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legcramps - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 28 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30;

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;

I had a better sleep last night but for some reason I am feeling a bit drained already this morning. I feel like I need a change, but I don't know what that should be. I am getting closer and closer to wanting to drop my Tuesday coaching sessions. I dread the long day, and it sets the tone for the rest of my workweek.

I will be taking an hour off work this morning though, so that may help. I made an appointment to have myofascial cupping done on my shins and legs. The RMTs here don't do scraping so i'd have to drive an extra hour to get that done, so I thought i'd give cupping a try. I'll let you know how it goes! Hopefully it works, because she's charging me $70!


UPDATE: That was a really great myofascia release session! In fact, it was so beneficial, I think a lot of my shin issues might have been resolved in one fell swoop. I didn't realize how important it really is to take care of one's FEET. They are essentially the pressure points for the rest of the body. So, #1 - I must start including my FEET in my recovery. I have lacross balls i'll start using to massage the balls of my feet. #2 - I need to be aware of how i'm tying my shoe! No kidding! She said it looks like I am tying them too tightly around the toes, so I need to leave more room there. #3 - NO MORE COMPRESSION! This is a big one for me; I always use compression in my workouts and in my recovery. It does not make sense to use compression during an aerobic ENDURANCE workout - I am cutting off the oxygen uptake to my lower extremities by wearing compression! It makes so much sense, and yet - I was wearing knee sleeves as well as compression socks during my workouts. Duh!

Donkey on 02/26/2019:
When I wear the wrong shoes, I almost immediately feel it in my lower back, hip, and knee. If I wear the right shoe that needs to be replaced, I start having plantar fasciitis pains in my feet.

Happy feet are so important to have!

legcramps on 02/27/2019:
They are!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
Drop the Tuesdays and take care of your own self first before have to coach tuesdays on others.

those are good notes regarding feet.

i'm glad you are doing something to feel better as you are an athlete and need to take extra care of yourself! :) i always forget this part...that athletes usually need more recovery, better eating, better sleep...so they can perform above an average level! thanks for that reminder!

legcramps on 02/27/2019:
Thank you for the advice! I know I need to drop the Tuesday coaching - now I just need to find the willpower to actually say it out loud to the owners!

horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
i also have to wear specific shoes and brands and very rarely wear heals anymore.

legcramps - Monday Feb 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST;

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30;

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;

Not a great start to my sleep for the week, but this seems to be the norm lately. My fitbit app stopped collecting my sleep data after Wednesday of last week, so no stats for the rest of last week but I didn't sleep very well anyways LOL. I had to delete and reinstall the app in order to get it to start working again - grr. These things are great. When they work.

This week is going to be tough to get through, but once it's over I won't have as many gym shifts so I shouldn't be as busy in March. I still have six vacation days to take by the end of March, but I can roll five days into next year's vacation time, so I think I will try and do that and then take the sixth day sometime in March. We are going to a concert on the 9th, so maybe I will take the 11th off.

Another good weekend of workouts! I worked at the gym on Saturday, so I got in a strength workout with BF - I could feel my shoulders the next day for sure. Sunday, we went lane swimming again for an hour, then to the gym for a 45 minute bike and 15 minute run. My shins were starting to hurt on the run, so I stopped early and rolled out my legs instead. No need to have to deal with shin splints just to get through a training session! I iced and put compression socks on afterwards, and they feel much better today. I might try to make an appointment with an RMT to see if they can scrape my shins - OUCH.

I'm getting Hello Fresh meals delivered tomorrow, so looking forward to some healthy meals this week. I made a beef roast on Friday, and we ate that with rice and cooked vegetables. Saturday we had chicken with potatoes, and last night we made a homemade pizza. Pizza after our big weekend workouts also seems to be becoming a normal routine LOL.

I am very happy with my routine right now, and I only hope that I can keep it up for another couple of months. I think I will really see some fitness gains if I can stick to the workouts i'm getting in now. I am noticing that I am 'comfortable' swimming, biking and running at certain paces, and I tend to stick to those paces for all my workouts. I need to start pushing myself a bit so that I can make some forward progress. BF says i'm really good at endurance - once I get into my pace, I can keep going forever. But I would like to get a little faster, so I need to make an effort to work harder and do more high intensity workouts. This week will be a recovery week, so i'll be toning down my workouts. Maybe next week i'll try to amp them up a bit and see how my body reacts to a new level of effort!

