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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 22, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease. --Terri Guillemets

For my activity:
Sun: NordicTrack 36 min/3.5 mi; Walk 45 min
Mon: NordicTrack 35 min/3.9 mi; Walk 42 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (8 min)

For my weigh-in, I'm the same. I checked my BF (34.0%) and took all my usual measurements--not sure when I took them last--probably around September. I hope to get to about 30% BF for a first goal.

I did my full wt trng session yesterday--feels good to get through it with no stumbling--the mental kind, not actually falling down:-) And I have a checkpoint where I sometimes note the time during my walk and yesterday I seemed to have been on fire--I was actually 2 min faster than usual.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::*****::2.21::2.24::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Sun: 112 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
Mon: 84 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep

moogy on 02/22/2011:
Well, good for you lady! Good to see that you are really going for your goal. I love the quote, it has taken me way too long to figure out that I don't need to wait for tomorrow, in fact I don't need to wait for the next meal. Change is in the moment!!!! Hey, I like that as well!! LOL

nemogirl on 02/23/2011:
Those stats look pretty good. Keep track of your progress is a good way to succeed - like these diaries!

KathyBlue on 02/23/2011:
Tomorrow is disease, I love it!!! Well said, very strong but true. I didn't know you were 51. You have the style and activity of a girl in her twenties, compliment! :)

V on 02/23/2011:
Hi!!!You are not far away from 30 bf, I know you can do it :)

legcramps on 02/23/2011:
Wow, crazy exerciser!!! That's awesome :)

geevee on 02/23/2011:
Good quote!

Umpqua on 02/23/2011:
Korean BBQ sounds so wonderful! We don't have one near us, and I'm always wary of eating out when doing low-carb, especially if they use any sauces. I'll reserve that treat for when I'm not low carbing I think! Your exercise is great, have a good one.

V on 02/23/2011:
I hope all is well with you too! :) Have a good evening!

waydesmommy on 02/24/2011:

liza36 on 02/24/2011:
I love your quote. I should post that where I can see it. I have a case of the "tomorrows". Thanks for your continued support. It helps to have people who believe in you, so thank you!

So glad to hear that mentally you feel good and got through your wt training. That's so important. Have another great day.

nita51 on 02/24/2011:
Thanks for your comment. It was greatly appreciated. Awesome quote. You are doing fantastic with your dailey workouts. Have a wonderful day. :) :) :)

moogy on 02/24/2011:
I was thinking of you when my energy hit in the middle of the morning and thought to myself ' self, you have the energy, don't wait until tomorrow, get on that treadmill now!!!' Change is in the moment!!! Thanks biscotti!

moogy on 02/24/2011:
I think that you might just be under estimating the effect that you have on this group. While I don't necessarily agree with all the things that you say I certainly have a good think about them. Plus, you have given me some good ideas and absolutely some good incentive. I think you are a wonderful researcher and general seeker of knowledge about all things healthy. We would be less than we are without you!!

V on 02/24/2011:
I disagree with what you said to Moogy! I feel that you bring a wealth of knowledge and yes there are people hear who listen girl! ;) Just my two cents worth :) Have a good one

biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 20, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

An angel has no memory. --Terry Southern 

For my activity:
Fri: Walk 41 min
Sat: NordicTrack 23 min/2.3 mi; Walk 36 min

I took some sobering pictures of myself. Didn't expect this to have much of an effect on me, but it did. I took similar ones years ago, but not with the immediacy of digital pics. I'm going to give myself a good 2 months to change myself to some extent. I'm going to take pics every Sunday night. I don't know if I'll put them up at the end.

The plan is to do the McDougall/Esselstyn plant-based way of eating with the addition of the equivalent of 4-5 oz of lean protein (other than beans) at least once a day for at least a little while.

I want to take advantage of this touch of increased endurance that I've worked on since January (it seems much longer). I have a teensy twinge of confidence that I'm hoping will grow into a massive HOT NERVE--haha--of that same confidence;-) Why not--there's no time like the present--and it costs nothing even if I fall flat on my face!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::*****::2.21

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

moogy on 02/20/2011:
I have every confidence in you and that you will acheive the results you desire. You are very focused and determined. You go for your goals girl!! I am behind you all the way:)

KathyBlue on 02/21/2011:
I love the quote. :) What are your plans to change yourself? You're doing so much exercise, what's the next step?

loveray on 02/21/2011:
you are almost to your low weight!! thats a really big accomplishment. i hope you get all you want and more!

selina on 02/21/2011:
Pictures are so sobering - they make me feel humble...sad at times, but I try not to be judgemental...

