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

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


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

It's My Birthday--53rd!

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

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

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

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

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


sweetpea1977 on 03/19/2012:
happy birthday!


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


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

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


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


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


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



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

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


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

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

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

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

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

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

Body Fat: 36.5%::3.3.2012
BF History: 33.8%::3.8.11; . . . up up up all year . . . 35.5%::1.5.12

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout, Bike Ride


Thur: 60 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Fri: 8 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 90 oz Water * 9ish hrs Sleep
Sun: 30 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Mon: 60 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

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

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


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


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


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


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

Thanks for comments!


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

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


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


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


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


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



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

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

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 4.13.12


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


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

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

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


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


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

Good luck with your challenge!!


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


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


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


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


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



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

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

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


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

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

Methinks I'd best return to posting:-)

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

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

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

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

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

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Thur: 60 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Fri: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Sun: 30 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Mon: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Tues: 64 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 64 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
Thur: 65 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep

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

grannyannie on 02/17/2012:
Hope you get back on track with the weight training. I've realized it makes a bigger difference than just doing cardio. Have a great weekend. Off to stretch my capris...LOL.


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


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


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


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


supercheese on 02/22/2012:
great attitude!


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


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


thinnside40 on 02/27/2012:
Hi!


TinaAnn on 02/27/2012:
Good luck!


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


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


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

Looking forward to hearing more from you! Stay well!


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 06, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

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

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12


For my activity:
Thur: Walk 40 min
Fri: NordicTrack 15 min; Walk 15 min
Sat: Walk 15 min
Sun: Nothing

Still messin' with a couple of methods of entirely cutting out caffeine. The chills (from my last entry) didn't escalate into a cold or anything else.

Gonna read (again) and immerse myself in Esselstyn's Prevent & Reverse . . . I guess simplicity is sometimes the hardest thing to make sink in and take hold:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::************************::2.6::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Thur: 90 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Fri: 60 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Sun: 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

grannyannie on 02/06/2012:
Glad you don't have a cold. Good workout plan for today. Good luck on the caffeine!


Umpqua on 02/06/2012:
Good news on not being sick. Enjoy the Esselstyn book, I really like his no nonsense style.


WII on 02/06/2012:
Glad you aren't sick! Enjoy your book!


Maria7 on 02/06/2012:
Glad to read that you are feeling better! Hope you are having a good day. :-)


moogy on 02/06/2012:
Sounds like it really was caffeine withdrawal! I admire your determination to improve your health and wellbeing, from the inside out:) RYC: I shall absolutely enjoy this week with it not getting over the low seventies during the last month of summer, this time last year this week didn't drop below 95 during the day and 80 overnight. This week is such a blessing:)


selina on 02/06/2012:
Thank you Biscotti! Yes, I'm good and still going! So glad your chill didn't turn into anything bad, yay! Enjoy the book!


V on 02/06/2012:
Oh I am so happy you did not get sick :) I am sure after reviewing P & R this will give you that extra motivation to break up with Joe..You can do it :) Have a good week as well Biscotti!


V on 02/06/2012:
LOL, not only does the time warp exist, it is thriving in homie's closet...Hahahaha ;)


Kati on 02/07/2012:
ohh I'm seeing my blood pressure in the morning, I have a device right on the top of my bedside table! I've been doing that for years, as I used to have very low blood pressure. Once I was wrongly diagnosed with high blood pressure (I actually had my blood pressure high on that day, but the circumstances were completely anormal: I was in working in a factory, basically in a hot tin "box" (these fast-built factory buildings are like that) with no A/C, in plain August, 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) inside after a nice argument with my boss - I was called by the company's doctor for routine check-up and my blood pressure was sky-high, so they put me on medication without blinking twice and I suffered a looooooooot, I started to have very low blood pressures and blacked out a few times. It got very dangerous, I remember being alone at the train station and had to sit down and stay there for hours to recover...). So, since then I've been watching my values, in case it happens again I'd protest with proofs. Unfortunately doctors nowadays are really "trigger-happy" when it comes to medications. Once I asked my endo if I could take a 100% vegetal based dietary supplement to help me on the WC... he laughed, I remember clearly, and said "Why to spend so much money on those natural craps, here you have a nice syrup, you take it once or twice a day and it will result immediately..." It was a pharmaceutical med of course, with lots of crazy possible symphtoms...


legcramps on 02/07/2012:
Good thing you're not sick. Have a great day today :)



biscottibody59 - Thursday Feb 02, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

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

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12


In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. --Bertrand Russell

For my activity:
Tues: Walk 15 min
Wed: Airdyne 23 min; Walk 50 min

I just love a new month--weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

"Off" caffeine thing's going--it just is what it is. I did have a large cup out (pretty caffeine charged) on Monday. It reiterated once again how sensitive I have become to caffeine. Only one cup at home yesterday and one today. I sort of feel like I've got some traction for a change.

