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biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 30, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 156 by May 6

15% Activities; Fat grams=59; Calories=1776; >110 oz Water; Fiber=40 g

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on
your way. --Dr. Seuss

I did my NordicTrack yesterday--48 min/5.5 mi. I met all challenge goals for this day--so far, so good. I changed my goal weight/date above. I wasn't anywhere within reach of it, so it's a little more conservative (and, I hope, doable:-) now.

I'll check in a little later!

pezzy34 on 03/30/2003:
Much better goal there! That one can be done! But not if you're sitting here reading this! SHEESH! Get up! LOL Kidding... anyway I have a goal of 150 by my husbands birthday in October, but I hope I can hit it before then. It is just that after losing almost 150 pounds your body loves to hang on to that last 20... tight! Great job! Love, Jenni

kamryn on 03/30/2003:
Good job on the Nordic Track. I can't believe you can do so many miles so quickly. good for you!!!! It takes me 1.5 hrs for 4 mi. So good work. :)

kamryn on 03/30/2003:
Good job on the Nordic Track. I can't believe you can do so many miles so quickly. good for you!!!! It takes me 1.5 hrs for 4 mi. So good work. :)

pollyanna on 03/30/2003:
Here's to climing your mountain! You are doing great--faith....faith :)

peace.....pollyanna :)

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 29, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

15% Activities; Fat grams=63; Calories=1901; >110 oz Water; Fiber=40 g

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. --Barbara Jordan

For my exercise yesterday, I did 1 hour, 3 min/16.0 mi/402 cal on the Airdyne. Then about 5 min of pushups and leg lifts.

I may have been a little confusing in my entry yesterday, I'm on Day 3 of the "Kyrin" challenge. Day 2 (yesterday), I met water goal, exercise goal, and deficit goal, but was over on calories and fat intake by a little.

I'll see ya' all later . . . Have a good evening!

kyrin on 03/29/2003:
One more day... You're doing great with your exercising. I can't wait to see how you do with your measurements.

New challenge coming up. 4 days. Mon-Thurs...

Let's go beat these fat cells into submission!



biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 28, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

22% Activities; Fat grams=54; Calories=1825; >80 oz Water; Fiber=48 g

The road to success is dotted with many tempting
parking places. --Author Unknown

Hello Everyone!

I had an exceptionally good exercise day yesterday. I did my early NordicTrack (5.5 mi/49 min) and later a jog of 40 min. In this latest stint of jogging, I am much less winded and it's much more enjoyable. So whatever level you're at with your cardio exercise, be patient, it gets better.

The point of increasing my exercise is simply to improve myself--I want to move forward consistently and not define myself as a huffy, puffy, very unhealthy feeling woman. I am a better woman for myself first and others (some who have stopped noticing:-) for the effort I have put forth to get in shape and make better food choices.

When I started out I was in terrible shape. I don't want to get back to feeling that way, but by the same token I don't want to burn out. In the 2 or so years since I started making the effort to lose weight and make better food choices (throw in the aging process), I've had more than a couple of burn-outs where I just quit, sometimes for a few days, sometimes for a week or more. Sometimes it was because I was injured or just sore from doing too much or because I just didn't want to work out one day. One day became 2, then 3, then a week. I was definitely a resident of couch-potato city.

So I've had a quite a few fits and starts. I'm very cautious of overdoing it and injuring myself--that's pretty much what I watch out for. That and fatigue--if I don't get enough sleeep I'm no good for anything and exercise is going to be out. At this point it's totally a balancing act and a challenge and I look forward to it--mostly:-) It all goes hand-in-hand.

