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legcramps - Thursday Jul 05, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I took this week as a rest week. I am feeling super lazy from the long weekend, and I just want to do nothing but sleep this week! Just in time to be well rested for camping next week ;) The only problem with taking a rest WEEK is that I am very ornery because I have not been working out!

I am only coaching one day this week, Friday after work. I was going to have a garage sale on Saturday, but i'm thinking now that maybe I will wake up super early instead and go for a nice long bike ride. I need to get more time in on the bike, and who needs to be stuck in a garage waiting for people to stop by - so boring! And then I am off work for a whole week next week - halleluiah!!! 

Stupid people have been seriously stressing me out, and I am in desperate need of a break. It is really breaking me down. I try so hard to not let other people bring me down, but man has it ever been hard this week (and last week, and let's face it - the week before that too). It is all adding up to an overall feeling of unpleasantness, like I could shake people. Adults. Grown adults that should know better. Anyways!

I have a beauty of a camping spot reserved from Tuesday to Friday next week at a park that is about half an hour's drive away. It is lakefront - right off the water. I don't know how it will go - I am close enough that I could be pulled back into town for various reasons, but i'm hoping that won't happen and the weather will be wonderful and I will be able to relax. We'll see!

The fair is on in the city this week. BF and his kids are checking it out this afternoon, so I will meet them once i'm done work and i'm totally going to have some elephant ears and lemonade ;) and maybe shoot some balloons or other various targets to let off some steam from the workday.

I should really just quit and start working at the gym full time. If only my workplace didn't have such an awesome pension and benefit plan!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
Isn't bike riding the absolute best! I love the breeze you get while riding! I rode yesterday for approx a half hour. My legs felt super good today. I'm thinking maybe i should start to trade off jogging with biking here and there. certainly my legs thanked me today for not jogging on them. sitting on the bike was a treat!

i was gonna jog also, but the track was locked due to the holiday, so i just stayed on my bike. but in the end, it was the better thing for my body as my ankle was still sore from days earlier. now i feel great!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
your BF has kids, i didn't know!?

also, rest is helpful. you'll feel better for the weekend.

and yes, garage sale - maybe wait for other weather? it's not worth sitting around i do NOT think...unless you have a lot to sell...but perhaps wait for the type of weather you don't mind sitting in.

Donkey on 07/06/2018:
What is WRONG with people these days??? I so feel your pain about stupid people stressing you out. And not just stupid, but if I could add RUDE and CHILDISH.

Sadly, I can see this becoming more the norm for our real estate clients, rather than the exceptional "bad one". UGH, some of these clients - I don't even want to work on their files any more, and then they think that this behavior can be excused with an apology. Well, after 6 weeks of putting up with your ****, an apology seems rather empty.

legcramps - Monday Jun 18, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Hey peeps,

I'm so tired, guys, LOL. I've been over-extending myself and i'm burning out! Smoking! Down to the ashes! So I made an executive decision in the Life of Legcramps, and decided to kick Cycling in the City to the curb. It's almost six hours out of every Monday night, and leaves me totally exhausted for the rest of the week. I am better off cycling where I am and saving myself four hours or more each week that I can put towards studying for personal training certification. It makes me sad, but it's for the best.

Otherwise things are plugging along. I might add a Tuesday to my coaching routine, we'll see if that happens in the next couple of weeks. Here's a run down of what last week looked like:

Monday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, drive 1 hour 45 minutes, cycle 30 kilometers, drive 1 hour 45 minutes back home

Tuesday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, fall asleep on couch all night

Wednesday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, mow lawn for 1 hour, play slopitch 1.5 hours

Thursday - lane swim 1.25 kilometers, work all day, drive 45 minutes, attend training session

Friday - lane swim 500 meter drills, work all day, drive 30 minutes, coach training session, drive 30 minutes home

Saturday - drive 30 minutes, coach training session, drive 1 hour 45 minutes, cycle 67 kilometers, collapse on bf's couch

Sunday - drive 1.5 hours, open water swim 450 meters, paddleboard 6 kilometers, drive 45 minutes, eat a lot of food, fall asleep on couch

Good times, huh?! LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 06/18/2018:
just reading your schedule has me flat out wiped out! dayum girl, you were on fire last week! very impressive schedule! and i do think that 1hr and 45 min is a very far drive.