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2019:
I'm so glad you did NOT overtrain. Shin splints are pure torture!

I'm glad you have goals for increased strength...me too!

sometimes, we feel age is a barrier to increasing fitness levels, but that's not always so!

silverysparkles on 02/25/2019:
Chicken and potatoes here too, for 2 days straight but weather too nasty to try to get to the store. Hope is isn't as bad near you.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/26/2019:
i've noticed that when you were getting good sleep, you didn't mention getting sick or having any colds!!!! sleep does help !

that's what i'm driving for too this week and thru the rest of Winter! more sleep, feel better, and refrain (as much as possible anyways!) from catching more colds!

keep on, Pretty Lady!

legcramps - Friday Feb 22, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 36 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;

If anyone is interested in trying to increase their plank time, this is the 30 day challenge I tried and succeeded in reaching 5 minutes :)

Well, I was right about TOM coming (or I should say, Fitbit was right); I was so bloated yesterday I looked pregnant and even had trouble wearing my gym clothes; the worst feeling is when even your stretchy clothes are tight!! This morning I woke to the discovery of TOM, and my heart sank a little. I know I have to get used to it unless I want to start taking drugs again to keep it away, but it just saps the energy out of me and to be honest, makes me so ornery and moody that I don't even want to hang around with me LOL, nevermind anyone else wanting to. But like I said in my last post, I need to dig deep right now so that I can get my workouts done. 

I did my run last night and it went fairly well. There was a speedy girl on the treadmill next to me who, at first, made me feel extra bloaty and underwhelming, but eventually I was able to ignore the fact that she was running about twice as fast as I was, and just focused on my breathing and posture.

The sun has been rising earlier and earlier each morning, and it was so nice to walk out into sunlight this morning on my way to work! Darkness breeds darkness, light breeds light.

I made a slight error in grocery shopping yesterday; I picked up a bag of bread I don't normally - the brand I usually buy was not on sale and i'm a sucker for a good sale, so I went with a cheaper brand. It was a whole grain bread, but very soft and fluffy and thick. Bad idea. That's the best kind of bread for peanut butter sandwiches, FYI. I know because I had two yesterday. I called it 'supper'.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:
#1, TOM ENDS....

#2....thank you for this plank challenge, I'M GOING TO ADD IT TO MY ROUTINE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. :)


horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:

The variations on bread and so much to offer in that aisle..i currently have 2.5 packages of this really tasty but very high fiber low cal wrap. I think they're by Mission and they are like an imitation of a really fluffy, white flour torilla. however, they are sooo high fiber that they seem to be posing me a problem digesting them. but their taste and calories are tops! the best all around, just bad for digestion.

as of late, i almost am starting to prefer more natural wraps and bread to the higher fiber alternatives i used to buy almost exclusively! it's funny how you make a change one week and your body feels the differences, good and bad !

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 36 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;

Oh man, i'm TIRED. I had a really crappy sleep last night. It's going to take a lot more coffee to keep me going today - I need an espresso IV drip ;) Yeah, 5&1/2 hours is SO not enough sleep.

Anyways, we had a tough session last night for group training; I felt really bad for my participants, but they busted it out and kept on going strong. I kept telling people that the mental game is hard, you have to focus on your goals... and then you have to stay focused on those goals, but the end result is SO worth it.

I have a feeling TOM is coming soon, so i'm going to have to take a page out of my own book and FOCUS on getting through my workouts for the next week, as hard as they might end up being.

A note to my future self - you have a goal. you have a plan. believe you can, and you will.

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
wow a 5 min plank! i can only do like 1.5 minutes!

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
TOTALLY have felt that way in the past especially like when i just need an IV of caffeine or coffee! i've said that expression. so glad i don't usually feel that way too often at work anymore!

yeah, the mental game is the hardest game to play!

yes, keep on!

Donkey on 02/21/2019:
I hope that you got some rest Wednesday night!

