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biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 31, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 156.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Fri: Walk 20 min
Sat: Walk 20 min
Sun: Walk 30 min; Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (13 min/1.2 mi)
Mon: Walk 20 min

I'm up 1.5# on my usual weigh-in today. For good reason--my appetite is excellent of late! I'm glad for it, but it means my vigilance needs some tweaking:-)

Good wt trng workout Sunday with progress--another one on tap for tomorrow, which will be 6 in a row--woo-hoo! Feels good to challenge the body and gradually meet the challenge. No to mention feeling like I'm putting some things behind me--or at least beginning to put some things behind me;-)

This is interesting:
Short-Term Overeating Could Make Long-Term Weight Loss Tougher:

Break Time!
I plan to start back posting late Sep/early Oct. Could be a little sooner or maybe a little later--we shall see! I've posted here with just a few breaks since Nov 2000. It's a good thing to take a break from time to time!

See ya' all later--take good care of yourselves!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::8.23::8.26::8.29::9.1::

Plan for today: Walk, NTrack, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

V on 08/31/2010:
I am sure your results after your break will be fruitful! I am currently searching for something less severe than the low carb diet after I reach my goal weight,I am very interested in your fitday fitness plan,any suggestions? I still want to lose some weight after the 150 but i would like to do something that is healthy

KathyBlue on 08/31/2010:
ahh... I will miss you. :) I hope you got so addictive over the years that you won't resist to visit us meanwhile :P Remember: this is a GOOD TYPE of addiction! ;-)

Umpqua on 08/31/2010:
I'm glad the weight training is going so well for you. Enjoy your break from the DD and hope to see you back here soon!

liza36 on 08/31/2010:
Breaks can be good from time to time, just don't take a break for a year, like I did. I'd miss you! Very interesting article - does not bode well for me.

moogy on 08/31/2010:
I will miss you to, you posts, your support but I hope you do well without us.

V on 08/31/2010:
Thank you for your suggestions! They are greatly appreciated :)

moogy on 09/01/2010:
I just read Maria's post and saw your comment, I was glad that you were still around, I am already missing your comments and posts.

biscottibody59 on 09/03/2010:
(FROM A DELETED BLANK ENTRY--thanks for thinking of me moogy:-)

Comment left by moogy on 09/02/2010:

Thank you for taking the time to have a chat with me. I will consider entries a little more circumspectly before I comment now, I shall take a longer view and realize that in most cases these diarist are making decisions as adults. I suppose it is in my nature to want to make sure that people are OK, my nature won't change but my reaction will. Have a good break, eat healthy, and I look forward to your return. Enjoy your break.

selina on 09/06/2010:
Hi Biscotti! I hope you are having a good time, enjoying the beautiful fall weather. We just came back to the US, just a few days ago, still living in a hotel for another week until we can fully move into our house when air shipment and furniture gets delivered from storage. Daughter starts school tomorrow and is very excited about it! Stay well, I miss you!

Maria7 on 09/11/2010:
Thank you for your comment to my journal entry. It really meant a lot. I hope you are doing well. Take good care of yourself. :-)

biscottibody59 - Friday Aug 27, 2010
(Something Challenging And New)
Weight: 154.5

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.4 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues: Walk 50 min
Wed: Walk 30 min
Thur: Walk 35 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (15 min)

Had another good wt trng workout--legs are starting to feel strong again. Am so trying not to take my body for granted, but I intend to keep moving forward with it for better or worse:-) 

I found a good substitute for the Dove chocolate I probably won't go for anymore. It's 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips (Ghirardelli) with nothing artificial and no sodium or cholesterol and real vanilla, not vanillin. The nutritional info conveniently counts out 16 chips/80 calories/1g fiber. (But I just dole out 1 oz for myself.)

It's actually the UNsweetness I like about it. It's in the cooking section, so no jacking up the price for and calling it candy. Pricewise it's about the same as the large mint dk choc 60% cacao bar I bought awhile ago.

(Deficit below should not be in red!)

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::8.23::8.26::8.29::

Plan for today: Walk

Be Good To Yourself--First!

