Well, I have been hit with pneumonia. I have to say that these last few days were the worst of my life. My entire body ached. No, more than ached... my entire body was in excruciating pain whenever I moved. It hurt to breath. I could barely stomach the thought of food. Worst thing... I lost noticeable amounts of weight, far too much to be beneficial. Noticeable, because when people saw me, I got "woa, you lost weight, yeah you look like you were sick."
Here is the thing. I was stuck with IV's feeding me antibiotics and now I am on more oral antibiotics now that my fever is down and the pain is gone. But I apparently still "have it." So I have to be careful. I will be on antibiotics for the next next 5 days, and I am supposed to steer clear of the gym until then so as to not force my fatigued body to use up too much energy. I must heal. Sadly, I actually agree with the docs on this one. It will end up being a full week without training if I go by the Doc's orders.
Now, honestly, I have been training for 3 years and I have never taken "a break." So that is the plus side, it is a forced "break." (If anyone believes in these). That's really the only plus. This absolutely sucks.
I was running a pretty successful anabolic diet too, and that has to change. i am sorry, but I need the carbs for any energy at all, and I can not stomach massive slabs of meat and fat while recovering from this. I am eating loads of fruit and oatmeal, and plain yogurt to provide my body with beneficial bacteria while on antibiotics. Protein is coming from whey and probably a couple chicken breast a day.
Basically, has anyone experienced pneumonia before that give me some idea on kicking back into training gear?
I was thinking: rest up and get healthy this next week, then do full body circuit training for another week or two just to prime myself back into condition, then get back on my regular split. The reason why I give 2 weeks for circuit training is because I may not be fully recovered within 2 weeks. But we will see about that.