It appears I have a raging fungal infection in my sinuses and am developing another round of oral thrush. Because, of course I do. All stress-related, I’m sure. Fortunately, I know what to do when this happens so I’ve bumped up my supplements and probiotic intake and am drinking lots of water and herbal tea to flush this out. And then there’s the sinus rinsing. Lots and lots of sinus rinsing. I also bumped up my workout routine. That may seem counter intuitive to you since I’m fighting off infection but it has been really great for me. I have a trainer pushing me and I feel so accomplished and strong after each workout. Right now, it’s vital that I continue to push myself and fight mind, body, and spirit.
Body – During this time, I’ve been playing around with food. Now that I’m working out harder, I find I need more protein. My latest favorite is lettuce wraps. How can something so easy be so fantastically wonderful? Really, I’m addicted to them. And they are so portable. I fill mine up with turkey, ham, peppers, a pickle, a little mustard and avocado… And they are super easy to make: just lay out some parchment paper and then place your lettuce and start stacking your fillings. And then roll, while tucking in your ends. Once it is rolled, slice in two like a deli sandwich. I can’t eat the whole thing, so this gives me two sandwiches. And, they are filling. If I feel like I need something else or something crunchy, I’ll have an apple. Snacks for me now consist of a hardboiled egg or maybe some tuna or walnuts. I never realized how tasty plain walnuts are and the healthy fat is good for you. I’m also very deliberate with my breakfast as well, ensuring I have enough protein to tide me over until lunch. And, water. I drink lots and lots of water. I’m lucky in that the women’s restroom is in very close proximity to my office, that’s how much water I consume each day.
Mind and Spirit – A weekend getaway to the ocean allowed me to clear my head and breathe and reflect. I was reminded I am strong in spirit. Maybe a little too strong in spirit because, on the way home from that trip, I registered for a 10k and my second half marathon. I’m also running a 12k in three months. I continue to push myself to run and swim because it makes me feel good – normal. And it’s my way to say to my illness “you aren’t going to win this battle. You are NOT getting the best of me.”
I swam Alcatraz a couple of years ago (850 of my closest friends and I jumped off the boat at Alcatraz and swam back). And I share this because that was THE hardest thing I’ve ever done. And now, when things get tough or I doubt myself, I remember what an amazing thing I accomplished and that no matter what I end up facing, I will do so with the same grace and determination. Find that one thing which makes you feel strong and embrace it. Hang on to it tightly and when the going gets tough, remind yourself you are strong, you can do this, whatever “this” happens to be. We all have that inner fight inside us. We just have to believe enough in ourselves to listen and act upon it. If I can do it, so can you!