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legcramps - Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Happy Spring!!

It may not look much like spring today, but it's really sunny my way this morning. Plus, I got to sleep in an extra hour and so I woke up to the sun streaming in through the windows. Wonderful sight to wake up to!

Taking it easy today as i'm noticing some pain in the center of my knee. I might take a tylenol in a few minutes.

Benadryl FTW. Towards the end of the workday yesterday, I went to the washroom and noticed that the rash on my face was getting worse. I had it on my upper and lower eyelids, around and under my nose, under my chin, and along my jawline. It was probably also down my neck and behind my ears because those areas were itching like crazy. Showed my boss, who used to work as a nurse, and she advised me to go out and buy myself some benadryl in both topical and pill form. The itch was magically gone as soon as I applied the cream. This morning I still have my wonderful rash, but it is SO much better and i'm not struggling with keeping my fingernails away from my skin. Oh, the glory of relief!

Foods - mocha, chicken and lentil stew (LOL, I found another container of lentil stew in the freezer. Must've been hiding on me), carrots, and dinner will probably be spinach pizza.

Exercise - knee strengthening x 2. I know I shouldn't have, but I read some Insanity message boards on MyFitnessPal's website. Now I am going crazy; working out is now no longer a WANT but a NEED. You see? I have absolutely NO patience.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/20/2013:
happy spring! have a great day!


hollybelle on 03/20/2013:
My skin also is sensitive to about evrything and I get rashes all the time. Most often on my lower belly and I have never figured out how to prevent. Glad the Benedryl worked fast.


Umpqua on 03/20/2013:
So glad you're getting some relief from your rash. You're doing so great with your foods while recovering, I'm impressed! Definitely check out the dairy-free stuff, I was amazed at how much there is and not all of it is high cal - I just picked flavors I like ;P


V on 03/20/2013:
Thank goodness you found relief from your rash! Girl don't you worry, Insanity will be there when you are healed but I can only imagine not having Shaun T in my life <3 Hope your evening is a good one!


sailingeagle on 03/20/2013:
Glad to hear that your rash is feeling better! Body Gospel is an exercise program that's from BeachBody. You just exercise to gospel music, and before and after the workouts, the team leader will give inspirational comments and prayers. It's really fun!



legcramps - Tuesday Mar 19, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Happy Tuesday everyone

I made it to work for the second consecutive day, and i'm pretty impressed with myself! Actually, yesterday helped a lot in regards to moving around more; did a lot more walking on my bum leg and today it feels pretty good. Will definitely try to balance out all the walking yesterday with a little less movement today, but also attempting to tolerate as much as I can. Don't want to be layed up because i've done too much again!

Not much on the agenda after work today; if i'm feeling up to it, I want to do a little shopping for a new mop but other than that i'll be putting my feet up when I get home.

Food - mocha, chicken with lentil stew, raw veggies, unsure what i'll have for dinner but will have to make a big batch because i'm almost out of my lentil stew and I don't have anything else to bring for lunches at work.

Exercise - knee strengthening x 2

I am practically vibrating with the desire to start workouts again. Must be patient. Patience, grasshopper, patience.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 03/19/2013:
Glad to hear you are feeling a little better.. Making it to work two days in a row is progress!!! Have a great day:)


lolla on 03/19/2013:
I am so happy your life is slowly getting back to normal! a day at a time grasshopper, take your time!


OhioRaven on 03/19/2013:
On my last bowl of GetBack's DDLentil stew and switching to Puddy's DDcabbage.


Puddles on 03/19/2013:
Congrats great progress. Have a great day.


Umpqua on 03/19/2013:
Glad to hear you're on the mend, and wise not to overdo it.


V on 03/19/2013:
Hello there!! LOL at the title of the book it truly is hard to weed out the Nay sayers, negative Nellies, backstabblers and Hungry Tigers but it must be done!!! LOL

Sounds like you are doing well as far as being back at work..Hope that your day was a good one <3



legcramps - Monday Mar 18, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Hi everyone!

I sure have missed you all, but i'm slowly getting back to routine so will be posting regularly again (or at least more than I have been).

Things are slowly getting better; it's certainly hard to balance doing too much with not doing enough each day, as i've had painful and pain-free days in the past week, but i'm getting there. Today is my first day back to work and even though sitting for long periods of time is not helping, I am working through things and will hopefully be able to put in a full day of work. If not, at least I made the effort!

