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biscottibody59 - Thursday Apr 28, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 156.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7

For my activity: Short Walk

I only estimated calories--probably over by 200. Went to bed quite early, there's no way in hell I could've done my wt trng. Just as well--I feel quite refreshed today.

Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::********::4.28::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1286 * Calorie Goal = 1428 * Fat Goal = 31g

KathyBlue on 04/28/2011:
I had to look up the word "dimples" in the dictionary. :) Good, there's always something to learn on the way. :D

greengirl on 04/28/2011:
hey Biscotti, glad you are feeling refreshed today. That's half the battle fought !! As regards THE wedding, i will be watching it with my older sisters who are quite supportive of the royal family. i will be interested to see the dress Kate picks but to be honest the average man in the street over here couldn't care less about it. The big thing for me is that the government declared tomorrow a bank holiday in honour of the wedding, so I get an extra days hols tomorrow with pay. YAHOO !! I'm all for that :-)

thisisit on 04/28/2011:
Hm, so I guess I have to take it easy with the exercise for a while. I guess this is the time for me to start swimming as exercise or doing more yoga. Sucks, I really wanted to jump rope.

~Moody~ on 04/28/2011:
Sometimes getting that extra sleep makes all the difference..Refreshed is a good thing to be!

moogy on 04/28/2011:
I am glad you are feeling refreshed and ready for another day. Have you come up with a new challenge for yourself yet?

V on 04/28/2011:

moogy on 04/28/2011:
The Royal Wedding is being broadcast live from 5pm this Friday afternoon, goes for about four hours. I know my daughter and her best friend are watching together but using the phone to connect and comment (mainly on fashion). I am not sure I could stand that much pomp and circumstance for four hours!!! Even though the commentator is a well known celebrity and is an absolute hoot!!! If I get bored I might just turn on for a laugh:) I shall eagerly await the announcement of your new challenge:))

YellowDress on 04/29/2011:
Thank you very much for your comment and story about men on DD ;)

KathyBlue on 04/30/2011:
Yes, the same here with the ice! It's late April AND it rarely happens, and even when it does, normally in a much smaller scale... We never have snow in Lisbon. Some 5 years ago it snowed a bit, everyone went crazy :-). It happens once in every 50 years, they say.

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 26, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 156.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.7

For my activity:
Mon: NordicTrack 32 min/3.5 mi; Walk 30 min
Tues: NordicTrack 22 min/2.3 mi; Walk 40 min

I'm down 1.5# on my weigh-in today.

Been leading myself out of a forest. Fun fun fun:-)

*** Wednesday Update ***
I will make time to do my wt trng. This is ridiculous--not getting back into a groove. After yesterday, which was a huge test of my resolve regarding a family member (no one died as far as I know), I have a renewed sense of, let's call it "getting on with it" or garden-variety empowerment. But today's a new day--in short wt trng will be a breeze. I'm going to try to stick to my calorie goal below (today).
*** End ***

Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::*******::4.27::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
56 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1286 * Calorie Goal = 1428 * Fat Goal = 31g

KathyBlue on 04/27/2011:
great job :)

V on 04/27/2011:
Alright girl!! Woohoo!!! You rock!!!

Umpqua on 04/27/2011:
Congrats on the loss!

h82bfat on 04/27/2011:
Congrats on the wght loss! I feel the determination from here, so..... Take the wheel & DRIVE!!!

greengirl on 04/27/2011:
Go for it Biscotti !!!

moogy on 04/27/2011:
I am sure that you will find your way back to where you want to be. Good job on that weight loss girl. That's great news!!

biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 25, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0

For my activity: NordicTrack 12 min/1.2 mi; Walk 30 min

I'm gonna regroup and try to get my elusive circuit (wt trng) done TODAY! Who knows, I may even come up with a 3 or 4 day challenge. Since it's a glorious (but necessary--haha) Monday, the possibilities are endless--weeeeeee!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::******::4.25::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

Umpqua on 04/25/2011:
Heh, I hope you have an excellent week!

liza36 on 04/25/2011:
Love your take on Mondays...endless possibilities! I know you can get your circuit in today. Have a good one!

mcwoo40 on 04/25/2011:
You seem very postive there,keep it up :)I prefer fridays myself, ready for the weekend to begin,but sadly goes too fast.

