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legcramps - Monday Jan 16, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Hello ladies :)

I managed to drive into the city on Wednesday evening, and stayed there until Saturday. Things seem to be going well; now comes the waiting period, another scan, then find out how much help the treatments were and what needs to be done now. Still quite stressful, but I think Dad and I managed to have a few really good conversations about how he's feeling and what he can do to relieve some of his stress about the whole situation. I hope he finds some peace in the next few weeks.

My eating was good while I was away, except for Friday night where I found myself looking for food late in the evening. I went for a walk outside on Thursday because it was so nice out, and went to Wallyball last night. No other exercise; I need to be more consistent with this.

Wallyball was dangerous ;) I managed to walk out of there with numerous bruises and a pulled muscle in my left quad. I cracked myself in the face with the ball (I know, this only happens to me). I was also a great big red tomato about 10 minutes into playing! Bad Blood Pressure (is that what it would be from, do you think?). That was a little embarrassing, but I was not surprised seeing as how I hadn't been getting much cardio exercise in for months now. It will get better.

This week is supposed to be extremely cold, so I don't plan on doing too much by way of outside activity, or even having to go anywhere in the evenings. Today the high is minus 21 degrees celsius, minus 30 degress with the windchill. I'd much rather stay inside where it's warm! So this week I'll likely be tackling the Dance It Off DVD again, and possibly a couple other DVDs I have sitting at home. It's going to be a long week!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/16/2012:
Glad you have a good chat with your dad. Don't know if you can blame your redness on blood pressure, probably a lack of stamina from not doing enough cardio. It only takes me a couple of weeks of no exercise to feel like I'm starting from scratch. Have a great day.

V on 01/16/2012:
Well hello there :) I am sure that each week that passes wit the walley ball, your endurance and stamina will be off the charts!! Have a good evening :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/17/2012:
Wallyball sounds like great cardio. Im sure I'd be beet red in the face too!

Umpqua on 01/17/2012:
Do they make wallyball armor? Haha. Have a good one!

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 11, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Busy day yesterday; work, then had coffee with a friend, then had two friends over to watch Ghost Whisperer. Didn't get any exercise in, but OK considering I was spending quality time with friends :)

I am "supposed" to drive into the city to see Dad today after work, but the weather conditions aren't entirely favorable today. It's cold and, as a friend put it this morning, blustery. Maybe not the best conditions for driving. Will have to see if the roads get icy or if it starts to snow. If I can't get in today, I plan on taking Friday off work and seeing if the roads are any better by then. There's absolutely no reason for me to stress about this - it'll be fine if I can't get there today. Must remember that.

Wallyball is a great form of exercise and I can't wait to start playing. You play in a racquetball court. Wallyball is very similar to volleyball, except - as the name suggests - the wall is live play. Also there are only four people to a team, so it is exceptionally fast-moving. I used to get a lot of bruises ;) and even ran right into the wall a few times. I didn't say I was good at it!

Well, best get to work and move along with the day. I didn't have any leftovers for lunch today, so I brought a big container of cereal. I woke up this morning hungry, so I ate a breakfast of toast with pb before heading in to work. With that and cereal for lunch, i'm really carbing-up. For what, I don't know!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/11/2012:
I hope the weather conditions are good for driving over the next few days. Wallyball sounds like it would be dangerous for me, I'm so not coordinate ;P

getmebackto150 on 01/11/2012:
Wallyball sounds fun, but a little fast paced for me... I don't like balls flying at my head... LOL!! Be safe if you do drive today!!!

V on 01/11/2012:
I was on a "walley ball"league in Chicago, however we did more drinking than anything..hahaha! It is a really good workout ;) I hope the weather is kind to you so you can visit Dad :) Have a good one!

h82bfat on 01/11/2012:
Wow - that's some serious weather you're having! Hope it co-operates with you. Wally ball sounds like great entertainment as well as exercise - aka - lots of laughs. Out of curiousity... how did Ghost Whisperer end? I used to record it & after awhile, I gave up on trying to catch the final episodes becus they never played 'em in any order.

WII on 01/12/2012:
I've always been interested in Wallyball! Too timid to try though lol. I was LMBO at your dance entry, I'm the same way! The gals love me in Zumba because I'm like a pet project LOL. I pray your weather clears soon!

