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legcramps - Tuesday Nov 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Boy does time fly as you get older... here we are in the middle of November and i'm sitting here like - what happened to June?!!

Still pretty sore today from all the workouts on the weekend, but i'm going to try and pop in to bootcamp tonight to limber up a little. 

Someone from my coaching session yesterday said she goes to bed at 8:00 p.m. every night, and I said "boy I wish!". She asked me if I have trouble sleeping and I replied "no, I am just not even at home yet at that time!". It was an eye opener for me. So as soon as I got some food in my belly last night after driving home from coaching, I headed to bed. It was still past 10:00 p.m., but much better than almost midnight, which it has repeatedly been for the last couple of weeks. I tend to spend extra time at night getting ready for the next day. It helps in the mornings because I am not a happy morning person, but it does push bedtime well past what it could be. Since I skipped this prep last night, I did some heavy scrambling this morning, but I think I was able to make myself presentable for work ;)

Had a buddha bowl for supper last night, all with pre-prepared foods...romaine, basmati rice, black beans, kidney beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, meatless ground (mexican and italian mixed together), and the leftover lemongrass Wok Box that I couldn't finish on Saturday because SPICY! It all went into one great big awesome serving bowl, and I inhaled it in no time. Love this food!

I remember telling BF that there was a new vegan recipe I wanted to try out this week, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was now.

Donkey on 11/20/2019:
How on earth does one get to bed by 8pm??? Heck, yoga class gets out at 8:15p...??? I thought of this while I was struggling to prepare for bed, and it just kept getting later and later.

It's amazing if I can turn off the light at 9p.

legcramps on 11/20/2019:
I know! I was so jealous though. I really would be the person who went to bed at 8pm, if I could :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2019:
yea, it's interesting with the sleep thing....

lately, i sleep tons at my parents (not working) these few days. it feels good but it'll be interesting when i have to go back to work. i sleep 10 hours a night, easy.

legcramps - Monday Nov 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Starting this week off feeling quite tired from the weekend; I worked quite a bit this weekend, and then completed five workouts on top of that, so my body is feeling it. It will be a rest day from workouts today! Spending this coming weekend at BF's.

MONDAY - work 8-4, coach 5-8, rest

TUESDAY - work 8-4, workout

WEDNESDAY - work 8-4, rest

THURSDAY - work 8-4, coach 5-8, workout

FRIDAY - coach 5-8, workout

SATURDAY - workout

SUNDAY - workout

BearCountryGG on 11/18/2019:
Boy...your days are full!!!

legcramps on 11/19/2019:
They are...it's a good thing I love the gym! But I should probably scale back eventually.

Maria7 on 11/19/2019:
Hope you are having a good day today.

legcramps on 11/19/2019:
Thanks Maria :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/21/2019:
you just never know with the application process. they can be so slow to even respond to you. i've had districts with my resume from previous application for teaching call me years later to interview...THAT WAS SO ANNOYING!

5 workouts in a weekend is a lot...you inspire me.

what will you do to feel better? just go with the flow?

legcramps - Friday Nov 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Well, the first job I applied for they didn't even acknowledge that I applied for it LOL, so i'm assuming I will not be considered as an appropriate candidate. The second job I applied for I once again received no acknowledgement that I applied, and today I see that the same job has been re-posted. Whatever. So I applied for it again LOL.  I will harass them until I get a response I guess! Their loss! But it does make me feel really sub-par about myself. I know the feeling will pass though, and I also know my worth and I know that if they can't see it - that's ok. Someone else will, eventually.

BF and I went to the city yesterday and picked up a few christmas gifts. We went for supper to the Chopped Leaf and ordered the Aztec bowl - it's vegan (well, after we swapped out the cheddar and the chipotle ranch dressing). It was really good and we both thought we would eat that again for sure.

We got home pretty late, and then had to stop quickly at BF's daughter's new place to drop off some stuff that we bought for her while we were in the city. It was close to midnight when we finally went to bed. The morning came quickly LOL!

Donkey on 11/16/2019:
Good for you for applying again! That's just nuts that you didn't even get a courtesy response, "thank you for applying but..." Speaks greatly to the inefficiency of the organization(s).

Please don't let their lack of response bring you down. You're great! They're inefficient.

Have a nice weekend!

legcramps on 11/18/2019:
Thank you! I think everything happens for a reason sometimes...

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
What made you go to two rest days ? Is this to prepare for heavier months ahead? Or just because you are in a rest season ? Good deal I’d say it’s not always beneficial to train crazy hard!

Sometimes you will have to call the employment office you applied to to “follow up” ....I suggest it !

Like donkey said, you never know what their no response means. Don’t take it personally!

legcramps on 11/18/2019:
I worked out pretty hard in October, a workout every day, so I wanted more of a balance for November.

