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legcramps - Friday Apr 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Thank Goodness It's Friday

So I was surfing yesterday and found a message board about compression socks and shin splints, and one of the suggestions was to sleep wearing compression socks. So I did that last night. And I woke up at 2:30am boiling hot because I had knee high socks on ;)

However... it did help.

When I rolled out of bed at 6am my calves definitely felt good. And when I dressed and headed outside in the rain for a run, they still felt good. Even when I was back inside and quite literally peeling off my pants because they were soaked right through, no shin pain! Sweet! I will have to try that again sometime.

Because I was soaked within 5 minutes of heading out for my run, I thought you might enjoy seeing what I looked like after the workout:

           What is with the picture quality?

Anyways, I lie. That might be how I looked, but this was how I felt:

Believe me, I was soakered. And very tired.                

After stuffing my runners with paper towel to help dry them out, I showered and got ready for work. I was way early because I thought I might still want to walk to work (nah.), so I decided to eat my breakfast at home for once and it was really enjoyable to actually sit down and eat a toasted bagel with a smackload of honey on it ;) This early morning thing isn't all that bad, once in a while.

All ready for work! And definitely ready for the weekend!

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

hollybelle on 04/29/2011:
Cute pics! Neat to see what you look like. Years ago when I first began teaching aerobics I got awful shin splints. Luckily back then (the 80's!!!) we wore leotards and LEG WARMERS to work out in and I used to tape my legs lightly with ace bandages so that it would ease the shin splitts! No one was the wiser!! and eventually they eased and I didn't need them. Remember it didn't help that we didn't know any better than to do aerobics - high impact on carpet over concrete floors! So compression socks make sense.

lolla on 04/29/2011:
You are so beautiful! I am happy the socks helped you, it nice to be pain-free! Hope you keep feeling better!

moogy on 04/29/2011:
Well wet or dry you still look beautiful!! I am so glad that you found a trick that works with the compression socks. I had to laugh at hollybelle's comment about the leg warmers, she probably went to disco's as well!!!! Have a great weekend legcramps:)

~Moody~ on 04/29/2011:
Very cute pictures..you are really pretty!! You remind me of an aunt of mine, cept she has red hair, but your face is strikingly similar!!

I suffer from shin splints too..I can't run on concrete at all..I have to be careful on my treadmill too..if I increase my speed too quickly, my shins pay for it big time.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday!!

legcramps - Thursday Apr 28, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I wore my compression socks on the walk to work this morning and felt pretty good, other than my feet felt squished because the socks are pretty thick. I might try to find compression sleeves and try those out instead.

When I got home from work yesterday, I immediately ran some errands including getting water and gas in the car and groceries. By the time I got back home, it was almost 6:00 and I had a message waiting for me from a good friend who was visiting her Mom at the lake. So a friend and I drove down to visit with her; I didn't get back home until after 11:00! Now that's past my bedtime. I was quite groggy when I got up this morning ;)

My muscles are finally starting to recover from the 'bootcamp' slo-pitch practice on Friday. I am hoping that i'll be able to fit in a run tomorrow evening because the weekend is shot with attending a cousin's graduation out of town. Unless I can convince her to run with me. So I might decide to drive to work tomorrow; still need to confirm with Running Buddy on whether or not she will want to run on Friday.

The To-Do's for today: 1 hr walk; grocery shopping again; sleep ;) oh, and watch American Idol episode from last night. When will the raking get done? I don't know.

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

~Moody~ on 04/28/2011:
Sounds like a busy weekend ahead...Hope you have a great day!

moogy on 04/28/2011:
I sounds like you had a lovely evening and sometimes staying up past bedtime is worth it!! I hope your muscles hang in there for you. Have a great weekend legcramps:)

legcramps - Wednesday Apr 27, 2011

Weight: 164.0


The hour of walking I did yesterday (it's close to a half an hour walk each way to and from work) and the full day of work after so many days off really did me in. I was in bed around 8:30pm. Gosh! I noticed some shin pain during my walk home, so after dinner I rolled out my calves on a foam roller and boy did it hurt! I should have also worn my compression socks to bed, but I forgot. I threw on my old pair of runners yesterday and I think that's why my shins were hurting - today I wore my new runners and noticed less shin pain. Stick with the new runners, legcramps. Lesson learned.

Suffice to say, I did not do any raking of the yard. When I got home, I checked the mail and made idon'tknowhowmany phone calls, cooked dinner, foam rolled and then completely zoned out.

This might sound crazy, but I phoned my cable company yesterday and cancelled my cable! They're going to cut if off tomorrow morning, so I will get in one last episode of Survivor tonight. I will save around $50 a month because of it, and I really only have the tv on when I am too lazy to do anything else. I don't want to pay for an unhealthy habit. Unless we're talking about potato chips ;)

So that's a nice little addition to the budget and should help me pay for an upcoming trip to visit my brother this summer.

