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legcramps - Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

Weight: 165.5

Crazy week!  Excellent!

Monday - slo-pitch; started packing; paid bills

Tuesday - slo-pitch; hill garden or cut grass

Wednesday - slo-pitch; garden or grass (whichever one I didn't do on Tuesday)

Thursday - pack etc; watch Eclipse; take lawnmower back to Mom's.

Friday - slo-pitch; sleep!

Saturday - leave for trip 0400 hrs!!!

Four friggin days of slo-pitch.  That should lose me a pound or two.

I apologize for my lack of discipline yesterday with the tempting picture of the evil chocolate cake.  I didn't mean to post it.  Really.

Plan for today is the same as yesterday's.  It's really hard to go meatless - i'm craving all sorts of meaty dishes... some that I haven't even tried in my lifetime, like braised rabbit and lamb skillet.  The worst part about this week is that there are a dozen beefed up cabbage rolls sitting in the freezer.  I've been thinking of them like you'd think of a lover you haven't seen in months.

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

geevee on 07/13/2010:
Comparing cabbage rolls to a long lost lover has me laughing out loud here at the library!


Umpqua on 07/13/2010:
LOL! I really don't think I could give up meat. Tried it briefly in college and it just doesn't work for me. That said, I've had rabbit (yum) and am a huge lamb fan. Enjoy your busy week!



legcramps - Monday Jul 12, 2010

Weight: 165.5

I could think of a few Black Magic Moments to celebrate with a cake like this one.  Not that all i'm doing today is drooling over pictures of chocolate cake.  I managed to make a phone call and send an e-mail so far...

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Black-Magic-Cake/Detail.aspx

 

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

Umpqua on 07/13/2010:
Oh. Oh my :)


biscottibody59 on 07/13/2010:
Hey there! To answer your question--no, I don't think it's the walking. This is the least activity/exercise I've gotten in a long time, but it's consistent--so not at all bad. I think what may be happening is that I'm just not eating much fat or calories (compared to what I had been).

I had a couple/three weeks with something going on with my gut, which made me full really quickly (sometimes it came with some pressure too). I still don't know what was going on there. At any rate that resolved, but I was very cautious about what I was eating. Though I was writing down my food, I didn't count calories much, so I think the little restriction I ended up doing at night because of the physical ill may have jumpstarted something. I then cut back on fat and really increased fiber (fruit/veg) there for awhile. I've toned that down just to see what I could get away with eating here and there since then.

Also I've just about eliminated all high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the form of soft drinks/soda waters. I wasn't drinking all that much anyway, but I seem to have a sensitivity to it. It's hard to put my finger on it, I'm just better off not making it a choice. On that same count, I had cut out ANYTHING with HFCS a couple years ago and it seemed to have some effect then as well--calming and just reducing cravings altogether.

All the research, etc more or less says the body doesn't differentiate HFCS from sugar, but I think the difference with me is that if I use sugar, I'm putting it in/on food myself. I'm controlling it. And the average cup of soda has upwards of 10 tsp of sugar (in the form of HFCS usually). Who's going to go to the kitchen and make a glass of tea for instance and put 10 tsp of sugar in it:-)

Anyway. A long-winded answer to say: I'm not sure, but I did make a few changes. I try to get at least 6 hrs sleep/night. And some of the eating changes made during my ill period in June/July have stuck. The walking helped, but it's not the key.



legcramps - Monday Jul 12, 2010

Weight: 165.5

wuuurrlllagghh. blah. monday.

My eating the past few days has been... Distracted.  At certain times, i've only eaten when hungry.  Other times, it's like there's a gaping hole in my stomach that will NEVER be filled.  What is the issue?  I think it's boredom.  I worked hard each day, but once I was back in the house facing a book or the computer, I couldn't stop thinking about what to eat.  This is such a nuisance and I can feel that I am not as motivated as I should be. 

I worked for three hours yesterday in the garden, and by the end of it felt as though i'd been hit by a semi-truck full of sticky watermelon.  I felt icky for the rest of the day, and aptly managed to keep my belly full until bedtime.  Must get past these ISSUES!!!

