over the weekend about caffeine, and she mentioned the same words as you - that it's medicating - and it truly disguises your body signals.

Have a great non-caffinated day!


V on 11/21/2011:
Enjoy your wt training!! Have a good day :)


Umpqua on 11/21/2011:
I hope you have a great week!


grannyannie on 11/21/2011:
Great on the caffeine. Sounds like some great workouts today! Enjoy your day!


~WI~ on 11/21/2011:
Have a great day!


Supercheese on 11/21/2011:
Hope you had a great weekend. and to rebound on liza, good job without the caffeine....Im trying but its hard! So far 13 days without! WOOT!


Kati on 11/22/2011:
Doing all right is good news! :) I thought "bricolage" was an English word, hahah... http://www.wordreference.com/definition/bricolage Well, it's a store where even non-professionals can easily find tools and equipements to mend sg in/around the house. It has only tools and materials (woods, carpets, etc.) for the house and lawns, gardening stuffs... no foods or toys, etc... I believe there are such stores in the US because I saw a series where the main character worked in one.


Kati on 11/22/2011:
and ye, no Walmarts here! :) We have Tesco, Auchan, Jumbo instead ... They're all the same! I guess Walmart is a bigger scale, nothing compares to it in Europe. We have plenty of shopping malls though, where individual stores are available to hop in and out, but the cashiers are separate and well, it's different. One has to walk and spend a lot to get everything from the list. Especially if it's a holiday (Christmas) special list for gifts, foods and clothings.


grannyannie on 11/22/2011:
You're spot on with some of my family telling me 'it's the holidays - enjoy yourself'. My sister knows how hard I've worked and she'll be very helpful, not too sure about the rest of them, and there are a LOT of family.


legcramps on 11/22/2011:
You're doing great with cutting out the caffiene. I don't know if I could be as determined as you are :)

I honestly don't think it's the shoes that are the problem... i've tried different kinds of shoes, been analyzed when I started running, and seem to always come up short - and with shin pain. I really think it might be a stress fracture or over-exertion injury, but i'll let my doctor figure that out. I know sometimes when I wear compression socks it helps a bit, which is why I keep thinking they're shin splints.


Kati on 11/22/2011:
I have special shoes, too. I have those shoes that claim to be toners and good for the spine, called MBT shoes. I just cannot wear them because of this stoopid rainy weather... They cost 200+ euros and I don't want them to suffer any damage because of extreme weather conditions :)



biscottibody59 - Sunday Nov 20, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: Nothing

I'm about a third of the way through my 60-day no-caffeine odyssey.

I did a little test yesterday (I drank a cup--12 oz--of real whole regular coffee). I did it on purpose--tried a bit of coconut milk creamer in the process as well. It was a necessary exercise to see what I WILL NOT be missing.

It only took a little over two weeks of cutback moving toward cutting out caffeine (and drinking real coffee yesterday) to realize that I have no good reason to consume caffeine. Two weeks isn't a long time to adjust, but I adjusted and my body seems to be more useful if I don't resort to medicating myself with caffeine. (If you'd like to know why I call it medicating myself, read the link to an article about a study on caffeine from 2010 in the DDs Forum entry: "Caffeine-Free Challenge.")

After these 60 days I'll know better, but caffeine seems very much to be detrimental to me and my goals and well-being. I don't need it in my life. Things change, but for now I know I belong in that small group of about 10% of US Americans who steer clear of caffeine for various reasons.

That's it. It was a nice run of me on (mainly) coffee as my caffeine vehicle for about 30 years. Knowing this now will make it easier for me to carry on through the rest of the 60 days. Beyond that--who knows!

Good to know there's something new under the sun--for me at least:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::*::11.20::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout


75 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

grannyannie on 11/20/2011:
Well done on your caffeine! I can drink tea all day, but more than one cup of regular coffee or cappuccino and I'm ready to chew my nails off!


