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legcramps - Friday Oct 20, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Oct 16 - 50 minute BIKE on trainer

Oct 17 - 45 minute GYM session with friend

Oct 18 - 30 minute GYM session with bf

Oct 19 - 60 minute GYM session with friend; 30 minute BIKE on trainer

I can see some very defining changes happening in my body. So much muscle gained over the last few months; I can definitely tell how much stronger my back, shoulders and arms are, and a lot more definition in my quads and hamstrings. I am so interested in getting into powerlifting, just because I think I might be good at it, but cycling is my #1 and I need to work towards being stronger on the bike so I can finish the 100 mile tour next summer. But still, there is a powerlifting class on Saturday that I just heard about, and i sooooooooo want to check it out...

Really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend. Next week is going to be long; a friend and I have memberships at a new gym so we are going to try  that out starting Monday. That makes 3 gyms that I have memberships with now - and maybe the CrossFit gym if I decide I want to do the powerlifting classes on Saturdays. So THAT'S where my paycheck is going LOL.

BearCountryGG on 10/20/2017:
LOL...there are worse places for your paycheck could go!


horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2017:
seems like you are loving the changes happening from your consistency at the gym....and that you are enjoying delving into weightlifting....don't run from your curiosity..you never know and maybe the changes that happen will be GREAT for you.

I always also loved cardio more than weights till I realized how awesome weights proved to be for me (especially when doing cardio wasn't an option at the times i was injured). but weights became my passion...and it's partially due to life changes and a chance that i gave myself to delve into weightlifting which made that possible.

try the things that make your heart race and excite you...

the most amount of gyms i have been a member at once i believe was 3 also :)

the convenience of being a member of multiple gyms is worth it...especially when one is open and others are not like on holidays...

also one of my gyms used to be only $10 a month...not so much anymore!

Now, I belong only to 1 gym bc it's close to home and not far off from when i'm driving home from work either. convenience was always key with the gym!

The gym i go to now is $600/year. i used to go to one that was double or triple the distance from my house but less than $400/year. but it was always either too hot or too cold there also. In the summer, i'd be soaking of sweat. I decided on the more comfortable gym...for now at least!


Donkey on 10/21/2017:
I love seeing and feeling the physical changes that come from exercise; it just takes my body so long to show any progress. Good for you!!!!

If you can afford it, I can totally understand having memberships at multiple gyms. I miss the gym life. Enjoy! :-)


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legcramps - Monday Oct 16, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Oct 11 - 45 minute GYM session with bf

Oct 12 - 60 minute GYM session with friend

Oct 13 - travel day; took a course over the weekend to become certified in fitness instruction 

Oct 14 - 45 minute Cardio workout during course

Oct 15 - 45 minute Cardio workout during course; 45 minute GYM session with bf

 

Still working to get in a good mix of cardio and strength training. Feels like every single muscle hurts today; better try and gets lots of water in. I had the option of doing a cardio workout on the bike trainer this morning, but decided to rest my legs instead. Maybe after work today, or tomorrow morning. Not going to fuss over it. A rest day after those tough cardio classes might be welcomed more than trying to fit another workout in and really depleting my energy stores.

horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2017:
Hello Legs!

I think sleeping more on a trip is GREAT. I sorta made sure that the time in Vegas included some decent sleep and my friend that came with me also didn’t mind the extra relaxing in bed in mornings before we got ready for the day! It felt SOGOOD not to have to rush like I do usually for work each morning. And eating more or different foods is a good thing, also. Why stick to the typical exact same routine when you are away…but it makes sense that it’s taking a few days to get back …your body has adjusted to the other schedule but you’ll get back…everyone deals with this same thing!

Oh, I also couldn’t exercise the couple days before my trip bc of the same reason as you – I had to pack / prep for the trip and exercise would have left me ragged.

Wow..you went to gym on your travel day!?….COOL!

The hike/ bike of 6 hours sounds like a nice day….did it leave you sore at all? I’d be…! That sounds good though :-P I hope you had great weather! Where did you go?

Looks like some great exercise, L-Cramps! Nice job, lady! And I’m glad you have the indoor bike set up…wonderful…always good especially in the colder conditions when it’s just best to stay home. And I also love that you go to the gym with your BF….i do wish I had a BF to go with me… :-P but I also just go alone and that’s fine bc I can take my time / go at exactly my own pace…but a bf is definitely a nice motivator and company to go there with…!

Water helps also maybe salt / potassium. If you are very sore, I suggest rest and stretching.


