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legcramps - Thursday Dec 20, 2018

Weight: 0.0

This week:

Monday - Work 8-4

Tuesday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; Workout 8-9; stay at BF's

Wednesday - Work 8-4

Thursday - Work 8-4

Friday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; Workout 6:30-8

Saturday - Coach 7:30-11:30; Consults 11:30-12:30; Workout 11:30-12:30 12:30-1:30; Twinkle Tour 2018 6-7

Sunday - REST; finish any final preparations leading up to Christmas  TRAVEL TO CITY?

More changes to the schedule for the weekend 

DARN IT! I woke up with a sore throat this morning! NOOOOOOOoooo.

Oh my goodness, I tell you, if I get sick again... somebody is gonna get hurt real bad.

Ok, so yesterday I was able to get out of work by 4:30; we had a Christmas event in the afternoon that I had to do a lot of running around for, and setting up and then breaking down...didn't get done until almost 4:30 and oh my I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day. I got home and collapsed on the couch. Literally, I ate two peanut butter sandwiches and a freezie and spent the rest of my time sleeping. And I even managed to sleep all the way through the night too! When I got up this morning, I was like "No! What?! NO I CAN'T BE SICK!" Ugh.

I'm going to enjoy another night off tonight, and I don't plan on doing much of anything at all. Hopefully will kick whatever my body is fighting now.

BearCountryGG on 12/20/2018:
Chicken soup......Always good for a sore throat.

legcramps on 12/21/2018:
I didn't see this in time LOL; I had my leftover chilli for supper.

graindart on 12/20/2018:
I'd rather brave 2 feet of snow on my roadtrip than be sick over Christmas vacation....... Hopefully neither myself nor you will have to deal with either......

Hopefully your head was just placed in a weird way which caused you to breathe through your mouth all night, thereby drying out your throat.

legcramps on 12/21/2018:
I hope not too! Nah, still have a sore throat today and a bit of nasal congestion now too. Oh well. I don't know what the heck is up with my immune system at this time of year, but it's really crappy.

Donkey on 12/21/2018:
How are you feeling this morning? Maybe it was just a tickle in the throat?

legcramps on 12/21/2018:
Nope, looking like another cold is coming my way. Hopefully it won't get much worse; I gotta stop stressing over everything because i'm sure that's part of what is lowering my immune system. Coping with stress has never been my strong suit LOL.

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 19, 2018

Weight: 0.0

This week:

Monday - Work 8-4

Tuesday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; Workout 8-9; stay at BF's

Wednesday - Work 8-4

Thursday - Work 8-4

Friday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; Workout 6:30-8

Saturday - Coach 7:30-11:30; Workout 11:30-12:30; Twinkle Tour 2018 6-7  TRAVEL TO CITY?

Sunday - REST; finish any final preparations leading up to Christmas  TRAVEL TO CITY?

Well, already an edit to my schedule for the week:  At some point this weekend, I want to travel into the city to see my step-Mom before Christmas, and perhaps one of my step-Brothers as well. We will also drop off some Christmas cards to BF's family that live in the city. So that will be a good 6 hours of additional 'stuff' to do this weekend :( and might take away some of the REST that I had scheduled previously. But I still have tonight and tomorrow night to rest!!! No workouts!! Only netflix!

I also got a call last night about my uncle who has been having some health issues. He has been in hospital for two weeks now, and they don't think he'll be out in time for Christmas, so they're all making new plans for Christmas Day and such. I am hoping that in January I will be able to take a weekend and go see him, and then visit my Grandma also. We are all sad that I won't make it there during the holidays, but I just can't make it work this time. I talked to my Grandma a couple nights ago, and then my aunt and my cousin last night, and I tell you I shed a few tears while on the phone just because I knew I wouldn't be able to see them. I keep telling myself "you must put your family first; they are your priority ALWAYS", but it is harder to put that into fruition than one might expect, especially while holding down two jobs and having BF's family to consider.

