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legcramps - Thursday Feb 16, 2012

Weight: 164.5

V was curious about why I needed to renew my passport; I am heading overseas in early fall and will be spending a few weeks touring some of my family's old haunts ;) This is why there is such a need for a tight ship when it comes to spending money!

Dad called yesterday; his mother, through a series of unfortunate events, passed away yesterday afternoon.

After work yesterday I visited a friend who's in the hospital where I work, then walked to the post. I spent some of my evening at Grandma's giving her the post and having dinner with her. She made broiled chicken, mixed veggies and white potatoes.

It's been a sad week. There's so much sickness, disease and death in this world. Obviously, we know that all of us will eventually die, but it doesn't make it any easier to cope with.

I didn't do any other exercise yesterday. I was on pinterest the other day and wrote out what sounded like a great workout and will try it out tonight if there's time. I might give bodyrock.tv a try too. I hear there are some good workouts on there as well.

Plan for today:

ood - mocha, Grandma's leftovers, snack? salmon patty on toast with spinach, white potato home fries. and other things that I'm not creative enough to think up right now.

Exercise - walk outside 1 hour; some type of core/cardio workout.

Other - wait for Dad to call; visit Joe again; finish cleaning the kitchen. yep, still a mess.

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

Maria7 on 02/16/2012:
So sorry to hear about your Grandma on your Dad's side. (Hugs to you.) Good plan on the walk outside for an hour. Take care of yourself.

grannyannie on 02/16/2012:
Sorry about your grandma. Hugs xx. What country will you be headed to?

supercheese on 02/16/2012:
sorry to hear about your grandma in law :( I've tried body rock.tv and its awesome!! Just gotta make sure you stretch real good after. PS. I love pinterest too :)

hollybelle on 02/16/2012:
So sorry about your loss. There is a lot of heartache in this life, indeed. Thank goodness there is the promise of heaven for us.

V on 02/16/2012:
Dang it!! I was hoping that you were planning a surprise visit to see ME :( Then again, you don't need a passport to do that..Hahaha ;) Girl i am so sorry about your Grandma, sending lots of love and thoughts your way <3 <3 <3

thenewmle on 02/16/2012:
I'm so sorry for your loss. It really does make you evaluate our mortality especially when a death is unexpected. Your salmon patty sounds great. I just started making those last month. I've always just eaten my salmon baked, but a friend told me how to make the patties since I had leftovers. Hope you have a better day...

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

Weight: 164.5


Got part of my kitchen cleaned up yesterday. The rest is on today's agenda.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, rice with sausage, crackers, dinner at Grandma's.

Exercise - walking outside over 1 hour.

Other - walk to post; dinner at Grandma's; call about passport pictures; clean kitchen.

It was cold this morning. The temperature was okay, but the wind really did a number on my thighs, which were uncovered except for my thin dress pants. They are still tingling from having gone numb with cold. I think everyone who passed me on the road very much enjoyed seeing my brown leg warmers pulled up to my knees. Some shin pain this morning, I think from willing my little legs to move so that I could get into warmth more quickly. Must remember to wear long underwear.

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

Umpqua on 02/15/2012:
Way to go walking in that cold!!

Maria7 on 02/15/2012:
Wow...walking outside an hour in cold weather...you are braver than I am! :-D Hope you are having a good day. :-)

WII on 02/15/2012:
Happy belated birthday! Keep warm!

V on 02/15/2012:
Passport?? Where are you headed? Stay warm my friend <3

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Weight: 164.5

Yesterday I visited with some family that came for a funeral (the things that bring us together, huh?!) then went home to try out my new runners. Yes, I was going to run. Yes, that would be breaking my plan and probably inviting shin pain into my life.

I plugged in the treadmill. All is good. I started to walk on it. The belt rubbed, but kept going. All is good. I walked for nine minutes, then ran a minute, then walked four and ran one etc. etc. blah blah you probably don't want the details.

At 24:30, the treadmill just stopped. I guess it was tired. I was a little peeved because by this time I was feeling great and just wanted to keep on going forever and ever.

Shins? They hurt in the beginning until about minute 20, and then the pain went away.

Knee? Yes, this was hurting a bit too.

Immediately after the treadmill I did a core workout, and added in some cardio kickboxing moves. Then I foam rolled the crap out of my hips and shins. Ouch. Really, really hurt, but felt so great afterwards!

I was in bed by 8:30pm.

Happy Valentine's Day! Share your love with someone today :) and every day, of course, but especially today ;)

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, valentine's lunch in cafeteria, hummus & crackers, leftover beef with brussel sprouts and potatoes.

Exercise - walk to work and back - 60 minutes; whatever else I can squeeze in.

Other - clean up the bloody kitchen, legcramps. you are not a pig.

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

sweetpea1977 on 02/14/2012:
great job on the exercise!!!

supercheese on 02/14/2012:
wow awesome job exercising!!! Sorry bout the treadmill ha. Id have smacked it if it were me. lol

getmebackto150 on 02/14/2012:
great job on the workout... Woo Hoo!!! I hope your treadmill rests up for you b/c I have a feeling you will be rocking it lots in the near future:)

Umpqua on 02/14/2012:
Sounds like a wonderful workout!

grumpy on 02/14/2012:
Great job on the workout and thanks for your support! <3

grannyannie on 02/14/2012:
Great workout, sorry about your treadmill.

V on 02/14/2012:
I totally detest breaking in new shoes..The last ones i purchased are finally broken in! Yayyyy :) Happy Valentine's Day :)

legcramps - Monday Feb 13, 2012

Weight: 164.5

Oh gosh, I wish I had another day off to recover.

