Happy Holidays! How was your Christmas, if you celebrate it?
Mine was lovely. Christmas Eve, we spent at my cousin’s house, so that the little muffin could be in bed early so Santa could come.
Ugly sweater party, population: 1.
Actual Christmas Day was just me and my parents, opening presents, eating steak and watching Elf.Â I have seen this movie approximately one gazillion times, yet it was only last night that I discovered the Infinifilm, behind-the-scenes features. I’d been wondering how they’d filmed a lot of the scenes, especially the NYC ones, and LOVED the commentary. For example, in the scene where Buddy takes Jovie ice-skating, the camera crew is also on ice skates in Rockefeller Center. I can barely make it around with nothing in my hands, so mad props to them.
But back to the workouts. I’ve had a crappy lingering cold since early last week and haven’t had a ton of energy and have felt really congested so have been laying low on the workout front. Since trying Black FireÂ last Monday? Tuesday? I hadn’t done anything, and I was totally okay with that. I was saving the energy I did have for the holiday celebrations I couldn’t miss â€” my own cookie swap and our work Christmas party.
By Wednesday morning, I’d decided I was feeling okay enough to work out and knew if I didn’t get it in before my mom picked me up for the holidays, I wouldn’t once I got home and we got to doing Christmas-y stuff, so I booked a class at PelotonÂ through ClassPassÂ with Robin. I generally dislike spin classes that show your metrics on the screen (because I suck at spinning/biking), and I was still feeling a little blah, so I resigned myself to taking it kind of easy, but I ended up pushing harder than I expected and sweat some of the sick out and left with that endorphin high that had gone missing. Robin has an electrical energy, and I was so happy to be working out after feeling sick for a week. That she ended with All I Want for Christmas is You…on Christmas Eve was a serious bonus.
After pancakes and bacon for breakfast yesterday, I fell back asleep for another two hours. Still sick? Carb and fat overload? Unclear, but either way, I felt like I needed to get some movement in, so I tried another Black FireÂ workout â€” Weighted Tabata. Take this with a grain of salt because I also really like burpees, but I LOVE tabatas. Yes, they’re a little hellish, but 20 seconds of hell is really easy to push through mentally. (Even if you do it eight times.) The one thing I don’t like about our DailyBurn workouts is the countdown clock (I just stare at it, no matter how much I like the workout), but I was working too hard to notice it during this workout, so A+++, Bob.
I woke up feeling kind of crappy again this morning, so maybe I pushed myselfÂ too hard. There’s all these rules and guides to when you should work out while sick, but I think you gotta do you. Work out if you feel up to it, rest if you need to. Or maybe do something lower-intensity. (As in, maybe I should have just gone for a long walk instead of pushing through a CrossFit-style workout.)
Y tu?Â How was your Christmas? Do you work out when sick?