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legcramps - Tuesday May 07, 2013

Weight: 167.5

YES, I am still alive! PROMISE!

Ack! Time kind of got away on me...

I don't have enough time to say much, but just wanted to check-in and make sure you all knew that I hadn't forgotten about you

I'm back at work after a week off where I managed to accomplished a whole lot of spring cleaning. This past weekend I went for a walk with the wrong pair of shoes and managed to tweak my knee a little. I took a break from exercise last night, but plan to take a nice long walk outside this evening - the weather is GORGEOUS!!!! Stay! Stay, stay, stay!

Talk to you soon!

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

V on 05/07/2013:
HELLO :) I missed ya <3

Puddles on 05/07/2013:
Good to hear from you. Have a great evening

hollybelle on 05/08/2013:
Hope your weather is lifting your spirits - I love spring and summer! No more snow or rain for awhile! I hate when I don't wear the right shoes! Any more that is almost ANY pair of shoes for me. Hard to fit. I did luck out and find a clearance pair at Marshalls for $28 that are Keen sandals that are wonderful - they are called City of Roses sandals and I actually love them! They aren't athletic shoes, but very casual sandals. Retail/sale would have been between $55 and $90 on line...if I could have found my size! Lucky!

selina on 05/08/2013:
Enjoy the gorgeous weather!

horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2013:
hey lady! V told me you were having the same problem as me...I cannot write a journey entry when I click to add one bc my cursor won't work! how do I fix it?? glad to hear you are doing well! :-) I am loving the weather too!

thenewMLE on 05/13/2013:
miss you!! Time has taken me over too. I went over a year with barely missing an entry and since February, I have missed more than I have made! Work is overwhelming, but I have been having fun too. This was my first weekend home in 5 weeks. For someone who never had much of a social life, I have found myself very busy! Take care!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Well, it looks like I can't post to dietdiaries from my laptop at home, but I can post just fine at work!! Isn't that bizarre... will have to e-mail the webmaster to see if there's something off with my settings...

Anyways, due to this little hiccup, my posts may not be daily anymore but you can bet your butts i'll be here as much as I can be!

The last week or so has been not so good with eating; I ate out a lot because an aunt came to visit, then it was Grandma's birthday, then I went out for dinner and a vent sesh with a friend, then visited Dad over lunch in the city. I came home with leftovers for a lot of those meals, but still, some of it was pretty high calorie. And even when you think you're being good (grilled chicken, rice and a salad), calories are stealthy little buggers and can find their way into EVERYTHING.

Plus I purchased a loaf of whole grain bread i've never tried before from Costco, and I fell in love and almost ate the whole loaf over a three day period.

HOWEVER, i've been doing good things with my knee lately. I gave it 11 whole days off from formal exercise. Walking around at work all day and a bit in the evenings was exercise enough. It was feeling great, so on Sunday I took a walk out at the dog park for about 20 minutes and then iced my knee when I got home. I've been contemplating the stairs a lot more lately too, and by that I mean walking up and down them. This makes my knee howl slightly, but at least I feel like i'm making up some ground.

I'm very disappointed with the results of surgery thus far, but i'm trying to stay positive and hoping these little tweaks will help with a full recovery *very* soon.

Loaded up on veggies, fruits and wholegrains, and i'm determined not to eat out at all this week. VERY good eats so far: fruit, whole grains, chicken, tons of vegetables, almond milk, peanut butter. Pretend I didn't drink any coffee and this is practically perfect!

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

V on 04/23/2013:
Sorry that your results were not what you expected. How long did the Doc say that it would be til you are fully recovered? Anyhoo I hope the webmaster can assist you with your laptop issue..Have a good evening <3

IndependentEm93 on 04/23/2013:
Hope your knee gets better soon!

OhioRaven on 04/23/2013:
Glad you're back.

thinkpositive on 04/24/2013:
Sorry to read about your knee- hope your resting it helps. I see you are drinking/using Alond Milk- I love it & don't miss cow's milk in my cereal anyway.

legcramps - Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I went back to grandma's for dinner again yesterday; I think she wants to have birthday celebrations all week instead of just for one day!

We had chinese and I filled up mostly on rice and vegetables.

I was really tired again yesterday, so I didn't visit long. I really don't recall doing anything when I got home except for making plans to see a friend in a couple of weeks. So the dishes all still need to be washed, plus I added another cereal bowl to the fold. There are dishes EVERYWHERE!!!! It's driving me crazy, but apparently I am unable to do anything about it so I'm choosing to not see it when I walk into the kitchen. This isn't really working.

