Last week I was super sick with a cold. In bed, with a box of tissues next to my along with a pile of used ones because my nose continuously dripped like a faucet (ew), sore throat, pounding headache — the works.
I shared on Facebook how I gave myself permission to rest.
It occurred to me after reading through some of the responses that I received, that this is a message that women need to hear.
It’s okay to rest, period, but especially when you are sick. As women, we tend to put everyone else’s needs in front of our own. We don’t want to let anyone down, or God forbid, not follow through on a commitment. Gasp!
And we FOR SURE don’t want to deal with the guilt that comes with missing one or multiple workouts, or not getting in our daily salad because the thought of greens sounds so unappealing.
So, as usual I want to share some things that will maybe help you to let yourself off the hook the next time you are sick.
Last week I:
Took pretty much the whole week off from working out.
Slept a lot.
Did what I could for work, but let a lot of things go that I just didn’t have the energy or the brainpower to get to.
Let some people down.
Ate according to my hunger and preferences, i.e. there were a few days where the thought of a big green salad for dinner almost made me hurl… so I opted for scrambled eggs + Ezekiel toast with smashed avocado instead.
In my dieting hey-day the majority of these decisions would have sent me into a tailspin…
A week off of working out?!
Letting people down?!
Bread for dinner and NO SALAD?!
There’s one thing I can point to that I know is behind my ability to now do these things that previously seemed impossible to do without being riddled with guilt, shame, and fear.
That one thing is TRUST.
Trust in my body. Trust in what I know first-hand for sure, works.
And that thing that I know for sure, without a doubt works, is me supporting my body with what it needs and asks for.
I spent so many years abusing it, ignoring it, thinking that the advice that I got from everyone outside of myself was better than the wisdom that came from within.
And now I see how much it will support me in maintaining a lean, healthy physique if I just give it the nourishment and love that it needs to feel safe.
I remember what a difference it made for me to go from 1200 calories up to probably around 1800-2200 calories (it was a slow progression of adding in more food and less crazy cardio… and PS I don’t know the exact number of calories because at that point I wasn’t counting, I was going by hunger).
My body was like, yess… and although it took a little time — and TRUST — for me to lose the little bit of bloat that came at first with eating more food and carbs, my body did eventually relax into the lean, fit body that I now maintain.
Anyway, that is a topic for another day (if you want to hear more about that journey) let me know.
Today, I want to talk to you about how to best take care of your body when you are sick.
We read these articles about the “best workouts to do when you are sick” and we feel guilty about not eating what we think we’re supposed to be eating to be lean, especially if we aren’t exercising.
Well, it’s time to put the kibosh on all of that crappy, “not serving you at all” thinking!
Here are my 3 tips for how to best support your body when you are sick.