Sep 132012
 

If you’ve seen a picture of me from the Saturday of the Healthy Living Summit, you may think you’ve seen Zombie Then Heather Said.  This is that story.

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I learned a pretty big health lesson this summer, and of course, the climax of the tale happened during the Saturday sessions of the Healthy Living Summit.

Here’s a few newsflash items you can all say “doh!” to: sleep is IMPORTANT. rest is IMPORTANT. and caffeine is a drug. for real.

[psst: there is a pretty long story ahead. If you stick around through to the end, you might win a prize. you’ve been warned.]

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I love being productive and thrive on list making and organization.  The months leading up to the Summit I chose to work my ass off, determined to make this year’s HLS weekend the best one yet.   I decided to put lots of time and energy into growing HLB, putting in honest effort and work into making the Summit special, and managed to also be given a new position at my office job.  Training someone to take over my position while I learn my own new roles and tasks meant that my work days always felt full, and yet I still came home every single day after work and did some sort of “internet work.”  Even with so many hours logged in the evenings Monday through Friday, I still managed to spend anywhere between 10 and 14 hours doing the same each Saturday and Sunday this summer.  Looking back now, that seems crazy.

Let’s get this straight: I didn’t mind the work, at all.  I am passionate about the HLB community and loved getting to be a part of creating this year’s Summit weekend.  I enjoyed all the little administrative tasks and the super fun creative ones, too.  I think you could hear it in my voice if you ever talked to me about HLS the days leading up to the event. I loved getting to work so closely virtually with some of my favorite women in blogging, for the weeks leading up to our gathering, and that this experience gave me an opportunity to meet so many new friends, too.

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I learned so much about myself, of course, the less than three months I worked towards the Summit.  [I just looked up the date to verify this and I am baffled by the fact that I only was a part of Summit planning for that short of time. It seems like it was much longer than that! No wonder I am writing this post…]  Things I’m still having revelations about these days, of course, because –you may remember, I’m a tad bit hippie about some things.

It’s important key to success in the way I work that I stay (and more importantly feel) organized. Organization takes time. This meant nights staying up waaaaaay past my bed time preparing for the week ahead along with early morning trips to the office to get a grip on the day before everyone else rolled in. Some weeks, to borrow a popular phrase you most likely hate, it felt like I was doing all I could do to keep my head above water.  The number of Google Documents* created between June and August in my life is not only ridiculous, but also a little bit awesome. The love I have for Google can not be measured.

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At the same time as my love for Google was on the rise, my love for a major vice started coming heavily into play.  Caffeine in replacement of sleep.  It started like most things that creep on until they become a problem – with an innocent intake of coffee each day, to an energy drink on the evenings I needed to stay up late to meet deadlines, or one with my breakfast if I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

It wasn’t too long until I was relying on the caffeine to keep me moving throughout the day.  Could I have managed without two energy drinks in a day – yes.  But I never even tried.  I cut natural energy creating activities such as exercise (beyond my daily walk to the office) and eating clean, whole foods to a minimum and zeroed in on the upcoming weekend of HLS.  As long as I could make it to that weekend and through that weekend, everything would be okay.

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Eventually I bought bottles of CVS brand caffeine pills when I realized it was a most cost effective method to getting me through the work that needed to be done.  The closer HLS got on the calendar, the more excited I was about the work I was doing – which was leading to more work needing to be done, less sleep each night, and more caffeine intake by the day.  I gave myself a pep talk. I could do anything for two weeks, and if I had to stay up late and get up early in order to get done what needed to get done, than so be it.

Two weeks before Summit, I was getting about 6 hours of sleep a night, drinking a Monster on my way to work at 6:45 AM, before my 9:30 AM daily meeting I would take either a half of whole pill – depending on how tired I was feeling.  If it was a particularly hard day, I may have another energy drink after lunch.  Then in the evenings I would choose between a latte, Monster, or caffeine pill – depending on the amount of work I was hoping to get done that night.

