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legcramps - Monday Mar 26, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I should have made some time to do the Cardio Recovery workout after my Power & Resistance workout this morning; those calves are starting to burn again ;) Tomorrow I will have to wake up a bit earlier so that I can fit both workouts in. I can't seem to get myself to do anything after work or in the evening anymore; way too tired from getting up earlier!!!

I'm back on schedule with Insanity and it feels good to have gotten the first week out of the way. Onto week number 2. This morning was tough, maybe because it's the first day of getting back to waking up earlier, maybe because my nutrition yesterday wasn't the best (good calorie range, bad protein points), maybe it's because I went to wallyball last night for an hour. Anyways, I had to stop and rest a few extra times. I can tell my cardio endurance is already way better than before, but those resistance and plyo moves are killer on the legs! I must be pretty weak in that area :0

Dad is still recovering with a few minor issues; i'm hoping he'll do well this week and be moving around by the weekend. I am incredibly stressed over this whole thing; people are being so overly dramatic and it's so draining to have to deal with them as well as try to keep Dad in good spirits! There are some people I would like to give a good shaking to. And I feel myself reacting to small annoyances with bad behaviour because I can't cope with it all. That's no excuse and I realize that, I just need to figure out how to deal!

Back on my nutrition plan; cooked up all my lunches and dinners for the week, and set aside snacks to take to work. I'm already ready for the week to be over!!!

thenewMLE on 03/26/2012:
Good plan for food for the week. I find if I pre-plan, prepare and cook, I don't deviate and I'm not stressed at the last minute about what am I going to eat. There is way too much other stress that eating shouldn't have to be part of it! Good luck with your Dad. Hopefully this week won't be too bad.

V on 03/26/2012:
I am happy that your Dad is on the road to recovery in high spirits..It sucks that the gloom and doomers of the family always have to overdramatize things(I have quite a few in my family) Anyhoo I am proud that you were able to make up your classes and yes as each day passes, you will find yourself getting stronger! Take those breaks when ya need them girly..Have a good evening <3

legcramps - Saturday Mar 24, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I'm not going to miss my Insanity workouts, i've decided when I get home today I will do yesterday's workout, then tomorrow which is Insanity's day off, i'll do Saturday's workout and i'll be back on schedule!!

Eating is under cals but I didn't get a whole lot of protein in yesterday just because I spent the entire day at the hospital and really only brought snacks. I was exhausted when I got back to the hotel last night; just fell asleep with my clothes on and everything!

Heading to the hospital once more this morning, then home after meeting some family for lunch. Then I need to get my workout in and get showered and ready for a friend's birthday party. Oy, long day!

Have a good weekend :)

grannyannie on 03/24/2012:
Your day at the hospital sounds tiring! You're doing well catching up on your workouts. Enjoy the birthday party.

cybermom4 on 03/24/2012:
You sound very motivated and very busy. Keep up the good work with the workouts. I hope to build motivation like you and others on this site. Taking baby steps. Have a good evening!

V on 03/25/2012:
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Great plan for making up your classes <3

legcramps - Friday Mar 23, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Just about on my way back to the hospital; Dad is out of surgery and recovering. Not sure how the surgery itself went, but he seems to be doing alright. Thanks for your well wishes!

Can't do Insanity today - the dvd won't play on my computer. I don't have time this morning to figure it out, so maybe i'll give it another try when I get back to the hotel. Or else I can go to the fitness centre and do some cardio there. Sad that I might miss a day of Insanity though :(

Eating is going well so far!

grannyannie on 03/23/2012:
Hope your dad recovers quickly. Have a good visit with your dad and have a good weekend.

sweetpea1977 on 03/23/2012:
I hope your dad has a speedy recovery! Your backup workout plan sounds good. Dont stress about missing a day or two. Most likely, you'll be able to make up for them later.

good job on the eating. keep up the good work!

sweetpea1977 on 03/23/2012:
PS. If you cant get your dvds to work in your laptop, try downloading this free media player: http://www.videolan.org/

thenewMLE on 03/23/2012:
Praying for a speedy recovery for your dad. If you can't get your workout in, I used to do the stairs at the hospital when my dad was in. Depending what floor he was on (for 5 months he was on the 4th floor) I would climb the stairs repeatedly. It made me feel like I was at least being somewhat active even though I have never formally exercised in my life. Fortunately Dad had a full recovery and we hope to not have to spend that kind of time there again.

