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biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 29, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding. --Harvey MacKay

For my activity:
Wed: Walk 10 min
Thurs: Nothing

I'm not a genius but I can see where my current behavior is taking me.

So here are my goals: Water 80 oz, count calories, etc and maintain at least a 1000 cal/day deficit. No particulars for activity except to get back to the scheduled Circuit Workouts starting tomorrow. Go for a week--too difficult timewise, whatever--reassess! ***Commit to these goals starting tomorrow.***

I can take being right where I am, but not moving forward means that Mother Nature is going to take advantage of my standing still and push me over the cliff--haha! (It's not really that funny.)

I looked back at 2005 and I missed posting for more than a month. So I looked at my little notebook to see if I was writing down my food or anything--I was. I didn't want to repeat that pattern this time. Also I'm going back to weigh-ins on Tuesdays for now.

My "Circuit Streak" has ended at 19 days, which is excellent. I've been taking a complete break from planned exercise--which is good for me to do from time to time.

Cals/Fat Grams: Wed::--/--

Plan for today: NTrack, Jog/Walk

Don't give up!


1745 cal * 63g Fat * 16g Fiber * 56 oz Water
1036 cal Deficit * 19% Activities

starlight on 02/29/2008:
Thanks for the comment. The IC stands for interstitial cystitis. Its where the lining that protects your bladder from the toxins in the urine has been damaged somehow, so the toxins penetrate the bladder wall causing inflammation and hemorrhaging. Thus its painful and causes you to feel like you have to pee to get the urine out that is "burning" your bladder. Its not incontinance BUT the only medication that has worked for me has actually been vesicare, used for incontinence bc it has an antispasmotic in it. Vesicare is very expensive though and there is no generic for it.


mmuraro on 02/29/2008:
Yea, it's good to change your exercise routine every now and then. I love your quote, it's something to think about. Thanks!


thinnsidenotout on 02/29/2008:
Re: Playing well with others...... I am sure you do...You seem to be a very "together" person and I am sure that you make a good friend as well.....

Just as long as you dangle by your toe-nails and not go over the cliff, you will be fine!{*;*}....


rlovell on 02/29/2008:
i always love your quotes...it's so rewarding to see this as a "good habit" and make that your priority.


starlight on 03/01/2008:
Thank you so much for doing some searching online. I've been to the first website, but I don't think I've heard of the second. I'll definitely search there. So again, I really appreciate it. Have a good day :)


desichick on 03/01/2008:
Hey thanks for you recommendation on the scale, and I really like the quote in this post.


borntocry on 03/02/2008:
Hi biscotti! So, how do you calculate your deficit? What do you estimate your daily calorie intake would be to maintain your weight? I tried going the calorie deficit route once but decided against it because I was worried it would encourage me to think of food as a reward and exercise as punishment. But I might try it again - I quite like the mathematical nature of it.

Thanks for your comments on my diary! No, I didn't have any trouble running with someone else's entry. It isn't allowed, but they can't very well ask 23,000 people to show their ID on race day. They check your ID when you pick up your bib, but the girl who sold me hers went and picked it up for me herself. Though some sellers said that they couldn't do that and that they would send photocopies of their ID cards to the buyers - don't see how that would work, but my husband's co-worker is a runner and she says you can just say you're picking it up for a friend.

I did see some people get turned away right at the finish line 'cause they didn't have bibs at all. That must really suck! Those people are known as "bandits".

Oh, I forgot to ask you, was that a David Bowie quote in your comment the other day? "Turn and face the strange... ch-ch-changes!"


mmuraro on 03/02/2008:
I love your quotes and love Bowie! Have a great day.


maria777 on 03/02/2008:
Good goals and hope you're having a wonderful day today!



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 27, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


The minute anyone's getting anxious I say, You must eat and you must sleep. They're the two vital elements for a healthy life. --Francesca Annis

For my activity:
Mon & Tues: Nothing

For the weekly recap of goals met or not: Calories were <1800 on one day only (Avg: 2149), all planned Circ Wkts done. Fat was <75 grams on four days. I hit the 80 oz water goal on two days and the cardio (1 hr/day) goal on one day. Jogged on zero days.

