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legcramps - Monday Jan 18, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 15 - work at gym; burned unknown calories.

January 16 - hike; burned 813 calories.

January 17 - yoga and bike; burned 1,315 calories.

On the way to BF's from the gym on Friday night, I decided to eat the rest of the pears that I had cut up. I already knew the apples were making me sick, but I figured the pears would be safe. They weren't. I was sick for the rest of the night with severe stomach cramping and pain.

However, Saturday and Sunday were awesome! I stuck to the foods I knew wouldn't make me sick, and had a really nice couple of days. We went hiking, did some yoga, and finished up the weekend with a few hours of fat biking on winter trails.

BF wants to start doing more yoga, and his town has four instructors in it who teach Sunday morning yoga classes. So for the next little while, I might be spending my weekends there instead of at home, so that we can incorporate more yoga into his routine. This past class was slightly difficult for him as he is not used to a lot of the movements; downward dog especially seemed to give him some grief.

The beginning of this week should be fairly tame; it is supposed to snow for the next few days, so will likely be staying home until Thursday. New snow might bring a snowshoeing adventure...

Monday - work; rest; housework; cooking

Tuesday - work; bike or hike or snowshoe? If time permits and based on weather

Wednesday - took the day off work; work on nutrition course; dental appointment; hike at the ecological preserve?

Thursday - work; work at gym

Friday - work; work at gym; drive to BFs?

Donkey on 01/18/2021:
So it sounds like raw fruit is an issue. If nothing else, you've learned at least that. Hopefully there won't be too many foods that cause you problems.

I presume you're ok with afib yoga to your routine, too? Or are you just lending support until he gets started and comfortable with it?

I'm just not comfortable going into a studio to practice yoga yet.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
Yes, here's hoping it's not all raw fruit!

I'm okay with going to yoga as well, for sure, but won't make a habit of spending all my weekends at BF's. I think the Sunday sessions runs until the end of February, so I will try and support him until then as much as I can.

It was just the two of us with the instructor, so that was nice.

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2021:
I'm surprised at apples and pears...I don't think they are common allergy foods....strawberries...yes.......nuts, eggs, chocolate, dairy...corn, are common. Lavender is supposed to be something that helps people sleep...I have a totally opposite reaction and am so wound up I cannot settle down....had to give that stuff away...even having it in the house was too much.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I know, it surprises me too, and i'm hoping I won't be surprised like that by other food groups...

grannyannie on 01/18/2021:
I haven't heard of apples and pears giving problems either. What other foods give you trouble that you've discovered so far?

Doing yoga classes together sounds very nice!

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
most all dairy, some grains, cereals, pork, eggs, some raw vegetables. That's just off the top of my head.

legcramps - Friday Jan 15, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 13 - REST

January 14 - shovel; burned 96 calories

Feeling the end of the week HARD CORE. Have a big day to get through today, so will just put my head down and get it done.

Cancelled my travel plans yesterday due to weather conditions; near white out conditions on the highways around here. Today is better.

In leiu of my cancelled plans, I shoveled. Other than that, I was pretty lazy. Feeling just under the weather and a little blue perhaps.

I do not think I should have eaten the freezie late last night, only because it's probably not on the approved "can eat" list of the elimination diet. But I did eat it, and I was fine. Also had part of an apple, which IS on the list, but it gave me a severe stomach ache. No more apples.

Yeah, feeling like I could have slept a few more hours today. Anyways, first world problem.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
Why are you on an elimination diets? Do you have suspected food allergies? Here’s wishing you all the luck in the world!

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I have suspected food intolerances and have been getting quite sick recently from some of the foods i've been eating. Just trying to figure it out.

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
Be careful driving home!

Donkey on 01/16/2021:
I'm surprised to hear that about the apple. I thought apples were a pretty neutral food. Might be the sugar? Or the fiber? Ugh... I'm tempted to say, Try another apple to see if it was a one-time fluke or a true, real problem. However, who wants to have tummy problems again at one's own hand? Yikes...

Probably a good thing to cancel travel plans, although I'm sure there's some disappointment in there.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
I did try again with no luck; also tried pears which gave me a severe stomach ache for about four hours. So the only fruit i've been eating is frozen berries. I haven't had any issues with that, thank goodness.

