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legcramps - Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I got my 20 minutes on the treadmill in yesterday, but after 15 minutes I had shin pain. I don't know why I kept going for another 5 minutes, I guess it was the Type A - OCD complex kicking in.

The shin pain made the stretching a lot more difficult. After stretching, I tried the kneeling exercise again, and this time was able to stay in that position (on hands and knees) for a longer length of time (around 15 seconds?). I even shifted my weight back and forth without difficulty. It's the small things!

I held my godson last night (he's only six weeks old, little gaffer!) and i'm pretty sure he looked straight at me while I was cooing away just inches from his face. He's all eyes, that one.

Dinner last night was spaghetti and chicken, with a tossed salad. She offered brownies for dessert but I managed to refuse without offending anyone. Also had another mocha, and two handfuls of peanuts. A little more snacking than usual, but there will be days like that.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel, cream cheese

Lunch - tbd (maybe a sandwich from the cafeteria?)

Dinner - chicken, rice, veggies

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes (or however long before shin pain occurs), stretches

Horn_of_plenty on 03/11/2014:
Good job saving yourself from the brownies...would be a waste anyways :). Wishing you happy thoughts. Your godson must be a real cutie pie.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/11/2014:
What causes your shin pain? Overuse?

legcramps on 03/12/2014:
I'm not sure - that might be how it started, but now it just happens almost all the time. I started out only walking a few minutes on the treadmill before getting shin pain.

My physiotherapist did myofascial release last time I was there - I think this might be something I will want to have done on a regular basis - maybe look into it and give it a try for yourself!



legcramps - Monday Mar 10, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I had a long weekend with having Friday off, and it was pretty wonderful :)

Friday - Treadmill 15 minutes, stretch, kneeling (could only do this for a few seconds), out for dinner, comedian. Fun night! Cereal and toast, raw veggies, chicken and salad, coffee, bbq rice crackers.

Saturday - Treadmill 15 minutes, stretch, kneeling (only a few seconds again), shopping! Cereal, uh-oh snickers bar, frozen yogurt with fruit and nuts, chicken and potatoes, bbq rice crackers, toffee, diet coke. This looks like it was a suger-high day!

Sunday - Treadmill 20 minutes with no problems! Stretched, did some housework, another shopping trip with friends. Cereal, mocha, bagel, sweet potato and chili with toast, diet coke. My knees were extremely sore in the evening - unsure if this would be due to the increase in treadmill minutes??


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - salad

Dinner - heading to a friend's for dinner; I think she's making chicken and pasta

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes, stretches, kneeling

grannyannie on 03/10/2014:
Have an amazing day!


Umpqua on 03/10/2014:
Excellent work with your stretching and exercise over the weekend!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I have some homework from the therapist: I need to incorporate stretching into my daily life (I already knew this, but it is hard to get it in when you are lazy like me). The therapist taught me a new stretch specifically for my shins, and I will be starting with this one everyday and hopefully adding more as I get into the routine of stretching.

Other homework: I am supposed to practice throwing a tennis ball using proper body mechanics, as well as putting a golf ball. This is supposed to get me ready for the spring/summer activities that I normally do. Eventually, we will work up to swinging a bat and driving a golf ball.

And even more homework: It seems like a tiny thing, but my therapist asked me to start kneeling on my hands and knees on my bed. I'm supposed to do this daily, and work up to kneeling only on my knees. I already know that this is going to be the biggest challenge for me.

12 minutes recumbant bike in place of my usual treadmilling.

Myofascial release done on my knee and left shins. This was pretty painful, but since then I haven't had any pain in my left knee or shins. Knock on wood!

I skipped my planned dinner and had cereal with almond milk instead, and then I had an evening snack of toast with peanut butter. All good.


Breakfast - mocha x 2, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, bread with butter

PM Snack - raw veggies, crackers

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked veggies

Treadmill - 15 minutes

grannyannie on 03/06/2014:
There are lot of good strengthening exercises for shins. I googled how to prevent shin splints and found them.


Umpqua on 03/07/2014:
Good job getting your homework done :) It sounds like this is a great way to very slowly ease back into your regular activities. I'm sure you're excited to start golfing again!



legcramps - Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Against my wishes, my alter-ego went ahead and purchased another box of oatmeal crisp cereal while I was getting groceries on Monday, so of course when I got home from work yesterday and was feeling munchy as I always am around that time, I just HAD TO have a bowl with almond milk. I struggled a bit with munching in the evening as well, but instead of eating more after dinner I had a diet coke and then just kept on drinking water. I drank a lot of water yesterday

Treadmilled for 15 minutes and this time no burning of the shins.

