I have missed you all so much today. The internet was down for the majority of work today (second day in a row) and so I couldn’t respond to your comments or check your blogs during my lunch break. It was a long day. I really don’t know how teachers taught before the internet, 80% of my lesson plans involve the internet as a resource!
I did start out my morning right with a little spinning (hmmmm spinning 2 times within 12 hours = sore you know what) while watching, “Up All Night.” I bet as Billy was trying to sleep with my bike and fan going full blast in the early morning he was questioning what in the world he was thinking giving me the spin bike for Christmas.
I also had a delicious breakfast of yogurt with frozen peaches thrown in. My best teacher friend brings me delicious treats on a daily basis, hiding behind my computer is todays treat of choice…..peanut M&Ms, she is a good woman.
Billy really loves it when I eat near my computer.
As you may remember, I am reading Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong and I am absolutely in love with the book. I was going back through the parts that I highlighted (is it strange that I get extremely happy because my iPad lets me highlight things in color?!) I came across a section that I had to share with you.
This comes from the section where Kristin is talking about being on the Today Show and what she shared with them:
“The study was done by Laura Cousino Klein, PhD, and was originally conducted to test the body’s response to stress. The authors discovered that females have a very different physical reaction to stress than males do. In a stressful situation, our brains release oxytocin into the bloodstream, which apparently buffers the typical fight-or-flight stress response. Oxytocin somehow encourages us to take care of children and gather with other women, which then produces more oxytocin, and this has a calming effect. No wonder we scramble to find our girlfriends whenever the *$@% hits the fan! ……
…….The study goes on to say that women who have close ties with other women have lower blood pressure, heart rates and cholesterol levels. How about that?
Woman who maintain close and consistent relationships with girlfriends over a 9-year period cut their health risk by 60 percent! By contrast, women who do not maintain close female relationships have health risks similar to those caused by smoking or carrying extra weight.
Okay, WOW. So if these facts are true for regularly fabulous female relationships, can you imagine what the studies would look like for close and long-lasting friendships between RUNNERS?! Take the added health benefits and subtract smoking and too many extra pounds (I mean, we run, after all) and maybe we will live as long and as wisely as Yoda. The Force is with us, ladies.”
I loved this section about friendships and the benefits of them for so many reasons and there were a few things that I took from this chapter and I want to do personally:
1. Make time for your friendships like you make time for exercise, the health benefits are just as great. If anything I should make it mandatory that I include time for friends every week….those bonds are so important and I NEED these friendships in my life. It makes me beyond happy to spend time with girlfriends, take advantage of this.
2. Continue to run with friends and especially your sister:) The combination of exercise and bonding = perfection.
3. I think this is another reason I have fallen in love with blogging. I feel like everyday I get to chat with girlfriends and feel that connection…hello OXYTOCIN…..even if it isn’t in real life (well, some of them have become real life friendships) it still counts.
4. Reach out to women that I know in my real life that may not have close friendships and become good friends with them so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of having close friendships.
Do you agree with these benefits of friendships? Do you run with other women? Tell me about the close friendships in your life!! Who is the first friend that you call when things get tough?
Does your job require the internet?
How did you start your morning?
-Brush teeth and get on the bike….good thing (for me) I was still in my spin clothes from the night before;)