The week before the summit I was sleeping even less. Four hours a night, most nights, leading up right until the late night prepping last minute (and packing last minute, too) until almost 2:00 AM, followed ever so closely by a 5:00 AM wake up call Thursday morning to start loading the car to get on the road to Boston.  To suggest I had a small dependence on caffeine is laughable – I truly felt like I needed it to survive.

I joked to several bloggers about my unhealthy caffeine habit while planning and putting on the healthy living summit.  Though I tried to make it a laughing matter and lighten the subject, I hadn’t stopped the caffeine intake once I reached the Hyatt Regency Cambridge as I originally told myself I would.  I was still depending on energy drinks to get me through swag stuffing, registration preparing, check in executing, and cocktail partying. And, after a very last minute 12:30 AM trip to a 24-hour Fed-ex/Kinko’s, a Saturday full of Summit sessions arrived and I braved my 5:00 AM alarm with a Monster Rehab. Approximately one hour later, I added a caffeine pill to my body and never really woke up from the haze I found myself in before leaving my room that morning.

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I didn’t have any caffeine through out the day, and though I loved every session I sat in, I did myself a disservice by not being healthy enough to truly enjoy, embrace or participate in the Summit sessions. [Thankfully I wrote every session recap for the Summit website, so I at least feel like I have a good understanding of the highlights of each session.]  I knew I had completely overdone it with the caffeine and had made several unhealthy choices in a row, but I refused to beat myself up over what had already been done.  Getting through and experiencing the Summit as best I could was the new goal of the day.

I tried to focus on the healthy decisions I could make each time I found myself at a stand still.  I made sure to eat something healthy and nutritious every 2 hours or so and never stopped drinking water throughout the day.  I easily drank 16-24 ounces every hour or so.  My body was craving the hydration.  When I felt myself feeling especially exhausted I reached for snacks with a little bit of sweetness to spike my blood sugar.  A few sips of a Sierra Mist was necessary at lunch, and I had two cups of my beloved Musselman’s applesauce throughout the day.  I grabbed a tastes-just-like-banana-bread-in-bar-form Soy Joy bar when I needed something with a bit of protein, too.

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The morning sessions were definitely easier on me, and I could feel momentum leaking from my body as the day progressed.  I remember tweeting up a storm at the first session of the day, and loved participating in Julie’s Design Boot Camp, too.  I took tons of photos before lunch and then barely managed to snap one each session afterwards.  It was pure community-driven passion and adrenaline that got me through the Newbies Q & A Discussion. [though it was definitely a highlight of the weekend! LOVED that chatting!]  I loved listening to the ladies on the Blogging Ethics panel and could have listened to them for the entire day – but I know that I was half checked out by the time they were wrapping up.

When it was finally time for closing remarks and the raffle, I was broken.  I didn’t feel like I was a part of my body, and I could feel myself losing steam rapidly.  At one point as I was handing out raffle prizes to the various winners across the room, I laughingly suggested “How about some prize runners from Team HLB” – but truthfully, Alicia and Kelly came to my rescue big time by taking over, because I really felt like I was going to pass out at this point in time.  I knew we were nearing the end and just tried to focus on the fact that soon I would be able to lay in my hotel bed and sleep.

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I apologize to anyone who tried to talk to me during or after the closing remarks.  I am sure I was less than friendly and I have very little memory of what happened during that time.  I do remember people leaving the ballroom, Nick coming downstairs to help us carry stuff up to the room, and turning to Alicia and Julie and telling them I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it up to the room without vomiting.

We shuffled our way to the elevators with our crap ton of belongings and slowly made our way to the front of the seemingly never ending line of guests wanting to make their own ways to their rooms.  Eventually we made it to our door and I made my way to the bath room and changed into pajamas.  Not 90 seconds after walking into the room did I find myself sitting on the bathroom floor hugging the toilet.  All that food I ate to fuel me through the day no longer wanted anything to do with me, it would seem.

I showered, climbed into bed and took a nap.  I woke up 15 minutes later and felt 100 times better, but stayed in bed.  Julie did a great job of bringing me cold water and crackers and staying quiet and let me rest, sneaking out for dinner after I had fallen asleep again. There were some more trips to the bathroom and much more time sleeping that evening, until I woke up starving, looked over at Nick and suggested we get dinner STAT. [That’s where Big Daddy’s came in!]