This week is herein named "Meatless Week".  Bean burritos and a lentil casserole are the main courses for the week.  Perhaps some fish if I have enough motivation to prepare and cook it.

Positive - 5 more workdays and i'm off on vacation to visit my brother and his family.

Negative - I will be ten times more exhausted when I get back from vacation as my brother and his family are GO people and I am so totally NOT.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - coffee, yogurt with fruit

Lunch - black bean burritos

Snack - celery and peanut butter

Dinner - lentil casserole

Exercise - slo-pitch

Other - the potatoes and corn need to be hilled this week before I leave.  I don't think I like gardens much.  And I really don't like weeding flower beds - damn bees prevented me from finishing the job.  Next year - Grass Seed.  Haha, I say that now, but I just KNOW my mother would never let that happen!

Carry on then!

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

geevee on 07/12/2010:
You echoed my thoughts and problems exactly! All last week I constantly hungry. I'd eat, and then feel as if I hadn't. it's so hard to "fill up" when your stomach feels like a bottomless pit.

This week is the second vegetarian week in a row for me. Last week the only meat I had was half a c hicken breast.

And filling up on water as some suggest doesn't work for me.



legcramps - Wednesday Jul 07, 2010

Weight: 165.5

Death to Chocolate!

Death to salty tortillas!

Death to chicken pasta dishes!

It is amazing how a change in your diet lasting all of two days will have such an effect on the numbers.  I can also feel it, especially in my tummy area - the bloating is awful.  I have nothing to blame except my own indiscretions.  The lesson?  "How to Keep Yourself Busy When Bored Without Walking to the Snack Drawer 21 Times".  That, and how to refrain from purchasing ready made meals from the grocery store when you have all the ingredients you need to make your own.

Positive - The weather really has been great as of late.  Very pleased with Mother Nature right now.

Negative - I would be extra pleased with myself if I could get past the number and focus on the way I feel and be more mindful of what I put in my mouth.

Plan for today:

It's BORING!!!  You don't want to hear it any more than I do, right?!  I'm just getting sick of writing the same things down, everyday.  I love BORING eating, but I hate having to write it down all the time.  So today, i'm being a rebel.

Slo-pitch tonight.

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

liza36 on 07/07/2010:
Legcramps, this entry made me smile, because I see myself in what you wrote. Just yesterday I was driving home from work, thinking what quick fix could I have for dinner, even though I had everything at home to make something healthy. I do that WAY too often, and then waste food at home. I also feel incredibly boring, and don't write every day, because it's the "same old, same old". Anyway, I love to tune in everyday to read your entries, and I love the positive, negative you write. I think it forces at least one positive thought, which it good. Hang in there!!


sweetpea1977 on 07/07/2010:
lol, I feel that my entry and daily plans are boring too but I HAVE to write it down because if I dont, it is too easy for me to slip up. :)

I totally agree with you on cats being dirtier animals than dogs. One of my pet peeves is seeing cats walking on counters and tables. It grosses me out because I mean, they were walking around in their bathroom before they jumped onto the places where I prepare and eat food. Ugh. Yep, I am a dog person and I tolerate the existence of my husband's cats because I love him that much. :)


Umpqua on 07/07/2010:
I wish I could say death to chocolate but that would be impossible for me. Chocolate and I have reached a somewhat peaceable understanding - most of the time :)


loveray on 07/07/2010:
haha i love your entry. and thank you so much for your kind words- im hoping everything works out the way it's supposed to.


nita51 on 07/07/2010:
So true., some more than others, but I need a major construction. LOL Love you thanks for compliment.


just42day on 07/07/2010:
Glad that Mother Nature has been smiling down favorably on you! Sure wish we could just get a "bad food" voodoo doll and whisk away all the temptations! I struggle with that,too. Some days I can conquer the demons, other days I just join the devil. Have been keeping him a bay the past few days. Hope you can too!


biscottibody59 on 07/08/2010:
Well, I find writing my food down for anyone else but me to be boring. I don't find your entry boring at all--pretty amusing actually!


ElizabethBennet on 07/08/2010:
Indeed!! Loved it!



legcramps - Tuesday Jul 06, 2010

Weight: 164.5

I used lime juice in the guacamole, but maybe I didn't use enough!

