This was me on Saturday:
This is me today:
If you guessed that I'm sick, you would be correct. The good news is that I don't get sick a lot (anymore). However, up until a about a year ago (when I began my healthy eating/exercising regimen) I used to get sick all the time. I would always catch whatever cold, flu, or what have you, that was going around.
This is a little embarrassing to confess, but, I actually enjoyed being sick. I would even get a little giddy (secretly, of course) when I felt a cold coming on. It meant that I had an excuse to not eat much, and it was technically O.K. with others because, well, I was sick, right?
It didn't matter that being sick also meant that I was exhausted and couldn't go out and do fun things. All that mattered was that now that I might actually not have an appetite during the illness, I could eat as little as possible, and come out of it a little thinner. When everyone was saying "Aww, it sucks that you're sick", I was thinking 'What sucks about not having an appetite and losing weight?!'.
The wonderful thing is that I no longer get excited about being sick. When I woke up this morning coughing with a congested chest, I thought 'Ohhh man, I can't be sick! I need to hurry up and get better so that I can go skiing next weekend! I don't want to lay around the house doing nothing!'.
Now that is the healthy reaction to an illness. Because in all (healthy) reality, who actually likes being sick?! It's sick to enjoy being sick.
So, today instead of trying to eat as little as possible, I grabbed my blanket, some orange juice (which I never used to drink because I didn't want the liquid calories), and ate some deliciously thick bean and noodle stew that I made.
And I promise you, I cannot wait to feel better!
So, tell me....
What is your initial reaction to a sickness?
What's your best remedy for getting over a cold?