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legcramps - Monday Jan 23, 2012

Weight: 167.0

I completed my Operation $5 Budget successfully, but really a lot of that had to do with the fact that Grandma fed me.

I managed to walk to Grandma's which was actually only a 12 minute walk, so in total I walked for 24 minutes on Saturday. Considering the time, my shins were acting up a bit so I'm glad I didn't push that just to reach a magic half hour mark. 

Breakfast at Grandma's was rye toast with peanut butter, so nothing fancy. She made pancakes, but my belly just wasn't into it. Lunch was good; ribs, potatos and a cabbage roll. Since my cousin's son's (got that?) birthday is coming up, we bought him a cake and had that as an afternoon snack. But I only had ice cream - no cake for me! I can't believe I managed to refrain, but I did. I simply left the table so that I wouldn't have to stare at the cake and try to make conversation with my family at the same time ;)

Dinner was snack foods, which I thought was interesting. Grandma wouldn't normally put out snack foods for a meal, but I didn't question it. I had an apple, celery, mushrooms, and some other snack foods that are just too numerous to mention - but very good with the portions and walked away from the chips.

Sunday was spent doing laundry and housework. I did not get a bagel for breakfast; instead, I fried some of the rice I cooked, added soy sauce and fried an egg into it. Later on I had some cod, and then splurged with my $5 budget and bought some plain tortillas and a diet soda (just under $3 total) for the afternoon while catching up on tv.

I went to wallyball again last night, and once again I was red as a tomato within minutes of playing! And once again, I am pretty sore today. In fact, I think I may have tweaked my left knee slightly. It has been difficult to weight-bear on it. The planned x-rays in February may kill two birds with one stone...

Long entry! but I'm almost done.

Today I'm having friends over for dinner; I'm making chicken and dumplings, with carrots and roasted brussel sprouts. I plan on getting my walking done on the treadmill while waiting for dinner to cook.

P.S. - I still didn't get over the whole "Bagel" mania. Since I have no breakfast groceries, I stopped on my way to work and got myself a multigrain bagel for breakfast ;)

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

grannyannie on 01/23/2012:
Well done on resisting the cake. Sounds like you didn't do too bad food-wise. I understand the bagel thing - I hardly ever get to have one.

hollybelle on 01/23/2012:
I am "behind" - how long is the $5 supposed to last? I saw your roasted brussel sprouts and immediately thought - YUM! I gotta make some of those things! That and beets and sweet potatoes are about my favorite vegetables. But I like them all.

Maria7 on 01/23/2012:
I LOVE the idea of having friends over for dinner...I used to do that not too long ago...okay...probably been a year or so...I really, really miss it...but so busy lately, haven't done much of anything except go back and forth to the nursing home to check on Mom...hope you are having a good day. :-)

hollybelle on 01/23/2012:
Food is something I always try to save $$ on, anyway! Good going!

sweetpea1977 on 01/23/2012:
Good job on resisting cake. I have a hard time saying no to cake! Mmm....bagels!

V on 01/23/2012:
I'm coming over for dinner :) What time should i be there??

legcramps - Saturday Jan 21, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Look at me, posting on a Saturday! Cheers to the new laptop!

So, I forgot that my cousin is in town for the weekend, so my Under $5 operation has changed yet again. I won't get a bagel this morning after all :( BUT, I will get grandma's full breakfast special. What that is, I don't actually know, but I'm fairly sure it will be delicious. And free. This operation doesn't even feel like work; maybe I should save it for next weekend ;)

I had a leftover apple and a package of croissant dough, so last night (at, like 10pm - bored) I made some apple croissants. They smelled good, but since it was so late I didn't try one. I'm going to have one maybe tomorrow, since today will probably be spent at grandma's.

I did a Belly workout yesterday, and today I'm going to walk to grandma's. It should take about 15 minutes one way, so I'm thinking it'll add up to a half hour walk, which is perfect.

Just sipping on a mocha, trying to get the motivation to begin the day :) Cheers!

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

Kati on 01/21/2012:
yayyy for the new laptop :D Humm full breakfast special! That sounds like ham and eggs to me :D

h82bfat on 01/21/2012:
I miss "grandma's full breakfast specials". They were always the best!! Unlike my own! The apple croissants sound awesome too!

V on 01/21/2012:
Have fun with your Nana <3

moogy on 01/22/2012:
I would imagine the grandma's breakfast will last most of the day!!! LOL I hope you enjoyed yourself:)

legcramps - Friday Jan 20, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Operation Under $5 Update:

I made oven-baked potatoes and baked chicken for dinner yesterday and have enough leftover for lunch today. I added feta cheese to the potatoes and Holy Yum was that ever good!

