- Tuesday Feb 04, 2020
So yesterday afternoon I thought to myself while I was still at work..."boy does my throat ever hurt" and it's kind of been rolling downhill ever since...
I was thoroughly exhausted after coaching last night. When I got home, I very seriously debated getting on the bike but decided - since my training plan called for a hour long workout and I was quite sure I wasn't going to get in a whole hour - to scrap the whole thing.
I sat for an extra long time in the massage chair, ate a peanut butter sandwich, and went to bed. I didn't even wash my face.
This morning, oh how I wanted to continue sleeping! But I forced myself to get up and take a shower. I skipped breakfast and ate a throat drop instead.
I brought my favorite kleenex to work with me, and i've blown (ha, pun intended) through half the box already and i've only been here an hour.
So I guess we'll see how the day goes. I heard someone clicking their pen in and out this morning and I almost lost my mind. So if that's any indication, I will probably be heading home if I don't start pulling my $#!t together.
- Monday Feb 03, 2020
FRIDAY - Bike 25 km
SATURDAY - Gym Workout
SUNDAY - Snowshoeing 4.5 km
I pushed a little too hard yesterday in really crappy winter boots when we went snowshoeing, and i'm paying for it today. Blisters on both heels, and pain in my shins and really all the way up my legs. Much better today; i'll try biking tonight if I have time, just to see how my legs feel.
Work today, then coach tonight. Then I need to pick up some groceries, and look at buying a new pair of hiking boots/shoes to save my heels the next time we go snowshoeing...
- Friday Jan 31, 2020
Well I made it to Friday. My body is still very sore and now I have a lot of chest congestion, but hanging in there. I did go on the bike for a bit last night and I think MENTALLY it helped enormously. Maybe not physically. But then I took a nice epsom salt bath afterwards which was really nice.
Made waffles and had breakfast for supper.
At work today, and then coaching tonight. I think we might go skiing/snowboarding tomorrow; BF wants to join his oldest for night skiing, so we may as well do some day skiing also! Hopefully we will both be feeling ok by then.
Other than that, no plans for the weekend. I'm getting used to all these weekends where we just hang out and relax. Oh yeah, that was just one weekend, and it was because BF was sick ;-P
- Thursday Jan 30, 2020
Ok, things started falling apart yesterday afternoon. BF has been sick, in and out of the hospital this week a couple of times, and now I am starting to feel crappy. Great.
Had to cancel going to my Godson's party; the last thing I want to do is take my contagion over there to both the elderly and the very young. So I quarantined myself at home and BF stayed at his place.
I did not bike, I sat on the couch and felt sorry for myself (LOL).
My whole body hurts. I thought I was just sore because of all the biking i'd been doing, but it's definitely more than that. If I can just get through the workday, i'll have another night at home to rest and hopefully kick this thing before it becomes what BF has.
- Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
TUESDAY - Bike 30 km
I had steak yesterday; will have whatever is left for lunch today and then tonight heading to my Godson's 6th birthday party so i'm not too sure what the meal will be. I'll take some fruit with me, and if it comes down to it, I can always eat when I get back home.
Hopefully will still be able to bike tonight, but it will depend on what time I get home.
My sitz bones hurt after the 58 km ride I did on Sunday. I did not want to sit on the bike last night, but I did. Still sore today; I need to start getting used to it again!
Also - I should really bring the fan downstairs to the bike. Riding indoors is like slogging through thick syrup with the amount of sweating that I do. I am literally drenched in sweat by the time i'm done a ride. It's fine, but it does make the workout slightly more irritating than it needs to be.
- Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
Commented on diaries and then forgot to update my own :)
Took a rest day yesterday; after coaching, went straight home and relaxed in the massage chair, then watched netflix and you tube videos for the rest of the night. It was nice.
Working today, then off to see a friend for coffee, then hop on the bike for a ride.
I had the vegan chicken yesterday, so will have the steak today. I think I might throw out the leftover vegan burger; I did not like the taste at all and don't think I want to make myself eat it just because it's leftover food...I wouldn't make anyone else eat it.
- Monday Jan 27, 2020
BF was sick with the flu over the weekend, so it's been a low-key couple of days. He's feeling better today, so that's good. Just in time to go to work LOL.
Work, then coach tonight!
THURSDAY - bike ride after coaching, 40 km
FRIDAY - bike ride before coaching, 26 km
SATURDAY - bike ride after coaching, 27 km
SUNDAY - bike ride while taking care of BF, 58 km
Rest day today!