V on 03/23/2012:
I am happy to hear that your Dad is recovering well :) Hey I know you are bumming about missing a class but you can always double up the classes to make it up when you get back..If not improv it at the gym OR I bet your tv in your room will have a DvD.. Move the furniture around so you have enough space.. Anyhoo I hope your weekend goes well my friend <3

legcramps - Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Howdy girls!

I am in the city, just checked into my hotel and am going to head to the hospital soon to see how Dad made out with his surgery. I hate city driving; it was a mess just to get to the hotel! Oh well.

This morning I did the Insanity Cardio Recovery workout, and thank goodness for it because it was a nice stretch to balance out all the cardio and resistance training the last few days. It was still a difficult enough workout, but my heartrate stayed pretty low so i'm glad for the "day off"!

Eating is going well so far, i'm going to take some snacks to the hospital with me (yogurt, blueberries) so that I don't get the munchies and go off my plan. I'll be here for the next couple of days, so staying on plan will be a true test.

Hope you're all enjoying your day!

V on 03/22/2012:
I hope all goes well with your Dad <3 Good deal on bringing your own snacks to the hospital..Have a good one my friend :)

Umpqua on 03/23/2012:
Wishing you lots of positive energy this weekend and I hope all is going well with your Dad!

legcramps - Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Nutrition yesterday went much better than Monday. I made sure to eat after the Insanity workout in the morning (7am), then lunch at 12pm, snack at 2:30pm, and dinner at 5:30pm. I still had two other meals to eat but I swapped them for a mocha ;). Every meal, except for the mocha, had protein. I think I did pretty good, and my calorie count was pretty awesome if I do say so myself!!!

I didn't think of taking recovery fuel in, but perhaps I will have to give that some thought. And thanks V for recommending Cardio Recovery on tougher days - I think that might be a great idea.

So this morning was Day 3 of Insanity, Power & Resistance. My calves were really bugging me today, very sore and I was scared they were going to cramp (yep, like my name) and cause me some pain. Thankfully that didn't happen, but it did force me to modify some of the moves during the workout. My heart rate was at its highest since starting the Insanity program, woooo calorie burn!!

Working towards a 85-90g/day goal for protein:

B - bran cereal, flaxseed, skim milk, 1/2 banana - 12g protein

L - lean beef, 1/2 english muffin, spinach, blueberries - 29g protein

S1 - yogurt, walnuts, 1/2 apple, honey - 8g protein

D - rice, 2oz chicken, peas, corn - 24g protein

S2 - pb&j sandwich on 1/2 slice homemade bread - 8g protein

S3 - 1/2 english muffin, tomato, mozza cheese - 7g protein

Total protein = 88g

grannyannie on 03/21/2012:
I've been bringing a snack with me to eat after my morning gym workouts. Helps a lot! Today I had almonds and I've also bought healthier cereal/fruit/nut type bars and can also bring peanut butter between 2 oatcakes (not cake, mostly oats!).

sweetpea1977 on 03/21/2012:
wow, great menu!!

congrats on surviving day 3. Be sure to stretch and cool down afterwards!! :)

grannyannie on 03/21/2012:
There's only one spin bike in the gym and I think it's fairly new, so unless someone chooses one of the programmes which tell you to stand, they wouldn't know.

hollybelle on 03/21/2012:
Yes! I am in a chipper mood - I think the B-12 and hormones "might" be kicking in!

supercheese on 03/21/2012:
you as well!! yeah i know those leg cramps you're talking about...killer!!! Oh geez you do it in the morning? I do it after work with zach.....maybe we should try for the morning. Bet you're making great progress!!

