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legcramps - Monday Apr 19, 2021

Weight: 0.0

April 12 - 75 Hard starts; yoga and shovel; burned 253 calories

April 13 - bike and shovel; burned 357 calories

April 14 - circuit workout and walk; burned 329 calories

April 15 - bike and walk; burned 562 calories

April 16 - walk and strength workout; burned 585 calories

April 17 - walk, bike and yoga; burned 265 calories

April 18 - yoga, gym workout and walk; burned 914 calories

75 day challenge is no joke! But i'm pacing myself and doing a lot of yoga and walking in there so that hopefully I won't get burned out.

Two more weeks at my current job and then the new one takes over; getting excited! (and still terrified). Orientating the newbie to my position this week, so it will be a busy one.

Have a great week everyone!

horn_of_plenty on 04/19/2021:
Hi Legs,

great workouts on your days above!

You know, i never knew if/when you'd get another job bc it's been such a long time coming.

I am so, so, happy for you and this new job...you will def be OK. it takes time to adjust, but less than you'd think.

have a wonderful week!

Jacky82020 on 04/19/2021:
Great workout! How is the new manager job going?

Donkey on 04/20/2021:
Way to go on the Hero challenge!!!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Happy for you over your new job. I know you will do very well!

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legcramps - Monday Apr 12, 2021

Weight: 0.0

April 6 - REST

April 7 - WALK; burned unknown calories

April 8 - WALK; BIKE; burned 739 calories

April 9 -  WALK; burned unknown calories

April 10 - BIKE; burned 2,108 calories 

April 11 - REST

I didn't wear my heart rate monitor on my walks last week; they were quick, 20 minute walks while taking a break from work. But i'm counting them as exercise because they were, LOL, my co-worker walks so fast I can barely keep up to her!

Big bike ride on April 10th where I managed 65 kilometres on gravel roads. I cried a little bit on this one. No, really, I did. And then I got over myself and kept going. Until the last few kilometres, where I begged my BF to come back with a vehicle to pick me up! (He did, bless his soul). By that point, I was probably doing more walking than biking.

I slathered myself with all the lotion the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday, and i'm feeling pretty good today. Not like last time at all, thank goodness!

Today I am starting the 75 HARD challenge. You can google it if you want more information. I just purchased the software app for my phone and will do it that way. It's very straightforward - you do five things each day for 75 days. Not easy, busy definitely straightforward. 1 - Complete two 45 minute workouts, one has to be done outside. 2 - Drink a gallon of water. 3 - Pick a diet, any diet. 4 - No cheating, no alcohol. 5 - Read 10 pages of a book (preferably motivational).

This morning I did 45 minutes of yoga. I never get a feeling of accomplishment after doing yoga; I don't burn any real calories, but yet I feel like i'm working so hard! LOL, anyways, it did feel nice to wake up by stretching my body, and it was a beginner class that I found on You Tube and worked perfectly for me.

Second workout will likely be shovelling snow after work. It started snowing early Sunday morning and hasn't really stopped since.

KathyBlue on 04/13/2021:
I think the feeling of accomplishment after yoga should be some kind of refreshing feeling, body should feel more flexible or something like that. Not exactly muscle soreness but some kind of overall well being feeling. 75 HARD is the name of the challenge? I also have two apps on my phone for exercise, one is Asana Rebel and the other is the downward dog series which i don't recall the exact name but they both look awesome. I have them since Feb and haven't done a single workout program from them ever since because I would need to sit down and study them first and I just can't get that kind of peace of mind + patience to actually do that, lol!

legcramps on 04/13/2021:
Yes, 75 HARD. This morning when I woke up I didn't know how I was going to get in a morning workout. And then, I just did it. The point of the challenge is to prove to ourselves that we can accomplish all kinds of things if we just put our mind to it. Or, stop thinking and just DO it LOL!

