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legcramps - Wednesday Feb 08, 2012

Weight: 165.0

I decided I wanted to walk to work again today. Gosh darn, I think it was even colder than yesterday! Not much fun. Hopefully it will warm up by the time I leave to walk home.

Budget Update:

January was a great month for me, budget-wise. I put a big chunk of change onto my debt and managed to stay under budget for the month! I saved enough money to cover my oil change this week and my quarterly prescription for Depo. Although i'm thinking about taking February off, giving my body a break, then taking it in March sometime. So I may not get in there to have him see about my shins until then.

This month it's going to be tight. I hope to save a little towards gifts and clothes, but other than that, basic payments on debt only. Since it's my birthday month, I have three outings scheduled that will end up costing me most of my budget. If I can walk to work a few times a week and save money on fuel, it would help tremendously. I need to look into getting new runners and maybe new sweatpants, but that might not happen this month. A birthday gift of money came from Mom, so it might go towards the priority - runners. Runners are so expensive! I also need to send away some documents to renew my passport, and that will cost over $100 all told. So yeah. Tight.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, beans, beef, onions, red peppers, corn and peas for lunch, hummus and crackers, and Grandma's cooking for dinner!

Exercise - walking outside, over 1 hour; core workout later tonight after visit with Grandma.

Other - mail, visit Grandma.

I feel I may be right pooped by the time this week is over.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/08/2012:
Good for you for walking in the cold weather and congrats on your January budget success!

h82bfat on 02/08/2012:
I'm impressed that not only did you walk to work, you walked in the COLD! Cudos to you!!! Hope your walk home was a little warmer!

moogy on 02/08/2012:
Tight! but so great that you have a budget and stick to it:) I am a little like - the bank has more money than me!!! Well I was when I was living with my husband!! Now I live on a Disability Pension I have to be a little careful, I am fortunate that I live in a country with a wonderful social security system and really don't have to cut back on very much at all. Need a new car though!! Ummm..... Hope you ended up staying warm and that it wasn't too cold when you walked home, I can imagine that the chill doesn't help your chins:)

V on 02/08/2012:
Hahaha!! Gotta love the Birthday Month..I usually milk my birthday every DAY in August ;) hahaha I hope your walk home was warmer <3

sweetpea1977 on 02/08/2012:
Good going on walking to work. I hear that you burn slightly more calories during colder weather, so keep that in mind next time you go walking in the frigid cold. :)

supercheese on 02/09/2012:
Good job on working to work. I wish I could/ride my bike BUT its 25 miles away so its kinda hard. Also, good job on savings! I need to get on that haha,

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Weight: 165.0


This whole "waking up in the morning to work out" thing is hard.

I woke up at the early alarm, but I didn't get out of bed until 7:10am. I have to be at work by 8am. In order to walk to work, I need half an hour.

7:15am - bathroom: I wonder if I could get ready fast enough to walk to work.

7:16am - bathroom: Nah.

7:23am - kitchen: I could be totally ready by 7:30.

7:31am - kitchen: Nah.

7:33am - sidewalk: I'm doing it! I'm walking to work! Holy 'F' it's cold out here!

So, obviously my hair is not washed and I have no makeup on. Because that would have taken far too long. And then I wouldn't have been able to walk to work this morning. But then, I rarely have makeup on, so that's not saying much.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha; oatmeal; beef, beans, onion, red pepper, peas and corn for lunch; hummus and crackers, dinner TBD (maybe leftover beef and brown rice)

Exercise - walking outside, at least 1 hour

Other - walk to Mom's; new dog park update for FB; make appt for oil change

I was all happy to be alive and such as I was walking to work this morning, but it's worn off. Funny how work does that to a person.

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/07/2012:
Well done on walking to work!

Umpqua on 02/07/2012:
Haha, I love your morning dialogue. Great job!

