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legcramps - Monday Dec 20, 2004

Weight: 130.0

I fell from the Cedar Tree (the Confidence) -- of rare strength, knows how to adapt, likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined, often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to make quick decisions. ______________________________________________________________________

The weekend was okay and for the most part I kept it reasonably under wraps in regards to eating (no pun intended). I had fun, but now it's back to work and time to keep plugging along for christmas. Tomorrow is the first day of winter. Saturday my car died on me and is sitting just outside a burger joint in town, rotting away in the snow and ice. And it's staying there until it apologizes.....

Have a happy day.

Becca27 on 12/21/2004:
You made me LOL when I wasn't even awake this morning. Thank you! Have a great day honey! Isn't this a horrible time of year to eat right? I'm taking it one day at a time. At this point, I'll be happy to keep it together and maintain between now and Jan 3rd.

legcramps - Thursday Dec 16, 2004

Weight: 130.0

While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen - had to be a girl.

We should've known.

Only women would be able to drag a fat-ass man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost! ______________________________________________________________________

At this rate, i'll never get to my goal. Someone make me step it up a notch!

I was sick yesterday (TOM), and while remembering that I said I was ready for it, I blew a few too many gaskets and that theory went all to heck and back. I got so sick I eventually had to make a mad dash to emergency where they gave me two shots - one being gravol. Suffice it to say, I didn't eat much. A cup of soup here, a bite of a sandwich there, no tea, no water and a jolly good whollop of bad cheer.

The good news is that i'm crazy-thirsty today and i'm almost done a liter of water already. I'm going out for lunch today with my co-workers so I need to make good choices. It's going to be hard because i'm feeling so sorry for myself, but I know I can do it and I will.

Tonight is volleyball. Although my stomach muscles have been through a lot lately, I WILL go. I WILL play.

Things to accomplish today and tomorrow: finish gifts, pay bills, clean kitchen, living room and back porch, finish laundry, baking, test camcorder for wedding, prepare a dish for christmas party and buy some wine.

I get to have some fun tomorrow night and Saturday, depending on how i'm feeling. I have a christmas party tomorrow night that i'm hoping will be a blast, and BF's brother's wedding on Saturday that should be a lot of fun as well. I get to videotape it! Woohoo! I hope the battery doesn't die out on me....

Since i'm not at work tomorrow, I wish you all a very happy weekend. Later gators!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 15, 2004

Weight: 128.5

Considering I accomplished everything I set out to do yesterday, I should feel a lot better about myself today. But, alas, it doesn't always happen that way...

I was on track yesterday, only adding an orange and a sandwich at lunchtime to my total intake. Although I did not drink 2L water, I got both mugs of tea in and i'm just going to be happy about that. TOM came to visit, and i'm an emotional wreck at the moment. Last night BF did the dishes and some laundry, and made it seem like he did all the work around the house. I was watching the Biggest Loser and BF said he was going to go for a walk with the dog. I asked him to wait so that I could go as well. He huffed and puffed about having to wait, and his attitude really pissed me off. So I walked in silence. And I walked about ten steps behind him the whole time because I was wearing huge boots and three layers of clothing and a big long jacket, and I just couldn't keep up to him. Let me note here that he made no effort to wait for me. During the whole walk, my puppy basically stayed close to BF, which made me feel even more isolated. After the walk, I started cleaning the kitchen, then moved to the clothes and did everything I wanted to do! It didn't make me feel any better though, and while I was wrapping more gifts I noticed that one of my gifts was missing. I looked all over for it and I can't find it. It's hard to believe it went missing because I put all my bags directly on the dining room table as soon as I walked into the house from shopping. And those bags stayed just like that until last night. I don't get it. Anyways, this was the icing on the cake, and I ran upstairs and cried myself to sleep. Crazy, huh?! I woke up around 2am, sick to my stomach and cramping like crazy. Hello, TOM. I've been waiting for you.

smiley2 on 12/15/2004:
Thanks for your encouraging comment, it really helped me a lot over the past few weeks.

Im kinda nervous for the 20 hour flight tommorow, at least we have a stopover in London, so its 2 10 hour legs.

I promise i will let you guys know how it goes with all the planning, preperations and diet? Anyone say diet? LOL.

