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legcramps - Monday Mar 15, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 8 - bike ride; burned 319 calories

March 9 - shovel snow; burned unknown calories

March 10 -  worked over 11 hours today

March 11 - bike ride; burned 642 calories

March 12 - REST

March 13 - walk; burned 195 calories

March 14 - bike ride; burned 795 calories

Big week of riding, two indoor rides on the trainer and one outside that was very, very muddy LOL. Lots of fun.

Another job interview set up for tomorrow morning. Not too sure how I feel about the job itself, but will see how the interview goes.

So tonight will be research and studying for interview tomorrow, tomorrow night I work at the gym, and Wednesday night might be a bike ride with friends. Thursday morning I have another therapy appointment and i'm off work that day and on Friday, yippee! Four days off this week.

On my days off, I have been naturally waking up just before 7:00 a.m. since the sunrise has been happening earlier this last week. It has been nice to wake up feeling happy and refreshed as compared to my winter wake ups where I need the therapy light to help me get out of bed. I am just so grateful for the changing of the season.

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
Me, too. Loving that Spring is coming in! We are getting lots of flowering trees blooming over here and also some flowers and bushes blooming, too.

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2021:
I think most of us are ready for some nicer weather...your muddy bike ride looked challenging!! You sure burn a lot of calories on your bike......GREAT JOB!!!

Donkey on 03/16/2021:
Good luck with the job interview!

I am not faring as well, this year, with the time change. You are quite fortunate. Good sleep is everything.

innerpeace on 03/16/2021:
Good luck on your job interview!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2021:
keep preparing and readying yourself for interviews...then you'll be ready whenever you have to be, it also keeps you on your toes.

legcramps - Monday Mar 08, 2021

Weight: 0.0

March 1 - REST

March 2 - gym shift, worked over 11 hours

March 3 - evening meeting, worked over 11 hours 

March 4 - REST

March 5 - day off; hike and strength workout; burned 902 calories

March 6 - hike; burned 655 calories

March 7 - REST

Had planned to do more yesterday than rest, but by the time we got all the laundry, cooking, cleaning, yardwork and general watching of tv done, it was 9:00 p.m. Where does the time go?!

I'm extra tired today after a night of little sleep. I even caught myself dreaming that I wasn't able to sleep. Feels like I have been holding my eyes open with toothpicks all night.

Last week was another low week of exercise. Work is just taking over, and it's been difficult to find motivation. Having days off really helps, but the days that I work I am just too wiped to do much else.

Four more gym shifts this month and then I have decided to put coaching on the back-burner. I need a break from constantly having to pretend everything is ok in the world.

What a bummer of a post! I'm not really that bummed... just listening to my body and soul and trying to give it what it needs. Sometimes we just have to keep doggy-paddling to stay afloat. It always gets better eventually.

grannyannie on 03/08/2021:
Hope things look up soon!

Jacky82020 on 03/08/2021:
Wow, looks to me like you’re burning up those calories! Didn’t you say you have some kind of heart monitor? We have one for the spinner. Not sure, but think it’s specific to the bike. Never use it.

bearcountrygg on 03/08/2021:
I agree give your body what it needs...sometimes we just have to let some things go for our own good.

Maria7 on 03/08/2021:
Hang in there!

Donkey on 03/08/2021:
I had to chuckle about this being a bummer post. I know what you mean, but I don't see it that way either. Like you said, you're just listening to your body and giving the soul what it needs. (Loved your wording on that, by the way!)

horn_of_plenty on 03/10/2021:
i guess sleep / feeling tired was VERY MUCH on your mind for you to dream it! i hope you feel better.

i am also having a very tired day today and since i was on my feet a lot, photocopying, i plan to just go home and sleep very early tonight (no exercise plans at all...just rest)....it's almost TOM and my hormones are beyond whacked this month.

Maria7 on 03/15/2021:
I love your last line you wrote about sometimes we just have to doggy-paddle to keep afloat. So true. Hope you are having a good day. Take care.

legcramps - Monday Mar 01, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 22 - evening meeting; worked over 12 hours today.

February 23 - evening shift at the gym; worked over 12 hours today.

February 24 - hike and bike ride; burned 1,163 calories.

February 25 - REST

February 26 - REST

February 27 - bike ride and hike; burned 715 calories.

February 28 - snowshoe; burned 895 calories.

The first part of last week was so busy, I was burned out by Thursday and then my plans changed on Friday so I didn't get anything done that night either.

