How I feltFrom going to the gym 5 days a week at 5 am to doing nothing for almost a month makes me feel horrible!
I had the flu for two weeks. At first we didn’t know what the hell was wrong with me, I thought maybe it could be my Lupus. A couple week prior to me having the flu I was getting chest congestions and feeling really weak so I was actually sick more like a month! I had to go to the ER once the fevers started but they never said it was the flu, they gave me a crap load of pills, but nothing worked. A couple days later I went to the doctor and thats when she said I had the Flu. Once I new what was wrong with me I actually started feeling better, its amazing how powerful the mind is.
Even though I was sick there are some pros and cons to me having the flu.
I lost EIGHT pounds! Yes, EIGHT freaking pounds! I had no appetite and everything tasted bland
I stopped drinking coffee
I was able to get much needed rest from the past year and a half (school, work and marriage)
Missed my last day of school
Missed my graduation dinner
Felt like death
Coughed so hard that I almost vomited a couple times, horrible!
So what happens next? I need to start WORKING OUT!!!!!! I miss it so much! Yeah, I lost eight pound, but now I feel skinny fat, UGH that’s the worst type of skinny. I lost some muscle and I need to get it back!
It is amazing how a couple sick days can ruin months worth of gym dedication and eating healthy. I had a couple of weeks of me not feeling myself and it really brought me down in a big way. I ended up going to the doctor because I though I was having a Lupus flare. The doctor gave me meds and I started to feel better, but I still felt really down. I did not feel like myself. Since I was not able to go to the gym I ended up not eating healthy. I ate everything imaginable in sight and couldnt stop. I just ate ate and ate! I hated the way I felt and I didnt want to continue feeling this way. It has been 3 weeks now and today I went to the gym for the very first time in a long time. It felt good but I want to get back into my routine NOW. Tomorrow is a new day and I am going to make the best of that day and eat right and work out HARD! I luv it but I just cant let lifes struggles get me down like this. The mind is a very powerful thing and it can take over your body and soul if you do not have the will power, faith and strength to pick yourself up and move on.
Can I just say it is always great when you fall and you are able to pick yourself back up again. I have been reading through some of my favorite health blogs and it seems these past few months have been rough for ALL of us. But the true test of ones dedication to their healthy lifestyle is being able to pick themselves back up again.
Believe me it is rough. The past month has been a struggle, trying getting myself back in my old routine of daily exercise and consistent healthy eating habits. Around day two and three I would just give up and feel sorry for myself. Thankfully, this past week I have been able to pick myself back up again and get myself going. I tried to think about what helped me get back in the game and a few things came to mind.
1.Reading health blogs: Reading other blogs helped me realte to other women.
2. Observing how my body feels: When I start feeling groggy and sleepy all the time I know it has to do with the quality of food that I am eating and me not going to the gym.
3. Clothes: When my pants start to feel a little tight that is usually when I pick myself up real quick.
4. Sadness: When I start to feel sad and almost depressed I know alot of it has to do with my Health. Being healthy for me is meditative, I feel a sense of balance.
These are just a few things, but I am sure there is more.
So those who are feeling down and out, find what works for you and make sure you write down and place it somewhere where you can see it everyday for constant motivation.
I am a bonafied grazer. I eat snacks through out the day plus my 3 main meals. I am true believer of the “eating every three hours” school of thought. My body needs fuel, especially when I wake up at 5 am in the morning to workout, geez. Why wouldnt you do it if it was the best way to stay fit and healthy? Alot of times its fear of gaining wait, but oh contrar, it is the best thing for losing weight, but only if you are consuming the right foods.
So I was so excited when I saw an article from Self.com of 3o healthy snacks. For me anything that is a list of alot of healthy things makes me smile and makes my life a little bit easier.
Below are a list of foods categorized by craving that are under 200 calories:
5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)