Working Out When You’re Sick: A Do or a Don’t

It’s official. I have a sick fiancé.

Poor Ryan came home from work yesterday feeling stuffy and achy. We took it easy last night, thinking he might wake up feeling better.

Not the case. He is very congested and feels sick every time he stands up.

Needless to say, he’s home from work for the day. He thought he might be able to go in after lunch, but didn’t feel any better by the time noon rolled around.

Lucky for him, I work less than two miles from our apartment, so I was able to swing by at lunchtime to bring him a hot meal.

I stopped by Pei Wei and ordered the Mongolian beef, Ryan’s favorite meal, to go. I also substituted the white rice for egg noodles because Pei Wei’s noodles are doughy and delicious!

Pei Wei

When I arrived at our apartment with a Pei Wei bag in hand, Ryan’s eyes lit up.

We split the meal between us, though I got all of the mushrooms and Ryan got the majority of the beef.

Mmm, Beefy

I loved all of the scallions!

For dessert we each enjoyed a fortune cookie.

Behold... The Future.

Well, I ate my cookie on the way to our apartment as an appetizer… but Ryan ate his at the appropriate time. 😉

Check out my fortune:

Enlightening

Not too shabby!

Working Out When You’re Sick: A Do or a Don’t

Ryan’s sick state, coupled with an email I received from blog reader Simone, inspired me to touch on working out when you’re feeling under the weather.

Sick as a Dog

As a general rule of thumb, I think that if you’re feeling sick, your body needs rest and nurturing, not sweat sessions at the gym. However, I totally understand the desire to get a good work out in when you’re not throwing up or feeling nauseous.

Of course, I am no expert, but when I am trying to decide whether or not to work out when I don’t feel my best, I use these tips:

  • Does the thought of a workout exhaust you? If simply imagining yourself working out makes you feel exhausted, skip the gym.
  • Simply sniffles? If you’re simply fighting a case of the sniffles and generally feel okay otherwise, a workout is probably okay. Just be sure to clean off any machines and equipment you use!
  • Tone it down. If you’re just starting to feel better and want to get back into the gym, try working out at a lower intensity. Take a yoga class, walk on the treadmill or enjoy a light workout on the elliptical with a magazine. Ease back into your normal intensity workouts. You don’t want to exhaust yourself on your first day back in the gym.

I really love the Mayo Clinic’s approach to working out when you’re sick:

  • Proceed with your workout if your signs and symptoms are “above the neck” — such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or sore throat. Be prepared to reduce the intensity of your workout if needed, however.
  • Postpone your workout if your signs and symptoms are “below the neck” — such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach. Likewise, don’t exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches.

If you choose to exercise when you’re sick, listen to your body. If your signs and symptoms get worse with physical activity, stop and rest. Resume your workout routine gradually as you begin to feel better.

Of Possible Interest

On the Fly

Between my morning workout, dentist appointment and commute back to Orlando from St. Pete this morning, I didn’t have time to put together a morning post.

I ate breakfast on the fly and didn’t snap any photos, but you don’t need a camera to document a good workout now, do ya?

Today’s workout included some light cardio interspersed with total-body weight training that looked like this:

  • 10 min. stair master
  • Leg extensions
  • Squats
  • Hamstring curls
  • Deadlifts
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extensions
  • Shoulder raises
  • Tricep pull-downs
  • 10 min. run

I completed the entire workout in about an hour and was showered and sitting in a chair at the dentist’s office before I knew it.

Good news: No cavities!

The dental hygienist said I’ve been doing an excellent job on my flossing.

About a year ago I learned the secret to receiving this compliment from the dentist. Simply floss right before you go to the dentist. It makes your gums less sensitive and less likely to bleed, which basically screams “This is the first time I’ve flossed in months!”

Not that I advocate not flossing or tricking your dentist or anything… 😉

Once I got to work, I had a bunch of things on my plate and was a busy little bee until I broke to enjoy this meal.

'Dilla!

Peach Greek Yogurt

Not a bad grab-whatever-you-can meal!

My lunch included a quesadilla prepared on a whole wheat tortilla with kidney beans and steamed broccoli and a cup of peach Greek yogurt.

It wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but it was tasty and nutritious. A successful lunch in my book!

Question of the Afternoon

Would you rather visit the doctor or the dentist?

I hate needles and basically anything medical, so I’d pick the dentist every time!

I still see the dentist who cleaned my teeth throughout college back in St. Pete because I trust him and know he won’t hurt me. He’s filled a few cavities in my mouth, which involved shots, and used this numb-y stuff that made it painless to numb my mouth before the shot (I just felt pressure), so I no longer get nervous about trips to the dentist! HUGE victory for me.

