An Unresolution Resolution

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Seems like it has been quite a while since my last post, but I have not been going to the gym, trying any new workouts to share and just started to get my appetite back, so it doesn’t even make sense to blog about how my eating is going. It’s not clean, it’s non-existent. I lost weight from being unable to consume any food for four days straight, and could only manage freezies, and a little chicken soup when burning up with fever. This strain of influenza hit me hard. I haven’t felt this awful in years. To make matters worse, I bruised my rib from coughing. I wouldn’t consider myself to be an envious person, but I find myself getting a little dose of the green-eyed monster when I read about all the “killer workouts” folks are doing on various blogs. I have been absent from the gym for over a week now, and don’t know when I can return with this bruised rib. I just have to keep resting, icing it and taking an anti-inflammatory. Right now I wince in pain when I cough, reach above my head with my right arm or breath too heavily so physical exertion is out of the question. I understand that illness happens, but it is frustrating to not be able to participate in the activities I enjoy. I realize just how much I took pain-free movement for granted. I also worry that I may lose what I worked so hard to accomplish. Will my 2 minute plank become a 20 second plank again? What about my push-ups? Will I have to regress back to girl push-ups? I lose strength quickly if I am not consistent. Will it be back to square one and T-Rex shoulders? I don’t want to become this guy again:il_170x135.512250747_7b60Then I feel guilty for complaining. I thank God for overall health and try to remember that there are those who are experiencing much worse ailments than a cough and bruised rib.

On a positive note, rest and recovery has allowed me to reassess my goals and truly reflect. Was I eating clean enough, working hard enough in the gym to obtain my goals? Overall, I think I could be doing better. My diet is healthy and most of my meals are pre-planned, but I know I’ve reached for that extra cookie, piece of cake or glass of wine more often than I should have. I know at the gym, I could have pushed myself harder, added that extra set or increased my weight on certain exercises. I know I could look closer to my potential, but if I’m truly serious, I’ve got to work harder.

So right now, I anxiously await for my return to the gym. I anxiously await for the day I can get back on track.  I am really not one to make a resolution. If I feel that there is something about myself that needs to change, I try my best to change it, be it in July, December or January. This is not a resolution because I am making this promise to myself before the clock strikes midnight on the thirty-first. The hard work begins as soon as I am able.

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11 thoughts on “An Unresolution Resolution

  1. I’m so sorry you have been sick sweets! I hear you on the clean eating during the holidays…it really is tough! I haven’t had the most amazing appetite either (even with all of the working out which for me is VERY strange) but just trying to keep all sweet treats in moderation. Wine included. So hard! Always a work in progress! Stay at it and glad to hear you are feeling better!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I can’t even enjoy any vino, still on antibiotics. It is a hard time of year. I am trying to focus on all the delicious and nutritious foods out there to help me feel better. Man this bruised rib is painful. Never experienced it before.

      Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. I know this feeling all too well- I so sorry you’ve been sick and injured! Stay strong and rest up- you’ll be okay- I swear. You won’t lose any fitness progress that you are unable to quickly regain.

  3. I’m so sorry you’ve been so sick! It sounds like you got a doozy of a flu bug. Yikes!! I hope you recover completely and fully soon. When I’ve missed a lot of workouts due to illness or other things, I usually feel very weak for a few days, but quickly regain my strength and pick up right where I left off. Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much, Melanie. I think I will be weak, but will try my best to rebuild strength. I may start off my day with light cardio and stretching before church and family time. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Sorry to hear about your forced downtime, but glad to hear you’re on the mend. I am wiling to bet that even though you feel puny now, you’ll be able to bounce back quicker than you think. You’ve been very consistent up to this point with working out, so you may be pleasantly surprised! P.S. if you ever decide to market your T-Rexness, I am your first customer. Love the t-shirt graphic!

    1. Thanks so much. It was tough to be on bed rest for so long, but necessary. I actually went to the gym twice since Christmas and you’re right. It wasn’t so bad. Love that T-Shirt too. I found it on Etsy. I really need to buy it. I should come up with some T-Rex graphics. Lol!

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