- Tuesday Mar 03, 2020
TOM these last few months has been really rough. I have been thinking about going back in for the depo shot (i've been off it for just over a year). They say that it gets better the more you exercise, but we all know how much I exercise and it has definitely not gotten any better. I feel that the depo shot is my best chance at being able to function through the first couple days of my period.
Coaching last night was a bit of a kerfluffle. That's the way it goes sometimes...I wasn't fully prepared and so I just sort of bobbled through it. The good thing is that I don't think anyone really noticed except for me. And if someone else did notice, they didn't say anything LOL.
After coaching, straight home. The highways were terrible yesterday, and I had to slow down quite a lot. It was a stressful drive. I ate when I got home, and honestly just wanted to go to sleep. Hoping today will hold more energy for me.
Well that was a whole lot of complaining, so i'll just stop there LOL. My eating was good yesterday and hoping for the same easy day of eating today.
- Monday Mar 02, 2020
Well, happy Monday!
The weekend went by so quickly. I was pretty sick on Saturday, but I made it to work at the gym at 8:00 and finished up around 2:00 that afternoon. I did my best to put on a happy face, and was grateful that it was super busy so I didn't have time to feel sorry for myself LOL.
After work I went out and bought some extra strength Motrin to try since the Tylenol had worn out its welcome (I was having trouble walking by that point, and was unable to eat or drink anything for fear of throwing it up). The Motrin really helped, and I was able to spend the rest of the weekend being relatively functional instead of sick on the couch.
On Sunday we went to a nutrition talk that lasted about 1.5 hours. It was good - nothing I didn't already know, but it was a nice refresher, especially when he started chatting about hormones, menstruation, and menopause and different nutritional needs during these cycles.
BF and I had big plans to food prep last night but by the time we got back home it was already pushing a late supper and I was HANGRY. So we did what we could. BF and I both have chicken and a carb prepped for the next couple of meals this week, and we had some leftovers from the fish we made for supper last night. So I guess we did prep a little bit! I also have a big bag of oranges to pick from this week for snacks. So I should just need to add a vegetable and i'm good.
Back to the gym tonight for a couple of sessions. I work the full week at the hospital as well, plus we have an evening meeting on Wednesday night. Then I work at the gym again Friday and Saturday. It will be a busy week!
As for exercise over the weekend, I am labelling it Active Recovery, but my calendar will show them as rest days. I was far too sick to do much on Saturday, but I did a LOT of moving while at the gym. On Sunday I took BF through the motions of a gym assessment - which got both of our hearts pumping a bit. Then we scoured the shelves looking for food for a good hour after that LOL. I am satisfied that I moved just enough over the weekend.
- Friday Feb 28, 2020
I started out on the couch yesterday after work. Ate a popsicle. Watched a tv show. But I kept thinking about the kitchen that I needed to clean, and so eventually I got up and did that. After that was done, I grabbed my clean laundry and folded it, then put it near the stairs to take up with me the next time I had to go upstairs (which wasn't until I went to bed LOL).
Once the laundry was done, I moved to putting away the clean dishes, and then slowly I changed into bike shorts and a tank top to get ready for the bike. It still took me another 20 minutes or so to get on the bike, but I did, finally.
After an hour of easy riding, I decided that was enough, showered and changed into my pj's. I ate my supper of chicken, rice and veggies, sat in my massage chair, and then went to bed nice and early again.
This morning when I got up, I realized TOM was here :(
So, of course, when I have to work extra hours is when TOM decides it should appear. I'm a little bitter about it LOL. But I realize there's not much I can do about changing it, so I have to suck it up. I took a couple of tylenol (they seem to help me best with TOM) and will continue that throughout the day.
I have two sessions to coach tonight at the gym, and then I work again in the morning. I'll have a very busy day tomorrow working, so i'm hoping that means it will go by quickly!
- Thursday Feb 27, 2020
I did not workout yesterday...
