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Treadmill + Sinus infection medication = Disaster

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Let me start off with that I am not a medication person. I am a strong believer in not taking medication that just covers up the problem and doesn't solve it. I am a Christian, not a Scientologist however so please do not confuse that part... The only medications I take are at extreme times so I knew that I wasn't feeling good when I asked my husband to get me some sinus infection medication. Normally I will eat healthy and drink lots of herbal tea to get rid of the infection, which occasionally spurs up at the least likely moment, so it was a surprise to be needed this week. The only other medication I will take is advil for migraines (not minor headaches though). Thankfully I rarely get migraines even though it runs in the family.

Unfortunately 2010 has not started off on the right foot with a serious cold from Santa and now a sinus infection. Thankfully I am feeling better today. I did learn a lesson though. Since I am not a medication person I have learned that you should really read the package information and take it seriously. I took a full dosage (which I have only done a few times in my life) and slept a lot yesterday during the day. I had a goal of getting my lazy booty to the gym for one hour. I set this goal the night before along with my husband. When my husband got home, I was sitting in front of the television (which again I normally do not do) in my exercise clothes. It must have confused my husband... I was ready to go on the outside, just not on the inside.

So, to make this story short and less of a babble session. We went to the gym and I tried to run - yeah, didn't last more than a few steps. I was completely lethargic - never knew medication could do this to a person. I actually worry about people that take cold medication and then go to work - should they be driving alone? Anyways, I learned that when you take medication, maybe it is best to stay at home and just do some nice relaxing yoga instead of trying out the evil treadmill. My conclusion: Treadmill + Sinus infection medication = Disaster

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LAURAKOHORST 1/21/2010 12:22PM

    emoticonSame boat as you, sinus infection, no medication, but still lethargic. lol hope you feel better soon.

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SUGIRL06 1/21/2010 9:12AM

    Icky! I hope you feel better soon!!! Rest up.
~Ang
PS. I agree with the whole "don't take it just because it makes you feel better thing" unless you really really have to!

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Winter Moisture Wicking Clothes

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I mentioned earlier that I was loving the winter moisture wicking clothes. I had tried them in the cold but had never tried them while exercising. This weekend the weather got a little warmer (because seriously my lazy butt can not get out in negative numbers to run) so it was the perfect time to try out our new clothes. My husband and I both have the pants, socks and turtle neck shirts. They are very expensive, in my opinion at least, but I was thrilled to have a nice set to try out this winter. Thankfully they worked perfectly and I can understand the necessity of paying a little more. The price is comparable to the quality of the product - thank goodness! We both were very happy since we kept dry and warm throughout the entire workout. Plus, we both felt that we didn't overheat as we thought might happen. A perfect solution to working out in the cold - just not too cold...

We did a comparison in the same temperature with moisture wicking clothes. Yes, there is a difference. If you are thinking about getting some clothes for working out in the cold - please look for the winter moisture wicking clothes. There are tons of different types of moisture wicking clothes on the market however the winter ones are the ones that keep you warm. We tired the normal moisture wicking - all season- and found that we were cold. They breath nicely however we did get too cold with the wind. Not a good option for cold winter days that are 30 or below... unless you only use them under sweaters and jackets...

  
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SUGIRL06 1/19/2010 12:36PM

    Thanks for the tips!
~Ang

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Hibachi Dinner - oh no no no

Friday, January 15, 2010

For the last 1.5 weeks we have had my in-laws staying at my house. Boy it has been a challenge! First we had my brother in-law and then my father-in-law stay with us. It has been very busy and very challenging! My husband comes from a SAD "meat and potato" style of family, much like my own. The only problem is they have some common sense about eating vegetables however are very confused about how to eat the healthy way. For instance, eating broccoli is good to eat but when you drown it in butter and salt - what's the point in my opinion. It also saddens me that my father-in-law has bad health due to the bad eating habits that he has chosen for the last 60 or so years. He has had a heart attack and has a defibrillator keeping his heart going. The doctors have been telling him for about 20 years that he needs to eat healthy and stay away from things that the American Heart Association has said to be dangerous for people in his condition. Or for that fact, any human being.

As many of you know, I was vegetarian for about 15 years (started at a very young age) and then I was raw vegan. Since getting married almost five years ago, I have started to allow some meat into our kitchen however we keep it at a healthy minimum and stay away from animal byproducts that are potentially dangerous to the heart. Heart disease does run in the family, so it worries me about my husband running down the same lines as his entire family. So, this week I allowed some more meat - every night to be exact - into our household. It was very strange and a learning experience. Since I really don't cook meat, I had to learn with the best of them on how to do so. I learned that cooking meat is not only bad for the body but also it is dangerous too! I was frying bacon in a pan on the stove and actually got burnt by some splattering fat that turned to liquid oil. It was not my happiest memory of the week. So, not I am applying neosporin to my sore, burnt and blistered wrist and hoping for a better weekend!