We had a really good coaching session last night; I bought little plush toys for all my participants, and then stapled little workouts to them, and that's what we did to finish our session. It was lots of fun, and they all got to take their little plushies home with them as a gift from me :) I also was able to get in my own workout before the session, so that was nice. I did some upper body, probably about 20 minutes, and then counted my set up time as part of my workout since I was hauling around kettlebells and stuff LOL. Whatever, it counts!

In addition to FEMSPORT in 2019, I am starting to research triathlons in my surrounding area. I really want BF to try one, he's never done one before, and even though I despise running I think I could turn it out just to be able to do a triathlon with BF. So we'll see, cross your fingers! BF says he'll do anything I choose since he's on this crazy ride of life with me. I make things interesting for sure!

BearCountryGG on 12/19/2018:
It'd sad that you won't be able to see family for Christmas....but there are only so many hours in a day.......hopefully you will make it after.

horn_of_plenty on 12/19/2018:
Yep, seems all 3 of us, me-you-donkey are all in need of some rest. I'm also resting tonight as early as i can as today was rather difficult in terms of being so sleepy & i'd rather not get sick because of it. I'm going to rest tomorrow additionally and wait to work out on Friday night instead of Thursday if i still feel tired tomorrow.

You are forgiven for not seeing them because it's hard when there's a significant other and you have to actually choose who to be with. the point is that you are planning to see them soon after. that's what they will remember - that you followed thru.

I wish i were a GREAT swimmer, than even I would think of a triathlon but overall here at DD you are our Triathlete :) I'm not up to that kinda level, at all. I have no endurance. You rock :)

Donkey on 12/20/2018:
Wow, I just realized that I am not seeing any family this whole holiday season: American Thanksgiving in November, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Yuck!

One of my friends IRL has evolved her running to multiple marathons, biathtlons (running and bike), and triathlons. I think her crowning achievement this year was doing the Ironman. She's not big on swimming, so this has been HUGE for her. Me, I'm lucky if I can walk 40 minutes and have enough energy for the rest of the day.

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 18, 2018

Weight: 0.0

This week:

Monday - Work 8-4

Tuesday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; Workout 8-9; stay at BF's

Wednesday - Work 8-4

Thursday - Work 8-4

Friday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; Workout 6:30-8

Saturday - Coach 7:30-11:30; Workout 11:30-12:30; Twinkle Tour 2018 6-7

Sunday - REST; finish any final preparations leading up to Christmas

Yesterday went mostly according to plan. I left work a bit early so that I could pick up groceries that we need for a work event tomorrow, then I ran a few other errands as well. When I got home, I added everything I needed for chilli to the slow cooker and got it going, unpacked everything from the car and organized it into bundles to bring in to work today. I spent the rest of the evening doing a lot of self care things. I feel pretty good this morning, except for that I took an advil for my back and now my stomach is cramping a bit, I think it's from the advil.

It will be a long day today; I still have a lot to do to get ready for the work event tomorrow, and not a whole lot of extra time to do it. So i'm feeling a bit anxious, but the days will pass regardless of how I feel about it, so I might as well just relax!

BearCountryGG on 12/18/2018:
Hope you feel better and your day goes along as planned.....but you are right, the day willpass either way......so try to relax....it will be just fine.

Donkey on 12/18/2018:
How is your back feeling? Sounds like you're pretty much back on track (except for the Advil, LOL, but that's OK).

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2018:
yes, you have a lot on your plate but i can do this!!! i like that you have a scheduled "rest." i'm telling you, i'm taking the extra rest on weekends and it's helping me so much right now!

legcramps - Monday Dec 17, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Pretty sad to wake up to Monday staring me in the face, but you can't stop time, right?!

