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legcramps - Tuesday Oct 08, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 17 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (7/31)

#2 Track Food

Coached a full group last night and then a fantastic one-on-one session. It was a good day even BEFORE I got my own workout in. I love it when Mondays set a positive tone for the rest of the week.

There has been a few things going on lately...

First, the gym I work for has FINALLY signed the papers to start building in my hometown!!! If you recall, I have been travelling back and forth to coach sessions. This would mean I wouldn't have to drive anymore! That is a HUGE deal where I live, especially in the winter months.


In the meantime, a job was posted that I am VERY interested in. It is located in the same city as the gym that I currently travel to for coaching. I believe it is very similar to the job I have now EXCEPT it pays over $8,000 more per year than what I currently make. I know it's not all about the money, but that's just crazy! I want to learn more about it.

It seems the opposite of serendipitous, the fact that a job opportunity comes my way in the same city I coach in, EXACTLY when they decide to start building a gym in my hometown where I would eventually be able to stop driving highway roads altogether?!


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange,

toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs,

peanut butter & honey sandwich,

turkey burger (bunless), asparagus spears

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Good news on having the gym close to home!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2019:
lol that is definitely not serendipitous, but, still, you can drive and for $8,000 it may be worth the drive to work there....and still be able to come home and use the soon to be close by gym :)

legcramps - Monday Oct 07, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 5 hours, 5 minutes (And the cycle begins again...)


#1 Active Every Day (6/31)

#2 Track Food

I indulged yesterday in all the junk food I wanted, which turned out to be a couple servings of chips, french fries from McDonald's, and some ice cream. In hindsight, this wasn't the best plan for losing a few pounds, but I will accept that I did a lot of work over the weekend and earned myself at least some indulgences!

Total hours of exercise Saturday and Sunday = 6 & 1/2 hours  Yeah, I imagine I will feel the affects of that for a couple of days ;)

The plan was initially for me to ride with BF, but when I checked the weather on Sunday morning I was like, "hard no my friend". The wind was gusting up to 41km/h, which is pretty intense. I knew we would be heading straight into it for at least 80 km before turning around, and I didn't think I had it in me. Spoiler Alert - I really did not have it in me. We decided we would not ride together, which would enable me to turn around whenever I decided I needed to be done.

I did my best to move into the headwind for as long as possible, but after 52 minutes I was kaput. I had to stop and wobble off my bike on an approach beside the highway, just to regroup and get my bearings. The wind was so brutal! I desperately wanted to keep going, because I knew that after I turned around it would be nothing but smooth sailing all the way home. But I just couldn't! Too many 'leg days' leading up to this ride left my legs feeling like jello and unable to withstand the constant work in spinning the pedals. Not to mention I went on a gravel ride the day before, Saturday, with BF's fat bike, which is a monster to ride - but fun!

Anyways, the moral of the story is that after 52 minutes I turned around and sailed home, and went to the gym instead ;) ;)

BF managed to ride a total of 200 km yesterday, headwind and all! It took him 8 & 1/2 hours.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein,

water with glutamine, BCAAs, krill oil, b12,


toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs,

coffee with protein, protein bar, orange,

subway turkey breast sub

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2019:
Are you mixing your coffee with protein powder?

that's quite an exercise streak, nice job to you! in fact, you always make me look like a big couch potato (which is true!). it's amazing how you've changed your body and are so strong...you inspire me. with all my injuries though, i am not pushing anything right now in terms of cardio.

My friend has told me on Windy days that he wouldn't even want to ride! so, go you for making an effort and doing quite well! Bike riding is def such a joy because you can go so far!

OMG....his ride was 8.5 HOURS!?!?!??!?! did he rest at all? eat? or he just keeps going?!

legcramps on 10/07/2019:
I mix my coffee with a protein shake I get at the grocery store - Premiere Protein vanilla shake. I only put it in my coffee as creamer, as it's far too rich/full to drink on its own.

Thanks for the comment! Although I know your muscles would crush my muscles :)

I have built myself up to be able to withstand a generous amount of cardio; the Me five years ago would have crumbled just walking out the door in that wind ;)

BF rode for about 5 hours straight, then stopped and ate a banana and a protein bar. He had three bottles of water in those first 5 hours. Then after another 2 hours I picked him up (he had blown a tire) and he drank a whole coffee from McDonald's, downed some french fries, and I fed him a protein cookie also. Then he grabbed his other bike and finished the last hour and a half.

He inhaled some burgers and the rest of the fries when he got home :)

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Yea, I always feel I deserve some indulgences when I've worked hard or exercised a lot.

