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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!

legcramps - Thursday Nov 29, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Got home Monday and was feeling very crappy; sick Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Believe it or not, I quit using my humidifiers at night, and started having a hot toddy in the evenings, and that's it - that's all I did - and this morning I woke up feeling better than I have in about three weeks. I have had a wicked headache for ages since I started coughing so much, and this morning I haven't had to take anything for it, it's really not all that bad.

So the resolution has been alcohol, dry air, and lots of sleep LOL. I wouldn't try it for yourself, but it seems to be working for me. I will take it, because I have so much to catch up on that I REALLY can't get sick again.

I stopped working out as well; I find I push myself too much and keep breaking down. The more I break myself down, the longer it takes to recover. So I just stopped. I work tonight though, so I might try a tank push and see how it feels. It usually takes about half an hour in total, so it would be an easier start to working out again.

I haven't been eating very well since i've been sick; I wanted to clean up my eating before Christmas and the holidays, but it hasn't been a great start. So I will start today. Toast, pb, coffee, oranges so far.

BearCountryGG on 11/29/2018:
We have that bug here too......no fun at all....glad to hear that you are getting some relief. There is a problem with some humidifiers....if they aren't cleaned daily they can spew out some bad bacteria....plus...I always worry about the moisture getting into the mattress...and causing mold.

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2018:
I am so sorry you were sick. Did you know that humidfiers need cleaning? i need to clean mine this weekend so that i can start using it again this season :)

also, as far as headaches go, drink more water...since when you are sick you need to drink more....i understand what you mean by coughing so much your head hurts. i hope you feel better...so sorry. you do a lot, so i guess it caught up with you :(

oranges are good for you. :) i have read that berries are the ultimate and to eat them most of the week!? i guess it's worth it if they are so good...and oranges....

this book i'm reading is really good..Eat Your Way to Sexy by Elizabeth Somer....it's showed me how poor my diet really is...and i'm also trying to gain my energy back - similar to you - so i can do more and have more endurance just throughout my day!

legcramps on 11/29/2018:
I change the filters in my humidifier...is there something more I need to do?

Donkey on 11/30/2018:
YES, you need to actually clean the humidifier -- not just change out the filter. I'm not sure how to do that. Usually I use a diluted white vinegar solution, but that's usually to clear out the built-up lime that crusts up because the water is so hard here in the Midwest.

legcramps on 11/30/2018:
Interesting...I will have to try adding vinegar to mine and see if that helps.

legcramps - Monday Nov 26, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I've been coughing a lot in the evenings and early mornings; last night was better, but I didn't get to sleep until after midnight so the morning came quickly. I might beg off work for a couple hours this afternoon and go home to nap. Or maybe I will stick it out, as I usually do.

Friday - work, coach, workout (340 calories burned), I cannot remember what we had for supper, but I swear it wasn't unhealthy. I'm pretty sure it was leftovers. BF and I chipped in together to buy me an early christmas present LOL, he picked up a 65" tv for my living room. I think it had more to do with him being bored while he recovers from knee surgery, and me only having a 32" tv for him to watch while he's been recovering at my place. But it was a fantastic deal, and I probably would have bought it whether or not he picked it up for me.

Saturday - pancakes and eggs, christmas shopping (nightmare), went out for supper to East Side Mario's and had their grilled cheese sandwich with garlic parmesan fries. Ate the fries, and a chicken parm appetizer we bought, and took the sandwich home. We got about 80% of our shopping done, so that feels pretty great. We even ordered and received our annual christmas cards. They turned out quite well.

Sunday - I sold my guitar, we got Tim Horton's breakfast sandwiches and coffees to celebrate, we went to the gym (360 calories burned), then we had fast food because we didn't plan our day very well. I was going to use the money I got from selling the guitar to buy a new fitbit, but then I decided to take advantage of a deal on a new iPad instead. I don't really miss having a fitbit since my old one stopped working. Majority of my workouts I use a heart rate monitor strap anyways.

