Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hey, Sicko!

Happy New Year!  I know I’m late with all of the New Year festivities, congratulatory comments and whatnot, but better late than never! In love    I know I’ve neglected blogging for the past month or so, but it’s been a bit rough lately.

That’s what MigL has been calling me for the past week.  Sicko.  Truth be told, I’m sick of being sick, not that I love being sick anyway.  I was so sick that I even had to take a couple of days off work this week.  I have to mention it was a nice two-week break from work (one week of vacation and a half week of sickness).  I’ve felt like crap since we returned from our trip (more about this in another post).  It’s been exactly one week and a day since I got sick and have been battling this cold/fever/runny nose/earache/slight sore throat THING.  Especially this runny nose thing.  It’s completely overrated and getting very annoying.  Funny thing is when one member of the family is sick in a household, someone else is bound to get sick; and wouldn’t you know it, MigL too got sick – luckily not as bad as I.

Earlier this week I asked hungrily, “What’s for dinner tonight, honey?”  (after a few days of not being hungry but force feeding food into my body enough to have energy to move from one room to another).  “Can I have a grilled cheese sandwich and some tomato soup?”  “No” he says.  “You should probably wait a couple of days so that the cheese doesn’t cause any more phlegm than you already have.”  Aw, man!  Ugh.  Just as I think of how wonderful a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup would feel with the wonderful crunchiness of the bread and warm soup in my belly I suddenly felt “Mount Wannahackalugi” come over me.  Ugh, more phlegm.  Disgusting.  Then comes the incessant need to blow my nose.  Those of you with children or who have been around children understand the snot mess a sick kid’s nose can get.  That’s how my nose felt.  Even more disgusting.  “I don’t want to be sick anymore!  This sucks!”

I’m so glad that Hulu exists.  In between sleeping and eating I delved myself into catching up on shows I hadn’t watched in a long time and episodes that I had missed since I’d gone on vacation, mostly because I didn’t have any energy to do anything else.  Literally.  MigL would physically have to help move me from the couch to the bed and even had to really convince me that a shower at night would help make me better.  “But I don’t wanna, I’m too tired.  Can’t I do it tomorrow?”  “No honey, you can’t.  You really should take a nice long hot shower tonight.  Take the hottest shower you can handle.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.”  Grumble, grumble.  I was too tired to move from the couch to my bed and too tired to even take a shower.  No energy whatsoever.  MigL even started the shower for me and stood in the bathroom until I actually got into the shower.  Lord knows I would have dashed into the bedroom and jumped onto my bed, just like the little pig that went “wee, wee, wee, all the way home.” (Visual note, the Geiko commercial) I had to admit, he was right.  I hate it when he’s right. The hot shower felt SO good.  He even mostly blow dried my hair.  I wasn’t willing to wait 10 minutes for my hair to be completely dry; so 4 to 5 minutes was more than enough time before I plopped into bed for the night.

So far today’s been the best “sick” day.  I finally had enough energy to get up in the morning, shower and even go to the gym.  I HAD ENERGY TO GO TO THE GYM!  45 minutes at the gym was a good start today, which included 15 minutes of running at 15 min/mile, 15 minutes of 15 degree walking at 3 mi./hr.  I have to admit, between being and vacation and being sick I hadn’t even thought about any new year resolutions.  I haven’t finalized my resolutions but I’ve got one or two (OK, three) in mind I’d like to accomplish this year.

- Re-lose 10 pounds to get back to my goal weight.
- Eat smarter, balanced meals at home especially since the food budget is tight.
- Move more.

I’m happy to say that tomorrow’s the first day of the fitness challenge at work, thus meeting one of my New Year’s resolutions for this year of moving more.  For the next three months I, along with four other people on my team, will be competing against other teams in the company to be Fitness Challenge Winners.  The goal is to engage in activity, any sort of activity, and make that part of your regimen for good health.  Last year I participated in this event and our team won 1st place!  Yeah!  Once I’m completely over this sickness thing, I’m going to be committed into incorporating activity into my lifestyle.  Luckily the one lingering and remaining sickness thing is the runny nose.

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