Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Coughing my Way to a Beach-Body

Photo: A bunch of seals sleep on a rock as ocean waves crash behind them

As you may have gathered from my last TToT, I've been fighting the crud for several weeks now.  John mentioned recently that I have now been sick longer than we were in Italy. There really ought to be a rule against that, I think. However, I am getting better, and I have discovered that coughing really works the abdominal muscles.

You have probably heard that laughter is the best medicine. It also helps trigger coughing fits, which in turn, results in the equivalent of 100 crunches per episode. No need to feel sorry for me, though; I'm developing my own P90X-like workout routine. 

So, if you, too, are ready to tone up, read on! Listen to your body; you may want to start with gentle laughter before trying the full-blown coughing fit method. (*Disclaimer--always consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine. Proceed at your own risk!)

1. As indicated in the title of this post, I'm thankful for my new-found dedication to an abs workout. It's like something just comes over me, and I think, "I'm going to do 100 more crunches right now!" I might just need to make a meme for Pinterest. Anyone interested in a 30-day challenge?

2. Speaking of memes, I'm thankful to have seen this one on a friend's Facebook page this week:

White words on a black background read: "when women reach a certain age they start to collect dogs    this is know as the "many paws" "
Judging by the fact that Drexel is an only dog, I guess I'm not there yet, but I do have something to look forward to! Win-win. (And let's not forget the fact that the meme itself made me laugh=cough=more abs work!)

3. I'm also thankful for funny gifs. I declined an invitation from the choir director to sing with the choir on Sunday. "I don't think I'll be any use to the choir (unless the hymn needs seal-like barking.)"  This was her response:

(A gif of a seal clapping its flippers together)

4. When she saw me at church, she held her arms out wide, and then clapped them together, just like that seal. I've been here less than a year, and already have inside jokes! I'm thankful when people are comfortable enough around me to joke around. (And let's not forget the added benefit of the laugh=cough=exercise formula!)

5. Tonight, as we did last Friday night and on other occasions, John and I are headed to Dry Bar Comedy, a comedy club that specializes in clean comedy. We will arrive early to get good seats. Before this month, that meant center section, a few rows back. Now, that means back corner to allow for an easy exit in case of a coughing fit. Prior to last week's show, I thought I might be able to avoid coughing by laughing by saying, "Ha, Ha, Ha," but that only made me really laugh=cough=abs workout! 

I'm thankful for clean comedians, like Jeff Allen, who we saw at an earlier performance. 

6. This laugh=cough=abs workout routine, though helped by funny things on the internet, comedy shows, funny friends, etc., does not require any of that, at least if you are me. Perhaps when I grow up I'll be a great comedian, but right now, I just do funny things inadvertently. Here's video of John trying to get a good selfie of us in Pompeii. He wanted our faces to not be shaded, but I just couldn't seem to open my eyes with the sun in my face!

As far as the workout routine goes, if you've made it this far and still have more reps in you, just repeat 1-6.  I'm going to end my TToT with more serious thankfuls:

7. I'm thankful for my mom. No matter how old I am, she is always thinking of me and wanting me to be well.

8. I'm thankful for prayer. My mom put my name on the prayer roll without me knowing. The day after she did, she called to see how I was doing. Of course, I had had a good night's sleep and was feeling MUCH better than before. Some might believe it was merely coincidence, but I believe prayer is a powerful force.

9. I'm thankful for my kids, and I'm thankful that it's easy to stay in touch.

10. As always, I'm thankful for John. He's been infinitely patient with how much time I'm spending on this new workout routine. I'm weaning off slowly, and hope to be back to running races with John soon!

What are you thankful for this week? We welcome new (and old) Ten Things of Thankful participants! Come join the party--no abs workout required!
Inlinkz Link Party


  1. Goodness, i hope you do get well soon! Yes, i've had those cruds that have a lingering cough that just doesn't seem to quit, so i know what you mean.

    Thanks so much for hosting!

    1. I really am feeling better every day, so I imagine it's just a matter of time before I'm cough-free. In the meantime, I'm just working on my seal-bod! :-)

  2. I'm thankful for your awesome sense of humor!! Laughter is the best medicine­čść

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Given the choice between just feeling icky or feeling icky and being able to laugh about it, I'll take the latter! :-)

  3. I laughed at some of these. You truly have a great sense of humor. Great list. Hope you get well soon.

  4. Good that your cold was delayed until you returned from your trip. ("And now we enter the chapel of the most delicate and fragile sculptures to survive the ages. Please walk softly to avoid...")
    Very good perspective on the 'workout' that accompanies a cold.
    Your photos are excellent and your captions so succinct.

    1. Funny you should say that--I recently heard that a statue of one of the apostles at the Rome Temple visitor's center broke (and has since been fixed) when a child pulled on the marble staff the statue was holding! My cough definitely would have resulted in damage!

  5. I could just imagine those flapping arms in the hallway at church and the cough it might have initiated.

    That selfie is hilarious! It kind of reminds me of some photos that were taken of me standing facing the sun when I was a kid.

    1. I understand that a photographer wants to avoid shadows on subjects' faces, but I just couldn't open my eyes!


Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Infant-me, sitting on the wood floor, looks up at my dad, who is sitting on a brown sofa and smiling down to me Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement.  I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me. My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis. When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a paren

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberries and Procrastinated Projects

A brilliantly-colored dark pink and purple fuchsia blossom You would think that by the time a person reaches my age, she would not be surprised by the passing of time, yet I find myself nearly constantly amazed that a certain amount of time has passed--whether that be a week, month, year, or couple of decades. Earlier this year, I planted a garden. Yesterday I harvested my first strawberry. Earlier this year, I also planted fuchsia starts, and now the flowers are blooming. How is that possible? (And why am I surprised?) Sometime around the turn of the century (and it still seems strange to use that phrase about the year 2000), we bought a circa 1935 dresser. It needed some TLC, but had a cool curvy front. This past week, I finally got around to applying some Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and now the dresser still looks old, but not dilapidated. I still need to apply some hide glue to some loose pieces, but I'm counting progress as a win. For as long as I can remember, I've be