Man, I get cranky when I haven’t worked out in three days. I can’t stand living with me right now, so I can only imagine what my husband’s thinking. Hmmm…do you suppose that’s why he was out of the house before I got up this morning and has dinner plans with colleagues tonight? Can’t say as I blame him.
Catching up on my blog reading, I see many of my favorite bloggers are suffering from stomach bug, recovering from surgeries, moving, all kinds of things that are keeping them away from exercise. At least I’m in good company. I’ve had a stupid allergy-turned-sinus-infection for what feels like two weeks but it’s only been four days.
I really am a bad patient. Worse than any guy I’ve been married to or lived with. (Except maybe my father. Back surgery, heart attack…no problem, he’s undemanding. The man gets a sniffle and his world crashes in and he takes the rest of us with him.)
My problem is that I don’t like to watch television, and I can only tolerate one, maybe two, movies in one day. When I have a sinus headache I can’t focus to read very well, so books and magazines are out. Audible.com is tempting, but I really don’t have the $15 a month to spare right now.
Ugh. Excuses excuses. Whine whine whine. If I could just get on the elliptical for 30 minutes, life would be so much more settled. But I can’t or my head will explode, so I’m stuck learning new ways to be patient with myself.
Lyn over at Escape from Obesity had an excellent entry today about how, in recovering from the stomach bug, she was reminded how tired she was on an average day when she weighed 50 pounds more than she does now. It made me think about my life pre-exercise and how I dealt with stress and boredom. I watched a lot of television back then. Had TiVo and everything. I read a lot of books, too, not that that’s a bad thing. How I mean it is that when I was 300 pounds, I purposely stayed non-physically busy so I wouldn’t think about how I weighed 300 pounds. Taking a walk was out of the question, but today, I’d give anything to go for a walk. Well, maybe not a walk today. It’s currently 30 degrees and snowing, so even if I were healthy, I wouldn’t go anyway…but I’d do something physical at least.
I get all agitated anymore when I can’t sweat. I’m also hungrier on days I don’t work out, and now that I’m on day three of no exercise, my mind is in my refrigerator. I do battle with do I need to eat or do I just want to eat?
Tomorrow I’m back at the exercise, even if it’s just for a little while. I’m out of sync, out of my schedule…I need to be normal again, even if my ears make everything sound like I’m living at the bottom of a barrel. A good sweat at the end of a sinus infection might be just the thing to clear it out. It will do wonders for my head, either way.