- Thursday Dec 31, 2020
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 :) :) :)
- Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
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.
- Monday Dec 28, 2020
December 23 - REST; I was pooped. Like, so exhausted.
December 24 - shovel; burned 337 calories.
December 25 - gym workout; burned 291 calories.
December 26 - REST.
December 27 - shovel; burned 157 calories.
I've been feeling something for the last week or so.... very full. The holidays, no matter what we seem to do, are always filled with food. Even though i've spent the majority of my time by myself, I've had my share of cabbage rolls, brisket, potatoes, cinnamon buns, cream cheese, and chocolate - to only name a few. Impressive is not the right word, but it's close.
It's been snowing so much here that it seems that's been my workout of choice for awhile now. The one time this last week where I was able to get in a gym workout, I almost died from it. That was also after eating a cinnamon bun that was absolutely to die for. So I almost died twice. But the lesson is that I should have never eaten that bun at that particular time, but I couldn't help myself. And then I had to go to the gym because I literally couldn't sit down at home without feeling SO uncomfortably full.
Anyways, enough about that. My yard is shoveled out, i'm back to work, and this will be a four-day work week. I have a sports therapy appointment on Tuesday, I work at the gym on Wednesday night, and then likely heading to BF's on Thursday night.
I started my morning with a protein waffle and coffee. I have leftovers for lunch and probably supper, and after work I'll be heading to the grocery store to restock the coffers! Hoping to make good choices today.
- Wednesday Dec 23, 2020
December 22 - shovelled snow; burned 382 calories.
We got more snow through the day yesterday, so I was back shovelling again when I got home from work. It was really horrible weather too - blowing drifts all over the place. I spent over an hour shovelling and only got the back yard and driveway done! Nothing done in the front. Had to put on my snow pants which was the moment I realized that I have put on more weight in the last year than I thought. Will have to do something about that, use the pants as an indicator of progress. It felt beyond fabulous taking them off afterwards!
I will have to shovel again today, as this morning I could barely get my vehicle through the back alley. Everything drifted back in overnight, plus we got even more snow - over a foot altogether; it looks a lot more like three feet in drifty areas LOL. We are definitely getting a white christmas!
I have chicken on the menu for tonight, will make it with rice and veggies. Then I don't really have much else planned besides shovelling snow, so i'm going to relax for the rest of the night! Wish me luck LOL!
- Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
December 21 - shovelled snow; burned 188 calories.
It snowed about three inches on Sunday so when I got home from work yesterday I shovelled for my workout. BF's son came and cleared my driveway for me yesterday, so I payed it forward and cleared the neighbor's driveway and front sidewalk. Looks like I will have to shovel again today as it started snowing early this morning and has been continuing throughout the morning - big, fluffy flakes.
Yesterday I also picked up Christmas packages from my brother and his family, a nasal mist that I wanted to try (Rhinaris), and groceries for the week.
After shovelling, I did laundry and washed the dishes, and also cleaned the bathroom. I refrained from going so far as to wash the already clean floors LOL.
Once I was done all the cleaning, I made some supper, took a bath, sat in the massage chair for a bit, and then went to bed. Woke up this morning with a headache again, but feeling okay otherwise!
- Monday Dec 21, 2020
December 18 - gym workout; burned 528 calories.
December 19 - gym workout; burned 353 calories.
December 19 - 12 Days of Christmas workout; burned 338 calories.
December 20 - rest
I guess it really was a rough week, that workout on Friday nearly killed me. I try to say "yes" as much as possible to workouts that my friend and other coaches want to try, or i'll jump into a group session when I can. These sessions push me a lot more, but I can tell that I am seriously stressed out because I can barely get through them. Basically right now i'm just surviving. It is what it is.
BF and I made scuffles and nuts n' bolts this weekend in preparation for Christmas.
Sounds like I will be spending some time on my own during Christmas and possibly after as well, as BF has invited his kids to his house. Part of me expected this, as I couldn't see him not allowing his kids to visit him. It's a tough decision to make, and as much influence as I may have, the choice remains his own and not mine to make. So while he has other people at his house, I will remain at home on my own. It will suck, but I am also an introvert and will appreciate the time on my own as well. I will be fine.
Depending on my attitude later, might try to get a workout in. Have lots of things to do at home, so not sure if I will say "to heck with it" and go workout instead, or if my OCD will kick in and force me to clean my already pretty clean house LOL. In reality, I have some laundry and the dishes to wash and that's it, but will likely throw in a floor wash and bathroom clean just because my brain is not focusing on anything and it's the only thing I know to do to calm myself down.
