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legcramps - Friday Nov 15, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Ohemgee TGIF!

Since I last posted on DDs, I made two attempts to walk outside using my 'newfound' knowledge of proper gait and posture while walking. I'm sorry to report that it didn't help :(  I still developed shin splints within about five to ten minutes of walking. I did try taping my shins, but didn't get much relief that way either.

And then towards the end of last week I got pretty sick and didn't walk again last week.

So on Sunday of this week, I moved my butt to the treadmill. I can go a lot longer on the treadmill without shin pain.

Sunday - 45 mins (1 minute running)

Tuesday - 60 mins walking

Thursday - 60 mins (1 minute running)

If I notice pain starting in my shins, I turned down the mph until it passes. There's a lot of slow walking in those minutes (for example, Tuesday in those 60 minutes I walked 2.26 miles), but at least i'm walking!

In other news, I really need to start eating better. I jumped on the scale last night and have been discouraged ever since. And only myself to blame! So I need to start making salads again for lunches at work, and minimizing my junk food intake. That will be my first hurdle.

Wish me luck!

OhioRaven on 11/16/2013:
Dan ! That sucks about your shins.Hope you get better.Good Luck, LC.

liza36 on 11/18/2013:
Yes, at least you are walking! Keep it up.

hollybelle on 11/20/2013:
Dang I hate shin splints - You will pull out the good food choices...you do great. Hang in there. Keep at it.

legcramps - Monday Nov 04, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Happy Monday!

Doing great; working on my walking this week. I had a great talk with Dad recently, and i'm now paying special attention to my gait when I walk faster/for exercise and monitoring whether that might be at the root of my shin splint issue.

B: oatmeal, coffee

L: turkey sandwich, raw veggies

S: sugar cookie x 2

D: sandwich, soup

I throw a lot of veggies into my sandwiches; may not be getting enough veggies still, but it must be pretty close. Fruit usually goes into my oatmeal, but i've been doing the pb instead lately and haven't been buying fruit.

TOM came because I still haven't gotten my quarterly shot and it's probably been close to five months now. A little gut-ache this morning, but so far (knock on wood) it's very manageable.

Looks like a slow week and week-end coming up so just need to make it through the workweek! I haven't had a full five day week in about a month now, so it might be rough ;)

OhioRaven on 11/04/2013:
Hope your legs get better, LC.

legcramps on 11/04/2013:
Thanks OR, me too.

glassgirl3 on 11/04/2013:
I had shin splints for quite a while. I started taking smaller steps and put generic insoles in my shoes and it really helped alot. Have a great week.

Umpqua on 11/04/2013:
I hope the changes in walking will help your legs. I didn't realize you had gone to Disneyland, sounds like you had a fun trip!

legcramps on 11/04/2013:
It was definitely fun :) although still wouldn't be my first choice destination!

V on 11/04/2013:
Hey girly!! Just catching up on everyone's diaries..I am so happy that you had a nice vacay, next time you should suggest to your family that Disney World is alot cooler, that way you can sneak off and hang out with me for a few days since I'm only an hour south of Orlando!

Not sure if i mentioned before that Rock Tape or something similar to it may help out with the shin splint.. Anyhoo hope the rest of your work week is stressfree my friend <3

horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2013:
LOL, I love those short work weeks. That's my plan...to use ALL my vacation days to shorten up what would be a 5-day week. I get 10 days vacation & 5 sick days a year..my plan is to break all of this up...no big vacations this year...to make work overall more manageable & so I can fit in exercise, as well.

So now you're still suffering at times from leg issues? As you know, I have the same problem as you or it's very similar. I'm in my 8th month of recovery now. I am finding that now I have big ups & downs...once in a while I am getting a very painful day.

As for veggies, I recommend finding ways to fit them in...and get them in by having them in your house....I almost recommend buying more types/quantities than you would even finish in a week. When I do this, I eat more. This week, I bought blackberries as a change of pace...and they do last so much longer than raspberries. :)

liza36 on 11/14/2013:
Let us know how changing your gait, or paying attention to it, helps your shins. That would be very interesting. Have a great day.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Work conference Monday and Tuesday and ate great! Aside from the strawberry mousse and vanilla cheesecake on Tuesday for lunch

A few days of work and then a Ladies' Night event on Friday!

Goal is to walk the track today; i've got my pedometer on and hoping to reach a good number of steps today :)

Oatmeal, coffee, leftover pizza for lunch, cucumbers, hallowe'en sugar cookies for mid-afternoon snack, soup and sandwich for dinner.

Maria7 on 10/31/2013:
Good on the walking.

legcramps - Friday Oct 25, 2013

Weight: 0.0

Hey Hey!

Back from my vacation to Disneyland - it was awesome and crazy and it took me a few days to recover :)

Even though we walked every day on average 5 miles, my diet was not very good. I have some work to do to get things back on track, but i'm working on it! And things are just as busy as they were when I left; work conference coming up next week, and some other social events happening. The rest of October should fly by!

There's a hockey game tonight, so I stopped by the grocery store and picked up groceries for a quick turkey sandwich with some pop chips. Might grab a hot chocolate at the game.

