- Tuesday Mar 17, 2020
It has been so stressful and busy at work over the last couple of weeks because of COVID-19. It seems that our government has a new press release every few hours and every time we get a new one, we scramble to follow through with the new directives. We've progressed to closing the doors to visitors in a lot of our long term care facilities, and now even our hospital has a restricted visitors list. Schools have been closed, faith-based organizations, etc. So we are definitely seeing and feeling the effects of this world-wide pandemic.
My gym is still operating business as usual. I feel that, especially in times like these, we need to continue to provide healthy living options to those who may be feeling extra anxiety and concern. It is helpful to be able to still come together as a community, and my gym has always had very strict cleaning guidelines - it is well known for its standards of hygiene. We have offered virtual options for anyone who is under self-isolation or who choose not to attend in-person. I will continue to coach in the gym until such time they decide this process needs to change. I am confident that the owners are doing their due diligence in ensuring they are providing a safe place for people to workout in.
You never know what will happen next though...we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our province at this time, but this could quickly change. I am grateful that our government is doing everything it can to keep our elderly and at-risk safe.
- Monday Mar 16, 2020
Apologies if anyone was wondering what the heck happened to me... I'm OK! I had been feeling a little off at the beginning of the month; really disconsolate actually. I hate being negative, especially here
It's been a little crazy, though, even for us in Canada. I work at a hospital. Enough said, am I right?! Anyways, today seems to be a little closer to normal, so i'm taking a few minutes to do an update.
I've been biking a lot this year, so on the weekend I attended a group training session. Boy, it darn near wrecked me LOL; It was pretty obvious that I haven't used the muscles in my shoulders for awhile. It was nice to get a little strength training in, even if I will feel it for a few days LOL.
Work today, coach tonight. Business as usual!
- Thursday Mar 05, 2020
Finally planning on getting back on the bike tonight. It's been a long week for sure and I think not having that as an added exercise has made it feel even longer. So back to the bike! And maybe we'll do something fun this weekend after work on Saturday. Really needing a re-set.
- Wednesday Mar 04, 2020
Hump Day, so glad. I don't know why this week is feeling so rough already, there's still a lot more of it to go LOL. I guess our perseverance must be tested from time to time.
Starting today with a slice of toast and a banana.
Coffee at work, and brought an orange for a snack.
Lunch will be a turkey sandwich.
Then maybe another coffee and lots of water this afternoon.
Meeting tonight where they will serve supper; thinking it will be soup and sandwiches.
Then home; laundry; dishes; not sure if I will get any exercise in today; i'll have had enough endurance practice just getting through the work day ;)
- Tuesday Mar 03, 2020
TOM these last few months has been really rough. I have been thinking about going back in for the depo shot (i've been off it for just over a year). They say that it gets better the more you exercise, but we all know how much I exercise and it has definitely not gotten any better. I feel that the depo shot is my best chance at being able to function through the first couple days of my period.
Coaching last night was a bit of a kerfluffle. That's the way it goes sometimes...I wasn't fully prepared and so I just sort of bobbled through it. The good thing is that I don't think anyone really noticed except for me. And if someone else did notice, they didn't say anything LOL.
After coaching, straight home. The highways were terrible yesterday, and I had to slow down quite a lot. It was a stressful drive. I ate when I got home, and honestly just wanted to go to sleep. Hoping today will hold more energy for me.
Well that was a whole lot of complaining, so i'll just stop there LOL. My eating was good yesterday and hoping for the same easy day of eating today.
- Monday Mar 02, 2020
Well, happy Monday!
The weekend went by so quickly. I was pretty sick on Saturday, but I made it to work at the gym at 8:00 and finished up around 2:00 that afternoon. I did my best to put on a happy face, and was grateful that it was super busy so I didn't have time to feel sorry for myself LOL.
After work I went out and bought some extra strength Motrin to try since the Tylenol had worn out its welcome (I was having trouble walking by that point, and was unable to eat or drink anything for fear of throwing it up). The Motrin really helped, and I was able to spend the rest of the weekend being relatively functional instead of sick on the couch.
On Sunday we went to a nutrition talk that lasted about 1.5 hours. It was good - nothing I didn't already know, but it was a nice refresher, especially when he started chatting about hormones, menstruation, and menopause and different nutritional needs during these cycles.
