- Tuesday Jan 19, 2021
January 18 - REST
Loved grannyannie's post as to our why's...
I want to get stronger and have a high threshold for cardiovascular endurance. I am not focused on losing weight, but rather gaining enough strength and lean musculature to be able to:
Road cycle 100 miles or actually race a race
Hike 15-20 kilometers a day for a week or more
Gravel ride race long distances
Honing in on my mountain biking skills which requires a whole lot more strength than I currently have.
Getting to that point will incur weight loss, but it will be rather a side affect than the main goal.
I think about my future and hope that I am doing what I need to in order to protect my health, but right now I am all about these extreme adventure type activities. Eventually my priorities will change.
I have my bag packed so that I can leave right after work and start snowshoeing straight away. We got a nice skiff of snow yesterday, so instead of shoveling...LOL
After which I plan on having another meal of the usual chicken and rice, and getting ready for a DAY OFF WORK on Wednesday! (There is nothing to get ready, basically I will be lazy for the whole rest of the night. I can't wait).
Wednesday - nutrition course, dentist appointment, and booked a time with a friend for either more snowshoeing or some hiking. Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds up!
- Monday Jan 18, 2021
January 15 - work at gym; burned unknown calories.
January 16 - hike; burned 813 calories.
January 17 - yoga and bike; burned 1,315 calories.
On the way to BF's from the gym on Friday night, I decided to eat the rest of the pears that I had cut up. I already knew the apples were making me sick, but I figured the pears would be safe. They weren't. I was sick for the rest of the night with severe stomach cramping and pain.
However, Saturday and Sunday were awesome! I stuck to the foods I knew wouldn't make me sick, and had a really nice couple of days. We went hiking, did some yoga, and finished up the weekend with a few hours of fat biking on winter trails.
BF wants to start doing more yoga, and his town has four instructors in it who teach Sunday morning yoga classes. So for the next little while, I might be spending my weekends there instead of at home, so that we can incorporate more yoga into his routine. This past class was slightly difficult for him as he is not used to a lot of the movements; downward dog especially seemed to give him some grief.
The beginning of this week should be fairly tame; it is supposed to snow for the next few days, so will likely be staying home until Thursday. New snow might bring a snowshoeing adventure...
Monday - work; rest; housework; cooking
Tuesday - work; bike or hike or snowshoe? If time permits and based on weather
Wednesday - took the day off work; work on nutrition course; dental appointment; hike at the ecological preserve?
Thursday - work; work at gym
Friday - work; work at gym; drive to BFs?
- Friday Jan 15, 2021
January 13 - REST
January 14 - shovel; burned 96 calories
Feeling the end of the week HARD CORE. Have a big day to get through today, so will just put my head down and get it done.
Cancelled my travel plans yesterday due to weather conditions; near white out conditions on the highways around here. Today is better.
In leiu of my cancelled plans, I shoveled. Other than that, I was pretty lazy. Feeling just under the weather and a little blue perhaps.
I do not think I should have eaten the freezie late last night, only because it's probably not on the approved "can eat" list of the elimination diet. But I did eat it, and I was fine. Also had part of an apple, which IS on the list, but it gave me a severe stomach ache. No more apples.
Yeah, feeling like I could have slept a few more hours today. Anyways, first world problem.
- Wednesday Jan 13, 2021
January 12 - hike, athletic therapy, hike, gym session; burned 1,687 calories.
Today is most definitely a rest day. The distance on the first hike I did yesterday was 5km; the second one was more technical but I still went 4km in about the same amount of time. 9km total is not too bad for a hike. In fact, it's a hard days' work.
To...what's that phrase... "hit the nail on the coffin", BF decided we should do a gym session together later on in the evening. I thought I might be able to get away with it by working within my own pace, but after just one minute of the workout I was already in the high-calorie-burning phase. And it just lingered there for the whole workout. To give you an idea of just how hard it was for me - I burned around 600 of my total calories burned during this ~35 minute workout. The other 1,000 was over a three hour period of time.
When we finally got home at 9:00 p.m. I mustered whatever energy I had left to eat a little bit of supper and stumble my way to the shower.
I LOVE days like this. Not consecutively, mind you, but BIG activity days are my kind of days.
I've progressed to single-leg balances and body weight movements with athletic therapy, and soon will begin small plyometric moves. Getting better each time I go, and my confidence in moving my ankle more fluidly is coming together, slowly.
Today at supper time I start my elimination diet. I have everything I need to get through the first week - chicken, rice, vegetables, salad, smoothie ingredients, trail mix (sans peanuts), apples and pears. Will continue to have one cup of coffee each morning, and will work on diluting it bit by bit. From the bit of research i've done on it so far, the elimination phase is supposed to last for 21 days before the re-introduction phase. Depending what happens with my coffee intake, this may be extended slightly for me. I will have to adjust as I move through it.
