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biscottibody59 - Monday Jan 09, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 163.6

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=29.0 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12

For my activity:
Sat: Airdyne 25 min; Walk 35 min
Sun: Airdyne 25 min; Walk 32 min

4-Day Challenge (M-T-W-Th): 1) Eat completely starch- and plant-based, no fat added with no more than 1 oz nuts/day 2) Get at least 60 min activity/day 3) Do it:-)

In other extremely breaking news--haha--we're supposed to have some soaking rains today and tomorrow--we're still in a drought. Looks a little floody out there right now:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*****************::1.9:

Plan for today: Airdyne, Walk, Circuit Workout

Sat: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Sun: 60 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

liza36 on 01/09/2012:
Good luck with your 4-day challenge. You can do it (#3)!

grannyannie on 01/09/2012:
Good luck on your challenge, I know you'll meet it!

Agree with muscle loss. The scale has a number I like but my tummy and boobs are not as small as before. Got to be muscle loss.

V on 01/09/2012:
Your rain is supposed to head our way on Wednesday..It has been nearly 2 months without rain for us..I hope you have a good week :)

Umpqua on 01/09/2012:
I hope the flooding isn't too bad for you. Good luck with the new challenge!

moogy on 01/09/2012:
OK, so you are off and running on this challenge. I will check in every day and see how you are going, sounds tough but I am sure you can do it:) Keep dry biscotti:)

biscottibody59 - Saturday Jan 07, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 163.6

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=29.0 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12

For my activity: Airdyne 25 min; Walk 20 min

I'm just going to abandon the challenge 'til Monday. Too much going on--head just isn't in it right now. I'm just glad I'm able to feel like I'll get my head/body back into it. We all know the alternative. Some form of vigilance is mandatory!

Weighed in this morning (as I do on a Saturday from time to time) and am down just a bit. Yesterday I ate just right (health-supporting) 'til supper. By that time I really noticed how quickly cravings were cut, so even though I didn't eat on plan at that time, I wasn't ravenous in mind or stomach:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*****************::1.7::

Plan for today: Airdyne, Walk, Circuit Workout

60 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

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

grannyannie on 01/07/2012:
The porridge tastes best when made completely with full fat milk but none of us would ever do that! LOL.

h82bfat on 01/07/2012:
Good job eating "just right" & controling those cravings! No easy task - if you ask me, anyway!!

Umpqua on 01/07/2012:
RE the nutritional yeast, I think I was putting it on my cat's food years ago when she had kidney problems and we were trying to bulk her up. I've done flax seeds on salads and I don't mind those, but I don't recall using the yeast on anything. When I worked in a natural foods store many years ago we sold huge bulk bags of the stuff. One of my jobs was to portion it out into smaller bags and it was not a pleasant smell as I recall! We sold a lot of it though so people must have found something decent to do with it.

V on 01/07/2012:
I am sure once you sort things out, you will be just fine Biscotti! Can't keep a good girl like you down, no sir! I hope the rest of your weekend goes well :)

Maria7 on 01/07/2012:
Hope you are having a good day. Plant based eating sounds good. :-) I've been trying to do more of that also.

moogy on 01/07/2012:
I am sure that 'a bit' is well received:) You are right vigilance is always a neccessity and mandatory for success:) Sounds like you had a good day yesterday, always a bonus not to feel as if you could eat anything that isn't nailed down!!

Donkey on 01/08/2012:
I agree with your approach. You can do the challenge when the time is right for you! Proper mindset makes all the difference! WOOT!

biscottibody59 - Friday Jan 06, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 164.4

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=29.1 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. --Carl Sagan

For my activity:
Fri: NordicTrack 23 min/2.2 mi; Walk 30 min; Housework/Cleaning curtains/Rehanging them 2 hrs
Sat: Yardwork/Leaf Blowing 1 hr
Sun & Mon: Nothing
Tues: Walk 45 min
Wed & Thur: Nothing
Fri: Airdyne 22 min (Pre-bkfst); Walk 34 min (Pre-bkfst)
Sat: Airdyne 23 min (Pre-bkfst); Walk 34 min (Pre-bkfst)
Sun: Airdyne 23 min (Pre-bkfst); Walk 34 min (Pre-bkfst)
Mon: Nothing
Tues: Airdyne 23 min; Walk 34 min
Wed: Walk 35 min
Thur: Groom doggie abt 60 min
Fri: Walk 50 min
Sat-Tues: Nothing
Wed: Walk 32 min
Thur: Nothing