I "accidentally" ate my last slice of bread last night as a snack (bad legcramps), so I couldn't have my planned breakfast this morning and didn't have enough time to think up something else. I will grab something from the cafeteria for breakfast (I have already paid for a $25 meal card there, so it won't cost me anything today but I'll still include it - 90 cents for a breakfast item).

I found some homemade soup I threw in the freezer, so I'll add that to my Leftovers Lunch. Tonight's dinner plan has changed to fish and brown rice with sauteed onions and garlic.

Saturday's breakfast could be an egg and oven baked potatoes because I still have some left, but I think I'm still going with the bagel ($1.39). Now that I've made the decision to have it, I can't seem to get it out of my mind :) I'll try the egg and potatoes for breakfast on Sunday instead of cereal, then I won't have to buy milk.

I will definitely be ready to shop for groceries by Monday ;)


Cross Training is on the calendar for me today so I'll do one of the many DVDs I have at home. I took a rest day yesterday. So far, my shins seems to be doing well, but someone had better knock on wood for me because I'd hate for that to change! After working out today I'll put on my compression socks; maybe that'll keep it at bay.


I only have a half day of work today yippee! Then I plan on getting fuel then heading straight home and maybe taking a nap. I really didn't want to wake up this morning. Another thing I need to do today is start on my laundry. For a girl who lives on her own, I sure can pile up the dirty clothes.

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

grannyannie on 01/20/2012:
Have a great day and weekend!

greengirl on 01/20/2012:
It's amazing how much laundry one person can produce isn't it? I always see a big difference in the amount of our dirty washing when my daughter comes home from uni for a visit (I think she saves it up for weeks actually )

Keep up the good week, you seem do be doing great :-)

WII on 01/20/2012:
You are doing good with budgeting your food stores! Have a great weekend!

supercheese on 01/20/2012:
Dang. I wish I did budgeting like that.....i also wish i had a half day LOL

Umpqua on 01/20/2012:
You are stretching your dollars big time, excellent work!

glycrina on 01/20/2012:
just checkin in. Glad to see you are doing well. I like the $5 or less a day goal. I need one myslef.

V on 01/20/2012:
I hope your rations will hold out til Monday <3

legcramps - Thursday Jan 19, 2012

Weight: 167.0

One more day to pay day. One more day. One more day.

I'm all out of milk, I have one egg left, one slice of bread, no orange juice, and a handful of spoiling lettuce.

Ok, it's not that bad.

In fact, I might just try to get through the weekend without getting groceries.

Today's dinner could be brown rice and baked chicken.

Friday: The egg and bread and lettuce for breakfast and for dinner pasta noodles and fish.

Saturday: I might have to get myself a bagel for breakfast as I've been dreaming of one for a few days now. So there's $1.39 or whatever they cost. I think I might have that in change somewhere in the house. I'll check the laundry room. And maybe burger patties with oven baked white potatoes for dinner.

Sunday: Might have to buy milk in order to have cereal for breakfast. Dinner could be chicken and pasta.

See? I can totally do this (for under $5).

That bagel is going to taste sooooooooo good.

Yesterday I had: mocha, oatmeal, beef burger, soup and sandwich with a chocolatey dessert at meeting, cereal (snack).

AND I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Thank you, thank you! Yes, I'll wait patiently while you print me up a certificate. My name is Legcramps. That's with an L. We'll use V's awards speech, since I don't have my own.

As an aside, the treatmill started squeaking around minute 25 and by minute 28 I could smell something smoking.

I truly wonder how I get through each day.

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

Umpqua on 01/19/2012:
I love your plan - there's always food deep in the cupboards and freezer that can be eaten. Bagel....drools!

sweetpea1977 on 01/19/2012:
Crap, now I want a bagel with a ton of cream cheese. Yes, this is trigger food for me. No matter how disciplined I am in all areas in my life, bagels are one of my weaknesses. Its my kryptonite!

Check this website to find out where the best places to find lost coins: http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2009/07/03/104690_20-great-places-to-find-coins.html In addition to finding money you will get exercise too. Two birds, one stone!! :)

grannyannie on 01/19/2012:
I love bagels! Now I want one as well! Yes, I'll get your certificate printed up asap. LOL. Have a great one!

supercheese on 01/19/2012:
lol. pay day for me is ONCE a month. URG.

hollybelle on 01/19/2012:
I hear that - lately I've been trying to save as much as possible. I am going to need a new car (perhaps) soon. I also want a better clothes dryer! So you have inspired me. Good exercise on the treadmill! I have been doing too much of saying I'm going to exercise and not doing it, too!

h82bfat on 01/19/2012:
You had me smiling from your very first sentence!! You can do it!

