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legcramps - Wednesday Jun 08, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 143.5

I started entering an entry yesterday and then got too busy to finish it. So i'll throw it into today's.

I left work early on Monday because I had this wicked toothache that just wouldn't go away. There was so much that I wanted to do that day, and I did nothing but whine and complain!

Yesterday was my first experience with Aquasize, which is basically aerobics in water. I have to say that it didn't go well. Firstly, it was freezing yesterday, with rain and wind during the whole day and only stopping briefly at moments. To add to that, the pool's heater was broken, and since it is an outside pool - that darn thing was pretty cold! I don't care what anyone says - no amount of warm-up exercises would have sufficed. Anyhow, about 30 minutes into it, I received a lovely LEG-CRAMP! True to my name, yesterday was a rough day for drinking water and I ended up not having near enough. Hence the legcramp. Plus, it was really cold and i'm not good with cold. I heard my teeth chattering almost the entire time I was in the pool. So, not a good experience. But i'm going back on Thursday night because I don't give up quite that easily. Besides, it can only get better!

Today I had toast for breakfast, i'll have a sandwich for lunch and some pasta and steamed carrots for dinner. I'm running out of groceries again. I'm supposed to play slo-pitch tonight, but it's been raining so much I think that's out of the question. So, time to jump on the bike.

geevee on 06/08/2005:
I had to quit swimming in January because the water was so cold that my hands and feet were numb and it felt like the Arctic Circle when I'd get out and my teeth would start chattering and I'd get the chills.

Well, I hope the pool's heater is repaired soon.

borntocry on 06/08/2005:
Hi legcramps,

You deserve a trophy for even attempting aerobics in freezing cold water. I wouldn't have gone anywhere near it. Hope it's more fun for you next time!

Oh, and thanks for the comment you left me. Yes, I think I will take your advice and force candies down everyone's throats, haha!

legcramps - Monday Jun 06, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 143.5

Nothing new to report so far. The weekend was as it usually is - an eating frenzy. Okay, so it wasn't as bad as usual because i'm trying to watch what I eat, but it was still worse than it was during the week. There is just so much more structure when i'm working than when i'm not. This is quite the challenge for me.

I will be attending an Aquasize class starting Tuesday and Thursday nights for one hour each night. I'm going with a friend, and i'm hoping it will be enough fun so that I keep doing it through the summer! It's cheap, too, which is a huge plus for me right now.

Today it's raw carrots with light ranch dressing, and two cheese and lettuce sandwiches on whole wheat bread. That's not including dinner for those of you who are wondering. I'm thinking chicken for dinner.

I have a lot to accomplish today, so I should get in my exercise no problem.

borntocry on 06/07/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Surely you aren't serious about having consumed the same amount of calories as I did last weekend! I never thought I would find anyone as gluttonous as myself - although geevee and Runner have come close at times, haha!

Seriously, though, I have the same problem as you do with weekends. Weekdays are so much easier for me. I think you're right - it's because they're more structured. I skip breakfast (no time), have lunch, then maybe have one snack in the afternoon, and then I go home and there's only a small window of time before dinner where I could do any significant damage. Whereas on weekends I find myself just eating constantly!

Do you think the solution is to try to keep ourselves busier on weekends? I've found that the only thing which works for me is to rid my house of all forms of temptation - which isn't very easy when you don't live alone.

As for whether I had a good time on my trip, I guess it was nice to see my family again as it had been a while, but it's always a bit stressful being around my husband and my little brother. Both of them are used to having my undivided attention and they can get a bit competitive at times. Which is very stressful for me and of course that just drives me to eat more, as always!

TheMother on 06/07/2005:
Hi there:

I was wondering where you were! Glad to see you're back. Hope things are going well for you. Enjoy your clas to tonight. What is Aquasize - is it doing exercises in water? Anyway - enjoy!

Have a GREAT day!


legcramps - Thursday Jun 02, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 142.5

I'm not sure what's up with the pound-a-day thing, it really seems kind of odd doesn't it? I weigh myself every morning at the same time with the same amount of clothing on. Well, who knows. It's going down and that's all that matters right now.

Yesterday was good - I seem to be doing alright so far. Of course, it's only been a few days on diet diaries again, but it really does seem to be helping.

Today: veggies and dip in the morning, then i'll have to find a sandwich from somewhere because i'm not working today and there's nothing in the house I can use for sandwiches. Especially not the white bread that my boyfriend insisted on buying last week. Fortunately, I have no need for white bread anymore and haven't had one piece in a very long time. Anyhow, basically the same thing i've been eating all this week. Why change it while it works?

