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Hello Dear Readers,

I don’t get sick very often anymore, but when I do, it’s a nightmare. After suffering from a vicious sore throat last week, I took a couple of days off to rest and recuperate, and then came back to work. Bad idea. I was very ill throughout the long weekend, and am still sick this week. Today was my first day back at work, and my head was pounding through every hour. Ugh. I hate being sick.

Our health is so important, but often we don’t appreciate it until we’re ill. I’m really looking forward to feeling like myself again.

Am I this sick because of over-training? I don’t know, but I do know my body is telling me I need a rest. And, for a change, I’m listening to it. I’m going to ease back into my usual routine, beginning tomorrow, instead of plunging ahead full-throttle. I just hope this hasn’t set me back too far in terms of my muay thai training. I hope I haven’t lost too much strength.

I do think being sick can teach us a few things, if we allow it to. When your body forces you to rest, do you look forward to resuming your daily routine as soon as you’re able? Do you enjoy the idea of returning to work and the rest of your life?

If so, great. If not…it could be time to make some changes.

That’s all from the sickbed today, my friends. Stay well.

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5 Comments

  1. Angela

    I’ve learned to listen to my body, and rest when I’m sick…or at least I used to. Now with kids and contract deadlines, it’s impossible. I know what my body is telling me it needs, but I have to ignore it!

    I long for the days when I could crawl back in bed and sleep when I’m sick, instead of letting the virus take it’s agonizing course! Tea and toast! Daytime T.V.! Oh that Neo Citron induced slumber – it’s pure bliss! If you can take a sick day, do it while you can! I wish I would have more often when I could have, just for the glory of it!

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  2. Mystic_Mom

    Get well and good for you listening to your body. It will hint and hint and then BANG you hit the wall and are sick. I’ve learned that when I start to feel that twitchy ‘sick coming’ feeling to take a half day or a day to really rest. Be good to yourself and recover at the pace you need so you don’t slip back into being ill again.

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  3. Story Teller

    Thanks, ladies. I really appreciate the advice and kind comments!

    @ Angela–I never thought of sick days as a blissful privilege before, but you have a point. How much worse it would be if I had to keep going through this illness. Ick.

    @ MM–I tried that at the outset, but it wasn’t good enough this time. My body must have been determined to get really good and sick in spite of my attempts to head this off.

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  4. Elspeth Cross

    Take it very easy. Don’t even start “easing back” into your workout until you are 100% healthy or else it will just get worse. I know you are worried about your muy thai but if you are constantly run down, you aren’t doing yourself or your training any favours. Feel better soon 🙂

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  5. Story Teller

    Good advice, Elspeth, but so difficult to follow! I always feel the pressure to return to training (and to work) as soon as I can. There’s sparring on Saturday, and I certainly don’t want to miss that. I’ll see how it goes.

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