- Wednesday Sep 26, 2018
I have been feeling tired lately, which means one of two things... 1. I am doing too much and I need to scale back, or 2. I am starting to get sick, whether from allergies or an actual head cold.
I'm siding on the positive and hoping it's just that i've taken on a lot in the last couple of weeks.
How do you say no to a big project at work that you just don't have any interest in and that's already begun with the intention that you will be majorly involved? I feel like it's exhausting me even thinking about the scope of the project and everything I will have to do that has nothing to do with my job and everything to do with making someone else look good.
I started an Essentialism Challenge, which focuses on eliminating things that are unnecessary and don't benefit me in my life. It's also about how we don't need to get everything done all the time. How would you answer the Day 1 Challenge?...
"Write down your top 6 priorities, things you feel hold a high value of importance in your day. Now align them in order of priority. Now cross off the bottom 5 and let those things go for today."
Could you do it?
- Monday Sep 24, 2018
I should have taken a before and after shot of the garage because WOW it looks awesome after cleaning it up this weekend. I am very impressed. I still have to hang up three more bikes; finding hooks for them took some time, and then the hooks have to be bent in order to work, and then I actually have to find wall space for the bikes so it will take a little more time to get that done.
Other than that, I spent the weekend doing laundry and cooking. We went to a staff BBQ on Friday night which was okay, but we didn't stay long because I worked all day Friday, coached Friday evening, and then had to get up early Saturday morning to coach again. So I wasn't interested in staying out too late. I made a fantastic pasta salad for the BBQ though - I think it turned out really well, and paired nicely with smoked ribs and a few other salad concoctions.
We made homemade chicken wings on Saturday night and had that with potatoes; on Sunday it was chicken alfredo in the slow cooker, and spaghetti. Wow, delicious. I even made homemade ice cream last night, with chocolate protein powder. It turned out not too bad. So we ate really well this weekend for sure.
I'm getting a little paranoid, now that the weather is a lot colder. I always catch a cold this time of year; last year I was sick for two months with various colds, allergies, etc. I'm really scared and I don't want that to happen again. I'm trying hard to stay out of the cold, and to get enough rest. It's hard when there is so much I want to do, but I know I need to look after myself. I even joined an Essentialism Challenge via Facebook; slowly prioritizing what's important in my life and really seriously letting the rest go. I hope I can manage to drop a few things that aren't important enough for me to keep doing. Like, laundry. Just kidding.
Started the morning with toast and peanut butter, black coffee, and a protein shake. Just going to plug through the week, one day at a time.
- Friday Sep 21, 2018
Back from holidays and back into routine!
I had initially registered to do the 120km bike ride in Nova Scotia, but I had to drop down to the 90km because the hills were unmanageable for me; all in all I am still very happy with what I did accomplish - it was by far the greatest achievement in cycling to date! So I am cool with that. Now I am trying really hard to recover; my left knee (the one I already had surgery on) was really bothering me after the ride, and it still speaks up every now and then so I really have to watch what I do to it.
I am working as much as possible to try and pay off some of the debt the trip created (we had some car trouble along the way, etc.) so this week especially has been a busy one. I worked my regular job all week, then at the gym Tuesday to Saturday. Tonight is a staff BBQ after I work at the gym, but i'm pretty sure it will be an early night for me...I could tell I was getting tired yesterday when I got a little ornery with myself. And this morning it was pretty tough to get up when the alarm went off; however, I set a new alarm tone that made me smile...it's getting closer to Hallowe'en, so my new alarm tone is the creepy sound of children laughing off in the distance. It makes me smile every time LOL. Is that weird?!
This weekend i'm hoping to clean out the garage and figure out how to hang my bikes in there; I have four bikes currently, and I sort of bought another one that I haven't picked up yet, yikes. I can't stop! Something else I have to work extra to pay for. Next week I have to get my air bags checked in my car, and take a CPR-AED refresher course in the city. Then it's October, in the blink of an eye September is gone. I write my CPT exam in October and i'm starting to get really nervous about it. The CPT is the Personal Trainer certification. Once I have that, I will feel a lot better about my knowledge level in fitness and feel more confident about sharing that knowledge.
Work is also getting busier with meetings and such; I don't mind, I like to stay busy, but with September meetings comes fall and winter and I really don't like winter much at all. I don't know if i've ever looked forward to winter LOL. It's a hard one here in the plains of Canada. Oh well, no reason to comlain about something I can't change!
