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legcramps - Saturday Jun 28, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Well we decided to phone the owners of that acreage I mentioned, and went out there to look at it this afternoon. It's really a beautiful area and I can now see why they're asking the price I initially thought was outrageous. We are going to talk to the bank hopefully this week and see what we can get for a mortgage, if it's even possible for us right now. If we can pull something off (nothing short of a miracle), we'll put in an offer before our trip to see my brother, and see what they counter-offer us.

My holidays are almost up, one more day then back to the grind. Thankfully, Tuesday is Canada Day so I will be off work, then i'll need some time off for our bank appointment, and THEN I need friday off. And the following monday. I'll be working three days this week, possibly two and a half depending on how long the bank keeps us there. I feel a little bad about that, but I have to get over it. Life is not all about working.

Jen40 on 06/28/2008:
Good luck with the bank!!!! I hope it all goes well.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2008:
i totally agree with your outlook on life. some people enjoy the thrill of working, working. not me. that's why i left my old career in search of a new one that will allow me to have a nice amount of valuable free time. we only have one life so we should do with it how we please.


WI3 on 06/29/2008:
Enjoy the remainder of your holiday and good luck with the bank!


thinnsidenotout on 06/29/2008:
Best of luck to you in the new venture of property search....

Have a great week ahead... We will have next Friday as "Independance Day (4th of July)"



legcramps - Thursday Jun 26, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I just took my car into the dealership to get fixed. The "Check Engine Light" came on yesterday and it's been on ever since. I really do hope that it isn't major, because we are conserving every ounce of extra money we can to go and see my brother in July for his birthday. I would be crushed if we had to cancel on them in order to pay for the repairs. Holy tangent. Anyways, I walked home from the dealership, about a half an hour's walk. It's really hot out today!

My boyfriend and I looked at an acreage yesterday, one that I found online near our city. They are asking an outrageous price, but we are going through an economic boom at the moment and everything is being bought up - people are making mucho money over here! We haven't any money to invest in constructing homes or 'flipping' old ones, but if we did that's exactly what i'd be doing. Anyways, it's a nice enough acreage, bungalow house that probably needs some repair, deck, hot tub, double garage, shop and quonset. The yard is well maintained, too, with flowers, shrubs, a hydrant in the middle for easy watering (!!), a well and a nice entry lane. It is perfect for what we are looking for, just way too pricey. It's a shame, because then my boyfriend's younger brother could buy our house for himself and get started in life - right now he is still living with mom and dad and I don't think he's too happy about it!

I plan to finish laundry today, right now i'm working on the bedroom linens and after that I think i'm going to call it quits for a bit. I can't believe I had this much to do! We really need to go through our clothes and ship some off to the store in town that's like an army and navy but is called something that I can't remember right now so am not going to even try to think of. Sorry if that sentence was too long for everyone...

I need to take the dogs for a walk also. We managed to make an appearance at the slo-pitch BBQ last night in leiu of walking the dogs because I promised my boyfriend I would walk them today. So I must do that.

Have a good day everyone!

thinnsidenotout on 06/26/2008:
Have a spectacular Thursday!


WI3 on 06/26/2008:
Good luck with the car, I Hope it is just a regular maintenance light! Have fun walking the dogs and getting everything organized!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2008:
hopefully you'll find a house real soon that fits you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2008:
FAR less calories in an iced coffee...just add a few sugars or like i do, artificial sugars and you'll be good to go. skim milk and 4 equals, large iced coffee. good!



legcramps - Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I guilted myself into running on Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon, amidst rotting heat and mega mosquitoes and steam rising up from the roads. Serious!! Okay, maybe i'm exaggerating a little...

I walked the first 1k because I thought it would be beneficial in warming me up and providing me with the sustainability to manage 5k that day. After the 1k "warm-up", I was sweating profusely and swearing at just about anything that crossed my path. Thankfully, there were no passerby, only the blowing grass and a scurrying gopher here and there. So they got an earful. At 2k, I stopped for a break because I was overheating and it just was too hot for me. I contemplated turning around and walking home, making it a total of 4k instead of the prearranged 5k. Instead I crawled on, unable to see myself living with the failure of not even making it 5 kilometers. On I ran, diligently, shuffling through whatever mental anguish I could put myself through. At 3k I again stopped, this time I was certain there would be no more running for me. I admitted defeat and walked the rest of the 5k home (actually, it was closer to 6k, but who's counting?!) and once I was home was quite proud of myself for actually sticking it out and working through my disappointment in myself.

