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legcramps - Wednesday May 04, 2011

Weight: 164.0

So apparently I like to do things that i've already said I shouldn't do...

Yesterday I spoke about wanting to go for a run, but deciding not to because I didn't want to "over-do" it and be wiped at work. This morning I was up bright and early with the birds at 5:30am. I had tons of time to slowly get myself out of bed and changed into workout clothes. By the time my brain woke up and started to think, I was already out the door and absolutely ITCHING to run. I made it a respectable two miles. I think it takes me the whole first mile (if not more) just to warm up, because in the beginning I was really hurting and not having much fun but by the end, things were flowing smoothly and I was in the groove. Dog came with me and she even caught the groove bug towards the end of the run - she knew exactly how to run beside me and kept looking over at me to make sure I was still going in the same direction ;-) we had it going on, people.

In all of that time, I didn't take note of the weather. I knew it was a bit windy, but I was totally involved in running and didn't notice how cold it actually was. When I got home, I jumped in the shower and "ouched" and "ooched" my way through scrubbing down (cold skin + loofah = scary shower scene) and once again warm and cozy started getting ready for work. I did a quick ab routine and put on my compression socks, and decided to attempt the walk to work. I dressed much more warmly than for my run, and I pushed through the wind and the cold (I think it may have been trying to rain) all the way to work. I have to say, it wasn't much fun. And now I get to look forward to the walk home! But the positive is that my Dad will be waiting for me and we're going to hit the town for some lunch. I'm going to get something warm to eat.

So during my standard web surfing episode yesterday I came to the conclusion that a lot of my stomach issues could be because of my blood type. My Dad has a book "Eating Right For Your Type" that i've asked him to bring for me to read. It might be a total hoax, but i'm guessing it just might give me some insight into what types of foods I should be eating. It gives you examples of a healthy diet based on your blood type. My type also suggests that I need lots of exercise to keep me happy :-) That is probably very true!

Have a great day everyone!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

~Moody~ on 05/04/2011:
I always admire people that are able to get out of a nice warm bed at the crack of dawn to exercise!! Great run today~and I think it's so cool that Dog goes with you!

Hope you had fun with Dad~Wishing you a great day!


V on 05/04/2011:
Great job!!! Wooohoo! Thank you for your kind and wonderful comments :)


moogy on 05/04/2011:
I could just picure you running and your dog looking up at you, making sure you were working as a team. Gotta love those dogs!!! Good for you and your running, through rain, and snow, wind and sun - she runs!!!!



legcramps - Tuesday May 03, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Doing well! Just a quick check-in because there isn't much to say today.

I walked to work again this morning; I was actually thinking about going for a run but I still can't get my car out of the garage and I didn't want to totally exhaust myself by 8am ;) so I decided not to.

Last night I did some stretching, some foam rolling, and my ab routine, and slept in my compression socks again. Boy, that really makes a difference, I felt fine this morning on my walk. All this foam rolling takes some getting used to though; I haven't done so many rolling planks in my life! But it sure does the trick, so i'm not complaining.

A full day today and then a half day tomorrow at work; my Dad is coming down to help me build a trellace for the garden (well, trellace-ish; more like chicken wire) so hopefully it will be warm and sunny for us tomorrow afternoon. The snow is almost gone, thank goodness.

Happy Tuesday!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 05/03/2011:
I can't believe you got snow this week!! We think the RAIN is bad! When you say foam rolling - are you doing that for your shins? I use one on my back. It hurts like $#!+ but it helps in the long run.


~Moody~ on 05/03/2011:
Glad to hear things are going well!


V on 05/03/2011:
Great job Girlie!! Hey I posted a pic for you ;)



legcramps - Monday May 02, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Back to the darn grind

My little town got a blast of a snowstorm on Saturday morning. I was supposed to go to a cousin's graduation out of town, but there was no way that was going to happen. So I spent the day doing nothing instead. Well, first of all I fixed my sump pump because it stopped working, and then I cleaned up water from the basement, and then I did nothing.

