Sunday's meals - toast with pb and two eggs, coffee with almond milk, berry protein smoothie, pita bread and chickpea masala, pretzels, coke zero, burrito, freezie. 1,728 calories.
Sunday's exercise - bike ride, 40km, burned 1,289 calories. Also got a sunburn and heat stroke. Yay.
Sick on Monday...
Monday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, pita bread and chickpea masala (this was ONE meal that I split into THREE because it is SO filling!), burritos, freezie. 1,782 calories.
Monday was a SICK day.
I had to force myself to eat over 1,700 calories yesterday. I was pretty sick and really not hungry in the evening at all, but I knew that if I didn't eat, my metabolism would mess me up for the next few days, and I want my calories to be as consistent as possible.
We had a crazy thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and there are trees down all over the city; also fences, shingles, you name it. The wind broke one of my adirondack chairs and a fire pot that was on the deck, and tipped over two of my flower pots. It also moved my VERY HEAVY patio furniture about two feet on the deck. Thankful that was all the damage I had - my neighbours were not so lucky with downed power lines and fences destroyed. I sent a little prayer up as a thank you - it could have been so much worse.
I have a lot of things to do this week to prepare for a very busy weekend. Today's work is organizing what i'll be packing for two upcoming camping trips.
I'm very excited about the first one - I signed up for a three hour course on mountain biking at a nearby provincial park, and BF will be meeting me there afterwards and we will be camping overnight - in a primitive campsite. Just a firepit and maybe a table if we're lucky!
And then a group of us booked a cabin (don't worry, we are all part of our covid-19 group that i've been staying to this whole time) for two nights so we'll definitely not be roughing it for a couple days.
After we get back from all the camping trips on Tuesday night, i'll have the rest of the week off of work to unpack everything and just relax! Yay!
legcramps - Friday Jul 10, 2020
Thursday's meals - toast with honey and pb, coffee with oat milk, burrito, freezie x 2, hamburger with bun, pasta salad, coleslaw, coke zero. 1,743 calories.
After work I decided I would go for a walk to get my 10,000 steps in. I was already over 6,000 steps, so just needed 4,000 more. And I decided I would be okay with that as my exercise for the day. I walked about 10 minutes to the start of the walking trail I usually take my bike on, and had the sudden urge to change my walk into a run. I kept alternating back and forth between walking and running and ended up travelling almost 6 km in total. Burned 444 calories.
Then went to a friend's birthday celebration.
Thanks for the concern on the boil LOL, it's decreased in size already and i'm not as worried about it as I was. Still holding off on getting on the bike for at least another day.
I'm very undecided about what to do tonight for a workout. If the weather stays hot today, and i'm not too tired from working all day, I might drive to the lake and go swimming. I would really like that.
legcramps - Thursday Jul 09, 2020
Wednesday's meals - toast with honey and pb, coffee with oat milk x 2, burrito, rice with beef and broccoli, coke zero. 1,644 calories.
I didn't exercise yesterday, not formally anyways. I did run around at the gym for three hours, so I think that should be counted. It was a good shift, ending with a nice chat with two of my gym friends about the coronavirus and what it's done to our families and friends, reiterating that now is the time to be diligent, and try to keep a positive outlook.
I bought supper for myself yesterday - take out from the Wok Box. I got their mongolian beef and broccoli bowl. Delicious. I have some leftover rice from that to use for meals today. Wasn't very hungry yesterday, calories might be lower than what they could be.
Getting together with friends tonight for a birthday celebration. Same friends I usually meet up with, so no one new and at a friend's place so not even out at a restaurant or anything.
I would try to get out on the bike today, but i've developed a large boil on the inside of my thigh from my gravel ride, and it's a little tender. Biking more would just aggravate it. I'm not sure what to do in place of biking, so i'll have to think about that - maybe go for a walk or a jog if that doesn't exacerbate the boil. This is the not so pretty side of cycling LOL. I should have used lubricating cream, but I only think of it after i've done the ride, instead of before.
legcramps - Wednesday Jul 08, 2020
Tuesday's meals - toast with honey and pb, coffee with oat milk x 2, burritos, 1/4 of a lenny & lanny's cookie, lentil soup with udon noodles, freezie. 1,799 calories.
