Yesterday afternoon, Eli was complaining about a stomachache. He's not the type to make that stuff up, so I felt bad for him. He was moaning and lying on the couch. At around 6:00, he said he felt like he was going to throw up, and he started crying because he hates the feeling of throwing up. I took him into the bathroom, and sure enough, he threw up everything he'd eaten that day. Poor kid. His stomach felt much better after that.
I had plans to meet Stacie at Tim Horton's again at 7:00, so I left as soon as Jerry got home. I spent about an hour chatting with Stacie, and when I got home at 8:15, Jerry said Eli threw up again a few minutes prior. He didn't have a fever or any other symptoms, and he felt better after that, so he went to bed.
At 1:00 in the morning, he came into our room and said he felt like he was going to throw up again. So again, into the bathroom he went, and again, he threw up. I'd already decided to keep him home from school, but I really hoped that it was just a short stomach bug or something. He hadn't eaten anything that I thought would be suspicious of food poisoning.
This morning, I kept him home, but he was much better and hasn't thrown up again. He's been eating just fine, so who knows what was going on.
I went to weigh in at Weight Watchers, then came home and ran 4 miles on the treadmill. Last week, I got some DVD's from a company called Virtual Active. I was really excited when they asked me to do a review of them, because when I looked at their website, I remember wanting to order those DVD's a LONG time ago. I don't remember where I'd heard of them, or why I didn't order them, but they looked interesting.
The DVD's are for viewing while you're on a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike. The videos are supposed to give you the feel that you are running (or hiking, or biking) through different places in the world. They sent me a variety...
*There is an option to have a (rather good-looking) "trainer" on each video, telling you when to change up your speed or incline, so you're not running the same speed the entire time. It's nice variety within the workout.
*The trainer doesn't give you specific speeds or incline--he may tell you "easy pace, moderate incline" and YOU choose the numbers. He'll give you a PRE number (perceived rate of exertion). It's a scale of 1-10, 1 being very easy and effortless, 10 being as hard as it gets. So again, YOU choose the speed and incline numbers to hit that PRE. Anyone (fast or slow, beginner or experienced) could do it.
*There is a little graph that pops up occasionally to show you were you are in the length of the workout, and its difficulty level. I liked seeing this to know how much I had left.
*It's easy to watch while exercising--sometimes it's hard for me to watch TV shows when I exercise hard, but this was so simple that you don't have to focus or think much.
*If you choose, you can watch the video without the trainer, and just go whatever speed you want. But I really liked the trainer. He talks to you about the scenery that you're seeing and gives you running tips occasionally.
*Each video is broken up into a handful of different locations, spending roughly 5 minutes in each. This would be great for beginners, to try and make it through one location first, and then two, and then three, etc. But they all play back-to-back, so advanced runners/bikers/walkers don't have a lag between each location.
|A screen shot of the workout. The 6 is the PRE, and the arrows pointing to|
the right are the speed (moderate, because two are highlighted);
the arrows pointing up are the incline (also moderate).
*I think I would get bored with the same DVD after a few workouts. Part of the reason I liked it was that I didn't know what was next, so if I watched the same one a few times, I would know what to expect.
*A couple of times, I actually felt a little dizzy watching it! I would get caught up in the scenery, and not realize that I was getting off-center on the treadmill. That could just be my clumsiness...
*The workouts are short (at least compared to what I'm used to). They are 35 minutes (which includes a 5 minute cool down). It would be nice to have a longer option, or even a "continuous repeat" option.
*Cost. The DVD's are priced at $19.95, and I think that's a lot for a 35-minute workout. However, there is a download option (where you download the video instead of getting a DVD) and that is much more reasonable at $7.95. You have to choose between "guided" and "basic" download--the "guided" means with the trainer; the "basic" is just the scenery. Personally, I would choose guided.
Anyway, you can see sample videos on their website--and what you see in the samples is what you get (except the samples change scenes much faster than the video)--which is nice so that you aren't disappointed when you get it. I am going to be giving away at least one, if not two, of the DVD's as a prize in the virtual 5K next month. They sent me a biking one, which I know I won't use, so if you use a stationary bike, you might like it :)
(In full disclosure, I was given the Virtual Active DVDs for free to review and/or give away; but opinions, as always, are my own).
I've got a busy evening today. We were invited to go to my aunt's house to decorate Christmas cookies. She has her grandkids over every year to decorate cookies, and she always includes my kids as well--which is very nice, because my kids don't have any cousins to do stuff like that with! From there, I'm going to an "Advent Tea" at Renee's church.