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legcramps - Saturday Oct 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

The rest of FRIDAY:


gala food - pork with pear chutney, blueberry salad, potatoes, carrots, half a brownie for dessert 

EXERCISE: gym workout at almost midnight!

grannyannie on 10/20/2019:
Midnight workout!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2019:
midnight with or without bf?

legcramps on 10/21/2019:
With! We left the gala and went straight to the gym. My decision, not his. This time I was the crazy one!

legcramps - Friday Oct 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 58 minutes (so close!)


#1 Active Every Day (17/31)

#2 Track Food 

My urge to continue my goal of being active every day overruled the concern over my knee. I went to bootcamp and modified about half the workout (LOL, whatever), then when I got home I foam-rolled, then iced my knee. It's still a little sore today.

Today will be difficult in terms of figuring out how to get a workout in. Right after work today, I have to go to a gala that is being hosted by the gym. I will be serving drinks, and presenting awards to our gym members. I'm looking forward to a nice supper and getting dressed up with BF (we literally are always in workout clothes when we are together LOL), and we will likely have to stick around to help clean up afterwards too. So depending on how late the night gets, there may not be an opportunity for a workout. Of course, cleaning up afterwards might be a workout in itself!


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

water with protein isolate,

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, banana

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange,

grannyannie on 10/18/2019:
It's hard to take a break from activity - I had to do it with my shoulder.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2019:
you looked great together all dressed up for the gala. I am sure volunteering there burned some calories, though not a workout in itself!

Donkey on 10/20/2019:
I've been struggling with the same - balancing one's desire to remain active with the limitations of one's body. Sounds like you did quite well.

How nice to have the opportunity to dress up a bit :-)

legcramps - Thursday Oct 17, 2019

Weight: 0.0

 SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 26 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (16/31)

#2 Track Food 

After lengthy discussion with the gym owner/trainer, we think maybe my kneecap has moved up and slightly to the outside of my leg. I will call today to see if I can get in to see the local physiotherapist. I am not trying to move it back myself (barf). But not a big deal if that is the reason, so i'm glad it *hopefully* isn't something worse like a tear.

Still managed a good workout without pain; just lessened the range of motion in my knee and did what I could. Foam rolled after and I feel like that helped my knee.

Not sure what is happening tonight; I have bootcamp scheduled but I might cancel it in favor of a recovery day (maybe a walk instead). I could work at the gym coaching, and then maybe do a foam roll session after that which may help my knee move back. Or I could do the bootcamp, modify what I need to modify, and stay close to home tonight. I have to pack for the weekend because tomorrow right after work I have to head out of town to a gala that the gym is hosting, and when that's over i'm spending the weekend at BF's.


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

water with protein isolate, banana,

turkey dinner leftovers,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange, water with beta alanine, 

the last of the turkey dinner leftovers, crackers with cheese

grannyannie on 10/17/2019:
Hope it's nothing serious with your knee and you can get in to see a physio soon. Sounds painful.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2019:
i hope you knee feels better soon and you get an answer/solution from the pt

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 57 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (15/31)

#2 Track Food 

Bootcamp last night was rough. I may have messed up the knee that's been bugging me by doing plank jacks. Stupid movement to begin with; i'm not sure why I even tried it. I guess because everyone else was? I should know better, but it's done now. It's pretty sore today; time will tell if I did any major damage.

The posting for the position I applied for closes on the 18th. I hope I get an interview at least. I've been talking to a few people about it, getting their opinions. If the ball falls on the right numbers, it will be a nice opportunity for both change AND growth, and I think i'll just have to put up with the driving.


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

water with protein isolate, glutamine,orange,

1 slice pizza, banana,

coffee with protein, orange,

turkey dinner leftovers (i'm portioning it out so that I don't have too much at one time),

apple pie, whip cream


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

water with protein isolate, 

turkey dinner leftovers, banana,

coffee with protein,

orange, water with beta alanine, water with protein isolate,

subway turkey sub

grannyannie on 10/16/2019:
Take care of that knee! I have a fear of knee problems because so many people have them.

