Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Old Friend

Potassium, how I love thee, let me count the weighs (intentional misspelling).  So I dreamed last night that I woke up with a charlie horse behind my right knee, got out of bed to stretch it out and found Vladdy raiding the dirty clothes hamper with a vengeance only a 60 lb puppy can have.  Then I realized that I was dreaming when I glanced at myself in the bathroom mirror and realized that I looked more over weight than two of my November, 2010 pictures combined.

But as soon as I realized I was dreaming I woke up with an actual charlie horse behind my right knee!  lol  Apparently my body was trying to wake me up but my mind didn't want to wake up so it tried to deal with the issue in a dream instead.  Silly brain, that never works.  So I get out of bed to stretch my charlie horse and I suddenly have a double dose of panic.  'Is Vladdy raiding the hamper?', 'Do I weigh 600 lbs?'

It was waaaay too dark in the room to see if there were actually clothes all over the floor but I found Vladdy sleeping on the floor on Snackers' side of the bed which alleviated my concerns about my weight as the cobwebs continued to clear out a bit more.  I headed for the kitchen for a mouthful of soda water and there, on the shelf, was yellow gold - bananas. *cue excerpt from Handel's Messiah*

You see, I bought the bananas on Sunday know that I had every intention of pushing myself physically this week and that the effort would result in muscle soreness.  When I first started this blog a very wise woman (Tia) suggested bananas due to their high potassium content so I grabbed them.  As it turns out the banana was still a little on the green side so I ate 3/4 of it and fed the rest to Vladdy - he walked three miles too, I'm sure the potassium couldn't hurt right?  Unfortunately my waking up woke Snackers up and then the two of us had a hell of a time getting back to sleep.  Another restless night. Boooo.

120 oz of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 Fiber One bar
12 oz green tea and ginger ail
2 cups meatloaf
1 homemade deli meat sandwich
>> chicken, Colby, olive oil mayo
16 oz Gatorade G2
1 serving macadamia nuts
Daily Caloric Intake: 1,298

Walking: 3+ miles
Filling in holes dug by Vladdy


  1. I have finally connected my night leg cramps to wearing flips and sandals with no support. If I wear flips all day I can guarantee leg cramps at night. If I wear my good tennis shoes through the day - no worries. Could this be part or all of your problem?

  2. I don't think so because Monday when I walked three miles I was wearing my shape-ups, not flips or sandals. I think the leg cramps were just from walking and not getting enough potassium and water before/during. When I first started working out the cramps were bad and they were almost every night until it was suggested that I eat more bananas so I started eating one a day and stopped having leg cramps. Then I kind of got sick of bananas (I never really liked them much to begin with) but I also didn't have leg cramps for a long time. Monday I walked without drinking enough water before the walk and I didn't take any with me and dehydration leads to muscle cramping too. When I got home I chugged 52 oz of water so fast it made my stomach hurt because I was dehydrated so it was no surprise to me that I woke up with cramps later that night.

  3. BTW: I picked up some diet soda water last night (0 calories) one chug of soda water will completely eliminate leg cramps and menstrual cramps. My parents have been telling people for years that soda water has quinine in it and doctors prescribe super expensive quinine tablets to diabetics for leg cramps - when I went to buy some last night I realized that they are now ADVERTISING it right on the bottle. "Contains quinine" front and center on a bottle of Canada Dry soda water. I can tell you from personal experience, it works!!!

  4. A great source of potassium is coconut water!