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legcramps - Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Well, I am ready to call it a day. Fortunately, there is only ten minutes left in the workday =0)

Wednesday: dinner was soup and a sandwich, and a cookie at work, and I had a mocha at the hockey game.

Physiotherapy went well - recumbant bike for 17 minutes, then myofascial release and a few more things to add to the routine i'm working on with the treadmill and stretching, etc. Myofascial release was a lot less painful and therapist remarked that it felt a lot looser to her (which is a good thing). I am interested to see if I will encounter shin pain tonight with the treadmill. Knees still hurt, so lots of work still to do there. We briefly talked about transitioning into jumping and running, and I simply cannot wait for that =0) but I must have patience and do it the right way this time. Therapist is completely confident that I will get there with time!!! This was amazing news to hear.

Local team won their hockey game and now we're on to the next round of playoffs.

I plan to get the treadmill out of the way and then lay on my butt for the rest of the night and catch up on TV.

Breakfast - mocha x 2 (homemade so less cals); black coffee, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - 2/3 container layered salad, creamy dressing

Dinner - chicken, rice, vegetables, maybe some toast with this as very small portions leftover

Snacks - raw veggies, might try out my new cast iron skillet and make a cazookie with some vanilla froyo on top.

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretch and kneel

liza36 on 03/21/2014:
Good news that with time you'll get where you want to be with your knees and shins. Patience is hard...but hang in there!

Umpqua on 03/21/2014:
Great news on your physiotherapy session. I'm not sure what a cazookie is (like a crepe maybe?) but it sounds fantastic haha. I hope you enjoy your time off work!

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Things got a little crazy at work and now it's already lunchtime! I'll take a quick afternoon too, please :0)

Yesterday was busy. I had a doctor's appointment after work to get my shot (feeling way better today, thanks), then went to Grandma's for a quick visit. When I got home, I inhaled some chicken, rice and veggies, did my stretching and treadmilled for 25 minutes (no issues again). Then I had to quickly change and pick up a friend to go to the hockey game. We won! One more game and we're onto the next round :0)

After the hockey game, I went home and practised putting a tennis ball. It was actually fun, and I had no issues with my knee. I passed out around 11:30 and woke up this morning wanting to continue sleeping for another hour or so. I snacked on some triscuit crackers last night because I still felt hungry, likely from inhaling my dinner instead of enjoying it slowly.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies; layered salad (1/3 container) with creamy dressing

Dinner - will be at a meeting; probably soup and a sandwich

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers, maybe one of the cookies from St. Patricks Day sitting on the counter at work

Physiotherapy appointment after work - my workout for today will likely come from here

Work meeting after physiotherapy appointment

Hockey game after work meeting

Yikes. Home around 10:00 and probably pass out right away! Busy day!

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Weight: 0.0

One day down, three to go!

I went out for fast food yesterday instead of having my usual dinner. Thankfully, I didn't do any late-night snacking so I still came in at around the same calorie count for the day. I was just in one of those moods, man. Pouting big time because I am sick!

I took a nap after eating dinner, and was woken by a text from a friend to get us tickets for the hockey games tonight and tomorrow night. I hurried to get to the rink, and then had to stand in line for an hour and a half before I was able to get tickets! I almost turned around and went home when I saw the line - seriously, I was feeling rotten and had backed out on plans to visit a friend, and now I had to stand in an upright position for possibly hours at a time? But I persevered and made it through when a friend showed up and kept me company.

After all that, I went home and wanted to just collapse and fall asleep again, but I got on the treadmill instead and did my 25 minutes without any issues. Stretching - check. Kneeling - check, no issues. Throwing - check, no issues. It was a good day on the workout front, but I woke up with sore knees this morning.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - same as lunch, or else I will be at Grandma's so whatever she makes

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretching, kneeling, practise putting maybe

Doc appt, visit Grandma

legcramps - Monday Mar 17, 2014

Weight: 0.0

The weekend went by far too quickly, but the positive is that I have only four days of work and then i'm off for a little more than a week! Ahh, that will feel so good :O)

Friday - 20 minutes walking with no issues; stretching and kneeling. I felt some pain after kneeling for almost a full minute. Had frozen yogurt again, plus toast and peanut butter.

