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legcramps - Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Man, it's hard to keep up with everything when you're gone even one day a week. What a routine buster! And we all know how much I love routine.

Oh well.

I've been playing catch-up at work and finally my desk is clear of debris; all I need to worry about now is a Blessing for Christmas happening this morning (I work in a Catholic Hospital), and a Christmas gathering this afternoon. I will have to do some setting up for both, and run home at lunch to pick up some wraps I made for the afternoon.

I also need to hit up the post office to send away a box of gifts for my brother and his family. I'm hoping to get that done at lunchtime. The allowable 30 minute lunch hour is looking pretty skimpy today!

Yesterday after work I had a few errands to run, then I stopped in at Grandma's to say hello. She wanted to talk and talk and talk about Dad. I managed to only tell her what I felt she needed to know (my family is HUGE into gossip; honest. it's like my very own grapevine). When I finally got home, I got a load of laundry into the wash and cleaned up in the kitchen. Instead of packing my bag last night, I read, took a warm bath, and fell into bed. And then an hour later got back out of bed because I couldn't sleep. Ate two cookies. Had something to drink. Read a bit more. Finally I was tired enough for sleep; by then, the whites of my eyes had red lightening bolts crossing in all directions.

I woke up this morning wishing I had another three hours to sleep. Boo.

Ok. Long day today. But I can do it. Work. Blessing. Gathering. Packing. Driving. Oh, and that cable guy, he's coming today too. Oh man. Breathe.

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

Kati on 12/14/2011:
Sleeping is one thing I want all the time nowadays.

liza36 on 12/14/2011:
Yes, breathe, it will all get done. Hope the day is great despite being a long one!

V on 12/14/2011:
Whewwww! I am exhausted just reading this..Wishing for a few more hours of sleep for you tonight :) Take care <3

Maria7 on 12/14/2011:
wow...you did good with only two cookies! :-D

supercheese on 12/15/2011:
I wish I had 3 hours of sleep too :(

legcramps - Monday Dec 12, 2011

Weight: 167.0


I'm back for a few days to get some work done (holy pile up) and get things organized at home to prepare for my next trip to Dad's on Wednesday.

It was an exhausting time away; the full day of cancer treatments, followed by doctor appts, grocery runs; I am pooped and glad to be at work!!! I never thought i'd say that, but i'm glad to be at work getting a break from the big C.

I'm heading to a friend's tonight for a supper get-together, and I need to get some gifts and cards organized to be sent away, then laundry and packing on Tuesday evening and hopefully a visit to family. On Wednesday I have to wait for the Cable Guy to come and pick up my computer modem, then it's off to the city for another round of treatments on Thursday.

My eats were good during the time I was away; lots of smoothies, soups and chicken dishes. Not so good once I got back home yesterday, but i'm back on track today. Unfortunately, with everything that's been going on i've had a hard time getting actual workouts in. I'm still doing lots of walking but am just too exhausted at the end of the day to be motivated to workout. Besides, I need to catch up with friends and family who are here - I miss hanging out with Grandma!

FYI - my home computer is kaput, so the only time i'll be on DDs will be when i'm at work ;) and i'll try to keep current with FB too but it's hard to do that on my cell phone. Bear with me! Maybe after Christmas i'll find a good deal on a computer and be back at it before you can even blink an eye!

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

liza36 on 12/12/2011:
While it must be stressful, it's so nice that you can spend some time with your dad. Good luck with all your assorted other things you're doing.

Umpqua on 12/12/2011:
Thinking of you and don't worry about FB, we know you're going through a difficult time. xoxo

V on 12/12/2011:
Sending LOTs of love, thoughts and prayers your way!! <3 <3 <3

sweetpea1977 on 12/13/2011:
Hugs to you legcramps!

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I am almost ready to take off after work today to see Dad; I hope to be outta here by 5pm so that I have some daylight left to travel in.

Unfortunately, my computer cannot be fixed for less than $300. I think i'll cancel my internet for now and wait until I have enough money to buy a laptop. I've decided to hang onto it in case I change my mind in the future, but it's definitely not a priority right now. So that means i'll be saving some money by not paying internet fees! Woohoo!

