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legcramps - Friday Aug 19, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 135.5

Yesterday was a terrible day for me. I made a rather large error at work and kind of got reamed out over it, which almost put me in tears. No, i'm not a perfectionist, I just take criticism very badly. Anyways, from then on my day went from bad to worse. It was nice to go golfing after work, but I had so much on my mind that it was hard to let it all go out on the course. Ah well, it happens and I have to get over it. This morning is not starting out all that great either. We're renting a cabin this weekend with friends, and if I dare to take my work home with me it won't be a relaxing weekend at all. On the positive side, my back is not hurting at all today and my mind is clear enough to at least struggle through whatever today will bring!

food: 1 serving plain tacos, granola bar, salad, granola bar, ham and cheese sub 6" on brown. I might have some coffee as well. It's a coffee-drinking day I think.

exercise: we're on the road as soon as possible after work today, so no exercise for me, except for lifting a beer to my lips tonight.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! And thanks for the comments!

sweetpea1977 on 08/19/2005:
Thanks for the comment you left me. My dog will deeply appreciate the compliments you gave her. :o) Your dog sounds quite cute as well.

I too take criticism very badly and it ends up ruining my whole day. I think it had to do with the way I was brought up...thanks dad!

Anyway, leave your work at home and ENJOY this weekend. Perhaps go on a hike while at the cabin and finish the day with a refreshing beer. Have fun!

borntocry on 08/19/2005:
Hi legcramps,

What a coincidence - the same thing is happening to me at this very moment. I'm currently embroiled in a horrible crisis situation at work and debating whether or not to ruin my whole weekend by taking a bunch of print-outs home with me to pore over in a desperate attempt to find a solution. In fact I was getting so depressed about it that I thought I'd read a few entries to clear my head a bit. But no, you had to go and remind me!

I don't think you should take work home with you - you probably won't get anything done and it will just stress you out unnecessarily. Well, that's been my experience with bringing work home. I'd say go and have a fun weekend with your friends at the cabin, and then you'll go back to work refreshed on Monday morning and the criticism will just roll off you like water off a duck's back!

geevee on 08/19/2005:
Mull these ideas over. "As you think, so you feel." "Thinking makes it so."

Nothing is gained from negative thought, and though it isn't easy to do, concentrate on every positive you can and enjoy your weekend. You'll feel so much better.

legcramps - Thursday Aug 18, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 135.5

Well, since I am jogging more lately, i've also been eating more. I just can't seem to win!

I went jogging again last night, but could only do the same distance as the time before. But i'm okay with that. I waited a few days before going again, and that's most likely why it was harder for me. I could possibly have gone further, but I wasn't in the mood to push myself, and I was developing chest pains anyways. We went out for dinner yesterday after getting groceries and re-filling my prescription. I had a chicken burger with fries. I know, really, you don't have to tell me! Anyways, after that we walked to my grandma's to see some relatives, then took the dog for a jog.

food: 1 serving plain tacos, granola bar, salad, granola bar, chicken with cooked veggies.

exercise: As long as it isn't raining, i'm going golfing with some friends tonight. Among other things, but this will be a nice break from having to......think so much.

borntocry on 08/18/2005:
Hi legcramps,

I think you're doing great with the jogging. You can't expect to keep adding a lap every time you go. It's pretty amazing that you've managed to keep increasing your distance up to this point. And you may need to eat more now because your muscles are growing stronger and burning more calories. Personally I have found that running seems to decrease my appetite (or maybe it's just that the time I now spend running would normally have been spent sitting around at home eating!).

Thanks for the comment you left me, despite your mind not being all here!

Runner on 08/18/2005:
HI, legcramps! I agree with BTC...my appetite usually decreases with more running, although my brain likes to tell me that I deserve to eat more! So I often eat more calories than I actually need. I can't seem to win, either! But at least you are running...and the exercise is good for your body!

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 17, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Not feeling well today. I slept through most of the night yesterday after work, with some Advil and a heating pad. My back is hurting considerably, so I don't know how much I can do. I also really need to get groceries for this weekend and re-fill a prescription before tommorow, so that might take up most of my evening tonight.

As usual, I am staggering under the pressure of having too much to do. I need to relax, list and prioritize, and then just do it. I know this, but my head is spinning and I can't make it stop!

food: granola bar, macaroni salad, coleslaw and caesar salad, one hot dog with cheese, a scoop of mocha ice cream (it was our staff appreciation bbq today), granola bar, chicken with cooked veggies.

exercise: I don't know...

