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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.

legcramps - Friday Aug 20, 2004

Weight: 135.0

Lost another pound! Amazing. It's going slowly, but I don't care, at least it's going. That's more than I can say for myself at any other time on this site! 135 is going to be a goal for me (I love how I make them up as I reach them - I can never remember what goals I make for myself!), and today i'm going to make an appointment to get my hair cut and styled, and do some other beauty work. A manicure would sure be neat I think.

Yesterday I made broccoli casserole and black beans and rice. Both were good, and so I had one serving of each for dinner, along with a serving of ham. Of course, I didn't finish all that, so I gave about a quarter of it to my boyfriend. He really was pleased that I made the casserole! And, as circumstances go, apparently I can use the gym again at my boyfriend's place. Circumstances there were bad, with a friend that was staying at his place. I chose to not bother being a part of it, which meant not going to his house. That friend is now gone, leaving a gruesome letter that makes ME, believe it or not, feel guilty. Anyhow, end result - I can use the gym again.

Last night I went for a jog/walk for an hour and a half around the park. It's starting to get chilly outside at night, I don't know what i'll do when it gets too cold to go out. Then watched a movie and went to sleep. God my life is getting boring!

On the upside - i'm going to a birthday 'hot tub' party tonight, a wedding tomorrow night, and i'm going golfing with 25 other people on Sunday. Okay, so just during the week my life is boring!

Okay well, I got lots of healthy food in the fridge, a gym all to myself, and all the natural air I could breathe. I should be able to stick to my plan this weekend. Hehe. Should.

Umpqua on 08/20/2004:
Congratulations on your loss! (It's nice to congratulate someone on a loss for a change, although the words seem odd.) Thanks for your encouragement, it really does help :) Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned, especially the birthday hot tub part. Hope you enjoy.

Umpqua on 08/20/2004:
Well, the cheese popover is from a low-carb cookbook. I've modified it slightly, but it's pretty simple: 1 cup atkins bake mix, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup cream, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp melted butter, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar. You just beat all the ingredients and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Makes 8 popovers, and they're pretty tasty, although they have that spongy low-carb consistency due to the bake mix.

Interesting question on the calories - I haven't counted them in years actually! I have tried low-fat low-cal diets in the past but they never worked for me for more than a few months. I've been doing a modified low-carb approach for over 2 years now and have maintained a 40 pound loss, so I'm sticking with it!

I was curious about the calories though so I did an estimate. I came out under 1,000 calories a day, which seems low. I'm guessing it's more like 1,500. That seems odd considering how much meat and cheese I eat, but I do tend to eat small portions and lots of veggies, so I guess that keeps it in check. Anyway, good question - got me thinking anyway!

BrendaKay on 08/20/2004:
You've left such supportive and encouragement comments for me - THANK YOU! It is so nice to get that cheer from time to time!

I had to check out your diary and my goodness girl you amaze me with all that activity! You are an inspiration for me to go for a walk right now!

biscottibody59 on 08/20/2004:
Hey, congrats on the pound lost--have a good evening and keep up the good work!

subway girl on 08/20/2004:
Thanks for commenting on my diary :) Congrats on reaching 135! I hope you had a good day of pampering!

legcramps - Thursday Aug 19, 2004

Weight: 136.0

Hello again. Today I woke up super early and was feeling great, but i've lost that euphoria and now I feel sick. Again.

Yesterday I did indeed have chicken fajitas for lunch and dinner, and I did play wallyball for two hours. When I got home, I did my ab routine, did some reading, then fell into bed. It was a good day. I also went to Wal-mart and got some 2.5lb weights (I was missing these, and I don't want to up my weights by 10lbs on each arm, i'd rather do it by 5!), a new pair of shoes for work (my old ones were tearing apart at the seams) and a pair of boots for winter. Really good deals yesterday!

So today so far i've had a slice of 60% whole wheat bread (homemade, which is the only reason i'm eating it) toasted, with lite butter. I'm drinking a bottle of water, and for lunch it looks like chicken fajitas. I made a ham last night, but I probably won't get into it until tomorrow, and even then my boyfriend might snatch it away to take to work! Funny how that works....Anyhow, tonight i'm thinking of making my broccoli casserole again (my boy really liked it) because I have a fairly leisurely night ahead of me, with chicken or hey - we can eat it with the ham. Duh.

Tonight is supposed to be weights, but again - don't think I can make it. We'll see. If not, i'm sure getting my jogging in this week! Take care everyone!

