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legcramps - Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Weight: 165.5

*i'm trying really hard not to complain*

I guess I have nothing good to say, so...

Pumpkin Muffins:

I did finally make them. At 1:00am this morning. Yeah. I made these ones with applesauce. Bad move. Hate applesauce. Darn, there I go complaining again.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 11/03/2011:
I hope your day gets better:) Sending hugs your way!!!

grannyannie on 11/03/2011:
Hugs from me as well!

liza36 on 11/03/2011:
I love anything pumpkin. The muffins look delicious! Hope you have a good day.

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2011:
hahaha, but applesauce makes them healthier (less calories!!)! :) Do the muffins taste good? If not, you could always use substitute half of the applesauce (make sure its unsweetened applesauce) with olive oil (healthy fat). Doing this should make the muffins taste less sweet.

grannyannie on 11/03/2011:
Thanks for the photo comment! The camera makes it a bit more intense that it actually was, but it was beautiful.

getmebackto150 on 11/03/2011:
you should TOTALLY try quinoa... Its nutty and chewy (in a good way, I promise) and just delicious! Use it in place of rice or couscous... you won't be sorry!

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2011:
lol, cream cheese makes almost everything taste better. Thats why I dont keep it in the house! :)

V on 11/03/2011:
LOL!! You are too funny :) I think they look good :P Yea VC had some serious family issues(me thinks) I read all of them and they get even creepier...hahaha :) Have a good evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/03/2011:
wow! those muffins like really good - like so good that they are even healthy but satisfying tasty at the same time. yummy! i take it we are in the same boat with work. i know how much you loathe your job as well! don't worry girl, TGIF, the weekend is almost here. :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/03/2011:
anyways, wow, pumpkin muffins...i am gonna have to try to cook something delicious and squash-y soon! i think i may experiment some of Sunday with cooking something new....as long as i can fit it in! who wants to stay inside when we work indoors all week!? lol, am i complaining again!?

Umpqua on 11/04/2011:
Now that is a good looking muffin! I had to throw out my frozen stash so I'll have to bake some up this weekend and I think it's gonna be pumpkin. Have a good weekend!

~WI~ on 11/04/2011:
Those look great! You are inspiring to me with all the work you do and how you push yourself to do more. You do many good things and that is awesome. Have a great weekend!

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 02, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I initially started out this entry by complaining. I've started over. No complaining today.

Tuesday eats: mocha, oatmeal, soup, chocolate cupcake, chicken burger, fries, diet cola.

And then I wonder why my face is breaking out.

Went back out to the dog park after work yesterday and spent another two hours working hard on it. I was near frozen by the time I got home and needed a hot bath just to warm up. I was planning on cleaning up the house last night, but I didn't have the energy. Instead, I read a little bit of The Help (okay, half the book) and fell into bed at an early hour.

Today is Zumba day. I would like to go, so i'll try very hard not to fall asleep before 8pm tonight when the class starts ;)

I think I might also attack the kitchen and make those pumpkin muffins i've been drooling about. That would at least cut down on all the freakin' chocolate. By the way, the cupcake? Forced down my throat. No lie.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/02/2011:
Yea, I'm sure you forced that cupcake down your throat. Uh huh. LOL. That's very late for a Zumba class. I don't have the energy at that time of night.

sweetpea1977 on 11/02/2011:
Enjoy your Zumba class. Yes, you are going, because I said so! :-)

I still need to make pumpkin muffins. I cant believe I havent done that yet!

Supercheese on 11/02/2011:
Have fun at zumba!! TOday is my rumba class too!! lol enjoy the muffins ha about the cupcake.

hollybelle on 11/02/2011:
Hope you didn't fall asleep and went to Zumba. I should have read your post before I made mine. I didn't follow the no P & M (Pi$$n' and Moaning)rule. Hate to say that - I think I just needed to get it out. Pumpkin muffins! YUM!

V on 11/02/2011:
Enjoy your Zumba class my love <3

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 01, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Monday: mocha, oatmeal, cookie, soup, kitkat, cheese and crackers, chocolate milk.