Yesterday eats: coffee, soup, 1/2 cinammon bun, chicken and potato wedges, salad, bean burrito.

Today's plan: coffee, oatmeal, dinner on the road (maybe a bagel and some more coffee). I'm taking all my fruit and yogurt to Dad's since the fruit will probably go bad by the time I get home.

I won't be updating now until Monday since Dad doesn't have a home computer. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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

Umpqua on 12/07/2011:
Have a good weekend and a nice visit with your Dad!

glycrina on 12/07/2011:
I hope you have a wonderful visit with your dad and safe travels.

grannyannie on 12/07/2011:
Have a good visit with your dad. Have a good weekend.

liza36 on 12/07/2011:
Enjoy your visit with your Dad.

sweetpea1977 on 12/07/2011:
Enjoy your time with your Dad!

V on 12/07/2011:
Oh no?? Sorry to hear that your laptop repair cost is EXPENSIVE :( If you hold tight for the after xmas sales, you can find a really good computer on the cheap at Best Buy. Walmart, surely for less than what it would cost to repair...Anyhoo enjoy your Dad time :) Lots of love <3

thinkpositive on 12/08/2011:
Hope you have a good visit with your father. V has a good suggestion.

~WI~ on 12/09/2011:
Have a glorious visit! i dont have inet at home either and i must say i dont miss it often lol

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I'm starting to feel a little anxious about my Dad's upcoming treatments beginning Thursday. I'm trying to stay calm by doing some deep breathing and that's helping a bit, but I hope i'm not a bag of nerves by then; that won't help him get through it any easier!

I desperately need to get to the bank today; hopefully i'll also hear back from the guys who are working on my computer. I really hope I don't have to find money to pay for another computer! If that's the case, I think I will just cancel my internet until I can save enough to buy a laptop.

The leg waxing party last night was a success; so was the dinner. Even though it wasn't much - chicken, potato wedges and salad - it was all I could do with the amount of time I had. AND just those few things took another chunk out of my grocery allowance for this pay period. I was really hoping to save a little money here and there to help me pay for the travel costs of visiting Dad. I guess I will have to plan a little better for any future get togethers that include dinner. I've done well with my Christmas budget, so i'm happy about that.

Tonight I have some laundry to do, then I need to pack up some clothes and toiletries for my trip so that I can leave right after work tomorrow. Homemade soup is on the menu for lunch, and there are some leftovers from last night's dinner that should get me through tonight. I've also been stashing oatmeal at work for the last week, so I should probably finish that up today or else take it home.

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

Tangalyn~ on 12/06/2011:
a leg waxing party is such a good idea.. i am too chicken to do that alone! glad u enjoyed urself :) hope ur having a great day

grannyannie on 12/06/2011:
Hope your dad's treatment goes well and you are able to deal with it calmly. I know, easier said than done. Hang in there.

Umpqua on 12/06/2011:
Leg waxing party <shudders> haha. I hope your computer can be fixed, have a good one!

V on 12/06/2011:
Fingers crossed that you don't have to purchase a new computer, safe trip to you, much love <3

legcramps - Monday Dec 05, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Weekend was so-so.

I still haven't gotten my computer fixed. The trouble with small towns is that the local computer store takes Fridays and Saturdays off. I tried to fix it myself but I am not so technically-inclined and gave up right away.

I had some chocolate over the weekend and some ice cream. I don't know which one it's due to, but i've got some stomach issues today. Pretty sure it's from the ice cream.

There wasn't a whole lot going on this weekend; I stayed at home and got some housework done and made a big batch of soup for work lunches. Also shovelled the walkways and driveway and front sidewalk when the power went out on Sunday morning. Glad I got some exercise in!

This week I will be doing some of the at-home DVD workouts I have. Hopefully I will be able to get three workouts in before I leave to stay with Dad during his first treatment cycle (Wednesday evening through to Sunday). Tonight some friends are coming over for leg-waxing and i'll have to make something up for us for dinner as well as get a workout in before they arrive. I have about an hour to do all this!

Last night SIL had a baby boy! They are so far away that I won't get to see the little gaffer until summertime probably, but I am excited for them to be adding a new nephew for me to spoil! Love it!

