Feeling pretty tired this week, but i've been pushing my workouts quite a bit so that might be why. I've also had a headache for the last couple of days that doesn't seem to go away with sleep, which is frustrating. I really need that dawn simulator. Maybe i'll check the mail today to see if it has arrived.
I had a lower calorie count for yesterday simply because I was too tired to continue eating. Working a full day and then being at the gym, I didn't get home until almost 9:00 p.m. last night and still needed to eat supper LOL. I'm glad I only committed to training people one night a week - how on earth did I ever do three nights a week before covid! I wish I had that energy again. Anyways, I guess I have delicious leftovers for today!
I did get a random workout in though; I warmed up on the stair climber, then did sets of squats with resistance, then bar hangs, and finished off with a quick kettlebell workout. My abdominal muscles are REALLY sore from the Remembrance Day workout on Wednesday, so the kettlebell workout pushed my limits a little bit LOL. Sometimes it's good for me to workout by myself - then no one hears how much I complain about the exercises that I CHOOSE FOR MYSELF! Haha.
I slightly regret that Remembrance Day workout, but am proud of myself for finishing it.
Probably heading to BFs after work today. Have a great weekend!
legcramps - Thursday Nov 12, 2020
November 9 - zwift indoor bike ride 1:30; burned 355 calories. I was going for two hours, but my bum got too sore to stay on after 1:30, plus the last group I joined was doing sprints and I am terrible at high RPM pedal strokes! This is why I now prefer gravel and mountain biking over road biking, because the pedal strokes are a lot slower ;)
November 10 - REST
November 11 - Remembrance Day workout and a little stair climbing; burned 572 calories
November 9 - supplements, vitamins DONE; oatmeal, coffee (200); turkey taco mix with pasta salad (550); protein bar (250); turkey tacos (750); freezies (140). 1,890 calories.
November 10 - supplements, vitamins DONE; oatmeal, coffee (200); rice with ketchup (all I had left in the fridge) (300); banana (100); protein bar (250); blueberry waffles with 1/2 banana, syrup, and protein powder (750); freezies (140); snack mix (250). 1,990 calories.
November 11 - supplements, vitamins DONE; coffee, toast with pb (200); banana, salted almonds (300); waffle with 1/2 banana, two eggs, syrup (600); snack mix (250); beef taco mix with naan bread (750); freezie (70). 2,170 calories.
When I do a catch-up post for three days, I start to see a pattern in my eating - it seems like the third day has been a little higher in calories that last couple of posts. This time, the third day was also a big workout day, so maybe i'm just seeing something where there is actually a very reasonable explanation LOL.
Working a shift at the gym tonight. I don't have anyone signed up for my second session, so looks like I am only training one session. That means I could get in a workout of my own, or I can leave early and have some extra time at home.
legcramps - Monday Nov 09, 2020
November 6 - a quick strength workout completed. Burned 243 calories.
November 7 - fast-paced HIIT workout completed. Burned 552 calories.
November 8 - REST DAY
November 6 - supplements and protein DONE; coffee, oatmeal (200); banana (100); leftover wok box chicken teriyaki, kimchi fire balls (550); protein bar (250); coke zero, potato chips (250); one slice pizza, ceasar salad (450); freezie (70). 1,870 calories.
November 7 - supplements and protein DONE; coffee, one slice toast with hashbrowns and two eggs, one slice bacon (550); banana (100); potato chips (500); turkey sandwich, pasta salad (450); freezies (140). 1,740 calories.
November 8 - supplements and protein DONE; coffee, protein pancake with blueberries and banana (300); potato chips (250); crackers and cheese (500); pasta salad, turkey tacos (750); jasmine rice (200); freezies (140). 2,140 calories.
It looks like I needed a re-feed yesterday looking at my calorie count for the day compared to the rest of the weekend's calories LOL. That plus having a rest day probably hurt me more than it helped me, but that's ok.
Weather is not the best around here right now - we were hit with freezing rain and snow over the weekend, so I won't be going anywhere or doing much outside this week.
I did go to BF's on Friday, but came back home on Saturday night because the freezing rain was supposed to start overnight, and sure enough it did. I'm so glad I decided to drive home before it started!