I hope workout buddies will be coming over tonight, as i've been slacking on my knee exercises for the past two days. I always do them when workout buddies are around.

I have nothing but leftovers to finish up. No complaints here! The last couple of weeks have really helped me stay under my food budget; unfortunately I might have to replace the shingles this year so whatever "budget" i'm keeping will be shot to h.e. double L in the near future. Why did I buy a house again?

Ok, so... cereal, coffee, leftovers for lunch, snack 100 cals thinsations, leftovers for dinner, do the dishes, drink an extra 1L water, workout, snack maybe.

There are other things too, like pickup the post as I haven't been there for three weeks i'm sure. But I will plan that later, when I have a more real feeling of how much I will actually be able to do today. I only just woke up two hours ago. Right now I think I can take on the world.

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

getmebackto150 on 04/17/2013:
I too try your method of choosing not to see dishes when I walk into my kitchen from time to time... It works to a point and then if drives you over the edge, lol!! Hope you have a good day!!

V on 04/17/2013:
I like your Nana's style :) She sounds alot like my Nana who's Bday is a week after mine so we celebrate the entire MONTH of August, LOL Hope ya have a wonderful evening my friend :)

biscottibody59 on 04/18/2013:
Have a great day!

hollybelle on 04/22/2013:
Grandmothers and the rest of us, too, should strech out the birthday celebrations - I am all for it. This reminded me of something I daughter said about a family friend who had a week long birthday celebration every year - years ago when daughter was about 10 and we had been to a few dinner, cookouts and shopping trips with the friend in honor of her birthday - she said "She really knows how to wring all the fun she can out of a birthday"! I thought that was so funny!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

Weight: 167.5

"...But in the end, who does it benefit? No one. The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.” ― Suzanne Collins

Very sad news yesterday.

Dinner out went well; I decided on the chicken sandwich instead of pizza and only ate half because the chicken didn't look fully cooked. After dinner I hurried to the store and bought some groceries, hurried home and packed them away, then rushed over to grandma's for cake.

I was darn nearly sleeping standing up by the time I got home. Watched the news for awhile while having a bowl of cereal with almond milk, then went to bed.

Today's plan: smoothie, coffee, cafeteria sandwich, grandma's house for a visit, leftover chicken sandwich and rice, CLEAN KITCHEN, waxing. maybe some cereal as a snack.

My other plan today is to stop yawning. This one ain't working out so well.

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

Puddles on 04/16/2013:
Busy. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 04/16/2013:
Hope you get some good rest! Yes, the news is tragic. :(

skinnygrlwithin on 04/16/2013:
Yes the news is very sad... I lived in Boston and used to watch the race just a mile or so from the explosions. And yes, catch up on some sleep... always needed to keep your body running like a well oiled machine.

V on 04/16/2013:
Yeah I feel ya on the news :( I just don't understand how anyone can do such a thing! I hope the yawns are eased with a good night's sleep this evening <3

hollybelle on 04/16/2013:
Such sad news. Friend who played violin at daughter's wedding lives and goes to school in Boston at BU. Spoke to his mother and she had FINALLY heard from him. He was watching the race from another location and was OK. Thank goodness. Cake with grandma sounds so good. I used to drop in and eat with my grandmother. She's been gone for about 19 years now. She was my best friend. I loved her so much. Hope you get good rest tonight and don't yawn through the day tomorrow!!

legcramps - Monday Apr 15, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I wish weekends never ended ;) so glad I have some holiday time coming up where i'll be spending time doing nothing and travelling to see a friend. Can't wait!

I reached my quota for social interaction on the weekend with no problem (told you i'm not much of a social butterfly); eating wasn't great on Sunday but that's what lowering my inhibitions with vodka and cherry whiskey will do ;)

I have a big mess in the kitchen to clean up today, and a list of groceries to purchase. I am starting to panic because I am all out of orange juice for my breakfast smoothies, and the only other things in the fridge are some carrots and frozen perogies. A balanced meal that does not make. Good thing it's 10 for 10 days at the store! Fun Times!

I also have a dinner date with Grandma, Mom, and one of my favorite Aunt's. Looks like we'll be going for pizza, so i'll be ordering my go-to Feta and Spinach. And i'm excited to give Grandma a very pretty coral necklace for her birthday. I sure hope it fits.

