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legcramps - Friday Feb 01, 2008

Weight: 0.0

Finally i'm feeling better - that flu stuck around far too long in my opinion and totally wiped me out for the week. We leave tomorrow though, rain or shine - whether i'm packed or not! Thankfully, I am. I think it's all under control, but I could be missing something. Oh well. Passport. Money. Hotel voucher. Camera. Those are the main things. Everything else is expendable and replacable.

Talk to you all when I return in one week! A lean, mean, suntanning machine! Okay, skip the lean part...

mmuraro on 02/01/2008:
Have an amazing trip!

thinnsidenotout on 02/01/2008:
Have a wonderful time!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2008:
after being sick, you probably are a bit leaner! Have a great time...

so_devine on 02/02/2008:
Have a great time!!! :-D WISH I WAS GOING AWAY

shadetree on 02/02/2008:
Glad you're feeling better in time for your trip! have a fantastic time!

workingit2 on 02/02/2008:
Glad you are feeling better...enjoy your trip!

borntocry on 02/02/2008:
Have fun!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2008:
so i actually missed my goal of 40 workout hours this month due to a bad week last week. It's all learning though, and I will make this month a good one! How was your month!? Do you want to do another challenge? I think you do great exercise because most of it is cardio...most of mine is yoga! lol. Are you feeling better?

CritterMom on 02/04/2008:
Have a wonderful vacation! Glad you're feeling better.

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 30, 2008

Weight: 0.0

I'm living on crackers, gingerale and orange juice. Would you believe I got sick only one week before my big trip to Mexico?? And I got a nice whacking stomach flu too, not just your regular everyday kind of virus. Unfortunately, it's knocked me out to the point where I can't even figure out the number of socks I will need while i'm gone. Which is also why I haven't logged on here lately. I don't really have much to say besides that i'm sick. So, I will try to get on here again tomorrow and actually let you know how i've been doing for the past few days, but right now? I'm just going to go lay on the couch and rest.

workingit2 on 01/30/2008:
Awww! That stomach bug going around is really wicked. REST REST REST!!

mmuraro on 01/30/2008:
Hope you feel better for MEXICO, chica!

thinnsidenotout on 01/30/2008:
Poohey! No pun intended..... Get Well Soon!!!!

borntocry on 01/31/2008:
Oh dear, poor you! I hope you feel better soon, or at least before your trip! I've only had stomach 'flu' once and I had to fly the very next day. It was a dreadful experience which I wouldn't wish on anyone! As for packing, maybe your friend can help you?

caz on 01/31/2008:
look forward to hearing from you.. take it easy and get well soon

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/01/2008:
feel better, lg!

legcramps - Saturday Jan 26, 2008

Weight: 0.0

I got to sleep in this morning until 9:00am, then got up and at it. I went into the city to visit my Dad today, as my birthday is coming up and he wanted to see me before I left on the trip. It's been a long day - I just returned home now. I only ate once today, my Dad took me out for lunch and I had a chicken and rice wrap with fries. I ate half the fries and half the wrap, and gave the rest to my Dad. I'm still full and we ate over 7 hours ago!

Anyways, not much to report as i've been very bad with exercise this past week and it wasn't any better today.

Tomorrow I tentatively signed up for a Belly Dancing class!!! I think I will take the half-day workshop instead of the full day, because my friend and I need to do some shopping in the afternoon for our upcoming trip. But still, that will be 2.5 hours of exercise. Finally, exercise! Yay! Then shopping, then packing and cleaning. Then back to work on Monday. Thankfully, I have this Friday off so I only work a four day week. I'm not counting down the days to the trip, just the days left of work!!! Four more!

Total exercise for January - 21 hours.

P.S. - sorry for my poutiness yesterday. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with everything I need to accomplish this next week. I just needed to vent, I guess. Thanks for your comments!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/26/2008:
oooh, bellydancing for 2.5 hours! nice! Glad to read all the excitment in your journal! :) I know the feeling of heaving deadlines looming over one's shoulders! You're doing good!

mmuraro on 01/26/2008:
Don't worry about the bad mood. I have been such a pain to my friends lately!! But things will be better. On the other hand I have been going to dance classes and I love taking the cardio belly dancing classes they have. It's such a good workout, especially for your butt, hips (love handles) and arms! And it's sexy, so you feel empowered! Enjoy!!!

shadetree on 01/27/2008:
Four day work weeks are always a good thing! Enjoy your belly dancing class!

fritters on 01/27/2008:
Don't you love those 4 day work weeks. Belly dancing sounds fun! Enjoy!!!!

