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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.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, B12,

water - BCAA's, glutamine, pineapple,

chicken breast, rice, salad,

coffee with protein,

black coffee while visiting a friend,

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, chicken bacon,




grannyannie on 10/01/2019:
Sounds healthy

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
Peanut butter is my Kriptonite!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
i love PB too and i eat it really often, especially when i'm working out, it's so easy on a rice cracker during the workout.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I had a conversation with the Gym Boss the other day about what went down with the Gym Manager; she is going to make sure we know when we are scheduled to work well in advance and stick to every third Saturday. I'm glad she sees my perspective; i'm happy with this result, and we'll see where it goes in the future. I know I need to stop stressing over this stuff too...it's not healthy...and it's also unnecessary. I always have fun when i'm working there, and I don't want to be part of the office politics.

My right knee / calf is still tweaked, so i'm still wearing a sleeve when I workout and i'll continue to do that until it's pain-free. I'll really have to watch at bootcamp tonight.

After working all day, coaching all night, and then working out, I didn't eat supper until 9:30pm last night. I was in bed by 10:30pm. Still, by my standards anyways, not enough sleep. I'll try again tonight. Eventually i'll get back to better sleep. Maybe I should start keeping stats here again, that seemed to help keep it in the forefront of my mind.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein 'milk',

protein bar,

salad, leftover ribs (4 small),

coffee with protein 'milk',

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, chicken bacon,

hot chocolate.

BearCountryGG on 10/01/2019:
I'm glad to hear that talking to the gym boss should help keep them from scheduling you at awkward times....that should help keep the ones that are always asking for days off from using the ones that do work.....good for you!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/01/2019:
yeah, your sleep stats were working for you really well!

Donkey on 10/02/2019:
I'm glad that you spoke with the Gym Boss and that she has your back.

How did your knee/calf hold up after bootcamp?

legcramps on 10/02/2019:
It was a bit sore right afterwards, but this morning it feels ok. I iced it and used my air socks last night, so maybe that's why it feels ok today.

legcramps - Monday Sep 30, 2019

Weight: 0.0

BF got the ALL CLEAR on Friday to go back to work/exercise/regular life. He's doing really well with nit-picking about what he can and can't do with his knee, although on Saturday he went on a 4 hour bike ride with friends that he probably shouldn't have. We figured Winter Was Coming and he should get out there because it might be one of the last times he'll be able to this year.

And then, Winter Came. Yikes! We have snow!

It snowed all day yesterday and I was at BF's, so I came home early in the afternoon rather than leaving a risky drive to chance this morning. And sure enough, even though it was melting as it was coming down, this morning there was a fresh inch or two of snow sitting on the ground. I'm sure it will all melt by the end of the day, but still. September 30th! I'm not ready! The winter tires are not on my car yet! LOL

The weather made the weekend a bit chaotic for me, plus I worked at the gym for most of Saturday and it was so crazy in there. Everyone is starting their fitness routines again.

I got a little workout in Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I did bootcamp on Thursday. My knee is feeling better; now I just have some tightness in my calf muscle. I think I must have pulled a muscle and it 'referred' to the inside of my knee. Anyways, it's better but i'm still going to keep an eye on it for a few more days for sure. When I got home yesterday, I used the air boot to massage my calf and I think that helped a lot.

I've been noticing a bit of an issue with my mental clarity...

For the last few months i've been having trouble concentrating, focusing, and have noticed that I cannot 'find my words' if that makes sense. I'll be in the middle of a sentence, and a word that I want to say will just completely escape me and i'll have to scramble to either find a synonym, or repeat the sentence in a different way. I've also been struggling a bit with emotional clarity - feelings of worthiness, am I doing enough with my life, am I doing too much, etc.

I know we all go through these emotional phases, so i'm not putting much stock in it or worrying too much over it, but I am a little concerned with why I might be forgetting my words. I struggled a bit while coaching a group session on Saturday morning, and one of the participants suggested I start taking krill oil. She said she'd been taking it for 8 months, and before starting it was experiencing the same symptoms. I went out and bought some the very same day, so i've been using it for three days so far. I'm not really sure what else I can do to help myself in this area? I know sleep is a huge factor, but up until recently i'd been getting decent sleep. I also workout regularly, and I eat well 80% of the time, which I feel is a good balance. Any other suggestions? It really is starting to bother me.

