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7/15/13 11:11 A

You say you've upped your protein intake and fruits/veg the last few days to help recover, but was your intake of these things low before? If you were needing more of those things in your intake, it may take some more time of higher intake before your body feels "balanced" again and willing to exert energy.

Also, it looks like you should be at maintenance (congratulations!) based on your ticker. Do you have your account set up to maintain or are you still set up to lose? You may need to eat more.

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7/15/13 10:43 A

I have noticed that when I take breaks after working hard for quite a while, thats when weight drops off. I missed the whole week of the 4th and dropped 2 pounds. I'm right back at it, but that seems to have jump started something.

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7/15/13 7:06 A

I'm the same way in regards to not wanting to take time off, but sometimes it is just what your body needs. I can tell when I really need a break because I just start feeling less powerful during my workouts, so taking some time off is a good recharge for that.

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7/15/13 6:03 A

You can rest for a week and be fine. I promise. Just do light activities, like walking, to keep yourself in the routine. Scale back, let your body rest (and recover, if you are sick) and you will be back and better than ever before you know it.

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7/15/13 12:41 A

That's very possible--I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of that! I have been running myself kinda ragged in general lately and if I'm going to come down with something, that's usually when it happens. Although, I hope not!

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7/14/13 11:55 P

Do you think you might be coming down with something? I notice just before I get sick with a cold (even before I know it's coming) sometimes I start to slow down as far as what I can do in my workouts. Has your protein levels been within range? I know I'm more tired when I have been low in protein or iron. Could be any number of things, and if it's not one of these, you might want to get checked out.

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7/14/13 10:49 P

I started getting serious about following a healthier diet and working out more consistently starting at the end of February. I've been going strong ever since, working out usually 5-6 times a week, about one hour sessions each. I hadn't had any problems, but all of a sudden this week I'm struggling through workouts pretty badly, even having to take breaks, which I hadn't been having to do. I feel like my body is just shutting down all of a sudden. I took a couple rest days, but that did not seem to do anything to alleviate the situation. I can't bring myself to take a week or some other extended amount of time off from working out. I've increased my protein intake and really have tried to increase fruit and vegetable and water intake the last few days to assist my body in recovery, but still no improvement. I haven't changed my workout length, intensity, or frequency, so I can't logically figure out why this is happening now after following this routine for over four months.

Any suggestions? Has this happened to anyone else?

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