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legcramps - Monday Jul 25, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

As usual when I follow my plan, Sundays are my off day. And, as usual, they're really, really...off. Didn't weigh today, woke up late and had to rush my butt to work.

Today:

food: 1/4 serving chips, 1cup soda, granola bar, salad, granola bar, awe darn I forgot to take anything out for dinner. Grr. I hate Mondays.

exercise: 25 minutes stationary bike, 1.5hrs ball, take dog for walk, continue painting.

So. I primed the living and dining areas of the house on Saturday, then yesterday I started painting and managed to finish two walls of two coats. It looks good! I then tested out the color for the other three walls, and it looks pretty dark but i'm hoping it will work out. I also brought up the idea to my boyfriend of painting a mural of the Beatles on one of the walls since he's such a huge fan. I'm not sure I should have brought it up though, because he thinks it's a great idea and i'm not sure I have that much talent! Well, it can always be painted over. Which reminds me that I also forgot to bring the picture he picked to work so that I could enlarge it and start tracing as soon as i'm done painting the walls. Oy. Did I already say I hate Mondays?

borntocry on 07/25/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Just finished catching up on your entries. Your boyfriend's new haircut sounds truly hilarious. What is it with guys and their desire to experiment with hair (and facial hair)? I had a boyfriend once who just randomly shaved off all his hair. I think that was the beginning of the end of our relationship...

I like the idea of the Beatles mural, though. I'm a big fan, too. Go for it!

Other than that, I'm glad that you've been feeling stronger and more toned since you started exercising. It's a pity it's still so cold where you are, though. Isn't it supposed to be warm now?!


becca27 on 07/25/2005:
Could you turn it into an overhead (Staples does that) and project it onto the wall? Then you could trace it that way, too. Can you think of someone who would lend you a projector? What about a church or school? Just a thought...

I'm priming tomorrow. I have to paint my new home office!!!



legcramps - Saturday Jul 23, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Yesterday's changes:

food: dinner ended up being three chicken fingers, two onion rings, five ribs and three mozza sticks (they were fairly small, the size of my pinky finger). All this with ranch and salsa dip. I also had two long island ice tea's and four whiskeys with soda and water. Oy. The good news is that I drank 3 litres of water plus another two big glasses of it at dinner.

exercise: I didn't do the crunches.

I gotta learn to lay off the booze (I say this as i'm sipping on a beer). I was pretty sick last night after getting home - you'd think i'd learn. I'm quite please with myself for getting in most of the exercise with the amount of time I had. I also skipped the birthday cake AND the dessert after dinner.

Today:

food: 1pc bacon, fried to a crisp, 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (then gave the rest to the doggie), 1sl ww toast with 1sl balogne, 1.5 eggs scrambled with dill and cajun seasoning. Is that wierd to put cajun seasoning on eggs? It was good. I had two cups of coffee, this time without sugar or cream. Then went to grandma's for dinner and ate 3oz chicken, 4 scalloped potato slices, a taste or two of macaroni salad, coleslaw and potato salad. I also had two glasses of milk while nibbling on a brownie. Not bad considering all the temptations in the last couple of days. I've had 2 litres of water so far, and i'm currently sitting here with a glass of water and a beer, sipping out of both. I'll make it to 3 litres today, I know it! No more food today I don't think, but I might have another couple cups of coffee since those relatives that we were supposed to go visit decided instead to come here. So much for that relaxing day tomorrow...

exercise: I've already done my exercise for today, although I might try to do those crunches later. I painted the living room and dining room walls today, then took the dog for a nice long walk. I can't go on the bike because the boys are playing poker in the dining room and that's where the bike is. No way am I going to work out in front of six males!

So that's it. That's all I have to say other than to add that I have no idea how I could possible be any more 'normal' than I have been in the last week or so. And I think that's sad, really. That's just not me...


legcramps - Friday Jul 22, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0

Yesterday's changes:

food: I added another serving of crackers to my day, which didn't help at all. *sigh*

I did manage to make it to Aquasize class last night even though it was cold enough outside to freeze a popsicle. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that cold, but it felt like it! I feel bloated again today and it's really starting to piss me off. I need to lay off the crackers; the salt is doing absolutely nothing for me.

