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legcramps - Tuesday Sep 07, 2004

Weight: 133.5

As I was saying to The Mother in her diary comments page, wallyball is very easy to play and very much like volleyball. You play in a squash or raquetball court. The net is about 2-3 inches higher than actual volleyball regulation size. Each team consists of four players. The rules are simple and not much different than you might expect, but the only thing i'll mention right now is that you play the ball off the walls as well as off hits made by an individual. Make sense? It's such a fun sport to play, recreationally or otherwise. Of course, I would never try the otherwise. It's way more fast-paced than regular volleyball, and it's hard sometimes to get out of the way of a speeding bullet, you know?!

Anyways, I had a great weekend! Okay, except for Sunday. Friday I guzzled down so much water! I ate rice, lentils, onions; I made vegetarian lasagna which was AWESOME. Friday I also tried the smoothie. I tried it before I got your message, geevee, so I went and picked up the yogurt and soy milk. But it's okay, because I liked it so much that I made one almost every day since Friday and i'm almost out of both! The fruits I used were strawberries and 1/2 an apple. I wanted to use bananas, but I would have had to buy more than four at a time and that won't work. Maybe i'll buy some for my boyfriend and then they'll get eaten more quickly! Anyhow, it was SO good! Thanks geevee! I made some for everyone this weekend!

Saturday was good too, again I had rice and a smoothie, then went out for supper and had a chicken salad sandwich with salad instead of fries, and coffee. It's a great start if you ask me. Sunday I had another sandwich with salad and I was doing great until I had a craving for chips. This is what I did to try and prevent myself from going out and buying some:

- I drank a whole litre of water as soon as I thought of eating chips! - I washed dishes AND did a load of laundry in an attempt to stop thinking about chips! - I waited for almost an hour before finally losing control!

It just didn't work. No matter what I tried. Finally, I gave in to my craving and bought some. By then, I was so 'starved' for chips that I barely tasted what went into my mouth. It just went in as fast as I could get it in! No matter, I had three servings of chips and then put the darn things away. So, bad, but, good. 'Cause I didn't eat the whole bag!

Yesterday I drank lots of water again and had leftover rice and lasagna. I cleaned my apartment yesterday and finished my landry - finally!

My weekend was pretty full - Saturday I had a wedding to attend, and Sunday night I went out to the lake for a dance. Which my boyfriend didn't go to and now he's angry with me because I went! Well, it wasn't that much fun without him anyways! So THERE! But aside from all the activity, I feel good today. I watched so many episodes of What Not To Wear, and today I put on a black skirt with tan boots and a red sweater because I felt guilty about always wearing the same boring things to work! Funny (and sometimes not) what t.v. can do to a person!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Have a good one today!

geevee on 09/07/2004:
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed the smoothies. They're real good substitutes for ice cream, and most of what your sweet tooth desires. It's hard to believe that something that tastes SO good could be so lo-cal!

geevee on 09/07/2004:
Thanks for your mental boost, Legcramps. I really do enjoy the rain and sitting outside, at least when it's overcast and the temps aren't so beastly but I simply HATE missing my exercise and watching my weight go up each day that I miss. I was just about to go and then there was another shower. I'm beginning to think I ought to check the weather channel to see what's going on. If that darned storm is heading my way I have to recover nine feet of glass dorrs, and I surely don't want to do it in higher winds and stronger rains.

monet0329 on 09/07/2004:
Hello hun.. no, I havent been dieting long.. should have been though..lol.. I just started this time on the 30th..but I have done this before.. the low carb thing.. but this time I am going to finish what I started .. I wanna be skinny like you heheh.. you have a great day hun.. hugs

TheMother on 09/07/2004:
Thanks for the wallyball 101 info. It's sounds like a lot of fun and great workout but you do need to be careful. Glad you had a nice weekend. Sounds like it was more fun than my deck staining project but you're 100% right about the feeling of accomplishment. The only problem is some body parts ache and I'm looking forward to a "light" evening tonight once I get home from work, take care of dinner and get my clothes, etc. ready for work tomorrow. Hope you have a good day/night too.

P.S. I bet the black skirt/red top and tan boots look fantastic!!

