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legcramps - Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I managed to make it outside yesterday to run. Of my 4k in 30 minutes goal, I made the last half - the 30 minutes. I actually made it 3.5k in 30 minutes, and that was along with a whole lot of heavy wheezing and limping from severe calf pain. Fortunately, the calf pain went away during my run, but the wheezing did not. Oh, right, i'm out of shape. I forgot...

My boyfriend tried to pace me after the turnaround point of the run, and while I managed to match him stride for stride, it only lasted about 60 seconds. And, he bounces a LOT more than I do, so his strides are slower yet he moves further with each stride. I don't know, I guess I can't explain it because what I just said doesn't really sound right, but whatever. Anyways, I have this really funky-cool stopwatch that shows me what my pace is at all times. I couldn't check it while I was matching strides because I was using every ounce of energy I had just to put one foot in front of the other, but I checked it out on the computer once I got home. We were running at a pace of 4:41 minutes per kilometer. I'm sort of glad that I only made it for 60 seconds, because if I would have kept going at that pace, I would surely have ended up in the hospital...

Slo-pitch tonight, if weather permits.

Someday, if weather and the confines of my body permits, i'm going to just run and run and run. For like, 32 minutes or something CcRrAaZzYy like that.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/11/2008:
I have always wished to be a runner. I am still working on getting my left ankle in better shape, stronger. I am also working on my endurance in general. I wonder if I'll ever get out of walking. I like it, but I wonder if it will ever feel easy. I am not ready to run/walk just yet. I could, but don't want to deal with the ankle pain.

Glad you had quite an eventful evening running!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/11/2008:
and i love how tasty those instant rices are. cause if you look at the nutrition/ingredients, there is something added. They are delectible! :)

thinnsidenotout on 06/11/2008:
Re: Ben's band ~ Well, to tell you the truth he is pretty well rounded and plays anything from bluegrass to 70-80's rock..... Their band is suppose to be a "Christian" band, but to tell you the truth, we never have heard them...there are 3 boys who don't go to our church and the only one we really know is Mickey's boy...Ben's favorite bands are "Boston", "Journey", "38 Special" but then he also does like Michael W. Smith, Mark Schulz & Kenny Loggins....He got into his dad's old CDs one day and never has been the same since... Very difficult to keep the line of what we would like for him to play (especially in church) and understanding the lyrics to what he likes to listen to....Some of those old songs are pretty mature for a 14 year old (well, ours at least) and he does not understand the gist most of the time... Has caught himself in a few ackward moments when we explain... I think his dad is going to stick around a bit this evening and finally listen to their music to know if we are doing the right thing and letting him associate with the 17-18 year old's in the band..He has taught himself everything he knows. Learning chords & also plays anything he hears by ear... He plays the bass for church, then has a Yamaha Electric, Fender Electric & an Ovation Acoustic... He gets to play his PaPa's Steel Dobro when we go over to their house....It is an amazing guitar! They play songs together all the time.....

To run a solid 32 minutes sounds so invigorating!... I walk pretty fast sometimes and will occasionally jog just a bit (if nobody is around and it is almost dark)... Good luck @ yer slo-pitch...The wind is so bad here right now, but hopefully it will calm down for a couple hours...

mmuraro on 06/11/2008:
3.5 in 30 is fine, The amount of time you run for is more important than the speed. Congrats!!!

Beth201P on 06/12/2008:
You are doing good. Keep it up!!

legcramps - Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I have been aching to get back to running and yet the procrastinator in me has decided that now is just not the time. Why? No reason, really. I took back my stationary bike on the weekend from my Dad because he doesn't have space for it anymore, so last night I set it up in the living room and jumped on for a quick 5k. At least I did something, right?!! And it wasn't all that incredibly quick, since I haven't been on a bike for a long time and it worked some muscles that still hurt today. Anyways, I needed to incorporate some cross-training into my schedule, so here it is! Today it is MANDATORY that I get outside and run (jog :p) so I plan on grabbing an energy bar after work and just doing it. That's right NIKE, Just Do It...

I will plan on 4k in under 30 minutes. That really isn't all that great, but whatever. I need to start somewhere. My stopwatch misses me and so do my runners. And my lungs? Well, they weren't liking the running thing all that much in the first place, so they'll just have to learn to suck it up. Literally.

