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legcramps - Saturday Jul 30, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Another good day yesterday, although I strayed in the afternoon at work and grabbed a slice of poppyseed cake because I was all out of yogurt. I went out with my family for dinner and we went to a pizza place (my family loves them some pizza) and I got a spinach and feta individual size with some chicken on it and shared it with Mom. All other foods were the same as the day before. Routine? Repetition? Yes, Please!

I walked Dog for exercise yesterday, and Walking Buddy and I went for a walk in the morning as well. Maybe three miles total for the day.

I'm trying to motivate myself to do something today, but I seriously feel drained. I know I just need to force myself, so eventually I will get myself up and outside to cut the grass and weed the garden. Maybe an episode (or two) of So You Think You Can Dance first ;)

On the last day of the festival, Travel Buddy and I slept in a little and I woke up to the sun pounding its way into my tent. We ate breakfast (same as Saturday), showered, and then I took my nieces and their friends to watch some performances. In the afternoon we had our last volunteer shift which went well. We were disappointed to learn that the festival continues well into Sunday evening; we assumed it would be over by 5pm, the end of our work shift. So we had a hard decision to make: stay for the night stage and the volunteer party? or head home and make it back in time for an extra day of rest before work?

What would YOU do?

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

moogy on 07/30/2011:
Hah! I wonder if you ever did manage to pull yourself away from the dancing!!! I would always go with the rest. Of course by the time you read this you well may be partying like a wild thing!!! LOL

legcramps - Friday Jul 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Yesterday was good; chocolate milk, turkey pita, yogurt and granola, naan pizza, mozza and crackers. I didn't end up taking Dog for a walk because my Grandma just got back from her surgery so I visited with her for a bit instead. The rest of the evening was spent lazing around. I feel so unaccomplished when i'm lazy :(

So Friday afternoon after chatting it up with our hostess we headed out to the festival site and got our tents set up. We picked a sweet spot at the top of the hill, not realizing at the time how long and difficult the walks up and down were going to be. We were able to meet my sister in law quickly before our first volunteer shift started. That shift was easy-peasy! We basically just sat around for 3.5 hours, meeting other volunteers and a few bands. So much fun! We had a basic dinner of burgers and ceasar salad, and when our shift was over we headed to the main stage to watch the evening performances. I received some pretty sweet bear hugs from my family and was all smiles most of the night. Until we had to walk back up the hill for bedtime. Holy hills, batman! My calves were burning halfway up; it was a struggle to find the energy to get all the way up the hill! We had a small snack of cheese, crackers and veggies, then headed to bed. It was so cold! During the day Friday it was very cool and threatening rain, so the evening air wasn't much better.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early and made myself an iced coffee while I waited for Travel Buddy to wake up. We headed for breakfast - eggs, oatmeal with fruit and custard, and hashbrowns - and then showered and got ready for the day. It was beautiful, the sun was shining, and my nieces were excited to spend the whole day with me! We danced, toured, and relaxed in our lawn chairs while listening to some great music. My fav bands for the weekend were Dry Bones and Crow Quill Night Owls. Some very interesting bands and musical equipment - we saw harps, fiddles, washboards, pots, all kinds of things! Saturday evening we had another volunteer shift of 4 hours and this one was way more exciting than the prior shift. We got to meet tons of performers and even chatted with a few who had some time to kill - what an awesome experience! I say if you get a chance to volunteer at a music festival - do it! And make sure you're put into a department where you'll get to meet a lot of interesting people ;) We met one guy from the Crowl Quill band who wore a top hat and had a long braided beard and a waxed moustache. He was cool.

Saturday for dinner we had rice, beef stew and salad and we snacked on yogurt and cheese and crackers. My tent was much warmer on Saturday night and I had a good sleep even though I had to get up in the middle of the night and walk all the way to the bottom of the hill to hit up the bathrooms. We didn't run at all while we were gone - lots of exercise going up and down that hill!