*****I accomplished all objectives of the 4-day (Th-Sun) "Kyrin" challenge! I ate <60 g Fat, drank at least 80 oz water, and accomplished at least a 1000-cal deficit.*****

Have a good day; I'll see you all later!

kyrin on 03/28/2003:
AWESOME effort yesterday! WOW!

pezzy34 on 03/28/2003:
You rock! I just read a lot of your entries and it seems as though you and I should move in together because it would make food preparation a lot easier! We eat almost identical... but I throw in the occasional fudgecicle... hahaha! The only thing I can't do is the brown rice, so I mix white and brown and each time add less white.... just not ready for that yet. Anyway, thanks for the entries.... I'll keep reading and it sure helps keep me motivated!

cynthie on 03/28/2003:
How many ways can I say "congratulations"? You have worked hard. You've learned how to live a different lifestyle. That is truly commendable. "165 pounds" is my dream weight. Maybe one day, correction, hopefully, one day I'll get there. Take care!

i, cu

princess07 on 03/28/2003:
you're doing great

prism on 03/28/2003:
Good for you on making your 4 day challenge a success!

Soon2BThin on 03/28/2003:
Congratulations on completing Kyrin's challenge! That's great! It sounds like you're really going to do this, this time around. Like you, I've had a lot of stops and starts too and I've been going at it for 5 1/2 years now. I started at 196 pounds so at least I haven't gained it all back--and I never will, I vow! As for that rash I had on my legs, the doc never did figure out what it was. The only thing I could think of was that I had "dry shaved" my legs and then showered with a cheaper shower gel, so maybe the combination was what had caused it. I had dry shaved my legs lots of times before (I know, crazy!) but with the cheap shower gel (I won't mention any names--Suave) maybe the combination was a bad thing, who knows. It lasted for weeks and the only thing that would ease the itching was ice packs so that's how I slept every night, with ice packs on my legs so I could get some sleep. It was the most miserable thing I'd ever had to go through! Well, looks like I have diarhea of the keyboard, I've just run on and on, haha! Sorry about that. Have a great weekend.

lea on 03/29/2003:
Well done on completeing your 4 day challange. Good luck for the next challange :-)


biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 27, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

1% Activities; Fat grams=74; Calories=2044; >60 oz Water; Fiber=21 g

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set
him free. --Michelangelo

Happy Thursday!

I had an odd day yesterday--had no appetite, which is rare for me. I wasn't sick, I wasn't dehydrated. I was worn out from Tuesday's exercise, for sure, but I truly felt like I was in some sort of limbo. I didn't eat anything until the afternoon (save for coffee and a little juice). I saw, I bought, then I later ate a couple of jelly donuts, the kind with finely powdered sugar--they were so-so (not all that fresh), but I did enjoy them:-)

Why did I buy two when I really only wanted one--I was gonna save one for later, or today--hahahaha--that worked real well!

For exercise, I took a little 10 min walk.

*****Today it's back into the groove for the 4-day (Th-Sun)
"Kyrin" challenge! I'm going to stick to 60 g Fat for this one in addition to my usual exercise; try to drink at least 80 oz water; at least 1000-cal deficit/day.*****

Hope you have a good food choice day!

MM on 03/27/2003:
Thanks for your comments in my entry. I wanted to ask you about what you are doing. I look at it everyday, but I am still confused. I'm a few short of a six pack, I know. How do you measure 10% activities? and what is the deficit? Sorry to sound so stupid.

Anyway, pump up the exercise to work those doughnuts off, huh? It's funny how we justify buying 2 of something, thinking we will save it for another time, or hubby, etc., but since nobody knows why you bought it, you don't have to stick with the reason you did it in the first place. I do that all too often.

Hope you have a good night.

Lainey on 03/28/2003:
Pretty neat quote. I like that. Yeah, saving one for later usually doesn't work out that way, lol.

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 26, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

12% Activities; Fat grams=49; Calories=1789; >80 oz Water; Fiber=35 g

Hello all:-)

I didn't lose anything poundwise in the last week--really didn't expect to because of my eating, but I did lose about a half-inch overall in measurements, which included a quarter-inch in my waist.