Last night I was truly saddened because our guest wanted to go to a "Japanese" hibachi restaurant. I was never a fan of the places since they are really not Japanese style cooking. I thought though that I could find something like ochazuke or something to eat. Unfortunately Daishin does not carry anything healthy. I chose Grilled Tuna which came with rice, salad with ginger dressing, and miso. Unfortunately the tuna was grilled with garlic butter (I've never seen that at a Japanese place!!!) and couldn't tell him to not put it in until after he had done it. Who ever heard of that at a Japanese place? Then the salad came and I was thrilled but sad to find out that it was drowned in ginger dressing that was made in house and I think consisted of mayonnaise - which again is very strange for Japanese meals. The miso was okay but it was watered down. Haha I sound like a whiner but... I guess I have no excuse - I'm just whining. After living there and cooking Japanese all the time, I have higher thoughts of the food and was turned down by the poor quality and cooking skills. Lesson learned - do not go to this Daishin for dinner again until/if they clean up their cooking skills.

Now with the in-laws all gone we can finally get back to eating healthy meals and feeling better! I have been trying to be very good on my diet plan - patting myself on the back, but it is time to get the household back in order. There are chocolate chip cookies, meat, white potatoes and so much more that I wish to send backing. Does anyone else know what I am talking about? It's nice to have family but it's nice to get things back in order and have the kitchen into a healthy state.

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HAPPYNSMILING 1/15/2010 10:43AM

    I do understand. What a relief when they all go home or in my case years ago, when they MOVE out. Ugh!!
Anyway, glad you can get your order back. Let out a deep "sigh".
Have a great weekend!!

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Another one gone - goodbye!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

As I'm having a little party for myself today, I'm reminded to post about my experience with my BMR change. Thankfully I found out my BMR through a wonderful website a week ago. I filled the numbers in and found out how many calories I should be eating if I want to lose a pound a week. I was really skeptical about the low amount of calories per day but I took on the challenge to see if it was going to work. Trust me, 1100 calories or less is hard to do but hey, It's a challenge and I'm a goal-oriented person. So this week I have been working out and also trying to make sure I stay under my calorie requirements daily. Finally I was able to lose a pound this week and I am feeling so good about this accomplishment! Normally it took around 1 month or more to lose one pound, so I hope that you can understand my excitement. My body does not generally adhere to my wishes of losing weight even though I am strict with my daily requirements. Thankfully one pound down and 25-38 pounds left until I am in my required BMI rate! Yay!!!

Note: Please do not take this post as a boasting method, I'm just really happy for my pound loss! One down is one closer to my goal... hopefully it continues this good the next few months! emoticon

  
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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 1/24/2010 1:21AM

    If you can't be boast about your success on your own blog, where else. We love to hear about it anyway. Good job.

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IMKFOX 1/23/2010 11:02PM

    I'm in complete agreement - every pound is 1 pound closer to my goal. Congrats and great job on sticking to your caloric guidelines!



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Building the Immune System

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Since Santa gave me the lovely present of a nice, strong cold on Christmas day, I have not been working out. It was a feat just to be able to breath that I wasn't up to working out. Finally after about two weeks I think I have kicked the cold goodbye, at least the harsh part of it. Yesterday was my official second day back and boy did it feel good! The hardest part about getting back into exercise after a few weeks is seriously the "getting back into it". I started out slow with two of the 10 minute workouts from Coach Nicole and I was loving it! Hello, 96 calories for only 10 minutes of working out is right up my alley! Plus, these workouts were not hard and were more of a good warm-up than anything else. These two videos did the job though and I got back into my 30 Day shred video. I had tried to do one the other day however I was coughing through a good portion of it so I was not at full strength doing it. Yesterday though I was thankful to go through the first level without any problems - full of strength. Then my husband got home and I was feeling fine still. We decided that we would run over to the gym and run for just a few miles to make sure we do not lose our running ability. Thankfully the treadmills were free and we could run as long as we wanted. Unfortunately we have my father-in-law staying for the week so my husband decided to go back early. For the first time in a long time though I made the decision that I was going to do some more workout. Yes! Finally feeling the burn and loving it again!

I am amazed at how good it feels after you are sick for a while to just get back into the swing of sweating it out. My mind is more clear and I have energized to get back into it. I think that sometimes we just need to sweat out the bad and let the immune system work its magic and build itself up once again.

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SUGIRL06 1/13/2010 10:00AM

    I hear ya! I was sick and was worried my cardio endurance took a hit but I went to the gym and ran 2 miles without a walking break! That was the first time I had ever done that! It really felt great to sweat my butt off after being sick. You definitely feel "cleansed" afterward!
~Ang

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HOPE2BE 1/13/2010 8:54AM

    I too am going through a cold but I had pneumonia a couple of months ago and so I'm on oxygen. It's all I can do to walk. I was doing 100 min. a day until this hit. Now I'll have to start over. I know how you feel.

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-DYET- 1/13/2010 8:52AM

    It is amazing how good it feels to exercise. I am glad you are feeling better!!

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