I guess we have good days and bad days.

Sunday I went shopping and got locked out of the house. Don't tell, but I know how to break into my house and had to do so on Sunday since my boyfriend was away playing fastball. Anyways, it left me with scrapes and bruises all along both my forearms, and a VERY tight and sore abdominal area for the next two days! When my boyfriend got home, we took the dogs for a walk.

Monday I was on holidays!!! I did lots of cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, etc. and I got my legs waxed FINALLY. I went to watch my boyfriend's fastball game, and when we got home we took the dogs for a walk.

Tuesday I was on holidays!!! I did lots of cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, etc. and that took me almost the ENTIRE day. My boyfriend and I went for supper when he got home, then we took the dogs for another walk. Our walks are approximately 4 to 5k long.

Wendesday I am on holidays!!! I am STILL doing laundry (this has got to be the 30th load), but managed to squeeze in a doctor's appointment this morning for an upper abdominal ultrasound. FINALLY. My boyfriend has a fastball game tonight that I will probably go and watch. My slo-pitch team is having a BBQ today, but I don't think i'll make it.

Thursday I am on holidays!!! I have to take my car in to get fixed (oh, I think it's going to cost me an arm and a leg... anyone want to donate to my cause? "Legcramps Needs to Get Around Town Using Things Besides her Feet, cause She is Lazy and Has Nothing Funny to Say") If it's nice I want to drive to the lake and sun-tan.

Friday I am on holidays!!! Nothing planned yet for friday... yippee, will it be an ACTUAL day off???! Can't wait!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2008:
HAHAHA! I felt a happy tickle (i know, strange way to describe the feeling!) as I read your first sentence. it's very encouraging!

sorry about your abdomen. at first, i was reading this entry WAY too quickly and I thought you were trying to say you were PREGNANT! lol. we definitely have our good days and bad. my dad yesterday with all my walking sounds a lot like this day you are describing! I would rather get waxed than shave any day! I'm a big fan of waxing and I told WI3 not too long ago that I am getting my underarms lasered! :) adios for now!


thinnsidenotout on 06/25/2008:
Busy Lady.... Congratulations on sticking it out and going the distance.... Feels so good when you walk into the house and know that YOU DID IT...Just gives you that much more umph....

Have a great evening!


Jen40 on 06/25/2008:
Great exercise!

I know how to break into my house too! ROFL


sweetpea1977 on 06/25/2008:
Glad you knew how to break into your house...though, Im very sorry got so beat up in the process!

Good job on getting that 5K done. I hope you rewarded yourself with lots of water...that heat can be dangerous!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your days off! Do something fun or relaxing, you deserve it!


mmuraro on 06/25/2008:
hahahahahahaha good job!



legcramps - Friday Jun 20, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Well, crappity crap crap crappay...

Of course, that means I did NOT run yesterday or today or at all since Tuesday. OOOOhhh, crappy crappy. I can sure piss myself off sometimes, you know? We did take the dogs for a walk though. I was all geared up ready to run, but we had just eaten hot dogs for supper and I could feel the mixture of whole wheat buns and hot dog meat choking my chest in an attempt to give me a bad case of heartburn. I just couldn't make myself run, no matter how much I tried. Plus, I was breathing heavily just from walking up a short incline. I was in no mood for running yesterday, lemme tell 'ya. I think i'm lucky I didn't physically hurt anyone yesterday because of my mood, to be completely honest with you. Yesterday, the word crappity crap crappay meant a few different things to me; it described my effort at running, my mood, the unfortunate series of events that happened upon a friend of mine... I think I summed it up when I said to her: "Just when you think you're rising up out of that big tub of sh!t, someone else sh!ts all over you again". Please 'scuse my french, but it is sometimes very true and although it's very unfortunate it's a part of life that we all have to endure at some point in time. Doesn't mean it ain't crappy.

