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legcramps - Thursday Aug 06, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Wednesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, rice, chicken balls with sweet & sour sauce, corn on the cob. 1,565 calories.

Wednesday's exercise - powermill at gym, 45 minutes, burned 297 calories. 

I don't know what I am going to do for exercise tonight. I can't get back on the bike quite yet - TMI but my pelvic bone is quite sore from all the biking on the weekend and if I want to be able to bike again this weekend I need to give it as much rest as possible. Maybe i'll do another 10,000 step day instead.

I accidentally poured sour oat milk into my coffee this morning and drank half of it before I noticed the floaties, yuck. Dumped the rest and made myself a fresh cup once I got to work.

I was asked for an interview on one of the jobs I applied for, but there is no option to work from home and it is located 4 hours away. I'm not sure how the logistics of that would work - especially since it was only a temporary posting so I would have no plans to relocate permanently. But the phone interview I had went well, so it was good practice at least. I did end up declining an in-person interview.

Keep plugging along!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2020:
Yeah, i have never EVER had sour oat milk or almond milk! it must take a long time for it to go sour?

feel better and i support another 10k day as opposed to a bike ride.

yeah, a phone interview can serve as a practice interview for sure.

happy-1 on 08/06/2020:
I used to have to do that once in a while if I couldn't get a local gig. I'd look for rooms for rent on Craigslist as a commuter crashpad and go M-Th. Leave some clothes there. AirBnB is available now.

legcramps on 08/06/2020:
It's hard if I still have a mortgage to pay along with all the utility bills, but you're right - there would certainly be options!

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2020:
It was good practice...at least you have a job to keep you going for now...and aren't desperate at this point. Something will show up when it's supposed to.

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legcramps - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, leftover hot dogs, chicken balls, rice and corn on the cob, freezie, coke zero. 1,751 calories.

Tuesday's exercise - REST.

Finally, a true rest day. And after that whirlwind of a weekend, I needed it. It was nice to have the Civic Holiday on Monday to give me an extra day off.

Working a shift at the gym tonight; it would be nice to get in some strength stuff afterwards too. Will see what my energy levels are like. No take out tonight; I have plenty of food cooked at home that needs to be eaten by the weekend.

BF and I are trying to plan a bike vacation for a week in September. We want to go into the mountains and do some biking there, and also get some hikes in. We have some favorite places in the mountains i'd love to go visit as long as it isn't too busy with people. 


bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
Sounds like you are feeling better.....

legcramps on 08/06/2020:
For the most part, yes! I have made a doctor's appointment for some issues I seem to still be having, whether from my bike crash or maybe it's something else. But can't get in until Tuesday, so it will have to wait until then!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
just love it when food is home and there's no need to pick up takeout! i'm back to some home-cooked things myself...and more to come these couple weeks!!! it's all about back to home cooking over here these few weeks ahead :)

your plans for September sound awesome. I highly support those outtings! Cheering you on!

legcramps on 08/06/2020:
Thanks! :)

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legcramps - Tuesday Aug 04, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Friday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, ginger beef with rice, protein bar, chicken breast with rice and salad, slushie. 1,621 calories.

Friday's exercise - 10,000 steps walking during breaks at work.

Saturday's meals - bagel belt, coffee with almond milk, 1/2 order of burger and fries, Coke Zero, Doritos. 1,813 calories.

Saturday's exercise - mountain bike 33km, 3 hours, 30 minutes. 1,752 calories burned!

Sunday's meals - toast with pb and banana, coffee with milk, chicken burger and fries, Diet Pepsi, beaver tail, hot chocolate, cheese stick, pizza one slice. 2,392 calories!

Sunday's exercise - mountain bike 42.5km, 4 hours, 15 minutes. 2,569 calories burned!!

Monday's meals - toast with pb and banana, coffee with creamer, Doritos, cheese stick, leftover burger and fries, Coke Zero, hot dogs with salad, freezie. 1,931 calories.

Monday's exercise - downhill mountain bike, 12km, 1 hour, 45 minutes. 584 calories burned.

