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legcramps - Saturday Oct 02, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Sept 12 - walk 0.5 hour

Sept 13 - bike 1.5 hours

Sept 14 - hike 1.5 hours

Sept 16 - run/walk 1 hour

Sept 18 - hike 3.5 hours

Sept 21 - gym workout 1 hour

Sept 23 - hike 1 hour

Sept 25 - hike 6 hours

Sept 28 - hike 1.5 hours

Sept 29 - bike 1 hour

Sept 30 - gym workout 1 hour

Oct 1 - gym workout 1 hour


Total hike - 16 hours

Total bike - 4 hours

Total gym - 6 hours

So I got an interview with the Housing Company, and they offered me the position of Manager here in BF's town. It's a much better paying job with a lot more benefits, including the fact that I'll be back in my pension plan which is something I was really stressing over. Hopefully I can handle this job a lot better than the last management position I was in!

Jacky82020 on 10/02/2021:
Hey! Congrats! Sounds ideal.

Donkey on 10/03/2021:
Congratulations!!!! I hope it works out too. I'm thinking it will :-)

You had a very active September!

KathyBlue on 10/03/2021:
Woah that's a great achievement for September!!! Congratulations on the better job! I'm pretty sure you'll be doing better. The more we live, the more we learn, right?! Your past negative experience can be a learning opportunity, now you know exactly what to avoid and how to handle some difficult situations.

Maria7 on 10/10/2021:
Hope you are having a good day!

legcramps - Sunday Sep 12, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Not much to report this week, same old same old! (Which is a nice change from things being so chaotic all the time).

Sept 8 - hike 1.5 hours

Sept 9 - gym workout 1 hour

Sept 11 - stair climb 1/2 hour


Total hike - 1.5 hours

Total bike - 1.5 hours

Total gym - 3 hours

I did apply for a management position in housing, so we shall see if that comes to an interview or not. I'm still okay with where I am at the moment, so I'm not feeling too desperate for a better paying job yet!

Jacky82020 on 09/13/2021:
You have a stair climber? We have a stepper, tough workout! Good luck on job hunt!

legcramps on 09/13/2021:
Yeah, it’s so tough! I climbed 110 flights for September 11th.

horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2021:
housing sounds interesting. is it for low income or just regular?

legcramps on 09/13/2021:
Low income! I think it will come with its fair share of stress though, and I’m. It quite ready for that again yet

Horn_of_plenty on 09/13/2021:
or high end!? lol, i'm guessing it's not high end!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/14/2021:
you never know. you are a pleasant person and maybe used to dealing with stress from hospital days. just be kind to the people, that goes a LONG way. lend your ear, be patient.

legcramps - Monday Sep 06, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Another week in the books!

Hope everyone here is doing well. I am doing ok, found out about two people my age who recently passed and it got me thinking that I sure do take life for granted. Must work on being more grateful. 

Got some work done at my house over the weekend, deck is fixed and sanded, and ready to be painted. A few more things we got moved to BF's. Then we worked at BF's the rest of the weekend, demolished his cold storage and put up new shelving and went through some of his stuff to sell or give away. He is going through a box of old magazines right now.

Aug 29 - bike 1 hour, gym workout 1 hour

Aug 31 - hike 1.5 hours

Sep 1 - gym workout 1/2 hour

Sep 2 - gym workout 1 hour

Sep 4 - bike 1.5 hours


Total hike - 17.25 hours

Total bike - 4.5 hours

Total gym - 7.5 hours

September :

Total hike - 0

Total bike - 1.5 hours

Total gym - 1.5 hours

Horn_of_plenty on 09/07/2021:
will you sell your house? that would make you a good profit i would think?

also, always good to do a cleaning and throw out things you don't need. i could do that now; although i'm studying ;)

legcramps on 09/12/2021:
I haven’t decided what to do with my house yet… hopefully I will figure it out soon!

KathyBlue on 09/12/2021:
Sounds like an intense workout for weeks! And the mighty Decluttering!!! I've been doing it and I still have so many stuff to ditch... Throw them old newspapers away! hehe..

legcramps - Saturday Aug 28, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Looks like Saturdays might be my weekly check in date, lol.

Two weeks in at the gym full time, and it's still going really well. My body was sure sore yesterday, and I had to take an early evening nap, but I'm hoping eventually that physical exhaustion will get better. I'm also working out a lot more than I was before, so I think that's causing more exhaustion as well.

Having extra time in the evenings and weekends means I've been able to start eating a lot better too, I'm happy to say. I make one healthy supper and it gives me enough leftovers for my lunches through the rest of the week.

