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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 07, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.5

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sun: Walk 45 min
Mon: Walk 40 min

I'm up 2.5# on my weigh-in (first one in 2 weeks). I'm not too surprised.

I've set a tentative day to go full-force with the new plan--the Esselstyn Prevent & Reverse plan. And it's kind of goofy, but instead of throwing away a bunch of food or having it linger while I'm trying to transition to this GIANT change, I'm going to allow myself to do just okay--mostly good choices, but leeway for not so great choices. One thing I won't do is to buy 8 bags of peppermint truffles--maybe just one:-)

Here's the deal: When my jar of tahini (essentially sesame seed butter, if you don't know) that I use in hummus is gone--that's it--I shall begin.

I've been finding that parting is such sweet sorrow--haha--for certain things. Especially since I've found I can eat all the rich stuff after avoiding it for what seemed like an eternity. I actually had tiramisu following a very rich Italian dinner over the weekend--no ill effect--and it's an independent local-ish eatery that I just recently discovered. Even had regular coffee well into the evening--something I have avoided for months after . . . (well I don't want to go into it, but promise I will eventually).

Though parting with the food is sweet sorrow--parting with my good health over the last year has been sheer hell, torturous and despair-inducing. The choice is right in front of me. All of the health challenges haven't been completely related to food, but the poor choices at times go hand-in-hand with how I feel. That goes both ways--food making me feel bad along with occasionally saying, "Screw it, why make a better choice, I don't feel that great today anyway!"

One other thing--today (other than being Pearl Harbor Day) signifies the beginning of longer days. Not total sunshine, but sunset begins later and later starting today 'til early July--by the end of the month it'll be 10 min more than today before the sun sets--woo-hoo! Can you tell I can't stand it when the sun goes down early--change is good--especially this one!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::************::12.7::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 56 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

Progress as of today: 33.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

V on 12/07/2010:
Luckily enough I won't have many temptations when I get back from vacation(at least I hope,whatever's left that is not on the list I am taking to friends)I am already making a grocery list for my return in hopes of starting in January :) You have to keep me posted and Good luck!!! :) I am sure you will do well :)

liza36 on 12/07/2010:
I just googled Dr. Esselstyn's plan. It is a huge change, and I do think you are smart to transition, especially using up the foods you already have. I know you typically don't post your menu, and that's ok, but I'd be interested every now and then as you go full force on the plan what you are eating and how you are feeling. Good luck with it!

Umpqua on 12/07/2010:
I'm also interested in the dishes you and V will come up with so I hope you will share some about your new way of eating. My yoga instructor was talking about the "heart diet" when I arrived last night and after a couple of minutes I realized this is what she was talking about. I guess word is spreading on it and more people are adopting or at least trying it, which is a good thing.

selina on 12/08/2010:
I'd never throw away my jar of tahini, either :)! Good luck with the changes!

So glad to hear the "normal" food didn't bother you this time around... really odd it did before... passing a gallstone sounds AWLFUL!

After reading your entry, I already feel that the days are actually getting longer - isn't that wonderful?

hollybelle on 12/08/2010:
You know - I probably do need new shoes! Glad you reminded me. I have been walking quite a bit and that's been OK, but mostly I was riding my bike and impact isn't that great on a bike! The Zumba classes just put too much twist in my knees when I did too many intense classes too many days in a row. Paying for it now. I'll try new shoes to baby the knees even more when I walk and train my quads to match my hamstrings as I think part of the problem is an imbalance between those two muscle groups + the twisting motion I am not used to.

hollybelle on 12/08/2010:
P.S. I'm with you on the longer days!!! Come on Mr. Sun!

Umpqua on 12/09/2010:
I'm not sure how you feel about stevia, but it comes from a plant/herb and I have used it in coffee and other stuff for years. Agave nectar is also great (although caloric and carb-laden). Hope you have a good one!

