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biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 20, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. --Author Unknown

For my activity: Not much--essentially nothing; A little housework

It's okay, it's been a while since I've had a NOTHING activity day. I really needed to do more than a little housework. It's okay--as long as I don't procrastinate too much.

I will begin another challenge tomorrow or Tuesday. It dawned on me yesterday that doing these challenges was a very clever way for me to deal with my birthday. I usually get a little wigged out with everything leading to it, and so I sometimes overdo it with food. I think that I unconsciously headed that off at the pass by doing something positive--the challenges.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.17::3.20::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

89 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

nemogirl on 03/20/2011:
Nice job having a distraction from the birthday compulsion to eat eat eat. I should try that, too!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/20/2011:
so frozen collards are OK?! interesting, i may HAVE to try them! :-)

thanks for your lovely comments!

ummm, your journal sounds a bit hyperactive today...YES, it DOES. why are you obsessing on cleaning and giving yourself such grief, girlfriend? listen, calm it. get more sleep. and when your birthday comes, enjoy it. be glad that you have been given the gift of health, of life! :-)

i do understand your food deal and birthday grief...but i also urge you to look at it from the other perspective - happiness and thankfulness! :-)

V on 03/21/2011:
LOL!!! Where do you find your quotes??? This one is by far my favorite ;) I am hoping that on your birthday you will get all dolled up for a night out on the town!!! Have a good one :)

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 19, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

I'm 60 years of age. That's 16 Celsius. --George Carlin

For my activity: NordicTrack 47 min/4.9 mi; Walk 33 min; Bike Ride 31 min/5 mi

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day

Didn't make the calorie goal, 9 min more and I would have made the activity goal. I made the fiber goal. So that's it for this challenge. What I learned from this and the previous challenge is that aiming for 90 min of activity is realistic.

It's My Birthday--52nd!

A survey was done some time ago and the respondents said they felt on average 13 years younger than their actual age. I can't speak to that, but for me 52 doesn't really compute either way at this time--it's just a number:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.17::3.20::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

45 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
2402 Cals * 38 g Fiber

A grape hyacinth from my backyard

loveray on 03/19/2011:
Happy Birthday!! A beautiful flower for a beautiful lady:)

Zeppy on 03/19/2011:
Happy Birthday!!!!

nemogirl on 03/19/2011:
One day after my little girl! Happy Birthday!

shadetree on 03/19/2011:
Happy Birthday Biscotti!!!!! It's just a number - I always have to stop and do the math to figure out how old I am - unless the kid is around. He's ALWAYS quick to remind me just how old I really am! Be glad when his punk *&$ is out of the house! (Okay,he's not THAT bad, but...)Glad you learned something from your challenge! And thanks for the hyacinth - one of my favorite spring flower! the daffodils are peeking up out of the ground about an inch, so we've still got quite a way to go before we get hyacinth! Hope you have something nice planned for today!

Donkey on 03/19/2011:
Happy Birthday!!!!

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 18, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

We create our fate every day we live. --Henry Miller

For my activity: NordicTrack 33 min/3.5 mi; Walk 35 min;
Circ Aer Wkt (20ish min of wt trng, etc) using Airdyne (10 min)

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day

Didn't make the calorie goal, 22 min more and I would have made the activity goal. I made the fiber goal. It was good to do the wt trng.

Some Fiber Numbers: rolled oats/bran/milled flax seed :: 2.7g/2g/3.5g; 2 frzn dinners, one had 4g, one had 3g; swt potato 4.5g; some cherries 2.7g; ready-made kettlecorn (corn, sugar, salt, canola) 3.8g; banana 3.6 g; collard greens 4.8g. These numbers are from posted calories/fiber intake below.

The calories may look outrageous--my inner child doesn't think so--haha. I'm still on a bit of a food vacation to make a very long story short. Essentially I had some kind of gut problem last year for a couple of months, which served to mess me up (in my head or with symptoms) with certain foods. I made certain foods off limits based on A symptom--fullness, for instance--then I continued not eating those certain things for months out of a kind of fear.

