Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Taking a Break

Three weeks ago my walk, while the distance is the same every walk, was very hard, something I'd experienced since doing field work in winter weather 20-plus years ago. On the walk home is near weather around freezing and a 5-7 degree wind chill I couldn't get warm.

The walk to town was fine, but try as I want my body just couldn't get warm. Not just my hands as often happens during this weather, even with gloves made for Raynaud's Syndrome, but my whole body. And I felt cold the rest of the morning.

I decided to take a few days off, but then came down with the flu. Yes, the flu despite getting a flu shot last September, only to learn in January the CDC said the shot was only 50% effective at best for this year's flu.

The flu wasn't severe but lasted over 2 weeks. I walked one day during it and barely made it home feeling exhausted. That was my last walk. I didn't fully get over the flu, it merely settled in my digestive system to give me all sorts of reactions to food.

I'm slowly getting over that his week but haven't started walking again, and I'm not sure when I will. The surprise is this time I haven't gained weight, likely the result of the flu. Normally I gain weight after 5-7 days rest or being sick.

I'm one of those who gain weight being sick. Always have, until now. I don't know why the change but it's what is, and hopefully feeling better I'll be walking again soon. And don't get me started on Daylight Saving Time. I hate it.