- Tuesday Jan 07, 2020
The urge to go straight home after coaching last night got to me and in the end I skipped a gym workout in favour of a bike ride at home with Zwift. I am still 10 kilometers away from completing my free trial, but I think I am going to subscribe. It was a pretty intense ride, which I wouldn't have done on my own. I really need to be pushed when i'm on the bike, otherwise I go easy on myself.
I have been missing my outdoor workouts; yesterday I checked the summer schedule for triathlons and the like, but I haven't gone click-crazy yet. I'm trying to hold off, because it does make the summer really busy when I add a bunch of events into the mix. I will do my best to stick to one per month LOL. Anyways, I feel a pool swim might be in my near future - definitely missing lane swimming.
FOOD - 100% vegan today; thinking about curry for supper.
EXERCISE - at home today, so if I don't get on the bike than it's a rest day!
- Monday Jan 06, 2020
Work today, then coaching tonight. I'm tired, so will probably be in bed early tonight.
Yesterday was a restful day, but I still managed to clean up the majority of the christmas decorations, do the dishes and one load of laundry, and tidy up after my cousins stayed with me over the weekend.
My right hip/lower back is bugging me, and also my right big toe. Feeling tingling and numbness. It's wierd, hopefully it doesn't last long. Went in the massage chair a few times yesterday to try and relieve it.
FOOD - 100% vegan; I have some leftover vegan bowls that I ate over the weekend to round out the day of eating today. Lots of good veggies and protein.
EXERCISE - coaching tonight, then a workout. I did upper body on Saturday, so might do the power mill/bike today. The program I made for myself was getting really good results in terms of muscle definition, but I never felt energized from any of the workouts. They were all strictly strength workouts, and I do enjoy doing cardio. Since i've completed five weeks of the program, I will review and revise my program, and try to come up with something a little more suitable to both my goals and my everyday joy.
- Friday Jan 03, 2020
I was spoiled during my time off from work and now I don't want to work anymore. I know, kind of a snowflake thing to say. I might be starting a countdown to early retirement. Except it's still years away... but less than 10 years! I should find out for sure and seriously put a countdown app on my phone.
Coaching tonight, then workout, then meeting up with my cousin whose son is playing hockey this weekend. They are going to stay with me but I probably won't see much of them since i'm working tomorrow at the gym also.
Have a great weekend!
FOOD - vegan 100% today
EXERCISE - workout after coaching
- Thursday Jan 02, 2020
Happy New Year!
I am back to work, and back in the grind. As I expected, I have a lot of catching up to do. I will earn my pay for the next little while LOL.
Christmas was ok; BF had his family to my place and we had a nice big meal and played some games. And New Year's Eve was fun; we went over to a friend's party and visited and played games.
Not much going on tonight; I think BF and his daughter are coming for the night - then he takes her back to her Mom in the morning.
FOOD - It's a vegan day, so might try rice or noodles with tofu chicken or sausage tonight.
EXERCISE - rest day, unless Zwift tempts me to jump on the spin bike for a while. I've just loaded the Zwift app onto my ipad; it's a really fun app you can use for workouts. I can race other people, 'level up' like in a video game, and lots of other things.
- Monday Dec 16, 2019
We had a really busy weekend. I ended up driving to BF's on Friday night after coaching at the gym because I had forgotten that my godson was playing hockey in BF's town on Saturday morning. So friday was a late night.
Saturday we were up and watching hockey all morning; in the afternoon, we drove into the city (about 2.5 hours) to pick up the gifts BF and I bought for each other for Christmas, and a few other things we still needed to get. To give ourselves a break from the activity, we decided to check out Jumanji II in Ultra 3D. It was really good! Then we drove to my place that night.
On Sunday we spent much of the morning setting up our Christmas gifts in the living room. We bought ourselves a new spin bike as well as a massage chair. They were big purchases, but we've been saving up and we decided the massage chair would be our gift this year and next year ;) We'll see if that holds true a year from now LOL. Then BF's son came to visit with his gf, and we all went out for supper. After that, it was off to my friend's to give my godson his presents and visit with the family. We stopped quickly on the drive back to BF's to fix something at his daughter's. It was another late night by the time we got back to BF's.