Compared to last year I'm at a positive, bright and cheery stopover:-) My fear of food has subsided, though I pinch myself to see if I'm dreaming every so often. The experiment continues, but I see it coming to a close soon. I want to go plant-based for at least 3 months, I want to get to 140# and I want my BF% to be around 25%.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.17::3.20::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

84 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
2565 Cals * 41 g Fiber

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/18/2011:
wow...the food you ate sounds awesome. cherries, collard greens, and the rest of it....mmmmm.....send me some!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/18/2011:
hey, keep up that exercise and healthy eating, i don't want your scale moving this way!

nita51 on 03/19/2011:
True woros of encouragement. Thanks so much! Enjoy your weekend. :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/19/2011:
it's good to hear you are in high spirits and that this year is proving quite monumental compared to last year! we learn from what we've done in the past, so maybe that's also what it is!

shadetree on 03/19/2011:
7.5 hours of sleep, 84 oz water, 41 g fiber (!), almost 2 hours of activity - sounds like a great day to me! Hope you have a great weekend!

greengirl on 03/19/2011:
Sounds like you have got your head around things now Biscotti. I'm going plant based too ( and avoiding all oils and spreads) with the exception of cows milk in hot drinks. I'm not going to count calories or anything tho. i think keeping plant based will be enough to contend with. Well done on the activity and fibre part of your challenge ;)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 17, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

We are born wet, naked and hungry. Then things get worse. --Author Unknown

For my activity: NordicTrack 23 min/2.3 mi; Walk 45 min

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day

Didn't make the calorie goal, 52 min more and I would have made the activity goal. I made the fiber goal. I really pushed myself on the walk yesterday--I couldn't do that a couple months ago. Didn't do my wt trng yesterday--had just a little hitch of discomfort in my knee. Should be no problem today.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.17::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout 

72 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
2439 Cals * 39 g Fiber

lifestylechange on 03/17/2011:
he,he...cute quote! way to go....each accomplishment is a milestone achieved!

Umpqua on 03/17/2011:
Love the quote. Are you finding that higher calorie days follow a night with less sleep? If I don't get at least 7 hours I'm *off* for the day and I need more calories to keep myself running. I know you've spent a lot of time working on sleep issues so I'm just curious if there's a tie in for you. Have a good one!

V on 03/17/2011:
I LOVE the quote!! Haha!! Thank you!! I needed that :)

nita51 on 03/17/2011:
Your advice regarding Dr. visit was great. Thank you. You are right, first impressions are very important. Kudos for making the Fiber goal and please take it easy on that knee. :) :)

selina on 03/18/2011:
How do you get your fiber, Biscotti? Just curious... Good job, BTW!

Crestor: me too, I've also seen an add for "if you took crestor... call your lawyer" advert, yikes. I'm so glad I'm off it. My husband says he has no problems with it, whatsoever. Good for him... I'll start with a much less strong, generic product... I hope it's going to help. Also, I've cut all red meat, dairy and mayo (not that I ate too much of it anyway, before) I hope I'll be normal levels again soon.

Visualization: coincidentaly or not, I've lost 2 pounds after I started it, haha. I'll take it, happily.

Japanese people: I hope they can get outlets to vent their frustation and suffering. I'd go crazy if I had to behave so properly in such dire circumstances. But then, I've no idea how I'd react, having never been in a triple disaster, thank goodness!

liza36 on 03/18/2011:
It's good that you can see progress from a few months ago on your walk. I think that helps to remain positive when you might be just shy of your daily challenge goal. Well done!

geevee on 03/18/2011:
Another good quote!

legcramps on 03/18/2011:
You done good :)

nemogirl on 03/18/2011:
Your exercise looks really good. I'd like to pick it up in that department as well.

greengirl on 03/18/2011:
Since ive gotten older I find myself averaging 5 hours sleep during the working week. I just seem to wake up spontaneously. I wish I could sleep for longer ! Well done on the fibre and activity and good luck with the rest of your challenge :-)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 16, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.8 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity: NordicTrack 56 min/5.8mi; Walk 46 min; Bike Ride 22 min/3.6 mi

4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day

Didn't make the calorie goal, was actually a little over on the activity goal and made the fiber goal. At least it gives me some idea on my calories--I generally don't have any problem getting in at least 30g of fiber.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout 

101 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
2035 Cals * 43 g Fiber

moogy on 03/16/2011:
Good job, that was a lot of exercise and that fibre will be giving your inside a really good clean. With all that exercise I would imagine you burnt off lots of calories so in my book it was a great day!!

lifestylechange on 03/16/2011:
Thanks for your sweet comment and way to go on that water and fiber!!!

Maria7 on 03/16/2011:
Hey, Girl, thanks for asking about me. I come by here at DD's off and on...just haven't been doing entries lately...been real busy. Looks like you are doing real well, especially with the workouts and the fiber. Take good care of yourself and hope you are having a very nice evening. :-)

selina on 03/17/2011:
Thanks, biscotti, always! And good job on that fiber intake!

