In the Time of Sickness and Avocados
I have been sick for a few days; really sick. The nasty kind of sick where the stuff coming out of me is the same consistency at both ends. Gross sick. I feel like hell. So sick I haven’t even been able to ride the bike, and I am the kind of dude that usually rides through the sickness, sweats out the nasty bugs. Not so with this illness. The silver lining in this mess, you may ask? If there is one. Well, all I can come up with is the fact that I have shed about 10lbs. And the timing is actually pretty good.
You see, I have embarked upon a new sort of diet, for me anyway, a “clean eating diet”, over the past 30 days. It is a sort of Paleo, hunter gatherer, themed, high protein, nut and berry kind of thingy. I have been eating healthy fats like avocados, walnuts, olive oil, and in doing so have witnessed my body composition change dramatically. I am not a skinny kid to begin with. I am no ectomorph. I am more of a mesomorph. On a ride last week I mentioned that I needed to drop about 10lbs. and the cat next to asked what I weighed. He was surprised to hear that my 5’10” frame was carrying 180lbs. He thought I looked more like 165 lbs., which happens to be about as low as I can go and remain healthy and strong. So it caught me off guard a bit that this diet has seen me go up in weight, instead of down. Don’t get me wrong, I am not getting fat, just gaining weight in places I usually don’t; a whole body rounding type of gain. This sickness, though, has allowed me to shed the needed ten and, I am hoping, none of the recent strength gains that have come with the new way of eating. In addition to the weight loss, I did sleep a total of 21 hours yesterday, so I have that going for me which is nice. Rest is a good thing even if it is mandated by a sickness of body.
Today I am feeling less cruddy than yesterday and the junk coming out of me is firmer, suggesting that the worst is over. I will throw a leg over the bicycle today and get out in the sunshine and try not to mess my chamois, see how I am feeling. It may be a short ride but even a short ride is better than no ride. And sometimes an unplanned rest, even if it is to mend an ailment of some sort, can be a blessed event. The verdict is still out though on this one. Time will tell.