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legcramps - Tuesday Nov 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I am really kicking butt with my goals this month so far... LOL... I've done absolutely no exercise for the last two days. Rest days, I can do.
I made bacon and eggs on Saturday and Sunday morning for breakfast, and we got burgers on Saturday, and then on Sunday we stopped for an ice cream treat on our way home from getting groceries. My stomach will be telling stories for another couple of days likely. I have noticed that I have far less bloat on vegan days, which makes it very tempting to go vegan 100% of the time. Definitely not there yet though.
We did make the vegan hamburger helper and it really is delicious! Very spicy though, from the meatless ground I picked up. So good. I used nutritional yeast to make it "cheesy", and I have to say it turned out really well.
Exercise for the month so far:
Nov 4 - Day 1 Strength
Nov 6 - Steady State CARDIO
Nov 7 - Day 2 Strength
Nov 8 - Day 3 Strength (LEGS)
This week (plan):
Nov 13 - Steady State CARDIO
Nov 14 - Day 1 Strength
Nov 15 - Day 2 Strength
Nov 16 - Day 3 Strength (LEGS), HIIT CARDIO
I'll have to put a cardio and strength day together since i've had two rest days in a row. I'd actually prefer to do strength with a steady state day, so maybe i'll move a strength to the 13th rather than have it on the 16th, meaning i'll have an extra day of travel to the gym. This means nothing to you guys I know, LOL. Bear with me while I write it out; sometimes typing it up solidifies it.
Christmas is coming; BF and I might try to take Thursday afternoon off to head into the city and try to get some of our shopping done. We'll see how the week stacks up. 

Maria7 on 11/12/2019:
Yes, not long til Christmas, nor Thanksgiving. I am trying to have less meat and other animal products and more veggies.

legcramps on 11/13/2019:
Thanksgiving has already rolled around for me :)

Good for you! More veggies is always a good idea.

Donkey on 11/12/2019:
On your non-vegan days, you do not hold back on the meat. Does it take your stomach time to readjust once you go back to vegan during the week? Maybe that works its way out after a while.

legcramps on 11/13/2019:
Yes it does, and i'm not sure it's worth it actually. Next time, instead of a burger I might try those new meatless ones. Maybe it's just the fast-food type stuff that i'm craving anyways, rather than red meat. But wouldn't you know they even have animal products in french fries?! And sugar is made with animal bone char. It's an enormous industry.

legcramps - Wednesday Nov 06, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

I've been off work for the last two days. I have not been feeling great. I attribute it to the change in eating, as well as the extra rest. Seriously! Every time I rest for an extended period of time, crazy things happen to my body. I rested Friday and Saturday, worked out Sunday, then Monday the sickness hit me.

I'm sure it is also partly due to the new abundance of fiber in my diet since turning vegan, LOL. Regardless, I have a slight headache today and my stomach is turning knots on me, but otherwise I am ok.

We made vegan curry on Friday, burritos on Saturday, tempeh bacon and sweet chili tofu on Sunday. All the dishes were really good, but the tofu was a bit too spicy for me. Since it was also the weekend, we did indulge by having eggs with our tempeh bacon, and I made non-vegan pancakes as well.

Yesterday I made a batch of vegan pancakes and was pleasantly surprised with the result. This will definitely be made regularly.

At some point this week, and depending on my level of wellness, I would like to make vegan hamburger helper. We picked up some plant-based ground 'meat' so i'm looking forward to trying that. My local grocery store had it, as well as meatless meatballs. I'm very excited about the meatballs LOL.

Monday I still managed to get in a workout. Then yesterday was another rest day. If today goes well, i'll do some steady state cardio on the bike at home. Maybe 20 minutes, 30 if I can manage it. Tomorrow is back to the gym. At least, that's the plan.

happy-1 on 11/07/2019:
Yum. Hamburger helper. Total flashback. Mix it with butternut squash puree for fake mac n cheese?

Donkey on 11/08/2019:
Oh yes, that extra fiber! Been there! Caused several sewer problems.

Vegan hamburger helper! I must Google this!!!

legcramps - Friday Nov 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0


1.  Eat vegan 80:20

2.  AT LEAST two rest days per week

My November goals seem much healthier, and much more attainable. And nothing I have to report on every single day. I didn't realize my anxiety level over those October goals until this morning, when I felt my body breathe a huge sigh of relief that it was over. First order of business: REST.

My workout yesterday was a mix between yoga, lower body work, jumping jacks and running on the spot. I lasted almost 40 minutes and then called it quits. Done!

Starting out the morning a little differently:  muesli, oat milk, frozen blueberries and coffee with oat milk, not protein milk. Suprisingly, the oat milk is not terrible in both the cereal and the coffee. That will make things infinitely easier this month!

Plan is to make curry for dinner tonight. Have a great weekend everyone!

