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legcramps - Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Weight: 0.0

I ate pizza last night for dinner.  It was forced down my throat

So I wrote out a tentative plan for running during the next five months leading up to the 5k race.  I say tentative because I love to re-do things and I am almost certain i'll end up re-doing this plan.  But for now, it looks like it would work fairly well.  I am following a couch-to-5k plan and even took a more conservative approach, considering I will have a lot of time to work on it (five months).  It starts this week, today actually, with 6 minutes of running and 24 minutes of walking.  I may not make it to the gym tonight, but I went last night and ran 10 minutes and walked 22 minutes.  So I think that pretty much covers RUN ONE.

Today is a friend's birthday dinner, so I have to go to the flower shop after work and pick up a plant arrangement and a card for her, then home to let the dogs out and feed them, then I need to go to my grandma's to say goodbye to my aunt and cousins who are heading home tomorrow morning, then pick up my friend for dinner.  At some point in time, it would be nice to get some groceries.  I don't think that will happen though.

Major heartburn today - do you think it's because I eat lots of bread?

RUN ONE - Walk 22; Run 10 --DONE

nimony on 03/24/2009:
Great job creating a running plan and getting started on it! I get the "re-do" on plans...I modify mine all the time, mostly to prevent getting in a rut and being bored. So yeah, I get that. Great start!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/24/2009:
lol, only you can force pizza done your throat...ha, unless someone was feeding it to you!? your exercise sounds good! busy day for you!

no, i do NOT think the heartburn is from the bread. maybe the acidic tomato pizza sauce though. usually i believe heartburn is from overload on acidic foods like tomatoes. grilled peppers. stuff like that. so the pizza could have done it.


selina on 03/25/2009:
Have a great day, Legcramps!



legcramps - Monday Mar 23, 2009

Weight: 0.0

I woke up on Saturday morning with a knot in my back the size of China.  I managed to find a massage therapist who worked on it for a full hour, still not getting the majority of the knot loosened.  I made another appointment for Friday to hopefully finish it off.  It still hurts a little bit, mostly I think because now my back has been bruised and beaten!  I think i'll then make regular appointments every few weeks for a massage - I know it helped when I did this before.  Sitting at a desk all day sure can do a number on a person's back!  Bizarre.

Took the dogs for a walk on the weekend.  It is getting warmer outside and the snow is starting to melt, thank goodness.  I cannot wait to see grass!  It doesn't even have to be green!

Tonight is movie night.  I'm not sure what we're going to watch - I think I might suggest Great Balls of Fire, or Across the Universe.  Too bad I don't have The Sound of Music, I love that movie!

I now have yet another cousin wanting to run the local run we have here every August.  The initial year we had the run, I entered the 5k.  Last year (the second annual run), my boyfriend entered the 5k and my mother entered the 3k walk.  This year, both of my parents want to enter the 3k walk, and my boyfriend and his cousin, two of my cousins and my gym partner want to enter the 5k.  I think it's wonderful that it has caught on so well and I can involve my family and friends in such a healthy activity!  I am so excited for everyone to do well - but also need to start getting into it myself.  So, i've pulled out my 5k training program and will start at it full force in the next week or two.  It will be so nice to get outside and RUN!

Umpqua on 03/23/2009:
It's good to see another familiar name still on here. Sounds like you are doing well (minus the back pain - ack!) I completely know what you mean about trying to get outside now that the snow is melting. Our front yard is just about melted but the back yard is shady and still mostly snow covered. I really want to get out there and garden and just be active outside. Very soon...Good luck with the running!



legcramps - Friday Mar 20, 2009

Weight: 0.0

my arms hurt. bad. that was awesome.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/21/2009:
so i guess you had a wonderful time playing yesterday!!! good for you! i hope the soreness dies down!


biscottibody59 on 03/22/2009:
Thanks for the BDay greetings!

As for your previous entry--how boring it would be if we all thought alike--you wouldn't be YOU! Yeah simplifying things/life is a good idea--and worth the effort. I don't think most people even try!

Have a good week!



legcramps - Thursday Mar 19, 2009

Weight: 0.0

I am amazed at my incapacity to think the same way others think.  Seriously.  Why do I work for a huge organization where we're herded to our death like a group of buffalo to the edge of a cliff?!  It takes me far too long to figure out what someone else's thought process is, and by the time I do figure it out, either the meeting is over or i've over-thought it and am now confused.  I'm not kidding you - I live in an almost constant state of confusion.  Imagine what we could accomplish as organizations AND individuals if we allowed ourselves to think freely instead of always feeling like you just have to get it done and not think about it at all.  The simplification of life is my greatest goal, my greatest dream and my greatest obstacle.  I wonder if other people are managing to do it, or if it only looks as such on the outside.

