It’s so easy to take our health for granted. If you missed my Instagram story and are wondering why my recap post is coming in late, it’s because of a bad case of food poisoning with a side of severe dehydration. I have never experienced anything so awful and adding period cramps to the mix wasn’t helping either. It’s times like that when I think back to the days where I’m complaining about stupid things about my body, but instead should be reminding myself of how lucky I am, and to stop taking my health for granted, or wishing to be a “certain way” when I’m already perfectly fine. I’m feeling much better today, and I’m ready to start this week with a clear mind, positive attitude, and a new look at what “health” really is. I don’t know if I’ll get myself out to go for my scheduled run today, and it’s ok if I don’t. I may opt for a long walk instead and give my body another day of rest. I do want to say thank you for all the sweet messages I got this week! But now that I’m feeling better let’s get this recap post rolling.
I started my Monday morning with a bowl of protein oats while I wrote last week’s recap blog. My protein oats have 1/4 cup of gluten-free oats, 1/2 cup of water, berries (usually raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries!), one scoop of plant-based protein powder (I’ve been using RawFusion lately), and topped with a scoop of nut butter.
After breakfast, I did my mile walk with both dogs! I used this as a way to get my muscles nice and loose before pre-run stretching.
I did two miles, and it felt great. I felt like I could have kept going, but it takes more willpower to make yourself stop and stick to the training plan. The hills are now becoming a breeze, and I find myself breathing more relaxed during the run.
For dinner, I topped a baby kale salad with grilled salmon and sweet potatoes. The salmon was grilled with Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce and Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. I buy the freshly caught salmon from Trader Joe’s and slice it into sections to make it easier to grill. I posted a delicious recipe for grilled salmon on my blog last week that you can check out here just in case you missed it!
On Tuesday, I had Forager Plain Chashewgurt with my protein powder and Elizabeth Granola on top! This combo is like dessert. I felt restless after editing for a few hours, so I decided to get up and try to complete my 10,000 steps before 1 pm. I figured this would be an excellent way to tire me out and force me to sit still for a few more hours of editing. Do you ever hear of parent’s talking about tiring their kids out? Well, I feel like I’m the kid sometimes and I need some of the energy released before I can focus. Long walks are so helpful for me, and that’s usually why I do them when I first wake up with the dogs. I loved setting this goal publicly because it forced me to stick with it and complete those 10,000 steps before! I loved getting messages from you guys as well because a lot of you were joining me on the challenge! It felt like a group effort.
I was really hungry after walking those miles! I made my crispy cauliflower gnocchi, green beans, and salmon for lunch. After my walk and filling my belly, I was ready to sit back with my cappucinno and work. The walking did the trick! I don’t know why I have troubles focussing some days. Even when I want to do 1000 things, I don’t know where to start.
I didn’t feel like cooking, and I was craving a pizza so bad on Tuesday night. I decided to order a gluten-free & dairy-free pizza from Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. I have lived in my house for just about three years now, and this was the first time I had ever used a delivery service. The pizza was so good, and now I need NOT to make this a habit. Kyle had the chicken buffalo pizza, but I’ve never been a “team buffalo” person. Especially not on pizza!
For my breakfast on Wednesday morning, I had my go-to protein oats with some granola on top. I don’t know what it is about having crunchy granola on my oats, but I like it.
A few hours later, I headed out on my run! I made a mistake with my apple watch and didn’t turn it on until .5mi into the run. When I looked at my running app, I was at 2.5, so I quickly stopped. I had only planned to do 2.1 for the day. It wasn’t a big difference, but I still am trying to hard to stick to the structure. The weather was breathtaking on Wednesday and spring was all over my neighborhood. I felt so good to be out running.
I had a protein shake for lunch that had frozen peaches, banana, almond milk, ice, protein powder, and topped with Purely Elizabeth granola. For dinner, I had a baby kale salad with grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, sesame seeds, and a honey mustard vinaigrette. About three hours later, I ended the night with a big bowl of BoomChickaPop popcorn and chocolate chips on top.
My dad came over on Thursday so we could finish grouting the backsplash in the kitchen. He’s so good at this stuff. We will be starting the cabinet painting in a few weeks, so that’ll be pretty intense!
I also decided to try out 23andMe (Healthy & Ancestry.) It’s pretty pricey, but I’m really looking forward to getting my results. I’ll keep you all posted!
I did get a recipe video editing for this popular gluten-free & vegan banana bread recipe up on my YouTube channel! You can watch it here! 😊 I have two videos coming up next week so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can receive the notifications when I post! 😊
For my dinner on Thursday night, I had half of the Fuji Apple Chicken salad from Panera with extra baby kale. I know that bowl looks like it’s just lettuce, but all the chicken and good stuff when to the bottom when I tossed it around in dressing.
On Friday morning, I woke up early to get ready and head over to my parent’s house to drop off the dogs for the weekend, and do my 2-mile run in their neighborhood. They have zero hills, so I thought it would be more enjoyable. The run went well, but I’m not a morning runner. This was going to be my last run before hitting 3-miles with Meighan in D.C.
