Sounds like you might need to sleep more. Adding physical activity to your routine if you aren't used to it, can be exhausting to the body. How much do you sleep when you don't have to get up at a certain time? If you're sleeping for more than an hour more than you usually do, it sounds as if you might need more sleep.
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43 1/20/14 12:45 P
You might need to sleep more. I am able to 'get by' on 7 hours of sleep when I'm not working out, but when I add or up my exercise I need 8 to 9. Sometimes 10! If you're JUST getting into bed at 11 and waking up at 5 you're only IN BED for 7 hours. If it takes you any time to fall asleep on top of that or you wake up at all during the night you are probably looking at 6.5 or fewer interrupted hours of actual sleep.
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1/17/14 11:19 A
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How often did you walk prior to starting Spark People ? If you're not used to walking 60 minutes or more a day, that may be the reason you're feeling so tired. Don't try to do too much too soon or you do risk fatigue, injury or burn out.
Also, if you recently cut your calories combined with an increase in physical activity, that too would explain why you're so tired. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
food = energy and no food = no energy
You may have cut your calorie intake too low too fast. How many calories are you eating per day ? You may find that increasing your calories a bit will help lessen the fatigue. And no, eating more will not hinder your efforts at long term weight loss.
Also, you could be coming down with a cold. I'm getting over one myself. I felt pretty blah for a couple days too. So, some of your fatigue could be a result of cold/flu symptoms.
These are just guesses because we really don't know anything about you, what you eat, how much you eat, etc. I suspect you just may be doing too much too fast for your body to handle. If you're not used to walking an hour a day, you might start with walking 30 minutes a day to get started.
Slowly ease into a routine so that it will become just that, a routine.
1/17/14 9:08 A
it can take awhile for the tiredness to pass but rest assured, that all other conditions being equal, it will and you will actually start to feel energized.
the other posters had some great ideas /questions for you so I hope you follow up on them.
good luck on the journey to a healthier you!
1/17/14 6:57 A
At 7 hours of sleep - assuming you are actually sleeping - you may not be getting enough. If you aim for 8 hours, you may feel less tired. Everyone here has given you great advice, and I'd add that you may need 15 or 20 minutes of meditation or an exercise like yoga or tai chi to relax. Sounds like your life is a bit frenetic and that can be exhausting.
1/17/14 3:59 A
You don't mention what your calorie range is.... it's possible that you're not eating enough to sustain the activity level. Do you use the Nutrition Tracker? What's your carbs/fat/protein intake looking like? Also from what you said.... you're getting maybe 7 hours of sleep. That may not be enough. And... have you had a checkup recently? Various things can cause fatigue-- low iron, B vitamins, thyroid problems, etc. It's possible that one of those things has coincidentally reared its ugly head, just as you've started out watching what you eat and getting some exercise.
1/16/14 9:14 P
Hi, thought I would chime in... I too am a preschool teacher, full time, 2 and 3 year classroom. I know the feeling of being over tired. After an 8 hour day I come home wiped mentally and physically. Last january I realized I needed a change in diet and exercise. I was gaining weight quickly and had no energy! Plus I was moody. I started a 30 to 60 minuet routine 3 to 4 days a week, plus kept my calories in check for weight loss . It took a month before I could get through the exercises without having to take breaks. Then a month after that I was feeling great, no longer tired all the time. I say keep walking! You will only get stronger.
on a side note I took a month off of counting calories and exercising and the weight started comming on fast as well and when i diid get back to exercising it was almost like starting over, I had to take a few breaks because my energy level was low again!
It takes 21 days to form a habit so I would say about 3 week before your body will get used to your current level of activity,
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58 1/16/14 8:00 P
Here's the deal: I am obese, but I am a preschool teacher, so I am active!!! I began walking ten days ago. I am walking for 65 minutes six days a week because that's just how I roll. Obviously, I am also cutting calories by eating healthier foods. Lotsa protein, lotsa fiber, plenty of veggies and fruit plus Greek yogurt because it feels like a splurge. I wake up at 5am and normally I am up until 10 or later in the evening. Since beginning walking, by 8pm, I am worn out. Understandably. My question is this: will this pass? Will I get accustomed to this new level of activity? How long will it take? Should I be concerned?
I don't want to stop walking or cut back. I am really enjoying it.
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