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legcramps - Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Eats for Tuesday: mocha, oatmeal, stuffed pita, mozza cheese, crackers, chicken, brown rice. I finally drank a good amount of water too; I haven't been too good with that lately.

I went walking yesterday after work and got in another couple of miles to bring my total for the week to 6 miles walked! Considering I was barely walking 1 mile some weeks, this is a great accomplishment and (hopefully) a turning point for me.

My shins were really bothering me though. I think I might visit my doctor (gah) and see if he can take x-rays to see if i've fractured anything.

Today I might go walking again after work, even just a mile. Then I need to do some more cleaning and prepping for the party on the weekend. And after that, I have Zumba!

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

grannyannie on 11/09/2011:
Well done! :-) Good idea to get that leg checked out. Have a great day.

sweetpea1977 on 11/09/2011:
wow, 6 miles. you go girl! I hope your shins are ok!

getmebackto150 on 11/09/2011:
I hope your shins feel better soon! I'm also struggling w/ shin/calf pain... YUCK! I was fine staying late... I definitely would get cranky if I had to do it all the time, but I get interrupted SO many times through out the day that its hard to get work done sometiems, so I actually got more done... I work at a nursing home, so its technically 24 hours a day, so there were still some people here... Not like an office building where everyone leaves for the day at the same time...

Umpqua on 11/09/2011:
Awesome job with the walking, and congrats on getting your Christmas stuff done so early, dang! I don't even know what our family is doing for Thanksgiving yet (it's always last minute).

liza36 on 11/09/2011:
Great accomplishment with the miles. That's awesome.

When I read about your drinking water, I grabbed my water bottle. I've been trying to be better at that too. It was a nice reminder to chug some H2O as I read.

~WI~ on 11/09/2011:
You have to be one of the most motivated people I know about LOL. I do hope your shins are ok and that they feel better soon :)

V on 11/09/2011:
Great job on getting your walks in :) Have fun at Zumba tonight!!

hollybelle on 11/10/2011:

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 08, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Yes, I sure am ahead of the game in regards to Christmas. Half my shopping is done, tree's up and decorations are ready to go up as well. This is unusual for me; normally i'm a shop-at-the-last-minute type of person. But since this weekend i'm hosting a Christmas party, it sort of kicked me into high gear.

Yesterday I did not find any breakfast; for lunch I had a pita filled with ham sausage, red pepper, spinach, feta cheese and a teensy weensy bit of dressing. I had a kitkat bar in the afternoon and was starving (really!) when I got home from work. The afternoon kills me every time. So hungry by then. I cut up some mozza cheese and had about three servings of crackers and cheese. I must find a way to not go overboard on the snacking. Then I had my actual dinner - chicken with dill sauce and brown rice.

I did get out to the communiplex to walk; we walked for an hour and I would say we went around 3.5 miles. Add to that the little bit of walking I did on the weekend and it looks like my total for the week will be 4 miles. I am debating heading there tonight to walk some more. Another 3 miles would sure be nice. Yes, I think that's what i'll do. And I might even do some stairs too ;)

This morning I brought oatmeal to work for breakfast. It's pretty gross because I only have leftover things to add to it. Water (blegh, almond milk is much tastier in oatmeal), pb, a few chocolate chips, frozen blueberries and granola. It's meh.

Lunch will be pita with ham sausage, red pepper, spinach, feta cheese and dressing. My afternoon snack will be leftover oatmeal because I made far too much for breakfast but I just cannot waste it. At least today I shouldn't leave work hungry.

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

V on 11/08/2011:
Girl that is awesome!! Now you can come help me get ready for the holidays :) Have a good one!

liza36 on 11/08/2011:
I'm impressed both with the fact that you are ready for Christmas, and that your total for the week will be 4 miles. Both awesome!

grannyannie on 11/08/2011:
Doing well! Keep on walking! I've also got quite a few christmas gifts bought. I'll do the rest when I get to the US 12 days before christmas.

legcramps - Monday Nov 07, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Well, apparently I should have thought about the pumpkin muffins a little more and stored a few in the freezer for this week as they've all gone bad! I think I only ate four of them. Boo! Now i'm starving because I skipped breakfast. Really. Starving. Totally.

