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legcramps - Thursday Sep 08, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Today I feel like a million bucks! Aside from the head cold that kinda snuck up on me somehow, I could seriously paint this whole town red, aching body and all.

Hopefully the feeling sticks for the rest of the day ;)

Yesterday afternoon I had an awesome snack:

That badass picture features strawberry yogurt, a piece of my homemade granola, and some Skinny B: gluten free, lactose free, vegan source of iron and dietary fibre, omega 3 and 6, calcium and protein. BAM! All that in just two tablespoons, which I stirred into my yogurt and let sit for a few minutes. It got all nice and thick. Yum.

When I got home I had a quick meal of chicken and salad greens. Then later I had some brown rice.

Then Zumba! I was about as red as a tomato when that was over. I would have taken a picture just so y'all could laugh at me, but I left my camera at work. I've paid in advance for ten classes so i'm hoping i'll get to that many before December. The classes are once a week.

I might head into the next city over and take another Zumba class tonight, but we'll see. I might need to nap by then ;)

I had so much energy when I was done the class that I couldn't fall asleep until well after midnight. I feel okay right now, but i'm sure i'll be pretty wrecked by the end of the day.

This morning I started the day with Ezekiel bread toasted with peanut butter:


I don't have a picture because I quite literally inhaled it within about three seconds.

I have some running around to do today but I think if I keep busy the day will fly right by! Here's to it being 4:00 soon!

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

Umpqua on 09/08/2011:
Your foods look great. And glad you're enjoying the Zumba (I think?)

getmebackto150 on 09/08/2011:
GLad to hear you are feeling GREAT today!!! I love zuzmba for a change up workout and it sounds like you loved it too!!! Have a good one:)

liza36 on 09/08/2011:
I've never heard of the skinny b product. Sounds loaded with good stuff. I love your energy and enthusiasm. Keep it up!

glycrina on 09/08/2011:
Rock on! It feels good to eat well.

V on 09/08/2011:
Badass indeed!! YEAHS!! :) Have a wonderful evening!!

moogy on 09/08/2011:
I am feeling the energy popping out of this entry from all the way over here!!!! Good for you legcramps:)

biscottibody59 on 09/09/2011:
Good day for you--sounds like an interesting product there! Have a good one!

RYC: Thanks for your sentiment. The worst of the Shingles is long gone--thank goodness! Of course anything complicating vision is pretty serious too--I just have to stay on top of it. Something I'm not really used to.

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

Weight: 164.0

What a busy day so far at work! I've been running around multi-tasking all morning; whew. Time for a quick break for a DD update!

Yesterday afternoon was spent in meetings, so by the time I got home I was spent. I barely managed to get Dog her food before passing out on the couch. Obviously, not much got done at home. I did manage to do the little tasks though - folding laundry, washing dishes, etc. so all is not lost!

I purchased a mouth guard on the weekend because I noticed I was waking up with headaches and jaw aches, and I thought I might be clenching my jaw together while I was sleeping. I tried it out on Monday night and managed to bite right through the guard sometime during the night! Yikes, I guess I really am clenching my teeth. It did help a little though, I didn't wake with a headache and my jaw hurts considerably less so far.

Chicken and brown rice. Chicken and brown rice. Some salad, a few veggies, apple pie, granola. That's what i've been munching on for the past two days besides the awesome bowl of oats I had yesterday. Dog somehow managed to get me to start cooking her meals too, so she's enjoying brown rice and either chicken or some beef I had in the freezer. Spoiled little thing ;)

Zumba tonight!

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

Umpqua on 09/07/2011:
That's great that the mouth guard helped with the headaches and jaw pain. Have a good one and enjoy Zumba!

V on 09/07/2011:
Have fun at Zumba my friend!!!

thinkpositive on 09/08/2011:
So you might need a tougher mouthguard. Glad it works. Luck dog to get homemade meals!

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 06, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Mine was very relaxing... on Saturday I attended our ball wind-up and while it was fun to be outside partying all day and night, common sense prevailed and I wandered home around 1:30am and was pretty much hangover-free on Sunday ;)

I continued to paint the deck Sunday and Monday until I finally ran out of paint. All that's left is a strip near the door which is Dog's path to the bathroom, so once I buy more paint I can finish that off - hopefully during the week sometime. The next house project will be to fix some paint that's chipping off in the living room, and find something to paint the basement floors with.