Eating over the last few days was certainly nothing to write home about, but it got me through some heavy workouts for sure! This morning I woke up with my period, so I am considering taking a rest day. And when I say rest this time, I mean doing as little as possible! I wanted a rest day on Friday too, but it added up to 10,000 steps so there wasn't really much resting going on.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Your posts are great. They always remind me of what I could be doing if I just tough it out.

bearcountrygg on 08/05/2020:
Good idea to take a rest day....

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
what happy said - you are a big motivator on this site for all of us!

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legcramps - Friday Jul 31, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Thursday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, chicken ceasar salad, freezie, nature valley bar, coke zero, rice, bell pepper, ginger beef, slushie :). 1,532 calories. 

Thursday's exercise - trail ride, 14 km, 55 minutes, 428 calories burned.

One more day of work and then off for a three-day weekend! And we are going away for the weekend, so even better :) We are heading about two hours east to a hiking/mtb trail system and we're spending two nights there. Hoping to get in a lot of biking and hiking, and maybe even a swim if i'm really lucky LOL. Now these are the weekends I look forward to - time outside being active!

The city started the demolition of our outdoor pool recently, so BF and I biked passed yesterday to see how it's going. They are coming along nicely, and the area looks huge now that it's all one big hole LOL. There's plenty of room for a large pool, so that's what i'm hoping for. I really can't wait to watch it progress into a beautiful new pool :)


bearcountrygg on 07/31/2020:
Lots of vacays......lucky you....don't let that bike throw you.... Show it who's boss!!!

grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
Sounds like a nice long weekend. Enjoy!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/31/2020:
not sure if you were thinking about it, but GINGER is a wonderful spice and considered one of the top spices for brain health! lol, so nice job on the GINGER BEEF!

enjoy being outside...once again i was fully inside today until the evening, now time for a bike ride :)

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legcramps - Thursday Jul 30, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Wednesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, layered salad, 1/2 protein cookie, ginger beef with rice, freezie. 1,593 calories.

Wednesday's exercise - 12,619 steps walking on breaks at work and then working at the gym.

I might need an extra coffee today. I just heard that some departments in the hospital ordered jackets with the hospital logo, and some departments were left out of the ordering. Our administration department was left out, and being left out always feels great doesn't it?! This has been done before, so I shouldn't be surprised, but a memo or an email would have been really nice.

If this is how it works here, maybe when i'm sending out information, I will leave out some departments also LOL!

BF is coming to visit tonight, so i'm going to make ginger beef for him with rice and veggies. I know it's the same thing I had yesterday for my take out day, but he is craving ginger beef and I have some frozen that I can make.

Not sure what the evening will bring. Maybe we'll get out for a gravel ride since his bike is here at the moment.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
lol on being left out, sorry! but two wrongs don't make a right lol! don't leave out any departments hahaha!

ginger beef sounds SO GOOD right now. had some skirt steak myself last night, it was tasty, but i didn't love it.

enjoy your ride this evening :)

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
Haha, I won't :)

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2020:
Can those of you that missed that order place an order of your own?

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
I'm checking into it; just found out where they ordered from so i'll give them a call and find out!

happy-1 on 07/30/2020:
OMG. I need to go find a recipe for ginger beef now.

Donkey on 07/31/2020:
That ginger beef sounds delicious!

No, it doesn't feel good to be left out, but when it happens at work, somehow it feels different than when it happens personally.

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
It stings a bit, but yeah it would probably hurt more in a more personal setting.

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legcramps - Wednesday Jul 29, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, turkey sandwich, protein bar, smoked pork loin, rice, freezie, pb and honey sandwich (again!ugh!). 2,183 calories.

Tuesday's exercise - trail ride, 1 hour 5 minutes, 14 km, burned 393 calories. 

I hadn't planned on riding yesterday. I wasn't going to do anything at all, actually. I took a nap after work and was pretty grumpy when I woke up from it; then BF called and kept cutting me off after asking what my plans for the evening were, which just made me more grumpy!

Eventually, I had to pick up a bike that we sent in to get fixed, and on my way home I got a message from a friend asking if I wanted to go for a trail ride with her. I said yes right away; getting these messages from my friends doesn't happen very often. I usually ride with BF or on my own, or with people who are many levels ahead of me in endurance which isn't always fun.

This ride was great. I never had to push it, so I was able to maintain a slower pace and ride gently. I also used my hybrid bike, which was not my mountain bike, and it rode quite well - I was impressed.

