I had the day off work today and accomplished virtually nothing all day. I worked 12 hours yesterday, woke up aching this morning. It hurt to walk, my hands were hurting, everything was hurting. I pulled myself out of bed, wobbled around for a bit until I loosened up. Then I fed the cats, gathered the trash and took a walk. The sun hadn’t even peeked over the horizon yet. There was a cool breeze ruffling my hair, the birds were serenading me, and there wasn’t another person in sight. I love walking in this kind of weather, early in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up and gets crazy.
When I came back in to the house, I was still hurting so I decided to take a couple of Advil and go back to bed. I laid in bed reading, constantly shifting positions trying to find some way to make the pain go away. I eventually dozed off and slept for a little over an hour. I felt a little better after napping, but still didn’t feel like doing much of anything.
That’s pretty much how my day went. I did hop on the exercise bike (okay, “hop” may be too active a way to describe what I did…maybe I should have said “I gently eased myself onto the exercise bike”) and stuck with it for 15 minutes…I have to tell you, I really wanted to quit after about 3 minutes, but I didn’t. That kind of feels like success to me today. I also did six core exercises today and some stretching. So not a bad day of exercise considering how lousy I felt for most of the day.
Today was going to be a day of pushing myself as far as the exercise went, but I just couldn’t do it. It wasn’t lack of desire on my part, it was just my body telling me to take it easy. I guess working 12 hours the day before might not be conducive to a power workout, at least not for me at this point in my life.
My eating was okay today primarily because I just didn’t feel well enough to eat much. I finished the day with a little under 1400 calories. I did prepare a pasta salad with veggies and hard-boiled eggs. I ate that for my dinner tonight (sorry, no pictures) and will take it for lunch for the remainder of the week. I almost always use whole wheat pasta these days, so it’s a little healthier…very quick and easy lunch for tomorrow.
I’m going to make myself go to bed a little earlier tonight and keep my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be a day with less pain. I’m not even asking for a day free of pain, just to be able to manage it a little better than I did today.