I'm busy today shovelling all that crap back into the lagoon...

Beth201P on 06/20/2008:
Girlfriend I know what you mean. Hang in there. Hope you weekend is a lot better. ((hugs sent your way))


thinnsidenotout on 06/20/2008:
Happy Shoveling! ; - )

Days seem to accumulate when you just wish they would go smoothly for once... Hang in there!... Hope you are soon happy happity hap....


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2008:
i was reading this article in a fitness magazine today about this woman who walks at least 7 miles with her boyfriend every day! boy is she good! it motivated me....and now it's time....for a little copy and paste...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2008:
Don't give in to cravings! (Maybe now you should leave the same comment in my journal, because I had a late night too and I tend to overeat when tired)... Have an awesome weekend! :):):)


Jen40 on 06/21/2008:
I LOVE when someone just tells it like it is! So with me there's no need to excuse the french (although it probably is a good idea for the sake of others!)You're expressing what I sometimes feel too, only I'm to uptight sometimes to just say it.

I hope things are better today!



legcramps - Thursday Jun 19, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I'm pretty sure that I died at some point during the two slo-pitch games I played yesterday. Somewhere in there, maybe after the first inning of the first game. It was so humid and hot! I love the warm weather, I would just have rather sat around watching ball instead of actually having to move. I outplayed myself though, hitting some pretty good line drives and... well... that's about all I did. But that's okay, I managed to race around the field a few times and drink what felt like about 6 gallons of water. I was in and out of the bathroom all night :)

My boyfriend and I even took the dogs for a walk after we got home, he from his fastball game and I from my slo-pitch games. The dogs were happy. I was not. Halfway from home I decided I HAD to go to the bathroom again. I somehow managed to make it home, but it made for a VERY uncomfortable walk!

I am supposed to run again today. I hope I manage to get out there. It's warm and windy, but i'll take that over a cold wind. Should be a nice day today. Then one more day (Friday) and i'm on holidays for a week. I. Can't. Wait.

thinnsidenotout on 06/19/2008:
Warm & windy is better than cold & rainy...Just hink of the + part of it....

Good Evening to you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/19/2008:
re: bathroom usage - I totally know that feeling. I drink WAY too much at all the wrong times! I'm constantly searching high and low for bathrooms. ever use a gas station loo? eww!


Jen40 on 06/19/2008:
I'm so embarrassed, sometimes on my walks with the neighborhood ladies I have to stop when we pass my house to run in to use the bathroom super quick! I think I have a bladder the size of a cashew. Hope the weather stays nice for ya!



legcramps - Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Sometimes life walks by you and just when you think they're long past they turn around and smack you in the face. And sometimes it's totally the opposite and you end up wondering why you weren't woken up by a good smack in the face because you're pretty sure you needed one. Yesterday, life smacked me in the face. But it's okay, because now i'm awake, see, and not floating through life half-asleep. Anyhoo.

After work yesterday I got home and figured it would be raining later on and that I wouldn't be able to run. It put me into a bit of a bad mood, and to make matters worse my boyfriend had *stuff* to do and didn't want to eat yet(he had just finished a piping hot bag of popcorn just before I got home). I found myself something to eat, then when he wanted to walk the dogs I bowed out, pleading exhaustion. Yes, I really thought I was exhausted. I was going through a certain amount of mental anguish in having made my decision to NOT run, and I didn't even feel like walking the dogs anymore. Nevermind the fact that it had still not yet started to rain as I had initially predicted.

In an attempt to soothe my battered mind, I took a relaxing bath and read Runner's World. Well, that just made me feel even worse about not doing anything, so soon after I picked up the magazine I quickly put it back down. I decided during that bathtime that I would wake up early the next morning and go for a run, to make up for my procrastination (or some other word that is much more cruel) of today.

When my boyfriend returned from walking the dogs, he advised me that he was going to visit a friend of his. My immediate reaction was anger due to the fact that he would now interrupt my slumber upon his return to the house. Then I thought: 'Self, why don't you use this anger as a driving force in getting you outside for that run you keep fretting about?'. And so I did. I had already taken a bath, but I changed into workout clothes, put my runners on, filled my water bottle and headed out the door. I was gone for an hour.

