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legcramps - Wednesday May 06, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I think i'm going to start recording my exercise here for the month of May. I know some days won't have anything recorded because i'm still trying to work my way back into a routine, but it might give me some extra motivation to step up my game this month.  

I went for a bike ride last night. I felt like I could have gone longer. Since I usually push the entire time i'm on a bike, it's not a leisure ride for me (I can't help myself...I like to ride fast) so I really have to watch to make sure I don't overdo it.

It did help me with food cravings. I had my dinner and then before I took a bath I snuck in a small snack but it was a good choice and didn't wreck my entire day. So i'm happy with that. One day at a time!

MAY 1 - yoga 20 minutes

MAY 2 - yoga 20 minutes; yardwork 2.5 hours

MAY 3 - yoga 1 hour; bike 35 minutes

MAY 4 - yoga 20 minutes

MAY 5 - yoga 20 minutes; bike 30 minutes

MAY 6 - yoga 20 minutes

Today I tried dancer's pose again, as well as the set up for bow pose. These poses are so hard for me! I have terrible shoulder mobility, but also really short arms and a long torso, so it's really hard to grasp my feet for these poses. I have been using a strap and I think I will have to stick to that for the month, but at least I can try to deepen the poses a little bit. Tomorrow morning I might try to work in some extra sun salutations.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, oatmeal

Morning Snack - dried pears

Lunch - rice with vegan sausage, veggies

Afternoon Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - Not sure what to make tonight; maybe I will take out some chicken breasts

Evening Snack - freezie

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2020:
Thanks for going back to recording your exercise as it helps me now at the moment motivation wise !

I am starting to realize the importance of yoga on an aging body and how important it is to start on it before my body stiffens up!

legcramps on 05/07/2020:
Definitely! Plus it has also been providing me with some introspection with what I want out of life. This little break we've been on has certainly made me think about what I need more of in my life :)

Donkey on 05/07/2020:
I like it when you post your exercise! I think you did that a while back.

I too have shoulder mobility issues. My right shoulder is messed up. I marvel at one woman at Library Yin Yoga who can just put her arms behind her back in various positions with no issues.

However, in yoga, ego serves no purpose, and I realized that I am a little more flexible in other positions than she is.

I do not think a strap could help me improve much. So a strap would help me execute the move, but only to my limits, which I'm afraid are pretty much set in arthritis & tendinitis. -- er, stone.

legcramps on 05/07/2020:
Yeah, I think the makeup of my body does not compliment a yoga practice. I am pretty sturdily built LOL, and I just really have never 'bent' well! Straps can deepen a pose for me, but i'll likely never be able to actually do them without one.

legcramps - Tuesday May 05, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I had plans to do more things after work yesterday, like go for a bike ride, walk, or do some type of banded resistance training. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. I had been getting progressively annoyed towards the end of the workday, and by the time I got home, I was just...angry. And sad. And then detached. And all the emotions and stuff LOL.

Side note:  on Thursday last week, I went back on depo provera (birth control) so...that would be the reason for all the emotions and stuff.

I snacked a lot more last night than I should have. I did have the kettle cooked chips, but I also had a freezie, and some almonds and the whole snack bag of dehydrated pears. Ugh. I felt super heavy after that. I will try to do better tonight.

I took a long nap instead. It happens. Moving on.

This morning's yoga session lasted about 20 minutes. I ended up trying crow pose, and was even able to lift my toes off the floor for a few seconds. There were a lot of failed attempts prior to that success. Also, I learned a new move in one of the live sessions we did to really stretch out the hips, and i've been adding that to my morning practice. Wow, does it ever feel good! I leave it to the very end so I can end on a good note :)

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, oatmeal

Morning Snack - dehydrated pears (get them over with in the morning, LOL)

Lunch - leftovers

Afternoon Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - I have one more burger to eat, with corn and some rice

Evening Snack - ??? (if I can get a workout in, this snacking will be cut down drastically)

Donkey on 05/06/2020:
Ironically an evening workout might have helped you with the frustrations of the day. But sometimes, we're just DONE with the day and can't give any more. I've been there.

I hope you have a better day. The hormones may have a lot of influence. I'm thinking once your body readjusts things will be better.

Don't you love it when you find a new yoga move that feels soooooooo good? I'm very happy for you!

legcramps on 05/06/2020:
I think with the altering emotions I was working through yesterday, a workout probably would have been a good thing. I just couldn't get myself to do it though!