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

glycrina on 12/05/2011:
LOL. your friends are coming over for leg waxing!! Um, ok. That actually sounds really interesting. I don't think I have ever had a leg waxing party before but rock on. I hope you get your work out in and your legs are smooooooth.

sweetpea1977 on 12/05/2011:
Congratulations on the new nephew! Thats great news!

Good luck with your workouts!

grannyannie on 12/05/2011:
Congrats on your new nephew! Good job getting in your exercise. Hope you get your computer sorted soon.

V on 12/05/2011:
Congrats Auntie :) Have a good day!!

hollybelle on 12/05/2011:
Congratulations on the new nephew. Leg waxing party - what products do you use? I tried it at home once and it HURT badly - the wax didn't melt thin enough. I have my eyebrows done at the salon, but I' love to have my legs done and not have to shave everyday. Have fun.

biscottibody59 on 12/06/2011:
Lots of good news and good times--have a great day! Hope you sort out the computer stuff--I highly recommend the (FREE) spybot program!

legcramps - Friday Dec 02, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Got my hair cut and coloured yesterday; not sure if I like the colour we put in but I really like the cut. I'll try to get a picture on here soon...

Then I went to Mom's to pick some things up and she gave me baked goods. Yay. Chocolate loaf, banana loaf and two bite-sized butter tarts. Oh, and a very large piece of peanut butter cheesecake. How could I resist? I was getting angry as she put more and more into a container for me to take home; I honestly tried to tell her to stop but you know how mothers are. And grandmothers are like that, too. And aunts. Mostly all women.

So when I got home, of course, I ate dessert first. The peanut butter cheesecake was demolished while my soup was cooking on the stove. Man, that was good. Then I had soup and the rest of the loaf of french bread which was getting so crispy that I simply crumbled it all into the bowl and it turned into more of a stew than a soup.

That filled me up for awhile. I tried to fix my computer, but no go. So I read for a bit. Then I had a snack of tuna and crackers.

After my bath I still wasn't tired enough for bed, so as I read some more I snacked on the tarts and the chocolate loaf. I am a big idiot. I should have just thrown it all into the freezer.

I feel so bloated and full today. And sickly. Nauseus. Like I just want to go home and get back under the covers and sleep the day away.

But screw that. This day is for being present. This day is to remind me about what happens when I binge on enough dessert to satisfy four people. Ok ok, five people.

I have a few things to get done this afternoon and after work, and then I will clean up a bit at home, change into some soft and comfy clothes and do some reading. I will put the banana loaf INTO THE FREEZER. And then try to forget all about it.

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

Umpqua on 12/02/2011:
I would have had difficulty resisting all that too, sounds delicious. Yes, get it into the freezer, that's what I did with my pies and so far it's working out well!

glycrina on 12/02/2011:
hey legs! comfy clothes and nice book sounds great right now. I am so busy though. I doubt I will get that until after the holidays. Are you still doing Zumba?

grannyannie on 12/02/2011:
Oh dear! I'd have trouble resisting but I'd have to get tough and say 'no thanks, mom, I'm dieting!!' Well, tomorrow is another day. Have a good weekend.

V on 12/02/2011:
I bet your hair looks Fabulous <3 have a good one!!

legcramps - Thursday Dec 01, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Looks like my home computer crashed on me sometime during the night. Not even concerned about it; how's that for peace of mind?! I can still use the office computer, and my cell phone, so... whateva.

Eats for yesterday: coffee, chicken noodle dish with cream of broccoli soup, chili with french bread, peanut butter and crackers, more french bread, spinach smoothie.

I binged slightly last night, out of boredom I think. I still came under one serving of crackers, but overloaded a bit on the french bread. Probably two slices too many. Still, lost half a pound as of this morning so I imagine this is still much better than where I was at just a week ago.

I was tempted to buy myself a mocha this morning before work, but I talked myself out of it. In fact, WIERD, I actually ended up looking forward to having plain old coffee.

Today's plan: coffee, oatmeal with pb, apple and banana (unless there is creamed soup at the cafeteria ), cream of chicken and corn soup with french bread and garlic, spinach smoothie.

Groceries Required: spinach.