I'm walking most days and trying to keep my knees and shins healthy by not overdoing it right away. Hopefully I will be able to work my way up to some tougher workouts, or find some other activity that will help me level up my exercise. But for now, just trying to 'move' as much as my lazy alter-ego will let me :)

Hopefully talk to you soon! Hope you're all doing well.

Michgal on 10/28/2013:
at least you got to walk 5 miles per day! that had to have helped...

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Monday - Ended up meeting a friend for an extended lunch so I took the afternoon off work and did some work in regards to the trip i'm heading on next week. Took a nap as well - I just can't catch up on sleep!

Tuesday - What a crazy day at work! Had to work some extra hours as well as attend an evening meeting. Managed a 15 minute walk at lunchtime. After work, went to a friend's for coffee because she was having a bad day. Tell me about it! Got home after 9 p.m., completely zoned out and burned the chicken I was baking.

I finally made a to-do list for myself for the rest of this week. So. Many. Things. To. Get. Done.

Good thing i'm in love with to-do lists.

Wednesday - Another crazy day of meetings. Heading outside for a walk soon, need to clear my head. Received a bamboo plant from a co-worker today for some work I did yesterday. It's beautiful. Unfortunately, I am a Plant Killer. So we'll see how that goes.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 10/02/2013:
I'm a plant killer too--have a great afternoon!

V on 10/02/2013:
Good luck plant killer, LOL Hey so where are you going next week? I hope somewhere fun with cute boys ;) Hahahaha Have a great evening my friend!

legcramps - Monday Sep 30, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Thursday - Dinner out with the girls; pizza again as it was the special - spinach, chicken, and I asked for feta cheese but they gave me pineapple. Huh. Didn't think you could misunderstand 'feta' for 'pineapple'.

Friday - All a blur. I was completely exhausted and I remember wanting to watch a movie and just relax at home. Didn't happen; in fact I fell asleep on the couch in the act of finding a movie to rent.

Saturday - Drove four hours to visit family; went to a theatre presentation of Les Miserables. Was wonderful! Stayed up late chatting with my very talkative aunt. Pretty Auntie is what she prefers to be called.

Sunday - Up at 8 a.m. for 9 holes of golf at a gorgeous golf course not even five minutes away from their place. Wow, they've got it made! Ran through Timmy's afterwards for coffees and treats for the house, then watched World War Z before driving the four hours back home.

I don't know if that makes you feel tired, but it feels to me like it should be Friday today. And that's not good, seeing as i've got three meetings this week to get through, plus getting everything else ready for my holidays starting next week.

Monday - Started my day with some iced coffee, but now I have a headache and my eyes just want to close. There is a plan to meet up with a friend after work; haven't seen her in forever! Yes, another late night is probable. No meal plans this week - will try to finish up whatever's in the fridge.

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 09/30/2013:
Yes, reading this makes me tired! Sounds like a busy weekend! Hope you have a good and more relaxing week today!

V on 09/30/2013:
Yep officially tired after reading about all of your activities..I am sure you will sleep well tonight!

Umpqua on 10/01/2013:
What a busy weekend, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

legcramps - Thursday Sep 26, 2013

Weight: 168.0

We've come to the point in the year where things get a little bananas for me. Fall meetings start up again and work just seems to start piling up. My evenings and weekends are packed and i'm lucky if I can find time for a load of laundry. Thank goodness for holiday time in October! 

I feel like lately I haven't been able to comment on everyone's entries like I want to, or really even think about what i'm writing out. I just hastily throw something down, click post, and move my attention onward.

But i'm not that person. One of the reasons I keep coming back to DDs is because of the awesome support and advice I get from the rest of you each and every time I post. And I like to think I can lift your spirits as much as you lift mine.

So while my posts may be irregular at best, you should all know that i'm still gonna hang out here when I can, read your posts, and throw in my two cents whenever I can ;o)

And I don't want to hear any whining about it. You're stuck with me and that's all there is to it.

I ate pizza for dinner yesterday. And I liked it. And then I started reading a book I got at the book sale for 25 cents. And the book, it got a little frisky. That's when I realized it was one of those books. And now if someone asks me, i'll have to tell them that - indeed - I have in fact read erotica. And no, it wasn't Shades of Gray.


B - coffee

L - spring mix, chicken breast, bell pepper, cucumber, poppyseed dressing, 1 cob of corn

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/26/2013:
Wonderful post - those of us who have been around here a while know you aren't a drive-by poster ;) I can totally commiserate on the bananas stuff right now too!

V on 09/26/2013:
YOU complete me and I totally understand what you mean <3

horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2013:
yup, DD is very important to me for the same reasons. In fact, it IS my DIARY...but also it is so great that DD is full of women who are supportive and insightful, such as yourself!

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Saturday - Golf tournament; won 2nd place YET AGAIN whoop whoop! I also took the prize for ladies' longest drive. Get me on the LPGA tour, people.

Sunday - CFL game; even though we lost in a nailbiter finish, it was great to be THERE and soak up the atmosphere.

