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legcramps - Wednesday Dec 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Mom called out of the blue last night, she had a birthday party to attend but she called a few minutes before she had to leave. I was so surprised by the call that I forgot all the things I had to tell her LOL.

I have mostly just gift cards left to buy people for Christmas. It's easier that way, especially with most of my family so far away - it gets so expensive to send gifts. I ordered a medical sheepskin for Grandma, and Mom and my brother will go in on the gift with me so it works out to around $35 each for something that I think she will really enjoy having.

The first gift exchange happens tonight with my girlfriends. There are six of us; I got three girls Christmas scarves and the other two cute bracelets.

Looks like it might be day two of rest for me today. Once again, not upset about it. I think I am getting a cold, so just trying to law low and stay under the radar until it passes.

BearCountryGG on 12/04/2019:
Gift cards are great!!

happy-1 on 12/04/2019:
Aaaaaaaw... look at you with the holiday spirit. You might make me like holidays yet!

Donkey on 12/05/2019:
You are so far ahead of me in the Christmas shopping... oh boy...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/05/2019:
Very nice gifts all around, especially the medical gift for your grandma :)

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 03, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Just plugging along...

Worked, coached, and worked out yesterday. Got home around 9:30 p.m., had supper, and checked emails, messages, etc. and in bed at 11:00 p.m. Mom wants to talk, but we can't find a night that is free for both of us for even half an hour. She is almost as busy as I am. Oh well, it will work out eventually. At least we can still text LOL!

I am not sure I am going to go to bootcamp tonight. It is the start of my reboot week in my workout program, so it might be prudent to take it easy on the hiit cardio. Maybe i'll bike instead. Or maybe I am just being lazy.

A full list of things to do today at work, so i'd better get at it! Have a great day everyone!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/03/2019:
Boy is your family busy! go you! you inspire me and i LOVE to hear about everything you do. an object or person in motion stays in motion!

I've been loving the bike, it goes so fast even a full half hour is speed on the bike. so easy to do, now i see also why Donkey loves it!

BearCountryGG on 12/03/2019:
Wow...your Mom and you are really busy!!!

legcramps - Monday Dec 02, 2019

Weight: 0.0


One goal is to continue with my workout program; I am at the end of week 4 right now. Week 5 I will drop the weights significantly, and then Week 6 will start adding it back in and try to go higher.

We will also continue eating vegan 80:20. I don't feel as if I can really give a complete review yet of our vegan eating, so at least another month and then we'll re-evaluate.

I was sick over the weekend with TOM. I knew it was coming, because the week leading up to it I had been feeling a little lot low. Hormones are crazy. TOM this time was really painful. I feel like we still accomplished SO MUCH this weekend, even though I was so sick. We didn't end up going to the city to shop because the roads weren't great. So we did a little shopping at home, BF fixed the kitchen sink that was leaking, we put up all my Christmas decorations and lights, cleaned and did laundry, and I even got in a workout yesterday.

Sure didn't feel like getting up this morning though! But I did anyways LOL.

Coaching tonight after work, and then hopefully SLEEP. I might also be getting a head cold.

BearCountryGG on 12/02/2019:
YEAH...for getting up when you don't want to......good job!

happy-1 on 12/02/2019:
Zinc!!! It really works for a cold.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2019:
Good idea to get up and get PAID! right! I will finally do that, too, tomorrow. After 5 weeks OUT. good to get back, glad i have a place to work tomorrow. Maybe i should think what i'll wear!

Keep keeping us in the look on your vegan program and training programs. I love to hear all about it.

Thoughtful for BF to help you with your Christmas decor and lights!!! woohoo let the holiday season begin!

legcramps on 12/02/2019:
Even one of his kids and their girlfriend came over to help decorate the tree. It was a nice change from me doing it all myself!

Donkey on 12/03/2019:
I think you'll need at least 3 months with the vegan goal to give it a fair evaluation.

