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legcramps - Saturday Jan 20, 2007

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Along with a wonderful diet, i'm now well on my way to becoming an athlete in counting my steps. In the morning, grabbing my pedometer to run to the bathroom has become quite the regular habit. In the evening, i'm taking it off only to bathe and crawl into bed. I think i've become overly obsessed with this thing, and it's only been a week! Perhaps my enthusiasm will dwindle a bit in the next few weeks, but i'm sure I can count on my friends giving me a run for my money! Upon questioning this morning, I admitted being at 59,000 steps. When discovering that a fellow competitor was 1,000 steps above that, i'm afraid I may have had a little tantrum. When not in first place, what use is it to continue?!! Instead of giving up so quickly I decided to take the dog for a strenuous walk in two feet of snow for an hour. I'm now at 69,000 steps, and thoroughly wiped out! Why I didn't just go on the treadmill for another hour and rack the same number of steps, I don't know and never will. But i'll have a pair of beautiful legs come summer!

Averaging around 11,750 steps per day now, but that might go down a bit after today because I very much doubt I have any energy left in my body to add to my count. Last night we played wallyball for two hours, which upped my steps to over 13,000 for the day. If I could play wallyball everyday, i'd be a shoe-in for first place. All this talk about first place is making me want to jump on the bike.

Tomorrow i'll be at a jam session with bf, so not sure about what else i'll be doing in regards to exercise - it's nice to take a day off here and there too!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/20/2007:
ohhh, legcramps, i know what you mean! I feel a change in my leg muscle right away when I step up the exercise. but, then i take a few days off and my legs are back to where I started! but, you are right, a day off can do a body good!

WorkingIt2 on 01/21/2007:
Great job! And you answered your own question: "When not in first place, what use is it to continue?!! But i'll have a pair of beautiful legs come summer!"

Keep up the great work!!

legcramps - Thursday Jan 18, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Today hasn't started out well but it is by no means a total bust. My back pain is running rampant, or at least this morning i'm really noticing it. I'm going to take some medication right away and hope it goes away. I won't get any walking done if i'm feeling this badly.

So i've been mixing crystal light singles into my water bottles everyday to help me pound back an extra litre or so. It's working out well for me, as long as I use only crystal light. Has anyone tried Nestea singles packages for Berry and Tangerine? Ugh. Don't. The day I tried the Berry flavor I struggled to drink any kind of water for the rest of the day. The taste stayed in my mouth for a long time! And i'm trying the Tangerine flavor today, which is not much better but is, so far, at least drinkable!

Yesterday I ended with around 11,000 steps. I went to the gym but only walked on the treadmill for half an hour. I guess I need to work on that. But still not bad at all. I had a total of over 33.000 steps so i'm averaging about 11,000 steps per day. My trial period before the challenge started only had me at around 6,000 steps per day average, so i'm doing a lot better than before. See what I mean about the difficulty in reaching 12,500? Maybe you think it's easy, but not me!

Ballroom Dancing starts tonight!

Moody on 01/18/2007:
I love Crystal Light..it's the only way I can get my water in.

Great job getting in those steps, I know it's not as easy as it may seem!! Keep it up!!

Justine6Robert3 on 01/18/2007:
Sorry to hear your back is still bothering you. I'm sure its difficult to keep to your exercises with a sore back. You sound like your making a lot of progress with your exercise, good for you!! My husband has had back problems for at least the last 8 years and he's only 33 yrs old! I feel bad for him. He works a very physical job and he also plays hockey on at least 1 or 2 different teams at a time. His back has to be really hurting for him to miss a hockey game, he claims it doesn't hurt his back when he skates, hmmm I don't know!! He ended up having back surgery 2 yrs ago for a slipped disc. He was supposed to be off work for 6 weeks but when they opened him up they found that his disc on the other side had also been injured and he was in far worse shape then they initially thought. He ended up laid up for nearly 3 months!! He seems to have very high pain tolerance but he must have been really hurting, poor guy! Anyway, since surgery his back has been doing really well! I hope your back isn't anything to serious, has back pain always been a problem for you?

