Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fitness after 50. Week 8. Feeling Like a Failure

This is my new series about fitness.  I am certainly no expert.  Posts will be about what's working for me.  There will definitely be running plans, flexibility, and basic weight lifting.  You can also expect nutrition ideas, recipes, and, well, probably lots maybe a little bit of whining.  ;-)

I hope I have the courage to tell you about the failures.

  If you'd like to read the premise for all of this, take a look at these previous posts.

and here we are with

Week 8.  Feeling like a Failure

Whew.  This week I need to talk a set back.  Actually two.  I haven't talked about failures before and it takes a surprising amount of courage.  If you don't want to hear me whining, stop reading now.  ;-)

Setback #1.

Some winter bug pounced on me.  My symptoms are low fever, stuffy head, cough and joint pain.  Gross.  Looking back, I remember clearing my throat quite a bit at work on Wednesday.  Wednesday night the cough woke me a few times.  Thursday, I was down for the count, feeling pretty rough.  Same thing on Friday.  Thankfully, I have the option of working from home, so I quarantined myself, curling up in the recliner with my company laptop and a fuzzy blanket.

My co-workers really appreciate it when I keep my cooties to myself!  ;-)  Don't you just hate it when people drag themselves (and their germs) to work when they are not feeling well?!  BLECH!

Setback #2.

Here's what happened.  I attended a group class on Wednesday.  Yeah, the same day I started clearing my throat a lot.  So, maybe the bug was part of my problem?  Anyway, I wasn't quite ready for group fitness yet.

It was wonderful to see my sweet workout buddies!  While texts and calls are nice, it's better when you're in the same room with them!  ;-)  They welcomed me with open arms!  (I hope I wasn't contagious yet!)  During class, I moved carefully and slowly.  Even though everyone was kind and supportive, I felt like I was holding up the rest of the gang.  When my body first started feeling tired, I glanced at the clock.  We were only 20 minutes into an hour long class.  At 30 minutes, I had to start skipping movements, just resting thru segments of the workout.  My injury site didn't stand a chance keeping up with the rest of me.

I was so disappointed, I cried on the way home.

'Turns out, that was a very wise decision to skip thru some of the movements.  The following day, most of my muscles were within a range of soreness I would expect after not being in class for seven months.  The area around my surgeries, though, HOO BOY!, that area was crazy sore.  Even if I hadn't had the winter bug pouncing on me, there is no way I could have exercised for the rest of the week.

While nothing is re-injured, it definitely needs extra rest.  This was a setback emotionally as well.  Once again, I feel betrayed by the flesh and bone in which I live.  Heal already!

To anyone still reading, I am very grateful for your support!  This series of posts is definitely helping work thru this difficult time.

Have you ever felt like a failure?

;-)  -Marci


  1. You need to forgive yourself and your body. There are so many people ill at the moment that it's not surprising you got ill. Take each day as it comes and rest when you need to. You will get there! Hope you get better soon!

  2. Give your body some time to catch up, as well as heal. It's been awhile since you've done those exercises at that intensity. Skipping ever other movement or so, may be a way of easing back into your routine. I know this has helped me. Being with your buddies, even at a scaled back level for now, is also very encouraging. I think you're doing great! Hope that nasty bug has left your house, too!

  3. Fitness is something that I'm really trying to work on too, so I'm glad you've started this series! Writing it down helps make it real and can help keep the motivation, even through setbacks. The sickness bugs that have been going around this year are some of the worst! I'm glad to hear you got through the worst of it and are recovering.

  4. Regulation of Blood Sugar Isavera. – Cold temperatures can increase adiponectin, which burns fat, lowers blood sugar, transports glucose into muscle, is anabolic, repairs muscles and helps recovery (R)(R2). According to studies, cold exposure can increase “killer cell” count and activity (R).


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