Kati on 02/07/2012:
LOLOLOL... I had the same experience but believe me, it's a matter of self-discipline and then it becomes a habit which is very easy to handle. I have to leave home at 6h25 AM every morning to catch the bus to the gym. Ohh, and at 8h05 on Saturdays. :)

V on 02/07/2012:
Hahahaha!! trust when i say that I was NEVER a morning person, especially working til midnight, when i lived in Chicago, I worked at a 2am(5am on weekends) bar.. That was brutal..Anyhoo getting up a little earlier takes a little practice..It is a heck of alot easier to do when you are doing your"soul mate workout".. I set my alarm for 5:30 and hit snooze a couple of times but my goal is to be dressed and ready for my workout BY 7.. Anyhoo I am sure you CAN do this :) Have a good one!!

supercheese on 02/07/2012:
yep thats my whole no more morning workouts....I needed to start it up again BUT im just too tired :(

hollybelle on 02/07/2012:
You are too funny! I live so close I could walk to work everyday, but I have to leave for unexpected reasons so often it's just not practical. I would have to walk back home to my car. I wish I had a car service for emergencies!

selina on 02/08/2012:
That's great to be able to walk to work! I don't like walking in the cold, though ;) Good job!

Maria7 on 02/08/2012:
Good on the walk. Hope you feel better today. :-)

legcramps - Monday Feb 06, 2012

Weight: 165.0

Must be having a good run, another half pound gone since yesterday.

Wallyball was good yesterday. I bought a knee brace because my left knee was bothering me a bit, and it worked like a charm. No pain all night! Not even from my shins ;)

I didn't get a good night's rest though, so I might be powering down around 2pm today and maybe even taking a nap when I get home from work. I'd like to fit in some cardio before that nap.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, oatmeal, soup, hummus & crackers, beans and toast with feta and spinach.

Exercise - Dance it Off DVD - 30 minutes?

Other - nap?

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

V on 02/06/2012:
Good job girl!!

Umpqua on 02/06/2012:
Look at you go!

supercheese on 02/06/2012:
Have a good day!

grannyannie on 02/06/2012:
Well done!

liza36 on 02/06/2012:
Yay for naps!

biscottibody59 on 02/06/2012:
Congrats on your losses--woo-hoo!

WII on 02/06/2012:
Congrats on your weight losses!!

Maria7 on 02/06/2012:
Congrats on your lower number...it allll counts! :-)

legcramps - Sunday Feb 05, 2012

Weight: 165.5

New low!

Walked 47 minutes outside yesterday. Today is wallyball. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Progress as of today: 9.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/05/2012:
Awesome, congrats!!

V on 02/05/2012:
Congrats Legcramps!!! <3

moogy on 02/05/2012:
Wonderful feeling a bet with that new low!!:)

h82bfat on 02/05/2012:
Yeah for you!!

grannyannie on 02/05/2012:
Good job!

legcramps - Friday Feb 03, 2012

Weight: 166.5

I stopped in at the walking track after work yesterday and did 30 minutes of walking. Then I ran stairs for a few minutes before leaving. I felt shin pain again, but whatever. Even I'm getting tired of going on and on about it.

I felt good about the exercise yesterday, but unfortunately overdid it a bit on the calories - almost 1,900. That's still good, I just wish I could've skipped the ice cream in the evening, since this morning my weight has gone up yet again. I'm fairly sure a lot of this has to do with... oh, screw the excuses. I need to work out more. Period.

Speaking of working out more, I think I'll take a rest day today. I've been exercising or trying to exercise every day for the last 7 days, and my brain if nothing else needs some rest. Plus, I'm getting together with friends tonight anyways.

I may attempt to do morning workouts to avoid nights like tonight where I won't have time to exercise.

I watched the movie Conviction last night. Have you seen it? Pretty good; I think I even shed a tear.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, oatmeal, rice, beef, onion & peas dish, hummus & crackers, soup & toast. NO PM SNACK!!!

Exercise - rest day.

