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legcramps - Tuesday Jan 26, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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!

Jacky82020 on 01/26/2021:
Wow! Do you live at the North Pole? To think I thought 30F is frigid. So you think the food intolerance is certain fresh fruits? I could live with that as long as it’s not bananas. Love them.

legcramps on 01/26/2021:
Not sure what it is yet. Definitely apples and pears since I tried to eat that on the elimination diet and that didn't work out for me at all. Think eggs and dairy also, possibly some grains and maybe peanut butter.

Unfortunately, my Mom had some allergy testing done a few years back and turned out to be allergic to a lot of foods, so if it's hereditary or genetic I might be in trouble.

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2021:
When I found out I was allergic to bananas I was not happy about it..........and avoided them for many years...it got easier until one day I tried one...and was no longer allergic....been fine ever since...so there is hope that at some point...the allergies may stop. ( the same thing for walnuts)

legcramps on 01/26/2021:
Yes, I believe this is not permanent. I keep telling myself that over and over haha, so that I don't feel so bad about having to give up certain foods. I tell myself I can try them again in a month or maybe two months and see if I can tolerate any better at that point.

Work in progress! Thanks for your comments :)

grannyannie on 01/26/2021:
Yikes that is seriously freezing! I remember being -20F when I lived in the UP of Michigan.

Hope you aren't allergic to many more foods!

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2021:
i'll just say, my days are increasingly hungry as of late...especially in mornings bc my mornings are so long...getting up much earlier these days! LOL

coffee&calories on 01/26/2021:
I totally get the whole “I’m not Hungry but I’m also not satisfied” feeling

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legcramps - Friday Jan 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 21 - strength workout; burned 216 calories.

Happy Friday!

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.

Jacky82020 on 01/22/2021:
Always good clearing the desk! I really need to do mine. It’s a disaster area. I love snowshoes! Need to bust mine out.

grannyannie on 01/22/2021:
Glad you're feeling better and less bloated.

Good to have a tidy desk. People used to tease me about how I'd never leave home for the day without a tidy desk. Didn't want to get to work in the morning to a messy desk.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2021:
i agree....a cleaner desk is an amazing thing...when things feel in order, it def helps your mind and your work!

believe it or not, i'm far less bloated than ever. my meals are smaller and i include more carbs and less veggies (for the most part)...but still lots of veggies tonight and when i want...but ever since i have eaten more moderate portions, i have been doing so much better. carbs help me to "pack the food" together and move thru digestion better than when i overate veggies with little carbs (way back when).

another thing i'll share with you is that i do not eat large portions of meat anymore...usually i eat more like half a serving of protein...because we don't need a lot of protein is the truth. so i figure, why waste calories on protein...and many times (but not always) i stick with a smaller protein portion. prob helps my digestion also.

i hope that on the weekend you do what you like and that your week is good next week :) haha - no days off for me for around at least six months...new job...and i hope to ask for a raise in 6 months because i can feel it in my bones that i'm being underpaid. i am making a very low salary right now...similar to what i made 10 years ago when i started. 20grand less than last year.

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
A clean desk is a happy desk. I try to clear off my area every Friday, so that the cleaning staff, if so inclined can do a dusting and wipe. Things clutter up quite quickly, so I try to put away all my pens, post-its, highlighters, etc., away before I go to lunch and at the end of the day.

Associate Attorney finally cleared off his desktop. It lasted all of 10 minutes, but he said he's going to try to keep it cleared off. #Goals2021 (lol)

Your comment about feeling less bloated has me wondering how much extra bloat I might be carrying around and not even realize it. Hmmm...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2021:
regarding extra bloat, i used to carry around SO MUCH BLOAT. now that i'm eating a bit more balanced, i feel a lot better most days than i did in past years, thankfully.

Maria7 on 01/26/2021:
I still haven't gotten all my Christmas decorations put away yet. Smile. Hope you are having a good day.

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legcramps - Thursday Jan 21, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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.

Jacky82020 on 01/21/2021:
Good luck with that elimination diet! Sounds tough

legcramps on 01/21/2021:
Not really, not as tough as it would be for me to fast like you do!

Donkey on 01/21/2021:
I noticed that last week, you had a tiny issue with the freezies as well. Hmm...

legcramps on 01/21/2021:
Did I? I remember the apples and pears bugging me, and thinking the freezies would as well but I don't think they did. Of course, I didn't eat two of them in one shot last week LOL

grannyannie on 01/21/2021:
Hope you figure out everything you shouldn't eat so there's no stress over it.

legcramps on 01/21/2021:
Thank you!

Jacky82020 on 01/21/2021:
Glad it’s not so bad then. Don’t consider myself to be fasting. Usually do around 1000 calories a day and try to burn off half. Can’t do it everyday. Alas .

Maria7 on 01/21/2021:
Glad you are doing well with the elimination diet.

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legcramps - Tuesday Jan 19, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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!

bearcountrygg on 01/19/2021:
Snowshoeing was a thing around here at one time too...have fun!

grannyannie on 01/19/2021:
Great goals!! I love long bike rides! Ready for spring.