Does BF have an electric bike? We have them (pedal assisted) and the most we've ridden in one day was 66 miles (106km). It's extremely hilly where we live so need the help!

legcramps on 10/08/2019:
No, we don't have electric bikes. We have just about every other bike you can think of though LOL.

Donkey on 10/08/2019:
8.5 hours of hard bike riding --- wow....

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
I don't look at our e bike rides at a workout, even though they are. I look at those as pleasure rides, even when they are 50 miles.

legcramps - Monday Oct 07, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 32 minutes (ALL RIGHT!!! FINALLY!)


#1 Active Every Day (5/31)

#2 Track Food


leftover spaghetti with meat sauce (I had a small amount for breakfast before going on a bike ride), coffee with protein,

water with BCAAs, beta alanine, glutamine,

plain potato chips, water with BCAAs, beta alanine, french fries (give me all the sodium), krill oil, b12,

protein cookie,

leftover steak, potatoes, cooked vegetables,

ice cream with granola


road ride,


legcramps - Saturday Oct 05, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 18 minutes (ugh! Can’t even sleep in on a day off!)


#1 Active Every Day (4/31)

#2 Track Food


water, glutamine, BCAAs, krill oil, b12, magnesium, 

pancakes, 2 eggs, peanut butter, sugar free syrup,

coffee with protein, water with beta alanine, creatine,

water with beta alanine, plain potato chips, orange,

steak, potatoes, cooked vegetables, garlic bread,

slushie from BF's son,



Gravel Ride

BearCountryGG on 10/05/2019:
Good goals!

grannyannie on 10/06/2019:
Good to be active daily!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2019:
I think back to my 20's, when i didn't sleep well or much at all - and then i could have related to you! but now, i sleep easily at least 9 hours on days off!

you are taking in a lot of supplements which i hope provide you with benefits. garlic bread sounds AMAZING. yum. i want to guess that last meal was with BF!

legcramps on 10/07/2019:
It was, lol!

legcramps on 10/07/2019:
I took some extra supplements today because of the extra work I put into my workouts :)

Donkey on 10/06/2019:
I used to take the BCAA's, but didn't think I was getting that much benefit from them. However, you work out at a much more intense level than I do. I know a lot of lifters take them for muscle recovery.

You've got me thinking about taking some B12... I need to refill some of my vitamins soon, so maybe I'll try it.

Hope you're having fun this weekend!

legcramps on 10/07/2019:
I don't necessarily have my heart set on making sure I take them religiously however, I do feel - with the addition of glutamine as well - they do make a difference in my recovery time :)

legcramps - Friday Oct 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS - 6 hours, 50 minutes


#1 - Active Every Day (3/31)

#2 - Track Food

More sleep again than the night before; slowly working my way up again.

Bootcamp last night was awesome; we did a lot of lunges and squats. That must be why I added some tortillas and an ice cream sandwich to my food plan. I'm feeling pretty sore in my legs and glutes today - it was tough walking to the garage this morning and getting in the car to come to work LOL. I'm wearing a slim fit of jeans today, so i'm getting a little compression action from them haha 

All packed up and ready to spend the weekend at BFs. He has some crazy ideas for things we should accomplish this weekend. Stay tuned for the 'race reports' lololol.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, pineapple,

toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs,

protein bar,

spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic toast

BearCountryGG on 10/04/2019:
LOL...Nothing controls our actions like a tight pair of pants!!!

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
Lunges and squats are very effective! I do them holding dumbbells. I know all about tight trousers! Great for motivation.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
i'm having one of those weeks where no amount of sleep is enough!

so i skipped out on all leg exercises for a couple of weeks, and i got so sore once i reincorporated squats and lunges! omg!

i will stay tuned for your race reports.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2019:
nice countdown for being active everyday!!!!!!!!!!

Donkey on 10/05/2019:
Looking forward to the race reports!

I like that you're posting your menus. You make it look very simple and uncomplicated.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 03, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS - 6 hours, 28 minutes


#1 - Active Every Day

#2 - Track Food

It is literally so hard to get to sleep early when BF is around; it's not his fault, it's one of those "it's not you, it's me" kinds of things haha. I guess I still got more than the night before though, so that's good.

I went for a walk by myself right after work. It was really nice to just get out and move, and so far i'm 100% on track to meet my activity goal.

