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legcramps - Thursday Mar 04, 2010

Weight: 0.0

1,400 calories yesterday.  I went out for supper and had SUSHI!  Awe, I missed that stuff.  My intestinal tract, on the other hand... well, too much information maybe :-)

Went to the gym yesterday and ran 22 minutes out of 30.  Sweet!  My goal was to reach 20 minutes, but I just decided why not run the last two minutes?  A month ago, that would have finished me off.  I would never think 'just two more minutes'.  Now, two minutes isn't a huge mental stumbling block for me anymore.  It's great!  Hope I can repeat this tomorrow when I hit the gym again.

One more day of work (today), then i'm off for three days.  I cannot wait to sleep in.  Of course, I'd like to get a couple Shred workouts in this weekend.

Going out for supper AGAIN tonight (what a social butterfly I am!) to the local sports lounge.  We'll be having chicken wings and alcohol.  I'll limit my calories during the day so that I have a little more room tonight for wings.  I used to hate chicken wings because they are sooooo messy to eat, but now I don't mind looking like a fool with grease and sauce all over my fingers.  Oh, YUM.  haha.  It's just part of the experience!

biscottibody59 on 03/04/2010:
Excellent work there! Have good day!

nita51 on 03/04/2010:
I LOVE HOT WINGS, CAN YOU SEND ME SOME? just kidding, don't think I can have them any more (boo hoo!) but after I reach goal, I may be able to work a few in :) Take Care!

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 03, 2010

Weight: 0.0

Mood may be affected by the foods we eat. Theories suggest a role of inadequate intake of omega-3, folate, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin C in mood disorders and depression. 

The following tips may help promote a good mood:
-         Eat breakfast and eat regularly
-         Eat enough protein
-         Focus on fibre
-         Eat fish at least twice a week
-         Limit your alcohol intake
I could be doing more, but I’m well on my way.  I’ve had a headache the last few days, and haven’t been feeling like exercising much, but I think I make a very important point in saying that I haven’t had a depressive ‘binge’ for a good two months.  That’s incredible. 
A headache is nothing compared to days of lying in bed, not wanting to lift my head from my pillow.  A missed workout here or there is nothing compared to eating my way through the entire fridge, day after day, because I feel worthless.  Yup, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately.  But that’s nothing compared to the anxiety and depression I have felt before.
I just have to give myself kudos today for making such positive changes over the course of the last two months.  I must acknowledge that my changes have made a huge difference in my lifestyle and even in how I relate to others. I can actually FEEL these changes happening. The effects of taking care of the body that got you to this point are astounding. I never thought I was capable of such great change. 

I may forget I wrote this. I may even backslide throughout the course of the year.  But at least I’ll know that at one point, I acknowledged the fact that I was worth it.

chidogs on 03/03/2010:
Very excellent self analysis there. You ARE worth it, totally. Keep feeling that way. Don't forget you wrote this, print it out and tape it to the fridge! Good for you.

nita51 on 03/03/2010:
Hey! whats this worthless thing I'm hearing. Don't like that ! Come on, we all get overwhelmed from time to time,,,glad your post changed towards the end and started to acknowledge your accomplishments. You are SO Special. Your career, your loving yourself enough to change, all of which, makes you more valuable than you'll ever know. Keep on keeping on. Hugs!

abdab74 on 03/04/2010:
What a great entry - thank you for that. I can empathize when it comes to the emotional binges, and it is sometimes hard to recognize when we are able to let them go, so kudos for giving yourself a pat on the back.

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 03, 2010

Weight: 0.0

1,900 calories yesterday!  Yikes, what the heck did I eat?

Granola, yogurt and saskatoon berries for breakfast.  Straight black coffee.

Two eggs, red pepper, onions and swiss cheese for lunch.

Granola bar and apple for mid-afternoon snack.

Baked chicken breast, 1 cup brown rice, salsa and green peas for dinner.

Digestive cookies (150 cal bag) and banana smoothie for mid-evening snack.

Sure adds up, anyways!