You know how when the weather changes abruptly and there is suddenly no sun where there used to be sun and you start to feel all disoriented and depressed? That's exactly why I did nothing on Saturday with regard to exercise or house chores. What did I do? I went out and drank beer. Lots of it. Canadian beer, hear me? My head was pounding when I woke up on Sunday morning . Saw a guy at the bar who kept looking over at our table (duh, the table was filled with nothing but women) but then we had some major drama and I forgot all about him in my haste to get the heck outta there. Guess it wasn't meant to be

I managed to get some laundry done and the dishes washed on Sunday, and I even went out for coffee with a friend - which included a 20 minute walk - in the afternoon.

My back alley is a frightening pit of quicksand right now, so I had no choice but to walk to work this morning. Thank goodness, because I think I would have driven if I had the choice. I hope to walk for the rest of the week, but maybe Friday I will run in the morning again and drive to work. We'll see! It will be a good week!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

~Moody~ on 05/02/2011:
Sounds like an interesting weekend! Hope you had a great Monday!


V on 05/02/2011:
Girl sometimes V flys solo out to avoid the drama...LOl Sorry you had a massive headache, these things happen from time to time ;) Love you have a wonderful healthy week ;)



legcramps - Friday Apr 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Thank Goodness It's Friday

So I was surfing yesterday and found a message board about compression socks and shin splints, and one of the suggestions was to sleep wearing compression socks. So I did that last night. And I woke up at 2:30am boiling hot because I had knee high socks on ;)

However... it did help.

When I rolled out of bed at 6am my calves definitely felt good. And when I dressed and headed outside in the rain for a run, they still felt good. Even when I was back inside and quite literally peeling off my pants because they were soaked right through, no shin pain! Sweet! I will have to try that again sometime.

Because I was soaked within 5 minutes of heading out for my run, I thought you might enjoy seeing what I looked like after the workout:

           What is with the picture quality?

Anyways, I lie. That might be how I looked, but this was how I felt:

Believe me, I was soakered. And very tired.                

After stuffing my runners with paper towel to help dry them out, I showered and got ready for work. I was way early because I thought I might still want to walk to work (nah.), so I decided to eat my breakfast at home for once and it was really enjoyable to actually sit down and eat a toasted bagel with a smackload of honey on it ;) This early morning thing isn't all that bad, once in a while.

All ready for work! And definitely ready for the weekend!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/29/2011:
Cute pics! Neat to see what you look like. Years ago when I first began teaching aerobics I got awful shin splints. Luckily back then (the 80's!!!) we wore leotards and LEG WARMERS to work out in and I used to tape my legs lightly with ace bandages so that it would ease the shin splitts! No one was the wiser!! and eventually they eased and I didn't need them. Remember it didn't help that we didn't know any better than to do aerobics - high impact on carpet over concrete floors! So compression socks make sense.


lolla on 04/29/2011:
You are so beautiful! I am happy the socks helped you, it nice to be pain-free! Hope you keep feeling better!


moogy on 04/29/2011:
Well wet or dry you still look beautiful!! I am so glad that you found a trick that works with the compression socks. I had to laugh at hollybelle's comment about the leg warmers, she probably went to disco's as well!!!! Have a great weekend legcramps:)


~Moody~ on 04/29/2011:
Very cute pictures..you are really pretty!! You remind me of an aunt of mine, cept she has red hair, but your face is strikingly similar!!

I suffer from shin splints too..I can't run on concrete at all..I have to be careful on my treadmill too..if I increase my speed too quickly, my shins pay for it big time.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday!!



legcramps - Thursday Apr 28, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I wore my compression socks on the walk to work this morning and felt pretty good, other than my feet felt squished because the socks are pretty thick. I might try to find compression sleeves and try those out instead.

When I got home from work yesterday, I immediately ran some errands including getting water and gas in the car and groceries. By the time I got back home, it was almost 6:00 and I had a message waiting for me from a good friend who was visiting her Mom at the lake. So a friend and I drove down to visit with her; I didn't get back home until after 11:00! Now that's past my bedtime. I was quite groggy when I got up this morning ;)

My muscles are finally starting to recover from the 'bootcamp' slo-pitch practice on Friday. I am hoping that i'll be able to fit in a run tomorrow evening because the weekend is shot with attending a cousin's graduation out of town. Unless I can convince her to run with me. So I might decide to drive to work tomorrow; still need to confirm with Running Buddy on whether or not she will want to run on Friday.