Just remember, its normal to have an increased appetite when its TOM and when are a person is stressed, so just go with it, listen to your body and not any negative self talk. You are doing great!

biscottibody59 on 12/15/2004:
Hope you have a better day today!

inmorning on 12/15/2004:
Interesting idea. I used to go and play racquetball but now there just doesn't seem to be any time for anything much less excercise it seems. You are right however, I do need to make some changes.

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 14, 2004

Weight: 128.5

One beautiful December evening Huan Cho and his girlfriend Jung Lee were sitting by the side of the ocean. It was a romantic full moon, when Huan Cho said "Hey baby, let's play Weeweechu."

"Oh no, not now, lets look at the moon" said Jung Lee.

"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I play Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Huan Cho begged.

"But I rather just hold your hand and watch the moon."

"Please Jung Lee, just once play Weeweechu with me."

Jung Lee looked at Huan Chi and said, "OK, we'll play Weeweechu."

Huan Cho grabbed his guitar and they both sang...

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year." ______________________________________________________________________


Did I say I was on track yesterday?

Everything was going alright. I had a mug of tea, my regular piece of toast for breakfast, I made chicken with couscous and cooked carrots and celery, and had salad as well for dinner. Then I had dessert. An ice cream cup. Which is still alright, because they're low cal, low fat, and I think one cup is around 100cals. But then BF left and took the dog for a walk. Why didn't I just go with them????? NOOOO, instead I needed to have another ice cream cup. Why didn't I at least go downstairs (walk a measly 20 stairs) and do some exercising??? Instead I flitted between sitting on the couch and walking over to the chocolate jar. I had three pieces of chocolate before forcing myself to stop grazing. But that's not all...

About one hour later, bored and with nothing to do (of course, there's cleaning, laundry, wrapping, and dog grooming to do), I decide that i'm still hungry and make myself one of those microwave individual pizza things. And yes, I ate it all.

I feel terrible today and I know why. Mondays are my toughest challenge so far, just getting back on track after Sunday. I guess from now on i'll have to try and limit what I have on Sunday so that moving into Monday won't be so terribly hard. I almost feel like crying, but I know that it won't help and I know that this doesn't mean i'm a failure - but I sure feel like one right now, you know? I can sure forget about my wonderful low of 128.5 now.

The important thing is to keep going. Don't worry, I know, i've said it myself hundreds of times. And I will. But I just want to wallow in my misery and self-pity for just a little longer today.

Plan for today: 2 mugs tea, 2L water, vitamins, toast for breakfast, baby carrots, chicken with couscous, salad, cook dinner because there aren't enough leftovers (same thing as yesterday), do laundry, clean kitchen, wrap gifts, take dog for walk. If time after this (ya right), start cleaning living room and dining room area, and haul clothes upstairs where they're supposed to be, instead of on the stairs.

Have a good day everyone - this will be a great week!

geevee on 12/14/2004:
I cut and pasted Weweechu for all my South Florida friends. They'll LOVE it! It has the same effect as "epeeki pani?" (Do you speak Spanish?)

Becca27 on 12/15/2004:
LOL at joke. That's cute. I heard you're going to try books on tape for your cardio workouts. It works wonderfully for me and now geevee likes it, too. Nourish your brain and body at the same time!! You mapped out a good "bounce-back" plan yesterday. I hope you stuck to it!! Have another great one today!

legcramps - Monday Dec 13, 2004

Weight: 128.5

Hello all.

I had an alright weekend, although yesterday I managed to throw all caution to the wind and have myself a mini-binge. I had a balogne sandwich on rye bread for lunch, then two pieces of pepperoni pizza, then a smokie on a piece of rye bread, and then two servings of chips. It's bound to happen, so i'm not going to beat myself up. I'll just try that much harder this coming weekend to ward off those evil spirits that have my taste buds at their mercy.

Anyhow, back at it today of course, and it looks like it may be a good day. It's only 9:15 here, but i'm going to go ahead and say it anyways. Tonight i'm cooking chicken, I have to do laundry and dishes, do the grocery shopping and keep on wrapping gifts. I got the rest of my shopping done on Saturday and now I have one gift left. Now I just have to wrap everything! This week i'm going to clean BF's place up so that we can start to look forward to Christmas instead of always thinking about what we still have to do/clean/prepare. At least the cleaning will be out of the way then. Since i'm off on Friday, i'm going to start my christmas baking as well. I'm on track this week ladies. Which means nasty TOM will rear it's head and threaten to throw me off. But this week, i'm ready for anything....

smiley2 on 12/13/2004:
Glad you had an ok weekend. Im so tired today, i packed till 2am last night. We are leaving on Thursday!

