Leg Up, Coughing Up A Lung

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Spending the day on the couch with my leg propped up on pillows. Working on getting the rest of the swelling in this knee down.
Also getting lots of rest since I’ve got this cold. I have been coughing nonstop and my chest hurts now.
Seriously, universe a break would be nice.

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Challenging Week

This week has been a bit of a challenge. I’ve been felling sick and so my motivation to do anything is pretty much nonexistent. I’ve been sleeping in a lot later than normal and then haven’t been real into getting up and working out. I have been doing my workouts, I just feel I’m getting done later and later in the day. Which, is the case since I’m not getting up and moving like I normally do.

I do feel better after working out at least for a while, I of course a few hours later am exhausted, but that’s to be expected when one is fighting off a cold. I have been continuing with the working out because it’s good for me, and is probably even helping a little with the fighting off of this cold, I don’t want to feel guilty for not working out, and I really don’t want to get into the habit of having an excuse for not working out.

I’ve been going for nearly 8 weeks, and their have been times when getting my work outs and steps in is presented with a challenge, but I’ve found a way to do it every time. And, so just because I have a bit of a cold doesn’t mean I can’t work out. This has been the new way of my life working out every day for the last 8 weeks, and yes it seems like more habit than needing to think about doing a work out, but I’m not sure how it’d go if I miss a few days. I don’t want to fall out of this habit, it’s a good one to have.

So, even though my motivation is low and my daily steps are just reaching my goal, at least I’ve continued to keep on moving. Any little bit of exercising I do is a plus and I’m reaching my daily goal, there is no need to be an overachiever every day, especially when your body needs some rest.

It’s True

It’s true what they say about exercise. I woke up this morning feeling completely awful. This had happened on Sunday as well, but not this bad, and Sunday is my one day off from scheduled workouts. Today I woke up with a sore throat, headache, clogged ears, and a stuffed up nose. Yuck! So, I guess I’m going to get this head cold after all. I was hoping that since I felt so much better Monday and Tuesday I was going to be ok. Guess not.

Anyway, getting to the point of the blog. I really contemplate blowing off my scheduled workouts for the day, as I was curled up in my nice cozy bed. I was exhausted, cranky, and feeling like crap. But, as I contemplated not working out, I was trying to figure out how I’d make up my run training and I hadn’t even skipped the workout but already was feeling guilty about it. So, you guessed it I slept for another hour and then drug myself out of bed to hit the treadmill. I don’t even think I was 5 minutes into the workout, and I already started to feel better.  I definitely wasn’t feeling as exhausted yes I still was suffering from all of my head cold symptoms but I wasn’t ready to curl back up into bed.

I did my run workout plus another 10 minutes on the treadmill to get 30 minutes in, and then busted out the yoga workout, which felt pretty awesome today. I had some lunch and then headed out to take care of the snow issue. I shoveled a bit, but was feeling cold, I think I’m running a slight fever that and it’s barely in the single digits here today.  With this I busted out the snowblower, which I think is more of a workout for me then actual shoveling. That thing is heavy and hard to maneuver, when I need to turn the thing around I am basically wrestling the stupid thing. With the help of the snowblower I was able to get the job done a bit quicker, but I don’t think the calorie burn is that much different.

Now of course I am exhausted, and will be taking a bit of a nap.  I need to kick this cold in the butt now, I do not want to spend weeks sick.

I’m glad I didn’t blow of the exercise today, because I really did feel better after it. I still feel better now then I did when I woke up this morning. So, seriously listen to people when they say exercising will make you feel better. I’m also glad I didn’t blow the exercise off today because I don’t want to start making that an option, I don’t want to be making excuses as to why I’m not exercising and being active. I haven’t missed a day yet, and there is no reason to start now.