After dinner I felt a lot better and headed out to get some fresh air with Nick.  On our way to the bench outside the hotel we ran into a group of friends returning from dinner with Chobani.  I was so happy to see some friendly faces when I felt a bit more like myself, and after a quick walk outside with Nick, I headed up to visit Courtney, Kelly and Alicia in their room before heading up to bed.

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The next morning I felt a lot more like myself.  I did my best to make my rounds at breakfast and have quality conversations with as many people as possible, knowing that I missed out on so many opportunities to do so by being either so busy or out of it for the previous days at the Summit.  I wish I could rewind the clock and spend time with each and every person I met during the weekend – the time went by way too quickly.

I’m happy to report I haven’t had any caffeine pills or energy drinks since the Saturday morning of Summit weekend.  I haven’t cut out caffeine completely and I now drink 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day.  The way I feel about caffeine these days is completely different than a month ago, though.

I know I abused caffeine as a drug.  I can hear myself saying the things you hear in Life Time movies.  I was only going to rely on it until the Summit was over.  It was a short term thing, it couldn’t hurt me. I was in control of the situation and could have stopped drinking the energy drinks and taking caffeine pills if I really wanted to.  It seems so after school special.  Of course I see the Jessie Spano So Excited episode playing in the background…

The week after HLS, I did a lot of sleeping.  I just didn’t want to think about anything.  I wanted some time to let my body recuperate and my mind clear itself.  In the beginning of the week especially, I spent a lot of time in my bed.  The smartest decision I ever made was taking Monday and Tuesday after Summit weekend off from my office job.  I needed to be still for a few minutes.  I took several naps. SEVERAL. Monday after HLS was deemed “DAY OF THE NAP” in all of my date books and calendars.  I’ve decided I’m going to stop being one of those people who judge naps as productivity-thieves.  Naps might be the most necessary tool to creativity. I’m choosing to believe it!

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As luck would have it a few weeks before HLS, Obasan, an awesome Organic Mattress and bedding company, contacted me about doing a product review. Obasan makes luxurious 100% organic products and is a company passionate about educating people on how to get a better night’s sleep as well as how to live in a chemical free environment.

The great people at Obasan sent me a Saguenay 2.0 Queen Sized Shredded Natural Rubber Pillow to test drive sleep. This luxurious pillow retails for $139.00 and had me feeling like the Princess of Napland every time I laid down with it.  I wouldn’t have ever thought of spending over $100 for one pillow, myself – but I must say that you get what you pay for when it comes for quality and comfort.  This pillow is filled with shredded natural rubber and some how manages to both have support and be cozy at the same time.

One of my favorite features is the pillow cover.  It’s removable for easy laundering, of course. (with a zipper on both sides for easy removal!)  Even more impressive, however, is the fact that it has two different surfaces, one on each side of the pillow cover. Silky organic cotton on one side and organic cotton jersey on the other. Perfect for those of us who change their bedding preferences with the seasons!

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Obasan products are chemical free and won’t hold dust mites.  And because everybody and every body is different, customization is key to their mattresses. If I was in the market for a luxury sleeping situation, I would turn to Obasan. [Hopefully, one day I will have deemed myself successful enough to be in the market for a luxury sleeping situation!]

Do you want some luxury napping tools of your own?  Here, let me help you get one step closer: Obasan has offered to give away one of their luxurious pillows to a Then Heather Said reader, as well!

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DEETS LIST!

*Side note: I had a request at HLS to teach about my use of computer tools to get the blogging job done – is this something you guys would like to see here? I have a few favorites I’d love to share with interested parties!

  74 Responses to “Health Lessons Learned at Healthy Living Summit 2012”

  1. What a great honest post. I truly enjoy reading your blog and this post really spoke to me. Thanks

  2. That pillow looks SO comfy.

    So glad you have the caffeine and sleep situation under better control these days <3
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  3. I’ve worked some fan conventions, and I know how crazy and sleep deprived one can get. I’m glad you didn’t get any sicker, and you realized that you were depending on the caffeine too much. Hopefully next year you can get more help!

