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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 157.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity: NordicTrack 23 min/2.3 mi; Short Walk

My weight is up 2#--probably just a blip--my food was fairly off the wall yesterday--ended up eating pretty late for supper. Nevertheless I'm posting this morning's weight. On my measurements I'm down nearly 2 inches overall--not up on any of them--Rt arm, leg, calf, wrist; bust, waist, hips, abd. Hip, bust and waist are all down a half-inch.

Didn't get the bike ride done. Although I always have high hopes that I'll feel differently about DST--it initially kicks my behind. That's my excuse:-)

So let's get on with my challenge. Today begins a 4-Day Challenge (T-W-Th-F): 1) <1800 cal/day, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day, 3) >30 g fiber/day. Counting calories and fiber--not something I want to commit to, but I will for this challenge. I hope I can get out of my comfort zone for a few days!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

44 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

nemogirl on 03/15/2011:
Hey Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not sure the weight is accurate day to day. I sometimes suspect that the breastfeeding also makes me lose lots of water weight over night - so maybe my 3 lb down yesterday was dehydration? I can never be sure.

nemogirl on 03/15/2011:
Your exercise looks amazing to me. Also you keep really good track of your measurements - I would like to work on that myself! Good job!

legcramps on 03/15/2011:
Whew, two hours every day? That's a whole lotta exercising. I would have to say your challenges look about as horribly difficult as mine ;)

Good luck today.

lifestylechange on 03/15/2011:
Challenge sounds awesome and I'm sure you will get great results, way to go!!!

lolla on 03/15/2011:
Your mini challenge looks good and I am sure you can do it and you will feel empowered and better when it is over! Good Luck!

greengirl on 03/15/2011:
Hey Biscotti I had tried to follow the link to the film, only to be met with the message "Int-warning Sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed from within the United States" Never mind, I'm sure I'll get a lot out of the book. Have a good day:-)

Umpqua on 03/15/2011:
Thanks for all the info. Yeah, that benadryl is a killer, but it's the only thing helping the itching. I got some parental advice today to clean my heating system filter so I did that and opened all the windows and I'm feeling much better. I think we just needed some fresh air in the house, even if it's on in the 40s!

Your new challenge looks great, good luck!

moogy on 03/15/2011:
I love it that you keep challenging yourself with different areas of eating and health. It does sound like the weight increase is a blip, probably just a trip to the bathroom!!! Have a good day and good luck with the new challenge:)

selina on 03/16/2011:
Thank you so much for your comments about statins, Biscotti, I appreciate it! Normally, I am not very inquisitive about meds, tend to trust doctors and don't normally do much research, but I'm changing. Baby steps. I did go online and found out a lot about crestor and decided that it is NOT for me. One of the most important finds was that I might be allergic to it - my tongue has swollen after I started taking the pills, but because I also take seasonal allergy medicine it has been under control. There are other things that makes me a not good candidate for crestor (or at least for a statin that is as strong as crestor) but it's a long story and I won't go into it, but I'm glad I did some research. I spoke with the doctor's nurse and will get something much weaker for me. Thanks Biscotti for your invaluable support!

liza36 on 03/16/2011:
Great job on the inches lost. That's fantastic. Good luck on your 4-day challenge.

I know you are taking progress pictures of yourself, which I think is great, and I'm sure is helping you. I dislike pictures of myself so much, because I just can't belive I am as heavy as I am. Seeing another recent picture of myself has really shaken things up for me. I may have to consider progress pictures too, to keep it real!

jolt on 03/16/2011:
WHOOP on the inches! That rocks! Best of luck on the challenge. You can do it :)

Huggles N Happy Dances


biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 14, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity: NordicTrack 12 min/1.2 mi; Walk 40 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)

Temps are back to normal--only in the low 60sF for highs today. Didn't get in the bike ride, but did complete my wt trng (7th in a row). I increased my dumbbell weight to 13#, and I did 17 mountain climbers--woo-hoo! I intend to plunge into another 3- or 4-day challenge starting tomorrow, though I don't know what the goals will be. I'll come up with something!