What's the 4-5 oz lean protein you are going to add to your diet, if I may ask? I haven't had red meat (actually, no meats except for fish) for 2 weeks and I like that. My body seems to like that a lot.

Your entry feels loaded with positve energy! Stay well!

V on 02/21/2011:
You got that right! I know you will give it your all :) Pics can be brutal sometimes, but it can also serve as a great mirror ;) SHow em what you got Biscotti!

Umpqua on 02/21/2011:
Pictures have always been a huge motivator to me. I like your adjusted Esselstyn plan, sounds good. I'm looking forward to reading about your journey!

moogy on 02/21/2011:
You will have to try your ALDI, if it works anything like it does here you can save a fortune. The products are excellent as well. I will take dark and cloudy with anything, wind, rain, cold, I guess I am happier in the winter than summer for sure, although winter's in Sydney are mostly sunny and cool with little rain. We are suppose to get most of our rain in summer. It is a good plan that sometimes works!!!! LOL

liza36 on 02/22/2011:
Pictures will definitely do it. I like your plan and enthusiam to go for it.

maria7 on 02/22/2011:
You sound very determined and with the pictures, that will be an added incentive. Hope you are having a nice day. :-)

nita51 on 02/22/2011:
Opps! Sorry about the mix up. Please excuse my senior moment. :) Your McDougall's plan sounds promising, I wish you much success. Take care and thanks for your great comments. :)

biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 18, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist. --Thomas Carlyle 

For my activity: NordicTrack 23 min/2.4 mi; Walk 31 min

I slept fairly well. Not much else, except that this has been a little bit of a weird day for me--but a good weird:-) Not sure how to explain the weirdness, for now it just is what it is.

Sounds a bit crazy--well, the last couple of years have been just that. I'm sure I'll make more sense soon--haha! Of course, if I'm making sense to you--well, all the better:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::****::2.19::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

112 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep

moogy on 02/18/2011:
Love the quote, oh! how true, how lovely would be my life and of those around me if I could have everything the way I want it. Everyone would be happy!! Xylitol is a naturally occuring sweetner extracted from birch tree bark and corn cobs, so totally natural, tastes sugar like, no nasty taste, no side effects, a wonderful (if expensive!)product. It is used measure for measure as sugar. I can't quite understand your post but I suppose you knew that would happen - I am glad it is a good weird however!

V on 02/18/2011:
Hopefully you will have more nights of restful sleep :) Have a good one Biscotti!!!!

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
Weired Day??? ,,,Send some of those "Good Weird Days" my way :) Please have yourself a great weekend. xoxo

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
Your comment on my trubute to Black History Month, truly lifted my spirits. Thank you so much for your appreciation. Bunches of Hugs

moogy on 02/19/2011:
I am so glad that I managed to find something that you need to research. That put a smile on my face I can tell you. Yes, I love the curve quote. I love my curves, they are under a little padding at the moment but they shall reappear!!!!!

nita51 on 02/19/2011:
I take Synthroid dailey. Been there done that. Maybe the meds are no longer working. You could be right, maybe I'll have the Dr. test my levels. Thanks. Continue to get your rest. Have a nice Sunday. :)

V on 02/19/2011:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/20/2011:
Your weight is nice! Is this what you mean by a good weird? Don't let it go up, senora!!!

Thank you so much for your comments. I really like hearing congratulations on my recent changes in my life...it feels SO GOOD coming from you, because you are generally very honest and don't BULL$HIT! :-)

I am looking once again at your weight progress....You've done nicely these 12 months, but don't let it slip away from you! You work so hard for it, and you are always doing lots of physical work, so don't let all of your progress and hard work be hidden under flab. :-)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Feb 17, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. --Astrid Alauda

For my activity: NordicTrack 16 min/1.7 mi; Walk 52 min

I just had this bright idea to make a list of body fat numbers so I would have some incentive to get below 30%--well, the list began to go on forever and I lost interest--haha! Plus I think I need to do some research. It'll be exceedingly interesting at some point I'm sure--I may be 65 yrs old at that point:-)