Excuse me while I cut to the chase:
4-Day Challenge (F-S-S-M): 1) Eat completely starch- and plant-based, no fat added with no more than 1 oz nuts/day 2) Get at least 60 min activity/day 3) Do it dammit--it's only 4 days . . . dammit:-)

The holidays were brutal with the food (and I cooperated). I think I'm on track again, but I think it would be in my best overall interest to get back to posting on a regular basis:-) I need to stop the bleeding--haha--NOW! Happy 2012!

I can't believe how good I felt eating starch- and plant-based with no fat added. Leaving aside the weight loss, some symptoms that completely annoy me from time to time vanished. I had to pinch myself!

My backslide happened this way: I let one meal go with other choices, then the bottom dropped out on the whole plan, except for the occasional breakfast. I got very lazy and complacent. (And I have a tendency to tell myself I don't feel all that bad and I'm okay, blah blah blah.) Not to mention I wasn't eating a ton at night. So when I couple the poor choices and lack of exercise, it adds up to a weigh-in yesterday at a staggering 164.4# on NOT my usual weigh-in day (Tuesday). I wasn't all that shocked.

I have no reason not to eat 95% plant-based (a starch at each meal and no added fat) for the rest of my life (rest of my life--haha!).  I would be an idiot not to after last month's revelations/challenge of eating this way. Change is hard (no question about that). Learning is a lifelong process. Onward and upward y'all!

I had a curious symptom during those 8ish days of pretty great health-supporting eating. It prompted me to check it out in an internettish way where I eventually came across this hilarious entry: I see many of us have a similar experience. I had it years ago where the button hole stunk, It had returned after several years of without scent, but about a year ago I had gained a bit of weight after an injury and started to get a minor irritation in the lint catcher. I noticed the lint trapped was hard and a bit sticky and stunk worse than hell. After cleaning lint from button occasionally maybe once or twice a week, It seemed to be more and more often that it would be a gob of smelly sticky fur like an animal had died inside. I had been cleaning more often dumping liquid soap into button hole, helps for awhile but not forever, sometimes gets tender and oily, I often wondered if something was coming from inside the guts. I cleaned out the outfit yesterday and was fine but had an itch tonight and about gagged from the gut ****, So I looked it up finally and found the rest of the smelly belly button club, Thank you for making me feel welcome.

How great is "button hole" as a name for navel, belly button, umbilicus--a new reference for me!

On another off-the-wall subject, I was listening to a radio program a couple days ago, and the hosts brought up Jan-Michael Vincent (he of full frontal nudity fame in Buster and Billie). I looked up a recent picture of him--life hasn't been too kind to him. He apparently also had a few major brushes with death over the years. Think Gary Busey, but dragged through a keyhole many more times. I just thought J-MV had died some years ago.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*****************::1.6::

Plan for today: Airdyne, 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

Kati on 01/06/2012:
LOL ... the smelly belly button club! :D I admit I do belong to there, too. And as my skin doesn't really follow the weight-loss, I think it's something to stay forever. BTW I also cook without added fat. And tastes alter so much, I haven't been touching fried stuff for years and I don't have the minor will to do so. Even when I binge, I binge on sweets and carbs, not fats. Well, it's enough to gain weight so it's nothing to be too proud of...

