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legcramps - Thursday Sep 28, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday: ? calories (didn't bring my book with me, but I know it was under 1500, possibly even under 1400), walked the dog for one hour. It's so much fun taking the dog for walks when we don't have to leash him - we take him later at night so that there's less of a chance meeting up with other dogs that may not like him. Anyways, we walked the regular route and Chewy rather likes to fall behind us, then run and catch up, and over and over. Once again we ran away on him and hid behind a tree. This time he was over to us in a flash - he must be catching on to our little trick. At least it ensures he is always aware of where we are, although i'm sure our jovial 'messing with his head' routine is making him frustrated!!

Wednesday: 1470 calories, or 1440 calories, something like that. I even had some room for popcorn during a rented movie last night, although I probably shouldn't have eaten past 8pm - isn't that a golden rule??? Went to kickboxing and found it suprisingly and pleasantly moderate instead of the usual extreme workout. Time to step it up to the next level I guess. The parts that make my head want to blow apart are the leg and upper body exercises at the end of the workout. My arms feel like jello today.

Again will be another night off from exercising. I might try to do some reading. I bought 2 mystery/horrors while in the city, both written by the same author. I've read one so far and found it fairly good, so i'm looking forward to the other one. If I could remember the author's name i'd tell 'ya, but I can't. She's written three books so far, all mysteries, about ghosts and psychic powers and apparently i'm into them...

ima2hefty on 09/28/2006:
I wish I could walk my dogs without a leash! Sounds like a fun game you play with yours lol. Good job on the calorie counting and the kickboxing, just dont hurt anyone lol

WorkingIt on 09/29/2006:
I HATE leg day! LOL I don't think there is a golden rule about eating past 8 pm lol

Enjoy your books!

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 26, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Thursday: 1120 calories, gym

Friday: 1340 calories, no exercise (went out of town for the weekend to visit some relatives)

Saturday: 1970 calories, went rock-climbing and it was so much fun!!!!

Sunday: 2760 calories, no exercise. Didn't expect my mother and grandmother to come by and take us out for supper. I wasn't about to say no, because we have an ongoing argument about how much time I spend with my family. I got the fish and chips and only ate half of it, but that still pumped up my calorie count for the day. I was also extremely thirsty today and drank countless glasses of kool-aide. Water just wasn't making its debut.

Monday: 1400 calories, kickboxing and yoga. I almost threw up during the kickboxing workout, really worked myself a little too much. I don't know how these girls can giver heck for so long...I guess i'm either getting old or my stamina just isn't what it used to be! Eventually, though, i'll get there and i'll be able to keep up with the Jones'. haha.

I'm taking tonight off for exercise and doing the household things that I didn't get done on the weekend (groceries, dishes, laundry, blah blah blah).

We picked up Chewy from the farm when we got back into town and had to spend an hour giving him a bath. So the story goes, he got himself into a little predicament and ended up rolling around in it. If you can't imagine what 'it' might be, just think of horses and cows and pastures and what might be found in those pastures due to horses and cows digestive systems...evidently he was worn out from rolling around so much because when we finally got him home and cornered him onto a towel on the living room floor, he went straight to sleep. Unfortunately, this morning I woke up with him laying over top of my legs and in my efforts to stop the darn *buzzing* of the alarm without having the mobility of my legs I must've turned the thing off completely. I wasn't late for work, but I was pretty close to it. Just one of those days, today is.

smiley2 on 09/26/2006:
Im the only child and i usually feel compelled to see my parents on a weekly basis. We dont fight or argue about how much i see them but they give subconscious hints and that drives me that. So we avoid the topic and i see them against my will most of the times! Good job with the kickboxing and other than Sunday, your calorie intake was pretty within normal limits.

borntocry on 09/27/2006:
The party never stops with Chewy, does it?

You're doing great with exercise - don't beat yourself up for taking a day off every now and then. You need rest days when you're doing such vigorous cardiovascular exercise. Your muscles have to heal and recover in time for the next session. Take it from me - I have paid the price for two hard days in a row.

sweetpea1977 on 09/27/2006:
Chewy sure is an interesting character!

