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willowmarie12
willowmarie12 Posts: 22 Member
Just finished my first week back to work. I am SO exhausted that I wanted to fall into bed every evening, and I am completely wore out tonight. Does this get better? Ideas on balancing work and fitness? ? Thanks! !

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  • cabennett99
    cabennett99 Posts: 357 Member
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    It definitely gets better, and pretty quickly. Water and walking are important, but sleep is right up there, especially while you're healing.
  • april731
    april731 Posts: 122 Member
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    I would concentrate on healing and getting back in your groove for now. Walking is great and you can add in more exercise as you are able. For what it's worth, it took me about 12 weeks before my energy levels were back to normal.
  • dsjsmom23
    dsjsmom23 Posts: 234 Member
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    You must be quite soon out if you just went back to work?
    Be kind to yourself, and let yourself heal. Baby steps!

    I didn't even attempt exercise until 3 months. I did walk a little, but nothing much.
    After I went back to work (I was lucky and had three months off) I would walk everyday for 30 minutes. I would come home, and go right away. I knew that if I didn't, I wouldn't do it.
    I gradually increased to 45, and 60 minutes.

    Now, im 9 months out, and at my goal weight. I go to the gym right after work 4-5 days per week. If I don't go right away, I won't go LOL
    I also go to bootcamp 2 nights a week, and I still do my 45-60 min walks when it's nice outside. Usually 3 times per week.

    I am AMAZED at how my lifestyle and activity level has changed. I actually LIKE to exercise now!
  • Kleona29
    Kleona29 Posts: 35 Member
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    Im so glad to hear all these positive comments. I've been exhausted also. I can't wait to get some energy back.
  • rpyle111
    rpyle111 Posts: 1,066 Member
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    Kleona29 wrote: »
    Im so glad to hear all these positive comments. I've been exhausted also. I can't wait to get some energy back.

    I found that after about a week I had enough energy to exercise again, but I needed to incorporate a nap just about every day. I had four weeks off of work, so I could take naps when I needed them. I was good for a full day when I returned to work.

    Keep plugging away, it will get better!
  • willowmarie12
    willowmarie12 Posts: 22 Member
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    I am 4 weeks out. I really like the idea of walking right after work. That would probably work for me. My kids are super supportive and motivated to ride their bikes while I walk. :)
  • willowmarie12
    willowmarie12 Posts: 22 Member
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    Thanks everyone
  • ac7nj
    ac7nj Posts: 266 Member
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    dsjsmom23 wrote: »
    You must be quite soon out if you just went back to work?
    Be kind to yourself, and let yourself heal. Baby steps!

    I didn't even attempt exercise until 3 months. I did walk a little, but nothing much.
    After I went back to work (I was lucky and had three months off) I would walk everyday for 30 minutes. I would come home, and go right away. I knew that if I didn't, I wouldn't do it.
    I gradually increased to 45, and 60 minutes.

    Now, im 9 months out, and at my goal weight. I go to the gym right after work 4-5 days per week. If I don't go right away, I won't go LOL
    I also go to bootcamp 2 nights a week, and I still do my 45-60 min walks when it's nice outside. Usually 3 times per week.

    I am AMAZED at how my lifestyle and activity level has changed. I actually LIKE to exercise now!

    This is almost my story so ditto what dsjsmom23 said
  • CEK0220
    CEK0220 Posts: 171 Member
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    So glad I read this (thanks for asking willowmarie12). I was starting to worry. I am still working on my energy levels after work, too. So tired once I get home.
  • cheekitty
    cheekitty Posts: 101 Member
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    I am utterly flattened when I get home from work. (My surgery was 3/2) I still take a lot of naps, and I am really tired a lot. Heartened that this is normal.