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
Well thgat sounds painful!!

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
Really good sleep stats.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
Like Annie says, listen to your body <3

i hope you get an interview too, Legs.

Your meals sound very tasty....i do a lot of PB on rice crackers to save calories as a snack in the evenings

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
(small rice crackers, that are only 20-25 cal each)

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 15, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 27 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (14/31)

#2 Track Food 

I've neglected my "track food" duties over the long Thanksgiving weekend. I will put it all at the end of this entry to catch up.

I am almost at the halfway point of being active every day in October, and i'm noticing a few things.

#1 - I like and appreciate rest days.

#2 - Maximum heart rate is very difficult to attain every single day. Pretty much impossible for me.

#3 - my body is starting to break down, which could mean some major gains this month.

#4 - I need to take in more protein than I have been. That light bulb just went off yesterday.

Exercise over the weekend: 

Friday night after coaching I put myself through a circuit workout.

Saturday after coaching another circuit, added some stair climbing as well and finished with 200 kettlebell snatches.

Sunday went for a 5km walk.

Monday back to the gym with BF for a great upper body lift and then another circuit workout.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange,

salmon, asparagus spears,

coffee with protein, orange, water with beta alanine,

subway turkey and ham sub


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, coffee,

subway turkey and ham sub,

2 slices pizza


toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs, coffee with protein, 

coke zero,

turkey dinner, saskatoon pie, whip cream,



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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

salad, some turkey, 1 slice pizza

water with beta alanine, water with protein isolate,

toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs


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

water with protein isolate, glutamine,

grannyannie on 10/15/2019:
Some healthy meals there!

grannyannie on 10/15/2019:
And well done on being active most days.

legcramps on 10/15/2019:
Thanks :)

BearCountryGG on 10/15/2019:
Looks like you are getting plenty of protein in right now.

legcramps on 10/15/2019:
Thanks :) I do try to get in a lot of protein, but with the added amount of exercise I may be falling slightly short this month, leading to lengthy recovery times and muscle soreness.

Donkey on 10/16/2019:
You got me thinking now... I could probably do food tracking like this. Hmm... I might try that, to get some feedback from you all.

Keep up the good work!! (I thought I was the only one in the world that loved peanut butter toast!)

legcramps on 10/16/2019:
I literally cannot get enough of peanut butter LOL. At least I no longer eat it straight out of the jar!

legcramps - Friday Oct 11, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 43 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (10/31)

#2 Track Food

Not feeling great today, TOM has arrived and of course my body feels like a bundle of needles are rolling around in it. I might even head home from work until I have to coach later. Why do I always get TOM when I have to work the weekend shift??? That is some bad luck right there.

Boot camp was good last night; we worked pretty hard. I will be scheduled at the gym to coach on Thursday nights as well for November and December, so I won't be able to go to boot camp twice a week anymore, which makes me sad because I don't push myself nearly as hard as I let other people push me. But I am helping out at the gym while another trainer has some other committments to fulfill.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

grannyannie on 10/11/2019:
Hope you feel better.

Maria7 on 10/11/2019:
Hoping you are feeling better today.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2019:
TOM drove me nuts this week - i felt pain in my upper thigh/lower back since Monday until it finally came yesterday. These past two times, i noticed more days of pain leading up to it - never in my life did that happen before - i never really felt much PMS, just during it...now that is a change! so i feel you!

You truly amaze me when you partake in both your day job and a full hobby in fitness, that you are also dedicated to and get paid for. just amazing. always know that you have done such a wonderful thing for yourself and others, you should be very proud of yourself.

legcramps - Thursday Oct 10, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 32 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (9/31)

#2 Track Food

I sent in my application for the higher $$ job; at the very least, if I even get an interview, I can ask more questions about it at that time. There has to be a catchm but maybe the only catch is that I would have to continue to drive...

A workout completed in my living room last night. It is so much more difficult for me to get into a workout when I do it at home; I noticed that even my form suffers.

