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legcramps - Monday May 09, 2011

Weight: 164.0

It feels like these weeks are just flying by... another Monday morning already!

After running yesterday morning, I decided to keep moving around to stay loose so I raked a bit more of the yard. An hour of that, and I was ready to laze-out on the couch for awhile. Damn, I must really hate raking. One hour of raking equals two hours of breaktime ;)

Later on I walked to grandma's for dinner, then home. More walking, Yay! My right hip is sore this morning, but i'm determined to keep at it and so I walked to work again today. Gosh, it's cold out there. Windy and sunless. I will have to foam roll the hip tonight. The hip and the foam roller really don't go well together - much pain, so I haven't been properly rolling out my hip. I'm sure it will feel better once I do.

I have to get through the workday today, and then I have tomorrow off! Scott FREE! I said i'd help out with a hot dog fundraiser tomorrow. I only hope it isn't freezing cold or raining the entire time we're outside selling hot dogs. That would really suck. I would definitely need a big dog to bring me a flask of whiskey if that's the case. This fundraiser is sounding better already.

Anyways, i'm out. Have a good one!

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

liza36 on 05/09/2011:
I'm with you on the yard work. We deserve a 2 hour break after all that work!

I hope your hip feels better. I'm impressed with your determination to keep at it. Have a good Monday.

nemogirl on 05/09/2011:
What does rolling your hip do, I wonder? Sometimes my hips hurt from excessive walking or running, but I usually stop when it because severe, or it goes away

moogy on 05/09/2011:
I really hope that your hip gives you a break, it does sound painful. I am so impressed that you push through and keep up with your exercise and work around the home. Funny how that raking works like a laze out incentive, funny!! I am hoping for a sunny day for you tomorrow, of course the whiskey is optional!!!!!:)

legcramps - Sunday May 08, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I went for a run this morning and now i'm showered and ready for the day. Well, maybe a bit of a nap first ;)

Was supposed to have ball practice this afternoon but it's been cancelled - I guess Mother's Day is the priority today!!! LOL, as it should be, but I was really looking forward to burning more calories! Maybe Dog and I will go for another walk before heading over to grandma's for dinner.

To all the mothers on DDs - Have a wonderful day today!

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

biscottibody59 on 05/08/2011:
Good luck on the new plan--you never know what's going to work for you!

hollybelle on 05/08/2011:
Thanks for the MD wishes! Regarding Essense and Ezekiel Breads - around here those can be purchased in the health foods groceries like Whole Foods or a local food coop called Good Foods (only one in this town and it is the only one). They usually come frozen

moogy on 05/08/2011:
Hope you had a good day and I am sure that dog with love to go out again:)

Bikiniwax85 on 05/09/2011:
Glad you like the link! :) What's your Dog's name? Sounds like a good walking partner he is! :)

legcramps - Saturday May 07, 2011

Weight: 164.0


Dog and I took a nice 4 mile walk today which included a brief stop at the park so she could run her little heart out. I was planning to run, but my breakfast of a bagel, eggs and yogurt kind of ruined that by filling me up too much and making me worry about bathroom breaks along the way ;)

I was worried about getting my car out of the garage because there's still a lot of mud and holes in the alley, so I walked to the grocery store instead - and came back carrying four bags of groceries! That was quite an uncomfortable walk, but I made it. After some laundry and basic cleaning, it was time for dinner.

I bbq'd a burger and made homemade potato fries in the oven. Yum! Sat down with it all and opened up the book from my Dad that is supposed to help me "companion garden" by showing me what plants grow well planted beside other plants. I can't really get into it since i'm no green thumb, but i'm trying!

There's a close-up of my burger. Lettuce, yellow pepper and.... feta cheese! Aside from mozarella, feta cheese is the only other cheese I should be eating according to the book i'm reading "Eat Right 4 Your Type". So two big chunks it was!

Interestingly enough, the book also said I shouldn't be eating whole wheat products because it's hard for me to digest. I didn't know what to replace a whole wheat bun with, so I went with plain white bread. I'll have to figure that out because I doubt I should be eating white bread either. If anyone has any suggestions for breads, let me know!

Hoping for a run or another long walk tomorrow! Have a great weekend everyone!

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

getmebackto150 on 05/07/2011:
walking to and from the grocery store... while uncomfortable is great exercise, especially w/4 bags of groceries!!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Maybe rye bread? Rye is a "whole" grain, but it isn't wheat... so there is fiber, but not from wheat... I LOVE rye bread...