Donkey on 04/13/2021:
I agree with your assessment of yoga. Minimal calories, no steps (very few, if you're counting steps). I know that you know that there are other benefits to doing yoga. It's just a different mindset. Good for you!

legcramps on 04/13/2021:
Yes, absolutely! Yoga has always been a sort of nemesis; I know the benefits but am very much a "see the results" type of person. If I could "feel the results", yoga would be something I would do way more often, as it elicits such a feeling of peace and goodwill!

Jacky82020 on 04/13/2021:
Will google your challenge. Sounds too hard for me, LOL.

legcramps on 04/13/2021:
Nothing is too hard for you!

Jacky82020 on 04/13/2021:
Awe.... you’re so sweet!

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2021:
LOL. i once also went on a few walks with one woman i know who walked too fast for me! ugh. the struggle. it was so embarassing....and she's a smoker, but i think quit once she got pregnant!

that bike ride sounds so painful, i'm guessing lots of jumps and bumping along while riding!

Donkey on 04/14/2021:
I tried doing the HERO plan last Fall. I have a FB "friend" who has always been fighting her weight. She continually fails at weight loss. She became a certified personal trainer, but still laments her weight.

She gathered up a group of FB friends and we were all doing it for a couple of weeks. Then she fell off the wagon, and declared that we'd be starting the 75 days over again. OK, we were all on board.

A couple of weeks later, she lamented that the 2nd workout was really stressing her out, and she would not be doing the HERO challenge any more. We could continue, as a group, and she would cheer us on, but believe me, we all dropped out very quickly.

I've learned not to take her too seriously.

legcramps on 04/19/2021:
LOL, too funny. I am much more of a "finish what you start" mentality.

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2021:
Have you started your new job yet?

legcramps on 04/19/2021:
Two more weeks!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 06, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 29 - REST

March 30 - worked over 12 hours today; last gym shift!

March 31 - walk; burned 295 calories

April 1 - walk; burned 301 calories

April 2 - travelled 10 hours today to pick up BF's daughter for the weekend

April 3 - hike; burned 340 calories

April 4 - bike; burned 726 calories

April 5 - walk; burned 479 calories

A lot of walking done last week; it is still a bit too wet and muddy to hike, and a little too windy and cold to bike. My body is telling me today should be a rest day. 

Well, I have some news! One of the recent interviews I was invited to participate in has payed off, and i've been offered a promotion into management! It will include a longer commute than the current 5 minutes it takes me to get to work ;) and a completely new environment full of all kinds of challenges.

If all goes according to plan, new job will begin in May and I will become incredibly busy trying to figure it all out. I am a little concerned that the scope of the job will be too much too soon, but there are kind people around me who think I have the stuff required to get the job done. So for now, I will choose to believe that they believe in me, and try to stop jumping on the imposter syndrome bandwagon.

In the end, it will be what it will be. At least I won't regret not trying, and if it doesn't work out then, that's okay, i'll figure it out. I have faith that I can take a risk and be strong enough to handle the outcome, whatever it might be. 

I guess ending my weekly shifts at the gym was pretty good timing, huh?!

bearcountrygg on 04/06/2021:
Congratulations on the new management promotion!!! You are such a hard worker that I'm sure you will will do great!!! Looks like wonderful things ahead for you!

legcramps on 04/06/2021:
Thank you so much! I'm excited!!

Jacky82020 on 04/06/2021:
Congrats! You’ll do great!!!!

legcramps on 04/08/2021:
Thank you!

Maria7 on 04/06/2021:
Congratulations to you!!! So HAPPY for you! I believe it will work out wonderfully. You will learn it as you go. When I was working (retired now), I had a lot of on the job training for different positions I held and new friends to help me learn what I needed to know. Before long, it was all 'old school' to me. When they picked you, they picked a WINNER for real!!!

legcramps on 04/08/2021:
Thanks Maria :) I hope it works out, and you're right - I will learn more as I go!

Donkey on 04/07/2021:
Congratulations!!! There's a learning curve with every new endeavor, and people know that.

