Monday, September 16, 2013
Hello everyone! I'm almost 50 days into my restart already, I can't believe it. I also can't believe I'm still sitting around on bed rest from my chest infection. The change of the season, the cold, and laundry are all irritating my chest which really just makes this all the more painful to put up with. The steroids I'm on have made me swell up really bad. But there have been some positive things from it!
First, I've avoided coke! Cold drinks irritate my chest, so I don't have them. In fact I had one last night and found it actually tasted gross! So I am running with it. I am drinking warm 7up instead. But hey, baby steps, right? No more Coke for me. I've managed to break free. I've also been eating a lot of fresh fruit and yogurt, finding I actually prefer it over chocolate and other sweets. Maybe being sick was exactly what I needed! Not that I'd recommend it to anyone. It really sucks. But I think in the long run it will do more good than harm. Hopefully this week I'll get cleared for active duty again so to speak and be able to jump back on the elliptical.
So being down and out when it comes to working out hasn't meant that I've just been sitting around. I've been watching a lot of TV and reading a lot of articles online. Its really interesting to see how people react to "ObamaCare." I know it is a really unpopular idea in America, but I think that it is at least a step in the right direction, or maybe just a direction. Being lucky enough to live in a country now where I don't have to worry about how much it will cost me to stay healthy is a wonderful thing. Last week I was in the Emergency room twice in Ireland. I was having breathing difficulties and I was seen to rather quickly. I got blood tests taken, an ECG, an X-Ray, and a breathing treatment with a couple of different medicines. Then I went back the next day, I didn't get the CT Scan they wanted me to get but I was given an inhaler, written a prescription and the total cost to me for all of it, including the medicine which I had to get at the pharmacy later....€125. All of which I can get back from my insurance company. While on the other hand I read about fathers in America forgoing cancer treatment so they can still support their family and send kids to college. ObamaCare may not be the step America wants, but it is the step America needs. And hopefully it won't end there.
Now, hopefully I haven't lost any of my readers with that little tangent, though I am quite interested in hearing other thoughts on ObamaCare and healthcare in general in America. So if you have any thoughts share them below. But please, I do want to keep politics out of it as best as we can.
So another thing that really caught my eye was the idea of mini workouts, burst exercise. Most of the things I've heard about it say, don't bother. But it seems that recent studies suggest that doing a dozen or so 1 minute exercises is actually just as effective as as 10 minute moderate workout! What does this say to me? Add in these 1 minute high intensity bursts throughout the day on top of what we already do! As soon as I get better I'm going to start doing this.
Well that is all for today. I hope everyone has a great day!