Let me give you a low-down of what happened the past weeks:
- I walked through flood which I think is the cause of my fever
- I developed a cough
- I went to Makati Medical Center and was diagnosed with Systemic Viral Infection (thankfully, it wasn’t Leptospirosis)
- My cough hadn’t subsided after a week
- Shortly after that, I had high-grade fever (39.1 degrees Celsius)
- I went to the hospital again and I was told that I have Upper Respiratory Track Infection/ Bronchitis
- My fever continued til about 4 days after that until I was fit to do normal people stuff again.
Consider this an explanation for my absence.
I am usually not a sickly person. Apart from having simple cysts, fibroadenomas, and several food allergies, I don’t get sick often.
But I think I know why it got that bad. There were several probable reasons:
First, the most obvious — I got exposed to a virus/ bacteria most likely from traversing the flood or maybe I could have been in contact with someone who’s sick.
Second, I am under a LOT of work-related stress lately. Stress = compromised immune system, right?
Last, I currently weigh 60.8 kgs. which is about 133 lbs. I’m pretty sure I don’t have muscles so 133 lbs for a 5-foot tall person means I am considered overweight. But in online BMI calculators (I do know, they’re not very reliable), I am classified as pre-obese. It’s obvious that I’m not in the peak of health, making it all the more difficult for my body to fight common ‘intruders’. I blame hormonal imbalance as the cause of my overweight-ness. Unfortunately, I haven’t consulted a doctor to affirm that. But I know I am imbalanced because of my very irregular menstrual cycle. It’s so irregular I can’t even consider it a cycle.
I eat way less calories than when I was at a weight range I am comfortable moving in (95 to 105 lbs). I was also exercising. It was really seriously very discouraging because I felt like a victim. I keep thinking that no matter what I do, I’m stuck here because of the hormone shizz. Of course, that’s not the best way to look at it. Give me a break. I’m human.
Anyway, after getting sick for that long, I decided to try again. I’m leveling up my life folks.
This time though, I have no goals. At least not strict targets.
I don’t have a goal weight anymore, it is just not me to have a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Plus, I have always wondered at what weight I naturally would be in if I just sleep well, eat healthy, and exercise. Technically, my goal is to be able to do the above-mentioned three things consistently as opposed to aiming for a particular waist size or number of lbs. And, I just want to feel more energetic coz lately, I’ve been very lethargic. I feel like I’m dragging myself all the time.
I started on November 1st.
I kick-started with a session of Nerd Fitness’ Beginner’s Body Weight Workout because it’s idiot-proof. I usually read a lot before I do something, but oftentimes, I end up reading more than doing. So for now, I’ll just do the workouts and research on other workouts when I’m back to the habit.
I also decided to go on a low-carb paleo-ish diet. It’s not because I’m following a philosophy of some sort. I just chose a diet that doesn’t require me to count calories and isn’t very restricting. Also, I need rules this time around. Sometimes when I set vague guidelines, I become more lenient as days go by until ultimately I’m back to old habits. The paleo diet is quite specific so I hope this strategy helps.
I’m also thinking of making a food journal and writing recipe posts over at my other blog: Little Everyday Stuff. But if it gets too overwhelming, I might drop that.
The objective for now is to… just DO.
And anything that will keep me from doing that will be pushed aside.