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biscottibody59 - Monday Jul 27, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all --Rita Mae Brown

For my activity: Nothing

I'm replacing about 60% of my protein intake with beans, sardines, eggs/whites--anything but the usual chicken and beef. It's a matter of taste and habit. (Truly I could eat sardines every day!)

Tomorrow I'm shooting for three in a row--two days skipped between scheduled full body wt trng.

Plan for today: NTrack, Walk

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

1971 cal * 61g Fat * 19g Fiber * 56 oz Water
184 cal Deficit * 0% Activities * RMR = 1370

halley on 07/27/2009:
I get tired of chicken too, but I'm not a fan of sardines - at all! It is good to shake things up from time to time.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/27/2009:
i am doing the same thing with my proteins. i've been eating much more plant based things. it helps keep calories down, for sure!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Jul 26, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Walk 12 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (27 min/5.7 mi)

Two in a row--two days skipped between scheduled full body wt trng.

Plan for today: Nothing

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

2234 cal * 60g Fat * 19g Fiber * 56 oz Water
39 cal Deficit * 13% Activities * RMR = 1370

halley on 07/27/2009:
How are you feeling these days? It's hard to tell from your entry how you are are doing.

biscottibody59 - Saturday Jul 25, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Tues: Nothing
Wed: Walk 57 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (27 min/5.7 mi)
Thur & Fri: Nothing

I did my Circuit (wt trng) on Wednesday in the spirit of the Burn Fat Faster Workout from a Prevention article.

FYI: My description from Tuesday is wrong--the warmup and cooldown are each 3 min. The in-between the wt trng exercises is 1.5 min. Sometimes I do two exercises and then the 1.5 min thing, but Wednesday I did each of the sixteen with the 1.5 min in between with one or two exceptions.

I was a little sore Thursday, but all things considered I feel great! It was quite smooth, in fact the workout went much faster than usual. As for my good intentions to track calories, I got a little farther down the road, but I didn't complete it.

I was never a calorie counter until I started here on DDs. I still sort of resist it, but I know it makes me a little bit more sane in my overall food choices. Actually just the writing down helps a bunch there. I'm not into deprivation--white-knuckling it doesn't work for me. I enjoy food too much, and overeating isn't my issue at the moment.

I am, however, probably less disciplined about the counting and the exercise than I have been in awhile. And it's been going on for a little more than a year like this. (I see some of it as a follow-on to losing my mom.) I am a bit more wayward overall than I'd like at this point in my life. I'm not going to kick myself too much. But I am sensing that if I don't move on some things, some doors may simply be closed forever. Other doors may emerge opened, but there are some things in and around my life that I simply need to lose--things other than pounds!

Once again I still recommend the book Overcoming Overeating by Jane R Hirschmann & Carol H Munter to anyone who overeats, eats at night without control or thinks what they're doing is bingeing. It's not for everyone, but it really helped me get a handle on nighttime eating some years ago. I never had a problem with eating at night until I started paying attention to my food intake and realized it had just gotten out of hand--not to mention being miserably overfull alot of the time. I can't say there's an actual chapter on it, but the perspectives in the book did me a world of good!

There was a time when I didn't eat at night (abnormally) at all--and it wasn't something I thought about one way or the other.

Plan for today: Walk, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

2269 cal * 75g Fat * 27g Fiber * 28 oz Water
32 cal Deficit * 18% Activities *
RMR = 1370

h82bfat on 07/26/2009:
Don't know what you're refering to exactly in "things other than pounds", but I know when I cut my "things" loose, even I could see the positive changes in myself - though my housecleaning skills are still questionable! :c) Whatever the case may be, I wish you well... it's amazing sometimes how those "things" can impact you. Wishing you success in ALL aspects of your day..............

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jul 21, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 169.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.1 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity lately:
Tues: Walk 49 min
Wed: Walk 15 min
Thur-Sat: Nothing
Sun: Housework; Walk 10 min
Mon: Walk 10 min

I'm up a half-pound for today's weigh-in. No measurements this week.

Not a terribly productive week exercise-wise. Just don't want to extend this for too long, but I do need the break. Wrote down my food for about 4 days, but decided not to take the time to log it in Fitday. I intend to start again with the writing in my notebook/Fitday logging tomorrow.

evaopala asked about my circuit. This is it in a nutshell:

Pushups (1 set each of military and sissy) :: Shoulder Press
Bent Over Row :: Biceps Curl
Calf Raise :: Deadlift
Bicycle Crunches--1st set (2 sets with leg lifts in between) :: Upright Row
Alternating Lunge :: Triceps Kickback
Oblique Ab Crunch :: Chair Dip
Squat :: Bicycle Crunches--2nd Set (same as previous)
Reverse Leg Lift :: Mountain Climber

For most exercises I use a set of adjustable dumbbells--13 pounds each at the moment. (Obviously I don't use the weights for the crunches, pushups, reverse leg lifts, mountain climbers or chair dips.) Reps vary for each and also depend on how I feel.

