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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Apr 28, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 164.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Walk 70 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (11 min); Bike Ride 27 min/4.5 mi

I finally got my wt trng done. (I added back three of the exercises I had left out since my elbow started giving me trouble.)

After this entry, I'll go back to my ho-hum, humdrum, less than scintillating entries;-)


In response to GeeVee's comments yesterday:

To anyone reading, if you suspect you  have sleep apnea, you should insist on a sleep study. Either a home version or a full-blown sleep lab study. In my case I had a split-night study. One part of the night is to establish that you HAVE sleep apnea and the other part to establish the pressure setting to prescribe for your CPAP machine.

It's true some people just can't get used to it. I've only been at this less than 3 months, so I'm no expert, but I have a friend who I consider my "canary in the coalmine" at this. She's a little older than I am--she's 54--and was supposed to have been using CPAP for the last several years. She has several coronary stents and one is apparently re-stenosing (reclogging). She was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea before all the cardiac issues surfaced. To be fair, heart disease is complicated, but why tempt fate?

Sleep apnea is serious. I recently listened to a Diane Rehm show (drshow.org) in which one of the sleep doctors on the show called what they now know about sleep disorders the tip of the iceberg. I think the show was last week--they're all archived on that website.

I look at it this way, my friend takes a zillion medications that have only come about since the heart trouble began--prescriptions to manage the stents, hypertension, anxiety and angina. She takes these religiously. CPAP is just one more prescription as far as I'm concerned.

Timewise for me it took about 2 weeks for my cardiologist to get the results of the test and then to order the CPAP and then it was about another week before I got the machine.

Before that (and because I was so beside myself with all that was going on with me) I got my internist to order a home-type study. She just happened to have a kit for a particular company on hand. (If you'd like any more info from me, just drop me an email--it's on my bio here.)

As I've said in my previous two entries, I came to CPAP in a different way than most people. It's a big ol' drag, but I've made the leap from feeling like an invalid wearing this godawful thing on my face at night to feeling like it's just the thing:-)

If I overeat before bed, it's just as hard to get to sleep with it as it would have been before (without CPAP). If I drink caffeine before bed I can expect to have a helluva time sleeping, just as before.

My CPAP machine is unbelievably quiet. The only thing from it I hear before I go to sleep is a little airflow from the tubing. Yes, it's an air compressor, but it's sophisticated and mine has a built-in humidifier. At any rate, I can hear the radio at the same volume as I did without the machine--so to me it's completely unobtrusive noisewise.

I may be in those shoes of my friend eventually, who knows? But for now I'm going to TRY to do what I can do to keep what health I have. I had a run of years with very little to bug me healthwise--and aging insures that we need more medical attention. If this slows the process for me, I'm going to try to roll with it and the coming punches as well!

Brain Death by a Thousand Hypoxic Cuts in Sleep:
http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/full/175/6/528

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::***::4.12::****::4.27::4.30

Plan for today: Yard Work, Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1336

mcwoo40 on 04/28/2010:
Hiya,just passing to say hello from sunny uk,rain tomorrow :( keep going not far to go now have you,take care Jules


Umpqua on 04/28/2010:
You continue to be an exercise inspiration for me, keep up the great work! Good info on sleep apnea too. I had a roommate in college with it, what a nightmare. In addition to hearing her chainsaw snoring through my earplugs, I would hear her stop breathing in the middle of the night and be wide awake wondering if she was OK. She went through the overnight testing while we were rooming together and got properly diagnosed and treated thankfully.


geevee on 04/29/2010:
Hearing that improvements have been made in the noise level of the machine is encouraging and is one fewer reason for objecting to trying it.

It's probably an inane question, but I'll ask anyway. Can you wear the mask and sleep on your side or stomach? I can't fall asleep on my back.

I haven't gone to a sleep center for the study. I just heard about my ex's experience there and his complaints about the noise level of the machine. It's been a few years so maybe his was one of the early models. I'll have to ask him if he's still using it. He's had so many health problems and operations, he might not be using it.

I know another person who is very happy using the CPAP and swears by it.



