- Thursday Jul 26, 2018
I find myself taking off extra days here and there from work. It is nice to be away from the unpleasantness, but I hurt myself by coming back to even more work than I had when I left! Gotta pay the bills somehow though...so I guess I gotta work!
I am finding coaching to be a nice lift in my day; sometimes I worry that I won't 'get it right', but every single time it has been fun and i've gotten through it just fine. I am coaching again Friday after work and Saturday morning, and then taking part in a kettlebell workshop on Saturday as well. I'm really looking forward to that - I love using kettlebells :)
So last weekend after I coached on Saturday morning, I golfed in a ladies' best ball tournament for the rest of the day, then drove to BF's house. We were going to get up early on Sunday and go for a long bike ride; unfortunately, it was raining when we woke up. By lunchtime the rain had stopped, it was overcast and windy but we decided to give it a try anyways. We made it 100km! That was just over five hours on the bike, boy my butt STILL hurts from that one, but it was a fantastic success and i'm so happy we decided to forge ahead.
Went swimming Sunday night and had a lovely supper of ribs and potatoes, then basically passed out on the couch watching The Martian.
I was off on Monday and Tuesday, so on Monday afternoon, BF took the afternoon off and we took his daughter and her friend to the water park. The hot tub felt great on my ouchy spots after that long bike ride, and then we went for sushi and pizza before heading back home. I can tell that i've been indulging a bit too much; feeling pretty bloated these days and my pants are not as loose as they were just a month ago. I guess I should taper all the carbs a bit ;) especially since i'm not working out as much during the summer as I was in the winter/spring.
Tuesday I got a new tattoo; it was done on my right arm; some sunflowers in my Dad's memory and the words "love you so much" in his handwriting. He passed away last year in May, and i've been wanting to do something to memorialize him ever since. I know he would love it.
I am hoping to have a laid back weekend this weekend; I have been feeling especially tired and sleeping a lot for the last few weeks, also having some tummy troubles. I am hoping it is just because of my eating habits and not something more serious to consider. I started taking my iron supplements again, and I think I should start on B12 again too. Just don't have any energy. Will probably have a nap right after work today.
- Wednesday Jul 18, 2018
My feelings of unpleasantness towards my work situation have not changed much, unfortunately. I had a whole week off, and within the first hour of coming back to work this week, I was already counting to 10 and trying to calm myself down! Is it me? Some other things not work related are starting to weigh on me; maybe i'm picking up on the littlest bit of idiocy and making it something more than it needs to be. Perhaps I should just get over myself?
Camping wasn't really that great, but I didn't have to work so there was that. We had tornado warnings and thunderstorms for two days, and then one day was super windy. So really, one day of good weather out of four. That. Sucked. Balls. Try keeping an 11 year old entertained when there is absolutely nothing to do! I can only play so many card games, 'yo. I was not cut out to look after kids :(
I did manage to get a nice long bike ride in, a few minutes short of 4 hours in the saddle! It felt really good to get that done, and I managed to make it over 80 kilometers in total. Hopefully one or two more of those before the 120 kilometer ride in September.
I also completed a 5k Foam Fest run last weekend; it was so muddy and dirty!!! Lots of fun though. And i've gone on two nice long walks since the weekend - 4.5 k and 6.5 k last night. This weekend I am coaching at the gym, and then playing in a ladies' golf tournament, so i'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my bestie :)
I haven't been eating great since coming home from camping; many meals of toast and eggs LOL and I do not have too much for groceries in the fridge. I have no motivation to get out and buy good food, but last night I found some pork chops in the freezer so I made those, and ate it with rice and some veggies I also found in the freezer! Thank goodness for freezers, huh?! And now I have leftovers for a couple of days so that's good.
- Thursday Jul 05, 2018
I took this week as a rest week. I am feeling super lazy from the long weekend, and I just want to do nothing but sleep this week! Just in time to be well rested for camping next week ;) The only problem with taking a rest WEEK is that I am very ornery because I have not been working out!
I am only coaching one day this week, Friday after work. I was going to have a garage sale on Saturday, but i'm thinking now that maybe I will wake up super early instead and go for a nice long bike ride. I need to get more time in on the bike, and who needs to be stuck in a garage waiting for people to stop by - so boring! And then I am off work for a whole week next week - halleluiah!!!
Stupid people have been seriously stressing me out, and I am in desperate need of a break. It is really breaking me down. I try so hard to not let other people bring me down, but man has it ever been hard this week (and last week, and let's face it - the week before that too). It is all adding up to an overall feeling of unpleasantness, like I could shake people. Adults. Grown adults that should know better. Anyways!