Cals/Fat Grams: Mon::2131/71

This was also a crappy week because I got in only about a third of the amount of activity as last week.

I shall be changing my goals--I guess I'm a little bored and tired of these. Except for the Circ Aer Wkt--it's hot hot hot! I guess I need to spread the excitement of it to all of my other activity!

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, NTrack, Walk

Don't give up!


2193 cal * 85g Fat * 23g Fiber * 56 oz Water
-9 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Running Wkly Def: +236

thinnsidenotout on 02/27/2008:
You will do it!!!!

Have a great rest of the week!


starlight on 02/28/2008:
Good idea to change your goals. You know what works for you, and its great to recocgnize what you gotta do since you're getting bored. Good luck!


maria777 on 02/28/2008:
Eating and sleeping's good, as long as they're not overdone...which can be easy to do...especially the first one, huh????

Looks like you're still doing FANTASTIC with your exercise! Big smile to you!


thinnsidenotout on 02/29/2008:
RE: Friend walking with me... Yes, your right...I do feel like I have to keep the waters somewhat smooth...We go to church together, our sons are best friends, neighbors, etc...... I have decided this morning that my happiness is more important than having a companion to walk with and I will tell her that I started this FOR ME and that she is the one that hitched the ride WITH ME, not ME WITH HER (I won't say it quite like that, but something to that effect)... I had a good talk with my husband about it last night and he told me "you know you weren't looking for someone to go with in the first place and you DID NOT want a competition by any means".... I started it FOR ME and I WILL finifsh it FOR ME.... THANKS for you words and I have never been one for having anybody going shopping with me or anything else really for tha matter.... I like My TIME to be MY TIME and not worry about whether I am holding anybody up... Staying at home almost every day, I need time alone outside my house..... This just happened, cause my path (safest for walking around here) for walking is past this friend's house and I am spotted ocassionally.... She does feel better health wise and that is a good thing, cause she hasn't suffered any migraines or back pain for the last 3 weeks.... Anyway...I'm rambling now..THANKS AGAIN biscotti....Have a great weekend!



biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 25, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (12 min/2.2 mi)

I sort of left my Circuit (wt trng) for the last minute yesterday, but I must say that I'm glad I got it in. I never regret the day after that I did it--it's becoming a "non-negotiable" for me. I'd love to be able to say that it's that already--close, but not quite;-)

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Have a good food choice day!


2209 cal * 88g Fat * 33g Fiber * 84 oz Water
237 cal Deficit * 9% Activities

workingit2 on 02/25/2008:
I smiled at the 'food vacation' lol. I am seriously considering doing a circuit workout at the gym..might as well take advantage of the membership! RE. my brother...he hasn't fulfilled last month's obligations and this month is already upon us, in fact, almost over. He is slipping badly. I've had enough.


workingit2 on 02/25/2008:
PS. Have a great evening!


starlight on 02/25/2008:
Do you know I did't know what a biscotti was until I started reading your entries way back in the day. lol I finally saw them at starbucks one day.


Donkey on 02/25/2008:
I wish I could get to the point where weight training is "non-negotiable". Ugh, it's so hard to motivate myself to do it.


mmuraro on 02/25/2008:
Keep the great workouts happening! Have a nice night!


borntocry on 02/26/2008:
I know what you mean. It never fails to amaze me how I always have to decide whether or not to work out, even though afterwards I'm always either glad I did, or sorry that I didn't. There's never been a time I thought to myself, "Man, I wish I hadn't done my weight-lifting today." So one would think I would never even have to think twice about it. But no...


CritterMom on 02/26/2008:
You're alllllmost to that pale pink house...You're doing GREAT!


legcramps on 02/26/2008:
You need to keep getting that circuit training in! You can do it! :)



biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 24, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Nothing

Pooped out on the walk yesterday, so I called it a rest day and ate exactly what I wanted--dare I call it a "free" day--haha!?! Scones and scones and scones--just had to make 'em and eat 'em--very good!

