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Visitors February 15, 2009

Filed under: Reflections,weekend,winter — Bridget @ 8:10 pm

I guess I should have clarified more about my last post…on Monday I was very ill and basically got rid of everything in my system.  I couldn’t eat anything.  On Tuesday, I was able to eat a few saltines.  Tuesday evening, I knew I needed nutrients to get my strength back, so I made a smoothie using a banana, frozen fruit and milk.  That upset my stomach again and led to a very rough night (the culprit was likely milk).  My system just couldn’t handle much at all.  On Wednesday, I decided to eat only the bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast I mentioned in my last post because I needed to start getting SOMETHING in my system and those things are very easily digested.  This “diet” is often recommended by doctors for patients recovering from gastro-intestinal problems.  Yes, it is very bland and does not contain many nutrients and it’s VERY different than what I typically eat, but it was literally all that my body could handle.  It allowed me to slowly re-build my system and my stomach until I could handle real foods, which I was able to do on Friday- YAY!

Saturday was really busy – I finally got my wedding album and also picked out some things for our new house.  My stomach behaved well (on normal foods), but I ran out of energy after a couple hours of shopping and had to take a nap! 

I felt a little ‘off’ all day today and I started to wonder if it was a lack of exercise.  I haven’t worked out for over a week due to the stomach flu, which is very out of the norm for me.  I didn’t have a ton of energy, so I walked on the treadmill for a while, which made me feel a little better.  I start my second-to-last MBA class tomorrow evening, so I did a little reading for class and took it easy for most of the day.

At least I had a pretty view while I worked…this is the view from my favorite room in my parents’ house, the sun room.  We got 6.5” of snow on Friday and the sunroom gives a beautiful view of all the snow:


Can you spot my visitors in this picture?



A BRATty week February 12, 2009

Filed under: winter — Bridget @ 9:49 pm

Thanks so much for your well wishes on my last post!  I ended up staying home from work for three days this week (I’ve never missed 3 days in a row before, it was weird) and going in today.  I did ok today, but definitely ran out of steam during the second half of the day.  That’s what having pretty much nothing in your system will do for you, I guess. 

So maybe some of you have heard this before, but on Wednesday morning my mom informed me I needed to go on the BRAT diet.  Thanks, Mom, you call me a brat and you put me on a diet?  Sheesh.  Just kiddin 🙂

The BRAT diet is this:





Apparently it is often used for babies with gastro-intestinal issues, but can work for anyone.  You can also eat saltines and drink clear liquids, but no dairy products.  (I had some milk in a smoothie on Tuesday night and suspect that did me in for another day.)  So, these things are all I have eaten for the past few days and I think it helped to get some food in my system without overwhelming it.  This afternoon, however, I was craving actual food, so I got some Panera chicken noodle soup for dinner.  It immediately made my stomach hurt, but now, 2 hours later, I’m feeling fine!  Maybe someday soon I’ll be able to eat vegetables again 🙂

Did anyone else watch The Office and 30 Rock tonight?  I thought both were very funny 🙂


How to get your butt to the gym in the dead of winter January 27, 2009

Filed under: winter,workouts — Bridget @ 7:47 pm

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I think it’s officially the dead of winter, at least here in the Midwest it is.  In case you don’t want to play soccer in the snowy backyard like my dog, here are some things that have worked for me lately to get myself to the gym/working out on days when it’s tempting to lay on the couch under a blanket.

  • Plan your workouts.  I write mine in my planner and “schedule” them just like I would schedule something else important like a dentist appointment or haircut.
  • Try something new!  Add a new element or activity to your workout that you’ve been wanting to try, such as spinning, yoga, bootcamp or new machines at the gym.  I recently added hot yoga classes to my workout plan and they keep me excited because it’s something new and different.
  • If the weather breaks, DON’T go to the gym!  When you get that 50* day like the one I had here last week, get out and go for a walk or run.  A break from the gym will make you re-energized to go back the next day and some fresh air and sunshine does amazing things for your body physically and mentally.
  • Set a goal.  Research spring races and sign up for one now so that you have a goal to train for during the last few cold months.
  • Remember: working out = sweating.  No matter how cozy you might be under that blanket, you won’t be as warm (hot, even!!) as you will be in the middle of a great workout.  I think working out has been the only time lately that I’ve actually been warm all the way through.