What's really knocking me down today though is that I didn't do anything yesterday for exercise.  I'm having trouble getting myself together.  I'm trying to stay focused on what I need to be doing, but other 'priorities' are beginning to shove their way through.  I feel sometimes like i'm trying to stay afloat without a life preserver - and I DON"T KNOW HOW TO SWIM!!!

Maybe it's not that bad.  I may have had a lot of calories yesterday, but none of it was junk!  I may not have exercised yesterday but I can't always be expecting myself to exercise everyday!  Be reasonable, legcramps!

biscottibody59 on 03/03/2010:
Yes, we all need to be reasonable--your previous days have been very successful and you have to have a break sometime.

Have a good one!

geevee on 03/03/2010:
Your food choices yesterday were very appealing, esp. lunch.

I have no helpful hints at all about exercising everyday. I haven't done ANY for quite a while.

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 02, 2010

Weight: 0.0

Yesterday 1,700 calories.

Went to the gym again last night.  30 minutes on the treadmill, 19 of that running.  I'm getting better at this.  I ran for 10 minutes, then walked, ran for 7, walked, ran for 2.  I can't wait to hit the "20 Minutes Ran" mark.  I should almost get myself a medal to wear.  It could be just like Weight Watchers, only instead of losing pounds you'd get  a medal for every 5 minutes of running you added to your workout.  Adding running minutes might be much harder than losing pounds, so we'd have to go with a medal a minute.  Yes!  A Medal A Minute Program.  I should copywrite this, quick.  :-)

That's about it.  I tried to relax last night and watched a few episodes of True Blood.  I was invited to a friend's for dinner, but still wasn't feeling great and just wanted to be alone I guess.  Slept okay last night, but I feel groggy today anyways.  Maybe I just haven't woken up yet!

No gym today, will try to hammer out a Shred workout right after work and get it over with so that I have the rest of the night to do nothing.

hollybelle on 03/02/2010:
I love the idea of a running medal for yourself! How about a nice necklace you could get some use out of that would just be a symbol of success you would know about! Maybe something in sterling??? My friend has cusody of the dvds while I'm gone. I plan to walk A LOT!

4everhopeful on 03/02/2010:
Go for the gold girl! You must be feeling great knowing that you beat your own personal best! 20 minutes ran mark is a great accomplishment and definitely worth a reward!

KathyBlue on 03/02/2010:
19 min running, that's GREAT!!! It's the best. And if you'd do it outside, it'd be even better. :) 20 min. ran... ohhh... Wonder when... I hardly convince myself running to catch an arriving bus... :D

size10wannabe on 03/02/2010:
Congratulations on the running! I think that's a really great idea. I'm only just starting to train for running again and am struggling to run for more than 5 mins at a time (quite embarrassing when the person next to you on the treadmill carries on for 30mins straight!) - a medal would be great motivation!

legcramps - Monday Mar 01, 2010

Weight: 0.0

Had a good weekend, but boy is it ever busy at work this morning.  I'll be a tired bunny after this day is over.

So Friday gym buddy bailed on me.  I pouted around the house for an hour or two and then decided to go to the gym anyways, by myself.  Wow!  I must've been super motivated to exercise!  I really was motivated, because when I got to the gym I went straight to the treadmill and ran AGAIN!  I was only thinking of doing some cross-training for about half an hour, but ended up running for 19 minutes!  Best yet!  Can I hear a 'Whoop, there it is' from the crowd, please?!

I ended the day with 1,200 calories.  I went to bed early as was still feeling effects of my cold, so didn't bother with a late night snack (I know, i'm bad for this).

Saturday I woke up with all kinds of energy.  I cleaned house within the first two hours of waking up, then did my Shred workout.  This level is going to take me a while.  It's really hard for me to do all those planks.  I have ZERO upper body strength, it seems.  I then visited a friend for the rest of the afternoon.  I went back to the gym with gym buddy and walked for 30 minutes, then went on the elliptical for 10 minutes.  1,500 calories.