Donkey on 06/18/2018:
I can see how you became fatigued. Yowza! You rock!! But I'm glad you are cutting back. Better for you in the long run.

bearcountrygg on 06/19/2018:
I'm tired just reading that.

happy-1 on 06/19/2018:
O.M.G. I wish I had your energy and focus. Good job!

legcramps - Monday Jun 04, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I have finally started coaching group sessions at the gym! Yay! I think i've now done 4 coaching sessions, and I will be confirmed for most Friday evenings, and i'll be switching off Saturday morning with the other trainers at the gym. Hopefully in the fall I can add another day to the routine, but this is fantastic for a start! I'm very happy about jumping this pond giant ocean from training to coaching. Finally!

Something else i'm happy about is finally having a routine. I do so much better when I have a schedule, rather than flying by the seat of my pants, which i've had to do for the last few months with all the training at the gym. I am just so relieved to finally be able to set some kind of routine and know what i'm doing each week. I know things will change, due to weather or circumstance, and that's ok, but at least I will have something I can follow along to for the most part.

I am feeling a little under the weather today; I had some ice cream last night after supper and it's definitely haunting me today. I was supposed to drive into the city for group cycling, but instead I think I will use the heating pad for a bit and then see if I can go out for a shorter ride from home instead. I should really try harder to stop myself from eating dairy - especially being lactose-intolerant 

Donkey on 06/04/2018:
Sounds like things are going very well for you... aside from the ice cream, that is, LOL... Hope you feel better soon.

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2018:
Hope you feel better soon.

horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2018:
i feel similarly regarding my rather crappy dinner last night...

i also do well with a schedule :)

congrats to you on coaching now!!!!!!! so exciting...plus you get paid right!

legcramps on 06/06/2018:
Yes! It will hopefully be enough to pay for the gas to get there and back since i'm driving an hour round trip in order to be able to coach these sessions ;)

happy-1 on 06/08/2018:
Hope you are doing well on your fitness efforts!

legcramps - Thursday May 24, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well!

I have been plowing along; I can't believe it is almost the end of May already, I don't feel like I have accomplished much this month. I did start eating more vegetables so that is good - and have cheat days once a week although i'm not sure how great an idea that is and if I will continue doing that in June. I lost a pound of weight since the beginning of the month, and i'm hoping that's fat, not water lol! I think it is fat, which is nice - I am just at a point where I will not lose weight quickly anymore so if it is even one pound a month, that is cool with me. 

I started group cycling in May, so that has been going really well. I moved up one group, to Group 4, and I can tell they are much faster and I am getting pretty decent workouts in so i'm very happy about that. I am trying to get in more training on the bike to prepare for the long rides i'm doing this summer.

What else am I doing...still working through the gym training and onboarding. It is moving pretty slowly, and I doubt it will get any faster now that summer is here, but I will continue to work through it at whatever pace I can! I still haven't opened the Personal Training course textbook past the first chapter, so I have a lot work ahead of me for that.

I put Pound training on hold for the time being. I just cannot find enough time to practice enough songs, so it will have to wait until I do have time. I'm thinking the fall might be a better time to introduce it anyways, so hopefully no one else gets to it before I do!

Other than that, i'm working on getting the yard in order and setting up a garage sale in the next few weeks. Lane swimming opens up in the beginning of June, so i'm hoping to get there in the early mornings to do that again - I really miss swimming. I also signed up for a 5k run in June, so I guess I will have to do some training for that (I really dislike running, but it is for a good cause and it's more of a fun run/colour run). 

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2018:
I'm working on the yard right now too....nice to see some flowers again.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2018:
Same here, weight is pretty stable and takes more effort to lose, but once i get my cardio going again, i think it'll lower down a hair more. for me, cardio helps TONS in weight loss. i was able to maintain a very low weight last summer/fall because of cardio but then stopped so now i'm at square one again...and that's fine :) it's nice now to be outside more!

the color run sounds like so much fuN!

I'm loving how you mix up your workouts and how you also swim. I was never a good swimmer and there's nowhere to swim around here outside and i don't really like the area where the local pool is, plus, if there's traffic, it can take up to a half hour to get there...but swimming may just be the best possible exercise as we all know!

i love the running and biking.

i noticed with my own biking that it uses the front of the thigh...the quads i guess! it's amazing bc i could use more muscle building in all areas of my legs and it seems that's one area that could use it tons!...and it's just a big muscle and finally bc i'm getting stronger with all my squats, i can actually semi feel my muscles working while running and on the bike....i used to feel like i was just powering myself thru with my ligaments and bones...like i had no leg muscle at all...you must be quite a powerhouse to do these different athletic activities and also have the stamina for them...extremely impressive!