workingit2 on 01/27/2008:
Enjoy your belly dancing! So many people are starting that, it must be something really fun as well as a great workout! Glad you are feeling better today and that you enjoyed lunch with dad! Have a great evening =)

maria777 on 01/27/2008:
Glad you had a wonderful lunch with your Dad.

hollybelle on 01/28/2008:
Oh belly dancing is great. I used to teach it.....years ago. It's great for the core. You may have seen my posts about ZUMBA (latin aerobics). It's good exercise and info available on the internet at zumba.com

biscottibody59 on 01/29/2008:
Hope you're having a good day today!

borntocry on 01/29/2008:
Oh, belly-dancing! I have always wanted to learn how to dance, but I'm too shy. And belly-dancing looks particularly difficult. Let us know how it goes!

legcramps - Friday Jan 25, 2008

Weight: 0.0


Need to walk dogs.

Still very tired.

Not much more to say.

Bad mood today.

I don't even want to add the stupid exercise hours part of my entry.

shadetree on 01/25/2008:
At least it's Friday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/25/2008:
:( ....they're not stupid exercise hours! but, if you don't want to...you don't have to.

TGIF here, too. What a week...and it was only four days! I hope you have a good weekend and I know the feeling of being tired....we'll have better days tomorrow...both of us! :)

CharlieAngel on 01/25/2008:
Get some sleep honey! Tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it!

biscottibody59 on 01/26/2008:
Hope things are looking up--and that you got some nice sleep/rest!

Have a good Saturday!

legcramps - Thursday Jan 24, 2008

Weight: 0.0


I mean, *roar* or something equally impressive and intimidating. Not *rowr* like a cat's meow or something. No, *ROWR* like "Arg!", like "is this week over yet??".

I think i'm getting headaches because a)yes, i'm probably drinking too much coffee, but also b) I haven't been giving myself enough time to eat a proper lunch. For the last three days i've had two pieces of toast for lunch because it was all I could fit in due to meetings at work. I could stay at work and eat a much better lunch there, but then I would come home to dog-pee all over the house and probably have an even larger headache if that's possible. So I guess the positive here is that i've been eating under my caloric intake for the day. But again, alas, no exercise today. Can I move my butt and take the dogs for a walk? I probably won't, as I am having trouble keeping my eyes open long enough just to write this. I'm going to bed. Isn't that pathetic? I miss one night of exercise and it totally throws off the entire rest of the week! Okay, okay, so i'm working a lot and not getting enough sleep and things are stressful and I could just cry, but I could still try to fit something in. Why do I just not care? I should care, I mean, that's why i'm on this website right now, because I want to change and be healthy and be fit. Are you thinking that i'm a failure? Because that's what i'm thinking. Crappy crap crap. If ONLY...this and that and the other. Excuses, it's all just excuses for not forging ahead and claiming what's rightfully mine - my HEALTH.

Yes, I need some sleep. Goodnight all.

Total exercise for January - still 21 hours :(:(:(:(:(:(

shadetree on 01/24/2008:
Okay, make a salad and put it in the fridge, and so when you come home for lunch it will be ready to go. Add dressing and there you've got it! quicker than toast! Not eating will definitely do it - I will get TERRIBLE headaches and then realize that I haven't eaten...although truth be told, if I drink coffee once I have the not-eating headache, my headache goes away, gives me a chance to get something into my gut. (it actually works better and quicker than ibuprofen for me!) But if you're drinking too much coffee, that could be triggering them too.

Get some sleep and enjoy knowing that tomorrow is Friday!

workingit2 on 01/24/2008:
Get some good sleep and take care of yourself. I like shade's suggestion. Have a great day tomorrow!

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 23, 2008

Weight: 0.0

Thanks for the motivation and support about me going to that second class on Tuesday, although I ended up not going anyways. I was too busy and decided to stop in and see the friend i'm going to be travelling with regarding our all-inclusive vacation. We finally booked our vacation package and will be leaving Feb 2 to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! It will be very much fun and I can't wait to hit the beach and stay there for a week straight. If anyone has been there before, give me some tips and hints on what to do/see/ where to go, etc. I would really appreciate the info!

It took a few hours tonight to book the trip, so that meant not getting in a workout. I'm two days in a row now without exercise and am drinking far too much coffee! I had planned to go with a friend after work, but again I worked late so had to cancel with her. I had a terrible headache by day's end as well. Tomorrow will not be much better. The faster the next two days pass the better, seriously. I will be so relieved when it's Friday. I never usually have the TGIF feelings, but this time it will be a great achievement to have made it to Friday without going bonkers!

