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When you get knocked down, get back up

January 9th was my last post - three weeks ago. It was also the day before my birthday. Bruce and I were looking forward to the following weekend to continue our Maine Gazetteer Quest. Then I woke up on my birthday not feeling too well. I wasn't super sick, I just didn't feel right. Happy Birthday to me. A sore throat was not on my agenda. I had plans to go out to lunch with my cousin and hubby. A negative covid test put me at ease. But as the day went on, I went downhill fast. A birthday lunch will have to be later.

That was my first time being sick since Christmas 2014. I hardly get sick, but when I do, it's a doozy. Thankfully it was just a head cold. But it hung on for almost two weeks. I was not very productive during that time. Then just like that, it was gone and I felt great. One good thing about my bought with the Rhino virus was I wasn't hungry so, it helped kick-start my weightloss.

I know, I talk about my challenge with weight all the time, but I don't give up, and neither should you on any goal you have. When you get knocked down, get back up. And that's what I do. Challenges are always going to come around. We can't let them stop us. Sure, they may slow us down, but we can't let them beat us down. And if they do, just keep getting back up.

Our quest is on hold for awhile. Not only did a cold slow me down. I barely had time to recoup when on January 30th, just two days ago, I didn't feel quite right again. I woke up fine, went to an appointment, went for a hike and continued as a normal day. But as late afternoon peaked, I was so tired I could barely keep my head up. Being tired is not uncommon for me. I don't sleep well. I just shrugged it off. But a little while later I just couldn't get warm. I'm usually hot. I knew something was up. With a peak in the mirror and seeing how flush my face was, I knew I had a fever. I confirmed it with a thermometer.

Stephen, our son tested positive for Covid that morning. Even though he lives here, we have very little contact so I wasn't worried, but when I had a fever, I too did a home test. Positive. By the time nightfall arrived, my body ached so bad I just wanted to scream. I took some acetaminophen and went to bed.

Another challenge to overcome. I have a ton of work to do to reach the goals I mentioned in the previous post and several author events to get ready for. But I won't stop. I will do what I can when I have the energy. It helps to have a supportive, healthy hubby to pick up my slack. I won't quit. I won't stay knocked down. I will get back up!

It could be worse. I actually feel better with covid than I did with that head cold. I have not missed a day of hiking with Ziggy - he is glad for that.

With not being hungry and continuing to get out for some fitness, I am proud to say I have lost 18 pounds. I'm not sure how realistic that is for maintenance. It's a dramatic drop in weight for such a short time, but I'll take it. I have a lot to lose, so those first rolls tend to come off quicker.

I know this is short, but I am still not at hundred percent, but I wanted to get back to writing consistently.

Happy Hiking,

Emily & Ziggy

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