BOOB Question coming up, for anyone who thinks it might be TMI, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph! Anyone have any experience with breast pain and tenderness going into menopause? I know i'm only in my 40's, but man they have been so sore for the last week! I'm pretty sure it's not the muscles surrounding it (it's not from working out), and I can rule out pregnancy. Only thing I can think of is early menopause! I have been on depo provera, but the last shot I had was in July; I didn't take the shot in October (no reason, just because); I haven't gotten my period back yet. Just thought maybe someone else might have some insight; it's an irritating feeling LOL.

I have been diligent in taking the anti-inflammatories the doctor prescribed for my back, and I think it's finally starting to help. Last night I could jump into bed without much effort (the normal for the past 10 days has been a lot of grunting and groaning while crawling under the covers), and this morning was met with a lot less pain too. Progress! I am still really uncomfortable sitting for too long at my desk, but it's certainly much better than it was last week.

Friday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; drove to BF's and crashed hard after eating a delicious meal that he made - sausage, potatoes and veggies.

Saturday - Up early, desparately tried to go back to sleep, but I was in pain and couldn't get comfortable; bacon and eggs for breakfast, did some last minute Christmas shopping, baked cookies; watched my Godson play his first hockey game; Workout 6-7:30; we made another delicous meal of pork cutlets in the slow cooker, potatoes and veggies, then spent the rest of the night relaxing.

Sunday - Slept in until 10!!! Pancakes for breakfast; drove home; baked more cookies; baked an apple/pear crisp; BF arrived at my place; went to a friend's for an early Christmas supper and celebration (our contribution was the apple/pear crisp, which was superb), played some dominoes and back home by 9:30 to relax for a bit before bed.

This week:

Monday - Work 8-4

Tuesday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; Workout 8-9; stay at BF's

Wednesday - Work 8-4

Thursday - Work 8-4

Friday - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; Workout 6:30-8

Saturday - Coach 7:30-11:30; Workout 11:30-12:30; Twinkle Tour 2018 6-7

Sunday - REST; finish any final preparations leading up to Christmas

It's going to be another busy week, but at least I have today, Wednesday and Thursday night free (so far). I'm going to make a chili tonight for supper and then i'll have that for leftovers for the week, which will help for sure. I'm really craving hamburger meat; I don't think i've been getting enough protein lately. I'm going to fill it with lots of good veggies too.


horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2018:
For some reason, i thought you were more around my age, 36! wow you look great for your age!

i don't know about menopause, i just know that right before that TOM i get the pain some months more and some months less or not at all. but i've felt it. annoying!

for some reason, the stores have NO SWEET POTATOES by me! only yams. i keep wanting to eat more potatoes but they are missing in action!

yup, i also slept in Sunday and woke up to an indulgent breakfast similar to yours...also ate cookie...well, cookie dough! haha. i had no patience to cook them.

with your work, do you get to leave for a break like a lunch break? are you paid during that time or are you paid 7hours?

legcramps on 12/17/2018:
Yeah, I leave for lunch most days. I have an unpaid lunch break of 1/2 an hour, so i'm paid for 7.5 hours of work. My hours were cut by the government a few years ago, so I don't like staying for lunch because I usually end up having to work through it, and then they get 8 hours of work out of me and only have to pay me for 7.5 ;)

Just venting now, but I also don't get paid overtime, so when I talk about having to go back to work or stay at work extra to go to a meeting or something, that's time that I don't get paid for.

BearCountryGG on 12/17/2018:
All the slow cooker meals are making me want to fire my slow cooker up......

horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2018:

legcramps - Friday Dec 14, 2018

Weight: 0.0

It's been quite a week so far. I was talking to a co-worker yesterday who is feeling overwhelmed with everything she has to accomplish, and realized that I am feeling quite overwhelmed myself LOL. Funny how it took talking to someone else to realize how little control I currently have over the construction of my own world. Must change that.

I have worked every day this week, plus put in an average of 3 hours of work in on the evenings as well; almost every evening except Monday. Yesterday I was looking forward to having the night off to get some laundry done and just hang out at home, but then I got called to cover a gym shift for the evening, and of course I said yes because...well I don't know why, I guess because I have a hard time saying no! Anyways, I work today and then again at the gym tonight, then i'm driving to BF's to crash until Sunday. This girl needs to SLEEP.

