One more day of work and then off for a three-day weekend! And we are going away for the weekend, so even better :) We are heading about two hours east to a hiking/mtb trail system and we're spending two nights there. Hoping to get in a lot of biking and hiking, and maybe even a swim if i'm really lucky LOL. Now these are the weekends I look forward to - time outside being active!
The city started the demolition of our outdoor pool recently, so BF and I biked passed yesterday to see how it's going. They are coming along nicely, and the area looks huge now that it's all one big hole LOL. There's plenty of room for a large pool, so that's what i'm hoping for. I really can't wait to watch it progress into a beautiful new pool :)
legcramps - Thursday Jul 30, 2020
Wednesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, layered salad, 1/2 protein cookie, ginger beef with rice, freezie. 1,593 calories.
Wednesday's exercise - 12,619 steps walking on breaks at work and then working at the gym.
I might need an extra coffee today. I just heard that some departments in the hospital ordered jackets with the hospital logo, and some departments were left out of the ordering. Our administration department was left out, and being left out always feels great doesn't it?! This has been done before, so I shouldn't be surprised, but a memo or an email would have been really nice.
If this is how it works here, maybe when i'm sending out information, I will leave out some departments also LOL!
BF is coming to visit tonight, so i'm going to make ginger beef for him with rice and veggies. I know it's the same thing I had yesterday for my take out day, but he is craving ginger beef and I have some frozen that I can make.
Not sure what the evening will bring. Maybe we'll get out for a gravel ride since his bike is here at the moment.
legcramps - Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
Tuesday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, turkey sandwich, protein bar, smoked pork loin, rice, freezie, pb and honey sandwich (again!ugh!). 2,183 calories.
I hadn't planned on riding yesterday. I wasn't going to do anything at all, actually. I took a nap after work and was pretty grumpy when I woke up from it; then BF called and kept cutting me off after asking what my plans for the evening were, which just made me more grumpy!
Eventually, I had to pick up a bike that we sent in to get fixed, and on my way home I got a message from a friend asking if I wanted to go for a trail ride with her. I said yes right away; getting these messages from my friends doesn't happen very often. I usually ride with BF or on my own, or with people who are many levels ahead of me in endurance which isn't always fun.
This ride was great. I never had to push it, so I was able to maintain a slower pace and ride gently. I also used my hybrid bike, which was not my mountain bike, and it rode quite well - I was impressed.
I bought it because I loved the colour :) Ignore the other two bike in the background. Yes, I have too many bikes.
Working a shift at the gym tonight, which means I get to have take out! Which is great because I don't have anything in the fridge.
legcramps - Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
Monday's meals - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk, pasta salad, hot dog, protein bar, smoked pork loin, freezie, toast with pb and honey (stupid nighttime snacking). 2,201 calories.
I rode my hybrid bike to work this morning. BF wants to do some biking this weekend, so I need to get back on a bike before then so that I can get comfortable riding the trails. They should be pretty tame and not much elevation, so it should work out ok. "should"
All my cuts and scrapes are starting to heal. I am still having some discomfort in my chest when I cough or sneeze, but hopefully that will be better by the weekend. I had no trouble holding onto the handlebars this morning, so there's no more muscle strain in my shoulder! Things are looking better, bit by bit, day by day.
I went hiking after work yesterday just to keep moving, but the trails here at home are pretty dull compared to other ones i've been on. They aren't as challenging and OMG the bugs are terrible! We must not spray anything for bugs in our parks. I think I got about three bites from horse flies - those suckers really dig in! And I was saturated with bug spray. Note to self - buy better bug spray.
I also picked up some RAID for wasps and hornets while I was uptown yesterday. We contemplated purchasing bear spray for a big hike we are planning on doing, but that stuff is not cheap. One of BF's friends is a hunter, and he suggested we try Raid instead. We're going to be hiking about 13km total, and camping in an area with reported recent bear activity. It's good to be prepared; hopefully we won't have to use it.
legcramps - Monday Jul 27, 2020
Ok, well, it's been awhile but i'm back at work and that means i'm back on DD's!
Vacation was fine if you don't mind crashing your bike on the very first day and dealing with the fallout for the rest of your time off.
Yes, you read that right. I crashed.
Which is not all THAT surprising, given the fact that i've fallen off my mountain bike a record number of times since i've owned it.
But this was a bad one.
Here is a picture of the offending bike (although, when I think about it, the offender was actually my poor abilities in downhill biking)...
