Thursday, April 12, 2012

Almost "Normal"

I'm about thisclose to being back to my usual self.  I still have one clogged, tingly nostril and some sinus drainage but it's not as bad as it had been. Thank goodness!! I do not like not working out. I am definitely feeling ready to get back into it today. I'm probably not going to to at it full strength but I am sure I can manage at short BR and a walk.

I have a hard time resting when I'm sick. Unless I'm really sick I usually try to push through. Generally sinus-related sicknesses or colds do not keep me down. However, with surgery being a month away, I decided it was best not to push myself and to be cautious. The last thing I wanted to do was push and end up doing more harm than good.

 I'm glad I didn't push myself yesterday... I ended up having a little dizzy spell at one point last night. I got really hot, light headed, and started sweating like crazy. I sat for a bit and felt better. I did do a few more things around the house than I did the previous couple days. I wonder if that did it. Or maybe I had a small fever and it was breaking. Who knows. Whatever it was made me glad that I didn't push to workout.

In general, it is good to rest if you're feeling sick or tired. If your body is telling you to slow down, then slow down.  I read something online once about "the neck check."  Generally if your symptoms are at neck level or above, you're okay to workout. They do caution though that you should still only work out at 50% of your usual strength.  If symptoms are below the neck, don't even try it. 

I think that the smart thing to do is to listen to your body.  For me, falling asleep so much was a sure sign that my body was in need of a rest. Occasionally, if I'm super tired or up late I may doze off watching TV...But that's usually later in the evening.  Falling asleep in the prevening (pre-evening, thanks "Sheldon Cooper") is rare for me. To go home and fall asleep while resting is not a part of my normal routine. And to then fall asleep a few hours later, much earlier than my usual bed time? That's not normal for me either. Neither is feeling like I'm out of it; not as alert and normal, a bit more "ditzy." 

The first sign that I was feeling better actually came last night.  I did not fall asleep on the couch in the evening. I did after I got home for a bit but not long.  After that I got up and did some things around the house, which left me feeling exhausted but I just sat and relaxed for a few. No sleeping necessary.  And felt fine again.  I accomplished more last night than I did all week. I was still feeling a bit tired. Then bedtime came. I went to bed a little early thinking that a morning workout might be easier to accomplish than an evening workout.  I couldn't fall asleep. I laid there and laid there, wide awake. My mind was wandering and I just could not sleep.  Apparently all the sleep was catching up with me. Needless to say because I ended up being awake for so long (later than my normal bedtime, even) I did not get up to workout this morning. Oh well...I'm feeling well enough to do it today, so that makes me happy! I think that not falling asleep as easily as I had been was the first sign that I was starting to feel a little better.

Back to resting when sick... If you are obviously no where near your normal self, rest.  If you're like me and despise resting, it will be hard. Just tell yourself you need to, or else you might do more harm than good. Also use your judgement to get back into it... Like today, I'm feeling a little better but I am still not at 100%. I'm not expecting to jump right back in and have an awesome performance. I am expecting, though, to be able to put in some effort and feel good when I'm done. I may not burn as many calories as I usually do but that's okay. I'm not feeling like I usually do. It won't be long before I'm back at it, with the same strength and power as normal.

For now... I'm off to do a lighter workout...Feels goooooood to be back!


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