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 16, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Well, I went for coffee with a friend last night instead of going jogging, so even though it's cold as heck here today I want to hit the track later on.


food: coffee, diet pepsi, ham and cheese sandwich on brown, granola bar, chicken with cooked veggies.

exercise: jogging with dog

I'm so angry with my dog right now. This morning I woke up to a beautiful array of shredded paper in the computer room. He chewed up almost all of my books! My precious, precious books! I swear, he's lucky he's cute. Excuse my french, but he was crusing for punishment this morning. I blocked off the room now, but it's difficult to do that all the time because there is no door to the room and I have to put up the baby gate every time I leave the room. But, my books! I realize these are only material things and can be replaced, but it's not like I have all the money in the world to replace them and they were very precious to me. I cried this morning when I saw the room in the disaster it was in.

geevee on 08/16/2005:
Oh, dear! You can't have the dog destroying your books at will. He sounds like my grand-daughter when she was 1�-2yrs. old. She was a terror and still is.

You just have to train your dog like parents train children, or I ought to say "should" train children because my son is doing a terrible job.

legcramps - Sunday Aug 14, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

I thought i'd stop in and say hi to everyone since i'll be too busy tomorrow. So, 'hi'!!

The wedding was okay, I did a LOT of dancing and my boyfriend was so suprised that I was able to dance every song almost the entire night! I usually peter out after a few polkas. The only problem was getting far too dizzy after him spinning me around so much on the dance floor. Anyways, it was great to see some of my family and I hope to keep in touch with them all even though i'm terrible at keeping close connections with people.

We also got a little more info knocked around for our trip to Scotland in the spring next year. My goodness it will be expensive as all heck, but i'm sure it will be worth it. To me, anyways!

Okay, well i'd better get some sleep. Talk to you all hopefully on Tuesday!

P.S. - I am planning to jog again tomorrow night. One more lap hopefully!

legcramps - Saturday Aug 13, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5

Hi girls! Well, i'm off for the next couple of days, really have to watch what i'm eating while in the city.

Just wanted to update on the jogging front. I did make it to the track last night. Again, I could have kept running, but forced myself to stop and take it easy for now. I ran one more lap this time. I feel great about accomplishing even that much more! This time there was no pain, just a little pressure in the lungs for a couple of minutes. Of course, you'd think I was having a heart attack by the way I was breathing (or, should I say, gagging on my own saliva) but I was fine! Just knowing that i'm adding 400 meters each time I go makes it seem so rewarding.

Okay, that's all I wanted to say. Thanks so much for the comments, and have a great weekend!

borntocry on 08/13/2005:
Hi legcramps,

You're actually adding a whole lap every time you go? That's incredible! I knew you had it in you, though. I've always thought that with all the sports you play you must be incredibly fit. I know what you mean about the breathing, though. I used to worry that someone would call an ambulance for me! Even now, I sometimes find myself breathing very heavily when I run, and it isn't even when I'm particularly tired. My husband says he does it too, so maybe some people are just more prone to it than others.

Anyway, I'm so proud of you for what you're doing. I didn't improve anywhere near as quickly as you have. It took me months to get to the point where I could say something like "I could have kept running", or "there was no pain"! Well done, you!

legcramps - Friday Aug 12, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.5


food: pretzels, granola bar (x2), rice with pork ribs, pork chop with cooked veggies, creamed corn and beans.

exercise: walked the dog.


food: granola bar (x2), salad, 6" sub.

Tomorrow I have to wake up early to drive 4 hours to attend my cousin's wedding. I'm not looking forward to the drive, but oh well. At least it's the weekend. I'm glad it's Friday today but unfortunately, my mood does not reflect that feeling. Blah. Blah, blah, blah....

I wanted to jog yesterday but it was not to be, since we could not walk out to the track where I could measure how far I went. I forsee perhaps today being a jogging day, so i'll keep my fingers crossed that my boyfriend agrees to the track tonight. Well, that's about all I have to say today. I finally have time to comment!

Liza36 on 08/12/2005:
Good luck with your jogging today. Exercise can make all the difference in our mood and the way we feel. And have a good time at the wedding.