I am still sticking with the high protein menu options and it's been going fairly well. I have to take a lactose tolerance test at the hospital sometime, and then they are scheduling me for a colonoscopy in October I think, so that's something to look forward to (sarcasm). But i've been definitely feeling better with the higher protein intake, so we'll see what happens. I'm beginning to concentrate on losing a little bit of weight and building some more muscle all around - more muscle on my legs means an easier time getting up hills next year ;)
- Friday Aug 31, 2018
Thursday: Three 24oz bottles of water, one with aminos, 167 grams of protein (I changed my daily goal to 172 grams). One bad bathroom break, and NO PAIN all day. A little acid reflux, took a zantac and it went right away.
I'm going to ride this train as far as I can; i'm packing all the protein I can into a cooler for the trip so I can make sure I am still getting it in, and also to make sure i'm eating similar foods so that I hopefully don't trigger my IBS symptoms. Pretty pleased with how the week has progressed!
See you after my trip!
- Thursday Aug 30, 2018
Wednesday: Drank 3 24oz bottles of water, one with aminos, 1 cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk - - - 160 grams of protein for the day! Hit and exceeded my goal of 150 grams. Felt really good today, only a slight stomach ache in the afternoon. It felt AMAZING to be practically pain-free all day!! Plus, I had so much extra energy I even went to the gym on a day off and killed a cardio workout.
Finally started packing for an upcoming trip i'm taking with BF. I'm so excited! We will be driving all the way to Nova Scotia for a 120 km bike ride; we leave September 2nd (or 3rd, depending on how quickly we can pack), and the ride is on Saturday, September 8th. For those of you who are friends with me on facebook, I will be posting pictures of the trip and of the ride so you can check it out there!
Breakfast was a protein waffle with half a scoop of protein powder, and 2 eggs. Brought coffee to work with me, and my morning snack is leftover Grenade protein spread with protein instant oatmeal, half a scoop of protein powder, and almond milk. Lots of protein there, it just kind of worked out that way. That's just over 800 calories just in breakfast and a morning snack, lol. Good thing i'm actually tracking protein and not calories. If you were curious, that's also over 60 grams of protein - over half my goal for the day. BOOM.
I'm heading back to BF's after work today; I have a gym meeting (we are planning our September/October schedules) and then a workout with BF and hopefully a relaxing remainder of the evening. One more day of work after today and i'm off for TWO WEEKS! Sweet relief.
- Wednesday Aug 29, 2018
I had the day off work; I woke up a bit later than usual and then helped a friend with grocery shopping for our camping trip on the weekend. Packed up the car, drove to the gym and coached a session, then took off for a girls' weekend!
Good day, went for lots of walks around the campgrounds and to the playground and beach. Played lots of games with the girls; lost them all LOL. Got sick in the evening from all of the food I shouldn't have been eating :(
Another good day, more walks and games and watched a movie. Sick again in the evening for a couple of hours (hello there sausage and perogies), went to bed before everyone else but had a good sleep so it was worth missing out on a few more games.
Woke up sick. Enjoyed a coffee and a breakfast of potatoes, corn salad, and french toast before packing up the car and heading home. Two hour drive. Was so hungry when I got home, but by the time I unpacked everything and started the laundry, all I had energy to make was rice. So filled up on that and called it a night. Decided to start tracking my protein intake and drink more water. Monday - 53 grams of protein.
Drank three 24 oz bottles of water, perfect. Tuesday - 94 grams of protein. Not feeling sick today - so nice! Went to see the doctor for results of the lab work I did last week - everything is negative, no infections, no celiac, white blood cell count is all good. Had an appointment with a specialist who will schedule a colonoscopy sometime in October. Read over the process of the colonoscopy; confided to specialist the great anxiety I felt over the need for sedation; was assured (with a giggle) that I would receive sedation during the procedure and had nothing to worry about in that regard, would be well taken care of. Drove to BFs town; coached a session; worked out LEGS finishing with BOX JUMPS x 60.
On target for water and protein today - protein target is actually 150 grams so I haven't hit it once yet this week, but maybe today. Feeling good; more energy today for sure. A little acid reflux and heartburn this morning, but otherwise my stomach feels fine (knock on wood). Today I have some errands to run; must also concentrate on what I need to pack for an upcoming trip - will tell you more about this tomorrow!
- Thursday Aug 23, 2018
I took the morning off of work. Between these stomach issues and feeling like i'm collecting a head cold, I just needed some extra 'don't have to think' time. I went to my doctor's appointment this morning; they are sending me for a work up in the Lab, looks like the whole gambit, plus a screening for celiac. And, being referred to a specialist for a scope (colonoscopy I think they said; all I remember clarifying was the need for a sedative during the process LOL).
After that, if they don't find anything, they will add me to the wait list to test for allergies. Apparently there is only one specialist in this area, so the wait list is long.
