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legcramps - Wednesday May 22, 2013

Weight: 167.5

I managed to get out on the golf course twice over the weekend; i'd like to go today (it's gorgeous outside) but my knee is bothering me a bit so i'm not sure I should venture out. It was really sore last night so I iced for a while, but it doesn't seem to be too much better today. I should probably do some more yardwork anyways.

On Sunday, I made a big batch of wild rice and quinoa, and added onions and bell red peppers, and i've been eating that for meals this week. The last of it will be done today, so not sure what to make next. I might just be lazy and make another batch rather than think of something else to cook.

I don't know about you ladies, but my female friends and I don't know how to make a decision to save our lives! We hmmd and hawwed for over two hours last night trying to decide where to go for our annual Girl's Weekend camping trip. We had three laptops and two phones to help us make the decision, but between an overwhelming amount of information on the web, 'conversation tangenting', and trying to get people to answer the phone, it was a bit of a nightmare. I'm afraid I can't focus on things as well as I used to so a lot of the time I spent just staring at everyone else and waiting for them to decide where to go!

This week I feel like i'm just floating along; here for the ride. Feeling a little lost. But don't tell anyone, k?

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

nenak on 05/22/2013:
It's a big decision to make my friends and I always spend longer on the planning then the activity! I enjoy the whole thing !

Umpqua on 05/22/2013:
Sounds like you need a vacation ;) I hope you can figure out a great location for your upcoming trip!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/22/2013:
sounds like you and me act & think alike :-D decision making & HOP don't mix well either!

yeah, it hurts like a bi tch, getting a full wax that is!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/22/2013:
and yeah, the full wax worked out real well in addition to the very "exciting" weekend i had!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/22/2013:
I think i may experiment with quinoa too...i have realized the grains i eat are not that healthy...usually refined with re-added fiber and such.

Puddles on 05/22/2013:
I just can't wait to get on the golf course. They are just opening here right now. Have a great evening.

legcramps - Friday May 17, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Man, why do I have to work? I would rather be golfing...

On the other hand, I have a three-day weekend coming up, so I really have nothing to complain about.

I had an evening meeting yesterday, but I still managed to get some more yardwork done. The front grass is now ready for mowing, but the back still needs some TLC, especially the garden. I'm really hoping to get that ready for roto-tilling by the end of this weekend.

I *think* i've decided not to make the trip into the city tomorrow. I will probably regret this next week and be longing to ride my bike to work everyday 

Maybe I can get in another round of golf over the weekend.

There's some leftover multi-grain pasta, spinach and green beans for dinner tonight, if I don't fall into a sleep coma as soon as my butt hits the couch. Last night was another long night spent staring at the bedroom ceiling...

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

Puddles on 05/17/2013:
Definitely play golf the bike ride can wait. Have a great game and a great weekend.

V on 05/17/2013:
I feel ya, I would rather be at the gym all day now that would be super cool!! A girl can only wish/hope that she can do what makes her happy for a living right? That's why I played the lottery today and tomorrow..Hoping to win so I can see YOU in person!! LOL Have a great weekend girl <3

nenak on 05/18/2013:
Get golfing x

mylilsista on 05/19/2013:
Puddles is right...the bike ride can wait! Knock some balls around :)

legcramps - Thursday May 16, 2013

Weight: 167.5

Life is good, my friends! I am riding my endorphin high from golfing yesterday; I had an awesome time with a good group of people and I can't wait to do it again soon  My skills need some fine-tuning; I want to really work on my swing and alignment. My distance is pretty good, but lots of balls are ending up on the left or right of the green instead of on it LOL.

Slightly disappointed that my cuddle time last night with my cousin's newborn was cancelled  My cousin didn't get to town until after 10pm, and after the short sleep I had Tuesday night, I was in bed by 9:30! Since she was only staying the night and leaving early this morning, I guess my visit will have to wait for another time 

My eating's been much better lately, since i'm back on budget to save for some repairs that need to be done around the house and/or getting rid of some more debt this year. Not going nuts buying all the food in the stores LOL, which makes planning meals a lot easier. Protein, carb, fat. End of discussion.

I am debating heading into the city on Saturday; I need to get someone a birthday gift anyways, and I could look at a few bikes while i'm there. Does it make sense that I feel guilty about "dropping" my old bike???

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

liza36 on 05/16/2013:
Glad you're feeling great!!

V on 05/16/2013:
Awww I am so sorry that you didn't get your cuddle time in :( Girl it is so good to hear that you are back in biz!!! Love ya :)

legcramps - Wednesday May 15, 2013

Weight: 167.5


I've been pretty busy lately, working through cleaning the house top to bottom (it now looks so nice and clean I could spend hours just staring, being grateful for what I have), and i've gotten started on the yard as well. I cleaned out two flowerbeds so far, three to go! And then i'm clearing the garden and seeding it into grass, so there's a couple days of work right there as well. Coming along nicely!

I tried to get my bike into shape so that I could start riding it to work, but it looks like it might be time for a new one. This gives me some anxiety because I have no clue about bikes and don't know what kind to buy. I hate to waste money on something that won't last long. I wish there was someone around here I could talk to about it, but there are no bike shops nearby. Oh well, i'll figure it out.

The golf course opened up on Monday, and i'm heading out there after work today for the first nine holes of the season! I am so excited that I couldn't sleep last night. Total of three hours. Mine eyes are bloodshot. But I get to golf today, so there's some adrenaline getting me through the workday and a goal to work towards

Knee is good, aside from slight pain at wierd times of the day; we'll see how it does with golfing.

Visiting family later tonight, my cousin had a baby boy and they're all here for a visit; can't wait to get some cuddle time in!


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

OhioRaven on 05/15/2013:
Hit em' straight !

V on 05/15/2013:
HELLO!!!! Missed ya girly! Sounds like your knee is finally catching up with ya..Enjoy your visit with the fam <3

thenewmle on 05/15/2013:
Enjoy your golf day! I bought a Trek "Skye" but if you could drive to a bike shop and try one for yourself, that would be the best. Mine was low $300 range and it is a mountain bike. I use it on the paved levee, but the tires are wider than a street racing cycle which gives me a better workout. I'm glad your knee is better. I wish I could finish my house to bask in its cleanliness! I have knocked out a little at a time, but I guess I am impatient. I can't put away 20 years of crap in a few months...get some sleep!

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.

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