Am also struggling with some type of allergic reaction - not sure if it's to the medication i'm taking (likely), or just the allergens in the air. But I often find myself wanting to scratch the itch that seems to be taking over my entire face, causing some swelling, redness, and even a rash above and below my eyes! Yes, I look HOT.

Foods - Mocha, leftover casserole, raw veggies, and i'll probably make some chicken and rice with green beans for dinner. Unfortunately, i've been helping myself to treats left, right, and center. Perhaps i'll be too tired to munch tonight.

Exercise - knee strengthening exercises (takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on my degree of determination), twice a day.

Hope you're all having a great start to the week :)

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/18/2013:
good to see ya.. have a great day!


grannyannie on 03/18/2013:
Hope the pain eases soon. Knee strengthening exercise should make a big difference. Hang in there!


Umpqua on 03/18/2013:
I hope you get the allergy/itching sorted out and I hope you have more and more pain-free days. I'm finally feeling much better, thanks for asking!!


hollybelle on 03/18/2013:
Glad to see you are through surgery and getting back to somewhat normal. Here's to future pain free days and back to a good routine.


Puddles on 03/18/2013:
good to get some of your new. Have a great evening


V on 03/18/2013:
Hope your first day back wasn't too hard on your knee <3 Yikes on your allergic reaction..I hope it clears up for you.. So how did you keep yourself entertained while you were off? Read any good books? If so let me know I am in search of one.. Anyhoo I missed ya, hope your evening goes well my friend!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Everything is good today; I had some pain and swelling yesterday so not quite back to work yet. Probably not until next week. I think I might have pushed my knee too quickly, which is certainly something I would do ;)

So i'm taking it easy today, alternating between using crutches to get around and hobbling to work my knee a little. I hope the pain I had yesterday is gone; will need to monitor that throughout the day.

Foods today - mocha, oatmeal with pb and apple, chicken, rice and green beans, curried lentil stew. And a friend is bringing me some ice cream this afternoon since i've been craving it - this is the third day of craving and i'm slowly going crazy from it LOL. I didn't mention to her that i'm lactose intolerant ;) no need for her to feel bad about helping me out LOL.

Otherwise i'm wasting money renting movies, i've done as much of my income tax return as I can for now, and i'm keeping the house relatively clean believe it or not!

Feels like it might be time for a nap ;)

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/14/2013:
Somehow missed your posts about surgery. Hope you heal very quickly! Meals sound good.

legcramps on 03/14/2013:
Thank you!


Puddles on 03/14/2013:
You rest up and take care of that knee. Have a good day.

legcramps on 03/14/2013:
Thanks Puddles! I will try my best ;)


Umpqua on 03/14/2013:
I completely missed your surgery posts - glad it went well and that your recovery is going relatively well. Your foods look great too! I hope you continue to heal quickly xx


lolla on 03/14/2013:
Glad you are healing well, take it easy. Hope you are back to full movement soon. hang in there. Hugs.


lolla on 03/14/2013:
Glad you are healing well, take it easy. Hope you are back to full movement soon. hang in there. Hugs.


biscottibody59 on 03/15/2013:
I hope you continue to recover well--take care!



legcramps - Monday Mar 11, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Still at home and going a little stir-crazy!

Today i'm working on transitioning to not needing crutches for every trip off the couch. Exercises are going well, only slight pain at times.

Restless though!

And the eating wasn't so great at first; basically whatever I could get my hands on since I always seem to be hungry. Much better now, and making better decisions, but the damage has been done - three pounds up since Friday!

Today - mocha, whole grain toast, peanut butter, banana

Curried lentil stew is pretty AWESOME!!! Slowly working my way through it.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

V on 03/11/2013:
Sorry you are getting a little stir crazy, I can only imagine. hope that you find things/people to keep you entertained.. Have a good one <3


supercheese on 03/11/2013:
awwwww....but im sure the knee is thanking you!



legcramps - Friday Mar 08, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I am out of surgery, friends, and back at home. In a little pain, but everything went well and i'm not even too souped up to say hello to my buddies here!

(when the 'rents first came up to me after surgery, I was mumbling under my breath and then laughing out loud. no idea what I was trying to talk about, and I got a strange, very strange look from them LOL). Morphine for the WIN.