Monday - Training day at work; drank lots of coffee and panicked when I returned to my office at the end of the day and saw all the e-mails i'd gotten. I was invited to a friend's for coffee, but begged off in lieu of hitting the sack early.

Tuesday - Training in the morning; rush to catch up on my work in the afternoon. There was a hockey game tonight, but I skipped it in favour of reading a very interesting book regarding a fellow who was an RCMP officer-turned-conman in the 1900's. Slurped up all 180 pages in one evening.


B - whole wheat sandwich thins, smooth pb, coffee

S - argh! the donuts got me!

L - spring mix, tofu, cucumber, bell pepper, poppyseed dressing

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

V on 09/25/2013:
Well congrats to you!! I am sure once The LPGA gets word about you they will sign ya up immediately! Have a good evening girl :)

OhioRaven on 09/25/2013:
LPGA here we go, I'll carry your bags !

legcramps - Friday Sep 20, 2013

Weight: 168.0


B - 8:45 - kashi cereal, blueberries, almond milk, coffee, sugar

S - 9:30 - coffee, almond milk, sugar

L - 12:00 - poor man's luncheon to raise funds for local hockey club: 1/2 cup chicken (really? there was chicken in there?) noodle soup, plain (aka no lettuce, no tomato, no nothin') ham sandwich on white (yuck) bread, rice crispy square; no offense to the folks who volunteered their time to make this, but that meal cost me $10?! completely unimpressed, which is insane because i'll eat ANYTHING.

S - 2:20 - hungry again, I wonder why? multigrain bagel with crunchy pb

S - 3:30 - coffee, black

D - 6:30 - baked potato with a little butter, bacon bits, and shredded mozza

S - 7:30 - mocha, large and delicious

S - 10:30 - two slices sprouted grain toast, one with pb&j, one with mozza cheese

Water - Five bottles (four bottle goal)

Exercise - 15 minute walk

It's so great to write absolutely everything out each day. When I looked at the clock last night and realized it was almost two o'clock in the morning and I still wasn't sleepy, I honestly wondered why. Now I know. Gorged myself on coffee. Today promises to be a long one.

Not enough greens in my menus lately. Big salad for lunch today should help with that.

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA fail. Sloppy work, boys! Looks like it's going to be a rebuilding year.


B - 8:45 - kashi cereal, 1% milk, coffee, sugar

S - 10:30 - coffee, sugar

L - 11:50 - beef taco salad (all they had! wth?!)

S - 3:00 - kashi cereal, dry, eaten straight out of the bag and making the noisiest sounds ever on the extra crunchy parts

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 09/20/2013:
Great post today, LC. You really crack me up !

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/20/2013:
reading about that lunch, you've got me smiling at work :-D LOVE IT....you added a laugh to my day!

V on 09/20/2013:
Sorry that your hockey boys let ya down and sorry about your sucky lunch :( Good evening to you my friend!!

V on 09/20/2013:
Sorry that your hockey boys let ya down and sorry about your sucky lunch :( Good evening to you my friend!!

legcramps - Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Weight: 168.0


B - 8:15 - oatmeal, blueberries, crunchy pb, almond milk, coffee, sugar

S - 9:00 - coffee, sugar

L - 12:00 - spring mix, red bell pepper, tofu, cucumber, poppyseed dressing

S - 3:00 - 1/2 multigrain bagel, crunchy pb

D - 5:00 - very spicy chicken and rice soup, got 1/2 cup in and realized my lips went numb, turkey sandwich, coffee

S - 8:00 - baked potato with bacon bits and shredded mozza to make up for the light dinner

Water - four bottles (goal met)

Exercise - 15 minute walk at work


First local hockey game tonight! And a couple tailgate events I could purchase dinner at if i wanted hot dogs and soda.

Also I can't believe it's only Thursday. Longest. Week. Ever.


B - 8:45 - kashi cereal, blueberries, almond milk, coffee, sugar

S - 9:30 - coffee, almond milk, sugar

L - 12:00 - poor man's luncheon to raise funds for local hockey club: 1/2 cup chicken (really? there was chicken in there?) noodle soup, plain (aka no lettuce, no tomato, no nothin') ham sandwich on white (yuck) bread, rice crispy square; no offense to the folks who volunteered their time to make this, but that meal cost me $10?! completely unimpressed, which is insane because i'll eat ANYTHING.

S - 2:20 - hungry again, I wonder why? multigrain bagel with crunchy pb

Progress as of today: 17 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 09/19/2013:
Your potato snack last night looks SO yummy. Hope you have fun at hockey!

OhioRaven on 09/19/2013:
Did you Finish the Soup ? Have a great Tailgate.

legcramps on 09/19/2013:
No, I couldn't do it!

michgal on 09/19/2013:
$10 for that lunch?! LOL!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2013:
lately i'm still all up on the nut butters myself....and right now, my favorite is the smart balance nut butter spraed (whatever it's called) because it has a little after taste that makes me LESS likely to binge! haha, but obviously I do still love it enough to want to buy it...

thank you for your insight...you were right on the money....things have been TOO BORING for me for awhile....so, yes, i'm going to attempt little things (especially on weekends) that are more adventurous....or at least exciting! thanks again..

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