I picked up some finger food for my christmas get-together this weekend and wouldn't you know it - my store of it is diminishing without even needing a party to go with it! AAAH! Sometimes I wonder what goes through my mind when I buy things like this in advance. There goes $20 out of my budget.

There is good news in here somewhere though! On Friday I drove into the city and got started on my Christmas shopping. I managed to find gifts for five people! Yay! That much closer to the end! I also picked myself up some warm tights for the winter weather we are now faced with. We got a big load of snow on Sunday.

Saturday I did some babysitting for a friend, then worked out at the dog park again. This project is never-ending. I really need to stay strong and keep my head in it, otherwise i'll end up quitting and pissing off a lot of people. Including myself.

Sunday I cleaned house finally thankgoodness, got the tree up and spent some time visiting with friends. I need to see grandma soon; I haven't visited with her for a couple of weeks now. I also shovelled, even though it was fruitless since the wind just drifted the snow back into the pathways I had cleaned off.

Tonight i'll be heading to the communiplex to do some walking with a friend. Hopefully about an hour's worth. It's also voting day today so I need to do that right after work.

I can't concentrate anymore, i'm too hungry. Half an hour until lunchtime...

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

grannyannie on 11/07/2011:
Busy busy busy! Too bad about the muffins. No more skipping breakfast! :-)

V on 11/07/2011:
Dam girl you are way ahead of the game if you are already Christmas shopping!! Yes make sure you get some bfast of some sort..Have agood one girl!!

thinkpositive on 11/08/2011:
Tree - as in Christmas tree? Why not, right? That happened to me with pumpkin muffins-too bad.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Weight: 165.5

*i'm trying really hard not to complain*

I guess I have nothing good to say, so...

Pumpkin Muffins:

I did finally make them. At 1:00am this morning. Yeah. I made these ones with applesauce. Bad move. Hate applesauce. Darn, there I go complaining again.

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

getmebackto150 on 11/03/2011:
I hope your day gets better:) Sending hugs your way!!!

grannyannie on 11/03/2011:
Hugs from me as well!

liza36 on 11/03/2011:
I love anything pumpkin. The muffins look delicious! Hope you have a good day.

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2011:
hahaha, but applesauce makes them healthier (less calories!!)! :) Do the muffins taste good? If not, you could always use substitute half of the applesauce (make sure its unsweetened applesauce) with olive oil (healthy fat). Doing this should make the muffins taste less sweet.

grannyannie on 11/03/2011:
Thanks for the photo comment! The camera makes it a bit more intense that it actually was, but it was beautiful.

getmebackto150 on 11/03/2011:
you should TOTALLY try quinoa... Its nutty and chewy (in a good way, I promise) and just delicious! Use it in place of rice or couscous... you won't be sorry!

sweetpea1977 on 11/03/2011:
lol, cream cheese makes almost everything taste better. Thats why I dont keep it in the house! :)

V on 11/03/2011:
LOL!! You are too funny :) I think they look good :P Yea VC had some serious family issues(me thinks) I read all of them and they get even creepier...hahaha :) Have a good evening!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/03/2011:
wow! those muffins like really good - like so good that they are even healthy but satisfying tasty at the same time. yummy! i take it we are in the same boat with work. i know how much you loathe your job as well! don't worry girl, TGIF, the weekend is almost here. :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/03/2011:
anyways, wow, pumpkin muffins...i am gonna have to try to cook something delicious and squash-y soon! i think i may experiment some of Sunday with cooking something new....as long as i can fit it in! who wants to stay inside when we work indoors all week!? lol, am i complaining again!?

Umpqua on 11/04/2011:
Now that is a good looking muffin! I had to throw out my frozen stash so I'll have to bake some up this weekend and I think it's gonna be pumpkin. Have a good weekend!

~WI~ on 11/04/2011:
Those look great! You are inspiring to me with all the work you do and how you push yourself to do more. You do many good things and that is awesome. Have a great weekend!

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 02, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I initially started out this entry by complaining. I've started over. No complaining today.