Talk to you later.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

niftyjack on 03/08/2013:
Morphine sounds fun. :) I'm glad the surgery went well.


supercheese on 03/08/2013:
Hahaha gotta love morphine! Feel better!!


V on 03/09/2013:
Hello!! Thanks for the update, sounds like you came through with flying colors.Speedy recovery to you my friend, have a great weekend <3


biscottibody59 on 03/09/2013:
Glad it went well--take it easy:-)


Tangalyn~ on 03/09/2013:
ha yeah, morphine = good times lol.. i hope u r fully recovered and pain free very soon.. have a great day!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 07, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I had a lovely visit with grandma yesterday. She usually makes quite healthy food for when I come to visit, but this time she threw a pizza in the oven. A delicious, pepperoni, cheese-smothered, stomach-ache-inducing rising crust pizza. So far, no stomach ache though, so hip-hooray! Cheer for the small things, people!

An oatmeal cookie for dessert later, and off to home I went to get ready for my workout - another 30 minutes of walking with core exercises. I know this might sound boring - walking is all I seem to be doing lately - but in fact, it's quite fun with two of my workout buddies doing it with me. We do a lot of yelling and cheering ;) That said, I will go out of my mind with joy when I am finally once again capable of more than a simple walk. It will happen.


03/07/13 Food - mocha, leftover pizza (what?! I had to bring it home! grandma forced it on me!), salmon sandwich, brown rice, green beans, maybe a few tostitos as a snack

03/07/13 Exercise - 30 minutes walking with core exercises


This may be the last you hear from me for a few days, until I am out of surgery and beginning recovery. I will certainly try to post here as soon as I can, but if you haven't heard from me - please don't worry too much; chances are I am just too stoned to think about writing an entry ;)

HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND, stay strong, play hard, and laugh with your bellies!

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 03/07/2013:
I wish you the best with your surgery! See you here later!

Take good care of yourself!


Puddles on 03/07/2013:
Good luck with surgery and look forward to getting some of your news. Will keep you in my prayers. Have a good day and keep positive.


Umpqua on 03/07/2013:
Yay for a good digestive experience haha. I think if your gut flora is already in order it can handle surprises like that once in a while. It's all about the gut flora ;) Have a good one!


OhioRaven on 03/07/2013:
Yes, praying for a good surgery tomorrow.


lolla on 03/07/2013:
Sending you healthy vibes and may the surgery be total success and you will be dancing soon!!! Hugs and we will miss you these days.


V on 03/07/2013:
Sending lots of love and positive thoughts..Just think of the nicest memory you can summon when they give you the night night meds and you will be just fine, love you <3



legcramps - Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Hi all, sorry I haven't been commenting lately on your entries; don't worry, once I am off after surgery i'll have all the time in the world and will probably leave numerous comments for you! Perhaps i'll even have a conversation with myself on your entry! Never know! Could happen!

I don't know if you can tell by the above paragraph, but I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. It was really frustrating to wake up and realize only ten minutes had passed since the last time I looked at the clock. I'm already struggling with staying awake this morning. May all the coffee I drink today NOT burn a hole in my stomach.


03/05/13 Foods - mocha, coffee, oatmeal, sandwich, carrots and celery, salmon, tostitos multigrain

03/05/13 Exercise - walking 30 minutes, brisk pace with core exercises


03/06/13 Foods - mocha, coffee, oatmeal, soup, carrots and celery, dinner at grandma's

03/06/13 Exercise - walking 30 minutes, brisk pace with core exercises


TO DO: Grocery shopping, visit grandma, pick up tax info, make oil change appt, wash clothes

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Puddles on 03/06/2013:
have a great day.


Supercheese on 03/06/2013:
hows the knee??? ah its okay. I have conversations with myself too lol. Have a goood one!!


lolla on 03/06/2013:
I am waiting for a conversation with yourself on my entry, that will be fun. Wishing you a very sucsessful operation!