I guess it IS a good thing that your stint at the gym ended. Sounds like the stars are lining up for you. And it's not like it's gone or lost forever. You'll have that experience and education with you always. Who knows how life might circle back.

legcramps on 04/08/2021:
You're right, I will always have my fitness knowledge and as long as I keep up my continuing education I will never lose it. Thank you!

Maria7 on 04/08/2021:
Hope you are having a good day!

horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2021:
what does it mean when you wrote in your schedule "Last Gym Shift!"

I can relate to your body telling you to rest. I am getting better myself at knowing when to give myself a breather. It's good to rest after a lot of exertion. you will grow your strength.

In terms of nerves and what a new job entails, that is exactly what made me anxious about this new job (i've had it only just over 3 months). I will tell you, by a couple months in, you will feel good about it.

Congratulations! You were hoping for this for a long time. I know you will do well, Legs!

legcramps on 04/09/2021:
I worked my last shift at the gym at the end of March; no more gym shifts for me, so that I can focus on doing well in my new job!

KathyBlue on 04/10/2021:
Wow good job on those walks and biking, sounds intense! The body needs rest too, agree. Recovery also burns calories and all the balance we keep between workouts and rest, plus the conscious healthy eating will help shaping the body with muscles and hydration.

legcramps - Monday Mar 29, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 22 - rest

March 23 - worked over 12 hours; gym shift

March 24 - worked over 10 hours; evening meeting

March 25 - rest

March 26 - walk 1.5 hours; burned unknown calories

March 27 - dentist appointment; rest

March 28 - bike ride; burned 688 calories

I had a strange week last week; things were a bit chaotic in certain areas of my life and it led to me being pretty exhausted mentally and emotionally (not necessary in a bad way!). I took the time to rest this week and will hopefully be able to make it up over the next couple of weeks.

I have one more shift at the gym tomorrow evening. I'll sure miss everyone, but it is definitely for the best.

The transition to outdoor biking has been sporadic; the weather has been all over the place here - one day it's 14 degrees celsius and the next it's minus 7 and blizzarding. Yesterday it was warm, about 7 above (celsius), but the wind was brutal. It was so hard to catch my breath when cycling into the wind that I had numerous stops just to take a minute to breathe. We have been sticking to paved and gravel roads so I still haven't been out on the trails yet. If they are still too wet, bikes would rip them up and then no one would be able to enjoy them. But I am looking forward to being out on them as soon as possible.

I know I have been down to about one post per week here; i'm also trying to comment on everyone else's entries. I haven't had a lot of time lately. I'm not sure if that will change, but will continue to try to keep coming on at least weekly!

Prepped meals again yesterday; we made another batch of chicken stir fry for the coming week, and mangoes were on sale again so picked up more of those for snacks.

For supper yesterday I tried gluten-free macaroni, with hamburger meat and cooked green beans. Seemed to go over "okay", but i'll have it again for lunch today and then i'll know for sure if it makes my afternoon miserable LOL. I didn't try anything else new this weekend. I was feeling exhausted from the workweek and didn't want to possibly feel even worse physically, but I did pick up some gluten-free pretzel bites which I will try sometime this week. I still need to try tomatoes also; if tomatoes are okay that will open up a lot more possibilities for food choices. So I might try that this week as well.

Maria7 on 03/29/2021:
Chicken stir fry sounds very good, also macaroni withe hamburger meat and green beans. Glad you are finding what is agreeable with you. Hope the tomatoes work out well for you, too.

bearcountrygg on 03/29/2021:
Nice to hear that you are finding some things that agree with you...I'm sure you are ready to leave those old belly aches behind!!!

horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2021:
that's cool you dehydrate the mangoes yourselves! ...

we've had a lot of temp ups and downs too...it's still early for outdoor bike training and i'm sure the transition will smooth over soon, i hope!

stir fries are so healthy...great way to include veggies.

that's true...tomatoes / tomato sauce is in a lot of food!

