Just in case you were wondering, I’ve been sick.
It seems like right after I hit the “publish” button for my Tuesday post, I was visited by some pretty mean Flu germs that proceeded to wipe out my entire week. Yes, right when I’d thought I’d escaped the entire winter without getting sick.
Today happens to be the first morning I can sit upright without my head pounding or my stomach feeling queasy, so I thought I do a quick post before I forget these grateful feelings I’m having about my healing body. Maybe you can relate.
But for those of us who are blessed with robust health year-around, I think sickness is like childbirth. The minute it’s over it vanishes from our minds. It’s as if the return of our energy somehow effects our memories and we instantly forget how bad it felt.
And I don’t want to forget. Because I’m humbled by the truth.
The worst part of having chills, and vomiting and a chronic throbbing in your head is how it robs you of the simplest joys in your life. When I was crashed on the couch with my stomach in tight knots, I couldn’t think of…
- making breakfast for Michael
- shopping for healthy foods for the family
- reading anything
- the smell and taste of coffee
- the idea of creating something
and these are just the tiny things… My point is that everything that takes effort suddenly got pushed on the back burner while my illness took over. It won. It beat me. And not only did this make me feel tremendous compassion for all those people who are struggling right now with their health, my weak-fragile days made me focused on getting my body strong again.
So this is my post on physical fitness.
How do you stay in shape?
On my regular days, I jog or walk with Stella 4-5 times a week. But I don’t lift weights which I definitely need, especially for my upper body strength. And I don’t feel muscular anymore.
In my younger days, I used to love going to the gym, lifting weights and doing spin classes. And when I got married I was 106 pounds (I’m five feet two) and a runner. Only I haven’t felt that way in a long time.
I’m not talking about being thin. I’m talking about being strong.
The irony is that I live in a house where fitness is a top priority. Both my boys keep a fairly disciplined regimen. Michaels rows on the Crew team which means three hours of daily exercise and lots of healthy food to keep his weight up. And Patrick hits the gym daily for intense workouts that have totally altered his body over the last few years.
Nobody eats chips and desserts at my house anymore ..which make me feel lonely. (sigh)
I mean, my own 71 year old mother goes to her neighborhood gym five days a week, how much more motivation do I need?
So these are a few things on my mind this morning.
1. I’d like to focus on getting a stronger, more physically fit body, and say Hello to a few muscles again by using small weights and good old fashioned workouts. And yes, I still remember how.
2. I want to eat cleaner. And in the process take off a few (eight would be great) pounds. I stumbled on this Pinterest board for the Clean Eating Magazine, and I’m curious to check out some recipes.
I’m also including this image because Patrick tells me # 3 when he’s trying to help me. “Mom, it’s all about the diet,” he says. Only he doesn’t mean “dieting” he means being aware of proteins and carbs and fats and choosing good, healthy foods.
Lucky for me I love fruits and vegetables. (and sweets too)
I also found THIS blogger who has a motivational story I enjoyed. Truthfully, I think I liked her post because she’s the same height as me (a fellow shorty)
3. Give yoga a chance. What happens is, when my time is crunched, I always choose cardio over yoga classes thinking my ‘heart’ needs it more. And yet when I see something like THIS post, I feel as if I’m missing out on another world. With deeper benefits. Do you practice yoga?
Well, that it for now. I’m so grateful to be able sit here without that terrible migraine.
And the chills.
I think I’m getting better, although simply watching that girl do those oblique squats makes me want to lay down and take a nap.
I can’t thank you enough for your comments and I’m going to be answering and catching up on my blog reading in the next few days.
Wishing you the blessing of good health!
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