I am expecting to experience some grumpiness for the next 21 days LOL.
- Tuesday Jan 12, 2021
January 11 - REST
I am scheduled for athletic therapy this afternoon. The weather is supposed to be really warm today, so I am hoping to get in about an hour's hike this afternoon as well, before my appointment. Then maybe another longer one after? All I want to do these days is hike!
Should be a good week, but I better knock on wood just in case...
Tuesday - work at hospital, athletic therapy, hike
Wednesday - work at hospital, rest
Thursday - work at hospital, dentist appointment, work at gym
Friday - work at hospital, work at gym
Saturday - hike
Sunday - hike
Thinking about taking next week Wednesday off work. It's going to start getting colder next week, but it might be a good opportunity to work on my nutrition course! I have some banked hours I need to use up in the next couple of months - it works out to over a week of work altogether, six or seven days. I am going to try and spread them out like I had mentioned before - to work on my course and also enjoy some outdoor activities while there is good daylight and weather. Looking forward to this as it does help break up the workweek and having to be constantly stressing about covid.
- Monday Jan 11, 2021
January 7 - REST
January 8 - worked at the gym; unknown calories burned.
January 9 - hike; burned 852 calories.
January 10 - unknown calories burned.
Only putting REST on the days where I actually did REST.
On Friday I worked more than 12 hours, three of those being at the gym where I do not think I stopped moving the whole time.
Sunday we drove BF's daughter 4 hours each way back to her mom and did some running around as well, so it was not a REST day either.
Too bad I don't wear my heartrate monitor when I work at the gym - maybe I will next time and then just delete it once I have recorded the calorie burn. I guess it's not that important but now that i'm not using my fitbit anymore, i'm going through some stats-withdrawal LOL.
I have some leftovers to get through over the next few days, and then I will be starting the elimination diet. I'm getting sick (it's a pun!) of being surprised that what I eat affects my digestion in varying degrees. I think it's time to figure it out, although I DO NOT look forward to having to go through this. It will be hard for me as I really do not restrict what I eat (if it contains lactose I do, but everything else has been fair game).
I've read that I need to start by only eating things that do not seem to affect me. So, jasmin rice, chicken breast...um...oatmeal. Nuts are OK too, so I picked up a bag of trail mix to have for snacks. There are very few things that I can think of to start with... some vegetables will be ok also but I know there are varieties that bother my stomach.
Wish me luck! Hoping to start about mid-week!
- Thursday Jan 07, 2021
January 5th - REST
January 6th - snowshoe; burned 682 calories.
Yesterday a friend suggested we take the afternoon off work and go snowshoeing in the valley. I thought it was a great idea and agreed immediately. I worked until 12:00, then packed up and got some snacks ready, and we left around 1:00. It was an hour's drive each way, so we got started around 2:00 and snowshoed for about 2 hours, finally heading back to the vehicle for snacks and then heading home. It was a beautiful afternoon weather-wise, and it just felt so fantastic to be outside and get some daylight activity in!
PLUS - I kept my friend's pace rather than BF's usual pace, and it made the whole outing much more enjoyable for me LOL. I was actually able to lift my head and look around at things instead of digging deep the whole time and scrambling to keep up.
Snack options we brought with us - strawberry applesauce, hot chocolate, turkey sandwiches, almonds, orange slices and pretzels. This spilled over into my dinner, and then I had another turkey sandwich later in the evening with avocado, tomato and alfalfa. Delicious.
I was in bed by 9:30 last night and slept right through to 6:25 this morning. I must not have moved around much because it hurt so much when I got out of bed - does this happen to anyone else? I'm guessing it's because I haven't moved around all night. It feels like it's either my kidneys or my lungs. It's not a sharp pain at all, just a "oh gosh this muscle/organ/tissue hasn't moved in awhile and I can tell" kind of dullness when I breathe in.
Today is a rest day unless I get on the bike. I have a lot of cleaning up to do, so I might just count that towards my activity today. It's like a tornado went through my kitchen yesterday.
- Tuesday Jan 05, 2021
January 4 - hike; burned 346 calories.
Full workday, then working a shift at the gym tonight. Haven't been there for a couple of weeks now because of the way the holidays landed on my schedule, and then locking myself out of the house last week. I'll probably be exhausted by the end of the night; maybe i'll stop in for wok box take out, even though I have my meal prep done for the week. It would make things even easier for me once I get back home.
Nice little hike yesterday; didn't feel like I burned that many calories, felt more like a stroll than a workout. Will likely rest today, and see what the weather is like on Wednesday. The trails here might be OK to go snowshoeing.
