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legcramps - Friday Sep 13, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Breakfast - 8:15 am - kashi cereal with almond milk, coffee with more almond milk. forgot to bring fruit to work with me, so the cereal was a little less appealing to look at. still tasted great, though.

Lunch - 12:00 pm - brought a salad for lunch before realizing that I still have to eat the lunch I brought to work yesterday. well, I guess i'll have to make a choice. the salad would be the better option today, since I had BBQ yesterday. went with the salad, go me! spring mix, kale, yellow bell pepper, baked tofu, poppyseed dressing. delicious.

Walk after lunch - 15 minutes.

PM Snack - 3:00 pm - multigrain bagel and some smooth pb. got to leave work even earlier than I thought and had my pm snack at home instead :)

Dinner - 7:00 pm - baked potato, a little butter and sour cream, and some bacon bits.

8:00 pm - craving veggies, so i'm roasting some zuchinni I got from Mom, with yellow bell pepper and onions.

maybe later a slice of... apple-lemon cake / slice / crumble... thing... that Mom sent home with me yesterday, if I start to crave something sweet!

Water - five bottles today = approx. 3 litres so far. did exceptionally well with water yesterday but I can't honestly say that's a normal day.

Cold - better! a little headache last night, sniffles and such this morning, but my head is definitely a lot clearer today.

BONUS - knocked an hour and a half off of my workday today (payback on some built up OT), so i'm heading home early this afternoon! THAT. ROCKS. MY. WORLD. I may take a nap with the extra time ;)

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

Umpqua on 09/13/2013:
Yay for early dismissal! I hope you have a fantastic weekend :-)

legcramps - Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Weight: 168.0


Breakfast - 8:15 am - kashi cereal, almond milk, blueberries, and treated myself to a mocha today. BLECH! why do I keep buying disgusting coffee? chucked that stuff and made plain coffee with a splash of someone's bailey's creamer.

AM walk - 15 minutes.

Lunch - 11:45 am - sauteed vegetables and chicken breast over rice, brought a taste of the sweet potato I baked last night. staff BBQ today! beef burger on a whole wheat bun, onions and pickles, and a serving of potato salad. I did not have ice cream for dessert. In fact, thank the good Lord above that I didn't even notice the big bucket of chocolate ice cream as I walked past it. Otherwise, this story would have a different ending.

Lunch walk - 15 minutes.

PM Snack - 3:00 pm - 1/2 of a multigrain bagel with crunchy pb.

After Work - 4:30 pm - coffee with friend. two cups. about 1/2 tspn sugar.

Dinner - 7:15 pm - sautéed vegetables and chicken breast, rice, sweet potato, one slice sprouted grain toast with garlic spread. the sweet potato was pretty good!

Water - six bottles! = approx. 4 litres so far.

Cold Update - all of a sudden, everyone at work also has a cold. I feel better this morning, after spending the evening only being able to breathe through one nostril.

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

OhioRaven on 09/12/2013:
Enjoy your potato and Baileys. Get well soon.

grumpy on 09/12/2013:
Nice, doing really well on that water intake. I forget if I don't force myself. Argh.

OArecovery on 09/13/2013:
hope you enjoyed the staff lunch :)

Umpqua on 09/13/2013:
I'm glad you're feeling a little better. You did great at the BBQ!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/13/2013:
hey girl! thanks for all the kind words & sorry not to comment back right away. it's been a crazy week back after the holidays & trip. i hope you are feeling better, too, sorry you've been so sick. i kicked my cold in the a$$ by resting up (no exercise), eating a good amount of calories, and taking airborne around 3 of those capsules in my water each day. it worked. cold gone (i didn't really have a full cold to start with, luckily!)

you've been eating healthier than i've read in awhile with you...keep it up. i love the pb too!

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

Weight: 168.0


Breakfast - forgot all about it! 9:15 a.m. - oatmeal and almond milk at work, with a spoonful of crunchy pb. Coffee. Ö

Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - spring mix, kale, cucumber, bell pepper, poppyseed dressing, 1/2 baked potato. Ö

PM Snack - 3:15 p.m. - 1/2 baked potato. Ö

Brought some Kashi cereal, a jar of peanut butter, packets of oatmeal and soup to work for my mid-afternoon snacks. hopefully they won't beckon me all day long.

