Monday, February 11, 2013

Land of the Living

Today is my first day back at work in a week. As I mentioned last week, I was feeling under the weather. I ended up working from home the remainder of the week, not wishing to spread any germs to my unsuspecting co-workers.

On Thursday, I felt worse than ever, so I dragged myself to the doctor and was officially diagnosed with a sinus infection that decided to move into my lungs. Not what someone with asthma wants to hear. I was also instructed to take 2 days off from the gym. Not what someone in contest prep wants to hear. I begrudgingly accepted the prescription for antibiotics and silently amended the recommendation for time off from the gym to be, "maybe you can train tomorrow."

For the first time I can remember, I skipped a workout during prep. Under J's advice, I also skipped cardio (I don't consider cardio a workout). I took a nap and rested the remainder of the evening. I have to admit, while it felt weird to not be at the gym, it was also kind of nice. I know that within the next 14 weeks, I'm going to get crazily sick of the gym, so I may as well enjoy the respite while I can.

I felt a lot better on Friday and decided that one day off was sufficient. J modified my workouts to a lesser intensity than usual, and I trained on Friday and again on Saturday to make up for missing on Thursday.

While my enthusiasm was high, I could definitely tell my lung capacity was diminished. I found myself out of breath sooner than usual, so I took a bit of extra rest time in between sets and exercises, as needed.

We spent the weekend just chilling at home, resting. Yesterday, I put on jeans for the first time in over a week, and quickly realized just how uncomfortable they really are in comparison to my sweats and Lulu's! If I could live in sweats and Lulu's, I totally would!

I'm bummed that being sick set me back a bit. The Pittsburgh show in only 12 weeks away, and although I'm making progress, I still have a ways to go. My cardio has increased slightly, but my diet has stayed the same. Every year, I'm impatient, and J always needs to explain that slow and steady wins the race. I completely trust in his plan (after all - his plans work EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.) and feel thankful he knows exactly what he's doing. I'm happy to be back in the Land of the Living, and I'm looking forward to seeing more changes every single day!

Have you ever skipped a workout while in prep? What do you do when/if you've ever gotten sick while in prep? Are you as impatient as I am to "just be in shape already!"?


  1. Impatient is my middle name! I'm glad you're feeling better now.

  2. I am about to start my on season and as a fellow asthmatic, I feel your pain. I often have colds morph into lung/sinus infections. Good luck! Saline sinus rinse kits from the drug-store have saved me more than once.

  3. LOL....yes, I can totally relate to your impatience!! How long will your prep be in total?

    BTW, I've always said that I measure the success of my life by the number of days I get to wear lulu's and flip flops!!!

    So far, so good :)

    1. I think my prep this year will be about 18 weeks or so.

      Lulu's + flip flops = awesome day!

  4. So understand, had to skip 3 days the final week of prep last fall. Also had a major sinus infection that spread. It can suck, but it can also offer a break that is needed for your body. Good Luck@

  5. Bwahaha "Silently amended"... yes. :)

    I'm ALWAYS impatient, I even have mini-freak outs at the beginning of prep... which I have to spend time really coaching myself out of.