Good for you on taking a day off from exercise every now and then. Your routine is quite intense, so your body deserves a break in order to recover.

WorkingIt on 09/27/2006:
LOL Dogs, what a riot! I had one that rolled all over a dead fish and we didn't find out until she was back in the car..PHEW!

Don't worry about a couple days lag..you will get back on track!

legcramps - Thursday Sep 21, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Yesterday's calories: 1470

Exercise: none

The stubborn mule in me refused to do anything in the way of exercise yesterday. No excuses, right? Wrong. I am the Queen at excusing myself from doing things. I may feel a little guilty about it, but that won't last long. Good thing bf didn't want to do anything but fall asleep watching a movie last night, though I bet Chewy didn't like that idea at all.

I know I have some habits that I need to change. I just need a few tweaks. And i'm speaking generally; I need a few tweaks in every facet of my life. I can now fully realize that my problem areas are when i'm overly excited, happy, depressed, foul, etc. I'll have my fresh starts every so often and i'll screw things up every so often. I'm okay with that. I'll have those a-ha moments and give it all i've got for a month or two, and then i'll plunge back into my lazy habits. As long as i'm balancing out between the two and reaching goals i've set, it will all work out okay. RIGHT?!!!

Gym today after work, if my hips will allow.

ima2hefty on 09/21/2006:
It is hard for me to make myself do exercise too. Sometimes I tell myself I will just lay in the floor and stretch, walk outside, or hop on my bike for just 5 minutes. By that time my body has warmed up and I end up working out or taking a walk. Yes, I have to trick myself into working out...

breakaway on 09/21/2006:
Just here to say HI! Hope your week goes well.

WorkingIt on 09/22/2006:
Sweetie, you are HUMAN. Don't beat yourself up for not being a machine. =)

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 20, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Friday: 1320 calories, no exercise

Saturday: 2180 calories, no exercise

It wasn't that I was hungry and ate all day, moreso that I went out for breakfast (as is usually the case on the weekends) with my boyfriend and had an extra large meal that I don't usually have. And forget about cutting calories for the rest of the day. I don't care what anyone says - when you're in the habit of eating certain amounts at certain times throughout the day, it's incredibly hard to change. I figure this is something i'll just have to work around. Kind of like LIFE, huh.

Sunday: 2590 calories, no exercise

Again, that darn breakfast ruined my day. As well, Sunday nights are my other temptation, when we get the chance to sit down together and hash out the weeks' activities. We ordered in this time - it's not a usual circumstance though, so this will be something I can learn to control a little better.

Monday: 770 calories, kickboxing and yoga

I did actually make it to the yoga class on Monday night. Wow. I didn't think it would be as difficult as it was. My ignorance sure caught up with me these last few weeks! It was incredibly relaxing though, especially with the lights turned down and soft music playing. I loved it! Hope it will continue...

Tuesday: 1280 calories, gym

The treadmill kicked my butt and I could feel my hip joint starting to wedge its way out of its' socket as I was running. 47 minutes later I decided that it just wasn't important anymore and that floor exercises were really what I wanted to do.

I'm really sore today. Like I mean, really sore. If I stay put and sitting for more than 10 minutes I have trouble standing up off my chair. I'm tired, cranky and exhausted. And, of course, busy. I haven't stopped until now, the only thing carrying me forward is the chocolate-zuchinni muffin a co-worker ever so graciously forced on me. And gosh, was it good. I'm looking forward to chicken or salmon tonight, rice and some much needed vegetables. And no exercise. Thanks anyways.

WorkingIt on 09/20/2006:
I don't know how many calories you are limiting yourself to..but look at your intake this way...