This morning I was up early and on the road home to get ready for work.
I work today, then coach at the gym tonight, and then i'm off both jobs until next Monday. We have numerous funeral services to attend for my grandma this week. I have a lot of cleaning to get done tomorrow before Mom flies in to stay with me over the holidays. I'll work at the gym for my regular Mondays and Fridays starting next week, but will be on holidays from my full time job until after the new year. So I probably won't be updating here much.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of love and comfort! <3
- Friday Dec 13, 2019
Thank goodness it's Friday. I believe this week must have had 16 days in it...
Coaching tonight; I hope it will feel good to get back at it.
Weekend plans: head to city to pick up the last of the Christmas gifts - the ones for BF and I; workout; spend time with my best friend and my godson, watch him open up our gifts and then we'll go on a twinkle tour of the Christmas lights.
Last night and into this morning I am feeling extra weepy at short intervals. It's wierd how I felt fine for the last two days, and now I feel all weepy and stuff. Grief is such a strange monster.
- Thursday Dec 12, 2019
Two more days until the weekend; just needing to remind myself that time still goes on.
I'm trying to wrap up things at work this week so that when i'm off things can still run fairly smoothly here. There are a lot of Christmas-type things happening at work next week, and i'm sad to miss it but at the same time it's a huge relief to not have to deal with the logistics and planning of it all! There - I said it out loud! LOL
Mom will be staying with me for Christmas this year, and I have mixed feelings about it. I know I should be glad to have the extra time with her, but it's really hard for me. I never did have a great relationship with her. It's like we are distant relatives that have to put up with each other at certain times of the year. I'm sure it will be fine, just feeling some anxiety over it. Anxiety seems to be the norm for me these days.
I also need to start working out again. I've been really sporadic this month, and I really wanted to push it hard to the end of the year. This whole week has been one giant rest day, LOL. Tomorrow I have to coach, so I will get in a workout then. And hopefully on the weekend also. Once I get back at it, it will be easy to keep it up.
- Tuesday Dec 10, 2019
We got called to Grandma's bedside this weekend, and she passed early Monday morning. Once she started to decline, it happened very quickly. No more suffering.
Just got back to work today; no coaching for me until Friday; funeral services will be late next week. Then Christmas. I'm so sad.
- Thursday Dec 05, 2019
It was a nice night out with the girls; it does remind me to be grateful to have a close group of friends that I can call on if I ever need help.
I ordered the spring rolls - it was the only thing on the menu that might have been vegan! And I don't really think it was 100% vegan, but we're going to have to be ok with that LOL. This way of eating is really teaching me a lot about freeing my thinking and not being so restrictive about food. You'd think it would have the opposite effect - that I would freak out more when I don't have any immediate vegan options - but i've been able to shrug it off mostly, and use it as my :20 opportunity. Today I feel once the vegan trial period is over (whenever that may be), I might stick to it, maybe more like 70:30, but I don't mind it at all.
BF is coming tonight so that we can get a head start on the drive to the city tomorrow; we both took the day off work so we could get some things done in the city. It will be a busy day, and then I have to be back at the gym by 5:00 p.m. to coach. But i'm looking forward to the day off!
- Wednesday Dec 04, 2019
Mom called out of the blue last night, she had a birthday party to attend but she called a few minutes before she had to leave. I was so surprised by the call that I forgot all the things I had to tell her LOL.
I have mostly just gift cards left to buy people for Christmas. It's easier that way, especially with most of my family so far away - it gets so expensive to send gifts. I ordered a medical sheepskin for Grandma, and Mom and my brother will go in on the gift with me so it works out to around $35 each for something that I think she will really enjoy having.
The first gift exchange happens tonight with my girlfriends. There are six of us; I got three girls Christmas scarves and the other two cute bracelets.
Looks like it might be day two of rest for me today. Once again, not upset about it. I think I am getting a cold, so just trying to law low and stay under the radar until it passes.