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legcramps - Thursday Nov 30, 2006

Weight: 0.0

It's getting pretty late tonight and I should probably head to bed right away, but wanted to check in and see how everyone's doing.

Everything's still going well for me, although i've had those ups and downs as per normal life. It's a darn good thing I have friends to keep me active and working out!! Otherwise i'd be a total squishamabobthingy.

Still some painting left to do in the house, but it looks awesome - very happy with the result.

I'm hoping to start some yoga classes in January. I love the yoga class I have each week, but i'm looking for more; my flexibility could be a lot better. Having some problems with my back but hopefully will get that checked out with the doctor within a week.

Christmas is coming upon us quickly and i'm so not ready, largely due to the fact that i'm trying to be crafty and making some growth charts for my wonderful, beautiful little nieces and it's taking up a lot of my time. But worth it - i'm sure they'll love it.

Let's see, what else - read a book, watched Superman Returns, attending birthdays and a christmas party this weekend. Yeah, we're doing pretty good - i'm on a lucky streak!

borntocry on 12/01/2006:
Hey there legcramps! Glad the painting is going well. And good luck getting all your creative gifts ready in time for Christmas. I'm sure your nieces will love them! My husband and I were thinking of getting a huge birthday card for our niece and drawing cool stuff all over it, but we never got around to it - we're so lazy. It's a shame!

WorkingIt on 12/01/2006:
Good to see you again! Good luck with your back, I sprained the rhomboid on the left side and it hurts like the devil himself is in there with his pitchfork lol. Glad to see you are doing well!!

legcramps - Friday Nov 24, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Oh my goodness I don't believe it...a break in the day to write a little note!

Wow, it's been so busy. Work, home, work, home - that's all it's been, with a few minutes in between to grab something to eat. I haven't been able to use the stove because we were renovating in the kitchen. Hopefully today is the day we can fire it back up! Everything we've done looks absolutely wonderful but i'm comparing it to what it used to look like and that was not a pretty sight. Anyways, i've been living off of Subway and snack food. I mean good snack food though - like bars and muffins and yogurt, cottage cheese and oranges and fresh veggies.

I'm still feeling pretty good, although quite tired but I think that's only because of the work we've been doing. Still kickboxing and yoga-ing and volleyballing and gyming. It's going well at the moment and i'm pretty happy. Haven't had a pretty happy feeling in a few months. I think a lot of it has to do with the house. It's amazing how much better you feel emotionally when you walk into a place that you are starting to like more and more!

Well, back to work for me. Everyone take care, until next time.

maria777 on 11/24/2006:
Good for you on the fruits and fresh veggies!!! The subs sound good, too!

Good for you on all the working out, too!

Glad to hear you are happy!

HAve a wonderful evening! BIG SMILE!!!!!

Moody on 11/25/2006:
Sounds like you are making some great choices without having use of your stove; thats Great!!

And WTG on getting your workouts in!!

Scruffy on 11/27/2006:
Scruff was here :) wishing he was as active :(

legcramps - Sunday Nov 12, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Well, it's Sunday morning and we're in the middle of renos. This house is a mess; we can't walk anywhere without shoes since there are nails just about everywhere.

I've started to paint and boy is it ever a work in progress. Seriously, I very much doubt that it will look good by the time i'm done!! If I can find a scanner in this town, i'll prove my point to you. It's frustrating because it's an old house and the walls aren't straight and the drywalling isn't done properly, etc. blah blah. whine.

I'm doing amazingly well these days. I feel quite good; regular exercise and chicken or fish apparently go well with me. And I did get that massage too - oh it felt good, but at the moment my back is killing me (too much bending and painting I imagine) and my hip is out of place so there's a sharp pain flowing down my leg. But we'll deal. The massage felt awesome, i'm going to try and do that more often. I'm getting a pedicure tomorrow with a friend. That should be interesting - never had this done before.

Hmm, what else can I tell you? I'm off work for four whole days and i'm going to spend my time on me. Well, that and painting.

borntocry on 11/12/2006:
Heyyy legcramps,

Thanks for your comment. Same here - I keep my calories low during the day at work and pig out when I get home. The weekends are always tough, but lately I have been able to limit the damage only by pretty much planning my whole day around food. It also helps if I get out and exercise because that's at least two hours or so that I'm not at home eating!

