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legcramps - Wednesday May 30, 2007

Weight: 0.0

I want those summer legs but am getting the feeling that i'm sacrificing my flat tummy for them...

It just keeps getting worse. I tried real hard yesterday and woke up this morning to find that i'd gained yet again. I don't know what i'm doing! And I feel terrible. Maybe i'm getting sick and my body is playing tricks on me. That must be it, what else could it be?

I had such a terrible headache this afternoon that it literally made me sick. I took an advil and a nap and now it's not as bad but I just feel like crap.

Last month I had to visit the emergency ward at the hospital because my period was really horrible. They gave me two shots, one in each hip. Would you believe that my left side STILL hurts? I went running yesterday and at every jarr of my foot to the earth I could feel a shooting pain in my hip, exactly where I received the needle. I wonder if they hit a muscle or something. Why would it still hurt after this much time?

Oh ladies, all I can do is complain today! Maybe tomorrow will be better. Yes, of course it will. Positive thoughts!

My mantra for the moment:

Enough is enough.

sweetpea1977 on 06/07/2007:
I hope you are doing better since you posted this entry. Give us an update whenever you get a chance!

legcramps - Monday May 28, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Update on the points challenge: I started it and now I feel that it's a complete waste of my time. I am gaining weight (I think because i'm eating far too much fruit) and it is not challenging me in any way whatsoever. I've lost ambition and motivation for the challenge. However, I have to keep up with it because there are others who say it is helping them. So for them I have to keep going. But I just want to say - I have realized I am definitely not a long-term healthy person. I like to do it in spurts, go as hard as I can, and then drop off the face of the earth for awhile. I know I have to work on this, but my gosh is it ever boring!!

On to other things; my running training is going well but of course am carrying around a few extra pounds and boy can I feel the difference.

And I wanted those summer legs so badly... someone help me!!! HELP ME!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/28/2007:
you don't have to do the challenge! do what's best for YOU!

It sounds like you are going in the right direction for those summer legs...please teach me! haha

keep up the great training!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/28/2007:
you aren't supposed to eat perfectly all the time...sweets in moderation (that's why they do have their place on the pyramid!)

greengirl on 05/29/2007:
Come on legcramps!!!! You CAN have those summer legs. They ARE your motivation. If you want them badly enough you WILL do it!!!!!

legcramps - Thursday May 10, 2007

Weight: 0.0

I'm such a sporadic journal entry'er. I don't know what i've been doing for the last two months, but obviously one of the things I have NOT been doing is logging on here...

The top two participants in the walking challenge decided amongst themselves to quit a few days early and split the winnings. There was no contest but between these two people - I was one of them and completely worn out. I was already wearing a knee brace because I was having such trouble walking! I'm never doing that again!

I HAVE however started a new contest - this one to target a more balanced lifestyle. I've realized in speaking with my Dad that we are hyper people - I can't remember the medical term he used, but it essentially means we go and go and go until we cannot 'go' any further. Then we are completely exhausted and will not do anything at all for days. This contest has a few more people in it, too. Maybe because it's not hog-wild-work your ass off-boot camp style. It's based on a point-system (you get so many points for doing certain things), and some of those things include eating fruits and veggies, whole grains, getting 7hrs of sleep each night, walking, working out, taking a bubble bath, etc. Then there are bonus points for trying a new recipe, a new activity, and this week's is setting up a workout just for you. Next week's i'm going to get everyone to try out their workouts and rate them. Anyways, it's much easier on me and therefore does not especially seem like a chore.

Which is why I can also do other things - like entering a 5K run. It is at the end of August and i've been working on my running seriously now for about three weeks. I'm going for a 10 minute mile, which would put me at around 30 minutes for 5K. I know it will be difficult for me (i'm not much of a runner, no matter how hard I try), but i'm determined to do this as it has been a goal of mine for sometime. I know it's just a 5K, but it's a good starting point!

What else - we recently received another dog - a Cockapoo named Zoe who is almost 8 months old now. We have definitely had our ups and downs with the two dogs, but they are precious and I wouldn't trade them for the world. Now my house, that i'd trade.

sweetpea1977 on 05/11/2007:
Welcome back! I've been wondering where you went!

