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biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jun 24, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 170.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Mon: Sidewalk/Garage Cleanup 40 min;
Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack 12 min/1.1 mi; Bike Ride 11 min/1.4 mi
Tues: Walk 53 min; Bike Ride 18 min/2.3 mi

Didn't get in the walk, but did the other stuff on Monday.

Well, I hit it yesterday--170--and I'm not terribly surprised. It just took the scale a little longer to catch up to what my body was telling me:-) I haven't weighed 170# in a very long time--since September 2001. I also took my measurements, which is actually more appalling because it really tells the tale. I'm up a ghastly 11.25 inches overall in just 17 months. (That was 12.5 pounds ago--at 157.5, BTW.)

So I'm going to have to tow this thing (aka my bottom) out of the ditch and start it right back up and move on down the road! Time and my behavior will tell if I can get myself back to a reasonable weight. FYI, it's .8 away from being OBESE (according to BMI).

Getting in my wt trng Monday was a huge mental boost. Just so you know, I would have rather taken a nap instead--nevertheless the first one is finished. Today I have a bit of soreness in the front/top of my thighs. I have another workout scheduled for tomorrow and I intend to keep to the schedule of skipping 2 days between workouts this time. I'm also going to try to stick to a routine for my breakfast for a week or so--then I will reassess.

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1370

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2009:
if it makes you feel better, i was considered overweight (and i think i still am) for my height a few months ago...

but i'm totally getting it together now! no exceptions. doing good, join me!

evaopala on 06/24/2009:
BMI calculators are useless! Dont go solely on what they tell you. They dont account for muscle mass or body shape at all! My BMI is 27, which is considered overweight, but I go running almost everyday! good on your for sticking with it though.

nenak on 06/25/2009:
my bmi is also high!!! just wondering what/who they base the calculation on. my friend looks perfect with not an inch of excess fat anywhere yet her bmi tells her shes over weight! crazy

h82bfat on 06/25/2009:
Everytime I get on WII Fit it tells BMI & weight and then, makes a "wha-wha / needs work" noise and announces with a handy easy to read chart, that I'm obese! What a motivator!! :) I still get on it though, becus it DOES NOT DEFINE ME.

mcwoo40 on 06/25/2009:
Hope your havin' a healthy day,it ain't easy is it.For me so far so good,but the day is'nt over yet.Stay positive we can do it, i think!!!!

biscottibody59 - Monday Jun 22, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. --Mark Twain

For my activity: Walk 52 min; Mow 2 hrs

Didn't get in the Circuit, will do so today. I don't mind weighing in the 160s, though I'm still in the overweight BMI category. It's just that now after many months of no wt trng, my fat/muscle distribution makes it obvious that this 166 isn't anything like a 166 from say five years ago when I was obviously leaner and younger! The way my clothes fit is the most obvious tell. (In fact I feel like I'm back in the mid-170s the way my clothes fit lately.) Ah, gravity!

I'm on no caffeine after about noon most days for the last couple of weeks. And the rest of the time after about 2-ish. My sleep is much improved--the quality and sustained number of hours is tons better. Now I need to work on getting to sleep a little earlier.

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1352

thinnside40 on 06/22/2009:
Aha, I gotcha on the weight not looking the same when it is not "fit" weight...OHLY TOLEDOS! do I ever...

Thanks for YOUR continued support and hopefully this week will bring us both the achievement of daily goals we set for ourselves...Off on the right foot and I'm a whole hmmmm say 5 hours into it...haha!!!

Good Week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

grumpy on 06/22/2009:
Oh, so nice to hear from you again! I am renewing my DD vows. hehe. I am posting more and that has to do with renewed motivation and a new diet plan. I agree that cutting things is not a good idea. This plan doesnt cut any type of food, only alcohol for now, but i am totally fine with that for a while. I had an awesome cheesecake today. Nice treat. All foods are tasty and it's been easy so far. I think it comes in handy being alone for now too, because if i was with J and sleeping over there and all that I would have to plan much more ahead and never go out to eat with him, etc. So let me enjoy this time for my benefit, right? You seem to be doing good, darling! Keep up!

nenak on 06/23/2009:
gravity has alot to answer for.......keep up the good work

Donkey on 06/23/2009:
I was happy to see you post. I need to start up again as well.

greengirl on 06/23/2009:
Hey Biscotti, I know exactly what you mean about feeling different even though you might be the same weight as you used to be. I particularly feel difference around the middle. Unfortunately although we can lose the weight we can't turn back the clock ! I'm just aiming to be the best I can be for my age :)

h82bfat on 06/24/2009:
Aging is sure rough. Approximately 6 years ago I went from a size 20 down to a loose size 12 in 3 months - strictly by exercise (then I got laid off & couldn't go to the gym for free anymore, gained most of it back in a month). Now I'm exerciseing AND watching what I eat & it's a struggle. It's just gonna take me longer, that's all.

