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legcramps - Wednesday Nov 24, 2010

Weight: 168.5

It's a good thing I didn't have enough time this morning to post an entry.  I was in a terrible mood and was ranting and raving about everything under the sun ;)

Mama said there'd be days like this...

I'm much better now :)

We did a nice, half hour ab workout yesterday at the gym.  I'm guessing i'll feel it sometime tomorrow.  Gosh, I could sure use a massage - my back and neck and shoulders hurt so much from all this work and working out!

Went home afterwards and had a small supper, watched some t.v. and fell into bed.  I didn't want to wake up this morning, which means I must not be getting enough sleep even though I was in bed by 10pm.  I remember tossing and turning quite a bit throughout the night.

Eats for yesterday: mocha, water, smoothie, whole wheat spaghetti, cooked cabbage, potatoes and corn (last four items all mushed up into a bowl - yum!)

Plan for today is to shovel the walk and driveway after work (yes, MORE snow overnight and into this morning), and get a run in at the gym.  Then, Survivor!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/24/2010:
I am not suprised you feel like a massage with all the shovelling of snow you have been doing. That would be enough for me, so good for you for going to the gym. I hope you get a better night's sleep tonight. I wonder what you were tossing and turning about??

V on 11/24/2010:
What an interesting combination of foods in one bowl!!! Love it! Have a good night's sleep tonight!

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 23, 2010

Weight: 168.5


It's -21 degrees celsius this morning and i'm sure the cold air is going right through me, straight to my bones.  But the positive to this is that I can look forward to heading home after work and cuddling on the couch with a big comforter and my doggie :)

I worked out on the treadmill for 18 minutes yesterday, 15 of which running, before I had to stop and switch to something else.  I did my intervals of 5 minutes running and 1 minute walking, but the tops of my ankles were feeling very weak and the pain was starting in my shins.  And I drank way too much smoothie before I left for the gym and I felt like throwing up pretty much the whole time I was running.  So I moved to the stationary bike.  I love the bike, except for the literal pain in the butt afterwards.  I'm sitting very delicately at my desk today.  Anyways, I couldn't figure out how to turn it on, so I made some hand gestures towards the bike and eventually someone came over and helped me.  Well, he sort of helped me, but not really.  In fact, after a few minutes we realized the bike was ALREADY on and that we were just total dumbwads.  Good for a laugh.

I went just over 3 miles on the bike, and was covered in sweat by the time I was done.  I kept my heartrate between 160 and 170.  For me, this is moderate exertion - but I was sweating profusely!  And when I finally jumped off, my legs were like jello.  J. E. double L. O.

Back at home, I paced the house with a soft pink glow in my cheeks.  It was nice to get it done.  It feels good :)

Eats for yesterday - mocha, coffee, water, perogies, turkey burger, smoothie, noodles and cabbage.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/23/2010:
Good job on the exercise. And good for you on listening to your body as well!!

My face is always beet red when Im done with a good workout. I love it!

KathyBlue on 11/23/2010:
15 min running, geez, I'd be unable to do that! You're strong! :)

loveray on 11/23/2010:
sounds chilly out!! have a wonderful week. xo

biscottibody59 on 11/23/2010:
Had to look it up--so that's -5.8degF--I'm sorry, but I can't even imagine functioning on any level in that except maybe to turn up my heated mattress pad, which I've been using in temps that aren't even close to freezing.

Stay warm!

Umpqua on 11/23/2010:
Sounds like a great workout to me!

moogy on 11/23/2010:
I know I hate the heat but your cold doesn't sound that flash either. Stay warm angel.

V on 11/23/2010:
Sounds like a great workout!!! I am glad to hear treadmill dude didn't interfere with your workout today :) Thanks for your support earlier, it means alot!!!

just42day on 11/24/2010:
Great job on the exercise! :)

legcramps - Monday Nov 22, 2010

Weight: 168.5

Wow, Mondays are always so busy.