KathyBlue on 04/25/2011:
Elusive circuit :) I wanna see that 3-4 day challenge plan, come on! :)

moogy on 04/25/2011:
OK, now I am looking forward to seeing what new challenge you come up with for yourself. I hope that you have been well while I have been absent. I missed our little exchanges and am glad to be back:)

V on 04/25/2011:
I am sure you will wrap your head around this and get back in the race!! Have a good evening :)

KathyBlue on 04/26/2011:
Right, I'm not THAT tall as everyone imagines around here, but I look tall on the photos. I don't know why, it must be the bones or something, I think I wouldn't be able to be "skinny", because it's not my family's structure. Women in my family are sexy but round, curvy all in the right places (except for me, I have a curve on my back, sniff..).

h82bfat on 04/26/2011:
Sounds like positive thinking in action!! Get 'er done!

legcramps on 04/26/2011:
LOL, I don't think i've ever heard "glorious" and "Monday" in the same sentence before!!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Apr 24, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0

For my activity:
Thur: NordicTrack 14 min/4.1 mi; Walk 35 min
Fri: NordicTrack 14 min/4.1 mi; Short Walk
Sat: NordicTrack 25 min/2.7 mi; Walk 45 min

Happy Easter!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::******::4.24::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

hollybelle on 04/24/2011:
Looks like you are doing fine. I always like to see your nordic track exercise. Is it the cross-country one? I used to have one, but now just have elliptical trainer and weight machines. I loved the cross country machine. I think if I lived in northern clime I would do cross-country instead of downhill skiing - I am not a daredevil! Plus too many skiers have hit trees on the downhill!! LOL!

V on 04/24/2011:
Happy Easter!!!

mcwoo40 on 04/24/2011:
Happy easter to you :)

greengirl on 04/24/2011:
A very Happy Easter to you too :-)

biscottibody59 - Thursday Apr 21, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library. --Lily Tomlin

For my activity: Short Walk

Will try to get in my planned activity. Again:-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::*****::4.21::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

90 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

Umpqua on 04/21/2011:
Have a good one!

KathyBlue on 04/21/2011:
Have a great Easter! :-)

V on 04/21/2011:
I hope you had a wonderful day :)

greengirl on 04/23/2011:
Good luck with your activity schedule and enjoy the Easter weekend :-)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Apr 20, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 158.0

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8; 34.0%::4.20
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.0

For my activity: Walk 20 min

So I weighed in today (not my usual Tues one--but I'll get over it:-) and I'm up a half-pound. BF% is up slightly. No measurements today. The goals/numbers below are the same because I had to round up to 158# when I did them a couple weeks ago.

I still didn't get my wt trng in. I go through these slumps from time to time.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::*****::4.20::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

90 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

Umpqua on 04/20/2011:
I didn't realize the body fat percentage could change so quickly, interesting! I really know nothing about BF and now that I've begun researching it I realize I should have been paying attention to it all along. I'm glad you're having cooler temps there today!

V on 04/20/2011:
:) Yes every now and then I can be funny ;) LOl RYC...I usually get my wgt training in the evening and I understand how lifting on an empty tummy in the AM can leave ya a little flat...Maybe you can add a protein shake or supplement before??

shadetree on 04/21/2011:
Okay, so I've been MIA due to a variety of stressors that I won't go into. They all caught up with my on Friday - had to leave work early, ended up crashing when I got home - for 17 hours!!! let's just say that I am at a point that I need to MAKE the time to do something about what's going on with me. So I am almost through the first of 3 books..."Healing Back Pain". Is making a lot of sense to me. I've got my last final for this semester on Saturday, then have a month off from school, so I will get to read the other two books as well. I'm convinced these can help me. Just had to pop in to say thank you for pointing me in what I'm sure will be the right direction. I owe you one!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 19, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 157.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9

For my activity: NordicTrack 25 min/2.8 mi; Walk 30 min

No weigh-in today--timewise I missed my window of opportunity--haha! Will check it all tomorrow--BF% and measurements.