Thanks for your support! GREATLY APPRECIATED.

biscottibody59 - Sunday Jun 21, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity lately:
Fri: NordicTrack 12 min/1.2 mi; Jog 12 min; Walk 45 min
Sat: Nothing
Sun: Walk 48 min
Mon-Fri: Nothing
Sat: Walk 43 min
Sun: Walk 42 min
Mon: Walk 58 min
Tues: Walk 67 min; Bike Ride 15 min/2.0 mi
Wed: Walk 51 min
Thur: Walk 10 min
Fri: Walk 60 min; Bike Ride 17 min/2.7 mi
Sat: Walk 48 min

I was up a half-pound when I weighed myself a couple of Fridays ago. I'll "officially" weigh in this Tuesday as usual.

I normally don't pay attention to how many miles/hr I'm walking, but since a friend of mine asked me a couple weeks ago, I'll tell you all that it's currently about 17.5 mph--about what I thought.

A little housekeeping here: I started this diary in November 2000. My highest weight ever was in June 2001. I firmly believe that it would have gone up and up had Kyrin (Crittermom's, aka Soccermom's sister) not dragged me back here. I am normally a very private person and this diary still wigs me out just a little in that if someone I actually know actually read it, and I knew they read it, it just wouldn't be the same for me. (Did I tell you I value my privacy--haha!)

So, that I have fairly consistently posted over the years and have kept off a certain amount of weight is a huge thing for me personally. I never dieted or tried to lose weight before I started posting here, I never had food/exercise issues that interfered with my health or happiness. I count myself as very lucky that I found DDs and that I have been physically able to do as much activity as I do.

My fitness isn't the best at the moment, but I always look to the future and that I can and will do better. I've mentioned it a zillion times, but the book Overcoming Overeating by Jane R Hirschmann & Carol H Munter changed the way I approach food in a fundamental way. My way of eating is always evolving to some extent. Counting calories is necessary for me to really be accountable, but I don't go nuts if I don't do it.

Plan for today: Mow Yard, Walk, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348 

thinnside40 on 06/21/2009:
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!! Great Job @ sticking with it in your own way and having the successes that you HAVE had and I'm sure looking forward to many more..... :-)

biscottibody59 - Friday Jun 05, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. --Charles Haddon Spurgeon

For my activity:
Sun: Weedeating/Mowing 4 hrs
Mon: Nothing
Tues: Mowing 1.5 hrs
Wed & Thurs: Nothing

I skipped the daily weighing, but for my regular Tuesday weigh-in I'm down 1.5# this week. I'm sooo not on an even keel yet, but as soon as I feel I'm approaching it I'm going to start the daily weighing.

I'm back to caffeine at will rather than curbing it in early afternoon--that changes tomorrow. My daily walk just for the sake of a walk, for crying out loud, has been out of my routine for way too long--must change!

Plan for today: Walk, NTrack, Jog

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348

Soon2BThin on 06/06/2009:
Good job on the pound and a half loss!! At least you're moving in the right direction. I, too, haven't been doing the exercise but plan on getting with it this next week. Maybe I'll even bowl once again since there doesn't seem to be anything seriously wrong with my back. So keep on working on it, you can do it! Have a good weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2009:
i really love that quote at the top of your entry. it's true. anxiety, it's like a waste of energy. it all goes down the tube. ...i need to work on that for sure...

smiley2 on 06/09/2009:
Thanks for the comment! I like your quote, very true and congrats on the weight loss! Wx

CritterMom on 06/15/2009:
Drink water, instead...and take it with you on that nice long walk. ;)

selina on 06/16/2009:
Biscotti- thank you for your kind words you left for me, I appreciate it. Take care of yourself, as well.

greengirl on 06/17/2009:
Hi Biscotti :0) I'm back here in the public arena and hoping to see you posting soon. I could probably use some advice from you as regards exercise. I'll keep watching for you , Anne :)

biscottibody59 - Sunday May 31, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Nothing

Same bunch of nothing, different day. Once I get done here though, I'm preparing to get after the yard work. The spasms aren't that much better, but I've gotta get this mess of a yard somewhat in shape!

I forced a reality check on myself yesterday. I tried on (thinking they would be loose) two pair of jeans. Size 12s--but an old size 12--I couldn't button them comfortably. It forces me to see that (whether this is a shifting of weight because of age or just that I've been too lax for too long) I need to change my practice or I'm going to be buying 14s real soon!

