Should you drink alcohol when you are sick?

Back in April 2011 I had a cold for about a week. It was mild. And since I had extra time on my hands (I don’t exercise when I am sick) I got some posts in, like the one below: Should You Drink Alcohol When You Are Sick?

I have been home for a few days with a pretty vicious cold. Coughing, sneezing, super tired eyes, headache, congestion. Bleh!

I have been too tired to actually do any research or posts over the past few days.

But I thought I could repost this one, especially since it still gets a lot of reads when I check out my blog stats.

This whole week I have had a mild cold. I have tried to be careful to take care of myself. I have gone to work every day as I didn’t feel I was sick enough to stay home. I have gone to work every day and then every evening I have come home and lounged and watch TV/movies before I had to go to bed. Just taking it easy.

I think yesterday was the worst day of my cold. I feel better today. I am still tired and congested. … Continue reading

Nursing my aches, chills, fever

Yesterday morning I woke up around 6. On weekends if I wake up before 7 I usually laze around in bed until 7ish and hope to catch a few more zzzzs.

I felt really tired and hoped to fall back asleep. I figured I needed the rest.

Plus every single morning I have something to do. Monday through Friday I get up at 5:30. Monday through Thursday I am on a shuttle bus to work at 7 a.m. Friday mornings I hit the gym for a 6:30 a.m. class and then back home to work. On Saturdays Curt and I hit the gym. Sundays I get the grocery shopping done and then take a late morning yoga class.

Yesterday I slept in until 9;30. About 1 Curt and I headed out to lunch. I felt a little off but figured I was just hungry.

I had a couple of beers and a burger, which had a fried egg and bacon. Talk about getting my protein in.

After lunch I still felt funky. (I figured it might have been the ginormous sundae I had the evening before. Eeekk! I went overboard with the dessert.)

When we got home I changed into … Continue reading

Yup, it was a challenging week

Well, what a week …

I knew this past week would pose some challenges in the caloric intake department with food and booze and also with my regular exercise routine.

What I didn’t count on was getting sick … AGAIN.

Tuesday morning when I woke up I was exhausted. And I slept decently.

I felt the cold forming in my chest and was worried that this one was gonna be a doozy.

Lucky for me … I didn’t get a full blown cold, which is what happened a few weeks ago.

Even with multiple eating and drinking fests I had a plan to keep my exercise regular.

But when I am sick I don’t exercise as I feel it is important and necessary for me to focus my energy on getting back to being healthy.

This means I didn’t get to work on my planks and push-ups for March’s Monthly Challenge. In just a week I was able to master an 80-second plank. Imagine what I could have done had I worked on that a little more.

I feel almost back to normal today. But I made a decision to make sure that I am 100% healthy before getting back … Continue reading

Forming healthy habits

As I have talked about before, my company has a Wellness Program. Throughout the year challenges are created for us.

Some of Go Fit Girl!’s Monthly Challenges are inspired by my work challenges. Though I do try to add my own twist to them.

One of the challenges right now is to Challenge a Friend. (Which I may steal for a future GFG! Monthly Challenge.)

I challenged a friend, who doesn’t get enough water in daily, to drink six 8-ounce servings today. He did it before we even left work. Let’s hope he can keep this up.

He and I were talking on the shuttle ride in to work today about how long something becomes a (healthy) habit.

We’ve heard the myths, right?

How about 21 days?

This article from UCL Health Chatter says: The bottom line is: stay strong. 21 days is a myth; habit formation typically takes longer than that. The best estimate is 66 days, but it’s unwise to attempt to assign a number to this process.

US News Health blog post by Yoni Freedhoff: … Changing behaviors and creating new habits takes an awfully long time. While you may well be able to establish a … Continue reading

The contagious cold

I have a cold.

And man, it sure makes me tired.

I have skipped the gym since Thursday evening, when I thought I might be getting sick. I don’t exercise when I am sick as I personally believe my energy should be reserved for getting back to healthy. But that’s not what this post is about. (I wrote about that before if you are interested, go here.)

I had heard that a cold is contagious before symptoms even appear.

According to MedTV, the period when you’re most contagious is when your symptoms are at their worst — Day 2 to Day 4 of the cold. You’ll become less contagious as the cold symptoms improve.

Go Ask Alice says, studies show that, if you contract a cold, you can transmit it to others one or two days before your symptoms appear, and up to four or five days after first being exposed to the virus.

