This is the story of my life. As soon as I start getting a rhythm, a schedule going, WHAM! Something comes up to disrupt it. This past week, I became ill! And it came out of the blue, too. One day I'm skipping along, and then the next day I'm weak. I pretty much spent the past seven days nauseous and congested. My mom diagnosed me over the phone (don't you just love moms?) with a mild case of stomach flu. All I knew was that no food looked good to me and I was going through tissue like crazy.

Being sick made me realize that the challenge has truly become a lifestyle. Instead of using my illness as an excuse to be lazy, I still got up and worked out. Now let me not overstate it. While I moved four times last week, it was not strenuous. But it was important for me to keep the habit going. So long walks, low intensity cardio classes, etc. replaced my usual regime. Wow, what a difference a challenge makes. Trust me, before this challenge, the last thing I would be doing while I was sick would be working out. Heck, the last thing I would have been doing while feeling healthy would have been working out! So clearly a mental adjustment has occurred.

The food part was a little easier because I didn't want anything to eat. But I must admit that toast was my food of choice. Have you ever noticed that when you get sick, most of the foods that you're advised to eat are high in carbs and low in vegetables—toast, crackers, chicken noodle soup, rice, etc.? I decided not to worry too much about that and I focused on getting better. By the end of the week, I felt better and now I'm ripping and running again. A little stomach flu can't keep a sistah down...not anymore, anyway. :-)

Until next time...

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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