This is exactly the point I didn't want to reach. The point where I actually have to work at this. Yeah, I've lost weight before and kept off a certain amount, but looking back on it--it really wasn't that hard. Now my attitude is stuck in a different place. It's going to take some doing and some undoing:-)

Starting tomorrow I will be weighing daily for awhile. I'm going to try to start the calorie counting on Wednesday. I hope that gives me a bit of a chance to wrap my brain around this task once again. The one thing I want to say is that this is about the time of year I really got after it the first time, so it is a good time to start. Again!

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Mow Yard, Jog

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348

thinnside40 on 06/02/2009:
Yesterday when I came to read/post I figured for sure as the world that my name wouldn't be on the list at the right for it being bumped so far back, but whoop there it was and really not that far down the list.... I can remember when if you missed just 1 day that you would have to go looking for a certain name to click on... It is amazing how many people have just seemed to "drop off"...

Best to you in reaching those daily goals and I think we all need to open a huge can of whoop-@&& on ourselves to be truthful..... I'm opening my can!

thinnside40 on 06/02/2009:
OH..... Hope those spasms are relived for you soon..I know those things aren't any fun....

nenak on 06/02/2009:
oh dear I so know the feeling! im battling on a daily basis the little voice saying "argh start the healthy thing tommorrow" at the moment though im in the zone! see you there!!

biscottibody59 - Saturday May 30, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own. --Arnold Bennett

For my activity: Nothing

Unfortunately I was having lower back spasms yesterday, so nothing was done including in the yard. I feel sufficiently better today, so I'm going to get at least the yard work done.

Ah, this is my 3rd day in a row of posting--woo-hoo! I have many cobwebs in my head and body, but I am determined. I have been reading a few of my old diaries (some of them over 20 years old). None of it is concerned with weight loss. I have been here on DDs for over 8 years. I'm still here because I'm still evolving I suppose!

It's funny how many diaries here are one entry long. In fact I think the majority of diaries (if you go waaay back to the beginning) are that way. I can't imagine why there aren't more people on here posting regularly--it's always been a good place for support, but lately the soup is thin. Too bad!

I remember so many old diarists, I could probably write a history of DDs. Alas, that's not what I'm here for. I will say that I really miss Halley, Pezzy34, Herb, Golightly, Pastagal. Hope springs eternal!

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Mow Yard

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/31/2009:
you are right! posting has been thin. maybe it's because of the economy? or that people are just busy this type of year. i actually don't like January, when DD becomes overloaded with New Year members...

Soon2BThin on 05/31/2009:
Well, Soonie's still here, at least! I've been here over 9 years now. We have a lot in common, don't we? I miss the old gang too, Pastagal, Herb. Remember Crittermama? And Stella? I wish Pasta came back, I wonder how she is doing. Well, anyway, we're both back so let's keep on with it. Maybe this will be our year!

biscottibody59 - Friday May 29, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Jog 1 min/Walk 4 min x 4; Walk 10 min

I did my scheduled jogging--didn't have time for the bike ride. I finally took time to get new sports bras last week--they're the same old style, but much "fresher" and thus much more supportive. (My last jog was back in late January.)

As soon as I went out the door I felt something funny in my shoe. I've had a bug in my shoe before and couldn't get it off fast enough, so I thought it might have been the same thing. It turned out to be a nickel going back and forth as I walked--it felt pretty creepy!

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Mow Yard

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/29/2009:
i've never found money in my shoe....i did in the pool a few times way back...:) 5 cents gained...

biscottibody59 - Thursday May 28, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
May 13-27
Wed-Wed: Nothing

My first mistake was thinking the family issues would die down or that I would be less affected (able to move on). Hasn't happened! At least I'm not up as much as I thought I would be on my Tuesday weigh-in this week--only 2 pounds--thought I'd be hitting 170 this week for sure. So. I'm going to ease back into jogging first of all. For now it'll be the "skip two days between" schedule.

I can't let the world around me make me backslide. What I mean is that I'm not blaming the world, but I can do so much better than I have been--which is essentially lazy and self-pitying. The routines, weak and eroded as they may have become, must be rebuilt and strengthened and MUST become an integral part of my days!

I am starting with this one thing today: Jogging

It will be back to square one--a total of maybe 5 min broken up, but it's something.

Plan for today: Jog, Walk, Bike Ride

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1348

Progress as of today: 21.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday May 13, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Wed-Thur: Nothing
Fri: Walk 66 min
Sat-Sun: Nothing
Mon: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (13 min/1.1 mi)
Tues: Driving 4 hrs

My simple goal for this week has been to stop the figurative bleeding! I've been so very off base with food and Sunday capped it with the sheer amount  I ate. I was actually miserably full for the first time in a very very long time. Unusual, but I could see myself getting and staying off track. On the other hand, I've been sleeping quite well.

