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legcramps - Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/07/2020:
Great plans and a veggie dinner is always wonderful! Lately i'm enjoying more veggies, except for the lol gas side effects. but i'm enjoying feeling full and happy.

I'm enjoying having a bike at home too. even when i'm not sweating, it does warm me up more than if i were just sitting on the couch and i can easily ride in shorts and a tshirt.

bearcountrygg on 01/07/2020:
Home does sound good after a busy day.....

happy-1 on 01/07/2020:
Sounds like Zwift has turned out to be fun. Is it fun for a beginner at all? Would it motivate me to start riding?

legcramps on 01/08/2020:
I think it would be. There is a 7 day free trial, so you might as well try it out and then you can decide for yourself if you think you'll like it. For best results, if you have a computer or tablet, I would use that for the rides themselves, and then if you have a cell phone I would download the Zwift companion app because that shows you a lot more information on riders, events, and has a newsfeed for you and anyone you decide to follow on Zwift.

legcramps on 01/08/2020:
Also, it has motivated me to ride twice now, with a third ride on the calendar for tonight! I have a group ride scheduled at 5:00 tonight with a group of other women, and I can't wait to check it out!

happy-1 on 01/08/2020:
Can you do Zwift without having your bike connected to it?

legcramps - Monday Jan 06, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2020:
My exercise routine needs some adjustments as well! Rather, i know i need to add more cardio in again. And also keep doing leg strength exercises...

nice job with your eating plan. Veggies are like my savior. I love to fill up on them for at least 1 meal of the day ;)

i am sure the extra massage and rest will help your right side.

great job cleaning up and taking down the decorations.

bearcountrygg on 01/06/2020:
The tingling sounds like an irritated nerve but I'm sure you have figured that out already...sciatica also comes to mind. D had back problems for so many years...and one night we were just sitting there watching TV and all of a sudden he said he had an odd sensation go right down his leg and out his toe...and the back pain has been gone ever since.....

legcramps - Friday Jan 03, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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

bearcountrygg on 01/03/2020:
Early retirement is a thing...D was 48 when he retired and it's worked really well........good job eating vegan all day!!

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
Yes, it's a thing here as well. And I will probably take it!

happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
You can do it. I believe in you. What is the hardest part about your workday that is making it so hard to get back to?

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
There isn't one thing, it's all the little things that keep adding up. I'm just OLD and DONE, that's all.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/04/2020:
less than 10 years until retirement!? amazing!

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
To early retirement anyways!

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
I figure I'll be working until I'm 70 to collect Social Security - if there's any of that left.

legcramps on 01/06/2020:
Yeah, I hear that. My plan is to retire from my current full time job, and work somewhere else. Somewhere that I don't have to deal with all the horse crap that happens around here.

legcramps - Thursday Jan 02, 2020

Weight: 0.0

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.

happy-1 on 01/02/2020:
Welcome back! Yum on the noodles! I made peanut sauce to put over edamame noodles and coleslaw... That's a good reminder to use it.

Oooooooooooh I didn't know your bike was part of a Zwift setup. I've been drooling over that. Is it fun?

legcramps on 01/03/2020:
Well, i've literally only done a test ride so far, so...i'll let you know if it's fun! But I think it will be ;)

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2020:
Glad to see you back.....

legcramps on 01/03/2020:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/02/2020:
it's nice to see you delving into new things regarding fitness and the app...

also lovely you were around others during the holidays and had a nice time. :)

Happy New Year!

legcramps on 01/03/2020:
Same to you!

legcramps - Monday Dec 16, 2019

Weight: 0.0

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

Donkey on 12/17/2019:
What a lovely weekend!

I will be thinking of you this week. (((hugs)))

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/17/2019:
Yes, what a great weekend indeed....you sound much better after it :)

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season as well :)

happy-1 on 12/17/2019:
Hugs. You are handling everything happening at the same time like a boss.

legcramps - Friday Dec 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0

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.

happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
I'm right there with you.

Donkey on 12/14/2019:
Oh so true - this week was ad infinitum... yuck.

Grief doesn't always follow a straight, logical path. Give yourself time to feel what you need to feel.

There are times when I'm very stoic, and other times where I seem to feel every sadness in the world.

horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2019:
Donkey has good advice above....

You got thru this week and now you can refresh yourself and see people meaningful to you on the weekend :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2019:
I hope your weekend is going well :)

legcramps - Thursday Dec 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0

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.

BearCountryGG on 12/12/2019:
Your first sentence says it all...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/12/2019:
BCGG says it right ;)....

I hope you can get back to your schedule soon. you've had a lot going on so i guess it's normal to feel how you do. try to breathe and work thru it.

Donkey on 12/13/2019:
I can relate. Living in a state of anxiety is no fun. But you are right, time still goes on. Most of our fears lie in anticipation.

legcramps - Tuesday Dec 10, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Hi everyone,

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. 

innerpeace on 12/10/2019:
Heartbreaking news. I hope you can find comfort in your memories. Prayers for understanding and strength for you during this difficult time.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/10/2019:
I am sorry to hear about your Grandma's passing. At least she isn't suffering again. My condolences to you and your family <3

Donkey on 12/11/2019:
I'm so sorry for your loss. (((hugs)))

happy-1 on 12/14/2019:
Hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss. There's no acceptable age or situation to lose an integral part of your life.

legcramps - Thursday Dec 05, 2019

Weight: 0.0

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!

BearCountryGG on 12/05/2019:
Your 80/20 rule makes a lot of sense.........Glad you had fun with your friends last night....Love spring rolls!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/05/2019:
yes, thankfully it's not 100% vegan which could not only be difficult, but slightly unhealthy if not done with supplementing sometimes since you can def miss some nutrition eating that way. so, your way is a way i support more than straight 100% vegan honestly!

Donkey on 12/06/2019:
Enjoy the day off!!!

I'm so inspired by your vegan adventure. Thank you for posting about this.

happy-1 on 12/07/2019:
I like your 80/20 rule.

legcramps - Wednesday Dec 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

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.

BearCountryGG on 12/04/2019:
Gift cards are great!!

happy-1 on 12/04/2019:
Aaaaaaaw... look at you with the holiday spirit. You might make me like holidays yet!

Donkey on 12/05/2019:
You are so far ahead of me in the Christmas shopping... oh boy...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/05/2019:
Very nice gifts all around, especially the medical gift for your grandma :)

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