The start of my run went well - I had warmed up in a decent amount of time and was ready to start running. I had a quick stop halfway to the halfway point (lol) where I managed to swallow down a few drops of water - the rest of course running down my chin onto my shirt. I will never take a water bottle with me again. Once I was turned around and heading back the way I came, I went through a bitter mental argument. My body wanted to stop. My brain would not allow it. I would push through for a few meters and it would happen again. The fight between my body and brain continued during the middle stretch of my run, when finally I found myself near the end of the run and all the whining inside my head just suddenly stopped and I could run in silence. Granted, I had a few walk stops during this time, but was quite amazed at how I kept running after a quick walk break. I checked my time on the computer once I got home, and realized that during the time my body was fighting with my mind, I was running my fastest pace of the entire run - at just under 6 minutes per kilometer.

Today is slo-pitch and it's hot and humid out there. We have two games tonight, so i'm sure i'll be falling into bed afterwards...

WI3 on 06/18/2008:
Have a great evening!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2008:
my dad used to read runner's world and i'd always take the copy first when i saw it in the mail. it's a great magazine.

i know what you mean when you describe that "exhausted" feeling. i think i may put my body through too much stress because i almost always come home from work exhausted and i need to rest before going out to exercise.


thinnsidenotout on 06/18/2008:
You know I had that self-argument a couple months ago when I was on one of my first 6 mile walks..Ended with being a pleasant suprise of just sheer happiness that I was able to even walk and realized that I was defeating myself 99.9% of the time by going back to "what ifs" and "what fors"..Making the decision to STICK WITH THIS for as long as it takes, then it will be maintenance.... Not sure which of the 2 will be the hardest...Dropping 82 pounds or maintaining that loss.... Shall see when I get there huh?

Kudos to you for MAKING yourself spend that energy on "you"....and not wasting it...



legcramps - Tuesday Jun 17, 2008

Weight: 153.0

It was so beautiful outside yesterday after work :) I went for a walk with a friend of mine right away and was able to enjoy the sun for a little while. It was wonderful! I hope it is that nice next week when I am on vacation. We didn't really walk with too much effort, just a nice relaxing saunter through the neighborhood so we could chat about just about everything and anything.

When I got back home, I jumped on the stationary bike to do my cross-training. I made it 10k in about 23 minutes, a nice easy pace. I was sweating a little bit when I was done, but not so much that you'd think i'd run a marathon or anything. I will eventually have to work up my cross training so that it is a workout, but for now I like to take things slow and easy!! It's all about the endurance!

When my boyfriend got home we ate quickly then took the dogs for a walk - another nice, relaxing walk. All in all it was a pretty relaxing day, although there was constant movement. I'm hoping for a little less constant movement today!!

The plan is to run today - 4k or 30 minutes, whichever comes first (I really hope it's the 4k)...

mmuraro on 06/17/2008:
wow, you exercised all day, that's great. doesnt matter if it was slow, you did so much. great job!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/17/2008:
i am taking things slow too! actually, i think i did too much last week and I am still recovering!


thinnsidenotout on 06/17/2008:
Sounds like relaxing fun fun fun.....Glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself...


rlovell on 06/18/2008:
it was gorgeous here as well: i felt like i could walk/run forever! it is such a gift when we have those days- thanks for your comments. i know i will feel "found" again. xoxo



legcramps - Monday Jun 16, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend. I think i'm almost glad it's over, but I sure would enjoy some time off!! Well, I just have to get through this week of work and then i'll have a week of vacation. Not planning on going anywhere, but the break from work will still be nice.

It was a very long day on Saturday - my boyfriend and I travelled for 5&1/2 hours today to attend a funeral. It meant we were up and out of the house by 6:30am. We got back home around 5pm, where I proceeded to zonk out on the couch for about half an hour. I then made myself get up, changed into my sweats, and went for a run. I was able to make it 4k in 31:33, so I think i'm getting a little quicker which is sort of exciting :). It started to rain on the way back and I got thoroughly soaked from head to foot. Took a quick shower then headed out to a friend's birthday party until about 11pm when my boyfriend and I decided we needed to go to sleep.

