Down with the sickness

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:

  1. It might actually take me longer to get better.
  2. 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!


About Leesa D

Wife and mom of two crazy little monkeys. Trying to take on life's everyday challenges with love, laughter and a lot of impromptu dance parties!
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