On the NO EAT list:  apples, pears, hot dogs, egg yolks, carrots, cauliflower, peanuts, peanut butter, and now possibly pasta.

One of the foods I wanted to try this weekend was pasta, so I made macaroni last night for supper. All I can say is it's been a rough morning so far and if the pasta is the culprit, it will be a rough afternoon as well. In fact, I might just go home soon. I woke up with a piercing headache this morning and just not feeling great, then had a bathroom incident which was not awesome but it happens. Then I had to drive home and I spent the entire time cringing from stomach cramps and it almost felt like I was in the midst of a gallbladder attack or something. Then of course, as soon as I got to work I had to hit the bathroom again. I just feel awful! Thankfully there's not much going on at work today so it should be fine for me to go home for part of it.

Plan for the week:

Monday - rest

Tuesday - gym shift

Wednesday - evening meeting

Thursday - gym workout

Friday - took the workday off; possibly hike if it's nice out

Ok, that's all i've got for today. I am just not feeling it!

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2021:
WOW...wheat allergy? They do make lentil and rice pastas...........You are finding out a lot....I feel bad for your rough day....Wondering if it's allergy or IBS......crohns...

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
I'm leaning more towards IBS which is what a specialist suggested to me after a colonoscopy awhile back.

grannyannie on 03/01/2021:
You've probably said before but have you been tested for celiacs?

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
I believe so. I can handle a certain amount of grains though, so I don't think it is celiac but rather IBS.

Jacky82020 on 03/01/2021:
What an ordeal! You poor kid,

Donkey on 03/02/2021:
Oh my, I'm so sorry. My husband has been struggling with his GI issues for 3 weeks now. It is overwhelming and all-consuming. I don't know but it sounds to me like more investigation is needed. You can't be living like this.

Maybe return to the elimination diet basics? To reset your system?

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
Yes, every time I get sick, I have to reset my diet. So trying "new" foods has almost become a frightening ordeal.

horn_of_plenty on 03/02/2021:
was there cheese in your pasta or is it a gluten thing!? dear gosh!

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
It is the pasta, but not sure exactly what ingredient in it.

legcramps on 03/02/2021:
The obvious answer is the wheat and durum flour. I can eat certain breads that i've already tried, however I feel like it's possible I had too much of the macaroni and should moderate myself with it. I also feel that way about the breads i've tried, like if I have too much I will start to feel sick from it.

Maria7 on 03/02/2021:
That is good you are finding out what agrees with you and what doesn't.

Maria7 on 03/04/2021:
Hope you are having a good day.

legcramps - Monday Feb 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 17 - bike ride and yoga; burned 237 calories.

February 18 - strength session; burned 205 calories.

February 19 - worked late re: vaccinations; 12 hour day.

February 20 - worked four hours re: vaccinations; hike 3 hours; burned 1,366 calories.

February 21 - yoga, hike, and gym session; burned 1,273 calories.

If I feel tired today, I know why. /

I felt something new on Friday night/Saturday morning. I felt like an extrovert, absorbing the energy of the people around me. They were just all so happy to get their vaccinations; it was really nice to finally be around some positivity, regardless of what anyone's opinions are - it was a happy two days for a lot of people around these parts, and I soaked up as much as I could.

And then I used all that energy to completely exhaust myself physically haha!

Another busy week ahead, starting with an evening meeting tonight that I really don't want to participate in. I will try and turn my attitude around before tonight; no use going into it with a bad attitude.

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Wow! You’re burning calories all over the places, Did you get the vaccine?

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
No I didn't, I was volunteering some work time to help out while a particular population got theirs.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Nope....Don't want to begin bummed!! Maybe someone will get a shot today and make you happy???? JK!

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
Haha! Maybe!

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
You're like a machine! Good job on all the workouts.

Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Oh I loved reading your adventure with positive energy!!! I love it when that happens. Doesn't happen enough for me.

Hope the meeting went well. Maybe you could be the cool, quiet one, lol.

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
lol, at least you know WHY you are tired!

today i'm tired and for less of a good reason beyond laziness and my couch-sitting and it's making it so i cannot get into a work flow this week....i'm sure i'll get back into it, though, after a week or two? or never!?

well, at least you finally have a little positivity to help you shine!...my office is pretty positive as well, so i def can only say i can relate!

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 11 - REST

February 12 - REST

February 13 - bike ride; burned 589 calories.