Friday highlights - dinner at grandma's! angel food cake. a surprise visit from a friend.

Saturday highlights - dinner with friends! lemon meringue pie. another surprise visit from a friend. dancing. beautiful gifts and cards. reading birthday wishes on facebook!

Sunday highlight - wallyball. that is all.

Saturday requires more explanation. After dinner we went to the movies (We Bought a Zoo; very cute) then to my dirty house to have a few drinks. A few turned into many, and just after midnight we headed out to the new nightclub in town. There were many more drinks, and a few shooters. One of which was free for my bday and was nestled inside a frozen strawberry. Oh, yum. There was also a whole lot of dancing.

When the club closed, it was back to my place to have deep, meaningful conversations about...


I didn't get to sleep until after 5am. Suffice to say, Sunday was not my best day ever. Monday isn't looking great either. But an extra half hour at wallyball last night and I'm feeling a little more confident about the liquid calorie overload.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, blueberries, alioli, hummus & crackers, beef leftovers on toasted bread, spinach, brussel sprouts and potatoes.

Exercise - lots. as much as possible. walking, core work and kickboxing. whatever else I can fit into the day.

Other - nothing. oh, wash dishes. yeah, I really need to do that.

I feel like I don't need to have a drink for at least a year.

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

supercheese on 02/13/2012:
oooo dancing!! sounds like fun!! wow. 5am. you must be super tired. Hope it goes well today!

Umpqua on 02/13/2012:
It sounds like you had a blast with your friends and dancing is great exercise! I hope you have a great week.

V on 02/13/2012:
Sounds like you had a really good birthday :) You deserve it!!I hope you are not severely hungover :( That is the WORSE :( <3 Have a good day my friend!!

thenewMLE on 02/13/2012:
Glad you had a fun birthday! Hangovers are the reminders why you only do that once a year!!! Hope you can still have a productive day.

hollybelle on 02/13/2012:
Happy Belated Birthday. What a nice time. When you said your brought friends to your "dirty" house and more followed, my thought was - well good thing you hadn't cleaned in view of all those people coming and messing it up! Hahahah. I like this perspective.

moogy on 02/13/2012:
Ooops, it's a good thing these are only occasional outburst of fun and frivolity!! LOL Sounds like the sort of weekend V would have loved to have been on:) Hope you have a healthy and happy week:)

legcramps - Friday Feb 10, 2012

Weight: 164.5

Honestly, I must have been right out of it yesterday. I did some napping, and I did some going to bed early, and I feel better today. But I didn't do a core workout, and I'm not really sure why.  I do sort of dread putting in the pilates DVD, just because I've only been able to get through about 12 minutes of it before surrendering. So yesterday was an unintentional rest day. this somewhat disappoints me, so it will take a great weekend of eating and exercise to bring my attitude back around ;)

I can do that.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, blueberries, brussel sprouts & potato for lunch, hummus & crackers, pizza for dinner, cake & ice cream for dessert. Believe it or not, the pizza was actually my idea (it's not my favorite food), but only because I know Grandma likes pizza and I don't want her to have to cook for me - and I don't want to cook myself ;) Low calories through the day to make up for the heavy dinner. And you can't say no to cake that will be made specially for you :)

Exercise - I don't know what I'll have time for today. I have to do a little walking outside when I take my car in for an oil change, maybe 20 minutes in total. It's cold today, too, so maybe I'll burn a few extra calories while walking ;)

Other - Grandma's for dinner; oil change.

Didja notice that I lost another half pound? DIDJA?

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

hollybelle on 02/10/2012:
I think Pilates is hard. Mostly, I think because my body is just so stiff and bittle these cold days! I want to move somewhere warm! Congratulations on the loss of a pound! Great sounding foods, too. Have a great weekend.

V on 02/10/2012:
I noticed :) Congrats and Happy birthday!!!

sweetpea1977 on 02/10/2012:
Yes, I noticed!!!! What a great birthday present!!! :)

Hope your birthday is as awesome as you are!!

legcramps - Thursday Feb 09, 2012

Weight: 165.0

Busy day yesterday! I walked to the post after work (25 minutes), then to Grandma's (10 minutes). Had a great dinner where Grandma one-upped me with her dumplings ;) but I have the right recipe for it now, so I'm going to try again! We visited for a bit, then I started walking home. I got about 10 minutes into that when I got a phone call from a friend asking me to help fix their computer. I dashed walked over there (another 5 minutes), had some hot chocolate and fixed the computer, then finally made it home around 9:30pm. I checked e-mails and tried to go to bed, but the nasty brain wouldn't let me. I tossed around for a bit until I finally fell asleep, but I sure wanted to stay in bed this morning.

I didn't get that core workout in that I wanted to, so will try again tonight. Also need to clean the house to prepare for Dad's visit on Saturday. Would rather take a nap. Now.

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, blueberries, leftovers for lunch, hummus & crackers, leftovers for dinner. Gotta love leftovers! Especially Grandma's ;)

Exercise - core workout, hopefully will make it to half an hour.

Other - clean house. nap. nap. nap. nap.

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

supercheese on 02/09/2012:
hope you get that nap and that core workout!! Food looks good! Have a good one!

Maria7 on 02/09/2012:
Hope you have a good day. :-) Get some rest.

V on 02/09/2012:
Hello my friend :) i hope you had a little/LOT of napping in today... If your Nana is anything like mine, I always leave her house with a stellar "swag bag" of goodies <3 Gotta LOVE Nana ;) Have a good evening!!

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!

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