Anyways your binge doesnt seem bad, seriously, usually its bad when you eat your binge foods as well as breakfast lunch and dinner, and this doesnt seem to be the case here:) Good luck with all the cleaning! You are organized!!!

geevee on 12/13/2004:
You had what I call a "bread day".When that happens there is just no controlling it for me. I can't seem to get enough "dough" in me and want one sandwich after another.

Hey! your weight is going down! And what a good time for that to happen!

biscottibody59 on 12/13/2004:
Despite the pizza and such, I'm sure you'll bounce back easily--and you've got alot to keep yourself busy with--sounds like!

Have a good one and keep up the good work!

Becca27 on 12/14/2004:
Hi Legcramps,

Mini-binges are better than Mega-binges, right? Your schedule sounds as crazy as mine! I love Christmas, but sometimes the "festivities" and obligations get out of control. I hope that you can manage TOM well and stay on track! Have a great day!

legcramps - Friday Dec 10, 2004

Weight: 128.5

Oh Happy Day!

What six colours are on the classic Campbell's soup label?

Blue, red, white, yellow, black,& gold ______________________________________________________________________

I need to take measurements again, but i'm lazy so it will have to wait.

Yesterday, again, was a success. I'm on a roll (knock on wood): 1 mug tea, 2L water, 2pc toast, 2oz mozza cheese, 1c soup, a few baby carrots, 1c coffee with 1t sugar, 1 porkchop with 3/4c of corn, cooked carrots, and mushroom soup mix. I fully intended on making chicken, but when I looked in the freezer there was none to be had. I'm just about out of vegetables, too. And bread. It's grocery shopping time.

Today: 1pc toast with light margarine, 2 mugs tea, 2L water, 1/2 c soup, 1/2 tuna salad sandwich. Dinner will either be porkchops again or a sub on the way to wallyball tonight. 2 hours of that and i'll be wiped for the entire weekend.

This is how my day went yesterday: I got home around 5pm, started dinner, changed, suited up to go outside, took the dog with me and shovelled the driveway. By the time 6pm rolled around, BF was home from work and helped me out with the last of it. We got that done and then went inside to eat. After eating, BF took off to volleyball (we play at different times) and I suited up again and took Chewie for a walk. Well. What a walk it was. The sidewalks were piled high with snow and every road I chose to walk down seemed to be the busiest street in town! So we really roughed it, ploughing through the snow. Sometimes I would walk on the edge of the road and Chewie would choose to walk in the snow. We walked to my mother's and picked up some things I needed for the wedding next weekend, then headed back home. I was dead tired and sweating by the time we got back, and BF was already finished volleyball and back home! It was close to 8:30pm by then. No cleaning for me. Anyways, I got ready for volleyball and headed to the gym. It took half an hour for them to get the nets up (that just shows how 'recreational' our league is), so our games got pushed back as well, and I finished around 11pm. I was dragging my butt for the last 15 minutes! When I finally got home, I literally fell into bed. No relax time for me yesterday, and today doesn't look much better. Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday! Have a great weekend!

geevee on 12/10/2004:
I like that new weight!

biscottibody59 on 12/10/2004:
Please forgive me for not remembering which province you're in--sounds like a ton of snow already--you're a gem for getting your dog out--Chewie must have had a blast!

Have a good weekend yourself!

MAYBELL on 12/10/2004:
I read alot of your entries starting at may14,2004 you weighed 142,your diet journey gives me so much inspiration,your commitment is for me to envey,I wish to do the same.you go girl.

legcramps - Thursday Dec 09, 2004

Weight: 130.0

What six colours are on the classic Campbell's soup label? ______________________________________________________________________

Day 3 of 13.

I had a wonderful day again yesterday, though not without some temptation: 1 cup fruit punch, 2 mugs tea, 2L water, 1pc toast with light margarine, 1c salad without dressing, 1oz turkey, 1/2 tuna salad sandwich, 1c soup. I also tried bites of a perogy, a meatball, and a few pieces of buttered popcorn. All said, I think I avoided temptation quite well yesterday.