I kept getting a chill yesterday evening and then before I fell asleep. It was pretty bad because I even had my really nifty heated mattress pad jacked up to High. I finally realized today it must be a withdrawal symptom. Didn't notice that one last time--just a slight headache because I don't drink all that much caffeine. Of course if I come down with a cold or something (not having any other symptoms) I'll let you all know:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::************************::2.2::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout


Tues: 30 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
Wed: 90 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

selina on 02/02/2012:
Thank you, Biscotti! February, already?! Me too, I love new things ;)

I'm trying to go off caffeine, too. I decided I'll just start out by cutting the 1/2 n 1/2 that goes in it! I hope you are not coming down with a cold....

Questioning things is healthy and smart ;)


grannyannie on 02/02/2012:
Hope you're not getting a cold. I drank a pot of coffee a day way back in the 70's and 80's. By the 90's I realized how it made me feel (I'm a slow learner - lol) and switched to decaf. Now I drink mainly tea but do love a big cappuccino.


grannyannie on 02/02/2012:
Thich Nhat Hanh is well known to anyone familiar with buddhism, especially zen, and he was a very un-buddhist like Viet Nam war protestor in the 60's. Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by MLK.


WII on 02/02/2012:
You know something, I've been extremely cold since I quit caffeine also! I would LOVE to have a heated mattress pad and blanket! You keep up the great work!


legcramps on 02/02/2012:
weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!


liza36 on 02/02/2012:
I didn't know there were heated mattress pads. How nice. I hope you aren't getting sick.


V on 02/02/2012:
You know I am so lucky not to have experienced headaches after my breakup with Joe..However It did fuel my Energy drink addiction..But believe me I was more than slightly irritable when i kicked that habit.Anyhoo I totally feel what you are saying which is why although the aroma of coffee speaks to me in a very loud obnoxious voice(especially when i pass Starbucks) I try to block it out..Although i am not 100% caffeine free due to the pre workout fuel 3 days a week, I sleep like a baby now :) Have a good evening Biscotti :)


Maria7 on 02/02/2012:
I love a new month, too! Yayyyyy! Hope you feel better. Take good care of yourself. :-)


thenewmle on 02/02/2012:
Thanks for the encouragement! I am consciously putting some more healthy calories in my day. I have a question - when or how do I get my "meter" on the right side of my page? I joined in January and I thought with the new month it would then have 2 months to track, but no meter on the first of February...


thenewMLE on 02/03/2012:
I got my graph up! I had never filled out my bio. I had gone to the wrench and saw that my stuff was public, but I never hit edit bio so nothing was ever "submitted". so I am up now and ready to watch it drop! Have a great weekend and thanks for all the help!


Umpqua on 02/03/2012:
I hope you're not getting sick Biscotti. I'm excited about February too, I have big exercise plans. Have a good one!!


moogy on 02/03/2012:
Yeah! I have seen and heard that withdrawal from caffeine hits pretty bad on the second or third day. I suppose you just have to choose whether you are staying off for good or just for a challenge:) I often fall asleep on my lounge after taking my nightime meds and stumble into the bedroom after being woken by noise from a commercial on the TV:) Hope you have a healthy weekend biscotti:)



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

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

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12


If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. --Meister Eckhart

For my activity:
Sun: Walk 35 min
Mon: Walk 30 min

Weight's the same for my weigh-in today, so I'll probably repeat it on Saturday. Didn't get the gumbo made--I hope to do so today. I'm making one more attempt (4th or 5th in the last year perhaps;-) to go completely caffeine-free (no chocolate, green tea, coffee, etc). The plan is only a full cup today. About a half-cup tomorrow and then whatever is left over, possibly a little less than a half-cup on Thursday. Maybe one green tea on Friday. And then that's it.

I haven't gone overboard with caffeine stuff lately, but my cravings are in full-force and I know how much better I feel without it--at all. I sleep much better without any of it (I did last a few days once this past year and found that out). Not sure how many times this takes to realize just how sensitive I am. Lifestyle change is definitely a process for some of us:-)

And it's not that I'll never consume chocolate, coffee, tea, etc EVER again. I'd like to get to the point where it's a true choice and not a droning habit.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::************************::1.31::

Plan for today: Airdyne, Walk, Bike Ride


Sun: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Mon: 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

legcramps on 01/31/2012:
That's a good plan. Also, good work on walking! Gumbo, mmmmnnn.


getmebackto150 on 01/31/2012:
I hear you on the caffeine cravings... I too feel better ULTIMATELY without it, but rarely can make it through a day where I don't have it:(


selina on 01/31/2012:
Thank you for dragging me out of my cave, Biscotti! I can't thank you enough for that!

