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legcramps - Monday Jun 21, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Well, I am not dropping any weight, so this week is Entitled "Fresh Week".  Brought to you by the letter F and the numbers 1, 3 and 8.

Fresh Week is so-named due to the fact that...well...a) I went for groceries yesterday and filled the fridge with fresh food again, and b) I bought a whole lotta fresh fruit and a whole lotta fresh vegetables.  Oh yeah.  It's Fresh Week alright.  I even stopped myself from buying canned vegetables, which I usually buy a lot of.

I made a pot roast in the slow cooker, and separated it all out into containers for lunches and dinners this week.  Beef, baby potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery.  Lunches will be wraps with beef, lettuce, cheese, and bell peppers.  Dinners will be the roast with all the vegetables, and brown rice.

I even have leftover sauce that I used for the roast.  I will use this to bake some chicken for fajitas.

Positive - I'm ready for this week.

Negative - Saw X this morning and it ruined my mood a little.  Oh well.  Ignored him.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, bran buds, AND a peach, AND black coffee - DONE

Lunch - beef wrap, lettuce, bell pepper and shredded cheese X 2 - DONE, also added bean sprouts

Snack - celery with peanut butter - DONE, also added the peach from this morning

Dinner - pot roast with vegetables and rice - DONE, and snuck in an iced mocha later on with a friend

Exercise - slo-pitch - DONE

Other - I have plenty of choices if I feel the need to snack this evening.  I will try my best not to, by drinking lots and lots of water.  This may not be my come-back week, but then again - it just might be.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

just42day on 06/21/2010:
I suspect this will be your come-back week as you have a great plan in place! Good luck to you!

sweetpea1977 on 06/21/2010:
Good for you on planning all your meals for the week. It makes life so much easier when you dont have to waste time thinking about what to eat. This prevents (or at least minimizes) making bad food choices. :)

nutri_fitt on 06/21/2010:
Wow, I'm impressed with the pot roast and veggies crock pot. Mmmmm......I can imagine how good that must have smelled! That is so smart to plan ahead like that.

loveray on 06/21/2010:
sounds like a wonderfully yummy pot-roast! i hope you had a great day.

liza36 on 06/21/2010:
Way to go on your planning. I know I do better with planning ahead (need to get back into it). Thanks for the suggestion of core exercises for my back. My back pain is chronic, and I'm sure that losing weight and strengthening my core would help tremendously.

Have a great start to "Fresh week"!

Umpqua on 06/21/2010:
Fresh produce is the bomb. I hope you have a great week!

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 16, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - I got the grass cut and some weeds pulled.

Negative - I used a crappy lawnmower (i don't have one so I had to borrow from a friend) and my lawn looks horrible now.  I also have water blisters all over my hands.  But I slept well.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee - DONE

Lunch - 2 wraps with rice and spinach - DONE

Snack - yogurt, bran buds

Dinner - 2 wraps with rice and spinach

Exercise - slo-pitch

Other - fret about the state of my lawn.

I have Thursday and Friday off work - woohoo!  Although we are going to get more rain, I have plenty to keep me busy inside the house.

I didn't get out to run last night because of the whole Lawnmower Incident.  I tried to borrow one from a friend and they couldn't find theirs (bizarre, huh?!), so then I tracked down someone else who dropped theirs off for me to use.  Wow, do I have blisters.  It took me over 2 hours to finish the job, and by that point I was so incredibly angry with myself for totally ruining my lawn that I just had no more pride left in me to allow people to watch me trot like a freakin' turkey down the road.  When I finally got back inside the house, I went to the bathroom mirror and realized I needed to calm down as my face was beet red - and not because of the sun.  So I read a little and then went to bed.  I sure hope the rest of the week goes a little more smoothly!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 06/16/2010:
Ouch! Sorry about the water blisters! Don't worry about your yard...with all the rain coming it will grow back to its lush and healthy self in no time. :) If you can't find a good-working lawnmower to borrow, you should invest in one of those hand reel lawn mowers. They are inexpensive, quiet, and do a great job cutting the grass (according to customer reviews). Just make sure to also invest in some form fitting yard gloves to keep your hands from getting blisters. :)

just42day on 06/16/2010:
Yes, I do love pineapple- especially the fresh. Strange that I haven't tired of it yet. :)

Umpqua on 06/16/2010:
The induction phase of Atkins is nice for quickly dropping some weight, but I think overall it's taught me to keep an eye on my bread/sugar/white stuff carbs. Those bad carbs can really add up, even in low-cal stuff. I had lost sight of that when I was just counting calories!

