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Listening to My Body

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It’s Friday again? I feel like I just posted Totally Random Friday yesterday!  That’s how fast my week went and I didn’t even accomplish anything! Argh! I HATE BEING SICK! 

I went to the doctors yesterday and it appears I have a stomach virus. Although he wants to keep an eye on me because he’s worried it may be something else. So he told me to go on a liquid diet for a day or two and call him back.  Which really should NOT have been a problem as I have no appetite.  Me, NO APPETITE! That never happens!

Well stubborn me thinks, ok, so it just a virus. It will run it course like it has for everyone else at the office. WRONG! I SO should have listened to him. Yesterday I ate a bit and (don’t ask me why, I wasn’t hungry yet my brain wanted to eat because “I didn’t really eat all day” – what kind of backwards thinking is that?) I paid for it.  Last night I felt worse then I have all week, I was up all night and this morning I could barely get out of bed.

Which was weird because at dinner time I was actually starting to feel better. So much better that the Toddler and I did out weekly video post. Taking the advice of some of you on this week question, I made soup. Now, maybe a spicy soup wasn’t the way to go, but it was chock full of veggies and I thought it would be a first good step into finding my routine again, especially since I was feeling better. So I settled on that and some cheese and crackers for dinner.

Umm yeah, THAT was a mistake!

Needless to say I’m taking the doctors advice today. I’ve made myself a HUGE batch lemon-lime water and have been relentlessly sipping all day. I’ve also had a yogurt, hoping it will help calm the stomach.  We’ll see. I’m actually not hungry and it’s almost 4PM! So you know there is something up with me. Normally by this time I would have snacked my way through an omelet, a yogurt, an apple, leftovers for lunch, a granola bar I’d be looking forward to dinner but today my stomach hasn’t even growled yet. Weird!

Which leads me to the topic of listening to our bodies. How many times, yesterday included, have I just totally ignored my body? Eating when I wasn’t hungry, just because food was there. Knowing I’m thirsty but just too lazy to pour a glass of water. I do things like that ALL the time.

I found this quote from Elle Macpherson about her health:

"It’s about listening to your body. Sometimes I need to run, other times to meditate, sometimes I need to dance with my kids, and sometimes I just need a good meal. I don’t have a regime. My body is the result of good genes and a healthy attitude."

It’s nice she is recognizing her “good genes” as all of us may not be as lucky. However, she so right! Sometimes the best work outs I have are dancing with the toddler, sometimes I need to go to the gym to feel stronger, sometimes I just crave an after dinner walk and sometimes I have to go to bed early.  Today I have to listen to my non existent hunger signals (and doctor) and just let me body heal itself.




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    watchinmyweight

    February 29, 2008

    That is very true…and why do we tend to ignore our bodies??

    The lemon-lime water sounds wonderful.

    Hope you feel better soon! :~)

    Red

    February 29, 2008

    Sorry to hear you’re sick.

    I hate to say this, but when I got food poisoning the day before my weekly weigh-in, while I was leaning over the toilet I was thinking “I am so going to be down 5 pounds tomorrow, awesome!”

    I also had the shivers and was convinced the MacBook Air had some how caused my sickness, so it wasn’t the only crazy thought I was having.

    HappyBlogChick

    February 29, 2008

    Oh no, sorry to hear you’re not well.

    Sometimes I think my body and I speak a different language. I’m working to learn my body’s language, though.

    Feel better soon!

    balletshoes14

    February 29, 2008

    hope you feel better! i should have read this earlier! my stomach has been feeling horrible all day! i have been popping pepto bismol all day-and i then went and ate mexican for lunch! why did i do that???? listening to my body is key! thanks for your great blog :)

    Crista

    February 29, 2008

    Im sorry you still don’t feel well..Get better!!! keep us posted..hope its nothing worse then a stomach virus…

    IrishLuci

    February 29, 2008

    You poor thing Roni, a stomach virus is nasty, I hope you get well soon.
    Some tips from past experiences of the same:
    Baby food is great for a sick stomach, we are talking the pre-packaged Milupa sunshine orange type here.
    Plain boiled white rice is good for when you are able to take solids, but not too solid!
    Steer clear of dairy/wholewheats/anything acidic, keep to the kind of things you might usually avoid, like white bread toast, dry rice krispies etc

    And, of course, getting an isotonic drink like Gatorade or boiled Sprite (not diet, full sugar but no fizz) always helps. Considering you are sick I wouldn’t worry about the calories for a few days (you need them), it’s more important you heal that stomach.
    All the best for a quick recovery,
    Luci

    brockey

    February 29, 2008

    I had it for a week and it finalllly went away after I got some Yogi tea….they haave one for stomach problems . It really helped.http://www.yogitea.com/#/ProductInfo/

    Dev

    February 29, 2008

    I hope you’re feeling better! Hopefully the lemon-lime water did the trick.

    Dani Spies

    February 29, 2008

    Man oh man Roni…I feel for you! If you want, shoot me an email with a description of your symptoms and I can send you some suggestions of what you can incorporate/eliminate to help kick this bug.
    Feel Better!!

    Anonymous

    February 29, 2008

    Roni,,So sorry your sick,,,these things last so much longer than years ago,,there are just so many different strains,,and meds don’t seem to help many of them,,rest..liquids..and time,,you just have to stop.and let your body heal,,from this crummy stuff..I know easier said than done,,,.I am sure your great hubby helps alot,,and toddler will have to even help Mommy..GET WELL,,we really need and miss your SPUNK~Suzan

    Bye-bye baby.....weight

    February 29, 2008

    You look great in your before and after pictures! People like you are really an inspiration to me right now. I sure wish I could have my body look anything like Elle’s body. Keep up the good work!

    RunningNan

    March 1, 2008

    That is so true. I was just remembering your words from an earlier post about hunger not being an emergency!

    Kim

    March 1, 2008

    Roni, just had to let you know my girlfriends and I were talking about you at lunch the other day. One said “Thanks for turning me on to Roni’s Blog, I love it,” then we had to tell everyone else about you….Yes Toot Toot your own horn if you must!!

    ps. started a 15 day challenge with a few friends, in the begininng planning stages but fun to really focus for 2 weeks at a time! Its on my blog….

    Love your blog a love sharing it! Thanks….oh and after all the rambling….Hope you feel better!!

    The Flying Monkeys

    March 1, 2008

    HEy Roni, that bug just passed by us! It was a nasty stomach, then the flu turned into pneumonia/bronchitis!

    Get better soon! I was in bed for a week!

    TR

    March 2, 2008

    Thank goodness I’m the boss of my body because all it ever wants to do is “be still”!!! I’m guessing I got the lazy genes so that means I can’t listen to it too much….oh wait! I did listen to it, thats how this skinny girl got stuck in this big tub of lard body! LOL!

    Hope you are feeling better soon!