I will comment on your comment on my entry, but your perspective - especially about the plank! - was so helpful!

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;

I seem to be settling into a good routine with training *knocks on wood*

Feb 3rd to 9th - 4 hours, 56 minutes

Feb 10th to 16th - 5 hours,19 minutes

I've been very consistent with my workouts as well - brick workouts on Sundays, cycle on Wednesdays, run on Thursdays, strength on Saturdays. This past Sunday I even got in an hour of lane swimming! This is still giving me plenty of time for rest, which is something MY body needs in order to perform well. I go up against people all the time who are able to workout every damn day and go all out, all the time, and it frustrates me ALWAYS, but I know it's not something I can do without being increasingly prone to injury.

Most weeks I will try to increase my efforts slightly, depending on my body's needs and what I think I can reasonably accomplish. Very likely, i'll have one more week of a small increase, and then next week i'll give myself longer breaks or shorter workouts. Then start the cycle over again. 10 weeks until game day #1!!

It's going to be a busy coaching week, and then a stacked workout on Sunday. Last Sunday we managed a 2.5 hour training session that included an hour long lane swim - it felt AWESOME to get back to swimming! I sure hope we can go lane swimming again this Sunday.

My meals this weekend could have been better, but they were still OK. I checked my weight this morning and I lost about three pounds since the last time I checked (in January I think), which is probably from the added cardio since I started training this month. So i'll probably have to add more protein into my meals, but i'm not going to put too much thought into it because as soon as I start over-thinking food planning, it goes downhill. Fast. And I could stand to lose a few more pounds anyways, I just don't want it to be muscle mass.

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
I need to go check my weigh-in diary with my Ironman scale, which measures muscle-fat-water, and see where my extra weight is adding on. I wouldn't mind so much the weight numbers going up if I were adding significant muscle mass.

So like you, I know that my numbers would go down, if I stopped weight training, but then I'd be losing muscle. I do not want to do that. (I'd probably lose a little water weight, too, if I stopped weight training.)

legcramps on 02/20/2019:
Strength training has so many benefits that far outweigh (pun) the number on the scale for me. But if I add more protein to my diet, I will not lose the weight as fast because i'll be adding bulk - make sense? Adding protein will ensure my body will have the resources to develop more lean muscle mass, which will hopefully 'maintain' the amount of lean muscle mass I already have, so that I don't lose more muscle while increasing my cardio.

I don't know, i'm tired today. I think I may even be confusing myself LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
same here! how do some people exercise so frequently and not get injured...? i do know one woman who WOULD get injured with little things after running like a half marathon and teaching classes and this and the other, but she tends to heal really fast !!!! when i'm injured, tho, i'm out for a long time!

Loving that you have a 10 week countdown! it'll be here before you know it!

what's it like swimming for an hour?! are you tired after? that's SO AMAZING you have the endurance to do that!

I wouldn't worry about your macros / protein right now? That's nice a 3lb loss :) and it's even at a consistently good rate, not too much and not too little but like a pound or so a week....i'm sure it's the cardio! this is what i LOVE about cardio. it helps with maintenance SO MUCH!

legcramps on 02/20/2019:
I LOVE swimming, and once I get into a groove with my slow as a turtle pace, I could go on and on, literally! BF and I stopped to rest a few times though, so that I could give him some tips as he works his way into the sport - he's never really done much lane swimming. I have to admit, it actually felt pretty good to finally have the upper hand on him ;) even though i'm sure it won't last long!

I'm not going to worry about macros yet, it's good advice, thank you. I'm sure i'm getting in enough protein anyways without having to track it every day.

legcramps - Friday Feb 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 17 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:00-8:00; 6 hours, 22 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 7 hours, 43 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

SATURDAY - Work 8-1; Workout 1-2;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

Ahhh, Friday. It's felt like a long week, even though I took Monday and half of Tuesday off. I think it's going to feel good once i'm done work tomorrow and can just relax for the rest of the weekend. I truly am lazy at heart LOL.