Wed 8.25:
1494 cal * 58g Fat * 33g Fiber * 56 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep

567 cal Deficit * 8% Activities * RMR = 1282

Thur 8.26:
2486 cal * 122g Fat * 37g Fiber * 112 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep

-310 cal Deficit * 15% Activities

breakaway on 08/27/2010:
I've always loved all your info when you do your entries! Great job with everything today :D

moogy on 08/27/2010:
That's a good chocolate you have there - a real hit of the real thing is much better than the milky sweetness of some commericial brands. You are doing so well with your exercise. When is your weigh in day? I am thinking that you have to have a good loss this week, you have been working so hard. I have my fingers crossed that you are rewarded for your efforts.

Maria7 on 08/27/2010:
Hope you're having a good evening. Real good on the wt training and getting stronger! :-)

KathyBlue on 08/28/2010:
interesting about the chips. I've never tried dove chocolate :)

Donkey on 08/28/2010:
The Ghirardelli chocolate substitution is a great choice! In fact, I love their 80% cacao bars. Very potent yet tasty and satisfying. The thing about high quality, high cacao content chocolate is that because it's so potent (I can't think of a better word to describe the taste), you really can't eat a whole bunch of it. "A little dab'll do ya" so to speak.

geevee on 08/28/2010:
I never go down the cooking aisle, but now I will, in search of your bittersweet chips. They sound so good!

cleaneating on 08/28/2010:
I love dark chocolate its the only type I eat,my favourite is the 85% cocoa :) Good job on the training!

Umpqua on 08/28/2010:
Congrats on the training this week! I've cooked with the Ghiardelli's, but never tried it on it's own. I've been doing the organic Green & Black's dark chocolate (I think you mentioned it on here and that's why I started buying it). I will have to pick up some bittersweet. Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/29/2010:
i'm sure so many psych meds give a placebo effect. they are usually given in such low doses at first that how could it not be placebo...

people want to make money...

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 24, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 154.5

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.4 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast. --Harry S Truman

For my activity: Walk 20 min; Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (13 min/1.1 mi)

Weight's the same for today.

The wt trng was good. Sort of a "red-letter" wkt--first time I did at least 3 in a row (for the way I schedule them with sufficient rest in between) of possible wkts since early February, which happened to be 5 in a row. Before that was a string of 15 in a row from last summer before all hell broke loose with my health--and I think that will be the last time I mention that--things are good for now.

I'm very much preparing myself to learn and grow from the last few months of negativity rather than letting the negativity rule me. It's much better moment to moment, rather than "yesterday this, tomorrow that," in other words constantly dredging up gunk from the past or trying to predict (badly) the future:-) And it's a challenge.

So, speaking of the bigger picture, here's hoping there's something to be said for momentum and muscle preservation--Yeah!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::8.23::8.26::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 112 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1282

Maria7 on 08/24/2010:
Wow you are doing real well with your workouts! :-)

Maria7 on 08/24/2010:
Re: Rec center...no it's not new.... Been a while since I've been up there, though. :-)

Umpqua on 08/24/2010:
Wonderful job on the training and excellent attitude. Upward (or downward on the scale I should say) and onward!

moogy on 08/24/2010:
Yes it is a challenge but a healthy way to look at life, and to learn and grow. One day at a time biscotti - you can do it. You are a lovely, caring, determined friend and I appreciate you very much.

Donkey on 08/24/2010:
Donkey dropped in to see how you are doing :-) Looks good!

Sofia on 08/24/2010:
I really admire your positive outlook. You're doing great, keep going!

V on 08/24/2010:
You my friend are an inspiration! You are always so motivated and you give some really good pointers and the solid advice you gave the other day I hope will resonate,instead of falling on deaf ears...

thinnside40 on 08/25/2010:
Huh, funny you say the taking "moment by moment"... My status on facebook yesterday was something like "Monday is near gone....Tuesday will come way too early....Wednesday will be here too soon....Thursday will bring the day before Friday...Friday will not be here soon enough and the weekend is gone before next Monday is ready to roll around.... The thought process makes me d~i~z~z~y..."... Huh, and I tell people to take one day at a time...