Plan: 2 mugs tea, 2L water, 1pc toast, 1c soup, salad with chicken, carrots.

I need to do some cleaning up. The kitchen and the living room are in dire need of straightening, and Chewie's back porch definitely needs the vacuum rolled over it. I have volleyball tonight, but it doesn't start until 9pm so hopefully i'll get some cleaning in before that. I also have to pick up a camcorder tonight, cook dinner (chicken) and take Chewie for a walk. Here comes that feeling of hopelessness again.....

Watched the Bourne Supremacy (sp?) last night. I thought it was pretty good, just as good as the first one. We took Chewie for a walk and tried to wear him out. Unfortunately, I got worn out way before he did, so we had to run him back and forth between us so that he'd get more exercise. He was very excited about going for a walk last night because it was snowing and the ground was thick with it. He jumped around and played in it the whole time. That little puppy loves snow! I shouldn't say little - we weighed him last night on my scale and it shows that he's 35lbs already! Four months old. Imagine when he's a year old. I'm guessing he'll be around 60lbs in no time.

Here's to today - that it will be just as good as the beginning of the week was. Good luck all!

geevee on 12/09/2004:
Don't think about what you have to do or nothing at all will get done. Put yourself in auto-mode and just start. It's the only way.

geevee on 12/09/2004:
Don't think about what you have to do or nothing at all will get done. Put yourself in auto-mode and just start. It's the only way.

TheMother on 12/09/2004:
Little Chewie sure is growing fast - that's because he's being well taken care of and just loves his new family. I don't know how you're able to drink all of that water plus tea! I drink 32 oz. of water and I feel like my eyeballs are drowning in fluid. Of course I also have three rather large cups of decafe coffee too.

Glad you're doing well.


geevee on 12/09/2004:
ps - Thanks so much for your kind comments. As a dieter, you know how few and far between the compliments are. We have to grab at them whenever. Tomorrow, I'll have to make clear the reason for my comments today. So many dieters start out thinking only in terms of "what they look like". I on the otherhand, started out thinking in terms of HEALTH. I'll talk more about this tomorrow.

BTW - That snow and cold weather that Chewie so enjoys sounds wonderful to me, not for swimming of course! Gasp! Gasp! I can't even look at a wetsuit!

smiley2 on 12/10/2004:
The answer to your riddle: 2? lol red and white. I dunno, never had Campbell's back in South Africa.

Anyways, i did ok today, gonna make my update in few. You only start volleyball at 9, where do you get the energy? Good going, have a great weekend and keep up the good job, you are going to be in the 120's soon (i think you already are:)

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 08, 2004

Weight: 130.0

When you are sad.....I will dry your tears. When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears. When you are worried.....I will give you hope. When you are confused.....I will help you cope. And when you are lost....And can't see the light. I shall be your beacon.....Shining ever so bright. This is my oath.....I pledge till the end. Why you may ask?.....Because you're my friend. ______________________________________________________________________

Yesterday was so great: 2 mugs tea, 2pc toast with light margarine, 1c salad with ranch dressing, 2c baby carrots, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, 1c coffee with 1t sugar. 2L water.

I went shopping and got a good amount of my christmas shopping done, and when I got home I even wrapped most of it. That makes me feel so much more in control of everything now.

Plan for today: 2 mugs tea, 1pc toast with light margarine, 1c soup, 2c salad, baby carrots, possibly a sandwich from the cafeteria. My lunch is paid for today, some sort of Christmas thank you from our employers. Works for me, but i'm not having anything I don't want!

Chewie was out at the farm the other day and got kicked HARD by a cow. Sure, he knows not to go near them now, but man I thought he was a goner. He was bleeding from the mouth and one of his eyes was dark red and puffy. Poor little thing got a lot of cuddling from me, that's for sure!

I couldn't help but weigh myself last night, and it read 129! At night! Stay strong everyone!

smiley2 on 12/08/2004:
WOW 129 at night means you should at least weigh 2 pounds less in the mornings, so 127! Good going! I am also going to finish my Xmas shopping tommorow, gonna take off work early, i need to feel more in control. Have a good day!