V on 03/17/2011:
You are doing an Awesome job with your challenge!! Have a good one ;)

Umpqua on 03/17/2011:
Great job with the challenge, and it sounds like its giving you a good idea of your overall intake, which should be helpful!

liza36 on 03/17/2011:
Thanks for your comment. I did read your entry a few days ago about the pictures, and I believe I've done the same thing - not been honest with myself. Unlike you, I do have a hard time finding clothes, and I defintitely look overweight, but I didn't realize just how unhealthy and obese I look until I saw the pictures. It is a different view from what I see in the mirror. Denial has also been a factor for me. I have to face this head on, because those pictures don't lie!

Good job on your challenge thus far!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity: NordicTrack 23 min/2.3 mi; Short Walk

My weight is up 2#--probably just a blip--my food was fairly off the wall yesterday--ended up eating pretty late for supper. Nevertheless I'm posting this morning's weight. On my measurements I'm down nearly 2 inches overall--not up on any of them--Rt arm, leg, calf, wrist; bust, waist, hips, abd. Hip, bust and waist are all down a half-inch.

Didn't get the bike ride done. Although I always have high hopes that I'll feel differently about DST--it initially kicks my behind. That's my excuse:-)

So let's get on with my challenge. Today begins a 4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day. Counting calories and fiber--not something I want to commit to, but I will for this challenge. I hope I can get out of my comfort zone for a few days!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

44 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

nemogirl on 03/15/2011:
Hey Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not sure the weight is accurate day to day. I sometimes suspect that the breastfeeding also makes me lose lots of water weight over night - so maybe my 3 lb down yesterday was dehydration? I can never be sure.

nemogirl on 03/15/2011:
Your exercise looks amazing to me. Also you keep really good track of your measurements - I would like to work on that myself! Good job!

legcramps on 03/15/2011:
Whew, two hours every day? That's a whole lotta exercising. I would have to say your challenges look about as horribly difficult as mine ;)

Good luck today.

lifestylechange on 03/15/2011:
Challenge sounds awesome and I'm sure you will get great results, way to go!!!

lolla on 03/15/2011:
Your mini challenge looks good and I am sure you can do it and you will feel empowered and better when it is over! Good Luck!

greengirl on 03/15/2011:
Hey Biscotti I had tried to follow the link to the film, only to be met with the message "Int-warning Sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed from within the United States" Never mind, I'm sure I'll get a lot out of the book. Have a good day:-)

Umpqua on 03/15/2011:
Thanks for all the info. Yeah, that benadryl is a killer, but it's the only thing helping the itching. I got some parental advice today to clean my heating system filter so I did that and opened all the windows and I'm feeling much better. I think we just needed some fresh air in the house, even if it's on in the 40s!

Your new challenge looks great, good luck!

moogy on 03/15/2011:
I love it that you keep challenging yourself with different areas of eating and health. It does sound like the weight increase is a blip, probably just a trip to the bathroom!!! Have a good day and good luck with the new challenge:)

selina on 03/16/2011:
Thank you so much for your comments about statins, Biscotti, I appreciate it! Normally, I am not very inquisitive about meds, tend to trust doctors and don't normally do much research, but I'm changing. Baby steps. I did go online and found out a lot about crestor and decided that it is NOT for me. One of the most important finds was that I might be allergic to it - my tongue has swollen after I started taking the pills, but because I also take seasonal allergy medicine it has been under control. There are other things that makes me a not good candidate for crestor (or at least for a statin that is as strong as crestor) but it's a long story and I won't go into it, but I'm glad I did some research. I spoke with the doctor's nurse and will get something much weaker for me. Thanks Biscotti for your invaluable support!

liza36 on 03/16/2011:
Great job on the inches lost. That's fantastic. Good luck on your 4-day challenge.

I know you are taking progress pictures of yourself, which I think is great, and I'm sure is helping you. I dislike pictures of myself so much, because I just can't belive I am as heavy as I am. Seeing another recent picture of myself has really shaken things up for me. I may have to consider progress pictures too, to keep it real!

jolt on 03/16/2011:
WHOOP on the inches! That rocks! Best of luck on the challenge. You can do it :)

Huggles N Happy Dances


biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 14, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity: NordicTrack 12 min/1.2 mi; Walk 40 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)

Temps are back to normal--only in the low 60sF for highs today. Didn't get in the bike ride, but did complete my wt trng (7th in a row). I increased my dumbbell weight to 13#, and I did 17 mountain climbers--woo-hoo! I intend to plunge into another 3- or 4-day challenge starting tomorrow, though I don't know what the goals will be. I'll come up with something!

