Today, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are playing in the Grey Cup. That alone is enough for this entire province to get crazy about. But the Riders are not only in the Grey Cup, they’re also playing in what will be the most insane home game this province has ever seen. It’ll be Rider Nation to the max.
If you’re not from here, and especially if you’re not familiar with the CFL, you may not really get what I’m talking about. If you’re interested, though, check out this article by Bruce Arthur.
Rider fans bleed green, wear watermelons on our heads (well, not me), and endure -20 degree weather and colder (and that is Celcius) to support our team. We are ridiculous about our quarterbacks, refer to ourselves as the team’s 13th man, and have won only 3 Grey Cups in our 100+ year history. We have remained fans during some rough years, where wins were often due to a whole lot of field goals and no one wanted to pay to go watch the Riders lose. Rider Pride is passed from one generation to the next, and everyone seems to have some green gear tucked away in their closets or drawers.
Rider fans may not always keep it classy – not condoning, just telling it like it is – but we are are proud of our team.
At 5:00pm, Grey Cup 101 begins. If our Riders don’t win, this province will explode; if we do win, this province will explode, but in a different way. In any case, I will be planted in front of my TV as I watch what I can only describe as an historic event. GO RIDERS!
My legs are pretty stiff from last night’s workout and stairs are quite the challenge. I’m working out with my trainer again tomorrow morning. Here’s hoping we’re doing upper body/core and giving my legs a bit of a break.
Food journal for today:
- Starbucks grande skinny peppermint mocha
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 c cucumbers
- All Bran Bar – cinnamon oat
- Oikos key lime yogurt
- no sugar added chocolate pudding
- Caesar salad
- 1 1/2 pieces of garlic bread
- beef and bean chili
- 2 small shortbread cookies
- hot buttered rum
I’ve been meal-planning, and it’s made a difference. I’m consuming veggies and fruit with regularity again. Also, I spend way less money on lunches. Today was not a stellar eating day, but much improved over last week.
I’m still feeling wiped. Going to do some stretching and go to bed.
I’m in bed. It’s 9:30pm. I’m feeling a migraine coming on, but just took a couple of Advil and promise I’m going right to sleep as soon as I post this.
I’ve been feeling lousy the past several days. Could be a mild virus, or the fact that it’s been full-on winter cold here, or that I basically don’t see the sun at all, or that I’ve been working hard lately. Whatever. I just feel blah.
Well, I had a session scheduled with my trainer tonight, and even though I felt dead tired, I sure didn’t cancel. It was just what I needed to get my body going.
It was a tough workout. 2 separate circuits of 4 exercises, with each circuit repeated 4 times. It was all legs and included plyometrics. My heart rate was crazy high and my legs are now rubber. So, basically, it was great. Love that feeling, even though I know that trying to sit down on Saturday is going to be killer.
So now I’ve got a major headache, but I’m chalking that up more so to hormones and the sinus/tension headache that’s been nagging all week, and not so much to my workout. Basically, it’s time to invest in a humidifier and a visit to my massage therapist.
Leg workouts: love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Last night, after we got back from my son’s hockey tournament, we were supposed to go over to our neighbours’ house for drinks. I really wasn’t feeling well and curled up on the couch with two blankets. I ended up falling asleep around 8:15pm, while my husband went over to our neighbours’ party. Around 9pm I headed upstairs and got myself ready for bed. I was asleep by 9:15pm. I woke up around 8am, still feeling headachy and slightly nauseous. I basically moved from my bed to the couch, where I camped out pretty much all day. Luckily, I was planning to spend the afternoon watching football (CFL) anyway, so I didn’t really have to change any plans.
I watched two football games, focusing, of course, on the Saskatchewan Riders vs. Calgary Stampeders game. I was braced for my team (the Riders) to lose, but incredibly, they pulled off a definitive win and are playing in the Grey Cup next weekend. This is Super Big Deal because Saskatchewan is hosting the 101st Grey Cup in Regina this year. We’re talking big-time home field advantage for the Riders. Also, since the Riders are the only pro team we have in this province, people are hard-core about the Riders, so it’s going to be a week-long, crazy party in Regina and Rider Pride will be in full force throughout the province.
I’m going to bed and planning to sleep in. How do you recover when you’re under the weather?
This week was long and hard. I didn’t sleep enough, workout enough, drink enough water, or track what I ate. Today, even though I really wanted to sleep in, I set my alarm and got up and worked out because I knew that I wouldn’t have time later today. We’re out of town today for my son’s first hockey tournament of the season, and then our neighbours are hosting a small party tonight, so I knew I wouldn’t fit in a workout later.
Hanging out at the rink is a pretty common Saskatchewan experience, particularly if you live in a small town – we don’t, but my husband and I grew up I’m small towns. This season, my son’s team has four tournaments lined up, with one of them being an all weekend, out of town thing. Luckily, the other parents with this team are awesome. Rink time is definitely social time. Makes the whole hockey parent experience more pleasant.
Rink food is generally not healthy, even though rink burgers are totally The Best. I should really get organized and start packing healthy snacks and a water bottle, but lately, we haven’t even been grocery shopping for over a week, so I didn’t have much in the way to bring along today. Next tournament is December 8th. I’ll have to put a reminder in my calendar.
What are you doing this weekend?
Anyway, I know sugar/starches are a problem but have some major self-control issues when it comes to both. Tonight, I came home, promptly consumed some leftover Halloween Peeps and a peppermint brownie with vanilla ice cream. Once the sugar blues kicked in and I started to feel nauseous, I decided I’d better take control and get some cardio in. I got into my workout gear and hopped onto my stationary bike for half an hour. Feel much better now.
I have no solution, but thought I’d lay my problem out there, because I’m pretty sure I’m not alone, especially when it comes to mindless eating in the evening.
So, workout – yes. Water – not so much. Vitamin D and acidophilus – before bed. Food journal – nope. Tomorrow is another day.
Today, I’m watching the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa and trying to teach my kids about why we observe Remembrance Day. I somehow thought that my kids would learn about Remembrance Day at school the way my husband and I did when we were kids, but it doesn’t sound like much attention has been paid to the topic. So, I looked online and found some information for my kids. I found some great resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.
I showed my kids a Powerpoint presentation, with photos related to WWI and WWII set to music. Click on the image to get to the website.
I also downloaded a package that includes some worksheets that help kids think about why we observe Remembrance Day and why we honour our soldiers. It also came from Teachers Pay Teachers. Click on the image to get to the website.