Well that's my food vacation, gotta get back to it!

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, NTrack, Walk

Don't give up!


2095 cal * 74g Fat * 25g Fiber * 0 oz Water
114 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

MsKitty on 02/24/2008:
mmm scones


leeumom on 02/24/2008:
I'd take the inches anyday!


thinnsidenotout on 02/25/2008:
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!


CharlieAngel on 02/25/2008:
Every one needs a free day now and then. I was actually craving a scone this weekend. Have a great week!


legcramps on 02/25/2008:
You're doing great! I did that one day too, made and ate loads of croissants. But i'm a bread freak, and I think I was trying to limit my intake. That's what happens when you try to restrict!



biscottibody59 - Saturday Feb 23, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 158.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.2 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be. --Walter Bagehot

For my activity: NordicTrack 63 min/6.5 mi

I'm down a little more than 2 inches on my measurements, but up on my weigh-in. I wasn't expecting much either way, but the measurements were a pleasant surprise. (I'm down on RLeg, RCalf, Hips, Bust, Waist and Abdomen--the same on RArm and RWrist.)

My next pair of shorts waiting in the wings are size 8s--I was able to button and zip them this time--the current ones are just about ready to wear--just a little tight for my taste. Struggling gets really old, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! If I weren't struggling I guess I'd be dead--haha!

Oh, hey, I didn't tell about my jog (or non-jog) the other night. I went for about 30 seconds and stopped. Thus, no jog! How exciting--haha! I just wasn't into it--and it was quite warm, so it wasn't the weather. So I walked and watched the eclipse and walked and watched the eclipse some more.

Plan for today: Walk

Don't give up!


1885 cal * 71g Fat * 16g Fiber * 84 oz Water
896 cal Deficit * 19% Activities

mmuraro on 02/23/2008:
Hehe, your jogging sounds like mine. ;) Nah, i think it's great that you listened to your body and did what it was telling you to do. Good for you. Saturday night hugs to you.


mcwoo40 on 02/24/2008:
Just passing to say hello.You will be in those size 8's by the summer for sure,take care Julie


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2008:
wow!!! you have been doing great! and....just FIVE more pounds!!!! This must be so exciting for you!


shadetree on 02/24/2008:
I always find it amazing at how different bodies are...Our weights are about the same, yet I am THRILLED that I bought a pair of size 10 pants yesterday and - while they are snug, I can get into them and could actually wear them to work. and you are into a size 8 - Good for you!

So you got to see the eclipse - that's cool! My husband came in at one point yelling for my son and I to wake up and go look...by the time I mustered enough energy to go open the door, it was very...uneventful. But last night driving home from the hockey game on the expressway, I was being hypnotized by how HUGE the moon looked...it was really cool!

Measurements going down - that's great! Keep up the great work! Have a good day!



biscottibody59 - Friday Feb 22, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


The world gets better every day--then worse again in the evening. --Kin Hubbard

For my activity:
Wed: Walk 10 min
Thur: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (17 min/3.3 mi)

Cals/Fat Grams: Wed::2785/119

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Don't give up!


1742 cal * 70g Fat * 14g Fiber * 28 oz Water
722 cal Deficit * 10% Activities

MsKitty on 02/22/2008:
seems like a good day for you so far


leeumom on 02/22/2008:
Won't it be exciting to get down below the lowest, of 150! You are not that far away.



biscottibody59 - Wednesday Feb 20, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


Something will be gathered from the tablets of the most faultless day for regrets. --Lydia Huntley Sigourney

For my activity: NordicTrack 42 min/4.5 mi; Bike Ride 21 min/3.8 mi; Calisthenics 5 min

For the weekly recap of goals met or not: Calories were <1800 on one day only (Avg: 2339), all planned Circ Wkts done. Fat was <75 grams on three days. I hit the 80 oz water goal on six days and the cardio (1 hr/day) goal on five days. Jogged on only one day.