    That pillow looks awesome… I currently use a memory foam pillow, but I still wake up with a crick in my neck. Always looking for something better.
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  4. Oi! Good for you for owning up to the addiction and coming to terms with it… It’s easy o feel like you can do it all! I’m a napper… I work in a bakery, and my hours are sporadic- sometimes I have to be there until ten pm and back at six the next morning. N
    On those days, I nap so I can function later in the day!

    Speaking of naps… That pillow sure looks comfy ;)

  5. I hope to never ever see you that sick again! :(

    I am very happy that you are no longer known as ZOMBIE THS! :) I remember that pillow. It was awesomesauce!
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  6. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement/stress of planning a huge event like that. If it had been me, I’d have probably been downing enough diet soda to float a battleship.

    That pillow looks fantastic. Hope I win!
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  7. Wow, thanks for your honest post!

    I think I have to show it to one of my co-workers – he literally lives of this energy stuff and drinks at least 1.5 l a day!!

  8. I definitely appreciate your honesty on a subject many people struggle with. I know I have a problem with caffeine but I transitioned into teas off of coffee/energy drinks so I’m taking baby steps!
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    • That’s my next step: moving away from daily coffee and addnig in some tea. I don’t want to give up coffee completely (i REALLY love the taste of a good roast!), but I want to have it to ENJOY it, not to need it, you know?

  9. I would love to see what tools u use and how
    Fun giveaway
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  10. I have Lupus and my doctor actually tells me to drink caffeine! Only two-three cups a day though, so nothing insane. I wake up and must. have. coffee. immediately. or I wander around in a daze doing things like unloading the dishwasher when the dishes are still dirty. That has happened more times than I would like to admit!

  11. Thanks for your honesty – great post!

  12. I totally get this! Found myself nodding as I was reading. I have found I neglect sleep in order to get things done and have come to rely on coffee A LOT! Until 2 years ago I didn’t drink coffee at all, now I easily drink 4 or more cups a day. I haven’t tried other energy drinks…they scare me a little. :0) Love the pillow and am crossing my fingers. It would be a great way to reintroduce myself to the importance of getting enough sleep.

  13. My dear Heather…I knew you were battling the caffeine intake, but I never realized it was THAT bad. My goodness…I cannot believe you were able to do as much as you did that weekend. All of your hardwork helped make this year’s HLS incredible, so thank you.

    Side note…that pillow would change my life. I’m currently sleeping on an awful mattress, so any extra support would be amazing :)
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  14. 1) I love the name of the Google doc in that photo!
    2) I’m not going to lie, I was totally thinking of Jessie Spano the whole time I was reading this post.
    3) Thank you for this post: for your honesty, for your admitting you effed up, for all of it.
    4) I’m so glad you were able to recognize the caffiene problem and kick it. I can be so easy to start relying on artifical energy when life gets busy!
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  15. Caffeine is a nightmare for me also, I was a Diet Pepsi drinker for a long time, and the withdraws and headaches I had while quitting it were horrible. I Love the pillow!
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  16. Yikes! Sounds horrible; glad you got your caffeine intake under control. I love my coffee and definitely get withdrawal headaches if I have to wait too long to have it.

    That pillow looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a new one for far too long.

  17. If you need help with organzing next year’s summit then feel free to contact me to further discuss it. I love organizing events and I’d be more than willing to help out.
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  18. Heather, I love this post (and you) times 500 billion. Aren’t our bodies so smart to remind us that we are NOT superhuman?? I used caffeine a lot to keep me awake spring semester and my body was not pleased – especially because of my thyroid sitch, so I’m also trying to transition away from it. I give you so much credit for recognizing the issue and knowing it’s not making you the best THS you can be :)

    Also, all I could think of is Obasan = Obi Wan. Wisdom from the pillow perhaps?!?

