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legcramps - Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Weight: 167.5

What a crazy weekend!!! It was great to see a lot of my extended family this past weekend for the Easter break; we did a lot of egg colouring, went to a hockey game and out for ice cream - very busy but also an extremely happy time for all!

Now I am attempting to ween myself off of the need to eat every 15 minutes. I went off my plan of whole grain, plant-based foods, but hope to start working at moving back into it within the week (need to use up some leftovers).

My knee has been getting better with each passing day. After attempting to wear my knee brace on Saturday and failing miserably (too tight), I went back to wrapping it myself each day. Which is fine; i'd rather be comfortable than struggling with it. The knee itself still feels tight, but exercising it loosens things up and i'm confident that i'll be walking normally again within the next two weeks. After slacking on my knee exercises this weekend, i'm back to scheduling it in each day and I hope to advance to ten minute walks starting next week. We'll see how it goes!

Breakfast - mocha, smoothie (o.j., 1/2 banana, strawberries, glutamine powder)

Lunch - turkey sandwich on whole grain (using up the rest of the salad dressings for the spread) with spinach leaves

Snack - raw carrots, no dip

Dinner - I have some perogies with sausage to use up, along with cooked onion and green beans

The snow has been melting here over the past few days... i'm panicking as I don't want it to melt so fast that my basement floods. I'll be keeping a close eye on this until spring has sprung. And then the joy of spring cleaning! I'm so looking forward to opening up the windows, washing the walls and blinds, carpet cleaning and the like. I would also like to repaint the bathroom a fresh new colour.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 04/02/2013:
Have a real good day, LC. Praying for your knee.

legcramps on 04/02/2013:
Thanks, Ohio! Need all the prayers I can get ;)

Umpqua on 04/02/2013:
I'm glad you had a fun holiday weekend with the family, and excellent news on your knee recovery!

V on 04/02/2013:
So happy that your knee is feeling alot better, Hey LOVE the decorated eggs on your fb page, you are so creative :)

horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2013:
hey girl! blood test will come back in a week or two. i got a second opinion from a different orthopedist who adviced i shouldn't stay completely off my feet :-) so i'm out of the wheelchair & will be going to work tomorrow. i feel better knowing a second doctor's opinion. we skipped the bone density test bc in the morning i had to stand, but still was in the wheelchair, until my appt later at 4pm... glad not to miss another day of work! i want to save my sick days! for nice weather!

horn_of_plenty on 04/02/2013:
hey girl! blood test will come back in a week or two. i got a second opinion from a different orthopedist who adviced i shouldn't stay completely off my feet :-) so i'm out of the wheelchair & will be going to work tomorrow. i feel better knowing a second doctor's opinion. we skipped the bone density test bc in the morning i had to stand, but still was in the wheelchair, until my appt later at 4pm... glad not to miss another day of work! i want to save my sick days! for nice weather!

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Pretty busy today seeing as i'm off for the rest of the week. No time for commenting; hopefully I can get on here tomorrow for that.

Foods yesterday:

Breakfast - mocha

Lunch - turkey sandwich

Dinner - turkey sandwich

Snack - peanut butter sandwich

Yeah, overdid it on the sandwiches, for sure. Usually that happens when I haven't planned my meals well enough and when there's a loaf of bread laying around. Lesson learned.

Not enough sleep last night. Pretty sure i'll fall asleep during my massage this afternoon.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

V on 03/27/2013:
Have a nice massage :)

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I ended up going to the grocery store yesterday because I was craving a sandwich for dinner. I bought some turkey and multigrain bread and it hit the spot.

It was a long day though, and my knee was bothering me a bit. I go to the clinic this afternoon to have the stitches removed and i'm going to ask my GP why my knee is still swollen. Maybe he will give me an anti-inflammatory script. Hope so, because it's pretty frustrating and i'd like to put my knee brace back in use instead of having to keep wrapping it every day. Regardless, it will be nice to get the stitches out.

Yesterday's Foods were really good:

Breakfast - mocha, apple

Lunch - cafeteria sandwich, broccoli soup

Dinner - turkey sandwich loaded with spinach

Exercise - knee strengthening

Today is my last day of relaxing at home after work. Tomorrow there will be a family dinner, Thursday I am off work and so will spend a lot of time at Grandma's, and Friday is another family day with Easter Egg colouring shenanigans. The weekend won't be much different, but i'm looking forward to seeing some family members that I haven't seen since summer. So long as I am able to continue resting my knee all should be well.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/26/2013:
Hope the swelling in your knee goes down. It's probably normal, but I know it's a pain to have to wrap it.