Ballroom Dancing, that sounds like fun!! I hope your feeling better! Have you ever done Ballroom Dancing before or is this new for you? Have fun and keep up the great job at the gym, I think improving by 5000 steps is something you should feel proud about!

hollybelle on 01/18/2007:
I think you are doing wonderfully to have increased you steps as much as you have in a short period. Don't worry if it isn't fast 12,500 steps yet! Keep doing the 11,000 - I call that success! Steady wins the race, after all. I am a big believer in a few SMALL changes over a lifetime rather than drastic changes that make us fail and give up. Sustainable changes are what I am focusing on. It makes sense, doesn't it?

WorkingIt2 on 01/18/2007:
Great job on the steps and getting the water in. You know what has helped me with my back..this will sound odd..but dry brushing the hurt spot on my back for a few minutes helps stimulate the blood flow and helps it feel better. I do that with sore muscles from working out and it does seem to help in addition to the stretching. Just a thought.

You ARE doing good with your exercise..I don't know too many people who can walk five miles a day!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/18/2007:
it's hard to incoporate so many steps...you are right. I think I may rethink getting a pedometer again. they are so useful!

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 17, 2007

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After my great desire for food on Friday and my extraordinary attempts to eat i've decided that Friday was an amazing day. A day, might I say, of discoveries. I discovered that I do have a large dose of willpower, I just didn't realize it existed inside me until I came face to face with it outside the fridge door. And when it told me that this wasn't the way, for some reason this time I believed it. It was a really good day.

I started a pedometer challenge with a few friends on Monday. It's fun so far - I get to write newsletters each week and I love doing creative things like that. And i'm doing well too - I have to because one of my friends who's in on the challenge is a walking extraordinaire. I got over 13,000 steps on Monday! And yesterday I think I finished with a little over 9,000 steps (mostly due to an hour long class of yoga where you don't do all that much stepping; and an hour long drive to get to said yoga class). Today i've already tried to step it up, and am planning on walking the treadmill later tonight. They say you should shoot for above 12,500 steps per day if your goal is to lose weight. I can't believe how many steps 12,500 actually is!

Anyways, still doing good - hope you are too!

maria777 on 01/17/2007:

Good for you on the walking! Keep up the good work and have a nice day!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2007:
i once bought a cheap pedometer. for some reason, i don't use it. probably bc i know i need to walk more...that is something I think i'll start doing in the spring! thanks for reminding me about it!

legcramps - Friday Jan 12, 2007

Weight: 0.0

So this is the part of the week where I am most vulnerable. I started the day out by going for breakfast with bf. I got two slices of toast and used PB and jelly on them, and had coffee on the side. Not bad, but it sure did make my day all wacky for some reason. I'm beside myself with hunger and so I thought i'd make an entry to try and pass through this enduring feeling.

It's only 3:15pm and i've already managed to build up over 1100 calories. What can I eat tonight that will satisfy me and not take me over 1400 calories? Yoy.

Okay, got busy again. See 'ya!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2007:
chew on ice...somebody else here gave me that idea. I don't endorse sugar free products, but you can suck on a few sugar free ice pops.

WorkingIt2 on 01/13/2007:
I hope the rest of your day went well!

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 10, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Yoga turned out to be very good, relaxing and all that good stuff. Not quite like the yoga class here in town, better i'd say although I wouldn't let anyone quote me on that. And even though I had a devastating encounter with a suicidal deer on the way to yoga, I still managed to relax and forget about my worries. Unfortunately, it's all come back to me today and I guess I just have to deal with it!

Tonight is kickboxing and maybe pilates.

Eating is going well!

I'll let you know what I find out about snowboarding!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/10/2007:
i'm glad you enjoyed yoga...its not "easy" like some people think!! it's "pleasurable pain," as one of my instructors said today! LOL

WorkingIt2 on 01/11/2007:
You are such an energetic person! So cool! Sorry to hear about the deer, that is scary!

legcramps - Saturday Jan 06, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Ugh. I got this nasty flu bug that's been swarming around town for a while now. I was so sick Thursday and Friday, but i'm feeling better now, thank goodness. We went out sledding again this afternoon. I was wiped out since I hadn't been feeling the best - but it was good to get outside and do something meaningful instead of lying on the couch complaining.