I may mix up a can of tuna and make a cracker topping and have that as a snack instead of the smoothie. I might need a smoothie break

I also need to bring out the chicken in the freezer and cook that up. I have a nice lemon pepper rub for it that I want to try out. Maybe i'll do that sometime on the weekend.

Other than that, I did manage to finish my brother's gift and start wrapping a few other gifts. Right now, I only have my SIL's mother and my Grandmother left to buy for. That should be no problem, what with going into the city so often to see Dad.

Today I am getting a cut and colour after work (finally), then picking up something from Mom's, then groceries, then i'll have to check out my home computer and make arrangements to take it in. I will miss watching tv on it until it is fixed!

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

liza36 on 12/01/2011:
I know when I'm bored I go on the prowl for something to eat. You didn't do too bad though. You still lost 1/2 pound, so that's great.

Have a good day.

lolla on 12/01/2011:
As long as you are aware of your thoughts about food you will be ok, I feel that when I stop caring I am in trouble. You are doing great!

grannyannie on 12/01/2011:
Losing is losing! You'll feel better when you get your hair done. I always do. Hope your computer gets sorted soon.

Maria7 on 12/01/2011:
Congrats on being closer to your goal this morning...yayyyyy! :-D

FoodAddict on 12/01/2011:
Thanks for the welcome all the same :)

moogy on 12/01/2011:
Looks like you have lots of options for today and managed to sneak in that extra carb snack with no damage!! Yay!

V on 12/01/2011:
I wanna see your new do :) Pleeeeeeeze??

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Well it looks like I had reason to feel better yesterday.

I phoned Dad last evening, and he said he woke up Tuesday morning feeling much better. He is finally getting the proper nutrition in and even sounded like he had some color in his cheeks.

I know it's silly to say, but every time i'm feeling unwell or upset about something, he always knows it. A day or two later, he'll phone me up and ask me what's wrong. So it's only natural that I might be feeling 'off' because he's been so sick lately. And alternately, feeling good yesterday when he's starting to feel better.

I woke up the same weight today (which is not 167; I am still trying to get back there  ), but I still feel pretty confident about the foods i'm taking in.

Yesterday: coffee, chicken noodle dish, chili with french bread and garlic, chocolate milk, spinach smoothie.

I changed my mind to chili because a can of it was sitting out on the counter calling out my name. I added a can of baked beans and a can of green beans to it so that i'd have leftovers for dinner tonight. It was pretty spicy and I spent a good chunk of the evening fighting heartburn! Oh well, it tasted good.

Plan: coffee, chicken noodle dish, oatmeal with banana, apple and peanut butter, leftover chili with french bread, snack of spinach smoothie.

I was even able to keep the kitchen clean, and clean the bathroom last night! Exactly what I wanted to do! You have no idea how accomplished I feel even with something as small as this - it is truly amazing what a little extra energy can do for a person. Tonight I plan to get the rest of my brother's christmas gift, and maybe even start wrapping some. I already gave my Dad his gift - I bought him a new set of winter mitts, scarf and toque, and tons of DVDs of movies and tv shows I think he'll like. It will help him pass the time when he starts treatment.

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

getmebackto150 on 11/30/2011:
SO happy to hear you are feeling better and that your dad is able to get nutrition in and feel better as well...

I think cleaning the kitchen and bathroom is no small feat... I always feel AMAZINGLY accomplished when I am successful with this! Have a great day!!

glycrina on 11/30/2011:
I am so gald to hear you are feeling better! I am feeling better too. Despite trying to ward off a cold. I hope this is just the kick start you need to getting more energy and eating better. YAY legs!!

Kati on 11/30/2011:
YAY for your dad and you are both feeling better!!! I'd like to try that spinach smoothie :P

Umpqua on 11/30/2011:
Great news on your Dad and you feeling better!

~WI~ on 11/30/2011:
Yep, I know EXACTLY how you feel when you get stuff around the house accomplished! It feels great! What a boost! So happy your dad is feeling better!

sweetpea1977 on 11/30/2011:
Im glad that both you and your dad are feeling better!

grannyannie on 11/30/2011:
Glad you and your dad are feeling so much better. :-) Thanks for comments on my pics. Enjoy your evening!