V on 12/09/2010:
Yes this buyer is def gonna beware..LOL Thank you as always for your support...I am taking a few tips from you,all the eggs are gone but i gotta get rid of alot of cheese!! I have a week and 3 days before vacation so I have to once again purge the fridge of the hummus as well! Time to pack up some groceries :)

moogy on 12/09/2010:
Thank you for the photo loading info. - you are a gem!! It sounds as if you are revving up to a big fight match. I am looking forward to tracking your progress and I am sure success with your eating plan. You are so determined to lead a long healthy life. I wish you every success.

biscottibody59 - Sunday Dec 05, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 153.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Thur: Walk 35 min
Fri & Sat: Walk 30 min

Some may remember the problem I was having with eating back in late Spring--would eat just a little and feel very full--it lasted a few weeks. I was never nauseated or in pain other than degrees of fullness. To make a long story short, I've tested it in every way by eating a wide variety of things I had stopped eating. It seems to be a distant memory. I never got an explanation for what caused it, my doctor suggested recently that maybe I was passing a gallstone--one liver blood test was slightly elevated then and was recently normal.

Some of that experience led me to looking for alternatives as well as answers to some other things that had been going on--curiosity to me is power and keeps me positive. (I'll probably reveal the latter at some point, it may interest someone.) Anyway, I'm probably at about 25% following the new plan, pretty good choices at about 25% and the rest iffy. I will be transitioning to the new thing completely at some point, but trying to eat everything was something I had to do, and now that I know my "body chemistry" (in a manner of speaking) is back to my normal I feel good about moving forward.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::************::12.5::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 28 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

V on 12/05/2010:
I congratulate your efforts and thank You!!! I am always wanting to hear more....Have a wonderful evening :)

Maria7 on 12/05/2010:
Glad to hear you are feeling much better and that your new eating plan is working real well for you. :-)

moogy on 12/05/2010:
I am glad to read that you are feeling better in your own body and feeling positive about moving forward. Good for you.

Maria7 on 12/06/2010:
Thanks for the advice! I'll look into it. :-D

KathyBlue on 12/06/2010:
lol you scared me, I had tried elliptical already and it was a nightmare to me back then... :) The coordination between hands and legs - uhhh I've never really been good in that!

liza36 on 12/06/2010:
I'm sure it so nice to know that your previous symptoms are gone after through testing of all kinds of foods. I also can't help but notice that you are so close to your 2006 low of 150. Awesome! Hope you are feeling good!

moogy on 12/06/2010:
Thanks for the support biscotti. When I started having the fills four years ago, they started at the lowest they can 1ml and it was downhill from there. I have the mind set now where I am not expecting to be able to eat any 'real food', so if I manage any it will be a bonus.

chidogs on 12/07/2010:
biscotti, thanks so much for your very insightful message. And no I am not offended in the least. I need more than nice words sometimes, I need the sharp poke of a stick or a 4x4 upside the head. So your advice is always welcome! Thanks again!

biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 02, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 153.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sun & Mon: Nothing
Tues & Wed: Walk 40 min

I did not weigh in on Tuesday. Not to mention a whole month without wt trng--says more than I care to admit. Onward:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::************::12.3::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 45 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

moogy on 12/02/2010:
It is as if your body gets used to the training isn't it? When you have a break it is like is complains by hanging onto weight. I remember this from when I was an avid gym junkie only a few years ago. I am sure you will sort yourself out and get back on track. As you say Onward!!

moogy on 12/02/2010:
I just read you comment on my diary and I thought I would pop back just to say that I managed to buy organic pork yesterday. I was surprised that the price was almost the same as the non organic, so people must be wanting it!! Yay, not necessarily for the eating of the pork but that people are thinking about how the animals are being raised. I bought pork mince for my Christmas pork and prawn spring rolls (egg rolls). Otherwise I generally steer (ooops!lol) clear, love the stuff but to much fat. Maybe I should have posted this on ModerationKills, but heyho!!