Donkey on 03/31/2021:
It's so nice to hear about your outdoor biking adventures!

legcramps - Monday Mar 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 15 - REST

March 16 - worked over 11 hours today; gym shift

March 17 - bike; burned 310 calories

March 18 - walk, bike, and strength workout; burned 1,061 calories

March 19 - gym workout and bike; burned 936 calories

March 20 - gym workout and walk; burned 737 calories

March 21 - walk; burned 165 calories

Another pretty big week of activity in the books. I sure felt it yesterday when all I could muster was a brisk walk, and even that felt difficult!

I was on the bike three days in a row, and I paid for it on Saturday. It will be TMI for you, so I won't go into it, but suffice to say I had to take a break from the cycling. Washboard gravel roads are not easy to travel on.

Two more shifts at the gym - the countdown is on :)

I could have tried to fit in another strength session this week, but instead I decided to focus on meal prep. I made a big batch of stir fry with chicken for the week, and dehydrated some mangoes to have as snacks.

I have been finding gluten-free options in the local grocery stores. This week I tried gluten-free pasta with beef meatballs, gluten-free sub sandwich with chicken and veggies, and turkey stir fry with gluten-free pad thai sauce. One night I also tried homemade deep-fried potatoes, and the next morning was not a fun one. Really, I knew it would happen, but wanted to try them anyways.

This week, i've decided to start a concerted effort to lose 10 pounds. Grabbed BF's scale from his house (I don't have one) and will do some regular check-ins over the next few months. End result is that cycling will not feel as sluggish as it currently does if I am 10 pounds lighter :)

Jacky82020 on 03/22/2021:
I can’t imagine life without a scale. Really like my Fitbit one. Goes to app on the iPad.

I did see one of the heart monitors you mentioned & yes seems available for gyms only.

The husband said the one he bought for the pricey spinner is specific to that bike and was an uncomfortable chest strap. He had a few arm bands, that he didn’t like either, Rhythm. I’m looking into the alternative you mentioned. Thanks again.

Maria7 on 03/22/2021:
Re: Losing 10 pounds....You can do this!

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2021:
I'm happy to hear that your work at the gym is ending.........you sound like you need a little more me TIME!!!! Sounds like you have gotten to the bottom of your food sensitivities.....and that's a good thing!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2021:
i can relate to your brisk walk being difficult as i'm having the same issue here. my left leg, the problem leg/ankle is once again sore and all i can do is walk slowly! UGH!

lol sorry your "nether regions" are suffering soreness, but i'm glad it's from good exercise :)

instead of snacking on dehydrating mangoes, if you can find the unsweetened snack size bags of jackfruit online, 105 calories each bag, they have like half the cals of dehydrated mangoes...less sugar i mean....let me know if you are interested, i can send you a link.

legcramps on 03/25/2021:
The mangoes have been going on sale here from week to week, and we dehydrate them ourselves. I don't like buying prepackaged dried fruit since I have been experiencing so many food intolerances! Dehydrating it ourselves seems to work out well for me.

Also - I am okay with the natural levels of sugar in the mangoes as I don't actually eat a lot at any one time. But I appreciate your suggestion and if you want to send me the link anyways I could check the ingredient list!

Donkey on 03/24/2021:
I really do admire you! I love the ease at which you decide to buckle down and lose 10 pounds. I have been trying to lose 10 pounds since last June? With absolutely NO success.

I am confident that you will be able to succeed at your goal.

Recently, we've discovered that my husband has indicators of Celiacs disease, so he's having fun looking into all the alternative gluten-free foods he can eat.

Did you complete your certification in nutrition? There was a question I wanted to ask you -- which I can no longer remember (!) -- but my question had me wondering about where you were at in your coursework.

legcramps on 03/25/2021:
Not yet; i'm getting there, but it's been slow going. Thank goodness I have lots of time still to finish it.