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 27, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 164.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Sat: Walk 70 min; Bike Ride 28 min/4.2 mi
Sun: Walk 70 min; Bike Ride 21 min/3.5 mi
Mon: Jog 3 min/Walk 2 min X 4; Walk 45 min

So I'm down a half-pound on my weigh-in today.

When I went jogging the other day I luckily had a couple of strangers encourage me. Both were in their 70s. The first one, a woman, said she should be out doing "that"--what I was doing. I had a quick conversation with her while I jogged in place--she was a walker. Then when I was on my last leg of my 3 min jog a man said, "Keep going, don't give up!" I needed to hear that just at that moment.

I'm thinking of trying the Pritikin Program as outlined in a book from the early 80s. I'll only do it for a couple of weeks and then go from there. (You're supposed to be caffeine-free on it and as I don't see that as a long-term way of life for me--I will continue to drink coffee--my measly 2-3 cups/day with FF milk.)

As the last paragraph on this entry states, I have to give myself a serious chance to lose 20 pounds and keep it off. I'd like to add "and keep it off," but losing it comes first.


A long entry follows, so go get a snack before you start--haha!

I'm struggling with my fitness like never before, but on the other hand I can see slight improvements. As I mentioned in yesterday's entry none of this would be possible if I hadn't discovered that CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy seems to have been tailor-made for my health problems.

I think I mentioned it here in my diary a couple months ago, but the biggest thing to get my head right about really pushing myself with exercise was the stress echocardiogram I had. Though my arrhythmias seemed to alarm the techs at the time, I pushed myself as hard as I could. (I had no chest pain, dizziness or lightheadedness, but until I got the results and the go ahead from the doctor, I was still scared. This test was only one piece of the puzzle.)

I wanted and expected the full-blown sleep lab sleep study FIRST. As it happened I had the cardiology-related diagnostic tests in this order: 1) 24 Holter Monitor 2) Stress Echocardiogram. The sleep study was last.

The cardiologist wasn't convinced I needed a sleep study, but he kind of humored me in the end. So I got the sleep study and 2 weeks later the cardiologist got the results and ordered CPAP for me.

All of this began in October and spilled into November--starting with falling asleep issues along with anxiety that got worse right before my cardiologist appointment. The anxiety didn't abate REALLY until I got the above echo stress test results of no suspected coronary blockages--I just didn't have the symptoms for that diagnosis. Having said that, certain situations with certain family members continued to trigger the anxiety--including chest tightness.

So it turns out I have several serious blocks (arrhythmias), which is essentially an electrical problem; the word "block" has nothing to do with blockage or clog. If I had ONLY one, I could take a medicine, but because of the others, that particular medicine would apparently make one of the others worse. In addition, I have sleep apnea (mild in my case) that apparently caused or made worse already existing heart irregularities. Who knew? The cardiologist initially was skeptical that I even needed a sleep study. (There is a study of men with pacemakers--obviously used to treat intractable arrhythmias--and no previous diagnosis of sleep apnea. Eighty percent were found to have sleep apnea.)

At any rate, that's my story. I'll be following up again with the cardiologist once I get my first detailed data from the CPAP machine--it has a little smart card thingy--pretty fancy:-) At that time I'll get the full study results--normally I eat this stuff up, but I'm being patient with the therapy.


I address anxiety and sleep issues here--neither of which I had before. Of course, I had sleep issues, but for all I knew I was getting rest--restorative sleep--whatever you want to call it. I wasn't ever tired during the day. Napping in the day was a rarity for me. That didn't change during this time.

It's no exaggeration that  I have a new lease on life--for quite a few months I seriously felt like I could go to bed at night and be dead the next morning. My behavior to manage that sense of impending doom didn't help--I started setting my alarm every 2 hrs during the night just to be sure. I stopped after admitting it to the cardiologist. I knew that my strategy was completely insane, but felt helpless. This was before I even knew I had sleep apnea.

It's funny that I admitted the alarm-setting only because I knew I needed to stop it. Despite not being comfortable closing my eyes each night, I stopped setting the alarm THAT night. It did nothing to alleviate my anxiety, but at least I knew I wasn't nuts and didn't have to behave as is I were. It was a step in the right direction.