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

Em17 on 07/29/2011:
I know how hills feel. Band camp you have to walk like a mile to eat and then back to our cabin and then another to where we march on the practice field. Thanks<3 Have a great weekend =)

moogy on 07/29/2011:
It sounds like a good weekend legcramps, lots of love and lots of enjoyment and of course, lots of hiking up and down that hill:)

legcramps - Thursday Jul 28, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Yesterday was a good day; foods were really good (chocolate milk for breakfast, turkey pita for lunch, yogurt and granola, homemade veggie pizza on naan for dinner, mozza cheese and crackers) and I got some exercise playing ball and taking Dog for a walk. We won our game and are at 10 wins and a loss. I also took a ball on my right shin, which hurts like a you-know-what.

Bootcamp is cancelled tonight :( so I will take Dog for a walk and then have an early bedtime.

The first leg of my holiday journey wasn't the greatest. The weather was really bizarre... raining so much we couldn't see the road, then so windy we thought we'd gust right off the side of the mountain, then beautiful and sunny the next minute. So strange! Our first stop was to do the Running Room's 20 minute run or walk challenge. Running Buddy and I ran/walked along a nice river and had a great time! We also got a free hat ;) can't go wrong with that!

Our next stop was to stay overnight in a teepee! However, the drive up to the Lodge was not fun at all. Due to a number of extraordinary circumstances, we were not in favorable moods by then. The weather, tons of stops for construction, veering trucks and time zone changes all made for two wickedly upset girls. Add to that the fact that it was almost midnight by the time we got to the Lodge and that the drive was indescribably scary. Imagine: pitch black, driving up the side of a mountain seeing all kinds of shadows in the deep forests lining the narrow roads; rickety fencing, dogs chasing us, junk yards and all kinds of scary scenarios running through our minds! Not fun. We almost turned around at one point, but I mustered some courage and we finally found our way to the Lodge, both Travel Buddy and myself almost ill from stress and to top it off the owner was none too pleased with us for showing up almost two hours late.

Was it ever worth it! It was so beautiful at the Lodge when we managed to take a look around the next morning. There was a running creek, walking trails and just beautiful scenery! I'd love to go back there for a longer stay - if the owner will have us again ;)

We sustained ourselves with turkey pitas and veggies, along with cheese and crackers and yogurt.

The next morning we headed to a friend's to stay the night, where she hosted a big bbq and introduced us to all her friends. So fun! I laughed so much my face was sore the following day. We had a great time catching up and it was lovely to see her home and backyard which was beautiful. Her bbq was delicious (she's a caterer): stuffed cheese burgers, chicken, salads and even sushi! Yum! We didn't need to eat again until the next afternoon!

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

Umpqua on 07/28/2011:
I'm having visions of the lodge from The Shining :P Glad you had a safe trip. I know driving in the NW US where my folks are can be treacherous and you can easily end up on logging roads in the middle of nowhere. I'm guessing BC is similar, and with the same crazy weather!

moogy on 07/28/2011:
Sounds like a good script for a scary movie!! Glad you had some lovely moments amongst the frustrating and scary bits and of course, some fun with friends. I hope that you have a good day today legcramps:)

V on 07/28/2011:
Oh my!! certainly sounds like the makings of a horror movie!! Sounds like FUN :) Hey sorry your bootcamp was canceled :( But at least you have slo-pitch ;) LOL have a good one!!

legcramps - Wednesday Jul 27, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Wow, what a great holiday! I'm feeling much more relaxed and ready to tackle the world!

Longer update to come in the near future, but for now here are the highlights of my trip:

- I volunteered at a folk fest in BC and it ROCKED! It was amazing to meet so many performers from ALL over the world.

- I slept in a teepee! On the side of a mountain!

- I got to see and share and laugh with my brother and his family - it's been almost a year since i've seen them and there are NO WORDS to describe how wonderful it was to hang out with them for a whole weekend.

- We drove over 23 hours there and 19 back; through pummeling rain and gusting wind, and had to contend with construction to end all construction and semi-trucks galore. Yikes!

- I got to meet up with friends for an evening bbq and to meet new friends who are totally awesome people! I don't think i've laughed that much for a long time.

- I ate delicious and wholesome food - not one piece of junk went into my mouth on this trip!

- I was saddled with a bad case of heat edema on the drive home and I vetoed bootcamp class last night due to cramping back muscles. I think the cramps were due to the long trip as well - delayed muscle soreness! Hopefully by Thursday i'll be good enough to bootcamp!