I realize now with yesterday's 4th round of progress pics (which were slightly improved from last week's--ones that really bent me out of shape:-) that I haven't been honest with myself for many years. That might sound harsh, but I've accepted how I look for a long time (taking into account that some things have shifted owing to aging). And with certain health issues at the forefront--looking fat was the farthest thing from my mind. Though for all I know it's a chicken and egg thing:-)

Anyway, I told myself that it was good enough. And it IS on many levels. Aesthetically I'm fine (to me). I DON'T have a terrible problem finding clothes to wear. The problem comes when I meld how fat I am with my body fat percentage, which is not at a healthy number. In other words, if I were at a healthy BF% I'd stop here and concentrate on maintaining. I owe myself this shift in my mindset. Pictures don't lie--unless you've photoshopped 'em:-)

The almond milk is out for the time being--I didn't realize how badly it was messing with me until I drank regular milk in my coffee for several days last week--it causes my heartrate to go haywire--in what way I'm not sure--I just don't feel good. I had done a similar thing for several days last month--was too lazy to get stocked up on almond milk.

It could be PVCs--it could just be aggravating my arrhythmias. At any rate it angers me. I want to believe that almond milk is better than cow's milk for me, though this packaged "natural" branded stuff is hazardous to me at this moment in time! One day I actually made myself a full-fat milk mug of homemade hot chocolate with cocoa/sugar/a pinch of salt/a spot of vanilla (recipe on the container of cocoa). Milk on its own used to kind of make me full right away. I actually felt sooo good drinking that mug of hot chocolate (though I was waiting and waiting to feel bad) and it turned out to be a good choice for a snack to tide me over before suppertime. Needless to say--it didn't mess with my heartrate. I kept waiting for some sign of feeling crappy and it never came.

This has been such a learning experience. I will continue to shift and explore and experiment. What an adventure--haha!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::3.16::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

56 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

Umpqua on 03/14/2011:
That's crazy about the almond milk, sounds like the regular will be better for you right now. I picked up some hemp milk at the health food store and I'm going to try it in a smoothie this week, I'll report back on the taste. Have a good one!

geevee on 03/14/2011:
That's a shame about the almond milk not agreeing with you. I love the stuff. I also really like oat milk, tho it's a bit pricey.Rice milk is too watery for me.

legcramps on 03/14/2011:
Isn't that something with the almond milk. I use almond milk in my oatmeal every day (or nearly every day), but otherwise I would never drink it in a glass... yuck. But I feel the same way about regular milk, so...

Have a good one today!

greengirl on 03/14/2011:
Good lord, i wouldn't even know where to begin looking for almond milk here in the uk !! I stick to basic soya milk with my cereal and skimmed cows milk in my hot drinks !! We don't seem to have the same choices that you do in the US. I checked out your alter ego Biscotti and found it so interesting that I have ordered the book from Amazon. It should be here by Wednesday and will enliven my bus journey to work for the rest of the week. Keep up the good work :-)

V on 03/14/2011:
Sometimes experimentation isn't fun :( I hope you find the perfect balance :) Hey thanks for the movie suggestion, I never watched that one!! I am going to scroll the listings to see the next time it is on!!

geevee on 03/15/2011:
Did I understand you correctly, that I can use uncooked regular lasagna pasta instead of the higher priced pre-cooked variety? Wow!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 13, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Who says nothing is impossible. I've been doing nothing for years. --Author Unknown

For my activity: NordicTrack 22 min/2.3 mi; Walk 45 min; Bike Ride 15 min/2.2 mi

It was in the mid-80sF here yesterday. It's progress pic Sunday once again--weeeeeeee! I made collard greens for the first time--really enjoyed 'em--with a little vinegar and a little hot sauce--perfect!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
First, did you really get 7 or is one of those the hour in the few seconds it took to turn the clock ahead? If it was really 7, good for you!

