I was frustrated with my own body. Two mile runs became huge challenges, I felt shaky just standing up long enough to blow-dry my hair, and I slept more than I ever had. At one point, before I knew what was wrong, I hit a low. I was up visiting my family in Michigan and after sleeping ten hours and then going to a football game I felt horrible. I was so frustrated with myself that I actually went in my sisters room, laid down and started crying. I had no idea what was going on and I couldn't understand why I couldn't feel happy, fun and energetic and enjoy the time with my family. I felt feverish, shaky and tired. Luckily, my mom and sisters came and found me and they lifted my spirits a lot. The trip was fun and I'm so glad I went, but I was definitely not myself.
The point of me explaining this is not to tell you how awful I felt. But to tell you that I never want to feel like that again. I am aware that getting mono was out of my control, but there are a lot of things that are in my control. Since getting better, I have changed a few things.
I now do my best to eat fresh fruits and veggies every day. Living on my own, its tough to buy produce because I know it will go bad. Crackers, granola bars, cereal, etc are so much easier to get because I know I will eat them before they go bad and if I don't...oh well, its not super expensive or smelly. Now I am definitely still working on this, but I do my best to have fruit or veggies every single day (I even have little cans of V8 in case I slip-up). I still have a long way to go, but I'm working on it.
I also workout daily now. Before I worked out a lot, but it alternated days. I would go really hard one day and then rest the next. Now, I do a little bit each day to stay active. Some days are rougher than others, but I make sure to get outside and do something every day, even if it is a 20 minute walk.
Finally, I drink a ton of water. I think dehydration might have played a part in all of this, so I drink water like it is my job. And yes, I pee like it is my job too. Ask anyone, I use the restroom more often than my grandma. But it's ok, I can deal with that.
Finally, the point to this post today...When I started trying to figure out how I could stay healthy and be fit I rediscovered my interest in nutrition and training (Dietetics was my original major for the first two years ofcollege). I made the decision to study to become a personal trainer. It just seemed to make sense and because I am a coach, the knowledge I gain from studying about training has hugely improved my skills. I was using most of these things I learned about, but now I know the why behind it and I can understand which muscles are affected, which energy system, etc. It also allowed me to learn more about health in general so I can apply it to myself. The fact that I may be able to get a job doing this is just icing on the cake.
I started studying in mid-February and my goal was to take the test before May...Yesterday I took the test...And actually passed, making my deadline by 4 days. I am a Personal Trainer certified by ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). Wahooo!
I'm not sure where I'm going to go with it yet, but I'm looking into a few things and now that I know I have the credentials, I can get moving on it.