I got some groceries for the week and my meal plans are pretty simple - chicken and rice with steamed veggies from the garden as often as possible! I also made another batch of granola bars to snack on, and have lots of yogurt and some apple pie from Grandma's ;)

This morning i'm snacking on overnight oats:

I put a little too much milk in it, and i'm hoping that won't affect my stomach too much today. It was meant to be breakfast this morning, but it's so filling that i'm sure I can eat it as my snacks for the rest of the day too!

No exercise planned for today - tomorrow night is the first night of Zumba! Can't wait!

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

KayBee on 09/06/2011:
Great work on the painting and YAY for the relaxing weekend ;-)! I wonder, these "granola bars" you, US girls eat so often, are not common in Europe, at least I never saw any around here. The oat looks weird, I thought it was a bean puree at first sight! :)

V on 09/06/2011:
Yayyy for Zumba!!! Have fun, shake your money maker girl ;)

thinkpositive on 09/07/2011:
love Zumba- enjoy!

legcramps - Friday Sep 02, 2011

Weight: 164.0


Thank goodness it's Friday and I have a long weekend to look forward to! Woot!

My eats yesterday were very good...

Mid-morning snack of cottage cheese with green onion. Wow, this was good and i'm not a fan of cottage cheese at all! Might become a staple in my house!

My lunch was a chicken ceasar salad from the cafeteria, $5. I was able to half it and save the rest for dinner so it was a really cheap eating day ;)

My afternoon snack was granola with yogurt. I was suffering a bit with heartburn after eating the salad, so the yogurt was nice and soothing.

I had more granola later in the evening. Pretty good day i'd say!

And I managed to get slightly more sleep last night, though I tossed and turned for about two hours before finally falling asleep. Anyways, I feel better today.

I have a few to-do items for tonight, but i'm going to try and get to sleep early so that I can do a whole bunch of things tomorrow before the ball wind-up, including cutting the grass and doing some gardening.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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

V on 09/02/2011:
Good looking meals :P Hey by chance is Making Jello Shots on the to do list??? If so, what time can I come over??? Should I bring anything?? ;) Have a good weekend!!

h82bfat on 09/03/2011:
Wish I could acquire the taste for cottage cheese.... My hubby can replace just his evening snack with cottage cheese (that being his ONLY change) & loose weight!! Infuriating!! ;c)

greengirl on 09/03/2011:
Your food looks yummy. I have also been eating cottage cheese :-)

missdetermined on 09/04/2011:
Yum! Good choices, glad you're feeling better!

hackersdiet on 09/06/2011:
I love cottage cheese and i used to hate it! I don't know why that changed...Anyway, looks like a good meal choice.

legcramps - Thursday Sep 01, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Another day, another dollar...

Dog has been eating really well over the last couple of days; I hope this continues for a long while! I've been adding chicken broth to her food, and softening it before she eats it and she's really been lapping it up. Thank goodness for a little reprieve as the stress was starting to wear on me.

I had an evil morning snack yesterday at work:

Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing... do you hate me?

The rest of the day was good though; ezekiel sprouted grain bread with peanut butter, leftover steamed veggies, pasta and grilled chicken, mozza cheese and triscuit crackers, and a homemade granola bar:

damn picture won't load... i'll try again later. There we go:

I made these suckers myself, and they're huge and thick and moist and yummy! What was in them, let me think... rolled oats, leftover granola, almond butter, whole almonds for some extra crunch, olive oil, flax seed... I think that's it. They're good! Only one left out of the pan, but I sent some home with my Dad and aunt when they were visiting; I think I kept five slices.

I slept horribly last night because there was another rainstorm. The lightening was ridic and kept me up most of the night. I am super sleepy today but my co-worker says I WILL get through the day ;) and i'll probably sleep like a baby tonight!

I forgot to mention the results of my TSH test: I am at 2.6, and the normal range is 0.3 to 3.0. So i'm in the high-end (hypothyroidism) but not at a level where my doctor will prescribe anything. Does anyone know if there are diet solutions to lower these levels?