Other - get together with friends.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

selina on 02/03/2012:
Enjoy the exercise day-off and your friends company. Happy TGIF! Haven't seen Conviction but it sounds like something I'd like watch - love Hilary Swank!

supercheese on 02/03/2012:
Lol I need to work out more too. One step at a time, literally. Have fu with your friends!!

WII on 02/03/2012:
LOL I know what you mean! I've not seen that movie, I will have to check it out! Have a great weekend and rest time with friends!

V on 02/03/2012:
have a great weekend <3

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/05/2012:
i have a suggestion for your shin pain - try accupuncture!!! i go to a teaching college for it nearby, like a little over a half hour away from my house. it's a little bit of a drive, yes, but since it's a school for it, i get a 1.5 hour session for a VERY cheap rate: $30! that's it! i am lucky though - the two students that practice on me are very, very good. one is in her 50's and her partner is in his 40's. alsothe professor will also come in...and last time they actually lit some chinese herbal medicine like it was a wand and brough it above my abdomen and did some alternative medicine work! amazing. i get very good treatment there, the best, and many times it's THREE people (the ones a mentioned above) doing work on me for 1.5 hours for thirty dollars, no tipping allowed! wow.

i will probably give them a gift or something before the students leave the teaching college. it's like massage therapists, some are great and some just don't possess that special potential or intrinsic quality that makes a person awesome in what they do. i am lucky to have found the pearls.

legcramps - Thursday Feb 02, 2012

Weight: 166.5

We are almost at the "kick me while I'm down" phase of the rollercoaster of life.

Don't get me wrong, still in a good mood. However, I wasn't yesterday evening. Nope.

I got on the treadmill to get my 30 minute walk in, and after 5 minutes the damn thing just. stopped. moving.

How frustrating! I was so disappointed and worked up about it, I tried for almost half an hour to get it going again. It didn't. And then that sort of ruined the rest of my night, in that I didn't want to workout At All. Forgetaboutit.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't even remember what I did last night. I think I saw red for a good part of whatever it was, though.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, oatmeal, rice, peas, beef& onion dish, hummus & crackers, soup & toast.

Exercise - I brought a change of clothes and my runners (the old ones), and I'll be stopping in at the walking track after work to get the 30 minutes in that I didn't yesterday.

Other - due to some over-lapped irritability, I foresee an early bedtime in my future.

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

biscottibody59 on 02/02/2012:
Wonder if the treadmill is repairable? I remember WorkingIt/WII on here got parts for hers once upon a time and it was in fine shape after that.

Have a good day!

WII on 02/02/2012:
Yep I did get the parts from Treadmilldoctor.com and fixed my belt and cap issue. It cost me under $150 and was well worth it! I had to ask for a couple guys to help me install it because I am not mechanically inclined, but they were able to fix it and it is still in use today! Thoughts are with you!

grannyannie on 02/02/2012:
Sorry about the treadmill. How frustrating. Hope it's fixable for a reasonable price. Hope this evening you're a bit happier. :-)

glycrina on 02/02/2012:
I am so the same way. One time I went to do a pilates class and when I got there it was canceled. I was FUMING! I think I got on the bike for five minutes and went to Wendy's and bought a frosty. I am better about those things now but it is difficult when you don't get what you want.

sweetpea1977 on 02/02/2012:
Definitely look into fixing that treadmill.

Im sure the groundhog is as confused as humans about this weather. :)

V on 02/02/2012:
Uh OH! I hope that it can be fixed! I too understand seeing red, there is no turning back for a while :( I hope your day went well my friend <3

Umpqua on 02/03/2012:
That stinks about the treadmill, I hope yesterday went better for you!

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 01, 2012

Weight: 166.5

Well, there had to be a crack in the armour at some point...

I had some shin pain yesterday while I was doing my treadmill walk. I managed to get to 28 minutes, but I'd had to stop many times to rest my shins, so it wasn't a great workout. Because I felt like I hadn't done enough, I did some core exercises about an hour later.