The To-Do's for today: 1 hr walk; grocery shopping again; sleep ;) oh, and watch American Idol episode from last night. When will the raking get done? I don't know.

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

~Moody~ on 04/28/2011:
Sounds like a busy weekend ahead...Hope you have a great day!


moogy on 04/28/2011:
I sounds like you had a lovely evening and sometimes staying up past bedtime is worth it!! I hope your muscles hang in there for you. Have a great weekend legcramps:)



legcramps - Wednesday Apr 27, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Howday.

The hour of walking I did yesterday (it's close to a half an hour walk each way to and from work) and the full day of work after so many days off really did me in. I was in bed around 8:30pm. Gosh! I noticed some shin pain during my walk home, so after dinner I rolled out my calves on a foam roller and boy did it hurt! I should have also worn my compression socks to bed, but I forgot. I threw on my old pair of runners yesterday and I think that's why my shins were hurting - today I wore my new runners and noticed less shin pain. Stick with the new runners, legcramps. Lesson learned.

Suffice to say, I did not do any raking of the yard. When I got home, I checked the mail and made idon'tknowhowmany phone calls, cooked dinner, foam rolled and then completely zoned out.

This might sound crazy, but I phoned my cable company yesterday and cancelled my cable! They're going to cut if off tomorrow morning, so I will get in one last episode of Survivor tonight. I will save around $50 a month because of it, and I really only have the tv on when I am too lazy to do anything else. I don't want to pay for an unhealthy habit. Unless we're talking about potato chips ;)

So that's a nice little addition to the budget and should help me pay for an upcoming trip to visit my brother this summer.

There is nothing going on with my love life at the moment, V ;) I am only slightly bummed about this as I had a very nice convo with my aunt last week and decided that when the time is right... well, then the time will be right! I can wait; I will practice the virtue of patience since i've never been very good at it in the past.

And that is all!  for now, anyways... 

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

moogy on 04/27/2011:
Courageous decision to turn of the cable. I would be lost without my pay TV. I hate commercials and all the smut on free to air. I do watch a lot of TV as I am basically trapped in the house until I can be diagnosed!! Great job with the walking. That will really make a difference but will take your legs and stamina a little time to catch up. Plus if it is too hot or yucky weather you will still need to drive, so you will get days of naturally. I am so proud of you and yes, patience is a virtue!!


V on 04/27/2011:
Aww Man!! I was hoping for a little somethin somethin :( Oh well soon(Ihope)....Yes MOM and SIS should be very afraid, Sarge Slaughter is coming with a vengance!!! LOl have a good one!!


~Moody~ on 04/27/2011:
Wow, cutting out cable! I would go nuts..I'm a major TV/movie person..but I totally understand saving on fundage wherever possible..espcially on something you don't use that often..

Hope you have a great day!


h82bfat on 04/30/2011:
Now that's dedication, running in the rain! I tried walking in the rain once & it didn't turn out so good.... ;c) I used to get major leg cramps, but not so much anymore & I don't know why that is becus I'm not doing anything different. Very strange. Have a great weekend!



legcramps - Tuesday Apr 26, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Back to work today :( heehee, just kidding, i'm okay with it.

Well it was a great week off, I got so much accomplished and yet still managed to visit with family more than regularly, take more walks with Dog, and get more exercise. How I wish we didn't have to work to earn a living ;)

Hard as I tried though, I couldn't dwindle the To-Do List to nothing, so this week will be a busy one while I catch up on things at work, and continue to work on the List.

The positive is that i'm going to attempt to walk to and from work every day this week. Mostly because there's no gas left in my car and I have no money to put gas into it. Actually, I do, but I am not willing to waste it on fuel if I don't have to. I'd like to save it and use it to travel to see my brother in the summer instead.

I still have to finish raking the yard, but i'm going to do a little each day and hopefully by the end of the week it'll be done. And on Friday I get to do some shopping! Of the grocery variety, that is. So this week i'll also be pouring over flyers and checking into coupons.

