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legcramps - Thursday Aug 24, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Last night involved a hike with Chewy for 45 minutes out in the bush, which was amazingly fun. It's interesting how I forget so quickly the fact that I love just being in the outdoors; how sunsets, wind and silence looks and sounds and feels. Lovely, perfectly lovely.

I had a turkey sandwich for dinner with chef's salad.

This morning I went to the gym and worked out on the elliptical, the recumbant bike, and did some floor exercises. I had a big breakfast of rye toast and eggs, and i'm already gunning for 12:00 so that I can eat some more. I know there's a sandwich already made, just sitting in the fridge calling my name - and there's still leftover chef's salad too. My plan is to eat it all. Yes, i'm hungry today.

In other news, it's a generally good day today (knock on wood). I almost can't believe it. I was relatively busy this morning, which makes the days go by so much faster and i'm glad for it today because I got home fairly late last night from my boyfriend's fastball game. BTW, we won! So that's it, they're the league champs and got a huge trophy to carry around with them and everything. Very proud of them, they really brought it all to the table and made that game something to watch. BF was doing badly in the beginning with his hitting, but after I showed up 20 minutes late, he really started cranking those singles.

I forgot - I had a beer last night with the team. Then I took off out of the bar before someone could buy me another one....

WorkingIt on 08/24/2006:
What a beautiful walk! That must be very theraputic! LOL I know what you mean about the hungry days...right now, I'm in that 'not really hungry' phase but I know in a couple weeks, I'll have a couple HUNGRY days. Congrats on stopping at one beer and congrats to your boyfriend and team!

borntocry on 08/24/2006:
Oh, you brought your boyfriend luck! My husband always seems to lose when I'm around, whereas he usually wins when I'm not there (or so he says, haha!).

You're doing great - keep it up!

Brian's girl on 08/24/2006:
I love the elliptical, it has really given me the motivation to continue to exercise, now if I can just put a t.v. into it, lol but then again I can see the t.v. that is in the treadmill but I must shift my neck the whole time...sore it is now.

Your walk sounds heavenly...enjoy them for me too...thanks.


Brian's girl on 08/24/2006:
You should totally make your BF buy the trampoline for you...lol. I love the large one we have, the kids have also loved it too. Yeah you are right, it kicks your butt and gets the heartrate up and fast.

See ya


becca27 on 08/24/2006:
Out in the bush? Where on earth are you???

Congrats on winning the game!!

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 23, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I went to the grocery store yesterday and bought myself a chicken salad sandwich on ww for dinner. I was craving it and didn't really want to make it myself. I also picked up a tray of veggies that we seem to be munching on so far, so I might continue this easy alternative. Along with that I also had a small container of potato salad. I must be craving miracle whip! Or a miracle, and my crazy mind is distorting it into food. I chomped down two fat free popsicles as well.

I took Chewy for a long walk yesterday and had a good talk with him. He stuck close to me during the walk - I think he was scared he would lose me. I promised to pay more attention to him and he wagged his tail and motioned for me to hurry up and walk faster. It was so warm outside that when we finally got home my clothes were soaked right through and I was actually warm (i'm usually always cold). Anyways, he stayed mostly right behind me, often bumping his head into my legs. I am going to start showing him how to get home from different points in town. I'm hoping that if he catches an area's scent he'll be able to find his way home, if he ever gets lost again.

This morning I woke up early and went to the gym, worked on the treadmill and did my weights. I like the early morning workouts but we'll see how long I can go before it burns me out. I've never been a morning person.

Breakfast was a cup of peaches in syrup and a bite or two of leftover mac n' cheese. Lunch was leftovers.

WorkingIt on 08/23/2006:
I'm glad Chewy is doing better! And good deal on the walking! I go through miracle whip cravings as well lol. I am not a morning workout person at all. Not enough energy for me to feel like I am doing anything other than doing it half-way. I think I lasted for two weeks doing morning workouts LOL. Looks like you had a great day!

borntocry on 08/24/2006:
Ohh, Chewy will get over it soon! I think it's a great idea to teach him how to get home from different parts of town, though!

I know what you mean about those early morning workouts. I do them occasionally when I'm on holiday in America (and when I say "early morning", I mean any time before noon - that's how NOT a morning person I am!) and I must say, it feels great for the rest of the day. I'm actually thinking of getting back into that, because my legs are so stiff in the evenings after sitting at my desk all day, and I think that could be making me more prone to injury (yep, still in this injury obsession mode).

