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legcramps - Tuesday Feb 04, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

bearcountrygg on 02/04/2020:
AWWWW...hope you feel better...schools closed in this tiny town today because of the flu....((HUGS))


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/05/2020:
Feel better, Legs.

I admit to not washing my face before bed several times more than it should happen!


happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
Feel better! Rest is good!



legcramps - Monday Feb 03, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Happy Monday!

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...

innerpeace on 02/03/2020:
Oh i hate blisters. I would get them all the time on road marches in the military. So I hope yours heal fast. Have a great day.


bearcountrygg on 02/03/2020:
Snow shoes are an experience...we have a couple of pairs of them here and we are afraid to try them anymore...LOL


Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2020:
how will you ease the shin pain?

legcramps on 02/03/2020:
As soon as I got back from show shoeing, I iced my shins and elevated my legs.

Later that night, massage.

If you suffer from chronic shin splints,and can find someone in your area, I highly recommend scraping. I think it's called the Graston technique.


Maria7 on 02/03/2020:
A new pair of hiking boots sounds really nice!


happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
Shoes are important. We only have 1 spine.



legcramps - Friday Jan 31, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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

Horn_of_plenty on 02/02/2020:
i'm still doing a lot of hangout and relax on the weekends ;) ...did you both feel better as the weekend went on?


happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
You guys must have amazing immune systems. I was down for 3 weeks with my cold in November.



legcramps - Thursday Jan 30, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/30/2020:
Yes! Get your rest and make sure your BF is resting too so you both can heal up!

legcramps on 01/31/2020:
He is most definitely NOT resting, but I am not surprised by that!


Donkey on 01/31/2020:
Ugh that sounds awful!!! Get well soon!


happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
Hugs. Feel better. BF sounds serious. He is lucky to have you around.



legcramps - Wednesday Jan 29, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2020:
isn't it the best, to have a bike in the home for some exercise!

i love my bike, i could stand to use it a LITTLE more :)


bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
I love my bike too...maybe it's time to switch to a different seat?


happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
Butt conditioning is also my enemy. It will happen.



legcramps - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
lately i'm watching several movies on Prime...seems the thing to do in the Wintertime (and my own free time lately)

i find it hard to eat things that i don't like, too.

legcramps on 01/29/2020:
The vegan burger isn't terrible, but it isn't very enjoyable either LOL


bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Well...the massage chair sounds like heaven!

legcramps on 01/29/2020:
Oh, it is! Best purchase ever! (aside from my spin bike, of course LOL)


Donkey on 01/28/2020:
Sounds like a wonderful day!

legcramps on 01/29/2020:
It was!



legcramps - Monday Jan 27, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Happy Monday! 

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!

bearcountrygg on 01/27/2020:
I'm trying to get away from freezing leftovers myself......too many mystery pkgs around here..LOL

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
Exactly...and I always end up leaving them for months and then throwing it out anyways.


Donkey on 01/28/2020:
Ok, now I don't feel so bad about loving my daily bike ride! Woot!

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
LOL, I love biking too :)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
your meal plans for the week = AMAZING!

hope BF feels better! it's flu season surely.!

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
I'm looking forward to Friday's protein ;) haven't had waffles and eggs in a long time!



legcramps - Thursday Jan 23, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
Pizza seems to get us in trouble at our house.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2020:
Queen played great music, the musical sounds awesome!

I think everything is still fresh at home for my dinner LOL..Happy Friday!


happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
How do you have leftover pizza? That is always gone in 5 min flat.



legcramps - Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Monday: 

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.

innerpeace on 01/21/2020:
I agree the meal prep is insanity. And it takes longer to cook peeling and cutting everything.


bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
I think most of us probably have disordered ideas about food......we just don't end up in a group called diet diaries for no reason......I guess if we lived way back when, we would be so busy hunting and gathering we would just be concerned where our next meal would come from.....now.....we have to deal with temptation.....and marketing.....it makes it a whole lot different.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2020:
that's a reason i don't do low carb anymore...it was having negative effects on me. now i'm a sweets queen!

everything in moderation so you are doing better than you'd think! it's good to get some meat here and there...well, that's my belief!


Donkey on 01/22/2020:
Good that you have realized the beginnings of disordered thinking. Going there is like walking into quicksand. Nip that **** in the bud!


happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
Meal prep is really hard... It takes a lot of work. I'm trying to get back on it and do some meal planning this week. I got really put off on cooking because my dad hates everything I make, lol!



legcramps - Monday Jan 20, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

happy-1 on 01/20/2020:
Sounds like you need one of those camel paks that you wear under a jacket so your body heat keeps it from freezing

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Yeah, I have one but didn't think I was going to be out there so long so I didn't take it with me.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
i'm glad you are ok, sounds like it was a weekend of fitness and challenges!

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Yeah, definitely was!


Donkey on 01/21/2020:
I thought you were sick- you accomplished a LOT coming off the bug. I am amazed!!!

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
I was still sick for sure... if it were up to me I would have gone home after the first ride ;)



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