Dinner - 5:00 p.m. - chicken noodle soup (1/2 cup), ham sandwich. Ö

Exercise - 15 minute walk at work. Ö

Water - four bottles = approx 2.5 litres. Ö

Update on Cold - blergh. I fell asleep around 8 p.m. last night, and now I have a slept-for-too-long hangover. so no, not much better today. taking coryzalia (all natural homeopathic remedy for colds) every hour or so, and halls cough drops. things got pretty mucousy yesterday - TMI? but this is good, might mean it's on its way out.

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

skinnygrlwithin on 09/11/2013:
Could this be allergies? mine are kicking my butt right now... I haven't felt rested in days, despite the decent number of hours I've been getting and my head has just been so congested! Hope you feel better tonight...and listen to your body, rest is just as important as the gym.

legcramps on 09/11/2013:
I thought it might be allergies, but i've taken Sinutab and it didn't seem to help.

OhioRaven on 09/11/2013:
Mornin', LC. I have fried AND baked SweetPotatoes in olive oil. And they are great ! But lately I've microwaved them for 3,4 or 5 minutes depending on their size. Smash 'em up, slather on the olive oil and add either garlic or season salt. I eat the skins too, only seperate from the mash. Umpqua first turned me on to them. Get that walk in.

legcramps on 09/11/2013:
Thanks OR, i'll try that with my sweet tater. And i'll get that walk in, too!

skinnygrlwithin on 09/11/2013:
It still might be... I've tried zyrtec and a few other over the counter drugs and this weekend NOTHING helped. It was bad.

V on 09/11/2013:
Hope you don't have to stay late for your work meeting..Have a wonderful evening friend <3

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Weight: 168.0


Breakfast - sandwich thins toasted lightly, with jam, green smoothie Ö

Lunch - baked potato, sauteed vegetables, 1/4 chicken breast Ö

Afternoon snack - classic lay's and a snickers   unplanned

Dinner - Kashi cereal, almond milk. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich x 2 unplanned

Exercise - friend cancelled track workouts this week, so will walk on the treadmill tonight instead X nada

Water - four bottles = approx 2.5 litres Ö

I think I am getting a cold - sore throat, bad headache yesterday, sniffles and sinus congestion. Yuck! Haven't had a cold in a very long time! Really hoping to get through the workday so that I can bust out the track workout later. And then probably crash hard after that ;)


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

Umpqua on 09/10/2013:
It's not cold season yet, I refuse to accept that it is LOL ;) I hope you're not getting sick and I hope you have a nice track workout!

OArecovery on 09/10/2013:
Hope you feel better and manage to stave off the cold!

V on 09/10/2013:
So sorry that you are coming down with a cold :( Dare I ask if it is cold there?? Anyhoo sorry your friend backed out walking this week but good for you going at it solo on the treadmill.. Have a good one friend <3

legcramps - Monday Sep 09, 2013

Weight: 168.0

I took a partial rest day on Friday and only walked 15 minutes at work.

Saturday golfed all afternoon in a tournament.

Sunday took it easy again and walked 15 minutes on the treadmill.

Monday breakfast: peanut butter & jelly on sandwich thins, green smoothie, coffee, water

Monday lunch: spring mix, kale, cucumber, bell pepper, poppyseed dressing, water changed my mind; had broccoli soup and potato salad from the cafeteria; guess i'm craving carbs today

Monday pm snack???

Monday dinner: chicken breast, baked potato, sauteed vegetables

Monday exercise: walk at work, walk on treadmill

Helping friend to start working out, so will be heading to the high school track twice a week.

Am thinking maybe my salads would be more beneficial as dinner rather than lunch. It doesn't fill me up enough for the afternoon and i'm always looking for something to snack on around 2:30 - 3:00. Either that, or add more stuff to my salads. I have a tube of tofu at home, but what else can a person really add that will help me make it through the afternoon? Really don't want to have to start bringing snacks; just an inconvenience i'd rather avoid. Maybe i'll have to start eating soup from the cafeteria along with my salads. Lots to think on at any rate.

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

OhioRaven on 09/09/2013:
My midday snack is the yogurt cup, but soup sounds really good too.

skinnygrlwithin on 09/09/2013:
It's always good to have a friend to workout with... you can help keep each other motivated and accountable!