Total exercise for January - 21 hours :(

CritterMom on 01/24/2008:
Headache possibly from so much coffee? Try grabbing some water next time, instead.

The trip sounds amazing. Enjoy!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2008:
ok my Canadian friend, I urge you to try to think that today is going to be the BEST day rather than a gruesome, terrible one. Try to make yourself believe this...put your best face foward. Maybe wear something extra nice or take time getting ready. Do something for you today...make yourself look foward to something!

You can do it...January is not done so you have time to get more exercise in! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2008:
You have time to bring that frown to a smile! :)

borntocry on 01/24/2008:
Oh, Mexico! That sounds awesome! I have never been there. I guess you should have no problem getting a lovely tan there!

Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I need a holiday! Well, guess where I'm going to run my half-marathon? In Luxembourg! It's a night race which I've wanted to do for a while. In fact I signed up for it (and paid the registration fee) last year and then ended up having to cancel my plans for some reason or the other. But it's not until May and I think I need a holiday before that...

workingit2 on 01/24/2008:
I've never been to Mexico so can't help there. Take care and have a great day!

fritters on 01/24/2008:
Your trip sounds fun and WARM!!!!! Hope you take time to get your exercise in today. Happy Thursday

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 22, 2008

Weight: 0.0

Okay, now I can breathe. Unfortunately, I schedule myself so thick that I end up getting anxious over every second, and ultimately it's made me miss my Thai Chi class tonight. I should be there right now. Since i'm missing it, i'd hate to show up for kickboxing because it's taught by the same person and i'll feel terrible about missing the earlier class and won't know what to say to him. Argh! I could kick myself, but that wouldn't help the situation. I just know I won't be confident enough to go to that second class tonight. It's not about being lazy, just so you're all aware!! I really DO want to go, it's just complicated! Oh, I sound like a maniac.

Yesterday I went to the gym after work and had a really good workout. I walk/jogged on the treadmill for 40 minutes, then did a 15 minute ab workout with a friend, stretched and went home. It was great, I really pushed myself and i'm glad I did since I probably won't be doing much tonight. I still have to find something to eat for dinner and by the time I get through all the mail I picked up at the post today, it will be time to visit my friend, then go for coffee with boyfriend's sisters. You know, even without the classes tonight i'm wickedly busy. Why do I do this to myself?!!


Holy crap! What a day! I don't think i've even had time to breathe until now! Oh, I wish this week was over!

I will update more tonight (that is, if I have time tonight). My plans: 4:30pm - go home, phone travel agency, eat dinner (leftover rice, chicken and beans). 5:45pm - tanning (Yes, I am a tan-freak, but only at certain times of the year!). 6:00pm - Thai Chi class. 7:00pm - Kickboxing class. 8:30pm - coffee with boyfriend's sister.

Total exercise for January - 21 hours

shadetree on 01/22/2008:
I heard a commercial this afternoon for Tim Horton's on the way back to work from the bank today and thought of you...No idea where there is one around here, but if I see it I will probably stop in!

What a busy day you have planned! thai chi and kickboxing - that's great! Maybe you will be able to breathe while you're tanning:)

Have a good evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2008:
really??? all because you missed one class you don't think you can go to another!? I bet nobody would really take offense...after all, it is your life and who knows what else you were doing today.

I also didn't do exercise today, if it makes you feel any better. It's just one of those days!

I know what you mean by being wickedly busy...hopefully it'll pass soon! At least you're not totally vegging out!

hollybelle on 01/23/2008:
Go to whatever classes you want - whenever you want. These people are there to serve your needs - not the other way around. I taught aerobics for 14 years and I don't think anybody ever felt bad about missing one of my classes and coming to the next one. Unless there is something, I'm missing you are paying dues or for the classes or something and you need to get your money's worth, girl!

legcramps - Monday Jan 21, 2008

Weight: 0.0

Ho Hum. No, i'm not bored, i'm very busy actually, but you know, it's still sort of 'ho-hum'. I wish I were somewhere else kind of 'ho-hum'. So I was dreading last week and this week but now at least half of it's over and i've only got to go downhill from here. Let's hope it's downhill. I hope it's downhill. Fast downhill, a cliff-like mountain that I can just fall over and then - whoop - be at the bottom. Just like that. Among other things, I truly do believe I am starting to go crazy. I am a crazy-person. I should erase this whole paragraph, but i'm not going to because...well, these are my true colors. Like 'em or not.