Thanks for your comment. My race is on Sunday - this Sunday!! Hence the panic/stress/confusion. I don't really have the time to "ease" myself back into running, although of course that would be best. I did run a slow four miles on Monday and now I'm going to try a couple of miles today, so that I'm not just going out and running a half-marathon after doing nothing for two weeks!

Becca27 on 08/24/2006:
I, too, like early morning workouts but I don't appreciate them until they're over!

I live in a very small "hick" town, but for some bizarre reason, it is the home to the most amazing health club I've ever been a member of. Until 5 years ago, I lived in a suburb of Philadelphia in a very pretentious town with gobs and gobs of filthy rich people. I always joined the YMCAs because I couldn't afford more. We moved here and I found this jewel of a place that is better than anything I've ever been part of - they're quite amazing - it's a little oasis in this dessert of a town - We don't even have a real grocery store! Anyway - I feel very blessed and they are always on the cutting edge of fitness trends, so I will definitely be trying "iron yoga" and I will let everyone know how it is!

I'm glad Chewie had a better walk!

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 22, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I really think that everytime I log back onto DietDiaries, things in my life start going wrong....

I had a slo-pitch wind-up on Saturday and although the wind-up itself was awesome, some other events of the night were not. My boyfriend and I set up tent in the park, where we were holding the bbq party. To make a long story short - my boyfriend was terribly ill all over the inside of our tent and I got a little pissy with him and walked home, leaving Chewy with him. The next morning bf anxiously confessed that he had lost Chewy sometime in the night. We spent five hours looking for him, thinking the worst had happened. I finally gave up, trying to accept the fact that we were probably not going to see him again. And then God stepped in - yesterday the dog catcher phoned and said she had found him about two blocks away from our house, sitting in the middle of the street. He seems to be a little angry with us for leaving him alone so long, and I don't blame him one bit. For the last few days i've been wishing that my life would be boring; that nothing like this would happen; I could even handle nothing extremely good happening as long as nothing this terrible runs through my life again. Isn't it just like a knife in the heart to have to think of anyone or anything suffering through two lonely days like that? And I think I can't be a very good dog owner if the only dog i've ever owned is only 2 years old and we've lost him twice now? TWICE.

Yesterday my boyfriend had another fastball game, so no exercise. I ate some leftovers for lunch and got a chicken sub for dinner from Subway.

Maybe in a couple of days there will be a bright, sun-shiney story to tell!

borntocry on 08/22/2006:
That other time you lost him didn't it actually turn out to be some kids that stole him, or something? I don't know... seem to remember some kids being involved in that saga. And this time it was your boyfriend that lost him, not you! So don't blame yourself. Chewy will forget all about it in a couple of days.

I know how you feel, though. I wish nothing would ever happen in my life either. And it's not like anything truly terrible has ever even happened to me. But still my life isn't as uneventful and boring as I would like!

WorkingIt on 08/22/2006:
aaww...don't worry. My cat escaped the house and was lost for a week. A very kind stranger picked her up and took her home. My cat didn't eat for a week! The lady finally put a "found" ad in the paper and I went and brought her home. It took her three months to get back to feeling 'right' because the experience shocked her system so badly. She is back to being the same loveable, sweetheart she always was and is very happy and content at home. Don't beat yourself up. I work in the shelter and there are plenty of doggies that get picked up who 'escaped' and they forgive instantly and love you immediately. Don't stress yourself over thinking your dog won't love you, dogs always love their owners. Look at how many owners abuse their dogs and the dog will still lick their faces and love on them. Chewy will be ok.

LOL I would have left him in the nasty tent as well. You'll be ok, just going through a slight slump. And the depression and sadness you feel is because you aren't doing the things you like for yourself. Like exercise. I wish you the best =)

shellybelly on 08/22/2006:
Awwww...things will be good soon. Good to hear your dog is ok. My bf and I have a crazy little beagle and he is our child. If anything were to happen to him we'd go nuts!