Well, glad the massage went well, and hope the pedicure does too. Those are two things I've never had and doubt I ever will! I don't like to be touched, hehe. Maybe you should get that hip sorted out, too!

Scruffy on 11/13/2006:
Scruff was here :)

legcramps - Monday Nov 06, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I happen to be feeling pretty good in general today - and i'm here to update and see how all of you are doing.

Kickboxing, yoga, volleyball and the gym are my regular exercises these days. As well, we're starting some renovations in the kitchen and are working towards painting, then tile for the floor and backsplash, and eventually laminate flooring for the living and dining rooms. At this time, i'm waiting for bf to finish mudding and sanding so that I can start painting. I'm going with a 70s theme - beige/brown tones with grey and light yellow designs. Haha, with the grey tile I picked out and the colorful array of tile for the backsplash (burgundy, deep blue, grey, yellow and brown) this kitchen is styled just for me - not for resale, which is our main goal. But oh well, I like to be creative and goshdarnit that's what i'm going to be!

My diet needs a good kickstart, which i'm hoping to achieve today. I'm kicking the coffee habit and drinking Crystal Light instead. I'm also trying out the six small meals a day and have an assortment of treats to incorporate. Yogurt smoothies, nut and yogurt bars, cottage cheese cups and yogurt cups, grapes, pears and oranges, muffins for breakfast, brown rice and either chicken or fish for dinner.

I've been feeling crappy lately and I think it has a lot to do with what I was eating. Hopefully this will help to boost my mood and give me the energy I so badly need.

This week i'm also making an appointment for a massage - something I don't regularly do, but will attempt to from now on. They feel good and that's what I need right now.

So wish me luck!

borntocry on 11/06/2006:
What a time to start drinking Crystal Light instead of coffee, when it's soooo cold!

Other than that, I think your new diet sounds great. I am personally a big believer in the several-small-meals-a-day diet. It works really well for me, as even if I don't feel stuffed after any one meal, I know I have the next one to look forward to. And I usually try to incorporate lots of healthy (and occasionally unhealthy) treats so that I never feel deprived. I even kind of miss my healthy treats when I'm not dieting and sometimes even find myself kind of looking forward to going back on a diet so I can have them again, hehe.

Well, have fun with that kitchen... you always did love to paint. Maybe you can share a picture of it once it's done as I need to do something about the bare wall that's where the backsplash should be in my kitchen!

WorkingIt on 11/06/2006:
Great job with all the exercise! Best of luck to you with all the renovations. I agree with you, the small meals through the day keep me steaming right along! Good luck!!! oh and enjoy the massage!

mattscat3295 on 11/06/2006:
You are doing such a wonderful job with your exercise, keep it up. The small meals are going to help alot too. Good luck and have a great evening.

Scruffy on 11/06/2006:
Scruff was here

sweetpea1977 on 11/07/2006:
I love the sound of your 70's themed kitchen. You must post pics of it when you are finished!!

Way to go on your exercise. It should blend well with your new meal plan!

Good luck!

legcramps - Friday Oct 27, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I find it so ironic that when I have a spare moment to write another entry, I always seem to be hit with something or other and i'm sure it's making me sound like a baby who has a terrible immune system and a really horrible life of laying on the couch and only rolling over far enough to reach the remote control.

I am sick again today, but am going to persevere and work through it. Hallowe'en is coming up and I want to be healthy - or as healthy as I can be, anyways.

I started going to kickboxing classes again after my bout of flu - that is going well although I must remember to take it easy until my coughing ceases. I am still on the fruit kick but have to kick my cheese habit because i'm buying a block of cheese every two days for goodness sake.

Anyways, just had a moment and wanted you all to know that i'm still here whether you want me or not (!) and I hope you are all doing well.

All the best. Happy Hallowe'en!

borntocry on 10/27/2006:
Well, can't speak for everyone but I want you here! It is quite funny that you only have time for us when you're sick and can't do anything else, hehe!

Happy Halloween!

mattscat3295 on 10/27/2006:
Happy Halloween. I hope you get to feeling better soon. I know there is alot of crud going around right now, and you need to get some rest and take care of yourself. I hope you have a wonderful, restful weekend, take care.

legcramps - Monday Oct 16, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Ah, flu season. And it had to hit me when I was already down. At least I was prepared and totally expected this. But although I pounded the vitamin C and Echinacea and practically drank NyQuil all night, that darn virus has still found its way into my already badly shaken immune system. And now my question is: How much fruit can a fruitcake eat?!!!

