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biscottibody59 - Sunday Dec 16, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.0

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

For my activity:
Thurs: NordicTrack 62 min/6.9 mi; Short Walk
Fri: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (30 min/3.1 mi)
Sat: NordicTrack 51 min/5.6 mi; DogJog 16 min/Walk 10 min

I'm doing quite well with my "Run Up To The New Year--2008!" I'm thinking that not having a calorie goal is pure genius at the moment--haha! I don't need the pressure now or really any time of the year.

BTW, I'm 15 pounds away from a healthy BMI weight--seems possible for the first time in awhile!

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Cheers to you all!

1811 cal * 81g Fat * 27g Fiber * 56 oz Water
947 cal Deficit * 20% Activities

fritters on 12/16/2007:
15 pounds is VERY doable!! Good for you. I think that sometimes whenwe aren't so concerned with every bite we take, we don't take so many bites!

biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 13, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.0

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

So easy to fall into a rut, isn't it? Why should ruts be so comfortable and so unpopular? --Ruth Gordon

For my activity:
Tues: NordicTrack 51 min/5.6 mi; Walk 15 min
Wed: NordicTrack 42 min/4.6 mi; DogJog 15 min/Walk 10 min

My "Run Up To The New Year--2008!" is still just okay. It is keeping me in the game. I didn't think it would be this difficult to consciously get 1 hour of cardio EVERY day once I actually set it as a goal. I think this is the first time I've actually set an amount of time per day for exercise. It's good to try to get on the ball--especially at this time of the year when it's easier just to drop it altogether!

Goals: at least two circuit workouts/week, 80 oz water/day and at least 1 hour of cardio-type exercise per day. Actual goals met/not met for the week: No circ wkts done, water intake a little better (64 oz/day average), and I got in only 2 days of at least 1 hr of cardio (<1hr on some of the other days). I jogged 2 days.

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Cheers to you all!

2055 cal * 89g Fat * 29g Fiber * 84 oz Water
704 cal Deficit * 17% Activities

jon'smom on 12/13/2007:
Great job! Keep up the great work!!

fritters on 12/13/2007:
You are doing really well. It is nice to have set goals - it really helps to keep us on track.

hollybelle on 12/14/2007:
Your are so close to your goal!

greengirl on 12/14/2007:
You are doing great biscotti. You deserve a bit of success !!! Lets hope you get to see the 150s before Christmas. I will be cheering for you :)

geevee on 12/14/2007:
The 150's are right around the corner! I'm impressed!

Soon2BThin on 12/15/2007:
Hey, you're doing great! Rome was not built in a day, you know. Keep on with your plan.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/15/2007:
For some reason, I do pretty well during holiday season!! LOL, I think the fall is my worst time of year...maybe I get depressed! not sure!

I had to chuckle at your comment...I love the idea of cooking some smelly foods!!! Actually, I kinda already did without trying! All my packaged frozen veggies smell a bit when cooked...and I had them and microwaved eggs for dinner...and my sister came down and commented on the strong smell! LOL. she wasn't mean or anything, but it was funny to think that I already cooked something smelly! :) yay for nobody bothering me about it!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 11, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.0

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

For my activity:
Fri: NordicTrack 42 min/4.2 mi; Yardwork 10 min
Sat: Nothing
Sun: NordicTrack 41 min/4.6 mi; DogJog 14 min/Walk 10 min
Mon: NordicTrack 42 min/4.3 mi

My "Run Up To The New Year--2008!" is going okay. I'm doing fairly well with water intake. That last jog was outside at 35�F with a slight breeze, but not too bad--and I was dressed for it. I'm going to do my best to keep it up!

I'm down a half-pound on my weigh-in and up a little more than a half-inch on measurements. Nothing to shout about, but nothing to cry in my beer about either:-)

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Cheers to you all!