V on 03/21/2012:
Sorry It is MY Bad for not telling you that it is GNC Pro Perfomance brand "L- Glutamine Powder" sorry for the horrendous spelling hahahaha Great looking menu today! Eating like an athlete is key for peak performance <3 have a good one!!

Umpqua on 03/21/2012:
I hadn't considered using recovery formula until I started the P90 classes, and I love it! This is the one I have: http://bonavitas.com/r12.html It was a bit of an investment but it's a huge jug and it will last at least 4 months for me. Your foods look wonderful!

legcramps - Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Now I know how Sweetpea was feeling when she upped her protein intake... bleh. I was so full yesterday that it was hard to move without groaning.

Anyways, maybe it wasn't as bad as all that, but what a difference a few extra calories of protein will do!

Today, I'll be switching around my meals a little bit so that i'm not feeling as full during the day at work, and saving something for evening when i'm at my most munchy! It's all about finding the balance that works for you!

Insanity - Day 2 complete. Man, my calves feel like they're going to seize up on me! I'll be stretching them out at intervals throughout the day. I felt stronger today than during the fit test (maybe in part to the nutrition yesterday?), but this workout really kicked my ass and knocked me out. I took a few extra breaks and at one point just watched some of the other people in the video break for water or fall on the floor. Hilarious!

I am slightly sore today; unsure as to whether this is from Wallyball on Sunday, the Fit Test on Monday, or this morning's workout. Whatever the cause, the effect is a big, hilarious, huge grin on my face. The endorphines are kicking into gear!!!

Plan for today:

Food - cereal, mocha, burger, yogurt, chicken, pb&j sandwich

Exercise - Insanity; way too windy and cold to walk to work today, even if my legs would have let me :)

Other - I booked a hotel room in the city for Dad's surgery; now I need to pack and find a cooler for the food I want to take with me. And tonight is leg waxing night as well; whew!

Umpqua on 03/20/2012:
Great work on the Insanity and good planning for you weekend trip!

sweetpea1977 on 03/20/2012:
lol, yep, that sounded like me!

V recommended to me to eat small portions of protein every 2-3 hours, that way you wont feel so bleh all day long. So far, that seems to be working for me.

Yay for big smiles. You are doing fantastic with program, so you have every right to let that sense of accomplishment take over your mood. Keep it up girlie!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/20/2012:
PS. Snow mold sounds creepy and gross!!

grannyannie on 03/20/2012:
I know it's hard to do at work but I spread my food out over the day and find it most satisfying that way. My snack at night is usually about 200 calories.

Love the spin bike! I did one class with my SIL in Michigan at xmas. Wow! It's basically changing the resistance and speed of a bike workout with the addition of lots of standing on the bike in two different hand positions. One bike in our gym now, and a class starting next month in which the instructor tells you what to do and how hard.

supercheese on 03/20/2012:
yay for insanity!! I make chunk of chicken bites and keep them in a container. I add them to almost every meal and save the rest to snack on whenever. Good thing is that they are always low cal and really good for protein. Also, hope you like the workout!! It does get easier!

hollybelle on 03/20/2012:
Great workout LCs! Keep those endorphines going!

V on 03/20/2012:
LOL!! Sweetpea beat me to it..I also suggested maybe making up a batch of ground turkey(or beef?Lamb?)meatballs to snack on..those individual packets of tuna/salmon are a good source if protein..I also boil eggs on Monday, and put them in the fridge, although i usually use them in my salads they also do in a pinch..Anyhoo you could make deviled eggs, egg salad or just eat them as is..Protein shakes are good when you might not have time at work.. Yes make sure you fuel up, you are going to need it my friend! BTW I LOVE your BB profile pic <3

V on 03/20/2012:
P.S. I am VERY proud of you.. Hey make sure you are taking some form of recovery fuel for the sore muscles..You don't have to spend tons of money either..GNC sells pure Glucosaime L Powder for 7 bucks(48 servings) If you have extra time to get in the Cardio Recovery class on the tougher days that would be a great help as well :)

legcramps - Monday Mar 19, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Great times at Wallyball last night; really enjoyed getting out there and sweating. It's pretty crazy how much I look forward to this outing each week and being able to burn over 500 calories in an hour :)

I wanted to walk to work this morning but it was lightly raining and foggy out so I thought it might be a bit dangerous (I need to cross a highway to get to work). Besides, I started Insanity this morning; who needs an extra workout on top of that?!!! Not me!!!