Yes, you're right, I should probably follow up with them. But when I didn't even get a response from the application process, it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 14, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I found vegan ice cream at the local grocery store, and now I think I could probably go vegan 100%. It is so delicious! It's made with coconut milk.

I'm in an exercising funk this week, but I am still OK with that. I work at the gym Friday and Saturday this week, so I know i'll get two workouts in there, and BF won't let Sunday slide by without doing something. I think my consciousness is just saying "take the extra rest while you can get it" so I have enjoyed a little downtime this week.

Nothing much new to say, my coworker was nicer to me yesterday. We'll see how today goes!

Donkey on 11/14/2019:
Nothing wrong with taking a little more rest.

BearCountryGG on 11/14/2019:
Nice that work was better today!

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

Well this week is going just splendidly...another rest day yesterday! Not planned, just worked out that way. I don't really feel bad about it, which probably suggests that I needed it.

I made another batch of vegan hamburger helper to have for the rest of the week as lunches, dinners, etc.

I went to sleep really late last night, so i'm dragging my butt a little today, feeling pretty sluggish. I really hate waking up in the morning now and it still being dark outside. Makes me want to keep sleeping until the sun comes up!

Another sneaky and sly comment made to me at work yesterday; wish I had a sharp tongue so that I could better defend myself, but then it would make me no better than them. I wonder how high I need to rise before i'm above it?!!

happy-1 on 11/13/2019:
Geez... That's an energy suck. I'd need a rest day too. Crap comments say more about the person who says them than they do about you.

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2019:
I agree with with Happy....nasties are telling on themselves...they just need to direct it at someone else because they can't take their own criticism.....Head up, shoulders high...don't let them know they are getting to you!

legcramps on 11/14/2019:
Thanks, I tried! It's so draining to be around people like that all day.

happy-1 on 11/13/2019:
Also, you are in such good shape and doing so much with a great attitude and getting the things that come with that that are a lot of work... They probably aren't doing that kind of day in day out commitment and are angry and jealous because you *are* rising.

legcramps on 11/14/2019:
I hadn't thought about it like that, thanks for the perspective!

horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2019:
What was the sneaky work comment about ????

Also, a rest day here and there doesn’t hurt as I have learned as long as we can eventually snap back to a couple really good weeks of working out !

What made you choose vegan ? I for one enjoy meat but in small portions ....

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I am really kicking butt with my goals this month so far... LOL... I've done absolutely no exercise for the last two days. Rest days, I can do.
I made bacon and eggs on Saturday and Sunday morning for breakfast, and we got burgers on Saturday, and then on Sunday we stopped for an ice cream treat on our way home from getting groceries. My stomach will be telling stories for another couple of days likely. I have noticed that I have far less bloat on vegan days, which makes it very tempting to go vegan 100% of the time. Definitely not there yet though.
We did make the vegan hamburger helper and it really is delicious! Very spicy though, from the meatless ground I picked up. So good. I used nutritional yeast to make it "cheesy", and I have to say it turned out really well.
Exercise for the month so far:
Nov 4 - Day 1 Strength
Nov 6 - Steady State CARDIO
Nov 7 - Day 2 Strength
Nov 8 - Day 3 Strength (LEGS)
This week (plan):
Nov 13 - Steady State CARDIO
Nov 14 - Day 1 Strength
Nov 15 - Day 2 Strength
Nov 16 - Day 3 Strength (LEGS), HIIT CARDIO
I'll have to put a cardio and strength day together since i've had two rest days in a row. I'd actually prefer to do strength with a steady state day, so maybe i'll move a strength to the 13th rather than have it on the 16th, meaning i'll have an extra day of travel to the gym. This means nothing to you guys I know, LOL. Bear with me while I write it out; sometimes typing it up solidifies it.
Christmas is coming; BF and I might try to take Thursday afternoon off to head into the city and try to get some of our shopping done. We'll see how the week stacks up. 

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
Yes, not long til Christmas, nor Thanksgiving. I am trying to have less meat and other animal products and more veggies.

legcramps on 11/13/2019:
Thanksgiving has already rolled around for me :)

Good for you! More veggies is always a good idea.

Donkey on 11/12/2019:
On your non-vegan days, you do not hold back on the meat. Does it take your stomach time to readjust once you go back to vegan during the week? Maybe that works its way out after a while.

legcramps on 11/13/2019:
Yes it does, and i'm not sure it's worth it actually. Next time, instead of a burger I might try those new meatless ones. Maybe it's just the fast-food type stuff that i'm craving anyways, rather than red meat. But wouldn't you know they even have animal products in french fries?! And sugar is made with animal bone char. It's an enormous industry.

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 06, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I've been off work for the last two days. I have not been feeling great. I attribute it to the change in eating, as well as the extra rest. Seriously! Every time I rest for an extended period of time, crazy things happen to my body. I rested Friday and Saturday, worked out Sunday, then Monday the sickness hit me.

