So much for progress...

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    Dec 08, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I just wanted to ask for some advice. Basically, I was sick all through October, and most of November. It turns out I had pneumonia, and had been misdiagnosed at first, so the meds didn't help.

    Anyway, long story short, I lost my appetite almost completely during that time, and lost nearly all of the progress I'd made this summer, and have really low energy levels as a result. It's getting to the point where it's starting to affect my schoolwork as well.

    I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to blow past the first week or two of getting back into the routine, when I feel a lot weaker and less energetic than I've felt before. I'd really appreciate anything you can tell me.

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    Dec 08, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    I find that if I'm tired and don't feel like working out, that I actually feel better and more energized when I make myself go to the gym or do some form of cardio. So my advice would be to make yourself do it the first couple of weeks. Your appetite should increase and your workouts will become easier. Focus on how you will feel after the workout.

    With that said, I would make the first couple of weeks about getting in the groove and just doing the workouts. The intensity can be cranked up as your energy levels start to return and your body is getting back on track.
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    Dec 08, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    Thanks very much for the advice. I'm going to start off just by getting myself to go to the gym and work out, even if it's only cardio for the first few days. Once I start straightening out my energy levels, it'll be time to get back to the usual routine.

    Thanks again!
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    Dec 08, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    I'm in a similar situation, having missed most of October and half of November. When I get back to it, my main rule is "don't hurt yourself." It's so tempting to try to just pickup where you left off or come back too quickly. The last thing you need is to twist or strain something and be out a couple more weeks.

    Force yourself to go, but start off slow. Just let your body get used to working out again. The intensity, energy and strength will come back quicker that you think.
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    Dec 08, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    Similar boat here: I lost ten pounds in a month of illness and funk after dissolution of 14-year partnership. I find myself lifting incredibly less weight and doing many fewer reps than at my prime just six weeks ago. I am returning slowly to a disciplined regimen and enjoying Pilates classes on the reformer. Being in a small group with an eagle-eyed instructor keeps me motivated, more than doing the bench press where frankly the dramatically lighter weights really discourage me and I find myself cutting workouts short. I also overthink what others think of me.