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Weight: 167.0

I did a Prevention exercise video yesterday; a Dance workout. I think there are five different dance styles the video goes through, not including a warm-up workout. I got through the warm-up, and the first dance style - hip hop. Oh, I'm terrible at hip hop. I'm glad there was no mirror or open windows. Wow. Anyways, I had to stop during the next dance style, which was latin dance. The whole workout took me 21 minutes. I'm going to keep working through it and try to extend each session a little longer each time and hopefully soon I can do the whole thing which is probably about an hour or so long.

My shins were definitely hurting, and my left calf muscle was cramping a bit. But it was a good start! I still need to make a doc appt to see if they can x-ray my shins; hoping to do that in February.

I haven't been able to see Dad for a few weeks now with the road conditions being brutal and then getting sick. I'm really hoping I'll be able to get up there this week for his last chemo treatment. He's been doing really well lately.

For dinner yesterday I had a baked potato, pork ribs and cooked carrots. It was a great day of eating for me; chicken and macaroni for lunch, a snack of pb and honey sandwich - just really great and the best part about it was that I could taste everything ;) LOL.

I received an e-mail from a friend yesterday inviting me to be part of his wallyball team. Finally, wallyball is back! I've missed playing, and even though I'm sure I've lost most of my abilities on the court, I know I'll bounce back as soon as I start playing again. We're supposed to play every Sunday evening, so at least I'll be getting some exercise in on the weekends through to Spring. I'm very glad I was asked! Plus, I feel like I haven't been very good at the social outing thing lately, and I used to be so involved in everything! So this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/10/2012:
Your foods sounds wonderful, and good deal on the wallyball! Also great job with the dancing, that's more than I would even attempt ;P

grannyannie on 01/10/2012:
Dance sounds like a fun way to exercise. Glad your dad is doing better and that you are as well.

h82bfat on 01/10/2012:
Awesome job on the dance video! I tried one of those once & sprained my ankle one dance past the warm up!! Glad you got the wallyball invite, exercise via something you enjoy while socializing - can't beat that! Now... what exactly is it?

moogy on 01/10/2012:
Dinner sounds great! I am sure you will enjoy being part of the wallyball team. I hope you get to do everything you need to, there seems to be quite a few things on your list:)

biscottibody59 on 01/10/2012:
I hope the rest of your week goes well!

V on 01/10/2012:
Hey girly!! I miss you so much! I am hoping that you get to see your Dad soon :) Love you!!

legcramps - Monday Jan 09, 2012

Weight: 167.0

What the heck just happened to the first week of 2012? It's like... gone. Already.

That cold I was posturing on and on about last week finally caught up to me. I was out from Tuesday afternoon until sometime this morning when I found that I could actually breathe with both nasal passages. It was a wonderful moment, let me tell you. The last five days was a horrible reminder of what being sick feels like ;)

Anyways, great way to start the new year off, but that's okay 'cause it could definitely be worse than a measly little cold taking a chunk out of my sick time.

The awesome news is that I've been consistent with journalling all of my eats since Jan 1st. Even though there's been no exercise except for laundry and housework, I have written down everything that has gone into my mouth. It hasn't looked so great, especially with being sick.

Depending on how I feel today, I want to run a few errands after work, do some exercise tonight, and clean the living room of all the debris that is left after five days of Sick. I also need to check my budget and start a new one for the next two weeks. Lots to do!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 01/09/2012:
Hi - catching up with your posts - congratulations on your new job - how did you find it? Good thing to get a raise! YAY!

liza36 on 01/09/2012:
I agree...where did the week go? Hope your 2012 is starting off well with your goals, which are awesome by the way. Good job on journaling all your food. That's hard but very enlightening I'm sure. Have a great day!

V on 01/09/2012:
Hey girly!! I missed ya! I hope 2012 has been kind to you so far :) <3

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Ah, the lovely holidays are over and it's back to work for this girl.