So yesterday I used the Airdyne--was going to just blow off all exercise--and my plan was to get it to 400 cal or 15 miles. So I ended up doing just about 1 hour/14.4 mi/322 cal according to the readout. That proved to be too much because I hadn't used it in quite some time, but I just thought, "I've been jogging here and there, I've been doing weight training, NordicTrack, and walking, it'll be no big deal." I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a Mack truck--almost like a hangover. Damn, I didn't even get a buzz on for crying out loud;-)

Thanks SoccerMom--you mentioned stepping up my activity a few entries ago--I did, and after the dust has settled this afternoon, I'm glad I did:-)

Hope your day's going well--I'll see ya' later!

pollyanna on 03/27/2003:
Whew! And here I am talking about a few minutes on my stationary bike! LOL You make my muscles ache just reading about it all. But you are hanging in there! Whew!! Congrats on your inches!

peace, pollyanna :)

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 25, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

21% Activities; Fat grams=30; Calories=1653; >110 oz Water; Fiber=33 g

Happy Tuesday!

I dragged a bit during my early morning workout, but I plodded on for
52 min/5.4 mi on the NordicTrack and then later a jog for 30 min and a 15 min walk. So I should sleep here soon.

I'll be back soon--hope you all have a pleasant day!

kyrin on 03/25/2003:
Good Morning, you! Thanks for the fiber info. That and water seem to be the hardest areas for me to get control over. ...I'm working on it though. {grins}

You have a great day!

SoccerMom on 03/25/2003:
Good for you! I hear the 150's calling your name!

biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 24, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

19% Activities; Fat grams=70; Calories=1969; >90 oz Water; Fiber=36 g
Deficit=1285 (3-day avg=1239)

On average, I met my 1000 cal/day deficit--I will continue with that for my next (M-Th) challenge. It was a good motivator. I'm trying to make that fat goal, but I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about it, if I continue with my higher activity level.

I did 47 min/5.6 mi on the NordicTrack and 20 min of Circuit "stuff." I did 20 pushups--Kyrin reported 80--WoW! I have worked up to that 20 over time and I know Kyrin said she didn't do all 80 at once--but it's one of those mind over matter things to me. It's very hard when you haven't done even one, but it gets better and easier--Thank goodness!

Kyrin asked about how I get so much fiber into my diet. My carb intake is consistently around 45-50% of my total calories. So within that I generally try to eat high fiber crackers, cereal, and bread. I don't eat an awful lot of pasta, but there are some good-tasting (in my opinion) whole wheat pastas out there. I tend to overeat pasta, so I don't choose it very often. Also doing half brown rice and half white rice is a good way to get more fiber. Again I don't eat an awful lot of rice. It's usually for a dinner with others, I wouldn't fix it just for me.

A sample of fiber content of some things: 1 Boca Burger
(Flame Grilled)--4 g fiber, 4 g fat; 1 Boca Burger Original--4 g fiber,
1 g fat;

1 svg (7 crackers) Reduced Fat Triscuit, 4 g fiber, 3 g fat;

Shredded Wheat 'n Bran (18 pieces), 2.5 g fiber--when I first started including this in my diet, it was as a substitute for melba toast in the diet I was originally doing--couldn't find it, so I modified it by using
this--6 pieces per meal. I don't really do this most days--if I did I'd probably weigh much less by now. The truth is it's filling, but boring as a food.

Apple (7.5 oz), 5.3 g fiber

Kiwi fruit, 2.5 g fiber

Popcorn (6 c popped), about 5 g fiber

Brown Rice (one-half cup), about 2 g fiber

Miller's Bran (one-third cup), 9 g fiber--my "magic fiber bullet" hahaha! There are some good hi-fiber cereals that compete with this, Kashi Good Friends for one.

Uncle Sam Cereal, 10 g fiber/1 cup

That about covers it for a few higher fiber things. Thanks for asking, I hope it helps others too.

I'll see you all later!

cynthie on 03/24/2003:
Girl you are dedicated, motivated, and in control!!! Countdown to April 8 .... I believe you can do it!!!!

Lainey on 03/25/2003:
Thanks for the fiber info!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 23, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

15% Activities; Fat grams=72; Calories=2168; >90 oz Water; Fiber=34 g

Just a quick entry!