Run, fatgirl, Run!!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2008:
hehe, i just read your entry below all about Chewy! gosh he isn't behaving well at all :( sorry he eat your food.

but, congrats on a fun 5k. that's all that matters in the end - you've got to have fun or what's the point!? have a good evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2008:
bikes are great. I used to think they weren't such great exercise but they can be just as challenging as running depending on how much resistance and the level of training you are doing. I think I will bike today...I miss it so much! I walk much more than i bike.

thinnsidenotout on 06/10/2008:
Oh you!...fatgirl...NOT!..You may feel it, but coming from a truly "obese", by Dr. definition woman...You are a far cry I am sure... My calves hurt me so stinkin' bad a couple days ago, after I had not walked for a couple days...I went back the next day though and will hit the Gazelle sometime this evening..I am sure my glutious MAXIMUS (yes, it is to the max) will be suffering a lot in the morning...

Have a wonderful evening!... DO IT!

legcramps - Monday Jun 09, 2008

Weight: 153.0

The 5k walk was a lot of fun, even though the weather did not really cooperate with us. However, it WAS a nice cool day for the dogs which meant they did not overheat. We may have to work on Chewy's social skills a little more. He needs to learn that he doesn't have to go up and sniff EVERY dog that passes him, and he doesn't have to bark at them when he can't reach them!!! Quite a few times people passing us were looking just a little apprehensive when Chewy would bark and growl at their dogs. It's a constant learning process...

We all went for brunch after the walk, which ended around 11:30am for us. We could have stayed at the park and had hot dogs, but we were all craving breakfast, so hit up a buffet in the city. I ate way too much! We drove home, then had take-out for supper, followed by ice cream for dessert! I think I overdid it, just a tiny bit!!! I feel really bloated today - I need to remember this feeling so that it will stop me from bingeing like that again.

Chewy was angry with me on Friday because I took our other dog to get a haircut and didn't bring him with us. So, to get back at me he decided to eat a whole bag of whole wheat bagels I had sitting on the kitchen counter. I think that i'm angry with him because he ate a whole bunch of food that I could have eaten... in probably the same amount of time as he...

maria777 on 06/09/2008:
Congratulations on the 5K!!!! That is fantastic that you did that and it sounds like you had a lot of fun!!! I guess since Chewy didn't get to go with you on Friday Chewy decided to have some snacks!

thinnsidenotout on 06/09/2008:
Too funny~ The bagels!

Sounds like you are getting in the wonderful exercise and happy for you!

Beth201P on 06/09/2008:
Congrats on getting out there and walking the 5K. Pitie has the same problem. She is not good around other animals or kids. That is so funny about the bagels. I was house sitting for my father and watching their 3 cats. I got up on morning to find that sissy took a bite out of every bagel I had on the counter. AHHHHHH!! However, it is a lot more funnier now. Have a great day. ((hugs))

legcramps - Saturday Jun 07, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I'm feeling much better and have delegated the day to cleaning since it is raining and dreary outside. I thought the saying was "April showers brings May flowers" but it's more like "May showers show a weary heart". I wish it would smarten up out there, but i'll practice patience and see where that gets me...

My seminar on Thursday was fairly smooth, considering I hadn't prepared for it as well as I did the first seminar. Only one more to go, then i'll have completed my certificate in Management Competencies. What fun. I learn more about myself with each passing day, but these seminars bring out the best in me. I really like the comraderie that comes with people from all walks of life coming together and pushing out our thoughts and opinions, making the world *hopefully* a better place. I wonder sometimes if I wouldn't do well in a facilitating position, opening people up and drawing out their strengths. In the third competency course some writing is required, and I am very excited about this. I love to write but struggle with making it a priority in my life, so i'm glad that I will be forced into it!

We are driving to the city tomorrow to partake in a Diabetes Walk with my Dad and his family. It's a 5k walk, gathering pledges and donations for the Diabetes Foundation, and since my Dad has been diagnosed with the disease, it is very meaningful to me. Another grand thing is that we will be able to take our dogs with us on the walk. How they will love that! Just another opportunity to socialize them with other dogs and give them another path to sniff out!

My boyfriend and I drove the 5k run that we will be participating in in August. I am amazed at how well I did last year, without divulging the length of time it took me! I actually made it a great distance without even once having to stop! I hope I will do just as well this year, even better with my boyfriend there to cheer me on. But I need to get my butt in gear healthwise and really start to focus on my goals. All it takes is a little determination.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2008:
:) Have fun on your diabetes walk. I'm sure the dogs will love it too! :)

I guess workplace environments can be frustrating to many every so often! thanks for empathizing. :)

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 04, 2008

Weight: 153.0

I am at work today, a feat only possible through the administration of Advil at critical increments during a 24-hour period. I feel pretty bland, to be honest with you, but i'm here and working and that's what counts. Although, i'm in a really katty mood and people would probably rather I stayed at home.