Yesterday after work, I ran some errands and got groceries for the weekend. When I got back home and unpacked my food, I shoveled the deck and back pathway to the garage. It probably took about 20 minutes, but man was I COLD after that. It went straight through to my bones. Got changed quick and headed to the gym, where the treadmills were all taken . Since it was RUN day, I pouted for a few minutes, then got warmed up with some dynamic stretching, and jumped on the powermill for a bit. I figured that was the best alternative to the treadmill. Five minutes later, two treadmills opened up, sweet! I tackled one for myself, and got on with my run. It hurt. A lot at the beginning, and then not as much by the end. Elevated and iced my various leg parts as soon as I got home, and threw on some compression socks for the night (I still have them on today). 

Eh, some workouts are just going to suck. I knew it wasn't going to be fun, running is never fun or easy for me.

Supper was chicken, potatoes and brussel sprouts, and I get to have the leftovers for lunch today. I am planning on making a rice dish tonight, with chopped veggies, ham, and pepperoni. I'm looking forward to it!

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2019:
Great job on your sleep. You def beat me last night! However, I do plan on making up for that tonight!

I am truly lazy at heart! OMG! love relaxing lol.

Nice job in taking care of your legs after the workout and after the shoveling. i know it's important to take care of your body as an athlete.

Running is hard for me too as i'm not a born runner and lack the extra muscle that adult prior athletes have (like when they were kids / teens playing sports of which i didn't do!)...but it doesn't mean we can't train and do it now!

rice dish with the mix of those two meats = amazing!

I'm craving a lot of veggies for dinner. not sure where i'll get something that actually tastes good after work lol...

Donkey on 02/16/2019:
I do not know what a powermill is. When I did a Google, a bunch of computer parts came up. I guess it's a computer cooling component? LOL!

Anyway, with the exception of one short day, your sleep looks AMAZING for the week - I'm envious, but I know that with some planning, that could be my life as well.

PS Running is never easy for me either.

legcramps on 02/19/2019:
LOL, the powermill is a stepper, or stair climber. Powermill is the brand name I think, I wasn't even thinking when I wrote that instead of stair climber :) :) :)

legcramps - Thursday Feb 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 17 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:00-8:00; 6 hours, 22 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 7 hours, 43 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Work 8-2; Workout 1-2;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

 Happy Valentine's Day Everyone 

Just plugging through the week. My head has been foggy, but this morning it was much better - probably from a good sleep. The weekend is almost here!

I am picking up lots of shifts at the gym over the next couple of weeks, which will make things a lot busier for me. But, I feel if I help out my co-workers right now, they will owe me some shifts later :) The thing about working part of the weekend is never feeling like I get a break, even though I love the gym. I actually NEVER feel lazy anymore LOL.

I got into my evening meeting yesterday with only seconds to spare before it started, and completely forgot to eat! So I had to make something when I got home; eggs and waffles it was! That's what happens when I don't have a plan LOL. Tonight I am planning on making a Hello Fresh meal (which reminds me I have to take chicken out of the freezer at lunchtime).

I switched my workouts yesterday because I couldn't fathom getting my butt to the gym to run for half an hour after the long day at work. So I jumped on the bike trainer at home for an hour instead. I know, I actually worked out longer than I would have had I gone to the gym. But it was the 'leaving the house' part that I couldn't deal with. Winter sucks! And I still have to shovel. Anyways, the bike sucked the last bit of energy I had; I couldn't believe how difficult it was for me to stay on that thing for an hour! I really struggled, but I got it done.

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
Being busy is good. At least it's less time to think about food - LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2019:
Happy Valentine's Day to you too <3 I'm liking the mood here on DD!

Nice job on your sleep so far this week! I'm sure it IS helping you feel better...something to consider keeping in your life!

I hope to also make it to the gym again, possibly a new one bc my friend gave me a trial membership to her gym and i told her i'd train her there for an hour Sunday if she wants! :) otherwise,if she can't find the time to meet, i'll just go to my own gym and train her another time!