I'm just waiting and praying for Sunday to come quickly because i've nominated this day as my day to laze about. And I need it. But just from getting on that stationary bike every day for the last while I can feel a major difference in my stamina. I can walk around all day at work without feeling physically tired, and that's a great feeling. One day I should count my steps at work and see just how far I walk. I know it's at least 4 miles, and it could be much, much more than that. Even though i'm not losing any weight, there's a definite change in my body. Everything, especially my lower body is much more toned and defined. My next step is to incorporate the step/elliptical machine downstairs. That won't be for a while yet though, I have enough to do right now.

Today:

food: 1sl ww toast with 1sl balogne, granola bar, salad, granola bar, dinner to be determined. No crackers today!

exercise: 25 minutes stationary bike, walk dog (do a little jogging too), 50 crunches.

I don't know how much time i'll have to get all this exercise in today. I'm due at "The Deck" no later than 5:30pm. I get off work at 4pm so I should be able to bike, do some crunches, and take the dog out for a bit, since I don't have to worry about cooking dinner tonight. I'm going out with the girls! I probably won't see my boyfriend at all tonight because he'll be out with his friends as well.

Tomorrow I will hopefully be priming the living room/dining room and getting it ready for painting. Then, of course, my lazy day on Sunday when I plan to lay on the couch and take cat naps all day. We were supposed to visit relatives this weekend, but I vetoed it saying that I needed a break from all this action. I don't think my boyfriend was impressed, but I really do need a break!


legcramps - Thursday Jul 21, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0

Yesterday's changes:

food: I also had one serving of crackers and four beer with clamato juice.

exercise: I did 25 minutes on the bike instead of 20.

I was wiped again yesterday, but managed to be persuaded into going to the bar with my ball team for a few drinks. Unfortunately, this time around I was one of the last people to leave the bar. Four beers later and i'm feeling that if I don't eat something I might not be happy in the morning. That's where the crackers came in. Because of this persuasion, I also did not get a chance to walk the dog, and he definitely thanked me for this by ripping apart a couple of unneeded but costly items in the house. All the same, I walked from the ball field to the bar, then home afterwards, which is not a small feat in itself. I'm sure I walked more than I would have with the dog.

Today:

food: 1sl ww toast, 1sl balogne, granola bar, salad, granola bar, salad with red pepper and light ranch dressing, chicken breast with spicy marinade, one serving crackers.

exercise: 25 minutes stationary bike, take dog for walk, Aquasize class 1hr.

I'm feeling okay today, but it's cold! I wonder if i'll chicken out of going to Aquasize because of the weather....


legcramps - Wednesday Jul 20, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Yesterday's changes:

food: I didn't have the mashed potatoes. I guess I pulled some conviction out of my butt and decided to get serious. Seriously, mashed potatoes?!!

exercise: I painted for 2hrs, not 1.5.

I was so tired last night that I fell asleep in front of the t.v. when I got home. After biking, painting, AND going to class, I was completely wiped. But it was a good day and I had a lot of fun keeping busy. My boyfriend looked at me wierd when I said I wasn't having any mashed potatoes, but I held fast to my committment and it really didn't bother me at all. I wish every day was like that...

Today:

food: 1pc ww toast with 1 slice balogne, granola bar, salad, granola bar, chicken breast with lettuce and red peppers.

exercise: stationary bike 20 minutes (maybe 25), 1.5hrs ball, and I need to take the dog for a walk.

I also finally managed to drink MORE than 2 litres of water yesterday. Not much more, mind you, but i'm happy I broke through that barrier all the same.

I'm not sure what planet my boyfriend is from. He decided to shave his head - scratch that, to get his friend to shave his head, and leave a silly little strip of hair down only the back. It looks hilarious, there are little hairs sticking out all over the place because his friend didn't know what he was doing. When he showed me, I reminded him that he has family pictures coming up in a couple of weeks. I don't think his mother will be terribly impressed with him.


legcramps - Tuesday Jul 19, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Yesterday's changes:

food: added 1/2 cup mashed potatoes and 1 serving pretzels. did not have the 2nd granola bar.

exercise: did not get on the bike, but took the dog for a walk instead.

I feel bulky today. I threw on my favorite shirt and pants to make me feel better because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But my favorite pants are tight around the tummy. I wonder if i'm bloated. Will try to wear them again next week.

Today:

food: toast with light margarine and a slice of balogne, granola bar, salad, chicken breast with lettuce, red pepper and mashed potatoes, granola bar.

exercise: 1.5hrs painting, 1hr Aquasize.