Kati on 01/06/2012:
ohhh btw I have some books to share, if you don't mind downloading them: Locked Up for Eating too much: The Diary of a Food Addict in Rehab: http://ifile.it/khos0e/__Locked_Up_for_Eating_Too_Much__The_Diary_of_a_Food_Addict_in_Rehab.l_57x2jnnzjx67xt.pdf

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery - When the Benefits Outweigh the Costs: http://ifile.it/qr8sax/__A_Diary_of_Gastric_Bypass_Surgery__When_the_Benefits_Outweigh_the_Costs.l_57x2jnnzjx67xt.pdf

Weight training basics for Men and Women (this is, to motivate you in 2012!): http://ifile.it/ivwelc/__Weight_Training_Basics.l_57x2jnnzjx67xt.pdf

moogy on 01/06/2012:
Hah! I always have to keep my button hole nice and clean and powdered, it is so deep I can get about two thirds of my pointy finger into it! It has always been a joke in my family and yes, if I don't keep it looked after it does get smelly, nice!! Sounds like you have found a solution to your health problems, definetly a reason to stick with it, but, undoubably a hard but worthwhile road to travel:) Have a good weekend biscotti:)

gymtime on 01/06/2012:
dang"now i have a urge to check my button too..blah

V on 01/06/2012:
Sorry that the holidays were brutal to you, I KNOW you will tackle this Biscotti and LOL to the stinky buttonhole!!! I am crying over here!!!! You are too much!

Umpqua on 01/07/2012:
LOL on the much neglected button hole ;) It seems the plant-based eating was really working for you so good for you for doing it again. Not that the holidays are done I'm sure it will be much easier for you to focus. Hope you're having a good weekend!

grannyannie on 01/07/2012:
The porridge I buy is Scott's Porage Oats. I make it with 100ml of skimmed milk and 150ml of water. Then a splash of milk when it's done. I'm lazy and nuke it for 3 minutes but it does taste even better when cooked on the stove.

grannyannie on 01/07/2012:
Oh, and my family all make fun of me when I call it porridge as they only know the word from Goldilocks and the 3 bears!

Good workouts!

biscottibody59 - Friday Dec 16, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: Nothing

I'd really like to get my wt trng done and gather some momentum. Wouldn't that be nice. I added my goals for this new way of eating below.

Peace of mind has been in short supply for me the last few years. It started years before my mother's death. Unfortunately the avalanche of outcomes good and bad and the way I approached certain situations and people sort of make my mother's death just a tiny blip on the entire deal.

I'm just glad I'm shedding the skin and shell and whatever of THAT PERSON. That person is not me and damn but it's taken awhile for me to arrive at this point. I could write about six entries on this subject, but that's for another day or six--haha!

Late Update . . .
Gonna take a break from here for a bit--not sure when I'll be back. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday time! Merry Christmas if you celebrate! Happy New New Year to you all!

Update 12.28.11 . . .
Not an update at all--not back to posting just yet. While I was doing a private entry something made it look like I updated a public entry--for lack of a better explanation. Cheers all--safe travels for the New Year!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*********::12.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

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

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

Umpqua on 12/16/2011:
That peace of mind goal is the toughest, right? I think some people go through their entire lives without mastering it, I know many of them haha. I've been forcing myself to meditate lately to deal with some major family stress. And really clearing out my mind is more difficult for me than any fitness exercise I've ever done. Have a good weekend biscotti!

liza36 on 12/16/2011:
Ah, peace of mind. A perfect goal and sometimes hard to attain. I admire you for changing the person you did not like. That can be hard and especially with family difficulties. All the best to you. Your goals are great.

V on 12/16/2011:
Shedding the layers can be tough at times but that person that emerges will be a superbeing! Wishing for all the best for you <3 Have a good evening

Umpqua on 12/17/2011:
Happy holidays biscotti and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Maria7 on 12/18/2011:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too! :-D

supercheese on 12/21/2011:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

greengirl on 12/26/2011:
I hope you've had a good christmas Biscotti, and I'm wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. I hope 2012 will bring you some rest and peace of mind.

Umpqua on 12/28/2011:
Waves at your unintended public entry ;) Happy New Year!

Kati on 12/28/2011:
Peace of mind would be great to me, too. Too bad there are stressers, but we need some challenge from time to time, don't we... Get your weight training done, and you'll be one step closer to the inner peace... Accomplishments help big time.

Donkey on 12/28/2011:
That thing you said about (paraphrasing) shedding the skin of the person who is not you.... that is gonna stick with me for a long time! I can feel the wheels turning in my head as I write this (LOL)...

~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
Peace of mind is beautiful. I finally found it and even when life is spinning crazy around me, I can always find my center. Have a Happy New Year!