The corresponding anxiety immobilized me at certain points. The scariest ep was when I had to turn around and go home as I drove to meet a friend for supper. I had to stop a couple of times before I made it home. On one of my stops I saw a guy (who had worked on my phone earlier in the week) getting into his car at the local phone office. I almost drove over to ask him to take me to the ER. So I got out of the car to sort of escape for a minute--I was only about 5 min from home.

When I got in the house I took my blood pressure--it was sky-high (183/100)--so I got on the sofa and just took it easy. I took it again after a couple of minutes and it was going down. This is about the time I was only getting about 3-5 hours of sleep (that I could count). And who knows what the quality of my sleep was. When I would try to exercise, it just seemed like a lost cause.

I had the ultimate anxiety attack (I can call it that now) on the way to the echo stress test. In fact about 2 min before I arrived I swore in my head that it was probably going to be a bad idea to get on a treadmill. I kept this all in and sort of went with the flow. The only obvious sign was that my blood pressure before getting on the treadmill was something like 185/100--it actually decreased DURING and continued lowering following the stress test. Luckily I didn't get any signs from the techs that we couldn't proceed--it was so very gratifying at that point to know that I wasn't some kind of weirdo.

This is the first time I've put this down in words in detail. It's just so hard to believe what I've been through. I feel very lucky on one hand, but I also can pinpoint my reaction to a life/family situation that started last March. By Summer I had completely given over my power (in my head and heart). I began to feel like I was in a continual loop of anger for things to be different. I was helpless it seemed. If you had asked me during those months I would have said I wasn't all that angry.

It's all been a process, and I truly believe I'm out of the woods. Since the beginning of the year I've noticed that I'm dealing better with the family sh*t. I'm lucky to have several good friends who totally get me, but who also don't just let me off the hook.

All I can say is that I'm not sure where I'd be right now without CPAP. I was diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea, but have other symptoms that have been minimized or eliminated. This was demonstrated during the sleep study--a split night one where it is firmly established one has sleep apnea (for the first few hours) and then CPAP is employed to see if it helps you and to establish the pressure to be used with your machine.

During the second part, the CPAP affected my heart rhythm issues so that they were less of an issue for me. Since starting this, I have had very few nights where I do not sleep all night. And best of all the one symptom that I had for at least 4 or 5 YEARS is gone. (I'd like to tell you what that symptom is specifically as relates to all the diagnostic tests I've had, but it remains elusive. That it is GONE is good enough for me!)

That disturbing symptom had to do with waking up, not choking, no headache, no racing heart, just waking up, but feeling disoriented. Upon standing I might feel wobbly--sort of a "sea legs" feeling. This would all go away within a minute whether sitting on the side of the bed or sofa or after standing/walking. Then I'd go back to sleep.

I don't know what 20 pounds off my frame would do for the sleep apnea, but I do know that it will make it easier for me to get around on my jog. I haven't been fully (or halfway even) committed to losing it. Just as I didn't know that I could do this well with CPAP therapy when I first started out--I had faith. I need to have that same faith that losing 20 pounds would be at least that life-changing.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.12::4.27

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1336

chunkychick on 04/28/2010:
I appreciate the detail that you gave to explain where you were really at with all of this. I know it is hard to see it all typed out, but it is freeing too. You have really come a long way! Thanks for the comment about my initial post. It has taken me a long time to see things for what they are. I just forund out this week that I have an ovarian cyst. Thankfully it is the kind of cyst that will take care of itself, but it really suprised me. It is time for me to make some changes now! Thanks for the honesty and for the inspiration. We can do this!


thinnside40 on 04/28/2010:
Having faith that 20#'s off will do something any good is worth the effort.... Just like my 60-something #'s to go will do me some kind of good...Not sure what all, but can't be bad..... I know that what little I have maintained off & re-lost the some re-gained has made a difference in many ways..Mostly mental processing is upbeat & positive again...

Have a great remainder of the week and thanks for sharing your experience(s)....


geevee on 04/28/2010:
I'm with you on the necessity of having coffee a part of my life. Without it, I sleep ALL DAY. i can't wake up.

