A bit better, but not as well as I thought
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Today I woke up and felt better. I knew I wasn't better, but I can tell I have taken a turn. I have passed the worst of it. Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst of it. Bad. When I made it through the day and still felt ok, I though maybe I could get a jog in... Yeah, right. Dumb idea. My cough might have improved, but the effects of that vicious cough are still there. I hadn't realized that the cough had done so much damage in just a week. Today was the first time in a week that my throat wasn't hurting. I am just having sporadic coughing fits, not nonstop coughing. So silly me, I headed out for an afternoon jog. The first time in a week. I made it 3/4ths of a mile before the coughing attack started. I am sure the neighbors down the road thought I was dying. Eyes watering, uncontrollable coughing to the point of almost vomiting. I tried to push through it but there wasn't a chance. I turned back and got my throat to calm down. I thought I'd try to jog back the rest of the way...no luck. My left side stitched up and my lung just wasn't going to relax until I slowed back to a walk. It took half a mile for it to relax and release. Apparently I am not as well as I thought. I know coughing as I have been rattles the whole body and strains it. I can fell the soreness in my chest and body. But I was really hoping. Maybe I will try again on Saturday or Sunday.
So since that didn't work out, I hoped on my stationary bike that I just got yesterday and rode it for 15 minutes. I gotta say I love it! I can watch tv while I workout. I can read. I can just sit and listen to music while my legs are working away. It gets my heart rate up and I only have it on resistance 2. There are 8 levels. I got it set up yesterday and did 26 minutes on it with my heart rate monitor on. My hrm says I burned a lot less calories than the bike says, so I am going to try to wear that so I can get a more accurate read. I do love it though. I have had other home exercise equipment before and it hasn't been helpful. I didn't do it consistently enough. I didn't want to do it. It felt too hard and like a chore. The bike is fun. I really feel positively about it. When I can't run, I can get on it now. It is really quiet too so if I can convince myself to get up early, I can do it in the morning without waking anyone up. My goal is to do 20 minutes of exercise a day. Now that I have my bike, I have no excuse!
I've made a vow: to never use it as a clothes hanger or junk station!
Calories have been ok. Satisfactory for me. They re higher than SP says, but not by much. I am happy with it and that is what matters. I've got about a week before I weigh so we will see if it is enough to make a difference or if I need to buckle it down more.
Best things about today...tomorrow is Friday!!!