Sunday was a nothing day, but i'm okay with that.  I was starting to feel sick during the afternoon, but visited another friend anyways.  When I got home, I had another friend stop in to chat.  I was going to take the dog for a walk, but it didn't work out for us.  I hope she doesn't hate me for it.  1,600 calories.

Got sick during the night and had a hard time falling asleep.  My doctor told me that this would get better eventually, but apparantly not yet.  I feel disgusting today, and very tired.  I did not do the Shred workout this morning as that would have really finished me off.  I don't know if i'll do the workouts in the mornings right now - it all depends on how well i'm sleeping.  Plan is to go to the gym tonight and run.

nosetwitch on 03/01/2010:
Wow, I can barely run for five minutes anymore. Nineteen is incredible! I hope you feel better and that work doesn't exhaust you too much! Have a great day. :)

Playmate on 03/01/2010:
Im proud of your Friday workout!! You did really good. I hope that you feel better soon.

KathyBlue on 03/01/2010:
Whenever your buddy bails on you, take an mp3 player with motivating songs! I love it. Well, I guess tomorrow I'll be able to play TENNIS finally, instead of FITNESS. Not that I have any probs with fitness, just that I pay a fortune for TENNIS so I shouldn't have fitness instead which is much cheaper normally. But then again, they don't have all the fault - weather is crazy. I see the news on TV and I think: "Nature's getting a revenge." We had a very serious storm recently in Portugal, on Madeira island killing a lot of people, destroying houses, etc. some days after Haiti disaster - and now Chile... What comes next?! :(

i_believe on 03/01/2010:
thank you:)))))

beatingfat on 03/01/2010:
Way to go and keep up the good work.

mylilsista on 03/01/2010:
I hope you're feeling better soon...Kodos for going to the gym without your friend!! You seem soooo motivated and it's apparently paying off!

ElizabethBennet on 03/02/2010:
RUN!!! Well done!! Good job!

legcramps - Friday Feb 26, 2010

Weight: 0.0

I was so antsy yesterday, I decided to go to the gym.  Well, it helped that gym buddy also went.  I did a total of 31 minutes on the treadmill, 18 of that running.  I spilled enough sweat at the end of the workout to form a very long river at my feet, but I felt great.  My legs are a little sore today, but hopefully I will make it to the gym tonight and be able to knock out a few more minutes.  That's my goal, anyways ;-)

Calories yesterday were 1,600.  Thank goodness, getting back on track!

I would have done the Shred workout this morning except that I had a fairly long night and didn't get a lot of sleep.  My family sure knows how to disrupt structure, I tell 'ya.  Well, hopefully i'll get it in on the weekend.

I've been missing my workouts, so i'm glad to get back at them.  I will have to make sure i'm not doing too much so that I don't wear my system down again, but I feel great and back in the groove!

MoodyMe on 02/26/2010:
You are doing SO great..I am very inspired by your entry~Running is hard!! And to do it when you're not feeling very good..wow~! Just be careful..I know you put alot of pressure on yourself, and I understand that feeling when you don't workout..but listen to your body..don't want you making yourself worse.

Hope you have a great Friday!!

chidogs on 02/26/2010:
Oh running sounds so good! I am so glad you are back on track, and feeling better! Bravo.

balloonlady on 02/26/2010:
great day. I am jealous kinda, I never really sweat at the gym.. I really get going on the tread and elipitcal, keep my heart rate around 140-148 , A little damp. as a child I had a disorder where I never sweat at all and would just pass out... But I still kinda feel I not really woring that hard when I know I am... weird huh?

biscottibody59 on 02/26/2010:
Your day sounds great! Hmm that's what my family's good for--upsetting structure--I like the way you put it though!

Have a good weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2010:
i love that feeling of getting back into workouts. :-)

and i also loved reading about your "sweat river!"

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2010:
i am a sweater, as well.

legcramps - Thursday Feb 25, 2010

Weight: 0.0


1,700 calories yesterday, no exercise.  Gym buddy had other committments and I just couldn't find the motivation to go on my own.  This is not looking good.  Everything hurts, even my internal organs.  My cold, by the way, is taking over my sinuses and the part of the neck that gives me headaches.