  19. I love this post and your honesty in regards to how crazy everything was leading up to HLS. While it’s important for events like that to succeed, it’s also so important for everyone to take care of their health, so thanks for that reminder.

    I would love to hear about blogging tools you use! I’m fairly new to blogging and always trying to learn more. Also would love to win that pillow ;)
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  20. I love the name of your spreadsheet that is up on the screen in that picture. Good reminder.

    I can’t lie, I was feeling the Jessie Spano in your post, too! But as someone who used diet pills, caffeinated soda and energy drinks to get through 4 years of college on an average 2.5 hours of sleep a night, I totally relate. I’m not in a place to want to give up caffeine entirely, but I have a much better grip on the situation now than I did 5 years ago. I sincerely hope that you’re getting caught up on sleep!

    PS — I’m really interested in helping with HLS 2013… provided that it doesn’t interfere with whatever weekend I decide to have my wedding! I am determined that I’ll be there next year with bells on.
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  21. Very interested in your tools, do share! Glad you are feeling better. I know what you mean, I get the exact same way – if I don’t get my sleep I am absolutely worthless and my body starts shutting down on me. I never outgrew naps and still take them as an adult. No shame!!

  22. I really appreciate your post, I’ve been learning throughout the past years that sleep affects so much of my mood and general well-being!

  23. I love the title of the Google doc. Google doc is the best [not Drive because you can’t edit the damn documents on mobile devices. Gr.]

    Thanks for your honesty in this post! I know I tend to push myself SO hard when I know how good I can make something. The saying “done is better than perfect” is hard for me to understand sometimes.

    I want this pillow.

  24. Oooh that pillow looks fancy and comfy!

  25. Hi Heather,
    It will be really hard to do this but I can’t recommmend it strongly enough-
    go off caffeine completely- just for one month.
    There will be headaches and grumpiness for at least a week while you are in
    withdrawal. But you will feel so good after a month I promise( and then you can slowly introduce black tea or coffee, etc)
    I have been off caffeine ( and all forms of sugared except fruit ) for a few months and feel amazing – it’s actually changed my life!
    Good luck to everyone with pillow giveaway( don’t enter my name please!)

  26. Heather, you pulled off an amazing weekend for everyone at HLS. Thank you. I hate that it left you hugging the toilet that night! I loved your honesty in this post, and glad you realize what you need to do to balance all your responsibilities. You’re dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed.

    Be gentle with yourself and know there are others around you for support.
    I’m officially putting my name in the hat for that amazing pillow! Yes please!!!

    Be well!

  27. Thank you for your post, and yes I’d love to win the pillow! Blessings!

  28. I had a similar experience after the bar exam. I took a month off of all caffeine so worth it!

  29. I hear you on caffeine as drug – I abused it during college just to get by (too many jobs + 20 credits per semester) and I think because I was young my body put up with it, but now (a whole 3 years later, so not that long) I can’t even do that for a day or two. I like to think of my morning cup of coffee now as a nice, calming ritual before a busy day.

    Also, I am keeping my fingers crossed on winning this pillow. Mine have taken quite a beating and don’t really have any fluff left. We all deserve a little luxury when sleeping though!

  30. What a brave post, I love it! Would love to win!

  31. Despite the fact that I’m mildly disappointed I didn’t get to shake you by your shoulders and shout “Hea-THER! Hea-THER!” in the tone of Zack Morris as you insisted that you could, in fact, continue to run the HLS, I’m glad to see you’ve turned a corner and are feeling healthy and like yourself again!

    Also, give me that pillow.
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  32. Caffeine is definitely a drug, glad to hear you are working through it. That pillow looks might comfy!

  33. Thanks for your honesty. Hope you feel better and that this post helps someone else in a similar situation!

  34. (not sure if my first post went through, i was overzealous w the clicking!)

    Thanks for your honesty. Hope you’re feeling better and that this post helps someone else in a similar situation!

  35. Glad you listened to your body and got some rest! Nap are definitely necessary sometimes… thinking a Sunday afternoon nap is on my agenda today in fact!

  36. So sorry you had to go through all that, including getting sick. It’s so refreshing to read an hlb be so honest and open about health habits.