Donkey on 10/19/2017:
Are you now a certified personal trainer??? How cool is that!

WTG on the exercising!

legcramps on 10/20/2017:
Not yet, but hopefully by the end of the year I will be able to instruct fitness groups. Personal training is much more intensive; this is just the first step to getting there ;)


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legcramps - Wednesday Oct 11, 2017

Weight: 0.0

The day after I posted here, I went on a trip with bf to see my family.  I've been struggling to get back into a routine ever since LOL.  Gosh, trips always bring out the lazy in me... I want to sleep more, eat more, and move less.  ALWAYS.  Combatted it fairly well this time around though, pretty happy with how the trip went.  Lots of good times!

Exercise as below; not too bad but can definitely see that I was trying hard to figure out a routine after getting back from my trip on Oct 1st.

Sept 22 - No exercise; prep for trip; visit with family

Sept 23 - Travel day; gym session with bf

Sept 24 - Hike 3.5 hours; Bike 2.5 hours; WOW 6 hours of exercise

Sept 26 - Hike 1 hour; gym session with bf

Sept 27 - Hike 1 hour

Sept 28 - Hike 1 hour; Bike 1/2 hour to the park with the kids; tried PARKOUR!  pretty cool stuff

Sept 29 - Travel day; Hike 2.5 hours; went down a mountain on a coaster!  pretty cool stuff also 

Sept 30 - Travel day; Hike 2 hours

Oct 1 - Run/Walk 5k

Oct 4 - Bike 1 hour

Oct 5 - Gym session with friend; then another gym session with bf

Oct 8 - Gym session with bf

Oct 10 - Gym session with friend

I also finally set up my bike on the indoor trainer last night, with bf's help.  Damn it is not easy to do.  Regardless, it's ready to go and the plan is to get a few morning workouts in on it each week.  Heading to bf's tonight so will 99% more than likely hit the gym for another session because apparently we live at the gym LOL.

BearCountryGG on 10/11/2017:
Lots of great exercise there....Good Going!



legcramps - Friday Sep 22, 2017

Weight: 0.0

MONDAY:

CALORIES - 1,750   MACROS - 37-47-16

TUESDAY:

CALORIES - 1,750   MACROS - 50-35-16

BIKE 15 minutes

GYM workout with bf - 50 minute full body

WEDNESDAY:

CALORIES -  2,350   MACROS - 42-38-20

THURSDAY:

CALORIES - 2,150   MACROS - 50-37-13

GYM workout - 50 minute full body

Kind of a busy week; wasn't feeling great on Monday so took an extra rest day, then Wednesday I had an evening work meeting (completely exhausts me to go to these things). Yesterday's workout was harder than usual, but I persevered and took the heavy weights instead of copping out with the light weights ;)

Calories seem to be pretty consistent with where they need to be, so i'll stop counting after today.  I don't need to obsess over it if i'm being consistent enough.

One problem though is possible allergies to foods i'm eating.  I'm lactose intolerant, so I bloat and experience nausea for a couple days after i've eaten dairy.  I had frozen yogurt on Sunday night, so was sick Monday and a little of Tuesday, but then when I ate supper on Tuesday (subway sub) I got sick almost immediately after eating.  Not cool.  And then yesterday I felt ill after eating a steak ceasar salad for supper, and today my stomach just doesn't feel great and all I had so far was soup and 1/2 a wrap with ham in it (it is mid-afternoon now).  Contemplating getting tested for food allergies.  I don't feel sick all the time, but it is often enough to start to concern me a bit.  Is something else going on?

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2017:
I'm lactose intolerant to..and I also have bloat, gas and diahrrea ....after eating dairy...your symptoms sound a bit to me like possibly an ulcer too...or gluten intolerance..actually I'm thinking most possibly ulcer.


Donkey on 09/23/2017:
If these problems continue much longer, I would definitely get tested. GI problems are terribly interfering and quite unpleasant, as I'm sure you know. Could there have been hidden dairy in the salad and Subway?


horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
Hi Legs:

Nice exercise and calories on all days! I see you ate a little more calories than past days but that is OK bc even 2,000-2,200 is not going to cause weight gain. Especially if other days are only 1700’s…you have a great balance as well as great exercise included! Go you!

It’s my first day back and I will also certainly be using a rest day today – like you did last Monday. The truth is that (in my opinion) rest is more important than a workout for overall health. I do believe that in order to be able to work out well and consistently that rest & sleep also needs to be aimed for consistency.