Tuesday eats: mocha, oatmeal, soup, chocolate cupcake, chicken burger, fries, diet cola.

And then I wonder why my face is breaking out.

Went back out to the dog park after work yesterday and spent another two hours working hard on it. I was near frozen by the time I got home and needed a hot bath just to warm up. I was planning on cleaning up the house last night, but I didn't have the energy. Instead, I read a little bit of The Help (okay, half the book) and fell into bed at an early hour.

Today is Zumba day. I would like to go, so i'll try very hard not to fall asleep before 8pm tonight when the class starts ;)

I think I might also attack the kitchen and make those pumpkin muffins i've been drooling about. That would at least cut down on all the freakin' chocolate. By the way, the cupcake? Forced down my throat. No lie.

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

grannyannie on 11/02/2011:
Yea, I'm sure you forced that cupcake down your throat. Uh huh. LOL. That's very late for a Zumba class. I don't have the energy at that time of night.

sweetpea1977 on 11/02/2011:
Enjoy your Zumba class. Yes, you are going, because I said so! :-)

I still need to make pumpkin muffins. I cant believe I havent done that yet!

Supercheese on 11/02/2011:
Have fun at zumba!! TOday is my rumba class too!! lol enjoy the muffins ha about the cupcake.

hollybelle on 11/02/2011:
Hope you didn't fall asleep and went to Zumba. I should have read your post before I made mine. I didn't follow the no P & M (Pi$$n' and Moaning)rule. Hate to say that - I think I just needed to get it out. Pumpkin muffins! YUM!

V on 11/02/2011:
Enjoy your Zumba class my love <3

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 01, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Monday: mocha, oatmeal, cookie, soup, kitkat, cheese and crackers, chocolate milk.

That was pretty bad. The only nutritious meal I had yesterday was the soup for lunch.

After work yesterday I went out to the dog park for three hours and we put posts up for the fence. I'll be heading there again today for another couple of hours to start putting up the top rails. It's hard work - i'm definitely getting some exercise. And I did something to my neck too - it has a huge knot in it which is a little concerning so i'm going to try and not think about it ;) Avoidance breeds happiness, no? 

When I got home I had about four trick-or-treaters come to the door while I was watching an episode of Merlin and then Once Upon A Time. After that, I grabbed my book and took a bath because my toes felt like they were going numb with cold. Need to remember to wear thicker socks.

I brought all the halloween candy back to work with me, but I saved some kitkats for myself. This may not be a great idea, but I have a very hard time just giving away kitkat bars ;)

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

Supercheese on 11/01/2011:
lol I'm the same way with snickers :)

grannyannie on 11/01/2011:
I love Kitkats as well!

V on 11/01/2011:
Meaning to ask how far along in the VC Andrew series are you? Flowers? Thorns? Petals??? anyhoo have a good day!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/01/2011:
i've been doing the oatmeal thing too! it works, i still need a snack of course in the AM....and it sucks, wish my body wasn't able to get hungry in the mornings!!! my boss is a monster when it comes to snacking :-( he doesn't like it!

so i guess we all missed fall, huh? on to winter. haha, i loved your comment today.

legcramps - Monday Oct 31, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I can't believe it's already Monday. We need to start having three-day weekends, none of this two-day crap.

Friday night I managed to stay awake long enough to get my legs waxed and watch Dawn of the Dead.

Friday eats: mocha, oatmeal, cream of cauliflower soup, chicken and pasta with broccoli.

Saturday was spent doing a lot of nothing. I was still in a somber mood and didn't feel like cleaning, crafting, nothing, so I spent most of my time watching tv shows and then got ready to go out to a halloween dance. The dance was okay; I really loved my costume (I went as an ER doctor zombie) but the dance was nothing special. I got home around 2:30am, deciding to go straight home from the dance, no house parties. I was so glad I made that decision when I woke up on Sunday feeling not too bad!