Best heed my own advice & do the same to make a success @ this run @ making it to goal this time....Right?!?!?

Have a great Wednesday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/25/2010:
keep up the good exercise and mentality. I always fail if i try to plan my future too much, or worry to much about what has passed.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/25/2010:
thanks for your comments!

moogy on 08/26/2010:
Hey biscotti, I was looking for a post from you, so I thought I would drop by and say hello - hope everything is going well for you.

biscottibody59 - Monday Aug 23, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 154.5

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.4 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. --African Proverb

For my activity:
Sat: Walk 30 min
Sun: Walk 30 min

Didn't get in what I planned except the walking. Today will be a full wt trng session if my day goes well:-)

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::8.23::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 112 oz Water * 7.5 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1282

Progress as of today: 34.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

liza36 on 08/23/2010:
I hope you can get your weight training in today. How long does it take you to go through your routine you described in Saturday's post? Have a great day.

legcramps on 08/23/2010:
Walking is better than nothing. I know a lot about doing nothing. Trust me. You're doing great!

legcramps on 08/23/2010:
I love good cabbage rolls, too! My grandma made these ones, I just had to throw them in the oven with tomato soup and *voila*. However, I probably shouldn't be eating great big gobs of them at every opportunity...

cleaneating on 08/23/2010:
Walking still counts,it all adds up :)

Umpqua on 08/23/2010:
Walking is great! Wish I could do it more often, I kept my weight down living in the city by walking and not much else exercise. I hope you can get a good training session in today too.

moogy on 08/23/2010:
I hope you have a great weights session and feel the burn, plus I hope you have a good healthy eating day. If my hopes for you come true you have a excellent day ahead of you!!!

Maria7 on 08/23/2010:
Getting in the walking was real good. Hope you're having a nice day! :-)

thinnside40 on 08/23/2010:
Hope your day went well as wished..... :-)

Maria7 on 08/24/2010:
Hope you're having a nice Tuesday. :-)

biscottibody59 - Saturday Aug 21, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 154.5

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.4 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Wed: Walk 30 min
Thur: Walk 30 min
Fri: Walk 40 min; Mowing 10 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (15 min)

How nice--my body let me! It let me feel pretty good again after a full wt trng session. I don't recall feeling the squats in my core quite like yesterday--feels like progress!

I'm down a half-pound for my optional Saturday weigh-in. I'm going to be weighing in on "routine" Tuesday (which again will be a day after wt trng--not an optimal day for weighing IMO). But it's just as well, the wt trng is probably going to become a bigger focus than I've made it lately.

Preserving muscle is so important to me. It's life-affirming. On the other hand, wt trng isn't the most fun exercise ever, but I always feel accomplished once I'm done. Yesterday is the first time I've done military pushups in awhile.

Here's the rundown for my Circuit Workout--I use 13# dumbbells for all but the Abs, Leg Lifts, Pushups, Chair Dips and Mountain Climbers. In addition I'm still only using 3-pounders for the last *three--because of old elbow pain. The moves don't aggravate it, but I feel like I have to keep some movement going there.

Exercise Repetitions
Shoulder Press 16
Abs (bicycle crunch::leg lifts::bicycle crunch) 50-30-50
Reverse Leg Lift 30 each
Sissy Pushup 18
Bent Over Row 14 each
Calf Raises 70
Military Pushup 10
Deadlift 20
Chair Dips 18
Mountain Climbers 14
Alternating Lunges 14 each
Squats 14
Abs Again 50-30-50
*Upright Row 18
*Triceps Kickback 18 each
*Biceps Curl 18 each

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::8.23::

Plan for today: Walk, NTrack, Bike Ride, Yard Work

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 112 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1282