Umpqua on 09/07/2004:
It sounds like you had a great weekend and kept the food in check - we all have to give in to cravings sometimes! It's good to be on the go, you just don't think about food as much. That's the upside of this crazy week of cleaning and painting I'm going through. I wish I had time to ride the motorcycle, especially since come next week, I'll be forced to ride in the city with lots of traffic. I'd really like to get more practice in before that happens! Hopefully I'll have some down time this weekend, but I doubt it.

Thanks for your encouragement, and I hope you have a good week!

legcramps - Thursday Sep 02, 2004

Weight: 133.5

Thanks for the comments yesterday girls! I lost another pound! I think it was the wallyball from last night. I tell 'ya, when I finally walked outta there, I was soaked in sweat. Felt good, but i'm sure I didn't look that great! The phrase 'drowned rat' comes to mind....

I didn't go for a walk last night because I was just too pooped from playing sports. I grabbed a sub before heading to wallyball because I didn't have enough time to actually cook something. That's reserved for today I guess! Other than that, my day yesterday was great! I drank lots of water again, but I didn't try that smoothie yet, geevee. No time yesterday!

Today was egg whites and toast for breakfast, rice and salmon for lunch. I still want to make chicken fajitas, but I think I might tone it down and go for chicken stir fry instead. All those carbs are killing me, making me so tired all the time!

Hope everyone's doing good - talk to you again on monday! Have a great weekend!

Umpqua on 09/02/2004:
Wow, you're doing great with the food! The fajitas and stir fry both sound good, and I know what you mean about the carbs. Since I've cut back on them they do sap my energy if I overdo it with them. I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

TheMother on 09/02/2004:
What is wallyball? Whatever it is, it is helping you lose weight so it must be a good thing. Glad you had a great day and I hope today is a repeat. Enjoy your holiday weekend and look forward to reading your journal next week.

Take care,


geevee on 09/02/2004:
Hi! Listen, you don't need milk or yogurt in a smoothie. I just happen to like the creamy texture it adds. I think most people just use the fruit and ice. That's all you really need, and you don't need tons of fruit around like I happen to have because I can't resist a bargain price on fruit. All you need is: �pear, � cantalope, and one of the following - a peach, blueberries, strawberries, honeydew, �banana. I like a three fruit combo myself, but I'm sure a two fruit combo would be good too. I figure my huge smoothie at about 100 calories which is very little for so much pleasure.

borntocry on 09/03/2004:
Way to go! I want to know what wallyball is too! Who knows, maybe you've unwittingly sparked a global wallyball trend...

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 01, 2004

Weight: 134.5

Yesterday worked out pretty well. I made rice with corn and ham for dinner, had my soup for lunch, and munched on boiled egg whites. Ooo, exciting, huh?! I wasn't really hungry yesterday. I drank lots of water too.

Yesterday I decided to get on with that weighlifting that i've been putting off for far too long. I was feeling pretty good after work, so I walked over to my boyfriend's and spent 30 minutes lifting. It felt good, but it also felt like I hadn't gained anything because i'd left it for so long. Oh well. When I was done lifting, I sat on the bike for 20 minutes. After supper, I was feeling oddly full and fidgety, so I decided to go for a walk uptown to take back some movies and such. It ended up being a 2.5 mile walk. I really enjoyed that walk last night, I got to be by myself and just think about stuff.

Today started off with egg whites and water. Lunch is salmon with rice and corn, and dinner i'm going to make something. I don't know what yet, but hopefully if I remember to take out the whole wheat wraps that are in the freezer, I can make chicken fajitas! Ya!

Today is cardio - wallyball for 2 hours. Maybe another walk when I get home, and my ab routine. Bye all!

geevee on 09/01/2004:
If your town has a health food store or market, check it out for rice. My Wild Oats has brown basmati, red Bhutan, Chinese Black Forbidden. Of course they're expensive but I enjoy the variety and chewy texture. I had always thought that rice was rice. Period. I had no idea at all about the wide variety that was available. I eat the expensive varieties on the nights when I don't have meat and like to combine them with some sort of beans.

geevee on 09/01/2004:
I can't remember who it was who introduced me to smoothies but it was someone on DD's, and I am eternally grateful! I felt like such a nerd not knowing about them and they're SO easy to make. You can use any fruit at all in any combination at all. Experiment and you learn what your taste buds like. For example, for me, a half of a banana is enough. A whole one is too much. I usually cut up 3, sometimes 4 different fruits, add a little non-fat milk in the blender and grind it up. Then I add a glass full of ice and grind it again. Some of my combos have been: �melon, an apple, � cantalope / �pear, � cantalope, � banana, and so on. Sometimes it just depends on what I happen to have. I also add a spoonful or two of NF yogurt to add to the creaminess. I'm telling you,this is my dessert of choice! It's so cheap and lo-cal and delicious. How can something be THAT good? Try it and let me know.

subway girl on 09/01/2004:
Thanks for your comment :) I did have a pretty good day today. I am homesick though. I was homesick before I got here! I hope you have a good rest of the week.

