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legcramps - Wednesday Dec 01, 2010

Weight: 169.5

Today didn't start off very well.  I heard last night from my aunt that my co-workers have been speaking ill of me.  I tried to bring it up this morning to them, but all they do is talk amongst themselves and probably spent most of the morning upset at me because I decided not to tolerate their bullying.  Now i'm sure half the building has heard about my "unacceptable behaviour".  I just don't know how to deal with bullies like these ladies.  It's a real hen house and i've been scratched in the face far too many times.  I'm sure it's just a bad day overall, and i'm also sure it will get better - just need to get through today!

Aside from that, which is stressful enough, I went home at lunchtime to a frozen house.  My furnace quit running!  And I can't get hold of anyone to check it out for me.  It's minus 21 celsius out there today!  My dog and I will freeze if this doesn't get fixed :(

AND my car desperately needs an oil change, and something is wrong with one of my tires.  PLUS I need gas money to get to the city on Saturday for the 5k run, and I can't just magically pull money outta the air!  I'm so NOT READY for this week!


This is life's bloody way of testing me to see if i've learned anything.  And if that's the case I am so READY for it!  Bring it on :) what else are you gonna throw at me?

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 14.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 12/01/2010:
If I had a warm bucket of money, i would throw it at you! Sorry you're having a lousy day, that really stinks about your furnace. Could you buy a cheap space heater (or 2) to get you through until a repair person can come? I had a job like the hen house you describe, except the men there were even worse than the ladies! I couldn't stand it, good for you for not putting up with the bullying. Oh another suggestion - an electric blanket. You can wrap up in it on the couch and in bed...I did this in college when we were too poor to turn on the heat :P

moogy on 12/01/2010:
I think that you did the right thing in confronting those women. Keep it up and you will find that one or two other women feel the same as you and will begin to speak to you and become a support for you. I know it is very yucky. I hope you managed to stay warm, I am sitting here in my undies, I am so warm (perhaps that is not a good image to put into your head!!). Angel, life will throw a lot more than ignorant people, no heating and cars at you. Deal with today, don't wish for more trials, they will come quick enough. XXX

V on 12/01/2010:
Don't let the catty Hyenas get to you my friend...Those h**s must be drinking the same HATERADE that my soon to be ex friend Karen drinks..You know a true sign of jealousy is that they targeted..As i recall you said that you are the type that let things slide, however i would never suggest to you to jepordize your job but perhaps you can speak with the ringleader(there is always one in a group of bullies) OUTSIDE of the workplace, in a calm non threatening way ans express to her that her snide comments are not called for...If it continues then just ignore them as hard as it may be...WOW I am so glad to work with mostly guys and the girls here all get along, thank God for that!

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

Weight: 169.5

Well, pfft.  I can't believe I gained a pound.  I'm not overly upset about this though, as I can feel that i'm building muscle as compared to fat cells :)

We'll see how the next month goes; as I (hopefully) increase my running mileage perhaps the pounds will not be able to resist falling off ;)

I had a good weekend with family and friends.  Watched the football game on Sunday and even asked A to join, which he did.  I think it went well, and he even suggested he could help me learn how to make sushi sometime.  All good, except for the unfortunate fact that S showed up as soon as he heard that A was there!  I found that slightly annoying.

Yesterday started with a bad head cold, so no exercise.  Today isn't looking good, but i'd like to try to do something.  I guess we'll see how beat I feel once work is done.  Have a great day everyone!

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 14.5 lbs to go!

moogy on 11/30/2010:
Good attitude legcramps. Your excercise really has jumped over the past month or so. It isn't really suprising that you may be adding muscle, you are getting healthier and stronger. I bet your measurements would show you how toned you are now.:)

Maria7 on 11/30/2010:
Hope you feel better...try to get some rest. :-)

hopingforhealth on 11/30/2010:
Muscles weighs more than fat and you have been having great workouts! I hope you feel better soon.

V on 11/30/2010:
I am sure you will not let this discourage you...I am sure your measurements will tell a different story...keep it going and you will see in the end that it will surely pay off!!! have a good one

legcramps - Saturday Nov 27, 2010

Weight: 168.5

A few more days, and hopefully i'll be able to update my weight to a lower number.  I really hope that's the case since I haven't checked it since my post the other day when I said it hadn't changed.

I went to the gym yesterday and had my best run EVER!  Like, EVER in my life :) I ran for 28 minutes.  Now I won't run again until the 5k, but man I feel good about how well I did!

Watched a martial arts and kickboxing tournament at the local school today and for about a second or two it made me want to start kickboxing again.  I miss the sparring and just the feeling of power :)  Some of those kids are really good.  I think i'm too old for that stuff now, but if I ever have kids i'm definately going to encourage them to join - it's a great confidence booster.

Well, i'm off to grandma's house for dinner.  Busy busy!

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/27/2010:
keep up the great work at the gym! it's totally getting sooooo cold lately...hard to do lots of outdoor exercise like i was in the spring/summer/fall!

tangalyn on 11/27/2010:
congrats on such a successful run!!

moogy on 11/27/2010:
Well done legcramps, that is really wonderful. It must feel so good that after all the effort you have been putting in you are seeing the results of your efforts. Good for you.

V on 11/28/2010:
Have fun at grandma's ;)

legcramps - Friday Nov 26, 2010

Weight: 168.5

I am soooooo busy at work and now at home too.  Friends and relatives are coming to visit this weekend, I just found out that my great-uncle passed away yesterday, I want to watch the football game on Sunday.... that damn over-whelmingness feeling is coming back.

Work = Sigh.  I seem to be doing more and more of that each and every day.  Meetings up the you-know-what, trying to learn a new position before my co-worker goes on holidays for three weeks (during which time i'll have to do both her job AND my job), having to take on new projects and responsibilities and ensuring all this and everything else is on the checklist for the person who will eventually replace me.

I was so tired yesterday that I could've just collapsed and started bawling at any moment :(  I persevered throughout the day doing my best to appear cheerful and kind, but man it was hard.  It's hard to be kind and tolerant when you are so damn irritated by every single person that comes into your bird's-eye view.  Point is:  I did my best, and then I went home.  And God obviously forgave me if I was snarky or intolerant of anyone during the day:  Someone had cleared ALL of the snow from my driveway, my walkways AND my deck.  I don't know who, although I have a sneaking suspicion it was at the request of my neighbour.  He manages a facility in town, and often gets his workers to clear snow etc. when they're not busy.  'A' works with him, in fact.  Anyways, it was all cleared out.  I had a free two hours of time to do with anything I wanted :)

I was so happy that my neighbour had shown me such kindness that I literally floated through the house doing my chores after work.

Then I got a text from running buddy that she was skipping the gym.  Even better!  A rest day!  I was beside myself with joy :)

So, yeah I did nothing yesterday and my eating was a little off too.  I snacked on chips.  Boo.

But on Wednesday I went to the gym and ran for 27 minutes!  Woohoo!  5k is coming up in 8 days!

This entry just sort of took on the look of a checklist, didn't it?

And tonight I plan on doing a strength workout at the gym; then will hopefully (depending on the weekend's events) make it back to the gym to run once more before the 5k - all of next week will be spent doing either strength or ab workouts.  I'm resting these legs!

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

moogy on 11/26/2010:
You sounded like a woman on the edge at the start of the entry and I was getting worried. It sounds like the day finished out better than it started, nice neighbour. I hope that you are able to find the energy and balance to do all the is going to be required of you over the next few weeks. Deep breaths, and remember perfection is not a requirement, only competence is needed.:))

Maria7 on 11/26/2010:
What a kind neighbor! :-)

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 :)

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