February 14 - REST

February 15 - REST

February 16 - hike; burned 775 calories

Yep, lots of rest. It was a little stressful, like, I knew I should be doing something, but couldn't motivate myself to. Shrugging and moving on.

I tried a few more foods over the long weekend - soybean, gluten-free bread, goat cheese, donut, eggs, turkey bacon, and protein pancakes.

Soybean actually seems to be ok, however I do need to try over-moderation to find out for sure.

GF bread was good, and I might start replacing the one other type of grain-made bread I have tried so far with a GF option. I have noticed the more grain-made bread I eat, the worse I feel so even though it may not make me sick-sick, it might not be worth adding it to my diet.

I did not enjoy the goat cheese, so even though it didn't make me sick, I will not be adding it to my CAN EAT list LOL.

The donut made me sick - duh.

The egg made me feel really BLAH. Not sick, but just very heavy and gross. My next egg try will be just the whites of the egg. Maybe it's just the yolk that is affecting me.

Turkey bacon was delicious! Will definitely be having more of this!

The protein pancakes are a possible sick enforcer. I had them for supper last night, and this morning I was in the bathroom for an extended period of time. I might try to eat them again today just to make sure the morning time out in the bathroom wasn't just a coincidence that had nothing to do with the pancakes.

This week will be stressful and busy at work, but i've decided that I am not going to take any of that stress home with me. I'm giving up stress for Lent. Which probably means i'll be doing more yoga and meditation for the next little while.

It was super nice to get outside yesterday for a two-hour hike. It was so cold though, but much warmer than it has been, so I took the opportunity and it worked its magic as usual and made me feel absolutely amazing afterwards. If you ever need to pull yourself out of a slump, do some hard physical exercise/labour. I promise it will work. I was rolling over huge snow drifts, post-holing through deep snow, and thanking the Lord that none of that snow got into my boots. There was even a low point where I had to scoop snow into my mouth for hydration because that's how hard I was working.

The warm shower afterwards stung my skin to the point that I thought I had been close to getting frost-bite. What I should have done after this hike was a nice long stretching session, but I didn't and am suffering for it today. After work, that's what i'll do.

bearcountrygg on 02/17/2021:
Eggs are a high allergy food....were there eggs in the pancakes too? Yup...goats milk stinks...I mean stinks for real..never tried goats milk cheese but the milk was enough...NOPE...With you on that! JUST SAY NO TO FROSTBITE!!!

grannyannie on 02/17/2021:
A hike is great, but frostbite is not!

Maria7 on 02/17/2021:
Hope you're having a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2021:
the gluten free bread usually doesn't have much fiber...so i can how it can make you feel bad...it's just pure fast carbs i think...

yeah, check the ingredients for the pancakes...maybe too much fiber?

also, sorry the egg did you in! you'd think that would be a safe food!

cool idea to give up stress for lent...what a great thought of something useful to try to stop for 40 days!

amazing photos/video from your trail riding yesterday.

Donkey on 02/18/2021:
I admire your ability to rest. That would be difficult for me to do.

I love reading about your food adventure. The things that work and don't work for your system is fascinating.

thinkpositive on 02/20/2021:
It must be frustrating to figure out what you can eat.

legcramps - Thursday Feb 11, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 8 - furnace issues; REST

February 9 - work at gym in evening; burned unknown calories.

February 10 - bike ride; burned 249 calories.

It's working out to be a low week of workouts this week. I haven't felt the desire to drive in this very, very cold weather to get to the gym if I don't have to. I had to work an evening shift there on Tuesday, but otherwise haven't been. So the bike has been my only exercise so far this week. I'm not mad about it, i'm sure i'll make up for it later this month or next month when it finally starts to warm up again.

Of course, I could also bundle up and go outside, but that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I don't know why I live where the air hurts my lungs, because I am such a princess about cold weather. I haven't even found the courage to shovel the walkway!

This morning might be the coldest morning so far... negative 52 degrees celsius with the windchill. Please pray for my furnace to continue to keep my house functional.

I ate turkey with sweet potato fries yesterday and will add these foods to my 'CAN EAT' list. I will eat the leftover sweet potato fries today for lunch and then i'll know for sure but theoretically, based on the elimination diet, they shouldn't affect me.

Today it's back to chicken and rice for supper, and maybe tomorrow night I will try either tomatoes or pasta!

grannyannie on 02/11/2021:
I'm not a fan of going out in cold weather either! It needs to hit 10C/50F before I go out to walk.