SkinnyGrlWithin on 06/17/2010:
Ouch!! Water blisters!!! But I would think about the positive...even though you didn't go running, mowing a lawn is a work out in itself!!

biscottibody59 on 06/17/2010:
I gotta mow here soon too--and my lawnmower smokes abt 90% of the time or so it seems. It actually blows smoke rings occasionally--pretty hilarious to think about. It starts, it runs--it's very unGREEN and I try to stay downwind of the smoke. I guess it's a drop in the bucket given the enormous amts of oil they're burning in the Gulf of Mexico!

Haha--maybe your friend is a little "lawnmower proud" and it was easier to just say they couldn't find it;-) I didn't want this guy using mine, but he was next door and I figured he'd hit me up for it waaay too often.

Cheers legcramps!

glycrina on 06/18/2010:
I know it is not funny and you were kinda upset about the lawn, but your entry made me laugh. I hope I am laughing with you and not at you. Anyway, I hope you feel better! Thanks for the support.

legcramps - Tuesday Jun 15, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - Played ball last night and did quite a bit of running around.  Definitely got some exercise in.  Then followed it up with a beer.

Negative - Getting back into running is going to be stressful on my joints.  Losing 10 more pounds will feel so much better!

Plan for today:

Breakfast - mocha, watermelon - DONE

Lunch - tbd - this was... uhmmn... Smart Ones frozen meal.  Geez, I almost forgot.

Snack - yogurt, bran buds

Dinner - tbd - 2 wraps with rice and spinach; one bun with peanut butter spread.

Exercise - run/walk combo - 30 minutes; shred DVD - cut grass and pulled weeds - 2.5 hours

Other - It has been bright and sunny outside going on three days now.  This is a record Consecutive Sunny Days in Province.  It's supposed to rain tomorrow again, but i'm taking advantage of the warmer weather to get out and go for a jog tonight.  It's funny how the weather can have such a huge impact on our moods!  Yay for sunny weather!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 06/15/2010:
I agree sunny weather always makes me feel SO much better!

sweetpea1977 on 06/15/2010:
I totally agree! Sunshine = :-) and Rain = :-(

Good for you on taking advantage of the sunny day. Enjoy your run!

sleepy on 06/15/2010:
Thanks for your comment. I remember you. I used to read your entries all the time. I was starlight for the longest time. Don't know if you remember that name or not. Good luck on getting back into running. Its difficult for me when I start running because it hurts my shins, so I have to ease my way into it. Its terrible how out of shape I've gotten. I used to jog, now my goal is to just move.

just42day on 06/15/2010:
Thanks for the kind words today. Enjoy your weather and have a great run! :)

Umpqua on 06/15/2010:
Enjoy your sunny day!

jubileecoast on 06/15/2010:
Good for you on the sunny day. Enjoy it - it's tipping down rain in this part of the world!!

Maria7 on 06/15/2010:
I bought watermelon today on the way home. In the fridge...getting cold. Good on your running!

nita51 on 06/15/2010:
You played ball?,,,,Well I sure hope you won. :) I guess, just getting that great exercise in, already makes you a WINNER! Thanks for the kind words. Hugs!

legcramps - Monday Jun 14, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - I got the second sump pump set up in the basement, and Houston, We No Longer Have A Problem!  Well, not as big of one, anyways :-) (knock on wood)

Negative - Friday's menu would have been great if that's what I would have followed.  I don't remember anything from Friday (what a whirlwind of a week), but I know I didn't eat what I wrote in my journal, 'cause that stuff is still in the house.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - mocha, carrot muffin - DONE

Lunch - tomato & red pepper soup - DONE (that is some TASTY soup!)

