How To: Get Over Being Sick Faster

Obviously, I’m not a doctor. Nor am I really in any position to give you medical advice. I work in the music industry and I discover and work with bands. They aren’t one and the same. But….BUT…I’ve been sick twice this season and while that still doesn’t make me any kind of expert, this is less about “do as I say” and more about “this is what worked for me.” Make sense?

 

I should also clarify, I’m not one for the doctor. At least not those MD types (sorry, Dr Cuz!) but I do see my chiropractor on a regular basis, including when I’m sick. Actually I see them more when I’m sick and I consult with them about what I’m doing/what’s working/what’s not working/what to try next. You should see a doctor – whether you choose for that to be your MD or a wellness-based chiropractor is up to you, but make sure it’s a doctor who you trust and aligns with your vision of health.

 

With all the business out of the way, let’s move on to my tips….

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1. Allow yourself to be sick – I understand this sounds weird, but by choosing not to take medication when possible, I’m allowing my body to do what it’s supposed. Spike a fever? Great, it’s trying to help flush out those toxins!

2. REST! & sleep! – PLEASE! 

3. Fluids – We hear this all the time so LISTEN. I’m all about lots of water and tea but this time around I also tried Coconut Water and I swear this helped me so much!

4. Supplements – I take Viracid, Vitamin C, and increase my Vitamin D to 50,000 while I’m sick.

5. Chiropractic adjustments – boosts the immune system and helps support drainage. 

6. Listen to your body – not hungry? Don’t eat! When you’re hungry – Eat. (I’ll take Papa Arnold’s homemade tomato soup any day!)

 

While I know what works for me and my body when I’m not feeling well, it’s also important to mention that we are all different and what works for me may not work for you…that’s what leads us back to my notes above. Talk to your doctor. ;)

 

What are your tips to get over being sick faster?

Fitness Friday Meets Blog Your Heart Out

Today is Blog Your Heart Out Day.  What does that mean?  It means bloggers are coming together to raise awareness about heart disease – the #1 killer in women.

byhobadge_2013This is an opportunity for us to take a deeper look at our diet, fitness levels and check in with our doctors.

 

I know when I started eating better, going to the gym more often and really just paying attention to HOW my body was feeling and WHAT it was ASKING for, I felt better.  Even more important, I felt my healthiest.  But even for me, this is a reminder to get my yearly check ups with my doctor or give him a call if anything doesn’t feel right.  This is my health I’m talking about!

 

Anyway, moving onto this week’s fitness…

 

 

I had a great week of workouts.  While Saturday’s race was cold, it was still great and an even better reminder that I need to spend more time running hills and speed training.  I’m not looking for a crazy time on my upcoming 1/2 marathon, but changing up my runs a bit will allow me to stay interested in what I’m doing, while constantly striving to improve myself as a runner.

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How are you working to stay heart healthy?

How were you able to stay active this week?

Hitting the Reset Button

I’m torn today.  Torn between wanting to write about what happened yesterday.  And torn between wanting to write about something totally different.  So I’m going to do both.

 

So let me just start by sending my thoughts and love out to those affected in yesterday’s shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut.  It’s honestly such a tragedy and I haven’t quite figured out how to express my feelings and extreme concern about the whole thing.  All I can do is send my love – so that’s what I’m doing.

 

Moving on, I wanted to talk about pressing the reset button today.  Your personal reset button – maybe mentally, physically, or emotionally.

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I woke up yesterday morning with a planned 3 mile run + 100 burpee FitMixer workout but as I sat drinking my coffee, checking my email and watching The Today show, any ounce of motivation was leaving my body.  In fact, I felt like I wasn’t even awake (and accused my dad of making decaf coffee!).

 

I sat around for a bit trying to get the motivation to move.  Hoping maybe a fleeting moment would pass and I’d pop up and get going.  It didn’t happen.  So I came to a compromise with myself, more coffee and a walk outside.  Better yet, coffee while walking – it could keep me warm while getting some movement.

photo-167And so I set out with no real distance in mind, just that I’d start along my usual running route and see where it took me.  I set up my RunKeeper app so I would know how far I went & keep track of time, turned on some tunes and walked.  And walked…and walked…and walked.  Seriously! I ended up covering over 5 miles in an hour and 15 minutes!!

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There were moments that I was getting antsy to get home, bored by my usual route, wishing I had worn workout pants so I could run, or basically not being present in the moment.  So I tried to recenter myself, refocus on my goal, and press my reset button.