Sounds like I just solved my sleeping at night problem! Like you I'm fine during the day and don't nap. I'm never sleepy either. The main problem is the burning eyes and lassitude.

I have an annoying habit of dozing off while watching TV. Usually it's only for 5 min. but if I do, any thought of sleep goes out the window. Sometimes I might sleep for a couple of hours and then I wake up refreshed. At that point there is no possibility of sleep.

I have an appt. w/the endochrinologist in a few weeks. I'm sure he'll bring up taking the stress test which I didn't go for months ago the last time I saw him. I had had one some years back and just dreaded all those hours and hated the test itself. I felt like I was going to collapse, but all was well.

More later.

Thanks for your lengthy and detailed entry. it was very informative and helpful.


WI3 on 04/28/2010:
You never would have known that you had this many health problems from your posts! I will admit that you seemed a bit tense and had some walls up, but it all makes so much sense now. Thank GOD you were diagnosed! I am so happy for you!!!!!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Apr 24, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.0

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.2 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity lately:
Wed: Nothing
Thur: Driving alot; Walking a little/shopping
Fri-Mon: Short Walk
Tues: Jog 3 min/Walk 2 min X 4; Walk 25 min
Wed: Walk 50 min
Thur: Walk 70 min
Fri: Jog 3 min/Walk 2 min X 4; Walk 75 min; Bike Ride 24 min/3.6 mi

So for my weigh-in on Tuesday I was up 1.5 pounds. I am trying to incorporate some new habits. One is having only 2 cups of coffee in the morning. I identify as a coffee person, so it kinda cuts into my persona--haha--but I think it's better for me overall. If you're like me you can't just "take it or leave it" when it comes to coffee!

Drove most of the day, or so it seemed, last Thursday--after not sleeping worth a sh*t the night before. Moving along . . . I began having a stiff shoulder blade on Friday, which turned into spasms and a worsening and spreading of the stiffness. Hung out on the heating pad before bed Friday and Saturdy nights. Luckily it was better Sunday--still a little stiff, but improving. I didn't do anything especially strenuous, I just think the excessive time spent in the car did it. Today the stiffness is almost completely gone.

At any rate, it helped blow my plans for the challenge (last week's) out of the water. A convenient excuse. I did have a bit of a cookie binge over last weekend. I'm powerless around most cookies, though I think I can get better--more powerful:-)

Speaking of sleep, let me just give you a taste of how things are for me now. I have been using CPAP therapy for a bit more than 9 weeks. If you've never heard of it or don't know someone who's successfully being treated with it, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) alleviates sleep apnea symptoms. I'll elaborate a little more on what led to CPAP for me in my next entry and on the forum.

I'm just starting out, so I can only say what I've been through, but if my experience helps one person--that would be something. Women are not suspected of suffering from sleep apnea in the same numbers as men for whatever reason. And it's just generally underdiagnosed despite the consequences and damage it can cause!

CPAP therapy is the definition of peace of mind for me--at least at this moment!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.12::4.24

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1336

nita51 on 04/24/2010:
What great and sound advice. Thanks for being the first to come to my rescue. I will gladly take your advice and use it well. Thanks for making me feel better, I'm glad I shared this, instead of keeping it all inside me. Hugs to you!


geevee on 04/26/2010:
I am really intersted in hearing more about your cpap experience. I can't imagine how I'd ever be able to fall asleep the way I toss and turn. Details, please.


geevee on 04/27/2010:
Thanks Biscotti!

I have no doubt that I suffer from sleep apnea too. I do snore and have awakened gasping for breath. Horrible feeling!

Don't you have to go to a "sleep disorder" place, spend the night hooked up in order to disgnosis the condition with certainty? Doing that is unimaginable to me unless they drug me to put me out. I can't sleep on my back and how I'd ever fall asleep with all those wires is beyond me.

Then, assuming the diagnosis is positive, how could I get past the sound of the machine? Thinking of the mask makes me claustrophobic. How did you manage that part? Are you getting a decent night's sleep since you started with the machine?