I had a good weekend, did some shoveling but mostly stayed indoors out of the brisk chill of winter :)

That also means I didn't do any exercising, but i'm okay with that due to the aching shins and the obvious need for recovery.  I feel good today, so hopefully that means i'm ready to go again.  Although, this time around I won't be pushing myself too much.  When I go to the gym tonight, i'll be doing sets of 5 minute run intervals with 1 minute of walking in between.  If there is any sign of shin pain i'll be stopping right away.  The 5k comes up in only two more weeks!!  Can't wait!  Ok, I might have lied just there :) Maybe I could wait.

Eats on the weekend were scattered, and i'm trying to get back on track today.  Yesterday was pretty good though and I downed a whole lotta water too, so hopefully i'm setting a precedent for the rest of the week.

I turned on the coffeemaker this morning before showering, and it was super-nice to walk into the kitchen and smell freshly made coffee.  I might do it again tomorrow :) It's especially nice due to it taking the edge off the bitterly cold mornings.  The only downfall is that I'll be drinking more coffee in the mornings.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 11/22/2010:
i love the smell of fresh coffee :) enjoy ur day!!

Umpqua on 11/22/2010:
I cannot leave the house without some coffee in my system. When I have to fast before bloodwork I barely make it to the lab in one piece ;)

moogy on 11/22/2010:
The shoveling sounds like good exercise to me. I am glad to read that you will be taking it a little easier with yourself this week. I hope you have a good day and stay warm.

V on 11/22/2010:
Now you know I am a huge fan of the aroma of coffee :) I hope your shins will be kind to you for the 5k! Does skiing cause you problems? Since you are getting snow you and ski and get a workout at the same time :)

sweetpea1977 on 11/22/2010:
What an awesome way to start your day - clean and with the refreshing smell of fresh coffee brewing. I'll probably start setting my coffee maker's daily brew time as soon as the baby and I come home from the hospital.:)

Good luck with your run!

legcramps - Friday Nov 19, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I weighed myself this morning because I was too excited to wait until the end of the month.  I thought for sure i'd lose some weight.


Exactly the same.  Boo.

Here are some pictures since our big blast of snow over the last couple of days.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/19/2010:
Well, that is frustating after all your work. However, I do think that you will have gained some muscle and you must be much more toned and healthy. Maybe looking at it like that will help you feel good about your acheivements this month.

Maria7 on 11/19/2010:
I always say...not gaining is progress...btw, re: pics: pretty snow! :-)

TinaAnn on 11/19/2010:
I know the feeling but just push through and it will all work out!

V on 11/19/2010:
You are walking in a winter wonderland! :) I am soooo jealous!

OpenMyWings on 11/20/2010:
It is frustrating when you're trying hard and don't see the results. Perhaps you need to change up your routine a bit? Also, make sure that you're consuming no less than 1,200 calories each day. If you don't get enough calories, your body will go into starvation mode and you won't see any healthy results.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 18, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I'd just like to thank HoP for making me laugh so hard yesterday that I blew chocolate milk out of my nose.  Even now I need to make an effort to stop myself from LOL'ing everytime I think of her comment :)

I was all prepared yesterday to throw in a movie and watch it while I worked out.  One of the treadmills at the gym is equipped with its own DVD player and tv screen - just plug in a set of ear bugs and away you go.  Except that some guy (a.k.a. Treadmill Dude) was already running on it.  You have no idea how hard I tried to magic Treadmill Dude into moving to another treadmill.  I was really looking forward to watching that movie, but no amount of magic in the world was going to get his butt off the thing.  I got my revenge on him by using the treadmill beside him and staring at him the whole time he was working out.  I betcha i'm getting some "she's crazy" comments around town right about 9 hours ago.  No wonder no one wants to date me.

Anyways, I blame Treadmill Dude for my workout.

I ran for 10 minutes and had to stop because my shins were starting to hurt.  During this 10 minute period, Treadmill Dude jogged, got off, gabbed to his buddies, jogged, got off, gabbed.  Obviously you can see that I was not focused on my own workout.  For the next 10 minutes, I played with the speed on the treadmill, adding in walking parts because the shins just were not letting me run it out.  Treadmill Dude and his buddies got into a heated discussion regarding "The Wife's" baking, The Sauna, and a plethora of conversations that I was really trying not to listen to, although it was very entertaining.  It was almost as if they came to the gym the way some people go out for coffee - just for the conversation.  It was pretty funny, regardless :)

I am heading out to a dinner theatre tonight, so will not be working out.  I might try to take the dog for a walk after work, but it's snowing pretty heavily out there so i'm not sure if that'll happen.