Gosh, I just feel so crusty I can't even think about anything else to write about.

I didn't run yesterday. This is probably adding up to the reason why I feel so crusty today - period, no running... but I just couldn't bring myself to go. It was raining outside last night and all I felt like doing was laying on the couch. I am supposed to be playing ball today, but it's still sort of dreary-looking outside so I think it might be cancelled. Tomorrow, I have a seminar in the city all day. Friday I am off work (thank the Lord) and am hoping to feel much better by then and be able to go for a nice long run. I will have much to make up for.

maria777 on 06/04/2008:
As for laying on the couch last nite, sometimes, we just NEED to get some rest! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/04/2008:
Leggy, yes we need to work through our ruts. I'd describe you and I as the bipolar ones on this site, if you don't mind my strange humor. Who knows, maybe i am slightly! With our changes in mood, you never know what's going to happen next. I guess the good in that is that we have more of a challenge - and more to be proud of when we are successful! LOL! We are both doing just fine!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/04/2008:
just think, in a few days these symptoms should end! :)

maria777 on 06/04/2008:
Hope your day got better and you are feeling better.

thinnsidenotout on 06/04/2008:
Have you had your B.P., thyroid, cholestrol checked lately?... If this keeps up, you best get some blood tests or go see the Dr. to see what may be going on...

Hope your evening fairs out well.... : - )

Beth201P on 06/04/2008:
I know what you are going through. Hope you are feeling better really soon. Have a great nite.

legcramps - Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

Weight: 153.0

So I ended up staying at home yesterday, even while my boyfriend RAN without me... I tell 'ya, that was hard for me. But I managed to do nothing at all besides sleep. When I got home from work, all I wanted to do was lay my head down and start dreaming of better places. I guess I have WAY more energy in the morning than I do in the afternoon, because I was so gung-ho about running when I wrote my last entry but once I was home running wasn't even a word in my vocabulary. I felt a slight jealous shock to my system when my boyfriend decided to run, although I don't think he did as much as he would've if i'd been with him. For some reason, that makes me feel better. Imagine that, him not doing as well without me makes me feel better about myself... how selfish can I get?!!

So I got a whole lot of sleep last night.

A whole lot.

I woke up this morning with my period and immediately took two Advil. I've been monitoring my Advil intake all day, and will continue to take it over the next couple of days until I am feeling better. I think I caught it right before it started, so i'm hoping the Advil will take effect and not give up on me - I will even continue taking it during the night, waking myself up every few hours to take some more. Believe me, this is the only thing getting me through these times of the month.

My boyfriend has a fastball game tonight, but I won't be watching him so I might try to get my butt off the couch and onto the track, but I can't and won't guarantee that. I wouldn't want to disappoint myself, but these things happen and I have to let it all go sometimes.

selina on 06/03/2008:
I'm glad you got lots of sleep. That's very good for you. Have a good day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/03/2008:
gosh, if it is that painful at this time during the month PLEASE go to a doctor! that is horrible that your sleep has to be disrupted. :(

I am the same was as you with energy. i have NONE after work but i refuse to get up early for a good reason. I have TOO much time when i get home, way too many hours. I get home from work at 3:30 since i live so close and i like being able to use that time to get outside. So although i'd rather be a morning exerciser, it doesn't really make sense with my schedule (unless i wanted to come home and eat all afternoon/evening!). i like to use exercise to prevent bad eating patterns after work.

legcramps - Monday Jun 02, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Well, I am now suitably burned from my elbows to my wrists, even a little bit on the tops of my hands, from playing ball all day yesterday. It was incredibly windy, and with the hot sun it is never a good combination. For some reason, I forgot all about the necessity of having sunblock when you are going to be outside for 8 hours straight. Needless to say, it wasn't long before I was wind-burned and searching for shady areas to rest my burning body. Then, not long after that I added insult to injury (or however it's said) by still refusing sunblock then going out and getting sun-burned. I was a mess last night, slathering creams and gels and sprays all over my arms and face. I think my ears are even burned. I tried my best to relieve the pain, but it is still going strong today. It looks REALLY red in this flourescent lighting at work. I probably look a little like a boiled lobster. Yesterday I compared myself with a radish. I say lobster today because tons more creams have been added and my arms are so shiney and slippery I actually look like i've just been picked out of the boiling water.

