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legcramps - Thursday Jan 23, 2020

Weight: 0.0

On Tuesday night BF and I went to see We Will Rock You - a musical set to the music of Queen. It was really good, and a nice change of pace for us.

I took Wednesday off work because we got home quite late on Tuesday night, so I was able to sleep in a bit and have a relaxed day. I still did some things though...two loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, went for groceries and got the mail, and completed two bike rides on the spin bike at home.

Ready for Thursday! Work, then coach!

We bought a vegan pizza while in the city on Tuesday, and i've been eating those leftovers ever since. Should finish it up for lunch, and then supper will be a surprise because I have nothing ready! It would have been lovely if I had prepped something yesterday, but alas, I did not.

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
Pizza seems to get us in trouble at our house.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2020:
Queen played great music, the musical sounds awesome!

I think everything is still fresh at home for my dinner LOL..Happy Friday!

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
How do you have leftover pizza? That is always gone in 5 min flat.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 21, 2020

Weight: 0.0


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.

innerpeace on 01/21/2020:
I agree the meal prep is insanity. And it takes longer to cook peeling and cutting everything.

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
I think most of us probably have disordered ideas about food......we just don't end up in a group called diet diaries for no reason......I guess if we lived way back when, we would be so busy hunting and gathering we would just be concerned where our next meal would come from.....now.....we have to deal with temptation.....and marketing.....it makes it a whole lot different.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2020:
that's a reason i don't do low carb anymore...it was having negative effects on me. now i'm a sweets queen!

everything in moderation so you are doing better than you'd think! it's good to get some meat here and there...well, that's my belief!

Donkey on 01/22/2020:
Good that you have realized the beginnings of disordered thinking. Going there is like walking into quicksand. Nip that **** in the bud!

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
Meal prep is really hard... It takes a lot of work. I'm trying to get back on it and do some meal planning this week. I got really put off on cooking because my dad hates everything I make, lol!

legcramps - Monday Jan 20, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

happy-1 on 01/20/2020:
Sounds like you need one of those camel paks that you wear under a jacket so your body heat keeps it from freezing

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Yeah, I have one but didn't think I was going to be out there so long so I didn't take it with me.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
i'm glad you are ok, sounds like it was a weekend of fitness and challenges!

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Yeah, definitely was!

Donkey on 01/21/2020:
I thought you were sick- you accomplished a LOT coming off the bug. I am amazed!!!

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
I was still sick for sure... if it were up to me I would have gone home after the first ride ;)

legcramps - Friday Jan 17, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

innerpeace on 01/17/2020:
Hope you feel better this weekend, and I hope your finger gets better. I haven't seen Homeland, but people I know have sat and watched it for hours. Have a good weekend.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2020:
Hope you get better quick...sounds like there are some lingering after effects. And the finger too on top of it all...can't say that I blame you for not getting stitches,.....I would try just bandaging it too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2020:
never heard of homeland!

sorry about your finger, i know someone else who also should have gotten stitches, but didn't.

Donkey on 01/17/2020:
Yeah, with cuts like that, you have to get ditched within the first 24 hours or it's a no-go. Learned that lesson the hard way.

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
I am so sorry you are sick... Super glue also works instead of stitches. I love Homeland... I can't wait for the new season. Maybe try "The Good Place"?

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 14, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2020:
Sounds like a great day!!! Your cycling sounds like a lot of fun with none of the traveling to get there.....there will probably be plenty of real life things in the nicer weather...great way to ride in the winter.

legcramps on 01/14/2020:
Exactly right!

happy-1 on 01/14/2020:
You just inspired me to look for a meter I can attach to the trainer and use zwift on my laptop.

legcramps on 01/14/2020:
So fun!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/14/2020:
Congrats on being in 3rd place and beating most of the squad out....that rider looks like you too!

Donkey on 01/14/2020:
Hey, awesome bike ride!!!! Enjoy your evenings off!

legcramps - Monday Jan 13, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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!

happy-1 on 01/13/2020:
Oooooh... Stop beating yourself up!!!!

I love your logs. They show such a strong mental outlook.

legcramps on 01/14/2020:
I have got to be the clumsiest person around...

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2020:
OMG......2 accidents in 2 days!!! Knives, coffee tables and canned vegetables apparently have it out for you!!! Hopefully the finger isn't as bad as you fear.

legcramps on 01/14/2020:
I hope so too, I still haven't looked at it 80

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2020:
enjoy your evening and i hope you get outta work early as you have planned!

and i hope you feel better with all those cuts and bruises too!

Donkey on 01/14/2020:
Yikes! Take care!

legcramps - Friday Jan 10, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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! 

bearcountrygg on 01/10/2020:
Love the screen shot you showed of London.......I went on you tube the other day looking for a video of riding a bike through Manhattan and there is one....Kind of scary though......Yours looks a little more like a race...Loved it.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2020:
Wonderful to get out in the snow and get exercise doing it!

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Yes, I was equally impressed by the biking photo in London - very cool!

legcramps - Thursday Jan 09, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

EXERCISE - yeah, probably biking again. I'm addicted!


bearcountrygg on 01/09/2020:
London England or London Ontario? Do they have double decker busses in Ontario? Glad you are feeling better...Nice pic!!!!

legcramps on 01/10/2020:
London England

Horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2020:
that's a cool visual photo of the bike's screen, bc, that's what it is right!? it's nice to have a bike at home to ride...speaking of which, i do plan to use mine much more :) thanks for reminding me to use mine!

legcramps on 01/10/2020:
Yes, it's virtual! So fun

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 08, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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).

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/08/2020:
Feel better soon! OMG the curry looks wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy-1 on 01/08/2020:
Feel better!!!! The curry looks yummy and it sounds like this was a really good purchase if you are getting so into it.

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2020:
Your curry looks delish!!! The ride looks like a lot of fun!!

Donkey on 01/09/2020:
I feel you on the head cold. I feel that mine is not that bad, and it STILL has me wiped out. Get well soon!

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/07/2020:
Great plans and a veggie dinner is always wonderful! Lately i'm enjoying more veggies, except for the lol gas side effects. but i'm enjoying feeling full and happy.

I'm enjoying having a bike at home too. even when i'm not sweating, it does warm me up more than if i were just sitting on the couch and i can easily ride in shorts and a tshirt.

bearcountrygg on 01/07/2020:
Home does sound good after a busy day.....

happy-1 on 01/07/2020:
Sounds like Zwift has turned out to be fun. Is it fun for a beginner at all? Would it motivate me to start riding?

legcramps on 01/08/2020:
I think it would be. There is a 7 day free trial, so you might as well try it out and then you can decide for yourself if you think you'll like it. For best results, if you have a computer or tablet, I would use that for the rides themselves, and then if you have a cell phone I would download the Zwift companion app because that shows you a lot more information on riders, events, and has a newsfeed for you and anyone you decide to follow on Zwift.

legcramps on 01/08/2020:
Also, it has motivated me to ride twice now, with a third ride on the calendar for tonight! I have a group ride scheduled at 5:00 tonight with a group of other women, and I can't wait to check it out!

happy-1 on 01/08/2020:
Can you do Zwift without having your bike connected to it?

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