I'm pretty off track at the moment. I mustmustmust get in my wt trng today--the trend will continue if I don't get it done. Same song and dance I'm afraid.

It was around 95degF yesterday and more of the same is on tap today. Not too humid, but I'll take it like this. For all intents and purposes it's Summer--weeeee!!! ;-)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::****::4.19::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

KathyBlue on 04/19/2011:
summer, yeah :)

KathyBlue on 04/19/2011:
btw the calorie goal 1435 is rather low, is it OK for you?

KathyBlue on 04/19/2011:
1290??? Mine is 1400, I don't know if it went up since November... but I would like to maintain 1700, and even then I'm somehow unable to... I feel miserable but I eat more than that and I just cannot help it, lacking willpower lately... I don't eat anything that wrong I guess, but my kcals are higher than I mentally desire ...

KathyBlue on 04/19/2011:
that's true about the weight loss, it goes slower now, naturally, but I somewhat disappointed. I'm concentrating on my spine at the moment anyway, and keep trying to get muscle works and flexibility workouts in besides tennis and badminton... Then I have that problem with TOM... I'm laying low, down. I recognize my behaviour and I really need to be vigilant as you said... thank you very much, again and again, you're so wise on advices, always ;-)))

KathyBlue on 04/19/2011:
Thanks, I'm going to look into his journal... :-) What I don't want is gain any of this weight back. :) It doesn't matter if I don't lose 10 lbs per month from now on - it doesn't make sense anymore... but above all, I swore this would be an ultimate solution, and it has to be as it's a matter of life and death, literally. Ironically, all our decisions can be derivated to a matter of life and death anyway... but the quality of life is what matters most (and maybe of death, too). DD is a great site, I love it, and I feel there's no turning back from here, in a positive way... I can't imagine myself eating those greasy, sugary stuffs I used to eat before, and that's absolutely amazing. I still have a problem with doses, and calories, but I'm going to overcome this soon... What frightens me most is to leave DD for certain periods of time as the others do, but one day I have to let some of it go, naturally... auto-pilot is very difficult because all I think of during my average days is stupid calories and foods and diets... best would be changing environment or something radical, that would derive my thoughts from food. Just like when my friends came to visit, I lost some 10 pounds in two weeks, walking around, and being on auto-pilot! I hope that by the time I go to visit my mom (13-22 May) I will have come to my senses and will be doing fine there, keeping everything under natural control...

Umpqua on 04/19/2011:
Thanks for the BF link. I've heard your weather is crazy down there, you're not near any of the fires I hope? Have a good one!

nita51 on 04/19/2011:
Loved your comments. Enjoy the rest of the week and I think you're doing a great job, over all. We are Fifty and Fabulous! Hugs

hopingforhealth on 04/19/2011:
Wow, that kind of hot already! I'm totally enjoying the nice weather too. Thanks for the comment last night. I have definitely had a ton of tests for my migraines before, but I haven't heard of the PFO, so I will look it up to see if I think it may apply :)

V on 04/19/2011:
We are still up there with the temps :( funny how we went from Winter to Summer, LOl Just as I was getting used to having a cheapie power bill, this happens :( LOL I could think of better things to do with that money but then again it would be hard to see them without lights ;) Hey so are you still attempting morning workouts?? I find them very helpful in curbing my Starbucks addiction...I am down to once a day thanks to the natural buzz that turbo brings :)

biscottibody59 - Monday Apr 18, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 157.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9

For my activity:
Fri: NordicTrack 25 min/2.7 mi; Walk 30 min
Sat: NordicTrack 27 min/2.9 mi; Walk 35 min
Sun: NordicTrack 24 min/2.4 mi; Walk 30 min

I'd like to get my wt trng in today and beyond (begin a new streak ya' know). But getting it done today would be sufficient for the time being:-)

Thanks for reading any or all of my previous entry. I'll get through this phase of life--sometimes you just gotta live with what's right there in front of you--some or all of it changes eventually--thank goodness!

