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.
legcramps - Monday Jan 20, 2020
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.
legcramps - Friday Jan 17, 2020
Like the calm before the storm, after having such a great day on Tuesday, I ended up being sick Wednesday and Thursday. Yuck.
I haven't got much to say because I haven't done much of anything the last couple of days other than throw up and cry. Also i'm still a little out of it, like in a daze. I coach tonight after work, and then i'm driving to BF's for the weekend.
I'll definitely have a scar on my finger where I tried to slice through it with my kitchen knife. Should've gotten stitches, oh well! It still looks pretty gross, so i've been putting a bandaid around it except for a couple hours each day.
Since i've been home sick, i've been binge watching Homeland. Has anyone else seen this tv series? I'm ready for Carrie to just stop crying about everything already! Seriously, that's all she does. I need to watch something more inspiring I think.
legcramps - Tuesday Jan 14, 2020
I had a really good day yesterday...
Nothing special happened, but I did get to take the afternoon off, and I did get to ride my bike. I thought it was just a group ride, but it was a race too (I don't entirely understand Zwift yet, but i'm getting there). Anyways, once I realized we weren't going to be banded together for the whole ride, I set out with a couple other riders and together we did the first 15 km. Then came a hill, and I actually conquered it, and moved away from my fellow riders. I started to chase the people in front of me, and this picture is after 23 km where I caught and passed two more riders. I am 4th here, but I actually managed to catch one more rider in the last kilometer to place third in my class!
It was nice and sweaty, and lots of fun.
Then I went coaching, and drove home in a blizzard (almost).
FOOD - 80% vegan today - I had some chocolate before bed :(
EXERCISE - bike ride
Now I have three free nights before I coach again. I love this stretch of free time in the workweek, I can get so much done. Or so much not done. Either way, it's ALL MINE.
legcramps - Monday Jan 13, 2020
The weekend went by too quickly...
I sliced my middle finger with a very sharp henkel knife on Saturday...right along the side of my finger. It took awhile for the bleeding to stop. I have it bandaged now but i'll need to look at it eventually and take the bandage off. I don't want to know what it looks like! I probably should have gotten stitches!
Then I slammed the side of my knee into the corner of my very heavy, wooden coffee table.
And on Sunday, I rammed the toes of my left foot into a stack of canned vegetables. I will confess an expletive bounced out of my mouth almost immediately.
I did manage to do something fun and race my bike on Zwift. I got 2nd place! (P.S. I would have done better had I read the description of the race and realized it was a 10 km race and not a 5 km race. I gave it my all for the first 5 km and then had to really push just to survive the last 5 km.)
If all goes well this morning at work, i'll be taking the afternoon off. Not for any particular reason other than I need to shovel, i'm heading to the city to coach tonight and I know the roads won't be wonderful to drive on, and because i'd like to ride my bike before I go. I thought those were good enough reasons, and my boss is ok with those reasons also. I still have plenty of banked timed that I can take, so might as well!
legcramps - Friday Jan 10, 2020
I started a performance test through Zwift yesterday, but I quit about ten minutes into it because my legs just would not GO FAST anymore LOL. I should have taken a rest day, but I will tonight and hopefully tomorrow I can repeat the test.
We got a JAG of snow the last couple of days, so i'm hoping to get out and do some snowshoeing this weekend also, or maybe BF will want to go to the ski hill.
FOOD - 100% vegan today; I made a meatless ground with veggies and rice for supper yesterday, so I have lots of leftovers for lunch today. I'm thinking since both BF and I will be in the city later (I coach at the gym tonight), we might pick up a vegan bowl rather than make something at home.
EXERCISE - rest day!
legcramps - Thursday Jan 09, 2020
I wonder if I didn't have an allergy to something yesterday that made me sneeze and blow my nose a million times, because today - I feel ok. No sneezing (yet), no runny nose (yet), just the everyday normal amount of congestion you might experience in a cold, dry environment. Knock on wood.
Or maybe I sweated it all out yesterday.
I thought I was doing an easier ride... but it turned out to be easy, then not easy, then very difficult, then fun because I am crazy that way. This picture was taken just before it started to become very difficult.
We rode in London, if you can't tell by the double decker bus in the street ahead of us. I ended up staying close to the lead pack for the entire 75 minute ride, which was cool, and when I was done I stood in the shower and stared at the drain for about five minutes - all I could do was just stand there. LOL
I slept really well.
I feel like I might end up riding again tonight.
FOOD - 100% vegan today; I pulled out some tofu and i'll probably have that with toast for lunch, and then rice with chickpea curry and veggies for supper.
I have a terrible head cold brewing in my sinuses right now...very tempted to take the afternoon off, go find some meds and lay down at home. I've tried sudafed but it doesn't seem to be working...
I made rice and curry tofu for supper yesterday. It turned out delicious and I will be making this again. Sorry the picture is sideways.
I also subscribed and did my first long ride with Zwift last night. It kicked my butt.
The one I am booked to do tonight should be slightly easier, thank goodness. But overall, i'm having a lot of fun using Zwift and meeting other users. Next time i'll have to remember to take a picture in the virtual world so you can see what that looks like.
FOOD - 100% vegan today; leftovers.
EXERCISE - 75 minute easy bike ride (as long as my legs haven't fallen off yet from all the riding i've been doing).
legcramps - Tuesday Jan 07, 2020
The urge to go straight home after coaching last night got to me and in the end I skipped a gym workout in favour of a bike ride at home with Zwift. I am still 10 kilometers away from completing my free trial, but I think I am going to subscribe. It was a pretty intense ride, which I wouldn't have done on my own. I really need to be pushed when i'm on the bike, otherwise I go easy on myself.
I have been missing my outdoor workouts; yesterday I checked the summer schedule for triathlons and the like, but I haven't gone click-crazy yet. I'm trying to hold off, because it does make the summer really busy when I add a bunch of events into the mix. I will do my best to stick to one per month LOL. Anyways, I feel a pool swim might be in my near future - definitely missing lane swimming.
FOOD - 100% vegan today; thinking about curry for supper.
EXERCISE - at home today, so if I don't get on the bike than it's a rest day!
legcramps - Monday Jan 06, 2020
Work today, then coaching tonight. I'm tired, so will probably be in bed early tonight.
Yesterday was a restful day, but I still managed to clean up the majority of the christmas decorations, do the dishes and one load of laundry, and tidy up after my cousins stayed with me over the weekend.
My right hip/lower back is bugging me, and also my right big toe. Feeling tingling and numbness. It's wierd, hopefully it doesn't last long. Went in the massage chair a few times yesterday to try and relieve it.
FOOD - 100% vegan; I have some leftover vegan bowls that I ate over the weekend to round out the day of eating today. Lots of good veggies and protein.
EXERCISE - coaching tonight, then a workout. I did upper body on Saturday, so might do the power mill/bike today. The program I made for myself was getting really good results in terms of muscle definition, but I never felt energized from any of the workouts. They were all strictly strength workouts, and I do enjoy doing cardio. Since i've completed five weeks of the program, I will review and revise my program, and try to come up with something a little more suitable to both my goals and my everyday joy.