Your new challenge sounds awesome! I love point challenges! Keep us posted on how it is working for you all.

greengirl on 05/11/2007:
It's a wonder you havent worn your legs away!! LOL!! Think of all the calories you must have used up! ! Awesome. well done !!

borntocry on 05/12/2007:
I can't believe you walked yourself into a knee brace! The new contest sounds like a lot more fun. And so does the 5K! I am sure you will be able to make your target. Don't forget the extra inspiration on the day of the race will probably help shave a few minutes off your time!

smiley2 on 05/14/2007:
Hi there! Hope you are doing well! Wx

legcramps - Saturday Mar 03, 2007

Weight: 0.0

This really IS my breakaway week for step counting!!! I am as of right now far in the lead and will be most fortunate if I can only keep it up for the next couple of days. The keeping it up part is what i'm most anxious about, though. Que Sera or however it's spelled.

Because bf is gone, i've been faithfully walking the dog each night (except for Wednesday because I was lazy and it was a blizzard outside). I've also not touched the vehicle at all so far - though today I will have to in order to get groceries. I've been walking to and from work each day and it amasses a great amount of steps as well as energy, enthusiasm, confidence - and paranoia. I've discovered that i'm a paranoid walker. So don't look at me the wrong way if you pass by me on the sidewalk - I might start to think you're out to get me.

The weather is not good. It's been snowing for days now and although it's not too cold it's still not fun trudging through the snow each day. Yes, those legs are going to look darn good come summer!

Have to go. Take care all.

greengirl on 03/03/2007:
Weather sounds awful but you are doing great with the walking. I am also a paranoid walker, having been mugged in the street one night. I hate people coming up behind me!! Cant let it stop you getting out tho'. Keep up the good work :)

WorkingIt2 on 03/04/2007:
Hooray that you've been doing so well on the steps! YAY!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2007:
ummm...who would walk a dog in the blizzard...you chose a good night to stay in! congrats on all your walking!

smiley2 on 03/05/2007:
Hehehe, im a paranoid walker as well, but coming from South Africa i guess its a pretty natural way to be :) Great job for getting that exercise done!

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 27, 2007

Weight: 0.0

So those were pms symptoms and I rallied hard against them this time and came out on top, for once. It came and went, and no sick days off work, just a little time spent on the couch trying to sleep through it.

My boyfriend is working out of town and so i'm using the opportunity to work my butt off and get lots of exercise in while I have the time. Although I miss him a lot and he's only been gone for a couple of days. As long as no one takes my dog away from me, I should be fine! But he's going to be away for months and I for sure won't see him for three weeks. It really sucks, but holy does it ever make you realize what you had.

Getting my steps in although everyone else seems to be as well, plus some extra steps in there too. I'm still a follower and will try my breakaway week now and see if I can't swoop back into first place. I'll be darned if i'm not even going to try to win!

My knees hurt from walking so much.

borntocry on 02/28/2007:
Gosh, that's sad that your boyfriend is going to be away for so long. Is this a temporary job? How long is it going to last? I suppose it might actually help the two of you to reconnect, though... maybe this enforced absence will make him realise what he had, too! I know my husband (whoops, I almost typed "boyfriend" - it's only been two years!) tends to be so much nicer to me when he knows that he won't be able to see me for a few days, let alone weeks!

Thanks a bunch for your comment - I'm sure you're right and my cousin doesn't mean to hurt me. My husband and my brother brag a lot too and I know they don't mean to put me down by comparison - it's just that as someone with such low self-esteem myself I find it incredible how other people can think so much of themselves! I think I need that 2-second confidence-boosting book, too. Could you lend it to me when you're done with it, please?!

WorkingIt2 on 02/28/2007:
Great job on defeating the PMS! YAY!

hollybelle on 02/28/2007:
Ah PMS-I am almost done with that mess - if my luck holds out! Good work on working through he mood and on making good use of time while BF is away - exercise!

WorkingIt2 on 03/01/2007:
Happy March 1st!


legcramps - Friday Feb 23, 2007

Weight: 0.0

After writing about how I should find a way to replace bad moods and eating with bad moods and exercise, the next day I proceeded to be 'taken into' a bad mood and against my will purchased a very large bag of cheesies and ate the whole thing. I say against my will as in 'not enough will in my body to stop myself'. Ah, let it go.

Steps are still good, but boy am I tired today - and I think I am experiencing some pms symptoms. I'm getting crankier and crankier as the day progresses and my back is killing me. Ah, let it go.

We're going for a walk tonight and perhaps i'll jump on the bike and finish my count for the day. I'm looking forward to the weekend, but only to sleep. I really don't want to do anything besides that. Just sleep.

Oh my Lord can I ever complain.

On the brighter side...oh, forget it.

WorkingIt2 on 02/25/2007:
I feel your pain with the funky day..don't worry...it will change around for you! (((Hug))) hope you are having better days!