V on 12/02/2010:
Thank you!!! I hope you plan on sticking around for my transition in January...Not sure if you read my post on Tuesday but I am going to attempt the unthinkable as a true hardcore carnivore and try the plant based diet so I will have LOTS Of questions for you and you might want to strangle me before it is all said and done...Just wanted to give you the heads up! LOL In re the biggest loser I admit to watching it a time or two myself LOL

Maria7 on 12/02/2010:
Thank you for your suggestion which is a really good one that I will be considering. A whole month without weight training??? Hum... Have a good evening. :-)

biscottibody59 - Friday Nov 26, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 153.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues: Walk 30 min
Wed: Walk 35 min
Thur: Walk 20 min
Fri: Nothing
Sat: Walk 30 min

I finally watched the documentary Food Inc (2008) --I knew some of this stuff. Simply put, it's a crime that our system has come to what it has. We vote with our $$$ as well as when we vote in an election or NEGLECT to vote or CHOOSE NOT to even REGISTER to VOTE! The system of subsidizing food that's killing us could be changed, but not if we don't vote.

It's worth watching to see a farm that produces food the way it was intended, the way we produced food until about 20-30 years ago. Cattle were not meant to eat corn, but that's what they're mainly fed now, because that's what we have--a surplus of corn courtesy of farm subsidies. There's no subsidy for broccoli growers. I suppose if we had a surplus of M&Ms the Cargills, ArcherDanielMidlands etc would figure out how to feed it to cattle. Subsidies are the reason a cheeseburger doesn't cost $10 in the US.

Cattle were not meant to stand in lakes of excrement either, but that's how it is with factory farming. I could give you a list of movies to watch, but I think we'd rather keep our heads in the sand and keep on eatin' our cheeseburgers, the meat of which is regularly treated with ammonia because it's so nasty to begin with.

I'm still struggling to cut the "meat" cord, but I will do it. A flavorful batch of homemade hummus is in my future:-)

I'd like to get in my elusive wt trng TODAY--it's been so long that I'll have to lower my dumbbell wts.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::**********::11.28::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout, Yardwork

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 56 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

Progress as of today: 36 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/28/2010:
I eat very little red meat but on occasion I do. We get our's from a local abattoir that buy cattle etc. from local small farms around the area and have lots of ribbons for their carcases. People think it strange that we buy are meat from a shop attached to the place where they slaughter the animals. But I figure if you can't face the reality, don't buy the meat. I see the animals in the fields when I am driving round eating grass and chewing their cud. No subsidies here for farmers, our meat costs a lot, which it should, it costs a lot to produce, both in effort and in resources. People must be buying more organic chicken because the price which was impossible has come down, so yay for that, happy chicken's, while they live, even my eggs have a happy face stamped on them which the little girls love. I am with you a lot of the way, and make sure that the animal protein I do eat has come from animals that enjoyed their lives and were killed as humanly as possible. My step father was a butcher, so I know both ways!!

I know what you mean about walking on eggshells, in my daughter's case it is like waiting for a bomb to go off, maybe a land mine, you can walk around for months and months and nothing happens and then one day whammo, it is all hands on deck to try and control her. I hope that you enjoy your hummus, there are some wonderful vegetarian web sites nowadays. Have a good day biscotti.

Maria7 on 11/28/2010:
Thank you for the above info...didn't know cheeseburgers were subsidized...wow....had no idea. I don't eat as much red meat as I did at one time and my Mom doesn't hardly ever touch meat and she is on prescribed iron supplements for low hemoglobin because of it. Hope you are having a nice day and thanks a lot for your encouraging comments to my journal. You're doing good holding on to 153. :-)

V on 11/28/2010:
I am slowly weaning myself...I haven't had beef in nearly a month,I don't really miss it but I thinking Turkey burgers will be the hardest habit to shed

Umpqua on 11/28/2010:
I should let you re-order my Netflix queue hehe, you have some great suggestions. Food, Inc. was instantly watchable and so I watched it today since I was hanging around trying to rest anyways. Great movie, but of course really disturbing. I knew about Montsanto and the big meat companies but it's still shocking to see how much they control and the level of influence they exert in the government and judicial system. Yikes. I was telling hubby that our generation (we're in our late 30s) has basically lived through this shift in the way our food is produced and I bet we're going to really see the impact by the time we're senior citizens (those of us who live that long).