Saturday eats: mocha, bagel with cream cheese, mozza cheese and crackers, 1 slice homemade vegetable pizza, 2 pieces chicken nuggets, 1 serving snack food, which means I don't recall exactly what I ate, but I did well and didn't eat too much junk food. In fact, I probably didn't eat enough on Saturday, 'cause things got fuzzy pretty quickly ;)

I got up early on Sunday morning, had a mocha and another bagel, then walked to pick up my car. Woohoo - that's the only exercise I got this week :( After that, I spent the afternoon at the dog park helping to get things done, then went to our church's fall supper where I ate a nicely arranged dish of all kinds of things. In the evening, while snacking on more crackers and cheese and chocolate milk and even gingerale just in case, I made a big batch of creamed soup in the slow cooker, and made up my lunches for the week. I still have to make a batch of pumpkin muffins for breakfasts, but hopefully I can get that done today or tomorrow.

This morning I brought oatmeal for breakfast, soup for lunch, then i'm heading back out to the dog park after work so dinner will be decided once I get back home.

Happy Halloween! Hope you have a fantastic day today :)

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

V on 10/31/2011:
Happy Halloween!! Lots of love to you!!

Supercheese on 10/31/2011:
Happy Halloweeeny!! You're weekend food sounds like mine! HA bagels and mocha!

legcramps - Friday Oct 28, 2011

Weight: 165.5

One day at a time...

I guess I lied to myself when I thought I wasn't grieving too much over the loss of Dog. Between that, and the two-day convention I went to, i'm officially in "tired as hell" mode. Yesterday I went to sleep at 6pm, woke up at 12am, went back to sleep at 1:30am and didn't wake up until 7am this morning. Could be a little bit of depression kicking in; i'm thankful that my friends and I are heading out this weekend for some halloween fun because otherwise i'd continue with my stick-in-the-mud persona and never get over this. I know what I need to do to conquer, i'm just having trouble DOING it!

Yesterday's eats: mocha, poppy seed muffin (dry and flavorless), chicken and pasta with broccoli, fruit cup ($3 spent for a tiny amount of fruit), turkey bacon and mozza cheese sandwich on ezekiel bread with spinach, french fries.

Today after work i'm going to pick up what I need for Sunday and then clean up as much as possible before a friend comes over; it's leg-waxing night. It'll probably hurt like heck since i'm in such a bad mood. Yesterday at work I could feel myself getting more and more annoyed at small little stressers. I guess I needed the sleep, but it doesn't seem to have helped much. I'm going to plaster a fake smile on my face anyways and hopefully soon the happy endorphins from having to stretch my face in a positive way will kick in ;)

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

KayBee on 10/28/2011:
poor girl... rough times. I hope you get better very soon...

glycrina on 10/28/2011:
I am sorry, but it is good to grieve now and deal with your feelings then it would be to stuff it down and wait for it to come bubbling. You deserve a great weekend. Have fun!

Supercheese on 10/28/2011:
awww -hugs- Im sure you'll have a great weekend. Remember to laugh, it'll help you feel better!

sweetpea1977 on 10/28/2011:

I sure hope you have a fun weekend with your buddies! You totally deserve a great time after all you've been through lately.

Keeping you in my thoughts!

grannyannie on 10/28/2011:
Sorry...big hug from me as well! Yes, pretend you're having a good time and you might surprise yourself. :-)

V on 10/28/2011:
Love you :)

Maria7 on 10/30/2011:
Sorry you are grieving...so am I. Hope you feel better.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Weight: 165.5

I can't seem to get myself back into the motions of losing weight and exercising regularly. It's hard to get back into things!

Yesterday eats: mocha, Kellogs cereal bar, banana, chicken, pasta, broccoli, yogurt, granola, turkey bacon, mozza, ezekiel bread, bbq chicken pizza. So disappointing.

My problem is obviously my nights. There has to be a better way to avoid eating so much at night. I can clean house instead, go for a walk, take a bath, or just hit the sack for the night. All very good options that I will have to start to incorporate to avoid the late night bingeing that i'm doing. Maybe planning out some tasks I can do at night will help:

Thursday: dishes! unpack! sweep! wipe down kitchen! then take a bath and read, then go to sleep.

Friday: dishes! wipe down kitchen! take out garbage! clean bathroom! then waxing legs, then go to sleep.

Saturday: clean bathroom! clean living room! go through clothes! bring in patio furniture! then halloween party!