Umpqua on 03/06/2013:
Thanks so much for the support, it was a nice pick me up this afternoon reading your comment :) I hope all goes well with the surgery and that you have a nice, peaceful recovery week. I'll be thinking of you, take care xx


V on 03/06/2013:
Feel free to have banter with yourself on my diary :) I am sure once you are fully recovered you too will break workout bands, hearts, skulls, all of the above..LOL Have a gooder <3



legcramps - Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Looks like we're out of tax forms until Friday so I guess i'm doing my return online this year. Not happy about this, because I like to make my own calculations (bean counters unite) and double check everything - that's a lot harder to do when you're filling it out online. Oh well. There are worse things in life...

I have to get the dishes washed tonight, and look through all the bottom cupboards in the kitchen to see if there's anything I will need to take out and leave on the counter for next week (to make it easier when i'm moving around with crutches). I still need to get a few snack items as well, but I think everything else that I can possibly do before surgery is done. Oh, just remembered that I need to get crutches; since I work at a hospital that shouldn't be too difficult to do - as long as I remember to do it!

It looks like i'll be taking the entire week off work for recovery. The pre-op assessment lady actually laughed at me on the phone when I suggested I should be back to work by Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Actually laughed at me and called me a Funny Lady. I will not be impressed if they put me on a back-to-work program. Nope, won't be impressed at all. That won't be happening.

I've got a couple of bigger projects I need to get done before Thursday, so I guess i'd better get back at it!

Enjoy Tuesday!

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/05/2013:
Hope you can handle everything when you're on crutches. How long till surgery?

legcramps on 03/05/2013:
Thanks, I hope so too! I go for surgery on Friday, probably will happen sometime in the afternoon.


getmebackto150 on 03/05/2013:
Hope you have a great day... How long will you be on crutches for??

legcramps on 03/05/2013:
I won't know for sure until the surgery is over, in case they have to do something that hasn't been previously discussed with me. If everything goes the way it should, I could be on crutches for about five days.


Puddles on 03/05/2013:
You are certainly getting ready and you will do good. Take care. Have a good day.


V on 03/05/2013:
You can always call me if you get bored with a week off :)



legcramps - Monday Mar 04, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Happy Monday!

Got another couple chunks of colour put into my hair on Saturday, along with a trim. The chunks are purple, so right now i've got red and purple highlights, although the red has faded to a rust colour, which is kind of neat still. I love the purple; it's very PURPLE.

I tried to take a pic, but me and self-portraits don't get along so well...

I did some prep work over the weekend for my upcoming surgery - picked out loose fitting clothes for the day of, and clothes to last a few days after (before having to do the stairs to get more); picked up reusable ice packs since i'll be icing my knee for the first few days after surgery; and cooked up a batch of curried lentil stew for the week after surgery. I'm freezing it, and will bring it out once i'm back at home. I hope it's good! I also made sure I have lots of carrots and celery for snacking on when I start to get stir-crazy or bored. Last night we waxed legs and watched Big Brother Canada.

Friday night I went out for supper with friends and ended up getting snoozled into going to a house party. It was okay; I left shortly after midnight.

Tonight's plan is some walking and to pick up tax forms; might as well get those taxes done while I have nothing else to do next week!

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

V on 03/04/2013:
Ooh I bet your hair looks fabulously purple :)Good deal on getting your meals prepped for after surgery, I am sure it will make life alot easier..Sounds like a good weekend I can't wait to see your new do :) Hope your first day back goes smooth!

legcramps on 03/04/2013:
Well, it's only a few chunks of purple and it's below my part, so they're almost peek-a-boo shots of colour! I like it anyways and that's what counts ;)

Thanks for the well wishes!


supercheese on 03/04/2013:
oooo id love to see a picture of your hair!!! Hope the knee business is taken care of after the surgery! Snoozled. Ha i like that word. My word for drunk = polluted. Haha

legcramps on 03/04/2013:
LOL, polluted, I like that. It's probably more accurate ;)


Puddles on 03/04/2013:
You sure got a lot accomplished this weekend. You are ready now for whatever comes your way. Have a good week.


Tangalyn~ on 03/04/2013:
ur hair sounds very pretty :) hope u have an awesome day!!


lolla on 03/04/2013:
I love purple too! I wish you all the best in your surgery. You are doing the right with preparation they say: if you fail to plan you plan to fail!


niftyjack on 03/05/2013:
I want purple hair! I love purple. (But I caaaan't. I have to look respehhhctable [grumble grumble grumble])... I so want to see how it looks!

Good luck with the surgery and the post-surgery stuff, too!



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