Jacky82020 on 01/19/2021:
Fantastic motivation! Love it!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2021:
you said you aren't busy wednesday and then you listed a whole short list of things to do! what a great way to use your wednesday, productively!!!! :)

Donkey on 01/20/2021:
Enjoy your day off! Make sure you actually do study and not let the time off dissolve into the miscellaneous.

I love your "why" - very performance oriented.

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legcramps - Monday Jan 18, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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?

Donkey on 01/18/2021:
So it sounds like raw fruit is an issue. If nothing else, you've learned at least that. Hopefully there won't be too many foods that cause you problems.

I presume you're ok with afib yoga to your routine, too? Or are you just lending support until he gets started and comfortable with it?

I'm just not comfortable going into a studio to practice yoga yet.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
Yes, here's hoping it's not all raw fruit!

I'm okay with going to yoga as well, for sure, but won't make a habit of spending all my weekends at BF's. I think the Sunday sessions runs until the end of February, so I will try and support him until then as much as I can.

It was just the two of us with the instructor, so that was nice.

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2021:
I'm surprised at apples and pears...I don't think they are common allergy foods....strawberries...yes.......nuts, eggs, chocolate, dairy...corn, are common. Lavender is supposed to be something that helps people sleep...I have a totally opposite reaction and am so wound up I cannot settle down....had to give that stuff away...even having it in the house was too much.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I know, it surprises me too, and i'm hoping I won't be surprised like that by other food groups...

grannyannie on 01/18/2021:
I haven't heard of apples and pears giving problems either. What other foods give you trouble that you've discovered so far?

Doing yoga classes together sounds very nice!

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
most all dairy, some grains, cereals, pork, eggs, some raw vegetables. That's just off the top of my head.

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legcramps - Friday Jan 15, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
Why are you on an elimination diets? Do you have suspected food allergies? Here’s wishing you all the luck in the world!

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I have suspected food intolerances and have been getting quite sick recently from some of the foods i've been eating. Just trying to figure it out.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
Be careful driving home!

Donkey on 01/16/2021:
I'm surprised to hear that about the apple. I thought apples were a pretty neutral food. Might be the sugar? Or the fiber? Ugh... I'm tempted to say, Try another apple to see if it was a one-time fluke or a true, real problem. However, who wants to have tummy problems again at one's own hand? Yikes...

Probably a good thing to cancel travel plans, although I'm sure there's some disappointment in there.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I did try again with no luck; also tried pears which gave me a severe stomach ache for about four hours. So the only fruit i've been eating is frozen berries. I haven't had any issues with that, thank goodness.

Some disappointment in cancelling travel plans, but not much since I was travelling for medical appointments and to work a shift at the gym. Not too upset about it LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2021:
feel better, rest up...

but a freezie is just water and ice and sugar? i think it should cause you too many problems unless it's one which is milk based, like a chocolate pop.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
Exactly! I should probably stay away from a lot of sugar while i'm doing this elimination diet, but I have given up extra caffeine so we'll start there and just work on the sugar thing LOL.

Jacky82020 on 01/18/2021:
Sounds like you have problems with fruit. Sucks.

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2021:
After a big activity day, especially like a hike, i almost always want to rest the next day...i hope one day that i can do more days of movement in a row. hikes are soooooo wonderful. so are weights. lol, if only there were more days in a week or days off to do these beautiful things!

those leg exercises sound good. balance, i hear, is something people lose fast in older age. i do some single leg exercises for squats on leg days.

why are you doing the elimination diet again?

legcramps on 01/14/2021:
I have been having issues with digestion/bloating/gas with almost everything i've been eating. It's gotten to the point where i've actually taken time off work so that I can be at home near a bathroom (a private bathroom, not a public bathroom). I've had scopes and ultrasounds done, but the only suggested diagnoses has been IBS. So, in an attempt to feel a little better, i've decided to try and find the foods i'm intolerant to via the elimination diet.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I like your Big Activity days too! I love to read about them! How nice!

Will you be decreasing your calories during your elimination diet? For example, I can see eating 2000 calories with a variety of foods. Hard to imagine 2000 calories of just 4-6 foods. Would you adjust your activity level then?

I like your plan for eliminating coffee! I never considered that approach of gradually diluting it as a way to decrease. I've taken to having a hot cup of lemon water some days, to substitute for another cup of coffee. It helps when I want something hot.

legcramps on 01/14/2021:
I won't be counting calories, but I imagine they will decrease as you're right - only a few foods to choose from. I do intent to eat more carbs though in order to give me the energy to continue doing all the things. I am going to try and keep my activity level the same, so we'll see what happens!

That's a good idea with hot lemon water. Unfortunately, I don't think I could sustain that type of substitution. I'm just not a fan of lemon water. BF dilutes his coffee all the time, so that makes me feel like I can do it too.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 12, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2021:
I know the states will be on high alert next Wednesday....how does Canada react to these sorts of things with the US? Basically I think just about everyone here will be keeping an eye on the news.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
I'm sure a lot of Canadians have their opinions; personally, I've been watching the last four years of U.S. politics much more closely than ever before, and have refrained from traveling into the country. Canada is not without its own share of political drama, though not to this extent. I will be keeping myself up to date, but won't be following like a hawk. I would much rather spend my time hiking!

Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
They changed the banked hour thing when I taught in California so that it could count towards seniority when one retired. Much better than before. Teachers would store up lots & go on extended vacation.

What is athletic therapy? How does it differ from PT?

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Athletic therapy differs from PT in that its focus is primarily on immediate care of musculoskeletal issues through exercise and sports medicine. PTs have a much wider range of scope.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
What kind of temps are you getting?

Lucky you don't have a chaotic government there.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Lately we've been hovering just under freezing. It will get colder in the next few weeks but so far it's been an unusually mild winter.

Perhaps not a chaotic government, but the political game is strong here as well!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2021:
do you stop training bike this time of year, due to snow i'm sure?

loving that i see hikes on your list. how nice is that. i shall get back to some hikes i think, come late Winter or Spring.

we are also getting very mildly cool weather. not freezing like years past. i'm embracing it, too.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
I have an indoor spin bike so that I can continue to train on the bike, but yes normally I don't bike outside through the winter. I haven't been using the spin bike lately though because the temperatures have just been too darn nice to stay inside!

Donkey on 01/13/2021:
So the polar vortex isn't going to affect your area? We're being told to brace for cold and wind.

I hope you had a good therapy session. My yoga instructor is sharing a couple of PT exercises given to her, for tight hips. I just thought to myself, "I wish I could have PT every day." Maybe what I need is a personal trainer.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Today we were told to expect freezing rain and gale force winds for the next two days, then it will cool down for a few weeks. It hasn't started raining or gotten very windy yet, but i'm sure it will come eventually. Yes, I will stay indoors tonight!

It was a good therapy session, thanks. Every session is now a three-part series: Manipulation and massage, Cupping, and finally Ultrasound. I usually leave feeling 100 times better. Yesterday I was told either I am getting better at absorbing the pain of massage, or my fascia is finally releasing a bit. I will accept the latter of those statements since I am well aware of what a princess I am when it comes to pain management LOL.

legcramps - Monday Jan 11, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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!

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Good luck with your new food plan.

12 hours is a long day!

Jacky82020 on 01/11/2021:

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2021:
I hope you can figure out what is bothering your stomach......over the years for me it has also been lactose, ( they say hard cheeses are okay and real plain yogurt)....but I'm also bothered by chocolate, pop, and just too much liquid in general...but do find bananas help.....

Maria7 on 01/11/2021:
Things I used to could eat now give me a lot of gas.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2021:
i know what you mean by "stats withdrawal." that happens to me if i can't count calories, lol.

12 hours IS a LOT of working, Annie is right.

yeah, i've been doing tons of takeout to eat as leftovers thru the week to make it easier on myself. didn't want to think about cooking this weekend.

as far as veggies, cooked ones usually bother stomachs less.

also, with nuts, i wish they didn't have many calories, but, if you just have a serving, it can be very delicious and nutritious! :) or you can put a few in a salad or meal. :)

Donkey on 01/12/2021:
Why aren't you wearing your Fitbit any more?

What kind of heart monitor do you have? Is it the kind with a chest strap?

Please know that I'm asking not in a judgemental way, but more for feedback in my own journey. I mainly use my Fitbit now because it has that "250 steps an hour" notification. If I didn't have that reminder, I could easily sit on my butt all day at work.

My husband uses the Whole 30 diet to reset himself. That is similar to the approach you are taking to find did culprits. I hope you find an answer soon, but I know it will take time. But gut health is so important, and yet totally undervalued. I do very little in regards to my own gut health.

legcramps on 01/12/2021:
Ask away!

My fitbit stopped charging and the clock face has dimmed so much that I can't see it at all. I have already tried a number of 'tricks' to get the clock face back, to no avail. And I could buy a new charger and try that, but it might be the watch itself that won't charge and i'm just unwilling to spend any money on it. The only thing I use it for is to justify not working out on days where i've had a good step count day! I don't really need it.

I have a heart rate monitor that straps around my chest. It was given to me as a trainer at the gym - it connects to their software system so as long as I am a trainer/member of that gym or any other gym that uses the same system, I will be able to use it.

legcramps - Thursday Jan 07, 2021

Weight: 0.0

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.

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
The snowshoeing sounds very nice!

When I hurt my side I had to sleep on the other side all night and not move. Would wake up after about 4 hours in agony. I'd have to get up and walk around. Yea, one position can make you stiff.

Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
Hey! That same tornado hit my kitchen too!

Maria7 on 01/07/2021:
Snowshoeing sounds interesting...never tried that before.

Donkey on 01/08/2021:
Yes, this happens to me every once in a while. Usually I toss and turn quite a bit throughout the night. However, every once in a while, I will have a very deep sleep and I wake up, usually on my back, in the same position I was in when I settled in.

When this happens, I wake up feeling sore, and I have to take care to start moving slowly. Gentle stretching or light movements help.

Doesn't happen often, but it's quite remarkable when it does.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2021:
the addition of alfalfa shoots in the turkey sandwich = great idea! sounds like something i'd order at panera! love hearing about exercise.

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