According to Discovery Health, if you think about how a virus works, it makes sense that we’re most contagious when our symptoms are at their worst. … So, when are you most contagious? Most experts agree that adults with a cold or the flu start being contagious about … Continue reading

It’s time to Spring Forward

It’s that time of year again. Most places in North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m.

To my Arizona family: No more confusion. Starting tomorrow we will be back in the same time zone. (For those of you who don’t know, Arizona doesn’t participate in Daylight Saving Time.)

I hate Springing Forward or Falling Back. The time change, only one hour, completely messes me up.

Normally my preparation for the time change means no difference in my routine. I make sure to keep up with my exercise and healthy eating. But I am nursing a cold. I don’t exercise when I am sick (and depending on the illness I eat whatever I feel like.)

Usually I try to make sure to take the 6 p.m. Restorative yoga class Sunday nights. I think that helps with sleep. But depending on how I feel and if I can breathe through my stuffed-up nose …

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

This is my advice on how to deal with … Continue reading

Dealing with expected/unexpected challenges

On Saturday I wrote about how I had an upcoming challenging week: dinners, lunches, possible lack of exercise.

Sometimes we can plan for our challenges other times they are a surprise. I try to take them all in stride and accept that sometimes you fall off the wagon. At some point you get back on and as long as you do all is good.

Well, I had an unexpected additional challenge hit me this week.

I was hit by what I am calling a mini-cold. Luckily I didn’t get bogged down by a major cold. But I have had the congestion, I feel tired and my eyes hurt a little. I had a headache one day.

I feel lucky because many  I know have gotten hit pretty bad. But my mini-cold was annoying enough to interfere in my life somewhat.

I did attend the Monday night work holiday dinner and Tuesday’s White Elephant/Ugly Sweater Contest lunch. (My ugly sweater tied with the trees and I was awarded with a fruit cake, which I gave away immediately.)

I had planned to go out on Thursday to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday. But by the time Thursday hit I was pretty tired … Continue reading

Walking miles on golf course in cold

Over the weekend Curt and I headed to Hayward to see our friend Tag Ridings play golf in the Nationwide Tour at Stonebrae.

I wanted to know how many miles I would be walking over the weekend. I put a GPS tracking app on my iPhone.

Tag’s father-in-law came along with him. So Curt and I walked with Bill. I mentioned to Bill that I wanted to know how many miles I would be walking.

Bill is a golfer and  has walked many golf courses. He told me that walking a golf course is about 6 miles.

It was so cold on Friday that Curt and I only lasted for about 9 holes. (Because of the weather and downpour of rain the tee times were altered and Tag had to finish the first round of holes on Day 2. And then Day 2 he still had to golf 18 more holes.)

The app tracked a little more than a mile. I knew that couldn’t be true. I even mentioned it to Bil the next day. He agreed and said it was closer to 3 miles.

Tag said 1,700 yards is one mile. And 18 holes of golf is 7,000 … Continue reading

Still enjoying my coffee

When I was sick over Christmas and New Year’s I pretty much quit caffeine for that two weeks.

Once I started to feel better I figured I might as well keep the caffeine to the minimum.

I decided to keep my weekend enjoyment of coffee. During the week I planned to have decaf tea and coffee only when I needed it (such as a bad night of sleep the night before) or really wanted it. I was not going to deny myself.

Just like my deal with booze, weekends and times when desperately needed. Or say I am having dinner on a Wednesday night with friends and a glass of wine or beer sounds good with pasta or pizza or sushi. Again, not going to deny myself.

I got sick again at the end of January beginning of February.

Soon after that second cold I had a few bad nights of sleep and found myself having coffee every morning.

For about the past month or so the addiction has returned. And I have decided that I am OK with it. Really, there are worse things I could be ingesting on a daily basis.

This and that

When I ended my cleanse a week ago I was a little worried that I would gain weight. Well, with food tasting so good. And I had some good meals the past week. Such as delicious welcome lunch on Tuesday at work; lasagna Curt got me at Market Hall the day I called in sick; the fritata he also got me, which I ate the next night for dinner; the amazing brunch, bacon and sangria I had Saturday before the Arizona/Stanford basketball game; and the munchies I had yesterday. I did gain weight, but only 1.2 pounds.

Today I started back with the exercise again by taking Hatha yoga with Baxter.

I packed my work meals for today (and tomorrow) with breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Baxter mentioned something they did in class last week and if we wanted to know about it we could get in a time machine and go back. I mentioned I was sick. Baxter called me out and said that was good. I did the best thing for myself and others in class.

Today in class I almost stole someone else’s purple Jade yoga mat. And after using her mat for class (we realized as … Continue reading