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legcramps - Friday Oct 11, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 43 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (10/31)

#2 Track Food

Not feeling great today, TOM has arrived and of course my body feels like a bundle of needles are rolling around in it. I might even head home from work until I have to coach later. Why do I always get TOM when I have to work the weekend shift??? That is some bad luck right there.

Boot camp was good last night; we worked pretty hard. I will be scheduled at the gym to coach on Thursday nights as well for November and December, so I won't be able to go to boot camp twice a week anymore, which makes me sad because I don't push myself nearly as hard as I let other people push me. But I am helping out at the gym while another trainer has some other committments to fulfill.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

grannyannie on 10/11/2019:
Hope you feel better.

Maria7 on 10/11/2019:
Hoping you are feeling better today.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
TOM drove me nuts this week - i felt pain in my upper thigh/lower back since Monday until it finally came yesterday. These past two times, i noticed more days of pain leading up to it - never in my life did that happen before - i never really felt much PMS, just during it...now that is a change! so i feel you!

You truly amaze me when you partake in both your day job and a full hobby in fitness, that you are also dedicated to and get paid for. just amazing. always know that you have done such a wonderful thing for yourself and others, you should be very proud of yourself.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 10, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 32 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (9/31)

#2 Track Food

I sent in my application for the higher $$ job; at the very least, if I even get an interview, I can ask more questions about it at that time. There has to be a catchm but maybe the only catch is that I would have to continue to drive...

A workout completed in my living room last night. It is so much more difficult for me to get into a workout when I do it at home; I noticed that even my form suffers.

I thought this last snowfall we got would melt, but no bueno yet. I'm glad I got my tires changed over on Tuesday. Just in time, it would seem.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

salmon, vegetables,

coffee with protein, orange,

pork roast, vegetables

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Oh my...you win!! We are still seeing our fall colors and not at peak yet.

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
I NEVER get that last little bit of yard work in LOL. Mother Nature really needs to send out a memo if she's going to change up the weather so drastically :) ;)

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
OMG! I guess I won't complain about being cold. It's upper 40's in the morning.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 09, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 41 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (8/31)

#2 Track Food

I was a carb monster yesterday, and today I can feel all the bread I ate sitting in the very center of my stomach. Yuck.

Glute-focused workout yesterday. Yee-ouwch.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

turkey burger (bunless), asparagus spears,

coffee with protein,

pork roast, vegetables,


grannyannie on 10/09/2019:
I feel like I have a brick in my belly if I overdose on carbs!

legcramps on 10/09/2019:
Ugh, so uncomfortable

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2019:
not lately, but several years ago i really did "stuff in" the carbs like eating well over what is normal. i would have issues with my gut for up to a few days after doing that. totally get ya and hope you feel better. at least it will pass :)

let us know what you learn about the job with the slightly higher salary!

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
Yeah, already feeling better! Not going to do that again anytime soon :)

Donkey on 10/10/2019:
I tend to have mixed reactions to carb overload. It kind of depends on the source of carbs. Regardless of what else I feel, I usually have LOTS of energy the next day! There's no great loss without some small gain.

This isn't in this entry, but I did really want to explore your potential job situation. It does seem as though this is some kind of cosmic test, that just as you have the opportunity to work close to home, this fabulous opportunity opens up.

In thinking about your choices, I realized that I am too biased to give solid advice - I have a lot of issues with commuting, and I realized that my issues are not your issues.

I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about the $$ job. It wouldn't hurt to explore, apply, interview, etc. - you can always decide not to go forward, but if you don't try, you'll never know.

On the other hand, if shortening your commute is a high priority with you, it's perfectly fine to give your permission to stay with the present employer. (Again, MY issue - giving myself permission to say no.)

As Horn said, please do keep us posted. This might be a helpful place to think things out.

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
That's very true, I did feel the benefit of extra energy through the day yesterday.

Thanks so much for your comments re: the job situation. I appreciate all advice, even if it is biased ;)

I am not a fan of commuting either; in a perfect world I would be able to live and work in the same community. But, economic pressures have moved me towards needing the $$$ over the convenience. I could make it work as it is, but the $$ job would certainly be more financially sound.

I'm going to apply, and if I do get an interview then i'll deal with those decisions later ;)

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Hoping you are having a good day today. Watch out for breads. Smile!

legcramps on 10/10/2019:

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
RE the job.......taking into consideration the price of gas and the bad winter roads.....and extra commute time........I love opportunities like this...you will have a gut feeling either way.....don't forget to listen to it.

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.

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