BearCountryGG on 09/30/2019:
You are quite young for this to be starting...D and I experience it all the time but it's an age thing for us....You may want to get your thyroid checked....thyroid plays a huge part in the entire body...I do have hashimotos and can also blame my forgetfulness on that too....stress and lack of sleep a you mentioned can also cause it.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Thanks for the suggestion...I had my thyroid checked a few years ago and it came back clear, but maybe things have changed...

grannyannie on 09/30/2019:
Don't mess around with an injured knee. Or any injury actually. Rest it.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:

Donkey on 09/30/2019:
Hmm... Well, see if the krill oil helps. That is a little concerning.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
I know, right?!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/30/2019:
yuck yuck yuck snow!!!! ahhhhh!!!! glad you've got the winter tires! have you noticed a difference while using them!?

i know EXACTLY what you mean about "finding your words." EXACTLY. i had been feeling the same way as you, exactly, for around 6months to 1 year now.

you may need to play mental games. i hear crosswords, other active BRAIN exercises. more than reading....i do not feel reading is the "same active" as other mental exercises. maybe google what to do - the mental games or things you can do to help retain your memory.

i know what you mean. with less stimulating work at my job and NO TIME in meetings or anything to challenge myself besides stress (the assignments are either TOO HARD or boring (but i totally am OK with boring if i'm being paid!)....i know i also need to do other things to stregthen my mind...i sometimes enjoy watching a movie (since i hardly watch any tv / movies)

also similar to what bcgg writes, sometimes being so hard on yourself, with stressing yourself out, can cause you to BELIEVE that you are having trouble and the stress is what is troubling you more than anything with negative thoughts.

legcramps on 10/01/2019:
I don't have the winter tires on yet, they have to get them shipped here. I'm looking forward to it though!

You're right - I did google it, and one of the suggestions was to play more brain games, do some memory practice more often. I think right now, I might be more stressed than I realize - with working so much. And the last little bit not getting enough sleep has really just brought it out even more.

legcramps - Thursday Sep 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Hey! Just checking in. I’m off work today so posting from the dealership where my car is getting an oil change.  They are also going to put winter tires on my car in the next couple of weeks, this will be the first time I get winter tires and I’m looking forward to the easier driving with them. How have I lived in Canada for so long without winter tires?!

It was a busy day yesterday. I worked, then went to an evening meeting. When that was over, I picked up subway for dinner and just finished eating it when a friend stopped by. She wanted help making a resume, so we did that and visited until 10:00. Once again I went to bed later than planned, but at least I could sleep an extra half an hour this morning, and I might even take a nap this afternoon! 

It’s cold and rainy here today. I have boot camp later this evening so even though I feel the urge to workout this afternoon because of the dreary day, I will try my best to hold off so that I don’t overdo it on the knee.

I could definitely use some more coffee.

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
Number one...does the dealership offer coffee? Number 2...good choice with the snow tires!

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Yes, they did have coffee!

Thanks, I hope the winter tires make a huge difference since I travel so much through the year!

grannyannie on 09/26/2019:
First time getting snow tires? I got them every year when I lived in Michigan.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
I know, it's hard to believe :) I have all-season tires on my car right now, and I usually just go with that, but they needed to be changed and I thought I might want to try winter tires out this time.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
wow, up there in Canada your snow tires are going to pay off BIG time!

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
I hope so!

Donkey on 09/27/2019:
Hope your knee cooperated during boot camp.

legcramps on 09/30/2019:
Thanks, it did - I modified a couple exercises and it worked out well :)

legcramps - Wednesday Sep 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Bootcamp happened last night; it went pretty well but my right knee is being problematic. Pain just outside the knee cap started after the first bootcamp class and has steadily been getting worse. I've been trying to modify some of the exercises - especially anything lateral-based - and I iced it after class yesterday. Just have to wait and see what happens in the next few days. I'll stick to light cardio until it's feeling better.