I have my second physiotherapy session today after work; I don't know if doing ultrasound on my knee worked or not, but I can say that in the last two weeks my knee has hurt less times than usual. So we'll see what she wants me to do for the next two weeks.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel, cream cheese

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, 2 slices bread with butter

PM Snack - crackers or raw veggies

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

I know it's only Wednesday, but I was ready for the week to be over around 9 this morning. I've taken Friday off, so only a day and a half left to work!

grannyannie on 03/05/2014:
Evening snacking is my downfall as well. Hope Friday comes quickly for you.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/05/2014:
Wishing you a quick last day of work for the week tomorrow :)



legcramps - Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I was hungry yesterday and no matter what I did in the evening I couldn't shake that feeling, so I ended up having a snack of toast and peanut butter. Not even going to worry about it - hunger is hunger!

Treadmilled 15 minutes; my shins were burning - iced and elevated afterwards.

Got a visit in with a friend and had a cup of hot chocolate while we chatted.


Breakfast - homemade mochas, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - 2 slices bread with butter, sweet potato and vegan chili

PM Snack - had a few bbq crispers and then switched to raw vegetables

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 15 minutes

Plan for tonight is to collapse on the couch after getting my workout in. Knackered and it's only Tuesday!

grannyannie on 03/04/2014:
Hope the rest of your week goes well.


OhioRaven on 03/05/2014:
Are you ready for the fast pitch season to start ?

legcramps on 03/05/2014:
Yeah, not really. I want it to be warm, but I don't know how much I want to play ball yet. It usually starts in the beginning of May, and it's still a little brisk around these parts in May :)



legcramps - Monday Mar 03, 2014

Weight: 0.0

It was quite a cold weekend, but it should warm up for this week and then maybe we'll start seeing our normal temps for March.

I felt munchy on Friday evening, and had leftovers from two meals. One before the hockey game and one after! Still, the portions weren't huge so i'm okay with it. Treadmilled for 10 minutes.

Saturday was tough; it was too cold to go out and do anything so I had to confine myself to the indoors without spending too much time in the kitchen. I did some housework to keep me busy, and treamilled for 10 minutes again. Foods were coffee and oatmeal for breakfast; chicken, rice and cooked vegetables for lunch; same for dinner and snacks of canned turkey with crackers, and some toffee candy Mom gave me that I should NOT have accepted. Wow, talk about a suger high within seconds of swallowing!

Sunday I treadmilled and moved up to 15 minutes; my shins were burning after this session. Went out for dinner with friends and was awarded the honour of being a Godparent. I am very happy about this; have always wanted to have a little person to pay it forward to :) Foods were the rest of the canned turkey with crackers, beef vegetable soup for lunch and ceasar salad, cooked vegetables and chicken strips for dinner. I also had two cups of coffee and some raw vegetables as a snack.


Breakfast - two mochas (homemade ones, so less cals), 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - leftover chicken strips and stuffed potato

PM Snack - raw vegetables or crackers (hopefully not both!)

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 15 minutes

I need to make a grocery run and hit up the bank after work today; not much else planned!

hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
Good move getting into the housework instead of the kitchen! When I do that - I get rolling through chores and almost forget to eat....hmmmmmmmm......I need to do that more OFTEN! Strategies!



legcramps - Friday Feb 28, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Good day yesterday, although the event I went to last night almost put me to sleep. Jazz music and a voice like Tony Bennett's will do that to me.

I chose to have an individual pizza for lunch yesterday instead of salad - feta cheese and chicken. It was delicious, and I saved half for dinner. Drinks out with coworkers consisted of my ONE drink - a vodka paralyzer. I think I did really well considering all the opportunities to screw it up!

Even did my 10 minutes on the treadmill.


Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with plain cream cheese

AM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery, potato thins (90 cals)

Dinner - leftovers

Treadmill - 10 minutes

Event - last hockey game of the regular season; playoffs will begin in a week or so!


brrr COLD WEATHER - we could reach lows of -60 celsius today, overnight, and tomorrow. Yikes! In -40 celsius, you could freeze within 10 minutes. I think i'll stay inside as much as possible this weekend.