Wedding Ceremony Brainstorming

Not only have I severely neglected my love of Greek yogurt recently, but my poor beloved noodle bowls have fallen to the wayside as well.

Once again, let’s bring back the ol’ favorite!

Noodle Bowl

Hooray for a veggie-packed noodle bowl!

Today’s pasta explosion contained:

Mix it up and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious mid-day meal.

Get a Load of This!

Get That Sauce Everrrrywhere

Pasta is so good. Plain and simple.

Wedding Ceremony Brainstorming

When I get off work today, Ryan and I are heading to my parents’ house in St. Pete for the weekend to accomplish some wedding-related to-dos.

First up: Meet with our pastor about our wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony: Renaissance Vinoy Tea Garden

Our pastor has a basic outline of traditional ceremonies he performs, but we want to omit certain aspects and replace other parts with pieces we create ourselves to give our ceremony a more romantic and personal feel.

To me, the ceremony is the most important of the whole day. Of course I am looking forward to the reception and gettin’ my boogie on, but I really want our ceremony to be memorable and signify the commitment we are making to each other.

Ryan and I want our ceremony to convey love, hope and excitement, but also recognize that we’re about to embark on a journey that will require work, nurturing and constant care. By including those sentiments in our ceremony, I hope it will help us to always remember to make our relationship a priority and cherish the love we have for each other for a lifetime.

Being the avid “Googler” that I am, I set forth on a internet-wide search of creative wedding ceremony ideas and boy-oh-boy did reading through vows and words of devotion make me an emotional nutcase.

Must… not… cry… during… lunchbreak…

Ryan and I already created a personalized segment of our ceremony that we love, but I’m still on the lookout for inspiring ideas.

For example, I thought these vows were absolutely beautiful:

Groom
In your eyes, I have found my home.
In your heart, I have found my love.
In your soul, I have found my mate.
With you, I am whole, full, alive.
You make me laugh. You let me cry.
You are my breath, my every heartbeat.

Bride
You are my inspiration and my soul’s fire.
You are the magic of my days.
You help me laugh, you teach me love.
You provide a safe place for me, unlike I’ve ever known.
You free me to sing my own song.
You are more of an amazement to me, each day I rediscover you.
You are my greatest boon.

– Frau Ava, 1160

So romantic.

I don’t want to share our ceremony ideas on the blog because I want our ceremony to be a surprise for our guests and our parents, but I will definitely post a recap after the wedding… which is in 50 days. AH!

Please share any ideas you have to make a wedding ceremony feel extra-special. Any stories from your wedding or weddings you have attended are more than welcome!

Veggie High

My goodness today is flyin’ by.

I think whenever my to-do list is a mile long, the hours tick by like minutes… not that I’m complaining!

When I finally looked up from my desk this morning, it was 1 p.m.

Time for lunch!

Big Ol' Salad

My lunchtime salad was veggie-packed:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Edamame
  • Sweet corn
  • Zucchini
  • Eat Smart broccoli slaw
  • Shoestring carrots
  • Kraft light Asian toasted sesame dressing

Holy Veggies!

Edamame (Or edanane as my dad says...)

Note to lettuce haters: Try making your salad on a bed of broccoli slaw. It’s crunchier, heartier and more flavorful than typical iceberg or romaine lettuce.

I definitely felt the “veggie high” after eating this salad.

Does anyone else get a “veggie high” after eating inordinate amounts of vegetables?

I feel more awake, alive and even rejuvenated after downing a massive salad or a plate full of roasted vegetables. It’s probably all in my head, but it sure beats the “ice cream low” that I seem to experience about 30 minutes after eating a huge bowl of ice cream… not that the “low” ever prevents me from eating it. 😉

Question of the Afternoon

Does eating certain foods make you feel different?

What I eat definitely affects how I feel. I am all to familiar with the sugar coma.

Sandwiches Don’t Need Meat. Who Knew?

Growing up I used to think that a sandwich had to include meat. (Unless, of course, it met one of two exceptions: It was a peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwich.)

Today I often make meat-free sandwiches, letting nut butter, cheese or hummus do the talking.

If cheese and meat got into a flavor fight in my mouth, cheese would win every time. I love the strong, creamy taste of a good slice of cheese.

My lunch today featured a smoked Provolone cheese and tomato sandwich, made on a toasted Toufayan everything flavored Smart Bagel.

'Maters

Tomato + Provolone Bagelwich

Cheese, you are delicious.

