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legcramps - Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I have some homework from the therapist: I need to incorporate stretching into my daily life (I already knew this, but it is hard to get it in when you are lazy like me). The therapist taught me a new stretch specifically for my shins, and I will be starting with this one everyday and hopefully adding more as I get into the routine of stretching.

Other homework: I am supposed to practice throwing a tennis ball using proper body mechanics, as well as putting a golf ball. This is supposed to get me ready for the spring/summer activities that I normally do. Eventually, we will work up to swinging a bat and driving a golf ball.

And even more homework: It seems like a tiny thing, but my therapist asked me to start kneeling on my hands and knees on my bed. I'm supposed to do this daily, and work up to kneeling only on my knees. I already know that this is going to be the biggest challenge for me.

12 minutes recumbant bike in place of my usual treadmilling.

Myofascial release done on my knee and left shins. This was pretty painful, but since then I haven't had any pain in my left knee or shins. Knock on wood!

I skipped my planned dinner and had cereal with almond milk instead, and then I had an evening snack of toast with peanut butter. All good.

Breakfast - mocha x 2, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, bread with butter

PM Snack - raw veggies, crackers

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked veggies

Treadmill - 15 minutes

grannyannie on 03/06/2014:
There are lot of good strengthening exercises for shins. I googled how to prevent shin splints and found them.

Umpqua on 03/07/2014:
Good job getting your homework done :) It sounds like this is a great way to very slowly ease back into your regular activities. I'm sure you're excited to start golfing again!

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Against my wishes, my alter-ego went ahead and purchased another box of oatmeal crisp cereal while I was getting groceries on Monday, so of course when I got home from work yesterday and was feeling munchy as I always am around that time, I just HAD TO have a bowl with almond milk. I struggled a bit with munching in the evening as well, but instead of eating more after dinner I had a diet coke and then just kept on drinking water. I drank a lot of water yesterday

Treadmilled for 15 minutes and this time no burning of the shins.

I have my second physiotherapy session today after work; I don't know if doing ultrasound on my knee worked or not, but I can say that in the last two weeks my knee has hurt less times than usual. So we'll see what she wants me to do for the next two weeks.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel, cream cheese

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, 2 slices bread with butter

PM Snack - crackers or raw veggies

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

I know it's only Wednesday, but I was ready for the week to be over around 9 this morning. I've taken Friday off, so only a day and a half left to work!

grannyannie on 03/05/2014:
Evening snacking is my downfall as well. Hope Friday comes quickly for you.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/05/2014:
Wishing you a quick last day of work for the week tomorrow :)

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I was hungry yesterday and no matter what I did in the evening I couldn't shake that feeling, so I ended up having a snack of toast and peanut butter. Not even going to worry about it - hunger is hunger!

Treadmilled 15 minutes; my shins were burning - iced and elevated afterwards.

Got a visit in with a friend and had a cup of hot chocolate while we chatted.

Breakfast - homemade mochas, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - 2 slices bread with butter, sweet potato and vegan chili

PM Snack - had a few bbq crispers and then switched to raw vegetables

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 15 minutes

Plan for tonight is to collapse on the couch after getting my workout in. Knackered and it's only Tuesday!

grannyannie on 03/04/2014:
Hope the rest of your week goes well.

OhioRaven on 03/05/2014:
Are you ready for the fast pitch season to start ?

legcramps on 03/05/2014:
Yeah, not really. I want it to be warm, but I don't know how much I want to play ball yet. It usually starts in the beginning of May, and it's still a little brisk around these parts in May :)

legcramps - Monday Mar 03, 2014

Weight: 0.0

It was quite a cold weekend, but it should warm up for this week and then maybe we'll start seeing our normal temps for March.

I felt munchy on Friday evening, and had leftovers from two meals. One before the hockey game and one after! Still, the portions weren't huge so i'm okay with it. Treadmilled for 10 minutes.

Saturday was tough; it was too cold to go out and do anything so I had to confine myself to the indoors without spending too much time in the kitchen. I did some housework to keep me busy, and treamilled for 10 minutes again. Foods were coffee and oatmeal for breakfast; chicken, rice and cooked vegetables for lunch; same for dinner and snacks of canned turkey with crackers, and some toffee candy Mom gave me that I should NOT have accepted. Wow, talk about a suger high within seconds of swallowing!

Sunday I treadmilled and moved up to 15 minutes; my shins were burning after this session. Went out for dinner with friends and was awarded the honour of being a Godparent. I am very happy about this; have always wanted to have a little person to pay it forward to :) Foods were the rest of the canned turkey with crackers, beef vegetable soup for lunch and ceasar salad, cooked vegetables and chicken strips for dinner. I also had two cups of coffee and some raw vegetables as a snack.

