- Wednesday May 28, 2014
A quick summary of the last two weeks:
Started yardwork; took some time off work; visited family; went to a bbq; went to a concert; did a 10 mile bike ride in just under an hour; did some yoga; did some pilates; walked; jogged.
My shin splints started acting up again so I've relegated myself to the bike for now. My next physio appointment is Monday so hopefully she will be able to relieve some of the pain. I was pretty disappointed in this result since I hadn't overdone anything - I simply had a three-week break from physio. I am also having trouble with my achilles tendon, which is really starting to bother me. I am going to stop talking about this now because it's just upsetting me.
I've got lots going on this week - today i'm biking home from work and then I need to start digging up the garden. I am also doing some perennial planting; hopefully all this will be done before 6:30 when I have slopitch. Then tomorrow I want to get patio blocks and a fire pit and start building myself a pit in the backyard. I will probably need to do more digging before I can actually put the patio blocks down. Tomorrow night is the first baseball game of the season as well. Then Friday and over the weekend I need to continue on with yardwork and building the fire pit, and then I want to plant some grass around the pit, set up a new garden hose, put some trellaces in the front, blah blah blah. It's overwhelming. Did you read all of that? Good for you, you're a real trooper! Want to do it all for me?
I also want to get in a 15 mile bike ride this weekend, and get some more yoga and pilates in.
Seems exhausting, but i'll just take it one thing at a time and see what I can get done.
Foods have been so-so: Chicken, rices, veggies, made some bison burgers one day for dinner, spaghetti with chicken. Some not-so-greats were frozen yogurt (chocolate), two snickers bars in one sitting, and potato chips. It's sort of been a free-for-all lately, but it certainly could have been a lot worse!
- Friday May 16, 2014
Got a text yesterday from a friend that wanted to do a quick 9 holes of golf, so I headed out to the country club right after biking home from work and quickly getting changed. We did 9 beautiful holes and I was pretty tuckered by the end of it; seems like I need more upper body strength so I might have to start doing yoga a little more often. I was a little jealous of my friend, who is a really good golfer; I always feel jealous when I golf with him.
Anyways, when I got home again afterwards, I didn't feel like having dinner yet and it was so nice outside that I really wanted to spend more time out there. Because two hours of golf is not nearly enough ;) So I texted a friend to see if she wanted to get in a bike ride, even though i'd already biked to and from work. I just couldn't sit still yesterday! She agreed, and we ended up doing our longest ride yet! 1 hour and 50 minutes, and just over 14 miles. It was very leisurely, but we're not racers so it worked for us.
I am just waiting for DOMS to set in; should be here any time now.
Eats - coffee; lunch at work was special - chicken, dips, veggies, fruit, and a cheesecake tart for dessert; oatmeal with 1/2 an apple; roasted chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cooked veggies for dinner. Then a bath, and to bed I went. Great day!
- Thursday May 15, 2014
Got a 6 mile bike ride in after work yesterday, and then kicked it on the couch for awhile and finally caught up on all my PVR'd shows.
Eats - coffee, layered salad for lunch, oatmeal in the afternoon with 1/2 an apple, roasted chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cooked veggies for dinner.
I wanted ice cream in the worst way yesterday (I have a sore throat AND it's that time of the month, so i'm a bit of a baby right now), but managed to work through the craving. Maybe this weekend i'll get some frozen yogurt instead if i'm still craving the cold stuff.
- Wednesday May 14, 2014
A Day in the Life
Bike Ride - 30 minutes
Walk/Jog - 30 minutes
Stretching & Yoga - 15 minutes
physio exercises - kneeling, heel raises, etc.
Coffee with creamer x 2
Chef's salad, creamy ranch dressing
Oatmeal, almond milk, 1/2 apple
Roasted chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables
Multigrain toast with margarine and boiled egg x 2
4 litres water
Looked at yard and felt overwhelmed by the work
Went to friends for coffee & a visit
Was propositioned by a man 12 years my senior
Got excited about possibility of golfing this weekend
Finished reading Omens by Kelly Armstrong
- Tuesday May 13, 2014
I was feeling sickly all day yesterday; didn't seem to matter what I ate or did. I was tempted to head home from work, but managed to get through the day. And then after work I was still in a bad mood, so I took the long way home and biked for half an hour. I incorporated some fast sections in order to vent whatever was making me feel so frustrated. It worked!
I went home afterwards, changed, got groceries, and cooked a nice meal for myself. I feel a lot better today, although I think I was right in that i'm getting a cold because my throat is still pretty sore today.
