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First Quarter of 2012

Originally published at digitalshawn. You can comment here or there.

I could shave had a better first quarter.  I started out strong, spending a good bit of time the first few weeks of January sticking with Power 90; doing the workouts and following the nutrition plan.  I felt great, I loved that I was sticking with my plans of spending a year with Tony Horton.  Then, it happened; something I wasn’t expecting but something that wiped every ounce of energy and motivation I had out of my system.

I came down with pneumonia.

For those of you who have never had the sheer pleasure of dealing with pneumonia.  It was by far the worst thing I have ever experienced.  My body ached, I couldn’t breathe, and I spent minutes coughing thinking I may never catch my breath again.  I would go through periods of time where my body would be on fire, and then absolutely cold within an hours span of each other.  I spent days and nights on the couch, barely able to stay awake.

One night, about two weeks into having pneumonia I thought I would join friends out and about.  I wanted to get out of the house, and it was a unusually warm for January.  I parked my car on the second level of the garage.  Went out and met my friends.  As we hung out, I kept feeling worse and worse, having a hard time walking and breathing.  We finally parted ways, and I was on the ground level of Easton.  Cringing, realizing that I had to climb stairs; I did the stairs at my normal click and then once I got in my car spent thirty minutes trying to catch my breath.

I spent the following two weeks once I got home, in bed.

Finally, towards the middle of February I began feeling better.  I could walk around, I could let Lola outside to use the restroom; without taking thirty minutes to walk to and from the door.  I could walk from the parking lot to my office, and I didn’t feel like I was going to die. I was feeling better, but not completely myself.

I wanted to start out slow, bringing myself back into the fitness fold.  A little elliptical here, a little weight lifting there; nothing so strenuous that I would begin to regret my eagerness.  The slowness really helped get back into the swing of things, I’ve been spinning quite a bit.   Spinning is the one exercise that I absolutely love; as long as the music is fantastic.  I love the way my legs and glutes feel after the glass.  Now, it’s time to restart Power 90.  It’s time to get back into the swing of things, and really build my body, and in turn my BeachBody Business.

I would never suggest pneumonia as a weight loss method for anyone; however, the only benefit of having pneumonia is the extreme amount of weight loss that happened over the course of the month.  I lost twenty pounds! I could fit into clothes I bought a long time ago, and clothes that were slightly baggy were extremely baggy after the fact.  That amount of weight loss has helped spur my fitness journey forward.