I went to see the doctor about my back yesterday, and he checked me over and thinks I have an acute muscle strain. He was going to offer me stronger meds for the pain, but I resisted and we compromised. He gave me a prescription for anti-inflammatories, and I will continue to take OTC muscle relaxants as I need them, as well as Advil. He also told me to refrain from exercise for 7 to 10 days, but we all know that will never happen. And yes, I do want my back to heal as quickly as possible, but I also need to retain my sanity and if I can't workout, I will go crazy!

I hope next week will not be as busy. Like HoP, I need to seriously reconsider my schedule and my body's need for balance. Obviously, this muscle strain is from over-use/stress, and I don't want it to be a chronic thing, so I need to figure out how to make sure i'm getting the self-care I need. 


More info about the FEMSPORT competition in August! The second workout is the Sandbag Burpee, Clean & Press:

- Using a 40lb sandbag, starting from standing position with sandbag on ground competitor grasps sandbag by inside handles, performs a “clean” to flip sandbag to either knuckles or cradles in arms, then presses sandbag directly overhead. Then places the sandbag back onto the ground, the competitor lays flat on the ground to connect chest to sandbag then stands back up (i.e. burpee) to do another clean to overhead press.

- You can jump with both feet to plank/flat position…OR…walk it out/in.
- Penalties will be given if hands are placed in front of or behind sandbag.
- This is repeated 15 times as fast as you can and time will stop when sandbag has been placed on the ground after your last overhead press.  


BearCountryGG on 12/14/2018:
Good for you not accepting the pain pills...those things are nothing but trouble in so many ways......introspection is always interesting and educational....and sleep cures so many hurts........I hope you have a restful and nie weekend.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2018:
Sleep is what makes everything easier....i am having the same issue. Yesterday i was supposed to go home on time, but stayed an extra hour...leading to a more stressful night on my end with everything happening later....but who knows maybe we need to challenge outselves sometimes...but boy it's a doozy when sleep is hindered. try to plan for a day or two to rest soon or rather just to get better sleep...that's my plan for the entire weekend to be able to sleep in...

try to at least really try not to do anything that will affect the healing of your back...after all, 7-10 days is a short time compared to having an aggrivated injury that won't heal.

yeah, i feel you. this has been a stressful month. but now that i wrote that, read your entry and gave it more thought, i realize that before this month started, once the OT was brought up, I KNEW this month was going to be very different than i had originally planned it to be.

I knew it would be hard to keep my exercise routine but figured with two November holidays and then a few weeks till Christmas that it would be ok...but i hadn't figured i'd be given this Overtime Hours challenge to get in 16 more hours of work on top of my full schedule....this has def been a challenge and i'm trying to pull back a bit because now i'm starting to feel overwhelmed too...especially when sleep is cut short...so, i'm thankful it's Friday...i know i'll feel better after some rest. but it's a bit much and the lack of sleep has made everything more of a struggle because first thing when the alarm goes off i feel horrible like why do i need to get outta this warm bed!? i'm so tired! lol

but the good thing is, this all ends. we'll all get thru. and it's important to start to say no...i'm seeing it with myself.

I have actually, with certain people and things, to say NO. it feels good every so often.

for instance, at the union meeting i went to, a FORMER boss (he was fired from my company and very high up) came over to me to tell me how his daughters got married this year and all his success....i congratualted him, knew i didn't really want to listen to him talk for a long time...and i excused myself. HE WAS SHOCKED. i don't owe him more than a hello ...and short talk...i was so glad i cut him short (not in a rude way, just that i wasn't going to talk more than i wanted to)...there were other people that I wanted to talk with....and he was impeding me so i ended it! hope that makes sense.

also, in the new year, i will have to leave work with things not done. i just know i cannot be this stressed again in February and march.

I have another trip to France planned and it will def be too much to have to work like a dog all winter.

