Friday, February 24, 2012
After 2 days of not working out due to being sick, I finally got back to the Shred today. It was definitely not easy -- my chest is still pretty congested and I just felt weak. However, by modifying moves as necessary, I was able to get through the entire workout without collapsing.
I was unbelievably tired & shaky afterwards -- that will definitely be the full extent of my workout for the day.
According the 'The Schedule', I should be starting Level 2 tomorrow. Under the circumstances, I've decided that discretion is the better part of valor. I plan to stick to Level 1 on Sat & Sun, and start Level 2 on Monday. Hopefully, this will give my body the time it needs to recover completely from this dang cold!
As much as I hate being sick, this illness has taught me a couple of lessons. Lesson #1: Just because I miss a day (or two), doesn't mean I'm a failure and that I should just give up. In the past, I've allowed minor setbacks like this to become excuses for quitting altogether. NOT THIS TIME! I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to stick to my plan, but that's done and over with. Time to get back on the horse and move on.
Lesson #2: Success doesn't always mean beating records -- sometimes it just means finishing (or even just trying). I am extremely competitive, especially with myself. In general, I am only satisfied with a workout (of whatever type) if I do better than I did the last time. Perfectionist? Yeah, just a bit. By that standard, today's workout would have been a failure. However, I've realized that sometimes just getting up and getting through it is a big deal -- meaning that today was a victory, and something to be proud of. Of course, we should always strive to improve -- but there's more to life than always beating our 'high score'.
Have a great day, folks!