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Day 13 – working sick

I put on my hat and went to work today.


Wednesday night I kept feeling hot and cold, but I also was crawling up the walls, it had been 4 or 5 days since I had gone to the gym, and it was boring.  Even worse, I was worried it would STOP being boring, and I would lose my motivation.

So today at work, as I battled hot flashes and the sweats, I thought about going after work.


There are some important things to keep in mind when you are debating internally about working out sick.  First of all, LISTEN TO YOURSELF.  Be well on your way to being in touch with how you feel and why you feel it, for everything in your life, everyday.  Be master of your own house.  As for me, I rested for 4 days, and now I needed to do something.

Secondly, how are you sick?  Is it above your neck or below your neck?  For a few days I felt shaky and weak, thursday (today) I just felt stuffed up, and a few brief fevers.  I felt my body was ok, except for the sweating, so I thought it was worth a test run.  If the symptoms are above your neck, it might be worth the attempt to exercise at a highly reduced intensity.  If the symptoms are below your neck, probably better to rest some more.  Don’t go for a run if you want to puke or have diarrhea or can’t feel your feet.

YES, I am aware a fever is felt below the neck as well.  Most doctors don’t recommend exercising with a fever, and don’t tell them I told you to… because I did not.  I made the executive decision to exercise with a fever.  Go back a few paragraphs and read again, I needed to try something different.

As well, how are you eating?  When sick, I tend to go more carb heavy, like most people do.  The trick is I still try not to overdo the calories.  Calories are still higher than normal, but I don’t gorge myself (unless I screw up, haha).  My point is normally I try for 20-30% carbs in my diet, 50% protein.  When sick it is more like 50-60% carbs, 20% protein.  I am feeding my body more immediate energy so I can carry out my day while still fighting off the bug.  Clean carbs, more fruit and bread than usual, not chocolate bars.

So towards the end of work I had an apple and some of my N0 Extreme, and walked down to the gym.  I felt good, although rather sweaty by the time I got to the gym.  Some days you just need to sweat it out, maybe today was my day.

There was a spin class starting in 15 minutes.  I wasn’t fully prepared, I only had some spare shorts, not the snug kind, just general loose athletic shorts.  That means I would have to be careful not to crush my nuts while hopping up and down on my stationary bike, and hoping the teacher doesn’t get a good view up my shorts.  But I thought it would be easier to hide my pale, sweaty, slightly stinky nature in the middle of an intense spin class than over on the treadmill with the riffraff.


I honestly can’t remember how class went, I spaced out a few times.  I followed the directions, I doubt the intensity was there if you were to look at me, but oddly, my face was rolling with sweat and there was spatter pattern all around my bike like Dexter examining a crime scene.

When the class was over, yoga was about to start, but a quick look in the mirror showed me looking pretty pale, so I chose to shower up, grab a booster juice as a reward/indulgence (odd since I have every single one of those ingredients at home, but decided to pay good $ to have one made for me 15 min earlier than home, lol) and then limped home.

At home now, I feel a little drained, but oddly satisfied.  Hope I wake up feeling ok tomorrow! *cross fingers*


I have been away a while.  I got my pc replaced in early July… just in time for one really evil stomach ailment of some kind.  I won’t get into the gory details, but I was sick for 3 days, shaky for the rest of the week, and could barely hold down for food for ANOTHER week!  So workouts became very sporadic, mostly light cardio.

What actually helped me get through the rough patch was my diet.  I wanted to reset my body, give my digestive system a break, cleanse a bit.  So I tried intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is when you get all your calories and macronutrients, but into a compressed span of time.  So instead of eating every 3 or 4 hours, I would get all my eating done in an 8 hour span, then not eat for 16 hours!

I tried the Leangains method.  If you want more info, check out this website:


Martin Berkhan runs it – very friendly, answered my Twitter questions.

Normally leangains people eat at night and go to sleep, then go without during the day.  I tried a different, probably harder version.  I ate from 7 am to 3 pm, then ate nothing all night, went to bed starving, then woke up the next day.  I don’t recommend going to bed starving, if you can help it!

I chose that routine though because that way I could do some morning cardio, break my fast (breakfast, literally) with my day food, then avoid food at night, which is traditionally when I get my worst junk food cravings.  It made it easier to eat healthier, let my body reset itself from the illness, etc.

It was hard the first few days!  I was pretty miserable.  But then the next few days were easier.  After a week of that, my body felt much better – I could honestly say to myself, “I am ready for regular eating again”.

I dont know if I could do leangains fulltime (Martin has been running that way for years and he looks great)


this guy doesn’t eat for 16 hours a day. believe it.

but I do agree that everyone is different, and should experiment.  Everyone says just eat every 3 hours and keep your metabolism up, but some people can get what they need from different arrangements, including all their calories, all the energy they need to kick butt, steady but manageable weight loss, etc.  If you feel the usual every 3 or 4 hours routine isn’t really for you, or it makes it too hard to keep your willpower under control, or makes it too inconvenient preparing multiple small meals every day, maybe give intermittent fasting a try!

An article on IF:


Jeremy Scott – model, trainer, fasts daily