Jacky82020 on 02/11/2021:
Sounds like the can list is doing better than the can’t column. Yay!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/11/2021:
why don't you wear a mask iin the cold...it helps me stay warm, actually, to walk in the winter with the cloth mask...

also, it's good you have your bike at home.

also, think of winter as your "off-season," and a stimulus to Spring when you will do more. it can also be an extra recovery time for your ankle.

also, there's heated sneaker insoles...

Donkey on 02/12/2021:
My son, in Montana, is experiencing similar temperatures. Here in Chicago, we're at a very warm "feels like -15F" so I shouldn't complain.

I too have been limiting workouts to bike only, mostly because of TOM and lack of time. Oh and yoga on Monday.

I'm trying to get my husband to do an eliminating diet, because he's been having a lot of GI problems lately. BUT his issues are more with the lower GI, and not his stomach, so I'm getting some pushback. IDK, if I were having GI problems, I'd start at the beginning, with what I eat. But that's his journey to take.

Maria7 on 02/12/2021:
I love sweet potatoes!

legcramps - Monday Feb 08, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 3 - bike ride; burned 457 calories.

February 4 - REST

February 5 - gym workout; burned 338 calories.

February 6 - gym workout and bike ride; burned 995 calories. 

February 7 - yoga and gym workout; burned 455 calories.

Well, it's cold. Negative 51 degrees celsius with windchill. I don't know what that is in fahrenheit...just checked, negative 59.8 in fahrenheit. It hurts to breathe.

And my furnace quit running while I was at BF's over the weekend. Came home this morning to a balmy 9 degrees celsius in the house. Thankfully, nothing froze and I got it running again fairly quickly. 

So that was really cool. Literally. Figuratively it was not cool at all.

On Saturday, I discovered a new snack that I can make myself. Vanilla coconut chia seed pudding with berries. So good!

I got sick on Friday night because I really wanted my first menu addition to be a hot dog. Bad idea. I was sick for over four hours, and then only started to feel better after taking two Aleve's. Back to chicken the next night, and then on Sunday night we tried roasted turkey breast which was fine. Maybe the next thing will be peanut butter on my morning oatmeal or toast.

I've decided that if it doesn't make me sick on the first try, I have to give it another try for my next consecutive meal. If it makes me sick on the second try, then I need to eat it in moderation. If it doesn't make me sick at all, then it's all in!

I've started a list of the things I can eat in moderation so far:  carrots, cauliflower, any dairy, cucumber, and baked salmon.

I also have a CANNOT eat list: apples and pears (discovered at the beginning of my elimination diet), hot dogs (first food attempt).

Making myself intentionally sick is going to suck. *shrug*

grannyannie on 02/08/2021:

Hot dogs are pretty disgusting anyway. Can't believe I grew up eating them. And fed them to my kids.

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
Love the hot dogs that Costco sells. They're pretty much the only ones I was eating.

grannyannie on 02/08/2021:
Well done on the workouts!

legcramps on 02/08/2021:

Jacky82020 on 02/08/2021:
Maybe the hotdogs have too many additives? Wow! That is cold! Glad your pipes didn’t freeze & burst. Had that happen on our big old Victorian. What a mess!,

Good workouts!

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
Very likely! Bad first choice, but a first choice nonetheless. What R U gonna do?!

bearcountrygg on 02/08/2021:
This will be so interesting to hear how different things affect you....I'm sure it's a but scary but what a difference it will make in the long run! I'm kind of surprised that daily isn't a problem.

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
Diary IS a problem, I am lactose-intolerant. However, I can eat a moderate amount of dairy before it starts to affect me, so it's on the "moderation" list LOL.

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2021:
why'd you get sick on the pizza the second time? the cheese?

i hope you can keep your senses open and learn a lot from this elimination diet so you do not have to do it all the time!

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
No, it was the cauliflower crust. They use eggs and cauliflower mixed together. I have a feeling I will have to eat eggs in moderation, and cauliflower is actually one of the foods you should avoid completely on the elimination diet.

bearcountrygg on 02/08/2021:
I just remembered something that the Drs say to do with babies when you start feeding them solid foods...and that is to try all 1 ingredient foods first......when you have a multiple ingredient food it's hard to figure out what ingredient is a problem....If the hot dog bothered you...was it really the hot dog9 or one of it's ingredients)...or was it the bun, catsup, mustard, relish, chili etc.....

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
Yes, that's so true. I'm thinking it was an ingredient in the hot dog itself, as I literally did not add anything else to it - just had the hot dog!