What gets you to the gym in the winter?  If it’s not cold where you live (lucky you!), what gets you motivated to workout when the weather is bad or you just don’t want to go?



A January Miracle January 21, 2009

Filed under: winter,workouts — Bridget @ 8:38 pm

See that??  There — through the trees:


It’s the sun!!  And not the deceiving winter it-looks-so-pretty-and-bright-outside-but-really-it’s-still-freakin-freezing sun, but actual sunshine complete with 45* weather.  It has been very very cold here, so this warmer sunny day was a very welcome change.  I work in a building with no windows, so I was super excited to see the sun and realize I didn’t need a scarf and gloves on the way to my car after work.  I ditched my plan to go to the gym since it also has no windows (I work on an Air Force base and go to the base gym…both my work building and the gym are old airplane hangars, therefore no windows).  Instead, I headed home, changed clothes, and drove to my mom’s work to meet her for a walk on the path around their campus.  We walked 3 miles and absorbed all the fresh air and Vitamin D that we could.  Glorious!!

I think I am finally over my sickness of the past week.  It started with a sore throat, took about a 1.5 day break where I thought I was all better, then turned into a lot of sinus congestion and pressure.  I still had a sinusy headache today, but it was much better than the past few days.  Because of this, I have spent even more time indoors lately than I usually do in the winter- even more reason that the fresh air felt so great today!

Hope it was a beautiful day wherever you are!

P.S. Don’t forget to head to Meghann’s blog to help her reach her fundraising goal for the Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon!

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Standing Bow Pulling January 15, 2009

Filed under: winter,workouts — Bridget @ 10:25 pm

Thanks for the get-better wishes!  I woke up on Wednesday morning with a VERY sore throat.  It hurt to talk and it even hurt to touch my neck.  I’m a big believer in keeping my germs at home/out of the office as well as not going into work when I know that I will just sit there and feel miserable all day- so I called in sick.  I spent the day on the couch napping, watching daytime TV, and reading.  I must have had a little bug, because by about 5 pm on Wed. my sore throat was almost completely gone!  Either that or that Zenergize thing really worked – I’ve been having one every day this week just in case 🙂

I felt 100% better today, so I was ready to get in some exercise.  I went to another hot yoga class and loved it even more than the first time!  The hour-and-a-half just flew by and it was the first time all week that I think I have been completely warm.  It was about -15* when I went into work this morning and about 4* when I left, so it was nice to be hot and sweaty for a while.  I should be sleeping right now, but I felt like blogging and sharing with you my favorite pose from tonight’s class: standing bow pulling pose.  I like the opposition of pulling the foot up and the other arm forward as well as the challenge of the balance.  What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Happy almost Friiiiday!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned 🙂


The Winter Sickies January 13, 2009

Filed under: winter — Bridget @ 7:49 pm

Hi friends!  Greetings from my post on my parents’ couch.  I woke up with a sore throat this morning and I went to work, but it got worse throughout the day and a headache and some stuffiness joined in as well.  I skipped the hot yoga class I planned on going to today and came straight home, put on sweats, got a giant blanket and laid on the couch.  I’m listening to my body and plan to rest as long as I need it.  I know I’m sick because I didn’t feel like exercising or eating anything.  I know I need some fuel to help me recover, so I asked my dad to get some tomato soup since he was headed to the grocery store.  It’s really the only thing that sounds good at all, so I’m going with it.  Actually- I take that back- a smoothie or some ice cream sounds SO GOOD, but I’m really cold, so I just can’t imagine either of those things right now.

Earlier today, I tried one of these Zenergize tablets that we got at Costco last weekend for a shot of vitamin C.  I don’t really believe this much vitamin C (2500% of the RDA) is that beneficial, but I figured it couldn’t hurt!!  I had the pomegranate orange flavor and it was delicious!  I tried Emergen-C not too long ago and thought it had a weird taste, but this did not (I put mine in 16 oz. of water so that the flavor wasn’t too strong).


Get more sleep!

This article was on the front page of the local newspaper this morning and I thought it was interesting and timely!  This study says that regularly getting 8 hours of sleep strengthens your immune systems and helps your body resist colds.  Do you get 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis? I try to, but usually end up with closer to 7.5.

“The longer you sleep, the better off you are, the less susceptible you are to colds,” said lead researcher Sheldon Cohen, who studies the effects of stress on health at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.