So, to summarize my foods for today: breakfast smoothie, coffee, rice and steamed veggies for lunch (from the cafeteria), a yummy cinammon loaf for dessert (I couldn't help myself, it was begging me to eat it), and pizza for dinner. Oh, and birthday cake. Yikes.

The moral of the story for today: Do as I say, not as I do.

I love the way my knee is reacting to my new method of 'do nothing all day long and ice all evening'. For about 65% of the day I am walking as normally as anyone else who does not have any issues with their knees/legs/lower body mobility. <insert a BIG breath of RELIEF here>

Cross your fingers and toes that I don't run into a patch of ice on my way to the car after work (snowing AGAIN. really, Mother Nature?)

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

Puddles on 04/15/2013:
We got more snow yesterday. Today is rain and 0C so don't know if it will change over to freezing rain or snow. We need a break. Enjoy your outing with your family. Have a great day

hollybelle on 04/15/2013:
I would vote for weekends never ending as long as the paycheck would keep coming! LOL! Enjoy your dinner and food today and back on your usual plan tomorrow, perhaps?? Glad the knee is doing OK.

skinnygrlwithin on 04/15/2013:
Snow? really?? I guess it could have snowed near me on Saturday... but yes seriously...where is mother nature!

It sounds like you have a nice fun filled day with your family. Enjoy!

V on 04/15/2013:
Snow really? :( I am so sorry but the good news is your knee is better so YAYYYY! And Yayyyy for Grandma's bday <3 Have a good evening :)

OhioRaven on 04/15/2013:
Great post today. Thanks for the Dr. Advice. I think I need to go.

OhioRaven on 04/15/2013:
My water is a.gallon today, but I had to force it.

legcramps - Friday Apr 12, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I had a very hard time getting to sleep last night (what the heck? why so random and... irritating?) and at one point actually got up and had a drink of water and watched Criminal Minds. I shouldn't have, because it was about teenagers who choke themselves and each other to get high. Tough to watch.

My foods were good, the tortilla pizza I made was actually kind of delicious and I had some steamed greens with it. Brought the leftovers for lunch today and I still have 1/2 a chicken breast to use up for dinner. I should make some whole grain pasta, i've been craving it for a few days now.

I got a little munchy into the evening and snacked on crunchy things. Also spent a lot of time daydreaming about Costco's snacks.

I made sure I had enough time to make myself my regular 1/2 banana, strawberries, orange juice and glutamine smoothie this morning. Need that to get me through the morning.

Really feeling like I haven't seen anyone in awhile. The social butterfly in me (which is, I admit, quite a tiny little thing) is feeling a little lonely, even though I had people over just two days ago. I'd like to host a dinner soon - I saw a great recipe from the Pioneer Woman for soup and I think it would be awesome in a toasted bread bowl! I should do this before the weather warms up and no one wants soup anymore.

Blabbering. It's because I have to use up my energy by writing instead of working out. I guess I could start talking more too, but my co-workers probably think I talk too much already.

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

Puddles on 04/12/2013:
Have a great weekend and try to get some sleep.

MzLovely on 04/12/2013:
I remember when I was in Jr high girls were choking themselves...have a good day :):)

OhioRaven on 04/12/2013:
The pioneer woman ! Ok, I'm checking for her on YouTube.

legcramps on 04/12/2013:
www.thepioneerwoman.com ;)

lolla on 04/12/2013:
If I have trouble sleeping I usually take a nyquil and it does the trick for that one night. Hope you get to go out this weekend, we do live in a beautiful world!

IndependentEm93 on 04/12/2013:
Have a great weekend!! =)!

grannyannie on 04/12/2013:
Have a great weekend! Soup sounds good.

V on 04/12/2013:
Not sure of if you can swing it since you are on a budget(me as well) but when i am in the mood for some social intercourse at my pad, I volunteer to cook the main dishes and suggest everyone else to bring mixers,vino,side dishes... I have plenty of booze and random beer that people have left in my fridge..

I am so blathering!!! Hahahahaha sorry have a great weekend <3

V on 04/12/2013:
OH!! P.S. it is now officially SUMMER here, hot and muggy :(

biscottibody59 on 04/13/2013:
Enjoy your weekend!

pinkpoppy on 04/15/2013:
I love soup in bread bowl but haven't had it in ages. I keep telling hubby next time we have date night I want to Go to Cinnamon's Deli for soup in bread bowl. We need to do it before warms up here too. Hope you had a great weekend.

legcramps - Thursday Apr 11, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I iced like a champion after work yesterday, and was true to my word and did not do any walking (except when I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen) ALL evening. Proud of me?