The thing that makes it "aerobic" is that in between exercises I get on either the NordicTrack or Airdyne for at least 3 min, then immediately go back to the weightlifting portion. The key is to not stop for too long in between. Lately I haven't been a real stickler to the spirit of the original (Burn Fat Faster Workout from a Prevention article), but it still does the trick:-)

I think I'll challenge myself to do the next one with that old spirit!

Plan for today: Walk

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1370

thinnside40 on 07/22/2009:
Hmmmmmmmm...I challenge you to not see 170.0..... I have challenged myself to not see another added pound myself.... Bassackwards isn't in my vocab anymore...It just can't be..... :-) Refusing to see age 42 come and remained in the 200's.

Have a grat remainder of the week!

RE: post-concussion ~ I in my heart feel I have the classic symptoms of post head trauma, no matter it being a minor or major injury... All I have read about feeling/symptoms is how I feel a lot of times.... I will make sure to keep a vigil journal when I am symptomaticking (not a word, but oh well)... ;-)

h82bfat on 07/22/2009:
Do you think you've started to gain muscle weight? I'm really worried about that myself. Right now I only do a few arm exercises with a 3 pound weight. I don't plan on increasing the weight - only the reps. I still remember my morning weigh-in's in bootcamp (25 years ago!) and I kept putting on more and more weight, when we finally got our civilian clothes back, I was shocked that they were actually loose..... just a thought.

I'm impressed with your workout - true dedication!

halley on 07/22/2009:
I also get to where I don't want to log my food. It's fairly easy when things are simple, but if I eat something that I make myself with several ingedrients, I just don't even try to log it.

Donkey on 07/23/2009:
OK -- I'll guess: ONE person was going to St. Ives. "As I was going to St. Ives..." Am I right?

evaopala on 07/25/2009:
Oh thank you thank you for sharing your strength circuit with us. You gave me some ideas! :)

nenak on 07/25/2009:
like the workout!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 169.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=29.0 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Sun: Walk 50 min
Mon: Walk 47 min

I'm up 1.5 pounds on today's weigh-in. Sh*tfire!

I don't want to do it, but I am committing to counting calories, etc starting today. (Oh the cobwebs!) If I can manage one day, I know I'll be okay.

I didn't get in my wt trng that I was supposed to have done way back last week. I am determined to get it done today. I need to build momentum--this haphazard BS just doesn't work for me. To be fair I have let the incredible heat we've been experiencing get the better of me some days (yesterday). Plus I was sleep deprived. I was barely functioning by the time I fell into bed.

Here's to one day of meeting my small goals! Just for today:-)

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1366

hollybelle on 07/14/2009:
I had to laugh at your momentum comment - I used the same word in my entry today - how true how true!!

halley on 07/14/2009:
Small goals are a great idea. You and I both know that the time is going to go by whether or not we lose weight. A year from today will be here and we have to look at ourselves and ask if we are happy or not. You don't have that much to lose. You can get to where you want to go. Small steps and small goals are the right way to go.

h82bfat on 07/15/2009:
Getting into a routine always seems to be the hardest part - whether it be exercise or just simply eating breakfast. I feel your frustration! Remember to take the time to look back at the progress you've already made - that's always a great motivator AND proof that you can do anything if you set your mind to it!!

evaopala on 07/15/2009:
What kind of exercises do you do in your circuit? Im always seeming to skip my strength training because I don't know where to start haha!

hollybelle on 07/16/2009:
Well.....did you get though the one day of counting the calories? You are so right - at least I feel the same way - get that one day done and get on a roll. You can do it. I have been using livestrong.com to track calories and exercise and I like it because it's easy. Good luck buscotti-girl!

thinnside40 on 07/16/2009:
Oh!!!!!!!!!!! Biscotti....Biscotti....Biscotti.... I feel your frustration, believe me my friend..Just have to keep trying til we get it down (((again)))....

At first I could of swore my g'ma could of wrote your beginning with the "sh*tfire"...LOL... She is a 90 year old firecracker! One of my best friends....

Hope the remainder of this week brings the success you set out to accomplish..It is empowering once we get back in the groove.....


Donkey on 07/17/2009:
I wanted to thank you for your suggestion about EA. I will look into that. Seriously. Because I am at the point of where I'm thinking I need a little help, either with OA or "Celebrate Recovery" (a Christian based OA) or something. So the more suggestions I have now will help me make a better decision.

Hang in there, Biscotti! I don't know why this summer has been so low on the motivation for a lot of us. But I do know that we have to keep trying. (Right there with you!)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/20/2009:
lol to sh+tfire! never heard that word but i love it. i may have to incorporate it into my daily vocabulary. lol.

greengirl on 07/20/2009:
Hi Biscotti, hope you are good. I too like the sound of sh+tfire. I would love to see the faces in the library where I work if I incorporated it into my daily vocabulary LOL :)

biscottibody59 - Sunday Jul 12, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Thur: Walk 56 min
Fri: Walk 51 min
Sat: Walk 40 min

Okay. A regrouping day today I hope. I had planned to get in the wt trng yesterday--didn't get it done--should have no problem today.