I realize now with yesterday's 4th round of progress pics (which were slightly improved from last week's--ones that really bent me out of shape:-) that I haven't been honest with myself for many years. That might sound harsh, but I've accepted how I look for a long time (taking into account that some things have shifted owing to aging). And with certain health issues at the forefront--looking fat was the farthest thing from my mind. Though for all I know it's a chicken and egg thing:-)

Anyway, I told myself that it was good enough. And it IS on many levels. Aesthetically I'm fine (to me). I DON'T have a terrible problem finding clothes to wear. The problem comes when I meld how fat I am with my body fat percentage, which is not at a healthy number. In other words, if I were at a healthy BF% I'd stop here and concentrate on maintaining. I owe myself this shift in my mindset. Pictures don't lie--unless you've photoshopped 'em:-)

The almond milk is out for the time being--I didn't realize how badly it was messing with me until I drank regular milk in my coffee for several days last week--it causes my heartrate to go haywire--in what way I'm not sure--I just don't feel good. I had done a similar thing for several days last month--was too lazy to get stocked up on almond milk.

It could be PVCs--it could just be aggravating my arrhythmias. At any rate it angers me. I want to believe that almond milk is better than cow's milk for me, though this packaged "natural" branded stuff is hazardous to me at this moment in time! One day I actually made myself a full-fat milk mug of homemade hot chocolate with cocoa/sugar/a pinch of salt/a spot of vanilla (recipe on the container of cocoa). Milk on its own used to kind of make me full right away. I actually felt sooo good drinking that mug of hot chocolate (though I was waiting and waiting to feel bad) and it turned out to be a good choice for a snack to tide me over before suppertime. Needless to say--it didn't mess with my heartrate. I kept waiting for some sign of feeling crappy and it never came.

This has been such a learning experience. I will continue to shift and explore and experiment. What an adventure--haha!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

56 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

Umpqua on 03/14/2011:
That's crazy about the almond milk, sounds like the regular will be better for you right now. I picked up some hemp milk at the health food store and I'm going to try it in a smoothie this week, I'll report back on the taste. Have a good one!

geevee on 03/14/2011:
That's a shame about the almond milk not agreeing with you. I love the stuff. I also really like oat milk, tho it's a bit pricey.Rice milk is too watery for me.

legcramps on 03/14/2011:
Isn't that something with the almond milk. I use almond milk in my oatmeal every day (or nearly every day), but otherwise I would never drink it in a glass... yuck. But I feel the same way about regular milk, so...

Have a good one today!

greengirl on 03/14/2011:
Good lord, i wouldn't even know where to begin looking for almond milk here in the uk !! I stick to basic soya milk with my cereal and skimmed cows milk in my hot drinks !! We don't seem to have the same choices that you do in the US. I checked out your alter ego Biscotti and found it so interesting that I have ordered the book from Amazon. It should be here by Wednesday and will enliven my bus journey to work for the rest of the week. Keep up the good work :-)

V on 03/14/2011:
Sometimes experimentation isn't fun :( I hope you find the perfect balance :) Hey thanks for the movie suggestion, I never watched that one!! I am going to scroll the listings to see the next time it is on!!

geevee on 03/15/2011:
Did I understand you correctly, that I can use uncooked regular lasagna pasta instead of the higher priced pre-cooked variety? Wow!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 13, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Who says nothing is impossible. I've been doing nothing for years. --Author Unknown

For my activity: NordicTrack 22 min/2.3 mi; Walk 45 min; Bike Ride 15 min/2.2 mi

It was in the mid-80sF here yesterday. It's progress pic Sunday once again--weeeeeeee! I made collard greens for the first time--really enjoyed 'em--with a little vinegar and a little hot sauce--perfect!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

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

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
First, did you really get 7 or is one of those the hour in the few seconds it took to turn the clock ahead? If it was really 7, good for you!