July is going to be a rough month for me.  I've switched to a daily birth control pill, one that will attempt to pour health into my bones so that I don't end up with osteoporosis as I grow older.  Since I am no longer on Depo, I am starting to feel the effects.  Yesterday just before the end of the workday, my blood sugar was so low that I seriously thought I might have to puke in the staff parking lot.  That hasn't happened to me for a long time.  Then, early this morning I woke myself up with harsh cramping in my stomach and pain in my lower back.  I cannot wait to find out what else will happen.

Positive - I played with the dogs in the backyard yesterday and they got lots and lots of exercise.

Negative - I caved and bought some chocolate yesterday.  So I had some of that, and then I had some more of those stupid tortillas.  Apparently, I need to adapt patience into my life as I know there will always be times like these.  Patience, young grasshopper.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt with blah blah blah

Lunch - chicken wraps, etc.

Snack - celery, peanut butter, some more chocolate (hopefully that will keep me away from the low blood sugar thing)

Dinner - leftover chicken pasta meal from yesterday.  I really must've been feeling sorry for myself to buy a pre-made meal from the grocery store.

Exercise - it was fun playing with the dogs, so maybe we'll just do that again.  I could stand to do some weeding in the garden as well.

Other - I should say that even though i'm hanging on to enough sodium to feed the universe, i'm feeling better than I have in a long time.  Aside from the fact that there are chips and chocolate bars in my house, I haven't felt so balanced in months.  Maybe even years.  I only hope the feeling lasts a little longer!!

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

KathyBlue on 07/06/2010:
I'd love to have dogs, too! But my lifestyle (work) doesn't let me have any, and I live on the 3rd floor in a block of flats. Don't blame yourself because of the chocolate, it happens! I received a pack of chocolate in April and I ate them, 1 piece a day (they were almonds covered with chocolate "without added sugar" but we don't believe their lies do we) or more... I don't buy chocolate anymore, and now, after 6 months of diet I don't have to AVOID deliberately the sweets shelves in the supermarket. I am on a level where I can go there, check them, see them, check their calories and fat content, etc. and say "nah... doesn't worth it!"


sweetpea1977 on 07/06/2010:
I saw your question about guacamole in your previous post. Here is what I do. After the avocado is ripe, I slice it in half and use only half of the fruit for my meal (slices in salad, guac). The half that still has the pit in it gets wrapped up tightly in aluminum foil and placed in the fridge. I usually try to eat that half in the next day or two. Anyway, the pit keeps the fruit fresh a little longer so if you must use a whole avocado, you may want to try keeping the pit and put it into the leftover guac dish. Then put a layer of foil or saran wrap directly onto the guac then cover the dish with foil or a tight lid. The brown layer that forms is oxidation. Im not sure if its safe to eat, so I always scrape off the layer and eat the stuff underneath.


Umpqua on 07/06/2010:
I hope you get your hormones straightened out and get to feeling better. I hated being on the pill but maybe it will be better for you than the Depo. ^^Didn't know that about the pit in the avocado, have to try it!


just42day on 07/06/2010:
Thanks for your words of encouragement. Really appreciate them. Great exercise with the dogs. I love animals, too. Hope your day is great! :)


loveray on 07/06/2010:
sounds like you are doing really well!! congrats on all of your success:)



legcramps - Monday Jul 05, 2010

Weight: 164.5

I saw 163 on the scale over the weekend, but a serious case of sodium intake has got me back at 164.5 today.

Positive - I had a great weekend; got to visit with friends and do some yardwork.  Nice and quiet - that's how I like 'em.

Negative - Why I had to give in to the multigrain tortillas i'll never understand.  I should have just eaten half a shaker of salt instead.

Also - how long does homemade guacamole last, dudettes?!!  I made a whole swack of it, and one day later it was all brown and gooey.  What a waste of money.  And fruit.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt, blueberries, nectarine, bran buds

Lunch - chicken wraps, bell pepper, lettuce... other veggies on the side

Snack - celery and peanut butter

Dinner - I might have to bring the leftover pot roast outta the freezer

Exercise - I would like to take the dogs out for a playdate if the weather cooperates

Other - mmmmnnn, tortillas.  haha, just kidding.  or am I?

