I have developed an allergic reaction to working out.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning I have committed myself to working out. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning I shimmy my thighs into a pair of spandex pants that squeeze the excess and make it look less excessive. And Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I stomp my unpedicured feet into my cushy gym shoes, grab my baby, and head out the door–Without drinking a cup of coffee.

Then I meet up with some bright and sunshiny girls with their babies and we start intensely walking up hills. I love intensely walking up hills, no really I do, I’m totally serious. Especially when my ass starts to burn a bit. I like to envision all the bad-for-me food I ate the day before is just melting off, does that make me weird?

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, an hour after the endorphins leave me alone, after I take my cushy gym shoes off, and Berlyn settles in for a nap, I get a migraine. At first it starts off dull and pansy-assed. So I try to ignore it and drink loads of water to stave it off. But then it starts to peck at my temples, sinuses, jaw, and neck. And If I don’t take a 5 hour nap right then and there, I’m pretty much screwed for the rest of my day. I don’t think this is a fair trade. Maybe it’s my lack of caffeine in the morning, or perhaps my body is rejecting physical activity.

I’m starting to think I’m better off laying on the couch

6 thoughts on “I have developed an allergic reaction to working out.

  1. Do you eat anything before you go? I know that I get a headache after working out if I don’t eat. I like to do light protein shakes. Also, if you didn’t drink enough water the day before that might do it too. That totally sucks though!!!

  2. I have noticed anytime I go running my legs itch, I like to pretend that its activating those muscles I never use, but I kind of just think they aren’t a huge fan of working out either. Maybe you need to drink more water before you exercise, or maybe we should start a campaign that proves exercise is not so great. I would rather be out of shape then get a migraine every time. That sucks though.

  3. So there is an allergy to exercise? I knew it. Not that I am allergic to it, but now I can tell people that I am when they ask me if I work out. “Oh no, I can’t work out, I’m allergic. Yes, that is right allergic.” How does that sound?

  4. I’m thinking dehydration and/or lack of food, especially if you are doing hills. Or maybe your hills are so steep you’re suffering from altitude sickness (in which case the answer is to hydrate).

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