Some disappointment in cancelling travel plans, but not much since I was travelling for medical appointments and to work a shift at the gym. Not too upset about it LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2021:
feel better, rest up...

but a freezie is just water and ice and sugar? i think it should cause you too many problems unless it's one which is milk based, like a chocolate pop.

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
Exactly! I should probably stay away from a lot of sugar while i'm doing this elimination diet, but I have given up extra caffeine so we'll start there and just work on the sugar thing LOL.

Jacky82020 on 01/18/2021:
Sounds like you have problems with fruit. Sucks.

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 12 - hike, athletic therapy, hike, gym session; burned 1,687 calories

Today is most definitely a rest day. The distance on the first hike I did yesterday was 5km; the second one was more technical but I still went 4km in about the same amount of time. 9km total is not too bad for a hike. In fact, it's a hard days' work.

To...what's that phrase... "hit the nail on the coffin", BF decided we should do a gym session together later on in the evening. I thought I might be able to get away with it by working within my own pace, but after just one minute of the workout I was already in the high-calorie-burning phase. And it just lingered there for the whole workout. To give you an idea of just how hard it was for me - I burned around 600 of my total calories burned during this ~35 minute workout. The other 1,000 was over a three hour period of time.

When we finally got home at 9:00 p.m. I mustered whatever energy I had left to eat a little bit of supper and stumble my way to the shower.

I LOVE days like this. Not consecutively, mind you, but BIG activity days are my kind of days.

I've progressed to single-leg balances and body weight movements with athletic therapy, and soon will begin small plyometric moves. Getting better each time I go, and my confidence in moving my ankle more fluidly is coming together, slowly.

Today at supper time I start my elimination diet. I have everything I need to get through the first week - chicken, rice, vegetables, salad, smoothie ingredients, trail mix (sans peanuts), apples and pears. Will continue to have one cup of coffee each morning, and will work on diluting it bit by bit. From the bit of research i've done on it so far, the elimination phase is supposed to last for 21 days before the re-introduction phase. Depending what happens with my coffee intake, this may be extended slightly for me. I will have to adjust as I move through it.

I am expecting to experience some grumpiness for the next 21 days LOL.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2021:
After a big activity day, especially like a hike, i almost always want to rest the next day...i hope one day that i can do more days of movement in a row. hikes are soooooo wonderful. so are weights. lol, if only there were more days in a week or days off to do these beautiful things!

those leg exercises sound good. balance, i hear, is something people lose fast in older age. i do some single leg exercises for squats on leg days.

why are you doing the elimination diet again?

legcramps on 01/14/2021:
I have been having issues with digestion/bloating/gas with almost everything i've been eating. It's gotten to the point where i've actually taken time off work so that I can be at home near a bathroom (a private bathroom, not a public bathroom). I've had scopes and ultrasounds done, but the only suggested diagnoses has been IBS. So, in an attempt to feel a little better, i've decided to try and find the foods i'm intolerant to via the elimination diet.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I like your Big Activity days too! I love to read about them! How nice!

Will you be decreasing your calories during your elimination diet? For example, I can see eating 2000 calories with a variety of foods. Hard to imagine 2000 calories of just 4-6 foods. Would you adjust your activity level then?

I like your plan for eliminating coffee! I never considered that approach of gradually diluting it as a way to decrease. I've taken to having a hot cup of lemon water some days, to substitute for another cup of coffee. It helps when I want something hot.

legcramps on 01/14/2021:
I won't be counting calories, but I imagine they will decrease as you're right - only a few foods to choose from. I do intent to eat more carbs though in order to give me the energy to continue doing all the things. I am going to try and keep my activity level the same, so we'll see what happens!

That's a good idea with hot lemon water. Unfortunately, I don't think I could sustain that type of substitution. I'm just not a fan of lemon water. BF dilutes his coffee all the time, so that makes me feel like I can do it too.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 12, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 11 - REST

I am scheduled for athletic therapy this afternoon. The weather is supposed to be really warm today, so I am hoping to get in about an hour's hike this afternoon as well, before my appointment. Then maybe another longer one after? All I want to do these days is hike!