I've already done my biking for the day, so all that's left is taking the dogs for a walk. I'm sure i'll get that in, as long as it doesn't rain. Yesterday ball was cancelled due to rain, so all I got in was a walk with the dogs. I still lost a pound though, so i'm not beating myself up over it. So that's about it for today. I won't be able to post tomorrow until later on in the day because I have to take Willow to the airport in the early morning. Talk to you when I talk to you!

borntocry on 06/03/2005:
Odd? I think it's great! Way to go!

I also like to stick to the same food for several days in a row if it's working. I don't seem to get tired of things as easily as other people.

Oh, and I've also noticed that my need for white bread, and even just bread in general, has really decreased lately. I used to be so totally addicted to bread and pasta - of course, I couldn't see that at the time and thought that I just really liked them. I used to hate all those Atkins people for trashing my favourite foods. But now I can sort of see their point. I mean, not that there's anything wrong with bread and pasta per se but I used to have them in such huge quantities, and adding so many empty calories to my diet!

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 01, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 143.5

Yesterday I managed to drag my butt home on my bike, lay down on the couch and fall asleep for 2 hours! It was busy again at work, and I was running around so much I don't honestly believe that I accomplished anything.

Today is veggies with dip and a sandwich for lunch. Dinner might be rushed because I play ball tonight, so I might end up getting a sub or something like that.

I did not bike to work today as I was deterred by the amount of rain that was falling. I don't wish to walk around the hospital looking like a drowned rat. So after work if I can keep my butt off the couch, i'll try to get on the stationary bike for 20 minutes. Operative word being "try". Gosh, i'm negative today, aren't I?! Tonight I have an hour and a half of ball, which may or may not be enough exercise for me today. Maybe I should also walk or ride my bike to and from ball. We'll see.

This weekend i'll be shopping with a friend for her wedding dress. We've gone once already, where she tried on at least 12 or 13 dresses. You should have seen how stressed and flushed she looked afterwards! It should be fun!


Does anyone know how to change your diary's e-mail address? I need to change mine because I don't use it anymore, but I don't know how.

jolt on 06/01/2005:
I know what you mean about no feeling like you accomplished all that much at all! You can do it! Hang in there!



borntocry on 06/01/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Sounds like you're doing really well. So you work in a hospital? What do you do?

I loved your comment about guys feeling guilty just to get attention. It's so true! Every time my husband feels guilty about something, he inevitably gets upset at <i>me</i> for not doing enough to reassure him! Like, shouldn't <i>he</i> be the one trying to make up for whatever it is he feels so guilty about?

As for the movie, it wasn't as bad as I had expected, but maybe that's just because I found the first two really boring and irritating and was expecting more of the same from the third. But my husband, who liked the first two, seemed a bit let down by this one. He said it was a bit too predictable - but just because the series is a prequel to the original, so everyone kind of knows more or less how it's going to end.

biscottibody59 on 06/01/2005:
Hi good to see you're back--I know it's tough--we'll do okay if we break it down, I just know it. I don't want to be 15 pounds MORE 3 months from now!

As for the email if you click on "Diet Diaries" in the top menu then click on "Your Info" down at the bottom and then go from there.

Also the webmaster now actually answers his? email since the changeover.

I wish you the best, keep up the good work!

Runner on 06/02/2005:
HI, there! I just got caught up on your entries! I'm glad you're back...I wondered where you were! Congrats on your new low weight!!!

legcramps - Tuesday May 31, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 144.5

Today I brought veggies to work with light ranch dressing, and i'll pick up a sandwich for lunch. They're so cheap from the cafeteria here it's almost useless to make my own. Less work for me = one much happier girl!

After work yesterday I ended up on the couch doing nothing. I had biked to work, then ran around the hospital almost the entire day, then biked home. Around 2:30 I was so tired that I had conjured up a headache the size of Mount Everest and all I wanted to do was sleep. So I curled up, threw a blanket over my head, and ignored my puppies completely. When bf got home from work he could tell I wasn't feeling well - he went straight to the medicine cabinet and got out two advil with water for me. Then he even took care of dinner. I felt so much better after that (it's always nice to have someone take care of you!) and was able to continue on with my day. Thank goodness for huge favors!

I biked to work again today (don't I ever learn?!). bf has a fastball game tonight, so i'll walk out there with one of the dogs but otherwise won't get much exercise in.

jolt on 05/31/2005:
You can do it! Way to go on the biking! Thats great exercise. Sorry about the headache glad the other half took care of you.


borntocry on 06/01/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Oh, your boyfriend is so sweet to you! That's nice. I wish my husband would take care of dinner some day. Although I shudder to think of the disaster zone the kitchen would become if he ever decided to try...