My company doesn't pay for OT...so i will leave it. It's not healthy.

I hope your work has an option to become less crazy after the New year too?

the Femsport sounds awesome. something i'd love

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 12, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I went for a massage yesterday on my back. I have great range of motion now, but unfortunately it didn't take way the pain. So I was able to make a doctor's appointment for tomorrow afternoon so he can send me for an x-ray to see if something else is going on. Instead of continuing to take robaxacet, which isn't doing much, I decided to try tylenol. I think it's helping a bit more, so I guess i'll keep taking it until I figure something else out. That and I have a sit-to-stand desk at work, so i've been standing a lot more than usual because it feels better to keep changing position.

I did go to the gym last night; I had to coach a session anyways so we went a bit early and I did a short workout on the cardio machines. It's so weird that my back feels ok doing some things but not other things. Anyways, at least today I can reach down and zip up my boots without grimacing too much. It's progress, even if it doesn't feel like it.

We ate subway for dinner last night, and I took a hot shower and applied an ice pack to my back for awhile before finally falling asleep. Of course I was up a few times through the night, but I think I got a fair amount of sleep in. Hopefully will get more in tonight. I don't plan on doing anything besides going to an evening meeting. Then straight home and ice pack and netflix 

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2018:
That is the thing about sore backs...or sore feet...when they hurt...nothing seems right......hope today is better.

horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2018:
yeah, i was once stretching and pulled something during the stretch. it took 1-2 weeks to heal...in my lower back...i was stretching my legs and just stretched too far.

please keep up in the loop with your back ...but moreso, i wish you continued healing. both you and donkey have been having back pain lately :(

Donkey on 12/12/2018:
I'm glad to hear you made an appointment with a doctor.

legcramps - Monday Dec 10, 2018

Weight: 0.0


So this stupid back pain is driving me crazy! I made a massage appt for tomorrow afternoon and honestly, if it's not feeling better after that, i'm getting it x-rayed. Something is just WEIRD. I now understand why people with chronic back pain can be so miserable sometimes ;) I feel like I have been miserable for about a week now. I have been taking Robaxacet but it isn't doing much. Tonight I am going to try hot/cold compress, and i'll try manipulating my pillows to sleep mostly in one position too - the more I move around in bed, the more I wake up in pain. BF has given me two massages already, and when my muscles are warm I feel better, but it sure doesn't last very long.

The weekend was good but busy. Thursday night we drove into the city, got in a workout at the gym (I stuck to cardio just to warm up the muscles in my back and did a little stretching). BF's follow up appt was Friday morning, in which he was given the all-clear to start exercising more. So of course, he was gone to the gym early this morning (Monday) to get back into his two-a-day workouts. We finished up our Christmas shopping as well on Friday, and then went to BF's work Christmas party that night. We played Family Feud, but a much naughtier version. I'm not sure it was appropriate for the group that was there, but it was definitely interesting. By 10pm we were ready to call it a night!!

On Saturday BF and I drove home to attend my friend's funeral; there were so many people there that we ended up having to sit in the basement of the church and watch the funeral on a projector screen! But it was a very nice service and I feel like I gained a little closure. The rest of the day we spent wrapping gifts, then BF went home to get ready for Sunday's adventures.

Sunday morning I went to my friend's church service where my godson was in a Christmas pageant-type thing. He was very cute. After that, I drove to BF's and we made cabbage rolls and nuts-n-bolts for Christmas, and visited with his sister and a couple of his friends that stopped over. We had just enough energy left after all that to get in a workout at the gym, and I added about ten minutes of foam rolling to see if that would help my back, but it didn't.

Nothing planned for today; I have some Christmas packages to send in the mail, and then home to take care of my back.

I have almost 7 months to train for FEMSPORT 2019!

I will be entering as part of a team, but you are scored both as part of a team AND as an individual. I'm hoping we will be going into the NOVICE division as it is for first-timers and would give us a better chance of scoring well! The fitness/strength events will be box jumps, sandbag burpee / clean / press, kettlebell lift, obstacle medley, truck push and tire flip.