I went over on my fat intake for yesterday. I did 47 min/5.6 mi on the NordicTrack. Did okay on water. Will be back later!

cynthie on 03/23/2003:
Your commitment is definitely commendable! I'm excited about your April 8th victory!

cynthie on 03/23/2003:
Your commitment is definitely commendable! I'm excited about your April 8th victory!

Beth 201 on 03/23/2003:
Wow..It seems you are doing well. You keep up the good work. You will reach your weight goal in no time. Beth :)

kyrin on 03/23/2003:
A challenge? Always! Three days. Starting tomorrow...

Fat was about 30% of the total calories. Not too bad. :-) Awesome fiber. Can I ask you what you're eating to get the fiber count up there? I'm doing good to get it to 25...and mostly sits in the low 20s.


Golightly on 03/24/2003:
Hi! Thanks for the quote by Edison that you left on my diary on Friday. It's great! I printed it up and put it at my desk as a constant reminder to keep trying! Definately dieting is a process of trial and error, which makes that quote so relevant.

I'm impressed with your workouts! Good for you!

Have a great day!

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 22, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

20% Activities; Fat grams=35; Calories=1799; >120 oz Water; Fiber=33 g

Good News, I met (and exceeded) my deficit goal!

For my exercise I did 47 min/5.4 mi on the NordicTrack and a 25 min jog. The jog was a real challenge because I took my dog with me:-) She apparently had a great time . . . I on the other hand was wiped out in the first 10 min and had to walk, then I started back up. Before I started I tried to get the dog to "do her duty" or doody as the case may be:-) She didn't, and she didn't on the first stop either. So I started back and did 8 more min and then she did her thing. Luckily I got less and less tired as the dog got more tired, and I was able to get some slack in her leash. So the last bit was 7 min.

My arm's getting better--thanks Lainey! As for your question on how I can do that much time on the NordicTrack. The biggest reason is that I thoroughly enjoy it. I started out with just about 20 min huffing and puffing and taking frequent breaks and being very sore in my thighs for days.

I make a little game out of it by doing arms & legs for 3 min then leaving the arm part off for 1 min. (I have a cheat sheet to tell me when to start, etc.) On the calories, I try to get to 500 unless I'm pressed for time. I still take a break every 10-15 min to do some stretching/drinking water. Most of all I feel such an accomplishment, it brightens my whole day to know I've gotten my exercise out of the way. I'm glad you asked:-)

I will see you all later!

kyrin on 03/22/2003:
You sound really good today! Everything is in line and looks wonderful. Way to go on the water, fiber, and exercise. WOW!



Lainey on 03/24/2003:
Your NordicTrack workout sure sounds like a good plan to me! I'm still impressed by how much time you get in on it.

Glad to hear your arm is getting better :o)

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 21, 2003
(Activities >10%; Fat gms <40; Eat 1400-1800 kCal)
Weight: 164.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 162 (Nov 2001)
My Current Goal: 150 by April 8

22% Activities; Fat grams=111; Calories=2868; >90 oz Water; Fiber=37 g

I did 5.0 mi/46 min on my NordicTrack and about 1.5 hours of mowing yesterday.

I don't normally check my average deficit this time of the week--it's 564 for the week ending yesterday. I do, however, wish to get off to a good start on my "Kyrin" Weekend Challenge and challenges to come, so in addition to the usual goals, I would like to have at least a 1000-point difference between what I consume and my activity for Fri-Sun. Now this does not mean consuming 4000 calories and running 10 miles every day. It means making an effort to exercise (staying healthy, not overdoing it) and to eat within my calories and fat. I have been on a roll lately with my exercise with no discomfort until yesterday. I had to do some mowing and my right wrist and forearm are just a bit strained from having to pull up the self-propelling lever--I kept trying to remind myself to use my left hand, but it was no use. Plus it was a little chilly out and I wanted to get it over with. I gotta go . . .

{Weekly Averages as of yesterday: 3140 cal burned; 17% activities; 2576 cal; 99 g Fat; 31 g Fiber}

Lainey on 03/21/2003:
How do you manage to do so much time on that NordicTrack? It's impressive! Take it easy with that arm!

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