I slept well again last night (apparently I need to be suffering from a cold in order to get a good night's rest) and was reluctant to get up this morning.  I think I have a cold sore on the inside of my lip, I keep running my tongue over it and feeling the irony-taste of blood in my mouth.

Well, I don't know what else to tell you.  I know i'll get back on track at some point.  I only wish it was sooner rather than later!  No worries, it'll happen.  And i'll be ready when it does!

geevee on 02/25/2010:
We have a lot in common! Without a friend or class to encourage me, I vegetate. I am not self-motivated. I can't even do the poses while watching someone do them on TV. Nope. I have to be there.

Sleep? What's that? It's been SO long! I'm lucky to get 4 hrs. and never wake up feeling well-rested because I'm not.

And cold sores too! Yup! I have two at the moment; one above each end of my upper lip. How I hate the way they look and feel!

All I need now is a cold, too. I can't handle a simple cold and am amazed at how people can work while having one. I sure hope yours goes away soon.

panda22 on 02/25/2010:
Hey there! I'm sorry you aren't feeling well, colds are the WORST! They just throw everything off track! Don't get discouraged, you need to give your body time to heal and get better....and rest is the best way to do that. Skipping on the exercise for a bit isn't terrible! Don't beat yourself up, it's not like you're feeling fantastic and just deciding not to exercise, you're sick and feeling horrible from the sound of it, and that's not your fault! Hang in there! I would suggest drinking lots of orange juice and fluids, that may help curb the hunger, as well as get your body back in gear quicker. It might take another week for the cold to go away, just do what you can for exercise, don't overdo it, and try to stay positive! You can get through it! Hope you feel better and have a nice evening =)

chidogs on 02/25/2010:
Hang on, I know it's miserable to be sick but it takes time to recover. You need rest and no stress, so do what you can and let go of the rest until you actually feel better. Take care.

loveray on 02/25/2010:
let your body get well:) xo

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 24, 2010

Weight: 0.0

1,900 calories yesterday.  For some reason, I just HAD to have a banana smoothie before I went to bed at 8:30pm.  The positive is that I slept through the night and was quite rested by the time I got up this morning, even though I still didn't do any exercising yet.

Today i'm hoping to begin to get back on track.  My cold has moved up into my sinus and I had a bit of a bloody nose this morning due to it being so dry in the house.  But at least my throat is no longer SO sore.  Maybe a sinutab or two and i'll be able to make it back to the gym tonight.  Time to get back at it before I lose ALL incentive!  Also, hopefully my diet is back on track today too and i'll have no yearning to eat through house and home when I get back from the gym.  I'm thinking of getting to bed early tonight just to avoid that.


Who knows if i'll be able to run tonight, but I hope so.  I'd like to try for 17 minutes of running again to ensure that I haven't back-stepped too far.  If I can't do it, i'll just have to work back up to that point again, but OY - what a long process!

I could just keep blabbering on and on here, i'm in that kind of mood, but I think instead I will go comment on your entries now.  Have a great day!

chidogs on 02/24/2010:
Glad you're feeling somewhat better. Just don't overdo and stress out your still recovering system. Now that you are feeling better, the cravings for mass amounts of comfort food should decrease! Hang on!

loveray on 02/24/2010:
you too! hope all is well. i am sending good vibes to everyone, including myself!!

still_too_heavy on 02/24/2010:
You are too funny. I love reading your enteries! I am struggling to get on track to.. Looking for some encouraging words that will motivate me!

hollybelle on 02/25/2010:
Sorry about your cold! I am finally over mine and feeling better. Wishing you a speedy recovery! I have a new tactic. When I feel like eating thru the house I clean instead. You should see my floors! Tee-Hee!

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

Weight: 0.0

Well, I realized that it wasn't just a cold keeping me down, my TOM also decided to show up. I'm assuming that was why I was feeling so HUNGRY and catching the cold gave me no test of resistance whatsoever.  I crumbled under the pressure!