1750 cal * 88g Fat * 18g Fiber * 84 oz Water
855 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

sugarmama on 12/11/2007:
Thanks for the input on my diary. No, I don't think weighing in everyday is obsessive! I really like your idea of 'Run Up To The New Year'. How creative is that - and smart!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2007:
calories are awesome...fiber's not too bad! umm, congrats on getting out there with weather like that! you motivate me...although i'm still NOT leaving my house...i pray my sister will come home wiht my car so i can go do yoga tonight! :)

biscottibody59 - Friday Dec 07, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.5

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

For my activity: NordicTrack 51 min/5.5 mi; DogJog 14 min/Walk 10 min

"Run Up To The New Year--2008!" I got in all my water and my cardio. I'm so looking forward to being 10# lighter while jogging. For that, 10 pounds at a time is adequate--I can't imagine how light and airy I'll feel in the 140s (if::when::ever).

I knew I wasn't going to get in the circuit yesterday--maybe tomorrow. It's supposed get up to only 43�F on Monday, then a cold rain is on tap for a couple of days.

Thanks for your curiosity HoP--that plus keeping an eye out for calorie days above 2000 should keep me in some kind of groove--with the exercise too, of course!

Plan for today: NTrack, Yardwork, Walk

Have a good food day!

1592 cal * 80g Fat * 26g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1183 cal Deficit * 20% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/08/2007:
:) What you said in my journal makes a lot of sense. But, for the time being, I want to at least pretend to believe that everything I make is enjoyable and nutritious, no matter how weird to everyone else. My current goal is basically still to loose until i reach back to 115. After that, I will continue with that goal, downwards. I know that I do have an "illness" and I do possibly need some greater help.

I actually didn't even get the same exact feelings on these past three days of binging than i have on previous binges. The after effect was actually more of boredom. It's proof that I don't need binging to take my mind off something. Interestingly, I think lack of sleep led to the binges being as bad as they were. Basically, I ate to sleep...I ate because after that i knew what would happen - I'd pass out, not be able to think about anything, and go to sleep. Of course, I'll mention this is no way to live! AND, I don't want this!

I feel like my body is giving me a thousand chances!!! So, I take them and succeed sometimes.

I appreciate your efforts to open up my eyes....they're opening....one day at a time...back to start...

Biscotti, today has been a great day for you! You will feel lighter and exercise will feel easier, that's a fact. I know from experience.

borntocry on 12/08/2007:
Oh, I know what you mean. I love the way running forces me to think about my weight and make sure I don't gain too much. I've had to run with a backpack lately and it's made me realise how every little pound does make a difference.

I've been thinking a lot about the Run Up to the New Year 2008. I figured you were probably counting walking but I haven't been doing a lot of that lately (to the metro station, grocery store, etc. but that's rarely more than 5 minutes at a stretch and I don't really think I can count it as cardio). But I think I am going to give it a try. I want to start running every day anyway, and even though I'm rarely going to be running a full hour, I can use my exercise bike to make up the rest. I wanted to start using that thing again - at the moment it's being used as a coat-rack.

I liked your comment to HoP. I used to fall into exactly the trap you described - eating to distract myself from my cravings and then giving into them anyway. (I suppose that could work for people with smaller appetites but I always have room for more.) And I've learned to stop doing that too. In fact, as I was reading your comment I was eating a flatbread from the Algerian bakery next door which I had promised myself as a treat for an otherwise good day. And I actually made myself go get it because I knew that if I didn't, I'd just sit around eating all kinds of other junk instead to "make up" for it.

But you know, it's possible that HoP really does enjoy some of the weird foods she eats. There's a theory that some of us are "supertasters" and others have a much duller sense of taste. It's possible that HoP falls into that latter category as she's previously mentioned that other people in her family object to the strong-smelling foods she cooks while she (presumably) doesn't notice the smell. And I've had similar experiences myself. I have to get my husband to taste dairy products for me because I can't tell if they've gone bad.

workingit2 on 12/08/2007:
Seriously, I am looking forward to losing 10lbs right along with you!

timeforachange on 12/09/2007:
Hope you had a great weekend and kept on trucking along on the way to your goal! Or should I say "running along" from the looks of it. More power to you!=)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Dec 06, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.5

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

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus. --Bishop Robert South

For my activity:
Tues & Wed: Nothing

"Run Up To The New Year--2008!" Do what? Oh yeah, I had some water and exercise goals to meet--didn't meet 'em for Tuesday and my time got away from me and then I lost any motivation. I crashed--apparently I needed the break. It just continued yesterday--though I did some housework--can't count it. I will count yardwork (if I get any done--ever).