I grilled fish on the bbq last night for dinner and since my boyfriend usually gets home late, saved some for him on the counter. Unfortunately (I say that a lot) the dog got to taste it before he did. Was I ever angry! But it may have been a good thing, because I was feeling pretty rotten after eating dinner yesterday and thought that it might have had something to do with the fish. Of course, the dog was fine.

borntocry on 07/20/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Sounds like you had a pretty horrible day. That sucks! Hope today goes better for you.

Thanks for your comment. I can so relate to what you wrote about not wanting your boyfriend to get pizza after you've eaten. I have exactly the same problem. In fact I always try to eat dinner at the same time as my husband because otherwise I know I'm going to be tempted to have whatever he's having, even if I'm already completely full!

And thanks for your encouragement on the running front. I kept thinking of your words "get out there and run" all day yesterday. Unfortunately (you see I say that a lot too) I didn't end up doing it, once again, but not for lack of motivation this time!



legcramps - Monday Jul 18, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

I had a very short weekend, and although it wasn't as wasted as I initially thought it would be, I still didn't get much done. I'm starting to hate the fact that there is so much to do during the summer and absolutely diddly-squat during the winter months.

Being away from the house on the weekend did nothing to help my diet. Friday night we did end up going to the bbq, where I had a hotdog and some different salads (macaroni, greek, taco). I also had a few crackers with three different cheeses that were extremely good. The next day I watched ball all day, and didn't have much to eat besides bacon and eggs with salad in the morning, and a few fries in the afternoon. Sunday was my off-day, and boy was it ever off! I can't even think of all the things I ate because it will make me feel nauseus if I do.

Today:

food: granola bar, greek salad, grilled fish with lettuce leaves and red pepper, small amount of light Ranch dressing, granola bar.

exercise: 15 (maybe 20) min stationary bike, 1.5hrs ball.

I burned myself whilst making bacon on Saturday morning. Some of the grease from the pan splashed onto my shirt and unfortunately right onto bare tummy skin. It's pretty nasty-looking, and it hurts a bit still. The point? Invest in an apron.

borntocry on 07/19/2005:
Hi legcramps,

You know, a couple of months ago when I was losing weight at the incredible rate of almost a pound a week, I was taking an off-day every week too. It usually wasn't deliberate (hehe) but it obviously didn't set me back too much and may even have helped me by keeping my metabolism up. So don't worry too much about Sunday - just concentrate on the week ahead.

I'm sorry you burned yourself! Sounds like an awkward place for it, too!



legcramps - Friday Jul 15, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0

Yesterday:

food: yogurt granola bar, salad with 3 spare ribs, chocolate mousse with granola, chicken breast with salad, yogurt granola bar. granola granola granola kick!

exercise: 15 min stationary bike, 1 hr Aquasize class.

Hoo, that class last night kicked my butt AGAIN. I'm not feeling it yet, but by tomorrow everything will be sore. My day was so full that when bedtime finally rolled around, I dropped to the pillow and didn't move an inch. As soon as I got home yesterday I started cleaning the house. Chewy must not be feeling well because he had "accidents" all over the place. I had to clean that up, clean up the shoes that were strewn all over the living room, and start a load of laundry. Next I prepared dinner and washed whatever fresh vegetables I bought the day before. We ate, then I cleaned up the leftovers, filled up my water jug and jumped on the bike. It's much more convenient now that my boyfriend offered to carry the bike to the main level of the house. It used to be in the basement, but since it rained so much here lately, the basement is musty and damp and I don't like being down there if I don't have to. After working out I had a meeting to attend, then soon after was swimming class. What a full day! I can't believe I made it without passing out on the couch.

We are supposed to attend a bbq today after work, but i'm really hoping my boyfriend doesn't want to. It just means that more than likely nothing will get done tonight, and nothing will get done tomorrow. I hate it when weekends are wasted.

Does anyone know about woodticks? My dog had one on him a week ago. We got it off, but i'm not sure how long he'd been sucking and from what I hear an animal can get lime disease from woodticks. Since he hasn't been feeling well i've been worried that he might be really sick. Just thought i'd ask before calling the vet.

tabbylove74 on 07/15/2005:
You're quite right..ticks can transmit 3 types of disease, lyme disease being one. I would get your dog to the vet, as he may need a course of antibiotics.


borntocry on 07/16/2005:
Hi legcramps,

I have also heard that ticks can transmit Lyme disease. My dog used to get them all the time and he never got sick, but perhaps you should take Chewy to the vet just to be sure, especially as he hasn't been feeling well.