Sounds like a nice holiday weekend. Enjoy!

V on 03/26/2013:
Hope your swelling goes down :( OOh Easter Egg shenannagins sounds fun! I remember your decorative festive eggs last year, I am sure you will have a blast :) RYC it is REALLY easy to listen to the Master of sexiness ;) LOL Have a great evening <3

biscottibody59 on 03/27/2013:
I hope your knee keeps improving and the pain subsides soon!

legcramps - Monday Mar 25, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Howdy, back to the grind! Good news for me is that I only have to work today, tomorrow, and half of Wednesday this week. Not a bad countdown leading up to the Easter weekend :)

Breakfast - mocha, and I will walk down to the cafeteria for something to eat when it opens at 9. My fridge is almost completely void of breakfast items. And I was running late today.

Lunch - *sigh* something from the cafeteria again. Probably a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread; so glad we have healthy options here.

Snack - If I am starving I might grab some raw veggies from the cafeteria. The cafeteria will get a lot of my business today ;)

Dinner - The last of the lentil stew, some green beans, and 1/2 cup of brown rice because you can never have enough carbs. And also because that's about all I have left in my house besides a multitude of cream of mushroom soup and a host of pudding. Which kind of goes against my plant-based, whole foods idea.

Grocery shopping soon. Not today, but soon. This week sometime.

Exercise - I got a few more knee exercises from a friend on the weekend, so tonight I will be going through my routine and the new routine.

Also time to call my GP to get the stitches in my knee removed! I hope this means there will be some good progress this week!

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/25/2013:
Sounds like you'll be able to eat healthy today. Hope your knee is healing quickly.

Enjoy your short work week!

Puddles on 03/25/2013:
Good luck with your knee your doing good.

Umpqua on 03/25/2013:
Great news on getting your stitches removed. Your food plans sound healthy - you're lucky your cafeteria has healthy options!

skinnygrlwithin on 03/25/2013:
That's awesome news about the stitches... and I hate the feeling of an empty house with no food... especially when you're trying to stay on track but you seem to have good options to rely on in your cafeteria.

Tangalyn~ on 03/25/2013:
hope today is a great one for ya!

hollybelle on 03/25/2013:
You are rally hanging in there with the knee recovery - good job!

getmebackto150 on 03/25/2013:
Your menu looks great!! Healthy options at work is a VERY good thing!!

V on 03/25/2013:
So jealous of your short work week but still excited for you just the same :) RYC yep it is finally my turn to read "50 Shades of Grey" unless it is a book that I really want, all of our friends share books..I was a little reluctant since i am not a fan of romance novels but there is so much sex in the book, the romance takes back seat..hahahahah If you haven't read it yet, it is a page turner my friend ;) Have a good one!

legcramps - Friday Mar 22, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I just have to get through today at work, then maybe do a few errands downtown and i've put in a full week this week! I might just sleep until Monday, LOL.

source: http://www.healthedsolutions.com/articles/friday-funny-11-02-12

Still not much improvement with my knee this morning, but i'm slowly gaining the courage to push it a little more each day. Eventually, it has to fully heal, right?

Weekend plans - I really need to do laundry, I want to pick up a rug shampooer and a mop and clean the stairs and do the other household chores I normally do, wash my car, attend birthday party, and there is a trade show in town this weekend that i'd like to check out. Seems like a lot for this cripple. We'll see how much of it I actually do ;)

Food - smoothie, mocha, slice leftover pizza, chicken and lentil stew.

Exercise - knee exercises x 2. not boring at all.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 03/22/2013:
That is quite a busy weekend you have planned, make sure you get some rest in too. Enjoy!

Puddles on 03/22/2013:
I understand that having to take it easy is hard but don't overdo it. Have a great weekend.

OhioRaven on 03/22/2013:
Busy, Wow !

grannyannie on 03/22/2013:
Don't overdo it on the knee. Yes, it will heal. Strength exercises will help. Have a good weekend.

MzLovely on 03/22/2013:
Have a good day :):) and a great, busy weekend

hollybelle on 03/22/2013:
Have a great weekend whatever and however much you get done! Be nice to the knee!

legcramps - Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Oh boy, two more days of work to go. I'm not sure I can do it; I am exhausted right now. Tonight will be the second evening meeting this week.

I'm kinda sorta dreading my friend's upcoming birthday on Saturday. A group of us will be going out to eat at a steakhouse that has a pretty awesome selection of ales, and then i'm assuming there will be a party at her place afterwards.