Plan for today: NTrack, Jog/Walk

Don't give up!


1768 cal * 63g Fat * 28g Fiber * 84 oz Water
916 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

CharlieAngel on 02/20/2008:
The goal line is in sight. As you say, not giving up is the key. Have a great evening!


thinnsidenotout on 02/20/2008:
Yah...can you believe 4 weeks already? see what I meant about how fast time goes and how much you can have taken care of in that short of time, nose to the grindstone, with a couple flubs.... It is not easy by any mean and I know you know what I am saying...but if I can do it and know that I have done the best of my ability, that is all I can expect from myself..and where I land is still yet to be determined and I am determined to land that goal...

Thank You for your support!


maria777 on 02/20/2008:
I am so happy for you being at 156.5...that is terrific! You work hard and you don't give up and you keep encouraging all of us to do the same. Your cals for today's entry at 1768 look real good and your workout does, too! Keep up the good work and hope you have a terrific evening! Big smile to you, Biscottibody!!!


mmuraro on 02/20/2008:
You seem like you never have bad days!!! Im so impressed!


legcramps on 02/21/2008:
Way to go!


mmuraro on 02/21/2008:
I totally agree with you! You are right. A couple of 'bad' days isnt so bad, what i think i meant is that I still need to improve and struggle on my workouts. It's definitely something to work on. As for my waist:hip ratio... it's because I am brazilian. hahaha. I'll always have bigger hips and smaller waist/chest. My reason for weight loss is way more appearance and self confidence driven than health. I am pretty healthy and even when I am bigger and overeating, I am not really the fast food type of girl. I just may eat way too much and compulsively. Argh. I am glad now things are going so well. Have a great day and thanks!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/22/2008:
hi there, great day with your calories!


maria777 on 02/22/2008:
Hope you are having a wonderful day! Big smile to you! Bet you are working out and counting your cals today! YAYYY!!!



biscottibody59 - Tuesday Feb 19, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (42 min/4.8 mi)

I have to say that I did my Circuit the way it was intended for the first time in a really long time--2 years or more. It usually takes me about 2 hours depending on dumbbell weight. (The length of the workout means that I'm taking too much time between exercises, but yesterday I pushed it.) I did my 1 min:30 sec on the NTrack quickly after finishing an exercise.

Granted, with the higher weight I'm using, I'm doing fewer reps (I increase the reps gradually over several weeks, then I go up in dumbbell weight). So what would normally have taken a couple of hours took me just about 1 hr:20 min in all.

I could tell during my jog the other night that I was feeling much fitter, so I'm glad I pushed yesterday's workout. Feels great!

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

Don't give up!


1828 cal * 59g Fat * 36g Fiber * 84 oz Water
994 cal Deficit * 21% Activities

thinnsidenotout on 02/19/2008:
Re: Admirable...Thank You so much!!!! You haven't done so bad yourself!.... I just finally had to tell myself I am going to stick with it this time and not let MYSELF down...I am a very determined person and find a way to pretty much get whatever it is I want (within reason and not harming others) and don't really care how long it takes to get it.....I finally came to the conclusion that if I had that much gumption for something material, why couldn't I be that way with myself and be much more rewarded in the end for doing so....I can remember oh so many times looking back at how fast time has gone by and if I would have at least stuck with it ALL THAT TIME, how much thinner/better off I would of been by the time I sat down and reflected upon the time passed...Then being mad & depressed...Who else to blame, but ME!!!!!!!!!

