- Wednesday Oct 02, 2019
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)
- Tuesday Oct 01, 2019
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,
- Tuesday Oct 01, 2019
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',
salad, leftover ribs (4 small),
coffee with protein 'milk',
toast with peanut butter, two eggs, chicken bacon,
- Monday Sep 30, 2019
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.
- Thursday Sep 26, 2019
Hey! Just checking in. I’m off work today so posting from the dealership where my car is getting an oil change. They are also going to put winter tires on my car in the next couple of weeks, this will be the first time I get winter tires and I’m looking forward to the easier driving with them. How have I lived in Canada for so long without winter tires?!
It was a busy day yesterday. I worked, then went to an evening meeting. When that was over, I picked up subway for dinner and just finished eating it when a friend stopped by. She wanted help making a resume, so we did that and visited until 10:00. Once again I went to bed later than planned, but at least I could sleep an extra half an hour this morning, and I might even take a nap this afternoon!
It’s cold and rainy here today. I have boot camp later this evening so even though I feel the urge to workout this afternoon because of the dreary day, I will try my best to hold off so that I don’t overdo it on the knee.
I could definitely use some more coffee.
- Wednesday Sep 25, 2019
Bootcamp happened last night; it went pretty well but my right knee is being problematic. Pain just outside the knee cap started after the first bootcamp class and has steadily been getting worse. I've been trying to modify some of the exercises - especially anything lateral-based - and I iced it after class yesterday. Just have to wait and see what happens in the next few days. I'll stick to light cardio until it's feeling better.
I took tomorrow and Friday off work; i'll take BF to his follow up appointment on Friday. Tomorrow I just wanted a day off. Lack of sleep is catching up to me, and although I know taking days off work to catch up on sleep is not ideal, I feel that I have just enough other things to get done that I can make the day off worthwhile. Besides, I have another evening meeting tonight that will be a couple of hours for sure, so i'll be good and ready for a break after that ;)
I made baked chicken breast, rice, and roasted veggies for supper yesterday and will have that for lunch today and probably tomorrow as well.
I was watching a continuing educational video yesterday about corrective exercise, and realized something about myself. I always thought my hamstrings were tight because I didn't stretch enough. Turns out, I have an excessive curve / imbalance in my neck, and that is what is creating a lot of the tension in my hamstrings. Sure enough, when I tried the corrective exercise on myself, my hamstrings loosened up almost instantly. I love learning about this stuff!
- Tuesday Sep 24, 2019
I haven't been getting enough sleep the past couple of days, and i'm starting to feel a little like a zombie. I worked, then drove to the gym to coach two sessions last night, then did my own workout and didn't get back home until 9:00 p.m. So by the time I had supper and cleaned up, it was past 11:00 p.m. I think I finally fell asleep around midnight, and the alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m., which is definitely not enough sleep for me.
BF advised me to knock off the coaching job for now. I am getting way too stressed out about it - the demands just keep getting bigger, the staff behaviour is just appalling, the manager took a shot at me, etc. I had a bit of a situation yesterday with the manager because when I talked to one of the owners, I agreed to be scheduled to work every third Saturday. That meant I should have been scheduled to work October 19th. But instead, because others asked for the long weekend off, the manager scheduled me on October 12th, and then again on October 26th, without even bothering to ask or tell me. So i'm actually working every second Saturday in October. When I asked about it, she got snotty with me about how I told them I was flexible on Saturdays. I AM flexible, but what if I had plans for the Thanksgiving weekend?! When the plan is not to be scheduled for a particular day, then I shouldn't have to worry about putting in a time off request for it. Now, since I had prepared to work October 19th, they basically took three weekends in October away from me. I don't think that's cool. And anyways, if we agreed on every third Saturday, that's how it should be scheduled. Anyways, I sent her a message explaining my side of it, but I haven't gotten a response. Big surprise.
So it's time to think long and hard about what i'm trying to accomplish with the coaching gig.
My workout last night was awesome though!
- Monday Sep 23, 2019
Just plugging along...
MONDAY - work, coach, assessments, workout
TUESDAY - work, bootcamp, meal prep
WEDNESDAY - work, evening meeting
THURSDAY - oil change, winter tires, mail, bootcamp
FRIDAY - BF follow up appt, costco :), coach, assessments, workout
SATURDAY - coach, workout
SUNDAY - ?
Kind of fed up with people at work these days...
- Thursday Sep 19, 2019
Got sick on Monday and didn't make it to work yesterday. I'm back at it today. No idea what's going on - I had such a bad headache that it made me nauseous, but also my muscles and joints really hurt too. Feeling much better today.
Also, I got a taste of what it will be like when BF and I are retired together LOL. He poked at me all day yesterday, which is just what he does. But being so sick yesterday, I really NOTICED, you know?! It was kind of irritating, but in a funny i-know-i-would-be-laughing-if-i-wasn't-so-sick kind of way.
It sounds like BF will go to the city tomorrow and spend some time with family, so that will be good for him. No news on Grandma this week. Status-Quo is not a bad thing.
What else...I found myself a coach. I am going to her bootcamp classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, although I missed this last Tuesday because I was sick. I figure even coaches need a coach, and I am no longer interested in driving half an hour every time I need a push to get a workout done. I don't have the willpower for that! But if all I have to do is drive down the road a few blocks, then I can make the effort to do that. So that's been nice, and a pretty decent workout too. Her coaching style is a lot like mine, so that's cool too. Then I workout on my own on coaching days - Mondays and Fridays - since i'm already at the gym. The other days are up to me what I want to do; since i'm not training for anything, I can afford to take it easy for a couple of months.
- Monday Sep 16, 2019
BF's surgery went very well, and he is now recovering at my place. I got a call from my aunt on Thursday regarding my Grandma, so we drove up there on Friday night to see her. She is steadily declining and is still in hospital and is not likely to be discharged. When we left her yesterday, I did my best to keep it light and yet still tell her what I felt I needed to and that I loved her and we gave her a big hug.
BF's aunt passed away yesterday morning, so it was just a really rough day all in all. I'm not sure what this week will bring. Whatever happens, we will let it dictate what the week looks like, and go from there. I've been repeating to myself that we can only do as much as we are capable of in each moment, and we must let the rest go. It's been hard for BF to not be with his family, and I feel a little guilt about that because we were with mine. It's just been hard, but we'll keep each other going.
It's not easy to eat well when you're on the road. We've been enjoying the fast food, the family restaurants, and the smoked meats a little too much lately. When we got home last night, I made simple chicken salad sandwiches for dinner, with sweet potatoes and asparagus. It was so good, and the nutrients were so badly needed! Tonight i'm planning spaghetti squash chili - depending on whether our plans change - and really looking forward to another home-cooked, nutritious meal.
I may be sporadic in updating over the next little while, until things calm down a little bit. We are trying to maintain a life-balance right now.