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1361

nenak on 07/12/2009:
hope you have a good day!

h82bfat on 07/12/2009:
You are so focussed and inpsiring - I don't see you having a problem either! Right back at you - Eat! Exercise! Foucus! and most of all ENJOY!

Halley on 07/13/2009:
Looks like a good plan. Have fun.

biscottibody59 - Thursday Jul 09, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Walk 54 min; Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (13 min/1.1 mi)

Didn't get in the bike ride, but I did bundle up a bunch of tree limbs. I also started restacking some fire wood. It's hot, which I'm used to. It's just unusually humid the last few days as well.

I looked back on how I was doing when I had a long streak of consistent wt trng (early 2008). I can envision getting to that point again NOW! I can taste how I'll feel with at least 10# of flab gone. I guess I have to figure out how to cherish that feeling and push on through to the next 10# this time. I obviously am back with an ever aging body that seems to want to keep each and every ounce it has. I have news for this body--NOT THIS TIME!!!

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, NTrack

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1361

maria7 on 07/09/2009:
You CAN do it!

CritterMom on 07/09/2009:
Have you tried a low-glycemic diet? The protein supports lean muscle, while the lower glycemic index helps melt away the body fat. Your body uses its stored fat, because you're no longer introducing excesses in sugars. Might be worth a shot.

h82bfat on 07/10/2009:
I used to think age was just an excuse "old people" used for being over weight! Now I'm "old" and it IS harder to loose! Only 5 years ago I quickly dropped some serious poundage (I didn't weigh myself before or after - just knew the sizes I blew thru) when I went to the gym with a friend just for something to do - I didn't change my diet or alter anything in my lifestyle - just threw in a little exercise & the weight seemed to just melt off. NOW its a whole new ball game - but I'm not ready to sit on the bench just yet and neither are you!!!! :c)

midwest50 on 07/10/2009:
Although I too will be 50 next year I do not look at age...its just a number. You inspire me!

Donkey on 07/10/2009:
I agree -- you inspire me too!

CritterMom on 07/10/2009:
On the potato issue and low glycemic...If you love potatoes, eat the Yukon Gold instead of white. Those are lower glycemic...hooray! (I love potatoes, too).

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Jul 08, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity:
Walk 52 min; NordicTrack 22 min/2.2 mi Bike Ride 22 min/3.1 mi

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, Circuit Workout

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1361

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Jul 07, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Walk 61 min

I only got in the walk for yesterday.

I'm the same for my weigh-in today. As for measurements, I got back the half-inch overall. That's kinda how it goes--I'll not let it get to me if I continue to stay the course. And today I'll commit to writing my food down in my little notebook.

I'm doing well with cutting out caffeine by afternoon--for several weeks now as a matter of fact. My sleep is vastly improved. I will count calories again soon!

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, NTrack

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1361

Progress as of today: 21.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

thinnside40 on 07/08/2009:
I have cut way back on coffee drinking lately myself..It is hard, but doable...Ugh!!!!!!!!! Gone to drinking Decaf at times....

Looks like you have your plan set in place for the most part....Achievements in any amount are wonderful to fuel the desire to do better.....

Great week to you!!!!!!!!

evaopala on 07/08/2009:
Thank you, I hope you have a good week too! Barley is great in soups, but really boring on its own, kinda like brown rice hehe. I think you can grind it up and make barley flour out of it too. Kinda handy. :) Keep up the great work!

biscottibody59 - Monday Jul 06, 2009
(Challenges::Water::Logging Food::Fitday)
Weight: 167.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150 (Nov 2006)
Current BMI=28.7 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity lately:
Mon: Walk 51 min; Bike Ride 18 min/2.7 mi
Tues: Nothing
Wed: Walk 30 min
Thur: Walk 55 min; Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (12 min/1.1 mi)
Fri: Walk 62 min
Sat: Walk 48 min
Sun: Circ Aer Wkt using NordicTrack (12 min/1.1 mi)

Weight for Tuesday was the same. So for this past Saturday's weigh-in I was down a half-pound. On my measurements on Tuesday I was down a half-inch overall. The one that surprised me was my abdomen, which was down a half-inch from the week before!

So it looks like I'll continue the Tues/Sat weigh-ins and measurements on Tuesdays as well. Also I really am glad I stumbled upon the mountain climbers--I did 15, though I broke it up in two parts.

Plan for today: Walk, Bike Ride, NTrack

Eat! Exercise! Focus! Enjoy!

RMR = 1361

nenak on 07/06/2009:
sounds good to me!

grumpy on 07/06/2009:
Sounds great! The inches loss are better than the pounds losses! Congrats!

h82bfat on 07/07/2009:
Congrats on those inches! I know once I reach a certain point, I won't worry about the pounds so much as the fit of the clothes!!!! :c)

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