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legcramps - Thursday Oct 24, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 8 hours, 3 minutes (YES!)


#1 Active Every Day (23/31)

#2 Track Food

I made it to a Hatha yoga class last night, which was really nice. I also managed to cut the grass one last time before the snow decides to stick around. AND I got a full 8 hours of sleep, finally! Oh man, i've been working on this all month.

I took the afternoon off work so that I could get the grass cut and do a few other things, but I ended up sitting on the couch for an extra long period of time with a slice of the leftover apple pie from Thanksgiving weekend. At least it's finished now and no more pie in the house for these vegan-folk. Maybe one day i'll try making a vegan pie. Tonight i'm going to try my hand at a vegan curry.

Would have been my Dad's birthday today; he'd be turning 67 if he was still around. Today might be a hard day.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, banana,

vegan fried rice with soft tacos and guacamole,


vegan burger with sweet potato fries,

black bean tortillas with salsa

BearCountryGG on 10/24/2019:
Those particular days are tough...yesterday was 5 years since my Mom passed....Thinking about you today....the pie sounds good.

grannyannie on 10/24/2019:
Sorry. Those anniversaries are tough. I miss my mom often and it's been 21 years.

happy-1 on 10/26/2019:
Definitely a good day to take it a little easy.

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 23, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 11 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (22/31)

#2 Track Food

Still feeling extra energy during the day, though again I wanted to sleep in this morning. Looks like mornings will always be hard, no matter what I eat LOL.

Went to bootcamp last night. I still wore my knee sleeve BUT I am feeling a lot less tension in my knee the last couple of days. I don't know whether to attribute that to the modifications i've made in my workouts, the extra air sock time, or my nutrition, but I think it's likely a little of everything.

Not too sure what i'll do for my workout today; i'd been using Wednesdays as an active recovery day so it might be a walk or maybe I will do some yardwork and count it as my activity for today. First step is to get through the workday.


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

water with BCAAs, glutamine, banana,

vegan fried rice with lettuce, small tortillas, guacamole,

orange, apple pie with whip cream,

vegan burritos

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2019:
Peanut butter....just sayin....possibly my most favorite food in the world...I think it just may have magical powers!!! I just discovered peanut butter and honey.......oh my!

innerpeace on 10/23/2019:
I read that the first thing that happens when you stop eating meat is inflammation goes down, so maybe that is helping your knee. PB is one of my favorite things too.

grannyannie on 10/23/2019:
Yes to PB!!! If you have set honey (very thick) try that with PB. OMG.

happy-1 on 10/23/2019:
I just tried RX bar brand peanut butter. You have to stir it, but it is really good.

legcramps - Tuesday Oct 22, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 6 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (21/31)

#2 Track Food

A decent workout yesterday; started with stair climbing, then did a 20 minute circuit, and finished on the bike. I could have kept riding the bike much longer. Definitely went vegan for 80% of the day yesterday. The extra carbs make me feel like I have enough energy to share with EVERYONE, but I did still want to sleep in this morning LOL.


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


vegan fried rice with lettuce, water with BCAAs, glutamine,

orange, potato chips right after work,

vegan burritos

Donkey on 10/23/2019:
That's very interesting about all the extra energy. I just learned yesterday that type O blood (which I am) doesn't do well with vegetarian/vegan eating. I'm not sure how much credit I put into the "Blood Type Diet", but that would explain things a bit.

Also, I love how you're doing it 80/20, so that it's not so strict at least to start off with. I had to LOL at your coffee creamer though. I am **SO** with you on that. I can change most things for a while at least, but DON"T MESS WITH MY COFFEE!

BearCountryGG on 10/23/2019:
Carbs...the happiness food...and the gut likes it too......

happy-1 on 10/23/2019:
Yum. I bet you are a great cook.

legcramps - Monday Oct 21, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 5 hours, 57 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (20/31)

#2 Track Food

It was quite the whirlwind weekend. Only two more weeks left in October; I can hardly believe it. I am still going strong on my October goals and my body is actually getting used to working out every day. It's adapting well; i'm recovering pretty quickly now and have been managing my energy levels alright. Maybe it's not perfect, but it's been pretty good! I have averaged a calorie burn of 470 kcal every workout, over and above any other activity I do throughout the day. My eating has increased a bit because of the extra activity, so I don't feel like I lost any weight, but I also haven't stepped on the scale to find out.

So, BF and I were talking over the weekend about nutrition. To make a long story much shorter, we have decided to try an 80:20 approach to eating vegan. It's way out in left field for both of us - we love our eggs, bacon, steak, etc. But we kept hearing about increased energy levels, increased performance with a vegan nutrition plan, and finally decided we should at least do a trial run. It won't be easy for us - it's a whole new way of eating and cooking that we'll have to overcome. We plan to start in November and will try it for at least the month.

In preparation, i've been researching various vegan recipes. Yesterday, we made a huge batch of black bean burritos, as well as vegan fried rice. Both are absolutely delicious. I also picked up the ingredients to make vegan sour cream, so i'll be making that this week as well.

Part of my :20 will be the protein creamer that I add in my coffee every day since it has animal proteins, but I just can't cut it out completely. The other part of the :20 will be the days or meals where we choose to have meat or eggs. 

If anyone has any great vegan recipes that closely resemble meat and potatoes but don't have the word 'tofu' or 'tempeh' in it, please send them my way ;) I know, that's a tall order. I'm feeling there will be a lot of black beans in my future...