I've been super busy lately and I know I haven't been commenting as much on your entries - I will try harder!  Have a great day today everyone :)

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 11/18/2010:
lol i just seen her comment hehe :) hope u have a great day!

Umpqua on 11/18/2010:
Appropriate flavor of milk you chose ;) Any workout is a good workout IMO. I hope you have a great time at the theatre!

biscottibody59 on 11/18/2010:
I don't usually go out of my way to eavesdrop on people in public, but once you hear one thing, or notice one thing--it's kinda hard to not keep listening:-) I used to get "crosstalk" occasionally on the phone line a few years ago. (It was like a party line, but they didn't know anyone was listening to the conversation.) I swear one time it sounded like the people knew someone was listening and just made up a bunch of sh*t as they went along.

That was totally going off the subject--I hope your shins are getting better!

just42day on 11/18/2010:
Thanks for the visual of chocolate milk from nose -- pretty funny!

chidogs on 11/18/2010:
Aw I missed whatever was so funny. But your gym experience sounded pretty amusing too! Take care!

sweetpea1977 on 11/18/2010:
oh wow, I dont think I'd ever admit an accident like that. HoP is one brave chick! :-)

lol at your adventures with Treadmill Dude. I totlly believe that some people go to the gym just to socialize. Personally, it drives me nuts because I go there for working my butt off. Keeping up with a conversation while pumping iron totally ruins my breathing rhythm. Ugh! Anyway, I hope you get the dvd treadmill next time!

loveray on 11/18/2010:
gotta love HOP!! :) have a wonderful day!

liza36 on 11/18/2010:
Both you and HoP keep me entertained! Have a great day, and enjoy the dinner theatre.

moogy on 11/18/2010:
I love to read about a woman REALLY FOCUSED ON HER TRAINING, you funny woman. I think that there is a Treadmill Dude at every gym, selfish people. But you do know that most people at the gym only look at themselves and not at other people don't you? I think those nasty thoughts and looks where wasted, it's a shame, he deserved them.:)

V on 11/18/2010:
i too got a pretty hearty chuckle form HOP ;) It was very graphic/amusing!!!! LOL!!!! Treadmill dude is really pissing me off btw!

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I feel extra pudgy today.  It's probably all in my head, because I didn't end up doing any exercise yesterday.

When I got home from work I iced my shins and dreamt about eating sushi.  My shins were really hurting and I wasn't sure if going to the gym was a good idea after all.  I really just wanted to eat sushi and then go to bed :)

So I texted running buddy and cancelled on her :( It was spur of the moment and you can bet I regretted doing it almost as soon as I pressed "send".  As I prepared my sushi take-out menu and was ready to call it in, a friend called to ask would I come over for supper?  They were eating baked cod with lots and lots of veggies.  Fish?  Or fish?  LOL.  Twist my rubber arm.  And after that I watched some episodes of Charmed with friends.  I didn't get to bed until 11pm.

I think the moral of the story here is that I really didn't have a clue as to what I wanted yesterday.  I must've changed my mind a few dozen times about miscellaneous things throughout the course of the day.  I was so tired at the end of the workday, but yet I stayed awake until well past my usual bedtime.  Such a strange day.

Which means I don't have a workout recap to post - gosh, whatever will I talk about?!

Tonight I am scheduled to run 28 minutes.  Wowzers.  It seems impossible, but for some reason it makes me smile :)

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

loveray on 11/17/2010:
those days of feeling really unsure about making plans are ALWAYS the most challenging for me - feeling off base is not one of my strong suits. last week, it was 5 minutes until my kettlebells class and i almost considered not going, until my friend called me and begged me to come...sometimes it's so hard to stay with our commitments because its so easy to cancel on ourselves and others. also important is to allow ourselves some down-time as it were and just be with the non-doing. i hope you enjoyed food and time with friends!!