Breakfast - two mochas (homemade ones, so less cals), 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - leftover chicken strips and stuffed potato

PM Snack - raw vegetables or crackers (hopefully not both!)

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 15 minutes

I need to make a grocery run and hit up the bank after work today; not much else planned!

hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
Good move getting into the housework instead of the kitchen! When I do that - I get rolling through chores and almost forget to eat....hmmmmmmmm......I need to do that more OFTEN! Strategies!

legcramps - Friday Feb 28, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Good day yesterday, although the event I went to last night almost put me to sleep. Jazz music and a voice like Tony Bennett's will do that to me.

I chose to have an individual pizza for lunch yesterday instead of salad - feta cheese and chicken. It was delicious, and I saved half for dinner. Drinks out with coworkers consisted of my ONE drink - a vodka paralyzer. I think I did really well considering all the opportunities to screw it up!

Even did my 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with plain cream cheese

AM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery, potato thins (90 cals)

Dinner - leftovers

Treadmill - 10 minutes

Event - last hockey game of the regular season; playoffs will begin in a week or so!

brrr COLD WEATHER - we could reach lows of -60 celsius today, overnight, and tomorrow. Yikes! In -40 celsius, you could freeze within 10 minutes. I think i'll stay inside as much as possible this weekend.

Umpqua on 02/28/2014:
WOW, I will stop complaining about our single digit temps here. That's insane, I wouldn't be going outside either!

biscottibody59 on 02/28/2014:
If I could I'd send you a bit of our weather--it's about 80F right now and will be the same tomorrow. Sunday it changes, but nothing like what you've got.

Hang in there!

allieoop on 02/28/2014:
Definitely stay in and stay warm!!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2014:
You are doing great cramps :). Good to hear that u make good decisions that keep u focused and on track while enjoying good times with friends. Reading that motivates all of us on DD to do the same...especially me ;)

hollybelle on 03/03/2014:
I feel like a cold sissy when I read those temps! Hang in there - and I must say - vodka paralyzer....what??? LOL!

legcramps - Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Yesterday was a pretty great day, what with the whole "I can breathe through both nostrils!" discovery.

Did my 10 minutes on the treadmill with no issues!

Dinner changed because I decided to go out with friends; I had 1/2 burger and 1/2 serving fries, along with a vodka paralyzer. I saved the other part of the meal for lunch at some point this week or weekend. No evening snacking!

Not a great sleep because I think these sinus pills i'm taking are pumped up with adrenaline or something. There was no lounging around on the couch for me yesterday. I was constantly doing something, and my mind was still racing when it was time for sleep.

Feeling darn good again this morning; it's amazing how you don't know you're sick until you're not.

Breakfast - mocha, bagel with plain cream cheese

Lunch - out with coworkers; will pick maybe a chicken ceasar salad

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Drinks after work with coworkers (one is taking a leave of absence for awhile) - ONE drink

Dinner - leftovers or chicken, rice and cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 10 minutes

Event - some guy is playing a guitar or something this evening; going with Mom. This activity should curb my late night eating tonight, which will make me 'evening snack free' two days in a row. Awesome!

liza36 on 02/27/2014:
Glad you are feeling good. Have fun at your event tonight.

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I came down with a head cold on Monday, and left work early to go home and rest. In fact, i've probably been suffering with a head cold for weeks now; this morning when I woke up and could breathe properly through both nostrils, I finally realized what i'd been missing out on for the last few weeks. It's a new day! I can breathe!

So Monday's dinner was cereal and almond milk, lots of orange juice, and then later I had some toast with peanut butter.

Tuesday was more cereal and almond milk for lunch, more orange juice, chicken and crackers as a snack, sweet potato and chili with toast for dinner, and toast with peanut butter again in the evening. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill once I was feeling better. My shins burned slightly, but I was too lazy to do anything about it.

Breakfast - mocha, bagel with plain cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

Treadmill - 10 minutes

OhioRaven on 02/26/2014:
Good !

Umpqua on 02/27/2014:
Thanks for your supportive comment. I'm glad you are breathing again ;) I hope today is a good one for you!

legcramps - Monday Feb 24, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Weekends are just so darn fleeting...

Went to the hockey game Friday night and hopped on the treadmill for another 5 minutes. I don't remember what I added to my menu, but I know dinner wasn't the edamame, it was something else that I can't remember.

I did a bunch of housework on Saturday morning and then relaxed for the afternoon. Got in my 5 minute treadmill walk. Had eggs for breakfast, cereal for lunch, lots of tea, and shrimp fried rice for dinner. Then I got hungry and had more eggs and more cereal.