I had a pretty crummy night's sleep--slept like a log for 3 hrs at least-- so I'm slacking on wt trng again *shock* in hopes I can hit the hay a little early.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::****::2.18::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

90 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep

moogy on 02/17/2011:
Oh, I think you will still be researching stuff when you are a little old lady. You are one of nature's inquisitive souls!!

hopingforhealth on 02/17/2011:
Hit the hay early for sure! Sleep well and get caught up. :)

V on 02/17/2011:
LOL!!!! Biscotti you are so funny!!!! When you figure out how to keep that interest peaked, do you mind sharing a few tips with me! LOL I am hoping that you don't plan to take a break anytime soon, i always look forward to reading your entries :) Have a good evening and get some sleep would ya!

Maria7 on 02/17/2011:
Hope you have a better rest tonite. Congrats on 156...that is really GOOD.

nita51 on 02/18/2011:
Great information on the CPAP and thanks for the link. I had the same type CPap as yours, with the built in humidifier. I needed a lot of time to get use to it. I disliked using the computer card because I knew it was recording my usage. I really wasn't using it often enough, so they started pressuring me to return it. It was very difficult to use it enough to comply with the requirements to keep it. I was soooo uncomfortable and I felt like a character in a Sci Fi movie. Terrifying! I really do need it, because I do have sleep apnea. I wake up with the headaches because of the insufficient oxygen flow. Biscotti, there are so many things to worry about in this life sometimes I get so overwhelmed with it all. Maybe it's best to give it another try. Thank you for the helpful information and the encouragement. Love you

Maria7 on 02/18/2011:
Hope you have a nice weekend, too. :-)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 16, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#)
My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. --Author Unknown

For my activity:
Mon: NordicTrack 35 min/3.6 mi; Walk 50 min
Tues: NordicTrack 34 min/3.5 mi; Walk 41 min; Bike Ride 5 min

I'm down 2# on yesterday's weigh-in and body fat is the same. I think this may be it for the back and forth. Even if it isn't, I'm feeling some change for the better fitness-wise on a weekly basis. I'll take 'em both for the time being.

I make no apology for always harping on my fitness--it's been such a slow process this time around. I just don't want to fall down the hill and have to start where I've fallen at the very bottom, heaven forbid !

I just changed my Realistic BMI goal above--it's a goal and maybe not realistic--but you never know:-)

This is pretty funny especially if you're of a certain age (it's about 20 min long). It's sort of a rundown of all the bands that record execs came up with to cash in on the wave of Beatlemania in the 1960s. If true, there's an interesting explanation for the name of a certain Canadian band: http://www.archive.org/details/AdultEducationFakeBeatles

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::***::2.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep 

moogy on 02/16/2011:
I love your quote for the day. I am happiest when left alone. Well done on the loss, I think that 22.8 is a realistic goal, good for you. You must be gratified to see some progress. Got in a good sleep as well.:)

V on 02/16/2011:
I for one don't see any reason why you should not harp on it!! It might be slow but steady process but your numbers are going down :) I really love your quote today! Have a good evening!

starfish on 02/16/2011:
Looking good :-)

lifestylechange on 02/16/2011:
Thanks :) Hope you have a good night!!

selina on 02/17/2011:
Congrats on the 2 # lost! That's really something! And thank you for your note - I find it excruciating to lose weight at this age (I'm 48), so I'd take any loss and rejoice! I definetly feel more centered, nowadays.

I like the steel cut oatmeal due to a more satisfying texture, although it does take longer to cook... and the flax I add to it is roasted, to maximize it's flavor. I don't know if I'm killing nutrients with the roasting process, it tastes better that way, in my opinion.

selina on 02/17/2011:
Love the quote, haha! I 'm always happier when left alone.

liza36 on 02/17/2011:
Hi Biscotti - congrats on the 2 pounds down. I certainly wasn't offended, so no apologies necessary. I was just commenting on my own state of affairs, meaning I know being overweight and snoring is one sign of sleep apnea, and I fit both of those descriptions. I just need to become more educated about it, along with high cholesterol, etc., for which you've been a great resource.