That was pretty bad. The only nutritious meal I had yesterday was the soup for lunch.

After work yesterday I went out to the dog park for three hours and we put posts up for the fence. I'll be heading there again today for another couple of hours to start putting up the top rails. It's hard work - i'm definitely getting some exercise. And I did something to my neck too - it has a huge knot in it which is a little concerning so i'm going to try and not think about it ;) Avoidance breeds happiness, no? 

When I got home I had about four trick-or-treaters come to the door while I was watching an episode of Merlin and then Once Upon A Time. After that, I grabbed my book and took a bath because my toes felt like they were going numb with cold. Need to remember to wear thicker socks.

I brought all the halloween candy back to work with me, but I saved some kitkats for myself. This may not be a great idea, but I have a very hard time just giving away kitkat bars ;)

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Supercheese on 11/01/2011:
lol I'm the same way with snickers :)

grannyannie on 11/01/2011:
I love Kitkats as well!

V on 11/01/2011:
Meaning to ask how far along in the VC Andrew series are you? Flowers? Thorns? Petals??? anyhoo have a good day!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/01/2011:
i've been doing the oatmeal thing too! it works, i still need a snack of course in the AM....and it sucks, wish my body wasn't able to get hungry in the mornings!!! my boss is a monster when it comes to snacking :-( he doesn't like it!

so i guess we all missed fall, huh? on to winter. haha, i loved your comment today.

legcramps - Monday Oct 31, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I can't believe it's already Monday. We need to start having three-day weekends, none of this two-day crap.

Friday night I managed to stay awake long enough to get my legs waxed and watch Dawn of the Dead.

Friday eats: mocha, oatmeal, cream of cauliflower soup, chicken and pasta with broccoli.

Saturday was spent doing a lot of nothing. I was still in a somber mood and didn't feel like cleaning, crafting, nothing, so I spent most of my time watching tv shows and then got ready to go out to a halloween dance. The dance was okay; I really loved my costume (I went as an ER doctor zombie) but the dance was nothing special. I got home around 2:30am, deciding to go straight home from the dance, no house parties. I was so glad I made that decision when I woke up on Sunday feeling not too bad!

Saturday eats: mocha, bagel with cream cheese, mozza cheese and crackers, 1 slice homemade vegetable pizza, 2 pieces chicken nuggets, 1 serving snack food, which means I don't recall exactly what I ate, but I did well and didn't eat too much junk food. In fact, I probably didn't eat enough on Saturday, 'cause things got fuzzy pretty quickly ;)

I got up early on Sunday morning, had a mocha and another bagel, then walked to pick up my car. Woohoo - that's the only exercise I got this week :( After that, I spent the afternoon at the dog park helping to get things done, then went to our church's fall supper where I ate a nicely arranged dish of all kinds of things. In the evening, while snacking on more crackers and cheese and chocolate milk and even gingerale just in case, I made a big batch of creamed soup in the slow cooker, and made up my lunches for the week. I still have to make a batch of pumpkin muffins for breakfasts, but hopefully I can get that done today or tomorrow.

This morning I brought oatmeal for breakfast, soup for lunch, then i'm heading back out to the dog park after work so dinner will be decided once I get back home.

Happy Halloween! Hope you have a fantastic day today :)

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

V on 10/31/2011:
Happy Halloween!! Lots of love to you!!

Supercheese on 10/31/2011:
Happy Halloweeeny!! You're weekend food sounds like mine! HA bagels and mocha!

legcramps - Friday Oct 28, 2011

Weight: 165.5

One day at a time...

I guess I lied to myself when I thought I wasn't grieving too much over the loss of Dog. Between that, and the two-day convention I went to, i'm officially in "tired as hell" mode. Yesterday I went to sleep at 6pm, woke up at 12am, went back to sleep at 1:30am and didn't wake up until 7am this morning. Could be a little bit of depression kicking in; i'm thankful that my friends and I are heading out this weekend for some halloween fun because otherwise i'd continue with my stick-in-the-mud persona and never get over this. I know what I need to do to conquer, i'm just having trouble DOING it!