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

Donkey on 07/05/2010:
With the humidity and heat, I have been *craving* sodium too. It's been really really hard. Just keep in mind that this is temporary and try to drink more water. Trust me, you'll have a big drop next week.


skinnygrlwithin on 07/05/2010:
To make the guac last longer add lime juice.... it prevents the brown from setting in as early


just42day on 07/05/2010:
A lot of gained a bit overweekend. Let's hope it'll all go away as quickly as it came.


Moody3 on 07/05/2010:
Lot's of us struggled with sodium this weekend..hmmmm

As for the guacomole, I have no idea, cuz I can't stand the stuff!!

Hope you had a great Monday!!



legcramps - Friday Jul 02, 2010

Weight: 164.5

Finally lost some weight!

Canada Day was good; I went to the beach with a friend and we literally boiled in the hot sun.  When we got home we were met by a spectacular thunderstorm that raged on and on for about two hours.  I went to our town's fireworks display and stood in the pouring rain with my tiny umbrella watching the fireworks.  I was soaked through to the bone and was freaking out because I was sure I was standing in tall grass and MUST have about a MILLION woodticks crawling up my LEGS.  I was a tired girl by this time!

Positive - Got some much needed vitamin D.

Negative - It stopped raining for a whole 36 hours.  Maybe I should look at it as a positive though.  At least we got some sun.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, nectarine, bran buds

Lunch - hamburger wraps, sprouts, bell pepper, two perogies

Snack - celery and peanut butter

Dinner - chicken, vegetables, rice

Exercise - slo-pitch (I think)

Other - Nothing.  A Good Book.  Sleep.  All good choices.

 

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

tangalyn on 07/02/2010:
wow sounds like u had a busy but fun day :) big congrats on ur loss, keep up the good work... hope u have a wonderful day :)


WI3 on 07/03/2010:
Your leg waxing comment cracked me up!!! It is fun to read your entries LOL Have a wonderful day!


geevee on 07/03/2010:
Progress! yea!



legcramps - Wednesday Jun 30, 2010

Weight: 165.5

I didn't end up needing any snacks last night.  In fact, I was in bed by 9:30pm.  I ate dinner quickly, then cut the lawn, then took the lawnmower to Mom's to cut hers as well, so I didn't get back home until well after 7pm.  I'm looking after a friend's dog for a while as well, so it was a mess of trying to get both of 'em fed and bathroom'd out.  I was exhaustered!

Positive - I have so much fruit in the house, it will be a miracle if I manage to eat it all before it goes bad!!!  That's a positive because there's so much of it in the house.  Here's another one:  I got a plate of food from Mom for cutting her lawn; hamburger meat and perogies.  At the time, I didn't think this was very positive (aka not very healthy), but i've taken ONE of her meals and split it up into THREE by adding some of the veggies left in the house!

Negative - I forgot how difficult it is to take care of two dogs.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, bran buds

Snack - mango

Lunch - hamburger wrap, sprouts, bell peppers, two perogies

Snack - celery and peanut butter, mango

Dinner - chicken and veggies, brown rice

Exercise - walking (no slo-pitch, but doing a fundraiser tonight - lots of walking)

Other - Dog #2 is having a sleep-over somewhere else tonight.  I'm thinking about calling it an early one in order to get up early tomorrow for CANADA DAY!!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/30/2010:
hey there. Job hunting is going so-so. I still am studying for our national registry exam, the test which certifies me to perfrom Xrays. if i fail, i can't take xrays for one year! therefore, that's whats mostly on my mind. i figure one thing at a time, that's just me. I'm also working teaching some music lessons for a little pocket change.

you are doing well. nice eating yesterday!


liza36 on 06/30/2010:
I like how you took a negative and turned it into a positive. The meal doesn't sound too bad after adding veggies. Good for you! Have a great day.


Umpqua on 06/30/2010:
Your foods all sound so yummy. I'm glad you're getting a break from doggy sitting. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!


SkinnyGrlWithin on 06/30/2010:
Yay for the positive!!! good plan about splitting up the plate..that's really hard to do!!


geevee on 06/30/2010:
You have as many fruits as I do!


just42day on 06/30/2010:
Excellent plan for splitting the meal into 3! Good for you! Nice exercise, too, with all the lawn mowing and doggie day care!