I hope my body adjusts soon :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2020:
Lol I finished my dried cranberries (craisins) and you the pears ! Now I’m up to dried and sweetened jackfruit - a big bag I bought on Amazon and now is the perfect time to enjoy it with breakfast while still home !!!! Thought I’d never eat this huge bag of sweetened jackfruit !

Wow you actually went back on the pill ! Will that mean just a few “cycles” per year again?

Also, you are motivating me with that yoga practice - I do a few stretches here and there but your continuous progress is pushing me gently....!

legcramps on 05/06/2020:
Well, i'm not done the pears yet! I put them into little snack bags so that I wouldn't eat them all in one sitting, so I still have two or three left to eat :)

Hopefully I won't experience much of a cycle anymore, or if I do i'm hoping it won't come with the pain and discomfort. It was turning into a week long ordeal every third week, and we all know that's not much fun :(

I just needed to "fix" something in my life right now LOL.

legcramps - Monday May 04, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I had a really nice weekend. Woke up early every morning to practice yoga, then relaxed with coffee until it was time for breakfast. 

I went grocery shopping on Saturday, then BF and I spent about three hours doing yardwork. The front and back yard are almost finished, just need to do a little more trimming and then it's ready for the season. It felt SO GOOD to clean out the flower beds; one of them hadn't been properly cleaned for three years. Since it looked like lady bug heaven in that one, we ended up leaving some ground cover for them to help them prosper.

Saturday I also tried out a dehydrator that a friend gave me when I said I had bags of pears in my freezer I didn't know what to do with LOL. I dehydrated one bag and OMG they are so good!

When we were done the yard work, it was still really warm and sunny out so we decided to cook our supper over the fire pit. Then enjoyed the fire until it was too cool to sit outside, and walked about three blocks to the "walk up" ice cream shop for two scoops :)

On Sunday morning, BF and I took part in a live yoga session through facebook, then he left to go help break new trail for mountain biking. When he got back I made him take a shower and then we went on a short bike ride around town. We ordered pizza for supper, and watched the movie "The Fittest" and I packed up the leftovers and BF took it home with him this morning.

Started the morning off with yoga. This morning, I remembered to light a few candles as well, and played Native American flute and wind pipe music softly in the background. After I was done, I relaxed on the couch for a few minutes with my breakfast and coffee.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, oatmeal

Lunch - some leftovers from fridge (not sure yet)

Afternoon Snack - protein cookie OR dehydrated pears, water

Dinner - corn, bbq burger, avocado salad

Evening Snack - if there are any pears left from my snack bag, OR kettle cooked chips (1 serving)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2020:
Awwww lady bug heaven so cute I bet ! 3 hours is a lot of yard work must have left you hungry !? Lol this is what always would happen in my case !!!!!

How is that movie the fittest ?

No work today ?

Everything on your menu sounds good !

legcramps on 05/05/2020:
Yes, I worked :) just have been waking up early enough to yoga and relax for a bit before I have to get ready :)

The movie was really good, but that sort of thing is right up my alley of things to watch :) very motivating.

Donkey on 05/05/2020:
Your yoga sessions sound so nice!

Our walk up ice cream places are closed due to the inability to social distance, both customers and coworkers. There are a couple of ice cream shops open for curbside take out.

I always hesitate in removing ground cover too soon. Ours is gone, and now we're supposed to get a frost on Friday night. I will be covering my outdoor plants after work on Friday, to protect them... sigh.

legcramps on 05/05/2020:
On one hand, it looks really nice to have a clean yard, but on the other we are really doing nature a huge disservice!

legcramps - Friday May 01, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Well, thank the Good Lord that it's Friday today. I thought it'd never come. And this is the first day that i've felt like i've been caught up on my work since MARCH 11th. How crazy is that?! Also, knock on wood.

I am slowly starting to go through my office and purge a few papers that have been hoarded over the last seven or eight weeks because I haven't had the time to go through them. I've been able to change over a few binders so far, and hoping to go through some paper files and maybe even a file drawer today. We'll see how the day progresses. Grateful for the "break"!

I did my cleaning after work yesterday and then took a quick 30 minute nap. It must have messed up my sleep pattern though, because when I tried to go to bed around 10:15, my brain was wide awake. I don't know how long it took me to fall asleep, but it felt like hours. I feel ok today, so far.

Yoga is done for the morning. I tried dancer pose today; I had to use a yoga strap to help deepen this stretch, but it felt really nice. I think I will try to practice this one more often in May, and see if I can't deepen it even more. A nice, mindful goal for the month.