Yesterday's eats: mocha, poppy seed muffin (dry and flavorless), chicken and pasta with broccoli, fruit cup ($3 spent for a tiny amount of fruit), turkey bacon and mozza cheese sandwich on ezekiel bread with spinach, french fries.

Today after work i'm going to pick up what I need for Sunday and then clean up as much as possible before a friend comes over; it's leg-waxing night. It'll probably hurt like heck since i'm in such a bad mood. Yesterday at work I could feel myself getting more and more annoyed at small little stressers. I guess I needed the sleep, but it doesn't seem to have helped much. I'm going to plaster a fake smile on my face anyways and hopefully soon the happy endorphins from having to stretch my face in a positive way will kick in ;)

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

KayBee on 10/28/2011:
poor girl... rough times. I hope you get better very soon...

glycrina on 10/28/2011:
I am sorry, but it is good to grieve now and deal with your feelings then it would be to stuff it down and wait for it to come bubbling. You deserve a great weekend. Have fun!

Supercheese on 10/28/2011:
awww -hugs- Im sure you'll have a great weekend. Remember to laugh, it'll help you feel better!

sweetpea1977 on 10/28/2011:

I sure hope you have a fun weekend with your buddies! You totally deserve a great time after all you've been through lately.

Keeping you in my thoughts!

grannyannie on 10/28/2011:
Sorry...big hug from me as well! Yes, pretend you're having a good time and you might surprise yourself. :-)

V on 10/28/2011:
Love you :)

Maria7 on 10/30/2011:
Sorry you are grieving...so am I. Hope you feel better.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I can't seem to get myself back into the motions of losing weight and exercising regularly. It's hard to get back into things!

Yesterday eats: mocha, Kellogs cereal bar, banana, chicken, pasta, broccoli, yogurt, granola, turkey bacon, mozza, ezekiel bread, bbq chicken pizza. So disappointing.

My problem is obviously my nights. There has to be a better way to avoid eating so much at night. I can clean house instead, go for a walk, take a bath, or just hit the sack for the night. All very good options that I will have to start to incorporate to avoid the late night bingeing that i'm doing. Maybe planning out some tasks I can do at night will help:

Thursday: dishes! unpack! sweep! wipe down kitchen! then take a bath and read, then go to sleep.

Friday: dishes! wipe down kitchen! take out garbage! clean bathroom! then waxing legs, then go to sleep.

Saturday: clean bathroom! clean living room! go through clothes! bring in patio furniture! then halloween party!

Sunday: nurse hangover! <--- without eating greasy, fried foods. I should prepare for this and have chocolate milk and cheese and crackers on-hand so that I don't feel the need to go to a drive-thru.

Also on Sunday i'll be making a big batch of creamed soup for my lunches, and hopefully i'll have enough energy to whip up a batch of pumpkin muffins for breakfasts. I love fall foods!!!

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

~WI~ on 10/27/2011:
You are a busy bee! I love fall foods as well, things seem to taste better when the air is cooler LOL. Have a great day!

getmebackto150 on 10/27/2011:
I too struggle with the nighttime eating BIG TIME! I think having tasks planned out is a good potential solution! have a fun time at the Halloween party!!

V on 10/27/2011:
I love your plans especially anticipating the hangover LOL! Hey see if you can find some Urban Detox

www.functiondrinks.com I love this site cause it has killer graphics!! you must check out the featherweight page :) It brings a smile to my face!!

V on 10/27/2011:
Sorry lightweight...hahaha

~WI~ on 10/28/2011:
I am a night eater as well. Once I made peace with that fact, things got easier. I was able to let go of the 'eat all your food in the daytime' mentality, and now I eat during the day lighter, and save my big meal (or snacking) for the evening. I still eat enough during the day, but save the bulk of my points (or calories) for the evening hours. I found out that trying to deprive myself of something that is natural to my body just made me eat a lot during the day AND at night. On WW I am allowed 29 points a day, and typically I will eat 10 or 11 of them during the day, and the rest at night. Sometimes it is so I can enjoy a larger supper, sometimes it is so I can enjoy an ice cream drumstick after a smallish dinner. It satisfies me on all levels to eat that way. Even though my son swears that I should eat before 7PM (ha, right) and that all food we eat after that turns to fat. Well, turns out, that isn't true.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Whew! I'm wiped!