I went home yesterday right before lunch and slept all afternoon.  Then came that darn demon of hunger - it overtook my limbs and carried me into the kitchen for food.  I swear!  Like, NINE times!  When I finally decided I might as well go to bed since all I was doing was eating, I was rudely woken a few hours later by an outraged TOM demanding to know why I wasn't paying any attention to it.  So for the next hour or so, I squirmed between the sheets, trying to get comfortable, trying to will the aches and pains from my body.  Once the heating pad took effect, I was off to wonderland - and two hours later up and getting ready for work.  I don't know why I do this to myself.

So, I didn't do any exercising yesterday, which is understandable under the circumstances but surely won't help me balance out those calories.  1,900 again.  If we're gonna look on the bright side, at least it wasn't 3,000 I guess.

I had a meeting this morning which droned on into the afternoon and now here I am, trying to keep my eyelids open and putter away until the end of the day.  Will I go to the gym tonight?  I hope you won't feel badly of me for saying 'probably not'.  The whole reason for coming into work today was so that I could go to the gym tonight.  But I am tired.  I feel the burn of an aggravating cold that I don't wish to aggravate more, and an irritating soreness throughout my midsection, threatening to take away the holly jolly personality i've been holding onto for so long.  Exercise would be a great counter-balance in this situation, however - I have no motivation.  People still exercise with aggravating colds and topsy-turvey tummies.  I'm just not one of 'em.  Maybe that's why I am where I am.

chidogs on 02/23/2010:
Don't beat yourself up. You're down because you don't feel good. Normal, very normal. Your energy is all going towards fighting that cold. Let it. Just do what you can do, and push the guilt away. As soon as you feel better you will get back on the road! Sending you hugs.

jananasplit on 02/23/2010:
feel better soon hun!!!! and dont worry. xxxx

nita51 on 02/23/2010:
Between a cold & TOM,,,,that's enough to make anyone feel awful.I sure hope you get better.

bez15 on 02/24/2010:
Hahaha I like your story about Level 2 on the Shred. I am soooo dreading it!! Planks suck.

Feel better soon!! I know that I hate to exercise when I feel like crap. Just take some time to get healthy so you can workout again!

legcramps - Monday Feb 22, 2010

Weight: 0.0

I feel pretty crappy.

Saturday 1,900 calories.  I WAS doing well, then went over to a friend's place to play cards and had too many snacks.  I did Shred today.

Sunday 3,000 calories!  I started out by eating granola and yogurt with fruit, then my cold started to take over.  I just couldn't get myself up and moving, even to eat.  Finally, I forced myself into my winter clothes and took the dog for a 30 minute walk.  Then I visited my Grandma, then got groceries.  That was a bad idea, groceries.  I was starving by then.  When I got back home and sat down, the cold kicked back in.  I ate until I couldn't eat anymore, then lay on the couch - sick, sick, sick.  Tried cough drops, medicinal teas, took a nap.  I woke from my nap around 9pm HUNGRY and kept right on eating.  It just wasn't a good day!

I should have stayed at home today.  I feel pretty crappy.

chidogs on 02/22/2010:
Awwww, I'm sorry you feel bad. Colds sometimes force you to hit the comfort foods. Just take care of yourself and you can get rid of that when you are strong again.

hollybelle on 02/22/2010:
Sorry you feel sick. I relate - yesterday first good feeling day I've had in 2 weeks. Don't make it worse by eating too much today. Eat well and what you like,but try to keep it in line so you'll feel better when you heal!

nita51 on 02/22/2010:
Lets turn crappy to happy,,,,OK? Remember it was only 1 day, and with this new week,,,You'll be right back to taking good care of yourself. My weekend wasn't too fantastic, either, My guy had me cooking up a storm again. Well I tasted this and nibbled that, but I'm not going to fall, I may have stumbled, but I'm right back in step. So at least you walked your dog for 30 min. that's got to stand for something. Hugs....You'll be just fine......Nita

biscottibody59 on 02/23/2010:
Sorry to hear about the cold--do take care of yourself:-)

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