As for the salad for lunch, I agree, you should switch it to dinner or just add some protein to it... chicken, shrimp, whatever works for you. My trainer said that people always think they're doing good eating salad, but they don't add the right things. So I would definitely, if you can get some protein in there. That should help hold you over until dinner.

Umpqua on 09/09/2013:
Good idea on either bulking up your salads or switching them to dinner. I always try to add protein to mine, whether it's leftover chicken or some other meat, tuna or shrimp, or even Quorn. Pumpkin or sunflower seeds and avocado are also good - even nuts for a bit of healthy fat. Good deal on going to the track with your friend, sounds like fun!

V on 09/09/2013:
Yeah i usually do my complex carbs for lunch and go with the salads and protein for dinner..For me I am usually famished by dinner when I do salads for lunch since I don't have time to add a snack in at work..

Hope you have a wonderful evening!

legcramps - Friday Sep 06, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Wednesday lunch - spring mix, cucumber, bell pepper, kale, poppyseed dressing, water

walk 45 minutes at work

Wednesday pm snack - leftover green smoothie, water

Wednesday dinner - baked potato, thai chicken bites, cooked vegetables

walk 15 minutes at home

Wednesday evening snack - froyo, fruit, granola

Thursday breakfast - green smoothie, water

Thursday am snack - poppyseed cakereally.big.mistake.

Thursday lunch - spring mix, cucumber, bell pepper, kale, thai chicken bites, poppyseed dressing, water

walk 30 minutes at work

Thursday dinner - baked potato, thai chicken bites, cooked vegetables

walk 15 minutes at home

Thursday evening binge - pb&j, froyo, fruit gah!

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

OhioRaven on 09/06/2013:
Gah !

Umpqua on 09/06/2013:
Thursday doesn't sound too bad - your evening treats are pretty healthy. I hope you have a nice weekend!

grannyannie on 09/06/2013:
Not too bad. Better than I'm doing! :/ Have a good weekend.

OArecovery on 09/06/2013:
dont beat yourself up. i agree with what everyone above has said- it does sound like it could've been much worse. progress not perfection! i hope you feel better tomorrow

V on 09/06/2013:
Well at least you had healthy foods during your binge.. Have a wonderful weekend friend <3

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Tuesday - walk 30 minutes at work (2 x 15 minutes)


Tuesday after work snack - 1/2 turkey sandwich

Tuesday dinner - wierd blue alcoholic drink that I rated 7.7 / 10, baked potato and thai chicken OMG so good

spent evening chatting with friends

Wednesday breakfast - treating myself to a mocha this morning! too bad there isn't a whole lot of 'mocha' in it! yay! cheers to Wednesdays and stale coffee that I paid $2 for!


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

OhioRaven on 09/04/2013:
I can't get on my bike today. Maybe I should take a work walk. Thanks, LC.

legcramps on 09/04/2013:
I can always count on my work walks ;)

Umpqua on 09/04/2013:
LOL on the mystery blue alcoholic drink! Your dinner sounds yummy though :)

grannyannie on 09/04/2013:
Have a lovely day!

V on 09/04/2013:
Man I would have made a few of the weird blue drink dinner!!! hahahahaha :P

So to answer your question I was all excited to do my first class at the Fitness Studio on Monday and lo and behold they were closed for the holiday(Labor day) :( I was more than bummed!! Anyhoo my plan is to do "Fitwall" class at the studio every Monday and I have created my own workout schedule implementing Insanity and Asylum..I have also decided to eat "cleaner"(5 or less ingredients for each dish,) to see if I can get more definition in the mid section..

Anyhoo I will give you all the details about FitWall on Monday, I am super excited :) Have a great evening!

hollybelle on 09/05/2013:
Yay for Blue drink Boo for stale coffee. That is where I draw the line, man!

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 03, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Where did my weekend go?

*temper tantrum*

Well, I don't even remember doing anything worthy of repeating here... some golf, yardwork, and watched the CFL game on Sunday.

Plan for the week:

- limit walks to 15 minutes in length, as often as possible

- do plyo workout twice this week, preferably early morning

- salads for lunch, get those greens in!

- no junk food!

