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legcramps - Wednesday Nov 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

The month sure goes by a lot faster when you don't have staggering goals to achieve...

TUESDAY - bootcamp, vegan 100%

Rest day today, and evening work meeting to boot. Yay. Might even have time to get some housework done tonight.

horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2019:
The one Thing about not exercising is room for other things .... I’m doing legs tonight !

Donkey on 11/28/2019:
That's funny about the month being quicker with no goals - oops, staggering goals.

During the week, when I spend most of my day working, all I want to do is exercise when I get home: ride the resistance bike, walk on the treadmill, yoga, weight train - yes, even weight training. The thing is, after dinner, I only have about 2 hours left before I have to start getting ready for bed. :-(

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

This week is the last 'build' week of my lifting program, and then next week I will lower the weight dramatically to give myself a 'break'. I have seen an increase in muscle definition in the last three weeks of this program, so i'm NOT looking forward to dropping the weight, but I know that's what I need to do in order to progress even further. In week 3, I felt really STRONG, and surprised myself with some major gains in the amount of weight I can move. I feel very confident that I can progress well in this program if I just keep at it.

MONDAY - Week 4 Day 1 of program / Ate vegan 100%



Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2019:
that's awesome that the program did what it intended for you! we always like to follow your training..

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2019:
Sounds like you are in the groove!!!!

Donkey on 11/28/2019:
Interesting - so you have to step back in weights in order to progress forward? Are you looking to cut? Or is this to increase your muscle mass even more? Oh I bet your arms, shoulders, back, and legs are looking lovely!

legcramps - Monday Nov 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

THURSDAY EXERCISE - Week 2, Day 3 of program

FRIDAY EXERCISE - Week 3, Day 1 of program; HIIT; Steady State (bike)

SATURDAY EXERCISE - Week 3, Day 2 of program; HIIT; Steady State (bike)

SUNDAY EXERCISE - Week 3, Day 3 of program; HIIT

I took Monday and Wednesday as my rest days last week.

NOT VEGAN ON SATURDAY - protein pancakes, eggs, chicken bacon, ribs

NOT VEGAN ON SUNDAY - eggs, chicken bacon, lotsameat pizza

RESULTS OF BODY SCAN (done November 7):

Let's get right into it. Since the middle of October, I've lost 3.6 pounds and 4.1% body fat. 4.1% body fat percentage is HUGE. That's almost incredible for me. I've gained 3.5 pounds of skeletal muscle mass, which means BOOM, my BMR goes up and I can eat even more now than before (because i'm burning calories faster - because I have more muscle mass). I've lost 5 inches altogether, and 9.4 pounds of fat mass. 9.4 POUNDS OF FAT MASS. Again, incredible.

The moral of my story might just be - even if you can't feel a difference, there is one. A huge one.

BearCountryGG on 11/25/2019:
WOW....good going!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2019:
so the vegan diet is working for you :) congrats!

also, chicken bacon sounds amazing!

why do you call the bike Steady State? is that the name of the bike manufacturer? or a bike program?

Protein pancakes, yum.

legcramps on 11/26/2019:
I call the bike steady state because it isn't high intensity exercise - I get my heart rate up to a certain zone, and then keep it there in a 'steady state' for the entirety of the workout.

Donkey on 11/26/2019:
WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

That is amazing!

Maria7 on 11/26/2019:
WOW! What an amazing post! Very encouraging to all of us to 'stay the course'! Have a wonderful day!

legcramps - Thursday Nov 21, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week


WEDNESDAY FOOD - vegan, muesli in morning, burrito for lunch, rice bowl for supper

So here's how the whole vegan thing is going (for me).

Pro's: I feel a lot of good energy right after I eat, with the increase in carb intake. I don't feel as heavy or full as I do when I eat a lot of meat products. Having no dairy is not new to me, so i've been able to transition quite easily with that. In the mornings i've been feeling a lot more lean, and I might have lost some fat. I have a body scan set for either today or tomorrow, so i'll know if I lost anything after I get that done. I have increased my weights in my workouts slightly, but not enough to definitively say there is progress there. I do feel some clarity in my thinking - in October I also started taking krill oil everyday, so i'm not sure if the additional clarity is from that or from eating vegan. I can taste all the flavours in my food! That's a big one, and very cool!

Con's: I still feel tired and sapped of energy by the end of the day, but I haven't been able to get a lot of sleep. I have a LOT of bloating with the influx of fibre, which is absolutely no fun and doesn't feel good either. Going 80:20 is great because i'm not giving up my favorite foods completely, but when I do eat meat or dairy, I feel like it takes days to return to my new "normal". I'd almost rather go 100%, but then i'd miss bacon and eggs too much. I still feel much the same when I do a cardio workout - some days my workouts are good, some days they aren't so good. I would say my performance level has not changed. My skin looks no different.