nita51 on 02/17/2011:
yeah!!! For the 2 lb loss! Say Biscotti I had a CPAP but I couldn't get use to the full mask, and being a partial mouth breather it was difficult to use the nose mask. Which do you use? Did you also get morning headaches before getting your CPAP. I had to return mine, I never could get use to it. I felt so closbiphobic in it. I'm happy yours worked out for you. :)

Umpqua on 02/17/2011:
Congrats on your loss!

biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 14, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0 (25.8 @145.5#)
My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Fri: NordicTrack 45 min/4.6 mi
Sat: NordicTrack 23 min/2.3 mi
Sun: NordicTrack 46 min/4.8 mi

Interesting article:Too Little Sleep, Too Often, May Harm Your Heart (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_108641.html)

The following excerpt is from a longer and interesting discussion: Sleep Apnea and Nighttime Urination (http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/143602/Sleep-Apnea-and-Nighttime-Urination)

We’ve know for many years that frequent bathroom trips at night are usually not due to bladder or prostate problems, but mostly due to breathing pauses that make you wake up and and think that you have to go. Numerous studies have shown that most men and women who have to go to the bathroom often at night or have overactive bladders during the day actually have sleep apnea.

A new study confirms these findings again, but points out that the presence of frequent trips to the bathroom is as sensitive in predicting obstructive sleep apnea as snoring!

Sleep apnea also makes the body produce more urine, and because you wake up every few hours, you’ll want to go, but you won’t have a completely full bladder. Sudden shifts in blood flow into the heart after an obstructive event increases production of atrial natriuretic peptide, which makes you produce more urine. One study found that diluted levels of urine during these episodes is also predictive of having obstructive sleep apnea.

Note: "obstructive event" means your breathing has been disrupted. If you have untreated sleep apnea these events may happen many times during the night without actually waking up. Therefore, you have no idea you have sleep apnea. In other words, waking up and thinking you have to urinate is CAUSED by sleep apnea.

(The above article/discussion on nighttime urination is from about a year ago.)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::***::2.14::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep 

selina on 02/14/2011:
I find the article very interesting, thanks for posting :) Have a great day, Biscotti!

moogy on 02/14/2011:
Yep, my nightime trip is because my bladder is old and full. You always have such interesting and diverse topics for us to read biscotti. I hope that you have a good week and I like the 7 hours sleep, that was a good night for you.:)

V on 02/14/2011:
Very informative post as always Biscotti! Thanks for sharing :) Have a good one!

hopingforhealth on 02/14/2011:
Interesting. Sleep apnea is bad stuff.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Maria7 on 02/14/2011:
Happy Valentine's Day! :-)

shadetree on 02/15/2011:
Thanks Biscotti! Further confirmation that my husband has issues, but to get him to have a sleep study done is next to impossible. All I can do is keep nagging!

liza36 on 02/15/2011:
What a very interesting connection between sleep apnea and trip to the bathroom. Never would have known that. Was this something you were experiencing as well?

geevee on 02/15/2011:
How depressing! I have no doubt that everything written applies to me. I was thinking a couple of times when I got up to go to the bathroom, that perhaps I really didn't need to. I appreciate your posting this information. Thanks!

hopingforhealth on 02/15/2011:
Yea, lame to lose my edible arrangement, but oh well. The thought was nice! Hope you had a good day

nita51 on 02/15/2011:
l-O-V-E This article. I suffer from sleep disorders as well. This info was very helpful. Take Care of yourself, and thanks.

2luvself on 02/16/2011:

liza36 on 02/16/2011:
I'm so glad that the cpap machine has improved your life dramatically. I agree that physicians don't even think of all the implications and other symptoms that might lead to a diagnosis of sleep apnea. It's something I'll have to read some more about. I snore (I'm fat!), I am tired during the day (have thyroid issues), I get up at least once during the night (drink water before bed), and who knows what else may be happening. I tend to find other reasons for things, but maybe it's a bigger issue. Thanks for always bringing these great health issues to us.

biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 11, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0 (25.8 @145.5#)
My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: NordicTrack 36 min/3.4 mi

I was too wiped out to do my wt trng yesterday. I was a little tired before doing my workout this morning too. (Sleep for two days--5 + 5 hrs--isn't quite enough for me.) In fact I just wanted to go back to bed after about 2 min. It got better! I'm just going to push through and do the wt trng--the excuses are piling up to record levels:-)