I thought this last snowfall we got would melt, but no bueno yet. I'm glad I got my tires changed over on Tuesday. Just in time, it would seem.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

salmon, vegetables,

coffee with protein, orange,

pork roast, vegetables

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
Oh my...you win!! We are still seeing our fall colors and not at peak yet.

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
I NEVER get that last little bit of yard work in LOL. Mother Nature really needs to send out a memo if she's going to change up the weather so drastically :) ;)

grannyannie on 10/10/2019:
OMG! I guess I won't complain about being cold. It's upper 40's in the morning.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 09, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 41 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (8/31)

#2 Track Food

I was a carb monster yesterday, and today I can feel all the bread I ate sitting in the very center of my stomach. Yuck.

Glute-focused workout yesterday. Yee-ouwch.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

turkey burger (bunless), asparagus spears,

coffee with protein,

pork roast, vegetables,


grannyannie on 10/09/2019:
I feel like I have a brick in my belly if I overdose on carbs!

legcramps on 10/09/2019:
Ugh, so uncomfortable

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2019:
not lately, but several years ago i really did "stuff in" the carbs like eating well over what is normal. i would have issues with my gut for up to a few days after doing that. totally get ya and hope you feel better. at least it will pass :)

let us know what you learn about the job with the slightly higher salary!

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
Yeah, already feeling better! Not going to do that again anytime soon :)

Donkey on 10/10/2019:
I tend to have mixed reactions to carb overload. It kind of depends on the source of carbs. Regardless of what else I feel, I usually have LOTS of energy the next day! There's no great loss without some small gain.

This isn't in this entry, but I did really want to explore your potential job situation. It does seem as though this is some kind of cosmic test, that just as you have the opportunity to work close to home, this fabulous opportunity opens up.

In thinking about your choices, I realized that I am too biased to give solid advice - I have a lot of issues with commuting, and I realized that my issues are not your issues.

I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about the $$ job. It wouldn't hurt to explore, apply, interview, etc. - you can always decide not to go forward, but if you don't try, you'll never know.

On the other hand, if shortening your commute is a high priority with you, it's perfectly fine to give your permission to stay with the present employer. (Again, MY issue - giving myself permission to say no.)

As Horn said, please do keep us posted. This might be a helpful place to think things out.

legcramps on 10/10/2019:
That's very true, I did feel the benefit of extra energy through the day yesterday.

Thanks so much for your comments re: the job situation. I appreciate all advice, even if it is biased ;)

I am not a fan of commuting either; in a perfect world I would be able to live and work in the same community. But, economic pressures have moved me towards needing the $$$ over the convenience. I could make it work as it is, but the $$ job would certainly be more financially sound.

I'm going to apply, and if I do get an interview then i'll deal with those decisions later ;)

Maria7 on 10/10/2019:
Hoping you are having a good day today. Watch out for breads. Smile!

legcramps on 10/10/2019:

BearCountryGG on 10/10/2019:
RE the job.......taking into consideration the price of gas and the bad winter roads.....and extra commute time........I love opportunities like this...you will have a gut feeling either way.....don't forget to listen to it.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 08, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 17 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (7/31)

#2 Track Food

Coached a full group last night and then a fantastic one-on-one session. It was a good day even BEFORE I got my own workout in. I love it when Mondays set a positive tone for the rest of the week.

There has been a few things going on lately...

First, the gym I work for has FINALLY signed the papers to start building in my hometown!!! If you recall, I have been travelling back and forth to coach sessions. This would mean I wouldn't have to drive anymore! That is a HUGE deal where I live, especially in the winter months.


In the meantime, a job was posted that I am VERY interested in. It is located in the same city as the gym that I currently travel to for coaching. I believe it is very similar to the job I have now EXCEPT it pays over $8,000 more per year than what I currently make. I know it's not all about the money, but that's just crazy! I want to learn more about it.

It seems the opposite of serendipitous, the fact that a job opportunity comes my way in the same city I coach in, EXACTLY when they decide to start building a gym in my hometown where I would eventually be able to stop driving highway roads altogether?!


