So I started the week with a renewed sense of wanting to get fit, organised and healthy.
I went for a 25 minute walk on Tuesday morning. I planned to go as soon as I got up, but it was around 9:00am before I left the house. Nearly 2 hours later!! Mind you, it's the first time I have undertaken any form of exercise in weeks. Possibly since January to be honest? It's not surprising then I felt out of it for the remainder of the day. I split my time between the sofa and my bed.
I still managed to do a bit of washing up, but I also spent a lot of time just kicking back in the air-con (yes!, April and I still have the air-conditioner running some days - it's just that hot). That's when I wrote the other blog post. Felt slow and dopey all the rest of the day.
In fact, I kind of felt achy and my skin was tender - like I was coming down with something. I was originally planning to walk to the shops (1.6km/1 mi each way) to pick up a few things like chicken drumsticks to make chicken soup. And tomato juice. But I piked out and ended up driving. And I'm glad I did. Because when I crave tomato juice, it means I'm getting sick. A cold or virus. Urgh! Just what I don't want when I'm on holiday. So I made chicken soup with LOTS of vegetables and garlic. And drank nearly a two litres of liquids before bed.
It helped. I woke up Wednesday feeling better. WAY less achy, but with a minor sore throat. I decided to go for a walk anyway because I figured that a short bout of exercise could only help to boost my immune system. 25 minutes again.
This time, I felt a bit more motivated and later that morning I walked to my nearest hardware store to buy a hose. I don't own one anymore, and I decided that I really needed to wash out my wheelie bin and my kitchen bin. So it's easiest to do that in the backyard with the hose. Especially as Wednesday is bin day, so it was "freshly" emptied. So that is one of my (many!) holiday jobs done.
I've since spent the rest of the week doing nothing but lounge on the sofa and either be on my laptop or playing games on my phone. Physically I'm still going back and forth between being better and worse.
For instance, last night I felt really full of phlegm and mucous, and this morning woke with a pretty horrid sore throat. Gargled salt water, had a few cups of strong black tea with honey. And am feeling much perkier. I've not got a runny or blocked nose and for that I am incredibly thankful. Sinus infections just seem to drag on forever don't they? But I have been coughing a bit. A wet cough. *Gross out warning* I've been coughing up a lot of mucous, but it has only seemed to reach the top of my throat and then I've swallowed it again. This morning I was finally able to cough some up and spit it out. Gross I know, but as soon as I did that, I've started to feel better.
Hmm.... I think I need to leave the house this afternoon and go for at least a small walk. 25-30 minutes like I have been doing. Try to motivate me again to keep up some momentum. And plan out what I am going to do with the rest of my weekend. So I actually stick to it.