Should be a good week, but I better knock on wood just in case...

Tuesday - work at hospital, athletic therapy, hike

Wednesday - work at hospital, rest

Thursday - work at hospital, dentist appointment, work at gym

Friday - work at hospital, work at gym

Saturday - hike

Sunday - hike

Thinking about taking next week Wednesday off work. It's going to start getting colder next week, but it might be a good opportunity to work on my nutrition course! I have some banked hours I need to use up in the next couple of months - it works out to over a week of work altogether, six or seven days. I am going to try and spread them out like I had mentioned before - to work on my course and also enjoy some outdoor activities while there is good daylight and weather. Looking forward to this as it does help break up the workweek and having to be constantly stressing about covid.

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2021:
I know the states will be on high alert next Wednesday....how does Canada react to these sorts of things with the US? Basically I think just about everyone here will be keeping an eye on the news.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
I'm sure a lot of Canadians have their opinions; personally, I've been watching the last four years of U.S. politics much more closely than ever before, and have refrained from traveling into the country. Canada is not without its own share of political drama, though not to this extent. I will be keeping myself up to date, but won't be following like a hawk. I would much rather spend my time hiking!

Jacky82020 on 01/12/2021:
They changed the banked hour thing when I taught in California so that it could count towards seniority when one retired. Much better than before. Teachers would store up lots & go on extended vacation.

What is athletic therapy? How does it differ from PT?

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Athletic therapy differs from PT in that its focus is primarily on immediate care of musculoskeletal issues through exercise and sports medicine. PTs have a much wider range of scope.

grannyannie on 01/12/2021:
What kind of temps are you getting?

Lucky you don't have a chaotic government there.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Lately we've been hovering just under freezing. It will get colder in the next few weeks but so far it's been an unusually mild winter.

Perhaps not a chaotic government, but the political game is strong here as well!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/12/2021:
do you stop training bike this time of year, due to snow i'm sure?

loving that i see hikes on your list. how nice is that. i shall get back to some hikes i think, come late Winter or Spring.

we are also getting very mildly cool weather. not freezing like years past. i'm embracing it, too.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
I have an indoor spin bike so that I can continue to train on the bike, but yes normally I don't bike outside through the winter. I haven't been using the spin bike lately though because the temperatures have just been too darn nice to stay inside!

Donkey on 01/13/2021:
So the polar vortex isn't going to affect your area? We're being told to brace for cold and wind.

I hope you had a good therapy session. My yoga instructor is sharing a couple of PT exercises given to her, for tight hips. I just thought to myself, "I wish I could have PT every day." Maybe what I need is a personal trainer.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
Today we were told to expect freezing rain and gale force winds for the next two days, then it will cool down for a few weeks. It hasn't started raining or gotten very windy yet, but i'm sure it will come eventually. Yes, I will stay indoors tonight!

It was a good therapy session, thanks. Every session is now a three-part series: Manipulation and massage, Cupping, and finally Ultrasound. I usually leave feeling 100 times better. Yesterday I was told either I am getting better at absorbing the pain of massage, or my fascia is finally releasing a bit. I will accept the latter of those statements since I am well aware of what a princess I am when it comes to pain management LOL.

legcramps - Monday Jan 11, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 7 - REST

January 8 - worked at the gym; unknown calories burned.

January 9 -  hike; burned 852 calories.

January 10 - unknown calories burned.

Only putting REST on the days where I actually did REST.

On Friday I worked more than 12 hours, three of those being at the gym where I do not think I stopped moving the whole time.

Sunday we drove BF's daughter 4 hours each way back to her mom and did some running around as well, so it was not a REST day either.

Too bad I don't wear my heartrate monitor when I work at the gym - maybe I will next time and then just delete it once I have recorded the calorie burn. I guess it's not that important but now that i'm not using my fitbit anymore, i'm going through some stats-withdrawal LOL.

I have some leftovers to get through over the next few days, and then I will be starting the elimination diet. I'm getting sick (it's a pun!) of being surprised that what I eat affects my digestion in varying degrees. I think it's time to figure it out, although I DO NOT look forward to having to go through this. It will be hard for me as I really do not restrict what I eat (if it contains lactose I do, but everything else has been fair game).