Maria7 on 11/20/2011:
I commend you on getting off caffeine. It isn't easy to do. Hope you have a good day. :-D


V on 11/20/2011:
:) Great job Biscotti! Although i am not completely caffeine free(jacked is the only supplement that contains caffeine) I have to thank you for giving me the motivation to step up to kicking my Monster/Celsius habit :) Have a good evening.


thinkpositive on 11/21/2011:
Good job on the caffeine & I'm sure it's not easy but good going.



biscottibody59 - Saturday Nov 19, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: NordicTrack 13 min/1.1 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 35 min

No coffee/decaf, chocolate or other source of caffeine yesterday--Day 18.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::*::11.19::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout


60 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

grannyannie on 11/19/2011:
Thanks for comments! Yea, I'll go back in about 6 months and get measured again as my size will change. Have a fabulous weekend!


grannyannie on 11/19/2011:
Doing great on the caffeine!


hollybelle on 11/19/2011:
I had a nordic track but it was used and broke. I really liked it - better than ET, actually. I think I'd really like cross - country skiing for real - if we ever got enough snow! Ha!


greengirl on 11/19/2011:
I see you are doing well with the caffeine reduction biscotti. Well done. Is it helping you to sleep? Have a great weekend .


V on 11/19/2011:
It keeps getting better every day!! Woohoo! Go Biscotti :)



biscottibody59 - Friday Nov 18, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: NordicTrack 13 min/1.1 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 25 min

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th) Goals:
No caffeine--including decaf coffee, 90 oz water/day, 60 min activity/day
Mon: All goals met!
Tues: All goals met!
Wed: All goals met!
Thur: No caffeine goal met, other two not met.
The End.

No bike ride or wt trng yesterday. Good outcome for this challenge. It pretty much did what I expected.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::11.18::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout


70 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

Kati on 11/18/2011:
well, you can always compensate with more exercise today. Just don't drink 2x 90 oz water, please! :)


Umpqua on 11/18/2011:
Congrats on finishing the challenge - I hope you have a great weekend!


liza36 on 11/18/2011:
I'm glad your challenge and goals served their purpose and you had the outcome you expected. I liked "The End." It's a nice punctuation point to your challenge. Will you be starting another one soon? I should take the cue from you, and start mini challenges/goals. I'm sure it would help me stay focused and kick things up a notch.


~WI~ on 11/18/2011:
Have a great weekend!


V on 11/18/2011:
That is how it is done Biscotti!! Yeahh!! Enjoy your weekend!!


Maria7 on 11/18/2011:
Sounds like you are doing real well. Hope you have a nice weekend. :-)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Nov 17, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. --Lin Yutang

For my activity: NordicTrack 26 min/2.6 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 35 min

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th) Goals:
No caffeine--including decaf coffee, 90 oz water/day, 60 min activity/day
Mon: All goals met!
Tues: All goals met!
Wed: All goals met!

No bike ride again. Of the three goals for this challenge, no caffeine has been the easiest.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::11.17::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout 


90 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

liza36 on 11/17/2011:
I just posted on yesterday's entry, but you are doing stellar with your goals. Nice that the caffeine goal is the easiest. It's proving to be hard for me, but I'll kick it sooner or later. Have a good one.


~WI~ on 11/17/2011:
Congrats on meeting all your goals!


V on 11/17/2011:
Spectacular job Biscotti!! Have a wonderful evening ;)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity: NordicTrack 15 min/1.4 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 45 min

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th) Goals:
No caffeine--including decaf coffee, 90 oz water/day, 60 min activity/day
Mon: All goals met!
Tues: All goals met!

Didn't get the bike ride done.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::11.17::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride


90 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

grannyannie on 11/16/2011:
You're doing great. Have a great evening!


grannyannie on 11/16/2011:
Photos: only the ones on the 9th are with my phone - HTC Legend. The rest are with my DSLR - a Canon EOS Rebel T2i.


Umpqua on 11/16/2011:
Excellent job meeting your goals! I don't use curry paste and I doubt my curry is very authentic, but it's super yummy and the whole family will eat it. And I hope you can find the garam masala, it's the nectar of the gods! It's super expensive and sometimes not available at my grocery. This site is great for imports: http://www.ishopindian.com/nirav-garam-masala-special-pr-22067.html I'm working on a big box from them right now.