OK, you have recorded the last five days of calories..you've eaten 6980 calories..if you limit yourself to 1300 a day - you would have eaten 6500 calories..if you limit yourself to 1500 a day - you would have eaten 7500 calories. Plus you had exercise above and beyond the calories that your body naturally burns. You may see a little increase in your weight from water retention, but as long as you get back on track and stay on track..you are doing fine! Just remember that you can't keep doing this and you may want to just avoid those previous lifestyle habits, until you can eat one big meal and then portion yourself for the rest of the day. A good way to do this is to give yourself permission to have one meal a week where you eat whatever you want, including cake! Eat whatever you want for that ONE meal, ONCE a week..and you will see a big difference. That is what I had to do when I was starting. Good luck! ***HUGS**

smiley2 on 09/21/2006:
Habits are extremely hard to break, especially when you have to restrict your foods. I think you should just try and modify, not totally restrict yourself. Maybe come to a compromise with your B/F that you go our for breakfast on weekends once every 3 weeks or so. Why then not make breakfast together at home on weekends. You can still eat yummy stuff but its much easier to eat less calories then. Some things i usually make for us, just suggestions: Brown bread french toats with honey or eggs and bacon with toast with grilled tomato and mushroom. Its still filling, but not as fried as some places like Denny's or IHOP or whatever. You really kicked butt with the exercise...keep it up!

legcramps - Friday Sep 15, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Wednesday: 1470 calories; kickboxing class

Thursday: 1670 calories; no exercise

Kickboxing was much easier this time around - not as much lunging and kicking although i'm sure that will start up again on Monday's class. After this class was the stability ball and because I didn't have one, I just sat around and watched for a few minutes. I should have one in time for next week, as long as there's still a class. It's funny - as soon as I decide to sign up for these extra classes, the instructor decides she might not have them. So I may never get to try Yoga! We'll see on Monday I guess.

Not much planned for the weekend, I hope to sit around and be lazzzzzy and sleep a lot. Next week will be another busy one, so i'm really going to need my energy.

That's it for now - Have a great weekend everyone!

WorkingIt on 09/16/2006:
Whenever I read your kickboxing entries I want to go to the gym and get after it again LOL. Great job! Have a great weekend yourself =)

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 13, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Hello all:

My calorie total for yesterday was 1430 and I added on a walk with the dog later at night for 200 cals burned. I'm still very sore from kickboxing, but i'm still going tonight!

We tried to hide on Chewy during our walk but the sucker sniffed us out. So he may be almost blind but he can sure use that nose!! At first I could barely hold my laughter because he was so desperately looking for us. I guess that's not very funny, is it, given the last encounter we've had with our runaway. Okay, i've slapped myself on the wrist for that comment, now let's move on. He was running back and forth and back and forth, finally finding us hiding behind a pine tree - then he had to sniff out the tree and make sure it was 'okay' for us to be there!! You may think I laugh far too much at my puppy, but having a 70lb black labrador, you'd think it was funny too. And when he looks at you with those big, dark, puppy dog eyes it's extremely hard to hold down the bubbling joy that rises and swallow the temptation to take hold of him and squeeze really tightly.

I was supposed to have a ball meeting tonight but i'm feeling rotten about some of the members and have decided that my priority is kickboxing class! Ha Ha! You just lost your recorder! For just this one meeting, anyways...

WorkingIt on 09/14/2006:
Yay for you on the exercise and calories! LOL Chewy sounds like a loveable kind of guy...dogs are fantastic companions!

sweetpea1977 on 09/14/2006:
Chewy sounds like an oversized and adorable teddy bear! Thanks for the cute story!!

How is kickboxing going for ya?

smiley2 on 09/15/2006:
I love Labradors and by being black it even makes him more unique, cause they are usually a golden or lighter colour arent they? He sounds too cute for words! Thats why i love animals so much, you can make comments about them being black and white and its always ok, cause they will never be racist. I think you will enjoy this quote, i have it on my page at myspace.

"A dog is not "almost human" and i know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such. "

Hope you have a good weekend.

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 12, 2006

Weight: 0.0

So this last week has been very interesting...

Apart from sticking to my diet (which is quite a feat in itself might I add), i've also taken up yet another exercise. I guess I was starting to get tired of going to the gym every morning, because I haven't been there in a few days.