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 18, 2004

Weight: 136.0

I bet even though i've been eating enough lately, i'll have another loss this coming Friday. I don't want to jinx myself, but since i've been sick, not much has stayed down if you know what I mean....not the right way to go about losing weight, but there's not much I can do about that...

Yesterday my boyfriend took all the leftovers so I had nothing to eat for lunch. I grabbed a whole wheat wrap and cut up some cheese into it. Then I had another one of those after work because (for obvious reasons) I was really hungry. I then made chicken fajitas for dinner. My boyfriend didn't get home until late, and I wanted to go to the movies last night, so we didn't get a chance to eat. So of course I got myself a chocolate bar at the movie theatre. Hoy, chocolate will be the death of me. I can't believe I keep saying that I don't really like it that much. If I don't like it, why am I constantly eating it?!! When the movie was over, I jogged/walked for an hour and a half around the park, then did my ab routine. Looks like I won't be able to hit the gym for a while (due to circumstances at my boyfriend's), so i'll just have to improvise until I can.

Today so far i've had junk food for breakfast. Okay, I slept through my alarm so while I was running into the office I passed the vending machine and you know how that goes....I needed breakfast! Lunch will be a chicken fajita and probably the same for dinner as well. I'm picking my boyfriend up tonight (reminder - take some dinner for him) and we're playing wallyball tonight for two hours. Fun fun!

It's been a busy week so far. Oh, the movie I saw was Garfield. So cute! Everyone have a great day today!

Umpqua on 08/18/2004:
Thanks for your words of encouragement! It feels so good to get back into a routine of healthier eating and exercise, hopefully I see some results soon. It sounds like you're doing great with eating and exercise (hey, we all need a little chocolate every now and again ;) - keep it up!

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 17, 2004

Weight: 136.0

I'm feeling a little better today, but not 100% yet.

Yesterday I had a cinnamin bun, a cup of french vanilla cappaccino, 2 cups chili with whole wheat buns, two glasses of orange juice and a ham and turkey sub from subway. I had a chocolate bar too. I couldn't even begin to tell you why...

After feeling sorry for myself most of the day at work, I watched a stupid movie and then went to sleep. Thank goodness, because I truly believe I needed that sleep! I woke up feeling more refreshed than the last three days put together! Yes, still a little pain here and there, but so much better!

Of course, I didn't do any exercises today, and i'm a little pissy today because I might not be able to use my boyfriend's basement gym tonight. I guess i'll just have to go jogging and do my ab routine, even though today is supposed to be weights. Not like i've followed it at all in the last couple days, so what's the diff? At least i'll be exercising, right?

Today is a cinnamin bun, and then i'm not sure. I don't know if my boyfriend took all the leftovers or not. If he did, I might not have much to eat for lunch at all!!

It's tuesday, but it should be friday. I would feel ten times better if it were only friday...

SarahBeth on 08/17/2004:
Hi! I thought I would answer your question. I normally don't eat cereal for lunch, however, yesterday I was trying to cut down calories and cleanse myself from the pizza and ice cream from my b-day on Sunday. It didn't work too well because I still had a piece of ice cream cake after dinner. DOH!

But I normall try to get a good amount of protein in for lunch with ham or tuna or peanut butter. But yesterday it just worked out with the cereal for lunch. That's good stuff, ya know!? LOL! :-)

legcramps - Monday Aug 16, 2004

Weight: 136.0

I'm not going to be much for conversation today, sorry guys. I'm feeling really rotten, that time of the month. Anyways, my weekend was easily spit-at-able. I didn't get anything done. Hoy.

Friday I had off, so I got up early and went for a walk. After that, I did some reading and then made lunch. Had 2 oz. chicken with a tablespoon of broccoli casserole. Dinner was chili with lean beef added because my boyfriend wanted meat already! I went out that night and had too many beer, and when I finally got home, I was starving so I had two whole wheat buns with cheese.

Saturday we went out for lunch and I got a chicken salad sandwich with fries. I wasn't hungry for the rest of the day, and unfortunately, went out again that night and again had too many drinks! Sunday I got sick from my period and i've been sick ever since. I didn't do anything on Sunday besides lay on the couch. I got my cardio in on Friday by going for a jog and then doing my ab routine. Saturday I got more cardio in, but didn't do my weights. Today i'm taking the day off because i'm still sick and because this is supposed to be my day off anyways. I was really bad on Sunday for eating. I had chicken fingers with dip, and a cheeseburger. I also had a chocolate milkshake. Sounds like I had my cheat day a little early, huh?! Today so far is a cinnamin bun. For lunch is chili and for dinner probably chili again. I'll have to cook tonight, but I really don't feel like it.