V on 12/29/2011:
Hey Biscotti! I missed ya,I hope all is going well for you :) Happy New Year

Maria7 on 12/30/2011:
Hey there! Thinking of ya today. Hope you are having a real good day. :-D

V on 01/01/2012:

Maria7 on 01/01/2012:
Happy New Year to you, too! :-D Hope you've been having a good day.

liza36 on 01/03/2012:
Happy New Year, and enjoy your hiatus from DD. Don't stay away too long!

Kati on 01/03/2012:
Happy New Year! There's a newly registered person who says she knows you from 10 yrs back ;-) That's something!!! Woohoo. She's called Dear Diarist.

TinaAnn on 01/03/2012:
Hey, Biscotti! I just searched my old nickname and found a comment you left under my last entry 3 years after I entered it. I feel honored that you remembered and missed me after all that time. Well, I am here again. My old nickname was Crittermama. Ask me anything. I'll tell ya. Dear Diarist is an old friend, too. Look her up!

Maria7 on 01/04/2012:
Hey there...hope you are doing well. :-D

moogy on 01/04/2012:
I am back after my break. I hope that you are doing well and that all things fall into place for you this year:)

Maria7 on 01/05/2012:
Hope you are having a good day. :-)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 15, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: NordickTrack 13 min/1.1 mi; Walk 45 min

Pretty good day even though I didn't eat enough yesterday. Got sidetracked by phone call from semi-long-lost friend. Good friend--good call!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*********::12.15::

Plan for today: Airdyne, Walk

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

Umpqua on 12/15/2011:
I love those days when I get sidetracked from eating - doesn't happen very often for me though! Hope you have a nice evening.

V on 12/15/2011:
Good deal on the long lost friend reunion being a good thing :) Some of mine are lost for a reason ;) hahaha!! Keep up the awesome job! Have a good evening :)

Maria7 on 12/15/2011:
Distraction can be a good thing! :-D

Dear Diarist on 01/03/2012:
Hello there! I am anxious to read lots of your last entries to see how you are. As you can see, I am back in a red hot mess with my weight. Somehow I received this kind of gift from the universe to try to get things back together health wise. Stella S.

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Dec 14, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: Walk 35 min

Confession time: I ate a meal off-course yesterday--two beef tacos and a bit of cheese quesadilla. Testing is good--perhaps I can begin to truly appreciate the days of success.

I've been way off with the coffee (yesterday was the worst this month--4 servings--about 16 oz total). Still no dairy for creamer--still liking the coconut creamer. Since I had the string of 4 or 5 days completely without coffee/decaf/choc at all I've been on this slippery slope. (Doesn't it come with the territory.) My gut (courtesy of the coffee) was not liking not eating, so I went for the convenient thing. I'm back to curtailing the coffee in the thought that I'll be caffeine-free again in a few days.

I never noticed coffee doing anything to my gut until I was without it those few weeks ago (4 or 5 days) and then went back to drinking it. It's very subtle--not pain or hunger. The coffee is probably stimulating a little more acid on an empty stomach than normal. I usually eat soon after drinking coffee (within an hour or so) and it doesn't continue after that. I don't have heartburn/acid reflux. I pretty much have the classic cast-iron stomach. But I realized when I was without the coffee and didn't have that feeling that it's soooo the coffee and always has been.

Yesterday's detour reinforces my intention to stay prepared as never before. This is early in the game, so time will tell how it all shakes out. 

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*********::12.14::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

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

Kati on 12/14/2011:
I have a sensitive stomach myself... but coffee never caused burning, only excess fat (pastries)

liza36 on 12/14/2011:
I can appreciate your confession. I should adopt your healthy attitude of testing and appreciating success.

I'm still not caffeine free, and really not trying at the moment either. One thing at a time for me!

Detours and all, you continue to be rock solid!

Kati on 12/14/2011:
How are your plans for the upcoming Christmas/New Year season?

V on 12/14/2011:
That coffee used to do a number on my tummy, i just kept on drinking it though..Coffee is the one thing I don't dare to test out, girl you know i would go full throttle with it...hahaha! Good luck! have a good one!!