I didn't get my walk in this morning because of the weather and the lack of sleep. If i'm feeling energetic after work, Dog and I will go on a short 20 minuter. I need to get back on the pushup bandwagon too, I haven't done them in awhile. And since it's September 1st (rabbit, rabbit, rabbit) it's a whole new month to get back into the routine of exercise. I can do it!

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

getmebackto150 on 09/01/2011:
Mmmm... that red velvet cupcake looks AMAZING!!! Youir granola bars sound yummy too:) Glad to hear your dog is eating well... I also need to get back on teh pushups bandwagon...

I don't know anything off the top of my head diet wise for helping TSH, but if I come up with somthing I will definitely let you know!

Have a great day!!

V on 09/01/2011:
You know with health issues I always ask Biscotti...I am sorry I am not familiar with this but I am sure a few of the ladies here could offer up some sound advice...That is why I love this site one stop shop for health issues, relationships, and so on and so on... Oh and BTW No I don't hate you..Although I am sure that was deeeelish,chocolate is just not my thing ;) Maybe some of the other girls will hate ya for it???? NAWWWWWW LOL Hey it sounds like Dog is doing really well...Okay confession time.. I went to your fb page and bawled my eyes out at the new pictures with Dog in the park...I am turning into such a wuss!!! LOL ;)

biscottibody59 on 09/01/2011:
Since you're at the high end of 'normal' you're probably not going to notice anything. I mean, for all intents and purposes it's normal. So if you have some kind of physical complaint that caused you to get the TSH checked, you might get a full thyroid panel or full bloodwork including liver function and go from there.

Forgive me for bringing up my pet subject, sleep disorders, but if you're sleepy during the day after feeling like you've slept a whole night, you might ask your dr about a sleep study. (There are good take home ones.) Oh look I didn't go on and on about it for a change:-)

I've always been a little concerned about my thyroid function as well because my mother was hypothyroid and really suffered before being diagnosed--in the late 70s before it was routine to check everyone periodically after a certain age. I'm always a little surprised I'm in a normal range. Lots of people still have to hound their dr to get tested.

Umpqua on 09/01/2011:
Nom nom nom on that cupcake :) Hope you get a good night's sleep in tonight!

h82bfat on 09/01/2011:
That cupcake looks delish, but a little on ths small side... hehehehe!!! Glad to hear your dog is eating. Have you tried giving her oatmeal? Hope you get in some good zzzzzz's tonite!

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

Weight: 164.0

It was a good day yesterday; it's been awhile since i've been able to say that ;)

I headed to the optometrist and got my new reading glasses.

And this picture conveniently reminds me that i'm due for an eyebrow wax ;)

I changed dinner up a bit yesterday; I made chicken kabobs on the grill instead of baking it in the oven. It was nice and cool in the house and I wanted to keep it that way! I marinated the chicken with: greek feta dressing, lemons, tomato flakes, parsely, black pepper and a little salt. After half an hour or so I threw it on the grill on medium heat for... um... maybe 30 minutes? It was moist and tasty and I get the leftovers today woohoo! I also steamed veggies (zuchinni, red pepper, cauliflower and broccoli) and made up a pot of pasta with tomato sauce. Everyone loved it!

After dinner, we watched the first few episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Season 1. And during this time, my friend kept asking Dog to have something to eat or drink some water. Each time she would ask, Dog would do it. It was really crazy and bizarre, but Dog ended up eating all her dinner yesterday! I was so happy I almost cried. I asked Friend if she could come over every night around 8pm to feed Dog ;) I'll be picking up chicken or beef broth after work to go with her dinner; hopefully that will work. If not, canned food here we come. 

Today the plan for food is leftovers; plan for exercise is painting. Tomorrow morning I want to get up early and go for a walk before work. So tonight it's early to bed for me! Wish me luck!

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

Umpqua on 08/31/2011:
Cool glasses! You could also try putting fish oil on the dry food. It looks and smells gross, but animals love it. I added that and nutritional yeast to my kitties' food when they were ailing and it did work to get them to eat. Have fun with the painting!

