I’ve been home sick with a really bad cold yesterday and today. This particular bug has been making the rounds through my school, and I’m actually surprised that I evaded it for as long as I did. The usual winter cold – bad sore throat, stuffy head, runny nose, and a bit of trouble breathing.
In the past I would’ve found this to be the perfect excuse to skip my workouts and just sit on the couch all day and watch TV or read. Well not this time. This time I was determined to fit some form of workouts in anyway. I’ve heard that if it’s above the chest, you can still workout, but if it’s below the chest (meaning a stomach virus, etc), you should take it easy. So I decided to see what I was capable of.
Yesterday I started out on the stationary bike, figuring that it would be a lot less taxing that trying the elliptical. I did it while watching The Bachelor (this season my deal with myself is that the only way I watch the show is while I’m working out), and made it through the first individual date, or 18 minutes. Not too shabby. I followed it up with Tone It Up‘s Love Your Arms & Abs workout (15 min). Later in the afternoon I took Sofi on a short walk (15 min) around the neighborhood, just to get some fresh air.
Today I again watched Juan Pablo entertain the girls on a group soccer date while I rode the stationary bike (18 minutes). Then my mom came over to try Tone It Up’s Love Your Booty routine (30 minutes) with me. I’m also planning on taking Sofi for another short walk later this afternoon (about 15 min).
I can’t tell you how proud of myself I am! Sure, the cardio workouts weren’t that intense, but with this cold, I definitely felt like I was pushing myself. And the toning exercises are challenging, cold or not. Either way, I didn’t let being sick become an excuse to skip my workout as I surely would have in the past. I mean, c’mon – I’m sick and feeling lousy – what better excuse not to workout? But that’s not who I am anymore.
These days I actually miss my workouts when I don’t do them. I used to hear people say that when I was heavier and think they were full of it, but I can honestly tell you now that it’s true for me. How times have changed! I feel like a completely different person than I did when I weighed 315 pounds, so it was almost like I NEEDED to workout when I had this cold, just to show myself how much I have truly transformed. Mind and body.
It’s little moments like this that add up to show me the new person I’m becoming. Now excuse me while I go make another cup of David’s Tea.