Also - saying I want to lose 10 pounds is one thing. Doing it is another :) :) :)

Maria7 on 03/24/2021:
That is good that you are finding what you need in the grocery stores.

legcramps - Monday Mar 15, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 8 - bike ride; burned 319 calories

March 9 - shovel snow; burned unknown calories

March 10 -  worked over 11 hours today

March 11 - bike ride; burned 642 calories

March 12 - REST

March 13 - walk; burned 195 calories

March 14 - bike ride; burned 795 calories

Big week of riding, two indoor rides on the trainer and one outside that was very, very muddy LOL. Lots of fun.

Another job interview set up for tomorrow morning. Not too sure how I feel about the job itself, but will see how the interview goes.

So tonight will be research and studying for interview tomorrow, tomorrow night I work at the gym, and Wednesday night might be a bike ride with friends. Thursday morning I have another therapy appointment and i'm off work that day and on Friday, yippee! Four days off this week.

On my days off, I have been naturally waking up just before 7:00 a.m. since the sunrise has been happening earlier this last week. It has been nice to wake up feeling happy and refreshed as compared to my winter wake ups where I need the therapy light to help me get out of bed. I am just so grateful for the changing of the season.

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Me, too. Loving that Spring is coming in! We are getting lots of flowering trees blooming over here and also some flowers and bushes blooming, too.

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2021:
I think most of us are ready for some nicer weather...your muddy bike ride looked challenging!! You sure burn a lot of calories on your bike......GREAT JOB!!!

Donkey on 03/16/2021:
Good luck with the job interview!

I am not faring as well, this year, with the time change. You are quite fortunate. Good sleep is everything.

innerpeace on 03/16/2021:
Good luck on your job interview!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2021:
keep preparing and readying yourself for interviews...then you'll be ready whenever you have to be, it also keeps you on your toes.

legcramps - Monday Mar 08, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 1 - REST

March 2 - gym shift, worked over 11 hours

March 3 - evening meeting, worked over 11 hours 

March 4 - REST

March 5 - day off; hike and strength workout; burned 902 calories

March 6 - hike; burned 655 calories

March 7 - REST

Had planned to do more yesterday than rest, but by the time we got all the laundry, cooking, cleaning, yardwork and general watching of tv done, it was 9:00 p.m. Where does the time go?!

I'm extra tired today after a night of little sleep. I even caught myself dreaming that I wasn't able to sleep. Feels like I have been holding my eyes open with toothpicks all night.

Last week was another low week of exercise. Work is just taking over, and it's been difficult to find motivation. Having days off really helps, but the days that I work I am just too wiped to do much else.

Four more gym shifts this month and then I have decided to put coaching on the back-burner. I need a break from constantly having to pretend everything is ok in the world.

What a bummer of a post! I'm not really that bummed... just listening to my body and soul and trying to give it what it needs. Sometimes we just have to keep doggy-paddling to stay afloat. It always gets better eventually.

grannyannie on 03/08/2021:
Hope things look up soon!

Jacky82020 on 03/08/2021:
Wow, looks to me like you’re burning up those calories! Didn’t you say you have some kind of heart monitor? We have one for the spinner. Not sure, but think it’s specific to the bike. Never use it.

bearcountrygg on 03/08/2021:
I agree give your body what it needs...sometimes we just have to let some things go for our own good.

Maria7 on 03/08/2021:
Hang in there!

Donkey on 03/08/2021:
I had to chuckle about this being a bummer post. I know what you mean, but I don't see it that way either. Like you said, you're just listening to your body and giving the soul what it needs. (Loved your wording on that, by the way!)

horn_of_plenty on 03/10/2021:
i guess sleep / feeling tired was VERY MUCH on your mind for you to dream it! i hope you feel better.

i am also having a very tired day today and since i was on my feet a lot, photocopying, i plan to just go home and sleep very early tonight (no exercise plans at all...just rest)....it's almost TOM and my hormones are beyond whacked this month.

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
I love your last line you wrote about sometimes we just have to doggy-paddle to keep afloat. So true. Hope you are having a good day. Take care.

legcramps - Monday Mar 01, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 22 - evening meeting; worked over 12 hours today.