Thanks for the comment you left me. I have also been faced with temptation at work recently. We have a new boss and by chance someone had brought in some goodies on his first day here, so he got the idea that this was standard practice (which it totally wasn't) and started bringing treats in all the time. That encouraged other people to do the same and now someone brings something almost every day!

legcramps - Monday May 30, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 146.0

Hello all - thanks so much for the warm welcome. I was so ashamed to come back with my weight like this, but I need to own up to it and I don't want to lose this support group.

Today i'm having raw veggies with light ranch dressing to snack on during the day, salad for lunch and probably get a sandwich from the cafeteria here (they're very healthy - turkey on multi-grain kind of stuff), then i'm having steak and salad for dinner. I have fruit at home to snack on as well, but since i'm playing ball tonight I might not have time to eat it! Wouldn't that be nice....

Chewy (my doggie) is doing very well. I've been looking after my brother's dogs for the last few weeks as well (a 12 yr old Golden Retriever and a 2yr old ****-zu cross Japanese Chin), and all three of them are quite the handful. Chewy gets very jealous when I pay attention to the others, so we've had some fighting going on. They're getting used to each other now though. I'm hoping Chewy won't miss them too much when they leave.

I biked to work this morning, and i'll bike back home as well. I hope to play ball for 1.5 hours and then take the dogs for a walk. That will be enough exercise for today.

Until next time!

geevee on 05/30/2005:
Thank God for DD's, right? You'll be surprised how fast all those good habits you established will come back to you in no time at all. You're not that far off the mark so don't worry about it. It's a beautiful time of the year and time to use up all kinds of energy.

borntocry on 05/31/2005:
Hi legcramps,

You seem to be back on track already! I always think of you as such an active person, and that doesn't seem to have changed despite your busy schedule.

Thanks for your comment, by the way. Yes, it is nice to get compliments on my running - I can't believe that I am now in a position to inspire others! It wasn't so long ago that I despaired of even running one lap around the track without collapsing in agony!

legcramps - Friday May 27, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 146.0

I just don't know how I got here. And why i've been gone so long.

The past few months (actually, around 4 months) have been so stressful. I've embraced everything with confidence in myself, but unfortunately my diet has gone by the wayside because of too many other things to deal with. Last week, starting on Monday, I worked my tail end off to start losing weight again. I was at 147.5 pounds. By the end of the week, I was down to 144.5 pounds. Then Sunday night I went out to a barbeque and polished off far too many beer. Monday A&W was too tantalizing to pass up, and so, obviously, some of that weight I lost came back on. I don't want to sound idiotic here, but I feel absolutely worthless right now. I sit on the couch when I get home from work and I just can't move, falling asleep almost immediately. I haven't wanted to post for the longest time because I had nothing good to report - all I was doing was eating, sleeping, and doing a little bit of work. I hate winter. It does that to me all the time.

Anyways, on to better things:

I miss you all very much and am quite happy to be back. HOWEVER, I don't know how much time i'll have to write. I'm kept very busy at my new job and, like I said, by the time I get home i'm done for the night. But I will update as much as I can, and I look forward to reading your posts again! Borntocry, you're doing so well! Good for you!

Morning: 50g bag of 0 trans fat pretzels (190 cals) Lunch: 2 cups ch.ceasar salad without the dressing (174 cals) Afternoon: protein bar (250 cals) Dinner: 6oz steak with 1 cup ww pasta without sauce (529 cals) Evening: protein bar (250 cals)

Exercise: 20 minutes stationary bike, 5 minutes stepper (have to start off slow!), 45 minutes walking dogs

Oh, wish me luck 'cause I have a strange 'deja-vu' feeling that i'm really going to need it.....

geevee on 05/27/2005:
I've missed your entries, Legcramps, and welcome you back! Don't worry about the last 4 months. I've gone nowhere for five! My whole effort has been to minimize GAINING! Forget about losing! Can't do that when the pool temperature is too low and I can't swim. What a lesson it was for me. I HAVE to exercise or I can't lose weight. Simple, right? I wish it were!

Anyway, I'm glad you're back to join the struggle. Just being with the group will give you the energy to log on to read comments and give you inspiration.

Umpqua on 05/27/2005:
Hi legcramps, good to see you back here! I was wondering what became of you. I prefer the warm weather too, and now is a great time to get back on track. How is your puppy doing? I'll but he's not puppy size anymore :)

Jennifer68 on 05/27/2005:
Welcome back. You probably won't recognize my name cuz I'm still fairly new. I've found that a short workout in the morning-- less than 30 minutes, really helps me throughout the day and then if for some reason I am way too tired in the evening to workout (which I often am), I have already done some activity and don't have to feel too guilty.

Good luck on your next chapter of the journey. Jen

borntocry on 05/28/2005:
Oh legcramps, you're back!! I have missed you so much. Not a day went by that I didn't think of you. I'm so happy to hear from you again!