Bikiniwax85 on 05/08/2011:
Hey there! Wow, your burger looks yummy :) Try this website out: http://www.healthychoice.com/products/healthy-bread.html

Maybe you'll find the bread for you! :)I will always have my salad with Feta in Olive Oil. It is not really something that I fancy. Somehow, have to live with it eh? :)

hollybelle on 05/08/2011:
Great exercise! Curious why not whole wheat bread? Why hare to digest? Hey this may sound strange, but we sometimes substitute icebrg lettuce for bread on a sandwich. We just wrap the meat (burger, turkey, ham, whatever) in big lettuce leaves and wrap wax paper around it all - kind of peel the wax paper off and eat! Works pretty well.

legcramps - Friday May 06, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Well, heck. I weighed myself this morning and it shows that i'm 166 pounds - what?!! I'm going to just let that go and see what next week brings - I feel like i've been doing really well this week but more probable is i'm overlooking something that makes up the two pound weight gain. I'm in a great mood to just power on, so that's what i'm going to do.

A little hectic at work today; I must say, i'm ready for it to be 4pm so that I can get home and zone out. I grilled chicken tenders on the bbq last night for dinner and have some leftover so I won't even have to plan and cook dinner tonight - whew! That'll help with the whole "feeling wiped out" thing i've got going on. I have to do some grocery shopping but I think i'll save that job for tomorrow.

My cousin, who i've been close with my entire life, just graduated from a business course, built a new home with her hubby and their family, and has gone through many, many misfortunes and obstacles in her life. I was so upset to learn that we wouldn't be able to make the drive to celebrate her graduation with her that I decided I must send her a congrats package through the mail. I included a card, candle and some other kitchen items for her new home. She just received it yesterday and sent me a message telling me how wonderful it was to get it. It was so worth the $8 it cost to send it to know that it means the world to her. Must do this more often ;) In the spirit of giving, I also sent a Mother's Day card in the mail to my Dad's wife. They are recently separated and I thought it would be a nice gesture to show her that she is still wanted and welcome in my life. Feels good.

My walk to work this morning was uneventful. I feel some blisters forming on my ankles...

Foam rolled and did my ab routine last night. The crunches are getting easier, thank goodness, but the foam rolling still hurts! But oh, so good once it's been done!

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

sweetpea1977 on 05/06/2011:
Girl, I hear ya about the unexplained weight gain. Im doing everything I can to figure it out - upping my calories didnt seem to help so it must have to do with either water retention in my muscles or not doing enough cardio. Im not going to let the scale rule my life. Im just to keep doing my best and hope my efforts will show up on the scale soon!

I hope the blisters heal quickly!!

hollybelle on 05/06/2011:
Great attitude to just ignore what the scales says. If you've done OK then a loss is bound to show up soon. There are so many things that can make us retain water or weigh more at any given moment.....good for you - powering on. I liked reading about your expressions of love and goodwill this week. You are wise to plan more of those type of activities in the coming weeks. We can make a difference in someone's life with so little effort, sometimes......it's a shame to deny ourselves the pleasure of doing it.:o)

moogy on 05/06/2011:
Random acts of kindness are some of the most wonderful things we can do in our life. Your friend obviously loved your gift and I am sure that your dad's wife will appreciate it that you thought of her. Look after those blisters sweetie. It sounds as if you are working hard at your exercise routine and seeing success, so yay! for that.:)

YellowDress on 05/07/2011:
Reading yours gave me an idea. I always send an sms to my father's wife on mother's day but today i decided to send her a small gift!Don't worry about this week,i'm same this week but it forced me to exercise 40 minutes exercise everyday! Thanks for your comment and have a good day!

legcramps - Thursday May 05, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I attempted to walk home from work yesterday but only got halfway when my Dad drove by and picked me up for lunch. We had a great visit - they always end with stories of "back in the day" and all things extraterrestrial ;-) (he's a fan of things unknown). We are planning some road trips in the summer to see some sites where there has been ghostly or otherworldly happenings. Should be fun!

I took a nap after he left and enjoyed that immensely and then had a snack of fro-yo after dinner and called it a night. I didn't wake up until 6:30am this morning, so I must've really needed some sleep. I walked to work again this morning but I really didn't want to. My legs are feeling wiped and my neck is starting to hurt from having to carry my work bag with me. It looks like i'll be foam rolling tonight!

So I delved into the book my Dad brought me yesterday "Eat Right 4 Your Type" and a few things ring true for me: 1) digestive issues, 2) thyroid issues, 3) importance of exercise. Over the next month or so, i'll be working towards following the diet that's recommended for my blood type. I hope to see some improvement, but as should be with most diets i'm not going to expect too much. I'll give updates from time to time and let you know if I think it's working for me.

It's cold and windy today, even though the sun is shining. I'd rather be cuddled with Dog in the blankets than here at work, but that's just my lazy side talking ;-) Hope you all have a wonderful day today!