  37. That pillow looks so comfy!!

  38. Great post. Thanks for being so honest about your experience.
    I would love to try out that pillow.

  39. Go easy on yourself, eh? Gentle, patient self-love vibes your way.

  40. Wow, that’s dedication, no sleep or rest, caffeinating yourself to keep going, to put on a healthy living summit. Ah, the irony. I’m glad you are returning to normal and when all is said and done, you all put on a great event!
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  41. Believe me when I say I am not without empathy for anyone who works hard. I’m a frequent reader of your blog (and quite enjoy it) and I myself have two full-time jobs, I know the pain and sacrifice involved. But I have to say, I feel like you kind of made yourself a martyr here. And as much as you wanted this even to go over well (as we all would), it was definitely not a cause worth risking your health over. Trying to fix something by throwing more hours at it doesn’t work. As they say in Rework, “you can’t make up for intellectual laziness with brute force.” It doesn’t make you a hero. If you felt yourself on the brink with too much work and not enough balance, you should have asked for help. No one would have thought less of your skills or commitment. The conference might have been better for it and people wouldn’t have been left to feel like crap for not doing more without knowing what could have done after the fact.

    Additionally, engaging others better ensures both the long-term and short-term solvency of your event. Had you gotten sick sooner, people could have stepped up seamlessly, and should you not be able to organize the event next year, more people would have had experience with planning this year.
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    • Thanks for your honest comment, Jessica. Your words, along with an email from our friend Julie, has helped me to see that I was not very clear in what I was saying in this post. I plan to post a retraction/update soon [but I want to take my time with it and make sure it’s well understood] to help better explain some things, especially that Julie and Meghann did a HELL OF A LOT more than me to make HLS12 come to be. I am so sad that this post seems like I am taking all the credit! That was not my intention at all.

      You are right – I was WRONG in what I was doing this summer. In this post I wanted to share the TRUTH behind my actions and mistakes I made leading up to the Summit rather than mask the fact that I took on unhealthy habits [both in caffiene intake and lack of sleep, and other things I am still discovering, too.] because I had put expectations on myself and set goals for what I wanted to accomplish with HLB and THS before HLS arrived.

      I am far from perfect and I make mistakes and poor decisions far more often than I’d like to – I am learning, and human, and trying my best. Lessons are learned around these parts every day and you, through this comment, helped me learn even more.

      Thank you, again.
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      • I don’t think you did Julie or Meghann any disservice with this post and no one could walk away from your post thinking they did any less than their best or the most they could do. It was a lot of work for sure.

        Mistakes, missteps, they happen. All you can do is know better for next time, and hopefully writing your experiences on the blog will help you double down the next time the conference comes around. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask.
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  42. Thank you for being so honest in your post. I hope things are better now that the summit is over. Great giveaway!

  43. Wow, what a story. I hope next year you have more help.

  44. I want to wiiiiiiin!!!

  45. I was addicted to coffee for a long time before I got pregnant and the smell of coffee would make me sick. It’s amazing how I can wake up refreshed now and not groggy. :) glad you could identify and work on your problem!
    Oh and I love nice pillows- that one looks extra comfy!

  46. I hope next year your can get more help or at least divide up the work load so it’s more balanced. I’ve resorted to caffeine pills in the past so I understand the addiction! The pillow looks comfy!

  47. Great post!

  48. Definitely could use this as I have been on a caffeine rollercoaster as well!

  49. :( I’m so sorry friend! You def seemed exhausted but I assumed it was just summit stress. At least you recognized it so you could fix the problem!
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  50. Great post! I’d love to win that pillow & hopefully catch some more zzzz’s

  51. Glad you’re feeling better! I’m battling serious insomnia so this pillow would be SO helpful!

  52. Thankfully your caffeine issues didn’t spiral completely out of control; glad things got better in the end for you!

    They say you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, so what better way to spend it than on this amazing pillow? I’ve love to win! :)
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  53. My neck/shoulder area has been giving me a lot of problems over the past year (I feel like the late 20’s have hit me pretty suddenly, ha ha), so I’d love to try something like this!
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  54. what a great giveaway! and i am so glad to hear you are feeling better

  55. Glad to see you are feeling better!
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  56. I hope you are feeling much better and as always, I appreciate your honesty.
    Sweet dreams on a comfy pillow!