Thank you so much for your comments. It helps just to have someone tell me that there is hope for me! I fully understand that more often than not, there is more than just a mechanical issue - that stress plays a HUGE role in what is going on. I am fully aware that all of my issues are so much worse when I am overwhelmed at work, and yes, there's a whole laundry list of stuff both at home and at work right now. While I wouldn't necessarily use the word 'anger' - considering I was on the verge of walking out on Friday, I'd have to say that maybe there is some anger lurking in there! So I guess I am going to have to get reading!!! Thanks again!

greengirl on 03/13/2011:
Hey Biscotti, looks like you are doing well. It's freezing here in the UK again although we saw a little broken sunshine today. My mind is on clearing up the garden ready for easter-time but everytime I get out there it starts to drizzle rain. Mid 80sF sounds like paradise to me. Keep up the good work :-)

PS I love today's quote !

nita51 on 03/13/2011:

V on 03/13/2011:
OOOh how did you make them?? did you chop some jalapeno in there for maximum heat??? Chicken or veggie stock?? Sorry, I am so nosey! LOl I can't help it!! :) I bet they were yummers!!

KathyBlue on 03/13/2011:
I saw your comment on shadetree's entry. I thought I could help on the books, full pdf formats.

Here's one: http://ifile.it/qcto0f/ebooksclub.org__Healing_Back_Pain___The_Mind_Body_Connection.l_t5x2jnnzjx3kxz3.pdf

and the other: http://ifile.it/7ia0vr/ebooksclub.org__The_Divided_Mind__The_Epidemic_of_Mindbody_Disorders.l_t5x2jnnzjx3kxz3.pdf

moogy on 03/13/2011:
We had the same weather yesterday. I am sick to death of it, it does look as if it isn't getting any hotter so I will be grateful for small mercies!! Yes I have TCM here, I only watch satalitte tv, can't stand free to air, all those ads and sleazy shows. Heaps of water yesterday biscotti, it was probably the warm weather. Hugs!

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
I didn't see Kathy's posts until after I had ordered the books from B&N. I can't wait to get them! My doctor will be receptive of this slant, I'm sure. She is always asking about my stress levels, my relationships, etc. I will keep you posted!!

moogy on 03/13/2011:
I like Ina as well, although I think that I would need a larger income in order to make some of those wonderful seafood things she cooks. I would kill for her house and garden though!!!!!

V on 03/13/2011:
Hey I was on Moogy's diary and I did not know that you a TMC buff too :) I am a sucker for it!!! Since you liked the greens if you want to add some zip, I sautee a small onion,assorted peppers a clove of garlic, add a can of low sodium ff chicken or veggie broth in lieu of h2o...It gives the greens so much flavor and a pinch or two of nutmeg would set it off!! :P I am so happy you like them!!!

nita51 on 03/13/2011:
YES, He is in the best of hands and I appreciate the GOOD Doctor at Urgent Care who recognized his problem. Our own PCP has been prescribing an acids and sending him back home. Maybe V, was right,,,It may be time to get a new Doctor. xoxo

selina on 03/14/2011:
Collard greens are so goo dfor you, and yum! So envious of your wonderful spring temperatures - not so lucky around here.

Ref your comment: I think we were all taken by surprise to see how strong tsunami waves can be - several stories high and such strong sweeping force. Before, we could only imagine how it was, having not seen anything like that, except for the horrible aftermath. With so much video footage available from tech savvy Japanese folks, the whole world is learning new things - it's just overwhelming and powerful! You didn't sound insensitive and have no need to apologize, lol.

liza36 on 03/14/2011:
Glad you did well on your 3-day challenge, and identified an area where you could improve.

I'd be interested in what you did to the collard greens. I had them for the first time a month ago when I was in Atlanta on business, and went out to eat. I'd like to try to make them myself.