Let me just say, the bike is fine. Nothing broke. Zero scratches even. It's fine.
I, on the other hand, am NOT fine. It took me DAYS to recover my lung capacity, and i'm still not even at 100% on that front, 10 days later. Although I did not go to hospital, i'm fairly certain I bruised my sternum, my right collarbone, my stomach organ where I hit the handlebars, and my left kneecap which just feels WRONG. Aside from that, I also managed to completely MANGLE my right shoulder, elbow, forearm with skid marks that will take weeks to fully heal. I'm missing LAYERS of skin from my stomach, chest, and left elbow.
Frankly, i'm a mess.
And to make matters even worse, you know what I have to do now, right?
I have to get back on that bike.
legcramps - Friday Jul 17, 2020
Thursday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, portion of hello fresh meal, pretzels, portion of hello fresh meal, rice and shaved steak. 1,553 calories.
I guess i'm saving calories for tonight's chili and beans (ha-ha).
Thursday's exercise - went to the gym with BF - biked 3-ish miles, then 45 minute total body workout. Burned 386 calories.
Of course, when I checked my front bike tire this morning, it was flat as a board. And I don't happen to have an extra tube for it. Hopefully it is just from the heat because it's been sitting in my vehicle for three days. Anyways, i'll have to look for an extra tube. Maybe the resort where the bike trails are will have some in stock.
I'll leave you with the Hello Fresh meal we made last night. Actually, BF's daughter did most of the work and did a great job. Summer Tomato Bruschetta Bowl!
The bocconcini cheese on top was so delicious! We enjoyed this dish, but again I only had a small portion of it because it was high in calories. I guess I could have had a little more though, looking at my total calories now. Hindsight. There was couscous underneath what you see in the picture :)
legcramps - Thursday Jul 16, 2020
Tuesday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, hello fresh greek chicken souvlaki, 1/2 snickers protein bar, wok box teriyaki vegan chicken with rice and veggies. 1,598 calories.
Ugh, what happened to my consistency with calories?! I was so worked up about how many calories would be in the wok box meal that I darn nearly starved myself through the day ;) OK, moving on. Whatever.
Tuesday's exercise - I worked a shift at the gym last night, so I didn't get any other exercise in, BUT I did manage to get 10,000 steps in! So THAT IS ENOUGH.
After work today i'm heading to BF's with a lot of our camping supplies so that he can pack them into the van. That way I won't have to travel back home after my overnight camp trip on Friday; I can just drive back to his place instead.
So i'll be packing like crazy after work today, and then hopefully BF and I will do something exercise-y once I get there :)
I tell you, I haven't been this excited about something in months; it is almost overwhelming. I can't wait to try out those mountain bike trails, and I can't wait to finish the night off tenting near a fire and eating chili and beans for supper LOL. Friday just can't come soon enough. I really hope it doesn't rain!
Here's that picture of the downed trees near the pool... the pool was not full of water, they were doing some renovations this year so it has been closed. Now they have a lot more renovations to do...
legcramps - Wednesday Jul 15, 2020
Monday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, burritos, part of a hello fresh meal (greek chicken souvlaki), freezie. 1,752 calories.
Monday's exercise - bike 39 km, burned 400 calories.
Tonight I work at the gym, so I get to order fast food for supper :) Wok Box it is. I also have to remember to pick up the rest of the groceries i'll need for camping this weekend.
Either tomorrow or Friday I need to set up the tent to make sure I have all the rods for it. I have a sneaking suspicion that I might be missing a rod, which would render the tent useless to me on Friday and force me to drive home for the night. Cross your fingers!
I only ate part of the hello fresh meal I made yesterday because the calories in those dishes are super high! So even though I have the two-meal plan, I have to split it into four meals. I just hope it actually fills me up, otherwise I might be in trouble with calories for the next couple of days. I don't think i'll be ordering hello fresh again anytime soon.
I was going to post a picture of some of the damage that was done during our plow winds the other day, but I can't seem to upload any photos today.
legcramps - Tuesday Jul 14, 2020
Let's catch up:
Friday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee with oat milk, burrito, cobb salad with poppyseed dressing, freezie, vegan chili with jasmin rice. 1,767 calories.
Friday was a REST day.
Saturday's meals - toast with pb and honey, coffee wtih oat milk, vegan chili with pork sausage LOL (that's kind of an oxymoron), naan bread and chickpea masala, ice cream, pretzels. 1,758 calories.
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.