I have a beauty of a camping spot reserved from Tuesday to Friday next week at a park that is about half an hour's drive away. It is lakefront - right off the water. I don't know how it will go - I am close enough that I could be pulled back into town for various reasons, but i'm hoping that won't happen and the weather will be wonderful and I will be able to relax. We'll see!
The fair is on in the city this week. BF and his kids are checking it out this afternoon, so I will meet them once i'm done work and i'm totally going to have some elephant ears and lemonade ;) and maybe shoot some balloons or other various targets to let off some steam from the workday.
I should really just quit and start working at the gym full time. If only my workplace didn't have such an awesome pension and benefit plan!
- Monday Jun 18, 2018
I'm so tired, guys, LOL. I've been over-extending myself and i'm burning out! Smoking! Down to the ashes! So I made an executive decision in the Life of Legcramps, and decided to kick Cycling in the City to the curb. It's almost six hours out of every Monday night, and leaves me totally exhausted for the rest of the week. I am better off cycling where I am and saving myself four hours or more each week that I can put towards studying for personal training certification. It makes me sad, but it's for the best.
Otherwise things are plugging along. I might add a Tuesday to my coaching routine, we'll see if that happens in the next couple of weeks. Here's a run down of what last week looked like:
Monday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, drive 1 hour 45 minutes, cycle 30 kilometers, drive 1 hour 45 minutes back home
Tuesday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, fall asleep on couch all night
Wednesday - lane swim 1 kilometer, work all day, mow lawn for 1 hour, play slopitch 1.5 hours
Thursday - lane swim 1.25 kilometers, work all day, drive 45 minutes, attend training session
Friday - lane swim 500 meter drills, work all day, drive 30 minutes, coach training session, drive 30 minutes home
Saturday - drive 30 minutes, coach training session, drive 1 hour 45 minutes, cycle 67 kilometers, collapse on bf's couch
Sunday - drive 1.5 hours, open water swim 450 meters, paddleboard 6 kilometers, drive 45 minutes, eat a lot of food, fall asleep on couch
Good times, huh?! LOL
- Monday Jun 04, 2018
I have finally started coaching group sessions at the gym! Yay! I think i've now done 4 coaching sessions, and I will be confirmed for most Friday evenings, and i'll be switching off Saturday morning with the other trainers at the gym. Hopefully in the fall I can add another day to the routine, but this is fantastic for a start! I'm very happy about jumping this
pond giant ocean from training to coaching. Finally!
Something else i'm happy about is finally having a routine. I do so much better when I have a schedule, rather than flying by the seat of my pants, which i've had to do for the last few months with all the training at the gym. I am just so relieved to finally be able to set some kind of routine and know what i'm doing each week. I know things will change, due to weather or circumstance, and that's ok, but at least I will have something I can follow along to for the most part.
I am feeling a little under the weather today; I had some ice cream last night after supper and it's definitely haunting me today. I was supposed to drive into the city for group cycling, but instead I think I will use the heating pad for a bit and then see if I can go out for a shorter ride from home instead. I should really try harder to stop myself from eating dairy - especially being lactose-intolerant
- Thursday May 24, 2018
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well!
I have been plowing along; I can't believe it is almost the end of May already, I don't feel like I have accomplished much this month. I did start eating more vegetables so that is good - and have cheat days once a week although i'm not sure how great an idea that is and if I will continue doing that in June. I lost a pound of weight since the beginning of the month, and i'm hoping that's fat, not water lol! I think it is fat, which is nice - I am just at a point where I will not lose weight quickly anymore so if it is even one pound a month, that is cool with me.
I started group cycling in May, so that has been going really well. I moved up one group, to Group 4, and I can tell they are much faster and I am getting pretty decent workouts in so i'm very happy about that. I am trying to get in more training on the bike to prepare for the long rides i'm doing this summer.
What else am I doing...still working through the gym training and onboarding. It is moving pretty slowly, and I doubt it will get any faster now that summer is here, but I will continue to work through it at whatever pace I can! I still haven't opened the Personal Training course textbook past the first chapter, so I have a lot work ahead of me for that.
I put Pound training on hold for the time being. I just cannot find enough time to practice enough songs, so it will have to wait until I do have time. I'm thinking the fall might be a better time to introduce it anyways, so hopefully no one else gets to it before I do!
Other than that, i'm working on getting the yard in order and setting up a garage sale in the next few weeks. Lane swimming opens up in the beginning of June, so i'm hoping to get there in the early mornings to do that again - I really miss swimming. I also signed up for a 5k run in June, so I guess I will have to do some training for that (I really dislike running, but it is for a good cause and it's more of a fun run/colour run).
