These things happen! Since I started SP I was worried I had ruined everything, not worked out, eaten more junk than I would've liked. I beat myself up for over a month after my injury. I thought I'd completely lost my motivation. But you know what? I think these things are normal and part of the journey. Don't give up.
Pick up that glass (or bottle) of water and drink some. Notice how hydrated and refreshed you feel.
Put down the candy. It will make you feel lethargic. Eat something fresh. You're recovering from an illness and your body needs nutrients to feel its best and recover.
Motivation isn't linear I'm discovering. You might feel really motivated for a while and then not at all. That's ok. Motivation will come when you are able to start moving again, take it slow. That was another thing that was hard for me after my injury. I wanted to do everything I did before and the doctor said to start with walking, pilates (good for the back), and some stretching. I was frustrated but when I started moving again, walking, stretching, my body felt SO much better.
You can do it! Don't give up. Stay on SP. You can get through this!
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178 5/26/11 4:31 P
Thank you all for the wonderful advice! I'm looking forward to getting back on track...
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383 5/26/11 3:08 P
I feel ya. I've been losing steam myself lately.
I'm just focusing on today. Yesterday, I had time to knock out an intense 90 minute workout, and told myself I was getting back on track. I made it through yesterday. Today, I'm focusing on my diet, and going swimming between work and school. My schedule has been hectic lately, so I'm just taking it one day at a time.
Another thing that sometimes helps me is that if I suddenly have an "Aha!" moment during the day, I will send myself an email from my phone. Then later, when I'm just surfing the 'Net and feeling blah, I'll check my inbox and that email will be there, and I'll remember how I was feeling when I sent that text and get a little bit of an emotional boost, which is usually enough for me to step away from the computer and go do something active.
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5/26/11 12:22 P
Bronchitis can sure zap you of energy. Try doing some different fun workout things to help increase your motivation. Go for a walk in the park, meet a friend to do some walking together, try a new workout. Coach Nicole has a bunch of videos on SP on the Healthy Lifestyles tab that you can do at home.
When I used to struggle, I would log on and do her 3 minute upper body stretch. I knew that was at least something and couldn't I at least spare 3 minutes for myself? It always got me moving.
If you still want to lay on the couch and watch TV, then try doing 10 squats during the commercial break each time throughout your show. Build up to doing 10 squats/10 situps/10 jumping jacks. There are enough breaks during a one hour show for you to get in a good workout that way.
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5/26/11 10:58 A
Your body is still trying to recover from the bronchitis. So, don't beat on yourself if you can't do the routine you did prior to the illness. Start slowly !! Why not start with a daily walk since you feel like you have a little extra energy. Walking will not only help you ease back into your exercise routine, it's marvelous cardiovascular exercise.
If you would normal do a 30 minute strength workout, then start with 10-15 minutes. Don't try to do too much too soon because your body really is still trying to heal. As you get better and your energy levels return, you can add more and more until you are at the level you were prior to getting sick.
Bronchitis is the worst. I know, I had it for most of the month of November last year.
Remember, listen to your body, if you start feeling fatigue, it's time to slow down a little.
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178 5/26/11 10:45 A
I had a bad case of bronchitis that hit me like a truck about the time I started pushing myself to workout harder than I had been. I was doing so well! I was ready to challenge myself a little more...than BAM! I was down for about a week...now I'm having a hard time getting back in the groove. I still have a little nasal congestion, but feeling good. I've been eating stuff I have been avoiding(snickers, jelly beans, chocolate...) I'm not drinking as much water and I am finding it harder and harder to get back to my daily workout! I am worried I will destroy all my hard work. The couch just looks so comfy...any advice?
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