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Apr 14, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.0

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.2 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Jog 2 min/Walk 3 min X 3::Jog 3 Walk 3 min X 1; Walk 65 min;
Bike Ride 24 min/3.6 mi

My 4-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat):
1) Count cals/track using fitday
2) Drink >100 oz water/day
3) Get at least 60 min activity/day

I've got my head on straight for this one! As for yesterday--didn't pay a whole lot of attention and, before I knew it, I jogged 3 min instead of 2. I use the interval timer on my watch, so it's pretty straightforward, but I must have missed one of the beeps at the end of an interval. When first starting out another whole minute can seem like an eternity. Nevermind that 3 min straight jogging is next on the agenda:-)

On my bike ride last night I came to realize that I had really improved my fitness since a couple of rides ago. It prompted this thought: It's hard to lose weight, but easy to gain; It's REALLY easy to lose fitness, but hard to get back. (I am getting my fitness back, but it's been hard to just put things behind me--practice makes perfect I suppose!)

Ugh--risky business--I gotta bake cookies for a BD present--totally unavoidable this time--I've been avoiding it for awhile. I guess I'll start out eating one just to be sure I didn't add too much of something. Then put any that don't go into the gift directly into the back of the freezer.

Mini-Rant Alert!!!
You'd think that a big bucks show like Biggest Loser could make sure the contestants have state of the art equipment. I watched it last night despite the fact that the concept still disturbs me. On the other hand, no one forced these people to be subjected to Jillian and Bob the Fitness Nazis--haha! Again I'd like to know EXACTLY how many of these people gain back to unhealthy levels and how many of them and how soon after the show do they have their gall bladders removed. Losing tons of weight quickly is a risk factor for GB removal.

Here's the deal, Victoria (a contestant) needs a new sportsbra or needs to wear a regular bra or, since the show really has/makes more money than God--MAKE HER A CUSTOM BRA--for crying out loud. I don't know, but she may be doing permanent damage to her breast tissue. Seriously. I'm barely a C cup, but I'd be mortified to go out and be whomping my boobs up and down while jogging in the street, for instance, much less feel comfortable or like I wasn't doing damage while doing it. This woman is doing it on national TV. Shame on NBC and all involved!

It's really kind of stupid and sad--there are probably a few companies that would step up just for "promotional consideration" or product placement, aka $$$ . . . speaking of, the show really needs full disclosure--Bob must be getting direct payments from Extra Gum, Jennie-O Turkey and Ziploc. It's fine to make money--just tell us about it. Most viewers probably don't care, but when it starts looking like an infomercial, it's time for full disclosure!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.12::4.15

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 112 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1327

geevee on 04/14/2010:
Be careful. Your weight is inching back up.


thinnside40 on 04/14/2010:
Your rant made me laugh and I've already had a good day... Thanx!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 13, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.0

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.2 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Walk 25 min; Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (12 min/1.1 mi)

I'm up 1.5# on my weigh-in and down one-eighth inch on my abdomen. I'm sure doing my wt trng the day before weighing in has a little to do with the scale increase--I usually try to avoid it the day before. At any rate, I didn't expect a loss either--haven't really corralled my eating lately.

As for the 3-Day Challenge--last day--didn't quite make the 1-hr activity goal. Water goal--done! Wt trng session--done!

I did my abbreviated circuit workout with 13# dumbbells. I used wts on all exercises except Abs, Pushups and Chair Dips. The workout consisted of this:

Shoulder presses 12 reps X 2
Abs
(bic crunch::leg lifts::bic crunch)
50::30::50
Pushups (sissy) 15 reps X 2
Chair dips 18 reps
Calf raises 70 reps
Alternating lunges 13 reps X 2
Deadlifts 15 reps
Squats 15 reps
Abs again 50::30::50

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.12::4.15

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk/Jog, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 112 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1327

Progress as of today: 24 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 04/13/2010:
You did well a majority of the time with reaching to your goal.... Next time it will be 100% :-)

Good Tuesday to you!


thinnside40 on 04/13/2010:
"spells/fits" ~ Huh, I get that from my g'ma...She is on her 3rd pacemaker @ 91 years of age...Brain tumor,heart-attack,stint in neck artery, etc & still kickin' hard! You mentioned "fit" and all my life "a fit" the majority of the time hasn't been about being upset, but a physical/mental feeling term also.....