I feel like all I can do is spend my food dollars as wisely as possible and try to keep this stuff away from my kids. It's not even remotely easy, but it CAN be done.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2010:
LOL...just like you to have such a nutty *but good* new screen name! lol.

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Nov 23, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 153.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.1 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sun: Walk 20 min
Mon: Walk 35 min

I'm down 2 pounds on my weigh-in today. A function of my fluctuating appetite while fighting a cold. My taste buds kicked in yesterday finally.

We haven't even had a hard freeze here yet--though by Friday morning that's supposed to change, but then the temps are supposed to return to 70F on Sunday. So my hat's off to you all fighting the cold elsewhere. I broke out my heated mattress pad. It's so nice to be able to turn the heat down at night. Yeah, I'm a winter wimp!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::*******::11.23::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout, Yardwork

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 56 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

Soon2BThin on 11/23/2010:
I've already had my electric blanket on for a week and I live in southern Arizona! Talk about wimp! But my room is very cold at night and I love getting into a nice warm bed. Just hard to get up in the night with the coldness. We had our first freeze last night here. Happy Thanksgiving!

moogy on 11/23/2010:
Well that's OK, I'm a summer wimp! Only I think it is easier to get warm than to cool down. You sound like you are fighting off that cold. So yay! for that. Have a great day biscotti:)

V on 11/23/2010:
Congrats on your loss!!! yes i too feel horrible sometimes crying over temps above 80 like today..As a girl from the midwest I am in hopes of 60's at this time of the year!! Glad that you are feeling better

Umpqua on 11/23/2010:
Congrats on the loss! I know you said it's because of your appetite, but do you think your new strategy could have something to do with it?

selina on 11/24/2010:
Congrats on the 2 lbs loss, bicotti! I can't stand the cold and the hot weather, either. I'm a wimp all around ;) Thanks for th suggestion on the rice: I made it and mixed it all kinds of veggies (carrots, raddish, garlic, etc) and I actually like it very much! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

selina on 11/24/2010:
The NPR story is really something, isn't it! I remember being shocked when I first saw an offical meat production list in Korea, a long time ago - they had listed beef, poultry, porc, dog, etc

V on 11/24/2010:
Thank you :) I am going to continue to strive to be healthy, I guess the critics are expecting me to just dive back into eating everything and I have made a serious commitment to have a healthier lifestyle for the rest of my life...I don't think that is a bad thing so I must tune out the Haters!!! LOL

V on 11/24/2010:
BTW I checked that site and right now my bmi is 22 and at 135 it would be 21 which is considered normal...Thanks for that site's info :)

moogy on 11/25/2010:
I hope you are having a lovely day biscotti. Yes, she was a very intelligent and insightful woman I believe.

Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
Wow, I had NO IDEA you were down to 153!!! Big congrats to you! :-D Also, thanks for the sweetener info...I've been consuming 'Stevia In The Raw'...that's the name of the little green packets of sweetener...and they do sweeten coffee and tea real well...but I NEVER NEVER want any more of them! I'm still dizzy, although it is lessening, thank the Lord! Also, my stomach is hurting and gassy and I'm still a little nauseaus off/on but I think I'm getting better now. Thanks for the support. :-)

Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
Btw, is a heated mattress pad something similar to an electric blanket?

Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
I actually feel like I've been poisoned...like I unintentionally poisoned myself with that sweetener! :-(

selina on 11/28/2010:
Hi Biscotti, I hope you had a nice holiday! Thanks for the link to the farm - sounds interesting! Did you get the info about the farm from Michael More's documentary? I shall check out the restaurants they list in the area.... Looks like they supply to many restaurants in Charlostville area, too, where I have my extended relatives - will tell them about it - thank you! We are lucky to have good choices.

