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legcramps - Friday Feb 21, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Added to yesterday's menu - 1 serving plain triscuit crackers. Diet coke.

I only had 1/2 a sandwich at the meeting yesterday, but followed it up at home with a can of chunky vegetable beef soup and triscuit crackers. It was quite delicious and the sodium content made me feel quite disgusting for at least two hours afterwards.

I did another 5 minute walk last night. I felt a little burning in my shins (yes, after just 5 minutes), so I took a bath soon after and then massaged my legs. Seems to have done the trick for now. If it happens again tonight maybe i'll try icing it this time.


Breakfast - free Tim Horton's Latte (yuck, had to add coffee to it), 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese.

AM Snack - 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese, tea

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, tea

Dinner - there's a package of edamame burning a hole in my freezer

Umpqua on 02/21/2014:
Good work getting back into the exercise groove. Your foods look great (except for the sodium, I know how that goes)!


liza36 on 02/21/2014:
Nice job on the exercise. Easing into it is smart. Edamame - yum!


grannyannie on 02/21/2014:
Hope your legs feel better. Have a great weekend.



legcramps - Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I went on the treadmill for 5 minutes last night. I chose this for a baseline, since I was doing absolutely nothing at all. Worked ok. Might have been able to baseline 10 minutes, but whatever. Nice and easy to start, right?

Added to yesterday's menu - toasted grain bread after work, with butter and peanut butter (x4), bite-sized piece of pizza bread and coffee with creamer (x2) at baby shower, toasted grain bread with butter and peanut butter (x2) late at night. Diet coke.


Breakfast - coffee, hot chocolate, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another coffee

AM Snack - tea, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another tea

Lunch - tea, sweet potato, vegan chili, wild rice, tofu

PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, water with crystal light

Dinner - will be during a meeting, soup and sandwich probably


I think I need to start going home for my lunch break again. I feel like i'm angry all the time at work, and maybe it's simply because i'm spending far too much time there without taking proper breaks.

OhioRaven on 02/20/2014:
Hey, LC ! I see you and me are still standing after this long-long winter. I tried to leave here but couldn't, or, found out that I shouldn't. Its good to see your post. Take care.


horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2014:
you must look into "Chronic Compartment Syndrome" for your legs. I am going to another orthopedic surgeon on Monday & plan to get tested that day or shorly thereafter for it. It has similiar symptoms as shin splints & other repetitive stress related injuries. But the GOOD THING is that it is a relatively EASY FIX. SURGERY is the only known way to fully cure it...or get the most relief from your symptoms. there is a lot of info on the web about "Chronic Exertion Compartment Syndrome" and I HIGHLY recommend you get tested. Usually in active people, under 40, supposely more often in women than men. Both athletes and recreational exercisers, especially from overuse / repetition like running. You really should get it checked out. It's also a very SIMPLE test: you either have it, or you don't. It's based on the pressure in the compartments (usually the problem is the anterior compartment) of your shins. Many times, the problem is bilateral - both shins. Surgery can be done on both at once. Surgery is done while you are awake and healing time is 10 weeks total...then you can be basically FULLY active again (like you once were before injury!!!) - if all goes well. Most surgeries (Fasciotomy) go well. I sorta wish I have it - so I can get it fixed - and contine on with a MUCH more active lifestyle...


horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2014:
for the test, called a pressure test, they stick needles in your 4 compartments of your shins to determine the pressure both before and after 5 min exercise. if the pressure is too high, you have Chronic Compartment Syndrome. wishing you lots of healthy and happiness. nice to see a post from you!!!!!!


biscottibody59 on 02/20/2014:
Good to see you post again--take good care of yourself!



legcramps - Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I know it has been awhile; I have been conquering some demons, as well as allowing some demons to conquer me.

I had my physio appointment yesterday, and it looks like I will be starting from scratch. I'll be starting with being 'conscious' of how i'm moving my body and when I might be using some parts to compensate for the weakness, or 'apparent' weakness, in other parts. The therapist asked that I basically do nothing out of the ordinary for the next couple of weeks.

For me, 'ordinary' has pretty much been 'nothing'. Winter has taken its toll on me, and i've been battling depression for months now. I had the bugger beaten, and then winter didn't want to ever end. I guess I lost that fight. Not that I truly blame the weather; I know that it's a mental war I need to wage with myself. Just not today. And probably not tomorrow either.

Anyways, pooh on that. I have issues, but i'm working on it.

In the meantime, my eating has been 70% healthy and the good news is that my nails are strong and my hair is healthy. The other 30% unhealthy eating has caused weight gain and some acne. BTW, the acne makes me feel like a teenager again. Awesome.

Whew. Being honest like this is really exhausting.