February 23 - evening shift at the gym; worked over 12 hours today.

February 24 - hike and bike ride; burned 1,163 calories.

February 25 - REST

February 26 - REST

February 27 - bike ride and hike; burned 715 calories.

February 28 - snowshoe; burned 895 calories.

The first part of last week was so busy, I was burned out by Thursday and then my plans changed on Friday so I didn't get anything done that night either.

On the NO EAT list:  apples, pears, hot dogs, egg yolks, carrots, cauliflower, peanuts, peanut butter, and now possibly pasta.

One of the foods I wanted to try this weekend was pasta, so I made macaroni last night for supper. All I can say is it's been a rough morning so far and if the pasta is the culprit, it will be a rough afternoon as well. In fact, I might just go home soon. I woke up with a piercing headache this morning and just not feeling great, then had a bathroom incident which was not awesome but it happens. Then I had to drive home and I spent the entire time cringing from stomach cramps and it almost felt like I was in the midst of a gallbladder attack or something. Then of course, as soon as I got to work I had to hit the bathroom again. I just feel awful! Thankfully there's not much going on at work today so it should be fine for me to go home for part of it.

Plan for the week:

Monday - rest

Tuesday - gym shift

Wednesday - evening meeting

Thursday - gym workout

Friday - took the workday off; possibly hike if it's nice out

Ok, that's all i've got for today. I am just not feeling it!

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2021:
WOW...wheat allergy? They do make lentil and rice pastas...........You are finding out a lot....I feel bad for your rough day....Wondering if it's allergy or IBS......crohns...

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
I'm leaning more towards IBS which is what a specialist suggested to me after a colonoscopy awhile back.

grannyannie on 03/01/2021:
You've probably said before but have you been tested for celiacs?

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
I believe so. I can handle a certain amount of grains though, so I don't think it is celiac but rather IBS.

Jacky82020 on 03/01/2021:
What an ordeal! You poor kid,

Donkey on 03/02/2021:
Oh my, I'm so sorry. My husband has been struggling with his GI issues for 3 weeks now. It is overwhelming and all-consuming. I don't know but it sounds to me like more investigation is needed. You can't be living like this.

Maybe return to the elimination diet basics? To reset your system?

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
Yes, every time I get sick, I have to reset my diet. So trying "new" foods has almost become a frightening ordeal.

horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2021:
was there cheese in your pasta or is it a gluten thing!? dear gosh!

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
It is the pasta, but not sure exactly what ingredient in it.

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
The obvious answer is the wheat and durum flour. I can eat certain breads that i've already tried, however I feel like it's possible I had too much of the macaroni and should moderate myself with it. I also feel that way about the breads i've tried, like if I have too much I will start to feel sick from it.

Maria7 on 03/02/2021:
That is good you are finding out what agrees with you and what doesn't.

Maria7 on 03/04/2021:
Hope you are having a good day.

legcramps - Monday Feb 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 17 - bike ride and yoga; burned 237 calories.

February 18 - strength session; burned 205 calories.

February 19 - worked late re: vaccinations; 12 hour day.

February 20 - worked four hours re: vaccinations; hike 3 hours; burned 1,366 calories.

February 21 - yoga, hike, and gym session; burned 1,273 calories.

If I feel tired today, I know why. /

I felt something new on Friday night/Saturday morning. I felt like an extrovert, absorbing the energy of the people around me. They were just all so happy to get their vaccinations; it was really nice to finally be around some positivity, regardless of what anyone's opinions are - it was a happy two days for a lot of people around these parts, and I soaked up as much as I could.

And then I used all that energy to completely exhaust myself physically haha!

Another busy week ahead, starting with an evening meeting tonight that I really don't want to participate in. I will try and turn my attitude around before tonight; no use going into it with a bad attitude.

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Wow! You’re burning calories all over the places, Did you get the vaccine?

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
No I didn't, I was volunteering some work time to help out while a particular population got theirs.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Nope....Don't want to begin bummed!! Maybe someone will get a shot today and make you happy???? JK!