I think it's great to have a similar workout to a gym workout at home...i also cannot fathom leaving my apt anymore in Winter, plus, i always find myself relaxing on the couch (at least an hour or so with a snack and iced coffee lately!) before i begin these home workouts lol.

legcramps - Wednesday Feb 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 6 hours, 22 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:30-8:00; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout 2-3;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

I have really been feeling 'off' this week. I had Monday off work, and slept in a lot that morning. Yesterday, I couldn't even get through the workday. I took the afternoon off, and just zombied-out at home. I was not looking forward to coaching last evening, at all, and just wanted to cancel and stay at home. The 45 minute drive was almost unbearable, but I made it. Coaching was fine, it was a great session even, but man i've been dragging my butt everywhere lately! I was in bed by 9:45, but didn't fall asleep right away, and had to get up early this morning to drive home. That's where the 6 hours of sleep comes in. 

The drive home this morning was horrible! I basically drove the whole way in a snowstorm. I wanted to stop and turn around a couple of times, but I felt that I would get stuck for sure if I stopped, so I just kept plowing on through the snow. It was awful and so stressful!

I know i'm not very 'sunshine and rainbows' today, but i'm honestly not miserable, I promise! Just feeling rough lately, and I don't have a reason for it, which is really frustrating. Maybe I just have too much on my mind.

I have to work late tonight, but i'm still planning on getting in my run later at the gym. It's possible that two rest days in a row is NOT working for me, and I need to move my bum a little more.

I will also have a lot of lovely shovelling to do in my near future. Yay.

SilverySparkles on 02/13/2019:
I think we have all had it with winter now.

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yeah...Spring is very welcome now!

Donkey on 02/14/2019:
This week has been a rough week, hasn't it? Not just weather and health-wise, but also morale. Kind of hard to keep positive lately, even though things could be much worse.

legcramps - Tuesday Feb 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - REST; 10 hours, 16 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:30-8:00; 

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 3:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout 2-3;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

Last week I got an average of 8 hours and 24 minutes of sleep each night. Yesterday I took the day off work so I got in a great sleep then too, just over 10 hours.

I went to my new local gym on Saturday morning and got in a nice strength session, and then on Sunday BF and I went to the city to the gym I work at, and we did our brick workout for the week. Both great workouts, and i'm glad to be back at it full force, and feeling good. We are now 11 weeks out from our first event, a Duathlon, going down on May 4th!

I work at the gym tonight, so i'll take another rest day, and i've scheduled in a 30 minute run at my local gym for tomorrow. 

Eats over the weekend were OK; we had BF's daughter, her friend, and BF's son over on Saturday, so we picked up a pizza for supper, but Sunday I made the retro burger with sweet potato fries from Hello Fresh and it was SO delicious! I still have one more meal to make, but I had to throw it in the freezer because I won't be able to make it until Thursday now. 

Heading to BF's tonight, and I work late tomorrow and they're bringing in catering for supper. I think sandwiches.

Donkey on 02/12/2019:

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
It was wonderful!

SilverySparkles on 02/12/2019:
Hello Fresh food is always good as far as I can tell. I think we will be buying that again.

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
I have had a couple of bags where the vegetables didn't last to the end of the week, but otherwise it's been really good. The cuts of meat have been fantastic actually; much better than any meats we can find locally!

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2019:
yeah, how'd you get the 10 hours? cold meds or were you just tired!?

i love seeing the 2 rest days. today i'm surely taking a rest day tonight - bed early!

do you like your new local gym? how is it?

you can always have a salad maybe with the sandwich. i find sandwiches don't keep me full all afternoon!

legcramps on 02/13/2019:
I'm guessing my body just needed the sleep; I was up early morning but went back to sleep very easily.

I have had two workouts in the new local gym, and I like it so far. It has everything I need, so that's all that really matters to me. It's outdated for sure - and some of the equipment doesn't really look all that safe to use, but I stick to the cardio machines, and the free weights or the cable stuff, and that all seems to be OK.

I would definitely have a salad with the sandwiches, but I don't think they are bringing in salad. I might have to grab a side salad from the cafeteria to add to my sandwiches. Good idea!

horn_of_plenty on 02/13/2019:
yeah, i find it useful to have vegggies with a sandwich.

legcramps - Friday Feb 08, 2019

Weight: 0.0


MONDAY - Work 8-4; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 9 hours, 1 minute 

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:00-7:00; 6 hours, 20 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:00-6:00; 8 hours, 12 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 8 hours, 34 minutes

SATURDAY - Workout 9-10; Watch Godson's hockey game; hang out with BF and his daughter;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-3;

Happy Friday! TGIF!