Donkey on 05/24/2018:
Wow, you are busy :-)

happy-1 on 05/28/2018:
You're doing all the fun things I am working towards!

happy-1 on 05/28/2018:
You're doing all the fun things I am working towards!

legcramps - Friday Apr 27, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I procrastinated about getting my taxes done and finally did them last night at 11:30p.m. Gosh, I would have much rather gone to bed early, but it had to get done. Pretty tired today.

New plan for May; really going to focus on my nutrition and making sure I get in healthier meals during the week and cut down a bit on the junky stuff that does nothing for me. I made a list of healthy foods to buy over the course of the month, and will try my best to stick to them - mainly will be eating a heck of a lot more vegetables and protein. We'll see how it goes!

Training at the gym is still ongoing; I will be co-coaching some training sessions over the next few weeks and then hopefully I will be able to start coaching them on my own and finally get into a routine. Looking forward to it! I also registered to take the Personal Training certification course through NASM, and that will be starting soon I think. Not really looking forward to that lol, but I will put in the work I need to put in so that I give myself the best future possible.

So, I pulled an impulse buy and purchased another bicycle...

I think someone needs to tell me to stop twisting my own arm lol!

This one is a triathlon bike; it is a used Cervelo P2 and has been in a Worlds Ironman event! I am already proud of it, and I have yet to ride it haha! It will be delivered tonight, so hopefully if it is nice enough out this weekend I will be able to take it for a test ride. Oh my goodness I can't wait! That makes four bikes for me, yikes. I'm going to have to start selling some older ones if I continue to find bikes I want to buy. I just couldn't pass up the deal on this one...Cervelo is very elite...ok I will stop defending my purchase now lol.

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
I feel you on the impulse buys of bicycles. I have the same problem. I can always use another one.

legcramps on 04/27/2018:
I know! This brand actually won a Worlds Ironman competition in Kona, Hawaii in like 2009 or something. So cool!

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
I kind of want to build a bicycle laundry-washer. I feel like as compulsive as I am with doing laundry I'd get a lot of exercise.

happy-1 on 04/27/2018:
I kind of want to build a bicycle laundry-washer. I feel like as compulsive as I am with doing laundry I'd get a lot of exercise.

Donkey on 04/27/2018:
Enjoy the new bike!!!

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2018:
Congrats on your new bicycle purchase !!!!

Also congrats on all of your very impressive achievements !!!!

I also will be bicycling around the neighborhood to the track I run at. Bike is a great purchase of yours bc it compliments your lifestyle!

Whenever I bring my meals to work, it seems I eat better ....even though food selection in NYC is phenomenal, it's too easy to overeat.... by meal prepping you leave less to chance and this helps especially when you are hungry and have your own prepped food to eat !!!

legcramps - Friday Apr 06, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I got such crappy sleep last night you guys, unbelievable that I made it through work AND a workout today! It's 9pm now and I think I'm gonna go to bed very soon.

I have been stressing about getting everything done and if I could just relax and get some sleep I'm sure I could tackle a bunch of stuff. Relax legcramps! Tomorrow is another day and another chance to get it right/done lol

I tried to put myself on a meal plan this week but I haven't had much luck. Pre planning didn't happen because I was gone all weekend for Easter, and things got busy this week at work and at the gym. I got all my workouts in but too many slushies!!! I really need to work on balancing all this stuff out. Hopefully soon things will settle down into more of a routine and I can make better choices with my days.

Still feeling good though! So many training sessions...I miss doing my own thing at the gym. It will be nice once I start coaching the group sessions instead of having to participate in them because afterwards I will be able to do my own workout. I like lifting and the group training is more full body interval training stuff.

Enough about me! Time for bed soon unless I pop in a movie and have some popcorn!

trishpiglet3 on 04/07/2018:
I can relate to wanting to do your own thing exercise-wise Every day is another day - great mindset to have x

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2018:
It will come together when the time is right for you. Nice to hear you are feeling good!

Donkey on 04/07/2018:
Glad you're feeling so well! Trying to find that life-balance can be elusive, but when everything is in sync, life is good.

Maria7 on 04/08/2018:
Hope you have a good day today.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2018:
The meal planning will come if you are home to plan...possibly try to plan just SOME days of the workweek...the is what i've started to do. If i can't plan ALL the days, i try to get some meals prepped at least. And that leaves me off to a good start, with a little lee-way for change and not too much leftover food that doesn't get eaten bc i bought or prepped too much.

enjoy your night. you inspire me with your fitness. my goal is to do more CARDIO this Spring/Summer/Fall.