The moral of the story is that I need to give this a lot more time in order to see any lasting results. In the current timeframe, I haven't seen much change, but that is not to say that I won't see change if I keep up with it.

Donkey on 11/22/2019:
I agree that converting to a more plant-based diet will require more time. Folks who do keto may see some immediate results (water loss), but may not see visible changes for 3 months or longer... So a change in diet takes time to see real results.

I thought about recommending a 90:10 split but then realized that the 80:20 is probably the way to go, and that, again, stick with it to see what the results are, before making ANY modifications. (Unless of course, you decide this is not for you.)

That is so interesting to read about your energy levels. The problem I have is that without meat, I never feel satiated. I feel full, but don't feel satisfied on some level. Do you have this issue?

legcramps on 11/25/2019:
I don't seem to have that issue - what I do feel though is a different sense of fullness. With meat, it is almost that I felt over-full, and being plant-based I still feel satisfied, but not over-full. Does that make sense?!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2019:
i do think it's good you are doing 80:20 rather than full 100% vegan. some tiredness could be from not enough iron?

legcramps on 11/25/2019:
Good suggestion! I haven't taken any iron supplements for a couple of months now, maybe I should add that back in. Thanks!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/23/2019:
i'm like donkey - i don't get full without meat and i wake up in the middle of the night due to being hungry when i tried vegetarian, and also crave meat usually when i lessen it. but everyone is different.

legcramps on 11/25/2019:
Yeah, that hasn't happened to me; my sleeplessness of late is due to other issues.

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

TUESDAY exercise - bootcamp

TUESDAY foods - vegan, ended the night with 1/2 cup vegan ice cream, and a handful of plain tortillas. Delicious.

Left shoulder and neck is sore today; made a massage appointment for Friday morning while I am off work.

BearCountryGG on 11/20/2019:
Vegan diet seems to be agreeing with a lot of people around here...i had a vegan day myself...although it won't be a daily thing...I like it on occasion.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2019:
what brand is the vegan ice cream? did you like it or was it not worth the buy?

legcramps on 11/21/2019:
The brand is President's Choice, which is a generic brand at one of our local grocery stores here. The chocolate is delicious! The peanut butter is good too, and I haven't tried the vanilla yet.

Donkey on 11/21/2019:
Do you find that you function better (or not) on vegan days?

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Boy does time fly as you get older... here we are in the middle of November and i'm sitting here like - what happened to June?!!

Still pretty sore today from all the workouts on the weekend, but i'm going to try and pop in to bootcamp tonight to limber up a little. 

Someone from my coaching session yesterday said she goes to bed at 8:00 p.m. every night, and I said "boy I wish!". She asked me if I have trouble sleeping and I replied "no, I am just not even at home yet at that time!". It was an eye opener for me. So as soon as I got some food in my belly last night after driving home from coaching, I headed to bed. It was still past 10:00 p.m., but much better than almost midnight, which it has repeatedly been for the last couple of weeks. I tend to spend extra time at night getting ready for the next day. It helps in the mornings because I am not a happy morning person, but it does push bedtime well past what it could be. Since I skipped this prep last night, I did some heavy scrambling this morning, but I think I was able to make myself presentable for work ;)

Had a buddha bowl for supper last night, all with pre-prepared foods...romaine, basmati rice, black beans, kidney beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, meatless ground (mexican and italian mixed together), and the leftover lemongrass Wok Box that I couldn't finish on Saturday because SPICY! It all went into one great big awesome serving bowl, and I inhaled it in no time. Love this food!

I remember telling BF that there was a new vegan recipe I wanted to try out this week, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was now.

Donkey on 11/20/2019:
How on earth does one get to bed by 8pm??? Heck, yoga class gets out at 8:15p...??? I thought of this while I was struggling to prepare for bed, and it just kept getting later and later.

It's amazing if I can turn off the light at 9p.

legcramps on 11/20/2019:
I know! I was so jealous though. I really would be the person who went to bed at 8pm, if I could :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2019:
yea, it's interesting with the sleep thing....

lately, i sleep tons at my parents (not working) these few days. it feels good but it'll be interesting when i have to go back to work. i sleep 10 hours a night, easy.

legcramps - Monday Nov 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Starting this week off feeling quite tired from the weekend; I worked quite a bit this weekend, and then completed five workouts on top of that, so my body is feeling it. It will be a rest day from workouts today! Spending this coming weekend at BF's.