I managed to stay awake to ring in the New Year at a friend's place. We had a huge turkey dinner and I so wanted to take a nap right afterwards, but managed to join in with the games and didn't get home until 2am. A new record so far this year ;)

I spent the rest of the weekend at home, relaxing and doing some medial chores when it was necessary. I am having a little difficulty getting enough sleep but I'm working on it and hopefully this week will be better. Still battling a cold/allergies so that hasn't been much fun but other than short bursts of rage at not being able to breathe properly, things are looking fine!

I made some 2012 resolutions/goals and I'd like to share them. Okay, here we go:

1) Fitness.

This year, my ultimate goal is to get my shins checked out thoroughly to see if there is any damage and hopefully rectify it if there is. I would really like to begin a running program again, and I want to work my way there slowly. There is an annual 5k run at the end of August that I'd like to take part in, so my goal is to work on my running to be able to do that, which gives me seven months to clean up my act and get moving.

Another fitness goal I have is to continue working on my Fitness Course. I hope to do this by setting out timelines each month to give myself time to work on it.

2) Finance.

I have a goal to pay off some of my debt this year. My posts may touch on this from time to time so that I can record how I'm doing on as regular a basis as possible. I have always worked from a budget, but this year I'll be paying close attention to it so that I can hopefully make this goal.

Also, I am trying to save money to take a trip in August! My goal is to save as much as I can as I am also paying off debt. I may end up using some of my savings for this. Ultimate goal is not to put myself back into debt because of the trip!

3) Accountability.

Another goal I have for 2012 is to have more accountability in what I eat and what I do. I've once again started a paper journal since I don't normally post here everyday or on the weekends. To-Do Lists will be a big part of this and I'm hoping this year won't throw too many curveballs at me so that I can become more consistent with exercise and healthy eating. I do hope to post more online, but that will be dependent on how quickly I can get a new home computer ;)

I have a few things I'd like to do this year with the house too. Some things are small jobs like re-sealing the tub surround; some are larger (insulating the garage). These larger jobs will be dependent upon how much my budget will allow for, and what I'm capable of doing myself as opposed to hiring help.

4) Take time for me.

2011 brought with it a whole lot of grief and necessary Life Changes. I have had a difficult time coping with everything which led me to fall away from some of my goals in 2011. This year, I want to be able to deal with things as they come, since we all know life does not follow my To-Do Lists. My goal is to carve some time out just for me by finding things I can do by myself that won't cost a lot of money and will give me some peace of mind to get through whatever life throws at me.

So there we have it. I truly hope 2012 will bring a little happiness and love into my life. I go into it welcoming the positives and attempting to be open to new and wonderful possibilities.

Happy 2012 to you and yours! I hope the new year brings you happiness and love as well!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 01/03/2012:
Great goals there my brave friend <3 You can so do this! Much love to you girl and more power to you :)

sweetpea1977 on 01/03/2012:
great goals!!!

getmebackto150 on 01/03/2012:
Love your goals, they are awesome!!! Here's to a wonderful and productive 2012:)

Umpqua on 01/03/2012:
Excellent goals and great outlook for the new year!

supercheese on 01/04/2012:
Great goals especially the last one! We all need time for ourselves and it actually does help lose weight!

moogy on 01/04/2012:
It would be good to see what is up with your shins, nice to be able to run without pain! Love the goals and I wish you success in acheiving them and that you have a 2012 filled with joyous moments and contentment:)

legcramps - Friday Dec 30, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Yesterday: mocha, poppyseed cake, penne pasta with vegetables, retirement cake, cookie, mixed snacks, alioli and coleslaw, hot chocolate. Water - 2 litres.

Wow, December 30th! Almost the end of 2011. It's been a pretty interesting year for me:

- I started a new job, which has turned out to be a really great thing. Got a raise too!

- Went through boot camp, ran a lot early in the year and attended numerous Zumba classes. Ran two 5k races (Jan 1st and Aug 21st), and walked in the Terry Fox Run. Also, 100 pushup challenge (but went stale on this).

- Gave up a plethora of foods and drink for Lent (I did not get very far in this endeavour). Tried the Blood Type Diet (I did not get very far... is there an echo in here?)

- I signed myself up for more education; a Canadian Fitness Course.