The first workout in Insanity is the Fit Test. For ten one-minute intervals, you kill yourself to get the highest possible number of (insert exercise here) that you can. Halfway through, I needed a longer break than Shaun T was giving out. I had to pause the DVD and walk through a little bout of nausea. My numbers start off well, and then go downhill. And then after my break, they're pretty good again, and then they go downhill again :)

Funniest moment ever: I was doing the obliques, the last exercise of the test, and I was about to fall into child's pose and start crying, when I heard "I know you want to quit, I just need you to dig a little deeper" or something like that from Shaun T. It couldn't have come at a better time, I pulled out a few extra moves before crashing to the floor.

Plan for today:

Food - I'm going to try to follow the plan set out through the program, but I will be adding in my coffee at work because I am not ready to give that up!! Below is pretty much what I have planned for the week:

Breakfast - cereal, flaxseed, 1/2 banana, skim milk


Morning - plain yogurt, 1/2 apple, walnuts, honey

Lunch - lean burger on english muffin, spinach, blueberries

Afternoon - 1 slice homemade bread, pb, jelly

Dinner - brown rice, grilled chicken, vegetables

Evening - english muffin, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice reduced-fat mozza

Exercise - Insanity!

Other - I need to make arrangements to go into the city for Dad's surgery on Thursday. This is going to screw up my plans for Insanity and for my eating, but I will make it work as much as possible, even if that means taking my laptop with me in order to get my workouts in, and bringing a cooler for my food! I will make it work!

Umpqua on 03/19/2012:
Yay for Insanity! He does that during P90X too, yells out encouragement at key times when you feel like death is imminent ;P Your meal plan looks great, I hope you have an awesome week!

lolla on 03/19/2012:
I hope all goes well with your dad and I am sure you can make things workout for your eating and exervice plans!

grannyannie on 03/19/2012:
You're doing an awesome job! Isn't it great to have FUN burning fat?! Hope your dad's surgery goes well.

sweetpea1977 on 03/19/2012:
Yay! The Insanity has begun!! I look forward to reading how it goes for you!! :)

Its hard for me to give up coffee too. Its the one simple pleasure that I look forward to every single day! :)

grannyannie on 03/19/2012:
LOL on the grandma card! There was a 90 year old lady there when I arrived and my friend was pushing cakes and sandwiches on her as well and she kept saying no no no. It was all so tasty but so bad. No nutritious value at all, but OMG the drippy caramel and chocolate!

V on 03/19/2012:
Congrats on "Digging Deep" for the Fit Test..Just like Tony, Shaun encourages you to take breaks only if you need it and get back in once you get your second wind. As I mentioned before some how I am going to get Insanity classes in so I can further assist you with any questions that may arise <3 Make sure you take some before pics and I am looking forward to seeing you wear that shirt that states "I Earned This" :) Have you set up your beachbody profile yet?? Even if you haven't you can still browse around and see the amazing success stories on the site :)

legcramps - Saturday Mar 17, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Oh my goodness this healthified, fake-fried rice with peanuts and broccoli with a scrambled egg is REALLY good. Especially when you're a little bit hung over.


Went to the new bar last night; the little place was packed. Not surprisingly for a small town, the cops were there twice and there was a "burn-out-and-run" with some idiot thinking he could out-run the police. He couldn't. His car is pretty smashed up now. Also being hit on by awkward adult-teens was not fun. But the dancing was alright, and there was laughing too, so i'd say it was a successful night!