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


vegan fried rice on lettuce, no sauce,

coffee with protein, orange,

vegan black bean burritos, ice cream for dessert

innerpeace on 10/21/2019:
i have been eating meatless, not totally vegan yet. good luck to you.

grannyannie on 10/21/2019:
Good luck on going all vegan. I managed for 6 months and then went vegetarian. But I felt great!

legcramps - Sunday Oct 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 8 hours, 38 minutes (oh yeaaaaah!)


banana, coffee with protein,

pancakes with protein isolate, peanut butter, two eggs,

black bean burrito

EXERCISE:  gym workout

grannyannie on 10/20/2019:
Good sleep!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2019:
nice job on sleep also :) and you sound better!

Donkey on 10/20/2019:
Envious on your sleep - way to go!!!

BearCountryGG on 10/21/2019:
good sleeping.

legcramps - Saturday Oct 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 50 minutes


banana, orange, toast with peanut butter, two eggs, coffee with protein,

chicken breast, potatoes, corn on the cob,

Saskatoon pie


group workout at the gym,

one hour gravel ride 

legcramps - Saturday Oct 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

The rest of FRIDAY:


gala food - pork with pear chutney, blueberry salad, potatoes, carrots, half a brownie for dessert 

EXERCISE: gym workout at almost midnight!

grannyannie on 10/20/2019:
Midnight workout!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/20/2019:
midnight with or without bf?

legcramps on 10/21/2019:
With! We left the gala and went straight to the gym. My decision, not his. This time I was the crazy one!

legcramps - Friday Oct 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 58 minutes (so close!)


#1 Active Every Day (17/31)

#2 Track Food 

My urge to continue my goal of being active every day overruled the concern over my knee. I went to bootcamp and modified about half the workout (LOL, whatever), then when I got home I foam-rolled, then iced my knee. It's still a little sore today.

Today will be difficult in terms of figuring out how to get a workout in. Right after work today, I have to go to a gala that is being hosted by the gym. I will be serving drinks, and presenting awards to our gym members. I'm looking forward to a nice supper and getting dressed up with BF (we literally are always in workout clothes when we are together LOL), and we will likely have to stick around to help clean up afterwards too. So depending on how late the night gets, there may not be an opportunity for a workout. Of course, cleaning up afterwards might be a workout in itself!


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

water with protein isolate,

toast with peanut butter, two eggs, banana

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange,

grannyannie on 10/18/2019:
It's hard to take a break from activity - I had to do it with my shoulder.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2019:
you looked great together all dressed up for the gala. I am sure volunteering there burned some calories, though not a workout in itself!

Donkey on 10/20/2019:
I've been struggling with the same - balancing one's desire to remain active with the limitations of one's body. Sounds like you did quite well.

How nice to have the opportunity to dress up a bit :-)

legcramps - Thursday Oct 17, 2019

Weight: 0.0

 SLEEP STATS: 6 hours, 26 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (16/31)

#2 Track Food 

After lengthy discussion with the gym owner/trainer, we think maybe my kneecap has moved up and slightly to the outside of my leg. I will call today to see if I can get in to see the local physiotherapist. I am not trying to move it back myself (barf). But not a big deal if that is the reason, so i'm glad it *hopefully* isn't something worse like a tear.

Still managed a good workout without pain; just lessened the range of motion in my knee and did what I could. Foam rolled after and I feel like that helped my knee.

Not sure what is happening tonight; I have bootcamp scheduled but I might cancel it in favor of a recovery day (maybe a walk instead). I could work at the gym coaching, and then maybe do a foam roll session after that which may help my knee move back. Or I could do the bootcamp, modify what I need to modify, and stay close to home tonight. I have to pack for the weekend because tomorrow right after work I have to head out of town to a gala that the gym is hosting, and when that's over i'm spending the weekend at BF's.


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

water with protein isolate, banana,

turkey dinner leftovers,

water with BCAAs, glutamine, orange, water with beta alanine, 

the last of the turkey dinner leftovers, crackers with cheese

grannyannie on 10/17/2019:
Hope it's nothing serious with your knee and you can get in to see a physio soon. Sounds painful.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2019:
i hope you knee feels better soon and you get an answer/solution from the pt

legcramps - Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

Weight: 0.0

SLEEP STATS: 7 hours, 57 minutes


#1 Active Every Day (15/31)

#2 Track Food 

Bootcamp last night was rough. I may have messed up the knee that's been bugging me by doing plank jacks. Stupid movement to begin with; i'm not sure why I even tried it. I guess because everyone else was? I should know better, but it's done now. It's pretty sore today; time will tell if I did any major damage.

The posting for the position I applied for closes on the 18th. I hope I get an interview at least. I've been talking to a few people about it, getting their opinions. If the ball falls on the right numbers, it will be a nice opportunity for both change AND growth, and I think i'll just have to put up with the driving.


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

water with protein isolate, glutamine,orange,

1 slice pizza, banana,

coffee with protein, orange,

turkey dinner leftovers (i'm portioning it out so that I don't have too much at one time),

apple pie, whip cream


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

water with protein isolate, 

turkey dinner leftovers, banana,

coffee with protein,

orange, water with beta alanine, water with protein isolate,

subway turkey sub

grannyannie on 10/16/2019:
Take care of that knee! I have a fear of knee problems because so many people have them.

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
Well thgat sounds painful!!

BearCountryGG on 10/16/2019:
Really good sleep stats.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
Like Annie says, listen to your body <3

i hope you get an interview too, Legs.

Your meals sound very tasty....i do a lot of PB on rice crackers to save calories as a snack in the evenings

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/16/2019:
(small rice crackers, that are only 20-25 cal each)

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