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Back to my pre holiday weight, but at what price?

I weighed in this morning and was happy to see that I've gotten back to my pre-holiday weight of 11 stone 7 pounds which is 3 pounds in just under 2 weeks. Really really glad that I didn't let my holiday interrupt my new way of life and proved to myself that I can continue to lose weight, as I had been stagnating in the weeks running up to my holiday. New determined me!

However, the past week I have been really ill with a bug which has just completely wiped my out. Luckily it was the kind that put me off my food, not one that made me want to eat everything in sight. This definitely contributed to me losing those extra pounds.

I've been feeling better over the past couple of days and eating normally again and so I decided to go to the gym. I got on the treadmill and could only run a mile at a slow jog before I was absolutely exhausted. I was so so disappointed I wanted to cry. I've spent the past 6 months building up my fitness, running weekly 5ks and I was hoping to do a 10k in 4 weeks time and now it feels like this illness has completely undone all my good work!! I know that it won't be hard or long to get back to normal, but it felt like a massive step backwards and has undermined my confidence completely!

I'll be heading back today and will try some more gentle cardio and hopefully I'll be back to my usual self soon...

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Sounds like fatigue after your illness, sometimes it can take a couple of weeks to get back to feeling yòurself. I had tonsillitis 3 weeks ago, I was proper ill for a week & then went back to work. But my body was exhausted and I could hardly walk up the stairs and fell asleep straight from work etc. So I took a week off the exercise, then only went back to walking for the next week. To be honest I couldn't manage much more! But feeling more energetic now so started swimming again.

I hope you start to get over this, take it easy for the next couple of weeks whilst you continue to recover.


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I agree it sounds like you have a tired body rather than an unfit body. You can't lose all that fitness in just a few weeks - it's definitely likely you'll get back to normal quite easily, as you say, just in the meantime you need to listen to your body and not overstretch yourself. I also sympathise with the conflict that sometimes happens between losing weight and gaining fitness. Success on the scales can seem hollow when you're feeling the lack of calories is affecting exercise goals. But in this case having been ill offers a very valid explanation. Hope you get back to running 5k soon. If you can't build back up to the 10k in time for the race, then just book another one, so you have a new goal to work towards. And also congrats on reversing the holiday weight - silver lining :)


Well done on your weight loss and getting back to 11.7 before you went away. Your body will have to fully recover after being unwell because although you may feel well in yourself your body still has to fully recover before you can push yourself to work out as you did before you became sick. I had my time of the month and it lasted 20 days and I have struggled with my energy levels just off that alone, but kept pushing through it. Determination will keep you going, but remember to look after yourself and listen to what your body is telling you and don't over do it. Hope the work out went well today :-)

Trafford1 x


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