Throughout the last couple of weeks i've been averaging around 1700-1800 calories per day. I've done some golfing and walking and taking the dog out for runs, but like I said - i've stayed away from the gym due to lack of momentum.

Last night was my first class in kickboxing with a different instructor. I found it amazingly hard, which is difficult for me to handle as i've had a lot of training in actual kickboxing and I didn't think it would be this hard for me! It kicked my butt regardless, and I have to deal with that fact. So I will continue going twice a week until I find myself being able to deal with the 60 minute hell on wheels workout. Then perhaps i'll get bored again...

Included on these nights are optional Yoga classes for 45 minutes. As I said, last night really kicked my butt so I opted not to stay for the Yoga, but next week i'll knock it down a notch and be able to stay. Wednesday nights after kickboxing there are stability exercises for 45 minutes. As well i'm interested in this but will need to find myself a stability ball first. I'll have to check that out. Anyways, this is what i've been waiting for - Yoga - and I won't quit until i've gotten a handle on it!

So my eating has been consistent and wonderful, and I just need to work on regular exercise and then make healthy, fabulous habits out of it all!!!

Thanks for all your comments!

feeleebubs on 09/12/2006:
I sooo want to try Yoga. I have for a long time and have never had the guts to go to one of the classes.

WorkingIt on 09/12/2006:
Kickboxing is VERY hard! I don't think people realize how difficult true kickboxing is..it has been YEARS and YEARS since I've been and I don't think I could do it right now to save my life...so I think it is wonderful that you are doing it! That is great!

legcramps - Monday Sep 11, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I am busy. Busy, busy, busy. But I am still here and alive and well. AND staying on track. I just can't update right now, will be back on to update another time. Oh my, i'm busy.

WorkingIt on 09/11/2006:
Congrats on staying on track! Look forward to reading your updates!

GoldenGirl on 09/11/2006:
Keep up the great work. Looking forward for an update.

Runner on 09/12/2006:
glad you're still around, legcramps! Don't be a stranger! :)

SOOO glad to hear that you're staying on track!

borntocry on 09/12/2006:
I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering if you had disappeared again. Thanks for checking in!

legcramps - Thursday Aug 31, 2006

Weight: 0.0

So I did end up leaving work a couple of hours early in order to go home and sleep. The further along I got in the day, the more sick I was getting. Finally I told myself that it jusn't wasn't worth trying to smile through the pain and that I should probably just go home. Once there, though, it seemed like the pain got 100 times worse, because there I was, doing nothing. At least at work I was kept decently busy and didn't have too many chances to feel sorry for myself. And instead of sleeping, I found that I couldn't close my eyes (I had at least a litre of coffee in the morning at work because it was the only thing that kept me going) so I resorted to the internet to pass the time.

After eating a semblance of chicken for lunch, I was starting to get hungry so into the fridge I went, quickly skimming past the block of cheese and to the macaroni salad. I had to stop there because nothing else was in the fridge. That was edible, anyway. So macaroni it was, and eventually....I caved and had some cheese toast (on white bread, for which I shall explain below**). After this I nibbled for the rest of dinner on items I just can't recall - I wrote them all down in my book but I left that at home. All I know is that my calories for the day totalled 1500. And I most definitely did not exercise. I'm doing better today though - so far. I'm feeling much better although this morning was a little rough, and the coffee is helping to pull me through the day. I have Friday off, so I wanted to come in to work today no matter what because I needed to finish off some things and attend a meeting. Rough, but doable.