I stepped on the scale so that I could determine if I lost any weight by the end of October. I wish I hadn't! Funny how the scale can play with your mind. Thankfully, I don't put all my eggs in that basket. Decide what to do with your body based on HOW IT FEELS in the moment, not what the scale says. Rinse and Repeat.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, B12,

water with BCAA's, glutamine, orange,

1/2 club sandwich, pineapple,

coffee with protein, protein bar,

water with beta alanine,

toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs, chicken bacon,

multigrain tortillas, ice cream sandwich

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
I was reading somewhere about krill oil the other day...maybe with you about memory? is it a pill or you take a small amount of oil?

nice job with goals....keep working on the sleep.

i know what you mean about people distractions - i don't sleep well with company especially company in my bed! LOL

legcramps on 10/03/2019:
Yes, it is in pill form; i'm trying to work proactively to preserve what little memory I have left ;) :0

BearCountryGG on 10/03/2019:
Does rhe krill oil taste fishy?

legcramps on 10/03/2019:
Not at all!

grannyannie on 10/04/2019:
I'm tied to the scale as well, when actually I should be just going by how my clothes fit and how I feel.

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
I recently read the benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet to help brain cells. Something about it helps maintain healthy neuron transmitters... something like that.

I agree with your thoughts on the scale. As much as I was a prisoner to the numbers, it was so hard to break free of the habit. Do not let yourself or your efforts be defined by a number.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 02, 2019

Weight: 0.0

UPDATE: I took September as a recovery period, so for October I feel I want to work on a couple of fitness/health goals:

#1 - Active every day; it can be anything - a 15 minute walk, yoga session, or full on workout, but some type of physical activity every day.

#2 - Track food all month. Now is a great time to lose a few pounds. I have no desire to move into a building phase this year; i'm happy to maintain the strength i've already built, and use it metabolically instead. Now that I am tracking what I take each day regarding vitamins/supplements, it's perfect timing to impose a stricter regime for food as well.

Boot camp last night; I was rushed right after work to get to a friend's for a visit, and then that visit ran long and I was rushed to get to bootcamp, so I ended up showing up right at the last second. It was a tough workout. I was not mentally ready for it! But I pushed through and got it done. 

Iced my knee and used my air socks, then massaged my neck right before bed. However I did not sleep like the log I was hoping to be.

SLEEP STATS:  6 hours, 6 minutes  

Knee feels good this morning (knock on wood).

I watched a video last night of self-lymphatic drainage massage, so I tried it out and it felt pretty nice. Here is the link to a similar video if you want to try it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEU_BKDqqAI

It really helped clear some of the sinus congestion I pretty much live with daily during high-allergen seasons. The other video I watched last night also went through the browline, the eyelids, and the jawline.

BF is planning on visiting tonight so i'm guessing my supper will change from toast and eggs to something a little more hearty LOL.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, B12,

water with BCAA's and glutamine,

salad, roasted chicken leg,

1/2 club sandwich, french fries, taste of BF's cream of potato soup (yum)


grannyannie on 10/02/2019:
Well done and getting the workout done!

BearCountryGG on 10/02/2019:
I will definateely check out that video!! Glad to hear that it helped you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2019:
good to see sleep stats, awesome to see your knee feeling better!!!!! :)

Donkey on 10/04/2019:
Good for you for tracking food. I do not have the patience for it, but I hope this helps you. I would like to follow up with you later in the month about this experience.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, B12,

water - BCAA's, glutamine, pineapple,

chicken breast, rice, salad,

coffee with protein,

black coffee while visiting a friend,

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, chicken bacon,




grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Sounds healthy

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
Peanut butter is my Kriptonite!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
i love PB too and i eat it really often, especially when i'm working out, it's so easy on a rice cracker during the workout.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I had a conversation with the Gym Boss the other day about what went down with the Gym Manager; she is going to make sure we know when we are scheduled to work well in advance and stick to every third Saturday. I'm glad she sees my perspective; i'm happy with this result, and we'll see where it goes in the future. I know I need to stop stressing over this stuff too...it's not healthy...and it's also unnecessary. I always have fun when i'm working there, and I don't want to be part of the office politics.

My right knee / calf is still tweaked, so i'm still wearing a sleeve when I workout and i'll continue to do that until it's pain-free. I'll really have to watch at bootcamp tonight.

After working all day, coaching all night, and then working out, I didn't eat supper until 9:30pm last night. I was in bed by 10:30pm. Still, by my standards anyways, not enough sleep. I'll try again tonight. Eventually i'll get back to better sleep. Maybe I should start keeping stats here again, that seemed to help keep it in the forefront of my mind.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein 'milk',

protein bar,

salad, leftover ribs (4 small),

coffee with protein 'milk',

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, chicken bacon,

hot chocolate.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I'm glad to hear that talking to the gym boss should help keep them from scheduling you at awkward times....that should help keep the ones that are always asking for days off from using the ones that do work.....good for you!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
yeah, your sleep stats were working for you really well!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
I'm glad that you spoke with the Gym Boss and that she has your back.