With, it's time to have a fit about getting in fit I'd say for me.... Working on it and not the only one I know...Best to you!


Umpqua on 04/14/2010:
You're doing great with the workouts and weight training. I need some inspiration to get more exercise myself so I'll be checking in on you!



biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 12, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.0

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing --Saint Augustine (354-430)

For my activity: Nothing

So Saint Augustine would be about 1350 years old were he alive today:-) I weigh in tomorrow and measure my abdomen too.

Made none of the goals for my 3-Day (Sat-Sun-Mon) Challenge with these goals: drink >100 oz water/day, do at least 1 hr of activity/day, get in at least one wt trng session.

So I watched ALL the Hoarders: Buried Alive episodes (TLC) over the weekend--recorded some--paused live--flashed through the commercials--DVRs are great. I hope these people are paid something in addition to getting them paid help for their psych issues. The most striking thing to me was the childhood experience of two of the people, who just happened to be women, who had probably the worst problems--stuffwise. They each had a trusted adult take and burn all their belongings--things--stuff when they were still children. (One of the women had been raised by her aunt, who made her watch the pile burn.)

That particular woman had a house full of possessions, which she hadn't lived in for 15 years in addition to 6 storage units. Her husband had divorced her and left her the house. (Presumably the hoarding was the reason for the divorce.) She had been evicted from two apartments and was about to be evicted from her current one.

The other woman's house was truly unbelievable--not filthy--neither one of these people seemed to have problems hoarding trash. Their problems were compulsive shopping combined with the inability to use or even look at the items purchased once they got them home. There was yet another woman, a CPA, who bought the house next door to use as storage. She had cat poop around the house and was currently sleeping on what appeared to be a 1-inch thin piece of foam on her bedroom floor surrounded by stuff.

Of course the one guy who brought his girlfriend to see the condition of his house was fairly predictable--we the viewers were informed that she wanted no part of the relationship after seeing his place. There wasn't any mention of any trauma or loss that led to his problem. He didn't seem to fit the pattern of the isolated types. He was an admitted compulsive shopper and expressed his enjoyment of buying stuff. Most of the people seemed to be fully employed and capable and "normal" in every other way. They just harbored this dark secret--hoarding. Oh it was always called extreme hoarding. Somehow I imagine coming shows will expose even more "extreme" hoarders, though I can't imagine what that would be.

Possibly the most extreme case already was exposed in 1947--if you want to know or read about them, just look up the Collyer Brothers on wikipedia.

At any rate the take home that I personally could probably use was from one of the psychologists--if you want to avoid accumulating too much stuff, you have to change your relationship with your stuff. Coincidentally I'm reading a self-help book (published 1993) that sort of mirrors some of the things these shrinks and professional organizers employed by the show said to the hoarders. Of course I'm oversimplifying the message, but the book is called When You Can You Will. It's alot about family dynamics--probably has been updated--general self-help, but does delve into specifics along the way.

As for me, I do tend to clutter and hold on to stuff for reasons other than needing, using or loving it. I try to relegate it to rooms that I can close off. It's Spring and I haven't made a trip to Goodwill/Salvation Army lately--time to get started!

I did a huge cull about 10 years ago, but have a bunch of stuff that needs to be looked at seriously to be swept out the door. It takes up space and in my mind I really don't think I take up as much space in the Universe as I actually do--haha--I don't like that. I don't want to be a total minimalist, but I think probably about half could go, and I wouldn't miss it!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.12::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 56 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1322
 

thinnside40 on 04/12/2010:
Best of wishes to you in accomplishing what it is you need to...



biscottibody59 - Sunday Apr 11, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 163.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Fri: Nothing
Sat: Jog 2 min/Walk 3 min X 4; Walk 40 min

Yesterday I accomplished the water and activity goals for my 3-Day (Sat-Sun-Mon) Challenge with these goals: drink >100 oz water/day, do at least 1 hr of activity/day, get in at least one wt trng session.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::******::4.11::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 112 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1322

Progress as of today: 25.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!


biscottibody59 - Friday Apr 09, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 163.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Mon: Walk 60 min
Tues: Walk 75 min; Mowing 2 hrs
Wed: Jog 2 min/Walk 3 min X 4; Walk 48 min
Thur: Walk 60 min

Don't know why I keep scheduling my wt trng--probably so I won't forget about it completely. So I'm standing pat for my Tuesday weigh-in at the above weight--kind of a relief. And I measured my abdomen--am down to 40.5 there. So that's a half-inch down in a week!