I recommend this book for anyone dealing with perimenopause/menopause: Menopause Matters by Julia Schlam Edelman MD. It's very comprehensive and it's the best of what was available a few months ago. There are also a couple of books by the late John R Lee MD and I believe there's a website. A lot of his books deal with non-synthetic hormone replacement. I only skimmed through the two books of his I checked out.

Ever since I started the CPAP therapy, even though before CPAP I never had a problem waking up for a bathroom trip, I have curbed my water intake before bed. Until last night when I drank a little more water than usual before bed. It made no difference--I slept through for 6 hours. (I have mentioned here in my diary before that getting up one or more times at night to urinate can be a sign of sleep apnea--this goes for both men and women.)

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::****::4.18::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

liza36 on 04/18/2011:
I appreciated your entry yesterday. I'm sorry it was a bad day, with family stress and chest tightness, etc. But I appreciated the connection between the mental and physical bodies. I firmly believe too that there is a great connection between the two.

Have a good day today.

Umpqua on 04/18/2011:
I'm glad you're doing better today and I hope you have an excellent week of exercise!

hollybelle on 04/18/2011:
Gotta check out that book. I need hormones! I am actually not stressed so much as can't deal with the bodily changes - no deetails here - you they are awful!

Maria7 on 04/18/2011:
Hey there...thanks for checking on me...We did have a FIERCE windstorm Saturday and on the tv at Mom's nursing home where I was at when the storm came up, the announcement was a TORNADO WARNING for part of this town and with the extreme wind, I kept looking out Mom's window, wondering if the wildly flailing trees were going to blow down and wondering if a tornado was upon us, but thank the Lord, it wasn't. I read your today's entry and Friday's and am thinking, do you think you could be having a panic reaction to stress sometimes? Also, definitely, the caffeine may be exacerbating symptoms. Hope you are feeling better today. Take care. :-)

moogy on 04/18/2011:
Glad you are finding out what works for you. I have no signs of menopause at all, sick to death of it all and wish that TOM would go away. I mean for goodness sake at 55 you think I would get a break. I have decided however that with every thing else that is going on in my life that I am just going to stop!!!!!!! No symptoms!!! Maybe hormome replacement but quick and over with!! I speak to my breasts about not getting cancer and my fallopian tubes and general area about what the arangements are. I sound as wacky as you, I bet we would rave on for hours if we actually got together.:)!!!!!!!

V on 04/18/2011:
I am sure you will find your way, you always prevail Biscotti :) I am hoping for restful sleep for you as well a stellar weight session!! Have a good one my friend :)

nita51 on 04/18/2011:
Hope C-Pap works out for you,,,, Lots of people say it improves your over-all quality of life. I was able to breeze through my menopausal years. Now I'm postmenopausal and proud of it. Wishing the best for you, in every area of your life.

Maria7 on 04/19/2011:
A thought came to my mind....you might consider weakening your caffeinated coffee that you make, like I do. Either make it weak or else add part water to your coffee and reheat in microwave (Hubby leaves me a little coffee in the mornings, as that is what I do). That way, you can have 2 or 3 cups of coffee if you like, and it would still have caffeine and give that boost, just not as much caffeine that could have the potential of causing any unwanted symptoms. :-)

biscottibody59 - Friday Apr 15, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 157.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9

For my activity:
Tues: NordicTrack 13 min/1.3 mi; Walk 10 min
Wed: Walk 15 min
Thur: Walk 35 min

File this under I live and I learn and I learn and I learn--hahaha!