V on 08/31/2011:
Man your hair is getting long!! Love the naughty school teacher look, it is very becoming :) Iam also happy that dog is eating for you :) I think she knows how much it pleases you when she does NOt act like a supermodel..Love ya girl!!! Have a good one!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/31/2011:
Love the new spectacles!! I totally agree with V's comment regarding your new look. :)

Glad you had a nice evening with your buddies!

h82bfat on 08/31/2011:
Mmmm... dinner sounded great! Are you just now starting to watch Ghost Whisperer? I have been trying to catch the final episode in reruns for over a year now, with no luch... do you know how they finished it?

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Thanks everyone for such warm wishes; it means so much to me :)

Last night our town had itself a hailstorm. I was lucky enough to have the foresight to park my car in the garage, but I know a few people who weren't so lucky. The hail wasn't big, but it still did some damage. And the thunder oh my! Dog and I were both scared, although I was tempted to watch the storm through the living room windows ;P

I was going to continue my painting on the deck, but the rain started as soon as I got home from work. Hopefully it will dry today and I can start on it tomorrow.

Dog and I had an argument regarding her not eating her supper yesterday. It ended with me in tears, cutting up cheese and putting peanut butter into her dish so that she would eat something. I even tried forcing her to eat, but of course that didn't work. She did manage to eat all the cheese though, so at least there's that in her stomach. I think she felt bad for me because when I went to bed she followed and cuddled with me for a bit.

I got a big zuchinni from a friend on the weekend as mine still hasn't grown to the point where I can eat it. I steamed a big slice of it for lunch yesterday and it was so yummy! Tonight i'm having friends over for dinner and i'm planning on making baked chicken and steamed vegetables with penne pasta. Sounds good, right? I can't wait!

I also get to return to the doctor's office today after work to find out the results of a blood test. I asked to have my TSH bloodwork done to see if my thyroid is working properly, so hopefully i'll find out if there's an issue or not. Then off to the eye doctor to pick up my new reading glasses!

All in all, even though it's been a difficult time lately, I know it could be worse and i'm grateful for a lot of things... Dog, friends, family and the support I always seem to get no matter where my head's at ;) I am a very lucky girl.

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

sweetpea1977 on 08/30/2011:
I love watching storms too. :)

Im not sure what all you've tried regarding Dog's eating, but I will share my experiences with you in case you havent tried them yet. When my dog is sick and refuses to eat her normal diet of dry food, my vet prescribed her a diet of bland canned dog food. I dont remember the name of it, but it was very finely ground chicken and rice mix. Im sure you can find it or something similar at a pet store. Anyway, she told me to give her small portions a few times per day. That way, her tummy wouldnt have much trouble to digest it. As she got stronger, the vet told me to mix in her normal dry food. Eventually, she was weaned off the canned food. Another thing a vet suggested was to mix warm low sodium lowfat beef or chicken broth with her dry food. It made the food a little more appealing to her.

If you google "easy to digest food for sick dogs" you will find other ideas to try.

I just got tested for thyroid issues and found out that its normal. What a relief just to finally have an answer after years of not knowing.

Dinner sounds wonderful. Enjoy it and your company!!

h82bfat on 08/30/2011:
Our dog used to act like that after we visited my mom, who cooked food specifically for the dogs. Woof wouldn't eat for a day when we'd get home as some kinda protest, but when he got hungry, he'd get a mouth full of kibble, drop in front of one of us & eat with an attitude! ~ ~ Hope your test results give you the answers you've been looking for!

getmebackto150 on 08/30/2011:
I'm sorry to hear about your Dog's diagnosis... It can be SO tough when animals are sick... At least she is giving you some good snuggles though... Good job getting your car in the garage... Hail damage is NO fun!!! Hope you have a great day!!

thinkpositive on 08/30/2011:
So sorry to hear about your dog's illness. I'm a big dog lover & have suffered through illnesses with a number of dogs and it's not easy. Glad to hear that your dog is doing well now.

V on 08/30/2011:
:( i hope we can find something Dog will eat...Sending you lotsa love...