ANYHOW, boy do I like to go on and on, huh?

We didn't place too strongly in any of our games, although we did end up winning the first two. I'm quite sure that every game we played yesterday was a gong-show in some way or other. I'm serious! I won't go into details, because it'll just get me worked up again, but let's just say it wasn't as much fun as I was hoping it would be. Oh well, live and learn. When we lost our third game, our day was done and while most of our teammates stayed and hung out, my boyfriend and I started up the jeep and took off back to town. Being burned and tired and having looked after both dogs all day as well, we were exhausted.

I want to run again, it feels like my muscles are jumping out of my skin, or at least trying to. I don't feel strong today, but I know that I want to run.

thinnsidenotout on 06/02/2008:
Oh man!...I know exactly what you are talking about and the pain is horrible at times... I hate it when the blisters form...My mother used to put vinegar on a washcloth and just drench me in it...Stung like the dickens at first, but eventually relieved the pain/itching..I can remember thinking I was going to go out of my mind the 3rd day.... I pray you aren't that bad....

Have a good day and now you have made me hungry for lobster or crab.... : - )

Beth201P on 06/02/2008:
I know what you mean about pain. Those HURT!! I get at least one or two bad sun burns a year. I am really white and boy my skin will turn RED!!! OUCH!! So far no burn. I have a hard time with sun screen. Rashes etc. AHHH!! Well I hope you are feeling better soon. Have a good run.

glycrina on 06/02/2008:
I love that feeling when my muscles feel like they are going to jump out of my skin and I have to get running . . . oh, wait, I have never felt like that. HAHA

maria777 on 06/02/2008:
Wow...try to keep your suntan lotion handy for next time! Hope you feel better!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/02/2008:
hehe!! although you may be burned and uncomfortable, your journal entry sounds positive and uplifted. there's something about this entry that gives off a feeling of enjoyment of life! you should play ball more often!

legcramps - Saturday May 31, 2008

Weight: 153.0


I had a bad sleep last night, tried to hit the sack early but my boyfriend came barging into the house around 11:30pm, waking me up. Then he proceeded to *do* things around the house, like stomp to the bathroom, turn on lights, give the dogs what you have to assume is the greatest treat in the whole world by the way they were scrambling along the hardwood floor to get to them. I got majorly pissed off. Me being cranky is seriously not a good thing at any time, nevermind at 12:30am. I stormed downstairs and shut off all the lights, then gave some crazied lecture about waking people up in the middle of the night and stormed right back up the stairs to bed. Of course, I was WAY too worked up to actually sleep...

I didn't wake up until close to 9am this morning. Actually, I woke up around 5:30am, but forced myself to lay in bed until 9am because I was still pissed off at my boyfriend and I didn't want him to think that I could still wake up so early even though I didn't get a lot of sleep. We went for breakfast and then I went out for a long run. My long runs are about 45 minutes long. That's not very *long* in any sense of the word, but it's enough of a workout to leave me exhausted and unable to move for the next few hours afterwards. I didn't do well today. I think it's a mixture of bad sleep, too heavy of a breakfast, and too congested a chest. I almost coughed up a lung out there, i'm so glad no one else was around to hear me. I hope I get better at this. It's not much fun if you're CONSTANTLY struggling to get from point A to point B. 4km in total, running intervals. Oh, it hurts to see that in writing. Terrible.

I need to get groceries today and clean up the house. I also have some classes I need to look over in preparation for this coming Thursday. I haven't even glanced at the books yet and I really should do that at some point today.

Tomorrow there is a slo-pitch tournament our team is entered into. Ball all day! Whoot! Ball was secretly my calling in life, it's what I REALLY should've done with myself, instead of entering post-secondary school in Business Admin. I rocked at ball. I love ball.

greengirl on 05/31/2008:
I hate it when my sleep is disturbed like that ! So annoying ! I hope your boyfriend was suitably chastened when you shouted at him LOL ! Take it easy and have a great weekend :)

thinnsidenotout on 05/31/2008:
I would turn around and bang pots/pans/cupboard doors/slam the door a few times the next time he was SOUND asleep.... Must I go on?....I am BAD at retaliation..