I've read that I need to start by only eating things that do not seem to affect me. So, jasmin rice, chicken breast...um...oatmeal. Nuts are OK too, so I picked up a bag of trail mix to have for snacks. There are very few things that I can think of to start with... some vegetables will be ok also but I know there are varieties that bother my stomach.

Wish me luck! Hoping to start about mid-week!

grannyannie on 01/11/2021:
Good luck with your new food plan.

12 hours is a long day!

Jacky82020 on 01/11/2021:

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2021:
I hope you can figure out what is bothering your stomach......over the years for me it has also been lactose, ( they say hard cheeses are okay and real plain yogurt)....but I'm also bothered by chocolate, pop, and just too much liquid in general...but do find bananas help.....

Maria7 on 01/11/2021:
Things I used to could eat now give me a lot of gas.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/11/2021:
i know what you mean by "stats withdrawal." that happens to me if i can't count calories, lol.

12 hours IS a LOT of working, Annie is right.

yeah, i've been doing tons of takeout to eat as leftovers thru the week to make it easier on myself. didn't want to think about cooking this weekend.

as far as veggies, cooked ones usually bother stomachs less.

also, with nuts, i wish they didn't have many calories, but, if you just have a serving, it can be very delicious and nutritious! :) or you can put a few in a salad or meal. :)

Donkey on 01/12/2021:
Why aren't you wearing your Fitbit any more?

What kind of heart monitor do you have? Is it the kind with a chest strap?

Please know that I'm asking not in a judgemental way, but more for feedback in my own journey. I mainly use my Fitbit now because it has that "250 steps an hour" notification. If I didn't have that reminder, I could easily sit on my butt all day at work.

My husband uses the Whole 30 diet to reset himself. That is similar to the approach you are taking to find did culprits. I hope you find an answer soon, but I know it will take time. But gut health is so important, and yet totally undervalued. I do very little in regards to my own gut health.

legcramps on 01/12/2021:
Ask away!

My fitbit stopped charging and the clock face has dimmed so much that I can't see it at all. I have already tried a number of 'tricks' to get the clock face back, to no avail. And I could buy a new charger and try that, but it might be the watch itself that won't charge and i'm just unwilling to spend any money on it. The only thing I use it for is to justify not working out on days where i've had a good step count day! I don't really need it.

I have a heart rate monitor that straps around my chest. It was given to me as a trainer at the gym - it connects to their software system so as long as I am a trainer/member of that gym or any other gym that uses the same system, I will be able to use it.

legcramps - Thursday Jan 07, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 5th - REST

January 6th - snowshoe; burned 682 calories.

Yesterday a friend suggested we take the afternoon off work and go snowshoeing in the valley. I thought it was a great idea and agreed immediately.  I worked until 12:00, then packed up and got some snacks ready, and we left around 1:00. It was an hour's drive each way, so we got started around 2:00 and snowshoed for about 2 hours, finally heading back to the vehicle for snacks and then heading home. It was a beautiful afternoon weather-wise, and it just felt so fantastic to be outside and get some daylight activity in!

PLUS - I kept my friend's pace rather than BF's usual pace, and it made the whole outing much more enjoyable for me LOL. I was actually able to lift my head and look around at things instead of digging deep the whole time and scrambling to keep up.

Snack options we brought with us - strawberry applesauce, hot chocolate, turkey sandwiches, almonds, orange slices and pretzels. This spilled over into my dinner, and then I had another turkey sandwich later in the evening with avocado, tomato and alfalfa. Delicious.

I was in bed by 9:30 last night and slept right through to 6:25 this morning. I must not have moved around much because it hurt so much when I got out of bed - does this happen to anyone else? I'm guessing it's because I haven't moved around all night. It feels like it's either my kidneys or my lungs. It's not a sharp pain at all, just a "oh gosh this muscle/organ/tissue hasn't moved in awhile and I can tell" kind of dullness when I breathe in.

