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legcramps - Monday Apr 07, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Great weekend

1. Yoga - Third attempt; kept it simple and this time no bruising or knee pain.

2. Foam rolling, heel lifts, stretching, more foam rolling, more heel lifts, etc. Feels like this is all i'm doing these days. Right now I suck at foam rolling, but i'm stubborn so I keep doing it.

3. Fundraiser BBQ!

4. Supper out with my bestie and my godson!

5. Cycling - Ahhhh! This was AWESOME! Extra exclamation point! 15 minutes and about 5k (or 3 miles). I was huffing and puffing and it felt SO GREAT.

6. Shopping! I bought some socks and an allan wrench for my bike 


Today I think will be a treadmill day. I may try to increase my pace. Or, if my achilles is bothering me, I may just hold back and take it easy. And do more foam rolling.


legcramps - Friday Apr 04, 2014

Weight: 0.0


legcramps - Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I am back from my week of holidays from work, and I had such a relaxing and good time away! I was sad to come back to work, but i'm making it through ;)

Quick summary of how i've been doing:

1. I am up to walking for 35 minutes on the treadmill, which is an AWESOME accomplishment so far. This is a good length of time walking, so after a week or so of this i'll try increasing my pace instead of increasing length of time.

2. Shin pain only once in the last two weeks. Another AWESOME accomplishment. I am thinking about making extra massage appointments outside of therapy for myofascial release.

3. I started yoga classes; i've gone to two so far and am debating backing out of this class. The last time I went, I came home with bruises all over my knee (??), my INJURED knee, which the physiotherapist did not think was cool. Not awesome. I guess you shouldn't be twisting and pulling on a torn MCL, huh? I also managed to strain the achilles tendon on my right leg. Gawd, I am SO AMAZING.

4. I bought myself a bike last week and will hopefully begin cycling as soon as the weather warms up a bit more. Starting with maybe 15 minutes. We'll see how that goes and hopefully work up from there. I would really like to bike back and forth to work in the summer.

5. I've lost pounds since mid-February. AWESOME. My eating is finally curbed, and i'm keeping a journal of foods eaten each day, which helps me tremendously to figure out if i'm really hungry or if i'm just bored / emotional / thirsty etc. I don't gauge progress by the scale, but I know i'm doing well because my pants are fitting better and I just have a general feeling of wellbeing.

thenewMLE on 04/02/2014:
What a fun positive entry!!! I'm so glad you are doing well! Just stopped by to say Hey! I hope you enjoy your bike riding. I still do. The wedding is over and we are still riding!


liza36 on 04/03/2014:
You are doing so great! Keep it up!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Well, I am ready to call it a day. Fortunately, there is only ten minutes left in the workday =0)

Wednesday: dinner was soup and a sandwich, and a cookie at work, and I had a mocha at the hockey game.

Physiotherapy went well - recumbant bike for 17 minutes, then myofascial release and a few more things to add to the routine i'm working on with the treadmill and stretching, etc. Myofascial release was a lot less painful and therapist remarked that it felt a lot looser to her (which is a good thing). I am interested to see if I will encounter shin pain tonight with the treadmill. Knees still hurt, so lots of work still to do there. We briefly talked about transitioning into jumping and running, and I simply cannot wait for that =0) but I must have patience and do it the right way this time. Therapist is completely confident that I will get there with time!!! This was amazing news to hear.

Local team won their hockey game and now we're on to the next round of playoffs.

I plan to get the treadmill out of the way and then lay on my butt for the rest of the night and catch up on TV.


Breakfast - mocha x 2 (homemade so less cals); black coffee, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - 2/3 container layered salad, creamy dressing

Dinner - chicken, rice, vegetables, maybe some toast with this as very small portions leftover

Snacks - raw veggies, might try out my new cast iron skillet and make a cazookie with some vanilla froyo on top.

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretch and kneel

liza36 on 03/21/2014:
Good news that with time you'll get where you want to be with your knees and shins. Patience is hard...but hang in there!


