- Tuesday Jan 26, 2021
January 22 - work at gym; burned unknown calories.
January 23 - hike; burned 282 calories.
January 24 - yoga; burned 113 calories.
January 25 - REST
Trying to intentionally slow down, taking a weekend break to try and avoid "Weekend Warrior" burnout. It worked well since it was too cold to stay outside for too long anyways. Monday early morning was something crazy like -48 degrees (celsius) with the windchill.
Athletic therapy this afternoon and hoping for a ride on the spin bike as well. BF wants to get in another yoga session later on tonight, which is ok too.
Ok, i'm just going to say it. I'm hungry.
Not - HUNGRY - like i'm not eating enough food because HAHA that's funny. Hungry like I want to eat something other than the same things i've been eating every day for the last two weeks. My new mantra is "ONE MORE WEEK" and then I can finally start re-introducing. The last two weeks have felt like a very long and isolated time. Like I just want a potato. Or a slice of toast and peanut butter. Also red meat would be great.
Having said that, I can't complain since I have only had a couple of instances where i've eaten something that negatively affects me and gotten sick in the last two weeks. And even then, it didn't last as long as it normally would have. Not being sick EVERY DAY has been really nice, and if i'm honest, i'm a little frightened of giving that up.
At least now I know - if I do have a flare of intolerance to a certain food - what I can eat to get back to normal. I imagine the next few months will be a lot of back and forth like this; eating something, having a flare, getting back to normal, repeat.
Oh well, I have nothing better to fill my time with!
- Friday Jan 22, 2021
January 21 - strength workout; burned 216 calories.
Yesterday at work I decided I needed to clear off my desk. It's been stacked since March with binders, folders, and all kinds of documents regarding covid-19. I think this might be part of the reason why my mind has just not been able to quiet down. So I packed it all into their necessary binders, and found a place on my shelving unit. Oh my goodness, the difference is amazing! Now I only have two folders and my notebook on my desk, and I actually feel like I can handle things, one at a time. And better yet, the binders and documents re: covid-19 are on a shelf behind me, so I don't even have to look at them if I don't want to LOL!
Another good day yesterday. I am noticing, now that I am not constantly bloated from the foods i'm eating, I am fitting much better into my work pants. It's certainly a nice side-effect.
I finally started taking down my Christmas decorations, so this weekend while I have time at home I will pack them away. Once I have that completed, I will get in touch with my construction guy and see when he can start renovating the bathroom. I think it's time for that to happen soon, and i'm excited to get it done and have a fresh new space for myself.
This weekend is a little up in the air; plans were made and then changed, made and then changed again. As of now, BF will come to my place tonight after i'm done working at the gym, then tomorrow we will participate in a "parade" of cars for a friend's birthday and run a couple other errands. Hoping to either hike, snowshoe or hit the gym on Saturday as well - weather will define this more than anything else. Then Sunday we will drive to BF's as we are registered for a yoga session there in the morning. Then, again, either hike or snowshoe or gym OH MY! Haha, I had to.
More days off work next week as I have a therapy appointment on Tuesday afternoon, and a rescheduled dental appointment on Wednesday afternoon. So I took the whole afternoon off since I will have to travel at least half hour each way to both appointments. So next week will hopefully feel like a short work week! And it's the last week I have to work both Thursday and Friday at the gym. In February I will return to just Thursdays. I think. Maybe I should check the schedule and make sure.
- Thursday Jan 21, 2021
January 19 - snowshoe 1.5 hours; burned 358 calories.
January 20 - hike 2.5 hours; burned 800 calories.
Great last couple of days. Last night I was hungry as a horse and kept snacking all night. Got a bit of a tummy ache - not sure if it was due to a certain food I ate or just the fact that I couldn't stop snacking on things. I'm thinking it was the back to back freezies I ate - probably one would have been enough LOL.
Really, I shouldn't say it was a great couple of days, because the last week and a half has been pretty great actually. What a difference this elimination diet has made so far! If only it would be feasible to continue it, but I know temptation will get the better of me eventually.
Lots of work happening in the next two days, keeping busy. I might even have time for a strength session during my shift at the gym tonight because I have one session without any participants. Or I might head home early and chill out on the couch instead. Either will be okay, but I do need to get in an upper body strength session soon and if I don't do it on my own, BF will force me into a group session where i'll probably come close to dying. I'm only kidding a little bit.
- 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.