Coco on 09/01/2004:
Thanks for the encouragement on my diary. Looks like you're doing pretty well - congratulations!

borntocry on 09/02/2004:
Hey legcramps! I love how active you are. And then on top of that you play sports and work out, too. You have such a cool lifestyle!

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 31, 2004

Weight: 134.5


Things are going alright at the moment. Yesterday I had another grilled ham and cheese sandwich for dinner and I had soup for lunch from Robin's Donuts. I only ate half of it though, it was so filling! When I got home after work, I 'accidentally' fell asleep on the couch. Suffice it to say, I didn't get that load of laundry done last night....instead when I woke up around 9:30pm, I ate a little cheese biscuit then went back to sleep!

I also didn't get to the grocery store, which I was hoping to do so that I could get some cooking done. Maybe today. I want to make salmon and veggies tonight for dinner. Lunch will be the leftover soup that I got yesterday.

I'm hoping to cook up some chicken for fajitas for the rest of the week, and some sort of mixture of rice as a side dish. Yum. I don't know that i'll ever grow tired of rice! Although, I don't especially like fried rice. I don't really like chinese food at all. It seems really greasy to me, and even though I can totally grease out on other foods, that stuff is "noticeable", you know? Just like Runner says, you can see the oil swimming in the plate....

Yesterday was also not an exercise day, if you haven't figured that out yet. I don't know what i'll do today, because my tummy and back are hurting which will hold me back from exercising hard. I know i'll get something done, i'm in that mood - I just don't know how much! I think i've blabbered enough today....

Bye all!

geevee on 08/31/2004:
Have you ever tried Lundberg gourmet rice? It's in the super market and sells for around $2.79 for 12-16oz. There are perhaps a half dozen different mixtures. Also, jasmine and basmati are so good.

feeleebubs on 08/31/2004:
Sometimes we all need those evenings when we just fall asleep right after work and don't really wake up till the next morning. I know I have them. I can't tell you how much I LOVE rice. If I could have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I'd be a happy camper. I don't really know how to cook, but I really like Zaterain's rice things. Fried rice ussually makes me sick though.

legcramps - Monday Aug 30, 2004

Weight: 134.5

I had sort of a sad weekend. My very best friend is leaving and she's moving far far away from me! We had a little going-away party for her on Saturday night. Anyhow, there was lots of food, music and alcohol, so don't ask me how I did that night. The rest of the weekend was good. I did eat out more than I should have, but I ate mostly salads and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. I can't figure out why those tasted so good this weekend! Yesterday I had a 6" baja chicken sub from Subway, with no other sauces besides the 'baja'. I didn't really get a lot accomplished. I wanted to finish my laundry, clean my apartment and re-fill my water bottles for this next week. I also wanted to cook enough to eat for the rest of the week. I didn't get any of that done because I was too busy sleeping through a hang-over or just plain feeling blah because of the late nights! I drank so much water this weekend!

Well, the plan for today is to get more laundry done. One thing at a time! I missed breakfast because I don't really have anything in the fridge to eat for breakfast. Lunch will be ham and salad, and dinner will be salmon and rice with corn. I might find some energy today to hit up the grocery store and cook meals for the rest of the week. I'm not making any promises though!

Friday I went for a jog/walk for an hour and a half, then did my ab routine. Saturday I did about 10 minutes of weights, and then decided I wouldn't be able to lift anything because I just wasn't in the mood and I just wasn't getting in the mood either. Oh well. I rode the bike for 20 minutes instead. Sunday I did nothing. I'm thinking one of these days (saturday or sunday) will have to be my cheat day, because i'm cheating on these days anyhow!

Well, that's enough out of me for now.....later days!