That HIIT workout I did on Saturday is having an effect today. Even yesterday I started to feel sore from it, but today every time I get up from my desk I have to take a second to stretch before I start walking LOL. Also, coughing - although frowned upon at the best of times these days - also hurts.
legcramps - Friday Nov 06, 2020
November 5 - supplement, vitamins DONE; got to the gym early so did a quick workout before training. Burned 266 calories.
November 5 - oatmeal, coffee (200); banana (100); chicken breast with rice and veggies (500); protein bar (250); wok box chicken teriyaki, kimchi fire balls (850). 1,900 calories.
I can't imagine what everyone is going through right now; watching the U.S. election coverage and all the riots and protests has been just astounding. Stay strong and peaceful my friends.
I had a good shift at the gym; there are a lot of dramatics going on there right now. Just trying to stay out of it all and leave the dramatics to people who are better at it than me LOL.
Will likely be spending the weekend at BFs with his daughter, depending on the weather. It was freezing rain this morning and it supposed to snow on the weekend, so if I can avoid driving in it I will!
Still waiting for my dawn simulator and struggling to get up in the mornings. I've noticed that I am hungry as soon as I wake up now, and I think that is because i'm craving more carbs because of SAD. So i've been eating breakfast at home instead of my usual routine of bringing it to work with me to eat when I actually get hungry, which was between 10:00 and 11:00. Now I am eating around 7:00. But it's working, and I moved my banana to my morning snack and added a protein bar in the afternoon. It hasn't increased my calories that much at all. And if it improves my mood in the morning, i'll do it LOL.
legcramps - Thursday Nov 05, 2020
November 3 - hmm - supplements and vitamins DONE; stopped taking extra protein for no real reason (does being lazy count?). I did go for a bike ride today; 45 minute on the trails. Riding into the sunset! Burned 452 calories.
November 4 - as above regarding supplements and stuff; another bike ride of 45 minutes completed. Burned 421 calories.
November 3 - I am beginning to estimate calories on a go-forward basis. Oatmeal, coffee (200); banana, the last of the almonds (300); ciabatta bun with beef taco mix (500); toasted ciabatta bun with peanut butter x 2 (600); chicken breast, rice and veggies (500); freezies (150). 2,250 calories.
November 4 - Oatmeal, coffee (200); banana (100); chicken breast, rice and veggies (500); protein bar (250); chicken breast, rice and veggies x 2 (1000); freezies (150). 2,200 calories.
Heading to the gym after work today. We're in a covid surge at the moment, so i'm very hesitant to actually workout but I have four people to train so will wear a mask and keep my distance. It may well be that the only exercise I will get in will be from anxiety sweats.
legcramps - Tuesday Nov 03, 2020
November 2 - supplements, vitamins DONE; took a nap, had a bite to eat, took a hot bath.
November 2 - oatmeal, blueberries, cinammon, oat milk, coffee; potato wedges, turkey club; chicken fingers, a few fries; freezie, coke zero. I haven't added up the calories, but am assuming it is around 2,000 calories.
Ever since the sun started rising later in the mornings, I have just been feeling really BAD in general. I don't have any energy or motivation, my eyes are always sore and tired, and I am having a hard time focusing on anything that requires brain power.
Here we go again, Seasonal Affective Disorder. So nice to hear from you.
For the first time in my life, I've admitted that this is something that affects me and something I need to try to fight.
The first step in doing that was purchasing a light box that I can use (at home at first, perhaps in my office down the road) and a dawn simulator for my night stand. I have already purchased these items, and am hoping it won't take too long to get to me.
I'll let you know how it goes once I start using it consistently.
This waking up in complete darkness every morning is for the birds. Maybe not even for the birds!
legcramps - Monday Nov 02, 2020
October 30 - supplements, vitamins, protein DONE; REST day since I didn't do anything prior to BF arriving, and then we didn't do anything after his arrival either LOL.
October 31 - supplements, vitamins, DONE; gym session in the morning. Burned 484 calories and tweaked my back because of my own recklessness.
November 1 - supplements, vitamins, DONE; gym session in the afternoon; bike ride on the trails 45 minutes. Burned 590 calories. Back was achy, but not too bad.
