The Wonder of Travel
I found out at the beginning of this week that I’ll be traveling to Brazil for two weeks in May for work. It’s super exciting because I’ve never been to South America before and I adore visiting new places. Ever since I studied abroad in London during college and traveled around Europe, I’ve had the bug. Wanderlust. It sneaks up on me every handful of months and I just start itching to go somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be half way around the world but I won’t complain if it is. I want to see the world in all it’s glorious beauty and disorder. I want to encounter new ways of thinking, embrace other ways of life, and expand my world.
I’m pretty passionate about traveling. I truly believe that it’s the best way to gain compassion and understanding of yourself and our complicated world. I love seeing the sights but I also make a point to mingle with the locals, eat their food, and open myself up to a culture’s way of life while I”m there. Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”. I couldn’t agree more.
The Reality of Vaccines
This morning I had to pay a visit to my company’s Occupational Health office to get vaccinated for my trip to Brazil. There are some nasty things you can catch in South America so I got four shots: Tetanus booster, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Yellow Fever. I’m not a big fan of shots but there’s no crying or fainting involved. Just pain.
In addition to the vaccines I was given a rundown of the Do & Don’ts of food, drink, and safety. No fruits unless you can peel them. No uncooked food (i.e. no sushi, salads, or raw veggies). Only bottled water. Et cetera, et cetera. I was also given the Do & Don’ts of vaccinations. No alcohol today. Drink lots of fluids. Flu-like symptoms possible but call if you are very ill. And the kicker: no exercise.
I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me but I just assumed I’d be able to lift and run tonight as I had originally planned. Turns out that’s not the case. I was told I really should take two days off since my immune system will be dealing with the vaccinations. Even if they hadn’t told me this, I wouldn’t have had a choice. Both of my arms (I got 2 shots in each) are so sore I can barely move them at all. It hurts like crazy to put my hair in a ponytail! Tetanus usually makes you sore the second day, so I’m not sure tomorrow will be any better.
Being thrown off my workout schedule has put me in a little bit of a funk tonight. I was already a little frustrated by my wipe out earlier this week that has left my leg swollen and bruised (making some jarring workouts painful). Now I’ve missed a second workout day in a row and may need to skip tomorrow too. How frustrating! The worst thing is that I let it get me down enough to cause a mini-pig out tonight. Now I haven’t exercised and I’ve eaten too much. Ugh!
The fitness challenge word for this week is Determination, but I feel like life is purposely getting in my way. I can forgive myself for my slip ups tonight and accept that my current condition will mean fewer workouts than usual this week. I just need to hold on to the word Determination for the rest of the week and make sure that I am doing right by the things I do have control over, my attitude and my nutrition at the very least. I’m determined not to let these minor setbacks through me off course in the long run!