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 12, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it. --W C  Fields

For my activity:
NordicTrack 45 min/4.7 mi; Walk 35 min; Bike Ride 30 min/4.7 mi; Walk 20 min

3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri): 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

On the food goal I'd say I was probably at 20 percent. I was over the activity goal by 10 min:-) I missed the water goal.

End of Challenge: So after a long time not doing any challenges, I would do another one. Although the food portion sucked for all days, this particular challenge helped me push myself beyond my comfort zone with exercise/activity. Falling short on the food goal means it's something to work on.

I didn't get started on the bike ride 'til almost dark. I did a continuous loop four times around my neighborhood with only a couple of hills, so I planned it to not be too strenuous. I probably could have gone for an hour. It was cool and the air was dry with a little scent of smoke in the air from some grass fires a couple of counties away.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep

selina on 03/12/2011:
It's pretty amazing you can go out on bike rides, I envy you! Enjoy! Temps around here are still a little too cold for that...

Japan has the most awesome state-of-the-art earthquake-proof building codes and although they were badly shaken they did not collapse with the quake. (My nephew just told me that they are having incredibly strong after shocks, and they have to be indoors because of the nuclear plant explosion. I just wished I had a magic carpet to get him out of there. ) I guess it's nearly impossible to safeguard from a tsunami of such great proportions, though... devastating!

geevee on 03/12/2011:
Papaya has to ripen to a yellowish color and be a little less firm to the touch. I don't want to say "soft" because then it'd be mushy.

I cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, then peel the skin w/either a peeler or knife. I cut it into cubes and eat it plain or with FF sour cream. It's supposed to be very good for the stomach.jjI like it because it's not sweet, tho I love the sweetness of pineapple.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/12/2011:
ummm, do you really believe that quote you put atop the page? i HATE it!!!! try again and then quit!? no way, dudette! there is no quitting, right? ever.

honestly quitting should not be unless you DON'T LIKE something. like a job or education program. a relationship. hmm, but not weightloss or fitness.

what was it you were thinking about when you put up the quote? was it general or about something specific? i'm intrigued!

Runforfun on 03/12/2011:
Haha.. I've seen that quote before!! I think it's funny! I look at it more for relationships ... no need in chasing a boy and end up looking like a fool, right?! haha. It must have been a nice day for your end challenge? I hope you're having a great weekend!

V on 03/12/2011:
LOL!!! Well hello there "My Chickadee ;) Good to see that you are having a bit of fun as well as working on your "weaker points" of your challenge...Just remember that practice makes perfect :) Have a good one!!

shadetree on 03/13/2011:
Thank you so much - I've got access to all sorts of online libraries etc through school, so I'm going to look for books by him. It's like I had this major 'AHA!' moment - I'm definitely going to have to keep a strict food journal to see if I can find a correlation between foods & the chronic pain. (Might explain this nagging runny nose I've had too!) I will keep you posted as I learn.

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 11, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings. --Robert Benchley

For my activity:
NordicTrack 45 min/4.7 mi; Walk 50 min;
Circ Aer Wkt (21 min of wt trng, pushups, etc) using Airdyne (6 min)

3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri): 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

On the food goal I'd say I was probably at 60 percent. I was over the activity goal by 2 min:-) I was also over the water goal. Doing this challenge was a great choice.

I've done my wt trng six times in a row. The last streak was 13 in a row in Jul/Aug 2009. It's not really about a streak, it's about establishing a routine. I'm less likely to fall off the wagon if I keep in mind that it's good for me--the routine and above all the regular wt trng.

As for my water, I try. Some days are better than others. I tend to drink quite a bit during my workouts at home. I don't stop and drink while out walking. Other than that I just try to push it whenever possible. I wasn't big on the water thing when I first came to DDs--I thought some people (mainly PastaGal) were just a little insane about drinking water, but then I saw the light--haha! You have to keep in mind that food in general has a lot of water, so if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables you're getting plenty of fluid that way.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::3.13::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

112 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

geevee on 03/11/2011:
LOVE the Benchley quote!