Yes, I get completely exhausted too when I have many activities in the evenings, like a meeting, after work. You described a good balance and I agree you do not need to count calories if it’s been consistent and you know approx. what to eat to maintain consistency.

No, I do not really think you need to be tested. I think as you mention that you are lactose intolerant!



legcramps - Monday Sep 18, 2017

Weight: 0.0

THURSDAY:

CALORIES: 1,550  MACROS:  49-26-25

GYM workout with bf - 40 minutes full body

FRIDAY:

CALORIES:  1,550  MACROS:  52-29-19

GYM workout with bf - 40 minutes legs

SATURDAY:

CALORIES:  1,650  MACROS:  32-51-16

SUNDAY:

CALORIES:  2,100  MACROS:  61-23-16

GOLF tournament

I took a rest day on Saturday and hung out with some friends at the hockey home opener, then golfed all day on Sunday in a tournament. I haven't been out golfing in at least two years; it sure took long enough to get warmed up and find my swing again, but once I did I had lots of fun. My longest drive was 180-ish yards, felt really good. Then we had a steak supper and I had frozen yogurt later for dessert. That meant I was up in the middle of the night for two hours with a no good, very bad stomach issue. Yuck. I am tired today, but that's what I get for eating foods that my body finds difficult to digest. I think it might be another rest day today to just relax and let my body recover a little.

bearcountrygg on 09/18/2017:
Yup...that middle of the night stuff is no fun.


horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2017:
Hi Legs!

Lately similar to you I feel the need for extra rest days. Or to make sure I have planned rest days. Seems to work better when I am not overdoing the # of days I am active. Like, I enjoy my highly intense exercise when I do it, but then I prefer to make sure I have enough rest inbetween. Go job lady, golfing is great exercise – all the walking and swinging! I don’t know how but it looks & sounds like loads of fun with friends!



legcramps - Thursday Sep 14, 2017

Weight: 0.0

MONDAY:

CALORIES:  1,450 MACROS:  43-43-15

BIKE 23 kilometres highway; smooth; fun

GYM workout with bf - back and triceps

TUESDAY:

CALORIES:  2,250 MACROS:  47-38-14

GYM workout - full body dumbbells

WEDNESDAY:

CALORIES:  1,550 MACROS:  33-45-22

BIKE  6 kilometres residential; some trails

GYM workout with bf - arms arms arms!

 

I know, i've been to the gym lots this week. I'm sort of trying to make up for last week, but also trying to avoid DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), so doing a little bit every day. Today I took my hybrid in for a check-up / tune-up so I probably won't be biking. I have an evening work meeting, and then bf is coming so we might go to the gym. Might also check out a kindness rally that is happening in town later on today. BBQ! Bouncy house! I sure hope it doesn't rain :( Lots of stuff going on, why does work always get in the way?!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2017:
LOL...def! Work definitely always gets in the way...even if I personally sit on my a$$ all day, it's just not the same as sitting on my a$$ relaxing at home! Lol.

But you are right, work def gets in the way, sometimes! Of doing more....but we need the $$$ to do and see more too! lol. what a give and take it is!

Your plans sound WONDERFUL! Sounds like your bf is a cool dude, really nice to see you working out with him sometimes.

I like your arms...they are slim...lol...and if you continue to work them out, they'll actually slim down (lean out) more before growing bigger with muscle and you'll never look like a man! don't worry!

nice to see you biking! i want to get into that, but not this year. maybe next summer or fall.



legcramps - Monday Sep 11, 2017

Weight: 0.0

TUESDAY:

CALORIES:  1,650     MACROS:  48-40-12

 

WEDNESDAY:

CALORIES:  1,750     MACROS:  38-48-14

 

THURSDAY:

CALORIES:  1,750     MACROS:  31-58-11

 

FRIDAY:

CALORIES:  1,750     MACROS:  53-37-10

 

SATURDAY:

CALORIES:  1,700     MACROS:  48-37-15

TANDEM SKY DIVE!

BIKE - 30 minutes; distance unknown; testing out gravel bikes

 

SUNDAY:

CALORIES:  1,450     MACROS:  58-29-14

BIKE - 45 minutes; trails and residential streets

GYM - 45 minutes full body

 

So pretty well the whole workweek was one big rest day. My gym time with a friend was cancelled and of course, it's so much harder to go on your own than it is when you know you have to meet someone else there. And I got myself so worked up over sky diving on Saturday that I didn't even think about going for a ride on the bike at all. This is why we keep getting MONDAYS, so we can start fresh with another week :)  Besides, I was back at it yesterday with both a bike ride and a gym workout.