I bought myself a local gym membership on Monday because I am getting sick of having to drive everywhere just to work out (I can do home workouts, but I must face the fact that I am definitely not as focused at home). I thought I would go check it out yesterday once I was done working and doing errands. The gym seems to be ok, some of the equipment is not in the best of shape, but it's something I can work with. The membership is only $10 a month, so I guess you get what you pay for. I jumped on one of the treadmills and did a couple of movements with free weights and a kettlebell, then called it a day. It was enough for this girl, rest is definitely more important to me right now. And rest I got! Over 8 hours of sleep again; I am really killing it this week!

My daily eats have been pretty regular lately; breakfast is one egg, egg whites, one slice bread, and peanut butter. Morning snack is fruit. Lunch has been a repeat of breakfast because I forgot all my ripe avocado at BF's! :( and afternoon snack is vegetables. I made a Hello Fresh meal last night, popcorn shrimp with a salad. It was really good, but didn't fill me up as much as I was hoping. Cleaned up, took a nice bath, and went to bed.

Today I coach after work, and then i'm hoping to have one more night to myself before BF and his daughter come to visit tomorrow. Saturday will be a busy day probably.

SilverySparkles on 02/08/2019:
I ordered kettle bells from amazon and they should arrive tomorrow. What type of exercises do you suggest to begin working with them. We both plan to use them.

legcramps on 02/08/2019:
How wonderful! I love working with kettlebells :)

I would suggest starting off with deadlifts, squats, figure 8's, bottom loaded windmills, and part of a turkish get up. I will see if I can find links to videos for these movements for you, so you can get the form down. It's still going to be all about making sure you're using proper form before you start loading the resistance (adding weight). Have fun with them!

legcramps on 02/08/2019:

That link is the 1/2 turkish get up :)

legcramps on 02/08/2019:

Bottom loaded windmill :)

legcramps on 02/08/2019:


legcramps on 02/08/2019:
You can look up kettlebell squats too for a video demonstration; the figure 8's might be a next-level exercise you'll want to wait a bit before trying - up to you, but it can be searched on you tube as well :)

SilverySparkles on 02/08/2019:
We ordered 5, 10 and 15 pounds.

SilverySparkles on 02/08/2019:
Thank you. We are excited to start using them and plan to begin with the 5 pounder. I will also go onto youtube and see what is there. You are the first person I know that is using them. I have always been interested in them and think they will make a good addition to our home gym.

SilverySparkles on 02/08/2019:
Thank you so much, all three look like they will be very useful. I will look for others too. I think these will be used a lot. Thanks for the suggestions!

horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2019:
great idea to save time in commuting and buy a local gym pass. i'd have DEFINITELY done the same in your position, for sure! i am always up for convenience and at $10 its so minimal when you are into going to the gym and it's your pasttime like yours!

great sleep! was it due to sleep meds? i've been sleeping LOADS all week...easy to do after taking the equivalent of a great store brand Nyquil every single night since Monday :) Looking to do the same tonight :) and planning to do SOME walking home, though not the whole 3mi. not interested in getting 3mi in tonight :)

Cannot even wait for a great gym routine tomorrow! :) wooohooo

PS - popcorn shrimp and salad is DEFINITELY MY KINDA MEAL ! love it!!!!!

thinkpositive on 02/09/2019:
Thinking about buying a kettlebell myself & can’t decide between 10 or 15 lb. I’m comfortable with a 10 lb but maybe it won’t be enough weight? Great idea joining the gym. For $10 a month , a great bargain.

Donkey on 02/09/2019:
I completely understand the balancing act between working out or getting more sleep.

Good for you for joining a gym. One of my "lottery dreams" is to join the fancy schmancy fitness center, but some of my best work has been done at gyms that offer the very basics.

Still this time around, I'm working out at home. I do not see a gym membership in my near future... unless I win the lottery, that is.

Maria7 on 02/09/2019:
Happy for you about the gym.

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