I took tomorrow and Friday off work; i'll take BF to his follow up appointment on Friday. Tomorrow I just wanted a day off. Lack of sleep is catching up to me, and although I know taking days off work to catch up on sleep is not ideal, I feel that I have just enough other things to get done that I can make the day off worthwhile. Besides, I have another evening meeting tonight that will be a couple of hours for sure, so i'll be good and ready for a break after that ;)

I made baked chicken breast, rice, and roasted veggies for supper yesterday and will have that for lunch today and probably tomorrow as well.

I was watching a continuing educational video yesterday about corrective exercise, and realized something about myself. I always thought my hamstrings were tight because I didn't stretch enough. Turns out, I have an excessive curve / imbalance in my neck, and that is what is creating a lot of the tension in my hamstrings. Sure enough, when I tried the corrective exercise on myself, my hamstrings loosened up almost instantly. I love learning about this stuff!

grannyannie on 09/25/2019:
Be very careful with your knee! Rest it.

Healthy dinner!

BearCountryGG on 09/26/2019:
Interesting about the hamstring exercises.

Donkey on 09/26/2019:
Oh take care with your knee!!!

That's very interesting about your neck- hamstring connection! I totally believe it, although I can't say that it would occur to me. I have knee problems related to my plantar fasciitis. A good stretch of the foot helps my right knee greatly - go figure!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/26/2019:
who would have thought that your neck can affect your hamstrings!? whoa.

legcramps - Tuesday Sep 24, 2019

Weight: 0.0

I haven't been getting enough sleep the past couple of days, and i'm starting to feel a little like a zombie. I worked, then drove to the gym to coach two sessions last night, then did my own workout and didn't get back home until 9:00 p.m. So by the time I had supper and cleaned up, it was past 11:00 p.m. I think I finally fell asleep around midnight, and the alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m., which is definitely not enough sleep for me.

BF advised me to knock off the coaching job for now. I am getting way too stressed out about it - the demands just keep getting bigger, the staff behaviour is just appalling, the manager took a shot at me, etc. I had a bit of a situation yesterday with the manager because when I talked to one of the owners, I agreed to be scheduled to work every third Saturday. That meant I should have been scheduled to work October 19th. But instead, because others asked for the long weekend off, the manager scheduled me on October 12th, and then again on October 26th, without even bothering to ask or tell me. So i'm actually working every second Saturday in October. When I asked about it, she got snotty with me about how I told them I was flexible on Saturdays. I AM flexible, but what if I had plans for the Thanksgiving weekend?! When the plan is not to be scheduled for a particular day, then I shouldn't have to worry about putting in a time off request for it. Now, since I had prepared to work October 19th, they basically took three weekends in October away from me. I don't think that's cool. And anyways, if we agreed on every third Saturday, that's how it should be scheduled. Anyways, I sent her a message explaining my side of it, but I haven't gotten a response. Big surprise.

So it's time to think long and hard about what i'm trying to accomplish with the coaching gig.

My workout last night was awesome though!

BearCountryGG on 09/24/2019:
Gee...that scheduling just Isn't right....especially since they gave someone else a long holiday weekend. I don't blame you at all being upset with that......but nice to hear that you had a good workout...after all that stress I'm sure you needed that.

grannyannie on 09/24/2019:
Tough to work when you don't get enough sleep. Well done on the workout!

Donkey on 09/25/2019:
Sounds to me like they are taking advantage of your offer to be "flexible". I'm sorry. It really stinks when things like this happen at work. Maybe BF has a point?

I'm glad that you're going to give it a long think. Could you do that for some of my problems too?

legcramps on 09/25/2019:
LOL, :) :)

BF might have a point, but i'm a little nervous to make a big stink about this since I really love working at the gym - I love the members, and the training, and everything else about it other than the office politics!

legcramps - Monday Sep 23, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Just plugging along...

MONDAY - work, coach, assessments, workout

TUESDAY -  work, bootcamp, meal prep

WEDNESDAY - work, evening meeting

THURSDAY - oil change, winter tires, mail, bootcamp

FRIDAY - BF follow up appt, costco :), coach, assessments, workout

SATURDAY - coach, workout


Kind of fed up with people at work these days...

grannyannie on 09/23/2019:
Busy week!