Back to eating meat and dairy during the week, not interested in waiting another week. I have lots of leftovers to finish up from the weekend and I don't want to have to freeze any of it. Plan is steak today, vegan chicken tomorrow, vegan burgers with bacon on Wednesday, steak again on Thursday, and waffles and eggs on Friday.
**Edited to add: I will add other nutrients to these meals, just wanted to plan out the protein!
- Thursday Jan 23, 2020
On Tuesday night BF and I went to see We Will Rock You - a musical set to the music of Queen. It was really good, and a nice change of pace for us.
I took Wednesday off work because we got home quite late on Tuesday night, so I was able to sleep in a bit and have a relaxed day. I still did some things though...two loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, went for groceries and got the mail, and completed two bike rides on the spin bike at home.
Ready for Thursday! Work, then coach!
We bought a vegan pizza while in the city on Tuesday, and i've been eating those leftovers ever since. Should finish it up for lunch, and then supper will be a surprise because I have nothing ready! It would have been lovely if I had prepped something yesterday, but alas, I did not.
- Tuesday Jan 21, 2020
Worked during the day, then drove to the gym and coached until about 8:00. When I was done coaching, I went to get groceries, then drove home. When I got home I put the groceries away and made myself a PBJ sandwich, then BF's daughter came over to go over something she needed done. Then I jumped in the massage chair for 20 minutes and went to bed.
As we get closer to the end of January, this is how i'm feeling about eating vegan (80:20) for the last three months:
PROS: I feel lighter and leaner, and I have more energy. I feel a higher mental clarity. I recover faster from a workout. I have improved my endurance and am able to workout for much longer. Did I mention I have more energy?!
CONS: I have to meal prep every week in order to stick to it. I am always aware of what and when i'm eating, rather than eating intuitively. It is easy to choose processed vegan food rather than cooking whole foods. I crave red meat, in particular hamburgers. I have become the Hamburglar.
I think if I want to see more results than this, I would need to go 100% vegan, and I just don't want to put myself through that. Like I honestly believe there is more to life than constantly thinking about what i'm going to eat next and whether or not it's good for me. And for ME, thinking about food is triggering. I have had disordered thoughts about food in the past, and I don't want to go back there. It was a nice test for BF to figure some things out for himself, but I think, for my sanity, we'll leave it at that.
- Monday Jan 20, 2020
Awe, why is it already Monday? That sucks, I was having such a nice weekend...
Friday I was still feeling under the weather, but I worked through the day and then coached in the evening, ending up at BF's later that night. We had Subway for supper. I pretty much passed out after that.
On Saturday, we got up early and ate something small before heading out to the local ski club chalet. A company out of the city brought a few fat bikes for people to demo, so I got to take a fat bike on two separate rides. Each one lasted over an hour, and we mainly followed the club's cross-country ski trails.
After warming up at the chalet after our first bike ride, I figured I had done enough for the day. When BF said he wanted to go out biking again, I told him I wanted to try our new snowshoes out instead so while he went back out on the bikes with the guys, I got the snowshoes on and went for a 5 km walk through the trail system. It took me almost an hour and a half.
Then back to the chalet to warm up again (my jacket was thoroughly soaked by this point) and have some hot chocolate. My biggest mistake was not drinking any water, all I had while we were out there was the hot chocolate and a cookie. When a friend suggested we head out on one more fat bike ride, I couldn't say no! But I should have said no. The ride was over an hour, and about 30 minutes too long for me LOL. About halfway through, my calves started cramping (hello no water) and that made it very difficult to get up hills or through deep snow. So I wasn't having as much fun as everyone else was LOL, but I have to admit it was still fun.
All told, we were out there for almost 5 and a half hours! On one of the coldest days of the year!
When we got back home, I took my ski pants and leggings off, and I had bruises all down both sides of my legs from falling so much and from cramping. It was a hard lesson to learn. I am still quite bruised, in fact the bruising got worse throughout the day yesterday and some parts are even painful to touch.
Saturday's meal was steak and potatoes with mixed vegetables. Sunday we had a nice breakfast with sliced ham, potatoes and eggs, and then supper was leftovers. We didn't eat lunch because breakfast was later in the morning (we slept in until 10am!!!).
Sunday we relaxed and then hit the gym to review my coaching sessions for the week. I have a heavy week with coaching - tonight, Thursday night, Friday night AND Saturday. Tomorrow night BF and I will drive to the city to attend a play, so i've asked to take Wednesday off my day job. That should help me prepare for the rest of the week.