Anyways, i've been away for a while - nothing really exciting has been going on lately.  I went to a concert (The Eagles), and... yeah, that's about it.  I haven't been to the gym recently, but my bf has finally decided that the gym is not his enemy, so he has agreed to accompany me when I have no one else to go with.  That is a HUGE change, and i'm very thankful he has made the decision to support my healthier lifestyle efforts.  Now if I could just get him to stucco the house this summer...

Tonight bf and I are going to the local high school for drop-in badminton from 7:30 until 9:00.  Hopefully we will be able to find our rackets but i'm told the school will have extra if we cannot find ours.  I am extremely excited about this, as I used to play badminton in high school and have only been able to play on and off a handful of times.  I can't wait, but I imagine my arms are going to HURT tomorrow!

My eating is going so-so.  I still constantly pig out on bread and bread products, but I have to say that i'm eating less and less junk food every week, and more healthy alternatives (salad, fruit and yogurt to name a few).  I'm so happy to be able to say that!  My attitude has stayed quite even over the last few weeks as well; I have experienced only a few of the typical misfires and general irrationalizations I normally pollute my entries with!  I think this is due in large part to my eating patterns, but also because I can feel spring trying to break through the hard winter ice in town.  The sun is shining, the dogs are staying outside for more than five minutes at a time, and it feels as though a weight has been lifted.  I must remember to load up on Vitamin D before next winter!


legcramps - Thursday Mar 05, 2009

Weight: 0.0

Why does it always have to be so busy everytime I take a measly day away from the office?????  ARGH, this is so frustrating!  FRUSTRATING!  People are making me angry and i'm having WAY too many blonde moments today and I just can't do anything RIGHT!

And i'm busy.  Why is it ALWAYS busy?  Oh, right - i've already brought that up.

Did well the last two days (even though I did not count up calories yet) while out of town on business and even hit the gym at the hotel for 30 minutes of treadmill running - 10 minutes running total and walked the other 20 minutes.  Not as much water, but I still did very well considering there wasn't a lot of time to devote to drinking it...

Gotta go~

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/05/2009:
lol...are you blonde? i've pictured you as a brunette! lol


nenak on 03/06/2009:
count to ten and smile!


hollybelle on 03/06/2009:
Yes - BUSY!!! I KNEW you would hit the hotel gym! I just knew it! GOOD for you!



legcramps - Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Weight: 0.0

Ugh.  I went on a mini-buffet yesterday.  In my own home.  Paying for it today.  Why do I do this?????

When I got home from work yesterday I was feeling really tired.  I had already had my fill of snacks, adding an extra snack during the day because I just could not stop munching.  That would have all been well and good had I just decided to make dinner as soon as I got home, but no, I lay down on the couch instead.  I had a bit of a headache and all I wanted to do was curl up and sleep.  After about 10 minutes of that, I decided I was too hungry to wait for dinner to cook (which would have taken all of 5 minutes) and grabbed the rest of the Triscuit crackers and gobbled them down.  Then I made a peanut butter sandwich and ate that.  At least I stopped after this point, until later on in the evening when I actually had dinner - a ham sandwich.  Enough carbs tonight, 'ya think?!

All that doesn't even look terrible until you add up the calories.

Monday - 2023 calories.

I don't know.  I was going to go to the gym, I was going to prepare for the trip i'm taking today on business, I was going to read and study a couple of things.  I did nothing.  And not only because I didn't want to - I also forgot.  I mean, I forgot.  How do you forget to pack?  To work out?  Sometimes my mind just freezes up, like it's saying "hey, enough, enough already, i'm full up lady", and won't process any more information.  It's exasperating!

Anyways, I drank lots of water yesterday, around 4.5 litres.  I guess I was hoping to somehow make up for the excess amount of food that entered my stomach.  I'm pretty sure it didn't work.  Today, i'm crampy and bloated because of all the bread and grains I ate yesterday.  Why do I never learn?!

iWant2BSkinny on 03/03/2009:
Oh gosh, sounds like the story of my life!!! I used to pig out on grains and then I would feel COMPLETELY bloated the next day.


gigi43 on 03/03/2009:
Blonde from a very dark brown. I've had blonde highlights before, but never took it all the way.