Umpqua on 08/21/2010:
That's an impressive set of exercises, and I'm glad you feel good after completing them! I wasn't all that tempted by the DQ thankfully. I was hungry too, and I knew if I ate something there I was going to be hungry again in a hour or 2. I figured I'd wait and get some real fuel. I am an ice cream fan for sure, but DQ is all about those candies they mix in with their ice cream, like you mentioned. The oreo blizzard has always been a favorite of mine, and I figure I might as well sit and eat half a package of oreos! Which I'm not about to do! If I'm going to blow my diet on ice cream, I'd rather have good, rich creamy stuff. We have several homemade ice cream places around here that are so much better than DQ....And I think the same holds true for fast food too. I'd rather have a GOOD burger and fries at a decent restaurant that uses real meat ;)

cleaneating on 08/21/2010:
Great strengh training workout. I am a big fan of muscle and it burns actual body fat so much quicker :)

Maria7 on 08/21/2010:
Wow, that is a big workout! Happy for you! :-)

Donkey on 08/21/2010:
AWESOME on the weight training!!!!

moogy on 08/21/2010:
I am so impressed with you, you have really kicked up the workouts, it will pay off with a strong shapely woman emerging, slowly but surely!!

moogy on 08/21/2010:
I was spared the buttons biscotti, the link seems to be holding and settled.

just42day on 08/22/2010:
I find tanglyn's posting so upsetting. Can't get her out of my mind and I'm just worried sick. Thank you for providing her with a website for reference. I pray she uses it.

Sofia on 08/22/2010:
That's quite a workout! Good job!

V on 08/22/2010:
Just wanted you to know that Tange is okay..Didn't speak to her personally but she posted something on fb

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Aug 18, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Walk 40 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (15 min)

How hot is it? The cold water from the faucet isn't cold--feels like about 85F (29C).

I can't explain how good I felt after a much needed full wt trng session! I actually did 14 mountain climbers. I thought I would stop after about the second set of my session and then I thought no--I can do this. Luckily I had just one brief "episode" early on.

The thing about exercise is that while my heart rate is elevated I'm not getting any skipped beats, so I don't think about it then. Also just in case it's affecting me later in the day (it doesn't seem to make any difference while I'm drinking it) I'm going to cut back to one cup of coffee a day. This is tough for me, but I'm going to give it a try.

Though it's great to have lost the pounds recently, it hasn't had a perceptible effect on the heart stuff. So my mind might think it's fine to give up the wt loss project, but the me that resides in the aforementioned mind is just curious enough to see if any overall long-term health and well-being effects (if not smaller belly) will serve me--haha!

I gotta go and practice letting myself off the hook--see ya' later:-)

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::*******::8.17::8.20::

Plan for today: Walk

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1282

moogy on 08/18/2010:
I think (and I am backed up by professionals incidentally)that getting yourself into a healthy weight range can only do you good. I am so pleased that you have been able to up your exercise and still maintain a regular heart rate. That's wonderful. Remember, we are both on our best behaviour this week, no nibbling those tempting extras. Have a good day biscotti!!

Maria7 on 08/18/2010:
Re: one cup of coffee a day...one thing maybe to consider if you're not already trying it would be to change over to decaf....Thanks for your suggestion on getting out the house a few mins when I want to overeat or feel stressed...good idea. Your wt trng session sounds like a real big workout. Sounds like you did real well with it, too! :-) As for the cold water being warm...ours is, too...although I let it run a little while, it is still warm. Ahhh...but it IS August. :-) Hope you have a good evening. :-)

moogy on 08/18/2010:
OOOOH don't, I could just dive into that chocolate cake, sounds delicious. Thanks for the compliment - I love baking and look upon unusual requests as a challenge to my ingenuity. I admire your ability to make the fine pastry for the strudel, I am not sure if I would attempt that!!

thinnside40 on 08/18/2010:
I have cut back to about 1&1/2 cups a day from 3-4.... My mug is oversized, so thus the 1/2 added :-)...