V on 08/30/2011:
OH BTW Million thanks for all of your support!!! Love ya !!

biscottibody59 on 08/31/2011:
I hope your puppy dog isn't in too much distress as time goes on--I'm sorry you're having to go through this! Hang in there!

legcramps - Monday Aug 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0


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

nomoreforme on 08/30/2011:

KayBee on 08/30/2011:
ahhh cuteeeys both you and the dog :D

Umpqua on 08/30/2011:
Beautiful pictures of you and Dog! I'm so sorry to hear about the diagnosis, we went through it with my cat last fall. Please take care, sending positive vibes xoxo

legcramps - Monday Aug 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile...

My Dog was diagnosed with lymphoma, high malignancy. We took her off the anti-biotics and i've been noticing her breathing is labored and her lymphnodes are taking over her throat :(

I was told she could undergo chemo treatments, but I don't think I want to put her or myself through that. So far she is still showing me that she's happy and until I see or hear otherwise we're going to continue "business as usual". But it is sad and I don't look forward to the day where i'll have to make that final decision for her. The really sad part is because the degree of cancer is so high, it might only be a few weeks.

While i've been not dealing with that, i've also done some positive and fun things. I ran another 5k and finished without gasping for air! Yay! I also went golfing twice and realized that I forgot how much I actually enjoy it and how much exercise you get when you have to walk the whole course ;) Also, our ball team finished the season with a horrible loss in the playoffs, but we are confident that next year will be our shining year.

I also took on some major jobs at home and managed to get halfway through washing and re-painting the deck and re-painting the hallway, and did some weeding in the garden and started pulling some things up. The swiss chard I planted is in full swing and it's lovely! Along with potatoes, onions, a few carrots and some peas... and lots more still to come too!

Last night, a friend and I went to the park with Dog and did a photo shoot; the pictures turned out great and i'm very happy to have something to remember her by when she's gone.

Coming up in September: ball windup, zumba classes, another 5k run, a day trip with Dad, a golfing date!!!, and some community work. It's going to be a good month, I just know it!

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

V on 08/29/2011:
I am glad that you are at least getting some activities in so you won't have to think about this...I am at a loss for words at the moment, I know dog means the world to you..Sending you lots of love <3... We are here for you!!

KayBee on 08/29/2011:
Ahhh poor dog, I'm so sorry. My cat had a cancer, too. He went through a surgery and lasted a bit longer than expected. He died too young anyway. :-( I miss him so much. I also had a dog and she got run over in front of me (I had 16 or even less), it was a major shock back then... But I can't imagine my life without animals. I was a bit annoyed when man brought one more cat home, and then his cousin had this great idea of giving us an other one as a present (that part of the family has this mania of offering living creatures as gifts, without asking people if they'd like to have such responsibility upon them), but I love them all. Running sounds fun, and I also believe you'll rock next year with the ball team! We are all winners!!!! :)))) Can you post the photo your friend took, of the dog, please? I'd like to see her! :-)

KayBee on 08/29/2011:
Ahh btw I'm KathyBlue! I opened a new diary because I felt the need to renew myself, and my commitment to myself also...

hollybelle on 08/29/2011:
Running 5K without gasping is certainly an achievement. Very impressive. So sorry about dog. Thinking of you.

sweetpea1977 on 08/29/2011:
Im so sorry about dog.:( Hugs!

liza36 on 08/29/2011:
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. That's very tough to go through. Enjoy what time you do have.

You've got a very nice forecast for September! Can't wait to hear all about it as it unfolds.

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 16, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Just a quick check-in today. Dog is under the needle getting a biopsy done; they think she has lymphoma. I won't find out the results of the tests until at least Friday. I am pretty upset about this, mainly because I don't have the money to be putting her through treatment for cancer and also because I didn't think i'd be losing her this soon in her life. It would be pretty surprising if they don't find anything so i'm trying to prepare for the worst.

I'm doing alright with eating and exercising but it's just not my priority right now. Talk to you girls soon.

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

Umpqua on 08/16/2011:
I'm so sorry to hear that. It could be a fatty tumor, you never know. I'm thinking of you, hugs!

hollybelle on 08/16/2011:
Oh, I was so hoping that she wouldn't have any problem! We'll wait and see for news from you!

sweetpea1977 on 08/16/2011:
:( Im so sorry. I hope it turns out to be nothing. Sending lots of hugs your way.

V on 08/25/2011:
Kinda worried that you haven't posted in a while :( I hope all is well my friend!!

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