I had a very miserable day Wednesday courtesy of my hostile response (over the phone no less) to a particularly difficult family member. I came upon the bad day honestly--my body and mind are not divorced in their feelings:-) My response rendered me unable to get much of anything done. I was continually tending to my stress, and then by evening I had the worst prolonged episode of chest tightness I've had in forever. My blood pressure was fine and even my heart rhythm was fine for the most part, though that's something I try not to get too wrapped up in during these episodes anymore--it's more or less predictable and I have no other symptoms--it's  borrowing trouble to check my pulse for arrhythmia more than once or twice in a day.

The other weird thing (something that has come with perimenopause) is the chest tightness is its own symptom of utter exhaustion--though it's not tiredness per se. (As I mentioned it's weird.) I've had it thoroughly checked out, it's not a heart attack, but that doesn't mean it's a good thing. One day it might be a heart attack for all I know, so it's something I need to completely get a handle on. (I don't get chest tightness during any of my activity, exercise, yard work or any other time.)

It's kinda like when you're little and you have a tantrum and then you collapse and a nap may be the next thing after the tantrum:-) I see the chest tightness as an "internal" tantrum after an actual tantrum. I somewhat overdid it on the caffeine the last couple days and I know that THAT doesn't help this type of episode. I guess if I were much of a drinker anymore, I'd reach for alcohol, but I reach for caffeine and it's the worst thing to consume under the circumstances. It ensures a tailspin EVERY time.

My basic philosophy is that good or poor health doesn't happen in a vacuum. My mind is as much a part of how my body responds good or bad. I didn't know this until I was in my late 20s and had a particularly bad bout of low back pain with horrible and neverending sciatica for months. A while before this episode, I had a horrendous upheaval in my personal life. I didn't associate the back trouble with that until I got ahold of a book on the subject, I was slow to believe, but eventually I got it. I now embrace the philosophy with every fiber of my being.

The mind is the most powerful tool we have when our health goes to hell in a handbasket. Pharmaceuticals and traditional medical treatment are lifesavers and (at the least) can make a difference if you have a specific disease process of course, but taking ownership of our feelings as relates to our health (to me) is a powerful tool in recovery.

All those years ago I had an actual disease process--a compressed nerve. The orthopedist told me that countless others with the same issue ultimately had the offending vertebrae fused to resolve the problem. Certainly this was a dr I respected--still do. It's just that I also knew a few people who had had back surgery and were in much worse shape afterward.

So I took the conservative approach and started walking. A lot. I didn't have an example. I didn't know what the outcome would be. I was desperate still and was sure at that time that I would be in pain for the rest of my life. I wasn't depressed, but I figure that would have been the next thing if my health hadn't begun to change for the better.

Just my tale of my stuff. I don't believe I'm any more or less neurotic than the next person. Ever since the back issues surfaced and ultimately resolved, I am very much in tune with my health. I am firmly in the throes of perimenopause right now, and I'm certain that my body is adjusting to the decrease in estrogen and the chain reaction from there. I don't have horrible hot flashes at this point, so I'm resisting estrogen/progesterone supplementation. I'd like to get through this and reassess how I am and how I feel.

It's life as I know it, and there's never a good time for any ridiculous or out of the ordinary upheaval that I seem to have no control over or outright DON'T have any control over. I believe I'm through the very worst of the factors I can't control for the time being. Not that there aren't challenges ahead. That's life.

I was improved yesterday. I'm close to 100% today--I'll know for sure if I get the wt trng completed--must re-immerse myself there--I don't want to deal with too much soreness,

So life goes on! BTW, I went out of my way (late in the afternoon) to treat myself to a full-fat milk mocha yesterday. Decaf of course, given the ordeal above:-)

Day 14: Whatever. That's the last day (Wednesday) of counting for now.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::***::4.15::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

KathyBlue on 04/15/2011:
ARGH, sorry for your bad day, girl! The compressed nerve sounds familiar, I have a colleague who did the surgery and she's been having issues ever since... I'm glad you have things under control anyway, it's very important to do check-ups frequently.