Okay, so i'm not exactly on top of things intellectually - pardon my seriously awful jokes, but i'm wallowing in fluid creeping out my nose and spraying god knows what out my mouth everytime I sneeze. Bad jokes are about all I can manage right now.

Seriously, I am much better than I was. Now that the cold I started with is lodged deep within my chest, I am more able to breathe correctly and therefore get more than a few hours of sleep each night. And that means I can enthusiastically greet the flu-bug with a little of my own medicine. That being the couch. And a blanket. Add a box of kleenex to go and let the pity party begin.

My body has been sufficiently cleaned out and yet I can't seem to rid myself of this evil influence. And though i've waited more than a week to ride it out, i'm coming close to the end of my rope. I offered my bug to my boyfriend but for some reason he doesn't find the idea all too appealing. And i've run out of people to blame.

As I zone out for the night, I will say that i'm keeping very well to my diet since i've been suddenly forced to eat all the fruit in the grocery store and bf has kindly made soup and stew with most of the vegetables he can conveniently name. Although there isn't much exercise happening here, i've effectively broken the record for number of seconds it takes to walk around the house before clear fainting from lack of oxygen. I know, I know, it's not funny...

maria777 on 10/16/2006:
I hope you feel better soon! Hang in there! You'll get better!

Have you tried Campbell's chicken noodle soup? That's good for colds, etc., and you don't have to eat the noodles, just sip the broth after you add 1/2 can water and heat it up. Also, do you have a vaporizer by your bed? Keep it going at nite while you are sleeping. If you don't have one, they are pretty inexpensive and you only need put water in them. They keep moisture in the air.

smiley2 on 10/17/2006:
Well at least you are keeping a positive attitude through all this, which is pretty cool :) I hope you feel better soon, just take it easy and PLEASE no exercise!

WorkingIt on 10/17/2006:
Feel better soon!!! If that chest congestion doesn't break up within a day, go to the doctor! You don't want pneumonia, and that is also going around!

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 04, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday: 1820 calories, no exercise.

Wednesday: I'm not done yet! But so far around 1000 calories. And yes, I went to kickboxing tonight.

I felt so much better after writing my emotional entry the other day. I did go right to sleep, but fell asleep quickly and slept very soundly the whole night through. There are some viruses going around and chances are i've felt the corner of one of them and simply am hideously feeling sorry for myself and perhaps a little out of sorts. These classes - anything that forces me to get up and do something - are really saving me right now. It's just incredibly hard to realize how much they can impact my mood. If I would have gone on Monday, I doubt very much I would have been in such a mood to write such an entry. I'm still not up to snuff and am still feeling a little sorry for myself, but better to live through it rather than ignore it until it goes away. I guess I need to find my own harmony before trying to accomplish something I can't help but keep destroying.

Thank you ladies for your kind thoughts and comments, it feels truly awesome to know that you are right there with me and if anyone will hold me accountable, you will. I have a habit of taking things for granted - so big hugs from me to you!

So, in the end, i'm still here. And none the worse for wear, in fact. While doing ab work tonight I noticed that my stomach is quite flat and my legs are muscled and strong. I should notice these things more often - the feel instead of the number, right?!

borntocry on 10/06/2006:
I could have guessed you'd be really toned what with all the sports you do! Glad to see you're feeling better. Get some rest this weekend - it'll help you fight off any potential viruses!

Thanks for the comment you left me. I know exactly what you mean about the goal-reward system. The rewards must be things I really want or need - but the more I want or need them, the more likely I am to just end up getting them anyway! So that won't work. I'll just have to take the day-by-day approach instead. Thanks!

sweetpea1977 on 10/11/2006:
I totally agree - the whole point about being healthy is the way you feel, not the number. Dont ever allow yourself to become a slave to the scale! :o)

Hope you are feeling better!

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 03, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I stayed under 1500 calories up until Sunday. Dreadful Dunday. That's right - Done Day. Actually, that was a typo, but it seems to fit well.

