Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sick in the Summer

I can't remember the last time I've gone this long without exercise.  I think I mentioned in my last post that Marek was coming down with a cold.  It was the beginning of the end for me but I didn't know it yet.  On Sunday I felt run down and sore. I decided to skip the gym, thinking I could start back on Monday.  My mom came over and I ended up eating Chinese food for dinner.  I felt the same on Monday and my eating was no better.  By Tuesday there as no denying it, I was sick, and I'd been eating for comfort.  So I reigned in the eating (mostly) but I'm still not back to the gym.  Today, Thursday, I'm still coughing like crazy.  My body feels a bit better but I know it's going to be at least another couple days before I can exercise again.  A whole week off...imagine!

And who gets sick in the middle of summer?  It's a bummer for sure and earlier in the week I had the blues.  Sometimes when I get sick I start thinking I've lost my way and all my fitness gains are going to get lost.  It's all very dramatic but I think it's because being sick reminds me of how I used to feel all the time - no energy, hurting body, no motivation, headaches.  Thank goodness I'm on the mend now though.

So what have I done with all this free time, besides getting a lot of rest of course.  On Saturday we picked up a playset.  Someone was giving it away as long as you disassemble and move it.  That's right up our DIY (and thrifty) alley!

The kids are crazy for the swings!
It's been really fun watching them play.  I also picked up some lounge chairs at a garage sale down the street.  Actually, I got two reclining lounge chairs, a matching patio table with four chairs and an umbrella all for $25.  They are super sturdy and they've been refinished and are in great condition.  Most important, they are comfortable.  Lounging is good.

Summer gear
I also picked up a new snack.  My friend Stacy has been telling me about these "turkey sticks" for a while now.  I've been imaging a something like hot dogs but I finally bought some and they are actually more like beef jerky.

The stats are Fat: 4.5, Carbs: 2, and Protein: 8 so that makes them  2 points per stick.  But for 2 points I can get a ton more protein (as in 15 grams) out of 6oz of Fage yogurt so it's not like this will be in heavy rotation.  They'll make a nice change-of-pace "fun" snack for now and then and Miguel will probably like them too.

Time to wrap things up.  My eating has been a bit of a roller coaster and my exercise has consisted of pushing toddlers in a swing so I'm not sure what's going to happen with my weight this week.  I'll just have to take things as they come.  I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym, which will probably be Sunday.   In the meantime I'll enjoy the downtime and maybe catch up on some reading.