Not much going on; a work meeting in the afternoon and then home sweet home, where I have some delicious leftovers waiting for me. I biked to work, so will bike home as well and even if I do nothing else, i'll have at least done some exercise today.
I can't wait for this week to be over! I have the next one off and will be visiting family and going to a concert. I need this break :)
- Monday May 12, 2014
I've been true to my word and deliberately slacked off on the exercise over the weekend to try and help my knee and my achilles heal a bit.
Friday - Bike to work; walk to dinner out with friends. I ordered the stuffed chicken and when it came, the plate was swimming in oil! Not a pleasant surprise. Took the long way home afterwards and everything (i.e. shin splints, knee, and achilles) seemed to stay in place and not give me any grief!
Saturday - I woke up tired and the day was just downhill from there! The only good thing that happened was an hour and a half of yoga. And all the napping.
Sunday - Just blah! What the heck? I forced myself up to get some work done around the house, but honestly my mood from the day before just rolled on over into Sunday. And I ate, like, EVERYTHING I could possibly fit in my mouth. It was horrible, and on top of that I had to force myself to be upbeat because it was mother's day and we had dinner at Grandma's. Trying to be happy when you're most certainly not is incredibly difficult to do. Just saying.
It feels like i'm getting a cold (sore throat, stuffy nose), but just everything and everyone around me is completely TICKING ME OFF.
Yes. This is what happens when I can't exercise, people. I am a nutcase and should have really just stayed in bed today.
- Friday May 09, 2014
I had my physiotherapy appointment yesterday, and she worked on the calf muscles of my right leg. Other than that, my achilles tendon is slightly strained so I need to baby it for a few days. And yesterday after I got home and was walking on the treadmill in the evening, I noticed some straining behind my left knee.
I will need to take it easy for the rest of the week and hopefully some of those strains and aches will go away. Time will tell!
I've been biking to work for the last two days, and even though it's a bit of an adjustment in terms of what I can pack into my bag to take with me to work, it's been really nice to ride to work, at a leisurely pace, in the morning air. I kind of love it! And it's much easier on me than walking is.
Today I have two meals being eaten out; a lunchtime tea and a birthday dinner. Need to make good choices! Happy Friday everyone :)
- Thursday May 08, 2014
When I left work yesterday after my shift, the sun was shining and it was beautiful out. So I sent a quick text to my biking buddy, and we went out for a quick 30 minute ride. It's funny that now I think of half an hour as a 'quick' jaunt.
Got home and hopped on the treadmill for another half an hour. I opted out of jogging because my knee has been acting up ever since I tried to hop on just one foot (a physiotherapy exercise), so I need to give it time to re-adjust itself before I try jogging again. I'm ok with this. Slow and steady wins the race!
I have physiotherapy after work today and aside from troubles with my knee, everything else seems to be going well. After today, I have almost a month until my next therapy appointment, so I have to take it easy and make sure i'm not doing too much between now and then. That will be hard to do after this last week where i've been trying to push it everyday, but a rest will do me good. I've been feeling exhausted pretty much everyday this week and I have to get a start on the yardwork anyways.
Started my day with the usual breakfast of toast and coffee, will grab a salad or sandwich for lunch, oatmeal as an afternoon snack, and my regular dinner of chicken, rice and cooked vegetables. Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!
- Wednesday May 07, 2014
Yesterday I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning and check-up. Traumatic. So when I was all done with that, I thought i'd treat myself to a special, carb-filled lunch before heading back to work.
Unfortunately, there was absolutely no protein in my delicious, carb-filled lunch, and it was a busy day at work, so by the end of my shift I was practically falling asleep standing up, but with no time to pop some protein.
Yesterday I also came to the realization that I need to back off on some of the physio exercises that were given to me. Like one-footed hopping. Just not ready for that yet.
The weather has been wet and rainy lately, so I haven't been getting in any bike rides, which pisses me off. So I did my usual 30 minute walk on the treadmill, but darn that treadmill is getting B.O.R.I.N.G.
- Tuesday May 06, 2014
Active rest day yesterday - physio exercises, stretching, walked 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Maybe ate a little more than I needed to. Nah, scratch that, I was hungry.
Dental appointment today to get my teeth cleaned and a checkup done. Then I hope to do something active after work; tomorrow I want to try jogging again. Two more days to my next physio appointment, and I want to test myself as much as possible before then!
One day at a time though, so today my goal is to get out for a bike ride and a walk - sort of a double workout. Just half an hour for each exercise.