MONDAY - work 8-4, coach 5-8, rest

TUESDAY - work 8-4, workout

WEDNESDAY - work 8-4, rest

THURSDAY - work 8-4, coach 5-8, workout

FRIDAY - coach 5-8, workout

SATURDAY - workout

SUNDAY - workout

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2019:
Boy...your days are full!!!

legcramps on 11/19/2019:
They are...it's a good thing I love the gym! But I should probably scale back eventually.

Maria7 on 11/19/2019:
Hope you are having a good day today.

legcramps on 11/19/2019:
Thanks Maria :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2019:
you just never know with the application process. they can be so slow to even respond to you. i've had districts with my resume from previous application for teaching call me years later to interview...THAT WAS SO ANNOYING!

5 workouts in a weekend is a lot...you inspire me.

what will you do to feel better? just go with the flow?

legcramps - Friday Nov 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Well, the first job I applied for they didn't even acknowledge that I applied for it LOL, so i'm assuming I will not be considered as an appropriate candidate. The second job I applied for I once again received no acknowledgement that I applied, and today I see that the same job has been re-posted. Whatever. So I applied for it again LOL.  I will harass them until I get a response I guess! Their loss! But it does make me feel really sub-par about myself. I know the feeling will pass though, and I also know my worth and I know that if they can't see it - that's ok. Someone else will, eventually.

BF and I went to the city yesterday and picked up a few christmas gifts. We went for supper to the Chopped Leaf and ordered the Aztec bowl - it's vegan (well, after we swapped out the cheddar and the chipotle ranch dressing). It was really good and we both thought we would eat that again for sure.

We got home pretty late, and then had to stop quickly at BF's daughter's new place to drop off some stuff that we bought for her while we were in the city. It was close to midnight when we finally went to bed. The morning came quickly LOL!

Donkey on 11/16/2019:
Good for you for applying again! That's just nuts that you didn't even get a courtesy response, "thank you for applying but..." Speaks greatly to the inefficiency of the organization(s).

Please don't let their lack of response bring you down. You're great! They're inefficient.

Have a nice weekend!

legcramps on 11/18/2019:
Thank you! I think everything happens for a reason sometimes...

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
What made you go to two rest days ? Is this to prepare for heavier months ahead? Or just because you are in a rest season ? Good deal I’d say it’s not always beneficial to train crazy hard!

Sometimes you will have to call the employment office you applied to to “follow up” ....I suggest it !

Like donkey said, you never know what their no response means. Don’t take it personally!

legcramps on 11/18/2019:
I worked out pretty hard in October, a workout every day, so I wanted more of a balance for November.

Yes, you're right, I should probably follow up with them. But when I didn't even get a response from the application process, it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I found vegan ice cream at the local grocery store, and now I think I could probably go vegan 100%. It is so delicious! It's made with coconut milk.

I'm in an exercising funk this week, but I am still OK with that. I work at the gym Friday and Saturday this week, so I know i'll get two workouts in there, and BF won't let Sunday slide by without doing something. I think my consciousness is just saying "take the extra rest while you can get it" so I have enjoyed a little downtime this week.

Nothing much new to say, my coworker was nicer to me yesterday. We'll see how today goes!

Donkey on 11/14/2019:
Nothing wrong with taking a little more rest.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2019:
Nice that work was better today!

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Well this week is going just splendidly...another rest day yesterday! Not planned, just worked out that way. I don't really feel bad about it, which probably suggests that I needed it.

I made another batch of vegan hamburger helper to have for the rest of the week as lunches, dinners, etc.

I went to sleep really late last night, so i'm dragging my butt a little today, feeling pretty sluggish. I really hate waking up in the morning now and it still being dark outside. Makes me want to keep sleeping until the sun comes up!

Another sneaky and sly comment made to me at work yesterday; wish I had a sharp tongue so that I could better defend myself, but then it would make me no better than them. I wonder how high I need to rise before i'm above it?!!

happy-1 on 11/13/2019:
Geez... That's an energy suck. I'd need a rest day too. Crap comments say more about the person who says them than they do about you.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2019:
I agree with with Happy....nasties are telling on themselves...they just need to direct it at someone else because they can't take their own criticism.....Head up, shoulders high...don't let them know they are getting to you!

legcramps on 11/14/2019:
Thanks, I tried! It's so draining to be around people like that all day.

happy-1 on 11/13/2019:
Also, you are in such good shape and doing so much with a great attitude and getting the things that come with that that are a lot of work... They probably aren't doing that kind of day in day out commitment and are angry and jealous because you *are* rising.

legcramps on 11/14/2019:
I hadn't thought about it like that, thanks for the perspective!

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
What was the sneaky work comment about ????

Also, a rest day here and there doesn’t hurt as I have learned as long as we can eventually snap back to a couple really good weeks of working out !

What made you choose vegan ? I for one enjoy meat but in small portions ....

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