V on 01/19/2012:
Hahaha!! I am not sure if they are ready for the speech, it is very long, a bit on the pompous side and very humbling at the same time(if that is possible) ;) Good job girly!!

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

Weight: 167.0

Yesterday didn't quite work out the way I'd planned...

I thought i'd go home right after work and do my Dance DVD. However, I needed to stop at Mom's to download a software program for my laptop so that I could access the internet from it. My Mom's computer is quite slow. It took awhile.

When I did finally get home, I worked on the computer for almost two hours! By that time, it was after 8pm and I still hadn't even eaten dinner. I cooked a burger and some potatoes and cleaned up in the kitchen. After that, I wasn't in the mood for dancing, I was in the mood for sleeping!

It is awesome that I am back on the internet though, I've really noticed how much I missed it now that I have it back ;)

Yesterday's eats: mocha, oatmeal, potatoes, beef burger, stuffed bell pepper

Today's plan: mocha, oatmeal, potatoes, beef burger, dinner meeting (soup and sandwich).

It seems when I say I'm going to workout, I end up not working out. So I'm not going to say anything and we'll see what happens ;) meeting should last until after 7pm so not sure how I'll be feeling afterwards.

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

getmebackto150 on 01/18/2012:
Yay! So happy for you having the internet back at home... I had to go a year without it a while back and it nearly killed me! have a great day!!

WII on 01/18/2012:
Good for you on stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing wallyball! Inspiring! Have a wonderful day :)

H82bfat on 01/18/2012:
Hope you get to workout today! I am the same way... once I'm on the computer, I "loose" myself. When do you play wallyball again - sounds like you REALLY worked it out last time!

V on 01/18/2012:
:) Welcome back!!

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 17, 2012

Weight: 167.0

I didn't want to get up this morning. That might be because I fell asleep on the couch and probably tossed around all night.

This morning I could barely get my body off the couch. Every little miniscule muscle in my body hurts. Even my butt hurts. I tried aspercreme ointment; didn't help. Tried cold rub; well that was just really cold, especially since it's freaking minus 41 celsius with windchill today!!! Like I need to feel any colder!

Honest, even typing hurts since the muscles on my right palm are sore.

This is a warning: Do not EVER stop exercising because THIS will happen to YOU.


Aside from the fact that everything hurts today, I also had to stand outside in... well, you already know how cold it is here... and fix the remote garage door because it wasn't closing properly. Oh yeah, Electronic Equipment, go ahead and quit on me on the coldest day of the year so far. Yeah. Great.

Thankfully, I got it closed. Also thankfully, I have muscle relaxant if things get a little dire. And? I don't have to be outside for more than mere minutes at a time, so the cold really doesn't factor into my day all that much. Only for the few minutes it takes to run to my car.

So, today is actually a pretty darn good day so far!

Yesterday I ate: mocha, oatmeal, baked potato and ribs, beef burger, and a snack of pb sandwich.

Today's plan: mocha, oatmeal, potatoes and beef burger, snack of cereal, dinner TBD.

I'm also going to give the Dance DVD a try today, if I can move.


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

V on 01/17/2012:
:( I hope you are not in pain all day! Maybe once your body is warm, your mobility will increase..Have a good day!

grannyannie on 01/17/2012:
Oh sorry! Hope you feel better soon! As for exercise bike, don't know why it didn't occur to me to stand on mine. There's not as much change in resistance as a proper spinning bike, but it's still a really good workout.

getmebackto150 on 01/17/2012:
I feel for you on your pain! I was the same way after my first soccer game in 15 years... Every single bit of me hurt... Even the muscles in my feet that I didn't even know I had... It will be better next time and just keep getting better. I cannot imagine how bad it must be as wally ball sounds much more intensive than soccer... Hang in there!

liza36 on 01/17/2012:
Oh my, I hope your pain goes away. It's terrible to hurt all over. Stay warm!

moogy on 01/17/2012:
A little dancing is probably going to give your whole body some movement, just what you need to loosen up those muscles:) Hope you feel better soon. I often fall asleep on my couch, but being only 5ft tall I can actually stretch out from head to toe, so no damage. I have never stayed on it all night though, you must have been really tired. Would you like to swap temperatures for a day or two?

biscottibody59 on 01/17/2012:
Yikes--that's -41.8F--stay warm!

Hope it warms up a little and the wind dies down for ya'!

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

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