Goals: at least two circuit workouts/week, 80 oz water/day and at least 1 hour of cardio-type exercise per day. Actual goals met/not met for the week: No circ wkts done, water intake sucked (nowhere near 80 oz/day), and I got in only 2 days of at least 1 hr of cardio (<1hr on some of the other days). I jogged 2 days.

The weather's good enough to do some yardwork, but I don't want to do it. Fortunately our weather is going to be in the 70�F range for the next few days, although we got a freeze the other morning. Typical for this time of year.

Plan for today: NTrack, Circuit Workout, Walk

Have a good food day!

2166 cal * 94g Fat * 24g Fiber * 56 oz Water
95 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

greengirl on 12/06/2007:
Hey Biscotti, we must both be online at the same time, but thousands of miles apart. That is weird!! It great to see you doing so well. Your weight loss ticker is looking good :)

workingit2 on 12/06/2007:
ohhh how nice to have temps in the 70's. I would LOVE it!

borntocry on 12/07/2007:
I really like your Run Up to the New Year 2008 plan. I was thinking of adopting it myself, but I don't know if I could do a whole hour of cardio every day. I'd like to try, though. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

So did you make the chess pie, then? How was it?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/07/2007:
good calories and goals! I'm looking foward to hearing about how the challenge is going...

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Dec 04, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 160.5

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

For my activity: NordicTrack 35 min/3.5 mi

I'm down a pound on my weekly weigh-in--no measurements 'til next week.

I did okay, though I missed the mark for cardio for my "Run Up To The New Year--2008!"

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Have a good food day!

2264 cal * 92g Fat * 26g Fiber * 28 oz Water
321 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

workingit2 on 12/04/2007:
I agree with you about the detox thing. The first time I heard of someone 'worming' themselves in order to lose weight, I thought "Yes, we have reached a new low in the marketing gimmicks".

kyrin on 12/05/2007:
had to read back for a few days... I agree about standing. It requires the body to use more muscles to maintain erect (and especially, correct) posture. I don't usually count all of the day's efforts in my cardio total. But, I know when I have pushed a little harder on some days than on others. I feel a little prouder of myself on those days. Good job with getting your fiber. That's still a tough one for me while I'm living with my parents. They seem to want to gravitate to canned fruits and veggies. I like mine fresh, which doesn't always seem to digest as well for them. ...But we're trying.

Nice week, Biscotti!


timeforachange on 12/05/2007:
Thanks for the advice, I will have to check out that book =) Hope you had a good day! Halfway to Friday woohoo!

workingit2 on 12/06/2007:
Thank you for the support!

biscottibody59 - Monday Dec 03, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 161.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: NordicTrack 61 min/6.8 mi; Bike Ride 24 min/4.4 mi; DogJog 12 min/Walk 10 min

I did okay for my "Run Up To The New Year--2008!"

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Have a good food day!

2289 cal * 78g Fat * 30g Fiber * 84 oz Water
708 cal Deficit * 25% Activities

workingit2 on 12/04/2007:
Woo hooo! Fantastic exercise!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Dec 02, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 161.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Wed: NordicTrack 41 min/4.5 mi; DogJog 12 min/Walk 10 min
Thur-Fri-Sat: Nothing (since I'm not counting phone calls--haha!)

As for Borntocry's question, I'm usually standing up about half the time during a long phone call. Oh, I can't count driving toward my cardio either.

Started Wednesday with my "Run Up To The New Year--2008!" Goals: at least two circuit workouts/week, 80 oz water/day and at least 1 hour of cardio-type exercise per day (walking, jogging, NTrack, bicycling, Airdyne). Then I fizzled out the rest of the week. Wrote down my food, no Fitday.