I am also going to try and work more exercise into the month of May; try to get back into the swing of things. See how it goes, start slow, work my way back up. It might be fun - almost like starting over again. I think I will focus on cardio endurance while I figure out what's going on with my back. Lay off heavier lifts and stick to banded movements. I could do that.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, toast with honey and peanut butter (a treat!).

Lunch - I ate all my leftovers, so I will have to look at ordering take out for lunch. A&W maybe just for the drive-thru option.

Afternoon Snack - might do a protein shake today.

Dinner - possibly the ribs that I didn't end up making yesterday, with rice and veggies.

Evening Snack - freezie, or ice cream tonight (BF likes his ice cream).

I might run errands work today; I have a few things to do. But I might also wait until tomorrow to do them. Depends on the work day I guess!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2020:
Congrats on catching up a bit on your work !!!! It does feel good!

You and donkey have been doing yoga - soon I shall look into sciatica improving body movements

Your meals sound good and you sound wayyyyy better!

I bought some light ice cream in a new flavor to try plus it’s pretty low cal too! Chocolate cheesecake halo top

Donkey on 05/02/2020:
Ooo, dancer pose! Way to go - that is not one of the easier moves! I've tried it (awkwardly) a few times -- that is to say, I'm awkward in getting into the pose. I am cautious when using a strap, especially with behind the back poses, because for some reason, I'm very limited with flexible shoulders. Take care not to overextend. Having said that, a strap is a very useful prop to help you progress! It has worked for me in some forward fold-type positions.

I like your approach to exercise with respect to your back. Always respect your back. (At least for me, this mantra is essential.) :-)

legcramps - Thursday Apr 30, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Running on fumes and just going through the motions...is it really only Thursday? This must be March 908th, right?

We had a board meeting last night, connected through teleconference (thank goodness it wasn't via video chat, because I was at home in my pyjamas by 4:30 p.m. yesterday LOL). It was a long couple of hours going through everything the hospital has been doing in the last seven weeks. It was like drudging up the most miserable memories from your childhood, and having to relive them all.

I did manage to prepare supper, watch the neighbour's kids play in the backyard, and enjoy a heaping cup of hot chocolate while on the call.

Had a hot bath afterwards and went straight up to bed.

This morning I did my usual yoga routine. Just going to work through the day the best I can. I'm not sure what i'll accomplish after work today, but i'm hoping I can do something. Anything other than nothing LOL.

Breakfast - coffee and oatmeal

Lunch - leftovers:  rice, veggies and either meatballs or chicken

Afternoon Snack - it might be a freezie

Dinner - I might make ribs tonight (with rice and veggies)

Evening Snack - not sure what this will be, I have a few peanut butter cookies to finish up so maybe that

Donkey on 05/01/2020:
"Going through the motions" -- THIS. YES. 100%. This describes EXACTLY how I've been feeling this week.

Oh that meeting sounds painful! I love that you were watching children play and drinking hot chocolate during the conference. That is self-preservation!

legcramps - Monday Apr 27, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I apologize for airing my laundry to everyone the way I did on Friday, and appreciate your comments and positive responses. I was really at my limit, you could probably tell.

I spent the weekend at home by myself. I just needed to re-set, and I am grateful to have the space and opportunity to do that. I have been having a lot of trouble with my lower back recently, so I took it easy on the workouts but continued with the yoga I have been practicing. I cleaned the whole house on Saturday. I mean, I probably didn't need to since my cleaning routine has been a daily occurrence for the last six weeks or so, but I cleaned it all again anyways. I finished level 2 of my kettlebells training course. And I did some online shopping LOL. I thought about purchasing a whole new patio conversation set, but decided not to let my boredom trick me into doing something financially irresponsible. Instead I found a pretty couch that would work well in the space that I have, and put it on my 'wish list' to think about, since it still carries a hefty enough price tag.

What do you think? I can imagine myself here early mornings before work, with a coffee in hand enjoying the fresh air. Sure seems relaxing to me.

My allergies have been bugging me all weekend, and into today. I already mentioned to my boss that I might head home since they are bothering me so much. It's pretty quiet this morning so far, so I might as well take the time to get better now rather than suffer into a busy week.

Breakfast - Leftover protein pancakes from the weekend, coffee with oat milk.

Lunch - Meatballs and rice, veggies.

Afternoon Snack - almonds, water.

Dinner - ginger beef, rice, veggies.

Evening Snack - freezie, possibly a coke zero.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2020:
LOVE the couch...it looks so inviting!