Umpqua on 02/28/2014:
WOW, I will stop complaining about our single digit temps here. That's insane, I wouldn't be going outside either!


biscottibody59 on 02/28/2014:
If I could I'd send you a bit of our weather--it's about 80F right now and will be the same tomorrow. Sunday it changes, but nothing like what you've got.

Hang in there!


allieoop on 02/28/2014:
Definitely stay in and stay warm!!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2014:
You are doing great cramps :). Good to hear that u make good decisions that keep u focused and on track while enjoying good times with friends. Reading that motivates all of us on DD to do the same...especially me ;)


hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
I feel like a cold sissy when I read those temps! Hang in there - and I must say - vodka paralyzer....what??? LOL!



legcramps - Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was a pretty great day, what with the whole "I can breathe through both nostrils!" discovery.

Did my 10 minutes on the treadmill with no issues!

Dinner changed because I decided to go out with friends; I had 1/2 burger and 1/2 serving fries, along with a vodka paralyzer. I saved the other part of the meal for lunch at some point this week or weekend. No evening snacking!

Not a great sleep because I think these sinus pills i'm taking are pumped up with adrenaline or something. There was no lounging around on the couch for me yesterday. I was constantly doing something, and my mind was still racing when it was time for sleep.

Feeling darn good again this morning; it's amazing how you don't know you're sick until you're not.


Breakfast - mocha, bagel with plain cream cheese

Lunch - out with coworkers; will pick maybe a chicken ceasar salad

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Drinks after work with coworkers (one is taking a leave of absence for awhile) - ONE drink

Dinner - leftovers or chicken, rice and cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 10 minutes

Event - some guy is playing a guitar or something this evening; going with Mom. This activity should curb my late night eating tonight, which will make me 'evening snack free' two days in a row. Awesome!

liza36 on 02/27/2014:
Glad you are feeling good. Have fun at your event tonight.



legcramps - Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I came down with a head cold on Monday, and left work early to go home and rest. In fact, i've probably been suffering with a head cold for weeks now; this morning when I woke up and could breathe properly through both nostrils, I finally realized what i'd been missing out on for the last few weeks. It's a new day! I can breathe!

So Monday's dinner was cereal and almond milk, lots of orange juice, and then later I had some toast with peanut butter.

Tuesday was more cereal and almond milk for lunch, more orange juice, chicken and crackers as a snack, sweet potato and chili with toast for dinner, and toast with peanut butter again in the evening. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill once I was feeling better. My shins burned slightly, but I was too lazy to do anything about it.


Breakfast - mocha, bagel with plain cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 10 minutes

OhioRaven on 02/26/2014:
Good !


Umpqua on 02/27/2014:
Thanks for your supportive comment. I'm glad you are breathing again ;) I hope today is a good one for you!



legcramps - Monday Feb 24, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Weekends are just so darn fleeting...

Went to the hockey game Friday night and hopped on the treadmill for another 5 minutes. I don't remember what I added to my menu, but I know dinner wasn't the edamame, it was something else that I can't remember.

I did a bunch of housework on Saturday morning and then relaxed for the afternoon. Got in my 5 minute treadmill walk. Had eggs for breakfast, cereal for lunch, lots of tea, and shrimp fried rice for dinner. Then I got hungry and had more eggs and more cereal.

Sunday was spent on the couch mostly. I woke up with a good amount of pain in both knees, made it hard to get around. Even though I debated whether I should walk or not, I eventually got on the treadmill for 10 minutes. My knees actually felt better after this! Woo - a discovery! Eggs for breakfast again, leftover shrimp fried rice for lunch, cereal and toast for dinner.

My eating was pretty well all over the place, but for now i'm just being aware of what i'm putting in. Later i'll start really looking at it and deciding where I need to improve on my habits.

So i'm up to 10 minutes on the treadmill now. Cool, huh?


Breakfast - coffee, black x 2

AM Snack - bagel and cream cheese from cafeteria

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, tofu, quinoa, 1 slice harvest grain bread

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery, tea x 2

Dinner - going to friend's place for dinner so no clue what's cookin', might take some diet coke with me instead of having coffee late at night

Water throughout day

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
Hope your knees feel better! Keep up the treadmill. :)


Umpqua on 02/24/2014:
Good work building up your endurance on the treadmill and it sounds like a nice weekend overall. I hope your knees are feeling better!



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