My new rice cooker is a Korean brand I had never heard before - there is a high density of Koreans in the area and a huge Korean store near my house. BTW, I love the quality and huge choice of greens in the store. I make a point inbuying different things each time I go there. Luckily, they are very helpful with the many vegetables that I don't recognize. I've owned a Zojirushi and a Toshiba before, being the former my favorite brand. They are of great quality and look like new after even a decade and high usage, but I'm certain they put computer components in them to make them ineffective after that many years. There is no other explanation after the experiences I've had with all my rice cookers - I guess they would go out of business if they lasted forever...

Stay well!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Nov 21, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Thur: Walk 30 min
Fri & Sat: Nothing

Wt trng on the agenda again. I'll put up an inaugural entry for my NEW diary, ModerationKills a little later this afternoon.

Yesterday I took about a 40 min shower (letting the shower massage--do they still make 'em like that--beat the hell out of me--good). But it apparently irritated my throat and I was fighting a horrible cough afterward. Luckily it didn't keep me from getting a good night's sleep. Wah wah wah!

I'm on day three of no sense of taste. But I feel pretty good.

But that's not what my entry is about today. It's about Bully Sticks. Maybe you buy them for your dog to chew on. If you don't want to know what they're made of, I caution you to read no further than this paragraph, there could be a significant ewww/cringe factor! If you know what they're made of and your dog happily chews away--congrats on your evolution as a human--I'm not quite that evolved!

Here's the description from an online retailer--this one doesn't disclose the product's true identity: There is nothing that will satisfy your dogs chewing desire more than a Bully Stick. ValuePetSupplies Bully Sticks are thick and meaty to assure a long-lasting, satisfying chew while removing tartar for healthy teeth and gums. Prepared with all natural beef, they are completely digestible, low fat and high in protein. Bully Sticks are some of the most popular natural dog chew treats, and with good reason--they’re made of 100% beef protein. Our Bully Sticks are available in many flavors, including Smoked, Low Odor, and Odor free. These long-lasting treats keep your dog’s teeth healthy and they also work to help promote their digestive health. ValuePetSupplies’ bully sticks are made from South American free range cattle and are 100% natural and free of all hormones and chemicals. Bully Sticks are made from the best part of the bull--the muscles and tendons--which means they are both low in fat AND high in protein.

So the one thing it doesn't mention is that they're made from beef penis. Wouldn't you want to know if your dog was chewing on some poor unsuspecting bull's penis? And I know this why? I guess courtesy of a friend when we were shopping for rawhide chews for my dog. If you're curious and you grew up around cattle, it's sort of a process of elimination from the looks of the product--they're the longest of the  "treats" in the pet store.

It just now made me think of human beef stick treats or SlimJims. I don't think they're made from beef penis, but recently I was reading a menu at a Vietnamese restaurant and questioned the owner about an ingredient in a particular soup. "So what are those round disc thingies?" The answer was beef penis.

Here's a more telling description from another retailer: Bully sticks, also known as beef pizzles, pizzle sticks, beef sticks, steer stix, are made from 100% bull penises. Bull penis is a single ingredient of bully sticks. Some suppliers and merchants say that they sell bully sticks made of "beef tendons" or "dried muscles" as that part of the anatomy is a tendon and muscle indeeed, and this may sound less repulsive for some people with psychological barrier thinking of feeding bull privates to their furbabies.

In the beginning of manufacturing process the bull's penis that is usually 23-25 inches long, is removed and cleaned. It is hung vertically for the fluids contained to fully drain. Without these fluids bully sticks are odor free. At the next stage of processing bull penises are stretched, twisted or braided, dried and then may be smoked for flavor. The result is a 30-40 inches long very hard brown stick which is cut into pieces suitable for dogs of any size. Thus you can buy small bully sticks of 4'', large beef pizzles of 30 inches and any length between, such as 5'', 6'', 7'', 9'' and 12''.

