- Monday Mar 15, 2021
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.
- Monday Mar 08, 2021
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.
- Monday Mar 01, 2021
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!
- Monday Feb 22, 2021
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.
- Wednesday Feb 17, 2021
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.
- Thursday Feb 11, 2021
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!
- Monday Feb 08, 2021
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*
- Wednesday Feb 03, 2021
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
- Friday Jan 29, 2021
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!
- Tuesday Jan 26, 2021
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!