I've been sick for 10 days now. No fever; it's not the flu, just a terribly wracking painful cough that is keeping me from sleeping at night. Ever since I reached the coughing stage of this cold, I've been forced to get up at some time during the night, wrap myself in a nice warm fleece bathrobe, and sleep the rest of the night in my comfy "reading" chair.
Because of this, I've only exercised a few times, not knowing if I'm hurting myself or not.
My coaching sessions, which are mainly automated computer responses, tell me "you're having a challenge with exercise right now," going on to say [my words...] "get over your bad self." There's no category in the coaching sessions for "You're sick.... you need to get your rest."
Consequently, I've been a little frustrated, because last month I met my goal of 1050 minutes of exercise, and some of it was chest heaving, sweating hard stuff.
This morning's coaching request was "List three accomplishments." Here they are:
1. Got the gold medal in my Senior Slimming teams monthly weight loss challenge. I didn't lose much, but I guess I did better than the other entries.
2. Have exercised at least every other day since I was sick, mostly with Leslie Sansone's Walking away the pounds, or in a simple yoga routine. (The weather here has been cold and rainy, so not conducive to taking sick body outdoors)
3. Eaten extremely well: all health-giving food and food appropriate for getting well. Except for the cough drops, nothing artificial or processed.
This is my own "atta girl" for myself. Today's the first day of feeling almost human, so I'm confident I'll get back on the exercise trail as soon as I can.
P.S. In case you think it was the exercise that made me sick... with me, getting sick is almost always a result of no enough rest, and that's the causation this time as well. First illness in about 2 years, so I'm not beating myself up too much. It's just a reminder of how important it is for me to get enough sleep.