Sunday was spent on the couch mostly. I woke up with a good amount of pain in both knees, made it hard to get around. Even though I debated whether I should walk or not, I eventually got on the treadmill for 10 minutes. My knees actually felt better after this! Woo - a discovery! Eggs for breakfast again, leftover shrimp fried rice for lunch, cereal and toast for dinner.

My eating was pretty well all over the place, but for now i'm just being aware of what i'm putting in. Later i'll start really looking at it and deciding where I need to improve on my habits.

So i'm up to 10 minutes on the treadmill now. Cool, huh?

Breakfast - coffee, black x 2

AM Snack - bagel and cream cheese from cafeteria

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, tofu, quinoa, 1 slice harvest grain bread

PM Snack - raw carrots, celery, tea x 2

Dinner - going to friend's place for dinner so no clue what's cookin', might take some diet coke with me instead of having coffee late at night

Water throughout day

grannyannie on 02/24/2014:
Hope your knees feel better! Keep up the treadmill. :)

Umpqua on 02/24/2014:
Good work building up your endurance on the treadmill and it sounds like a nice weekend overall. I hope your knees are feeling better!

legcramps - Friday Feb 21, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Added to yesterday's menu - 1 serving plain triscuit crackers. Diet coke.

I only had 1/2 a sandwich at the meeting yesterday, but followed it up at home with a can of chunky vegetable beef soup and triscuit crackers. It was quite delicious and the sodium content made me feel quite disgusting for at least two hours afterwards.

I did another 5 minute walk last night. I felt a little burning in my shins (yes, after just 5 minutes), so I took a bath soon after and then massaged my legs. Seems to have done the trick for now. If it happens again tonight maybe i'll try icing it this time.

Breakfast - free Tim Horton's Latte (yuck, had to add coffee to it), 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese.

AM Snack - 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese, tea

Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables

PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, tea

Dinner - there's a package of edamame burning a hole in my freezer

Umpqua on 02/21/2014:
Good work getting back into the exercise groove. Your foods look great (except for the sodium, I know how that goes)!

liza36 on 02/21/2014:
Nice job on the exercise. Easing into it is smart. Edamame - yum!

grannyannie on 02/21/2014:
Hope your legs feel better. Have a great weekend.

legcramps - Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I went on the treadmill for 5 minutes last night. I chose this for a baseline, since I was doing absolutely nothing at all. Worked ok. Might have been able to baseline 10 minutes, but whatever. Nice and easy to start, right?

Added to yesterday's menu - toasted grain bread after work, with butter and peanut butter (x4), bite-sized piece of pizza bread and coffee with creamer (x2) at baby shower, toasted grain bread with butter and peanut butter (x2) late at night. Diet coke.

Breakfast - coffee, hot chocolate, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another coffee

AM Snack - tea, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another tea

Lunch - tea, sweet potato, vegan chili, wild rice, tofu

PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, water with crystal light

Dinner - will be during a meeting, soup and sandwich probably

I think I need to start going home for my lunch break again. I feel like i'm angry all the time at work, and maybe it's simply because i'm spending far too much time there without taking proper breaks.

OhioRaven on 02/20/2014:
Hey, LC ! I see you and me are still standing after this long-long winter. I tried to leave here but couldn't, or, found out that I shouldn't. Its good to see your post. Take care.

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2014:
you must look into "Chronic Compartment Syndrome" for your legs. I am going to another orthopedic surgeon on Monday & plan to get tested that day or shorly thereafter for it. It has similiar symptoms as shin splints & other repetitive stress related injuries. But the GOOD THING is that it is a relatively EASY FIX. SURGERY is the only known way to fully cure it...or get the most relief from your symptoms. there is a lot of info on the web about "Chronic Exertion Compartment Syndrome" and I HIGHLY recommend you get tested. Usually in active people, under 40, supposely more often in women than men. Both athletes and recreational exercisers, especially from overuse / repetition like running. You really should get it checked out. It's also a very SIMPLE test: you either have it, or you don't. It's based on the pressure in the compartments (usually the problem is the anterior compartment) of your shins. Many times, the problem is bilateral - both shins. Surgery can be done on both at once. Surgery is done while you are awake and healing time is 10 weeks total...then you can be basically FULLY active again (like you once were before injury!!!) - if all goes well. Most surgeries (Fasciotomy) go well. I sorta wish I have it - so I can get it fixed - and contine on with a MUCH more active lifestyle...

horn_of_plenty on 02/20/2014:
for the test, called a pressure test, they stick needles in your 4 compartments of your shins to determine the pressure both before and after 5 min exercise. if the pressure is too high, you have Chronic Compartment Syndrome. wishing you lots of healthy and happiness. nice to see a post from you!!!!!!

biscottibody59 on 02/20/2014:
Good to see you post again--take good care of yourself!

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