I am in my downward spiral, which I knew would be approaching sooner or later. I feel crappy, and it's starting to show. I'm snapping at my boyfriend even though he buys me flowers for no reason; I don't want to be at work even though I love it and it pays the bills; I'm falling asleep by 8pm every night right through until morning and even then I don't want to wake up. It's 7:30 right now and i'm getting ready for bed - let's be honest, I already AM ready for bed.

I hit 2500 calories on Sunday. Then I weighed myself Monday night and although I should have known better, it depressed me to no end. So I skipped kickboxing class and wallowed in self-pity. All while stuffing my face to the point of nausea. Oh God, how my life is contingent upon a number. I'm so melodramatic. This morning I was going to turn it around. But by 10am I was dragging my butt around, only doing the things that needed to be done instead of looking forward to every challenge as I normally do. My friend is sick right now; when she stopped in to say 'hello' as only a good friend would, I spent the whole 10 minutes of her time complaining about how I don't feel good. Don't feel good? What a crock. I simply want to be coddled and pitied and not held accountable.

Tonight I watched a weight loss show on t.v. And for a moment there, a very fast moment, I wanted to show myself that I can get through this. And I pulled over the chair in the living room and did 63 step ups onto it in 2 minutes. Alas, upsetting myself once again by not being able to reach 66 steps - a number i'm pretty sure I pulled out of thin air. I then found a cookie. Good thing there was only one left.

Going to sleep now can only be a good thing - it means that I won't pull open the fridge door to check for leftovers and it means I won't drive my vehicle to the nearest gas station for chips or pop or chocolate.

Tomorrow night there will be another kickboxing class and as i've already begged a friend of mine to make me go, I can't see myself missing another class. You see, it's not that I want to miss these classes, it's not that I want to eat to the point of exhaustion. There is just something inside me saying 'you are not good enough, and I will make you fail'.

WorkingIt on 10/03/2006:
Do not feel as if you are alone or walking this path alone. We are all prone to diet set-backs simply because we've spent a good part of our lives thinking we aren't good enough. The key word is 'thinking'. Because we ARE good enough, we just need to learn to treat ourselves better. Give yourself permission to feel like crap for a little bit so that you can explore the reasons why. But don't fall into the same numbing reflex action that you are used to when depression hits, which is eating everything in the house and the negative self-talk. I find that when I get into these ruts, it is a cue that it is time for me to change my expectations and tweak my program..if it be diet or exercise or both. The key is to allow yourself these moments and remind yourself that not only do you have a body to heal, you also have a soul that needs healing. Sometimes we don't have the energy to focus on both. As long as you don't slip back into massive eating..it isn't going to hurt you to let go for a little bit. Always keep in your mind that you are taking a break to focus on your mental health which is equally important as your physical...and then remind yourself that overeating isn't going to make you feel any better. You will find the balance that you need in order to help yourself feel better all the way around. That something inside you saying that you aren't good enough and you will fail..is you. And that is what we have conditioned ourselves to believe and when we get te blues..those old emotions can surface and feel very powerful. Allow yourself to feel them, but do it as the new you in control, not the old you. =)

smiley2 on 10/04/2006:
I was also obsessed by the number on the scale once.....that was until i decided not to weigh myself anymore. It ruined my days and made me depressed. Now i go by how my clothes sit and how good i feel. I havent weighed myself in months, but i feel good, because i know i make healthy choices where i can. I will weigh myself again one day, but until then, its definately something i can recommend!

borntocry on 10/04/2006:
It sounds like you're a little depressed, friend! I know what you mean about going to bed so you won't spend the night eating. I've done that, and it's a pretty good idea sometimes. I've also done that thing where I say I'm not feeling well even though there's nothing wrong with me physically, just so that other people will feel sorry for me and be nice to me! And that works, too. But maybe you could also try to think of things you can do for yourself to make yourself feel better. Sometimes I do stuff which I used to enjoy when I was younger but don't really have the time for any more, like reading. Or I do stuff which I've stopped doing because of my husband, like watching soap operas or medical dramas, or lighting incense or scented candles. I also really like shopping for health food, online or in real life. Okay, you may not share these bizarre hobbies of mine but I'm sure there's something which makes you feel good! Otherwise, just ride it out. You can't really avoid times like these... all you can do is try to make it pass quicker. But it will pass, you know it!

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!

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