Umpqua on 12/14/2011:
Good for you for keeping on with this despite the detour. Have a good one!

Maria7 on 12/14/2011:
Years ago I was up to drinking 9 cups of coffee a day (yes, a coffeeholic, for sure) and went to the doctor for the tummy ache and when he learned about my coffee addiction, he told me to stop with coffee for a while and I was very soon feeling so much better. I have it in moderation now. Hubby likes his strong and caffeinated and so in the morning, I take 1/4 to 1/2 cup of his coffee and add water and heat it in the microwave and that works for me. I usually only have 1 or 2 cups a day, usually one. Hope you are having a good evening. :-D

supercheese on 12/15/2011:
Weird with the coffee....I don't drink it BUT my parents swear that they have to eat something or else the acid is too much for them.......

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 13, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.6

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: NordicTrack 12 min/1.1 mi; Walk 25 min

On my weigh-in I'm down another little bit--it amounts to 3.4# for the week. My waist is down 1 inch.

I'm still doing the plant-based eating--really it's starch-based. (New word courtesy of McDougall: starchivore.) It's liberating. I'm well on my way to taming the fat receptor as is mentioned in Esselstyn's book. I noticed after only a few days that my craving for the usual--anything and everything fat- and sugar-laden has been curtailed and has remained so. I don't miss meat for the moment. I ate only a small amount of lentils+split peas (plain, quick cooking in a packaged mixture with barley and not that appealing) and no beans--will probably add a small daily serving.

I also made a batch of fat-free okra gumbo--very convenient with frozen veg. Once I get the package sizes I'll put it up on the forum. I love okra. I happened to have a package of baby okra in my freezer. The fact that they were young and not woody is why it had absolutely no hint of the usual sliminess of okra. I like it either way myself!

I've been lucky to not be terribly swayed from my plan. I've been tempted, and I still have those cookies to bake. It is that time of the year, but I think I can be cautious without completely losing sight of things.

I've been eating brussels sprouts, beets and greens (mainly mustard, which I prefer over collards at this point). Also oats, short-grain brown rice and sweet & white potatoes. I limited the food to a narrow selection for the week. Going forward I will try to expand things to avoid boredom. Honestly though, my favorite thing is to prepare fresh mustard greens, splash some vinegar on them and top with some plain sweet potato--love it! I've also limited my fruit consumption for the past week, but am pushing to get a serving of fruit every meal from now on. I don't allow myself to get hungry. I feel differently than I have on other plans/diets I've tried.

The wt loss is as much of a bonus as how really good I feel. I remind myself that this is only one week, but this one week has the potential to be a watershed week for me. Onward and all that jazz!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::********::12.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

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

V on 12/13/2011:
Way to go Biscotti!! Feeling good makes all the difference in the world :) keep up the amazing job!

Kati on 12/13/2011:
starchivore :))) Sounds funny. :) Have you experienced the more veggies the more gas inside, too? A book once stated the gas would go away after a while... well, after 2 years of eating veggies with veggies, I'm still waiting..... patience.

Kati on 12/13/2011:
Funny you mention boredom. I don't think I ever got bored of any food I liked. I normally prefer maintaining simple, maybe I should spend more time elaborating plates but I can be equally satisfied with cooked rice + tomato sauce on top ...

Umpqua on 12/13/2011:
I'm so happy you are seeing results and feeling good about this, keep it up!

liza36 on 12/13/2011:
Your results are amazing! It's good to hear that you don't miss anything, cravings are non-existant, and you are feeling good.

supercheese on 12/14/2011:
okra gumbooo....hmm sounds interesting. Must try I believe. You're results are great. Great job!!

biscottibody59 - Monday Dec 12, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.8

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: Nothing

I completed another good day of plant-based, no-fat-added eating. Had to bump the cookies for today or tomorrow.

From a John McDougall MD newsletter: The Fat Vegan. Nevermind the title--he said it, I didn't. The following excerpt absolutely sings to me.