TOM woes - I feel your pain! (Literally)

legcramps - Friday Nov 29, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

THURSDAY - rest day, vegan 100%

I managed to get some housework done, so that's good. House looks a little cleaner now. Coaching tonight and then BF and his daughter will be near the gym i'm coaching at; not sure if they are coming to my place tonight or not. I think we want to drive into the city tomorrow and do some Day After Black Friday shopping LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2019:
yeah, it's still all about the sales between now and Cyber Monday.

good to hear you cleaned...i'm so scared with these guinea pigs of the mess that is bound to come...LOL...but really!

happy-1 on 11/29/2019:
Good job sticking to habits during the holiday! What's on your shopping list?

legcramps on 12/02/2019:
Wasn't hard, not a holiday for me! (I'm in Canada)

BearCountryGG on 11/30/2019:
A clean house always makes me feel good.

Donkey on 11/30/2019:
I love a clean house. That's all I'm saying. My son doesn't understand why it's so important to me. It's not that cleanliness in itself is important, but rather, the dirtiness - I'm not talking untidy, I'm talking dirty - attacks my inner well-being. And I'm not really a germaphobe by any means. (I live by the 5-second rule, test the boundaries with food recalls and expiration dates, etc. - yes, I live on the wild side.)

legcramps on 12/02/2019:
YES, this.

Donkey on 11/30/2019:
I was observing on TV with the stabbing in the Netherlands over the weekend, as you do not celebrate American Thanksgiving, do you all in Canada still do Black Friday shopping?

legcramps on 12/02/2019:
Yes we do; i'm sure the reason is because we went shopping in the US on Black Friday rather than doing all our Christmas shopping in Canada, and the Canadian government decided the economy needed our money to stay in Canada so they gave us Black Friday too ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2019:
everyone likes a good deal...i could use a small handheld vaccuum, but, then again, i could just use the vaccuum i already own, the snake / hose part. so, yeah, i'll wait on that...!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/01/2019:
regarding steady state biking from an earlier entry, that's why i like that bike too....it's less intense but i still warm up my body from doing it.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Didn't manage to get anything done after my work meeting last night; just went home, ate, and took a bath. I looked at the dishes, and that's about as far as I got LOL.

I checked my calendar just now and realized that I have my second rest day scheduled for today, so that lifted my spirits exponentially. I was thinking I would have to get on the bike trainer, and i'm starting to really dislike that thing believe it or not. Not necessarily the trainer itself, but more the seat on my bike. Ouchies. BF and I are thinking of going in together for a spin bike as a christmas gift to ourselves; if we do, it will be much healthier for the bum and sitz bone area.

WEDNESDAY - worked late, rest day, vegan 100%

I went a little heavy on the bread yesterday. BF found vegan margarine and boy I didn't realize how much I missed bread and butter until I tried it! I wish he'd never found this stuff! Oh well, let it roll off.

BearCountryGG on 11/28/2019:
Many years a go a friend who had lost a lot of weight went to a street fair where they bought a loaf of artesian bread and a jar of homemade jam to go with it...your comment reminded me of her.......she knew instantly that she could never do that again....

Donkey on 11/28/2019:
Ooo ouch! I think that's why I like my recumbent bikes so much - big seats for this wide butt, LOL! A spin bike would serve you well! Or could you change out the seat in your current bike to a wider model for training indoors?

Oh bread... I can do without it but oh how I miss it.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2019:
Def important to be comfortable with your exercise bike! great idea for the spin bike. i have a cheap recumbent bike which i like. i haven't gotten to use it as i've been with my parents and my legs were previously healing. but when i get back to my own apt, i'll use it - and the stepper i have by the same company. it's good if you are interested! the are cheaper brands, easy to assemble, and work well. i'm really talking if you want a stepper, not the bike since you will be getting a far better bike than i have. mine is very minimalist.

yeah, it's so easy to go heavy on a food in the moment. i did it yesterday then realized it wasn't worth it, but, i didn't do too badly, got the tastes in of the pie and i'm good for a long while. i don't love to eat sweets (heavy ones) a lot because they just don't match my calories intake well. but when i do have some, i remember it was tasty but not worth it really and i don't have it again for while or i resort to making my own lower sugar types which i never feel bad about having!

happy-1 on 11/29/2019:
Sounds like a new bike seat no matter what.

Bread and butter... yum. My downfall too!

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?

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