Moody3 on 06/30/2010:
Lots of yummy fruits~Makes me wanna go shopping but my fundage is too tight right now..sigh..

What a great idea to divide your plate into 3 meals!! Very smart and disciplined~WTG!


biscottibody59 on 07/01/2010:
Happy Canada Day!



legcramps - Tuesday Jun 29, 2010

Weight: 165.5

So the depo-provera shot is wearing offffffffffffff.  Urghhhhhhhhhhh.

In July I have to switch to the pill, and then in August I can take the shot again.  The break is supposed to help my body stay in balance, blah blah blah.  I am tempted to just get the shot again.  The PAIN!  The paaaaaiiiiiinnnn.  No wonder i'm calling myself a moody bastard.  It's because I AM one!!!  Ridiculous.

Positive - It is not raining.  I think the skies have been dry for around 48 hours now.

Negative - That's probably obvious from my rant above.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - Mocha, chocolate muffin (what can I say? I gave in.)

Lunch - chicken and vegetables.

Snack - celery with peanut butter.

Dinner - chicken and vegetables.

Snack - I can guarantee this won't be enough food for me today.  snacks left in fridge:  nectarine, strawberries, blueberries, mango... it might be a fruit salad. No Junk Food!

Exercise - I have to mow the lawn at my house and at Mom's today.

Other - I will continue to read the book I started, a romance novel about vampires.  Yes, i'm a tad bit geeky and loserish.

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

Moody3 on 06/29/2010:
I did the Depo shot once and one time only!! It threw my body into such a spin...mood-wise and weight-wise~I was married at the time and I felt so bad for my husband because like you said above, moody bastard is right!!!

I am reading a trashy romance novel too~great summer reading!!


nosetwitch on 06/30/2010:
Hey! shabu shabu is japanese. you boil your meat and vegetables at the table and then dip them in sesame or soy sauce. it's very fun...kind of an interactive food experience. :)



legcramps - Monday Jun 28, 2010

Weight: 165.5

On Saturday morning, I weighed in at 164.5, but today I am back at 165.5.  Too bad.  I had a bad day yesterday, major hangover and I did nothing except eat.  All good things, but I ate a lot of it.  Must learn not to stay out so late.

Positive - It isn't raining today.  Actually, this week it's supposed to be incredibly hot.  Must learn to sit out on deck more often this week.  With Good Book.

Negative - Oh, EVERYTHING, as usual!  I went out Saturday night and suffice to say perhaps I need to be a little more patient until someone appears to be interesting enough to pursue.  Yikes, it's pretty stale in this town.  I still had fun with my girls though.  Must learn that not having boyfriend doesn't mean not worthy of having boyfriend.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, fruit salad (nectarine, strawberries, blueberries)

Lunch - chicken and mushrooms

Snack - raw mushrooms and some lite ranch dressing

Dinner - chicken, mushrooms and rice

Exercise - no slo-pitch today, will plan to weed garden and try to fit in one more activity.  It may be "vacuum".

Other - waxing legs tonight.  finally. Must learn to do more often when in pursuit of opposite sex.

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

Umpqua on 06/28/2010:
Sorry you had a bad day yesterday. But at least you saw a downward flux on the scale. You'll see it again! Good luck with the leg waxing. All waxing is a form of torture for me :P


just42day on 06/28/2010:
Thanks for the good wishes. Sorry about your day yesterday. (I can't deal with hangovers anymore -- too old I guess. just don't have the endurance I used to.) Enjoy your day of mushrooms! FYI: If you like mushrooms, you might like the chicken w/mushroom sauce I posted in the recipe section a few weeks again. It worked for me anyway. Your fruit salad b'fast sounds heavenly! Enjoy the rest of your day!


biscottibody59 on 06/28/2010:
You're so right about your boyfriend observation . . . happy waxing!


Moody3 on 06/28/2010:
hahhahaa on your waxing leg comment and needing to do it when persueing the opposite sex..uhm, my are a bit on the furry side right now..ooops!


nita51 on 06/29/2010:
Take Care :)



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