With said extra time I am also hoping to work through my nutrition course. I've been able to get through another nutritional science chapter in just two weeks' time, and am even using some of this knowledge already at work. It's so nice to be able to match my passion to my job!

Aug 21 - gym 1 hour

Aug 23 - gym 1 hour

Aug 25 - hike 1.5 hours

Aug 27 - gym 1 hour

Total hike - 15.75 hours

Total bike - 3.5 hours

Total gym - 6.5 hours


Donkey on 08/28/2021:
Great to hear from you! It DOES sound like everything is going well for you, and I'm so happy to hear that.

"It's so nice to be able to match my passion to my job" --- looks wistfully at this.

bearcountrygg on 08/28/2021:
Nice that you will be able to combine 2 interests into one job.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2021:
wow! congrats on your progress all around. also, it would be great to have some kind of nutritional license eventually; your services would be that much better with being able to provide more knowledge to your clients. also, the nutritional info is probably also helpful to you. have you made any changes to your own nutrition based on what you learned?

legcramps on 08/30/2021:
I will have certification, which will give me some leeway in giving out advice, tips, etc. But I won’t be able to actually meal plan for anyone. It will help at my job though, as it will help the owners sell nutrition “planning”.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/30/2021:
do only dieticians meal plan? why not? i plan to actually help a coworker meal plan! he asked for my help! basically, i'm going to get him eating more veggies and try not to change things up too much or he won't be able to stick with it at first! :)

legcramps - Saturday Aug 21, 2021

Weight: 0.0

I've got my feet wet at my new job at the gym, one week in, and am officially living with bf! I have been trying to do a little painting at my place, and slowly bringing things over to bf's. Eventually I will either rent out my house, or try and sell it, depending on the housing market.

The gym life is pretty good, I must say. There is no stress, even while I've been learning new processes and systems all week long. It is a physical job, which I have to get used to, so I am sore after one week in but it is a good sore! Not a "I have no brain function anymore" sore like at my last job. What a difference! I totally get why the pay is so much less. So it's going really well, but I'm still unsure if it will pay my bills. I would like to give it a few months to really find out, because I think I could really like doing this full time.

Having said that, I have still been looking elsewhere, and have an interview set up for the end of the month in a city a couple of hours away. BF said if I got that job he would consider moving, as he really likes this city and has family there. I have family there too, which would be nice. But the job would have to be really awesome for us to consider this type of move. We shall see how the interview goes first!

Lots of exercise, and I think I will start documenting it all here again. On a shift at the gym, I don't log exercise but spend most of the day on my feet, coaching, cleaning, etc.

Aug 1 - hike 4 hours

Aug 2 - hike 3.5 hours

Aug 5 - bike 2 hours

Aug 6 - hike 1.5 hours

Aug 9 - hike 45 minutes

Aug 12 - gym 1 hour

Aug 13 - hike 1.5 hours

Aug 15 - bike 1.5 hours

Aug 16 - gym 1 hour

Aug 19 - gym 1 hour

Aug 19 - hike 1.5 hours

Aug 20 - gym 30 minutes

Aug 21 - hike 1.5 hours

Total hike - 14.25 hours

Total bike - 3.5 hours

Total gym - 3.5 hours

Donkey on 08/22/2021:
^Looks like you're making up for lost time, LOL :-) This is GREAT to see, though, and I bet it feels even better for you to be active and exercising again.

I feel like I've found a kindred spirit, with you, as you seem to love exercising as much as I do.

That's unfortunate that the job doesn't pay as much.. or perhaps I should just say, "more than it does". However, the trade-off might be worth it. Well, hey, for now, it's a job that you find enjoyable, and it pays something. You are right to keep looking. Please keep us posted!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2021:
i'm glad you are working again, even if part time. nice to see money coming back in. It's great you are still looking at all the options though; because you are young and have a lot of time ahead of you...

also; living with bf will cut down on perhaps your bills and his; or at least yours.

glad to see all the exercise too. you sound pretty positive about how everything is falling into place :)

Horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2021:
also; those long hikes sound both amazing and challenging! wow!!

bearcountrygg on 08/22/2021:
You sound a lot less stressed.

Jacky82020 on 08/23/2021:
Hey, girl, you’re doing great!

innerpeace on 08/23/2021:
Great on the new job! Hope it turns out to work for you financially - if you love your work, you never work a day in your life...or so I'm told. Great job hiking and staying active.

legcramps - Monday Aug 09, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Hello! Sorry about being missing in action lately, I'm still alive if you check Facebook 

I had a verbal offer for a position in bf's town but unfortunately, I should not have put all my eggs in one basket. Some unforeseen events occurred and now that job is no longer available to me.