I made a crock pot of pork ribs yesterday for dinner, and I have lots of leftovers so that's what i'll be eating for dinners this week. So good, and a nice change from my usual eggs or chicken meals. Even tried some home grown corn on the cob, although it plays with my stomach a little but was so worth it - delicious!

I built up some wicked fear leading up to the tandem dive on Saturday, making the whole thing a little anti-climactic. I thought my fear of heights would be a lot more debilitating once I was up in the air, but it seriously wasn't. I loved it, and would do it again in a second.  Only the free fall part scared me, and that was only because it was so hard to breathe because we were falling so fast.  Once the parachute was pulled, it was just too much fun twirling around looking at the scenery.

horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2017:
Hiiii Legs!

How did you get into doing the Tandem Skydive!? Was it close to your home? Very cool. I’ve been wanting to do it but do not know if I really should risk my safety / risk injury right now..

Also, nice to see finally someone besides myself who goes to the gym and works the FULL body in once session. I love doing it this way because it means that I only need to show up at the gym 2x a week. It’s nice to know that right now I need only TWO DAYS at a gym (and I try for two days jogging which is not enough to turn me into a pro, but enough to keep me jogging which is enough for now and enough thru probably mid-October…after that, I may have to add another day (yuck) to my jogging to ensure I am ready for NYPD training in January….let me get back to your diary….

I actually start my exercise routine as per the calendar – Sunday is my start day. And calorie counting – I do weekly averages, I start on Saturday so that the weekend can be a splurge which can be lowered throughout the week – if need-be. But lately I am splurging…ugh…but tasty!

I noticed your two-in-one workout day. That’s cool. I generally don’t do it because it takes too much outta me…but that’s definitely a GREAT workout! I applaud you and just because I may not like it for me doesn’t mean it’s not freaking awesome for you. I have NO IDEA how I’m going to be a cop on foot and actually work out after….being on foot all day for me is a HUGE workout! I don’t do it now…it gets me sorta nervous to think of it…but I do know I’ll grow into the job….and it’ll only get EASIER. Just like the cleaning lady here, who works so hard all day and grew into it and I witnessed her body getting stronger, i’ll have to do it OBVIOUSLY! Mind over matter!

Go YOU on the crockpot. I really MUST delve into this one day….meals could be so delicious and last all week and just so healthy and simple to make. I’m nervous to start and don’t have a pot. One day. I have enough on my plate now and still don’t cook enough to now start with a pot! LOL.

Yes, that’s my feeling on the sky dive. The parachute part is fun but I’m afraid of the free fall. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


bearcountrygg on 09/11/2017:
OMG....Heights.....!


biscottibody59 on 09/12/2017:
Good to see you back!

My condolences to you on the loss of your father--seems that you were pretty close--moreso than your mom? I may be wrong.

Glad to see you living it up! Keep up the good work!



legcramps - Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Weight: 0.0

FRIDAY:

Total Calories -  1,475 MACROS 51-38-11 meh not bad, really struggling with getting enough protein lately.

No exercise - surprise rest day; watched tv with bf and then all of a sudden it was midnight.

SATURDAY:

Total Calories - 1,650 MACROS 31-55-15 yikes all that fat was from real bacon for breakfast but soooo goooood.

BIKE - 45 minutes on some terrifying trails all by myself; level of difficulty - HIGH.

GYM - 60 minutes push/pull workout, good intensity, great workout.

SUNDAY:

Total Calories - 1,465 MACROS 45-36-19 superb, practically perfect :)

WALK - 45 minutes on some more trails, listened to music, very relaxing.

BIKE - 60 minutes on terrifying trails with bf; level of difficulty - INTERMEDIATE. It pays to go the right way through the trails; the other way is just too darn difficult.

GYM - 60 minutes push/pull workout #2, another great workout.

MONDAY:

Total Calories - 1,600 MACROS 54-31-15 this is pretty good considering I had ice cream and fudge for dessert at the end of the day.

GYM - 60 minutes leg workout, lots of squats and lunges, complained through it all ;)

 

Great start to September; really hoping for some good results strength-wise. Will get my own key fob to the gym soon - so exciting!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2017:
Your calories are excellent, if you want to keep it low, just throw in a few egg whites ... that'll up your protein.

Tofu, assuming you can eat it, can also increase your protein.

or a greek yogurt?