Umpqua on 11/17/2010:
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Sounds like you had a nice evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2010:
awww, feel better chica! i have had those days where i have felt just like you! today is sorta that way, i didn't exercise yesterday and just feel slow today. slow and and tired. but, i'm invigorated still - to exercise today! i miss it - the cardio and weights. especially weights since yesterday was the day i wanted to to them. however, today is a new day with extra time in it for exercise. so i know it can be a success.

congrats on your new upcoming job, too!

i just read how you had to stop running a few times...reminds me a recent day, when i had to poop so bad while i was taking a walk...i was far from my house, had eaten to much fiber one and fatty coconut milk...and this combo, along with everything else i had inhaled that day (a ton!) just would not calm down and my body couldn't hold it all in! the unthinkable happened! first time in who knows! first time in decades! yes, i totally pooped mid-walk! how terribe huh!? now i laugh, and realize the importance, perahps, of not overeating!? or, not overeating fiber one and coconut milk! HAHAHA.

Maria7 on 11/17/2010:
Good on the 28 min run! :-D

moogy on 11/17/2010:
I don't think it does you any harm to have a day off. The fact that you didn't know whether you were coming or going is an indication that you just needed to chill out. I am glad you didn't push yourself. Have fun!!

sweetpea1977 on 11/17/2010:
I totally agree with Umpqua and Moogy. Dont feel guilty for taking a day off. :)Hope you had a good run tonight!

hopingforhealth on 11/17/2010:
Good luck on your run tonight! I think it's ok that you didn't run last night. I was recently told by a friend who teaches at the gym as a side job that it's really good to take a day off for your body to rest every week.

V on 11/17/2010:
@ hornofplentyLOL!!!!!! You are hilarious! LOL!!! Have a good one legcramps :)

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I slept in this morning for work and had to call in and let everyone know.  How embarassing ;)

I went to the gym last night and did a 25 minute run.  Although, I had to stop three times while running.  The first time was after i'd already run 1 mile.  My ankles were starting to get really sore and I was having trouble lifting my feet up in order to run.  I took a short, one minute break and then continued running.  Then I stopped at miles 1.25 and 1.5 for the same type of break.  It wasn't the best workout, but you know what - I ran out the 25 minutes, went almost 2 miles, and that's pretty cool for not doing much for the last two days :)

Gym tonight is for either a strength or an ab workout.  Haven't decided which yet.

Eats for yesterday - oatmeal, chilli on a multi-grain thin x 2, chocolate in the afternoon, coffee, water, green monster after working out.

It feels like the days and weeks are just flying by.  That's ok with me - fly away until spring!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 11/16/2010:
have a great day :)

moogy on 11/16/2010:
I am with you only the other way round, fly away until Autumn. I think you do an awesome workout, I know that you wish you could just power through, but you can only do what you can do angel.

Maria7 on 11/16/2010:
Gym workout sounds real good! :-D

legcramps - Monday Nov 15, 2010

Weight: 168.5

So I had some news the other day that I didn't have time to share with you ladies, but it's official - I'll be in a new job position at the end of the year!  I'm looking forward to the change; hoping it will mean a decrease in workload which I desperately need, and a bit of a change in daily activity as i'll have my own office and won't be stuck in the centre of everything.  That gets old after awhile!

Even though I am looking forward to this change, I know that it will come with some growing pains.  It will be a tough, busy, and sometimes frustrating few months so I thought i'd warn you if I seem to be grumpy or nasty on any particular day - that's probably the cause of it :)

I had a relatively quiet weekend, but managed to get into far too much junk food and didn't do any exercising.  My legs really needed the rest; yesterday my thigh muscles hurt so much that I took an extra warm bath to try and relieve some of the tension.  I feel much better today, so i'm going to take on a gym workout tonight and see how it goes.

What else?  I don't know - I have a silly grin pasted on my face and it's only Monday :)

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

chidogs on 11/15/2010:
I assume that the private office means a promotion! Congrats on that. And you know that you can come here and vent all you want! We are ready. :)

sweetpea1977 on 11/15/2010:
Congrats on the new job! Im sure it will take a while to adjust, so just vent your frustrations through here and in your exercise. ;)

Have a wonderful Monday!

V on 11/15/2010:
Yayyyyy!!!! :) Congrats! i bet you can't wait to say "meet me in my office" or if your pissed" my office now!" LOL Way to go legcramps!