Jacky82020 on 02/08/2021:
Legs, aren’t you Canadia? Reading interesting true crime book set in Winnipeg re murders of Fr

Jacky82020 on 02/08/2021:
Dang, post cut off.

book about murder of First Nation women. Very well done. Didn’t even know where Winnipeg is up there. Had to google a map. Tragic story.

Jacky82020 on 02/08/2021:
Meant to say Canadian.

legcramps on 02/09/2021:
The Highway of Tears is a tragic story as well with regards to women going missing in British Columbia. If you're interested in learning more, there are a few You Tube documentaries on the subject. I believe more than a dozen women, most of aboriginal descent, have gone missing along a certain stretch of this highway.

Donkey on 02/09/2021:
I guess I won't complain about the cold temperatures in Chicago. On Sunday my phone said "feels like -11F" -- but it could be worse, apparently.

I'm glad you got your furnace working again. All weekend I was slightly in edge about either the furnace or hot water heater breaking down. Knock wood!

I think that a hot dog was too ambitious at this point. Maybe introduce other, simpler foods. It may not be the food, but just the timing. It was a shock to your system.???

legcramps on 02/09/2021:
Oh, complain away! It's all relative and I would wholeheartedly believe you if you said it was crazy cold in Chicago today. Our warm days are nothing compared to the southern states, and I still like to complain about it ;)

Jacky82020 on 02/09/2021:
Thanks, Legs, I am very interested in learning more, but prefer books & online articles to documentaries

legcramps on 02/09/2021:
There is also a book called "Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls". There are also several podcasts.

Jacky82020 on 02/09/2021:
Will hint those books down! Thanks! C&P’d this post & emailed to myself

Jacky82020 on 02/09/2021:
Will hunt...

Jacky82020 on 02/09/2021:
Legs, got the Highway of Tears ebook from the library Thanks again for the suggestion

legcramps on 02/11/2021:
Great! It might be a hard read, emotional. I didn't read the book, but I watched one of the documentaries and had a really hard time reconciling this type of hardship and horror with the country that I have known and trusted all my life.

Maria7 on 02/10/2021:
I love baked salmon...one of my favorite foods. I hope you are feeling better. Thank you for asking about Mama. She is sick and I know she appreciates your prayers for her. Hope you have a good day.

Jacky82020 on 02/11/2021:
I remember those hotdogs from Costco! Didn’t they call them Polish sausages? Think they were $1.50 for a huge one and the drinks were 50 cents. Had mine slathered in sauerkraut.

I’m reading Red River Girl, re the murder of an Indigenous teen from Manitoba. High profile 2014 case. Not positive, but the writer, who’s very good, seems to be saying in their desperation to solve the case, the cops got the wrong man, a real lowlife POS, but not a killer. Will read book you recommended soon.

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 03, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 29 - worked, then worked a gym shift; burned unknown calories.

January 30 - went to a socially-distanced 7 year old's birthday party and stood outside near a firepit freezing my bum. In other words, REST.

January 31 - snowshoe 1.5 hours; upper body STRENGTH workout 45 minutes; burned 849 calories

February 1 - hike 1.5 hours; burned 391 calories.

February 2 - off work, travelled to city for specialist appointment, then errands; burned unknown calories.

Bathroom renovation is complete! Looks good, and no major issues so stayed true to the quote. It has been nice to be in a fresh new bathroom, still getting used to the new vanity and i'd still like to paint the mirror frame white, change out the lights, and replace or paint the door. But the major work is done.

No shifts at the gym this week; i'd like to get on my spin bike a couple times, but might also check with gym buddy to see if she's planning a gym workout that I can horn in on.

Guys, TODAY is the last day of my elimination diet! WOOHOO!

Finally I can start adding back in. But before that starts, I want to mention that I don't care much for cauliflower. Yesterday, BF and I stopped at a restaurant for supper and they didn't have many options for me to try. I ended up trying the cauliflower crust pizza, with grilled chicken and cooked onions. I can have a moderate amount of mozarella cheese as well, so added a little of that. I didn't think I would like it, but it was DELICIOUS and I need to start to make this crust myself. I could easily have this once a week or once a month and it's a great alternative if the normal pizza crust gives me any issues.

I think the first food I will try tomorrow is going to be... whole grain toast with honey for breakfast instead of oatmeal. Three weeks of oatmeal is leaving a large oatmeal'ly lump in my stomach. 