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange,

toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs,

peanut butter & honey sandwich,

turkey burger (bunless), asparagus spears

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Good news on having the gym close to home!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2019:
lol that is definitely not serendipitous, but, still, you can drive and for $8,000 it may be worth the drive to work there....and still be able to come home and use the soon to be close by gym :)

legcramps - Monday Oct 07, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 5 hours, 5 minutes (And the cycle begins again...)


#1 Active Every Day (6/31)

#2 Track Food

I indulged yesterday in all the junk food I wanted, which turned out to be a couple servings of chips, french fries from McDonald's, and some ice cream. In hindsight, this wasn't the best plan for losing a few pounds, but I will accept that I did a lot of work over the weekend and earned myself at least some indulgences!

Total hours of exercise Saturday and Sunday = 6 & 1/2 hours  Yeah, I imagine I will feel the affects of that for a couple of days ;)

The plan was initially for me to ride with BF, but when I checked the weather on Sunday morning I was like, "hard no my friend". The wind was gusting up to 41km/h, which is pretty intense. I knew we would be heading straight into it for at least 80 km before turning around, and I didn't think I had it in me. Spoiler Alert - I really did not have it in me. We decided we would not ride together, which would enable me to turn around whenever I decided I needed to be done.

I did my best to move into the headwind for as long as possible, but after 52 minutes I was kaput. I had to stop and wobble off my bike on an approach beside the highway, just to regroup and get my bearings. The wind was so brutal! I desperately wanted to keep going, because I knew that after I turned around it would be nothing but smooth sailing all the way home. But I just couldn't! Too many 'leg days' leading up to this ride left my legs feeling like jello and unable to withstand the constant work in spinning the pedals. Not to mention I went on a gravel ride the day before, Saturday, with BF's fat bike, which is a monster to ride - but fun!

Anyways, the moral of the story is that after 52 minutes I turned around and sailed home, and went to the gym instead ;) ;)

BF managed to ride a total of 200 km yesterday, headwind and all! It took him 8 & 1/2 hours.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein,

water with glutamine, BCAAs, krill oil, b12,


toast with peanut butter, 2 eggs,

coffee with protein, protein bar, orange,

subway turkey breast sub

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2019:
Are you mixing your coffee with protein powder?

that's quite an exercise streak, nice job to you! in fact, you always make me look like a big couch potato (which is true!). it's amazing how you've changed your body and are so strong...you inspire me. with all my injuries though, i am not pushing anything right now in terms of cardio.

My friend has told me on Windy days that he wouldn't even want to ride! so, go you for making an effort and doing quite well! Bike riding is def such a joy because you can go so far!

OMG....his ride was 8.5 HOURS!?!?!??!?! did he rest at all? eat? or he just keeps going?!

legcramps on 10/07/2019:
I mix my coffee with a protein shake I get at the grocery store - Premiere Protein vanilla shake. I only put it in my coffee as creamer, as it's far too rich/full to drink on its own.

Thanks for the comment! Although I know your muscles would crush my muscles :)

I have built myself up to be able to withstand a generous amount of cardio; the Me five years ago would have crumbled just walking out the door in that wind ;)

BF rode for about 5 hours straight, then stopped and ate a banana and a protein bar. He had three bottles of water in those first 5 hours. Then after another 2 hours I picked him up (he had blown a tire) and he drank a whole coffee from McDonald's, downed some french fries, and I fed him a protein cookie also. Then he grabbed his other bike and finished the last hour and a half.

He inhaled some burgers and the rest of the fries when he got home :)

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
Yea, I always feel I deserve some indulgences when I've worked hard or exercised a lot.

Does BF have an electric bike? We have them (pedal assisted) and the most we've ridden in one day was 66 miles (106km). It's extremely hilly where we live so need the help!

legcramps on 10/08/2019:
No, we don't have electric bikes. We have just about every other bike you can think of though LOL.

Donkey on 10/08/2019:
8.5 hours of hard bike riding --- wow....

grannyannie on 10/08/2019:
I don't look at our e bike rides at a workout, even though they are. I look at those as pleasure rides, even when they are 50 miles.

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