BF and I had big plans to food prep last night but by the time we got back home it was already pushing a late supper and I was HANGRY. So we did what we could. BF and I both have chicken and a carb prepped for the next couple of meals this week, and we had some leftovers from the fish we made for supper last night. So I guess we did prep a little bit! I also have a big bag of oranges to pick from this week for snacks. So I should just need to add a vegetable and i'm good.
Back to the gym tonight for a couple of sessions. I work the full week at the hospital as well, plus we have an evening meeting on Wednesday night. Then I work at the gym again Friday and Saturday. It will be a busy week!
As for exercise over the weekend, I am labelling it Active Recovery, but my calendar will show them as rest days. I was far too sick to do much on Saturday, but I did a LOT of moving while at the gym. On Sunday I took BF through the motions of a gym assessment - which got both of our hearts pumping a bit. Then we scoured the shelves looking for food for a good hour after that LOL. I am satisfied that I moved just enough over the weekend.
- Friday Feb 28, 2020
I started out on the couch yesterday after work. Ate a popsicle. Watched a tv show. But I kept thinking about the kitchen that I needed to clean, and so eventually I got up and did that. After that was done, I grabbed my clean laundry and folded it, then put it near the stairs to take up with me the next time I had to go upstairs (which wasn't until I went to bed LOL).
Once the laundry was done, I moved to putting away the clean dishes, and then slowly I changed into bike shorts and a tank top to get ready for the bike. It still took me another 20 minutes or so to get on the bike, but I did, finally.
After an hour of easy riding, I decided that was enough, showered and changed into my pj's. I ate my supper of chicken, rice and veggies, sat in my massage chair, and then went to bed nice and early again.
This morning when I got up, I realized TOM was here :(
So, of course, when I have to work extra hours is when TOM decides it should appear. I'm a little bitter about it LOL. But I realize there's not much I can do about changing it, so I have to suck it up. I took a couple of tylenol (they seem to help me best with TOM) and will continue that throughout the day.
I have two sessions to coach tonight at the gym, and then I work again in the morning. I'll have a very busy day tomorrow working, so i'm hoping that means it will go by quickly!
- Thursday Feb 27, 2020
I did not workout yesterday...
What I DID do was go to bed early and I slept really well for almost 9 hours. I feel quite stuffed up this morning and am still a little sick and that is what is stopping me from working out. Unfortunately, instead of working out i'm just sitting on the couch watching tv and having snacks. So that's not good, but at the same time I want to give my body the break it must be needing.
Tonight's plan is to finish folding and putting away laundry, clean the kitchen, and then try a small bike ride.
I think i'll be heading to bed early again tonight. This is truly what I dislike so much about winter and working at a hospital all day... I literally have access to ALL THE VIRUSES.
- Wednesday Feb 26, 2020
I actually stayed true to my word and did not get on the bike for a workout last night. It helped that BF's son came over for a couple of hours to hang out; by the time he left all I wanted to do was sit in my massage chair and relax.
Made chicken, rice and veggies for supper, and then snacked a bit on popsicles afterwards. Once those are gone, they have to never come back into my house.
Not much going on today; work, and then a bike ride at home, and then relax!
- Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
What a whirlwind of a long weekend...
We drove over 8 hours each way so that I could take a specialist's course in Pain Free Performance. I am now certified to coach a more specialized approach to movement and form!
My exercise over the weekend consisted mostly of walking, and one thing we learned over the weekend - bracing. I did a short gym workout on Sunday.
In the last few months, I have NEVER felt so sore in my body than I did yesterday and so far today. "bracing" is amazing. And by 'sore' I mean that in a good way - like i've affected my muscles more in two short days than I have in the last three months put together.
I only picked up a weight about three times, otherwise I mainly focused on my form, breathing, and 'bracing'. My muscles were shaking they were working so hard.
I will do more research and more work in the coming months, but my initial plan is to incorporate this type of work into my 'race' season training - which will begin soon - to see if I can affect changes in musculature and neurological patterning. I learned a lot over the two days of the course, but there is so much more I can learn. Exciting times...
Having said that, I am looking forward to relaxing tonight LOL. Who thinks I will actually relax and NOT get on the bike i've been missing for the last four days?!!
Also - March is time for nutrition work. No more junkity junk.