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 20, 2007

Weight: 0.0

I'm riding high again; still behind in my steps but will catch up quickly if I keep doing what i've been doing for the last couple of days. I always resent the fact that I get so down at certain times in my life. I must discover a way to counteract those unambitious feelings - or at the very least not use food to try and cheer myself up!

It's much warmer outside (thank goodness for spring - if winter was 12 months long, I would go insane) and i've been walking outside a lot trying to get my sun time in. This morning I walked to work and quite enjoyed myself, although I was a bit warm and sweaty once at work. When I worked in a different position and had to walk almost all day, I was much happier and more at ease. I think I really like to walk. It seems to clear my head so much better than anything else I do.

Tomorrow night i'm back at kickboxing and i'm hoping it will up my steps to a new high!

Our dog truly enjoys and is also reaping the benefits of the Step Challenge. We can tell when he's had enough walking though - he starts to nip at my boyfriend's mittens. I'm not sure if he's trying to tell him that his paws are cold, or if he's asking my boyfriend to carry him the rest of the way home! We can read him pretty well by now - he holds his emotions in his eyes and it's so endearing and soulful. His thoughts run deep, i'm sure of it!

Take care all.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/21/2007:
I was thinking about "sun time" as well and the weather here was nice yesterday, but i missed it. If its a nice day tomorrow, i will walk outside...just for a little while and then probably do some indoor exercise as well!

WorkingIt2 on 02/21/2007:
Exercise is the best thing I've found to beat the blues! Keep up the great work!

greengirl on 02/21/2007:
Isnt it great to feel the sun on your face after the worst of winter is past. And it gives you vitamin D too apparently!! Bonus!!

legcramps - Friday Feb 16, 2007

Weight: 0.0

This last week I seem to have dropped from my cloud, curled up under the covers and tried to look dead to the world. Of course it didn't work, but it did mean that my steps were horrid for last week and I am again losing!! A new situation: my boyfriend has entered the competition in place of another stepper. Oh, look out now! He started on Wednesday and is going overboard on steps, trying to catch up to everyone else. I think he will over-exert himself and have told him that, but nevertheless he is also a competitive spirit and will work hard until he catches and passes the rest of us! A good thing to come out of this: he is motivating me to keep up. And today I am sore from an almost two hour walk with the dog last night. And I think I pulled a muscle in my leg, but I will never tell him or he'll make me stop!

Things have gotten better between us, but we are increasingly awkward around the other person due to this lack of communication. I have always included him in my activities but it just makes me resentful when he doesn't do the same for me. But I know there are things I need to just let go, and this may be one of them. It's just that sometimes I think that I deserve to be around someone who wants me to be around!!

Tonight wallyball is cancelled and so I will try to go to the gym before supper as we're going out (together, with friends) for wings and it may be a long night. I know after yesterday Chewy will be standing at the door, staring at the doorknob, waiting for his two hour walk!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/16/2007:
Its so great that your pet loves exercise as much as you do! Enjoy the night out with friends and company!

WorkingIt2 on 02/16/2007:
LOL good luck with the competition with the boyfriend. It really is cool to have a dog who likes the long walks! I hope your leg feels better =)

hollybelle on 02/17/2007:
Hi there! Men/egos - a scary mix - be careful - and good luck!

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 07, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Doing well, getting my average steps in each day and slowly gaining on the competition. Or so I think, anyways!

Here's a scenario for you that has nothing to do with dieting or excercising and has me in such a funk today that I wonder if perhaps i'd rather not say where i'd rather be:

My boyfriend bowls two days out of the week. He has also recently stopped drinking, but continues to go to the bar on both of these nights with his 'friends'. He wanted to bowl with his 'friends' last weekend without me, when we had decided last year to bowl together in the tournament I was telling you about. His team would have consisted of a married couple and a younger female, if I had not intervened and told him I wanted to bowl too. I have never met these friends before, and had no idea who they were until Saturday. My boyfriend neglected to introduce me to them. Last night I was asked to spare for someone and I agreed to, so went bowling again. At the end of the night my boyfriend stood near the doorway and it looked to me he was waiting for this girl to leave - watching her the whole time. I was furious with him and asked him if there was something going on that I didn't know about. He acted like he didn't know what I was talking about - but, my friends, i've been there before and I know the signs. However, I may just be paranoid enough to jump to conclusions, and so I apologized for upsetting him and went to bed. But the thought runs through my head every few minutes today, like a terribly bad film, of me watching him watching her. And it, without bias, is slowly breaking my heart.