Of course, it was SOOOOO difficult to get away once the bar was done. There's always an after-party, yes? The pressure was hot on me to keep going, but I persevered and snuck away around 3am LOL. At least 3am is better than finding yourself with a beer in your hand at 8am and deciding to go for breakfast. Those were the days LOL!!!

Guess what???? I went to the post yesterday and my Insanity program was there! So I get to start a whole week earlier than anticipated! Can't wait!!!

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, rice as above, snack? creamed soup, crackers.

Exercise - no plan!

Other - no plan!

V on 03/17/2012:
Hahahahaha!! You know once upon a time (not long ago) We used to party with a purpose other than getting arrested!! LOL I am thrilled that "Insanity" has arrived! I look forward to see the pic of you in your Tee that states"I earned It" :) Make sure you let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, concerns as well as your love for Shaun T <3 Have a great weekend!!

legcramps - Friday Mar 16, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Well, haha, here I am at work today! So much for my plan to take the day off; but it's alright since it's Friday and for some reason I feel like I just ate a whole lot of chocolate and am on a wicked chocolate high ;) (I didn't eat any chocolate, just for the record).

Was asked to go to the opening of a new bar in town tonight. I hate saying no to things like this, especially since it's so nice to still be asked on occasion, seeing as i've let my social life go downhill for a long time now. I just would rather it not be a late night because they tend to send my weekends into the gutter in terms of diet and exercise! But perhaps a few hours out dancing and laughing would do wonders for my mental health :)

It took a fair amount of coaxing to get my body to walk to work this morning; it sure didn't want to! I had to wear my knee brace AND take an advil, and now i'm thinking about taking a robaxacet as well. When I get up from my desk to move, my hip flexor fights back. Oh, the joys of getting older!!!

Plan for today:

Food - mocha, rice and chili, cottage cheese with fruit, rice and stir fry. a few drinks later.

Exercise - walking outside 1 hour.

Other - a nap? LOL.

It's going to be a beautiful day today - the high is at 18 degrees celsius for this afternoon. It will be a lovely walk home so long as my joints will allow it!

liza36 on 03/16/2012:
I think going out with friends will do wonders. It doesn't have to derail the weekend, although I totally understand how that happens.

I'm glad you're moving despite the pain and having to take meds. Sounds like you're hanging in there. Have a good weekend!

Umpqua on 03/16/2012:
I want a chocolate high without the chocolate! I hope you have fun tonight and dancing and laughing sounds like a good plan :)

grannyannie on 03/16/2012:
I also want that chocolate high w/o the calories! Enjoy your night out!

sweetpea1977 on 03/16/2012:
A calorie free chocolate high would be awesome. :)

Enjoy your weekend! You deserve to have some fun!!

Em17 on 03/16/2012:
Have a great weekend!

V on 03/16/2012:
Confession Time..I have tiny case of "Beiber Fever" Please don't tell anyone ;) LOL have a great weekend and what time should I meet you for lunch???

legcramps - Thursday Mar 15, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I am fighting huge yawns this morning at work :(

I haven't totally decided yet, but i'm thinking of taking tomorrow off. I am not entirely sure what I would do with my day off, but I am thinking sleeping in would be a good start ;)

I was able to walk to work this morning; the weather network is showing a high of above 10 celsius for this afternoon  how awesome would that be?! I complained a lot yesterday about not being able to feel the heat of the sun, but today I don't think that will be an issue! Yay! Sun! How exciting!

Plan for Today:

Food - mocha, free lunch during meeting, cottage cheese with fruit, rice and brussel sprouts, ritz baked chips (these things are awesome and also give me zits).

Exercise - walking outside 1 hour

liza36 on 03/15/2012:
How nice to be able to walk to work, and especially have the weather cooperate. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 03/15/2012:
We are hovering around 10C here as well but no sun, although London had 19 and sun. Not fair! Nice to walk to work, I did that for 5 years in Tennessee.

sweetpea1977 on 03/15/2012:
a day off to sleep in sounds wonderful. do it!! :)

V on 03/15/2012:
I bet you are stoked for an extended weekend :) You have any plans for St.Patty's day??

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