- at least 2 litres of water every day

Monday breakfast - green smoothie, coffee, water

Monday lunch - spring mix, kale, cucumber, red pepper, poppyseed dressing

Monday snack - peach

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

Umpqua on 09/03/2013:
Good plan for the week, and today's salad sounds yummy!

OhioRaven on 09/03/2013:
Inspired !

V on 09/03/2013:
Awesome plan! I have revised mine too.. And I so hear you about the weekend..I guess it doesn't always have to be full of activity but darn it why does it have to go by so fast :( yep that was my *temper tantrum* LOL Have a good evening friend :)

legcramps - Saturday Aug 31, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Friday lunch: spring mix, cucumbers, 1/2 chicken breast, green onion, kale, poppyseed dressing.

Friday pm snack: peach, water.

walk 30 minutes at work. (10 minutes, then 20 minutes)

Friday dinner: sprouted rice, quinoa, sautéed veggies, 1/2 chicken breast.

Friday evening snack: froyo, granola, fruit.

went to friend's for the evening. snacked on bbq rice chips.

Saturday breakfast: coffee, oatmeal, fruit, pb.

Saturday lunch: breaded chicken, salad, coffee.

Saturday pm snacks: cucumber, froyo, granola, fruit.

taking a rest day from any type of exercise. raining out anyways.

need to drink more water today!

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

hollybelle on 09/01/2013:
Hi - catching up with your post - sorry to hear about the shin splints. Thinking back, when I went from running to aerobics (back in the day - LOL) I got terrible shin splints and back then leg warmers were popular so I wrapped ace bandages around them under the leg warmers and eventually they eased up. What is the surface like that you are walking on and are you wearing impact absorbing shoes? Best of luck with that. OTC pain relievers help, too!

legcramps - Friday Aug 30, 2013

Weight: 168.0

Thursday dinner: i made a mish-mash concoction of chopped vegetables sauteed and re-warmed chicken breast, and ate it with triscuit thins.

Treadmill walk 15 minutes; total walking for the day 50 minutes.

Thursday evening snack: about half a bowl of sprouted rice, quinoa and veggies.

I keep getting shin splints when I walk at work, so thursday I talked to a physiotherapist and she thinks I should refer myself so that she can try ultrasound therapy on my shins. She says to find my limit of how long I can walk before they start - I think it's around 15 minutes so that's what i'll be limiting my walks to from now on until I see improvement. I also started taping my shins so we'll see how that goes today. With the issue of shin splints going on right now, I haven't been making my knee a priority. So that needs to change.

Friday breakfast - green smoothie, coffee, water.

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

grannyannie on 08/30/2013:
You did well yesterday.

Shin splints are what I'm afraid of if I start running again. I'm sure the PT gave you strengthening exercises to prevent them. I've been just flexing my feet while I sit at the computer or any time I remember.

legcramps on 08/30/2013:
I have a myriad of strengthening exercises for both my shins and my knees. It's overwhelming to be honest! And I don't know where to start, and somedays not starting at all seems like the easiest option. Really need to work on this! I am terrible at doing things consistently :(

OhioRaven on 08/30/2013:
Thanks for your comment. Sounds like a lot of walking. Take the rest of the day off, go watch some ski-pitch and stay out if Burger King (they are the devil) . Have a great weekend.

legcramps on 08/30/2013:
LOL, thanks I will stay away from Burger King! I'm trying to get my walking up to a point where I can start running again, so it's really important to me to get it in. But I understand rest days too, and will take your suggestion into consideration!

biscottibody59 on 08/30/2013:
Shinsplint issues = Shoe issues for me. I haven't had shinsplints for over 20 years. Personally I swear by fresh, well-fitting (for my gait) high-quality running shoes. I know that doesn't necessarily work for everyone, but I preach it anyway:-)

I hope you figure your situation out!

legcramps on 08/31/2013:
Thanks :) I've tried new shoes, my gait has been analyzed and all that - doesn't seem to help!

V on 08/30/2013:
Are you going to try "rock tape" I heard that it is really good for workouts during issues/injuries.. Anyhoo Happy Friday <3

legcramps on 08/31/2013:
Right now i'm using athletic tape - none of the pharmacies in town have rock tape, or even any type of kinesiology tape, so we'll see how the plain old kind works!

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