Breakfast - coffee/hot chocolate, 2 slices grain toast with butter

AM Snack - apple, 7 plain triscuit crackers

Lunch - grilled chicken breast, plain white rice, cooked veggies, sauce

PM Snack - 20 BBQ rice crackers (1 serving, 90 cals)

Dinner - sweet potato, vegan chili, 2 slices grain toast with butter

Baby Shower event - cake pop, will try for water instead of coffee, I don't know what other foods will be staring me in the face

liza36 on 02/19/2014:
I'm sorry you have been battling the winter and depression. I hope things are looking up for you. Hang in there!

legcramps on 02/19/2014:
Thanks :)


Umpqua on 02/19/2014:
It's nice to see a post from you. Winter can be brutal, I dealt depression and anger for a couple of years after we first moved to our snowy location. Good for you for facing things head on and coming up with a game plan.



legcramps - Monday Jan 13, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Ready for the work week; smoothies for breakfast, chicken salads for lunch (with soup if still hungry), oatmeal or carrots and dip for snacks, rice and cooked veggies with a meat for dinner. Done and done. And stay away from the holiday baking!

I have my first physio appointment for my knee and my shin splints coming up early next month, so this week I want to start up the treadmill again and start doing some easy peasy walks.

I have hope that my physiotherapist will manage to work a miracle and get me back into running.

A friend is biking for an MS event this summer; I think she has to bike around 40K. I told her to let me know when she wants to start training and I will do the training with her.

I am done being a slug; it is not my true nature and I think it might be turning me into a big fat grump.

getmebackto150 on 01/13/2014:
Glad to hear you are ready for a healthy week! I did the same and prepped all my food yesterday to set up for success this week!!


Umpqua on 01/13/2014:
Good work prepping your meals for the week and starting off slow with the walking and treadmill. Agreeing to help your friend train is a fantastic idea and I'm sure she'll appreciate it!



legcramps - Monday Jan 06, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Hope everyone had a great holiday season! I am back to work after two weeks off, and already (about 2 hours into my day) I feel like I need a nap LOL.

It is so cold here; we are going through a cold spell right now. Hopefully it breaks sometime this week. This morning it was -48 degrees (celsius) with the windchill. That's -54 degrees fahrenheit. I'm telling 'ya, this sh*t is bananas. B.A.N.A.N.A.S.

I've been very lazy while at home; hopefully this week i'll get back into the daily grind.

Hope 2014 brings everyone their dreams and wishes!


legcramps - Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Hi peeps.

I'm still plugging away and thought i'd drop in and say 'HI!' to everyone. 

I may get to see my chew-bear, a black lab X and I got together. I haven't seen him since I broke up with X and moved out, which was in 2009. I am a little scared he won't remember me; it's been a long time!

My knee has been getting worse, and so I finally went to the doctor and got him to refer me to a physiotherapist. That should start up sometime in February; the wait list is long.

Until then i'll continue to do my best with eating. I am still on track and I can tell that i've lost more pounds for sure but I haven't checked the scale in a couple of weeks so I don't know where i'm at right now.

If I don't make it back here until the new year - Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

OhioRaven on 12/12/2013:
Hi, LC. Sorry to hear about the knee.


V on 12/16/2013:
Hey girly!! I miss you too, sorry about your knee :( I'm so pressed for time as well so just in case Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you as well <3



legcramps - Friday Nov 29, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Oh man, this has been a long week.

Guess what?! My home province's football team won the GREY CUP last weekend! I am one proud momma!

But now it is Friday and I am tired.

I am keeping up with journalling what goes into my mouth and otherwise just trying to keep up with life. Slowly working away at the house, preparing for hosting a bake exchange in December; cleaned the kitchen counters and cupboards, re-organized things in the pantry, took boxes of books out of the living room. My next goal is to wash the floors and deep clean the bathroom.

This weekend i'm heading to the city to check out a high school's version of the musical Grease. Can't wait! Should be fantastic, i've heard great things about this group of kids. And i've been having salads for lunch ALL WEEK so that I can indulge before the show and go out for dinner. I am really looking forward to that meal!

Last week, with the small changes I made I lost 3.5 lbs. This week, i'm hoping the downward trend will continue but even if it doesn't, I think i'm back on track and my head is finally in the right place again.

OhioRaven on 11/29/2013:
Glad to hear you are and Home team are doing good, LC


horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2013:
nice job on the weightloss of 3.5 lbs!!! That is wonderful. As I think about myself, I realize it's been a LONG TIME since I have said I have lost 3 lbs...that is really great for you!


liza36 on 12/02/2013:
Fantastic progress on the loss. Hope you had a good weekend.



legcramps - Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Hidy-ho!

Almost Friday; this has been a long week. Now that winter has set in (we've received our first 'staying here' snowfall and holy moly things got cold real quick, it's minus 25 celsius with the windchill this morning!) the mornings are dark when I leave for work and it's so depressing :(

So let's catch up on my walking. I moved over to the treadmill and was doing really good. On Thursday I wanted to try a minute of running to finish up my hour walk, and I pushed through to get it done. I also blew out my knee; felt her pop about 30 seconds into my run. I haven't been on the treadmill since; hopefully this weekend i'll get back on it because my knee is feeling much better now. Other than a few rounds of shoveling snow, and regular walking through the course of each day, I haven't been able to devote myself to an exercise routine. Don't quite know how to tackle this issue right now.