Had coffee with almond milk (it is the 30-calorie, non-sweetened kind), and protein waffles with LF yogurt and peanut butter for breakfast. My guts hurt, but only one emergency bathroom run so far today. Definitely feeling bloated and crampy and my tummy is spilling over the top of my pants, which is a clear sign that - sometime soon - there will have to be another bathroom run.
I don't know if there is a plus side to today, other than that i've taken the first step to a possible diagnosis. Oh, and I managed to fold a load of laundry while I was off this morning; only one load left to fold now. Once person can sure make a lot of dirty laundry.
- Wednesday Aug 22, 2018
I feel pretty good today, knock on wood.
After work yesterday, I drove 45 minutes to BF's, coached two 1-hour training sessions, then worked out back and chest with BF for another hour after that. Got back to BF's around 9pm, ate two eggs with a hamburger patty and drank some water, then begged BF to take showers and go to bed early. He agreed. What a fantastic sleep! It was so nice to get to spend some time with BF, even though he is a bit sad because his daughter has gone back to her Mom's for the school season, and he probably won't see her again until October.
This morning I was up bright and early and drove 45 minutes back home, and am now at work for the day.
I made a doctor's appointment to talk about my tummy issues; i'm hoping to walk away with a referral for food allergy testing, and maybe bloodwork to rule out any infection. Anyways, a doctor's appointment is the first step so I might as well get on with it.
Nothing on the plan for today, so I might hole up in front of the tv for the night. I should be studying. I'll start next week ;)
- Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
I think it was the cheerios and almond milk that triggered me so horribly yesterday afternoon. Man, the pain can be so debilitating sometimes, but I managed to make it through the work day. I even managed to get a few things done once I was back at home too, so that was nice. But mostly, I stayed as chill as possible. My coworker suggested I try to take an antacid as soon as I start feeling crappy, so i'm going to try that today. She said sometimes acid reflux will upset the stomach.
Supper was sausage and macaroni, with tomatoes and green pepper.
Tonight i'm supposed to be headed to BF's town to coach, and have supper with him. I haven't seen him since Tuesday last week, so I really want to be able to make it there to see him tonight. He gets to see the crappy side of having a girlfriend with tummy problems.
I did some IBS research, and it sounds really similar to what I am dealing with, but the only treatment I can see is a change in diet? Taking pre and probiotics and extra fiber. Well I guess it's still worth a try. I'm already taking a prebiotic with my yogurt, so I can hit the bananas again for a probiotic, and maybe find some flaxseed to throw on my food, or brown rice and see what happens.
- Monday Aug 20, 2018
I didn't end up making frieg eggs for supper on Thursday, just had the rest of the rice and a peanut butter sandwich instead. Packed up the stuff I needed for the weekend, and went to bed.
Friday morning I was up early to coach at the gym, then was off to visit family for the weekend. LF yogurt, toast with peanut butter, coffee with almond milk, water. After a 4 hour drive and some Lay's potato chips, I got to visit with grandma for a bit (fish filet, pasta, apple bar), then because my cousin and I registered in a fishing tournament, went to the supper on Friday night - chicken breast, baby potatoes, tossed salad, chocolate cake for dessert. Too darn much food!
Saturday was up early again and out on the water fishing by 7 am. It was a chilly day! We caught some walleye, ended up around 25th out of 88 teams (very impressed by this result), then took hot showers and went for the supper and awards presentation. LF yogurt, granola bar, coffee with bailey's, jello shooters, Lay's potato chips, sausage and hard mozarella cheese, turkey sandwich, green pepper, granola bar, pasta with veggies, pulled pork on a bun, coleslaw, fried potatoe slices. Literally zero water today.
My stomach was off and on during the day Saturday, but impressively I did not have to make any emergency stops while we were out on the water fishing. In fact, I ended up slightly constipated. A bizarre change. Ended the night playing cards at my cousin's.
I managed to force myself to sleep in a little on Sunday morning, then we had a nice breakfast of eggs, toast and hashbrowns, and went to the lake to visit my aunt and uncle. Back to grandma's to play more cards, and I was back on the road to come home by 6 pm. Ate some bbq chips that the tournament sponsors handed out the day before, then had a bowl of cheerios with almond milk back at home. Took a bath, guzzled a litre of water (so thirsty), and off to bed.
Today and this week i'll be working on finishing up some food items I have in the house before they go bad - meals likely won't be balanced, but i'm ok with that.
LF yogurt, coffee with almond milk, oatmeal bar, water, cheerios with almond milk, raw veggies, granola bar, sausage and macaroni (with ketchup)
Oh my Lord, please help. In and out of the bathroom too many times to count.
I feel like I have a lot to do, so i'm not sure what i'll tackle tonight. Clean the bathroom, practice coaching for tomorrow's sessions, cut up two bags of apples that I picked from my cousin's apple tree. Among other things.