I stopped drinking coffee for a few days a couple of weeks ago and had major headaches... I think I'm addicted and need to do something about it... Have a great day, Biscotti!


grannyannie on 01/31/2012:
Good plan. Hope you can break the caffeine addiction. RYC smoking..I never thought of it in terms of money saved as that wouldn't have motivated me, but I know it did save me a bundle. I can't imagine smoking over here. It's about 7 pounds per pack or about $10.


Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
Quitting caffeine would be a process for me too ;P I cannot envision it at this stage of my life, but my Mom was a morning coffee drinker like me and had to give it up a few years ago for sleep/digestive reasons so I know I may have to at some point. Good luck this week!


Em17 on 01/31/2012:
Have a great day!


selina on 01/31/2012:
Interesting article and journal entry, thank you! My problem is sleeping too much, I can't be happy with less than 8 hours of sleep and if I could I'd sleep 11 hours every day, I think. In that sense, the coffee does help me to stay alert, but it does not help my stomach. I don't particularly like the taste of coffee, I gather, but getting a cup of coffee in the morning is just part of the routine. Maybe things will get better now that husband goes back to work...

I haven't seen the movie you mentioned but I do like Woody Allen. Let me know if you find the podcast of the radio show, it should be interesting, thanks!


moogy on 01/31/2012:
So hard to quit an addiction biscotti:( I am cheering you on:) No, an clother drier is the same here as there, a big piece of laundry equipment that dries the clothes for you, a clother airer is called a clothes horse in common terms and is a set of racks that you can hang clothes on that are almost dry or need to drip dry. We tend not to use clothes driers so much here, so much sunshine (usually all year round) but everyone has a clothes horse!!


WII on 01/31/2012:
TOTALLY know what you mean about the caffeine cravings! Hang tough!


V on 01/31/2012:
I so hear you my friend..The caffeine thing is a tough one, good luck with your attempt..Have a good evening Biscotti :)


Maria7 on 01/31/2012:
AMEN about the habit...I'm still working on it over here! :-D


mcwoo40 on 02/01/2012:
Hope all is well your end,just passing to say hello :-)


liza36 on 02/01/2012:
I like your last statement about wanting caffeine as a choice not a habit. I can hope for that in the future too. Have a good day.



biscottibody59 - Sunday Jan 29, 2012
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 161.2

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

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.9 (23.0 = 130#) ::
Goal Weight (149#) Date: 3.13.12


For my activity:
Tues: Much driving
Wed: Walk 15 min
Thur: Walk 15 min
Fri: Walk 20 min
Sat: Walk 20 min

Got tons of rain earlier in the week--love it. We still need more to come close to breaking the drought. It's just about freezing right now and is supposed to hit 60*F, but the forecast is three days of 70s and then 60s for a couple more.

I hope to make my no-fat-added okra gumbo today--will post my "cooking guideline," aka recipe, later. I usually don't just make stuff up--at least not when it comes to cooking--haha! I did sorta make this one up--it's gumbo, not brain surgery:-) It's great on short-grain brown rice.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.22::******::11.14::************************::1.29::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout, Bike Ride


Tues: 30 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
Wed: 40 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
Thur: 30 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
Fri: 30 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Sat: 30 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

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

grannyannie on 01/29/2012:
Temps sound great! I'm tired of being cold. :-( You're doing well on your walking. Have a lovely Sunday.


V on 01/29/2012:
Thank you :) One sure shot for my uneventful days off?? HIBERNATE..LOL Gumbo..I haven't made any in ages, I look forward to getting few ideas from your "cooking guidelines" Have a good one Biscotti :)


Em17 on 01/29/2012:
Have a great day! =)


h82bfat on 01/29/2012:
My hubby LOVES gumbo!!! I've only ever had it once & the people that made it went on & on about how hard & time consuming it had been to make, so I never bothered looking into it. Yet, your post said "it's gumbo - not brain surgery", so I'm thinking I may have been misled..... I'm looking forward to your cooking guideline!


Umpqua on 01/30/2012:
Gumbo sounds wonderful and so do your temps!


moogy on 01/30/2012:
Nice to have rain when you really need it. People who have regular rain don't really appreciate the excitement of hearing rain on the roof:) I hope the food experiment goes well:)


selina on 01/30/2012:
That okra gumbo sounds fantastic!



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