Have a good evening and win those ballgames!

jon'smom on 05/31/2008:
I hope you get a better nights rest tonight. Good luck with the ball games.

legcramps - Friday May 30, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Thanks for the concern ladies. I am pretty sure that i'm not pregnant which is why being this sick for so long is driving me insane. If I was pregnant I would be okay with it, but I don't think there's much chance of that happening. I guess I should keep it in the back of my mind though, just in case...

Anyways, today i'm feeling better, although I still have a darn cough and stuffy nose syndrome and it's driving me bonkers. And right now, my left forefinger is twitching nervously onto my keyboard and making it actually quite difficult for me to type anything at any decent speed. It's freaking me out!! I stare at it without moving my hands and the finger doesn't move; then the second I lift my eyes back to the monitor, twitch twitch. Then it's silent again. Then, twitch twitch. Argh!!! It's wreaking some serious havoc on my mental state!!

My boyfriend and I got an early start on the day again by waking up around 5:30am. We headed out to the track and this time I managed to run for 2km instead of weaseling out by 1km. It took 15:35. Yeah, that's about average for me right now. Hopefully it will get better by the end of August! My boyfriend did 2km in 8:47. I don't know why I keep adding his times in my entry, but for some reason I just HAVE TO. The reason will open itself to me at some point in time, i'm sure.

I felt pretty good this morning, although mornings are never a really good time for me. I realized that this morning when I seriously did not want to wake up. I went to bed later than usual, and should have known I wouldn't want to awake that early, but my boyfriend didn't let me go back to sleep (actually, I didn't try very hard to stay in bed - I hate it when people are disappointed in me in any way). The good news is that I got to wear a brand new pair of sweats to the track and they didn't chafe or sweat too much or start unraveling because I caught a string from the bottom of my pants on one of the monkey bars at the playground 200 meters away. Not that that ever happened to me.

thinnsidenotout on 05/30/2008:
I hope that all your dreams and wishes come true too.... You getting up that early makes me jealous.... I AM NOT an early riser, even with a stick of dynamite under my pillow, I wouldn't be.... I did get up a bit earlier today, but that is cause I fell asleep on the couch last night and hubby didn't make me go to bed... I woke stiff and uncomfortable @ 5 a.m....

Have a super weekend!

Beth201P on 05/30/2008:
You are doing great. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. I know being sick is no fun. You keep up the great work you are doing and enjoy your weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/30/2008:
its so great that you and your bf can exercise together. one day i hope to meet someone who loves fitness, but only once i get my own fitness act a notch higher. I am in such horrible shape! haha, all the bikers at the park passed me as i rode.

It takes at least 2 hours to do the 6 mi walk. I think it may be over six by a smidge, but it seriously takes around 2.5 hours! sometimes i sit down for a few on a bench throughout.

legcramps - Thursday May 29, 2008

Weight: 153.0

Well, i'm going to say that yesterday was my rest day, from running anyhow. I had slo-pitch (we sucked BIG TIME) and after that I was just exhausted... not sure why. I got home and took a bath and practically fell into bed. This morning both my boyfriend and I got up early to do our runs at the track. We were both going for a slow 2k. I only made it to 1k, then had to speedily backtrack home and get my butt into the bathroom because I was going to be sick. Imagine having walked to the track from home, then realizing that - oops - you're really sick and you really need to hit that toilet, then trying to hike back home without having an accident. I kept thinking about the projectile vomit that came spewing out of my dog's mouth yesterday (I know, too much information) and I barely made it home. I *ran* to the toilet, ladies. I've never been so embarassed. Okay, yes I have, but this was pretty bad too. Also embarassingly, I managed to stay on the toilet for at LEAST ten minutes before feeling physically able to get off of it.

I realize this is a bad start to the day. I also realize that out of the whole month of May, i've been NOT sick for only five days. I'm at work today because my mind just refuses to process the fact that i'm sick again. No, no i'm not sick. NO I'M NOT. I don't think I even have any sick time left anyways, even if I WAS sick. Which i'm NOT.

I get to go shopping today after work. That's a lot more fun than running right now.

thinnsidenotout on 05/29/2008:
O.K....Your sickness and unexplained exhaustion are puzzling yes, but your symptoms sound somewhat of a pregnant woman...I may be WAY OFF BASE, but will toss that out there.....

Hope you DO feel better today and are rested....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/29/2008:
i was thinking what thinn is thinking. could that be?

i am so sorry that you have been sick this much all month. i guess you can only get better from here.

Beth201P on 05/29/2008:
I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I know what you mean about being embarassed. I have had those moments myself.

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