Tis the Season to Get Sick

November 30th was a good day, it started off that way anyhow. Worked out with my fave, had breakfast and got to work on time, but it was all downhill from there. By the time he afternoon arrived that sinus pain had me jacked up so bad I couldn’t see straight. I shut it down, headed home and got in the bed, which I never do.


After a weekend of pill popping, nose blowing, hacking and coughing I was at Kaiser on Monday like yooooooo I can’t take this anymore!!!!  I visited with a really nice NP who proceeded to tell me it was viral. Yeah those cooties were going around the office and evidently it was my turn. I was instructed to continue my regimen, added some steroids (again) and sent me packing. You can guess what ensued next,

lots of eating and NO EXERCISE WHATSOEVER.


I eat a lot on the roids because allowing hunger to set in is the worst,  I feel sick to my stomach. So in order to not add on to the grossness that was this cold, I ate and ate and ate. Two weeks after its start I attempted to work out and was still coughing and too congested to do anything of substance. By week three, the symptoms had mostly dissipated so I hit the weights first with this young lady. Needless to say, the weakness was real and expected, however it was good because I got through without collapsing and got in two more workouts,  the week the last of which was quite comical.  Remember this? There was a guy who DID NOT MOVE.  I did  the 6 stations after him and had to improvise the rest on the floor with the regular equipment, but I digress.

Flu season is no joke, I take a flu shot every year. As an asthmatic I don’t fool around. Fortunately what I had, was the common cold. Telling the difference for me is easy, since I’ve had horrible flu before I knew this recent illness was not that.  However, in case you aren’t aware, here’s a great source for telling the difference.

The hardest thing for folks who lead an active life is shutting it down to recover. The good news for those who are not old and skittish (moi) is that you don’t have to. The rule of thumb is for above the neck symptoms moderate exercise is cool, below the neck, not so much. Your body is a wondrous piece of work, it will let you know if you’re doing too much. Also to lower your chances of getting sick in the first place, practice good hygiene, stay away from sick folk etc.

Hopefully you and yours will make it through the holidays and the remainder of winter without cold or flu. If you do get caught, this is no time to try to set a PR in anything. Focus on getting well.

Until next time see you at the gym, but if I see you sneezing, I’m going the other way.


Photos: MsThorns


The E Word

After a wonderful holiday season and clearance from the doctor I was back into the swing of things on the exercise front. I’d resumed the regular schedule, hitting the gym before work and was able to start running again on a limited basis without pain. It was good to be back, then my head busted up the party

Sinusitis in the dead of winter.


The doctor said it could be caused by a virus along with breathing dry indoor air. Rx this time? Meds and a cool mist humidifier, which I have yet to purchase. I’m feeling fine now but am having major difficulty getting my fanny back in exercise mode and you best believe I have ALL of the EXCUSES to not do so:

  • it’s too cold to be going out at 5:30 in the morning
  • I might hurt something else
  • don’t want to be bothered with people
  • gym cooties
  • don’t have a treadmill/elliptical/bike at home
  • lack of perfect shoes


Though these excuses are lame they are apparently enough to keep me from working out.  I was well enough to exercise on Monday. Today is FRIDAY and I have yet to lift any weight heavier than my purse, or run anywhere besides the bathroom. At the end of the day, it’s not really the illness that got me off my game, it’s the mind and the excuses it creates. The same mind that creates the excuses says I can also choose to get off the couch and get my butt in gear.  When that will happen, I do not know.

How about you? Are excuses winning and your fitness losing? I’d like to hear your excuses AND how you overcame them to get back on track.  Let me know in the comments, on Twitter or Google+.

Until next time, see you (hopefully soon) at the gym.