Umpqua on 03/21/2014:
Great news on your physiotherapy session. I'm not sure what a cazookie is (like a crepe maybe?) but it sounds fantastic haha. I hope you enjoy your time off work!



legcramps - Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Things got a little crazy at work and now it's already lunchtime! I'll take a quick afternoon too, please :0)

Yesterday was busy. I had a doctor's appointment after work to get my shot (feeling way better today, thanks), then went to Grandma's for a quick visit. When I got home, I inhaled some chicken, rice and veggies, did my stretching and treadmilled for 25 minutes (no issues again). Then I had to quickly change and pick up a friend to go to the hockey game. We won! One more game and we're onto the next round :0)

After the hockey game, I went home and practised putting a tennis ball. It was actually fun, and I had no issues with my knee. I passed out around 11:30 and woke up this morning wanting to continue sleeping for another hour or so. I snacked on some triscuit crackers last night because I still felt hungry, likely from inhaling my dinner instead of enjoying it slowly.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies; layered salad (1/3 container) with creamy dressing

Dinner - will be at a meeting; probably soup and a sandwich

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers, maybe one of the cookies from St. Patricks Day sitting on the counter at work

Physiotherapy appointment after work - my workout for today will likely come from here

Work meeting after physiotherapy appointment

Hockey game after work meeting

Yikes. Home around 10:00 and probably pass out right away! Busy day!


legcramps - Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Weight: 0.0

One day down, three to go!

I went out for fast food yesterday instead of having my usual dinner. Thankfully, I didn't do any late-night snacking so I still came in at around the same calorie count for the day. I was just in one of those moods, man. Pouting big time because I am sick!

I took a nap after eating dinner, and was woken by a text from a friend to get us tickets for the hockey games tonight and tomorrow night. I hurried to get to the rink, and then had to stand in line for an hour and a half before I was able to get tickets! I almost turned around and went home when I saw the line - seriously, I was feeling rotten and had backed out on plans to visit a friend, and now I had to stand in an upright position for possibly hours at a time? But I persevered and made it through when a friend showed up and kept me company.

After all that, I went home and wanted to just collapse and fall asleep again, but I got on the treadmill instead and did my 25 minutes without any issues. Stretching - check. Kneeling - check, no issues. Throwing - check, no issues. It was a good day on the workout front, but I woke up with sore knees this morning.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - same as lunch, or else I will be at Grandma's so whatever she makes

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretching, kneeling, practise putting maybe

Doc appt, visit Grandma


legcramps - Monday Mar 17, 2014

Weight: 0.0

The weekend went by far too quickly, but the positive is that I have only four days of work and then i'm off for a little more than a week! Ahh, that will feel so good :O)

Friday - 20 minutes walking with no issues; stretching and kneeling. I felt some pain after kneeling for almost a full minute. Had frozen yogurt again, plus toast and peanut butter.

Saturday - 20 minutes walking with shin pain afterwards; stretching; practised throwing for a few minutes. I went to Grandma's and we got started on her taxes, and then I helped a friend set up for her baby's baptism. Once again, it was frozen yogurt and toast with peanut butter as my added 'shouldn't have had' snacks.

Sunday - I moved up to 25 minutes of walking and had slight shin pain after 20 minutes and did not stop. Geez. Stretched, did a full minute of kneeling with no issues. Went to the baptism for my Godchild, lunch afterwards, drank lots of coffee! After that, Mom and I went to the city where i found a new bag for work and we watched my 8 year old cousin play some hockey. His team won the tournament and he won a $10 iTunes card for getting the first goal :0) He was a real cutie and was pretty proud of himself :0) Good eats today, other than all the coffee.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - chicken teriyaki bowl, which is my usual rice, chicken, veggies :0)

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretching, either throwing or putting

I still feel crappy from TOM, still! Thank goodness my shot is happening tomorrow (depo).

grannyannie on 03/17/2014:
Hope the knee and shin pain diminishes soon. Keep it up!


horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
LOL on the weekend, i was craving a second couple cups of coffee from dunkin donuts! lol, coffee is the best, isn't it!? but really, what i love, is iced coffee. i actually only drink the hot stuff at work lol.

sounds like your shin pain is doing better. as i sit here at work this morning, my left leg (the worse leg) is burning with a dull ache all morning just about. :( i think TOM is making everything a little bit worse, but i am eager to get this month done & be back at the doctor for a follow-up.

thanks for reading my Friday entry :) i am a good girl, but definitely break all rules time to time! haha :) how else should a single, who likes to be single, 31 year old behave!?


Umpqua on 03/18/2014:
Sounds like a nice weekend, and I'm sure you can't wait for your vacation. Are you going away or just staying at home to relax? Hope you have a good week!



legcramps - Friday Mar 14, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Another pretty normal and frustrating day yesterday; treadmilled for 20 minutes and had shin pain in my right leg after just 12 of those minutes

Did some stretching, then threw the tennis ball for about 10 minutes. I must admit that I vented some frustration while throwing the ball and probably threw too hard. In retrospect I should have been concerned that I might smash a hole in the wall.  Maybe I should start throwing in the garage?