Saturday - 20 minutes walking with shin pain afterwards; stretching; practised throwing for a few minutes. I went to Grandma's and we got started on her taxes, and then I helped a friend set up for her baby's baptism. Once again, it was frozen yogurt and toast with peanut butter as my added 'shouldn't have had' snacks.

Sunday - I moved up to 25 minutes of walking and had slight shin pain after 20 minutes and did not stop. Geez. Stretched, did a full minute of kneeling with no issues. Went to the baptism for my Godchild, lunch afterwards, drank lots of coffee! After that, Mom and I went to the city where i found a new bag for work and we watched my 8 year old cousin play some hockey. His team won the tournament and he won a $10 iTunes card for getting the first goal :0) He was a real cutie and was pretty proud of himself :0) Good eats today, other than all the coffee.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - chicken teriyaki bowl, which is my usual rice, chicken, veggies :0)

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill 25 minutes, stretching, either throwing or putting

I still feel crappy from TOM, still! Thank goodness my shot is happening tomorrow (depo).

grannyannie on 03/17/2014:
Hope the knee and shin pain diminishes soon. Keep it up!

horn_of_plenty on 03/17/2014:
LOL on the weekend, i was craving a second couple cups of coffee from dunkin donuts! lol, coffee is the best, isn't it!? but really, what i love, is iced coffee. i actually only drink the hot stuff at work lol.

sounds like your shin pain is doing better. as i sit here at work this morning, my left leg (the worse leg) is burning with a dull ache all morning just about. :( i think TOM is making everything a little bit worse, but i am eager to get this month done & be back at the doctor for a follow-up.

thanks for reading my Friday entry :) i am a good girl, but definitely break all rules time to time! haha :) how else should a single, who likes to be single, 31 year old behave!?

Umpqua on 03/18/2014:
Sounds like a nice weekend, and I'm sure you can't wait for your vacation. Are you going away or just staying at home to relax? Hope you have a good week!

legcramps - Friday Mar 14, 2014

Weight: 0.0

Another pretty normal and frustrating day yesterday; treadmilled for 20 minutes and had shin pain in my right leg after just 12 of those minutes

Did some stretching, then threw the tennis ball for about 10 minutes. I must admit that I vented some frustration while throwing the ball and probably threw too hard. In retrospect I should have been concerned that I might smash a hole in the wall.  Maybe I should start throwing in the garage?

I must learn to stop walking when I feel pain - it's that darn Type A - OCD kicking in, telling me I have to finish out my minutes. Must practice stopping.

Finished out the evening with knee pain as well, so obvs things could be going a lot better, but i'm still optimistic. Talked to the physiotherapist yesterday and she suggested a foam roller for some extra myofascial release in between therapy sessions. Since I already have a foam roller, I thought to give this a try and then my shin pain was too much to bear along with the roller. I'll give it a try some other time.

Added some froyo to my menu yesterday; it was certainly delicious but I don't think it alleviated my stomach woes. In fact, since i'm lactose-intolerant, it only added to them. Oh well, it's Friday!

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese, might have another coffee

Lunch - layered salad with creamy dressing (this salad from the cafeteria is delicious)

Dinner - might get take out today; this is to-be-decided

Snacks - crackers, mint tea that a co-worker bought for me (this stuff will make you dance, I swear)

Treadmill - how about I walk until I feel shin pain? Ok, deal.