I spent Saturday helping to build the fence for the dog park site. It was a long day of walking around, carrying heavy items, loading and unloading trucks, and being nice to people when I really wasn't in the mood ;) When I finally got home, my back was killing me and I was covered in dirt and grime. I took a hot shower and relaxed for the rest of the night.

Sunday was spent doing laundry and packing for my trip. I drove the two hours to the convention centre, we got into our rooms and unpacked, picked up our packages for the convention, had a bite to eat, then hit the sack. So tired! My eyes were literally burning, even my boss mentioned that I looked tired.

All day Monday was eaten up by speakers, keynote addresses, and group sessions. We managed to find some time to do some shopping ;) but I didn't buy anything. There were some cute little clothing shops in the city, but the prices! oh my! Then Monday night was a big banquet with great food and good entertainment. By 9:30, I was back in my room, nestling down for the night.

Tuesday was another day full of listening to people talk about healthcare. By mid-morning, my attention was wandering and I found myself doodling on my writing pad. The sessions were really great and very interesting, don't get me wrong, it was just a little too much for my pea brain and attention deficited head ;) We left a little earlier so that we could get a headstart on the drive home, which was spent gabbing away. Those two hours went by fairly quickly! And we did some shopping as well; I picked up some lip gloss and lip scrub for the winter season, and a dirty pleasure - the book The Help.

Last night I attempted to unpack, failed greatly, and resigned myself to checking e-mails and having a long bath. I was in bed by 9:00.

I'm still pretty tired today, but the postive is that it's already Wednesday! Happy Hump Day!

I am determined to get myself to Zumba tonight. I have missed it, and I hope they haven't added too many steps to the songs so that I can get back into it without feeling like I missed a lot. Have a great day today everyone!

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

glycrina on 10/26/2011:
Glad you had a good time at the convention! I always found them to be refreshing. I LOVED The Help. I read it over the summer and I couldn't put it down. I then made everyone at work read it too. The movie was also really good.

liza36 on 10/26/2011:
I loved The Help. The movie was good too. Hope you are enjoying it.

I know how tiring conferences can be! Sucks the life out of ya.

Have fun at Zumba.

V on 10/26/2011:
Hope you got to the Zumba class! It gives ya so much energy :)

legcramps - Friday Oct 21, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Yesterday didn't go totally as planned, I don't know why I went out and purchased crackers. I was on auto-pilot and didn't even think about it until i'd already eaten my share of 'em. Stupid binge.


Breakfast 8:00: 1/4 c oatmeal, 1 tblspn pb, 1 tblspn choc chips, 1/4 c pecans, 1 banana DONE

Morning 10:30: 1/2 c grapes, 1 litre water DONE

Lunch 12:00: cream of cauliflower soup, 1/2 turkey sandwich, 1/2 c coffee DONE

Afternoon 2:00: 1/2 turkey sandwich1/2 litre water

Afternoon 4:00: 1 container yogurt and 1/2 c granola

Dinner with friends 6:30: 1 c spaghetti, 1/2 c meatballs, salad of some sort?

Evening 8:00: snack TBD

After work, i'll be helping out with the dog park fencing, then going to a friend's for dinner. Then we're watching some episodes of Ghost Whisperer.

This weekend will be full of dog park fencing. Then Sunday I need to pack and leave for a two-day convention through work. I probably won't be updating during the weekend or during the convention, so if you don't hear from me, don't get worried. I should be back on Wednesday.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

glycrina on 10/21/2011:
Sounds like a great Friday. Enjoy yourself on your trip even if it is for work!

biscottibody59 on 10/21/2011:
Enjoy your weekend!

