Sickness v. Fitness

I rarely get sick any more, but I’ve had a cold for a few days now. At least, I think it’s just a cold, I hope so.

Illness is bad enough, but when I’m sick and hanging at home, I tend to overeat. I mean, I eat everything in sight. So it’s a good thing that I don’t keep any really “bad” foods around the apartment.

I powered my way through the rest of my boxes of Post Shredded Wheat and Barbara’s Morning Oat Crunch cereals, both of which I love. I also polished off an older box of Nature’s Path Qi’a Superflakes – Cocoa Coconut, which is not that appealing to me, unless I’m sick, apparently.

That’s not to mention a pint of hummus and other comestibles lying about. Oh, and some delicious soup that my partner Tara made, that I think was supposed to be two servings, but I devoured in one.

I may also have bought and eaten a 3-pack of Magnum White ice cream bars last night. Okay, I did that. They were delicious.

In addition to eating a lot when I’m ill, I also tend not to be as active, and, despite the fact that I had a window of feeling well yesterday and managed to play some disc golf, that has held true. The cold, rainy weather hasn’t helped. My walking has fallen off dramatically.

Even though I’m overeating and not exercising, I’m okay. It’s all okay.

I feel as if my body is reacting to my having pushed it too far.

That happens with me from time to time, and I’ve really been pushing hard lately, getting around 100k steps in each of the past few weeks, and getting in a lot of exercise with my newest obsession, disc golf.

(I ordered this starter disc set by Innova from Amazon. I like them a lot, but, of course, as I am obsessed, I’ve ordered 5 more discs over the past couple weeks…)

Sometimes my body needs a rest, so I’m allowing it that, even if it means my fitness goals are put on hold.

When I was younger, I’d try to power my way through sickness, but I’ve learned that is not such a great idea in my 60s. I need more recovery time these days.

I told my Noom Goals Specialist, Kyle, that I’m taking a week off to be sick, and he didn’t even flinch. That reinforces my belief that Noom is a program dedicated to a reality-based, sustainable lifestyle.

So, yeah, I’m taking this week off from fitness to allow my body to recover. Am I going hog wild and pig crazy? Nope, not at all. I have decent dietary habits. But I’m not sweating it.

I’m sure my weight is going up, but I’m holding on until my body heals, then I’ll get back into my regular lifestyle of healthful activity and dietary responsibility.

Because that’s how life works for me these days. I roll with the flow.