Monday, March 24, 2014

Down and Out AGAIN

I have been doing the 21 Day Fix for the last few days (workouts for a week, officially starting on the nutrition plan on Friday).  I have been so excited, loving the workouts, loving the food, loving the way I was feeling.  The nutrition plan is easy to follow, and made it super clear how much of what kinds of foods to eat.  Love.  This.  Program.

Then I got sick again.

Yesterday hubby and I did Yoga Fix before church, and I already knew I wasn't feeling very well.  During church service I started feeling chilled and having body aches.  I missed church service last night, and after waking up this morning with another fever, I called my doc.

You guessed it.  The flu.

Honestly, my visit to the doctor's office was kind of funny. Keep in mind that since I rarely get sick, I don't have a regular doctor.  I have a chiropractor and a gynecologist.   So I called my gyno and asked who she recommended for this, and they told me they would be happy to see me.  Yay!  I was excited to see a doc without all that first-time-patient stuff.  (I wasn't looking forward to that, since I was feeling sooo crappy).  Everyone was really nice, but when I followed the directions on the sign in the waiting room and told the receptionist that I was having flu like symptoms, they gave me a mask to wear.  That's not embarrassing at all.  Good thing I was too sick to care.

I hadn't had any medicine all day, so I know my fever was up.  I was in full force: chills, body aches, coughing and hacking.  That mask wasn't such a bad idea after all, since everyone else there was pregnant!  I tried to stay off to myself.

When they called me in, the nurse took my blood pressure while asking me my symptoms.  Once I started the list, she got that blood pressure cuff off and made a very quick exit.  Oh, she was super nice, but it was definitely a shorter assessment than I usually have there.  Especially since I've been so much in the last few months (with the surgery and all the visits around it) that we are all on a first name basis.

The rest of the visit went better, and I slept through most of it.  I tested positive for flu and got my prescriptions and note for work.  On my way out I kinda wanted to find that nurse and give her a "boo!", since she seemed so scared of me. ;) 

I took my prescriptions to a drive through pharmacy, and waited in the parking lot while they filled them.  And by "waited" I mean "reclined my seat and took a nap".  It was awesome.

When I got home I took my first dose of everything and noticed the box on the table for me:


I'm trying really hard not to be bummed that I'm out of commission for a few days.  Just when it shows up I can't even use it for its intended purpose.  But that's ok.  I will still have it when I'm back in the game.  And hubby is still awesome for getting it for me :)

I think I'll probably restart the Fix on Monday.  I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Focusing In

Well, I got started.  Then I got sick.

It was awful.  I haven't been sick like that in yeeeeears.  In fact, I still have a scratchy voice that sometimes gives out on me.  If you know me personally, you know how hard that is on me.  Singing is my favorite thing, and I can't do it at all right now.  Ugh.

Anyway, this Monday I started working out again, and was awesome.  No coughing fits, even though my throat did get very dry through it, and I didn't modify.

I still don't completely believe it.  I really don't modify anymore. 

I do jumping jacks.  I run.  I jump rope.  I do switch kicks.

It's an interesting experience, to be honest.  The moves are completely different than what I'm used to, so I am still working on coordination.  I am still learning to land softly on my feet (dude, the bottoms of my feet were so sore yesterday!!)  And wow, is it a difference in power.  I can feel myself getting stronger every day!

Tomorrow I start a new program called the 21 Day Fix.  I have been waiting for this program for weeks, since when it was first released in February, it sold out in a couple of days.  Mine came in the week I was so sick, so it sat in a box for several days before I could look at it. 

This program is 21 days long, and it is designed to make the process as simple as possible.  The nutrition plan is super easy to follow.  I don't have to count calories.  I just measure my food out in the portion control containers that come with the program, and make sure I have the right number of each category through the day.  The workouts are 30 minutes a day, period.  I can't tell you how much that means to me!  I knew when I heard of this program that it was the exact thing I needed to get me back on track.  I like simple.

Hubby went grocery shopping today and filled our refrigerator with produce.  The man bought me beets.  I love beets.  Not only that, but there are produce bags I haven't even opened yet because I am overwhelmed by all the healthy noms in that fridge!  I am supposed to have 6 servings of veggies and 4 servings of fruits each day, so I am sure I can find my way through the mountain. There won't be any wasted, I am sure of it!

Pray for me!  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Before I start, I want to say that I do NOT think it's necessary to work out to the point of sickness in order to see results. I am NOT encouraging anyone to that.

Ok, now I can tell you about yesterday :)

Yesterday was a snow day for me.  I was home with my family for a nice, leisurely day.  It was awesome.  At 3:30 or so I still hadn't worked out, so I said a prayer, put on my workout clothes, and pushed play on one of my favorites: Les Mills Combat Power Kata.  My first instinct was to do a shorter workout in the same program.  That's what I've been doing lately: choosing the easiest path.  Instead I felt the nudging to do the 45 minute Power Kata.  I obeyed.

After several minutes there is a segment of back kicks, about a minute and a half on each leg.  (I love kicks, just so you know.  I really do!)  I was getting into it, really having a good time, when my hamstring started to cramp.  Oh, it hurt.  I wanted to stop, but I started arguing with myself.

"Keep going."
"But my leg is cramping!"
"This isn't about you.  Keep going."

Well, ok, then.  I kept going. I pushed through the last 30 seconds of kicks with a muscle cramp, screaming by the end.  The cramp went away as soon as the kicks stopped.

Later in the video was some jump strikes, where you jump into the air while bringing your knee up, as if striking an opponent with your knee.  I am very obviously new to the jumping thing, and my jump strikes looked nothing like the ones my TV trainers were modeling.  I did them, though.  I jumped every time.  By the end my side was hurting and I was feeling like I could puke.  I wanted to stop, but I kept hearing in my head, "This isn't about you."

By the end of the workout I was dizzy and the world was a big pulsing light. I wanted to puke.  But I never stopped.  I did all the jumps.  I kept going.

Like I said at the beginning, I don't think that pushing to the point of illness is necessary for regular weight loss.  Perhaps if your goals are an insanely ripped body with very limited body fat, you may need to get to that point, but most of us just want to feel more comfortable in our skin.  We want to feel better, have more energy, and be proud of ourselves.  I pushed that hard yesterday because I felt like I was supposed to; like it was a test to see if I was truly willing to submit to the power of the Holy Spirit in me instead of trusting my own body and my own limitations.

Let's face it: the limitations we face simply keep us from the unknown.  We imagine that they keep us from pain, but what if they are keeping us from something better?    There are so many stories of people that have overcome physical limitations and achieved amazing things in life. Our bodies are made similar to theirs.  Why can't we push through and do amazing things?  Why can't you?

You can, if you have desire and determination.