I went on a gravel ride after work yesterday. I had an extra coffee in the afternoon, and it seemed to really give me the energy I needed to keep moving once I got home. I took half a protein cookie with me in case I got hungry, but only ended up eating half of it. It was a nice ride, although towards the end my legs were starting to fail so I really had to push to get myself home. Gravel is hard, especially when it's not packed down. Almost fell a couple of times, but saved myself at the last second!
1 hour, 33 minutes; 642 calories burned.
Tonight I work at the gym. If it is not too busy, i'll try to get in a strength workout.
legcramps - Tuesday Jul 07, 2020
A quick check-in today.
Monday's exercise was yardwork - cut the grass and did some weeding. One hour and burned 254 calories.
Monday's meals - toast with honey and pb, coffee with oat milk, chicken burritos, lentil soup with udon noodles, freezie, pretzels, coke zero.
Slowly reeling in my nutrition, trying to choose healthier options and only eat until i'm full rather than until the plate is empty. A little crazy closer to bedtime, but the pretzels seemed to satisfy me long enough to fall asleep.
Going for the same foods today. I needed a nap after work yesterday so i'm not sure how today is going to go. It's hot here and that just zaps the energy right out of me, even though i'd rather have heat than cold. But if it is not too windy after work, maybe a gravel ride would be nice. If not, I always have the spin bike I can jump on for a bit.
legcramps - Monday Jul 06, 2020
Here it is, already July! Where does the time go?
We left for my cousin's on July 1st and just got back home last night. It's the longest stretch of "away time" we've had for months, and I really have no words to describe how wonderful it felt to not be at work, at home, or anywhere in the immediate vicinity of either of those things.
Truly unplugged for a few days.
Got a lot of visiting in with family as well. Mostly though, we spent time paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, boating, floating, and napping.
My cousin makes her own bread - it is gluten and soy free, among other things. She also makes her own snacks, and we enjoyed her sesame 'crack', and kale chips with a zuchinni dressing or hummus. for breakfast, we had toast with honey and pb, and espresso. We ate at a smokehouse twice, which was delicious. I had brisket both times, with sweet potato and chipotle sauce. There were enough leftovers from this for two more meals. The only other meal we had was when we roasted hot dogs near the water. There was so much to do, we really didn't focus on food until Saturday night, when we all had a touch of heat stroke and I was in desperate need of ALL the sodium.
I'm going to try to really watch what i'm eating this week. I have quite a few home-made chicken burritos that I am storing in the freezer, and I think i'll bring some of those out for this week because they are really healthy with lots of veggies.
I'd love to make a big batch of vegetable salad - maybe with couscous, and eat from that this week as well. If I can get to the grocery store today, i'll do that.
So far, i've had toast with honey and pb, and coffee with oat milk. I do love and appreciate my oat milk!
legcramps - Tuesday Jun 30, 2020
I did not do very well at all with eating yesterday, but - even though I was so sore - I went for a walk in the evening and got my 10,000 steps in at least.
But for real, I was having some trouble walking yesterday LOL. Feeling a little less sore today.
The weather has been anticlimactic around here. We were preparing to get a whole lot of rain, but all that's come so far is a steady drizzle for the last couple of days. Now I know how people who live in BC feel when it is raining all the time.
My aunt with the recent health issues is back at home resting. I think we'll leave her alone while she is still recovering, and head to my cousin's as we had initially planned. I am so looking forward to some time away without the requirement to do much of anything.
I desperately need to reel in my eating; my cousin's should be a good place to do this - she is on a strict nutrition plan as she has so many allergies. It won't kill me to bend to her plan for a few days. And when I get back i'll have to really start working harder in this area. It's fine while i'm working it off, but as I am not doing the same volume of workouts as I used to do, the weight is starting to pile up and I have been really feeling it the past couple of days.
Started the day with toast and pb, and coffee with oat milk and sugar.
I have leftover chicken fingers, rice and veggies to eat for lunch, with honey dill sauce.
Homemade healthy chicken burritos for supper! With a little dollop of sour cream.
