Update after COVID…

Tomorrow will be week 3 back at work and it’s been good. The first 3 days that I was back were not fun. I could feel just how tired I was and my breathing wasn’t great. Then I just felt better. It may have just been what was in the air that was bringing me down. That week I received some more allergy medicines and another month of breathing treatments so that helped a lot.

I’ve been taking my breathing treatments but it’s not longer 8 treatments a day. One of them is needed only if I am wheezing, which I haven’t had that in a while. The other I’m now only taking 1-2 times a day. Today I needed it but it was what is being brought by the tropical storm. I could feel all the allergens as soon as I walked outside. It just left me a little breathless.

Other than that, things seem to be going back to normal. My muscles don’t ache as much. Honestly, it was probably due to the lack of movement that I had for those 3 weeks of being sick. When I jumped back into work and just life, it was just the getting back into the swing of things. While I was sick I had bad leg cramps especially one in my right calf. I’ve been working on it with the massage gun and it’s better. Just lingering a little.

Also, I’m still taking meds for acid reflux but hopefully that will go away soon. I didn’t have it before so hopefully it will eventually just go away. For now, I’ll just take the medicine.

But I feel good. Good enough to start exercising again! I really did miss it. It had been awhile that I had really felt like I was giving my 100% in any of the exercising I was doing. I wasn’t even attending Plyofit sessions like I should have been. Honestly, it was just me. I was tired and just down on everything. I just needed a reset. With the pandemic, everything was just so tiring to me. It put me in a mood and made me get off track.

So, what’s different with the whole exercise thing? It’s a little hard to explain because the experience of Covid had me relating the experience to a few years ago. Mostly, being out of breath. Now, don’t get me wrong, before going to the ER was an experience like no other. The only time that maybe I can recall being that out of breath was having walking pneumonia but even that wasn’t as bad. It was more of the realization that my ”being out of breath” due to Covid was nothing like ”being out of breath” due to exercise. The difference being, of course, that one feels like you are suffocating. While going through that, I worried that I wasn’t going to be able to exercise again. Thinking that the breath would never come back like it was. After receiving some medicine, my breathing got better but I kept feeling like I felt when I would struggle to climb a steep hill. My breathing was shallow but I’m pretty much recovered. I really do believe that my lungs have become so much stronger due to Plyofit. I’d like to think that Plyo also helped with just the recovery of being sick.

As far as my journey, I’ve realized that it’s okay to continue where you left off. I struggled a lot with the experience of not quite following through over the last year. My mentality was a little too ”I’ve already messed up so I might as wait until tomorrow”. That type of thinking really does hinder everything. At first it was my diet, then my exercise, then it sort of seeped into other parts of my life. Probably put me into a depressed mood so it was easy to justify all the plates I juggled falling to the ground. Not even attempting to pick them up. It’s exhausting to live like that.

So, now what?

Well, it’s time to jump back in. I’m not going to say it was going through Covid that pushed me back in, but it was a big factor. I’ve really just been thinking about what changes to make that will make me better. Make me feel like I’m working towards feeling and just being better.

I don’t want to be here, same day, next year and feel the same way that I felt this year. Time passes so quickly and I want to use my time to try new things and keep working on myself. I think getting back on track with some diet and exercise is exactly what I need. It’s what I’ve been craving for myself. I like the way that being successful and learning about these things makes me feel. I think also just putting myself out there is something that I need to be better at when it comes to diet/exercise. I want this journey to be fulfilling. I don’t want it to weigh me down or feel like a chore. I want it to be a learning experience for myself. Something that makes me feel like myself again.

Last thing, I want to make this blog something that I can use to document better. I know that my postings have been few and far between but I think it’s time to amp it up. Not just with blog postings but with pictures and even adding something about nutrition. It’s a work in progress but I’m going to change it up a bit.

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