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
I'm glad you posted what you did. The candor and honesty were refreshing.

I like the outdoor couch! Looks very comfy!

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
I've had some issues where I'm like, Is this COVID?! But I think it's allergies, because the boss has been complaining about his allergies too.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/28/2020:
The couch looks very nice for an outdoor patio. Seems to be a good deal! I also talked myself out of buying two more guinea pigs, more expensive $50 fleeces, another cage! Thank gosh I didn’t do it - it would be hard to travel with now 4 guinea pigs to be looked after back at home !

Feel free to always post how you feel- I hope to be as calm as you in my most upsetting times !

innerpeace on 04/29/2020:
Love outside furniture. We sit under our pergola most evenings. I love being outside.

Allergies suck! Before the corona blew up - I would cough just to make people uncomfortable. I was joking at the time, now it's not so funny.

legcramps - Friday Apr 24, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Ok, so my zen week ended yesterday...

First of all though, I thought it was Wednesday yesterday when it was actually Thursday. So, that's a positive LOL.

I cried again when I got home from work. For a lot of different reasons, but mostly because of the work day. My eyes were so sore I had to take my glasses off and wash my face. It's so bizarre how one measly little day can ruin everything.

But I will persevere! I was physically/mentally unable to workout last night, but I did a couple of other things... #1 I called BF and vented to him for 20 minutes and then we played card games through video chat... #2 I called my doctor. We discussed a few things; I expressed I was struggling and we talked a little bit about that as well as some other things i've been experiencing.

You know how you think - hey, maybe we'll come out of this a better people, province, and world. And right now I feel embarassed for believing something like that could happen.

I have to remember that I can't control these things, and I have to just live in my little world as best I can.

So letting it all go today, and starting over. Woke up early for the fifth day in a row and did my yoga. This time, I concentrated on one particular move - the plow. Practiced that for about ten minutes, then started the rest of my day.

I can sense that i'm still bringing some uneasiness with me into today, but i'm going to try my darn best to work through it. Grateful for the upcoming weekend and a chance to recover.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, oatmeal

Lunch - meatballs, rice

After Work Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - chicken, rice, veggies?

Evening Snack - coke zero, freezie

bearcountrygg on 04/24/2020:
My heart goes out to you Legs! Such a stressful work atmosphere and I'm sure all of your coworkers are feeling totally drained too.......so there isn't a lot of people to talk too.........I doubt that you all realize how much those of us that are not on the front lines appreciate...and commiserate with you...but we do...I'm sure you are all so emotionally drained and exhausted that little else enters your thoughts....but know....that we all appreciate what you are doing, you are our hero's and we can't even imagine what you go through each day....Thank you for getting up each morning and going to work in a place that must seem like a house of horrors.....yet...you do it......and you are appreciated. I'm glad that you have the weekend to relax and renew....enjoy!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2020:
I am quite sure you Aren’t alone in your feelings xo.

If I were working I assume I’d be very stressed out right now especially if it were at a hospital.

Stay strong and it’s good you can share your feelings here so that you can get them aired out a bit.

Wishing you relaxation this weekend xo

Donkey on 04/26/2020:
I feel your chagrin at realizing that after we're back to the new normal, that not much has changed in humanity.

Still, I see glimmers of hope. I still remain hopeful!

legcramps - Wednesday Apr 22, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Just being able to update here everyday has been a sign that things are starting to slow down a bit, thank goodness. Or maybe I have decided that I will take some time for the things that are important to me, and the rest can wait. Either way, it's been nice to have a moment to check in here!

I had another good evening yesterday. After my regular chores and cleaning, I tried to do an online workout that my gym had posted, but my body is still not ready for much more than one hard workout a week. I have noticed that my levels of stress are really affecting my workouts; even a walk has been raising my level of effort quite dramatically. So about 20 minutes into the workout, I decided not to beat myself up trying to get in a workout that I may be physically unable to do, and headed outside for a run instead. It was beautiful outside! I decided on a walk/jog combo, and kept it nice and short with about 2.5 km in total.

When I got back home, I spent 10 minutes stretching out really well, and then changed and had dinner.

I had started taking my Level 1 Kettlebell course, and completed it last night. Now I have Level 1 in both Kettlebells and Battle Ropes. I'm about halfway through Level 2 in Battle Ropes, and I want to complete my Level 2 in Kettlebells as well. Hoping I can get these done before I take my TRX training in May.