I'm sure it is also partly due to the new abundance of fiber in my diet since turning vegan, LOL. Regardless, I have a slight headache today and my stomach is turning knots on me, but otherwise I am ok.

We made vegan curry on Friday, burritos on Saturday, tempeh bacon and sweet chili tofu on Sunday. All the dishes were really good, but the tofu was a bit too spicy for me. Since it was also the weekend, we did indulge by having eggs with our tempeh bacon, and I made non-vegan pancakes as well.

Yesterday I made a batch of vegan pancakes and was pleasantly surprised with the result. This will definitely be made regularly.

At some point this week, and depending on my level of wellness, I would like to make vegan hamburger helper. We picked up some plant-based ground 'meat' so i'm looking forward to trying that. My local grocery store had it, as well as meatless meatballs. I'm very excited about the meatballs LOL.

Monday I still managed to get in a workout. Then yesterday was another rest day. If today goes well, i'll do some steady state cardio on the bike at home. Maybe 20 minutes, 30 if I can manage it. Tomorrow is back to the gym. At least, that's the plan.

happy-1 on 11/07/2019:
Yum. Hamburger helper. Total flashback. Mix it with butternut squash puree for fake mac n cheese?

Donkey on 11/08/2019:
Oh yes, that extra fiber! Been there! Caused several sewer problems.

Vegan hamburger helper! I must Google this!!!

legcramps - Friday Nov 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

My November goals seem much healthier, and much more attainable. And nothing I have to report on every single day. I didn't realize my anxiety level over those October goals until this morning, when I felt my body breathe a huge sigh of relief that it was over. First order of business: REST.

My workout yesterday was a mix between yoga, lower body work, jumping jacks and running on the spot. I lasted almost 40 minutes and then called it quits. Done!

Starting out the morning a little differently:  muesli, oat milk, frozen blueberries and coffee with oat milk, not protein milk. Suprisingly, the oat milk is not terrible in both the cereal and the coffee. That will make things infinitely easier this month!

Plan is to make curry for dinner tonight. Have a great weekend everyone!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2019:
You did an excellent job of sticking to that!!!

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
I think my next push will be to do 30 days of daily activity. See if I can do it on the bike.

Donkey on 11/02/2019:
REST - amen! Isn't it funny how we get into some goals or routines, and then when they are over or change, it's like, "Wow, what a relief!"

legcramps - Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 56 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (30/31)

#2 Track Food


And, Happy Last Day of October for those of use who had extremely irritating goals to reach this month...one more day!

I jumped on the bike last night for a bit. BF had messaged me to say he had done a bike workout at the gym, and subbed in five burpees for every ten minutes on the bike. So I subbed in ten burpees for every five minutes on the bike LOL. I did not bike as long as he did, but it made it a good workout and then I did about fifteen minutes of yoga afterwards.

I feel like I have a lot to do after work today; get groceries, shovel (yep, still didn't do that), workout, set up hallowe'en candy, and then BF is coming to visit I think. Busy day.

Tomorrow is the first day of our vegan trial! Another month, another irritating goal to achieve LOL!!


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, halloween treat,

vegan fried rice, lettuce,

coffee with protein, halloween treat(s),

vegan fried rice, nuts 'n bolts, potato chips

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
Snow here too now....and it's sticking......first snow usually does not...hmmmm.

grannyannie on 10/31/2019:
Good luck on going vegan.

Donkey on 10/31/2019:
I cannot wait to hear about your vegan journey. I'm very interested to hear about your results, insights, opinion, etc.

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
Yum. Chickpea omelettes and tofu eggs.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 30, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 50 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (29/31)

#2 Track Food

Two more days, just two more days...

After bootcamp, I ate my supper and had a bath, then went straight to bed. Unfortunately, I took my iPad with me, so ended up watching some Netflix while laying in bed. But I still got in a good sleep, even though fitbit tracked my sleep as "fair" I think maybe because I got very little deep sleep. Which is better - deep sleep or REM sleep? Hmm...

Yoga or shovelling tonight, or both. Then dishes, fold laundry, put the nuts 'n bolts in the freezer in the garage so I can't reach them easily, and off to bed. Pretty straightforward. What could go wrong?


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

tuna salad sandwich, rice,

water (flavored), grapes,

potato chips, vegan fried rice

grannyannie on 10/30/2019:
I'm guilty of taking my laptop to bed.

As for putting things out of reach... yea, good luck with that. Doesn't work with me.

legcramps on 10/31/2019:
It worked for the halloween candy! Here's hoping...

happy-1 on 10/30/2019:
Have you discovered RX peanut butter yet?

I'm falling asleep watching TV. Can't be great for me or the neighbors. Trying a white noise machine tonight.

legcramps on 10/31/2019:
I haven't seen RX anywhere in our stores...but it has egg whites in it anyways, which would not be vegan friendly. Maybe once November is over, i'll look for it again.

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