Funny thing is, in the last year or so, I haven’t gotten sick very much. I would bet that of all the things I try to balance every week (my day job, school, blog, DIY, my struggling social life, etc.), it would be a logical assumption to think that I’d get sick more often. If you’ve been thinking that too, I’ve been just as surprised as you.
Up until these last few weeks, I’ve been pretty pleased that I found a form of exercise I really enjoy. And I’m a bit of a habit former; when I find something I like, I don’t usually dabble. I adopt it. I get into it and it becomes my “thing”. Knowing this about myself has been really helpful when I want to form a habit that I know is good for me. But on the flip side, my bad habits are really hard to break.
In these last few weeks, I’ve fallen off the wagon in terms of good habits. One day of letting myself take a break turned into seven, and then in no time, I’m completely neglecting the things I was so proud of myself for accomplishing last year. I haven’t been back into the gym since school has started. And considering that my school program goes on for four hours per class, they take it upon themselves to stock each classroom with tons of vending machine snacks. Sure, some of them are healthier choices, but instead of going for the almonds, I’ve been going for the ones inside the Snickers bar.
In other words, my sudden sick day has sort of smacked me in the forehead like a (shoulda-had-a) V8 commercial. After sleeping off the fever and feeling completely useless for several hours, I’m noticing things. Like the fact that I’ve been far too lax on my soda habit and my stomach feels like it doesn’t belong to me (does anyone else experience this feeling when they’ve gained a little weight?). Or that my sweet tooth has been out of control lately (I’m more likely to grab the salty snacks than the sugary ones, but since the beginning of the semester, I seem to reach for the chocolate). And that’s on top of my normal bad eating patterns – I eat out way, way too often and I rely heavily on frozen food when I’m doing DIY projects (which is um, well, all the time nowadays).
I know myself well enough to know that to stop these bad habits, I need to start strong. “In moderation” only works when I’ve been mastering something for a while. I need to find healthy snacks and meals that are just as quick, easy, and ready-to-eat as the unhealthy alternative. I need to get my ass back into the gym. And to keep me motivated, I need to find a few food blogs that aren’t the equivalent of a know-it-all coworker that just started her diet last week (you know the type, the one who lectures you on the soda can on your desk as she drowns her salad in blue cheese dressing).
So, today is day one, and I’m putting on my running shoes immediately after work. I know it will feel amazing as soon as I start. I guess if it gets me back into the gym, I should be grateful for my little 24-hour bug, huh? Let’s hope this means I’m heading into a very healthy February!