Umpqua on 08/23/2006:
That's horrible, but Chewy will get over it. You have every right to be mad at your boyfriend though. We've had quite a few escapades with our dog and cats over the years, I guess it's just part of animal ownership. I think we'll have to be a bit more careful when this baby comes though ;)

borntocry on 08/23/2006:
Hi legcramps,

Thanks for your comment. You're the only person so far who has told me to go ahead with the race! I must admit I am a bit skeptical of this advice, hehe, but thanks for the encouragement!

legcramps - Friday Aug 18, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Oh, i'm so glad it's Friday! I always feel so exhausted after the week is over and I agree with one of borntocry's comments - how does anyone manage to do ANYTHING on the weekends after five whole days of work!!!

Tuesday: I went to the gym and jogged on the treadmill. It was such a crazy day that I only managed a few minutes and walked the rest of the time. For some reason, I just wanted to get the heck out of there. I did 20 balance ball crunches, opted against weights and headed home.

Wednesday: My boyfriend had a ball game so I didn't make it to the gym or do any exercise.

Yesterday: I went to the gym, jogged and walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes, did 20 balance ball crunches and weights. Again I didn't do as much jogging as I wanted, but it sure was better than Tuesday.

We took Chewy for a walk after supper too, that took about an hour because the Bylaw Officer stopped us on the way home to give us heck for leaving Chewy off his leash. It's funny thinking back on it now - Chewy usually walks with us very well without the lease and won't escape into someone's yard or go running after another dog. As soon as the "white truck" (as we've dubbed it) pulled over next to us, Chewy took off across the street. I had to go running after him, leash trailing behind me, as my boyfriend took the rap from the Bylaw Officer. At the time I was extremely ashamed and embarassed, but now I keep picturing myself running after this huge dog, yelling at him to stop, leash streaming out from underneath my jacket, plastic bags falling out of my pockets and Chewy prancing around like he's just won over the heart of the world!

By 9:30pm I was crawling up the stairs and into bed, the dog following closely behind me. We were pooped, him and I.

Becca27 on 08/18/2006:
I love your Chewy stories! I'm glad you're back! Jogging on the treadmill for 45 minutes is a great workout! I hope you have a good weekend!

Thanks for your comments and encouragement!

Umpqua on 08/18/2006:
It's so good to hear from you, and I'm glad all is well with you, your boyfriend and Chewy (although I see he's still getting into troulbe)! Sounds like things are going well on the exercise front too. I hope you have a great weekend :)

Soon2BThin on 08/18/2006:
I think a leash is a good idea also in case another dog comes along, you will have better control on separating them. It's not Chewy you have to worry about---although his little jaunt away from you was a surprise---it's the other dogs that may be loose that you have to worry about and protect him from. Anyway it looks like you're doing great with the exercise. And welcome back!

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 15, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Hi everyone....

I can see that i've missed a lot of time in here - it has flown by so quickly that I can't remember the last time I even logged on to read your journals, nevermind commenting in my own.

Since January i've prepared and taken a trip to Scotland and the Netherlands, moved jobs three times, was maid of honour in my best friend's wedding and enjoyed the company of my brother's twin girls, who are now six months old! Weekends were spent playing ball, watching ball, and eating ball - with the occasional jaunt to the lake for rest and relaxation. Anyhoo, i'm attempting to make an entry so that my enthusiasm for living healthy can be re-enforced. So here I am! I've missed reading your entries and can't wait to catch up with you - I feel quite embarassed that i've been gone this long.

I've started in a new gym, for women only, and it's perfectly lovely. It's got everything I need, and along with walking the dog and going kayaking and rollerblading I am getting tons of exercise in. I also have a new workout partner. Not so much partner as competitor - we rant and rave at each other when one is doing better than the other! She has already saved me by dragging my butt off the couch and making me go to the gym.

K y'all, talk to you later.

jolt on 08/15/2006:
WELCOME BACK! sounds like you have been busy! I am glad you have a workout partner, sometimes thats what we need to get moving foward.

See ya soon



borntocry on 08/15/2006:
Hi babe,

I missed you loads. How is Chewie? And the boyfriend?

Your new gym sounds great, and so does the new workout partner/competitor! You always did get such a variety of exercise. I'm quite jealous!

Becca27 on 08/15/2006:
Hey there! It's great to hear that you've been busy doing fun things over the year. Don't be embarassed - I was gone much longer and came back into the swing of things at the end of May. I've thought about you several times, though, and have sweet memories of your "Chewie" stories.