My workout buddies came over and did their workout while I ate my dinner of baked chicken, brown rice and quinoa, and steamed green beans. While kinda sorta maybe sending daggers through my eyes at them. Apparently I missed my targets because they were pretty pumped up and happy while they were working out, and pretty well just ignored me. Probably because I wouldn't high-five them. LOL, it was a fun time in actuality, and I am exaggerating slightly about sending daggers and being crabby with them. In fact, I made them copy the crazy girl on the DVD a few times and that was hilarious. It felt good to give orders too ;)

I told them if i'm still not in walking shape for our next workout, we're doing a crazy belly-blasting DVD instead. And I shall sit and laugh the whole time. I'm sure they'll love that.

Leftovers for lunch today and I have to search for a recipe to incorporate the other baked chicken breast sitting in the fridge for dinner tonight. Maybe chicken and pasta but what kind of sauce? Hmmnnnn.

Decisions, decisions.

Wait! I've got it! Chicken and veggie pizza with a little BBQ sauce and mozza cheese, on a flour tortilla.

All set.

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

grannyannie on 04/11/2013:
Sounds like a fun workout group! LOL. Have a great day!

OhioRaven on 04/11/2013:
YES ! I am proud of you.

hollybelle on 04/11/2013:
Good work resting your knee! It's hard, I know, but you have come too far to mess it up now!

Puddles on 04/11/2013:
If you can't do the workout you might as well have fun watching them. I am proud of you. Have a great day.

IndependentEm93 on 04/11/2013:
Have a great day!

V on 04/11/2013:
LOL!! I love it, if you can't join them, shoot daggers and humiliate them ;) Thatta girl!! Love ya!

legcramps - Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Awe, you awesome people with your awesome comments on my last entry almost made me cry real alligator tears this morning!

I had a rant all ready to go about my workout yesterday and the fact that I am not where I want to be, but now I think i'm just going to let it go. Because OhioRaven is right - I CAN rebuild, and become faster, better. My life shouldn't be about the end result but the effort I put in each and every day to become the person I visualize myself being. So i'll love myself instead. And give myself a break. And pat you guys on the back for helping me realize that i'm exactly where I need to be.

I heard through the grapevine that my alter-ego went to the store and bought some frozen yogurt yesterday. I think i'll treat myself to a serving later, while i'm icing a knee that has been through a lot lately.

And next time, I hope i'll stop myself before I start berating the body that has gotten me through the years so exceptionally well.

Thanks guys. I need you everyday. Just wanted you to know.

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

V on 04/10/2013:
ROCK on with your bad self girly!!

IndependentEm93 on 04/10/2013:

OhioRaven on 04/11/2013:

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Good day yesterday...

Pulled out the treadmill and dusted it off... walked for 5 minutes (with help from the railings) and it seemed to go alright. It's getting much easier to walk; I expect a lot of improvement this week in that regard. Iced afterwards. Doesn't seem like much, but felt like great strides were being taken ;) pun intended.

Tonight I am going to give the stationary bike a whirl. Heehee, pun intended!

I made chicken enchilladas for dinner yesterday; pretty yummy and enough leftover for dinner tonight. Maybe with some wild rice and quinoa. Sad part is that I couldn't find whole grain tortillas and wasn't about to go searching after a full day at work.

Broke my sunglasses today. That should be my limit, so i'm sure the rest of the week will be great ;) sure, sure...

Getting pretty frustrated with all the snow; we're supposed to get even more on Thursday and Saturday :( I flat out refuse to do any more shovelling, so my visitors will probably be few and far between until it melts.

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

grannyannie on 04/09/2013:
Glad your knee is getting stronger. Yea, winter seems to be lasting forever everywhere!

Puddles on 04/09/2013:
I can so relate. It will be the same thing here snow and rain and no summer or spring in site. Have a great day.

getmebackto150 on 04/09/2013:
So happy to hear you are able to walk easier, it doesn't seem like a little-my bother in law just had knee surgery in November and yesterday he went for his first run and he is like a kid on Christmas!!! Ugghh, hope your snow goes away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

skinnygrlwithin on 04/09/2013:
Any achievement big or small is something to be proud of, so be super excited and know you are making progress

OhioRaven on 04/09/2013:
You CAN rebuild yourself. Stronger, Faster, Better.