Monday - toast with pb & 1/2 banana, mandarin oranges x2, protein bite x2, salad, 3oz roasted chicken, 5oz baked salmon, 1 cup roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts. I am trying out a new meal plan. We'll see how it goes. I hit 4 days of planned meals, and then just stick to healthy choices for the remaining three days of meals. I'm usually pretty good at choosing healthy, but I need a little more structure most days to ensure i'm not over-eating, even if it IS healthy!

I'd like to get to the gym for a workout tonight, but I think it might be pushed to tomorrow instead. Feels like it should be a day to relax and get caught up on laundry and meal prep!

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
for some reason, i've missed all your recent entries, catch up with you later this eve.

BearCountryGG on 11/26/2018:
I LOVE East Side Marios!!!!! We used to go to one in Rochester Michigan when we lived downstate.....in fact I still have one of their T shirts!!! Loved their burgers and fries!

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
my last advice is that when i have a cold and exercise, it usually exacerbates and worsens the cold. you may want to rest when you have a cold and exercise without any heavy breathing...like no strenuous cardio....

it can take 2 weeks to heal a cold tho....

get well soon, i'm so sorry you are sick.

for me, i have slept so much this year on the weekends, it has helped me stay healthy. i sleep way more than average people!

try adding some mustard, black pepper, onions, garlic, basil leaves etc. into your great cooking. herbs are what original medicine was made from....and some even prove better than rX stuff.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
Feel better, pretty!

Donkey on 11/28/2018:
Ah, I always exercise through a cold. Flu is different and usually a "no can do". But rest and fluids help the most. Maybe make sure the air around you is sufficiently moist. Try boiling a pot of water to add steam to the air? I love to inhale steam when I have an upper respiratory thing going on...

legcramps - Friday Nov 23, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Got home at 9:30p last night; we hit up subway for supper and I inhaled a 6" turkey sub; will have the other 6" today for lunch. I managed a quick workout before I had to coach and still burned just over 300 calories, so i'm happy with that. Really hoping to do the same tonight but will have to see what I have time for because I am coaching again.

I was whining pretty loudly this morning when I had to get up for work. In fact, I believe I even shouted "WHY???" once with my fist up in the air. I'm glad it's Friday, but I need it to be over quickly so I can go back to bed LOL.

Toast with pb and 1/2 banana, coffee, oranges, protein bite, 6" turkey sub, oranges. Protein bar on the way to the gym, then either leftovers or maybe i'll finally make the salmon bake tonight.

On to another day! TGIF!

BearCountryGG on 11/23/2018:
Bummer about having to work today....and usually everyone is just "serving their time" on days like this......but $ is $...!!!

Donkey on 11/23/2018:
I worked today until 1pm. I answered my last email at 10:25a. I sent out my last email at 12:31p and got 4 automatic replies back saying the recipient was out of the office until Monday... Spent sometime reading a blog... spent a few minutes helping put up the Christmas decorations.

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
you may need to limit your coaching...if it is preventing you from getting adequate rest...tho i'm sure you don't like this advice!

legcramps on 11/26/2018:
Yes, i've been chatting with BF about this as well. I think i'm doing too much and I need to make some better decisions.

legcramps - Thursday Nov 22, 2018

Weight: 0.0

I woke up coughing this morning; BF said I was coughing through the night also. My throat hurts again and i'm congested and blowing my nose every five seconds. Here we go again! I am tired of being sick. I need to rest, but it is too busy right now for that.

Thursday - toast with pb and honey, coffee, oranges, leftover potato lasagna, oranges. I don't know what we'll have for supper, I don't even know if we'll have time to eat.

After a full day work for me, we are heading to the gym; I will work there until 8:30 for sure; then do a quick workout and then we have to drive 45 minutes home. Not sure if there will be a lot of time or energy to make supper. I am already tired just thinking about it.

A Black Friday sale tomorrow has a wicked good deal on a television set i've been looking at getting; sale starts at 7am so maybe I will drive into the city before work to get it?!? That seems a silly thing to do. But it is a really good deal and I won't buy one at regular price (electronics are so over-priced).

Working at the gym again on Friday after my already full day of work at the hospital; likely another quick workout of my own after that, THEN I can relax for a bit. But probably not, because there will be house duties and other things to get done i'm sure.

Thinking of getting some Christmas shopping done on Saturday/Sunday.