Best in the remainder of the week to you.

selina on 08/20/2010:
so, the heat seems to be melting all those pounds away ;) hang in there, soon you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage! stay well!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 17, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 155.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=27.5 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sat: Walk 20 min
Sun: Walk 25 min
Mon: Walk 20 min

So I'm up 5# on my weigh-in today. It's no wonder, I chose to eat things (for the most part) that I had been avoiding for weeks and months in some cases. And I avoided fruit this past week except for some watermelon and bananas. And I bought a thing of ice cream, which on its own probably wouldn't make that much difference, but adding it in with consistently poor choices took me waaaay over the top:-)

I got in just a small portion of my wt trng Saturday--shoulder presses, 3 sets (out of 6) of abs and rev leg lifts--the entire routine is 15-16 exercises. So I will try to do an entire session today.

I will just regroup and get losing again. To be fair, some of it is big-time water retention--especially noticeable today in my hands--lots of water planned today. Tomorrow I'll begin tracking with Fitday again. I'll have this thing going on again soon enough. We've been in the 100sF (38sC) every day for a couple weeks now, and that's a convenient excuse for all sorts of things--haha!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::*****::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::******::8.17::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water * 6.5 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1282

legcramps on 08/17/2010:
Total motivation! Good for you; love hearing about regrouping and getting back into it. Hope the soul and mind searching is going well - be well today!

geevee on 08/17/2010:
These detours off the track are needed. Having one square of dark chocolate or one Dove chocolate like I do is a stop-gap measure. I always have the taste for those rich, high calorie goodies plus my sons hi-carb bagels, pizza and bread, so I take these grazing moments as a matter of course, like I am my current situation of a 3 lb. gain. Some wine, beer, chips, a real sandwich, etc. all the foods/beverages I normally avoid. So I know exactly how you feel and how going off happened. Just part of this lifelong process.

Like you said, it's only temporary and soon you'll be back to where you were.

Maria7 on 08/17/2010:
The thing is not so much IF we get off-track, but that WHEN we do, we get back on track...eh?

V on 08/17/2010:
I am sure you will get right back on track! You have been doing such a marvelous job :)

cleaneating on 08/17/2010:
Thats the attitude,just get back on the horse again :)

moogy on 08/17/2010:
OK, so we will both regroup and try to make good choices this week and avoid, treats, little mouthfulls etc. thank you for your encouragement. I hope you will take your own advice - because it is good stuff. Have a wonderful day biscotti.

just42day on 08/18/2010:
Thanks for today's encouraging words and support. I really appreciate them! :)

biscottibody59 - Saturday Aug 14, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 150.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Thur: Walk 30 min
Fri: Walk 30 min

Wt trng today! The soul searching and mind searching may be paying off. No guarantees there, but I'm making progress in one area--time will tell if it's sustainable. (Vague I know--let's just say I'm starting to feel better having let myself off the hook:-)

Exercise is only one part of the process--if it were everything I'd be trying to run myself ragged at this point. That sorta worked when I was in much better shape, but now that I've been doing nothing but walking for a few weeks I'd be a fool to try to kick my butt with exercise. I'd like to get back to better fitness, but that goal is on the backburner for now.

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::*****::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::*****::8.14::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 84 oz Water * 6 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1259

V on 08/14/2010:
We all strive to find the perfect fit with eating healthy and finding the right workout and you have been doing so well! I am proud of your progress!

cleaneating on 08/15/2010:
Enjoy your day :)

moogy on 08/15/2010:
I am sure that over the next few months you are going to acheive all your personal goals - not just lose these last few pounds.

just42day on 08/15/2010:
You've done amazing well and I really admire your consistent exercise. Good for you!

loveray on 08/15/2010:
i hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Donkey on 08/15/2010:
"Soul searching and mind searching" --- I think I need a little bit of that myself. If you find yourself in a mellow mood, perhaps you could expand on this in future entries. Not so much the specifics, as I want to respect your privacy, but rather the process of how you went about that and what realizations you came to. What the process was like.... Anyway, I plan to do some myself, once the mosquitoes go away and the kids are back in school.

legcramps on 08/16/2010:
You're doing great!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2010:
weight training = LOVE.


biscottibody59 - Thursday Aug 12, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 150.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues: Walk 20 min
Wed: Walk 35 min

Will try to get in some wt trng before the day is done. I briefly contemplated counting calories again. I think I'll commit to it beginning next week.