I bought it because I loved the colour :) Ignore the other two bike in the background. Yes, I have too many bikes.

Working a shift at the gym tonight, which means I get to have take out! Which is great because I don't have anything in the fridge.

grannyannie on 07/29/2020:
That's the same colour as my old bike. Nice long bike ride.

I haven't got any pb in the house - too dangerous! I love it with set honey. Soooooo good.

bearcountrygg on 07/29/2020:
I like that color too!

Donkey on 07/30/2020:
I was thinking, Oh I love that color, and then you wrote that you got the binge because of the color! It's quite catching, isn't it?

Glad you have a nice bike ride!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
Wow you've got a nice stash of bikes! My bike is ALSO that aqua/teal color!

happy-1 on 07/30/2020:
That picture just looks like pure happiness.

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legcramps - Tuesday Jul 28, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Monday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, pasta salad, hot dog, protein bar,  smoked pork loin, freezie, toast with pb and honey (stupid nighttime snacking). 2,201 calories.

Monday's exercise - hike 6km, 1 hour 15 minutes, burned 287 calories.

I rode my hybrid bike to work this morning. BF wants to do some biking this weekend, so I need to get back on a bike before then so that I can get comfortable riding the trails. They should be pretty tame and not much elevation, so it should work out ok. "should"

All my cuts and scrapes are starting to heal. I am still having some discomfort in my chest when I cough or sneeze, but hopefully that will be better by the weekend. I had no trouble holding onto the handlebars this morning, so there's no more muscle strain in my shoulder! Things are looking better, bit by bit, day by day.

I went hiking after work yesterday just to keep moving, but the trails here at home are pretty dull compared to other ones i've been on. They aren't as challenging and OMG the bugs are terrible! We must not spray anything for bugs in our parks. I think I got about three bites from horse flies - those suckers really dig in! And I was saturated with bug spray. Note to self - buy better bug spray.

I also picked up some RAID for wasps and hornets while I was uptown yesterday. We contemplated purchasing bear spray for a big hike we are planning on doing, but that stuff is not cheap. One of BF's friends is a hunter, and he suggested we try Raid instead. We're going to be hiking about 13km total, and camping in an area with reported recent bear activity. It's good to be prepared; hopefully we won't have to use it.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2020:
LOL...something must be going on with you in Canada and myself in NYC...i had a sandwich today of a nice, sweet, soft roll with honey and PB! i MUST buy this honey again...it's a high quality that i eat rarely. but it's really high quality and i never feel bad or guilty for having it bc of the "superpowers" of honey!

will you be able to bike if you are still having trouble breathing at times?

in terms of getting less bug bites, they sell soaps that are good also that you shower with and they leave scents that bugs are repelled to! i will be using such a soap before my next outdoors activity!

that's nice, long hike! 13k i know is equal to approx 8 miles! i am still learning to be ok with THREE mile walks. we have to start somewhere :)

go you! you rock!

legcramps on 07/29/2020:
Honey and pb are so good together LOL!

I went for a trail ride yesterday and it went OK. I will likely have to keep a slower pace than i'm used to, but it should work out alright.

I currently use a 'skin relief' body wash so that I don't break out. I used to get really bad hives from using scented products so I try not to use anything foreign to me. Then I just spray bug spray over top of my clothes.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
Hope your lungs are okay soon! Well done on the hike and bike.

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legcramps - Monday Jul 27, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Ok, well, it's been awhile but i'm back at work and that means i'm back on DD's!

Vacation was fine if you don't mind crashing your bike on the very first day and dealing with the fallout for the rest of your time off. 

Yes, you read that right. I crashed.

Which is not all THAT surprising, given the fact that i've fallen off my mountain bike a record number of times since i've owned it.

But this was a bad one.

Here is a picture of the offending bike (although, when I think about it, the offender was actually my poor abilities in downhill biking)...

Let me just say, the bike is fine. Nothing broke. Zero scratches even. It's fine.

I, on the other hand, am NOT fine. It took me DAYS to recover my lung capacity, and i'm still not even at 100% on that front, 10 days later. Although I did not go to hospital, i'm fairly certain I bruised my sternum, my right collarbone, my stomach organ where I hit the handlebars, and my left kneecap which just feels WRONG. Aside from that, I also managed to completely MANGLE my right shoulder, elbow, forearm with skid marks that will take weeks to fully heal. I'm missing LAYERS of skin from my stomach, chest, and left elbow.

