My health: It sucks

Let’s discuss health and fitness for a moment. Oh boy. My health… sucks. There’s really no other way to put it.

First there was that nasty breast infection that lasted for freaking ever because the first antibiotic I was prescribed didn’t work. On the last day of the antibiotics a cold kicked in. Complete with fever. The stomach bug came along about a week later, while still blowing my nose infinity times a day.

It’s been over a week of this crap (no pun intended). I just found out this morning that this stomach bug is related to the breast infection antibiotics and not a virus. So today is day one of FORTY-TWO days on another antibiotic. I sent a note to my doctor… Part of me hopes the 42 days was a miscommunication between her and the pharmacy. The other part feels uncomfortable that there could be such a miscommunication.

The only sort of twisted silver lining of this thundercloud is that I have lost some weight. That was losable. So far I’ve lost about 28 lbs of the roughly 40 lbs I gained while pregnant with Ollie. I suspect it will take a long time to lose the remaining 12 lbs, and I’m okay with that… Who am I kidding? I want it off NOW. But my health comes first and I know it will take awhile if I do it the right way.

You know, through diet and exercise. Oh exercise. This sickness has really put a damper on the exercise. I’m still getting out there, but I’ve had to slow down and stop and back track and, well, it’s just been discouraging. I feel soft and heavy and out of shape and like there’s nothing I can do about it. I know. I know. I just had a baby. I’m small to begin with so I know I don’t look like all these things to the average bystander. But that’s how I feel.

I also feel pain when I breathe deeply, cough, laugh, turn my body and lie down. Among other basic movements of life. This is because I now also have what is most likely an intercostal rib muscle strain, what I’m told is basically a pulled rib muscle.

In summary? I’m falling apart.

I’m trying to keep perspective. I’m trying to look at this like the before picture. I hope to look back on this a year from now and marvel at how much stronger and healthier I am. I’m trying to see this as a lesson to appreciate the good health I have the privilege of taking advantage of. My tummy troubles are temporary and peanuts compared to what my good friend with Crohn’s disease has to deal with.

So I’m trying. It sucks. And there you have it.

Monday Motivators: Just having a baby

 Easy-Labor-Monday-Motivators

Last Week: I met expectations. I walked 3 miles. I did my hip/butt strengthening exercises twice. And I squeezed out 5100 steps/day vs. my goal of 5000. This makes for a really exciting post. I know.

This Week: My only goal for this week is to have a baby. I recognize that this is not a smart goal since I have no actual control over my ability to meet it. Really I’m just giving myself permission to take it as easy as I want to. And have a baby if that’s what happens. Because, you know, nothing says “taking it easy” quite like childbirth.

Join the party! Choose your favorite way to link-up:

  1. Write a post describing your fitness goals for the upcoming week and how you did meeting last week’s goals. Include a link to this post somewhere in your post and a pingback will show up in the comments section below.
  2. Write a post and comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Share your goals as a comment on this post, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever.
  4. Read through the comments and help motivate others.

Read this post for a little background on the birth of Monday Motivators.

Photo Credit: Labor by Bradley Gordon is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

Monday Motivators: Always a cheater

Last Week: Done, done and done. Just barely, but done. Averaged 5200 steps/day vs. a goal of 5000, plus 3 aerobic miles, plus two rounds of hip/butt strengthening exercises. Okay, okay. I meant to do the second set last night and forgot, so I did them this morning and I’m counting it! Once a cheater, always a cheater I suppose.

This Week: I’m sticking with the same goals as last week.

  1. Walk 3 miles at a moderately aerobic pace.
  2. In addition to the 3 miles I’m going to shoot for 5000 steps/day again.
  3. Two sets of hip/butt strengthening exercises.

Join the party! Choose your favorite way to link-up:

  1. Write a post describing your fitness goals for the upcoming week and how you did meeting last week’s goals. Include a link to this post somewhere in your post and a pingback will show up in the comments section below.
  2. Write a post and comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Share your goals as a comment on this post, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever.
  4. Read through the comments and help motivate others.

Read this post for a little background on the birth of Monday Motivators.