 

You see, I’m not perfect.  No one is.  And sometimes we become so demanding of ourselves, our bodies, our minds, our days, that we forget to take care of ourselves and give ourselves a break.  Some could say that a 5 mile walk isn’t giving myself a break, but that’s where we’re different because for me it was.  It was a moment for me to clear my head of a lot of crap (sorry but it was just that, crap) and get back on my path.  Or at least back to figuring out what that path is and what steps I should be taking right now.

 

So today I leave you with this thought:

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When was the last time you hit the reset button?

Doctored.

I want to share something with you all today.  Something that I found really cool and interesting.  Hopefully you will too.

 

You see I was invited to attend an event Thursday night in my home town.  The event was a screening and after-party for a documentary called Doctored.

Have you heard of it?

 

Regardless, I highly recommend checking it out!  Like most documentaries it can get a bit heavy at times, but I did find it very interesting and overall extremely informative (and not too over-the-top).  If you’re the kind of person who likes to look beyond modern medicine and into more natural or holistic approaches, I especially think you’ll enjoy it.

Premiere Wellness Chiropractic is a local chiropractic clinic in my hometown and one of the doctors, Dr. Tony is featured in the movie.  You see Dr. Tony and Dr. Derrick have a family chiropractic clinic and have done some pretty amazing things.  As it turns out, Dr. Tony worked with a local little boy with autism and saw drastic improvements in his speech after only a few sessions.  Dr. Tony also worked on his son Oliver when he was a new born baby facing some severe conditions.  It was a really miraculous story!

 

Now here’s the thing – I wasn’t asked to write about this movie.  Did they ask us to share it? Well, yes.  But no one asked me to stand on my perch in the blog-o-sphere and share just how much I enjoyed the movie.  But I wanted to because I truly enjoyed it and it brought a whole new light to chiropractic care that I never even thought about before.

 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this on the blog before, but I have a fairly severe case of scoliosis.  While it wasn’t found during my 7th grade “scoliosis check” in middle school, it was found a few months later when my pediatrician asked me to stand up straight (I was) and noticed my shoulders were at two different heights.  After a few months of X-rays and seeing some specialists, we were able to determine I have a 45* angle in the upper portion of my spine.

Note: Not my spine

The solution? Don’t grow an inch.  So I didn’t.  ;)

 

While I spent my whole life wanting to be tall, my mother worried I’d hit 6 feet.  I never got my growth spurt but chances are those inches are in the curve and I remain known as the “short daughter” or short one in the family.

I saw a chiropractor once or twice during this time but due to be pretty ticklish, it often felt more like my Dr was poking me for his own amusement rather than my improvement.  Needless to say, I was a skeptic and didn’t go back.

 

This movie changed my outlook.  It opened up my mind and that’s really all one could ask from it, right?

 

The ironic part of this story is that I spent most of Thursday with a headache that wouldn’t go away and as the day progressed turned into a migraine.  Once I got home after the event, I took some pain medications and went to bed.  The next morning I was back at work and Dr. Tony came in for some coffee.  He asked what I thought about the movie.  I told him how much I enjoyed it, how interesting I thought it was, and the irony of the whole situation for me.  Dr. Tony told me to make an appointment and assured me we would work to improve my migraines.

So I’m going to give it a shot.  Because why not? Besides my first appointment is free with my ticket stub! Little does Dr. Tony know, I have more improvements to be done besides my migraines… ;)

Do you like documentaries? What are some of your favorites?

Are you a fan of holistic and natural forms of medication/supplementations?

Holiday Accountability

Can you believe it’s December?!

 November was a veeerryyyy busy month and I’m excited for what’s to come in December and there’s definitely no sign of it slowing down.  But I’m going to wait a few days before sharing just in case.  Don’t want to risk jinxing anything!

Anyway, since it’s December and the holiday season is in full swing, I wanted to take a moment to talk about accountability for healthy-living through the holiday season.  Now trust me, I understand it’s not easy.  We’re invited to parties, surrounded by delicious foods and sweets treats, and there’s temptations every way you turn. It just doesn’t seem fair.

 

But here’s the thing.  We spend the whole year saying “all things in moderation” – it doesn’t change now.

I can admit that I have a major sweet tooth.  Salty treats are generally take-it-or-leave-it but not sweets.  They’re almost always a must-try so when there’s plates and plates of Christmas cookies or pies, it’s hard to keep it in check.

 But I do.

 

And that doesn’t mean I don’t indulge.  Do I have some? Yes.  Do I go crazy? No.  Because like I said, it’s about all things in moderation.  That could mean I try a few different treats, but maybe I’ll share with someone else or make sure I only grab a small slice.