Runner on 08/30/2004:
HI, there! Sorry to hear about your best friend leaving...that's always tough! But at least we live in a world of instant communication, huh? I wish I could try a Baja sub...we do have Subway restaurants here in Taiwan, but they usually only have the basics. Thanks for your comments on my entry. You know, it usually works for me to put my baked goodies in the freezer. I actually did that with 3/4 of the brownies I made. But you know what? I took them out, defrosted them in the microwave, and ate them before I took the time to think about what I was doing. Maybe I should freeze them in individual pieces instead of all together.

Actually, the best thing is for me to just avoid baking them altogether! If I want to eat them, nothing stops me, unfortunately...not even the fact that they may be frozen!

legcramps - Friday Aug 27, 2004

Weight: 134.5

Wow. I can't believe all the things I accomplished yesterday!

I walked home from work, then cooked up salmon and rice with corn for dinner (I was bored and wanted something to do to keep myself away from the fridge!). It's amazing how calming cooking seems to be. I then washed dishes and did two loads of laundry, phoned the tow truck to take my car to the garage, then phoned the garage and spoke with them about my car. I went to my boyfriend's to watch a movie and then realized that i'd already seen it, so I decided to do my weights instead! After 45 minutes of that, I even did my ab routine! Boy, I was tuckered after that.

This morning I woke up later than usual, so I couldn't walk to work. Hopefully later tonight i'll be able to go for a walk/jog. Breakfast was an egg white on whole wheat (again), lunch will be ham and rice, and dinner will be salmon and rice. Rice, rice, rice. I love it!

Since I lost .5lbs over the course of the week, i'm going to try and cut a little more from my daily diet, and try to get in all my weights workouts this next week. I know I didn't lose much probably from not exercising as much as I should be, and from the ice cream and chips i've been munching on here and there.

Good luck to everyone over the weekend!

Runner on 08/28/2004:
Congrats on your weight loss!!! You're doing so well! Yum....I love salmon! But I get tired of rice. Here in Taiwan, they eat it at every meal. You'd love it here! :) My hubby can eat rice every meal, every day, and it doesn't bother him at all!

Have a great weekend, too!

feeleebubs on 08/28/2004:
I love rice too! I can never get enough of it. You're doing great :) 45 minutes of weights has got to be difficult

borntocry on 08/30/2004:
Hi legcramps,

Thanks for your encouraging comments! I've been reading your entries and looking for something to comment on... but you've just been doing so well, I can't think of any advice or suggestions to give you. I just can't understand how you can get so much done in a day!

legcramps - Thursday Aug 26, 2004

Weight: 135.0

Yesterday I followed my plan for the most part, except I had a ham sandwich with mustard for dinner without any rice or spinach. I played 2 hours of wallyball, then went home and had a scoop of ice cream. *sigh* I'll never get it right!

I drank a lot of water yesterday, and I think it made a difference today. I feel a lot thinner.

So after wallyball I still felt like walking or something, but it was raining outside and we decided finally to just watch a movie. It was already pretty late anyways, and we made it through half the movie before falling asleep.

My car broke down yesterday. It won't start and it's still parked in the parking lot at work today. I didn't have enough time yesterday to get it towed to the garage. I guess i'll have to do it today. Bummer. Stupid car.

I walked to work this morning. It took me about half an hour, but I don't know how far I went because my pedometer was in my car, which was parked at work! It was slightly raining, but I didn't want to take the van, didn't feel like picking up my bike and didn't feel like calling a cab. So I walked. I wish all my decisions were this easy!

Today's breakfast was an egg white on whole wheat bun, lunch will be a ham sandwich on whole wheat, with pineapple pieces for dessert, and dinner will be rice and spinach and ham, probably with ketchup. 'cause i'm weird. Today is supposed to be weights. I'll leave it at that. The walk to and from work will add up to an hour's worth of walking, so I might just do my ab routine and call it a day. That would be typical of me!

Have a good one!

Umpqua on 08/26/2004:
Hey, you're doing great with the food! I know I can't resist ice cream every now and again so I wouldn't worry about it. And with all the walking you're doing, I'm sure that's making up for it. You reminded me - I have a fresh pineapple in the fridge I need to dig into.

Soon2BThin on 08/26/2004:
Funny, my DH likes to put ketchup on everything too. And honey, yuck. It aggravates me when I cook something nice and he has to "fix" it with ketchup before he even tastes it. I hope you enjoyed your day.

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 25, 2004

Weight: 135.0

Hi all, thanks for the comments!

