There have been many things I have had to start…
Over winter exercise got a bit too hard. I don’t really know what was going on but for a few months whenever I tried to get back into exercise properly I would get really sick. Needless to say this basically sapped all of my motivation and desire to exercise since it left me feeling so bad every time I tried.
Over winter I got a bit run down and got into some bad habits. I got to the point where it was really hard to get out of bed in the morning and I mean really hard. I wasn’t sleeping properly and was finding it harder than usual to go to sleep at night. I didn’t have as much energy during the day and basically I just felt like rubbish.
I had developed a daily coffee habit which was essential or I just would not be able to function and my reliance on it was pretty bad. My legs got sore and restless and I noticed while I wasn’t as unfit as I had been in the past I knew I wasn’t on top of my fitness and it was getting me down.
To be honest prior to my surgery when I did not find exercise enjoyable this was all par for the course. Exercise made me more tired if anything and I didn’t enjoy it. Whenever I did exercise I hated every second and could not wait until I was done. When I was morbidly obese just getting through the day was physically hard and tiring enough but I didn’t realise how much until I got to a normal weight.
I have been slowly but surely getting back into my exercise over the last month or so and my gosh have I enjoyed it. I am sleeping much better and being physically and mentally tired at the end of the day means I am able to fall asleep easily and sleep better once I am asleep. In the morning because I have slept better its much easier to get out of bed and I actually feel awake and refreshed in the morning (well most mornings anyway.)
My energy levels are better and my state of mind is in a better place. My body feels better generally (really hard to articulate but hopefully you know what I mean) and I really love the freeing feeling when I’m out for a run and just able to let my mind relax and have some me time.
I have been really stressed lately and exercise is one of my ways of dealing with stress. I actually can’t believe how instant the mental and emotional relief is after I have been for a run. Bascially I have really missed exercise over the winter and getting back into it properly has really improved how I feel physically and mentally.
The enjoyment I get from exercise and how physically able I am now is honestly one of the things I have gained that I am most grateful for since my gastric bypass. To feel physically fit and vital is amazing and the comparison to how I feel when I don’t exercise is very noticeable.
Do you notice anything similar when you don’t exercise? I would love to know what you most enjoy about exercising let me know in the comments below.