by Babs ‘O’Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
Some of us seem to never get sick and others are sick constantly. This is partly due to genetics and partly due to our immune system. I happen to be generally in good health but several years ago I suffered with an illness that almost killed me.
The actual sickness was rather short, a period of about 3 or 4 weeks, but full recovery seemed to drag on. My energy level was very low and short-lived.
Prior to the sickness I had worked out regularly but the illness certainly changed that. The impact on my body was devastating.
Because of the illness my appetite had not been excessive but none the less, the lack of physical activity took a toll on my physical appearance. I could tell that I really had very little muscle tone in my arms and legs.
Perhaps part of the problems was related to the medications that I was taking but I seemed to be puffy in some places and saggy in others.
This was upsetting to me because prior to the illness a daily workout had been my routine. That workout had resulted in a body that was well-toned and in shape.
I decided it was time to get started on some sort of regimen that would get back the body I once had. I began by reviewing the foods that I had become accustomed to eating.
Because of the low energy level I had been opting for easy to fix quick foods. After reading the labels on those choices I discovered that I needed to get back to some healthier choices.
I had also been limiting myself to eating twice a day. This was partly due to the lack of appetite and partly due to the lack of energy. But because I was getting back to my old self again I decided it was time to eat my meals in a different way; I wanted to plan to eat several smaller meals each day.
Next it was time to take a hard look at how to begin increasing my physical activity level. Although I was feeling much better I still got tired very easily.
So I did some research and found out that by doing several small things it is possible to greatly increase your overall activity levels.
I started by adding very small incremental steps to increasing that activity. For example, during my illness I had placed a TV in my bedroom and I was in the habit of keeping a pitcher of water or a favorite drink at my bedside. It was now time to give this up.
I removed the TV from my bedroom because it encouraged me to lie in bed and watch TV. I was now forced to at least be in another part of the house and to go to the kitchen when I wanted something to drink or eat.
As time went on I forced myself to do a little more, and slowly but surely I was eventually able to get back into my old exercise routine. Once I reached that point it seemed that the fat and sagginess I had noticed just weeks before disappeared in a matter of days.