  57. Sorry your experience was subpar. Sleep deprivation is no fun. Big picture, though, there are many professions where people are chronically sleep deprived, and coffee consumption is the norm (though I personally never really enjoyed coffee). When I’m on a hard month at work, 6 hours of sleep a night is probably average for me. If I’m on call, I’m lucky if I get 4 hours of sleep in a 28 hour period. At any rate, I’m glad you kicked your habit :).

  58. Scary! I’m glad you made the Jessie Spano connection because as soon as you said caffeine pills, all I could hear was, “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so…scared!” That is a scary time and a good reminder to your readers that health comes first! THanks!
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  59. Oh Heather! You’re absolutely amazing! The HLS weekend was one that I’ll never forget for years and years to come! THank you soo much from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work you put into making the weekend the best that it could possibly be! And it was more than perfect!

    I don’t depend on caffeine..I get very jittery…but I do need something. As a full-time student with a part-time job, a wife, and a mom to my needy boy, Kona, a mini schnauzer, I’m feeling like I’ll collapse any day now. As my commute to school is 1 1/2 hours long, I leave the house by 6am to beat the traffic which means I must get up at the latest 4:45 so that I can pack mine and the hubby’s lunch, make bfast (I refuse to sacrifice eating), do my qt, etc…
    That pillow sounds so dreamy…I need to fall asleep the instant I hit the pillow…every sec is precious.

  60. Wow. Glad you’re better!

  61. I would love to win this pillow! Hope you are much more rested post-conference!

  62. I have always made it a point to avoid caffeine because I completely agree with you–it’s a super addicting drug! I’m sorry you weren’t able to enjoy HLS but glad that you’re feeling better and more centered now!

    And that pillow sounds AMAZING. I was just telling my husband this weekend that we need new pillows! Serendipity?!
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  63. Wow! Intense story! I love having my coffee every morning but 1 cup and I’m done. Good luck :)

  64. Good for you for recognizing the issue, hope that pillow got you some rest!

  65. This post hit a lot closer to home than I thought it would and I’m so glad you wrote it. It’s never easy to talk about things like this and sometimes the hardest part is being honest with yourself about what you’ve done to your body. I say this with complete love and admiration that you were able to write it. I’m a huge caffeine addict and had one of the worst headaches of my life after not drinking any coffee Sunday before or after my race. I often let sleep fall by the wayside when I have lots to do and I need to start focusing on making sleep a priority.

    And just for the record, HLS12 was amazing and you all did an amazing job. Just remember to take care of yourself the same way you were working to take care of all of us. :-)
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  66. So glad you kicked those caffeine pills to the curb! And glad you’re feeling better :)
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  67. I want to win a pillow! Those look so luxurious! Glad you are feeling better and less dependent on caffeine. I watched an episode of true life on MTV about caffeine addiction, and it is scary!
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  68. Always can use a new pillow!
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  69. Of all the goals I set for myself this summer, getting enough sleep was the one I struggled with the most – mainly because I kept telling myself to do more, More, MORE! I still struggle with this, though I did switch recently from coffee to tea, a softer drug :-)

    P.S. I would LOVE this pillow! I am long overdue for some new ones.
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  70. I’m obsessed with my Latex pillow, and it’s time for a new one, this sounds right up my alley! With pregnancy now, I’m taking more naps than ever!
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  71. Hi Heather — I know the giveaway is over but I just read this and wanted to thank you for taking the time to chat with us (DF gals & Greatist gals & couple other bloggers) at breakfast on Sunday. Now that I know how wiped out you were and getting over being sick, I really, really appreciate it. You did a great job with that and I’m so glad HLB is going well! I look forward to collaborating more in the near future. We’re up to some really exciting stuff here and I will be sharing with you soon. :) Take care of yourself!!!

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