In the three weeks i've been on the elimination diet, i've noticed:

- less fatigue and joint pain

- less bloating and inflammation; I think i've noticed bloating less than five times in this 21 day period. Wow!

- increased mood, focus and concentration

- no change in occurences of heartburn / acid reflux

- irritation while having to grocery shop because I just want to buy myself some bacon, man LOL


grannyannie on 02/03/2021:
So nice to have a major project done! We've done a lot of that in our house and you just deal with the mess because you know how nice it will be when you are done.

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2021:
Great to hear your elimination diet is finally done...I'm sure it wasn't much fun but great that you learned a lot from it....and..being cold burns calories too!

horn_of_plenty on 02/03/2021:
I love cauliflower crust too - I have a couple frozen ones in my freezer - I should eat those !

Show us your bathroom renovation even if it’s simple ! A goal of mine down the road is a new bathroom haha we’ll see if that ever happens - wouldn’t be for 10 years lol

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
Unfortunately, I got sick on the second round of this crust pizza :(

Donkey on 02/04/2021:
I can't recall if I ever made a cauliflower crust when I was doing keto. I'll have to look that up.

That's wonderful news that your elimination diet was successful! And it's very interesting to hear of some of the benefits you've experienced. Since you're craving bacon, though, I take it that this "elimination diet" is not something you'd want to maintain for longer than necessary.

(Have you been having bacon dreams?)

legcramps on 02/08/2021:
No bacon dreams just yet! Yeah, the diet is not one that I think should be followed for any longer than necessary. I have a specific goal in mind with this, so i'm going to forge ahead!

legcramps - Friday Jan 29, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 26 - bike, yoga; burned 522 calories.

January 27 - errand day; REST.

January 28 - upper body strength workout; burned 270 calories.

It's been a busy week, so a quick update and apologies for not commenting on your entries. Hoping to have more time next week.

Other than the usual stuff, I got my dental appointment in this week, as well as an oil change and an athletic therapy appointment. Rescheduling a couple of upcoming appointments to try to fit in with my new gym schedule - they put me on Tuesday evenings instead of Thursdays due to scheduling challenges. Oh well, not my circus...

I've got some workers in my house fixing stuff at the moment. Replacing all the water lines in the house and doing some renovations to the bathroom. I forgot to take a before picture! They are replacing the tub, toilet and vanity, and all the faucet accessories. Nothing exciting, just going with the base level stuff, but it will still be a major upgrade from what I had in there. Plus I will finally be able to access my toilet tank (it used to be covered by the vanity, stupid stupid stupid).

Gotta go! Have a great weekend!

Jacky82020 on 01/29/2021:
Sure you’ll be pleased & happy once the renovations are done.

grannyannie on 01/29/2021:
Always nice to get stuff done to the house. Before and after photos are great! Done those for kitchen and bathrooms.

Maria7 on 01/29/2021:
Oh, I bet it will be beautiful when they are finished.

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2021:
I've always wondered why they puts those counters over toilet tanks.....how would you ever get in there to fix them?

Donkey on 01/30/2021:
Oh how exciting to have a new bathroom! I too never understood the point of having a vanity over a toilet tank. Not smart. It will be a great feeling once the repairs/upgrades are finished and you can enjoy your beautiful new bathroom!

horn_of_plenty on 02/01/2021:
Congrats on a new bathroom!!!! A new tub is a big deal!!!!

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

legcramps on 01/27/2021:
Yes! That's the one!

Donkey on 01/27/2021:
I too know what you mean about feeling unsatisfied but not technically hungry. It's an odd thing, isn't it? Because you aren't hungry, but I bet you might feel compelled to eat more in your mind's attempt to feel satiated. (At least that's what happens to me.)

How do you like the yoga?

legcramps on 01/27/2021:
It's been creating some issues in my lower back. We are doing mainly beginner's, gentle yoga, so i'm not sure what exactly i'm doing to it. Thinking it might be in the twisting movements where i'm jarring my back more than I should be. While i'm warmed up, it feels fine, but afterwards once i'm back at home and cooled down, my lower back starts to hurt.

Maria7 on 01/28/2021:
Sometimes, I don't know if I'm really hungry or not until after I eat and then I realize I was NOT. (Smile!)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/28/2021:
i can't even begin to think how cold your temps are. it's very windy here tonight and only as low as 20F....feels sooo sooo sooo cold! unbearable...and to think it's so much colder by you!....i need to check what that is in Farenheit!

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