#1 Dread: They haven't seen me in a while and they might make fun of the fact that I am not at full mobility yet. I just really don't want to hear it.

#2 Dread: All the ale. All the partying. Dancing. Shots. I'd better keep my ass on a chair all night, instead of forgetting that my mobility is limited and doing something really very bad to my knee.

I brought a smoothie to work this morning and spilled it all over my desk.

My knee doesn't feel like it's improved much since Tuesday. I guess I will need to amp up those knee exercises; I seem to be having the most trouble straightening out my leg. Must get better at this.

Well, i'm a little doom and gloom this morning, aren't I? Not to worry, never lasts long, and I am looking forward to never-before-tried ale this weekend after all

So, the plan leading up to Saturday is to play it cool with my foods, try to keep it about 200 calories under my daily calorie limit which will leave me a little extra room for the ale I will be trying out. Managed this alright yesterday, we'll see how today goes!

Foods - mocha, smoothie (about 1/3 of it actually went into my mouth before the apocalyptic spillage happened), chicken with lentil stew, spinach pizza, snack of wholegrain crackers and/or raw carrots.

Exercise - knee exercises x 2 (ok, get your head in the game. stretch out that leg. be determined. you can do this.)

RAH!!!! I think I just pulled myself out of a rut...

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

MzLovely on 03/21/2013:
Have a good day :):)

V on 03/21/2013:
Okay so your true friends will NEVER give you grief about your recovery, I certainly hope not! Girl just have fun at the party.I hope there will be cute boys there that you can flirt with ;) Have a wonderful evening <3

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Happy Spring!!

It may not look much like spring today, but it's really sunny my way this morning. Plus, I got to sleep in an extra hour and so I woke up to the sun streaming in through the windows. Wonderful sight to wake up to!

Taking it easy today as i'm noticing some pain in the center of my knee. I might take a tylenol in a few minutes.

Benadryl FTW. Towards the end of the workday yesterday, I went to the washroom and noticed that the rash on my face was getting worse. I had it on my upper and lower eyelids, around and under my nose, under my chin, and along my jawline. It was probably also down my neck and behind my ears because those areas were itching like crazy. Showed my boss, who used to work as a nurse, and she advised me to go out and buy myself some benadryl in both topical and pill form. The itch was magically gone as soon as I applied the cream. This morning I still have my wonderful rash, but it is SO much better and i'm not struggling with keeping my fingernails away from my skin. Oh, the glory of relief!

Foods - mocha, chicken and lentil stew (LOL, I found another container of lentil stew in the freezer. Must've been hiding on me), carrots, and dinner will probably be spinach pizza.

Exercise - knee strengthening x 2. I know I shouldn't have, but I read some Insanity message boards on MyFitnessPal's website. Now I am going crazy; working out is now no longer a WANT but a NEED. You see? I have absolutely NO patience.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/20/2013:
happy spring! have a great day!

hollybelle on 03/20/2013:
My skin also is sensitive to about evrything and I get rashes all the time. Most often on my lower belly and I have never figured out how to prevent. Glad the Benedryl worked fast.

Umpqua on 03/20/2013:
So glad you're getting some relief from your rash. You're doing so great with your foods while recovering, I'm impressed! Definitely check out the dairy-free stuff, I was amazed at how much there is and not all of it is high cal - I just picked flavors I like ;P

V on 03/20/2013:
Thank goodness you found relief from your rash! Girl don't you worry, Insanity will be there when you are healed but I can only imagine not having Shaun T in my life <3 Hope your evening is a good one!

sailingeagle on 03/20/2013:
Glad to hear that your rash is feeling better! Body Gospel is an exercise program that's from BeachBody. You just exercise to gospel music, and before and after the workouts, the team leader will give inspirational comments and prayers. It's really fun!

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 19, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Happy Tuesday everyone

I made it to work for the second consecutive day, and i'm pretty impressed with myself! Actually, yesterday helped a lot in regards to moving around more; did a lot more walking on my bum leg and today it feels pretty good. Will definitely try to balance out all the walking yesterday with a little less movement today, but also attempting to tolerate as much as I can. Don't want to be layed up because i've done too much again!

Not much on the agenda after work today; if i'm feeling up to it, I want to do a little shopping for a new mop but other than that i'll be putting my feet up when I get home.

Food - mocha, chicken with lentil stew, raw veggies, unsure what i'll have for dinner but will have to make a big batch because i'm almost out of my lentil stew and I don't have anything else to bring for lunches at work.

Exercise - knee strengthening x 2

I am practically vibrating with the desire to start workouts again. Must be patient. Patience, grasshopper, patience.

