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Damn the Flu

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Yep. Damn it. I never get the flu. Like, really... never!!! But this year... when I'm on a roll with working out and feeling great - it decides to sucker punch me. It started Monday (when I THOUGHT I was hungover, not so much...) and I took off work Tuesday, left work early yesterday, and I am at work today but my body is playing tricks on me and making it miserable.

Of course, with the flu it is hard to keep anything down - if you have an appetite to eat at all. So, when I have had an appetite my food has been good ol' comfort food. No healthier versions here. Could have had soup or something healthier, but that's not what sounded good. Oh well. BUT... I am fearful that I am going to have a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I was doing great with my workouts, I was working hard and feeling great and moving forward. Now I feel like I just fell on my @$$ in the middle of a competition.

I AM glad, however, that I am sick now and will hopefully be good and healthy for our race on 3/3. Man, that is coming up so fast! But I have not done a lot of training. If I can do 6.5 miles I'm sure I can do 9.3, even if I have to walk 3 of those miles.

But this is not the point here. The point is - I need to do something to make sure I am ready to go full force again when I'm feeling better. I also need to know when to go back to it and when to continue resting. But how do I know?? How do I tell if it's exhaustion or if it's laziness when it's 4:30am? I already have a hard enough time getting to the gym that early even when I'm healthy. Do I just wait until Monday and go for it like I hadn't missed this week? I am without the hubby Friday night and Saturday morning... Do I take that as an opportunity to hit the gym both days? Will I be feeling better by then?

The fact that this is on my mind should be reassuring, but I am so scared that my groove will be gone. So, how do I know when I can go back to working out, and how do I make sure I get my groove back??
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    take care of yourself. You will be going again soon!
    1898 days ago
    Give yourself some time to get better. I say wait until Monday and get back to it but take it easy. The flu takes a lot out of you ( as do most illnessess). Feel better!! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Awww, my beautiful Lynsey, I'm so sorry to hear you are not feeling well and hope that the flu will pass quickly for you. Ironically, I was listening to a podcast today at work and one of the callers asked about working out when ill. They said how important it is to rest when sick, that by working out while sick not only can you make the healing process take longer, but you can hurt yourself because your body's thermometer can't properly regulate itself and you could easily overheat and dehydrate. So my suggestion to you would be that you don't plan a workout until you have a day when you feel healthy. So if you go through Sunday feeling good and like normal, then plan go to the gym on Monday. It's always hard to get back to it, but make a promise to yourself and remind yourself of the race to help force you out of bed. But I wouldn't plan on going to the gym until you've had a full day of feeling healthy.
    Feel better, hun!
    1898 days ago
    Hope you feel better soon. I rarely get sick but just like you when I do it puts me right on my ass for days. Stay hydrated and rested, that's the best thing to do.
    1898 days ago
    Hi Lynsey, So sorry you're feeling so crummy. My thought is that it's important to make sure you're better first and then get back into it. When you feel a bit better, start taking walks and see if you get worn out and make them longer or shorter depending on your energy level. The timing is good with the weekend coming up so you don't have to get up too early. Most important thing is to get well. Overdoing it can make it take longer to recover sometimes. I wouldn't start anything too vigorous until next Monday. Just my thought. To keep the groove on, take some time while you're resting to read articles on exercise, nutrition, etc. and do some extra planning. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with writing routines out, cool new meals, etc., so this might be a perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game and then psyched to go when you're better. Feel better soon!!
    1898 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 3:45:26 PM
    If you are just getting over being sick you won't feel like doing much. Make sure you stay hydrated and make sure the calories you eat are nutritious. Comfort food can be nutritious! Hope you feel better soon!
    1898 days ago
    You got your groove before; you can get it back.

    My rule is, if I truly don't feel good, I skip the workouts and refuse to feel guilty about it. However, if I just feel "off" or a little bit uncomfortable, I go ahead and do my workout. As you know, I took a full week off last month when I had the flu. Overdoing it when ill just makes the illness worse, because your body can't focus the energy it needs to on healing. It's too busy focusing on the workouts.

    Have you been chugging your fluids?
    1898 days ago
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