- Went to my first ever Horse Race and met a v. cute boy who I haven't spoken to since (boo). Had some drama with J and A and D. Wow. I didn't realize there was so much drama. Glad it faded as the year went on.

- Lost my dog to Lymphoma. Lost many family members to old age. Found out about Dad's Big C. Much family drama.

- Went on a road trip to a music festival! Did some camping. Played ball. Lots of reading. Lots and LOTS of reading.

Plus so much more that I'd only bore you with! My resolutions for 2011 were:

1) To eat better. Um... FAIL.

2) To save money. Moderate SUCCESS.

3) To run a whole 5k and 10k. Moderate SUCCESS; I did run two 5ks.

4) To lose 10 pounds. FAIL.

5) To get my butt to the dentist. SUCCESS.

Next time I'll list my 2012 resolutions. What are yours? Do you make resolutions?




Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Kati on 12/30/2011:
more success than failure, that's positive!!! I wish you a perfect 2012! :)

grannyannie on 12/30/2011:
Hope your 2012 is the best ever!

Supercheese on 12/30/2011:
Have a great new year!!

V on 12/30/2011:
I am sure you will rock out the New Year!! My goals for the new year is to get super fit, get certified to train and be a Ninja Assassin :)

legcramps - Thursday Dec 29, 2011

Weight: 167.0

The roads were particularly bad yesterday, so Dad made arrangements for someone else to take him to and from chemo and I get to STAY HOME! Whoop!

Not that I wouldn't be there for him if it was safe to...

My sinuses are still giving me grief, so yesterday after work I picked up a nasal spray "Otrivin Sea Water & Aloe". Saw this brand on a commercial and it sounded like good stuff. I tried it out when I got home and managed to spray the crap all over my kitchen cupboards. I'm not even kidding. I wish I was. How does one manage to miss a nasal passage and instead target the spice cupboard? I do not know.

When I finally managed to hit the right target, I flinched from the pressure of the spray, shot my head back up and it all dripped down my face and into my mouth. Oh, YUCK!

After three tries, I got the stuff where it needed to be. And... the moral of the story... it really does work! Not for very long, but it works. So I brought it to work with me. Hopefully you can't overdose on nasal spray...

Tonight I'm heading to a friend's for dinner and to watch some Ghost Whisperer.

Eats yesterday: mocha, cheese & bacon biscuit, japanese noodles, granola bar, penne pasta with cooked carrots, onions and spinach. Chocolate.

I have to mix iced tea powder into my water in order to drink it, but at least I'm getting some water in. 2 litres yesterday.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 12/29/2011:
LOL!! Well thanks for the warning and endorsement :) Have fun at your friend's tonight, P.S. Thank you for the beautiful card!

Supercheese on 12/30/2011:
ha yeah I've had nasal spray in my mouth before. Not the best taste hahaha. Have a great day!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

Weight: 167.0

After Christmas Eve at Grandma's and Christmas Day at Dad's and trying to find a deal on a laptop on Boxing Day, I am officially done with the holidays! Wow!

The best part of my holidays was taking a walk with Dad on Christmas Day. It was beautiful outside, people still had their christmas lights on, we could hear kids playing hockey at the outside rink...

The second best part of my holidays was yesterday. I spent almost the entire day reading a new book and lounging on the couch. Of course, I also kept snacking all day but that's beside the point.

The third best was meeting up with an old friend for lunch on Boxing Day. This friend is actually a sister to the Dreaded X; we try to keep in touch as much as possible. We exchanged gifts and got to catch up a bit on life, which was nice.

Today it's head first back into the grind. Work, then to the city. Tomorrow, Chemo. Friday, work.

If I make it to the weekend, i'll be a super-happy camper. So many days at home! To do nothing but obsess about cleaning, sleep, and straining my already tired eyes by reading! And believe you me, that is about all i'm planning on doing, unless I decide I can stay awake long enough on New Year's Eve to spend it with friends.

Today so far I've had a homemade mocha (way less calories) and a cheese and bacon biscuit from the cafeteria. The plan is japanese noodles for lunch, granola bar and then back to the city and maybe some kind of stew or stir fry. Maybe Christmas leftovers.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

~WI~ on 12/28/2011:
I thought about you the other day as I devoured 2 books in a row LOL. Good to get lost in a book sometimes! Glad you had a great Christmas with your dad. Have a wonderful week!