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

lifestylechange on 05/05/2011:
So happy you were able to get some one on one time with you Dad....so priceless! :)

~Moody~ on 05/05/2011:
Sounds like you had fun with your Dad~The roadtrips you're planning this summer sound great~I love spooky things!

Keep us posted about the book/diet~Sounds interesting!

V on 05/05/2011:
Sounds like you have fun fun fun with your dad :) I am a fan of the unknown, as well!!!

moogy on 05/05/2011:
Glad that you might be getting some insight into your dietary needs. Your dad sounds like a scream and even better you join in with the craziness. Wonderful!!

legcramps - Wednesday May 04, 2011

Weight: 164.0

So apparently I like to do things that i've already said I shouldn't do...

Yesterday I spoke about wanting to go for a run, but deciding not to because I didn't want to "over-do" it and be wiped at work. This morning I was up bright and early with the birds at 5:30am. I had tons of time to slowly get myself out of bed and changed into workout clothes. By the time my brain woke up and started to think, I was already out the door and absolutely ITCHING to run. I made it a respectable two miles. I think it takes me the whole first mile (if not more) just to warm up, because in the beginning I was really hurting and not having much fun but by the end, things were flowing smoothly and I was in the groove. Dog came with me and she even caught the groove bug towards the end of the run - she knew exactly how to run beside me and kept looking over at me to make sure I was still going in the same direction ;-) we had it going on, people.

In all of that time, I didn't take note of the weather. I knew it was a bit windy, but I was totally involved in running and didn't notice how cold it actually was. When I got home, I jumped in the shower and "ouched" and "ooched" my way through scrubbing down (cold skin + loofah = scary shower scene) and once again warm and cozy started getting ready for work. I did a quick ab routine and put on my compression socks, and decided to attempt the walk to work. I dressed much more warmly than for my run, and I pushed through the wind and the cold (I think it may have been trying to rain) all the way to work. I have to say, it wasn't much fun. And now I get to look forward to the walk home! But the positive is that my Dad will be waiting for me and we're going to hit the town for some lunch. I'm going to get something warm to eat.

So during my standard web surfing episode yesterday I came to the conclusion that a lot of my stomach issues could be because of my blood type. My Dad has a book "Eating Right For Your Type" that i've asked him to bring for me to read. It might be a total hoax, but i'm guessing it just might give me some insight into what types of foods I should be eating. It gives you examples of a healthy diet based on your blood type. My type also suggests that I need lots of exercise to keep me happy :-) That is probably very true!

Have a great day everyone!

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

~Moody~ on 05/04/2011:
I always admire people that are able to get out of a nice warm bed at the crack of dawn to exercise!! Great run today~and I think it's so cool that Dog goes with you!

Hope you had fun with Dad~Wishing you a great day!

V on 05/04/2011:
Great job!!! Wooohoo! Thank you for your kind and wonderful comments :)

moogy on 05/04/2011:
I could just picure you running and your dog looking up at you, making sure you were working as a team. Gotta love those dogs!!! Good for you and your running, through rain, and snow, wind and sun - she runs!!!!

legcramps - Tuesday May 03, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Doing well! Just a quick check-in because there isn't much to say today.

I walked to work again this morning; I was actually thinking about going for a run but I still can't get my car out of the garage and I didn't want to totally exhaust myself by 8am ;) so I decided not to.

Last night I did some stretching, some foam rolling, and my ab routine, and slept in my compression socks again. Boy, that really makes a difference, I felt fine this morning on my walk. All this foam rolling takes some getting used to though; I haven't done so many rolling planks in my life! But it sure does the trick, so i'm not complaining.

A full day today and then a half day tomorrow at work; my Dad is coming down to help me build a trellace for the garden (well, trellace-ish; more like chicken wire) so hopefully it will be warm and sunny for us tomorrow afternoon. The snow is almost gone, thank goodness.

Happy Tuesday!

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

hollybelle on 05/03/2011:
I can't believe you got snow this week!! We think the RAIN is bad! When you say foam rolling - are you doing that for your shins? I use one on my back. It hurts like $#!+ but it helps in the long run.

~Moody~ on 05/03/2011:
Glad to hear things are going well!

V on 05/03/2011:
Great job Girlie!! Hey I posted a pic for you ;)

legcramps - Monday May 02, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Back to the darn grind

My little town got a blast of a snowstorm on Saturday morning. I was supposed to go to a cousin's graduation out of town, but there was no way that was going to happen. So I spent the day doing nothing instead. Well, first of all I fixed my sump pump because it stopped working, and then I cleaned up water from the basement, and then I did nothing.

