It’s “Check Your Ego” time in the lizddpyoga.com household. My toddler brought some cocktail of respiratory germs home with her from daycare; I’m presuming it’s a mixture of Ebola, Swine Flu, Tuberculosis, and possibly Anthrax.

Common hosts of deadly pathogens include monkeys, rats, ticks, toddlers…

At any rate, a couple of weeks ago, she lost her voice and had a cough, but wasn’t showing much else by way of symptoms. The week after that, my husband was stricken with the plague, and spent a couple of days huddled up under a blanket, complaining of his imminent death, and has had a cough ever since.

I thought my healthy eating and exercising regime would spare me from , but I was proven sorely wrong about a week-and-a-half ago when I realized I was starting to feel a little congested in my chest. “Sorely” is the operative word. After a couple of days of high fevers, chills and coughing so hard it looked like my lungs were trying to get out, I developed a sharp pain in my left floating ribs, particularly when I coughed.

It turns out I have pulled a muscle in my rib by coughing too hard. After some googling (damn you, high deductible insurance plan), all the sagely wisdom the internet offered was to ice it frequently, rest it until healed, and not to cough too often. Oh, gee, what great advice! If only I had thought of that before all the exciting coughing fun I have been choosing to engage in. In other words, I couldn’t control my coughing, so went on to torture my already damaged muscles.

As of a couple of days ago, I have -more or less- recovered from the chest infection enough that I could get back to my marathon training, from which I had to sit out ten days… TEN! I am able to run without too much pain, but most moves in DDP Yoga require serious modification, if they can be done at all. So, I am doing the shorter workouts, and doing all the Slow Burn Push-ups on my knees, skipping the Touchdown Side-bends, and mourning my inability to blast out a Double Black Diamond or a Level 1 Certification workout. I keep telling myself that in the long run, this is the sensible thing to do, and I’ll get more Diamond Cutter workouts in later if I wait now.

In the meantime, I am lifting weights to keep my muscle tone as good as I can, but it’s just not the same as owning a DDP Yoga workout:

Yeah, I wouldn't last a second in prison!

Yeah, I wouldn’t last a second in prison!

Guess I won’t be doing this for a while…. (Inspired by this clip)




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