Exercising and the whole “getting back on the horse” thing

A lot of people have been asking me about my work out schedule lately and so I thought it was about time to update you all on what’s been going on in that particular department of my life.
It should come as no surprise that I haven’t been keeping up with my daily exercising schedule. It’s been a rough couple of months and working out has not exactly been the top priority on my weekly to-do list. I miss it though. It gave my life structure and provided me with more energy in my day-to-day. It also greatly improved my mood and confidence, which is why I want to get back into it as soon as possible.
See, I was under the impression that seasonal depression wouldn’t affect me as much because October 2018 has been so bright, warm and colourful and full of exciting things to do. It lulled me into a false sense of security. Then came November and the weather suddenly turned cold. Everything went dull and grey and was full of rain and fog which just muddled my thoughts. I became lethargic and the dark, cold weather stopped me from going outside. Even getting out of bed has been such a chore lately but I’m hoping that some exercise will help fix that and hopefully make it easier for me to transition into December because holy shit am I looking forward to December!

As a lot of you probably already know from one of my earlier blog posts, my relationship with exercising has always been sort of shaky and usually short-lived. I think it’s partially because it’s never really been required of me. Not because I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight (my god I envy people who can do that) but because I just never had any interest in it as a child. I never played any sports and never felt pressured to do so before my late teens. As I’ve gotten older though, my viewpoint of that has changed. I now know how important it is to take care of yourself and your body and I’m determined to make some long-lasting changes.  That’s why I think it’s about time that I finally made a commitment to my health and signed up to a gym. It might turn out to be a big waste of money but I have a good feeling about it and hopefully, it’ll make it easier to get some regular exercise in. I already have a sneaky plan to get most of my friends in on this as well so that we can all go together. Fingers crossed that it works out!

I want to point out that it’s not like I don’t get any exercise anymore. I bike around A LOT and walk basically everywhere I need to go. So in that sense, I’m exercising more than I did when I was in Brighton, it’s just not as concentrated anymore. Of course, I also know that if I want to see any results, I’m going to have to change my eating habits as well but so far my goal about eating healthier is being postponed until some time after December. We all know that Christmas isn’t going to do me any favours and the foods around Christmas time are just too delicious to not indulge in. So I’m pardoning myself for now and will be focusing more on exercising and building up a good work out routine. That doesn’t mean I’m going to throw caution to the wind and let loose though. I’m still going to try and eat right but with a few exceptions here and there. Like the gigantic cup of hot chocolate, I just consumed. Yum!

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30 thoughts on “Exercising and the whole “getting back on the horse” thing

  1. Oh man, I hope your SAD isn’t affecting you too much Wiishu, I want you to be happy 😦 But I am very proud of you for deciding to work out more!

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  2. Well, I wrote a whole long 5 paragraph thing but it decided to delete it when it logged me in. Fabulous. Though I don’t remember everything I said I still wanna re-write it because I feel like it’s never a bad thing to share. But in essence, I completely feel you on everything.

    I have a really difficult time doing much of anything because of my chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and a bunch of other chronic illnesses that are gonna be with me… Well, forever, seeing that they’re chronic.

    I was doing yoga a few months ago pretty regularly and I felt better in that I was maybe not losing weight, but I was spending at least an hour a day, listening to peaceful music and being kind to myself. I know I didn’t necessarily eat way healthier during it, but I at least ate more regularly.

    I feel like I’ve got no physical or emotional energy for anything. I miss playing video games and doing things I had fun with, but there’s just no joy, or no will to continue it. It’s like, I get tired just doing the thing and it becomes a chore. I hate it so much because it’s not like I can’t decide what to do, it’s just that I don’t want to do anything.

    Even with all the medicine I take, nothing is really going to ‘fix’ me, it just makes living more tolerable. Pain and exhaustion and insomnia is one hell of a combination to make you feel like the world has to be trying to crush you, or at least make you lose a few turns.

    I am thankful I have a support system now, I don’t think I’d be her if it weren’t for people around me, mainly cause half the time I can’t get downstairs to cook. I am happy in that I have a lot of things to look forward to, and while the depression is there it’s dulled significantly thanks to the antidepressants.

    I have also been trying to do little things to care for myself, like washing my face more, brushing my hair and teeth more, and making it a point to look at myself in the mirror and appreciate my existence. I feel like that’s a thing people don’t do with their self-care routines so that it doesn’t sound conceited. “You look in that mirror and tell yourself that you are a GODDESS!” Like, whoa, okay calm down there Tumblr blog I ended up on at 3a.m. I’m just trying to get to the point of looking myself in the eye and being happy that I’m looking back at the reflection of it.