Yesterday was better. I had one more chicken finger with dip and about two tablespoons of baked potato, and gave the rest to my boyfriend. Then I ate some of the rice with spinach and some black beans and a couple pieces of ham. For Dinner I had two whole wheat buns with 3 slices of ham and mustard, and 1/2 cup rice with ketchup. I then went for my jog/walk for 1.5 hours, did my ab routine, munched on tortillas (yikes! i've advanced from chocolate to chips!) while watching a movie, then went to sleep. Yesterday was supposed to be my weights day, but since I left the 'gym' I haven't been back to the house at all. Pissy spirits about that yet.

Anyhow, I don't feel like i've lost any weight, but I know why. I've eaten way too much junk food lately, and I haven't worked myself hard in workouts for at least a week. I'll push a little, but i'm not in the right mood to get a kicka$$ workout. Somehow i've got to push myself up a notch and get in gear. I feel tired just typing this.

I know that i'm starting to come up out of this little depression that i'm in..so it's only a matter of time before i'm back to my usual cheery self! The only question is - will I make any improvement if this keeps happening?

Today i've had an egg white on whole wheat so far. Lunch is rice, beans, spinach and ham, and so is dinner. I'm playing wallyball tonight, maybe that will get me going.

Next time this grumpy thing creeps up on me i'm going to nip it in the butt and work twice as hard. You can't beat me down! I won't let it happen again. Okay, I think I pumped myself up enough to be able to get through the rest of the workday. Have a good one!

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 24, 2004

Weight: 135.0

I haven't cheered up much yet, and I have to say that it's a lot more fun being happy than it is being grumpy. I'd like to stop being in this mood, but i'm sucked right into it and i'm staying right where I am until I get my way. Yeah, i'm stubborn!

Yesterday I had black beans and ham for lunch, then went out to eat for dinner. I had three chicken fingers with dip, cooked veggies and salad with ranch dressing, and a baked potato. I also had two cups of coffee. No exercise yesterday, it was raining like a son-of-a-gun and seeing as my mood wasn't quite up to par, I figured i'd laze off. Yeah, so not the best day i've ever had.

I also cooked yesterday. At least i'm still doing that, even though i'm still going out to eat. I made rice with spinach, onions and tomato sauce but it doesn't look very good; and I made another ham. My hams are starting to be perfected now, they keep turning out very well.

Anyways, today i've had one egg white on whole wheat with dab of butter. Lunch is planned black beans and ham, and dinner is some of that spinach stuff. Gotta eat it, sooner or later. Yuck.

Have a good one today!

biscottibody59 on 08/24/2004:
Hope your day is getting better--have a good one and keep up the good work!

smiley2 on 08/25/2004:
Hang in there. I am just cominng out of one of my grupmy moody depressing phases, i dont know whats going on with me, maybe we all learn through this, become stronger people, get prepped for life, who knows...Good luck with the diet...

legcramps - Monday Aug 23, 2004

Weight: 135.0

Hello all.

I had an alright weekend as far as dieting goes. Friday I went to the party and didn't even touch the food there! Not even the cake! Of course, I had a few too many drinks, but at least I didn't add food to the intake, right? Saturday I had a wedding to attend and so for lunch I grabbed some of my casserole and rice dishes. The dinner that was served at the wedding was fabulous. I had a whole wheat bun, raw veggies, cooked veggies, salad and a slice of roast beef with a tablespoon of mashed potatoes. I had a few drinks here as well, but managed to dance for about an hour after dinner. I then left the dance and went home to bed. It was an early night for me, only because I was in a sour mood though. Sunday I grabbed a 6" baja chicken sub before heading out to the golf course. I had two beer during the 18 holes we played, then headed into the clubhouse for dinner. A dinner bun, fried potatoes (oops, but they sure looked good), cooked veggies and a hamburger patty. Went home, took a nap. When I woke up I was hungry again, so I went down to the corner store and bought a bag of chips. Oops, again. The team I was on walked the entire 18 holes though, so I think I did my exercise yesterday!

Today so far is a puffed wheat square for breakfast. Lunch is ham and black beans, dinner is probably the same thing. I'm not cooking today. I'm still in a sour mood; actually, I think it's progressed into an extremely nasty mood. I've been very upset over the weekend. There is something I need to give up, but i'm just too scared to do it.

Stay strong.

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