Here's an article about not sitting on your butt for good health: Scientists Say Just Standing Up May Be as Important as Exercise.

Plan for today: NTrack, Bike Ride, Jog/Walk

Have a good food day!

1735 cal * 69g Fat * 9g Fiber * 40 oz Water
533 cal Deficit * 0% Activities

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2007:
i agree about standing up...even before reading the article! haha. there's such a major difference between lounging at the computer and being on your feet! :)

mylifechanges on 12/02/2007:
agreed- totally something I need to work on since I'm an avid reader (i can spend HOURS reading) and therefore am usually in the sitting/lounging position! Thanks for the reminder. :)

meagain on 12/02/2007:
Biscotti ... I'd like to take just a sec to "stand and putter" .... ha ha ... thanks for sharing the article it is definitely thought provoking and I am sure I will be doing quite a bit more standing at work tomorrow. Actually, without really knowing why I have actually stood from time to time just cause it did seem like the sitting was getting old ... now that I understand there may be other benefits I'll put even MORE attention to getting off my hiney and puttering.

Also, thanks for your comments. I can tell they are deeply sincere and I do appreciate and adhere to your wisdom. Again, thanks.

workingit2 on 12/02/2007:
Very interesting article, thank you for posting it

geevee on 12/02/2007:
Thanks for the article. Really interesting!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Nov 28, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 161.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. --James Kern Feibleman

For my activity:
Sun: NordicTrack 61 min/6.7 mi; DogJog 12 min/Walk 10 min
Mon: Walk 55 min
Tues: NordicTrack 32 min/3.2 mi

Day 82: Calorie goal no--water goal yes!
Day 83: Calorie goal no--water goal no!
Day 84: Calorie goal no--water goal no!

To refresh, this ends an 84-Day Count with these goals: 1700 cals/day, possibly jog 3 days/week, circuit workout (full body wt trng) 2-3 days/week, drink 80-100 oz water/day.

No weekly report--it would only include a couple of days. I don't foresee counting days again--at least not 'til next year perhaps:-)

I'm down a pound on my weigh-in yesterday and down 5/8ths inch on my measurements.

I am starting something I'm calling "Run Up To The New Year--2008!" Goals will be at least two circuit workouts/week, 80 oz water/day and at least 1 hour of cardio-type exercise per day (walking, jogging, NTrack, bicycling, Airdyne).

I'd like to be down a good 10 pounds by the end of January. "Good" meaning--not having to revisit the 160s again during 2008. Really is that too much to ask?

I'll update calories, etc DAILY and the "Run Up . . ." results WEEKLY. Oh, and "shopping with a cart" and those "long phone calls" don't contribute to the cardio--haha!

You're welcome to choose your own goals and do your own "Run Up . . . 2008!" I'm just not going to keep up with it--you're on your own.

Plan for today: NTrack, Jog/Walk

Have a good food day!

2316 cal * 83g Fat * 27g Fiber * 28 oz Water
196 cal Deficit * 11% Activities

workingit2 on 11/28/2007:
That is a great idea! I am with you on not wanting to see the 160's EVER again...ugh! I will be cheering you on from the sidelines and then when I am all better, I'll join in!

borntocry on 11/29/2007:
Hi biscotti! I knew you would love the saga of me pandering to my husband's demands...

Perhaps if you pace the floor during the long 'phone calls you can count them as cardio?

greengirl on 11/29/2007:
Hey Biscotti you must have been doing good while I have been AWOL !!! Kudos to you :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
yay for day 82...when at least the water goal was an accomplishment! wow. i can't believe how fast 82 days comes and goes. my gosh.

fritters on 11/29/2007:
You may not have made your water and calorie goals on some days, but you are really good at getting in your exercise. That is so important and you are very good at it. So if shopping isn't cardio, what is??!! Just kidding!

borntocry on 11/30/2007:
Hi biscotti!