Instead of focusing on exercise, i've been trying to get a handle on my eating. I make salads almost every day for lunch, oatmeal for breakfast (except on weekends when I have something more filling, like eggs and fruit) and just try to keep it healthy at dinnertime with less starches and carbs, and more veggies and protein. I've cut back drastically on junk food and desserts. I developed a slight diet coke addiction while on holidays, and have also cut back on that.

In the coming weeks my plan is to continue to focus on my eating until i'm at a place where healthy choices come naturally to me once again. I've been there before so I know I can do it again :) I've been journalling every day and keeping tabs on everything that i'm eating so that I can pinpoint at what time of day i'm taking in junk calories and why.

Hope you are all doing well!

liza36 on 11/21/2013:
I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. I hope the recovery is speedy so you can get back to exercise. It sounds like your focus on healthy eating is going well - keep it up!


OhioRaven on 11/21/2013:
Holy-Moly ! A blowout !


biscottibody59 on 11/21/2013:
You know I had to convert that temp--13degF--yikes!

Sorry about the knee--I hope it's not long before you can get back to your routine!



legcramps - Friday Nov 15, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Ohemgee TGIF!

Since I last posted on DDs, I made two attempts to walk outside using my 'newfound' knowledge of proper gait and posture while walking. I'm sorry to report that it didn't help :(  I still developed shin splints within about five to ten minutes of walking. I did try taping my shins, but didn't get much relief that way either.

And then towards the end of last week I got pretty sick and didn't walk again last week.

So on Sunday of this week, I moved my butt to the treadmill. I can go a lot longer on the treadmill without shin pain.

Sunday - 45 mins (1 minute running)

Tuesday - 60 mins walking

Thursday - 60 mins (1 minute running)

If I notice pain starting in my shins, I turned down the mph until it passes. There's a lot of slow walking in those minutes (for example, Tuesday in those 60 minutes I walked 2.26 miles), but at least i'm walking!

In other news, I really need to start eating better. I jumped on the scale last night and have been discouraged ever since. And only myself to blame! So I need to start making salads again for lunches at work, and minimizing my junk food intake. That will be my first hurdle.

Wish me luck!

OhioRaven on 11/16/2013:
Dan ! That sucks about your shins.Hope you get better.Good Luck, LC.


liza36 on 11/18/2013:
Yes, at least you are walking! Keep it up.


hollybelle on 11/20/2013:
Dang I hate shin splints - You will pull out the good food choices...you do great. Hang in there. Keep at it.



legcramps - Monday Nov 04, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Happy Monday!

Doing great; working on my walking this week. I had a great talk with Dad recently, and i'm now paying special attention to my gait when I walk faster/for exercise and monitoring whether that might be at the root of my shin splint issue.

B: oatmeal, coffee

L: turkey sandwich, raw veggies

S: sugar cookie x 2

D: sandwich, soup

I throw a lot of veggies into my sandwiches; may not be getting enough veggies still, but it must be pretty close. Fruit usually goes into my oatmeal, but i've been doing the pb instead lately and haven't been buying fruit.

TOM came because I still haven't gotten my quarterly shot and it's probably been close to five months now. A little gut-ache this morning, but so far (knock on wood) it's very manageable.

Looks like a slow week and week-end coming up so just need to make it through the workweek! I haven't had a full five day week in about a month now, so it might be rough ;)

OhioRaven on 11/04/2013:
Hope your legs get better, LC.

legcramps on 11/04/2013:
Thanks OR, me too.


glassgirl3 on 11/04/2013:
I had shin splints for quite a while. I started taking smaller steps and put generic insoles in my shoes and it really helped alot. Have a great week.


Umpqua on 11/04/2013:
I hope the changes in walking will help your legs. I didn't realize you had gone to Disneyland, sounds like you had a fun trip!

legcramps on 11/04/2013:
It was definitely fun :) although still wouldn't be my first choice destination!


V on 11/04/2013:
Hey girly!! Just catching up on everyone's diaries..I am so happy that you had a nice vacay, next time you should suggest to your family that Disney World is alot cooler, that way you can sneak off and hang out with me for a few days since I'm only an hour south of Orlando!

Not sure if i mentioned before that Rock Tape or something similar to it may help out with the shin splint.. Anyhoo hope the rest of your work week is stressfree my friend <3


horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2013:
LOL, I love those short work weeks. That's my plan...to use ALL my vacation days to shorten up what would be a 5-day week. I get 10 days vacation & 5 sick days a year..my plan is to break all of this up...no big vacations this year...to make work overall more manageable & so I can fit in exercise, as well.

So now you're still suffering at times from leg issues? As you know, I have the same problem as you or it's very similar. I'm in my 8th month of recovery now. I am finding that now I have big ups & downs...once in a while I am getting a very painful day.

As for veggies, I recommend finding ways to fit them in...and get them in by having them in your house....I almost recommend buying more types/quantities than you would even finish in a week. When I do this, I eat more. This week, I bought blackberries as a change of pace...and they do last so much longer than raspberries. :)


liza36 on 11/14/2013:
Let us know how changing your gait, or paying attention to it, helps your shins. That would be very interesting. Have a great day.



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