KathyBlue on 04/15/2011:
Running/Jogging: yes, in the past I did running on athletics tracks and I'm planning to do it on these. I have it available at the university where I do the other sports. As for the miles, well, I don't know. I have this plan but if it doesn't work out because of being too exigent for my level of fitness (endurance), I'll have to get there somehow, with progress, levelling it up from a lower level (reducing the miles, etc.). Also, the 20 min skipping rope sounds EXTREMELY difficult to me, I don't know if I'd be able to maintain 5 short minutes of skipping rope, 20 is a huge number... But I said this abt the treadmill as well, and now I do a 30min cross-training level 7-8-9 (out of 12) with not much of an effort...

hollybelle on 04/15/2011:
Family is the biggest cause of stress - followed closely by job and after that - any random thing! Sorry for your bad day. You are so right about the perimenopauseal things - I am going to GYN doc first week of May to have blood work to check whats going on with mine. I had a procedure a couple of years ago that makes it impossible to know if I've actually experienced menopause yet, but judging by the increase in certain symptoms I am almost sure I must have and I want my hormones back! Anyway - about daughter - yes daughter is a beachbody coach (means she markets beachbody products, DVDs, shakeology, etc.) and they have certification programs from time to time to train instructors. They don't have studios, but they can go back to their hometowns and establish themselves as instructors in gyms tht already exsist or sometimes rend their own space and advertise and develop classes, sometimes churches will loan space for a % of the take, etc......her semester is almost over at UK and she wants to earn some money this summer. Check out her Twitter Page at RachelEmMcCord. She also has a FB page and you can follow her progress there. She is very motivational. She is a sweet young woman - we just have communication issues that are pretty typical between mothers and their 20 year old daughters!!!

hollybelle on 04/15/2011:
Daughter's Beachbody FB page is beachbodycoach.com/superfitdancer

Umpqua on 04/15/2011:
That stinks that you had a lousy day, but I'm glad you are feeling better. Good for you for being in tune with your body's cues and learning from your past experiences. And full-fat mocha, yummy!

greengirl on 04/15/2011:
Damn the perimenopause !! I thank god I am through all that and out the other side !! Sorry for your problems Biscotti but you are strong and sensible and you will get the better of them.

V on 04/15/2011:
:( Sorry you were stressed out to the max...I hope today goes better for you :)

h82bfat on 04/16/2011:
Sorry to hear about your stress & subsequent pain, but I'm glad to hear that you are "aware" of your own body & it's needs. I'm still working on that myself, but I'm making definite strides... thank YOU for all your help in that endeaver! Hope you have a better day today!

greengirl on 04/17/2011:
Thanks for the suggestions Biscotti. I will try with the weight training although I've always hated it in the past. I think we may have a bench and weights in hubby's garden shed. I'll have a look at the website you suggested although I've never heard of the program so I doubt its available in the UK.

moogy on 04/17/2011:
I am glad that you are feeling better today. I remember reading a book ages ago called "Choose Your Disease", basically saying that when we are physiologically upset our body decides to demonstrate it's upset by getting sick. Interesting and I think quite true. Your chest symptoms sound a lot like a internal anxiety attack don't they???

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Apr 12, 2011
(Woman Doctor's Diet for Women (WDDFW) ::Modified::)
Weight: 157.5

Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.9

For my activity: NordicTrack 12 min/1.2 mi; Walk 40 min

I didn't weigh-in today. I have to use the borrowed scale, which I haven't fully accepted, even though I know how to adjust for my weight. When I get the replacement for mine, I imagine I'll have to adjust again--if just to get my head okay with something new. At least I can weigh/monitor myself--I'm grateful that I still have some semblance of motivation after all these years:-)

Day 13: I did okay for the most part--still no bike ride.

I came across a diet that I'd never heard of. At first glance it seems to be a zig-zag calorie thing, but very drastic. After I read a bit on the website, I wondered if you just took the recommended calories and divided them over a week, eating the same amount every day, if you'd accomplish the same thing.

So loosely from how I understand it, my number of calories/day would go like this based on my daily calorie number below: Days 1, 3, 5--2170 cal; Days 2, 4, 6--500; Day 7--2035.