Good job on the water intake, by the way. I used to be so good about water but now I struggle.


nenak on 03/03/2009:
and me...... dont give up!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2009:
that's not terrible calories! you are doing well...i've noticed many great days. just keep going!


selina on 03/04/2009:
Have a great day! Great water intake and calories are not bad at all....



legcramps - Monday Mar 02, 2009

Weight: 0.0

 "If our definition or concept of ourselves comes from what others think of us – from the social mirror – we will gear our lives to their wants and their expectations; and the more we live to meet the expectations of others, the more weak, shallow and insecure we become."

Stephen Covey

If I would have updated this journal on Saturday, it would have gone much like this:

"AAAAARRRRRGGGGGAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHMMMMFFFFFFFGGGGGGAAAARRRRGGG"

Since it is today and not Saturday, I can only say that I had a terribly rotten day on Saturday.  Saturday. was. rotten.  My magic potion did not work - not totally, anyways.  So I got my period on Friday, took advil every two hours throughout the whole night, and woke up feeling okay.  So I got up and started making breakfast.  Around that time, my stomach twisted its evil head 180 degrees, took one look at the fairly content expression on my face, and decided to change my expression to one of pure agony.

I tried to take a bath, and just like last month as soon as I stepped foot into the tub the pain was about ten times worse.  When I finally managed to get out of the tub, I lay down beside the toilet for awhile, wretching and crying and shaking, until I didn't have anything left in my stomach.  I dressed myself and walked into the living room only to find bf waiting to take me to the hospital.  I told him this time I wanted to wait it out, that I just needed half an hour for the medication I took to start working.  Three hours later, I was finally feeling better.

The rest of the weekend went alright, did some cleaning and lounged around a lot of the time.

Friday - 1568 calories

Saturday - 1720 calories (of course, some of this didn't stay down...)

Sunday - 1943 calories (this was because of some baking I did and then proceeded to eat. All of it)

I need to find the gumption to get my butt to the gym.  I will be out of town on business tomorrow and Wednesday night, so unless the hotel has a gym i'm going to be out of luck.  Oh, just go! legcramps.

It's going to be a great week!  I can feel it!  But I could be lying!  Nah, don't think so!

hollybelle on 03/02/2009:
Oh, I ove the quote. Yes, yes! OK - now - GO TO THE GYM! At least pack some workout clothes in case the hotel DOES have a workout room, too! Good luck - it's going to be a good week. Yes, it is!


YepItsMe~ on 03/02/2009:
Absolutely love the quote too!

Sorry to hear about such a rough Saturday~I hope you get things checked out so you don't continue to go through such torture~

Wishing you a great day~


selina on 03/03/2009:
Hey Leg.. Sounds like you had a tough weekend, after all. This pain doesn't sound normal to me and I think you should find out what the problem is. Maybe you already know.... sorry if I am commenting inappropriately without the benefit of background info.... it's just tht I was almost feeling your pain while reading your entry! Take care, and I hope you'll have a great day, today.


goofy07 on 03/03/2009:
HI Legcramps Hope that you are feeling better and that you managed to get to the Gym. Keep going and keep strong.


loveray on 03/03/2009:
im sorry you were not feeling well- how ironic! i got TOM on friday too and my saturday was wretched. i think i am on the better side of things now, for which i am extremely grateful!! hope you have a lovely day.


biscottibody59 on 03/03/2009:
Hope you have a good week--keep up the good work no matter where you are!



legcramps - Friday Feb 27, 2009

Weight: 0.0

I am jiggling around in my chair this morning, keeping lots of parts moving, always in motion, because my stomach is turning knots around me and I don't want to think about it and am trying to keep myself otherwise occupied.  Which, let's be honest, is hard to do when you've got a desk job.  It's like asking a turtle to take a running jump across a four inch puddle of water.  It just won't happen.  Poor turtle.