As bully sticks are 100% natural product, thickness, shape and color may slightly vary.

Compared to other dog chews, bully sticks last an incredibly long time. It can take weeks for a small dog to chew on one bully stick, while large breeds may enjoy chewing of bull pizzles between a few hours and a few days.

Lovely! A couple weeks ago I was in search of the usual rawhide chews for my dog. I've had dogs for my entire life.  I was desperate and there's no way I was going to live with the image/possible stink of my dog chewing a bull's junk on my carpeting for crying out loud! (Though as you see above apparently there are ways to deodorize them in the processing.)

So they didn't have the preferred rawhide chews, but in the racks I spotted what turned out to be a lamb's ear, which kinda made me cringe as well. Not to mention it stunk of whatever chemicals used in the processing, but I was kinda desperate. The dog liked it a little too much, at least more than regular old rawhide. I haven't bought these either, but you can also get beef achilles tendons for your dog to chew on.

So I guess I'm a little ambivalent if not completely prejudiced regarding bull penis dog chews. It's okay for my dog to chew on one part of the animal, but not another? I guess it says more about me than I really intended to reveal at this time--haha!

If there was a dead bull in the forest and I sent (hypothetically speaking) my dog out to get the best part to bring home to chew, would my dog retrieve the most sensitive part? But then again we're talking about dogs and a hypothetical bull who has apparently seen better days, I guess only the buzzards know for sure!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::********::11.21::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 107 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

V on 11/21/2010:
LoL!!! i feel highly enlightened and a little queasy at the same time! LOL I await the inauguration of your new identity as I am humming "hail to the chief"!!! ;) Have a good one!

KathyBlue on 11/21/2010:
40 min shower, now that's something classy!!! OHHH what a dilemma about the rawhide chews... :)))) you have to come to terms on that one! :D

chidogs on 11/21/2010:
OMG, I hurt myself laughing on that dissertation on doggie chews. I have 3 dogs, all ankle biters. I don't think they could handle that. Honestly, I will never look at stuff on the doggie aisle the same way again! (but I do appreciate the knowledge. Ewwwww)

moogy on 11/21/2010:
I figure that if we are going to kill animals, we should use all of the animal. Now I am not particularly interested in eating that particular part, but I do eat liver, kidneys, heart, tongue. The dogs eat all the remnants in canned dog food anyway.

OpenMyWings on 11/21/2010:
Oh, that's just too gross! I don't even like the pig ears, etc. But I guess, it's better than letting it go to waste (I don't touch them when I give them to my dog, I let her take one out of the package). But I definitely draw the line at my dog eating the junk of a bull! I don't feed my dog canned food, my vet actually recommended against it. However, she loves canned pumpkin, and sometimes gets scrambled eggs (no butter or oil) - which my vet suggested.

selina on 11/22/2010:
Thanks biscotti for the article on the NYT - what an eye opener! I aplaude the work Michele Obama has been doing and feel said to see that it's an uphill battle. There are so many established groups like dairy management and their pros doing tremendous work to sell their product...

selina on 11/22/2010:
Your entry today is pretty funny, actually, haha! Having lived in the far east for a number of years, I've always had to ask what I got on my plate. I'd say the the dogs gets their payback in China, Korea and the Philippines (and many other places, I assume)where the whole dog - not only his privates - are eaten by people, as delicacies. We do live in a strange world!

moogy on 11/22/2010:
Well all I can say is that it is difficult to criticize America, most people are so avidly and blindly patriotic to the point of ignorance that it is not worth the effort. If more people felt like you maybe things would change in the mean time I am afraid you are right, your Government and the people who put it there and the people who don't vote do look like idiots to the rest of the world. However, as individuals I have found them to be some of the most friendly, giving and open people - it is a conundrum.