Since I had already given my notice in my position in healthcare, that means I've been "on holidays" for the last two weeks! I have an interview this afternoon for a position in bf's town at the gym franchise I used to work for, as a personal trainer. Maybe God is stepping in and making things that need to happen, happen. I also have an interview tomorrow at a nearby town to the one I live in, which will pay more and provide better benefits. If I am offered both, I don't know what I'll do! The one at the gym is in bf's town, and the other one is closer to my town. Living with bf would be the ultimate, but I also need to pay bills and I'm not sure if I can do that working at the gym. Coaches and trainers don't get paid too well in franchise gyms.

I'm leaving it with You Know Who, and hopefully it will all turn out ok. If not, well, once again I will change the situation and force myself to do something differently!

Lots of great activity has been happening in the last couple of weeks; among the many was a fantastic 40km back country hike, a 50km bike ride, and on Saturday a wicked gym workout! I am also in the middle of painting the main floor of my house so that is taking up some time. Just trying to enjoy this time off, ahem, without pay LOL!

bearcountrygg on 08/09/2021:
Hoping that it all works out for the best. At least you are getting a little vacation in the summer.

Donkey on 08/10/2021:
I agree with Bear... I'm glad that you updated here, so that we know how you're doing. I'm pretty confident that it will work out for you. And a break is just what you needed, it sounded like, from all the stress you were undertaking at your previous job.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2021:
Hello legz!

I'm loving all your fitness adventures as of late, how nice!!! It's a good time to fit them in, before you start at another job...

i remember the years and years you worked for healthcare, i never thought you'd leave...

to save money, perhaps you can move in with BF one of these days...if you plan to be forever together ;) (you know what i mean!)

crossing my fingers for you!

legcramps - Friday Jul 16, 2021

Weight: 0.0

I had no idea that it's been 18 days since I last updated. It does not feel like it flew by AT ALL. In fact, it feels like every day is two weeks long!

I am still in my position in healthcare, but have received a pretty nice opportunity in BF's town, so my last day here will be the 23rd. Now that I know it's happening, my feelings are mixed. I will get over that eventually, I know this is definitely the best move for me right now and nothing has changed in my current job except for the fact that i'm finally starting to get to know people and enjoying forming those relationships, which will disintegrate for sure when I leave.

I still haven't had much opportunity to get out and exercise much any other time than the weekends. It will be SO NICE to be able to workout more often after next week! I cannot wait to be able to move more.

And maybe I will also have more time and brain function to post here again too. Until then, i'll be doing my best to get through each day.

happy-1 on 07/16/2021:
Welcome back! I love that you recognized a draining situation, decided to find a better fit, and got something even better. Go you!

bearcountrygg on 07/16/2021:
It's good to hear that you last few days there are not as difficult.....it will be nice to be closer to the boyfriend.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2021:
wow! congrats on "sealing the deal" at the new place to be. that's awesome!

you have totally shown me that change can happen at any time. in the back of my head, i want to change my field in 5 yrs time as well...based on when the openings come up for the other field. (openings only every 5-6yrs)

Donkey on 07/18/2021:
So glad to hear from you! That's great news that you've got yourself a new job - congratulations!!!

It will be very nice to have your time back to exercise and take care of yourself.

KathyBlue on 07/21/2021:
New job, new life, all so exciting!! :) I'm jealous! :)

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Hope all goes well with your new job change. Hope you are having a good day.

legcramps - Monday Jun 28, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Good morning all,

I had two interviews for job positions in BF's town, Both went really well and am hoping to get an offer from one this week. They are both very similar positions, as administrators, and I feel so hopeful and happy about it. It's such a nice feeling after two months of being miserable in a position that - to be perfectly honest - people just don't want to see me in. It's too bad, but without having any management experience I have been feeling lost a lot of the time, and unfortunately my coworkers are not interested in offering me any support. Healthcare is quite "sink or swim", so I must admit that I'm definitely not floating right now. I am SO grateful to have other options, and to hopefully not have to stay stuck somewhere that I'm unhappy all of the time.

I haven't been working out much due to job stress, I basically come home every night, cry a little bit and feel sorry for myself lol, eat and then go to bed. I've been trying to make up for it on weekends, but definitely feel a loss of strength. Since health and wellness has been a passion of mine for a long time, this is just absolutely unacceptable to me. Job change should switch things up a bit I hope!

We should all remember, let me be the example, that we NEED to still take risks in life even if they don't go the way you were hoping. Make your change happen, and then make your changes happen again if it doesn't work out the first time.