I made a very plain, very easy, no-fat-added vegetable soup the other day. It is very satisfying with plain short-grain brown rice. Loosely here's how I made it:

Saute in a little water: 1 halved and sliced onion (you could chop it too, I just wanted it to stand out) 2 stalks celery, 2 cloves of garlic and 2 carrots sliced. Saute for about 5 min. Add 32 oz carton of vegetable broth (this had enough salt so that I only salted the soup a little at the end) and a 14 oz can of no-salt-added stewed tomatoes--I broke them up just a little with a spoon. Bring to a boil then add whatever vegetables you'd like including diced jalapeno or other hot pepper if you'd like it hot. I simply added a bag of frozen corn and some fresh snap peas because that's what I had on hand. Bring to a boil again and simmer for 5 minutes. I added a little salt and pepper to taste. That's it!

You could also make your own vegetable broth or use chicken broth. Add any other spices or meat or even tofu to your taste.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::**::2.11::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep

moogy on 02/11/2011:
I think that we need to listen to our bodies and after so little sleep your's was probably fighting against you. The soup looks really healthy and tasty. Are you getting enough protein? Just asking because that will help your endurance, I don't think that you are making excuses, living on the amount of sleep you are able to get is bound to have an effect on your abilities. Be gentle with yourself!! Hugs:)

Maria7 on 02/11/2011:
Nothing like a nice veggie soup...all natural...delcious...pass some over this way, please. I really love corn in my homemade veggie soup. You've got me wanting to make some homemade soup now. YUM! :-D

V on 02/11/2011:
That sounds delish!!! I am going to make some for the week! :)

lifestylechange on 02/11/2011:
That soup sounds so good....Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love soups especially with the way the weather has been here... Have a fabulous day!

shadetree on 02/12/2011:
Hope you got some decent sleep last night Biscotti! I had been having issues sleeping this week as well (stress) but I did manage to sleep in til 7 this morning! (Latest I've slept in months - even when I've taken the muscle relaxers! So I guess I really needed it, as I feel refreshed this morning for a change.) Hope you have a great Saturday!

chubbygirl on 02/12/2011:
Love the sound of that vegetable soup recipe! When I don't feel like making a meal, i'll just get whatever frozen and fresh vegetables i have in the fridge and freezer and boil then all together. This is usually broccoli, cauliflower, courgette, peas, onions, tomatoes, spinach and sweet potato. leave them to simmer with the lid on for half an hour or so then blitz it all up with a hand held blitzerblender thing-a-me. then usually i add cottage cheese for protein as a dollop on top and eat....sometimes are not as good as others... my cookery skills are obviously not as advanced as yours! : ) good on you for getting to the gym!

geevee on 02/12/2011:
There's nothing better than vegetable soup! Of course my son's bagels are. The soup doesn't last long at all in my house, esp. chicken soup.

Umpqua on 02/12/2011:
Thanks for your supportive comment today, I appreciate it. Great job pushing through with your exercise!

V on 02/12/2011:
Thank you I am def making this and I am sure the mbs will add that extra something to it!!!

Beth201P on 02/14/2011:
Thank you...Have a wonderful Valentine's Day My friend.

biscottibody59 - Thursday Feb 10, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0 (25.8 @145.5#)
My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. --Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

For my activity:
Sat: NordicTrack 35 min/3.6 mi; Walk 20 min
Sun: NordicTrack 47 min/4.6 mi; Walk 30 min
Mon: NordicTrack 44 min/4.6 mi; Walk 45 min
Tues: NordicTrack 36 min/3.7 mi; Walk 70 min
Wed: Airdyne 45 min

I broke a sweat again with Monday morning's workout. I weighed in Tuesday and I'm up 2#--not unexpected.

What the scale reads is just not everything for me at the moment--gradually getting my endurance back to some semblance of what I can live with is much more important--I'm getting there. Drastically cutting my fat intake a la McDougall/Esselstyn is up there as well as doing some wt trng at least 3 days/week.

With a few exceptions my breakfast for the last 2 or 3 months is rolled oats + miller's bran + ground flax and some kind of fruit. I'm pretty much down to 1 cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk--I don't miss regular milk at all.