Sorry to be such a bore today! Take care!

legcramps - Thursday Aug 12, 2004

Weight: 136.0

Took my weight today because I won't be around tomorrow to do it. Nice little loss, huh?! Quite happy about that.

3azem - thanks for your comments yesterday!

borntocry - if I can remember the correct names, these are the weight exercises I do: Dumbbell curls, Barbell Military press, Dumbbell, Shoulder press, Dumbbell Bench press, Dumbbell shrugs, Dumbbell wrist curls, Dumbbell Triceps extensions, Dumbbell Lateral Raise, Dumbbell Front lateral raise.

I don't think i'm missing any, but I might be. Most everything's with dumbbells because that's all we have at my boyfriend's place and i'm not going to the gym. The military press is done just with the barbell at the moment, i'm still trying to master my form with it!!

Yesterday was an off day. I don't know why, but I really wasn't in the mood for much. But I knew that if I skipped a workout, the next day would be even harder for me. So I got off my butt and did my cardio. First of all, I sure set my expectations high. I didn't make it to jogging, there would have been no way I could do that on top of everything else. The first thing I did was the stepper. My legs were killing me on this! Next I did the elliptical, and still my legs were killing me. I usually start with the stationary bike, and I think I should have done that yesterday too, because when I finally hit the bike, I went 20 minutes practically pain-free. After that I did my ab routine and called it quits.

Food: cinammin bun, 3 cups mudjarrah, two glasses orange juice. Not much, but like I said, I was in an 'off' mood. Today will be better. My plan is 1 cup mudjarrah for lunch and 2 cups broccoli casserole for dinner. I'm making vegetable chili tonight. My boyfriend doesn't know yet that there is no meat in it! I don't think i'll tell him until after he eats it. Anyways, that will be lunch for myself for tomorrow. I made myself a snack of yogurt and fruit, stuck it in the freezer for awhile, and then fell asleep without eating it. So now I have a cup of frozen stiff yogurt and fruit.

Tonight is weights again. With some biking for a warm-up. I can't wait to up the weight on some of my lifts! Have a great day today and an awesome weekend, talk to you on Monday!

cuties20 on 08/12/2004:
Congratulations for your weight loss!!! :)

Soon2BThin on 08/13/2004:
Great work on your exercise!! And the weightloss! I'm not much for cooking so I'll just forego the bean quesadilla recipe, thanks anyway. The mudjarrah does sound good though. Have a great Friday the 13th!

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2004:
Congrats on the loss! Good Work--and looks like not eating meat is going pretty well too!

Have a good day and keep up the good work!

legcramps - Wednesday Aug 11, 2004

Weight: 138.5

Thanks for the advice on where to find couscous. I checked out the grocery store yesterday after work, but I couldn't seem to find it in the rice section, or any other section for that matter. I didn't have time to ask anyone working there, but I will next time. I'm very interested in seeing what this stuff tastes like!

Yesterday my dinner was a quesadilla and 2 cups of salad. When I finished working out, I didn't feel very hungry, so I just ate salad instead of mudjarrah. I'll eat that today for lunch. I had about three glasses of orange juice yesterday - I bought Tropicana in a neat little bottle, and i'm drinking it like crazy now. I made a broccoli casserole last night, of which my boyfriend had some. He thought it was pretty good, though I think he's having some kind of meat withdrawals! I feel fine, but I know he likes his meat. It was funny too, I got him to eat way more salad than he usually would, just so that I could save more of the casserole for myself! We can eat it for dinner tonight, and probably have enough leftover for one person's lunch tomorrow....guess who that person will be?!! He'll just have to pick up a sub or something!

I went to the library last night and found out that I have a book that I haven't taken back in like 7 years. I can't believe I still have this book, and I have no clue on the whereabouts of it. So, if I don't find it, it's going to cost me over $40! Anyways, I got the biography on Frank Abignail (Catch Me If You Can), and some haunted ghost stories, and one on Janis Joplin. Can't wait to read them. I'm on a reading roll at the moment, just can't seem to put down the book to pick up the tv remote! Good! It's time for a nice change like that!