 

But it isn’t just about food.  It’s also about exercise.

I’m a firm believer that you need to keep moving.  It may get harder to make time, so then we need to be sure we’re making the most of the time we do have and we need to hold ourselves accountable.  It may not be easy, but this is our health we’re talking about.

 

So how do we stay accountable?

 

Well, first and foremost join in on the Fitness Friday linkup party.  There’s no better way to keep yourself motivated and accountable than through the support of the community.

Also, join in challenges.  I’ve seen several different holiday challenges floating around the blog-o-sphere but there are two in-particular I decided to join – Courtney’s 2012 Closeout and Janetha’s Dedicated December.

Join Fitness Friday or don’t. ;)  Join a challenge or don’t.

 

But hold yourself accountable and make sure you continue to get out there and move while still enjoying some treats and fun (in moderation). :)

 

Happy Holidays!

How do you stay accountable through the holidays?

What are your holiday stay-healthy tips?

What I Ate – And Sleep!!

It’s so close I can taste it.

It’s a good things it’s Wednesday and I’m sharing with you my eats or things might get a bit awkward around here. ;)


But in all seriousness – do you know where I am right now?!

 

Breakfast:

Have I mentioned just how much I love season and weather changes? The cold air is welcomed in my book, especially when it has me craving big bowls of oatmeal for breakfast.  I’ve been loving them this week with chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course topped with peanut butter and banana.  Even better is just how filling they’ve been!

 

Lunch:

Nothing new here except that you can’t even see the yogurt (I swear it is under all of that cereal and fruit).  And have I mentioned just how much I am loving pineapple in peach yogurt?!

 

Dinner:

My dad asked what I hadn’t had in a while lately and sounded good for dinner.  My response? Stir-fry! Veggie for me, chicken for them; sweet potato underneath for me, white rice for them.  Perfect dinner for everyone.

And for good measure, here’s a snack I made during one of my study breaks on Monday – SO good!

Graham crackers with peanut butter and pumpkin butter. It’s better than pumpkin pie! (Disclaimer, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie…I know!)

In other news, on Monday I had a customer tell me I look like Anna Kendrick.  What do you think?

Dear World, Feel free to keep telling me I look like pretty celebrities.  It boosts my confidence. ;)

Today I am thankful for sleep, because after today I should be able to sleep again. (I hope!)

Happy Wednesday!

 

What are you thankful for today?

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

Fitness Friday // Achievements!

Happy Friday! Err…Happy Fitness Friday! ;)

It’s been a great week of workouts and after last week’s attempt at getting on track with my 10k training plan, I was off again fairly quickly this week.  But I decided a back-to-back run Wednesday/Thursday was okay and got right back on track.  Done and done.

Now most of you may not notice too much regarding those runs but to me do you know what I see?  I’ll give you a hint…

Did you notice my average times?! Can we talk improvement?! Can we talk about how awesome that feels?!

And to make it even better, my body and my lungs aren’t feeling run down – they’re feeling strong! I’m definitely in need of new shoes (working on that) and I’m sticking to slowly easing up my mileage, but at the end of the day I feel great.  And there’s no better feeling than that!


How’s your week of workouts been? Any noteworthy achievements?

Tuesday Ten

1. Strength Training or Cardio? Strength!  Years ago this would have been an easy answer of cardio but strength training makes me feel strong (uh..duh!) But ultimately, I do know, understand and see the benefit of both, but strength is definitely a favorite right now!

2. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Breakfast…for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I’m totally a breakfast foodie. ;)

3. Dress-up or workout clothes? I may clean up well…

but I still come home from work every.single.day and put on a pair of yoga pants.  Workout clothes all.the.way.

4. Wine or beer? This is just mean…but I guess wine, though I do love a good beer.

5. Peanut butter or almond butter? Rude. I can’t (and won’t) choose.  That’s like asking a parent which kid is their favorite.

6. Heels or flats? Flats 95% of the time! Either gym shoes or toms.  See?

7. The actual cake or frosting? Frosting! There was one time a friend of mine and I split a cupcake.  She wanted the cake (but not frosting) and I wanted the frosting (but not the cake).  Pretty sure we were made to be friends.

8. Spring, summer, fall, or winter? FALL!!!!! Did you see my fall bucket list? Come on, I’ve got plans people!

9. Real animal or stuffed animal? Real! Though I definitely had my fair share of stuffed animals as a kid.  (And it’s possible my favorite stuffed koala is sitting on the top shelf of my bookshelf.  Don’t judge me!)