Umpqua on 12/08/2004:
I'm so sorry about Chewie - it's too bad they have to learn these things the hard way. My mom's puppy got gored by a deer last spring - he knows better than to have a showdown with one of those guys again! Great news on your weight, it sounds like you've been eating really well. Keep up the great work.

geevee on 12/08/2004:
Good control yesterday and today! The scale even showed its appreciation.

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 07, 2004

Weight: 130.0

I found a penny today, just laying on the ground. But it's not just a penny, this little coin I've found.

Found pennies come from heaven, that's what my Grandpa told me. He said Angels toss them down. Oh, how I loved that story.

He said when an Angel misses you, they toss a penny down. Sometimes just to cheer you up, to make a smile from a frown.

So, don't pass by that penny, when you 're feeling blue. It may be a penny from heaven, that an Angel's tossed to you. ______________________________________________________________________

Day 2 of 13.

Yesterday I 'gave myself a little rope' (thanks smiley!) and had two bowls of soup instead of the chicken and corn that I was planning. I made the soup myself, with a little help from a litre of low sodium chicken broth. I made vegetable soup, and once I had the first bowl I couldn't help but pour myself another! I still made the chicken and beans actually instead of corn, and i'll probably have that today. Other than that, I was on plan yesterday and even had 3L of water!

Plan: 2 mugs tea, 2L water, 2pc toast with light margarine, salad and chicken, carrots.

Again I brought 1.5L of water and a mug of tea to work with me. I bought these 5 calorie certs the other day and opened them up and got a wickedly strong smell wafting towards my nose. Oy! They're black licorice flavored! I hate black licorice! What am I supposed to do with them now? Darn, such a good thing gone to waste, just like that.

I am not going to be ready for Christmas. I'm going out of my mind with panic. Oh, it hurts just thinking about everything I still need to do.

Becca27 on 12/08/2004:
Hi Legcramps,

Some days I feel like I've been hit on the head with a penny that was meant to encourage me.

Thanks for your kind words lately. They've been so encouraging. I've been so down, it was impossible for me to come in here and try to be upbeat and cheerful to others. I caught up on your entries and loved all of the quotes from Maya Angelou. Yesterday, I was watching Oprah's Etiquette show, and all of the "experts" were talking about the best advice they've ever received. Oprah said, her's came from Maya Angelou who said, "Believe someone when they SHOW you who they are, the first time."

You can send your black licorice to me. I just love it! Then again, I've never met sugar I didn't like.

I hope that the next few weeks, leading up to the wedding, go well for you. I know you can do it! Keep up the great work and have a wonderful day!!

legcramps - Monday Dec 06, 2004

Weight: 130.0

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. There on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried. Maya Angelou said this:

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. "

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ______________________________________________________________________

I had a pretty decent weekend. Friday night for the stagette they pre-ordered food and I didn't have much of a choice in eating. There wasn't any salad either. It was all deep-fried stuff: onion rings, cauliflower, zuchinni, mozzasticks, mushrooms. And it was all with dip. I didn't have any dip, and I picked out 4 onion rings and a couple of other items, then called it a day. Not much for dinner, but i'd rather not eat anything than eat junk like that! I hate hate hate deep fried stuff (besides french fries, of course). Saturday I took it easy as well, had a ham and cheese sub on brown and a bowl of soup (chicken rice), then later on had another bowl of soup (cream of broccoli). Yesterday I had a 6" sub for lunch AND for dinner, and a bowl of soup afterwards. I also snacked on around three servings of chips while watching movies. I can't say that was great, but the weekend was far more a success than in other instances that I won't name.

Today's plan: carrots, 1pc toast with light margarine, chicken, possibly with corn, salad with mushrooms and light ranch dressing. 2L water. I brought a mug of tea and 1.5L of water to work with me.

I will stay on track today. I have only two more weeks until BF's brother's wedding. The countdown begins. Today is Day 1 of 13.

Umpqua on 12/06/2004:
That's exactly how I feel about the counting. And plus when I'm doing it daily I tend to talk about it all the time to my hubby, family, etc. until I'm sure they're ready to shoot me! I think you have a good idea there - doing it every once in a while just to make sure everything is in check.

smiley2 on 12/07/2004:
Seriously, i do find comfort and wisdom from the words you write many days. Thank you. In a strange way, it makes me accept myself more. Im still in a bad quater life crises lol!

Hang in there with the weight loss and allow yourself some rope....

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