How did your knee/calf hold up after bootcamp?

legcramps on 10/02/2019:
It was a bit sore right afterwards, but this morning it feels ok. I iced it and used my air socks last night, so maybe that's why it feels ok today.

legcramps - Monday Sep 30, 2019

Weight: 0.0

BF got the ALL CLEAR on Friday to go back to work/exercise/regular life. He's doing really well with nit-picking about what he can and can't do with his knee, although on Saturday he went on a 4 hour bike ride with friends that he probably shouldn't have. We figured Winter Was Coming and he should get out there because it might be one of the last times he'll be able to this year.

And then, Winter Came. Yikes! We have snow!

It snowed all day yesterday and I was at BF's, so I came home early in the afternoon rather than leaving a risky drive to chance this morning. And sure enough, even though it was melting as it was coming down, this morning there was a fresh inch or two of snow sitting on the ground. I'm sure it will all melt by the end of the day, but still. September 30th! I'm not ready! The winter tires are not on my car yet! LOL

The weather made the weekend a bit chaotic for me, plus I worked at the gym for most of Saturday and it was so crazy in there. Everyone is starting their fitness routines again.

I got a little workout in Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I did bootcamp on Thursday. My knee is feeling better; now I just have some tightness in my calf muscle. I think I must have pulled a muscle and it 'referred' to the inside of my knee. Anyways, it's better but i'm still going to keep an eye on it for a few more days for sure. When I got home yesterday, I used the air boot to massage my calf and I think that helped a lot.

I've been noticing a bit of an issue with my mental clarity...

For the last few months i've been having trouble concentrating, focusing, and have noticed that I cannot 'find my words' if that makes sense. I'll be in the middle of a sentence, and a word that I want to say will just completely escape me and i'll have to scramble to either find a synonym, or repeat the sentence in a different way. I've also been struggling a bit with emotional clarity - feelings of worthiness, am I doing enough with my life, am I doing too much, etc.

I know we all go through these emotional phases, so i'm not putting much stock in it or worrying too much over it, but I am a little concerned with why I might be forgetting my words. I struggled a bit while coaching a group session on Saturday morning, and one of the participants suggested I start taking krill oil. She said she'd been taking it for 8 months, and before starting it was experiencing the same symptoms. I went out and bought some the very same day, so i've been using it for three days so far. I'm not really sure what else I can do to help myself in this area? I know sleep is a huge factor, but up until recently i'd been getting decent sleep. I also workout regularly, and I eat well 80% of the time, which I feel is a good balance. Any other suggestions? It really is starting to bother me.

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
You are quite young for this to be starting...D and I experience it all the time but it's an age thing for us....You may want to get your thyroid checked....thyroid plays a huge part in the entire body...I do have hashimotos and can also blame my forgetfulness on that too....stress and lack of sleep a you mentioned can also cause it.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Thanks for the suggestion...I had my thyroid checked a few years ago and it came back clear, but maybe things have changed...

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
Don't mess around with an injured knee. Or any injury actually. Rest it.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Hmm... Well, see if the krill oil helps. That is a little concerning.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
I know, right?!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
yuck yuck yuck snow!!!! ahhhhh!!!! glad you've got the winter tires! have you noticed a difference while using them!?

i know EXACTLY what you mean about "finding your words." EXACTLY. i had been feeling the same way as you, exactly, for around 6months to 1 year now.

you may need to play mental games. i hear crosswords, other active BRAIN exercises. more than reading....i do not feel reading is the "same active" as other mental exercises. maybe google what to do - the mental games or things you can do to help retain your memory.

i know what you mean. with less stimulating work at my job and NO TIME in meetings or anything to challenge myself besides stress (the assignments are either TOO HARD or boring (but i totally am OK with boring if i'm being paid!)....i know i also need to do other things to stregthen my mind...i sometimes enjoy watching a movie (since i hardly watch any tv / movies)

also similar to what bcgg writes, sometimes being so hard on yourself, with stressing yourself out, can cause you to BELIEVE that you are having trouble and the stress is what is troubling you more than anything with negative thoughts.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
I don't have the winter tires on yet, they have to get them shipped here. I'm looking forward to it though!

You're right - I did google it, and one of the suggestions was to play more brain games, do some memory practice more often. I think right now, I might be more stressed than I realize - with working so much. And the last little bit not getting enough sleep has really just brought it out even more.

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