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
i'm loving your fitness posts on IG and FB...you motivate me to do more!

horn_of_plenty on 04/13/2018:
you prove that we can do more than just go to work and come home!

legcramps - Thursday Mar 29, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Even though I am sporadic, flaky, and nomadic, I am so glad to see all my friends still posting on diet diaries when I come back to check on you all... hope you are all being courageous!

I can hardly remember the last 4 months that i've been away. Time goes so fast now, things happen at lightening speed and even before I can take time to relish the accomplishments, it's time to move on to something else.

I had to study and then write an exam in December, and then there was Christmas. In January, I did a burpee challenge (made it to 90 burpees in one session!) and took some bootcamp training. February I passed my Fitness Instructor Course (on my birthday), which means I can finally teach group fitness! That was a big turning point for me. I also took up snowboarding in February and found myself loving it.

I took Pound Fit pro training in March, just completed it a couple of weeks ago...so I have a few months to reflect, practice, and refine my technique before I start teaching it (hopefully people will show up lol). Also this month I was signed by a gym to start doing group training for them. The onboarding has been extremely exhausting, but I keep telling myself "It is difficult now so that it can be incredibly satisfying later" LOL. I have to repeat this mantra many times a day sometimes, especially after working a full day at the office, driving an hour to the gym for coaching and training, then studying videos and notes for the rest of the evening. But it is everything I have wanted for such a long time, I can hardly complain now, right?!

Happy Easter all! I will be spending the weekend with family, sledding, snowboarding, and hot tubbing. Can't wait!

bearcountrygg on 03/29/2018:
You certainly have been busy. Congrats on all of the things you have accomplished.

Maria7 on 03/29/2018:
Welcome back! :-)

horn_of_plenty on 03/30/2018:
wow! amazing! congrats on being a group trainer! that's wonderful for sure!

happy-1 on 04/06/2018:
good job!!! welcome back! where'd u go? we haven't seen you here since 3/29!

legcramps - Monday Nov 27, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Nov 24 - 45 minute GYM session with bf

Nov 26 - 30 minute BIKE; 25 minute POWER MILL

So, I ended up not taking any melatonin after all. Bf put vaseline in his nose and I didn't wake up to his snoring at all Friday or Saturday night. Shopping on Saturday was LONG; ugh; but I did manage to find all gifts except my Mom and bf, so it's nice to have such a good head start. When we got back home to my place, I had a few friends come over and we played cards. I don't know if it was because of the long day but I started overthinking things with bf...his mannerisms while we played cards...I was analyzing it all and WE ALL KNOW what happens when we overthink things; then on Sunday afternoon when I asked him to clarify something about his past the conversation just went wrong. Not arguing wrong, just awkward wrong...like he was keeping something from me. He ended up going home soon after, and I went to the gym. I feel upset about it; I also feel very anxious that i'm making the same mistakes i've made in past relationships...I know he is not my exes. Must remind myself of that.

horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2017:
One thing: please don't analyze yourself like YOU are making mistakes. HAVE CONFIDENCE.

If it somehow doesn't work with him, you cannot blame it on you, as long as you are being yourself, that's all you can be in a relationship. Honesty.

Please remain confident of yourself. Your actions and your decisions. You can never blame a relationship ending on yourself unless you purposely did something negative to cause it or you wanted it to end and you ended it. Otherwise, i do not believe you can blame yourself if you are a proactive person in general. BE CONFIDENT.

legcramps on 11/28/2017:
Thanks! Because of my past, I sometimes feel insecure and can experience anxiety about the relationships i'm in. I try to remember to give myself as much kindness and compassion as I can. Thank you for the reminder to be confident <3

Donkey on 11/29/2017:
(((hugs))) Maybe try not to overthink things? I do that all the time, usually to no good.

happy-1 on 12/06/2017:
Honestly any time I've been that stressed in a relationship, I've never really had fun. Like even when the guy isn't around, I'm stressed and not having fun.

legcramps - Friday Nov 24, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Nov 22 - 60 minute GYM session with bf and friend

Nov 23 - 50 minute GYM session with friend

I finished the dumbbell program I started in the middle of September; it felt like it took FOREVER to finish the program.  It was pretty difficult, especially the last 3 weeks because I tried to keep increasing my weight, but I can definitely feel the difference in my muscles from September to now.  I am absolutely so much stronger.  Now I can concentrate on the next program I want to do - which will be machines, leg press, and barbell work. I love the leg press, and i've been waiting FOREVER to do barbell stuff.  I'm so excited that i've just gotta start tonight!