Today is a rest day unless I get on the bike. I have a lot of cleaning up to do, so I might just count that towards my activity today. It's like a tornado went through my kitchen yesterday.

grannyannie on 01/07/2021:
The snowshoeing sounds very nice!

When I hurt my side I had to sleep on the other side all night and not move. Would wake up after about 4 hours in agony. I'd have to get up and walk around. Yea, one position can make you stiff.

Jacky82020 on 01/07/2021:
Hey! That same tornado hit my kitchen too!

Maria7 on 01/07/2021:
Snowshoeing sounds interesting...never tried that before.

Donkey on 01/08/2021:
Yes, this happens to me every once in a while. Usually I toss and turn quite a bit throughout the night. However, every once in a while, I will have a very deep sleep and I wake up, usually on my back, in the same position I was in when I settled in.

When this happens, I wake up feeling sore, and I have to take care to start moving slowly. Gentle stretching or light movements help.

Doesn't happen often, but it's quite remarkable when it does.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/09/2021:
the addition of alfalfa shoots in the turkey sandwich = great idea! sounds like something i'd order at panera! love hearing about exercise.

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 05, 2021

Weight: 0.0

January 4 - hike; burned 346 calories.

Full workday, then working a shift at the gym tonight. Haven't been there for a couple of weeks now because of the way the holidays landed on my schedule, and then locking myself out of the house last week. I'll probably be exhausted by the end of the night; maybe i'll stop in for wok box take out, even though I have my meal prep done for the week. It would make things even easier for me once I get back home.

Nice little hike yesterday; didn't feel like I burned that many calories, felt more like a stroll than a workout. Will likely rest today, and see what the weather is like on Wednesday. The trails here might be OK to go snowshoeing.

This morning started with kashi cereal with half a banana and oat milk, and of course coffee. Yesterday's plan for meals went well until the evening when I had an extra bowl of cereal and then a pb sandwich. I went to bed earlier than usual, before 10 pm, and still managed to eat far more than I needed to. Tonight will be fine since I won't get home until later; it's usually when I eat earlier and then get "snacky" again right before bed that I get into trouble.


grannyannie on 01/05/2021:
I get a bit hungry at night watching tv.

Glad you had a nice hike. I should be doing the same since we are having so many dry days.

Maria7 on 01/05/2021:
Easy to eat 'snacky' at nite...adds up, too, cause I have gained 7 pounds since last year doing just that.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2021:
for me, even slow hikes burn calories. whenever i spend long periods walking, i can tell that i can balance my weight far easier.

Donkey on 01/06/2021:
I had the opportunity to go home early from work yesterday, but avoided doing so because I was feeling hungry and munchie.

Reading your post reminds me how much I miss the gym.

Maria7 on 01/06/2021:
Hope you've had a good day today.

legcramps - Monday Jan 04, 2021

Weight: 0.0

December 31 - REST

January 1 - hike; burned 728 calories.

January 2 - snowshoe; burned 497 calories.

January 3 - hike; burned  305 calories.

New Year's Eve I showed up at BF's with all kinds of ailments. Wearing a medical grade mask all day at work makes my throat dry, my nose clog, and my eyes sore. By the end of the week, i'm feeling like i'm getting a full blown head cold. So I was not in a great mood, and didn't want to do much of anything. We hung out watching movies and had a nice supper of pork ribs and veggies.

The rest of the weekend I was determined to start the year off on a good note. I wanted to get outside for some fresh air, so BF and I went on a 2.5 hour hike on New Year's Day.

That hike made me feel pretty good; so the next day I wanted to give snowshoeing a try. I knew it would be tougher, especially on my recovering ankle, but I still wanted to try. We made it 1.5 hours before I called it a day.

Then, on Sunday BF's sister wanted to check out the trails so we took her on a nice slow hike, about an hour.

After all this walking, which I hadn't been doing much of, needless to say my ankle and feet are sore, but I am doing all the exercises my athletic therapist gave me to do, and icing my heel and arch almost every night as well. Feeling really good being outside in the fresh air!

If I am feeling ok by the end of the workday, I will do a nice short, slow walk. It seems wrong to not take advantage of the warmer weather we've been getting.