Well I better get back at it, this work won't do itself!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 04/26/2011:
walking to work will be AWESOME exercise!!! If it was anywhere near the realm of possibilities I would be all about it, but I live 20 miles from work across a major highway... BLAH... Darn suburbs! Glad you had a good week off from work!


sweetpea1977 on 04/26/2011:
Walking to and from work is an awesome idea! How long is the commute?? My situation was similar to getmeback's, though my job was also located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Downttown ATL is downright scary at times, lol.


~Moody~ on 04/26/2011:
Lucky you that walking to work is an option! I wish I could say the same~Great way to get some exercise in and save money~

Hope you have a great day~


moogy on 04/26/2011:
I think that walking to and from work is a great idea. How far away is work? I have to say that you sound like a new person since I have returned, it is lovely to read that you are feeling so positive even with work and daily life getting in the way of you doing what you want!! Good for you:)


V on 04/26/2011:
Glad you enjoyed your staycation ;) I missed you man>>> Give me some dirt on the love life!!


biscottibody59 on 04/26/2011:
All credit to you on walking to work--we're pretty unfriendly to walkers in most places here in the US.


h82bfat on 04/27/2011:
Sounds like you're staying busy in an active, productive way, so Cudos to you! I hope you're able to walk to work! Great for the bod AND the budget!!



legcramps - Saturday Apr 23, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I managed to rake a 12 x 12 section of lawn in the front yard so far today. I'll need to allocate more time towards raking... it's apparently exhausting work.

I washed all the floors and finished up most of the laundry, washed walls and cupboards in the kitchen, window frames, vacuumed upstairs... all that's left is the yard and it's probably going to take me a lot longer than I figured. Stupid leaves.

I'm taking a break and we'll see how long I drag it out ;)

Yesterday we had ball practice for 1.5 hours, and I am soooorrrreee. This morning I went for a 40 minute run with a running buddy, and I am now even more soooorrrreee. Yes, I think a break is just the ticket.

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/24/2011:
Wow,what a productive day! :)


moogy on 04/25/2011:
I need to have a little rest now...........................good going and you are right, raking is exhausting but so good for the upper body. You sound like you are enjoying yourself, lovely to read!!!


h82bfat on 04/26/2011:
Wow - I don't get THAT much done in a week! No wonder you're sore!



legcramps - Thursday Apr 21, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I was up bright and early this morning to head in to work for a half day. I have a meeting coming up at lunchtime, and then i'm off to wash floors back at home!

Who would've thought I would be busier on holidays than when i'm working...

I'm going to try and fit in a walk with Dog this afternoon. Gotta get ready for the 5k at the end of May! Even if I have to walk most of it, I still want to be able to finish it!

Great day to all!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 04/21/2011:
lol, I love the before and after photos you posted yesterday!

I hope you dont work too hard while on vacation. Otherwise, you'll need a vacation from your vacation!


KathyBlue on 04/21/2011:
The dog's name is Dog? :) My uncle (car mechanic) had a cat named Clutch... lol. And then me and my friends at the univ adopted a cat while living together in an apartment, and nobody could come forward with a name everyone'd like so he became the "Cat". He's a stupid, nervous type, doesn't like to be fondled, etc... dunno why, no one ever hurt him, but well... animals! One can never know with them.


Supercheese on 04/21/2011:
haha geez. have fun working out by cleaning!!



legcramps - Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

Weight: 164.0

This is me before hitting the To-Do list of spring cleaning items:

This is me after:

And i'm only half done! Oy vey!

On a good note - my run for the day is complete, Dog's exercise is complete, and i'm feeling alright! Also, I bought a foam roller and it arrived today so I tried it out... Owwwie, but I think it'll help with the tight calf muscles. All's good!

Progress as of today: 11 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 04/20/2011:
Tee hee, yay for getting stuff accomplished! I hope you're enjoying your holiday :)


V on 04/20/2011:
LOL!!!! LOVELY ;)


thisisit on 04/21/2011:
Oh I hate spring cleaning. I had to do it last weekend. I threw out so much trash the entire vestibule was filled with my bags. But, it's great to do it!!!



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