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
Haha! Maybe!

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
You're like a machine! Good job on all the workouts.

Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Oh I loved reading your adventure with positive energy!!! I love it when that happens. Doesn't happen enough for me.

Hope the meeting went well. Maybe you could be the cool, quiet one, lol.

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
lol, at least you know WHY you are tired!

today i'm tired and for less of a good reason beyond laziness and my couch-sitting and it's making it so i cannot get into a work flow this week....i'm sure i'll get back into it, though, after a week or two? or never!?

well, at least you finally have a little positivity to help you shine!...my office is pretty positive as well, so i def can only say i can relate!

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 11 - REST

February 12 - REST

February 13 - bike ride; burned 589 calories.

February 14 - REST

February 15 - REST

February 16 - hike; burned 775 calories

Yep, lots of rest. It was a little stressful, like, I knew I should be doing something, but couldn't motivate myself to. Shrugging and moving on.

I tried a few more foods over the long weekend - soybean, gluten-free bread, goat cheese, donut, eggs, turkey bacon, and protein pancakes.

Soybean actually seems to be ok, however I do need to try over-moderation to find out for sure.

GF bread was good, and I might start replacing the one other type of grain-made bread I have tried so far with a GF option. I have noticed the more grain-made bread I eat, the worse I feel so even though it may not make me sick-sick, it might not be worth adding it to my diet.

I did not enjoy the goat cheese, so even though it didn't make me sick, I will not be adding it to my CAN EAT list LOL.

The donut made me sick - duh.

The egg made me feel really BLAH. Not sick, but just very heavy and gross. My next egg try will be just the whites of the egg. Maybe it's just the yolk that is affecting me.

Turkey bacon was delicious! Will definitely be having more of this!

The protein pancakes are a possible sick enforcer. I had them for supper last night, and this morning I was in the bathroom for an extended period of time. I might try to eat them again today just to make sure the morning time out in the bathroom wasn't just a coincidence that had nothing to do with the pancakes.

This week will be stressful and busy at work, but i've decided that I am not going to take any of that stress home with me. I'm giving up stress for Lent. Which probably means i'll be doing more yoga and meditation for the next little while.

It was super nice to get outside yesterday for a two-hour hike. It was so cold though, but much warmer than it has been, so I took the opportunity and it worked its magic as usual and made me feel absolutely amazing afterwards. If you ever need to pull yourself out of a slump, do some hard physical exercise/labour. I promise it will work. I was rolling over huge snow drifts, post-holing through deep snow, and thanking the Lord that none of that snow got into my boots. There was even a low point where I had to scoop snow into my mouth for hydration because that's how hard I was working.

The warm shower afterwards stung my skin to the point that I thought I had been close to getting frost-bite. What I should have done after this hike was a nice long stretching session, but I didn't and am suffering for it today. After work, that's what i'll do.

bearcountrygg on 02/17/2021:
Eggs are a high allergy food....were there eggs in the pancakes too? Yup...goats milk stinks...I mean stinks for real..never tried goats milk cheese but the milk was enough...NOPE...With you on that! JUST SAY NO TO FROSTBITE!!!

grannyannie on 02/17/2021:
A hike is great, but frostbite is not!

Maria7 on 02/17/2021:
Hope you're having a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2021:
the gluten free bread usually doesn't have much fiber...so i can how it can make you feel bad...it's just pure fast carbs i think...

yeah, check the ingredients for the pancakes...maybe too much fiber?

also, sorry the egg did you in! you'd think that would be a safe food!

cool idea to give up stress for lent...what a great thought of something useful to try to stop for 40 days!

amazing photos/video from your trail riding yesterday.

Donkey on 02/18/2021:
I admire your ability to rest. That would be difficult for me to do.

I love reading about your food adventure. The things that work and don't work for your system is fascinating.

thinkpositive on 02/20/2021:
It must be frustrating to figure out what you can eat.

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