Did some meal prep for the week:  meatloaf, chicken breast, and some leftover ribs. Lots of veggies also, and I made a pot of broccoli soup that I think I might enjoy a bowl of tonight. Started this morning off with a protein pancake with half a banana! Yum!

grannyannie on 01/04/2021:
Sounds like a nice hike.

Donkey on 01/05/2021:
I'm jealous of your outdoor adventures! (Mine were limited to shoveling the driveway.) I'm glad that your PF foot is allowing you to remain active. Do whatever it takes to baby that foot!

legcramps - Thursday Dec 31, 2020

Weight: 0.0

December 30 - REST

I had a coaching shift scheduled at the gym last night.

I got home at the usual time yesterday after work. Moved through the process of changing out of my work clothes, washing up, then changing into my gym/coaching clothes.

Packed the gym bag.

Moved my wallet from my purse into my gym bag and got excited about being able to order wok box for dinner because I would be in the city.

Decided I didn't need my winter jacket or gloves, and instead threw on a sweater jacket that I stole from BF a couple years ago. Grabbed my gym bag and my cell phone.

Left the house, locking the door behind me.

Made it about three steps down the deck before stopping dead in my tracks.

Realized that I locked my keys inside the house.

Horrified, I double checked my gym bag. Nope, not there. Checked the pockets of my sweater jacket. Not there either.

Breathed deeply for about one minute, deciding what my options were. Could I break in? Haha, no such luck; no special way to turn the knob, no weak door that I could wreck and replace. Did I have extra keys somewhere? Yes. Inside the house. Did I leave an extra set of keys with friends? Yes, except the keys were old and I had recently changed my locks without upating my friends with the new keys. So, as a matter of fact, no.

Well, at least I could figure out the gym situation. I could call the gym and explain and then call all my clients. Took my cell phone out of the pocket of my sweater jacket.

Oh. My. God.

7% battery life.

Another minute of heavy breathing to go through my options, then made a quick call to the gym's office assistant who made all the calls for me bless her heart.

4% battery life.

An even more frantic call to BF, who was the only one with an extra set of keys. Who was also still at work for another hour. And an hour's drive away.

He told me to get into the car to at least stay warm. I said the car was locked too, but then realized I could unlock it using my phone's software app. So I jumped into the car, already shivering from the cold, and he got off the phone with me saying he would be on his way as soon as possible. Many thanks given.

Once I realized I could get into the car, I knew I could also use the command start to blow some heat my way, and I could charge my phone while the car was running. After starting it twice for 9 minutes each time, the command start wouldn't work anymore. So I spent the rest of my time waiting with an old blanket I keep in the back, covering my legs and keeping my hands inside my jacket close to my skin. Was tempted many times to use my phone but refrained in case I needed to talk to BF again. First World Problem.

Had it not been for our current covid restrictions, I could have just popped into the neighbor's house until BF got to me, but we are restricted from doing that right now. Rather than putting them at a high risk, I made the decision to stay in the vehicle. It was good luck that BF was able to leave work right away and got to me about an hour and a half after I first discovered I locked myself out.

Moral of the story:  Just when you think your day is going well... SMACK.

LOL. It's all good and now I have a funny story to tell. Thank goodness that is all that happened!

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE! Blessings for the New Year :) :) :)

grannyannie on 12/31/2020:
OMG what a nightmare!

Maria7 on 12/31/2020:
SO SORRY you went through this!!!

bearcountrygg on 12/31/2020:
AWWWW...You are so industrious!!! You made it work but I'm sure you were so scared and frustrated...I LOVE that at each step you stopped and thought it through!!

Jacky82020 on 12/31/2020:
Wow! What an experience! remember: All’s well that ends well

Donkey on 01/01/2021:
Oh my goodness!!! Please update your spare keys as soon as possible! I'm glad that your story had a happy ending, but YIKES! still the same!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2021:
that's a CRAZY new year's eve story...i'm surprised you didn't just wear a mask to pop into the neighbors bc it is kinda cold i'm sure by you to wait outside for over an hour. proud of you for staying strong, getting at least into your car, warming up a little, prob not much, and bf coming to your rescue. thank gosh you had your phone! otherwise, you'd prob have to go to neighbors!...

i guess bf had keys to your place? how crazy! glad you are back home!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2021:
a few years ago, i think i was doing laundry, locked myself out of my apt, neighbor invited me in, had to call maintenance man (they have a set of keys and can open apt doors on Monday-Fridays...if on weekend, you need to call a locksmith!)