You know how when the weather changes abruptly and there is suddenly no sun where there used to be sun and you start to feel all disoriented and depressed? That's exactly why I did nothing on Saturday with regard to exercise or house chores. What did I do? I went out and drank beer. Lots of it. Canadian beer, hear me? My head was pounding when I woke up on Sunday morning . Saw a guy at the bar who kept looking over at our table (duh, the table was filled with nothing but women) but then we had some major drama and I forgot all about him in my haste to get the heck outta there. Guess it wasn't meant to be

I managed to get some laundry done and the dishes washed on Sunday, and I even went out for coffee with a friend - which included a 20 minute walk - in the afternoon.

My back alley is a frightening pit of quicksand right now, so I had no choice but to walk to work this morning. Thank goodness, because I think I would have driven if I had the choice. I hope to walk for the rest of the week, but maybe Friday I will run in the morning again and drive to work. We'll see! It will be a good week!

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

~Moody~ on 05/02/2011:
Sounds like an interesting weekend! Hope you had a great Monday!

V on 05/02/2011:
Girl sometimes V flys solo out to avoid the drama...LOl Sorry you had a massive headache, these things happen from time to time ;) Love you have a wonderful healthy week ;)

legcramps - Friday Apr 29, 2011

Weight: 164.0

Thank Goodness It's Friday

So I was surfing yesterday and found a message board about compression socks and shin splints, and one of the suggestions was to sleep wearing compression socks. So I did that last night. And I woke up at 2:30am boiling hot because I had knee high socks on ;)

However... it did help.

When I rolled out of bed at 6am my calves definitely felt good. And when I dressed and headed outside in the rain for a run, they still felt good. Even when I was back inside and quite literally peeling off my pants because they were soaked right through, no shin pain! Sweet! I will have to try that again sometime.

Because I was soaked within 5 minutes of heading out for my run, I thought you might enjoy seeing what I looked like after the workout:

           What is with the picture quality?

Anyways, I lie. That might be how I looked, but this was how I felt:

Believe me, I was soakered. And very tired.                

After stuffing my runners with paper towel to help dry them out, I showered and got ready for work. I was way early because I thought I might still want to walk to work (nah.), so I decided to eat my breakfast at home for once and it was really enjoyable to actually sit down and eat a toasted bagel with a smackload of honey on it ;) This early morning thing isn't all that bad, once in a while.

All ready for work! And definitely ready for the weekend!

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

hollybelle on 04/29/2011:
Cute pics! Neat to see what you look like. Years ago when I first began teaching aerobics I got awful shin splints. Luckily back then (the 80's!!!) we wore leotards and LEG WARMERS to work out in and I used to tape my legs lightly with ace bandages so that it would ease the shin splitts! No one was the wiser!! and eventually they eased and I didn't need them. Remember it didn't help that we didn't know any better than to do aerobics - high impact on carpet over concrete floors! So compression socks make sense.

lolla on 04/29/2011:
You are so beautiful! I am happy the socks helped you, it nice to be pain-free! Hope you keep feeling better!

moogy on 04/29/2011:
Well wet or dry you still look beautiful!! I am so glad that you found a trick that works with the compression socks. I had to laugh at hollybelle's comment about the leg warmers, she probably went to disco's as well!!!! Have a great weekend legcramps:)

~Moody~ on 04/29/2011:
Very cute pictures..you are really pretty!! You remind me of an aunt of mine, cept she has red hair, but your face is strikingly similar!!

I suffer from shin splints too..I can't run on concrete at all..I have to be careful on my treadmill too..if I increase my speed too quickly, my shins pay for it big time.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday!!

legcramps - Thursday Apr 28, 2011

Weight: 164.0

I wore my compression socks on the walk to work this morning and felt pretty good, other than my feet felt squished because the socks are pretty thick. I might try to find compression sleeves and try those out instead.

When I got home from work yesterday, I immediately ran some errands including getting water and gas in the car and groceries. By the time I got back home, it was almost 6:00 and I had a message waiting for me from a good friend who was visiting her Mom at the lake. So a friend and I drove down to visit with her; I didn't get back home until after 11:00! Now that's past my bedtime. I was quite groggy when I got up this morning ;)

My muscles are finally starting to recover from the 'bootcamp' slo-pitch practice on Friday. I am hoping that i'll be able to fit in a run tomorrow evening because the weekend is shot with attending a cousin's graduation out of town. Unless I can convince her to run with me. So I might decide to drive to work tomorrow; still need to confirm with Running Buddy on whether or not she will want to run on Friday.

The To-Do's for today: 1 hr walk; grocery shopping again; sleep ;) oh, and watch American Idol episode from last night. When will the raking get done? I don't know.

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

~Moody~ on 04/28/2011:
Sounds like a busy weekend ahead...Hope you have a great day!

moogy on 04/28/2011:
I sounds like you had a lovely evening and sometimes staying up past bedtime is worth it!! I hope your muscles hang in there for you. Have a great weekend legcramps:)

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