#1 Box Jumps - You have to complete 50 box jumps in three minutes. You must wear shin guards, and both feet must touch the top of the box in order to be counted. The box is approximately 18 inches high. You can't touch the box with your hands and you can't step up onto the box - you have to jump with both feet simultaneously.

The fastest time in the novice division last year for box jumps was 50 in under 48 seconds 

More to come!

BearCountryGG on 12/10/2018:
Stress can be a huge cause of Back aches......happens to my husband.

legcramps on 12/11/2018:
Thank you, I hope that's all it is

graindart on 12/10/2018:
I hurt my back lifting weights when I was in my early 20's. I still remember the exact session that I was at the gym when it happened. I thought I strained some muscles in my lower back at the time. For the next 15 years I'd hurt my back a couple times per year from lifting things incorrectly and always thought it was strained muscles each time. On average it would feel terrible for a week and then take up to a month for most of the pain to be gone. A few years ago I hurt my back again, but this time it didn't get better. After a month I went to a back doctor and found out I had a bulging / herniated disc. He suggested taking it easy and letting it heal on it's own. Well it didn't. It got worse and worse. It spread to severe pain in my leg and after a couple months I was on crutches. Ended up getting an MRI and had 2 severely bulging discs. Out patient back surgery took care of it. Although I now continue to hurt my back a couple times per year in the same area because I'm stupid.

All that to say, back pain isn't always a strained muscle. (Hopefully yours is.)

legcramps on 12/11/2018:
oh my, that sounds like a lot of pain and frustration! I do hope mine is only a strained muscle!

horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2018:
With the back pain, BCGG is right that it literally can be stress manifesting itself in the form of pain. I have read books on this, from back around 2013-2015 when i was in some MAJOR pain myself with shin splints that wouldn't heal bc i kept abusing my body trying to do more when i really needed full rest. Boy have i learned from that experience. Now for me, less is sometimes more...like doing less is better than overexerting and then dealing with PAIN!

Keep us updated about your back pain..and please try to not hound on thoughts about it....it can truly start to be the worst habit of just feeling the pain...thinking the pain...very depressing. so i do wish you a fast knowledge of what the problem is stemming from..

with your back, you are also caring for BF with his dr stuff going on...so, please remember to care for yourself. The back can be a signal for you to do so...?

I'm so jealous of the cabbage rolls you made! did you use meat and rice or just meat! I'm sure they were just amazingly good!!!

OMG box jumps are so challenging..i tried them 1x in a class where i did them...and well, as a short person, it was rather very hard! :)

keep positive :)

legcramps on 12/11/2018:
Yeah, I hope I can figure out what's going on without losing too much time over it.

We use rice and meat in our cabbage rolls, and we made both sour and sweet rolls. My family always made sweet cabbage rolls, but BF's family makes the sour ones, so we have a couple packages of both! I can't wait to cook and eat them - we're making some for Christmas :)

Yes, box jumps are not easy, especially having to do 50 in a row. But this is not even the workout i'm most worried about!

Donkey on 12/11/2018:
I just realized that my back injury last summer has cost me about $1000 out of pocket.

The thing that really helped me a lot was prednisone. That kind of jump-started the whole healing process. Hot and cold helped, ibuprofin (prescription levels) helped.

legcramps on 12/11/2018:
After this massage today, if it's not better i'll hopefully get in for an x-ray and go from there. Unfortunately, I don't even have a family doctor right now, so this could be a long process for me if it happens to be something more than a muscle strain :(

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2018:
go thru your exercises, there may be one which is causing the back pain?