Thank you so much for your comments. It helps just to have someone tell me that there is hope for me! I fully understand that more often than not, there is more than just a mechanical issue - that stress plays a HUGE role in what is going on. I am fully aware that all of my issues are so much worse when I am overwhelmed at work, and yes, there's a whole laundry list of stuff both at home and at work right now. While I wouldn't necessarily use the word 'anger' - considering I was on the verge of walking out on Friday, I'd have to say that maybe there is some anger lurking in there! So I guess I am going to have to get reading!!! Thanks again!

greengirl on 03/13/2011:
Hey Biscotti, looks like you are doing well. It's freezing here in the UK again although we saw a little broken sunshine today. My mind is on clearing up the garden ready for easter-time but everytime I get out there it starts to drizzle rain. Mid 80sF sounds like paradise to me. Keep up the good work :-)

PS I love today's quote !

nita51 on 03/13/2011:

V on 03/13/2011:
OOOh how did you make them?? did you chop some jalapeno in there for maximum heat??? Chicken or veggie stock?? Sorry, I am so nosey! LOl I can't help it!! :) I bet they were yummers!!

KathyBlue on 03/13/2011:
I saw your comment on shadetree's entry. I thought I could help on the books, full pdf formats.

Here's one: http://ifile.it/qcto0f/ebooksclub.org__Healing_Back_Pain___The_Mind_Body_Connection.l_t5x2jnnzjx3kxz3.pdf

and the other: http://ifile.it/7ia0vr/ebooksclub.org__The_Divided_Mind__The_Epidemic_of_Mindbody_Disorders.l_t5x2jnnzjx3kxz3.pdf

moogy on 03/13/2011:
We had the same weather yesterday. I am sick to death of it, it does look as if it isn't getting any hotter so I will be grateful for small mercies!! Yes I have TCM here, I only watch satalitte tv, can't stand free to air, all those ads and sleazy shows. Heaps of water yesterday biscotti, it was probably the warm weather. Hugs!

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
I didn't see Kathy's posts until after I had ordered the books from B&N. I can't wait to get them! My doctor will be receptive of this slant, I'm sure. She is always asking about my stress levels, my relationships, etc. I will keep you posted!!

moogy on 03/13/2011:
I like Ina as well, although I think that I would need a larger income in order to make some of those wonderful seafood things she cooks. I would kill for her house and garden though!!!!!

V on 03/13/2011:
Hey I was on Moogy's diary and I did not know that you a TMC buff too :) I am a sucker for it!!! Since you liked the greens if you want to add some zip, I sautee a small onion,assorted peppers a clove of garlic, add a can of low sodium ff chicken or veggie broth in lieu of h2o...It gives the greens so much flavor and a pinch or two of nutmeg would set it off!! :P I am so happy you like them!!!

nita51 on 03/13/2011:
YES, He is in the best of hands and I appreciate the GOOD Doctor at Urgent Care who recognized his problem. Our own PCP has been prescribing an acids and sending him back home. Maybe V, was right,,,It may be time to get a new Doctor. xoxo

selina on 03/14/2011:
Collard greens are so goo dfor you, and yum! So envious of your wonderful spring temperatures - not so lucky around here.

Ref your comment: I think we were all taken by surprise to see how strong tsunami waves can be - several stories high and such strong sweeping force. Before, we could only imagine how it was, having not seen anything like that, except for the horrible aftermath. With so much video footage available from tech savvy Japanese folks, the whole world is learning new things - it's just overwhelming and powerful! You didn't sound insensitive and have no need to apologize, lol.

liza36 on 03/14/2011:
Glad you did well on your 3-day challenge, and identified an area where you could improve.

I'd be interested in what you did to the collard greens. I had them for the first time a month ago when I was in Atlanta on business, and went out to eat. I'd like to try to make them myself.

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 12, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it. --W C  Fields

For my activity:
NordicTrack 45 min/4.7 mi; Walk 35 min; Bike Ride 30 min/4.7 mi; Walk 20 min

3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri): 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

On the food goal I'd say I was probably at 20 percent. I was over the activity goal by 10 min:-) I missed the water goal.

End of Challenge: So after a long time not doing any challenges, I would do another one. Although the food portion sucked for all days, this particular challenge helped me push myself beyond my comfort zone with exercise/activity. Falling short on the food goal means it's something to work on.

I didn't get started on the bike ride 'til almost dark. I did a continuous loop four times around my neighborhood with only a couple of hills, so I planned it to not be too strenuous. I probably could have gone for an hour. It was cool and the air was dry with a little scent of smoke in the air from some grass fires a couple of counties away.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

selina on 03/12/2011:
It's pretty amazing you can go out on bike rides, I envy you! Enjoy! Temps around here are still a little too cold for that...