As for water drinkers, I think there is such a thing as a "liquid" person. I'm one of those. I had a friend who couldn't drink a full cup of coffee. I don't know how she survived because she drank so little.

greengirl on 03/11/2011:
You still amaze me Biscotti. You are bloody inspirational. I wish I had half of your commitment. I'll be reading your posts regularly from now on just to get inspiration :-)

moogy on 03/11/2011:
Glad to see you are on your way with your mini challenges Biscotti. Yeah! food does have a lot of water in it but we are suppose to drink the 2 litres for me, on top of the food. You obviously would love not to have to drink so much, but nevermind there are worse things in life than drinking water. Thank you for your concern and support.:)

V on 03/11/2011:
LOL!!!!! The quote is classic :) Hey I hear you on the water..It has always been a staple, those summer days can be brutal here as you know and I have many coworkers who chug sodas all day and wondering why they are still thirsty...Duhhh LOl!!!Hey great job on the circuit training :)

moogy on 03/11/2011:
Thank you for your comments. I shall continue to babble about my life as long as you 'good people' want to read. I know it takes ages to get a final result, it is because I have to have three tests, EEG, MRI, Epilepsy at one clinic and one hospital, plus the neurologist, hopefully being able to diagnose me this time round. So although it is all free of charge you still have to wait your turn to use the big machine. Yuk!!

selina on 03/12/2011:
good job on the mini challenges, Biscotti!

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 10, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease. --Yiddish Proverb

For my activity: Walk 21 min; Walk 60 min

3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri): 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

I'm going to say I just made the food goal. I missed the activity goal by about 40 min and missed the water goal by a pint. So the day was not a train wreck--I made an effort. The point is that the challenge takes me out of my comfort zone--that's kinda what I intended--just what I needed. Yes it's a great distraction (as V noted in a comment yesterday).

I have discovered  a couple of very unexpected food sensitivities. And the biggie is peanuts/peanut butter. I have avoided overt peanut consumption for about 3 months now. There's no doubt I've been exposed to peanuts from time to time, but to actually eat them consciously--I haven't. I don't get an allergic reaction.

I've read up a little on this and there's a distinct difference between an outright allergy and a sensitivity. I'm not allergic to anything. PB&J sandwiches were always my go to snack. I'm hoping that it was a fleeting thing--I will test it in another couple of months just to see.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 5.5 hrs Sleep 

Umpqua on 03/10/2011:
I'll gladly take some of your sunshine :) If you do find you can't do peanuts, we have discovered some great substitutes here. Preschool and the elementary school are peanut free, which stinks since my boys love pb sandwiches. But we do almond butter, sunflower butter and soybean butter and they love all of them. I know there's other stuff too like cashew and hazelnut butter which we haven't explored since they're pricey and the boys eat a ton of it.

liza36 on 03/10/2011:
Well done! I like that you described your challenge not as a train wreck but a good effort. PB - I go weeks, maybe a month without it sometimes, only because it's a trigger food, and I'll eat too much of it, I really like it. Not sure I could give it up totally. However, if looking at an allergy or sensitivity, that would be something all together different. Hope you find you can still enjoy it.

What are your strategies for getting in that much water? Are you drinking all day long, or have to cut if off at a certain time (ie, don't want to be up all night?)

Have another great challenge day!

shadetree on 03/10/2011:
I seem to go through phases of what I would consider sensitivity to different things. I used to be able to eat sunflower seeds with no problem. About two months ago, I found in the afternoons I was having problems at work - make a long story short, seems I was having a reaction to sunflower seeds. At one point in my life I couldn't eat eggs - for about ten years actually. Just could not tolerate them. Now I can eat them just fine. Really strange. I'm starting to wonder if my nerve pain might be triggered at some level by something I'm eating...so I'm going to start really tracking food intake as well as pain levels, see if I can find some correlation....I'm also interested on how you can drink that much water in a given day. that's one of my biggest problems!

nita51 on 03/10/2011:
LOL! I love the Yiddish Proverb you quoted. It was so funny and quite true. Let us know how your allergy test turns out. Always wishing the best for you. :)

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 09, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. --Mark Twain

For my activity: NordicTrack 16 min/1.7 mi; Walk 43 min

I'm going to dust off a 3-Day Challenge (inspired by Kyrin of course). Are you out there Kyrin? Kyrin was here when I first started, and then I quit posting for a few months until she kinda dragged me back. I don't know that I ever would have lost any weight ever because when I finally returned I had already gained a few pounds. Thanks Kyrin!