V on 11/30/2011:
:) Good to hear that your Dadddy is feeling better...Girl although I am miles away from home(22 hours to be exact) My Mom has GPS on EVERYTHING, it is scary..hahaha Have a wonderful day my friend!!

Maria7 on 11/30/2011:
Glad you and your Dad are feeling better...the Christmas gifts sound lovely. :-D

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 29, 2011

Weight: 167.0

My walk last night didn't happen because I was too busy falling asleep on the couch. But oh my! I got myself a pretty decent amount of actual sleep last night and I feel tons better today, about everything. It feels like the cloud is lifting (knock on wood). In fact, just a few days ago I was tempted to take down all my Christmas decorations because... just because. Today, I feel much better about Christmas and much less like the Grinch who stole it ;)

My eating yesterday was superb as well and maybe that had something to do with being able to sleep better: coffee, oatmeal with apple, peanut butter and milk, cream of chicken and corn soup with a few slices of french bread (slathered with garlic), snack of cheese and crackers, snack of spinach smoothie.

It may still seem like a lot, but at least i'm heading in the direction of nutrition instead of junk.

Today i'm going to concentrate on keeping the kitchen clean, cleaning the bathroom and either doing some reading or watching an episode of something-or-other before bed.

Plan: coffee, chicken noodle dish, more soup and french bread (with garlic) for dinner, and snack of spinach smoothie. Stick to this legcramps! I want to sleep well again tonight.


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

getmebackto150 on 11/29/2011:
Glad to hear you are feeling better abouit Christmas... I too go through phases, ever since my father passed away, that I just don't want the holidays to happen, so I can totally relate... I think a little heavy on the healthy food is definitely the way to go in the direction of nutrition instead of junk... Its a definite improvement! have a great day!!

grannyannie on 11/29/2011:
Glad you're feeling better. Good food plans. Thanks for comments, but you wouldn't want to see a photo now of where I live - it's all grey and dreary looking. But I'll take one for you tomorrow and post it!

V on 11/29/2011:
:) I am so glad you are feeling a bit better my friend! As always sending you lots of love your way <3 <3 <3

Maria7 on 11/29/2011:
Glad you are feeling better...sounds like a good plan for today, too. :-)

legcramps - Monday Nov 28, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Nov 28 - 30 minute walk

Nov 30 - 30 minute walk

Dec 2 - 30 minute walk

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Oh my Lord! I am swelling up like an air balloon! I need to stop this emotional eating! Now!

I've got to get a handle on what i'm eating - I went through too many periods on the weekend of eating until I could barely move. Today my plan is lots of water, soups, and some oatmeal for extra protein. I'm going to get some milk, cans of soup and bananas after work today and concentrate on getting the right nutrition in.

I went to visit Dad this weekend and got quite the scare. He has lost much more weight than I expected, and looks tepid, pale, and sickly. I wish I could give him some of my extra fat ;) goodness knows, he's the one that needs it, not me!

I am slightly overloaded at work, but I am happy that I was able to get some housework done yesterday. At least my house doesn't look like a total disaster zone anymore.

Thanks for all your comments lately! I know I haven't been commenting on your entries much lately, and i'm not totally concentrated on my own health right now - but i'm glad I can still come here and vent and not turn everyone away! It just means so much!

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

Umpqua on 11/28/2011:
So sorry to hear your Dad is having such a rough time. Good for you for stocking up on some healthy foods and staying on top of that during a difficult emotional time. I'm thinking of you!

liza36 on 11/28/2011:
I know you are going through so much right now. You can always vent here. Sending hugs your way!

glycrina on 11/28/2011:
hey just checking in. I can see you are having a rough time of it. You really need to take care of yourself.

glycrina on 11/28/2011:
PS I have been thinking about you.

V on 11/28/2011:
<3 <3 <3 Thinking of you as well

~WI~ on 11/29/2011:
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. As all of us get older, we see our parents going through things we used to watch other people's parents go through. Now it is our parents going through it. Very, very difficult indeed. It is understandable that you are down and commendable that you are working through it by continuing on with the tasks of daily life and rituals. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I know this time of year is bad for S.A.D. and the doctor told me the other day to increase my vitamin D. I now take 2500 i.u.'s a day. Praying for you.

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