It's over! My 4-Day (Mon-Thur) Challenge with these goals: drink at least 100 oz water/day, do at least 1 hr of activity/day, realize an 1800 cal/day target and counting cals (Fitday), etc.

Here's how I did: Water: M: 112 oz::T: 112 oz::W: 56 oz Th: 56 oz--so 2 out of 4 days. I got in at least 1 hr of activity all days! I wrote down my food daily, but didn't do Fitday--so I doubt I made the 1800 cal/day goal. Since counting calories is a huge stumbling block I'm going to focus on it for next week's challenge.

In the meantime, I'll do a 3-Day (Sat-Sun-Mon) Challenge with these goals: drink >100 oz water/day, do at least 1 hr of activity/day, get in at least one wt trng session.

I'm thrilled with my jogging progress. Though I haven't been at it long (this time around) it's good to know that I am improving. I'm jogging 2 min straight (3 times/session--two sessions left) at this point. Next will be 3 min X 4, but I can see that if I keep it up, I will easily be jogging 20 min straight by mid-June or so.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::*****::4.9::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 56 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1322


biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 05, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 163.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. --William James

For my activity: Jog 1 min/Walk 4 min X 5; Walk 25 min

I'm doing a  4-Day (Mon-Thur) Challenge with these goals: drink at least 100 oz water/day, do at least 1 hr of activity/day, realize an 1800 cal/day target and counting cals, etc.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::****::4.5::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 28 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1322

Progress as of today: 25.5 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

panda22 on 04/06/2010:
Thanks for the comment and compliment on the diaper cake =) Love the quote you posted in this entry..that is so true! I like the 4 day challenge you've been doing...might have to try the water part of the challenge as that's my greatest obstacle and I can never seem to fit enough in during the day. Keep it up Biscotti!


mcwoo40 on 04/06/2010:
Just passing to say hello,i'm struggling AGAIN when will i learn :( Has the weather picked up yet? take care Jules


KathyBlue on 04/06/2010:
I always google my weight to lbs.. I never do conversion in head, blagh! :D I did: 125.5 kgs to lbs and it gave me the value :)

btw I love the quote - it's soooo true!


greengirl on 04/07/2010:
Hope your challenge is going well this week :-)



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 31, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 163.5

Body Fat: 35.3%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 (27.5 @155#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity:
Tues: Walk 75 min; Bike Ride 21 min/3.1 mi
Wed: Walk 65 min; Bike Ride 18 min/2.7 mi
Thur: Jog 1 min/Walk 4 min X 5; Walk 65 min
Fri: Walk 65 min
Sat: Nothing

Challenge Update: I had four days of good long walks with the dog. Also walked a little more later on 3 days. I'm going about 3 mph, but I'm already a little faster.

The 4-day (Tues-Fri) challenge consisted of this: drink at least 100 oz water/day, get in at least 1 hr of activity/day, counting cals, etc. I accomplished all goals all days except for the calorie counting, etc--I wrote down my food, so I did start:-) As for the water goal--accomplished that all days but Friday--Tues 101 oz::Wed 112 oz::Thur 112 oz::Fri 56 oz.

I'm satisfied with these results. This was probably the first (Kyrin-inspired) challenge I've taken to the end in awhile!

I will begin another 4-Day (Mon-Thur) Challenge with the same goals as above including a calorie target of 1800/day.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::*****::3.21::****::4.4::

Plan for today: Bike Ride, Jog, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!


1797 cal * 60g Fat * 30g Fiber * 28 oz Water
315 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1322

thinnside40 on 04/04/2010:
Good going..... Do you have a big or little dog?

Have a great week!


greengirl on 04/04/2010:
Good luck with your challenge this week biscotti. Sounds very positive :-)


geevee on 04/05/2010:
Were you energetic this week! Good going!



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