Maria7 on 01/01/2021:
Happy new year!

happy-1 on 01/02/2021:
OMG. Flashback to my life pre-Adderall. I had 20 sets of keys.

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 30, 2020

Weight: 0.0

December 28 - REST

December 29 - Bike 1 hour; burned 500 calories.

I had my third athletic therapy appointment yesterday. I've been working on exercises everyday for the last few weeks which i've been completing pretty impressively. I made myself a spreadsheet of all the exercises I need to do, and just check it off each time I get it done. Supposed to do it three times daily. Easy exercises, but there are a few that I have trouble with mentally - like the eversion walk, which simulates the exact route my ankle took when it broke. Trying to get over that in my mind.

Added one new exercise, and next appointment is not for two weeks, at which time if everything is still going well, she will move me into weight-bearing and then plyometric work. Probably could move right into plyometric work right now, since i'm already doing a lot of weight-bearing work, but will follow her program.

It is true that I do have plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which has been tough working through. Mostly because my feet are pretty sensitive and I don't like having them touched/manipulated at all. She does pressure point massage, then cupping, then ultrasound at each session. I can tell the difference right afterwards, and follows into the next day, so I know it's working. Eventually the pain will ease.

With working through therapy, working back at the gym, and working full time at the hospital - I haven't been doing much studying in the nutrition course I am taking. I am considering taking a day off work every two weeks to devote to studying for this course. I have many hours of time available to take from now until the end of March, and it doesn't seem like I am too inclined to do it on the weekends when I am spending time with BF. Balance is hard! But it would probably motivate me to start eating better if I get back to studying.

grannyannie on 12/30/2020:
I've had plantar fasciitis 3 times. Haven't had it for 4 years. I never go barefoot and always have good arch support.

legcramps on 12/30/2020:
I got it because I had to wear a cast for four weeks and my foot being in one position stretched the fascia and muscles in my foot.

bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
As far as the aversion walk goes...possibly think to yourself.....that where the bone broke is stronger than ever now because it is mended and has more support......My youngest son broke his collarbone and that is what they told him.

legcramps on 12/30/2020:
Thank you!

grannyannie on 12/30/2020:
Never thought of getting PF from wearing a cast.

legcramps on 12/31/2020:
Me neither :)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
back awhile ago, when i was working and taking a course that i wanted to actually read and prepare for, i found myself wanting to take days in order to feel better about preparing for the course. didn't always use the whole day productively, but it made it easier to work and get the course done at the same time...lol.

i have sensitive feet and hate getting them massaged or worked on like when getting a pedicure. i have had SOME good massages, when i used to get massages, but most parts of my feet cannot be touched unless someone knows how to get around my sensitivity.

legcramps on 12/31/2020:
Yeah, I doubt the whole day would be productive, but at the very least it would offer me the convenience of moving through the course a little bit at a time.

Donkey on 12/31/2020:
I have PF and it's no fun. Is that something that ever goes away? I feel like I have it always but sometimes it's "dormant" and sometimes it flares up.

I had PT for the PF: massage, taping, the ultrasound was MOST helpful in healing deep tissue. I did not have any cupping though. That sounds very intresting!

Good for you for maintaining your therapeutic exercises. Good approach to use a spreadsheet.

I rather like the idea of taking days off to study, too.

legcramps on 12/31/2020:
The cupping makes me cringe! But then, all of it does really. But the cupping is very intense - and she uses the lightest setting possible LOL.

She believes I can work through and resolve the PF with massage, ultrasound, and cupping. I'll keep you updated with actual results. I hope it is resolvable!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2020:
yeah, that was the truth on what happened when i took 2 whole fridays off before the saturday course i was taking.

I felt a whole lot better not going into work those fridays....it's like i made a compromise with myself, that if i took the course, i would be taking some sick or vacation days to get thru it. LOL.

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