I tried to go to bed earlier last night but I ended up laying awake in bed waiting for bf.  What the heck?!  And then when he came to bed, he was snoring within minutes and I was still laying awake staring at the ceiling.  So of course I am tired today, but it's Friday so I guess it's ok :)

I might nap after work today before bf gets here and we go to the gym, otherwise I will likely be a bit grumpy tonight, especially since we are waking up early tomorrow morning to head into the city and do some Christmas shopping.  I really dislike crowds, so I know this will already be a test of my patience.  Hopefully I won't be adding to the misery by not getting enough sleep tonight.  I might even try taking melatonin, that's how desperate I am for sleep!  I lost two pounds in the last week, and i'm sure it's because I haven't gotten the sleep I need to hold on to my muscle gains... not that i'm upset about the lost weight, but i'd rather to do it the right way, you know?

Ok, enough venting, geez!  I sound like a grumpy old lady...

bearcountrygg on 11/24/2017:
Never tried melatonin but I've been tempted...does it work for you?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2017:
so how did your barbell practice go???!

next, i used to sleep sooo poorly. i used to drink lots of caffeine during the day and my sleep was pitiful! well, thankfully i stopped that. but, also, i have been finally sleeping better than ever without any sleeping pills, but i did used to use them on weekends and when i know i could sleep in...then i actually got used to sleeping in and do not need the pills, not for several months. somehow, my body has readjusted. but i did at first use pills, but not more than 2x per week because they had a tendency to make me VERY tired at work - but they actually helped me get back on routine or get the sleep i was lacking after several days of poor sleep. nothing is better than a restful sleep, of course, naturally without meds or pills, but sometimes i do think it's necessary.

legcramps - Tuesday Nov 21, 2017

Weight: 0.0

Nov 9 - 50 minute GYM session with friend

Nov 13 - 50 minute GYM session with friend

Nov 14 - 60 minute GYM session with friend

Nov 15 - 15 minute BIKE; 15 minute ROW; 15 minute RUN workout

Nov 16 - 15 minute POWER MILL; 30 minute RUN workout; 45 minute GYM session with bf

Nov 18 - 45 minute KICKBOXING workout; 45 minute BASE workout; 45 minute BUILD workout 

Nov 20 - 60 minute GYM session with friend

Still struggling with my sinuses, but I am functional so i'll just be happy about that and count my blessings. Really need a massage sometime soon; if only there was an hour here or there I could pull out of a hat! There never seems to be enough time for the lazy things like massages and television ;) LOL.

Dinner last night was absolutely stunning... baked salmon with all kinds of spices and seasonings, so delicious, with kale salad and basmati rice. We polished the whole fish off it was so good - I could have eaten that fish all week without getting sick of it. Looking forward to giving peppercorn steak a try sometime soon. The upside of having a boyfriend is that you start to cook a little better for yourself ;) not as many egg and toast with pb dinners for me anymore. Thankfully I haven't managed to gain any weight from all these elaborate meals; thank goodness I topped up on the gym visits as well as the dinners!

bearcountrygg on 11/21/2017:
Your dinner sounds delish! Good for you not gaining.....

Donkey on 11/21/2017:
You are doing great with the workouts!

horn_of_plenty on 11/22/2017:
Yes, it's hard to even fit in lazy things...i'm trying to rethink life's challenges as being somewhat fun (taking a class, per se), so that i don't feel as needy for lazy activities....i feel like we have to try to "grow" with life and adapt as necessary...but if you feel you can't relax, you need to plan it into your week - relaxation time...good for mind and body.

sounds like you are eating more healthfully. good.

we actually need many calories to support our active lifestyles and pb and j can be high calorie just that small volume, so your sorta bigger volume but healthy meals may actually be similar calories. what i'm saying is, the swap sounds more healthy and better for health.

legcramps on 11/22/2017:
I might just be feeling the need to relax because my sleep patterns aren't great. Bf stays up late and I always feel like I should wait until he's ready for bed otherwise he just follows me to bed and then talks and talks...LOL. Maybe tonight i'll try to get to bed earlier and make him stay up until he's ready to sleep.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/24/2017:
You do not have to sleep with same patterns as BF....try to do what is right for your body....so you stay healthy and get sick less...i think he'll understand 100%...

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