Sunday: nurse hangover! <--- without eating greasy, fried foods. I should prepare for this and have chocolate milk and cheese and crackers on-hand so that I don't feel the need to go to a drive-thru.

Also on Sunday i'll be making a big batch of creamed soup for my lunches, and hopefully i'll have enough energy to whip up a batch of pumpkin muffins for breakfasts. I love fall foods!!!

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

~WI~ on 10/27/2011:
You are a busy bee! I love fall foods as well, things seem to taste better when the air is cooler LOL. Have a great day!

getmebackto150 on 10/27/2011:
I too struggle with the nighttime eating BIG TIME! I think having tasks planned out is a good potential solution! have a fun time at the Halloween party!!

V on 10/27/2011:
I love your plans especially anticipating the hangover LOL! Hey see if you can find some Urban Detox

www.functiondrinks.com I love this site cause it has killer graphics!! you must check out the featherweight page :) It brings a smile to my face!!

V on 10/27/2011:
Sorry lightweight...hahaha

~WI~ on 10/28/2011:
I am a night eater as well. Once I made peace with that fact, things got easier. I was able to let go of the 'eat all your food in the daytime' mentality, and now I eat during the day lighter, and save my big meal (or snacking) for the evening. I still eat enough during the day, but save the bulk of my points (or calories) for the evening hours. I found out that trying to deprive myself of something that is natural to my body just made me eat a lot during the day AND at night. On WW I am allowed 29 points a day, and typically I will eat 10 or 11 of them during the day, and the rest at night. Sometimes it is so I can enjoy a larger supper, sometimes it is so I can enjoy an ice cream drumstick after a smallish dinner. It satisfies me on all levels to eat that way. Even though my son swears that I should eat before 7PM (ha, right) and that all food we eat after that turns to fat. Well, turns out, that isn't true.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

Weight: 165.5

Whew! I'm wiped!

I spent Saturday helping to build the fence for the dog park site. It was a long day of walking around, carrying heavy items, loading and unloading trucks, and being nice to people when I really wasn't in the mood ;) When I finally got home, my back was killing me and I was covered in dirt and grime. I took a hot shower and relaxed for the rest of the night.

Sunday was spent doing laundry and packing for my trip. I drove the two hours to the convention centre, we got into our rooms and unpacked, picked up our packages for the convention, had a bite to eat, then hit the sack. So tired! My eyes were literally burning, even my boss mentioned that I looked tired.

All day Monday was eaten up by speakers, keynote addresses, and group sessions. We managed to find some time to do some shopping ;) but I didn't buy anything. There were some cute little clothing shops in the city, but the prices! oh my! Then Monday night was a big banquet with great food and good entertainment. By 9:30, I was back in my room, nestling down for the night.

Tuesday was another day full of listening to people talk about healthcare. By mid-morning, my attention was wandering and I found myself doodling on my writing pad. The sessions were really great and very interesting, don't get me wrong, it was just a little too much for my pea brain and attention deficited head ;) We left a little earlier so that we could get a headstart on the drive home, which was spent gabbing away. Those two hours went by fairly quickly! And we did some shopping as well; I picked up some lip gloss and lip scrub for the winter season, and a dirty pleasure - the book The Help.

Last night I attempted to unpack, failed greatly, and resigned myself to checking e-mails and having a long bath. I was in bed by 9:00.

I'm still pretty tired today, but the postive is that it's already Wednesday! Happy Hump Day!

I am determined to get myself to Zumba tonight. I have missed it, and I hope they haven't added too many steps to the songs so that I can get back into it without feeling like I missed a lot. Have a great day today everyone!

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

glycrina on 10/26/2011:
Glad you had a good time at the convention! I always found them to be refreshing. I LOVED The Help. I read it over the summer and I couldn't put it down. I then made everyone at work read it too. The movie was also really good.

liza36 on 10/26/2011:
I loved The Help. The movie was good too. Hope you are enjoying it.

I know how tiring conferences can be! Sucks the life out of ya.

Have fun at Zumba.

V on 10/26/2011:
Hope you got to the Zumba class! It gives ya so much energy :)

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