Lessons I’ve Learned


48 hours of being sick doesn’t have to be all bad.



I’ve taken some time to teach myself a few things while I’ve been a curled up in a nasty snot, cramp ball of scarves, blankets, and my beloved heating pad.

Lesson 1: My body breaks down when I don’t give it what it needs.

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During my last training cycle — I had a similar attack of the crappers.   Both training cycles have also culminated at busy seasons at work.  Hmmmm . . . this may  not be a coincidence.

Note to self:  Ashley, listen to your body and your overall well being.  Give it necessary breathers and breaks.  You are NOT superwoman.

Lesson 2: Heating Pads are Gods Gift to (wo)Men



I have honestly lived with our heating pad on my stomach since last night.  There is something so soothing and comforting.  Remember this for other ailments Ashley.  Tired muscles?  Cramps?  Just cold…use it!

Lesson 3: Eat more real foods  

It’s not like I eat poorly, I don’t.  But these past couple of days have been a reminder of how much better my body responds to REAL food as opposed to even healthy packaged foods.


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My breakfast this morning.  While I probably should have stayed away from dairy — I wanted to throw every single probiotic I could into my belly.  So yogurt and fruit it was — all natural, and my belly and body thanked me.

More whole foods, tea, water, less granola bars (Love them, can’t help it).  Your body will respond well to this.

Lesson 4: Take More Walks with Gus



I feel like somewhere along training I have forgotten the joy and health benefits that can come from walking.  Yes — I need running miles.  I’m training — but I also need to take some time to smell the roses, and walk.

And bringing along Gus?  He LOVES it and it poops him out the rest of the day.  Talk about win-win!

Lesson 5:   Try to Be More Like August When You’re Sick



Seriously — she sleeps all day.  This has been her, next to me.  In the time since she’s moved — Gus and I have gone on two walks for about 4 miles, I’ve watched 2 episodes of David Tutera, 4 food network shows, talked on the phone for awhile, and eaten plenty.

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Yup — homegirl knows how to recover.

And that, my friends, are a few lessons that I have learned over my 48 hours of sick time.

Question of the Day:  Give me some lessons you’ve learned from being sick!


Sick Day Number 2

I’m sorry all — but unfortunately it’s going to be another lame day from me on this Thursday.


Sippin’ on Gingerale all day for this girl.

Can I Be Honest?

I will not judge you all if you totally skip this part, just FYI.

Around and after dinner time last night my stomach started taking another turn for the worse.  Fortunately, we found our heating pad and that helped to at least keep me soothed.

I woke up this morning with the same pains in my stomach and pretty awful head ache that just wont leave.

And then basically — I spent the next chunk of the morning in tears, just frustrated at myself and being sick.

I didn’t want to take another day off work — but I knew my head and body are just not well.

So after a bit of a frustrating morning, I decided my body was telling me I needed more rest.

I  leashed Gusman up, and took him out to get some fresh air, very slowly.

A quick call and good cry to my parents, and I knew I had made the right decision.

So, Gus and I walked for about 2 miles, stopping to get the necessities for another sick day.

  • 2 gingerales
  • yogurt
  • banana
  • hard candies (good distractions)

And now I’m back home, in bed.  Hopeful that another day will not only give my body what it needs, but reset this little mile-a-minute brain of mine so that I’m ready to start over tomorrow, and next week.

Thanks for Listening All 🙂  

And honestly, thanks to everyone who is sending well wishes.  It really does mean a lot.