There is nothing going on with my love life at the moment, V ;) I am only slightly bummed about this as I had a very nice convo with my aunt last week and decided that when the time is right... well, then the time will be right! I can wait; I will practice the virtue of patience since i've never been very good at it in the past.

And that is all!  for now, anyways... 

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

moogy on 04/27/2011:
Courageous decision to turn of the cable. I would be lost without my pay TV. I hate commercials and all the smut on free to air. I do watch a lot of TV as I am basically trapped in the house until I can be diagnosed!! Great job with the walking. That will really make a difference but will take your legs and stamina a little time to catch up. Plus if it is too hot or yucky weather you will still need to drive, so you will get days of naturally. I am so proud of you and yes, patience is a virtue!!

V on 04/27/2011:
Aww Man!! I was hoping for a little somethin somethin :( Oh well soon(Ihope)....Yes MOM and SIS should be very afraid, Sarge Slaughter is coming with a vengance!!! LOl have a good one!!

~Moody~ on 04/27/2011:
Wow, cutting out cable! I would go nuts..I'm a major TV/movie person..but I totally understand saving on fundage wherever possible..espcially on something you don't use that often..

Hope you have a great day!

h82bfat on 04/30/2011:
Now that's dedication, running in the rain! I tried walking in the rain once & it didn't turn out so good.... ;c) I used to get major leg cramps, but not so much anymore & I don't know why that is becus I'm not doing anything different. Very strange. Have a great weekend!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 26, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Back to work today :( heehee, just kidding, i'm okay with it.

Well it was a great week off, I got so much accomplished and yet still managed to visit with family more than regularly, take more walks with Dog, and get more exercise. How I wish we didn't have to work to earn a living ;)

Hard as I tried though, I couldn't dwindle the To-Do List to nothing, so this week will be a busy one while I catch up on things at work, and continue to work on the List.

The positive is that i'm going to attempt to walk to and from work every day this week. Mostly because there's no gas left in my car and I have no money to put gas into it. Actually, I do, but I am not willing to waste it on fuel if I don't have to. I'd like to save it and use it to travel to see my brother in the summer instead.

I still have to finish raking the yard, but i'm going to do a little each day and hopefully by the end of the week it'll be done. And on Friday I get to do some shopping! Of the grocery variety, that is. So this week i'll also be pouring over flyers and checking into coupons.

Well I better get back at it, this work won't do itself!

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

getmebackto150 on 04/26/2011:
walking to work will be AWESOME exercise!!! If it was anywhere near the realm of possibilities I would be all about it, but I live 20 miles from work across a major highway... BLAH... Darn suburbs! Glad you had a good week off from work!

sweetpea1977 on 04/26/2011:
Walking to and from work is an awesome idea! How long is the commute?? My situation was similar to getmeback's, though my job was also located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Downttown ATL is downright scary at times, lol.

~Moody~ on 04/26/2011:
Lucky you that walking to work is an option! I wish I could say the same~Great way to get some exercise in and save money~

Hope you have a great day~

moogy on 04/26/2011:
I think that walking to and from work is a great idea. How far away is work? I have to say that you sound like a new person since I have returned, it is lovely to read that you are feeling so positive even with work and daily life getting in the way of you doing what you want!! Good for you:)

V on 04/26/2011:
Glad you enjoyed your staycation ;) I missed you man>>> Give me some dirt on the love life!!

biscottibody59 on 04/26/2011:
All credit to you on walking to work--we're pretty unfriendly to walkers in most places here in the US.

h82bfat on 04/27/2011:
Sounds like you're staying busy in an active, productive way, so Cudos to you! I hope you're able to walk to work! Great for the bod AND the budget!!

legcramps - Saturday Apr 23, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I managed to rake a 12 x 12 section of lawn in the front yard so far today. I'll need to allocate more time towards raking... it's apparently exhausting work.

I washed all the floors and finished up most of the laundry, washed walls and cupboards in the kitchen, window frames, vacuumed upstairs... all that's left is the yard and it's probably going to take me a lot longer than I figured. Stupid leaves.

I'm taking a break and we'll see how long I drag it out ;)

Yesterday we had ball practice for 1.5 hours, and I am soooorrrreee. This morning I went for a 40 minute run with a running buddy, and I am now even more soooorrrreee. Yes, I think a break is just the ticket.

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

sweetpea1977 on 04/24/2011:
Wow,what a productive day! :)

moogy on 04/25/2011:
I need to have a little rest now...........................good going and you are right, raking is exhausting but so good for the upper body. You sound like you are enjoying yourself, lovely to read!!!

h82bfat on 04/26/2011:
Wow - I don't get THAT much done in a week! No wonder you're sore!

legcramps - Thursday Apr 21, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I was up bright and early this morning to head in to work for a half day. I have a meeting coming up at lunchtime, and then i'm off to wash floors back at home!

Who would've thought I would be busier on holidays than when i'm working...