October 30 - toast with peanut butter, coffee with protein shake; chicken teriyaki bowl; salted almonds, banana; jerky trail, tacos, mozzarella; treat size kit kat, cheesies. 2,190 calories.
October 31 - coffee with protein shake, oatmeal, oat milk, blueberries, cinammon; pancakes with blueberries and Walden Farms syrup, two eggs; ritz crackers, mozzarella; salad, chicken fingers, a few french fries and a slice of garlic toast; freezie. 2,073 calories.
November 1 - coffee with oat milk, hashbrowns, two eggs, ketchup; ciabatta bun with leftover taco mix, mozzarella; chicken breast, rice and veggies; freezie, coke zero. 1,544 calories.
Another weekend gone!
As usual, I didn't get everything on the TO-DO list done, but I don't even care. It was a good weekend spent doing a little bit of everything except visiting friends or family. BF and I started watching The Queen's Gambit on Friday evening, and pretty much binge-watched it until we were finally finished late Saturday afternoon - what a good show!
In the in-between time, I cleaned and did laundry, we went to the gym twice and for a sunset bike ride, enjoyed seeing a few kids dressed up and scampering around for hallowe'en, then enjoyed shutting off all the lights and pretending we weren't home LOL. I also painted the back door and managed to finagle a construction worker into providing me with a quote to renovate the bathroom. He will hopefully be coming this week to take a look. So all in all, not a bad weekend at all.
legcramps - Friday Oct 30, 2020
October 29 - supplements, vitamins, protein done; bike ride 45 minutes. Burned 320 calories.
I took BF's fat bike out for a ride yesterday after work; lots of fun with that thing, it's built like a horse and is challenging to ride in its own way. I've been looking to buy one but haven't found anything I like within my price range yet. It seems unreasonable to pay more for something that I will use less than my other bikes. So I will keep looking until I find something cheaper to buy, or until I break down and pay the $$$ for a new one LOL.
Was going to go for a bike ride again today with a friend but it is cool out and she isn't interested today. So I will either slap on the ski pants and go by myself, or maybe I could get on the spin bike at home today instead. Will see what the weather does later on, if it gets any warmer.
I have my doctor's appointment this afternoon for a birth control shot. I think if I have some time this weekend I might buy some paint and start painting the living room or kitchen. Haven't decided which room I want to start in. I want to eventually paint everything a neutral gray, then repaint my kitchen cupboards in a darker grey. I think it would brighten everything up, since I only have one window on the main floor that faces the sun.
I have plans down the line to look into better lighting in the living room, too. Right now I just have two wall sconces, and they do not throw much light at all in that big of a space, so it always seems so dreary in there unless it's during the day and I have the window drapes open.
I also have to replace the toilet in the bathroom; might harass BF to do that this weekend ;)
legcramps - Thursday Oct 29, 2020
October 28 - supplements, vitamins, protein done; gym workout done. 347 calories burned.
October 28 - oatmeal, cinammon, blueberries, coffee, oat milk, protein shake; chicken teriyaki sub with aioli sauce; salted almonds, banana; rice, veggies; freezie, cheesies. 2,230 calories.
Better day yesterday, but still felt like I was walking around with a foggy brain all day. This morning my eyes are bloodshot and I look very tired, but my head feels much clearer than it did for the last few days. Just threw an ice pack on the ankle and taking a work break. It is really swollen today, and I would like to take my bike out for a ride after work so trying to be proactive :)
It felt really good to get a workout in yesterday and I think that's probably a big reason why i'm feeling a lot better today. I'm so glad my friend kept me accountable, because I did NOT feel like going. And it is always nice to see my gym friends, even if it was from a distance. We'll be back at the gym on Saturday morning!
legcramps - Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
October 27 - supplements, vitamins, protein done; feeling under the weather so REST DAY again.
Food binge! I fell asleep immediately after work, woke up around 6:30 and ate supper. Then back to sleep for another 45 minutes and hungry again. It was just a bad day yesterday in terms of my physical and emotional state, and it got the best of me.
Keeping in mind that not every day is going to look or feel like a good one.
I am feeling a little better today, so that's good. And a friend is keeping me accountable and going to the gym with me later tonight. Hoping to jump into a session so I don't have to think about what to do there. When I get home tonight, I will probably just have a hot bath and go to bed.