- I played ball on Monday night after being home for just a few hours, and we play again tonight! We're at 9 wins and a loss.

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

Em17 on 07/27/2011:
Sounds like you had tons of fun =). Have great day =)

Umpqua on 07/27/2011:
That sounds like an amazing trip and I bet BC is beautiful. Have a great game tonight!

V on 07/27/2011:
Welcome back!!! I sure did miss ya!!! Happy to hear that you had a wonderful time despite the heat rash :(

legcramps - Monday Jul 18, 2011

Weight: 164.0

One day of work and then off on holidays :)

The weekend was soooo very hot! It was hard to find any energy to do anything, but I still managed to pack almost everything I need for my trip as well as tie up some loose ends. Dog is not showing any signs of improvement yet, so i'm hoping that her condition improves a bit while i'm away. It seems like her lymphnodes are draining now, so at least they're not hard as marbles like they were before.

On Friday evening I foam rolled my tired, sore muscles. Man, did it hurt but I felt so much better afterwards. I tried to drink lots of water so that my muscles could get a move on repairing themselves.

I cut the grass on Saturday morning, then spent some time in the backyard pulling more weeds out of the flower beds. Gosh, i'm still not done! I swear, this fall that thing is going to be cleared out BIG TIME so that I don't have to deal with this next summer. I also got a few loads of laundry done and my bag packed. I bought myself a new air mattress for camping, so I tried that out to make sure there are no holes and it's working properly so i'm getting excited to use it! Saturday was also spent cleaning the kitchen so that i'm not coming home to a mess.

On Sunday it was so humid and hot out by 9:30am that I barely managed to get myself off the couch for more than a few minutes. I cleaned the bathroom and the living room, and a little bit upstairs too. All that's left is to vacuum and i've got myself a pretty darn spankin' clean house to come home to. I also pulled more weeds and watered the garden. The squash has come up at least another few inches since I posted pics last, and the chard is going crazy. I stood outside last night while watering the garden and it was so nice to see a mostly weedless garden and how everything is growing so quickly - it was so much nicer out once the sun went down.

And that brings us to today! I have a bank deposit to make, and then I want to pick up a few groceries to pack for the trip, hopefully vacuum, and a ballgame to play.

Tuesday i'm getting the car serviced one last time before the trip, then I have a bootcamp class i'm debating going to. If I go, I know i'm going to be one sore puppy sitting in the car driving all day on Wednesday - AND I have a 20 minute run Wednesday evening, so I don't want to overdo it. We'll see how i'm feeling tomorrow I guess!

See you all on the flip-side!

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

hollybelle on 07/18/2011:
Hi - just catching up with you - I hope you have a great trip. I saw the pics you posted this weekend just now! Beautiful. I sure hear you about the weeds! Seems like once they get "a hold"....Yikes. Next summer will be different. Do you use Preen or anything like that? We only put it on once - maybe twice usually in the spring but it does seem to help keep them at a managable level. It is a "pre-emergent" that keeps them minimized, hopefully. It's not too expensive as it covers a large area if you use it right, etc. Can't wait to read details of your camping trip!

V on 07/18/2011:
Busy girl...And another trip?? Where to this time???

Umpqua on 07/19/2011:
Have a wonderful camping trip! And I hope Dog feels better soon.

thinkpositive on 07/20/2011:
Have a great & relaxing trip.

biscottibody59 on 07/23/2011:
Hey thanks!

Hope your vacation has been lots of fun and relaxation!

legcramps - Friday Jul 15, 2011

Weight: 164.0

My Yard!

This is the trellace my Dad made for me - we've got the cucumbers and squash planted here, though I think right now only the squash seems to be growing.

My Swiss Chard! I can't wait to start munching on this.

These are the Tiger Lillies that peed on me!

Yellow Iris and a pink Rose bush.

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

V on 07/15/2011:
OMG you certainly have a green thumb my friend :)

h82bfat on 07/16/2011:

geevee on 07/16/2011:
Ooooo, the chard looks so inviting!

legcramps - Friday Jul 15, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I fought the Bootcamp and the


Bootcamp won.