Still doing well, even with being sick i've managed to control my eating and stay focused. Today i've missed my vitamin intake, but will start again tomorrow.

This week starts those new yoga classes i've been talking about. I hope i'm ready for Tuesday - Monday will be a kickboxing night so we'll see what kind of shape i'm in for yoga on Tuesday. Hopefully all will go well.

Trying to plan a snowboarding trip, but will have to make some phone calls first as we're such amateurs (not even, we've never tried snowboarding before), to find out what we need to know about it. It's exciting though, trying new things. I swear someday we're going to go skydiving too, just have to find a day when bf is certain of his courageousness!!

amanda8419 on 01/06/2007:
i wish i could find a yoga class or some kind of fitness class but there is literally nothing in our area. have fun! and hope you feel better!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/07/2007:
If you are sore on Monday, I still urge you to go to yoga on tuesday. Yoga tends to relieve a lot of soreness and helps you feel better. however, since you are new to yoga, you may experience some muscle soreness after that also!

WorkingIt2 on 01/07/2007:
UGH I have the same thing for the last three days!! Nasty feeling. Glad to see you are feeling better. I have always wanted to snowboard! Looking forward to reading the details about your trip!

Moody on 01/07/2007:
Glad that you were feeling well enough to get outside for some fun!!

I am starting Yoga on Tuesdays too!! Wish me luck! LOL

smiley2 on 01/09/2007:
I always admire people with a sense of adventure! Hope you feel better soon though.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 02, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Today went well and now i'm off to bed - early to sleep, early to rise. Or so they say...I challenge that notion though, as I sure do love my sleep.

Crystal Light with water; two ham sandwiches; yogurt and vegetables with dip.

A friend talked me into going to the gym - I was going to go sledding again but boy does that workday wear a person out!! The gym was okay, did some treadmilling and stretching and called it a good 'back to the drawing board' day.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow since my cousin will be visiting for the night. He's added excitement to our lives a few times now with his guitar and zany attitude. My boyfriend also plays guitar, so it will be a sing-a-long night!

Today my pants are not so tight.

gogirl on 01/03/2007:
Canada! Sledding! wow how exciting! im inlondon so dont get much skiing here. usually just grey and rainy! make the most of it!! :-)

Moody on 01/03/2007:
Looks like you had a successful day!! Good for you!!

Have fun with your b/f and cousin~~sounds like a great way to spend the evening!

WorkingIt on 01/03/2007:
Hooray on the pants not being so tight! That makes a gal feel better instantly LOL

legcramps - Monday Jan 01, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Thank you for your comments! I do feel better now, just needed a little extra 'me time' I guess.

Today we went out to the park and went sledding with our dog and lots of other friends. It was so much fun! But i'm wiped right out now, and it's only 5pm. I think i'll take a nap.

Our New Year's party was amazing. We had so much fun playing games, watching the fireworks and having friends over. I had quite the spread of food laid out on the table, which we thoroughly enjoyed, might I add. Now it's back to the drawing board, and i've done quite well today:

Lots of crystal light and water, strawberries and a banana for lunch as I woke up later than usual and missed breakfast. And after our sledding experience (which lasted well over 2 hours), we made a batch of ham sandwiches and munched on crackers and cheese. I will have a light snack after my nap, and that will be my day. Back to work tomorrow, and I can truthfully say that i'm looking forward to getting back to the grind. Life is pretty darn good. We need to remember days like these more often.

All the best!

Moody on 01/01/2007:
Sounds like you had a blast today! Wish we had snow..lucky you!!

Last night sounded like fun too..Happy New Year!!