The wt loss will come if I 1) continue to use my CPAP machine, which ensures I get restorative sleep, 2) keep moving daily, 3) keep my levels of stress to an acceptable level and 4) just otherwise do what I'm supposed to do.

One of those "supposed to do" things is not "borrowing trouble," which means I mind my own business and stop trying to fix other people's sh*t. I've improved over the last year especially. My stuff needs attention for crying out loud. Using my precious brain cells to address my junk is soooo much more important--haha!

Once upon a time I was not a "fixer," but some things changed drastically over time that required me to be so. Those circumstances went away, but the thought pattern stayed, and before I knew it I was trying to "fix" all sorts of things. Strange how you think you can know yourself pret-ty well--haha--but then one day you wake up and your life just isn't working for you any more. In fact, it's eating you alive.

We're all different--being a fixer is a great (rewarding, life-affirming and fulfilling) thing for some people. For me it started chewing me up and spitting me out, in a manner of speaking. Thank goodness I recognized it--and I can still learn and evolve!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3::2.10::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep 

lifestylechange on 02/10/2011:
Hope you have a good day:) Way to go on those workouts!

V on 02/10/2011:
You just said more than a mouthful Biscottti! Not sure what is causing your gain, with your new plan of eliminating fats, but i am confident that all issues will resolve themselves..I am super impressed with your drastic decrease of coffee! Wow!

Maria7 on 02/10/2011:
Logged in just to respond to your entry to say...."And it's usually so NOT APPRECIATED, the things we do trying to be a 'fixer' to other people's 'stuff' by them in the long (and short) run!" Yes, we do good to try to 'fix' our stuff! I'll toast a coffee to that! Let's take care of us, of our business for a CHANGE! Let them take care of their stuff! YES! :-D

selina on 02/10/2011:
Great reading your newsy entry! I've got to put the McDougall/Esselstyn teachings in action (more seriously) after having a talk with the doctor this morning....

It's so easy to get dragged into other people's problems and getting worked ourselves up. Good job on getting to know yourself to stay away from sources of anguish. Stay well, Biscotti!

nita51 on 02/10/2011:
I'm honored that you appreciate my comments. Especially coming from a DD's member with such a long history. I may not post dailey, but whenever I do post, I try to express my inner feelings. I truly appreciate you, and others that reply, which tells me that they care and that I am not alone in my struggles. Thank you Biscotti You've made my day. Hugs

geevee on 02/10/2011:
I love almond milk and find it so rich and satisfying. I tried oat milk too and really liked it, but it's too expensive so I stick w/almond.

geevee on 02/10/2011:
I love almond milk and find it so rich and satisfying. I tried oat milk too and really liked it, but it's too expensive so I stick w/almond.

Umpqua on 02/10/2011:
Good for you for realizing you need to take care of yourself! Even if you wanted to be a fixer, it's hard to help others if we've got our own stuff to be dealt with. Your breakfasts sound wonderful, good for you for focusing on endurance and the scale will move accordingly, in its own time. Have a good one!

moogy on 02/10/2011:
Needy people will always find someone else to fix the stuff. You can concentrate on your own health. Reads like you are really getting into your program and starting to feel some change. Good stuff biscottibody!!

biscottibody59 - Saturday Feb 05, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#)
My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up Yours!" --Robert Byrne

For my activity:
Thur: Partial Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (5 min)
Fri: NordicTrack  34 min/3.3 mi; Walk 30 min

I weighed in this morning expecting a gain--I'm shocked I'm exactly the same--feels like a reprieve in a small way:-) And it's unusual for my weight to be so consistent--I'll take it!

I bow down to everyone who lives with massive snow and the cold and wind for several months of the year. I'll take >100degF all day--any day over the cold. Snow causes me to reek of nostalgia for all the times I played in it as a kid--I'm not too bent about it--and now it's starting to melt.

I collected a few pics of The Death Star below. I won't be watching, but if I can I'll try to tune in to listen to the halftime show on local sportsradio featuring Fake Jerry (Jones), a spoof on the Cowboys owner.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::12.20::**************::2.3 & 2.5::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Rest of Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep 

shadetree on 02/05/2011:
I posted the same quote on FB about two weeks ago! Love it! BTW, as much grumbling as I may do about winter, I'll take it over 100 degree heat any day! Can always add more layers to keep warm, but only so much you can do to keep cool in the heat! Hope you have a good weekend!

thinnside40 on 02/05/2011:
As I sit in my livingroom looking out @ the 30 degree weather welcoming it compared to the 9 degrees at this time of day we had last week.... Have had our share of snow, ice & supergustuous wind, but nothing compared to some other people elsewhere....