There are some family dynamics issues that have been hitting my psyche and affecting my stress levels. Repeatedly. I'm simply allowing irrational thoughts to keep me in turmoil. And eating isn't the way to deal with it. My plan is to write in a journal every day (at least once/day) and to at least eat a good breakfast and lunch.

The Fitday logging fell by the wayside again. I will try again to get back on track with it. When my eating is excessive and complex it's really easy to throw in the towel there. For the next few days I want to keep an eye on it!

And I'd like to add: to anyone reading this who struggles and gets tired of starting over (sometimes every day) that there's no reason to feel defeated. I remind myself of Rader's (a long-gone diarist here) quotation: "A year from now you'll wish you had started your diet today."

So whether you call what you're doing a diet, lifestyle change, getting fitter, whatever--the point is you know you need to do something differently. You can START TODAY. (In my case that's sometimes every day--and it may seem like drudgery.) We all know that there's nothing like getting on the scale and seeing a loss or putting on clothes we couldn't fit into last week.

I skipped my weigh-in this week. As far as exercise, getting in the circ/wt trng is always a jolt to put me in a better place fitness-wise!

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

To *Maria: I wish you all the best. Unfortunately I already have enough blogs, other readings, books, email, etc to read, so I probably won't keep up with you on your blog. Thanks for all your support and your perspective. I hope you'll find what you're looking for with it all!

Take good care of yourself too, my friend!

RMR = 1348

thinnside40 on 05/13/2009:
Ah..... This last few how many every long days it has been such a struggle to see the detourance I have allowed to take place.... I know I'm better off each day that I succeed & to get back into a LONG stretch so to speak is coing one day for us all......Just keep trying is something that has been done and successful within the last 16 months.... Just as long as I make it someday is goal...And I will...You too!!!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/14/2009:
i hope that your journaling helps!

nimony on 05/14/2009:
Rather than starting over, here's a different approach to ponder. Consider your diet and exercise plan to get in shape a 3-year or 5-year plan. Then pick a behavior you want to work on/change and focus on that for several months or longer. Keep tabs on the rest, but concentrate on making changes a little at a time. Otherwise, it's too overwhelming to do everything and it's easy to get frustrated, go off track, and feel like you need to start over. Giving yourself more time, being patient with yourself, and making changes one area at a time gives the changes a chance to take effect, to stick, to last. Then at some point down the road when you feel ready, choose another area to work on, and do the same thing. I would LOVE to have lost 90 pounds by now, 1-1/2 years after I started, but I haven't. I HAVE lost 30 pounds and kept them off. Now I'm working on my next 30. Mine started as a 3-year plan (though may become a 5-year plan). In year 1, I focused on being active, getting exercise, trying new activities to keep me moving, then settling into exercises I enjoyed the most. This year, year 2, I am focusing on food and diet. I hadn't intended on doing less exercise, but something had to give, so I do as much exercise as I can. My life will be back to "normal" in year 3, when I plan on marrying both diet and exercise. I broke down weight loss into 3 years, 30 pounds per year, 90 pounds overall. That may have to change because it's taking a long time to lose the weight, but that's okay, I'm still losing. Having a healthy, patient, positive attitude about your plan helps too, a lot. And cutting yourself some slack once in awhile is also helpful. It's hard to undo the bad habits we've been practicing for so long, so it's going to take time to turn those bad habits into good ones. I offer you think about a mind/attitude/approach change first. If it's in your head, you will have a better chance of sticking to it. We know there are no quick fixes, at least not any healthy ones, as much as we'd like to think otherwise. So accept what you can and are willing to change, one small change at a time, and let the rest go. My best to you, biscottibody59!

nenak on 05/19/2009:
Im with you ! if at first you dont succeed try, try again! but never give up

thinnside40 on 05/19/2009:
Suntea Info ~ Thanks!...We do have well water & it has been tested 4-5 times in the last 14 years..... It's always fine...I usually take the bags right out when I bring it in the house and put it in the fridge...

Good Tuesday Evening!

Soon2BThin on 05/24/2009:
You are one of the ones I always check up on when I'm here. And I usually get great incentive from you. Love that Rader, wish he was still here. And his saying is so very true. I must remember that one. Nice to see you haven't gained a lot of weight like I have. So I'm working to catch up with you, haha. Have a great week!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/25/2009:
YUP! I have tried the "real" roasted ham. and it is FAR better than any deli meat! :) in general, i find ham to be one of my least faves. thanks for stopping by my journal!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday May 13, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

This is a placeholder for my weekly weigh-in.

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