Thanks for your comment. I'm amazed you remembered that I like those cereal straw things. You must have a really incredible memory. (Or was I just THAT enamoured of those things?) We don't get the Froot Loop ones here - we don't even get Froot Loops cereal here, and it's one of my husband's favourites.

I can't agree with you enough about good things never being available for long. It seems my favourite products in every single country have been discontinued. Why does that happen??

Oh yeah, I am excited about that Cowboys/Packers game. I almost stayed up to watch it at 2:30 a.m. this morning. They're showing it again at 3:00 p.m. and my husband has taken the afternoon off to go home and see it! Unfortunately I couldn't do the same, but I might try to leave work early so I can catch the end. So don't tell me who won!

mylifechanges on 12/01/2007:
great job getting on top of the water goal for the day! the rest will surely follow. :) keep doing what you're doing!

thanks for the comment on my site. the hardest part about my living situation is that I have NO control over what comes in and out of the house. i live with my cousin's fam and they're all "natural" eaters so they have allll kinds of yummy food in the house! as we speak there is a HUGE pan of peanut butter brownies on the counter! grrr....so anyway, I'm definitely learning the virtue of self-control, and it's my hope that maybe this will pay off well in my future. Maybe when I reach my goal weight, i'll be so used to having sweets in the house that i won't have to worry over a few good treats!

anyway, you're great- keep up all of your good work! You're SO close to seeing the 150's!


biscottibody59 - Sunday Nov 25, 2007
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 162.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues: NordicTrack 21 min/2.2 mi; Bike Ride 34 min/6.4 mi; Walk 10 min
Wed: Shopping with cart 1.5 hrs
Thur: Nothing
Fri: Nothing
Sat: Nothing

Day 77: Calorie goal no--water goal no!
Day 78: Calorie goal no--water goal no!
Day 79: Calorie goal no--water goal no!
Day 80: Calorie goal no--water goal no!
Day 81: Calorie goal no--water goal no!

I turned over 200 miles on my cyclometer--woo-hoo! So I took advantage of those last days of warm weather. I don't mind jogging in the cold, but I don't have anything to wear under my bike helmet when it's even a little breezy/cold.

I thought of just wearing a thin pair of old long underwear haha!

Anyway we actually had some snow Thursday night, but it wasn't cold enough to really stay more than a short while. The air completely dried everything by morning. So, we've now had more than 3 days of raw, cold wet weather. We need the rain--that's about all I can say.

Now I'm looking forward to the drying out so that I can mow the leaves!

I've been haphazardly writing down my food in my notebook, but I'm not counting. Will start tomorrow or I'm going to be a goner and about 20 pounds heavier by the end of the year no doubt.

Plan for today: NTrack, Jog/Walk

Have a good food day!

2250 cal * 70g Fat * 22g Fiber * 56 oz Water
536 cal Deficit * 19% Activities

Weekly Goal Report (11.14-11.20):
Avg Calories: 1960 * Avg Water: 56 oz * Avg Act Cal: 16% (s/b 10-15%)
Jogged 2 days; Two Circ Wkts Done

geevee on 11/26/2007:
LOVED your confessional comment!

legcramps on 11/26/2007:
What's with all those unmet goals?? Make 'em to reach 'em, BB!

workingit2 on 11/26/2007:
Congrats on the 200 miles!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/27/2007:
lol, no, don't gain 20 lbs. yep, food temptations still here...i should have read all the comments in my journal before binging today!

MeAgain on 12/01/2007:
Hi Biscotti ... (sheepishly blinking ... thanks for not biting me head off!)It's been 2 years plus and I see some of the same GREAT group of folks are still here and doing their thang!!!! Man, I pray I hang ten like you guys are doing!!! ... a friend of mine said something the other day that really hit home for me as I applied his saying to my battle with the weight thing ... "procrastination is the killer of all dreams" OUCH!!!! You my dear are definitely NOT a procrastinator .... you have always been diligent with your challenges AND meeting them! Girl pleze send some of that sticktoitiveness my way!!! As always, you are SO inspiring ... thanks and remain the unstoppable champion you are!

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