I think part of the reason might be my runners. They felt tight with my compression socks on. For the last few minutes of the walk, I switched my runners to an old pair (that is the correct size), and it felt much better - though the damage had already been done. So from now on, I'll be using the old pair to walk in, and looking for a proper sized pair for running. Too bad it only took me a year to figure that out, although it probably isn't the entire reason for my shin pain.

Well, even though I did nothing yesterday to upset me on the scale, there was a slight gain so no new low for me today! I am ok with that; the scale is not my biggest motivator. It is certainly not the most compassionate.

Plan for today:

Mocha, oatmeal for breakfast

Macaroni, feta, spinach for lunch

Hummus and crackers for snack

Open-faced beef burger, feta, spinach, and brussel sprouts (maybe rice) for dinner

Ice cream and strawberries for snack

Exercise is walking on treadmill and core work.

I may have another mocha, and some tea throughout the day. Gotta get that water in!

Progress as of today: 8.5 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

selina on 02/01/2012:
I hope your shin pains will subside from now on. Correct size shoes are so important! Stay well!

WII on 02/01/2012:
Hope the shins are better quickly! So happy you did figure it out, though!

Umpqua on 02/01/2012:
I hope switching your shoes takes care of the pain!

liza36 on 02/01/2012:
I hope you find new shoes that work well. I loved your comment about the scale not being the most compassionate. I so agree! I experience that frequently! Have a good one.

V on 02/01/2012:
Get some new shoes STAT!! Take care of your feet my friend :) Keep on kicking ass and taking names girl!

hollybelle on 02/01/2012:
Dang I hate shin splints! Hope that gets better. Good suggestions about making sure you have the right shoes and they are in good shape to absorb shock. Also wall heel stretches will help. The toe pressing up toward the shin releives the pull. I had them years ago when I ran, lots of ibuprohen helped, too. Good luck. I have noticed you have had that kind of pain quite awhile .

starfish on 02/01/2012:
Glad you figured out what might help those shins :-) Keep up the good work.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

Weight: 166.0

Yesterday I did a pilates workout. Well, the fact of the matter is that I did only part of a pilates workout. Holy abdominal pain, Batman. I spent the rest of the workout eyeing the tv set with what I'd hoped were shooting daggers.

Another challenge I am ready to take on.

I got pretty lazy afterwards and watched movies all night. One was based on the true story of a woman who moved from Columbia to New York with her husband and two children. Weeks later, the husband left the family and she had to do various things to provide for her children. Don't judge but I can't remember the title of the movie; however, it was pretty heartbreaking.

My eating has been spot on for a good two weeks now; journalling everything I eat and counting calories each day is working well for me right now. I know this isn't something that I would want to do all the time, but I think for now I have to.

Plan for today:

Mocha, oatmeal (with pb, strawberries and chocolate) for breakfast

Macaroni with feta cheese and spinach for lunch

Homemade hummus with wheat crackers for snack

Leftover turkey patty on whole wheat, side of vegetables for dinner

Exercise is walking for 30 minutes

I don't have anything else I absolutely need to do, so my plan is to clean up the kitchen and wash the floor in there. I have a bad habit of cleaning the countertop by pushing all the crumbs over the edge, to the floor. It used to benefit my dog greatly, but unfortunately she is no longer there to keep things spotless for me ;) so I have to clean it up myself.

I also think a second workout may be in order, as it is the end of the month and I'd like to weigh in tomorrow at a new low for the year. We'll see how I'm feeling after the walk!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/31/2012:
Love that you are so successful right now! Keep it up legcramps and you WILL see your lowest weight of the year!!! Have a good one:)

biscottibody59 on 01/31/2012:
I've got a couple of pilates ab sessions recorded--will have to get back to you on my experience.

BTW, good going on your loss the other day!

Have a good day there!

grannyannie on 01/31/2012:
Good job on the food! I keep looking for youtube videos on working different muscles and the best ones seem to be pilates. Have a great day!

Umpqua on 01/31/2012:
It sounds like you're in a good groove!

Em17 on 01/31/2012:
Have a great day!

