For frig's sake, friends.
So after a crazy weekend of long work days and mindful hangover recovery, I was feeling super motivated this morning. I got up early, prepped myself for the gym, answered my work e-mails and went off to the gym. I really look forward to taking the bus to the gym now because the bus driver that takes me to the first station continues on to take me the gym so we have become friends. It makes it really easy to start my day.
So I get to the gym and do a really good squat workout. I basically did a broken-up german volume-training-style workout. 5 sets of 10 back squats, 5 sets of 10 front squats - supersetting the back with the front. My accessory work was glute heavy as I am nursing a bit of an injured knee. I finished it all off with some treadmill HIIT and went on my way.
When I got home I had a shower, made some keto-coffee (coffee with butter and coconut oil), got dressed and ready for work, took a new insta pic and walked to work. I arrived early, feeling enthusiastic about the big day ahead. About 10 minutes before my first client arrived I got a wave of nausea. I told my manager, but assured her it would pass once I started working.
I was very, very wrong.
But let's quickly rewind to yesterday.
Sunday, May 27
So I had a pretty amazing sleep between Saturday and Sunday. Close to 10 hours of beautiful, undisturbed sleep. I woke up feeling ready to take on the day! And take on the day I did!
There was no formal workout yesterday, but there certainly was a lot of walking. We went over to the local farmer's market, toured around there, and then went home. Afterward my family picked me up from my apartment and we went down to the local rowing club to help my Dad move his shell from storage onto the racks for the rowing season. The family continued home and had a delicious meal.
Speaking of delicious meals - I had a pretty balanced day yesterday. Started my day by finishing the amazing pizza from Saturday, had a couple egg-white cups for lunch, and then went home for a little protein pudding, keto style jamaican patties, blueberries, and a protein chocolate mug cake (yum!).
Last but not least, my steps. I had my phone on me all day so this is a fairly accurate representation of the number of steps I get on a more relaxed day.
Back to Reality
As I was saying before, today started off great! But swiftly took a turn for the worst. While training my first client I was basically having an internal battle with myself feeling shitty, and then trying to tell myself it will pass.
Well it wouldn't pass and I had to tell my client mid-session that I was feeling really gross and that I apologize for being a bit off my game. We finished the session, I rushed to the bathroom, had a quick hot-cold-sweat moment, a quick little dry-heave over the toilet and went back upstairs.
Thankfully my manager wasn't training anyone so she could train my next client that had already arrived. I spent the next hour and a half wrestling with nausea and fluctuating temperatures.
This was a really difficult thing for me to deal with. I knew that under normal circumstances I would have been on my way home after the first symptom arrived, but that is not so easy in my line of work. Every client I see is the only way I get paid. Beyond the payment aspect, I have been counting on a workout with me that day. For many of my clients these workouts are the only ones they are able to do. I took away people's easiest opportunity to do something good for their body today... and it was brutal.
Nevertheless, I made the tough decision to go home. As I write this I am still not feeling 100%, but I am hopeful that by resting today and drinking lots of fluids, I will be in better shape tomorrow.
To keep with the Birthday Countdown blogs, here is my breakdown of sleep, workout, nutrition, and steps.
The Moral of the Story...
Listen to your bodies! You can start the day with the best of intentions, but if your body is telling you to rest and take care of yourself, then the best thing you can do is just that.
I am feeling super anxious about not having moved much today, but I know it was the right choice. Be kind to yourselves, friends, and do something good for your body today.
Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.