Thanks for the comment you left me. Don't feel bad about not having the time to go running - I think when it comes to exercise you should never choose something that's inconvenient for you. It's hard enough as it is to overcome the natural reluctance to launch oneself into any kind of vigorous activity without also having to contend with all kinds of other obstacles. Stick to whatever is fun and easy for you to work into your schedule, and you will be less likely to blow it off!



legcramps - Thursday Jul 14, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0

Yesterday:

food: granola-yogurt bar, salad, hamburger patty and potatoes, a handful of chips, french vanilla coffee.

exercise: 1.5hrs ball, 30 min dog-walk (including a little jogging), 15 min stationary bike

I completed my goals for yesterday, except for water. I drank only 1 litre instead of 2.

My goals for today:

2 litres water, 15 min stationary bike, 1hr Aquasize class

I'm told that this class burns 400-600 calories in one hour. I thought perhaps that was pushing it a bit, but after Tuesday night's class I tend to agree. My calves are killing me.

Today will be busy again as I have a meeting to go to just before class tonight. It will take much effort to get on the bike after work and still have enough time to make dinner. I know i'll be able to do it, but i'll be a tired little sport tonight. Those yogurt-granola bars are pretty good. I had a strawberry one yesterday and a vanilla one today. I bought a box of 30 for $10CDN. I don't know if that's a good deal or not, but they're good so i'll pay it. Yeah, grocery shopping yesterday was not fun. I paid an arm and a leg for my boneless skinless chicken breast, and boneless skinless salmon. Unfortunately I can't complain too much though, because I COULD take the time to do it myself if I really wanted to save that money. With my time schedule as it is right now, I don't think I want to be sitting at the kitchen counter de-boning fish and cutting off pieces of fat from chicken breasts. So suck it up and pay the extra money. It's just that it was a lot when you're buying enough to last for two and a half weeks! Just wait until I have a family - boy will I be complaining then! Cheapskate!

becca27 on 07/15/2005:
Hi Legcramps!

It is good to see you're still posting - I read up on your latest ones - you seem to be doing well. How is Chewie? He must be full grown by now. I was up in your neck of the woods last month - actually, I can't remember which Province you live in - H & I went to QC for our anniversary (15 years). It poured the ENTIRE time. We still had a good time, though. We had wonderful food and stayed in a beautiful hotelr - I would like to go back, though, when the weather is nicer. I know the French Canadians have a snobby reputation, but everyone we met was very nice - perhaps that's because we were tourists and they depended on our patronage - either way, I was scared to death going up there, but was pleasantly surprised.

Have a great weekend!!



legcramps - Wednesday Jul 13, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0

Hello world!

Now that i'm back in reality (after having four straight days off), i'm having major difficulties getting back into the swing of things.

My days off were well worth it, don't get me wrong, but I seem to always become more laid-back than usual and end up getting nothing done and feeling terrible about myself and my lack of determination in certain matters. Then I come back to work and struggle to maintain/gain back any degree of normalcy I once had.

I did accomplish something while I was off - I wrote down on a calendar that i've posted up on the wall where everyone can see it when i'm going to exercise until the end of the month. I also wrote out a grocery list for today that i'm hoping I can live with until the same time. I usually get one of this and one of that, but i'm concentrating on frozen vegetables and meat due to efficiency and laziness. And yes, i'm lazy. So i'm getting six of this and three of that instead.

Anyhow, according to my calendar, I have plenty of working out to do today, considering I also have to take care of ball business. It goes like this: after work get groceries, unload groceries, call secretary regarding meeting, call coach regarding meeting, call board regarding meeting, set up reservations regarding meeting, i think i wrote down 10-15 minutes on the stationary bike and close to two hours of ball. After that, I need to unload and fold our laundry, try to take the dog for a walk or at the very least outside, take a bath and hit the sack. I need to fit in dinner and a snack in there somewhere too. Plus, another litre of water. Stop me at anytime....

My friend's personal problems are adding up, and they're taking their toll on me. I'm trying to help so much, which is putting a strain on my other relationships and putting pressure on me to always be there for her. People - please don't take a friend's help for granted! Don't suck the life out of them because in the end, they won't be much help at all!

I want to sleep, but there is no possible way. Until tomorrow...


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