I ran a couple of errands for my grandma yesterday, then headed to the 'gym'. It was weight day yesterday, and I pushed it hard. I think I did pretty good, I was feeling the burn after doing only about three of the exercises (I do around 8 or 9 in total, 3 sets of each exercise), so I think my body got a good workout. I also rode the stationary bike for 10 minutes, alternating between moderate and hard. Tonight is strictly cardio, so i'll be on the bike, the stepper, the elliptical, jogging and i'll be doing an ab workout tonight as well.

My entries just seem to be getting longer and longer, so i'll wrap this up quickly. Have a good one today! I'm feeling good today!

3azem on 08/11/2004:
The coucous you find in the grocery store usually comes with its own spices (sometimes in a separate packet)and is in a small box. You can also check where they sell international foods. If your grocery store doens't have it, you can order it online.

Mudjarrah... yum, yum. I love Middle Eastern/North African foods. And if I stuck to them, I probably wouldn't be overweight, lol.

Your exercise routine motivates me.

Soon2BThin on 08/11/2004:
I have to ask---what is mudjarrah? And how do you make your quesadillas? I've never had either one but I've always wanted to get the chicken quesadilla from Taco Bell, LOL. Maybe yours are more healthy. I think at the library you don't have to pay more than what the book was worth, I'm not sure. Don't let them over-charge you. Happy reading!

borntocry on 08/12/2004:
My boyfriend also has to have meat at least once a day. Dinner at our house is always vegetarian (as I do all the cooking), so my boyfriend generally has something meaty for lunch. Sometimes by chance he ends up having something meatless for lunch and by night time he says he feels the lack of protein. So on those days I have to give him a couple of boiled eggs with his dinner (sounds like I'm talking about a baby, doesn't it?). That's usually enough for him.

You're doing really well with all the exercises. What weight exercises do you do?

legcramps - Tuesday Aug 10, 2004

Weight: 138.5

Yesterday I had the bean burger for lunch, along with another pb bun and a glass of o.j. For dinner I had one bean quesadilla. I walked to grandma's house (heehee, kind of out of a fairytale, huh?!) for some exercise and then played with my cousins for a while. They really played me out; I was sweating by the time I quit! While at grandma's, I got suckered into eating a piece of carrot cake for my mother's birthday. Yes, suckered. Swear, they tied me down and shoved pieces of cake down my throat! Really! Okay, so it didn't quite go down like that. I also had a glass of rhubarb juice that my mother home-brewed. It was crazy strong! I could barely drink even half a cup of it. Walked home, and read a bit before heading to bed. So, my day off was sort of a day off, but not quite. I still got a lot of exercise in, and I still ate okay.

I also ended up cooking chicken enchilladas for my boyfriend for dinner. I gave the leftovers to him too, but not before feeling a litte miffed that I wouldn't be able to have any! So, I tried a biteful of it, and just about lost my head. It was really spicy, due to the fact that I put two whole hot peppers into it, plus a spicy salsa! Live and learn. I gladly wrapped them up for him! I also made madjarrah, which i'll be eating for dinner tonight. I tasted a bit of it, and I think i'm in love! I can't believe how good i'm getting at this cooking thing. I'm lovin' it!

Question - I have this recipe for Grilled veggies with couscous. What's couscous? How do you make it? I've heard of it before, may have even tried it once or twice, but can't for the life of me think of what it is. Any help would be appreciated.

Today is weight day. I'll be hard-pressed to stay away from cardio because I love cardio so much more than weights! I'm having one bean quesadilla for lunch, and mudjarrah for dinner with a quesadilla. I have to hit the grocery store today - have no idea what i'm going to make for dinner tomorrow. I don't even know if i'll have enough food to last me until then. My boyfriend likes to make a habit of running me out of food!!!

Okay, i'm off. Later Days!

gigi43 on 08/10/2004:
You can buy boxed couscous in the rice section of the grocery store - it's pretty good and I think it's a form of rice but not too sure. Good luck!

borntocry on 08/11/2004:
Couscous does look like tiny grains of rice, but I think it's actually a form of semolina. Anyway, as gigi says, you can find boxes of it rice section of the grocery store. It's very easy to make - just follow the instructions on the box. You basically just boil a cup of water (you can add a cube of vegetable or any other kind of stock, or just salt), then add a cup of couscous, cover and take off the heat. Leave it to sit for five minutes, then add a little butter and fluff it up a bit with a fork over low heat. It's very filling, so a little bit goes a long way. Good luck with the recipe!

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