This last 4 weeks have went by fast and I have had ups and downs mentality wise, but have really tried to stick with what I set forth to do, regardless..... I hope & pray to be here for the duration and will continue to be here after I get to that goal.... In my short stent here, I have often wondered about those who seemed to be going super strong and now, just seem to wane and only come around when things are good....This forum is for the good AND bad times in this neverending journey....Even when we get to where we are headed.... Maintenance then will be the key.... HAVE A GREAT EVENING!!!!!


mmuraro on 02/19/2008:
Hey, first of all as always, congrats on your life style. You seem like you do so great. I wrote more on my blog about the drug I take. I answer your questions there, so check it out. Thanks for the interest and support :)


mmuraro on 02/19/2008:
Well, different countries work in different ways. In brazil you can get a lot of stuff that should be prescription over the counter. It's still prescription, only they dont always check it. Some other are more controlled, but I guess you can find stuff when you want it. Lord knows how it is in Indonesia... And yeah, the idea is to look and feel healthy and good but still respecting the way we're built. I will always have a big butt and smaller chest. Brazilian... ha ha


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/19/2008:
Sometimes, we need to push ourselves in order to feel a sense of accomplishment! Anyway, if we didn't push ourselves, we'd be stagnant, right??


workingit2 on 02/19/2008:
Stopped by to show support! Stay strong!


borntocry on 02/20/2008:
Wow - I had no idea your circuit workouts were that long! I know they say you shouldn't take too much time between exercises if you really want to build muscle, but it could be better for your cardiovascular fitness if it keeps your heart rate up for longer.

Thanks for your comment. Yeah, you really know me! I had already noticed your conspicuous absence from the water brigade. But no, I don't really have a good reason for my hydrophobia. Just don't like it. That's why I am trying to change my ways - really, I am! But like all good intentions, it's hard to stick to it when one isn't really convinced of the benefits, you know? It seems I periodically go on these water-drinking sprees and then give it up again. But then, I used to do the same thing with weight-lifting, so maybe my resolve is improving...



biscottibody59 - Monday Feb 18, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


For my activity: NordicTrack 34 min/3.4 mi; DogJog 23 min/Walk 10 min

The jog was a relative piece of cake--after not jogging for 18 days I wasn't too sure how it'd be! It felt great!

Plan for today: Circuit Workout, NTrack, Walk

Don't give up!


2290 cal * 74g Fat * 40g Fiber * 84 oz Water
353 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

mmuraro on 02/18/2008:
Glad you felt great jogging after 18 days! you go!


workingit2 on 02/18/2008:
Woo hooo glad you enjoyed your jog!


shadetree on 02/18/2008:
Yay! That first day back is always the hardest! Glad it wasn't too rough on you!


thinnsidenotout on 02/18/2008:
Keep it up!!!!!!



biscottibody59 - Sunday Feb 17, 2008
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 156.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)


When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it. --Robert Anthony

For my activity:
Thur: NordicTrack 61 min/6.8 mi
Fri: NordicTrack 42 min/4.6 mi; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (21 min/4.4 mi)
Sat: Nothing

I'm down 1.5 pounds on my Saturday weigh-in and up 1/16" on my measurements overall.

I had put off cleaning gutters in the fall, which wasn't noticeable until we had a heavy rain last week. So I did that Friday--a little cold, but it feels great to have it done!

I've had as much special chocolate as I've ever had in a span of two or three days. I'll now go back to my occasional piece; that which is manageable, good and something I have no desire to go overboard on.

Cals/Fat Grams: Thur::2383/121 Fri::2371/87

Plan for today: NTrack, Jog/Walk

Don't give up!


2741 cal * 161g Fat * 18g Fiber * 28 oz Water
-454 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

shadetree on 02/17/2008:
Wish we could get to the gutters - we've got huge icicles hanging from the eaves, and it appears that our gutters are full of ice...The thermometer says it's 46 degrees out there right now, so I'm hoping that the ice has been melting. YAY for the pound and a half! Only 3.5 to go on this round!


thinnsidenotout on 02/17/2008:
Super.....Goal will be here before you know it.....


workingit2 on 02/17/2008:
GO BB It'sya birthday! Congrats on the weight loss!


maria777 on 02/17/2008:
Wow, congratulations to you on your new number! Nice going! YAYYYY!!!!! Big smile to you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/17/2008:
that's so good, 1.5 lbs down and UP on measurments? odd..but what can you do!?



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