I'm sorry that you've been having a tough time lately. It is always hard to get used to a more demanding and time-consuming job. Many people I know - including myself - gained a lot of weight when they first started working. It's hard to adjust to a different schedule. But the good news is that you do eventually adjust! With the warm weather on the way I am sure you will be back to your active, healthy self in no time!

legcramps - Friday Feb 25, 2005

Weight: 0.0

Yesterday: waffles with margarine and syrup, 2 oatmeal cookies, 2oz chicken breast, 1c spaghetti and 1/2c potatoes with ketchup. Then I went out for coffee with friends and had about four cups of coffee.

Plan for Today: I woke up with ten minutes to spare to get to work, so obviously I missed breakfast. I might grab something from the cafeteria but i'm not terribly hungry yet so why? Leftover chicken for the rest of the day, and yogurt too.

I didn't have a good day yesterday at work. My printer wasn't working, then a program was screwing up. I won't get into it, but I basically spent the whole day running around calling ten million people to fix my problems. When something like this happens and i'm not able to fix it - I turn into a crazy person. I was so very angry yesterday that I gave myself a headache. I went to the chiropractor right afterwards, and while sitting in the office waiting to see him I got so sick I had to run to the bathroom and sit with my head between my legs. I tell 'ya, I can sure stress myself out sometimes...

I want to stay at home tonight and spend some quality time with bf. That's all for today, then I can return to reality tomorrow.

Goethe: "We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden."

borntocry on 03/12/2005:
legcramps, where are you? It's been ages since you last posted. I miss you, and I'm beginning to panic!

legcramps - Thursday Feb 24, 2005

Weight: 0.0

Well, that was worthwhile. For some reason my post didn't...well...post. Forget that noise, I ain't doin' it all over again.

I ate food yesterday, I had exercise yesterday, I complained about yesterday. That's all you need to know anyhow, right?

"I've learned that things change, people change, and it doesn't mean you forget the past or try to cover it up. It simply means that you move on, and treasure the memories." -Unknown

borntocry on 02/25/2005:
Oh legcramps, you actually noticed that I've started running twice a week!! That brought a huge smile to my face!

It happened because I spent a weekend in London, so I made sure to run the Wednesday before and then the Wednesday after so as not to go two weeks without running. And then I thought - why not just continue running on Wednesdays as well as on the weekends? It's been a bit difficult to get used to it - that's why I'm so pleased that someone actually noticed! Thanks so much!

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 23, 2005

Weight: 129.0

Yesterday: egos with margarine and syrup, 1 serving crackers, 2eggs with ketchup and a dinner bun, turkey, ham and bacon sub with cheese and lettuce.

Plan for Today: I had a waffle for breakfast, with margarine and syrup, 1.5 servings crackers, another turkey, ham and bacon sandwich with lettuce (no cheese), and i don't know what for dinner. Good plan, huh?

I'm just drinking water like crazy today. It's soooo dry in here it's really not funny. Everytime I touch the file cabinets I get a mega-size shock. I'm getting electrocuted at work. That's gotta be a health and safety hazard, no?

I didn't go to the meeting last night. I played hooky, and instead I carried two more loads of my things to BF's. Now my old place is starting to empty out. BF asked me if i'm going to miss my apartment. I already do! I loved my place, it really suited me with the retro walls, the wierd floors and the old rickety staircase. But when i'm over there now, if i'm by myself, I feel extremely lonely and I don't like being there. So i'm ready to move, but i'll just miss having a place of my own. That's all.

Chewy's back in action. It didn't take him long to start jumping up on me again. He has a new trick now. He thinks if he can't see us, he's not supposed to hear us either, and totally ignores us when we're out of eye-shot. We have to train the little bugger to stick with us instead of hobbling down the block in his lopsided swagger without a care in the world.

Tonight is more packing and carrying, and I really need to get outside and go for a walk. This winter season is really taking it's toll on me and I don't feel like doing anything. If I can push myself to walk I might feel better tomorrow at least. Bye!

borntocry on 02/24/2005:
What happened to Chewie? Did he actually need surgery? I was reading your previous entries and didn't understand.

Thanks for all the advice you gave me. No, of course it isn't just another opinion that I don't need to hear! I really value your advice - there aren't a lot of people with whom I can talk about my problems with my husband. I can't really talk to my friends and family members because they all know him now and I wouldn't want to inadvertantly affect his relationship with them.

I totally agree with you that a person's regional or cultural background isn't an excuse for their behaviour! Although my husband is pure-bred American so it isn't like he could use that as an excuse anyway. And you're right, I think he does want to be nicer to me - he often says he feels bad that he never does any of the cooking and cleaning - but at the same time I feel like the change has to come from him for it to be sincere.

Oh well, things are improving slightly between us and he seems to be vaguely aware of what he's done wrong, so maybe there's hope for him yet...!

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