Yesterday, I woke up just feeling the need to work out.
Actually, I wake up with that urge pretty often, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt healthy enough to actually do it. For about five years now, I’ve suffered from chronic strep throat, tonsillitis, and respiratory infections. I’ve been pumping my body full of antibiotics, which kept the infections under control but left me feeling anything but energetic and healthy. In those five years, I have also gone through two pregnancies, which caused severe anemia. (My babies love to steal my iron!) If you don’t know much about anemia, basically it means my body wasn’t getting enough oxygen, leaving me lethargic. And when I say lethargic, I mean there were days where I skipped meals because the thought of getting up off the couch to go into the kitchen was too much.
After years of suffering illnesses that always seemed to strike at the least opportune moments, I decided to do something about it. In February, I got strep again, along with a sinus infection. I was put on antibiotics for ten days, during which I felt great and started running again. But the day after I finished the antibiotics, the sore throat came back. That’s when I knew that my doctor was right. The strep was not going anywhere, and the only way for me to feel better for good was to have my tonsils removed.
So, almost three weeks ago, I did just that. Adult tonsillectomies are, shall we say, brutal. For a kid, it’s like two days of ice cream and back to school. For an adult, it’s two weeks of extreme pain and regret. Adult tonsils are simply not as easy to remove as the tonsils of children, so the surgery is much more invasive and causes much more damage to the throat. The healing process is extremely painful and sometimes scary. But, from what I understand, it’s totally worth it. The years of chronic illness suddenly stop, never to return.
So, when I woke up yesterday feeling ready to work out, I was excited, nervous, optimistic, and anxious, all at the same time. I love exercise, love going to the gym, love that feeling the morning after a great workout, when you can feel muscles in your body that you didn’t even know you had. But for years now, my fitness goals have been constantly interrupted by illnesses that would take weeks to recover from. Every time I’d get into a good workout routine, I’d get strep or a sinus infection, always followed by a respiratory infection, that would take upwards of a month to recover from.
So right now, I’m feeling really apprehensive. I want to pick up where I left off with C25k. I want to get back to the gym. But I feel like the second I do, the rug will be pulled out from under me again. I’m so used to getting sick, it’s hard for me to imagine that it could really be over.
Can it really be over?
Honestly, I can’t wrap my head around it. I actually have a slight respiratory infection right now (like I said, a respiratory infection always follows my illnesses), and those typically take a couple of weeks to fully disappear. But once it does, could that be it? Could I be … healthy?
Until my lungs are in full working order again, I’m going to stick to strength-based exercises that don’t make me too winded. Today, I did Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown.
It’s the second time I’ve done this DVD, and I really like it. It’s challenging and fun. But if you’re a yoga purist, this may not be the DVD for you. I mean, on what other yoga videos do you hear the instructor say “rep it out”?!?!
The DVD has level 1 and level 2. I am, of course, on level 1. My favorite poses in this workout are the camel pose and warrior 3.
The camel pose is a backbend pose and feels amazing. (and also a little scary)
And I’ve always been a fan of Warrior 3 because I have pretty good balance. (of course we like the poses we are good at, right?)
Okay, it’s time for bed. I’m going to post this in the morning. I just stayed up way too late watching American Idol. I’m really into it this season! At first, I didn’t like the final pool of contestants, but some of them are winning me over. Last night, I rewound and rewatched Jacob Lusk’s performance at least five times. Incredible.
Who is your favorite on American Idol?
Do you practice yoga? Favorite yoga DVD?