V on 11/22/2010:
Thanks for the info :) I am looking forward to reading the book.

just42day on 11/23/2010:
Hope you're feeling better. I think I'm fending off my cold. Interesting beef penis info - something I never would have expected to read on this side but definitely interesting! :)

biscottibody59 - Friday Nov 19, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Wed: Walk 40 min
Thur: Nothing

Well, I'll just try like hell to get in my wt trng today. Monday I had a flu shot and also decided at the same time to get a tetanus shot (now includes protection for that plus whooping cough and diphtheria).

So coincidence or not I caught a nasty cold. I don't remember the last time I had a cold--probably 5 or 6 years ago. I was beginning to wonder if I was "special" hahahaha! Seriously though as health ills go--give me a freakin' common cold any day--I think my system needed it in a weird way.

Anyway I'm not feverish, so we'll see about the wt trng.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::*******::11.19::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 90 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

chidogs on 11/19/2010:
Cold's are nasty, but at least you can function. And usually they don't last long. Take care of yourself. And don't overdo, as rest is the best cure.

Umpqua on 11/19/2010:
Sorry to hear you're sick, take it easy. Hope you have a nice weekend!

liza36 on 11/19/2010:
At least it's a cold, and not the flu. I recently got my flu shot too - I highly recommend it to people. I haven't had the flu in 3 years since starting to get the shot.

Good luck with the weight training.

just42day on 11/19/2010:
Hopefully your cold will be short lived. :)

moogy on 11/19/2010:
Sounds like your body was due for a cold and the shots set it off. Hope you feel better soon. Keep warm.

Maria7 on 11/19/2010:
Get extra rest...hope you feel better soon and don't forget chicken soup! Take care. :-)

TinaAnn on 11/19/2010:
Get better fast!

V on 11/19/2010:
Funny that i was pondering getting a flu shot myself...I rarely catch colds or get sick( she knocks on wood) Now i am a little leary! I hope you get better soon!

OpenMyWings on 11/20/2010:
I got my flu shot and the DTaP at the same time too, and ended up being sick for 3 days.

Maria7 on 11/20/2010:
Glad you are getting better...colds are not fun! Make sure you take it easy and rest more. :-)

V on 11/20/2010:
Thank you for the support and the advice about the shot! have a good one :)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sun: Nothing
Mon: Walk 15 min
Tues: Nothing

I'm down a pound on my Tuesday weigh-in. Didn't get in my wt trng again, but should do so today.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::10.26::*******::11.17::

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

V on 11/17/2010:
Well the something challenging and new is working!!!! I await for you to reveal....Good job Biscotti :)

Umpqua on 11/17/2010:
Congrats on the loss!

moogy on 11/17/2010:
Well done on the weight loss biscotti, you don't have far to go now. Keep up the good work:)

Maria7 on 11/17/2010:
Congrats on 155! Wtg! :-)

legcramps on 11/18/2010:
Good job :)

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Nov 16, 2010
(Short Challenges :: Wt Trng :: Pre-Bkfst Cardio)
Weight: 155.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

This is a placeholder for my weekly weigh-in.

biscottibody59 - Sunday Nov 14, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 33.7% (was 32.5% on 8.10; 34.1% on 9.28)
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues-Thurs: Walk 30 min
Fri: Walk 10 min
Sat: Nothing

Didn't get in my wt trng and won't today either--scheduling it for tomorrow.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::9.30(partial)::********::10.26::*****::11.15::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 28 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

V on 11/14/2010:
Have a wonderful day Biscotti :)

moogy on 11/14/2010:
Glad to see your post biscotti.

Maria7 on 11/14/2010:
Hello, hope you are having a nice day! :-)

Umpqua on 11/14/2010:
I'm excited to learn more about your new alter ego ;) Hope you have a great evening.

legcramps on 11/15/2010:
Glad you're feeling okay BB. Hope to hear from you (or alter ego) again very soon :)

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