Snack - granola bar - x 2 DONE

Dinner - tomato & red pepper soup; pineapple chunks - DONE, and another carrot muffin

Exercise - slo-pitch

Other - mmmn. beer. Just one!  But I snacked on cheese and crackers too.

I'm feeling a lack of energy these days, which usually means that i'm not focusing on what i'm eating closely enough.  It's just that it's hard work, and once I fall into a certain pattern it's kind of hard to get myself out of it.  I'm trying to clean out my cupboards and i'm probably not getting enough nutrients in because of that.  Also, to be perfectly blunt, I miss having some support from a partner.  Things used to be much easier when I wasn't the only one having to worry about daily life and the obstacles it brings.  Well, that's my vent for the day!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

just42day on 06/14/2010:
Glad the basement problem has improved. I know that can be nasty. Carrot muffin sounds yummy! Hope your day is great!

Umpqua on 06/14/2010:
I'm glad you got your sump pumps installed. Hope you have a great week!

tangalyn on 06/14/2010:
glad u got everything fixed in the basement, have a great day =)

jubileecoast on 06/14/2010:
Good news on the basement. Have a great day!

liza36 on 06/14/2010:
Going it alone can be tough sometimes, but hang in there. According to your progress bar, you are 1/2 way to your goal - you can make it to the end!

Maria7 on 06/14/2010:
Congratulations on being half way to your goal! :-)

WI3 on 06/14/2010:
You've had a whirlwind of a week! WOW! Congrats on the sump pump! I hope everything starts to even back out for you :)

nita51 on 06/15/2010:
So nice to see that smile, thanks for caring. xoxo

legcramps - Friday Jun 11, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - The basement is actually drying out.  I can't believe it.  I managed to run downtown after work and pick up two new sump pumps.  I got one set up and working, then proceeded to shop-vac the standing water for almost two hours.  But I got it done!  Thank goodness.  I still hope it stops raining at some point though.  I bet our province goes into pandemic mode soon if this keeps up.

Negative - It just won't stop raining!

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, lemon & cranberry muffin - DONE

Lunch - rice, ketchup

Snack - yogurt

Dinner - Smart Ones meal with spinach salad, soup

Exercise - slo-pitch

Other - I woke up this morning to a two-pound gain.  I'm not posting it yet though because I think maybe I could get it back down by the end of the weekend.  Weigh-in Monday!

All I want to do tonight is sleep.  Every part of my body hurts from bailing water for a total of 4 hours this past week or so.  I've gone to bed early two nights in a row.  She's a tired girl.  And I just smell rain wherever I go.  I want to stop smelling rain already!!!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

liza36 on 06/11/2010:
The lemon and cranberry muffin sounds delish! I love those 2 flavors.

Sorry about all the rain - at least you are getting in some physical activity with all that water bailing! Have a good weekend.

KathyBlue on 06/11/2010:
finally, I hope this is the end of the basement issue! :) Raining: same thing here! Tennis is practically stopped because of this stuuupid rain!

loveray on 06/11/2010:
i love the positive and negative comments- i might have to start using that as a template for my entries as well:) hope you have a great day! xo

Maria7 on 06/12/2010:

biscottibody59 on 06/12/2010:
Oh wow--sounds like you've had your fill of water--no pun intended:-) Seriously, I hope the pumps make it a lot easier on you.

Your comment sounds very much like what's going on--and apparently this could be my gallbladder (among other things) though none of it is concentrated in that area. It does seem to be better, especially if I pay attention to amounts and fat content of my food choices.

Hope the scale moves in your favor next week!

legcramps - Thursday Jun 10, 2010

Weight: 165.0

I had a great entry all written out and ready to go, and then I accidentally deleted it this morning.

