Last Friday I got sick. Some try to tell me it’s cause I overworked myself the week before. But I’m pretty sure it was just inevitable since both my kids had just recovered from round one with the winter cold. I thought I was safe. I thought I had escaped the dreaded bug unscathed and then BAM! it hit me like a ton of bricks. Being sick definitely took a toll on my exercise routine. My Friday, Sunday and Monday workouts were all cancelled (insert extreme sad face here). My exercise has been a way for me to energize and rejuvenate. It’s like taking my own little happy pill. And now I’m addicted to these little pills in a bad way. Needless to say, I was itching to get up and get going! But, I also realized that if I pushed myself too far a few things could happen:
- It might actually take me longer to get better.
- I may pass out while running, fly off the back of my treadmill and put a hole through my wall.
Neither of those options were very appealing to me. So, a break it was!
Today was my first day back at it. I was up bright and early for my 5:15am FitCamp class. Squat presses, sprints, lunges, pushups, squat jumps…repeat about a gazillion times and you have the class. I’m not going to lie…I pretty much felt like I was going to die the whole time and was pretty disappointed in my performance. I really felt like those days off took a toll on me and was kind of discouraged. I was giving myself some harsh self talk by the end of class and then I remembered this:
Who cares that I wasn’t top of my game?! I knew I wasn’t breaking any records with my sprints, my plank sucked and I couldn’t even do the lateral raises. BUT, I got up, got out there and worked up a damn good sweat! I could have just given up altogether and said “what’s the point?”. But I didn’t, I still gave it my all, even though “my all” wasn’t necessarily what it normally is. And that’s a step in the right direction. Negative self talk out, positive affirmations in!
So whether you get up and do a 10k run or a walk around the block the important thing is that you get up! And….GO!