BearCountryGG on 11/01/2019:
You did an excellent job of sticking to that!!!

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
I think my next push will be to do 30 days of daily activity. See if I can do it on the bike.

Donkey on 11/02/2019:
REST - amen! Isn't it funny how we get into some goals or routines, and then when they are over or change, it's like, "Wow, what a relief!"

legcramps - Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 56 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (30/31)

#2 Track Food


And, Happy Last Day of October for those of use who had extremely irritating goals to reach this month...one more day!

I jumped on the bike last night for a bit. BF had messaged me to say he had done a bike workout at the gym, and subbed in five burpees for every ten minutes on the bike. So I subbed in ten burpees for every five minutes on the bike LOL. I did not bike as long as he did, but it made it a good workout and then I did about fifteen minutes of yoga afterwards.

I feel like I have a lot to do after work today; get groceries, shovel (yep, still didn't do that), workout, set up hallowe'en candy, and then BF is coming to visit I think. Busy day.

Tomorrow is the first day of our vegan trial! Another month, another irritating goal to achieve LOL!!


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, halloween treat,

vegan fried rice, lettuce,

coffee with protein, halloween treat(s),

vegan fried rice, nuts 'n bolts, potato chips

BearCountryGG on 10/31/2019:
Snow here too now....and it's sticking......first snow usually does not...hmmmm.

grannyannie on 10/31/2019:
Good luck on going vegan.

Donkey on 10/31/2019:
I cannot wait to hear about your vegan journey. I'm very interested to hear about your results, insights, opinion, etc.

happy-1 on 11/01/2019:
Yum. Chickpea omelettes and tofu eggs.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 30, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 50 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (29/31)

#2 Track Food

Two more days, just two more days...

After bootcamp, I ate my supper and had a bath, then went straight to bed. Unfortunately, I took my iPad with me, so ended up watching some Netflix while laying in bed. But I still got in a good sleep, even though fitbit tracked my sleep as "fair" I think maybe because I got very little deep sleep. Which is better - deep sleep or REM sleep? Hmm...

Yoga or shovelling tonight, or both. Then dishes, fold laundry, put the nuts 'n bolts in the freezer in the garage so I can't reach them easily, and off to bed. Pretty straightforward. What could go wrong?


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

tuna salad sandwich, rice,

water (flavored), grapes,

potato chips, vegan fried rice

grannyannie on 10/30/2019:
I'm guilty of taking my laptop to bed.

As for putting things out of reach... yea, good luck with that. Doesn't work with me.

legcramps on 10/31/2019:
It worked for the halloween candy! Here's hoping...

happy-1 on 10/30/2019:
Have you discovered RX peanut butter yet?

I'm falling asleep watching TV. Can't be great for me or the neighbors. Trying a white noise machine tonight.

legcramps on 10/31/2019:
I haven't seen RX anywhere in our stores...but it has egg whites in it anyways, which would not be vegan friendly. Maybe once November is over, i'll look for it again.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 29, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 17 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (28/31)

#2 Track Food

I laid in bed for an extra 20 minutes this morning and almost made myself late for work.

I had almost nothing to give to my workout yesterday. Tonight is bootcamp, so hopefully I will be able to kick it into high gear and get one last really good workout in (Wednesday and Thursday I plan to either do yoga or shovel snow - light activity only for the rest of the month). But yeah, wasn't kidding when I said I needed a break LOL. Every step I took felt like I was slogging through quicksand.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, grapes,

rice, bell pepper, chicken bacon,


tuna salad sandwich, nuts 'n bolts (geez)

Maria7 on 10/29/2019:
You are very disciplined with your workouts.

BearCountryGG on 10/29/2019:
Laying in bed for awhile is a luxury...I do that too.

Donkey on 10/30/2019:
Oh I know that heavy feeling in your muscles from fatigue.... I hope bootcamp went well!

happy-1 on 10/30/2019:
I feel you, I'm slogging through quicksand too.

legcramps - Monday Oct 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 32 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (27/31)

#2 Track Food

I'm so ready for my October goals to be complete! I need a couple of rest days. 27 consecutive days of working out is exhausting LOL. And tracking my food on weekends is irritating when I don't spend any time at a computer. 

It was a good weekend; got to spend time with BF, one of his kids, a few friends, and BF's sister on Sunday when we got together to make nuts n' bolts (those things are dangerously yummy). 

Yesterday morning the snow started falling. It fell most of the day, and this morning when I was driving home it picked up again. It is snowing fairly steadily now, and it feels like this time it's going to stick around. I have to drive into the city to coach today after work, so we'll see what the roads are looking like then.