Stretches, kneeling, maybe today i'll practice my putting


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/15/2014:
yeah, I'm Type A also & I find it dreadfully difficult to stop all exercise or to just do a minimum. But honestly, we are both in the same boat & I know you probably feel the same way? - which is that you are not going to lice life by just sitting around & doing the minimum forever. I hope we can both get better. The shots - cortisone shots? But those are only temporary right?? I also replied to your question on my wall :-D that is easier :)

legcramps - Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Weight: 0.0

After a sleep-infused evening off on Tuesday, I was ready to go after work yesterday. I managed to get a few errands done, re-stock the fridge with healthy foods, AND get on the treadmill for 20 minutes and do my stretching routine.

I even practised kneeling for about 15 seconds again, this time there was some pain and pressure when I tried to lean back and put more weight on my knees.

I also threw a tennis ball at the wall for 10 minutes, practising proper body mechanics and feeling out my knee.

Ok, so BOTH knees were very sore after all this, but no shin pain. Maybe I did too much. The rest day made me feel antsy, like I needed to ramp it up to make up for taking a day off!

I did have another omelette for dinner, but also added a bag of cheesies to my daily intake, which likely didn't help me much in any regard. I can definitely say the cheesies were due to TOM; I made an appointment for a shot but I won't get it until next week. Until then, I will probably act like a total baby. Just saying.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - eggs on toast with peanut butter

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers, diet coke

Treadmill 20 minutes, Stretch, Practice Putting

grannyannie on 03/13/2014:
Take it easy and get your knees back slowly. Have a great day.

lolla on 03/13/2014:
Good job!

nosetwitch on 03/13/2014:
Great exercise!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/13/2014:
A myofascial release sounds similar to a fasciotomy which is what I think I need. I go back after 2 months of physical therapy for a follow up on April 14th. Yes I want physical therapy to work but I have completed one month and I am hardly better, getting pain always the day after physical therapy like it brings he shin pain on. I can't bear it much longer. :(

Thanks for all your kind words on all my entries. Lately I try not to type too much using my phone or computer at home bc my right wrist is now a problem. So I try to go on DD at work, but this week it's been busier so I couldn't. I really wanted to thank u for all the kinds words on my entries and that I am very sorry you have this pain too. Nobody deserves to suffer and legs are very important to be well. Wishing you a happy and fast Friday at work tomorrow. TGIF

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I have no idea why, but I was exhausted yesterday. And sometimes that means 'eat everything you can find in the house'.

I had a chicken salad sandwich and some macaroni salad for lunch yesterday, crackers in the afternoon, and then made a three-egg scramble when I got home and had that on toast with peanut butter.

That's all fine and good, but then I passed out on the couch and woke up three hours later!

Hunger kicked in as soon as I woke up, so I poured myself a bowl of cereal with almond milk and felt a little defeated afterwards.

I made an executive decision and took a rest day yesterday. Obviously something is taking a toll on me, so I need to just step back for a day and let it pass. I feel much better today and ready to get back on the treadmill.

It is finally warming up around here - we have had numbers like +2 and 0 celsius for the last few days. The snow is melting, and spring is right around the corner! I can't wait for the snow to be gone and to have some humidity in the air! Winter here is so dry!

Breakfast - coffee, hot chocolate powder x 2 

Lunch - chicken, rice, veggies

Dinner - loved my omelette on toast yesterday, so I might have this again today

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes

grannyannie on 03/12/2014:
I tend to do lots of snacking when I'm tired. Hope you feel energized soon.

thinkpositive on 03/12/2014:
Taking a day off is needed sometimes.

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I got my 20 minutes on the treadmill in yesterday, but after 15 minutes I had shin pain. I don't know why I kept going for another 5 minutes, I guess it was the Type A - OCD complex kicking in.

The shin pain made the stretching a lot more difficult. After stretching, I tried the kneeling exercise again, and this time was able to stay in that position (on hands and knees) for a longer length of time (around 15 seconds?). I even shifted my weight back and forth without difficulty. It's the small things!