What I DID do was go to bed early and I slept really well for almost 9 hours. I feel quite stuffed up this morning and am still a little sick and that is what is stopping me from working out. Unfortunately, instead of working out i'm just sitting on the couch watching tv and having snacks. So that's not good, but at the same time I want to give my body the break it must be needing.
Tonight's plan is to finish folding and putting away laundry, clean the kitchen, and then try a small bike ride.
I think i'll be heading to bed early again tonight. This is truly what I dislike so much about winter and working at a hospital all day... I literally have access to ALL THE VIRUSES.
- Wednesday Feb 26, 2020
I actually stayed true to my word and did not get on the bike for a workout last night. It helped that BF's son came over for a couple of hours to hang out; by the time he left all I wanted to do was sit in my massage chair and relax.
Made chicken, rice and veggies for supper, and then snacked a bit on popsicles afterwards. Once those are gone, they have to never come back into my house.
Not much going on today; work, and then a bike ride at home, and then relax!
- Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
What a whirlwind of a long weekend...
We drove over 8 hours each way so that I could take a specialist's course in Pain Free Performance. I am now certified to coach a more specialized approach to movement and form!
My exercise over the weekend consisted mostly of walking, and one thing we learned over the weekend - bracing. I did a short gym workout on Sunday.
In the last few months, I have NEVER felt so sore in my body than I did yesterday and so far today. "bracing" is amazing. And by 'sore' I mean that in a good way - like i've affected my muscles more in two short days than I have in the last three months put together.
I only picked up a weight about three times, otherwise I mainly focused on my form, breathing, and 'bracing'. My muscles were shaking they were working so hard.
I will do more research and more work in the coming months, but my initial plan is to incorporate this type of work into my 'race' season training - which will begin soon - to see if I can affect changes in musculature and neurological patterning. I learned a lot over the two days of the course, but there is so much more I can learn. Exciting times...
Having said that, I am looking forward to relaxing tonight LOL. Who thinks I will actually relax and NOT get on the bike i've been missing for the last four days?!!
Also - March is time for nutrition work. No more junkity junk.
- Thursday Feb 20, 2020
Just a short update today...
THURSDAY - Bike 43 kilometers, all fun! The last one was a bit of a race and I ended up in 11th place out of 92 women. Not too shabby!
Made rice and chicken for supper, but I skipped making any vegetables. I'll definitely have to make some tonight. At least it's better than the junk fest I had the night before...
BF comes to my place tonight, and then we leave for the big city tomorrow. I have a workshop to attend over the weekend and it's about an 8 hour drive each way - tell you all about it when I get back next week! Back Tuesday!
Have a great weekend everyone!
- Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
Yesterday was a mish mash of good and bad...
GOOD - I forced myself to not get on the bike in the morning, even though I was up and eager to.
BAD - I sat in my office most of the day and didn't move around much. I could have used my standing desk, but I was extra lazy.
GOOD - I was able to check a few things off my work list so that I have less to do next week (i'll be off Friday and Monday and the work tends to stack up when i'm gone for more than a day at a time).
GOOD - I forced myself to not get on the bike right after work, even though I was still eager to LOL.
BAD - Instead of biking, I sat on the couch and ate through an entire bag of chips. Yep, I did that.
BAD - The more I just sat around, the more tired I felt. Took a nap - which is not all bad, unless you nap for about as long as you'd sleep.
GOOD - When I woke up, I got on the bike. It was a nice recovery ride that lasted just over an hour. Got the heart pumping.
BAD - Ate a proper meal, and then followed it up with cake. I just couldn't stop eating all the crap yesterday.
BAD - Stayed up late watching Blind Date on Netflix. What a stupid show, and yet - so addicting. When my alarm went off this morning, i'm pretty sure I groaned and maybe cried out loud a little bit.
