Until Wednesday, the last time I had exercised was on February 19th. The very next day was when I came home and went to bed at 3:00, totally exhausted, and woke up with a 102 fever. I had that fever about 2 weeks. Finally it got better by the end of last week, but I was still coughing and didn’t have much energy. Still, I knew I needed to get back into activity.
Back in the old days (mid- to late-1990s), I had this pattern of getting exercise, doing well, then getting sick. I would be sick for a couple of weeks and then would have trouble getting back into exercise. And, often when I did, I would get sick again. Then, I would recover and would just not get back into exercise for months (or years).
I remember once I even talked to my doctor about it and he didn’t say anything very helpful (basically, that maybe I didn’t have a great immune system, but didn’t give me any suggestions on how to improve it).
In the past few years, a lot of my stress has gone down and I’ve been healthier and don’t often get sick any more. But, when I did get sick, I find it hard to get back into exercise afterwards. It is just so easy to let it slide.
And, then there was the weather. We had been walking outside until we got sick. But, lately it has been cold and rainy. So, even when I started feeling better, we couldn’t walk outside. And, then there was the time change which I have a huge problem with every spring.
Still, I could see I was starting to get too comfortable with not doing any activity. This evening I finally said that I needed to do something. I didn’t get started until 10:00 but I did a little over 20 minutes on the exercise bike. It wasn’t much, but it was something.
On the eating front, by the way, I’ve been doing well this week. I’ve been making a lot of salads and have started making my own balsamic vinaigrette. So much better than store bought salad dressing.
So good. I’m really working on limiting the processed food I’m eating and making salads is a big part of that for me.