On the side of my tomato and cheese bagelwich, I enjoyed cucumber slices and a crisp apple for some sweetness.

Cukes

Do Apples Even Have a Nickname? Apps?

Aaand, a little slice of birthday cake may have made it into my mouth as well.

CAKE!

This cake was leftover from a coworker’s birthday yesterday (I pretended it was for my blog’s birthday).

I enjoyed it so much the first time around that I just had to experience its deliciousness again today.

Growing up, marble cake was always my birthday cake of choice! 😀

Winner, Winner, Cookies for Dinner

Thank you to everyone who commented on my one-year of blogging anniversary post. You guys sure know how to make a girl blush!

The winner of the homemade batch of cookies giveaway is…

Number 64, Come on Doooown!

Andrea: Congrats!! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

Hooray, Andrea! Please email me at pbfingers@gmail.com with what kind of cookies you would like and your mailing address.

Of Possible Interest

Question of the Afternoon

Pick one: Meat, cheese, veggie, or nut butter sandwiches?

So Here’s the Thing…

So here’s the thing: I don’t really like watching football.

I do, however, enjoy everything that comes along with football season. I love parties, tailgating, lazy Sundays and dressing up to support your team. I also really like attending football games because the energy and excitement is contagious and I’m a huge fan of classic stadium food like hot dogs, kettle corn, nachos and oversized draft beer.

When I got home from laying out by the pool this afternoon, I found Ryan and Sadie on the couch taking in the first University of Florida football game of the season.

turkey sandwich 012

Ryan got his MBA at UF and my sister is currently a senior at the university (and is actually at the game today along with my mom and dad).

I really love having football games on in the background at home. For some reason the sounds of a college or NFL game remind me of home and make me feel relaxed. Strange, I know.

While Ryan took in the game, I made us a simple lunch.

turkey sandwich 001

On the menu today:

  • Turkey sandwich with honey mustard and baby greens
  • Sliced apple
  • String cheese

It was a lunch fit for a 5th grader… or a 26-year-old guy and 25-year-old girl. 😉

turkey sandwich 002

turkey sandwich 006

Is honey mustard a southern thing? I never heard of it until I moved to Florida and now I absolutely adore it. Honey mustard can seriously transform a sandwich. So tasty!

Now I’m off to shower up before we pile into my car to run some errands and pick up somethin’ special for dinner.

Hope you’re enjoying this holiday weekend so far. 😀

Question of the Afternoon

Are you a football fan?

I Go Big

It seems that whenever I eat a meal I always end up with crumbs on my clothes, a smear of food on my face or chocolate on my arm. Yes, chocolate on my arm. This has happened multiple times. I don’t know how.

Today as I was eating my ham unwich at Jimmy John’s with Ryan, he motioned to the side of his mouth, signaling that I, yet again, had food stuck to the side of my mouth.

Pre Food-On-My-Face

Ham Unwich

“Why do I always do that?” I asked. “I always seem to ‘save some food for later’ when I eat!  This is ridiculous!”

Ryan said, “Don’t worry about it. When you eat, you just go big.”

I agreed. Mealtime isn’t for quitters in my book. 😉 Go big, or go home.

Ryan Goes Big at Mealtime, Too. One of the Many Reasons I Love Him.

Once we were done eating at Jimmy John’s, we headed over to Mochi for some soft serve.

I filled a cup with peanut butter soft serve and topped it off with Butterfinger pieces and shredded coconut.

PB + Butterfingers + Coconut

This combination was winner, winner, chicken dinner.

So good!

After finishing our soft serve Ryan and I talked about making tonight a “fro yo for dinner” night. We have yet to visit Menchie’s, a new soft serve place in Winter Park and tonight we may change this.

I also feel like being a little experimental in the kitchen this evening, so we’ll see how things end up!

Totally Random

I know this is totally random, but I am seriously loving the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

I can’t get enough of it. It came on while Ryan and I were eating our frozen yogurt and I wanted to drop my fro yo and break into a dance party on the spot. (Okay, maybe not drop the fro yo… More like place it to the side to enjoy after the song concluded.)

I wanted this song played on repeat during my bachelorette party last weekend and whenever it came on, it was like Christmas morning. I actually looked over at my sister dancing when it was playing and I felt like I was looking at myself dancing.

Turns out all the Bream girls dance the same: Not sexy, but with utter abandon.

At one point Leslie even busted out the cross your arms over your legs move.

A Classic

Obviously I had to join in.

We’re more of the “spin me around” and do the “Carlton” kinda girls than the “drop it like it’s hoooot” type.

Question of the Afternoon

What is your dancin’ style?