Dietary Change Is Terrifying
Almost all of us were raised on meat, poultry, seafood, milk, cheese, oils, flours, and sugars. These foods have provided all of our life-sustaining calories. To give these familiar foods up, in our minds, means starvation. This would be akin to asking us to stop breathing or go thirsty—unbearable, if not impossible, tasks.  I remember well my first experience with foods different from those I was raised on.  Mary, my wife of 37 years now, was pregnant with our first child, Heather, in 1974.  We were living on the Big Island of Hawaii at that time. Buzz and Susan Hughes, a couple we met at our childbirth education class, invited us over for dinner. Susan prepared a wheat and barley casserole, a Caesar salad, vegetable side dishes, and a peach pie for dessert.  The meal was tasty, but a drastic departure from my usual beef, chicken, cheese, egg, and ice cream menu. Even after second helpings my stomach was still empty of its customary fillings.  On our drive home after dinner, I felt unsatisfied and actually believed that I would be unable to sleep through the night without “food.” I entered the front door of our house, which led directly to the kitchen with a well-stocked refrigerator. I eagerly opened the bottom bin where the sliced turkey was kept and made myself a Dagwood sandwich.  After eating sufficient amounts of fat, protein, flour, and sugar, I slept well.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::********::12.12::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

30 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1299 * Calorie Goal = 1449 * Fat Goal = 32

liza36 on 12/12/2011:
I can appreciate the excerpt about dietary change. While I'm not changing my diet such as the author did, I still have a fear in the back of my mind about whether the changes I'm currently making will stick. It is a departure from my former "normal" eating of high fat foods. Change is hard!

Your challenge results are good. Good luck with the baking. I've sworn off all baking, because I can't eat just one!

V on 12/12/2011:
Have a healthy week Biscotti! :)

hollybelle on 12/12/2011:
Interesting exerpt. I don't feel that skipping meat is any less satisfying. I enjoy certain meat entries, but I actually do prefer vegetables, fruits and grains. With that realization I should move forward in eating healtier, right? Unfortunately I love sugar and goodies more than anything else! Taming the sweet tooth is much more of a challenge than going without animal based protein. I ate vegetarian (not vegan) for 4 years but decided to re-incorporate animal protein when I met my (soon to be at that time) husband. This gets into an area of discussion that I find interesting, Generational dietary changes - my grandmother (not my mother) taught me to cook. My mother doesn't really cook - my dad did and my mother had a lady who cooked for her half the time, too. So I started out cooking like a granny with plenty of butter and shortening and fried foods and cheese, etc. Mostly everything homemade - not pre-made. My cooking quickly evovled from that to more healthy - grilled, baked meats and pretty much NO fried foods at all, much less butter and cheese, eggs and modified everything. My daughter is a cook and she makes things very healthy and eats almost no meat at all. She is more apt to "invent" her own recipes and is pretty good with grains like quinoa and with spices. I wish I had her "knack" for that kind of food. My attempts come out flat or tasteless. I am to the point I don't try because I want any time I spend cooking to result in something "tried and true" - very likely to turn out.

Umpqua on 12/12/2011:
I like the excerpt and I agree that it's a huge mental and social change to eat outside the western norms. I've been slowly tweaking my own diet over the last few years but I see the biggest changes with my meat and potato hubby, who now eats and enjoys sushi (previously wouldn't touch fish of any sort), beans and all types of whole grains. It's taken time and repeated servings to move away from the animal protein mentality and we're still not entirely there.

V on 12/12/2011:
Oh BTW did you happen to see this??


biscottibody59 - Sunday Dec 11, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.8

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: Walk 35 min

One more day under my belt. I have to bake some cookies and I'm not looking forward to it. If I can only eat zero or one--I'll consider it an accomplishment.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*******::12.11::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

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

grannyannie on 12/11/2011:
Thanks, hope there's no hitches in my trip! Good luck on avoiding cookie taste testing! I'd have a tough time!

V on 12/11/2011:
Hahaha!!! I imagine the shows would be standing room only ;) Thanks for a really good laugh and we could keep going with this, but I think I have said enough(don't want to rock the boat too much, but man is it fun) and I am happy you agree ;) Teehee!! Have a good one!! Happy baking!!

biscottibody59 - Saturday Dec 10, 2011
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 156.8

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3; 35.4%::10.18
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 1.17.12

For my activity: Nothing

I'll be going back to my Tuesday weigh-in from now on. I'm down a total of 3.2# since the beginning of this challenge. It's just one snapshot of a few days, but it's a nice boost for me to try to continue the challenge for another 11 days. That'll put me at a week from this Tuesday to get a second weigh-in.