I took my small dog for a walk on Saturday and then the rest of the night was spent watching movies in front of the tv. I don't know why I didn't take Chewy for a walk - he was the one most itching to go. My plan was initially to take both of them for individual walks, but I must've been tired. I don't remember now. Yesterday I took both dogs out to my boyfriend's parent's farm. They loved it there, but after a few hours they were ready to come home. Zoe was scratching at the door to come inside and when I let her in she just curled up in a ball in the porch and shivered. It was cold on Sunday, -25 degrees but -31 or something with windchill. A bit too cold for them to stay outside for three hours. Oh well, at least they got SOME exercise. When I got back home, I went to the gym with a friend. It was so hard to get into the workout. I tried the treadmill, but after the five mile walk I put in on Saturday, my calves were NOT in favor of this machine. So I switched to the elliptical trainer but I hate those machines and I lasted about 20 minutes before bowing out. Not a very good role model, am I?!! I finished off my pathetic workout attempt on the stationary bike, with 30 minutes of interval training. Then I stretched a bit and went home, defeated. I didn't eat dinner until 7:30pm and that I know will hurt me today.

I picked up a friend to bring her to the hospital this morning, so am running a bit late and feeling rushed. I am hungry. It's Monday and that doesn't make me incredibly happy. Ho-hum. The good news is that I fully intend to go to the gym after work today. Hopefully this time i'll remember to pack my clothes. And a hairband.

Total exercise for January - 20 hours

fritters on 01/21/2008:
Your esercise was pretty split up, but you got in quite a bit. Nothing to feel defeated about that!! Whistle a happy tune and maybe the ho-hums will go away. Happy Monday

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/21/2008:
yeah, the hairband is almost more important than the clothes!!! I hate it when I have no hairband bc i feel like you get so much more sweaty!!! Have a good day...enjoy the gym!

cushy on 01/21/2008:
you did really well for not being particularly in the mood for the gym. I am impressed as you should be with yourself!

legcramps - Saturday Jan 19, 2008

Weight: 0.0

The ice-cold weather has finally broken it's way down to a mere shiver this morning, and I am so thankful. Now I can take the dogs for a walk and they will love me again, instead of moping around the house acting like spoiled rotten kids that didn't get the brand new jetta for their sixteenth birthday. But I digress. I had a change in plans last night (as is usually the case when exercise is involved!) and ended up not going to the gym. A friend came over and we hammered out some ideas on all-inclusive vacations as compared to doing a road-trip type thing to the west coast in the States. Ah, it's all so expensive right now - neither of us were able to save what we wanted to save, and we're a little stuck right now about spending too much money on this trip. We'll figure it out, but i'm planning on taking vacation starting Feb 1st, for two weeks, so we need to figure this out sooner rather than later, and then get moving! Anyhow, after she left I played on the computer for a bit and went to bed. This morning I woke up with a little doggie on my head, trying to wake me up. Now my arm is covered in welts from her playing mean.

I went to the gym today though, to make up for yesterday, and spent two hours there. I did an hour and a bit on the treadmill with intermittent jogging spurts, then 20 minutes leg weights and 10 minutes stretching. Wasn't quite what I was going for, but I decided to start a new plan for the treadmill which involved walking five miles on it once per week and timing myself. So this week it took me exactly 86:50 minutes. Not very good, but it will get better...that's the whole point, right?! And besides, before I really hatched the plan in my head I had already walked 30 minutes at 3.0! So that time is included in my total and it shouldn't be hard to beat it next week. Fingers crossed!!

So tanning today, dog walking (I think I may try to take them separately again), and cleaning house. I should be cleaning house right now, actually. But I am here instead. Oh well. Maybe i'll take one of the dogs for a walk now and clean later. Do you really think the cleaning will get done?!!!

Total exercise for January - 18 hours

geevee on 01/19/2008:
One cost-saving tip for traveling is to join Couchsurfing or Hospitality Club. When you become a member you can email requests to host you. The whole point of these clubs is not to only save money, but to meet other like minded people who are outgoing and friendly and will host you for a couple of days. Check out their sites on the web, read up on them and then if you're interested, fill out the required info and you'll be all set.

I've been both a traveler and a host, first with Servas and then in the past couple of years, with CS and HC. Recently I've only been a host and just love it. In fact 3 German girls who are on a round the world trip are coming this afternoon.