Positive - I was very positive this morning with whatever I had to say, but not so much anymore.  This day has gone to the dogs.

Negative - I got all the water outta the basement yesterday and what does it do?  It rains.  Again.  I go home for lunch and the basement is filled with water again and smells like swamp again.  I'm just about at the end of my rope.  I'm so stressed out I feel like curling up in bed and falling asleep for a million years.  I understand I need a sump pump.  Can you give me some friggin' time to get it set up, Mother Nature?  Pretty please?

Plan for today:

Breakfast - carrot muffin, mocha - DONE

Lunch - crackers and cheese - DONE

Snack - yogurt x 2 - DONE

Dinner - ceasar salad with garlic bread, a couple drinks (today i'd argue that I NEED those drinks) - DONE

Exercise - i know 'hitting the sack early' isn't exercise, but it's my reason for not exercising today

Other - the water can darn well stay where it is until... some other time.  And I will find a way to cheer myself up before morning.


Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - It's Hump Day!  All downhill from here!

Negative - Maybe saying "All downhill from here" is bad karma.  If so, knock on wood or throw some salt over the left shoulder or GOSH don't step on that crack or walk under that ladder.  I'm tired.  Can you tell?

Plan for today:

Breakfast - cheese and crackers, mocha - DONE

Lunch - chicken wrap with spinach.  maybe 2 of 'em. - DONE

Snack - yogurt and bran buds 2 of 'em - DONE

Dinner - rice, thai salad (salad-in-a-can!), tomato soup if i'm still hungry - crackers and cheese - DONE

Exercise - slo-pitch - too wet to play; boo.  I bailed out the basement instead.  An hour and a half and loads of sweat pouring off me and I think I got my exercise!

Other - I have a garage FULL of miscellaneous items.  Our Dog Park is having a garage sale fundraiser at my place (I just don't know how to say no) so we set up for it last night.  I should say, me and a good friend set up for it.  Everyone else brought their stuff over, chatted for a few, then went on their merry way to leave the work to us.  But i'm not bitter.  We even baked dog treats to sell.  But no, not bitter at all.

This is last year's picture of my backyard.  The garden was in full bloom here, so it's absolutely gorgeous!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 06/09/2010:
your backyard looks great! I'll bet its great for relaxing in the summertime:)

just42day on 06/09/2010:
Beautiful backyard! Enjoy!

tangalyn on 06/09/2010:
good luck with the fundrasier, hope u make tons of money :) ur yard is gorgeous! have a great day

biscottibody59 on 06/09/2010:
Nice yard--hope you get some rest--sounds like you may need it!

jubileecoast on 06/09/2010:
WHat a beautiful garden!! looks like just the place to relax after a fundraiser - hope you make lots of money!!

Miss Reality on 06/09/2010:
She says what a beautiful place! :-)

Umpqua on 06/09/2010:
What great gardens! I hope you have a good fundraiser :)

Miss Reality on 06/10/2010:
She hoped you're having a nice Thursday! :-)

legcramps - Tuesday Jun 08, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - I love my yard.  Ok, so the grass has already grown another two feet since it was cut on Saturday, and there are already weeds coming up in the garden again, but I love my yard.  It's beautiful, and yes, I will post pictures of it soon so you can all see how lucky I am!!!

Negative - The house smells like swamp.  I have people coming over tonight.  I need to vacuum.  Why am I never prepared for things???

Plan for today:

Breakfast - mocha - DONE

Lunch - turkey wrap with spinach - DONE

Snack - yogurt and bran buds

Dinner - turkey wrap with spinach, rice

Exercise - cleaning basement and kitchen to get ready for tonight.

Other - this is nuts: buy snacks and drinks for company, get gas, brush out garage, basement, kitchen, vacuum.  spray febreeze for goodness' sake.  'ya really think i'll get all that done??

