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Adjusting Expectations

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

My first two months of weight loss were amazing! I got into a groove with exercising and was feeling good with a slow but steady decrease on the scale.

Then I got Lyme disease. I'm still dropping weight, but I haven't been feeling well and things have looked a little bleak. I have barely exercised in two weeks. I wanted to keep my exercise streak going even when I was running a fever, but I knew that was unreasonable. I've been starting to feel better, so I wanted to start jogging again this week. My husband told me that he really didn't feel comfortable with me doing that because there's an excessive heat warning all week. So, I decided to do some indoor workouts on Sunday. Then yesterday I felt TERRIBLE. I barely got out of bed all day.

I hate this! I want to feel strong and confident and committed like I did at the beginning of this month. But my family is really reminding me that I can't expect to push myself as hard while my body is trying to beat this Lyme disease. Right now I'm taking antibiotics and probiotics three times per day. Some days I feel fine and some days I feel like I want to sleep forever.

Have you ever had something unexpected get in the way of your health journey? How do you know when you need to skip a workout?
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    I wish you a speedy recovery. emoticon
    363 days ago
    Lyme disease is devastating.I got hit by a truck and there was a girl in the hospital on the same ICU ward as me with Lyme disease.I had 19 breaks in one leg and 9 in the other and a spinal injury and I think I felt better than her. Please don't push yourself.I was glad to hear they caught yours early but it does not mean you don't have to rest!
    372 days ago
    Remember that this is a journey not a quick sprint. There may be things you can do that are more gentler, like yoga or a short leisurely stroll, when it's cooler, or other exercises.. I know it's not the same as jogging, but it still counts as movement. Check with your doctor for guidance.

    You will recover from this, all is not lost and neither is your progress...However, listen to your body and do not push it when you are not feeling good, running a fever, etc.. If your body says you to need rest, then rest.

    Please take it easy, get your rest and hope you feel better soon.

    372 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2020 10:02:46 PM
    Take care! Recovery is far more important than a fitness routine. Skip the workouts! Light walking outdoors when it’s cool is sufficient for mind, body, and soul. Just think of all the time you had and will have again to get back to your routine. Funny how we are so motivated when we really can’t and then when we can we’re like umph! Mind games!
    Regular exercise is good for your health but not necessary for weight loss. But remember, health and well being is the ultimate goal.

    Yes, I’ve had a couple of injuries that set me back a month or two. Not pleasant. But it’s all in the past now. Give yourself a break. You can reestablish when you are well!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
    372 days ago
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    Feel better soon. Listen to your body.
    372 days ago
    I know exactly how you feel! I want to work out even when I can't or shouldn't. This is one of those times that you shouldn't be exercising. The absolute most you should do is 10 minutes of light exercises. Let your body heal.
    372 days ago
    You know you need to skip a workout when you feel sick. It's OK to allow your body to heal. I know how frustrating it is to lose your momentum but you'll come back stronger once your well again. I'm glad you're healing.
    372 days ago
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    372 days ago
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    372 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon.
    372 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Work through this. Listen to your body signals. Thats not a bad thing
    372 days ago
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