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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?

legcramps - Monday Jan 06, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Work today, then coaching tonight. I'm tired, so will probably be in bed early tonight.

Yesterday was a restful day, but I still managed to clean up the majority of the christmas decorations, do the dishes and one load of laundry, and tidy up after my cousins stayed with me over the weekend.

My right hip/lower back is bugging me, and also my right big toe. Feeling tingling and numbness. It's wierd, hopefully it doesn't last long. Went in the massage chair a few times yesterday to try and relieve it.

FOOD - 100% vegan; I have some leftover vegan bowls that I ate over the weekend to round out the day of eating today. Lots of good veggies and protein.

EXERCISE - coaching tonight, then a workout. I did upper body on Saturday, so might do the power mill/bike today. The program I made for myself was getting really good results in terms of muscle definition, but I never felt energized from any of the workouts. They were all strictly strength workouts, and I do enjoy doing cardio. Since i've completed five weeks of the program, I will review and revise my program, and try to come up with something a little more suitable to both my goals and my everyday joy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2020:
My exercise routine needs some adjustments as well! Rather, i know i need to add more cardio in again. And also keep doing leg strength exercises...

nice job with your eating plan. Veggies are like my savior. I love to fill up on them for at least 1 meal of the day ;)

i am sure the extra massage and rest will help your right side.

great job cleaning up and taking down the decorations.

bearcountrygg on 01/06/2020:
The tingling sounds like an irritated nerve but I'm sure you have figured that out already...sciatica also comes to mind. D had back problems for so many years...and one night we were just sitting there watching TV and all of a sudden he said he had an odd sensation go right down his leg and out his toe...and the back pain has been gone ever since.....

legcramps - Friday Jan 03, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I was spoiled during my time off from work and now I don't want to work anymore. I know, kind of a snowflake thing to say. I might be starting a countdown to early retirement. Except it's still years away... but less than 10 years! I should find out for sure and seriously put a countdown app on my phone.

Coaching tonight, then workout, then meeting up with my cousin whose son is playing hockey this weekend. They are going to stay with me but I probably won't see much of them since i'm working tomorrow at the gym also.

Have a great weekend!

FOOD - vegan 100% today

EXERCISE - workout after coaching

bearcountrygg on 01/03/2020:
Early retirement is a thing...D was 48 when he retired and it's worked really well........good job eating vegan all day!!

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
Yes, it's a thing here as well. And I will probably take it!

happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
You can do it. I believe in you. What is the hardest part about your workday that is making it so hard to get back to?

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
There isn't one thing, it's all the little things that keep adding up. I'm just OLD and DONE, that's all.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2020:
less than 10 years until retirement!? amazing!

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
To early retirement anyways!

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
I figure I'll be working until I'm 70 to collect Social Security - if there's any of that left.

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
Yeah, I hear that. My plan is to retire from my current full time job, and work somewhere else. Somewhere that I don't have to deal with all the horse crap that happens around here.

legcramps - Thursday Jan 02, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Happy New Year!

I am back to work, and back in the grind. As I expected, I have a lot of catching up to do. I will earn my pay for the next little while LOL.

Christmas was ok; BF had his family to my place and we had a nice big meal and played some games. And New Year's Eve was fun; we went over to a friend's party and visited and played games.

Not much going on tonight; I think BF and his daughter are coming for the night - then he takes her back to her Mom in the morning.

FOOD - It's a vegan day, so might try rice or noodles with tofu chicken or sausage tonight.

EXERCISE - rest day, unless Zwift tempts me to jump on the spin bike for a while. I've just loaded the Zwift app onto my ipad; it's a really fun app you can use for workouts. I can race other people, 'level up' like in a video game, and lots of other things.

happy-1 on 01/02/2020:
Welcome back! Yum on the noodles! I made peanut sauce to put over edamame noodles and coleslaw... That's a good reminder to use it.

Oooooooooooh I didn't know your bike was part of a Zwift setup. I've been drooling over that. Is it fun?

legcramps on 01/03/2020:
Well, i've literally only done a test ride so far, so...i'll let you know if it's fun! But I think it will be ;)

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2020:
Glad to see you back.....

legcramps on 01/03/2020:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/02/2020:
it's nice to see you delving into new things regarding fitness and the app...

also lovely you were around others during the holidays and had a nice time. :)

Happy New Year!

legcramps on 01/03/2020:
Same to you!

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