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 03/19/2013:
Glad to hear you are feeling a little better.. Making it to work two days in a row is progress!!! Have a great day:)

lolla on 03/19/2013:
I am so happy your life is slowly getting back to normal! a day at a time grasshopper, take your time!

OhioRaven on 03/19/2013:
On my last bowl of GetBack's DDLentil stew and switching to Puddy's DDcabbage.

Puddles on 03/19/2013:
Congrats great progress. Have a great day.

Umpqua on 03/19/2013:
Glad to hear you're on the mend, and wise not to overdo it.

V on 03/19/2013:
Hello there!! LOL at the title of the book it truly is hard to weed out the Nay sayers, negative Nellies, backstabblers and Hungry Tigers but it must be done!!! LOL

Sounds like you are doing well as far as being back at work..Hope that your day was a good one <3

legcramps - Monday Mar 18, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Hi everyone!

I sure have missed you all, but i'm slowly getting back to routine so will be posting regularly again (or at least more than I have been).

Things are slowly getting better; it's certainly hard to balance doing too much with not doing enough each day, as i've had painful and pain-free days in the past week, but i'm getting there. Today is my first day back to work and even though sitting for long periods of time is not helping, I am working through things and will hopefully be able to put in a full day of work. If not, at least I made the effort!

Am also struggling with some type of allergic reaction - not sure if it's to the medication i'm taking (likely), or just the allergens in the air. But I often find myself wanting to scratch the itch that seems to be taking over my entire face, causing some swelling, redness, and even a rash above and below my eyes! Yes, I look HOT.

Foods - Mocha, leftover casserole, raw veggies, and i'll probably make some chicken and rice with green beans for dinner. Unfortunately, i've been helping myself to treats left, right, and center. Perhaps i'll be too tired to munch tonight.

Exercise - knee strengthening exercises (takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on my degree of determination), twice a day.

Hope you're all having a great start to the week :)

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 03/18/2013:
good to see ya.. have a great day!

grannyannie on 03/18/2013:
Hope the pain eases soon. Knee strengthening exercise should make a big difference. Hang in there!

Umpqua on 03/18/2013:
I hope you get the allergy/itching sorted out and I hope you have more and more pain-free days. I'm finally feeling much better, thanks for asking!!

hollybelle on 03/18/2013:
Glad to see you are through surgery and getting back to somewhat normal. Here's to future pain free days and back to a good routine.

Puddles on 03/18/2013:
good to get some of your new. Have a great evening

V on 03/18/2013:
Hope your first day back wasn't too hard on your knee <3 Yikes on your allergic reaction..I hope it clears up for you.. So how did you keep yourself entertained while you were off? Read any good books? If so let me know I am in search of one.. Anyhoo I missed ya, hope your evening goes well my friend!

legcramps - Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Everything is good today; I had some pain and swelling yesterday so not quite back to work yet. Probably not until next week. I think I might have pushed my knee too quickly, which is certainly something I would do ;)

So i'm taking it easy today, alternating between using crutches to get around and hobbling to work my knee a little. I hope the pain I had yesterday is gone; will need to monitor that throughout the day.

Foods today - mocha, oatmeal with pb and apple, chicken, rice and green beans, curried lentil stew. And a friend is bringing me some ice cream this afternoon since i've been craving it - this is the third day of craving and i'm slowly going crazy from it LOL. I didn't mention to her that i'm lactose intolerant ;) no need for her to feel bad about helping me out LOL.

Otherwise i'm wasting money renting movies, i've done as much of my income tax return as I can for now, and i'm keeping the house relatively clean believe it or not!

Feels like it might be time for a nap ;)

Progress as of today: 17.5 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 03/14/2013:
Somehow missed your posts about surgery. Hope you heal very quickly! Meals sound good.

legcramps on 03/14/2013:
Thank you!

Puddles on 03/14/2013:
You rest up and take care of that knee. Have a good day.

legcramps on 03/14/2013:
Thanks Puddles! I will try my best ;)

Umpqua on 03/14/2013:
I completely missed your surgery posts - glad it went well and that your recovery is going relatively well. Your foods look great too! I hope you continue to heal quickly xx

lolla on 03/14/2013:
Glad you are healing well, take it easy. Hope you are back to full movement soon. hang in there. Hugs.

lolla on 03/14/2013:
Glad you are healing well, take it easy. Hope you are back to full movement soon. hang in there. Hugs.

biscottibody59 on 03/15/2013:
I hope you continue to recover well--take care!

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