This morning started with kashi cereal with half a banana and oat milk, and of course coffee. Yesterday's plan for meals went well until the evening when I had an extra bowl of cereal and then a pb sandwich. I went to bed earlier than usual, before 10 pm, and still managed to eat far more than I needed to. Tonight will be fine since I won't get home until later; it's usually when I eat earlier and then get "snacky" again right before bed that I get into trouble.
- Monday Jan 04, 2021
December 31 - REST
January 1 - hike; burned 728 calories.
January 2 - snowshoe; burned 497 calories.
January 3 - hike; burned 305 calories.
New Year's Eve I showed up at BF's with all kinds of ailments. Wearing a medical grade mask all day at work makes my throat dry, my nose clog, and my eyes sore. By the end of the week, i'm feeling like i'm getting a full blown head cold. So I was not in a great mood, and didn't want to do much of anything. We hung out watching movies and had a nice supper of pork ribs and veggies.
The rest of the weekend I was determined to start the year off on a good note. I wanted to get outside for some fresh air, so BF and I went on a 2.5 hour hike on New Year's Day.
That hike made me feel pretty good; so the next day I wanted to give snowshoeing a try. I knew it would be tougher, especially on my recovering ankle, but I still wanted to try. We made it 1.5 hours before I called it a day.
Then, on Sunday BF's sister wanted to check out the trails so we took her on a nice slow hike, about an hour.
After all this walking, which I hadn't been doing much of, needless to say my ankle and feet are sore, but I am doing all the exercises my athletic therapist gave me to do, and icing my heel and arch almost every night as well. Feeling really good being outside in the fresh air!
If I am feeling ok by the end of the workday, I will do a nice short, slow walk. It seems wrong to not take advantage of the warmer weather we've been getting.
Did some meal prep for the week: meatloaf, chicken breast, and some leftover ribs. Lots of veggies also, and I made a pot of broccoli soup that I think I might enjoy a bowl of tonight. Started this morning off with a protein pancake with half a banana! Yum!
- Thursday Dec 31, 2020
December 30 - REST
I had a coaching shift scheduled at the gym last night.
I got home at the usual time yesterday after work. Moved through the process of changing out of my work clothes, washing up, then changing into my gym/coaching clothes.
Packed the gym bag.
Moved my wallet from my purse into my gym bag and got excited about being able to order wok box for dinner because I would be in the city.
Decided I didn't need my winter jacket or gloves, and instead threw on a sweater jacket that I stole from BF a couple years ago. Grabbed my gym bag and my cell phone.
Left the house, locking the door behind me.
Made it about three steps down the deck before stopping dead in my tracks.
Realized that I locked my keys inside the house.
Horrified, I double checked my gym bag. Nope, not there. Checked the pockets of my sweater jacket. Not there either.
Breathed deeply for about one minute, deciding what my options were. Could I break in? Haha, no such luck; no special way to turn the knob, no weak door that I could wreck and replace. Did I have extra keys somewhere? Yes. Inside the house. Did I leave an extra set of keys with friends? Yes, except the keys were old and I had recently changed my locks without upating my friends with the new keys. So, as a matter of fact, no.
Well, at least I could figure out the gym situation. I could call the gym and explain and then call all my clients. Took my cell phone out of the pocket of my sweater jacket.
Oh. My. God.
7% battery life.
Another minute of heavy breathing to go through my options, then made a quick call to the gym's office assistant who made all the calls for me bless her heart.
4% battery life.
An even more frantic call to BF, who was the only one with an extra set of keys. Who was also still at work for another hour. And an hour's drive away.
He told me to get into the car to at least stay warm. I said the car was locked too, but then realized I could unlock it using my phone's software app. So I jumped into the car, already shivering from the cold, and he got off the phone with me saying he would be on his way as soon as possible. Many thanks given.
Once I realized I could get into the car, I knew I could also use the command start to blow some heat my way, and I could charge my phone while the car was running. After starting it twice for 9 minutes each time, the command start wouldn't work anymore. So I spent the rest of my time waiting with an old blanket I keep in the back, covering my legs and keeping my hands inside my jacket close to my skin. Was tempted many times to use my phone but refrained in case I needed to talk to BF again. First World Problem.
Had it not been for our current covid restrictions, I could have just popped into the neighbor's house until BF got to me, but we are restricted from doing that right now. Rather than putting them at a high risk, I made the decision to stay in the vehicle. It was good luck that BF was able to leave work right away and got to me about an hour and a half after I first discovered I locked myself out.
Moral of the story: Just when you think your day is going well... SMACK.
LOL. It's all good and now I have a funny story to tell. Thank goodness that is all that happened!
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE! Blessings for the New Year :) :) :)