I had a brief conversation with the clerk at my local dairy store. She was pulling up her pants and mumbling and I said, "What's that?" She said her pants were loose, so I asked if she'd lost weight--on purpose. She exclaimed that she'd lost 60 pounds since last year. It's good to see someone who is proud of their accomplishments and doesn't mind explaining--she began walking to and from work for one thing.

Then I mentioned something about age and losing weight and she told me she was 35, I told her I was 51 and she thought I was 30-ish. (This kind of stuff still flatters me on some level--I've always had a baby face to some extent.) Not looking your age has its benefits, but then I thought about it, it would mean I was born in the 1980s, which means my looks don't benefit from my vast life experience--haha! Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not.

I guess what may happen, if I live long enough, it will all catch up--I'll be 65--nothing wrong with that--but everyone will think I'm 85:-)

Oh speaking of age, there's an older woman who used to walk in my neighborhood--many times with another woman. I thought they were both in their 70s. One of them, who is recovering from a terrible illness right now is actually 93 years old. I couldn't believe it. I asked her sometime ago what she ate to stay so trim and she said she had shunned meat for YEARS. This woman didn't just plod around on her walks--she was like someone on a mission. She'd always stop to talk if you wanted to, so it wasn't like you were intruding on her. Ninety-three years old!

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::*****::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::****::8.11::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 80 oz Water * 8 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1259

V on 08/12/2010:
Wow that is inspiring! I bet you can NEVER hear that enough that you look 30 :) You are almost at your low weight! Hooray :)

Maria7 on 08/12/2010:
Thank you for your well wishes concerning Mom and Hubby. Regarding eating for comfort and to soothe away stress, I will do better with the good Lord's Help. Your entry truly is very inspiring and you must look very young for your age. Losing all the weight you've lost is probably a part of it, too. :-) Counting calories is no fun, that's for sure, but I find it works best for me. I know we are all different and what works for one may not work for another...but counting calories works for me. Hope you have a nice evening. :-)

moogy on 08/12/2010:
Love that when people think you are younger than you are. My daughter and I often get asked if we are sisters!! What a great inspiration those old ladies are, just goes to show you - maybe when you are 70 you will look like a fit 50 year old!! I am changing my eating plan next week too!LOL Have a wonderful day.

nita51 on 08/12/2010:
Loved your entry. Would love to see pics of your pretty baby face. Yes, people say I look very young too. I may look young, but most times I feel terribly old. Got to do something about that. :) Hugs

Selina on 08/13/2010:
GREAT ENTRY! Sounds like we are a bunch of baby-faced ladies here! Congrats on your loss. I know I'll get there, too!

liza36 on 08/13/2010:
Wow, to be 93 and have that kind of energy. Some days my body feels like it's 93 without that energy.

Thank you for recommending the book. I will look into it for sure.

Donkey on 08/13/2010:
That's very interesting about the age thing. Food for thought! :-) Keep up the good work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/13/2010:
LOL, some people do eat brains. I am not one of those people!

As far as age goes, I frequent an assited living place where my grandmother lives. There are some people there that look so good for their ages, it's amazing. Actually, this includes my own grandma. She's 89, but moves around like she's in her 70s. The entire reason is bc she likes to be active and walks a lot!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Aug 10, 2010
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 150.0

Body Fat: 32.5%
Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=26.6 (25.8 @145.5#) My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. --Marcus Antonius

For my activity: Walk 35 min

I'm down 1.5# for my weigh-in today. My BF is down 1%--woo-hoo! My wt matches my low wt (as an adult). Now it's time to do a little more activity without overdoing it.