I held my godson last night (he's only six weeks old, little gaffer!) and i'm pretty sure he looked straight at me while I was cooing away just inches from his face. He's all eyes, that one.

Dinner last night was spaghetti and chicken, with a tossed salad. She offered brownies for dessert but I managed to refuse without offending anyone. Also had another mocha, and two handfuls of peanuts. A little more snacking than usual, but there will be days like that.

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel, cream cheese

Lunch - tbd (maybe a sandwich from the cafeteria?)

Dinner - chicken, rice, veggies

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes (or however long before shin pain occurs), stretches

Horn_of_plenty on 03/11/2014:
Good job saving yourself from the brownies...would be a waste anyways :). Wishing you happy thoughts. Your godson must be a real cutie pie.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/11/2014:
What causes your shin pain? Overuse?

legcramps on 03/12/2014:
I'm not sure - that might be how it started, but now it just happens almost all the time. I started out only walking a few minutes on the treadmill before getting shin pain.

My physiotherapist did myofascial release last time I was there - I think this might be something I will want to have done on a regular basis - maybe look into it and give it a try for yourself!

legcramps - Monday Mar 10, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I had a long weekend with having Friday off, and it was pretty wonderful :)

Friday - Treadmill 15 minutes, stretch, kneeling (could only do this for a few seconds), out for dinner, comedian. Fun night! Cereal and toast, raw veggies, chicken and salad, coffee, bbq rice crackers.

Saturday - Treadmill 15 minutes, stretch, kneeling (only a few seconds again), shopping! Cereal, uh-oh snickers bar, frozen yogurt with fruit and nuts, chicken and potatoes, bbq rice crackers, toffee, diet coke. This looks like it was a suger-high day!

Sunday - Treadmill 20 minutes with no problems! Stretched, did some housework, another shopping trip with friends. Cereal, mocha, bagel, sweet potato and chili with toast, diet coke. My knees were extremely sore in the evening - unsure if this would be due to the increase in treadmill minutes??

Breakfast - mocha, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - salad

Dinner - heading to a friend's for dinner; I think she's making chicken and pasta

Snacks - raw veggies, crackers

Treadmill - 20 minutes, stretches, kneeling

grannyannie on 03/10/2014:
Have an amazing day!

Umpqua on 03/10/2014:
Excellent work with your stretching and exercise over the weekend!

legcramps - Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Weight: 0.0

I have some homework from the therapist: I need to incorporate stretching into my daily life (I already knew this, but it is hard to get it in when you are lazy like me). The therapist taught me a new stretch specifically for my shins, and I will be starting with this one everyday and hopefully adding more as I get into the routine of stretching.

Other homework: I am supposed to practice throwing a tennis ball using proper body mechanics, as well as putting a golf ball. This is supposed to get me ready for the spring/summer activities that I normally do. Eventually, we will work up to swinging a bat and driving a golf ball.

And even more homework: It seems like a tiny thing, but my therapist asked me to start kneeling on my hands and knees on my bed. I'm supposed to do this daily, and work up to kneeling only on my knees. I already know that this is going to be the biggest challenge for me.

12 minutes recumbant bike in place of my usual treadmilling.

Myofascial release done on my knee and left shins. This was pretty painful, but since then I haven't had any pain in my left knee or shins. Knock on wood!

I skipped my planned dinner and had cereal with almond milk instead, and then I had an evening snack of toast with peanut butter. All good.

Breakfast - mocha x 2, 1/2 bagel with cream cheese

Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, bread with butter

PM Snack - raw veggies, crackers

Dinner - chicken, rice, cooked veggies

Treadmill - 15 minutes

grannyannie on 03/06/2014:
There are lot of good strengthening exercises for shins. I googled how to prevent shin splints and found them.

Umpqua on 03/07/2014:
Good job getting your homework done :) It sounds like this is a great way to very slowly ease back into your regular activities. I'm sure you're excited to start golfing again!

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