Have a great weekend....ff to read a bit more from "ModerationKills"....interesting and thought provoking :o)

moogy on 02/05/2011:
For me it is the other way round. Summer is natures way of saying, "I can fry you if I want to, I have plenty more to send down". Wouldn't it be lovely if we spent as much on low cost houses as we do on monstrous stadiums?

Maria7 on 02/05/2011:
Congrats on holding on to where you're at. :-D You're holding off over 30 pounds from where you were once at. :-D

V on 02/06/2011:
I am imagining you "hunkering down" and laying low till all the hoopla from the "death star" is over! LOL Good luck! ;)

moogy on 02/06/2011:
Of course, now I am humming 'time for a coooool change' LOL It is just right for today, so not so bad!!:)

V on 02/07/2011:
Thanks for the pics below! :) I am in awe of the deathstar!

sleepy on 02/07/2011:
Never thought about the metabolife thing. That's interesting. It was 10 years ago and I didn't take it long, so I doubt it but thanks for the info. Any info on health and bio related things is good. I can definitely see how that can happen. And yes, I talk to feeleebubs all the time. She's going to be my matron of honor in September :) She's doing well. Finishing a degree in graphic design (which is a big deal for her, I'm so proud of her) and she got married a couple years ago. It's nice to see you still work out regularly. I admire your dedication. Have a good day! :)

selina on 02/07/2011:
Thanks, Biscotti! I really don't know if the doctor will check for h.pylori. I do know that he is going ro run tests because he did tell me so....I was half asleep when he talked to me anyway, ha! Must ask husband about that....

selina on 02/07/2011:
That's wonderful that you didn't put on weight, yay! As for myself, I have put on a few pounds after reading the book and being on the first phase of the "treatment" which means that I'm eating anything I want on demand, haha! It's conscious though and I'm not beating myself over it...

Umpqua on 02/08/2011:
Thanks for the heads up on the duck, this is going to be a cooking adventure!

thisisit on 02/08/2011:
Hi, and thank you for the welcoming me. I am hoping to find at least a nutritionist that is getting good reviews on citysearch.com. I guess if I will go, I might as well go to a good one. If I can find a good dietitian, I can go to her/him. I guess I can definitely afford a few visits.

About going to an endocriniologist. My mom is an acupuncturist and she can try to treat me the healthy way. I would rather not be dependent on drugs shoved at me. As I have lost weight in the past, and quite a lot, too, I know I CAN lose weight, it is just a bit more difficult to do so now that I work so many hours. It's so difficult to have a life when you work from 9-8.

Thank you for the support!

nita51 on 02/08/2011:
Happy you maintained your weight. No loss is better than those irritating gains. I'd appreciate any helpful information, pertaining to weight loss and diabetic health issues. Thanks a lots. Fortunately, I live about 3 minutes away from the library. I'd love to read up on this. Nice pictures. Love your work out schedule, keep up the good works :) :) :)

KathyBlue on 02/08/2011:
The Death Star, lol!!!! Very appropriate name :D

thisisit on 02/09/2011:
DD really is amazing, it keeps encouraging me. Knowing that there are people out there that will help me along the way is really encouraging.Thank you.

Yes it is cool to have an acupuncturist mom. :)

As for the bike, I don't understand how so many women do spinning. Too much pain.

nita51 on 02/09/2011:
I really appreciated all the helpful information. Thank you for taking the time to find this great info for me. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Thanks again. :)

KathyBlue on 02/10/2011:
Hello, the quotes are from a book called Weight Whys. You're right, I totally forgot to mention, grr... Weight Whys: Exploring Your Thoughts and Beliefs to Create a Healthy Life By Cheri Calcagno Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. 2005-11-03 | 220 Pages | ISBN: 0595373372

biscottibody59 - Saturday Feb 05, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0



V on 02/07/2011:
Hey when did you sneak this in and I am in awe of the death star! LOL...Your town should be getting back to normal soon ;) It is funny/ironic that bot teams in fact were cheerleaderless! LOL have a good one :)

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