legcramps on 12/12/2018:
Could be any of them really... it twinged a bit when I was stretching, and it was a weird stretch so I stopped doing that one. But likely the stretch was just the 'straw that broke the camel's back'

legcramps - Thursday Dec 06, 2018

Weight: 0.0

This week has been weird. Monday I literally got nothing done; I went straight home after work and just sat around doing nothing. Well I was still feeling sad, so i'm sure that had something to do with it. Anyways, on Tuesday I had to coach, so I had to really force myself out of the rut of sadness I was in, and having to put on a smiling face actually helped me do it for real :) I got in a great workout with BF, and then finished it off with some treadmill running. Unfortunately, while I was showing a stretching exercise during my coaching session, I tweaked a muscle (or something) in my hip/lower back. It was pretty painful that night, and it has been a bit of a struggle ever since. I didn't realize how often I use the muscles in my back - to drive, to open the car door, to bend down and put shoes on, etc. Even to sit on the toilet. I have had to be very careful to not make it worse. It's still bothering me today, but I am going to see if I can manipulate it into feeling better at the gym tonight. I will try some things to stretch it out before I workout tonight - if it still hurts, then i'll stop and just walk on the treadmill or something. Do you believe me?! It's like, even I don't believe MYSELF when I say i'll stop if it hurts LOL. But I really will try.

I got through coaching on Tuesday night, stayed late at work on Wednesday night, and finished all my training I had to do this morning, but decided I couldn't handle all the other things I had going on, so I booked off work tomorrow so that I could go with BF to his follow up appointment with his specialist. And then I got someone else to cover my coaching session tomorrow night, and I think we are going to go to BF's staff party. So I no longer have to work at all tomorrow, and that makes me very happy because that means i'll have an extra long weekend to catch up on wrapping gifts, mailing out cards, etc., and meal prepping for next week.

Sounds like I will still be able to take part in FEMSPORT in 2019. Deadline for cheap registration is January 20, so I have until then to really decide if I want to go for it, because even the cheap registration is not cheap - it is $99. Another lady that is going filled me in on the workshop they had that I couldn't attend, and out of about 7 different workouts, I am only concerned with being able to do a couple of them. Of course I have to train for them all because I would not be great at any of them right now, but I will have to really concentrate on a couple of them because I know I don't have the upper body strength to do them now. It will be something to work towards for sure!

On Tuesday I did four pullups with an assisted band, no breaks. So that is progress towards my unassisted pull up for the end of the month :) I will try again tonight if I can.

I haven't been tracking my foods for the week - I fall off this all the time. Not that i'm eating anything unhealthy, I just stop tracking sometimes. I have felt a little extra bloated yesterday and today, so i'll have to start watching the amount of wheat and sugar i'm taking in and try to scale that back a bit. Otherwise, I think i'm doing ok overall!

BearCountryGG on 12/06/2018:
Hope you feel better....you don't seem to let it stop you though....It's been a sad few days for you.....let yourself grieve.

Donkey on 12/07/2018:
It is amazing to me how much our movement is connected to the back/core muscles. Oh how I feel your pain. Do what you need to do to get better.

I'm really excited to be hearing more about FEMSPORT. I hope that you are able to participate, because I'd love to read about your preparation, mental and physical.

horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2018:
I have a feeling the muscle will be back to normal in a week i hope you'll forget it was ever a pain to start with this week!

Nice way of using your day off to catch up on things. That's how i have been using my time, too. Company is giving us a couple extra days off - eve of christmas and eve of New years so i have booked some dr appts.

Tell me more about the FEMSPORT

legcramps - Monday Dec 03, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I have plans for this week, big plans. I have a lot of work to do - training leading up to Thursday, our big fundraiser has started, and a Council meeting on Wednesday evening; I have to work at the gym Tuesday and Friday night; and BF has his staff holiday party on Friday also. It's a big week. 

Unfortunately, it hasn't been a great start. On Saturday morning I learned that an old friend went missing. I met the news with quite a lot more anxiety than I thought I was capable of. I certainly visualized what I thought was the very worst scenario, and imagined that he'd been accosted and left out in the dead of night. I didn't get much sleep that night, and spent a lot of Sunday at the gym, distracting myself, and doing some baking at BF's. By evening, I found out that what I visualized wasn't even the worst that could happen - he had met his breaking point, and committed suicide.

