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ZORITSA Posts: 275
1/24/13 8:44 A

I agree that some didn't read the entire message.If you're really need to let your body rest,that's why we feel bad when we're sick.It's our bodies way of letting us know to slow down.Also,once you start feeling better,ease back into the exercising.You don't want to jump right back into it and then wear your body out.

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1/24/13 8:23 A

I completely empathize with you right now, because I just got into a great routine of going to the gym every day, for 2 weeks... and then came down with a chest cold/bronchitis. I am sooo bummed that my weight loss had to stop, and I am still sidelined right now. Every morning I wake up and hope that I am not coughing anymore, but every morning, still the cough :( Anyway, I say this only to tell you that as much as it sucks to see the scale not move, it is more important to do all the right things to get better, rather than try and diet or exercise when you are sick, because it is so easy for the sickness to morph or linger when you are stressing your body with diet or exercise. For me, I am just trying to do as little as I have to, drinking tons of hot fluids and eating 1500 cals/day and pray that I at least maintain my weight until I am ready to get back at it.

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1/24/13 8:14 A

I think a majority of these posters aren't actually reading what you're saying.

Many people that are overly obese first really start out with fixing their diet and slowly move onto moderate/heavy exercising. While you're sick you do need to rest but you said its lingering symptoms so I would try to stay active throughout regular normal day activities - if you have to go out park further away, get some house cleaning done, etc. but I don't think anyone is expecting you to go run a 5k.

But the best thing for you right now is to just eat HEALTHY - get in those vitamins and make sure you're drinking plenty of water.

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1/24/13 7:24 A


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SAKS20111 SparkPoints: (18,208)
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1/23/13 10:33 P

I found, for myself, that working out makes me less hungry. so, yes, i need to exercise.

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1/23/13 10:29 P


According to SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian Becky Hand, when you are sick it's best to maintain your weight so that you ensure your body is getting the calories it needs along with the nutrients so that you promote healing. Weight loss can begin when you are feeling better.


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1/23/13 10:09 P

Thanks- that is the range I am am in so I guess i won't stress :)

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1/23/13 10:07 P

You don't have to exercise, although your calorie ranges are set up to reflect how many calories you burn each week. For now, go to fitness goals in my fitness and change calories burned to 0 for the time being. If your range was already set to a minimum of 1,200 (for women) or 1,500 (I think, for men, sorry I can't tell from your username whether you're male or female), then it won't change at all because those are the absolute minimum any male or female should be consuming.

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 1/23/2013 (22:08)
KRISKLGW1 SparkPoints: (1,173)
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1/23/13 10:02 P

I am new to the program and have been sick with the flu and lingering symptoms for the past few weeks. Does anyone know if I stay within my calories if exercise is required to lose weight for that week?

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