Good luck on your trip.

borntocry on 01/19/2008:
Oh, thank goodness you're finally going on holiday! Whatever you do, I hope you have a really relaxing time, because you need it after all you've been through at work! Come to think of it, I should take some days off too!

maria777 on 01/19/2008:
Wow, good to go on the exercise! Sounds like you are real busy planning your vacation...have you decided where you might go?

workingit2 on 01/19/2008:
Great job on the exercise! Glad you were able to take doggie for a walk lol. Have a great evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/19/2008:
sounds pretty good to me for 5 miles on the treadmill. I usually don't have the patience to do that much on the treadmill and usually have to go off into the park for that!

so you are one of those people who are addicted to indoor tanning salons!? LOL. I guess when you live up in Canada there can be exceptions! just be careful! :)

legcramps - Friday Jan 18, 2008

Weight: 0.0

Uh-oh. I'm not feeling well at all today and am sitting here at my desk wishing I could just double over. I forgot to bring any advil to work with me so i'll have to suffer a couple more hours until lunchtime. I can't believe this - the first two days of my cycle were so good, and then - BAM! It just caps the week off so nicely...

I went to kickboxing last night, but again was unable to take the dogs for a walk. Last night with windchill it got to -50 degrees celsius - that's absolutely brutal and there was no way I was venturing out into it. Today is starting out much the same way. It's cold cold cold outside and I could barely start my car this morning. There won't be a walk today either if this keeps up. I really hope it will be nice enough on the weekend to let the dogs spend a few hours outside at the farm. If it stays like this, I won't let them stay out for very long and it will be a wasted trip. They're inside dogs, no matter how big or heavy or thick-coated they may look, they're too susceptible to the cold for me to leave them outside in -50 degree weather. Well, keep your fingers crossed for me because they sure need to get some exercise in!

So tonight i'm thinking about going to the gym, just trying to think of a good time to go when it won't be so busy and I can work on cardio AND weight training since I haven't touched weights for a while now. I'm kind of hoping there's a hockey game tonight so that I can go while the hockey game is on and then be gone by the time anyone arrives afterwards. If I go i'd like to stay and get a really good workout - say, two hours? One hour of cardio, 1/2 of weights and 1/2 stretching or cool down exercises. That would be my goal for today.

Thank God it's Friday. Thank You God. Friday. Yes. Please let the weekend go by incredibly SLOWLY.

Total exercise for January - 16 hours

borntocry on 01/18/2008:
Hey! I lifted weights yesterday for the first time in a long while, too. So you know you have to do it! Seriously, you have no excuse. Well, apart from the cramps, that is. But don't be a sissy!

I cannot believe it gets so cold there! Now I can see why my husband is always saying that we can't move to Canada because of the cold!

CritterMom on 01/18/2008:
I woke up this morning, thinking it was Saturday already. That would mean hubby was home. Thank God it's Friday! LOL Love the hubby, but I get more accomplished when he's not here.

Hope you're feeling better soon!

hollybelle on 01/18/2008:
Zumba is basically Latin Aerobics. It's tons of fun. Check it out on zumba.com and find if there is a class near you at all. It is international, I think.

biscottibody59 on 01/18/2008:
That's -58°F--I think we've had wind chills at maybe -10--can't even imagine sticking my big toe out the door;-)

Hope you get your "gym wish"--have a good one!

Thanks for the vote of confidence--I'm glad I'm sort of tracking these things, though it's a hassle!

dearerdiarist on 01/18/2008:
It isn't fair that you feel bad for another day, is it?!? I'm hoping that you can baby yourself this weekend. You have big gym plans, but at the same time I would like to see you be very nice to yourself. That legcramps name history is just devastating to read :( My gosh. My gosh. My gosh. Not good. Little Dog does have a name, but it's a funny thing......... she is too shy for me to tell it to anybody. But, I'm working on her! :)

workingit2 on 01/18/2008:
Sorry you are feeling bad again! You have my sympathy! Wow is it cold there! I thought it was cold today being 4 above LOL

Have a great evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/18/2008:
whoa! negative 50 degrees celcius! my gosh! how do you brave that weather!

good for you on the exercise. If it was that cold by me, I don't know what i'd do! :) yay to a good day despite its challenges!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/19/2008:
I must say, some parts of Canada are absolutely BEAUTIFUL in the summer. I once went to the Buchart (spelling?) Gardens. They are amazing! All of Vancouver is nice, too! :)

shadetree on 01/19/2008:
Okay, I'll quit whining about the -20 degrees farenheit! there's NO WAY I could live with cold like that! Hopefully you were able to get a good workout last night! Have a great weekend!

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