And yes, we do need to remember days like the one you just had more often!!

sasyredneckgirl on 01/01/2007:
sounds like you had a blast my son would love to go sledding!! we live next to a hill that they usually shut down if it gets to bad the cars cant go up or down it but unfortunatelly it hasnt been that bad since we have lived here.. but son always has his sled ready..

mattscat3295 on 01/01/2007:
You had so much fun and I can just imagine going sledding, if it would only snow here. I love playing in the snow and wish we could get one good snowfall in here sometime soon. Have a great day and Happy New Year!!!!!

toady on 01/01/2007:
I am jealous you got to go sledding. Here in Vermont we certainly haven't had to much snow. Sounds like you did really well today with the food and your drink choices. Good luck to you!

WorkingIt on 01/02/2007:
Sledding is so much fun! Nice to read that you had a better day!

legcramps - Friday Dec 29, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Christmas time has come and gone...and back to work for these bludgeoned and bloated fingers. Next year, i'm taking some extra time off during Christmas and New Year's. It was so busy that I had to escape it all by going to the office - but that didn't end too well because...I was going back to work.

I don't really have any good news; things are at a standstill and i'm just trying to sleep my ****iness away. Today was especially gruesome - I feel quite sorry in retrospect for the people who had to work with me all day long. The funny part is that I was waiting all day to tell someone off, but it never did happen. And I probably wouldn't have had the guts anyways. Bravo legcramps, I do believe you've reached a new 'low'. Not only depressing and angry, but now pessimistic and skulky on top of it all. Nah, it's not that bad.

BF has gone bowling tonight and so the dog and I are alone and I think he's feeling a little unattended. He's usually very happy to see me by the end of the workday, but today he just sort of sniffed at me and turned on his haunches. So we've been ignoring each other - he at one end of the house and I at the other. Yes, he's pulling attitude on me, and is quite right to do so as i'm not quite the most appealing person to be around. It will all change, doggie dearest, when I get my beauty rest.

Have just finished Anne Rice's book "Christ the Lord - Out of Egypt". This one has been on the backburner for a year now due to its' reviews, but I rather enjoyed it and am glad I opened my mind for the brief number of days it took to read. I went all hog-wild and even watched Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ". I'm glad the curiosity is out of my mind now.

Have a wonderful New Year's!

smiley2 on 12/30/2006:
Happy New Year! Hope you feel better soon x0x0x

Moody on 12/30/2006:
Hope you get plenty of rest and feel better..Take care.

WorkingIt on 12/30/2006:
I hope you feel better soon! Happy new Year!!

legcramps - Friday Dec 22, 2006

Weight: 0.0

The Ballroom Dancing is starting on the 18th of the New Year, and yoga will start on the 9th. I'm looking forward to both, especially now since there are no more classes to go to because of Christmas and New Year's and i'm putting on amazing amounts of weight. I really am. It's almost disgusting, but obviously not disgusting enough to make me stop. Every morning starts out great, but I end up stressing over the holidays or finding some other excuse to not think about how much i'm eating.

My back is almost killing me now - it seems ever since I went to that doctor's appointment i've been feeling pain every day, all through the day. It's funny how that is - I should have never gone but what if something would be wrong? Besides that, the doctor only told me that my muscles were enflamed. Wow. I didn't think chronic back pain for the last eight months could possibly be due to sore muscles. Gimme a break. I was so enormously angry with him that I said the next time i'd see him is when I can no longer get out of bed. I'm making an appt with another doc in the new year - one who wants my whole medical and health history before she even begins to figure out what's wrong with me. That sounds better, doesn't it?

Adding unneeded fuel to the fire is my unbearable clumsiness. I've now fallen off the front steps twice, slammed my toe into the table legs, twisted my ankle and have had a nasty rash entertain my entire face and neck for a whole day.

I think I might now hate winter. Or at least December.

But Merry Christmas anyways!

smiley2 on 12/26/2006:
Oh no, i hope things gets better for you soon! Hope you had a great X-mas. Wx

tourguidebarbie on 12/26/2006:
You are going to Ballroom dance? I'm so jealous! How exciting! I've always wanted to do that, but have been to scared... haha. :) ~*Renee*~

WorkingIt on 12/26/2006:
I think going to a new doctor is a very, very good idea. Especially in light of you falling down the steps and the other things you've mentioned. I think it is great that you are doing the dancing and yoga! I wish you the best for the new year!

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