For 10 days in a row, I had fevers up to 104 degrees. I’d take Tylenol, sweat it out, feel fine, then get sick again. It was a perpetual cycle. One morning, I woke up with my clothing and sheets beyond drenched. I thought perhaps an elephant snuck in my room and poured its body weight in water all over me. Just kidding, I didn’t think that. I thought I was dying – like frantically calling my doctors’ emergency hotline and questioning if I should call an ambulance or draft a will. So what was this mystery illness? At age 31, I got mono. Yes “the kissing disease”. For the record, I was only kissing one person and I wasn’t sharing beverages so I have no idea how I got it but ugh was it embarassing to admit LOL
Now I’ve skirted by life barely catching a cold, despite the fact that I eat zero nutrients, work out minimally, and don’t take care of myself. I’m just that lucky. However, I vowed that I would start to live a healthier life, because boy oh boy did I not want to get sick again. I thought of all the things I would do to accomplish this, which by the way… I’m not doing. But for giggles, here’s what I told myself I would do, and what I know I need to do in order to lead a healthier lifestyle
- Take a multivitamin daily. Okay, this I’m actually doing. Yes, it’s a gummy vitamin. Yes, I’m an adult. No, I don’t care.
- Drink green juice daily. I took this when I was on the mend and I did feel better. I don’t know if it was mind over matter, but it certainly gave me energy and made me feel healthier. I told myself this would replace my addiction to caffeine and daily Coke Zero which leads me to my next point…
- Skip the soda. It’s terrible for you. I know it, you know it (But it’s sooooo good, and there’s zero calories)
- Wear a winter jacket if it’s cold out, and zipper it like a big girl. This seems so obvious. But I consistently went out with just a sweatshirt on in frigid weather or an unzipped jacket. Sometimes, I’d go out with a wet head too 😡
- Exercise. That’s it! I was supposed to go to the gym 4 days a week again. But then my social life and 12 hour workdays got in the way. Plus, I was walking to and from Penn Station daily and that was my “workout”.
- Cut back on booze. You might not know this, but mono effects your liver enzymes. It lingers in your body for a super long time too. So you’re definitely not allowed to drink. I didn’t even have a glass of wine for 30 days straight!
- Eat 5 servings of veggies daily. Ummm, I legit can go days without eating a vegetable. However, when I have my salads for lunch I know it makes me feel better.
- Drink lots of water. I kind of do this. I definitely get in my 64 ounces a day. Where I fail miserably though is making up for the intake of dehydrators like alcohol and caffeine.
- Shower daily. Hahaha, I swear I pretty much do this one.
- Meditate. Ohmmmmm… okay I’m bored. But I do plan on taking this up one day. Can someone please teach me how to tell my mind to pipe down?
- Take Vitamin B. This goes hand in hand with #2 and #3. This was supposed to be my new source of energy vs. caffeine.
- Sing in the shower. Yes, I thought this would lead to a healthier lifestyle. Pretty sure it uplifts the spirits.
- Have more “me” time. This I’m getting a lot better at. I kept myself so busy with dinners, drinks, celebrations, and activities. I over extended myself so much I felt myself getting run down and knew a sickness was lingering around the corner. I never had time to rest up. Well I’ve taken this to a whole new level and pretty much have too much time to lay around and watch television…
- Limit TV to one hour a day. Some days can go by where I watch no TV. But most night I have it on in the background as I lie in bed and pin things on my computer for 3 hours.
- Laugh more. You know this is the best medicine. Hopefully this post made you giggle a little bit. If it didn’t, I’ll leave you with this story…
Apparently, some people with mono get a swollen face. Of course, I had to be a part of the 1% (why can’t that be my stat financially?) My face became so distorted. I went to a wedding and people I actually KNEW came up and said “you must be Katie’s twin sister, I’m so-and-so, nice to meet you”!