It's unusual for me to behave this way; I think my body was still exhausted from snowshoeing and I may have been feeling sorry for myself. It happens. Gotta just shrug it off and keep moving forward.
Part of the reason for this slight skid downhill could also be because of the training program I started on the bike. It's kind of insane - they want you to complete five rides each week, and i'll be honest with you - almost all of the rides i've done so far were really hard. It's just too much. This is the second week where i've skipped workouts to do fun rides instead. But then the OCD part of me is really upset that I keep skipping the workouts. I think I should drop the program.
- Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
Well it certainly feels like it's been forever since i've posted...
I did go home from work for the afternoon on Friday, and then drove myself to the gym to coach one session. I don't remember much from that day/night, simply because I was still so sick. BF arrived at home in the evening and helped me get the humidier running and pestered me to drink more fluids.
Saturday I had to coach in the morning. I was still not feeling great when we woke up at 7:00 a.m., but by the time I had finished coaching, I was feeling a little better. My voice was gone again, but that was probably from coaching. BF and I decided to do a little lane swimming - change up the pace of my workouts - and sit in the hot tub. I managed 20 minutes of lane swimming, but the hot tub was a cut. I had a lot of trouble breathing in there. We spent the rest of the day completing little tasks here and there, and then I did jump on the bike for a short ride in the evening.
Sunday is a bit of a blur. We accomplished a few chores, and I rode the bike again, but basically it was a down day. We took BF's son and girlfriend to the movie (Birds of Prey) that evening, which was fun but so expensive!
I woke up Monday morning feeling better than I had for the last few weeks combined. We ate a hearty breakfast and then decided to go snowshoeing for the day since it was a statutory holiday for us. And because I don't know how to get myself to rest when i'm feeling so much better.
I made a packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, raw veggies and trail mix, and we spent over three hours snowshoeing some nearby trails. The thing about hiking is - i'm always at the very outskirts of a trail when I decide I want to be done. And then I still have to walk an obscene distance in order to get back to the car. Quite annoying, really. So I complained for the last few kilometers (we went a total of 12 kilometers), stopping every 200 feet or so to fall on my knees and give my feet a break. They were aching so much by the end of that hike/snowshoe. It felt glorious to get the snowshoes and my hiking boots off finally.
The lunch I packed was delicious after our strenuous efforts, and then we stopped for hot chocolate on the way home and that finished us off. I don't think we were home more than half an hour before we were both snoring on the couch!
I was up early again this morning, but decided to go back to sleep for the extra hour instead of getting on the bike. Baby steps. LOL.
- Friday Feb 14, 2020
I had a nice time with my friends on Tuesday when we went out for supper; I did notice that I was starting to get quite raspy but I figured I would be fine in the morning.
On Wednesday morning I woke up early and got on the bike to workout. Just as I was warming up, I realized I was having trouble breathing. I kept sort of gasping and my breath kept getting 'caught' in my throat. It was a horrible feeling. After deciding that swallowing hard and drinking water wasn't working, I tried to cough it out but that didn't work either. I blew my nose and that didn't work. Of course, I kept on biking through all of this instead of just stopping and figuring it out. The moral of the story is, stop if you can't breathe. I ended up getting so out of breath that I threw up all over my bike! Oh God, what a sight.
Needless to say, I did not go to work that day. I stayed home, cleaned up my bike and my clothes, and then spent the rest of the morning asleep.
By Thursday morning I had lost my voice and couldn't manage to keep my eyes open for more than an hour at a time.
This morning my voice is back, and i'm at work, but only for the morning. I had some committments that brought me here, otherwise I would be at home. I am so incredibly tired and sore! My chest hurts, my throat hurts, my head hurts and this nasal drip is going to make me throw up again any second.
I had such high hopes for this week!
P.S. I thought I could avoid getting sick this year (I've gotten really sick every winter for about four or five years now) but I only prolonged it to a point where it really broke me down. I doubt very much this will happen, but note to self for next year - take more rest days.