- Friday Apr 27, 2018
I procrastinated about getting my taxes done and finally did them last night at 11:30p.m. Gosh, I would have much rather gone to bed early, but it had to get done. Pretty tired today.
New plan for May; really going to focus on my nutrition and making sure I get in healthier meals during the week and cut down a bit on the junky stuff that does nothing for me. I made a list of healthy foods to buy over the course of the month, and will try my best to stick to them - mainly will be eating a heck of a lot more vegetables and protein. We'll see how it goes!
Training at the gym is still ongoing; I will be co-coaching some training sessions over the next few weeks and then hopefully I will be able to start coaching them on my own and finally get into a routine. Looking forward to it! I also registered to take the Personal Training certification course through NASM, and that will be starting soon I think. Not really looking forward to that lol, but I will put in the work I need to put in so that I give myself the best future possible.
So, I pulled an impulse buy and purchased another bicycle...
I think someone needs to tell me to stop twisting my own arm lol!
This one is a triathlon bike; it is a used Cervelo P2 and has been in a Worlds Ironman event! I am already proud of it, and I have yet to ride it haha! It will be delivered tonight, so hopefully if it is nice enough out this weekend I will be able to take it for a test ride. Oh my goodness I can't wait! That makes four bikes for me, yikes. I'm going to have to start selling some older ones if I continue to find bikes I want to buy. I just couldn't pass up the deal on this one...Cervelo is very elite...ok I will stop defending my purchase now lol.
- Friday Apr 06, 2018
I got such crappy sleep last night you guys, unbelievable that I made it through work AND a workout today! It's 9pm now and I think I'm gonna go to bed very soon.
I have been stressing about getting everything done and if I could just relax and get some sleep I'm sure I could tackle a bunch of stuff. Relax legcramps! Tomorrow is another day and another chance to get it right/done lol
I tried to put myself on a meal plan this week but I haven't had much luck. Pre planning didn't happen because I was gone all weekend for Easter, and things got busy this week at work and at the gym. I got all my workouts in but too many slushies!!! I really need to work on balancing all this stuff out. Hopefully soon things will settle down into more of a routine and I can make better choices with my days.
Still feeling good though! So many training sessions...I miss doing my own thing at the gym. It will be nice once I start coaching the group sessions instead of having to participate in them because afterwards I will be able to do my own workout. I like lifting and the group training is more full body interval training stuff.
Enough about me! Time for bed soon unless I pop in a movie and have some popcorn!
- Thursday Mar 29, 2018
Even though I am sporadic, flaky, and nomadic, I am so glad to see all my friends still posting on diet diaries when I come back to check on you all... hope you are all being courageous!
I can hardly remember the last 4 months that i've been away. Time goes so fast now, things happen at lightening speed and even before I can take time to relish the accomplishments, it's time to move on to something else.
I had to study and then write an exam in December, and then there was Christmas. In January, I did a burpee challenge (made it to 90 burpees in one session!) and took some bootcamp training. February I passed my Fitness Instructor Course (on my birthday), which means I can finally teach group fitness! That was a big turning point for me. I also took up snowboarding in February and found myself loving it.
I took Pound Fit pro training in March, just completed it a couple of weeks ago...so I have a few months to reflect, practice, and refine my technique before I start teaching it (hopefully people will show up lol). Also this month I was signed by a gym to start doing group training for them. The onboarding has been extremely exhausting, but I keep telling myself "It is difficult now so that it can be incredibly satisfying later" LOL. I have to repeat this mantra many times a day sometimes, especially after working a full day at the office, driving an hour to the gym for coaching and training, then studying videos and notes for the rest of the evening. But it is everything I have wanted for such a long time, I can hardly complain now, right?!
Happy Easter all! I will be spending the weekend with family, sledding, snowboarding, and hot tubbing. Can't wait!
- Monday Nov 27, 2017
Nov 24 - 45 minute GYM session with bf
Nov 26 - 30 minute BIKE; 25 minute POWER MILL
So, I ended up not taking any melatonin after all. Bf put vaseline in his nose and I didn't wake up to his snoring at all Friday or Saturday night. Shopping on Saturday was LONG; ugh; but I did manage to find all gifts except my Mom and bf, so it's nice to have such a good head start. When we got back home to my place, I had a few friends come over and we played cards. I don't know if it was because of the long day but I started overthinking things with bf...his mannerisms while we played cards...I was analyzing it all and WE ALL KNOW what happens when we overthink things; then on Sunday afternoon when I asked him to clarify something about his past the conversation just went wrong. Not arguing wrong, just awkward wrong...like he was keeping something from me. He ended up going home soon after, and I went to the gym. I feel upset about it; I also feel very anxious that i'm making the same mistakes i've made in past relationships...I know he is not my exes. Must remind myself of that.