She used to do these short challenges (3-4 days) all the time, but I'd never try one. Then I finally took the plunge--they were just the thing for me to make a clean break of things from time to time. Sometimes I'd start and abandon it on the first day, other times it served to show me that I could really think about things differently, focus a little better and do things differently. Very valuable!

So my 3-Day Challenge (Wed-Thur-Fri) will consist of 1) 80-90 percent plant-based eating, 2) at least 2 hrs activity/day and 3) at least 100 oz water/day.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Bike Ride

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

lolla on 03/09/2011:
Good Luck! You can do it! I am starting a 10 day challenge. Let's go!

Umpqua on 03/09/2011:
Your challenge looks good, you go!

Supercheese on 03/09/2011:
Good luck on the challenge!

lifestylechange on 03/09/2011:
Ahhh, good luck!!! :)

moogy on 03/09/2011:
Sounds like a brilliant idea. Three or four days definitely sounds like a doable challenge. Especially as this is something you want to do. Good luck, I am sure you will do really well and it will help you to clarify your ideas:)

V on 03/09/2011:
You are going to rock It!! I am a fan of challenges,it really is a distraction and it makes you think before you eat/drink.....Maybe you should e-mail Kyrin so it can be YOU bring her back!! Pay it forward girl ;)

balloonlady on 03/09/2011:
I like little challenges like that as well...

chidogs on 03/09/2011:
thank you for your kind words. It has been a rough few years and since I'm an only child, things were a little more intense. We were very close. Thanks again.

selina on 03/09/2011:
Maybe I'll take your lead and plunge myself in a challenge too! After spending time with my sister and eating out a lot, I could benefit from a clean break! Stay well!

The stationary bike was delivered this morning and is at present sitting in a box in my foyer - it's a nordic track recumbent bike. I shall not do anything with it until husband returns from Geneva in a couple of weeks, 1 week and 1/2 really. It's his idea of having something convenient in the house to keep himself fit. He says it's part of his rehab program after the surgery - I just hope it will not turn out to be a very expensive clothes hanger. I probably will not use it much because I just joined the fitness club and I'm tied down to that for the next 2 years - I prefer the eliptical when I go to the gym and the yoga classes, of course.

lifestylechange on 03/09/2011:
Yes, Darn colds....It won't leave..... :( But it's finally subsiding some. I'm definitely over it...Being in the healthcare field doesn't make keeping it away any easier though....despite my constant hand hygiene....sigh

V on 03/10/2011:
Listen I appreciate your gift of gab and my ears are always open as well as my diary for you to say whatever, long or short :) Fire away!! LOL

liza36 on 03/10/2011:
Awesome challenge - good luck!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 08, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22; 33.8%::3.8
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity yesterday: NordicTrack 30 min/3.2 mi; Walk 35 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (8 min)

I'm down a half-pound on my weigh-in today. My BF% is down a tad as well, which is actually a half-pound of fat loss. For my measurements I'm up a quarter-inch overall. It's a mixed bag, but I didn't make much effort with my eating last week either. I'm considering dusting off one of my challenges (inspired by Kyrin) to get me on track there.

I have to do something--I hate counting calories so much. I never counted calories in my life until I started on DDs and then I did it reluctantly, though it generally worked in my favor. So I'm going to try another strategy to keep me on the straight and narrow, then if that doesn't work I'll do the counting. I sort of believe that if I could commit even 90% to a plant-based way of eating, the calorie counting would be completely unneccessary.