Japan has the most awesome state-of-the-art earthquake-proof building codes and although they were badly shaken they did not collapse with the quake. (My nephew just told me that they are having incredibly strong after shocks, and they have to be indoors because of the nuclear plant explosion. I just wished I had a magic carpet to get him out of there. ) I guess it's nearly impossible to safeguard from a tsunami of such great proportions, though... devastating!

geevee on 03/12/2011:
Papaya has to ripen to a yellowish color and be a little less firm to the touch. I don't want to say "soft" because then it'd be mushy.

I cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, then peel the skin w/either a peeler or knife. I cut it into cubes and eat it plain or with FF sour cream. It's supposed to be very good for the stomach.jjI like it because it's not sweet, tho I love the sweetness of pineapple.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/12/2011:
ummm, do you really believe that quote you put atop the page? i HATE it!!!! try again and then quit!? no way, dudette! there is no quitting, right? ever.

honestly quitting should not be unless you DON'T LIKE something. like a job or education program. a relationship. hmm, but not weightloss or fitness.

what was it you were thinking about when you put up the quote? was it general or about something specific? i'm intrigued!

Runforfun on 03/12/2011:
Haha.. I've seen that quote before!! I think it's funny! I look at it more for relationships ... no need in chasing a boy and end up looking like a fool, right?! haha. It must have been a nice day for your end challenge? I hope you're having a great weekend!

V on 03/12/2011:
LOL!!! Well hello there "My Chickadee ;) Good to see that you are having a bit of fun as well as working on your "weaker points" of your challenge...Just remember that practice makes perfect :) Have a good one!!

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
Thank you so much - I've got access to all sorts of online libraries etc through school, so I'm going to look for books by him. It's like I had this major 'AHA!' moment - I'm definitely going to have to keep a strict food journal to see if I can find a correlation between foods & the chronic pain. (Might explain this nagging runny nose I've had too!) I will keep you posted as I learn.

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 11, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings. --Robert Benchley

For my activity:
NordicTrack 45 min/4.7 mi; Walk 50 min;
Circ Aer Wkt (21 min of wt trng, pushups, etc) using Airdyne (6 min)

3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri): 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

On the food goal I'd say I was probably at 60 percent. I was over the activity goal by 2 min:-) I was also over the water goal. Doing this challenge was a great choice.

I've done my wt trng six times in a row. The last streak was 13 in a row in Jul/Aug 2009. It's not really about a streak, it's about establishing a routine. I'm less likely to fall off the wagon if I keep in mind that it's good for me--the routine and above all the regular wt trng.

As for my water, I try. Some days are better than others. I tend to drink quite a bit during my workouts at home. I don't stop and drink while out walking. Other than that I just try to push it whenever possible. I wasn't big on the water thing when I first came to DDs--I thought some people (mainly PastaGal) were just a little insane about drinking water, but then I saw the light--haha! You have to keep in mind that food in general has a lot of water, so if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables you're getting plenty of fluid that way.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

112 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

geevee on 03/11/2011:
LOVE the Benchley quote!

As for water drinkers, I think there is such a thing as a "liquid" person. I'm one of those. I had a friend who couldn't drink a full cup of coffee. I don't know how she survived because she drank so little.

greengirl on 03/11/2011:
You still amaze me Biscotti. You are bloody inspirational. I wish I had half of your commitment. I'll be reading your posts regularly from now on just to get inspiration :-)

moogy on 03/11/2011:
Glad to see you are on your way with your mini challenges Biscotti. Yeah! food does have a lot of water in it but we are suppose to drink the 2 litres for me, on top of the food. You obviously would love not to have to drink so much, but nevermind there are worse things in life than drinking water. Thank you for your concern and support.:)

V on 03/11/2011:
LOL!!!!! The quote is classic :) Hey I hear you on the water..It has always been a staple, those summer days can be brutal here as you know and I have many coworkers who chug sodas all day and wondering why they are still thirsty...Duhhh LOl!!!Hey great job on the circuit training :)

moogy on 03/11/2011:
Thank you for your comments. I shall continue to babble about my life as long as you 'good people' want to read. I know it takes ages to get a final result, it is because I have to have three tests, EEG, MRI, Epilepsy at one clinic and one hospital, plus the neurologist, hopefully being able to diagnose me this time round. So although it is all free of charge you still have to wait your turn to use the big machine. Yuk!!

selina on 03/12/2011:
good job on the mini challenges, Biscotti!

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