- Friday Dec 18, 2020
The days are just rolling into each other now...
December 15 - gym workout; burned 538 calories; my coach tried to kill me...
December 16 - bike 40 minutes; couldn't upload my calories burned so no idea, likely somewhere in the 350 mark.
Yesterday was a rest day. I was go-go-go from 6:30 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m. Up in the morning for work, then drove to another therapy appointment, then back to work, then to the gym for a full shift. So when I finally got home in the evening, I was toast. Fitbit watch and app is super finnicky lately so I can't check my steps, but I know they are high for yesterday.
I woke up in the middle of the night with indigestion and panicked that maybe I was having a heart attack. Sigh. I don't know why these thoughts come into my head, but once it was there it was really hard to get back to sleep. Woke up this morning feeling just fine. Sometimes I feel like therapy for my emotional state is required.
This weekend will be heading to BF's which is creating stress for me because I feel like I have a lot of things to do at home. I need to learn to let some things go; too absorbed in seeking the perfect environment and in the end I miss out on all the little moments. Sorry, I know this post is a downer LOL. I'm trying not to be negative I promise!
On the brighter side, I am wearing my ugly Christmas sweater to work today, and i'm going to force the Christmas spirit if it's the last thing I do!
- Tuesday Dec 15, 2020
December...when did I leave off? 7th? - BIKE 50 minutes; burned 344 calories.
December 9 - BIKE 50 minutes; burned 388 calories.
December 10 - gym workout; burned 262 calories.
December 11 - BIKE 60 minutes; burned 351 calories.
December 14 - BIKE 45 minutes; burned 305 calories.
I only keep track of my food on diet diaries, so I don't have the details. Pretty much business as usual though.
I have been struggling a bit with headaches again.
I don't know what BF will decide to do with regards to seeing his kids over Christmas, as our gathering was to be at his place this year. We will have to make some changes, which is both do-able and necessary, but will still create some tension and hard feelings. Compared to the grief of losing a loved one to this pandemic, I am aware that the answer here should be easy. Putting it in action may be easier said than done.
I have the afternoon off today so that I can go to my sports therapy appointment, which is a 45 minute drive each way. After the appointment I will workout; drive to BF's, change into a festive sweater and take pictures; workout again with BF; drive home; arrive at an empty parking lot to exchange gifts with a couple of friends; drive home; shower and change into pj's; make a hot chocolate with peppermint chocolate liquor (x2) (maybe x 3 who knows let's get crazy), and meet my friend group virtually to play some games and chat. Oh, I should eat supper in there somewhere too, but the spiked hot chocolate is more important LOL.
Still quite busy at work. Doing my best to get through the days!
- Friday Dec 11, 2020
Hi everyone, sorry for being M.I.A., things have gotten busy around here so I haven't had much time to log on to even read your entries!
Next time I am sitting at home and have a few minutes, i'll give a more detailed update :)
Hope you are all doing well!
- Monday Dec 07, 2020
December 4 - moving furniture, didn't wear my heartrate monitor, unsure of calories burned but likely burned 150 calories.
December 5 - gym workout; burned 481 calories.
December 6 - gym workout, burned 520 calories.
December 4 - toast with pb, coffee (200); chicken, rice and veggies (400); snack mix (250); ribs, potatoes, garlic toast and salad (750). 1,600 calories.
December 5 - two eggs, hashbrowns, bacon (750); snack mix (250); cod, rice and veggies (550); popcorn (500). 2,050 calories.
December 6 - two eggs, hashbrowns, toast with pb (750); popcorn (500); hot chocolate (250); chicken, pasta and veggies (550); freezie (70). 2,020 calories.
It was a whirlwind weekend; moved all the furniture on Friday which went fairly well. Right now in my province, we are only allowed five people in each household, so I feel that the three of us kept very well distanced and followed proper hand washing etiquette. I feel good about how we handled the visit and was happy to see that my cousin was ready to do what was necessary rather than being "anti-pandemic" which would have been impossible for me to accommodate.
They left on Saturday morning and I cleaned the house.
On Sunday, wrapped gifts while drinking hot chocolate, watched another Christmas movie, and put up more Christmas lights outside. I also drove around and looked at other people's Chirstmas lights. It was fun.
Also on Sunday I completed a "12 Days of Fitmas" gym challenge and I almost died and realized that my cardiovascular system is probably not top-notch at the moment.
Looking forward to a sports therapy appointment on December 15th to have a look at the ankle/foot. It was causing me pain all weekend, especially on the bottom of the foot... for which I have no explanation.