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::3.10::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

84 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep

V on 03/08/2011:
I think that you are doing a great job with the plant based, I didn't even give it a shot...I too hope that somewhere along the line I have enough moxie to at least try for a week...It is tough giving up a life we are familiar with....I took a snippet from your diary in re of photos, and I have a ways to go with my second goal, but I will get there :)

Umpqua on 03/08/2011:
Yeah, the nice thing about Esselstyn is that you don't have to count anything. The bad thing (for me) is that I can't eat so sparsely. Or rather, I'm not really willing to LOL. I hope you find some success with your new challenge! And if you do feel you have to count, MyFitnessPal is the least painful way to do it IME ;)

Maria7 on 03/08/2011:
Now, that sounds good...a 90% plant-based diet and not having to count calories (which...counting calories is SO NOT FUN!!!)...let me know how it works out... btw, congrats on 155.0! :-D

hopingforhealth on 03/08/2011:
Congrats on the down in fat and weight! Way to go! Honestly, I am a meat eater, but the more veggies the better. I bet you want have to count if you are careful. You have been doing it long enough that you can probably keep in ranges just by having an idea based on your experience. Good luck!

biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 07, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.5

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity yesterday: NordicTrack 33 min/3.4 mi

I took my Sunday progress pictures and I'm glad (on one hand) that I started doing this. On the other hand I'm appalled--this is going to take so much more than it did when I started here--I was 41 yrs old. That's good, because now I can rethink a few things with more than casual effort.

With all the positive thinking I can muster (being the pessimist I am) I will get a grip on this. I didn't have high expectations 10 years ago--today I can't help but have higher expectations. I must keep learning and refreshing myself. Feeling really good of late is the sure sign that the window of opportunity is open. Sounds corny, but it fits:-)  

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.7::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 4 hrs Sleep

legcramps on 03/07/2011:
Doesn't sound corny at all - sounds right ;)

Umpqua on 03/07/2011:
Nope, not corny at all. That kind of thinking will get the job done!

V on 03/07/2011:
I understand exactly what you mean and I don't think it is corny...Oh I refreshed the photos so you can see :)

hopingforhealth on 03/07/2011:
I don't think it sounds corny at all... I think it sounds like you are doing great and all that positive thinking is going to propel you forward.

Maria7 on 03/07/2011:
Congrats on your 155.5. :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/07/2011:
what's corny about it!? of course you are wiser and more attuned to weightloss and how to progress after doing it for several years. btw, how long have you been here? I think i've been on for 6 or 7 years, without actually checking to see. i'm sure you beat me by a longshot.

thanks for your funny comments. yes, i don't mind YOU referring to me that way! lol.

nita51 on 03/07/2011:
Love your positive out look. Ten years ago, I didn't have the greatest expectations either, but it is a blessing that we now live in a weight conscious atmosphere. We have many resources now to help us reach our goals. Love ya & take care.

selina on 03/08/2011:
I love reading this uplifting entry! You are doing it the right way, ever so consciously!

liza36 on 03/08/2011:
You definitely want to keep the momentum going since you're feeling so good. Keep it up!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 06, 2011
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 155.5

Body Fat: 34.2%::1.1; 34.0%::2.22
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (129#)

For my activity yesterday: NordicTrack 35 min/3.6 mi; Walk 50 min

That's about the speed of it--progress pic Sunday--woo-hoo!

Circuit Workouts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::2.3::*****::2.21::2.25::2.28::3.3::3.6::

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk, Circuit Workout

84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

V on 03/06/2011:
Nicely done Biscotti!!! Hey the Saucony's worked out really well :) They are super comfy :) After reading your response on my post yesterday got me to thinking that I probably should purchase some new work shoes,I am thinking the mileage on them are really high...Don't worry, i am not gonna worry you with more advice again, I got this now, well thanks to you! LOL Have a good one ;) You are my guru!!

selina on 03/07/2011:
Hi Biscotti!

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