WII on 01/31/2012:
Great job on keeping track of your foods! YAY! LOL Pilates isn't as easy as many people think!

V on 01/31/2012:
hahaha!! I am so judging YOU for not remembering the name of the movie :) Was it on Lifetime Movie Network?? Yes pilates is a great workout for the core..Keep at it, you will get strong pretty quick, i promise :) Have a good evening!!

Maria7 on 01/31/2012:
Good on your workout. :-)

legcramps - Monday Jan 30, 2012

Weight: 166.0

A chest cold snuck up on me this weekend, so I've been trying to fight that off with orange juice and throat lozenges. So far, it isn't really working very well. But really, two colds in one month? Really?

I still did my walking session on Saturday though. And... drum roll please... I ran for the last three minutes of the session. It felt great after suffering for so long! I could have gone a lot longer too, but I didn't want to push it.

We went to the hockey game on Saturday, but afterwards no one wanted to go out so we went to my place for a bit instead. I woke up late on Sunday and yet this day still has the highest calories of the week. Wierd.

I signed up yesterday for a one-month free trial of Netflix. I can't believe how little amount of tv shows they have to offer. Lots of movies, but hardly any tv shows - or ones that I would watch, anyways. Anyone else have this service? Do you like it?

Wallyball was good yesterday; I finally wasn't tomato red in the face at the end of it. Of course, I didn't jump around like a fool or anything either. Sometimes it's best just to hit the ball when it's hit to you. It was still a great workout, though I tweaked my left knee once again and I had to ice it last night.

Today's plan:

Food - mocha, cafeteria item for breakfast, cafeteria sandwich, hummus and crackers, dinner tbd. Possibly macaroni and feta cheese. Maybe I should pick up a few groceries. Milk, spinach, more brussel sprouts.

Exercise - today is for cross training.

Other - groceries.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

V on 01/30/2012:
Look at Legcramps go!! Yeah girl, do it, have a good one <3

getmebackto150 on 01/30/2012:
I hope you knock this cold out!! Your weekend sounds like lots of fun! Have a good day:)

Umpqua on 01/30/2012:
Congrats on your scale movement, woot! I was a Netflix member and then quit when they increased their pricing. I'm actually considering re-joining (mostly for the movies). I'll have to take a look at their selection now before I commit to anything. I hoep you kick that cold soon1

supercheese on 01/30/2012:
Don't have netflix but its something I'm thinking about. Also, don't know what wollyball is but sounds like fun!! Feel better!!!

Em17 on 01/30/2012:
Have a great day!

legcramps - Saturday Jan 28, 2012

Weight: 166.0

Finally back to losing again! Wow, that took a long enough time ;)

Sushi was wonderful yesterday, but I must've eaten something that didn't agree with me as I was fighting nausea most of the night. Or maybe I had too many different things and should have taken it slower seeing as I hadn't been for sushi in so long. I opted out of the deep fried ice cream as I was too full by the end of the meal - wow, never thought i'd refuse deep fried ice cream.

I did my Dance It Off DVD yesterday before dinner. This time I made it to 28 minutes before my shins told me it was time to stop. Good - 6 or 7 mins longer than the first time! Next dance steps to learn is Jazz. That should be interesting. I was in jazz dance classes a long time ago, but I doubt they will be similar, too bad.

This morning - I mean, for lunch - I am having toast with eggs and feta cheese, and a warm mocha. I think I will lay back for a bit and then get on the treadmill for my walking routine.

Tonight was asked to go to a hockey game, and then out to a new night club. My social skills have dwindled to nothing, but I guess now is as good a time as any to start working on that again.

Have a good weekend all!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/28/2012:
Back to losing!!! Wonderful!!! Have fun tonight, your social skills will come back in a hurry, I promise:) Have a good one!

V on 01/28/2012:
Have fun this evening! Yep that is an order ;)

thinkpositive on 01/29/2012:
Congratulations on your weight loss. The dance dvds sound like fun way to exercise.

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