Will try and stick to protein shakes or bars for snacks if I need them.
legcramps - Monday Jun 29, 2020
BF and I were up late playing games on our iPads last night, and now i'm almost zombie-like at work. However, I am impressed with the amount of work i'm still managing to get through. My only hope is that i'm actually doing it right and won't have to backtrack and do it all again tomorrow. I know I keep saying the same thing, but I really need to get to sleep earlier when i'm with BF.
I applied for another job last week, but this one is even further away and i'd have to find somewhere to stay during the week and just come home on the weekends. It's not very appealing, but again - I might not even get an interview for these positions. Often, they already have someone else in mind for them. Will keep looking!
Had a very eventful weekend...
I had some yardwork to do on my day off on Friday, and ran some other errands before driving to BF's. On Saturday we did an early morning workout at the gym, and in the late afternoon we went biking on the trails. I fell, I may have cried, and I tried to nurse the road rash on my leg for the rest of the evening. The weather was dreary on Sunday, and so were all of our moods. We lazed around most of the day, until BF decided to tear apart his upstairs bathroom (he wants to renovate it). I helped with that for a bit, and then we went to the gym again. Up early this morning to head home and get back to work.
We ate fairly well. Brisket burgers on Saturday, and chicken quesadillas last night which were delicious. I also recall a very thick ham and cheese sandwich with lots of mustard, some watermelon, protein pancakes with turkey bacon, hot coffee, and an ice cold smoothie. Last night I had a little vanilla ice cream in a waffle bowl with some chocolate on top.
I work today and tomorrow, and then i'm off until Monday. We were planning to visit my cousin on the farm, but my aunt has since had some health issues and we may change our plans to see her instead, depending on how she is recovering (and unfortunately, also depending on how many people she's had to interact with recently).
Definitely a rest day today. I can barely walk, my glutes and quads are absolutely trashed. Looking forward to my massage chair later!
legcramps - Wednesday Jun 24, 2020
There is not much on the job boards for my area right now... I did apply for a privacy analyst position yesterday, but it is in a city an hour and a half away so i'm not sure how I would make that work. However, sometimes it is just a conversation with the supervisor and an option will present itself ...you never know, so I must try everything.
BF and his daughter came for a visit last night. We did not make it to the lake; BF's daughter wanted to hang out with a friend so we stayed in town. I got all my yardwork done, washed dishes, and even did a load of laundry. We made chicken, rice and veggies for supper and BF brought some creamy honey dill dip for us to try - it was delicious.
Today passes quickly hopefully. I have an evening meeting that i'm not looking forward to, but will tell myself that it will be awesome and so it shall be - right?! LOL
Giving myself the permission to look for a different position has been slightly freeing, and i'm not feeling quite as trapped as I was yesterday. Something will come up, it's only a matter of time.
Another sunny day today! I have Friday off! A weekend full of zero plans!
legcramps - Tuesday Jun 23, 2020
Oof, it was a busy week and weekend, and yesterday at work was crazy too. Hopefully it will die off a bit now.
It is so hot here today, which to some of you would not seem very hot at all. A nice sunny day. We may try to hit the lake after work to soak up some of these hard to find rays.
I have a great job at the hospital; I am good at it, people trust and acknowledge my experience, and I have a semblance of control over the work that I do. However, for the last few years it's been becoming more and more difficult to work with certain people. My trust in the healthcare system has also waned quite significantly. Due to the extra levels of stress these past few months, it has been even more difficult.
I think I am just at the stage now where I quite dislike having work piled on me as a last resort. Well, I don't know - let legcramps fix it. Oh, this has to be sent in today - legcramps will do it. We need a new template and process for receipting? Yes, i'm sure legcramps has nothing better to do, give it to her.
I've had a discussion with BF, and I am going to start looking for something else. I hate to do it - it's like staring a gift horse in the mouth - but I need to find something that gives me more joy. It may take months for that to happen, but I am going to start looking today, and will continue once a week or once every couple of weeks until I see something that speaks to me. I'll do my best to stay within the healthcare system because I do not want to give up my many perks - as HoP mentions - we also get a good pension, great benefits, etc. and I've been here for over 19 years now. But it's time for me to move on, and leave this part of my life behind me.