(i'll get you next time, you little bastard)

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

tangalyn on 07/15/2011:
hope u have a good day :)

hollybelle on 07/15/2011:
Love this post - Followed by "I'll be back"! or "I'll get you and your little boot, too"!

V on 07/15/2011:
LOL <3

legcramps - Thursday Jul 14, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Dog has swollen lymphnodes and is on anti-biotics. I leave on my trip on the 20th and her anti-biotics don't run out until after that. I almost cancelled my trip, but instead was able to line up a few individuals who were willing to check on her numerous times during the day to make sure she is alright.

I took Dog for a walk after work yesterday. It lasted about 20 minutes because I wore my flip-flops and my legs were hurting after the first two minutes. After eating I went out to play ball - won another game, 7 wins 1 loss I believe - then Dog and I did about an hours worth of weeding in the backyard. Blah, still so much more weeding to do, but at least the garden is cleaned out!

Eats: coffee, chicken salad sandwich, tortillas, turkey sandwich, potatoes, peanut butter sandwich. Holy carb load batman. No wonder I feel so lethargic.

Tonight is bootcamp and tomorrow morning is a walk with Walking Buddy.

Hope you girls are doing fantastic! I'm sorry I can't comment on your entries right now - things are just too busy! I have a to-do list the size of a rocketship!

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

V on 07/14/2011:
OOh you must give me a bootcamp update PLEEEEEEEEZ???

V on 07/14/2011:
We should get tee shirts that read"Please don't feed the hungry Tiger"LOL

legcramps - Tuesday Jul 12, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Just a quick note to let you all know that i'm still alive and well, albeit a little sunburnt. The camping trip was a lot of fun, and now I have less than a week to prepare for the next big trip!

I don't have much time these days for journalling, so if you don't see me here so often, don't be concerned. Life is just taking over right now!

Bootcamp tonight and unpacking! Tomorrow a trip to the vet (poor Dog must have an infection or something). Weeding! Watering! Packing!

It's a busy week, and then off on holidays again, this time for a whole week! I can't hardly wait!

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

~Moody~ on 07/12/2011:
Sounds like a busy but fun time for you!! Check in when you can!

Umpqua on 07/12/2011:
Glad you're having so much fun, and I hope Dog is OK!

V on 07/12/2011:
Man I have missed you so much!!!

legcramps - Friday Jul 08, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I am going camping in less than 7 hours from now! For three whole days! I can't wait to get out of town for a few days and just relax; I hope the weather cooperates with my plan!

So ball on Wednesday was good; I should update you on our stats - we're at 6 wins and 1 loss and are in the third spot in the league. The opposing team's pitcher was h.o.t. like woah and made me giggle uncontrollably and forget how to run. That was fun.

I keep leaving my camera in my car so I still haven't been able to take any pictures of my flowers, but I will soon - maybe next week sometime. Hopefully by the time they stop blooming ;)

Yesterday I was busy running around and getting things ready for the weekend. I took charge of getting all the groceries that we'll need, so I spent a good chunk of my afternoon in the grocery store, making sure I had everything on the list and even some things that weren't just for good measure. When I was done, there was enough food to last me three months. I then packed it all into coolers and bags, and started working on my own packing. It was a very full day. By the time I got all the packing done, it was time to go to a friend's place and help pack stuff into her camper. When that was done, I was off to another friend's place to discuss pick up and drop off and who was driving with whom. Oh, and also to watch Big Brother ;)

Anyways, I missed bootcamp yesterday because I was poopered right out.

And this morning I missed my 1.5 mile walk with Walking Buddy. Why? Because I forgot all about it. FYI - so did Walking Buddy. Moving on.

Yesterday: coffee, bagel, 6" sub, burger, potato, yogurt with walnuts, pita thin with pb.

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

V on 07/08/2011:
Have fun camping!!!

liza36 on 07/08/2011:
I haven't been camping in years. Have a great time.

Umpqua on 07/08/2011:
Have a wonderful trip!

moogy on 07/10/2011:
I hope that you have good weather for your camping trip, not too hot and just perfect for you. Sounds like you are doing great with the ball, you must have a good team. Funny lady, forgetting how to fun, was the pitcher that hot!!!!!?

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