Hey fat is not the worst thing for you. Sometimes it's good to eat some extra fat....your body will practically thank you :) haha...actually i never feel bad eating extra fat especially if it's bacon.

1600 is great calories if you were able to fit that ice cream and fudge in...only way i could fit ice cream and fudge into 1600 cals is with my lower calorie ice cream :)

legcramps on 09/05/2017:
Thanks! Great ideas... can't eat yogurt but the rest I could definitely try. I already add egg whites, but tofu is a great idea.

I enjoyed my bacon very much :)

Bf only seems to eat twice a day, so we had a late breakfast and then didn't have dinner until later on at night - probably not ideal, but it did let me eat 1/2 cup of ice cream and an oz of fudge so i'm good :)


horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2017:
The ice cream i currently enjoy is all the types that Enlightened makes. I used to like Halo Top but now a little sick of it bc I pigged out on the Halo Top Brand all the previous summer '16 thru the fall. lol. so this year, it's Enlightened, in slightly better moderation. I crave it for tonight!

legcramps on 09/05/2017:
I haven't tried either of these...but i've heard that Halo Top is very good.


horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2017:
I can't wait to hear of your strength gains as they come..

legcramps on 09/05/2017:
maybe i should do some before and after pics?


bearcountrygg on 09/05/2017:
Would love to see pic!


horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2017:
Halo top is pretty good, yes. Mint chip flavor is quite excellent and i enjoy the green tea flavor also.

yes def do before & after pics!


Donkey on 09/09/2017:
Ohhh bacon.... worth every bite... yummm....

Do take pictures! If for nothing else, for yourself to see your progress. Every time (LOL) I lose weight, I regret not having taken before pictures. The one time I did try to motivate myself with a "before" picture, I ended up gaining 35+ pounds...



legcramps - Friday Sep 01, 2017

Weight: 0.0

:)

WEDNESDAY:

Total CALORIES - 1,650; MACROS - 58-27-16 very very close to my goals - this is VERY good.

BIKE RIDE - 20km (12.5 miles); 46 minutes; FAST ride - lots of laughing with bf :)

THURSDAY:

Total CALORIES - 1,460; MACROS - 42-48-10 not enough protein :( a protein shake would have pumped this up to a good level, but wasn't hungry enough for that by the end of the night. Must work harder to stay AWARE of nutrition throughout the day!! Protein is VERY important!!

GYM - 50 minutes dumbbell workout #3 and finished it off with some rowing - got it up to 60lbs.

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Pretty good week so far; woke up this morning feeling a little under the weather. I haven't been sleeping well through this heat wave and this morning my stomach and back really hurt. Hoping this is going to pass before the weekend starts. Plan on spending it with bf and maybe getting out for a trail ride with the mountain bikes before it gets too cold for biking.

Have a great weekend!

horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2017:
I agree that protein is VERY important...when i don't get enough i tend to get bigger carb cravings and tend to want to overeat on those carbs! like a bad carb cycle of continuously wanting more and more...protein and veg have always helped me to curb that.


horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2017:
tired so will jog today and do gym (the longer routine by like over an hour longer than how long i jog for!) ...do gym when i'm more rested tomorrow!


bearcountrygg on 09/01/2017:
The heat gets to everyone.....fall is almost here YEAH!


Donkey on 09/02/2017:
Hope you feel better soon!



legcramps - Wednesday Aug 30, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Such nice comments from everyone, thanks so much :)

I went to a Guns 'N Roses concert over the weekend, so first day back in routine was yesterday. I kept thinking all morning it was Thursday, but it's only Wednesday... :( that is sad. Monday went to bf's place and mostly napped. Woke up so many times, bad sleep; he worked all night so didn't even see him all that much!

TUESDAY

Calories - 2035; I was craving all the sodium... I needed more protein, but got lots of good fibre!

GYM - dumbbell workout, 45 mins full body with 24lb-30lb weight, then maxed out at 70lb on prone row just to see how much I could lift :)

Spent the rest of the night bumming out on the couch.

Maybe a bike ride tonight with bf. Hope so, missing the bike and we have a heat wave right now so we need to take advantage of it!

bearcountrygg on 08/30/2017:
Nice workout routine. In the Midwest it's beginning to feel a bit like fall.


horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2017:
I am also planning to get back into biking next summer i think :) it's a good change from walking / jogging and i like that slightly different muscles will be worked!

Nice going to a concert fun! I always have a hard time getting up early for work on Mondays after a fun, active weekend!



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