Umpqua on 11/15/2010:
Congrats on the new position!!

moogy on 11/15/2010:
Well done legcramps. Recognition is always uplifting. I am glad you liked the quote - me too. Have a good day and I hope your evening workout goes well.

nita51 on 11/16/2010:
So glad you like the picture. He appreciates all the comments. Hope you're doing well.

legcramps - Saturday Nov 13, 2010

Weight: 168.5

Looks like winter has set in :(

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/13/2010:
:( at least it makes some pretty photos for us Southerners to enjoy! :)

moogy on 11/13/2010:
I can remember that it is not fun to live in a place where it snows. However, I prefer to snuggle up in front of a fire than sweat under an aircondiioner anyday. Plus, is there anything more beautiful than waking up to fresh snowfall.

Umpqua on 11/13/2010:
Beautiful! Apparently we had snow and ice while I was on vacation in Florida. We'll have our long, snowy season soon and I wouldn't trade it. I love the drastic seasons we have here in New England and I ski, so that's a bonus. Enjoy the white stuff!

Maria7 on 11/13/2010:
Thanks for sharing the photos with us...though they look very pretty (and Christmasy), I much preferr our 70's weather we've been having here in SC today...:-D

chidogs on 11/14/2010:
Wow, that is so pretty. Being a SoCal native, I drool over scenes of real weather. :) I know living in it can be annoying at times, but it is still soooooo pretty! And I agree with Moogy, I'd rather bundle up than sweat 24/7.

V on 11/14/2010:
I love your house legcramps :) Is that a pool/hot tub on your deck??? You have a very spacious yard too! As your personal landscaper/shoveler I will do my best to make your yard stand out from the rest on the block, free of charge of course(plane ticket) LOL have a good one ;)

legcramps - Friday Nov 12, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I'm still feeling proud today :)

It's amazing that only a few days ago I was really having a rough time with my workouts and just... life in general.  Nothing seemed to be going my way.  My usual course of action when this happens, and the piece of advice I like to give when other people are emotionally drained and distressed - is when you're going to spiral downwards, if you ride it out eventually you'll come out of it.  This would normally take me a week or longer, but because of running buddy and the simple WILL to survive, I knocked that mood out of me within 12 hours by being PROUD of the fact that I was still moving, even when that age-old monster was trying to run me down. 

I might be physically drained this week because i've been to the gym every single day, but i'm far from mentally drained.  Every day, I keep begging myself to 'just try', just go a little further, just one more step.  I am tired, but i'm too happy to even acknowledge it :)

So yesterday was another strength training day - it went well; we breezed through the exercises and even had some time leftover to do a few silly stretches - thankfully the gym was empty so we weren't making fools of ourselves (not overly, anyways. i think they have cameras set up in there.).  Tonight is supposed to be a 25 minute run, but of course I will ice my shins and do only as much as I can do, and finish out the minutes on the stationary bike.

I suggest that if you're feeling down today, WILL yourself to do some sweating.  Let it out.  Vent.  Be angry, disappointed, bitter, and anything else that's going on.  Exhaust your body so that it can begin to rejuvenate again.

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

lifestylechange on 11/12/2010:
Kudos to you!!! :) Very inspiring! Have a fantastic friday!

SELINA on 11/12/2010:
Good job! You've got a lot of energy!

just42day on 11/12/2010:
I love your spirit! Thanks for sharing it! :)

moogy on 11/12/2010:
I am so glad that you have realised what we knew. That you have come a long way and have been doing some amazing exercise and pushing through lots of barriers, both physical and emotional. Well done to you.

hopingforhealth on 11/12/2010:
Good job. I'm glad you are powering through it. I don't listen to a ton of it, but there's a country music song (and I'm gonna butcher it) that says "if you're going through hell, just keep going, don't slow down...You might get out before the devil even knows you're there" and I like it, because sometimes when times are tough, you just have power through it. Way to not get discouraged and keep on working out!

Maria7 on 11/12/2010:
Real good on all those workouts! :-D

chidogs on 11/12/2010:
Wonderful advise. I will take it to heart. Glad you are doing so well, and finding the strength to keep going. Bravo!

V on 11/12/2010:

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