Thursday - 1577 calories

I went to the gym last night and ran on that treadmill like I was being chased by a highschool bully.  There's this other girl that comes to the gym around the same time we do.  I am really not a judgmental person, but I can't help but notice the way she runs on the treadmill.  She floors that thing to speed 7 or 8 or something and then flounders her way on and off sporadically for about five minutes, then decides it would be better to walk at speed 6, which is also too fast for her.  Anyways, the whole "chased by a highschool bully" sentence made me think of her.  Let's move on.  I figured that I had to get some kind of workout in before my period because who knows when i'll get to do it again.  It felt good, and I ran for ten minutes and was on the treadmill for a total of 30 minutes, as usual.  Well, ha ha, not usual because I hadn't been to the gym in over a week, but you know what I mean.

So obviously i'm getting my period today, at some point in time.  I have to be, my stomach wouldn't ache this much if nothing was going on in there.  The moment of truth is here!  Will I be plagued by pain or have I found the magic potion to whisk me out of the blinding horror?!!  Exaggerate much?!

selina on 02/27/2009:
You had a great day, yesterday! Congrats! Your gym story is funny, LOL!


Maria* on 02/27/2009:
Calories look real good! Hope you feel better!!!


thinnside40 on 02/27/2009:
RE: Hotdogs ~ I honestly believe it is called "mechanically seperated meat" psychological reflux...... Unless it is pure beef or sausage and CANNOT say "mechanically seperated"... All he (me too) can think of is turkey feathers,chicken feet,pork tail, etc..... ICK! I cannot understand how it can be legal to have so much of that stuff in edibles..... Moving on..I'm still not feeling all that great LOL....

Glad you were able to get on that treadmill at least some..... Great Weekend to you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2009:
when i get my certification, i won't have a desk job. this past summer though, i did. i never had a desk job until this past summer and it was hard. hard to sit still! so i understand where you're coming from!


haha_love2laugh on 02/28/2009:
looks like you had an okay day, and great cals.

that gym story makes me think of this girl in my gym class, we have one of those things where you can put a regular bike on it to make it stationery, and she'll make it go really fast, and then she will barely do it and then whoosh there she goes again!


Beth201P on 03/01/2009:
Thanks for the laugh I needed it. You are doing great. Thanks for the comment I love them. have a great week. Keep up the great work.


thinnside40 on 03/01/2009:
Love You....Keep yer chin up & stay strong... Your going to make it.....{{{Hugs for a lifetime



legcramps - Thursday Feb 26, 2009

Weight: 0.0

So I did not end up going to the gym OR waxing my legs on Tuesday night.  Instead, I jiggled my wiggly parts over to a friend's house and 'hung-out' and drank two vanilla vodka cocktails.  *sigh*

Tuesday - 1450 calories

Wednesday - 1350 calories

I ran out of yogurt and only have bananas left for my fruit shakes, so I didn't have one this morning.  I can't wait to find out if it will make me feel more hungry as the morning passes.  It probably will.  I also brought raw veggies to work with me this morning because usually I have yogurt and fruit for morning break.  So i'm mixing it up a bit and i'm not sure I like that idea all that much since we all know that consistency is the key in losing weight.  Still, i'm eating extremely healthy and that should count for something, I say.

I went to yoga last night and it was good, very relaxing.  I am going to miss the next two classes :( because I will be out of town.  That really sucks, because I was starting to get better at it!  I did notice, however, that there are some yoga workouts on t.v. in the early mornings, so I could always wake up early and do it at home.  We'll see...

I feel good today, but my period is supposed to be coming tomorrow and it is making me a little anxious.  I am hoping that I will play it cool today and not go ballistic and ruin all my hard efforts of the last few weeks.  I have been taking advil for the last few days as well, to try and avoid some of the pre-menstrual symptoms I usually get.  It's been working so far.  Please pray for me that this time will not be like the last time!

I am also drinking tons of water each day, and have cut back on coffee.  Actually, until last night I hadn't had any coffee for over a week.  Last night I had two cups and was awake until 2 a.m.!  Anyways, the water will help tremendously as well during my cycle to ward off any extra pain from bloating.  Tonight I am hoping to finally get to the gym.  Treadmill - 30 minutes, 10 minutes running.  And maybe some push ups and crunches.  Hope everyone has a great day!

Maria* on 02/26/2009:
Yoga sounds like something fun and relaxing to do!

I prayed for you.