**I usually buy either whole wheat or rye bread, pasta, etc. and it's only on VERY slim occasions where i'll have white flour. I don't even like the taste of it anymore. BF and I therefore eat from different bags of bread, and we leave said bags on the counter in our kitchen. On Tuesday when I got home after work, I noticed a ripped up bag on the kitchen floor and walked closer to investigate. Sure enough, Chewy had gotten a hold of MY bag of bread (apparently he favors rye over white), ripped it to shreds, and had himself at least half a loaf of it. He's so clever, isn't he?! He places his paws strategically on the edge of the counter so as not to scratch the surface and give himself away. He then stretches his neck as far as possible, which is quite a distance - easily the whole surface of the counter from front to back. Then he simply takes his pick - "what would I like today?". Now don't get me wrong, he doesn't do this regularly, only occasionally when he knows we've faltered a bit and left something out for him. Very clever he is, indeed. I gave him a 'time-out', which he dreads receiving. I drag him to the corner (I might have already mentioned this) and leave him there for a minute. This is funny - i've only done this a few times so far and already he knows his punishment and sits there like a prisoner sentenced to death. This is the only time where he'll actually STAY.

This morning again no gym - I had a few problems getting up and moving around - and had to force down toast and an egg. Lunch again had to force food down, and I imagine dinner won't be easy either. I just need a good back massage and some sleep!!!

cornucopia982 on 08/31/2006:
Feel better, don't overwork yourself! It's sometimes better to rest a day than to overwork yourself every day of the week! Gosh, your dog is quite clever!

WorkingIt on 08/31/2006:
I wouldn't worry about working out right now..not until you are all better! And LOL at chewy! That is too funny!

borntocry on 09/01/2006:
Isn't Chewy a grown-up now? I guess some things never change!

smiley2 on 09/06/2006:
Chewy sounds too cute for words!!!! What kind of dog is he again?

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 30, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I had a whole entry written out in my head around 2:30am this morning while I was NOT sleeping because I had gotten my period. Unfortunately, I can't remember any of it. It's too bad, really, because you all would really have enjoyed it, i'm sure. It was filled to the brim with sarcasm and stinging wit. At least, that's what it seemed like at 2:30am this morning. I remember this much - I was complaining A LOT about the predicament I was in. And I kept going on wild tangents and getting lost in the middle of sentences.

I'm so sick today. Ugh. And besides that, I feel like a pig because of bloating. My skin is so washed out it's a wonder people can still see me. I want to crawl under the covers and stay there!

So I had 1,880 calories yesterday, the last 500 or so due in large part to my 2:30am excursion. When i'm sick and my stomach feels empty, I feed it. And feed it I did, with bread products that will most likely hang around for a couple of days. At least I stayed away from the cheese. Usually when I get sick like this, I turn to my favorite foods, and cheese is one of them. But the dairy product makes me feel even worse (although at the time i'm eating it, that doesn't seem to matter). Anyhow, this time I managed to avoid the huge block of cheddar sitting in the top shelf of the fridge. I could even describe - in detail - the wrapping on the cheese, that's how often I look at it every time I open the fridge door.

So this morning I asked bf to please call and wake me up as I was going to miss my gym workout in favor of more sleep. Well, he did. Ten minutes before I had to be at work! So more sleep I definitely got, but I have a nagging suspicion that I might not make it through the day....

Soon2BThin on 08/30/2006:
Sorry you're feeling bad. Hope it goes away quickly. I do that too, make up entries in my head at all times of the day and night. Thought I was the only one. I am so obsessed with this site and people here. I know if not for this, I would weigh a lot more than I do now! Try to have a good day!

WorkingIt on 08/30/2006:
The positive is that you avoided the cheese. And the other positive is that any potential damage you did to yourself, you can correct easily. You will be ok..I hope you feel better SOON!

borntocry on 08/30/2006:
Oh, that's really funny - I write out entries in my head too! Especially when I'm running. I never write them out though. My entries are long enough to begin with... I can only imagine how long they would be if I started throwing in every random thought which flits through my brain!

Thanks for the comment you left on my half-marathon. So you liked that "schneller, schweinhund, schneller" line, haha! It's especially funny if you've watched a lot of those WWII movies, as I guess I have. And if you like making fun of different nationalities, hehe...

Umpqua on 08/31/2006:
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I know what you mean about the cheese, and especially cheddar. I feel like I could eat a pound of that stuff.

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