EDITOR’S NOTE: Joshua Messersmith has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Messersmith is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of his fitness journey. These are his thoughts and feelings shared with you.
Well today was different. After spending most of my Sunday night and part of early Monday morning in the emergency room for work, I got off to a later start. Woke up around 8 a.m. and made myself my usual eggs and then was off to work. Luckily, I was prepared with all my usual pre-packed meals so I did not fall behind on my diet. But again another different start to the week since I was back to the hospital for work until late that night. That meant no workout for the day.
Another weird start to my day. I got off late so I went into work late. Another day excited to workout, even though I knew I had a 16-hour day ahead of me. I had one pre-packed lunch left for my first shift and then treated myself to Chipotle for my second shift. When my day was near the end, I had to skip my workout once again because of an event that happened at work that led to me struggling to even hold my water bottle. So that made four straight days without a complete workout.
Waking up today I was feeling under the weather but still started my day off the best way – at CORE. Worked out chest and triceps, followed by 25 minutes of treadmill time. After my first workout I headed home to make myself breakfast and then relax after a long week. I stuck to chicken and fish as my sources of protein, as well as quinoa and broccoli for the rest of my meals. I went back a second time for another workout to catch up from missing out on the last two days. Of course, it was not another upper body workout; it was leg day. A good one at that and a great way to end the day.
Woke up feeling worse than the day before, so I relaxed most of the day. Even though I know I needed to eat, I couldn’t make myself eat. I finally was able to eat some chicken and green beans, but no more. I then began to prepare my meals for the week ahead with the normal foods I have been eating and preparing. I ended my night at CORE with a shoulder workout followed by a workout designed for Robert’s athletes. Resistance band training was different. I wasn’t used to using resistance bands and it was definitely a harder cardio then I am accustomed to.
Well, the beginning of my work week started off as good as my workout week, sick and off schedule. I started my day off at CORE once again working out my back and biceps. I planned on doing cardio but my body was done and did not want to work any longer. At work I was sluggish and found it hard to breath throughout and stay aware. Once off, I headed home and straight to bed I went.
The worst I have felt in a long time. My plans were thrown off because of my health. I woke up ready to workout but had no energy to get to my feet. After I finally woke up, my fiancé and I went to Ripon to check out a venue for our wedding, one that both of us liked very much. But halfway through that trip I could not stand on my own and was ready to leave. I called in sick for work, which I hate to do. I spent my day sleeping and resting so I could get better.
A short day that I spent sleeping unit 11 followed by work at 2. As soon as I got off work, I went straight to bed. Still not feeling the greatest. Just hope my appetite gets better and my strength returns for the week ahead.