10. Bright or light? I’m not even sure what this means? But I don’t want the light so bright it blinds me.  But I don’t want the light so dim I can’t see.  Forget this question.

11. To vote or not to vote Just kidding…this one was added by me.  But I did it because I have a teensy tiny eeeentsy weeny little favor.  See I have the opportunity to potentially be the Face of Fitness magazine.  And well, can we just stop and think about how COOL that could be?  I mean, ME?! The Face of Fitness?! Sign me up!

Wait, I already am – all you have to do is vote(Preferably every day this week because you can vote 1x per day all week.  And preferably share this inside info with all of your wonderful friends and family.  My poor sister was asked to bombard her friends the moment I got the email – thanks sissy!) Pleeeeease! ;)

Now pick a question (or two, or three, or four) and answer ‘em.  And GO!

Motivational Monday Sunday

Work’s going well.  My coworkers are all really nice and I’m enjoying my time getting to know them and making coffee again.  It’s kind of crazy how steaming milk and pulling shots of espresso can be fun and in a way, relaxing.  And honestly, it’s also the extent of my social life lately so it’s no wonder I’m enjoying it.

Anyway, I’ve been in a bit of a personal pity party this week after a couple different events, realizations and such came about. I’m trying to pull myself out of it so I’m going to keep things rather light the next few days – but if you have any extra positivity, please feel free to send it my way as it would be greatly welcomed and appreciated around these parts.

So, the motivational / inspirational / get-your-butt-in-gear / whatever you want to call them quotes are coming around today.  Maybe you don’t need them, but I do.  And honestly, I really think we all need a reminder on occasion.

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What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?

How’s your weekend?

What would you choose?

I had a plan for today’s post and then as I was sitting on my couch trying to stay awake and trying not to allow this move to completely stress out every ounce of myself, I decided to change directions – to something fun!

So here you have it, a little this or that health and fitness style.

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

I hate running in the crazy humidity but I’ve never run in freezing temps before.  I’d imagine though that running in the cold would be easier, you can always add more layers.  It’s really hard to run when the heat and humidity are out of control – there’s only so much you can take off when you feel like your skin is even too much.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

Flat abs.  Washboard abs may be nice but I don’t think they’re very realistic for the majority of people.  I’d rather have flat, healthy abs.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

I’ve never seen Dr. Oz but I know I like The Doctors.  I don’t have cable but I’m assuming it’s still fairly interesting to watch.

4. Cardio or strength?

This is like asking a parent to choose their favorite kid – not possible! (or so I’d imagine).  Both have their benefits and both I absolutely love!

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

Carbs! Cookies, cakes, pie, cereal, or bread anyone?

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Jillian Michaels.  I haven’t done a Bob Harper workout but I’ve tried some Jillian Michael’s workouts and that woman does not mess around!

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Again, rather cruel but I think I’m going to have to go with frozen yogurt.  It’s my current obsession and a great way to spend time with friends.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

Upper body! Working my upper body always makes me feel strong – stronger than working my lower body.  Though I do believe it’s all about balance!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE protein powder, but I also know the importance of getting protein from food – especially peanut butter. ;)

10. Lunges or squats?

Squats.  I hate lunges.  Scratch that.  I love to hate them.

11. Sweet or salty?

Did you have to ask?  Sweet! Duh!

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Comfy…I’m too broke for the cute stuff but I do try to not look completely like I just rolled out of bed (even if I did).

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

I’ve never been to body pump but I know I like lifting, so I guess lifting.

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Yoga! Yoga is what gets me through most days and while I do enjoy pilates, the mental, emotional and spirtual benefit of yoga is far superior for me.

15. Nike or Adidas?

Nike! Did you have to ask?  I still hope that they’ll someday sponsor my life or give me a job. HA! (What? A girl can dream, right?)

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

Crazy as this may seem, treadmill.  Outdoors is so much harder on my lungs. :(

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

I love the Whole Foods salad bar and I love their larger variety of products, but Trader Joe’s is my go-to and does my best to protect my wallet.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer! Though I’m sad I didn’t actually get to watch this summer. :(

19. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Tie? I love roasted veggies for their added flavor but I also love steamed veggies for their simplicity.

20. Moving pod or rental car + ship car?

Okay okay, so that one wasn’t health and fitness related but it is weighing on my mind and totally stressing me out.  Why does moving have to be so complicated (and expensive!)?

Pick a few and tell me what you’d choose?