I needed more oranges so I bought a whole bag of 6 or 7 and when I went to cut one up on Saturday to take to the gym with me, I realized they were grapefruits, not oranges. Yuck. I hate grapefruit, and now I have a whole bag of them! Will have to find someone to give them to.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine,

rice, two eggs, ketchup,

water, grapes, bell pepper, coffee with protein,

turkey sub

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
I love your entries. It’s like you are in the front of our pack and setting the pace.

BearCountryGG on 10/28/2019:
Bummer about the oranges that weren't!!!

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
Ha, I actually love grapefruit and feel the same way about oranges.

legcramps on 10/28/2019:
It's too bad you're not a lot closer LOL, you could have the whole bag of 'em!

Donkey on 10/29/2019:
Very interesting observation about consecutive days of working out... I don't rest nearly enough either.

Sounds like a lovely weekend, with the exception of the snow, but as you live further north, I suppose that's to be expected. See my comments to Bear today: I am not ready for this.

legcramps on 10/29/2019:
Going, going, going isn't very healthy for us. Now, if I would include more yoga in MY lifestyle, maybe consecutive days of 'exercise' wouldn't be such an issue if I replaced two per week with yoga instead.

legcramps - Sunday Oct 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 59 minutes (ugg i can't reach 8 hours to save my life!)


#1 Active Every Day (26/31)

#2 Track Food


chocolate protein pancakes, turkey bacon, two eggs, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with beta alanine,

nuts 'n bolts,

fried rice, pork ribs, chicken skewers, noodles, broccoli,

mr. freezie :)

EXERCISE - gym workout x 2

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
You very likely did sleep 8h. the trackers take an hour or more to start tracking your sleep. What tracker are you using?

legcramps on 10/28/2019:
I use a fitbit charge 3; when I look at my sleep stats it literally starts when i've just jumped into bed and tracks awake time until I fall asleep, so I think it's actually pretty accurate. Every time i've woken up through the night (and remembered it), when i've checked the stats they have lined up almost perfectly and show 'awake' time.

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
I think the Garmin is more accurate.

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
So basically, you probably did sleep 8h

legcramps on 10/29/2019:
Thanks, it was close enough either way :)

Donkey on 10/29/2019:
I have a hard enough time trying to reach the 7-hour mark for sleep.

legcramps on 10/29/2019:
I just simply couldn't function on less than 7 hours of sleep, especially if that's all I got night after night.

legcramps - Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 20 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (25/31)

#2 Track Food


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, banana,

leftover vegan burger, sweet potato fries,

water with beta alanine, two mandarin oranges,

two slices pizza, snacks at friends (salsa, tortilla chips)

EXERCISE - gym workout

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
Are you doing soy?

legcramps on 10/28/2019:
Yes; although I haven't had soy yet, it is on the list of good to go for my vegan November challenge. I just picked up oat milk and I want to try that - if I like it, I will likely use that rather than soy when I get a chance. At some point, I want to try cooking firm tofu into a noodle dish, and tempeh into 'bacon'.

happy-1 on 10/28/2019:
Back when I was doing vegan, I was all over the soy pulp from making soymilk for filler in my vegan burgers. Vegan made me so hungry okara was the only thing that kept me from biting people.


legcramps on 10/29/2019:
Ha! Thanks for the link.

legcramps - Friday Oct 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 32 minutes (pffffffft)


#1 Active Every Day (24/31)

#2 Track Food

Bootcamp yesterday. BF came along, but it was not his cup of tea; it was an easier session even for me, so for him it didn't have the desired effect at all. He's got a calorie goal for October and the session didn't really get him to his goal for the day. I figure I forced an active rest day on him, in a sneaky way, which he needs from time to time. So it all worked out well in my opinion LOL.

We ended up making vegan burgers for supper instead of the curry. Since it was my Dad's birthday and he's been gone for just over two years now, I wanted to make something that I thought he would have enjoyed. It's sort of a tradition - last year, we split a HUGE meat burger in his honour ;)

We had it with sweet potato fries, and it was delicious! Once I had all the ingredients, it was super easy to make. I think, maybe, the hardest part of our move to a vegan-based diet will be having the right ingredients on hand so we're not constantly running to the grocery store.

Coaching tonight and a quick workout before heading home. I have to coach tomorrow, then BF and I are going to a friend's to hang out for a bit. Spending the weekend at BF's again.


toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein, krill oil, b12, vitamin C,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, 

leftover vegan burger, water with beta alanine,

leftover vegan burger, sweet potato fries, black bean tortillas with salsa

EXERCISE - gym workout

grannyannie on 10/25/2019:
Dinner looks yummy

BearCountryGG on 10/25/2019:
Sweet potato fries...look so good!

happy-1 on 10/25/2019:
Wow that looks good. Your dad would definitely have eaten it.

Donkey on 10/26/2019:
Your dinner photo looks so delicious! A very nice tribute to your dad, if I do say so...

That's funny about getting the BF to "rest" by doing a "lighter" workout. That made me smile.

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