When I got back to my house, I took a quick shower, packed a bag for D.C., and Kyle, and I headed out for our road trip around 11 A.M. We were excited to visit Meighan and her boyfriend for the weekend.
The trip took forever this time. We regretted not flying five hours into our drive 😆
I had a lot of questions about my fruit infused water. The bottle is a Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle (and my favorite water bottle on the planet.) I just added in mandarines, blueberries, and raspberries to give it a hint of flavor. This helps people like me, who don’t love water, stay hydrated.
Kyle and I snacked on trail mix from Earthfare, which I should have never opened the bag. Can’t stop / won’t stop mood! We also split a granola bar on round two of a snack attack.
I thought I’d treat myself to an afternoon latte, but that went downhill when I got into the car, and they added a ton of vanilla syrup. Ew, wuuuut! Unless it’s a peppermint mocha latte, I only want espresso and almond milk in my cup. 😆This wasn’t the only reason why I was feeling coffee defeated and depleted. Before we found an actual Dunkin, 45-minutes before that we had followed the GPS six miles out of the way off a country road exit to stop at a Dunkin, but when we got to the location, it was just a gas station that served drip “Dunkin” coffee. It smelled really old, and I couldn’t put myself through that. I don’t know how Kyle puts up with my coffee diva-ness.
Around four, I had the other half of my Panera salad I had packed for the road trip. ♥️
We finally made it to our hotel around 7:30 pm! We quickly unpacked and headed out to meet up with Meighan and her boyfriend for dinner!
I cannot wait to share all the photos from our trip Friday! ❤️ I missed this girl so much.
We got back home on Sunday evening.
**sickness details, don’t read if you have sensitive stomach**
I was feeling so off during the car ride, and I noticed it because I wasn’t hungry. I’m always hungry for some kind of snacks, coffee, or Panera salads on road trips. I didn’t even want to look at food. I had a banana and a protein bar for the whole day but kept getting weird nauseous waves. I thought it was because I was looking at my phone on the entire trip and it may have caused motion sickness.
I took a bubble bath around 7 PM, but it didn’t help with any of nausea. I drank some water to help my stomach and make sure I was hydrated.
We started watching American Idol around 8, and that’s when it all went downhill. I darted to the trash and started vomiting aggressively. When I throw up, it’s rare. It happens maybe once every two years. Of course, I felt better for about thirty minutes. I decided to shower off, brush my teeth, bring ice water up to bed with me, a giant bucket just in case, and go lay down. Kyle came upstairs to watch the show with me, but I was out sleeping within thirty minutes.
I woke up at 1:30 with stomach aches. I knew it was coming. I grabbed the bucket, and it started happening again. That forceful, scary, uncontrollable…you know, feeling. I felt so weak, and my face was as pale as a ghost. I got dizzy and had a hard time standing up. I washed my face, brushed my teeth, and my way downstairs to be on the couch. Even though I’m a 28-year-old adult, I called my mom crying because I was scared. She talked to me for a good thirty minutes as I sipped Pedialyte and finally fell back asleep.
I felt like I was hit by a car when I woke up on Monday morning. My head was pounding, I was freezing while sweating, and all I wanted to do was sleep. Kyle took the morning off to make sure I was ok before he left for work. He brought up ice water and a waffle to see if I could get anything down, but I did not have an appetite, and the thought of food made me nauseous.
Around 10 am, I was having back spasms and shooting pain that caused so much discomfort I could hardly lay in bed. I wrapped my body in a heated blanket and finally fell asleep for a few more hours.
The migraine was unbearable, but I figured it was a mixture of no caffeine and dehydrated. Around noon, another vomiting episode occurred. I had no idea where any of the liquids were coming from because it had been almost 48 hours since eating anything.
My head was spinning, I was sweating, aching, and my back felt like it was going to break. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I called my doctor to see if I needed to come to see them or make my way into Urgent Care to be checked out. They wanted me over to them as soon as possible, so I headed that way.
I was severely dehydrated with a bad case of food poisoning. The doctor was nervous about my back pain was an issue with the gall bladder or pancreas, but was leaning more towards it being due to dehydration. He was right about dehydration because as soon as I had a round of IV, my back pain eased up a bit, the headache went from extreme to mild, and I was feeling more balanced. The fever was still 101, but he felt confident it would break within time.
I picked up my prescription, grabbed more Pedialyte, and headed straight to bed.
My fever finally broke around 8:30 pm.
Kyle brought up some chicken and rice soup with some gluten-free toast to try to get me to eat. I managed to have some bread and most of the broth from the soup. I never thought I’d find myself trying to get as much sodium in my body as possible. After dinner, I took another round of medication, drank some water, and was out like a light bulb.
Luckily, I felt much better on Tuesday morning (minus the fact that it was snowing when I woke up.) It’s never fun to be sick, and I never want to have food poisoning for the rest of my life! I’m lucky that I got through it because I know it can hit people way worse. This is going to be a “take it slow” week for me, so it’ll be a great excuse to sit back and write/edit blogs that are waiting to be posted! 💜
Questions for you!
- Are you a road trip snacker?
- Have you ever experienced food poisoning?
- What is one goal you have for April?