So i've been sad today; just trying to process the news. He was such a bright, friendly and kind person, and I said to BF "I guess those are the people who sometimes are hurting the most". I haven't really been able to get much done; it doesn't help that my computer wasn't working properly for the first three hours of work. I feel very 'scrambled' and am just playing catch up for the rest of the workday and then going home. I feel exhausted and mentally drained.

Monday - toast, pb, coffee, pear, egg sandwich, tomato soup

I think I will concentrate on laundry, dishes, eating a healthy supper tonight, changing my easy-erase calendar to December, and taking a hot bath. Anything else can be accomplished another day.

BearCountryGG on 12/03/2018:
So sorry about your friend, that kind of news is never easy to take.

Donkey on 12/03/2018:
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend... (((hugs))) And I'm so sorry that he was in so much pain :(

Let yourself grieve this in your own time. I'm glad you took things kind of easy today, to deal with something so difficult as this.

horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2018:
I'm really sorry to hear of your friend's unfortunate ending...he could have gotten help i am sure. it gave me chills even to read this...i am sorry. i can understand why / how people get this way...

legcramps - Friday Nov 30, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Feeling good today, even though I had a spotty sleep and had to get up early to drive home.

I nearly drove into two deer that were lumbering along the highway. It was so very foggy this morning I could hardly see 30 feet in front of me, so when they popped out of the shadows, I woke up very quickly! I tell you, it was a long 45 minute drive to get back home.

Thursday - toast, pb, coffee, orange, leftover chili, snap peas, water, BF made pork roast with rice and veggies for supper - it was delicious.

I tried to go to sleep earlier, but at BF's it's hard to do because they all like to stay up a lot later than I do. So it was a later night, and then I kept waking up through the night. I guess i'd gotten used to sleeping by myself this week, and being at BF's knocked me off my game LOL. But I don't feel too tired, so hopefully that means I got enough sleep. And i'll be able to 'catch up' over the weekend too.

I did a tank push last night after coaching; it took almost 40 minutes to complete; one of the participants in my group training did it with me, which was nice because then we got short rests between pushes ;) I will try to do it again tonight after coaching and then I only have to do it one more time to complete the challenge. And then i'm going to work on a different challenge for December - pull ups! I started last week; I did two sets of two with the help of a resistance band. I would like to work towards doing one or two without any assistance.

Friday - toast, pb, banana, coffee, orange, chicken, water, supper will be at BF's again after coaching.

Have a great weekend everyone!

BearCountryGG on 11/30/2018:
We have that deer problem here too...once in the dark...1 ran into the side of my car....Daughter in Law just hit one a couple of weeks ago too...and it almost totaled her car...landed on the hood....and then fell off when she hit the brakes......we know a guy who had one land on his hood...it kicked the windshield out and knocked his teeth out.......It's sad for the deer...and very dangerous for the people in the car as well.

Donkey on 12/01/2018:
Hope you get some rest over the weekend. I sure bet you woke up after the deer encounter - YIKES! I've encountered a couple of deer and other animals on the road, but no close calls by any means.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
like donkey suggested on your previous entry, some of the unit of a portable type plug-in humidfier needs to be taken apart and cleaned with a vinegar solution...my friend R had told me that and i had hoped he'd help me out but you do need to take it apart and use a light vinegar solution (all natural cleanser) to clean off the grime....

Horn_of_plenty on 12/02/2018:
i've done a TON of catch up sleeping this weekend, too. I think most of this month that's what my weekends will DEFINITELY consist of since the weeks will be long and draining...lol, not to be too negative!...but this is the case so i've planned for low-key weekends! :)

i like your December pull-up challange! very nice! i used to do them and the only reason i don't is bc i work out at home and figure i have enough exercises. also, my current workout program doesn't include them...however, they will do great things for your back and your figure!

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