BearCountryGG on 09/23/2019:
Looks like a full week.

Donkey on 09/24/2019:
I hear you on the coworkers. Don't let them drag you down.

legcramps - Thursday Sep 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Got sick on Monday and didn't make it to work yesterday. I'm back at it today. No idea what's going on - I had such a bad headache that it made me nauseous, but also my muscles and joints really hurt too. Feeling much better today.

Also, I got a taste of what it will be like when BF and I are retired together LOL. He poked at me all day yesterday, which is just what he does. But being so sick yesterday, I really NOTICED, you know?! It was kind of irritating, but in a funny i-know-i-would-be-laughing-if-i-wasn't-so-sick kind of way.

It sounds like BF will go to the city tomorrow and spend some time with family, so that will be good for him. No news on Grandma this week. Status-Quo is not a bad thing.

What else...I found myself a coach. I am going to her bootcamp classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, although I missed this last Tuesday because I was sick. I figure even coaches need a coach, and I am no longer interested in driving half an hour every time I need a push to get a workout done. I don't have the willpower for that! But if all I have to do is drive down the road a few blocks, then I can make the effort to do that. So that's been nice, and a pretty decent workout too. Her coaching style is a lot like mine, so that's cool too. Then I workout on my own on coaching days - Mondays and Fridays - since i'm already at the gym. The other days are up to me what I want to do; since i'm not training for anything, I can afford to take it easy for a couple of months.

BearCountryGG on 09/19/2019:
Hope you are feeling better...those guys...LOL Funny how they are annoying and worth keeping all at the same time.

Donkey on 09/20/2019:
Bear is right about men. I'm impressed that BF is so mobile after knee surgery. Good for him!

I'm so excited to hear more about your coach!!!

grannyannie on 09/20/2019:
Sounds awful. Hope you feel better soon. I am married to a Scot and they are pros at 'taking the pish' - serious teasing.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2019:
i hope you feel better soon - sounds like you already do. also having a coach breaks up the monotony and can give you ideas for your own coaching sessions.

legcramps - Monday Sep 16, 2019

Weight: 0.0

BF's surgery went very well, and he is now recovering at my place. I got a call from my aunt on Thursday regarding my Grandma, so we drove up there on Friday night to see her. She is steadily declining and is still in hospital and is not likely to be discharged. When we left her yesterday, I did my best to keep it light and yet still tell her what I felt I needed to and that I loved her and we gave her a big hug. 

BF's aunt passed away yesterday morning, so it was just a really rough day all in all. I'm not sure what this week will bring. Whatever happens, we will let it dictate what the week looks like, and go from there. I've been repeating to myself that we can only do as much as we are capable of in each moment, and we must let the rest go. It's been hard for BF to not be with his family, and I feel a little guilt about that because we were with mine. It's just been hard, but we'll keep each other going.

It's not easy to eat well when you're on the road. We've been enjoying the fast food, the family restaurants, and the smoked meats a little too much lately. When we got home last night, I made simple chicken salad sandwiches for dinner, with sweet potatoes and asparagus. It was so good, and the nutrients were so badly needed! Tonight i'm planning spaghetti squash chili - depending on whether our plans change - and really looking forward to another home-cooked, nutritious meal.

I may be sporadic in updating over the next little while, until things calm down a little bit. We are trying to maintain a life-balance right now.

grannyannie on 09/16/2019:
Glad to hear BF is doing well, but sorry about your grandmother and your BFs aunt. What a rough time you are both having. And it is very hard to eat well when you are traveling. Hang in there.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/16/2019:
really sorry to hear about about your boyfriend's aunt. sending my condolences to you and his family.

wishing you extra strength to get through these difficult times. you have a solid mind and things will get better with time.

Donkey on 09/17/2019:
I'm so sorry. (((hugs)))

When does BF start physical therapy?

bearcountrygg on 09/17/2019:
I'm sorry to hear that your fmilies are going through some sad times right now.....you can only do what you can do.....I guarantee you that the loved ones will understand.

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