V on 04/09/2013:
Awesome work on the treadmill, you will be in full force very very soon :) Hope you had a stellar day <3

IndependentEm93 on 04/09/2013:
Have a great day! =)

Umpqua on 04/10/2013:
Good for you for getting on the treadmill. It sounds like your recovery is going well!

legcramps - Monday Apr 08, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Ended up having a fantastic weekend, even though I broke down a couple times due to feeling sorry for myself. It happens.

Friday night after visiting a friend I just hung out at home and attempted to get to bed early so that I could put a full day of cleaning in on Saturday. I started to watch a few episodes of Criminal Minds, and for some reason I couldn't stop watching it. Went to bed around midnight.

Saturday was a late morning wake-up call, which was basically a sign of how the rest of the day would go. First, it snowed. I tried to ignore it. I took down all the curtains and threw them in the wash, wiped the walls and windowsills, washed the inside of the windows. Broke my mop. Looked at the snow. Cue breakdown #1. Managed to fix it by using pliers and elbow grease. Best not to ask for details or enquire about what this mop now looks like. I needed a Cascade Councillor.

Since I couldn't put my curtains outside to dry, I threw them into the dryer and started another load of wash. Did the dishes. Took a shower. Brought the curtains upstairs to iron. Forgot about them while getting lost in more episodes of Criminal Minds.

Fell asleep. Missed an ice skating recital and probably some after-recital drinks. Oh well.

Woke up nice and early on Sunday; noticed it was still snowing; ate a big breakfast, then got to work ironing those curtains.

Broke the iron.

Had to buy another one. No stores were open. Called Mom in a panic; she calmed me down and steered me in the direction of the one store that was open on Sundays. On the way back to my car, my knee started squabbling. Cue breakdown #2. IN PUBLIC.

Went home. Ironed like a madwoman since I had guests coming over in approx 15 minutes.

Chopped up veggies and snacks for guests. We watched movies. And I relaxed. After my guests left, I had a sandwich for dinner and watched another movie. Fell asleep.

The moral of the story is that, sometimes, just sometimes, I am happy that it's Monday and I can squirrel myself away in my office for eight hours straight. Yessir, life is good. And my house is pretty darn clean.

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

getmebackto150 on 04/08/2013:
Yikes, thats a lot of cleaning issues! More support for my motto of let me just ignore the dirt, lol... Ive been know to have multiple breakdowns (sometimes in public) so I feel you there!!! Glad you found an open store... Have a great monday!!

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
Thanks! I usually ignore the dirt LOL but for some reason I had cleaning on my brain for the weekend - maybe to feel less guilty about not driving to see my Dad.

Puddles on 04/08/2013:
If people come over to my place to see a clean house I would rather not have them over. Girl you have to relax and take life a little more lightly. Life is to be enjoy if not all the time most of the time. We all have our breakdowns and nothing wrong with them. Have a great day.

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
I wasn't cleaning because I had guests coming - they wouldn't care how messy my house is! Just wanted to get a good start on it, but i've learned my lesson now!!! LOL

Umpqua on 04/08/2013:
What a weekend! At least you got a jumpstart on your spring cleaning. I hope today is better for you and no more broken stuff!

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
Thanks! I hope so too :)

grannyannie on 04/08/2013:
Oh, dear! Bad luck. Hope your week goes much more smoothly than your weekend.

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
Thank you!

missdetermined on 04/08/2013:
Your cleaning has gotten me motivated to do some of my own! Sorry you had a rough weekend, breakdowns aren't fun at all. Hope you're feeling better being back in the swing of things!

missdetermined on 04/08/2013:
Your cleaning has gotten me motivated to do some of my own! Sorry you had a rough weekend, breakdowns aren't fun at all. Hope you're feeling better being back in the swing of things!

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
Getting there :)

MzLovely on 04/08/2013:
LOL woow, you're weekend was sorta crazy...but you got thru it, mostly, sane :):) have a great day

legcramps on 04/08/2013:
LOL, absolutely!

lolla on 04/08/2013:
love your post, made me laugh. WOW you had a lot of energy and I am so very envious, I've been a big lazy bum lately.

V on 04/08/2013:
Sorry about your mini meltdowns this weekend and you did well handling it all IMO, hope you had a nice stress free workday :) RYC I would love to take all my aggressions out with my workouts but unfortunately it is recovery week so i can't get all resickulous, LOL Yoga class this evening mellowed me out though!

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