Even with all that, I still managed to go to bed early-ish, and was up this morning doing yoga once again.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, small slice of banana bread

Morning - oatmeal

Lunch - chicken or pork, rice, veggies

After Work Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - might make meatballs tonight, rice, veggies

Evening Snack - freezie

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2020:
I hope that things are slowing down for you...I read your post the other day and felt so bad for you. I'm sure the stress is unbelievable.....Your disinfecting routine must be exhausting in itself. Food today sounds really good!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2020:
I have been skipping the stretches a bit for several months and totally know I gotta get back to them!

You are in a wonderful groove, Leggies

Donkey on 04/23/2020:
I loved reading about your kettlebells and rope training! Cool!

Something you wrote just made me realize that the reason I'm not doing yoga daily is because I'm not making it a priority. Hmm... Gonna munch on that for a while!

legcramps - Tuesday Apr 21, 2020

Weight: 0.0

I'm doing good so far this week...wait, is it only Tuesday...LOL!

But really I am. After I did all my "after work" chores yesterday, I had my snack and relaxed on the couch. I fell asleep for about half an hour, then when I woke up I went on a video chat with BF for about an hour. He is keeping busy trying to help his daughter with all her homework. She has an online class twice a week I think, and has been doing about 3-4 hours of homework every day. She even had a test last Saturday! She is only with BF for another week and then I guess she goes back to her Moms. Pretty sure this will negatively impact BF and he will end up taking it out on his workouts/body, as per usual. I wish it could be different.

Anyways, after the video chat I made dinner (pork ribs, rice, veggies), and then cleaned the kitchen. By about 8:30 p.m. I was having trouble keeping my eyes open and I knew I wouldn't be getting a workout in. Even though I didn't have the energy to workout, I DID have the energy to snack UGH. I started with a pb and honey sandwich, and then moved on to the freezies; finally I went upstairs to bed about an hour later and was out like a light.

Which, in turn, allowed me to wake up even earlier this morning. I did some yoga. It was nice.

Breakfast - coffee with oat milk, oatmeal

Lunch - pork ribs, rice / coffee with oat milk

After Work Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - chicken, rice, veggies

Evening Snack - freezie

Hopefully no more snacking tonight, aside from the freezie. I put the bread back into the freezer.

Donkey on 04/21/2020:
I often mix up hunger and fatigue. Good idea to put the bread back into the freezer, at least for now.

I LOVE oat milk! I found it here, fell in love, now I can't find it anywhere, but I'll keep searching.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2020:
Yoga ! You and donkey are on that yoga train :)

One day....I’m not there yet :)

I’m glad you are getting your sleep and I also had munchies last night !

legcramps - Monday Apr 20, 2020

Weight: 0.0

Being away - even for a week - from the Information Center that is the hospital has definitely helped me to calm down a lot and i've been able to cope with my anxieties more easily. I've learned now that when i'm not at work, I cannot let myself look up any new information/videos/stats until I am back at work the next morning. I need to shut it off each evening. So I will be working on that this week. It is true, in this context, that the less you know the happier you are.

While I had last week off work, I spent some time playing Yahtzee with friends via video chat, I went on a few walks, completed a few workouts, started a yoga challenge, and finished a couple of fitness courses to add to my arsenol.

This morning I woke up a bit earlier and did ten minutes of yoga. I believe yoga will help me to cope with the stress of being at work again.

In about one hour, I will change from my work clothes into my outside clothes, sanitize my desk, my phone, my computer, and my glasses, pack up my work clothes into a plastic bag, change my shoes, doff my surgical mask and leave the hospital; then i'll pick up (curbside service) food from the local restaurant - support local! - go home, change and throw all clothes in the wash, take a shower, complete my 20 minute meditation, and relax for the rest of the evening. Whether that's with netflix, video chats, or a workout, i'll be tuning out anything else that is not conducive to a calm and relaxing environment.

Breakfast - oatmeal, coffee with oat milk

Lunch - rice, pb sandwich (basically I have nothing in my fridge), water

After Work Snack - almonds, water

Dinner - chicken or pork, rice, vegetables

Evening Snack - freezies have come back into my life :)

Donkey on 04/21/2020:
I'm glad you're "ok" and taking care of yourself. I say "ok" because I think that this virus has everyone on edge a little (or a lot). But it does sound like you're doing the right thing by setting mental and physical boundaries.

A lot better than what I'm feeling lately... so I found this post not only to be helpful but extremely motivating.

I'm glad you're ok.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
I’m glad you were productive on your time off and it’s good your a practicing good hygiene after work :) stay safe !!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
Good to hear from you!

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