I must learn to stop walking when I feel pain - it's that darn Type A - OCD kicking in, telling me I have to finish out my minutes. Must practice stopping.

Finished out the evening with knee pain as well, so obvs things could be going a lot better, but i'm still optimistic. Talked to the physiotherapist yesterday and she suggested a foam roller for some extra myofascial release in between therapy sessions. Since I already have a foam roller, I thought to give this a try and then my shin pain was too much to bear along with the roller. I'll give it a try some other time.

Added some froyo to my menu yesterday; it was certainly delicious but I don't think it alleviated my stomach woes. In fact, since i'm lactose-intolerant, it only added to them. Oh well, it's Friday!


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese, might have another coffee

Lunch - layered salad with creamy dressing (this salad from the cafeteria is delicious)

Dinner - might get take out today; this is to-be-decided

Snacks - crackers, mint tea that a co-worker bought for me (this stuff will make you dance, I swear)

Treadmill - how about I walk until I feel shin pain? Ok, deal.

Stretches, kneeling, maybe today i'll practice my putting

 

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2014:
yeah, I'm Type A also & I find it dreadfully difficult to stop all exercise or to just do a minimum. But honestly, we are both in the same boat & I know you probably feel the same way? - which is that you are not going to lice life by just sitting around & doing the minimum forever. I hope we can both get better. The shots - cortisone shots? But those are only temporary right?? I also replied to your question on my wall :-D that is easier :)



legcramps - Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Weight: 0.0

After a sleep-infused evening off on Tuesday, I was ready to go after work yesterday. I managed to get a few errands done, re-stock the fridge with healthy foods, AND get on the treadmill for 20 minutes and do my stretching routine.

I even practised kneeling for about 15 seconds again, this time there was some pain and pressure when I tried to lean back and put more weight on my knees.

I also threw a tennis ball at the wall for 10 minutes, practising proper body mechanics and feeling out my knee.

Ok, so BOTH knees were very sore after all this, but no shin pain. Maybe I did too much. The rest day made me feel antsy, like I needed to ramp it up to make up for taking a day off!

I did have another omelette for dinner, but also added a bag of cheesies to my daily intake, which likely didn't help me much in any regard. I can definitely say the cheesies were due to TOM; I made an appointment for a shot but I won't get it until next week. Until then, I will probably act like a total baby. Just saying.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - eggs on toast with peanut butter

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers, diet coke

Treadmill 20 minutes, Stretch, Practice Putting

grannyannie on 03/13/2014:
Take it easy and get your knees back slowly. Have a great day.


lolla on 03/13/2014:
Good job!


nosetwitch on 03/13/2014:
Great exercise!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/13/2014:
A myofascial release sounds similar to a fasciotomy which is what I think I need. I go back after 2 months of physical therapy for a follow up on April 14th. Yes I want physical therapy to work but I have completed one month and I am hardly better, getting pain always the day after physical therapy like it brings he shin pain on. I can't bear it much longer. :(

Thanks for all your kind words on all my entries. Lately I try not to type too much using my phone or computer at home bc my right wrist is now a problem. So I try to go on DD at work, but this week it's been busier so I couldn't. I really wanted to thank u for all the kinds words on my entries and that I am very sorry you have this pain too. Nobody deserves to suffer and legs are very important to be well. Wishing you a happy and fast Friday at work tomorrow. TGIF



legcramps - Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I have no idea why, but I was exhausted yesterday. And sometimes that means 'eat everything you can find in the house'.

I had a chicken salad sandwich and some macaroni salad for lunch yesterday, crackers in the afternoon, and then made a three-egg scramble when I got home and had that on toast with peanut butter.

That's all fine and good, but then I passed out on the couch and woke up three hours later!

Hunger kicked in as soon as I woke up, so I poured myself a bowl of cereal with almond milk and felt a little defeated afterwards.

I made an executive decision and took a rest day yesterday. Obviously something is taking a toll on me, so I need to just step back for a day and let it pass. I feel much better today and ready to get back on the treadmill.

It is finally warming up around here - we have had numbers like +2 and 0 celsius for the last few days. The snow is melting, and spring is right around the corner! I can't wait for the snow to be gone and to have some humidity in the air! Winter here is so dry!


Breakfast - coffee, hot chocolate powder x 2 

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - loved my omelette on toast yesterday, so I might have this again today

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes

grannyannie on 03/12/2014:
I tend to do lots of snacking when I'm tired. Hope you feel energized soon.


thinkpositive on 03/12/2014:
Taking a day off is needed sometimes.



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