V on 11/16/2011:
On an awesome run Biscoti!! Keep it going, like i know ya will ;)


Maria7 on 11/17/2011:
Congrats on doing real well with sticking to your no-caffeine. Good on the workout, too. I've been doing a lot of extra walking lately. :-)


Kati on 11/17/2011:
Good, you're doing great :D


legcramps on 11/17/2011:
Good job! 90 ounces of water is a lot. I'm trying to do the calculation for the metric equivalent in my head as I type, but i'm not very good at math anymore. Anyways, it's gotta be close to 2.5 - 3 litres of water. I can only drink 2 litres on a good day. Moral of the long story - good for you!


liza36 on 11/17/2011:
I think it's great you have very specific goals. Mine are pretty vague - lose weight, exercise. Good job setting and keeping goals.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Nov 15, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity:
NordicTrack 15 min/1.3 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 30 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th) Goals:
No caffeine--including decaf coffee, 90 oz water/day, 60 min activity/day
Mon: All goals met!

Had a great wt trng workout yesterday. I took my time because I didn't want to have to lower my dumbbells below 13# even though it was still akin to starting all over. For the record it takes 18-20 min total of just the moves (if they were done non-stop). Good to get the "first" one out of the way.

To my credit I did the same reps as I had done on the last stint--22 days ago:-) Now the challenge is to keep up the routine and even do just half one day and half the next if I'm pressed for time. NOT doing wt trng is sure chaos for me. Somehow other things begin to slide as well. Of course the shorter days this time of year don't help either!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::11.17::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride


90 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

grannyannie on 11/15/2011:
Good workout! You're doing great on the caffeine! Thanks for your comments! I really don't feel my age.


Umpqua on 11/15/2011:
Awesome job with the weights!

The curry is something I throw together. Here is the basic recipe: saute 1/2 an onion in a bit of olive oil. Add 1 can of light kidney beans (I puree mine in the food processor since hubby won't eat them if they resemble a legume haha). Add a bit of water and bring to a simmer over med-low heat. Add some garlic, peppers and any other veggies you would like. Add 1 small can of tomato paste, and maybe 2-3 cans of water - keep adding to get a good thick consistency. I then add chili powder, cumin, some garam masala or masala curry powder and cayenne pepper to get to the desired spiciness. Let it all simmer up for maybe 20 minutes. I eat it over brown rice, quinoa, kasha, barley - it's good over anything. Enjoy!


getmebackto150 on 11/15/2011:
Great workout! Have a great day!!


V on 11/15/2011:
I guess I am prodding you to the next level..Your BMI did drop some?? I thought?? Congrats to meeting your Mon goals and getting in a nice workout!! Have a good one!!


liza36 on 11/15/2011:
Nice job meeting all your goals on Monday. I'm sure Tuesday will be no exception!


~WI~ on 11/15/2011:
Great going! I'm considering stepping down from caffeine in the next couple of weeks. I KNOW it is an addiction because the thought of not drinking my diet soda bugs me like it did when I started thinking about quitting smoking, which I did and I'm glad LOL. Have a great day!



biscottibody59 - Monday Nov 14, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 160.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.3 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (152#) Date: 11.15.11


For my activity:
Sat: Walk 10 min
Sun: Nothing

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th) Goals:
No caffeine--including decaf coffee, 90 oz water/day, 60 min activity/day

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.1::****************::10.22::******::11.14::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout


50 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

grannyannie on 11/14/2011:
Thanks for the comments! It's different this time because I'm older and skin loses elasticity even w/o weight loss. Also had a higher weight as starting point. I'd never have plastic surgery though. And, you're right, people's comments don't bother me. You're doing good with the caffeine. Have a fantastic day! :-)


Kati on 11/14/2011:
wow, you said goodbye to coffee, period! That's very challenging ... :)


Kati on 11/14/2011:
YES, KO is the opposite of OK. People here at work use these terms a lot, I just "learned" from them, heheheh... it's quicker than "HellNoIJustScrewedItUpBigTimeAgainStoopidMe" ... :)


Kati on 11/14/2011:
lolol I'm better than caffeine it figures :D


Umpqua on 11/14/2011:
You're cutting out the decaf too, serious business! Good luck with the challenge, you are doing great!


thinkpositive on 11/14/2011:
Great job on giving up caffeine.


liza36 on 11/14/2011:
You're doing well so far with cutting out the caffeine. I failed. I went 2 days, and then back to it. I'm going to attempt again, starting tomorrow. Have a great day.


V on 11/14/2011:
Great job on the lack of caffeine AND lowering your body fat!! Woohoot! Have a wonderful evening



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