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Sick, but not defeated!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I got sick this week, for the first time in months. It's some kind of chest-cold virus thing with lots of congestion, nose-blowing, sneezing, and now coughing. I felt bad enough to call off work on Tuesday, went back yesterday and regretted it (especially since my co-teacher was not in because her son got sick), and today we are off because of snow. While I appreciate the extra day to rest up, I am getting anxious to get back to exercising again. I've done some slow walking and a little ST this week, and I can't wait to be able to exert myself without going into a coughing fit. We just got about 8 inches of snow, with more on the way this evening, and I am dying to go shovel it, but my husband put his foot down and said no. I know he's right, but I still want to go out and shovel. I will settle for some lower body ST and maybe a little slow walking and gentle bouncing on the trampoline. And if it makes me cough, I will stop.

When I first realized I was getting sick, I felt a little panicky about not being able to exercise. I have gotten into a good place with exercise the last few weeks, and I didn't want anything to mess up my momentum. I can remember times in the past when I had been exercising and losing weight, then got sick, had my plans disrupted, and ended up falling completely off track and giving up. I don't want that to happen this time, so this is my plan while I am recovering:

**Do some kind of gentle exercise each day until I am feeling like myself. By "gentle exercise," I am thinking stretching, light housework, easy walking, and ST that doesn't get me breathing heavily (which leads to coughing)

**Drink lots of water and tea

**Use some of my rest time to continue to build motivation for making healthy choices (look up new workouts, read blogs, listen to podcasts)

**Think of this week of being sick as a learning experience. I am in the process of learning how to make fitness a part of my life. Getting sick is also a part of life, so I need to learn how to modify my fitness plans when I am sick, and how to get back on track when I am feeling better.

**Respect my body's need for rest.

My goal is to let my body have the rest, water, and healthy foods it needs to kick this bug and get back to normal. Instead of being irritated and angry at my body for getting sick, I am going to take care of my body and help myself get well.

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