All together I feel pretty good about this challenge. I think my early morning grocery trip says it all. I would like to see (like a reviewer of the Esselstyn book I read on amazon) a grocery store that caters to people who eat no meat and no processed food. Actually the meat could stay--I haven't reached the point of eating plants based on animal exploitation or cruelty. For today I feel good and the nice bit of weight I lost is on par with the good feelings of change.

Did you know that fruit and vegetable growers in the US get no government subsidies (direct payments), but corn growers get the most. There's an interesting older documentary (Killer  at Large) on the subject. It's free to watch. It has the self-proclaimed "the militant lunch lady." I'd recommend it to those in the US who have children in school.

One takeaway, which has been pointed out in other docs of this type, is that a fast-food hamburger, for instance, would cost $10 or more if it weren't for corn subsidies, although I could be mixing my docs on that note. The guts of cattle aren't geared at all to digest corn, but this is where we are.

The movie starts out with a 12 y/o girl about to have liposuction. Nevermind that she's in Texas and both her parents appear to be healthy weights and the dr is a big ol' *ss. (C'mon man, you're doing liposuction on a 12 y/o for crying out loud!) To be fair, the profiles of the organic produce guy and the teachers trying to get soft drinks out of the school (IIRC) are also in Texas (I'm pretty sure). So maybe it balances out--haha!

Since I've drifted to the subject anyway--haha--I'm afraid we Texans will never live down the legacy of George W Bush. And now Rick Perry is continuing the trend, though he will never win the nomination. Fingers crossed:-) Seriously if you follow US politics at all the Republican field is quite entertaining, which is sad, but that's what happens when you have so much money and time involved in our election system. It's the same for the Democrats when they're fielding a group to defeat an incumbent Rep President.

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) Eat completely plant-based, no fat added, no more than 1 oz nuts/day allowed this go 'round 2) Get at least 60 min activity each day 3) Stay motivated to accomplish those two for this short period:-)

Challenge Results:
Tues--Ate according to goal and nearly made the activity goal. I'm down 2 pounds. So far it reminds me a little of my first time losing weight here on DDs. I seem highly motivated to do CLOSE to whatever it takes:-)
Wed--Ate according to goal, no go on the activity goal. I'm down a little under a pound today.
Thur--Ate according to goal--nearly made the activity goal. I struggled a bit wanting to eat off-plan, and the only reason for it that I can think of was sleep deprivation. Weight is exactly the same as above.
Fri--Ate according to goal. No activity at all. I'm down a tad on weight. I feel I did pretty well on the third goal of the challenge--staying motivated. For someone as easily distracted as I am.

I feel like I jumped a big hurdle with this challenge despite not doing so great with the activity part. Much better than feeling like I was continuing to dig the hole:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::*******::12.10::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

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

Maria7 on 12/10/2011:
Big WOW to the info above (thanks for sharing this with us here at DD) and BIG CONGRATS to you on your 156! :-D

grannyannie on 12/10/2011:
Thanks for comments! Hey, you're doing great. Well done on the loss. I somewhat follow the prez race over there (as I vote from abroad). Very umm....entertaining.

V on 12/10/2011:
I am totally going to watch this documentary, sounds really interesting.. Hey congratulations Biscotti! You are doing it!!! P.S. Rick Perry is a douchelord...hahaha OOPs My bad ;)

stringbean on 12/10/2011:
Thanks for your comments on my food allergy post- sometimes you just need to know people out there know what you're going through. I've been scouring the internet all day for recipes, and i found a bunch of books at my library. Fingers crossed! This is going to be a big undertaking for my kiddo. I'm completely impressed with your 4 day challenge, and sticking to it? Nice job.

Kati on 12/11/2011:
wow, great post. You made the 4 day challenge, that's very cool!!! :) You're my action hero. :D

Maria7 on 12/11/2011:
Hope you are having a good Sunday morning. :-)

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