I'm going to try and fit in a walk with Dog this afternoon. Gotta get ready for the 5k at the end of May! Even if I have to walk most of it, I still want to be able to finish it!

Great day to all!

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

sweetpea1977 on 04/21/2011:
lol, I love the before and after photos you posted yesterday!

I hope you dont work too hard while on vacation. Otherwise, you'll need a vacation from your vacation!

KathyBlue on 04/21/2011:
The dog's name is Dog? :) My uncle (car mechanic) had a cat named Clutch... lol. And then me and my friends at the univ adopted a cat while living together in an apartment, and nobody could come forward with a name everyone'd like so he became the "Cat". He's a stupid, nervous type, doesn't like to be fondled, etc... dunno why, no one ever hurt him, but well... animals! One can never know with them.

Supercheese on 04/21/2011:
haha geez. have fun working out by cleaning!!

legcramps - Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

Weight: 164.0

This is me before hitting the To-Do list of spring cleaning items:

This is me after:

And i'm only half done! Oy vey!

On a good note - my run for the day is complete, Dog's exercise is complete, and i'm feeling alright! Also, I bought a foam roller and it arrived today so I tried it out... Owwwie, but I think it'll help with the tight calf muscles. All's good!

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

Umpqua on 04/20/2011:
Tee hee, yay for getting stuff accomplished! I hope you're enjoying your holiday :)

V on 04/20/2011:

thisisit on 04/21/2011:
Oh I hate spring cleaning. I had to do it last weekend. I threw out so much trash the entire vestibule was filled with my bags. But, it's great to do it!!!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 19, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I got up early on Monday to drive my aunt into the city for her return flight home. It took almost all day and when I got back home, I crashed for a few hours ;) and was pretty much done for the rest of the night.

Today I slept in for the first time since my holidays started on Friday! I didn't even try to get out of bed until 9:30 :)

Of course, that means i've been slightly comatose all day long, but I still managed to take out the garbage, do up some dishes, and I got a great amount of laundry done - spring cleaning begins!

I have my To-Do list ready for tomorrow, and i'm hoping to start the day off right with a run. The other big job on the list? Washing walls. Woohoo! LOL.

I'm going to lay back and relax tonight with a movie and some water. And a side of Reese's peanut butter scented lip gloss.

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

V on 04/19/2011:
Reese's flavored lip gloss???? That is insane in the membrane!! LOl Enjoy your holiday my love! Rest up for your run in the morning you will feel awesome afterwards!!

loveray on 04/19/2011:
glad you got some rest!!

Supercheese on 04/19/2011:
To Vs comment to. REESES FLAVORED LIP GLOSS? Does it taste like reeses? lol

sweetpea1977 on 04/20/2011:
wow, Reese's lip gloss. Thats awesome!

Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

h82bfat on 04/20/2011:
Hope you enjoy your run! You are definitely stronger than I am! I don't think I could "handle" Reese's flavored lip gloss just yet! After applying it, I'd probably wind up scouring the house for a piece of Halloween candy that miraculously got shuffled to the back of a drawer, has it's wrapper ripped to shreds with unidentifiable particles stuck to it... (yes - I have issues!!). ;c)

legcramps - Sunday Apr 17, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Walked for over an hour again this morning! I feel the calf muscles working hard :)

Another breakfast at grandma's today, then I don't know - lots of visiting and maybe some cleaning at home.

Have a great day everyone :)

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

V on 04/17/2011:
have a good one girly!!!

hollybelle on 04/17/2011:
Great walk, LCS! It feels so good to get the house clean.

moogy on 04/17/2011:
Glad you are feeling better legcramps and got a good walk in. I hope you have a good day and have a healthy and happy one.:)

sweetpea1977 on 04/18/2011:
Yay for a great walk!

I hope you had a lovely Sunday and are having a good Monday!

legcramps - Saturday Apr 16, 2011

Weight: 164.0

So Thursday after work I was walking home and decided to stop in at my grandma's. When I got inside, I felt really dizzy and disoriented, so I sat for a bit and ate an orange. I think it happened because I missed having an afternoon snack, can't figure any other reason for feeling that way. Anyhow, I spent the evening resting.

Friday morning I went for a walk with Dog, then did another Shred workout! Woohoo for me!

This morning I was off for another walk. This time, I went with my aunt who's in town for the weekend. We walked for over an hour. Now I need to shower and get my butt to grandma's for breakfast! My aunt is making quiche for everyone; she uses egg whites and lots of veggies. Can't wait!

It's snowing again here :( boo. This weather is frustrating. The ditches are all flowing with water; the lakes are overflowing, some highways are closed due to flooding... what a mess. But i'm just gonna eat some quiche and forgetaboutit!

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

Hackersdiet on 04/16/2011:
You sound very good. Enjoy your family and the quiche!

h82bfat on 04/17/2011:
I get dizzy when I don't eat enough, too. Sounds like you're getting some serious walking in so cudos to you! That quiche sounds DE-Lish! Enjoy!

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