It's great to have an exercise partner who will challenge you! Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world!

Good Luck!!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/16/2006:
Welcome back!! I've been wondering what you've been up to! :o)

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 25, 2006

Weight: 0.0

Aha, two days in a row.

January 25th:

1 cup coffee with milk and sugar, over 4 litres of watery iced tea, 2 cups brown rice, 4 oz sirloin tip steak with cooked veggies. Possibly raw veggies with dip after my workout. Exercise: Gym - jogging 15 minutes out of 30 total. Also 10 minutes on the stairclimber at level 3.

borntocry on 01/26/2006:
Wow, you're really chugging that watery iced tea, aren't you? And well done on the exercise front too. Keep it up!

becca27 on 01/27/2006:
Hi Legcramps!!!

borntocry on 03/23/2006:
Hey legcramps,

Long time, no see. What's up?

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 24, 2006

Weight: 0.0

I have, it seems, effortlessly managed to not weigh myself and yet still keep on working out and eating right. How's that?

Can't catch up on a whole week - I didn't start writing things down so it would sound the same as my last entry. I'll start from yesterday.

January 23rd, 2006:

1 cup coffee with milk and sugar, over 2 litres of watery iced tea, 2 cups Kraft Alfredo I think it's called, 1 cup brown rice, 4 oz round steak, and a gathering of raw veggies with light dip. I also managed to dip my fingers into a handfull of trail mix. Exercise: I went to the gym (still can't find a swimsuit - procrastinator that I am) and jogged 10 minutes out of 25 total. Also went on the elliptical for 10 minutes, at an average speed of 3.1. Is that good???

January 24th, 2006:

1 cup coffee with milk and sugar, over 4 litres of watery iced tea, 2 cups brown rice, a gathering again of raw veggies with light dip and a buttertart square. Exercise: Gym - jogged 15 minutes out of 30 total and stairclimber for 10 minutes at interval level 3. There are ten levels, but I figured #3 would kick my butt, and it did. Point taken, thank you very much.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 17, 2006

Weight: 0.0

January 12th:

Coffee, over 2 litres of watery iced tea and I know I ate but I can't remember what. Exercise was at the gym. 25 minutes jogging, total time on the treadmill was 40 minutes.

January 13th:

Coffee, over 2 litres of watery iced tea and I guess I need to start writing down what I eat because I forget. Oh yeah - dinner was ceasar salad, chicken fingers and some fries. Exercise was non-existant - terrible day at work.

January 14th:

Coffee, over 2 litres of water, a cheese biscuit, toast with eggs and hashbrowns, 2 pieces of a loaded pizza. Exercise was 4 hours of driving - does that count?

January 15th:

Coffee, NO water today! French toast for breakfast along with trail mix throughout the day and two pieces of bread with light margarine. Some walking.

January 16th:

Coffee, over 4 litres of watery iced tea, leftover ceasar salad and chicken fingers, pork skewers with red peppers, broccoli and carrots. Exercise again non-existent. My bathing suit has holes in it and I can't find my other ones. Another terrible day at work.

January 17th:

Coffee, over 2 litres of watery iced tea, veggies with dip, pork stir-fry with rice. Exercise will be a walk with the dog. Jog? *sigh* I probably should, yes.

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 11, 2006

Weight: 0.0

January 10th:

Dinner was 2 cups of caesar salad and a piece of garlic toast. Over 2 litres of watery iced tea, and some coffee. The salad didn't sit well with my stomach, and I struggled through the 10 minute jog. The slower I went the easier it was (duh) so I kept it at a low pace tonight. Total walk 45 minutes.


1 cup caesar salad (do I really want to try it again?!), 1 cup of mixed raw veggies with dip, soup for dinner. Exercise - gym night tonight. Going for 25 minutes of jogging.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 10, 2006

Weight: 0.0

January 9th:

I did not have the pizza. Yay me. I did however have a slice of french bread with creamy crab filling.

January 10th:

1 slice french bread with creamy crab filling, 2 cups brown rice. Dinner is raw veggies with dip and maybe cream of broccoli soup. Exercise tonight is walking the dog with the infamous 10 minute jog.

My boyfriend says that my digital scale is broken. He thinks he weighs less than what he actually is. That would really suck for me. I don't think i'll be weighing myself much anymore. It kind of ruined my day when he told me that.

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