Yesterday's food choices for those who like such revelations:-)

  • Couple small handfuls of choc chips (no natural flavoring ones) and pecans
  • .5 cup buttermilk
  • .25 cup shredded wht n bran + a little 2% milk
  • Slivered almonds/.5 oz
  • Brussels sprouts/.5 cup
  • Fried eggs (2) in butter
  • Banana--large
  • Ear of corn with butter, salt/pepper
  • Coffee/3 cups with H&H and 2% milk (one had just the 2% milk)
  • Rolled oats (raw) with 2 T ground flaxseed and soymilk
  • Fresh juice with a large beet/3-4 stalks celery hearts/2 med carrots
  • Pinto beans (canned/rinsed) with Louisiana hot sauce/.5 cup
  • Little bit of sliced up leftover homemade buttermilk cornbread plus abt 1 oz colby jack cheese slightly melted on top
  • Apple/1 medium

I guess if I don't crave bread, cereal, etc lately--I simply don't eat enough carbs. I couldn't do an extremely low-carb diet--I'm sure I'd shortly find myself in a mental health facility. At least yesterday that was the case. I wasn't paying much attention and haven't been writing down my food of late, which isn't good for me. By the time I went to bed, my carby dipstick was extremely low so I had a little cereal+milk before bed. Apparently the threshold had been crossed, because I had a crummy night anyway.

Oh, I slept as far as I knew, but . . . don't read this part if you don't want to be scared away from EVER using a CPAP machine: I woke up feeling the pressure thing (that I usually get in the day, if I get it--it's rare lately) after about 4-5 hours of sleep. I had swallowed so much freakin' air that I thought I was going to explode--more than EVER before when this has happened. Keep in mind that one is swallowing the air while slumbering/sawing wood/meeting with the sandman--one isn't aware one is sucking in air like a shopvac:-)

Usually sitting up will cause me to burp after one of these aerophagia (air swallowing) episodes, not this time. Went to the bathroom--about a minute had passed--still no burp (or toot for that matter--haha). I was beginning to think something else must be wrong. Then my body finally released about 4 huge burps. I sorta had already gotten used to the "full" feeling by then as I was FULLY awake--(where I hadn't been minutes before).

So according to a tech I talked to about it, the chinstrap doesn't  help this thing--adjusting the machine's humidifier probably will. I'm on it like stink on Limburger! I thought my mouth being open during sleep was causing me to swallow air unnecessarily--the tech said it's more likely the dryness of the airway (not mouth) is somehow causing it.

We shall see. Still--I've only had a few nights (with CPAP) anywhere near as bad as this. I'm not a glass-half-full person by any means--but I'm optimistic about my CPAP therapy--this optimistic attitude costs me nothing, but pays me with hours and hours of uninterrupted sleep. I might just be addicted--haha! 

Circ Wkts/Wt Trng Scheduled/Done: ::*****::7.17::7.20-21::7.25::****::8.10::

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride

Be Good To Yourself--First!

2089 cal * 101g Fat * 37g Fiber * 56 oz Water * 7 hrs Sleep
73 cal Deficit * 11% Activities
* RMR = 1259

just42day on 08/10/2010:
Congrats on getting back to your low. That's fabulous!

moogy on 08/10/2010:
I am so sorry you had such a bad night. Things always seem to be extra scary at night don't they? I hope that between your own common sense and some imput from tech you can work out what is best for you. I hope you have a good day despite this episode. Hugs.XX

Maria7 on 08/10/2010:
Glad you're okay. Hope all goes a lot better tonite and you get a good, uninterrupted nite's rest. CONGRATULATIONS to you on 150! Happy Dance! Happy Dance!!!! :-) I had to look at it TWICE, cause I thought...She's there! At her Nov. 2006 low!!! So happy for ya! You worked hard to achieve this! Big smile to ya! :-D

moogy on 08/10/2010:
And, of course, I forgot after the medical meanderings, congratulation on your loss, that is great news and I bet that helped to get your day of to a good start. Well done.

V on 08/10/2010:
Wow you are doing so great! You are almost there! You have to be proud of yourself :) I sure am!!!!

liza36 on 08/11/2010:
I had no idea that the CPAP machine had so much getting used to and adjusting. Hope you sleep better tonight.

I had to google the DASH diet, but then remembered I'd heard of it. I actually do have high blood pressure, controlled through medication, but it would do me well to work on lowering that through diet.

Thanks for indulging me with the list of foods. The homemade cornbread with melted cheese sounds so delicious. There's a good mix of fruits and veggies as well. Great job on reaching your low weight!

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