Have a great day today!

sweetpea1977 on 08/12/2005:
Im sorry you are feeling so blah. Exercise does wonders for my mood, so I hope it helps perk you up. :o)

Enjoy the wedding and the rest of your weekend!

borntocry on 08/12/2005:
Hi legcramps,

Thanks for your comment. I was exactly the same way when I first started running - I had to know how far I ran, so I could only do it on the track. My husband also found this remarkably difficult to understand. He would constantly suggest that we go to a park and "just run around there" instead. Ha! Like I could "just run around"!! The only way I could get myself to run was by repeating things like "just one more lap" or "just half a lap left...". I wouldn't have lasted two minutes in the park!

Also, I think we need to be able to see signs that we're improving (or at least not getting worse), and for that we need a set distance, like a track. I think this is the same reason we weigh ourselves. We all know that the number on the scale isn't what matters - it's how we look and feel - but it's hard to quantify how we look and feel. You can't really tell from one day to the next whether you're looking and feeling progressively better.

So even now, although I have reached the point where I can run on the street or in a park, I still prefer to run the same distance, and time myself, so that I can make sure that I'm not slacking off!

Keep it up, legcramps! I know it's hard, but you will thank yourself for it later!

jolt on 08/12/2005:
Have fun at the wedding even with the huge drive. Just drive carefully! Hopefully you get your jog in today.

Keep up the most excellent work!

hugs pat

legcramps - Thursday Aug 11, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 133.5

I am not feeling well today. I got nothing done last night after work because I wasn't feeling well then either. Hopefully I can get through the day. I've already written off anything I was hoping to accomplish today, so there's nothing but rest for me tonight.

food: 1 serving pretzels, coffee, granola bar, salad, granola bar, pork chop with onions, creamed corn and beans in tomato sauce.

exercise: none today, unless i'm feeling okay enough to take the dog for a walk.

sorry, no chipperness from me today....knock again tomorrow.

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 10, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 133.5


food: granola bar(2), salad, 6" ham sub, and a couple servings of cheesies. Oops.

exercise: this was a huge day for exercise. I walked to work in the morning (25 minutes), then back home (25 minutes), then walked to a meeting (15 minutes) and back home (15 minutes). We then decided the dog still needed to go for a walk, so we went to the track and walked for about 25 minutes, and I jogged 1km. My boyfriend jogged 1km as well. After that, we went for a quick 20 minute bike-ride. I'll be sore tomorrow i'm sure...


food so far: granola bar, ham and cheese wrap and 1c potato salad, some diet pepsi and lots of water.

exercise planned: I would like to jog again tonight but will see how i'm feeling. I could have gone so much longer last night, but I didn't want to push it and then end up hurting too much to do anything at all!

I think i'm going to try drinking tea after work. Celestial seasonings has a lot of minty flavors and ginseng as well, so that might help with my energy levels.

Thanks for the advice Geevee regarding language classes. I will check into it and try to take the cheapest route because i'm good at starting things and not finishing them!

Have a great day all!

legcramps - Friday Aug 05, 2005
(It's called Reality Bites)
Weight: 134.0


I had a 6" sub instead of leftovers. Why? I don't know. It sounded like a much tastier idea at the time. Ham and cheese, with lettuce and mustard on whole wheat. The staple of my life....

Wow! Had a great ball game last night - you girls must've said a prayer for the team. It was close, but we conquered and came out wieners! AND we took the dog for a walk, where my boyfriend proceeded to push me even harder than ever before with jogging. Not sure how far I actually went, but it was a lot further than I have been. Felt great!


food: granola bar, turkey wrap with 1/2c macaroni salad, granola bar, leftovers, snacky things that will ultimately be my downfall at my boyfriend's boss' get-together tonight.

exercise: walk with dog. I am so excited about tonight. Well, right now I am. I can't wait to see how far I will jog!

No new dreams lately, but i'm waiting and I think it was Dickenson who raided my mind that night and I think the poet shall be back in due time. I'm thinking about taking a German language class this fall, but this is still under construction. Any suggestions? My reasoning is poor for taking the class, since it's due to the fact that i'd like to take a trip in the spring. Maybe I should compromise and instead do something cheaper online. I just never seem to get anywhere like that. I need a certain amount of structure.

Other than that, possibly a Purchasing Buyer's course through work and grunt, grunt, grunt my way to the top. Yeah right.

geevee on 08/05/2005:
I don't think a German class would help you communicate any better if you do take a trip to Germany. The way university or adult ed classes are set up,they are not oriented toward the traveler. A group class at Berlitz, though expensive, might be financially feasible and would probably be much more helpful for your purposes.

At any rate, go for the travel! If worse comes to worse, just memorize the phrases you know you'll need. There are plenty of books available that will fill this need.

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