Donkey on 06/28/2021:
I'm so hoping you get another job opportunity SOON! I completely agree that if a job is taking so much out of your mental & physical resources that you cannot take care of yourself (exercise, etc.) properly, then it's time to look for something else. No job is worth that personal sacrifice.

And I *LOVE* what you wrote at the end - because you're absolutely right about taking risks and trying new things, and having faith in oneself that, if things don't work out for the better, we have it within ourselves to make a change, again, for the better.

bearcountrygg on 06/28/2021:
Fingers crossed for you Legs...That the best of the 2 jobs does come through for you!! If you are still miserable where you are then you do need a change....it's never too late to make a switch for the right choice. Good idea to take a risk for your own happiness.....and I love that it will help you get closer to BF!!!

Jacky82020 on 06/28/2021:
Sending good vibrations. (Imagine flashing hippie gif here) Hey! I’ll see if I can upload one to my feed here.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2021:
i'm very glad that you have taken these risks. that is def part of life. it will def improve for you. and with summer here, it's a good time to relax a little bit too.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2021:
offering you my support. it takes courage to leave one job after so long <3

Horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2021:
I do agree with the others...and especiallly in what Bear writes. you are still young and have years ahead to live your life and make changes. you are too young to stay miserable. you give me hope in my own situations.

happy-1 on 07/02/2021:
Good job moving on if you find something isn’t right or not what you want. I should do that more often.

legcramps - Friday Jun 18, 2021

Weight: 0.0

I might have a bite on a new job that is in the same town as BF. This might have all worked out like this for a reason after all! I am still in my job in healthcare management, but if all goes well, hopefully not for long. May be moving into the construction field and trying my hand at project administration / HR. And I'll get to be much closer to BF, as in, in the same household after four years of commitment.

Cross  your fingers and toes! It puts my healthcare family in a tight spot, but I just can't do the job anymore. It is not even close to the fit I was hoping for.

bearcountrygg on 06/18/2021:
I hope it all works out the way you want it to.

Jacky82020 on 06/18/2021:
FINGERS CROSSED! (Imagine Twitter emoji here)

Donkey on 06/19/2021:
Hoping and praying for you!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/19/2021:
in your second paragraph, you call it your "healthcare family." is that what you meant to write?

also, i also have my fingers crossed for you. seems you are getting out of a less optimal position. nice work on that. getting new jobs has never been easy or even doable for me by myself.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/21/2021:
i'm glad to read your thoughts looking towards the positive, how to improve your situation.

legcramps - Monday May 31, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Very quick update today, sorry everyone I seem to be dropping off the face of the earth here! I am still struggling with the new job. I am still learning and it is still a huge learning curve for me. Every day is quite hard to handle, I've even started to look for another job already lol!

I guess the positive is that this change did get me out of a job that I was totally miserable in, and into one that I will be challenged in for a long time (if I can stick it out). The pay is certainly earned I'll tell you that! One month in, having to make exceptions for myself and be gentle with myself.

Stirring up some change. Hopefully something good comes of it.

Jacky82020 on 06/01/2021:
Didn’t you say the new job is managing a gym? Are you really because of ppl returning after all the covid openings?

Donkey on 06/01/2021:
^I didn't think the new job was managing a gym, only that it was into management in the health field. That can be completely overwhelming and stressful.

(((hugs))) I'm sorry that this new job has been difficult. Hang in there, legs, until something changes - either an adjustment or a new job.

happy-1 on 06/01/2021:
Hugs. This job must be insane if someone with the discipline snd energy you have is roughing it. Make sure you get a bubble bath.

Donkey on 06/02/2021:
^Happy makes a great point!

innerpeace on 06/02/2021:
Prayers for you. I hope it all gets better for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2021:
well, no matter what, do your best work so you can be proud of yourself no matter what the outcome. you are a hard worker and you have a "no quit" attitude.

we are all cheering you on here, no doubt!

Be easy on yourself outside of work if need be. a new job can wear at you and stress you. rest when you can or need to.

i am once again in a new office (same company). so i'm just settling in but it's not exactly a lot of work yet as the change wasn't supposed to happen...but it's better than being fired (me).

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2021:
well, no matter what, do your best work so you can be proud of yourself no matter what the outcome. you are a hard worker and you have a "no quit" attitude.

we are all cheering you on here, no doubt!

Be easy on yourself outside of work if need be. a new job can wear at you and stress you. rest when you can or need to.

i am once again in a new office (same company). so i'm just settling in but it's not exactly a lot of work yet as the change wasn't supposed to happen...but it's better than being fired (me).

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