It's called the "Up Day Down Day Diet (UDDDD)." There's a book, but it looked like all the information to start it is on the website (www.johnsonupdaydowndaydiet.com). It was new to me--for what it's worth. It was mentioned on a low-carb forum, but I didn't read far enough into the website to see if carb counting is necessary. Caution: the site is selling a supplement. Supposedly this way of eating has the same effect as resveratrol--interesting, but I'm sure it's not highly studied or we would all have heard of it--right? Maybe not, I couldn't believe I'd never heard of Esselstyn until last year.

Eating only 500 cal/day would be difficult for me to do on purpose. You only do it for one day at a time--the next day goes up to the higher cal intake. Something new/gimmicky to consider I guess. Sometimes it just takes a new toy to get one excited--haha!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21-4.2 (13 in a row)::**::4.12::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

56 oz Water * 5 hrs Sleep
RMR = 1290 * Calorie Goal = 1435 * Fat Goal = 31g

V on 04/12/2011:
I never heard of this one either but it sure does alot of product and book endorsing...Hummm...Now you mentioned the zig zag method and Umpqua had success in the past...Anyways 500 cals would leave me very hungry! LOl Have a good one :)

KathyBlue on 04/13/2011:
ehhh, it does look strange! I'm seeing this one: The Thrive Diet. "It is a long-term eating plan that will help you develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy, whether you're a professional athlete or simply looking to boost your physical and mental health. One of the few professional athletes on an entirely plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance athlete. Brazier clearly describes why it's easier for the body to utilize nutrient-rich foods in their natural state than refined, processed foods and how to choose nutritionally-efficient, stress-busting whole foods to maximize energy and health. And because plant-based foods are more environmentally friendly to produce, you'll also help the planet while improving your personal health. The Thrive Diet features a 12-week whole foods meal plan, over 100 easy-to-make recipes with raw food options that are free of dairy, gluten, soy, wheat, corn, refined sugar, including exercise-specific recipes for pre-workout snacks, energy gels, sport drinks, and recovery foods, and an easy-to-follow exercise plan that compliments the Thrive Diet program. With The Thrive Diet, you can lower body fat and increase muscle tone; diminish visible signs of aging; increase energy and mental clarity; sleep better and more restfully; experience better moods; build a stronger immune system; lower cholesterol; and eliminate junk-food cravings."

KathyBlue on 04/13/2011:
and this is an interesting site, too: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/

h82bfat on 04/13/2011:
I KNOW I couldn't only eat 500 calories a day... what's that, less than 2 smoothies?! I tend to get light headed if I don't eat enough (rareley happens, but somedays, when I'm super busy, I do forget to eat - imagine THAT!!). I have to go get some routine blood work done next month & they want me to fast for 12 hours prior. Just the thought of it is well.... making my heart pound! ;c)

Umpqua on 04/13/2011:
Actually, zigzag really doesn't work well for me long term. More like if my calories are a little too low, a bit of a higher calorie day will jump start it. But I've never varied my calories so drastically, on the low or high end (well I'm sure I do the really high cal days occasionally, but I don't count on those days :P) I'm not sure I could do a 500-calorie day and function. Great job with your workouts!

greengirl on 04/13/2011:
500 calories doest seem much but I think it might go a lot further if it was just basic veggies. You could get a fair bit of cabbage for 500 cals !! i don't think I could cope on it though.

moogy on 04/13/2011:
I have heard of this diet. It makes perfect sense. Over the week we have and particular intake of food we need, calorie wise, which we can eat to lose weight. When and how we eat those calories doesn't really matter as long as we stay under the total allowed. Zigzag works, I have tried it before and I found my body didn't really know whether it was a feast or famine day and so kept losing weight. You certainly don't need a suppliment to lose weight as well you know. You are not that gullible!!!:) Have a good one biscotti:)

moogy on 04/14/2011:
It is Friday here so I am just checking in with you and hoping that you are doing OK.:)

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