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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!



legcramps - Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I managed to make it outside yesterday to run. Of my 4k in 30 minutes goal, I made the last half - the 30 minutes. I actually made it 3.5k in 30 minutes, and that was along with a whole lot of heavy wheezing and limping from severe calf pain. Fortunately, the calf pain went away during my run, but the wheezing did not. Oh, right, i'm out of shape. I forgot...

My boyfriend tried to pace me after the turnaround point of the run, and while I managed to match him stride for stride, it only lasted about 60 seconds. And, he bounces a LOT more than I do, so his strides are slower yet he moves further with each stride. I don't know, I guess I can't explain it because what I just said doesn't really sound right, but whatever. Anyways, I have this really funky-cool stopwatch that shows me what my pace is at all times. I couldn't check it while I was matching strides because I was using every ounce of energy I had just to put one foot in front of the other, but I checked it out on the computer once I got home. We were running at a pace of 4:41 minutes per kilometer. I'm sort of glad that I only made it for 60 seconds, because if I would have kept going at that pace, I would surely have ended up in the hospital...

Slo-pitch tonight, if weather permits.

Someday, if weather and the confines of my body permits, i'm going to just run and run and run. For like, 32 minutes or something CcRrAaZzYy like that.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/11/2008:
I have always wished to be a runner. I am still working on getting my left ankle in better shape, stronger. I am also working on my endurance in general. I wonder if I'll ever get out of walking. I like it, but I wonder if it will ever feel easy. I am not ready to run/walk just yet. I could, but don't want to deal with the ankle pain.

Glad you had quite an eventful evening running!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/11/2008:
and i love how tasty those instant rices are. cause if you look at the nutrition/ingredients, there is something added. They are delectible! :)


thinnsidenotout on 06/11/2008:
Re: Ben's band ~ Well, to tell you the truth he is pretty well rounded and plays anything from bluegrass to 70-80's rock..... Their band is suppose to be a "Christian" band, but to tell you the truth, we never have heard them...there are 3 boys who don't go to our church and the only one we really know is Mickey's boy...Ben's favorite bands are "Boston", "Journey", "38 Special" but then he also does like Michael W. Smith, Mark Schulz & Kenny Loggins....He got into his dad's old CDs one day and never has been the same since... Very difficult to keep the line of what we would like for him to play (especially in church) and understanding the lyrics to what he likes to listen to....Some of those old songs are pretty mature for a 14 year old (well, ours at least) and he does not understand the gist most of the time... Has caught himself in a few ackward moments when we explain... I think his dad is going to stick around a bit this evening and finally listen to their music to know if we are doing the right thing and letting him associate with the 17-18 year old's in the band..He has taught himself everything he knows. Learning chords & also plays anything he hears by ear... He plays the bass for church, then has a Yamaha Electric, Fender Electric & an Ovation Acoustic... He gets to play his PaPa's Steel Dobro when we go over to their house....It is an amazing guitar! They play songs together all the time.....

To run a solid 32 minutes sounds so invigorating!... I walk pretty fast sometimes and will occasionally jog just a bit (if nobody is around and it is almost dark)... Good luck @ yer slo-pitch...The wind is so bad here right now, but hopefully it will calm down for a couple hours...


mmuraro on 06/11/2008:
3.5 in 30 is fine, The amount of time you run for is more important than the speed. Congrats!!!


Beth201P on 06/12/2008:
You are doing good. Keep it up!!



legcramps - Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I have been aching to get back to running and yet the procrastinator in me has decided that now is just not the time. Why? No reason, really. I took back my stationary bike on the weekend from my Dad because he doesn't have space for it anymore, so last night I set it up in the living room and jumped on for a quick 5k. At least I did something, right?!! And it wasn't all that incredibly quick, since I haven't been on a bike for a long time and it worked some muscles that still hurt today. Anyways, I needed to incorporate some cross-training into my schedule, so here it is! Today it is MANDATORY that I get outside and run (jog :p) so I plan on grabbing an energy bar after work and just doing it. That's right NIKE, Just Do It...

I will plan on 4k in under 30 minutes. That really isn't all that great, but whatever. I need to start somewhere. My stopwatch misses me and so do my runners. And my lungs? Well, they weren't liking the running thing all that much in the first place, so they'll just have to learn to suck it up. Literally.

Run, fatgirl, Run!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2008:
hehe, i just read your entry below all about Chewy! gosh he isn't behaving well at all :( sorry he eat your food.

but, congrats on a fun 5k. that's all that matters in the end - you've got to have fun or what's the point!? have a good evening!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2008:
bikes are great. I used to think they weren't such great exercise but they can be just as challenging as running depending on how much resistance and the level of training you are doing. I think I will bike today...I miss it so much! I walk much more than i bike.


thinnsidenotout on 06/10/2008:
Oh you!...fatgirl...NOT!..You may feel it, but coming from a truly "obese", by Dr. definition woman...You are a far cry I am sure... My calves hurt me so stinkin' bad a couple days ago, after I had not walked for a couple days...I went back the next day though and will hit the Gazelle sometime this evening..I am sure my glutious MAXIMUS (yes, it is to the max) will be suffering a lot in the morning...

Have a wonderful evening!... DO IT!



legcramps - Monday Jun 09, 2008

Weight: 153.0

The 5k walk was a lot of fun, even though the weather did not really cooperate with us. However, it WAS a nice cool day for the dogs which meant they did not overheat. We may have to work on Chewy's social skills a little more. He needs to learn that he doesn't have to go up and sniff EVERY dog that passes him, and he doesn't have to bark at them when he can't reach them!!! Quite a few times people passing us were looking just a little apprehensive when Chewy would bark and growl at their dogs. It's a constant learning process...

We all went for brunch after the walk, which ended around 11:30am for us. We could have stayed at the park and had hot dogs, but we were all craving breakfast, so hit up a buffet in the city. I ate way too much! We drove home, then had take-out for supper, followed by ice cream for dessert! I think I overdid it, just a tiny bit!!! I feel really bloated today - I need to remember this feeling so that it will stop me from bingeing like that again.

Chewy was angry with me on Friday because I took our other dog to get a haircut and didn't bring him with us. So, to get back at me he decided to eat a whole bag of whole wheat bagels I had sitting on the kitchen counter. I think that i'm angry with him because he ate a whole bunch of food that I could have eaten... in probably the same amount of time as he...

maria777 on 06/09/2008:
Congratulations on the 5K!!!! That is fantastic that you did that and it sounds like you had a lot of fun!!! I guess since Chewy didn't get to go with you on Friday Chewy decided to have some snacks!


thinnsidenotout on 06/09/2008:
Too funny~ The bagels!

Sounds like you are getting in the wonderful exercise and happy for you!


Beth201P on 06/09/2008:
Congrats on getting out there and walking the 5K. Pitie has the same problem. She is not good around other animals or kids. That is so funny about the bagels. I was house sitting for my father and watching their 3 cats. I got up on morning to find that sissy took a bite out of every bagel I had on the counter. AHHHHHH!! However, it is a lot more funnier now. Have a great day. ((hugs))



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