Donkey on 12/28/2011:
Sounds like a lovely holiday season for you!

grannyannie on 12/28/2011:
Relaxing with a good book is great! Glad you had a good holiday.

Umpqua on 12/28/2011:
I'm glad you had a nice time over the holidays!

legcramps - Friday Dec 23, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Yay, it's Friday!

I had a really good day yesterday; so did Dad. I left as he was heading over to his step-son's for a Christmas get-together. He was feeling really good, so i'm happy about that. I'll be heading back there on the 25th for Christmas Mass in the morning and a good meal of turkey and cabbage rolls in the afternoon ;) Then, on Monday i'm hoping to find a good sale on a new laptop.

Tonight I need to get some laundry done and just relax. Tomorrow i'm heading to Grandma's for Christmas lunch and gift opening.

I've been watching what i'm eating and i'm feeling pretty good today. Yesterday I had some apple pie for lunch ;) and a bagel on the drive home, then ate a dinner of beef and scrambled eggs. Wierd, but that's about all I have left at home except for canned soup. I think i'll pick up a sandwich at the cafeteria for lunch and have soup for dinner tonight.

The play my step-nephew and niece were in was pretty good, except the school was pretty stuffy because there were so many people there. But it was nice to see my step-brother and some of his family; I felt really good about catching up with them and I think they did too. My step-nephew even high-fived me after the show :)

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! I hope your Christmas break is filled with lots of laughter and good times!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/23/2011:
Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with your family.

hollybelle on 12/24/2011:
Merry Christmas!

V on 12/25/2011:
Merry Christmas!!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 21, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Yesterday I got together with friends for supper: ham, potatoes, peas and salad, then spent most of the evening watching episodes of Ghost Whisperer and drinking cappaccinos. My friend's living room chair is quite uncomfortable though, and since i'm reluctant to tell her, today my back is a little sore.

I did a load of laundry yesterday too, right after work. And i'm 75% packed and ready to drive into the city today. Dad phoned yesterday and said that his grandson (my step-nephew) is going to be in a Christmas play tonight, so we're going to check that out. I bet i'll surprise my step-brother by being there; i've really only been in contact with him a handful of times throughout my life. He has eight kids and I don't know any of them. But it's a two-way street! Anyways, the play should be nice.

This afternoon we're having our Christmas Snack Day at the office. We each bring something to snack on, so I brought shaved turkey wraps on whole wheat. Very healthy. I bet no one will beat my Healthiness Meter. I brought a small cup of soup for lunch, and then i'm hoping to use discretion and choose as many healthier options as I can. This may be difficult though because most of the time, ALL of the dishes that are brought have CREAM CHEESE in them. Serious. I used to end up going home with a wicked stomach ache from it all. Not this year. I'll eat my own wraps if it comes to that ;)

Tomorrow i'll be in the city with Dad for his third chemo treatment, then back to work Friday.

This is the start of a busy holiday season! If you are getting together with family or friends, I hope you enjoy your time spent with them and concentrate on how lucky you are to have them in your life. I am lucky to have all of you, friends!


Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 12/21/2011:
Amen legcramps!! I do appreciate all my loved ones :) I also have to agree that there are some pretty amazing people here :) Love you

sweetpea1977 on 12/21/2011:
We're lucky to have you too legcramps! xo

Kati on 12/21/2011:
Holiday season's fun because there aren't too many ppl at the sports complex :D They're all home cooking and baking unhealthy stuff, and the gym will get crowded in the first months of the year because they will all swear to lose weight/recover/shape up in 2012... :P then things get back to normal. :)

supercheese on 12/21/2011:
Good choice on the healthy snack. I did not do so well yesterday but todays a new day.... Have a great day!!

Umpqua on 12/21/2011:
Great work bringing a healthy snack to the office and I hope you have a great time with your family and extended family too. And I agree, we're very lucky to have each other around these parts :D Happy holidays!!

liza36 on 12/22/2011:
Your wraps sound delicious, and will probably be a welcome change if there's been tons of sweet stuff around. Enjoy your family, the play, and we are so lucky to have you!

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