This is why I hate this time of year. Everyone is sick, but we all need to still do ALL the things. It makes me miserable, quite honestly, the things that are required of us just to get through the holidays. I'm only miserable on the inside though!!! LOL, just taking one day at a time.

BearCountryGG on 11/22/2018:
Hope you feel better quickly.....I know in Canada you have already had your Thanksgiving....but I didn't know that you have Black friday...interesting....

legcramps on 11/22/2018:
LOL, I find it interesting as well! I guess they thought it would be easier to have it at the same time; maybe they are trying to get us to buy local ;)

Donkey on 11/22/2018:
Have you considered running your toothbrush through the dishwasher? Or boiling it in hot water? Also, cleaning/replacing your bathroom cup? One year, I kept re-infecting myself over and over with sinus infections/colds, until I realized it was my toothbrush. Took me until April to figure that out, but once replaced, I didn't have any issues after that.

I get so impatient with myself when I am sick.

Coughing through the night = whiskey, the cheaper the better.

legcramps on 11/22/2018:
I have not heard the one about the toothbrush. I am going to boil it tonight, and replace the cup. Thank you!

Also - yes I have been advised to take whiskey or brandy, and i've not taken anyone up on that offer quite yet. Drinking alcohol doesn't appeal to me, but I might just suck it up (or, down, to be literal).

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
#1 - please take extra vitamin C - i actually take a multi and extra vitamin C

#2 - please sleep more if you can....like try to sleep in without an alarm clock if you are able to on the weekend at least 1 day?

#3 - Perhaps cook with more spices? like anti-inflamatories like ginger powder / black pepper / garlic....also the fruits that have antioxidants...try to make sure you are eating some veggies / fruits daily.

#4 - there are certain spices i said above - and herbs that are truly extraordinary. i'm reading about them...i think you need to double up on the types of spices and seasonings you use in your cooking

#5 cook your onions and garlic in food...these foods combat sickness also...and raise your health.

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 21, 2018

Weight: 0.0

Monday - good eats, all healthy, went to gym and worked out for 1.5 hours, all cardio. It was fantastic. I jumped from airdyne to power mill to treadmill to spin bike, not going for more than 25 minutes on each, which was perfect because I didn't get bored or overworked from any of the machines. Burned almost 700 calories, so that was a really nice bonus too!

Tuesday - woke up early and drove BF to his surgery. I had a protein bite and some coffee, then while he was in surgery I bought a turkey sandwich and another coffee. I took him out for food after surgery and he had some soup and I had a burger with fries. We shared the fries, but I didn't share my burger because it was DELICIOUS and I am mean about sharing delicious food LOL. Later that night after we'd been home for awhile, I had leftover chicken and rice with veggies. BF is doing great with recovery and hardly in any pain at all - yes he is on painkillers!

Wednesday - so far so good; toast with pb and honey, protein bite, two oranges. I'm thinking lunch will be the last chicken breast with some rice. We have leftover chili as well, and i'm thinking of making it into a potato lasagna - we would add scalloped potatoes and mozza cheese and bake it in the oven. I do still have half a sweet potato too we could use up in this dish. I'm kind of excited to give it a try! BF has some physio he needs to accomplish today so I will help him with that, and then I might get on the indoor bike trainer for a bit just to get a little exercise in since I didn't do anything yesterday.

I coach tomorrow after work so I will take BF with me so he can do some upper body stuff and chat with some of his gym friends. Then Friday another coaching session after work at the other gym. He will be kept busy for sure, hopefully he won't overdo it but he is insisting on accompanying me!

Donkey on 11/21/2018:
The potato lasagna sounds wonderful! If you make it, let us know how it turns out.

Glad to hear that the knee surgery went well. Namaste!

legcramps on 11/22/2018:
Yes we made it and it turned out great! In fact, BF had two servings and I wanted two servings also and really had to control myself LOL. I will have my second serving today :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2018:
wow what a wonderful cardio session you had Monday! good idea of course swapping between machines :)

lol i can be spiteful on sharing food too and then i expect everyone to share their fries with me!!!!! haha

what did he have surgery for? i missed that?

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