What should I do?

gym tonight - bike, bike, bike. Then I have tomorrow AND Friday off work, so four day weekend for me! It's my birthday this weekend and I want to go into the city to see my Dad.

borntocry on 02/07/2007:
Hmmm... that is a tough one. I doubt there is anything actually going on between your boyfriend and this other girl, but he sure is acting suspicious.

How are things between the two of you these days?

I don't think you should play the "jealous girlfriend" role. That won't get you anywhere. If he has anything to hide, he will just lie about it. If he doesn't, he will feel hurt and angry at you for doubting him. I would suggest that you simply tell him that you would like to meet his friends and that maybe all of you can hang out together some time. It's odd that he insists on going out alone with them all the time, especially since it's a mixed group, not all guys. What if the two of you were to throw a little party or something at your place - you could suggest that he invite his friends from bowling. I think you should try to get to know his friends. There's nothing paranoid or weird about that. And that would defuse the situation. They will be less likely to encourage him in any wrong-doing if they know you.

If he is really not happy with you, then that is a bigger problem than whatever may or may not be going on with this other girl. Do you guys confide in each other much?

Honestly if I had to make a guess, I would say that there is probably nothing untoward going on. So don't worry about it too much, and have a great birthday weekend!

WorkingIt2 on 02/07/2007:
I agree with BTC...sometimes we see things we thought we saw based on past experiences that haunt us. I am so happy that you have the four day weekend and I hope you have a lovely visit with your dad AND a great birthday!!

borntocry on 02/08/2007:
Hi legcramps,

There could be any number of reasons for your boyfriend's reluctance for you to meet his friends. You could be right - maybe he wants some space - or maybe he thinks you might not get along. Whatever it is, I hope you guys can work it out soon. If you don't tend to confide in each other much, maybe you could try to do more stuff together? You both seem like very active, out-going people, so perhaps it's just a question of including each other in your activities. I think it would be fun way for you to reconnect with each other, rather than sit down and have a serious talk if that's not the type of thing you normally do.

I know what you mean, though - when my husband withdraws from me, my reaction is always to withdraw from him too. In fact in all the times we've fought, I have never been the first to apologise. I guess I have a lot of pride!

Thanks for your advice on my brother. I do remember now that you are also quite close to yours.

legcramps - Sunday Feb 04, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Oh my God, everything hurts.

I'm so sore today - all over; there isn't one muscle that I can't hear screaming at me to sit down. And my brain is mush, too. I just want to take a nap and by golly, I just might do that.

We started bowling at 6am yesterday. Our first 'round' consisted of three games. After we won that round around 8am, we stopped for breakfast then returned to the allies for another 'round' of three games at 12pm. After those two rounds I was already mighty tired and figured i'd had enough of bowling, but we were doing so well that we just couldn't lose. To be quite honest, some of those games I didn't even really try all that much because I just wanted it to be over! But no, when I didn't try, my teammates did, and we landed ourselves in yet another round of three games by 4pm. I started out strong, catching a turkey (three strikes in a row) at the very beginning of the first game and AGAIN took it easy for the rest of the game. And AGAIN my teammates proved their worth by leading us into the next round!! And we won that one too, to take us into the finals at 10pm!!

Unfortunately by then we were all much too tired to move, let alone bend down to throw bowling balls down an alley. I alternated between sleeping with my head on bf's shoulder and sluggishly shuffling my feet down the alley to huck a ball. I just didn't even care anymore. I'm serious, I cared about nothing but sleep. Nothing in life was important except sleep. I was so tired by then that I was shivering cold; covered in a film of cold sweat listening to my teeth chatter away. It was NOT fun! And we lost in the final by only 63 points! Argh. All that work. We did get our money back, and an extra $25.00 per person for getting second place, so that at least is rewarding for our efforts.

I think my highest game was 211. I got three turkeys in all those rounds; I was on fire! My average has never, ever gone over 150. I bet my average was close to 180. I think we played a total of 14 games, but my memory is hazy on that.

I finally crawled into bed at 1:30am, and this morning when I woke up I could hardly move. Yes, I need a warm bath and a short nap.

I've already walked the dog today and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike, because I want to get those steps in. I'm almost there.

I'm almost there.

WorkingIt2 on 02/04/2007:
WOW what an exhausting evening you had and how wonderfully you played! YAY!!!

mattscat3295 on 02/05/2007:
Congratulations on your second place. I believe we can all say you definately got your exercise in. Take care and I hope the soreness eases away soon.

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