In other news, after I complained so bitterly about there not being any guys in this town, I received a message today on facebook from someone asking me out.  Kinda freaks me out a little.  Through Facebook?  Are you kidding me?  Anyways, to prove my point, I do believe he's quite the partier.  End story.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 06/08/2010:
hope u get everything in order for tonight, and have a good time :) cant wait to see ur yard :)

nosetwitch on 06/08/2010:
thanks, i hope you're having a great day too! i must sad i'm jealous. i've always wanted a nice yard. :)

KathyBlue on 06/09/2010:
I'd love to have a yard. :) We live in a block of flats :S

legcramps - Monday Jun 07, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - Touch wood, but i'm feeling sort of accomplished on the home front.  The grass is cut, the garden has been tilled and planted and watered, and the big flower bed has been nicely weeded out.  It was a beautiful weekend; slo-pitch Friday; hung out at home Saturday putzing around; planted garden, watched a ballgame and had coffee with a friend on Sunday.

Negative - Still have water in the basement, which is ruining the gyprock.  I gotta get down there and suck it all up.  It will probably take about an hour I think.  Just do it.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt and bran buds - DONE

Lunch - flatbread wrap with chicken and spinach - hot dog sale uptown... whoops :-)

Snack - yogurt and bran buds

Dinner - brown rice, peas, flatbread wrap with chicken and spinach - DONE

Exercise - bailing out the basement; slo-pitch. 

Other - No 'other' today.  I will have lots of 'other' things to do tomorrow.  Add a large draft beer after the game.  Yeesh.

I'm trying to clean out my cupboards so there might be some interesting menu choices in the next few days.  I gotta save some money.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/07/2010:
Yay for gardening! It's good exercise too.

just42day on 06/07/2010:
You've been keeping yourself very busy! And your meals sound great!

liza36 on 06/07/2010:
I love that accomplished feeling on the home front. I get that when I vacuum the whole house. I've got 3 stories and lots of stairs, so it looks great when I'm done. Your food sounds good today. Have a good one!

loveray on 06/07/2010:
sounds like you are having a great day thus far. stay well and be happy!

Miss Reality on 06/07/2010:
She says can you post photos of your pretty garden? It sounds beautiful!

biscottibody59 on 06/08/2010:
You have a good week too--hope you get to the basement chore soon!

legcramps - Friday Jun 04, 2010

Weight: 165.0

Positive - It's FRIDAY and it's GIRLS NIGHT tonight!!!  At my place, which means i'll be running back from slo-pitch in a mighty hurry in order to get to the house in time to set up for the girls night.  Karaoke!!

Negative - There's still lots of water in the basement.

Plan for today:

Breakfast - black coffee, yogurt with bran buds

Snack - yogurt

Lunch - brown rice and green peas, maybe some ketchup

Snack - yogurt

Dinner - 1 cup soup, brown rice and green peas

Exercise - slo-pitch

Other - Girls Night!  There will be some snacking.  I bought a lot of spicy munchies because my friends like it, but i'm not a fan so hopefully I won't eat too much of it.  There will also be some drinking involved.

This weekend hopefully will get the garden planted already.  We got another thunder/lightening storm last night with lots and lots of rain, so I don't know if the garden will happen.  At this rate, i'll be planting in the fall.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 06/04/2010:
have fun at girls night! :)

CoverGirl on 06/04/2010:
:) Have fun tonight, dont drink TOOOOOOOOOO much :)

getmebackto150 on 06/04/2010:
have fun at girls night... Remember 1 glass of water for every alcoholic beverage... Ive been doing that lately and it REALLY helps!!!

liza36 on 06/04/2010:
Girls night sounds so fun!

mskitty on 06/04/2010:
Happy Friday! ha ha I love drinking when it involves singing.

I am also spreading the word around for this contest I entered which I have the details for in my diary. I hope I have your vote.

Cheers love!

nita51 on 06/04/2010:

Umpqua on 06/05/2010:
They say wet ground is good for planting - but not in a thunderstorm! I hope you had fun at karaoke and have a great weekend!

just42day on 06/06/2010:
Hope you had a fabulous girls' night out. Sounds like great fun! :)

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