Big smile to you!


nenak on 02/26/2009:
i do yoga on the wii fit board. the rest of the family sit and laugh at me! it makes me try harder! goodluck


selina on 02/26/2009:
You are doing great! Keep it up! I hope you had a great time visitng your friend!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/26/2009:
usually for my protein shakes, i make them at the health food store. actually, they make them and i choose from different packets. yesterday, whatever brand it was that i chose, i took two packets and the brand was terrible. plus, the guy who made it did a horrible job not fully mixing the ice. in the end, it was clumpy and just disgusting tasting. lol, usually i do a pretty good job choosing stuff. not yesterday!


biscottibody59 on 02/26/2009:
RYC: Here's what I did--haha--I realized I lost my appetite (I suppose) from all the coffee that day--but I did get a little sleep somehow. My appetite is never THAT suppressed. EVER! Unless I'm grieving like I was earlier in the summer after my mom passed away. Feeling in shock or overstressed by things will kill my appetite too.

I used to be able to drink pot after pot of freshly brewed coffee during the day. It didn't have any effect on my sleep. I guess age is the culprit at this point in my life. I've tried it from time to time to drink coffee all day. (I'll occasionally have a cup at night.) I love coffee--it's probably the one drink I'll never give up completely.

Also given what you said above, don't forget that you can also get headaches when you suddenly start or stop caffeine. Hope you did okay on that note!

Have a good evening and a good one tomorrow!

Oh, thanks for the comment on my bio--I do revisit it from time to time--and I really do feel like I've accomplished something by not going all the way back to square one with the weight. (I need to be more serious about things for the present and future though!)


thinnside40 on 02/26/2009:
I hope yer regime of Ibuprofen helps you out this month..... Nothin' as disappointing as feeling like crap at t times....

Night Night!


loveray on 02/27/2009:
keep on the yoga!! it will help so much with strength, spirit and relaxing into the body. home practices are GREAT! just a little bit each morning has changed my life forever- even just breathing techniques. hope you are well and have a great weekend. xoxo



legcramps - Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Weight: 0.0

Oh. My. Gosh.

Did I go crazy on the cheese fondu last night? Oh. Yes.

Anyways. Let's move on.

Monday total - 1896 calories.

I have done no exercising since walking the dogs on the weekend.  I am feeling like a bit of a walrus, slumped on the end of the couch slurping down as much water as my body can hold.  After filling up on cheese fondu, I feel extremely slow today, like my brain is not keeping up with my body and my body is about as slow as molasses.  I guess that's what cheese and bread will do to a person.  Portion-control, legcramps, this is your next milestone to overcome.

I am expecting to go to the gym tonight, but I'd also like to wax my legs (they are in desperate need of it, as if you needed to know), so I guess we'll wait and see what the night brings.

March is going to be a busy month.  I was paid on Friday, therefore I paid all of the household bills on Saturday, and now I have no money left.  I will need to finagle money someway somehow to pay for everything that needs to be done this month, or at least until my next paycheque.  I am usually afloat with budgeting and such, but this time around I guess I just wasn't thinking.  It does mean that I will probably find myself with some extra cash at the end of the month because i've paid everything now!  So that's okay I guess, but it'll still be a hard month to get through.

Some friends of ours are going through a rocky time in their relationship right now.  When I was going through the same thing, I talked to her about it and she defended my boyfriend.  Now she is telling me the same things I was saying to her.  I would never defend her husband as I know how it feels to be discarded and unloved, so I am listening to her and trying to help in any way I can.  It only reiterates though the need for the human race to be far more compassionate and understanding than they currently are.  See how I take two whole people and turn them into a whole race?!!!

Maria* on 02/24/2009:
1896 sounds pretty good...well...it could have been more...

It does make you feel SLUGGISH, sometimes, the next day when you have a little extra the day before.

Take care.


thinnside40 on 02/24/2009:
I've never had fondue, but it sure does look good when I see it in pictures.... I probably would "bloat up" too.... Actually speeking of it, my feet ARE all swelled up and tight (hurt), but it is from NOT sitting down for doing so much housework & getting my signage throughout the house to make a point.. I'm paying the price I huess for my "ill mood"....

Extra cash is always nice... Hope ya find some!

Good Evening!


biscottibody59 on 02/24/2009:
Especially if the fondue was a treat--it must be okay;-)

I find myself "getting back on track" AGAIN!

Here's to consistency for us all!


selina on 02/25/2009:
I love the word COMPASSION and the way you've been using it in your relationship with your friend.... She must be a very important friend for you and you to her! Have a great day! PS. Cheese fondue is one of my favorite foods, yummm!


starfish on 02/25/2009:
Hi there! Hope you have a wonderful day :-)



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