Frankly, i'm a mess.

And to make matters even worse, you know what I have to do now, right?

I have to get back on that bike.

bearcountrygg on 07/27/2020:
That sounds awfully painful!!! ((HUGS)) Yup...get back on that horse that threw ya!!

grannyannie on 07/27/2020:
Ouch! Glad you weren't badly hurt.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/27/2020:
i'm so sorry to hear you fell off! Umm, if your lungs are in any pain, do you think you need to get yourself checked out?

That bike looks NICE! love those tires and the color of the bike.

legcramps on 07/28/2020:
There's not much they can do if my ribs or are bruised or cracked, or even if they're broken...I would have to wait it out anyways, so I might as well just do that. I'm sure nothing is broken! Now it just hurts a bit when I cough or laugh, or sneeze LOL. But I appreciate the concern :)

Also, yes, it's a beautiful bike!

legcramps - Friday Jul 17, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Thursday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, portion of hello fresh meal, pretzels, portion of hello fresh meal, rice and shaved steak. 1,553 calories.

I guess i'm saving calories for tonight's chili and beans (ha-ha).

Thursday's exercise - went to the gym with BF - biked 3-ish miles, then 45 minute total body workout. Burned 386 calories.

Of course, when I checked my front bike tire this morning, it was flat as a board. And I don't happen to have an extra tube for it. Hopefully it is just from the heat because it's been sitting in my vehicle for three days. Anyways, i'll have to look for an extra tube. Maybe the resort where the bike trails are will have some in stock.

I'll leave you with the Hello Fresh meal we made last night. Actually, BF's daughter did most of the work and did a great job. Summer Tomato Bruschetta Bowl!

The bocconcini cheese on top was so delicious! We enjoyed this dish, but again I only had a small portion of it because it was high in calories. I guess I could have had a little more though, looking at my total calories now. Hindsight. There was couscous underneath what you see in the picture :)

grannyannie on 07/17/2020:
Good workout! Healthy looking meals.

bearcountrygg on 07/17/2020:
That does look good! Boo on the flat tire.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/17/2020:
that meal looks fabulous! i love it!!

i just ordered new bike tires, not tubes, from amazon and they came today...they are SO NICE! (road tires but have some nice grooves in them for traction!)

Thinkpositive on 07/18/2020:
Meal looks delicious.

Donkey on 07/18/2020:
Oh my that looks delicious!!! Thank you for sharing the photo!

Maria7 on 07/20/2020:
That looks real good!

legcramps - Thursday Jul 16, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Tuesday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, hello fresh greek chicken souvlaki, 1/2 snickers protein bar, wok box teriyaki vegan chicken with rice and veggies. 1,598 calories.

Ugh, what happened to my consistency with calories?! I was so worked up about how many calories would be in the wok box meal that I darn nearly starved myself through the day ;) OK, moving on. Whatever.

Tuesday's exercise - I worked a shift at the gym last night, so I didn't get any other exercise in, BUT I did manage to get 10,000 steps in! So THAT IS ENOUGH.

After work today i'm heading to BF's with a lot of our camping supplies so that he can pack them into the van. That way I won't have to travel back home after my overnight camp trip on Friday; I can just drive back to his place instead.

So i'll be packing like crazy after work today, and then hopefully BF and I will do something exercise-y once I get there :)

I tell you, I haven't been this excited about something in months; it is almost overwhelming. I can't wait to try out those mountain bike trails, and I can't wait to finish the night off tenting near a fire and eating chili and beans for supper LOL. Friday just can't come soon enough. I really hope it doesn't rain!

Here's that picture of the downed trees near the pool... the pool was not full of water, they were doing some renovations this year so it has been closed. Now they have a lot more renovations to do...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
10,000 steps is so awesome....it's been too long for me since i did that!!! :(

that pic is so torturous to look at, LOL!

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
Oh, that pool is heartbreaking! Enjoy your camping. I'd love to go somewhere!

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2020:
Camping sounds like fun!

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
Oh how wonderful for you to have something like this trip to lik forward to!

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