May is certainly a weird time to catch a cold. But I was not surprised when I woke up with a doozy a few days ago.
I wrote here about my marathon of a day last Saturday. The next day it hit me. Not so hard at first. But then on Monday, boy. Down. For. The. Count.
Now, I’ve prided myself the last couple of years on the fact that I rarely get sick anymore. I’m healthy, you see, and, therefore, I have a healthy immune system! I probably got a little cocky about that, actually. And when I get cocky, I’m taught a little lesson.
Fact is, when you have a compromised, weakened, or otherwise impaired immune system, you are more susceptible to illnesses that you may be exposed to. Check out this article by Dr. Mercola. This is why the elderly and children are strongly encouraged to get flu shots. Otherwise healthy people, notsomuch. When you have a strong immune system because you: 1) eat whole, unprocessed foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, 2) exercise regularly, 3) manage stress, and 4) get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, well, you’re more likely to fend off any of the nasty bugs floating around. Doesn’t mean you won’t get sick. Just means you improve your chances of not getting sick.
I managed to get through the winter with not so much as a sniffle. In fact, I haven’t had a cold in probably a year, I believe, because I do all of those things mentioned above. Normally.
Problem is, lately I have been slacking on everything but the exercise. My diet has been less than perfect. Not that I’m eating crap (though I did cheat a lot last week), but I’m not often getting the veggies I used to get. On some days, I have skipped them altogether. BAD BAD BAD. I’ve also been consuming too many sugary treats. I’ve gotten lazy, really. Just because I’ve finally reached goals in regards to body fat and strength doesn’t mean I can suddenly ditch part of what got me here.
Then there’s stress and sleep. The last month or so has been rough in many ways, most of which I don’t need to go into here. Some of it is simply the time of year. Every parent of schoolchildren ever will tell you that May SUCKS. And by SUCKS, I mean there’s a shit ton of stuff going on with each of the kids in regards to end-of-school-year activities. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they’re all good. It’s just SO MUCH. Not sure how I got through it when my Big Three were all school-aged. I feel for my neighbor who has four in school right now.
With a senior in high school and a senior in college, plus the kindergartener, April and May have been pretty ridiculous. Senior pictures, senior trip, senior video submissions, planning parties, announcements, cap and gown order, spring fling, prom, moving out, moving in, this thing is due, that thing is due, field trip, field day, musical performance, teacher gift. I could probably add about 10 more things here, but, honestly, I can’t remember them. And I’ve likely forgetten to do some of them.
Then graduation/prom/wedding Saturday happened. And, well, the cold followed.
So now that I’m starting to feel better, I’m going to refocus my energy on making sure I get those veggies every day and cooling it on the sugar. My immune system will be much happier.