V on 10/21/2011:
Enjoy your weekend :)

liza36 on 10/24/2011:
I'm just catching up after being out of town for a week. I'm so sorry to hear about Dog. I know it must have been difficult - I hope you are doing well.

sweetpea1977 on 10/25/2011:
Been thinking about you. I hope you're having a good time at the convention.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 20, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Yesterday: coffee, cheese biscuit, chicken pasta, yogurt and granola, crackers and cheese, chicken pasta, granola and pecans with whip cream (low fat).

Did I need all those snacks yesterday? Probably not. Again, I was out almost as soon as my head hit the pillow yesterday. This morning I didn't get out of bed until well after 7am, so needless to say I was slightly late for work this morning. My eyes are not as sore today though, so that's a good sign. I washed bedsheets yesterday and cleaned.

Today i'm going to try:

Breakfast 8:30: Carrot Muffin, 8oz coffee DONE

Morning 11:00: Grapes (1/2 cup), water (1 litre) DONE

Lunch 12:00: Soup, 8oz coffee DONE (cream of potato soup)

Afternoon 2:00: Sandwich (1/2 tuna, 1/2 ham), water (1 litre) DONE

Afternoon 4:00: mozza cheese and crackers :(

Dinner 6:30: crackers :(

Evening 8:00: turkey bacon and cheese sandwich :(

We'll give that a try today and see how it goes, it'll give me around 1,900 calories. I'm also craving pumpkin muffins, so I might look for a low-calorie recipe and make some for breakfasts. The Dog Park Crew will be out at the site working today. I work until 4pm, but I might scoot out there afterwards to see how they're doing. And then again, I might not. A little indecisive today ;)

My Mom went away for a few days, so we haven't had the discussion I so need to have with her. She was upset when I told her over the phone that Dog would be put down, and it just irritated me. I still can't figure out if i'm angry or just majorly disappointed, and what I want to do with that information. For goodness' sake legcramps, she probably really is sad that Dog will no longer be around, so give her a break will you?

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

~WI~ on 10/20/2011:
I am sorry to hear about your beloved dog. I'm actually sad. I remember when my dog died and I still miss her badly some days, and it has been 25 years. I don't think everyone grieves by bawling their eyes out, sometimes our grief is evident by how silent we are about it. Your grief is there, you are just processing it differently and there is nothing wrong with that. When the time comes for you to release that grief through tears, your heart will know.

I think the Dog Park project is wonderful!

glycrina on 10/20/2011:

grannyannie on 10/20/2011:
I know how you feel. Hugs. And we do all cope differently.

shams on 10/20/2011:
have a nice day

V on 10/20/2011:
Love YOU <3

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

Weight: 165.5

It was strange coming back to an empty house yesterday. It's bizarre, but the house seemed so much bigger. A few bouts of tears slipped past my eyes, but all in all things went as well as I had hoped. I was glad I made the decision to stay with Dog in the room, as I really think she needed me there to reassure her.

I didn't know what to make for dinner yesterday, so I threw a chicken pizza into the oven. My lunch was leftover pasta with chicken. Really overloading on the chicken. Then I read for a bit and headed to an early bedtime.

I was asleep soon after my head hit the pillow, which is new for me; usually I toss and turn before finally finding sleep. I slept right through until 6 this morning. My eyes feel heavy and scratchy, but heaven knows if I got through yesterday, i'll get through today too!

Tonight is Zumba. I am debating going. I want to wash some bedsheets, blankets and tidy a few things. I will feel better after i've been able to pack away some of Dog's things. I also want to get back into routine, but now is maybe not the time yet.

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/19/2011:
So sorry. {hugs} Maybe Zumba will make you feel a bit more energized?

glycrina on 10/19/2011:
My heart is heavy for you. I think keeping busy would be my plan. My yoga video always talks about "showing up for yourself" even when it is difficult. But whatever you decide to do, Zumba or cleaning, I hope you find some peace today.

V on 10/19/2011:
hey do whatever is going to make you feel better, if I lived closer, i would come help you pack up things with you.. Lots more love sent your way today <3 <3 <3

Umpqua on 10/19/2011:
You are doing amazingly well. xoxo

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