Woke up early again on Sunday because my boyfriend was in a fastball tournament. Most of the day was spent sitting around and watching fastball. I also had a two-hour nap in the afternoon!!! :):) Did some laundry and then went to bed - it was another long day spent outside and I was totally beat!

Today I am supposed to be doing some cross-training so I think I will work on the stationary bike and then go for a walk with a friend.

glycrina on 06/16/2008:
what is fastball?


thinnsidenotout on 06/16/2008:
Busy weekend for sure.....

Have a wonderful Monday & Successful Cross-Training


mmuraro on 06/16/2008:
wow, i cant believe you went for a run after that! you're a rockstar! :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/16/2008:
even after a long day you went for a run! go you! way to go on many great days lately! :)



legcramps - Friday Jun 13, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I would have run last night, but it rained.

Okay, the story doesn't quite go like that. It was drizzling when I got home for work and I wondered if it would be nice enough outside to go for a run when my boyfriend got home. We ate supper quickly, then suited up the dogs and headed out. It had stopped raining during this time, so I thought we would have no problems with our run. But, when we got onto our regular route though, I quickly changed my mind. Everyone and their dog was out on this road last night! There was NO WAY I was gonna run in FRONT of them! Are you kidding me?!! So then I wanted to head back home right away and go out to the spillway to run there instead, but the dogs were having a ball and it smelled so good with the newly fallen rain, and there were no bugs or wind....etc, etc. so we ended up staying put and enjoyed a nice relaxing walk with the dogs instead.

I was going to get up early this morning and go for a run, but that didn't happen either. I think I hit the snooze button about 45 times this morning and lay in bed wide awake instead.

My boyfriend has a fastball game tonight, so I will be going with a friend to watch him play - that probably means no run tonight either. I'm on a roll! Let the procrastinator in me rejoice as it is in the lead!

thinnsidenotout on 06/13/2008:
Boy, when you used the word "fester" to describe the hip pain...You were right on the money! Went ahead on a 4.5 mile walk this morning (Tayt in baby jogger) and did o.k....Maybe keeping limbered up will make it work out quicker....

Have a good time @ the ball game tonight...Ben has a baseball game. May walk a bit during his hour warm-up, but will SIT & RELAX the rest of the nigth after that....


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/14/2008:
what's wrong with a nice stroll every now and then! it's still exercise in my book. maybe my mind will change if i ever get to running. but for me, a nice walk is good exercise. i'm sure you had a good time with your husband.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/14/2008:
but you shouldn't care what people think of you running! most, and i'm being quite frank, would not even pay attention to you! :)


Beth201P on 06/14/2008:
I know what you mean. I love the smell of rain. Have a great weekend and just enjoy yourself. ((Hugs))



legcramps - Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Not much new to report - yesterday slo-pitch was cancelled because it was raining fairly hard, so my boyfriend and I spent the night indoors watching t.v. At one point I left the house in search of a running magazine but after scouring our small town I came home empty-handed. Well, actually I picked up In Touch instead and read all about the star-studded beach bodies of today. I just wanted something to read while I took a bath anyways, who cares what it is?!

Eating is good, i'm not keeping track (and I should be), but i'm concentrating on getting outside and running right now, so the diet comes in second place for now and probably until the race is over in August.

Things got a little tense for me this morning at the office - but then I remembered to try and let things go, and I feel much better now. It actually works. I hate to say it, but I think i'm finally realizing that everything comes with hard work and effort and FOCUS.

So go on and FOCUS out there - and be your best today!

glycrina on 06/12/2008:
I was catching up on your entries . . . I always try running because I think I should be able to run 3 miles without throwing up or passing out. Before I am thirty (which is about 2 years away), I want to be able to run three miles. That is my goal. any advice?


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/12/2008:
i really like your approach of the diet second, fitness first. I say this because there are times when i concentrate so much on dieting that it leaves me no energy left for fitness. It draws out my energy and i fail in terms of my fitness because i just can't pull it off! so as long as you try to keep it balanced you are doing it right.


thinnsidenotout on 06/12/2008:
Focusing is a hard thing to do. But the more we practice letting go and focusing, it becomes a really good habit....

Have a super evening!



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