    I know this rambled on, and I’m sorry if it goes on too much, but I just had to get it out. I at least feel a little lighter, even more so seeing that this is the second time I’ve written all this. Thank you to whoever happens to listen to my rambling, or well , read I suppose. I hope you feel a little less alone knowing you aren’t the only one out there that feels these things. I know it sure helped me. 💗

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  3. Yes for the gym!!! I have been going to one for nearly two years and it just helps you soooooooo much both mentally and physically. My issue with going to one was the continuity because if I don’t go when I can, I just never want to again but I solved that problem with forbidding myself taking a shower at home; if I want the hygiene I HAVE to go and work out for it hahaha 😂😂😂 I love the showers of my gym, they taught me how to take showers quicker 😆 the first year I started I bathed only a couple of times at home, when I had absolute no time for gym (this even reduced the water bills 😆). I can’t go as often as last year since I’m incredibly busy now but I still try to go at least two or three times a week. I find myself extremely relaxed on the treadmill as I watch online courses and as I lift weights I like to imagine how hard I can punch when someone annoys me 😂😂 Funny thing I was getting ready to go to gym when I saw the insta story about this blogpost 😄 This is a very long paragraph for one topic but I get really excited when the gym talk comes oops haha Good luck with the gym!!!! Hope you’ll like it 😄

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  4. Yes! The seasonal ‘bleh’ as I call it creeped up on me too! I’m lucky that we have some sunny days left here in Belgium and I’m taking advantage of them to keep my disposition sunny too. I even tried out the warm lights that said to help if you’re having the winter blues last year. I live in the city during the week and I go back to my rural home during weekends so the city can be a bit harsh and grey during autumn and winter. And please do allow yourself the November and December months of loveley food. Hope you’re having an a-okay day!

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  5. I know it can be a struggle to get up and go out. I struggle with chronic pain and fatigue and it can be hard getting out of bed, I get that for sure. It can be depressing. But taking care of your body is so important, I agree. I’m glad you are taking steps to get back into a workout routine and maybe I should too! Good luck!

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  6. My favorite go to exercise is dancing. I especially enjoy dancing to Zumba music (since I’m partly Hispanic 😋). I don’t really have the time to go to an actual gym, but when I’m doing my unusual pacing while I listen to music, I dance a little to keep things interesting. And that’s my preferred exercise lol

    Just out of curiosity, do you enjoy dancing?

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  7. I used to work out a lot. And I loved it! But due to severe bag issues, I had to stop completely. Hello 25kg goodbye self-esteem.
    So the only thing I can do, is change how I eat. But I looove food. 😅 I changed my habits with a c9 box from my company (forever living). It really helped me with the overeating and sugar cravings 😍
    But I’m all in on the ‘exercise more in 2019’ I just have to cut it down to walks and cycling. Hurray for living in the country of bicycles 😅😍
    Hope you succeeds in your goals for the future 💪

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    1. I’m so sorry, that really sucks! It’s inspiring that you’ve still managed to change your habits and STILL exercise even though it has to be less intense though. Good luck with everything!

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  8. My god november have bin tough! Its so hard to get up in the morning when it looks like it might as well be in the middle of the night! And the weather in denmark havent helped! But yeah it will soon be december, thanks for reminding me 😊

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  9. I always find that I break whatever fitness loop I do develop whenever I take an extended break/holiday. Of course, I still go to school, so my breaks are few and far between, (compared to those around me at least) In the past J just somehow managed to squeeze some work out into my schedule, though it didn’t (and doesn’t) always last. I’ll admit I’ve grown a bit careless about it, and I do regret it, since I’ve found I’ve been a lot less stressed when I did do it.

    I’m hoping to get better, especially after the holidays next month (what you said about Holiday food is something I can relate to on a spiritual level.) I need that consistent motivation in my life again, always makes handling things more do-able. Plus its nice to stay in shape for the convenience ya know?

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  10. I think I’ve been exercising on the regular for about two years now and it’s done such good things for my mental health? I come from a background of bad depression and anxiety and working out regularly gave me something to focus on (especially during the rough patches!) October was such a wild month with me visiting friends for the Spoops of Halloween so I definitely fell off my regime once or twice.

    I know for me it’s always been really good to watch something I like while I workout! I do a lot of running and hula hooping, actually (which is crazy fun) and I’ll often watch funny videos on YouTube while doing the stationary hooping (just if you’re gonna do it inside, watch out for the furniture) and it makes the time go by pretty fast so you hardly feel like you’re doing it at all!

    Lots of love and hope we’ll get to hear about your progress soon! Keep it up girlie!

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  11. My friend and ! were trying to exercise this term but, just like you, life got in the way. Gym exercise is hard and not my favorite way of doing it. I much rather play sports; I find that way more fun. However, being on campus again means that I do a lot more walking, which gets me out of my room.

    Hopefully, in the new year, we’ll all get back on the horse!

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  12. I started working out recently! I’m focusing on my thighs though in an attempt to ease myself into it, plus it’s where I’m most insecure. You should check out Emi Wong’s youtube channel! She has loads of workouts on there as well as lifestyle stuff.
    Good luck with the working out! You got this Signe!

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  13. I wish you all the best getting into a daily routine of exercise! I have a lot of respect for you for trying to get back into a routine after a rough few months

    I’ve wanted to exercise more for a while now, but due to personal/health reasons, I’ve never been able to or I’ve been too anxious to even leave the house. But I’ve started walking daily when taking my dog out, so it’s a start at least 🙂

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  14. I completely understand with the cutting down aspect. As I am in school I have no time to work out as I am either studying or staying behind at intervention. But as Christmas is coming I just don’t feel the passion to lose the weight despite me trying since August. Prom is in July and I really want to lose the weight so I look good. But anyway, hi 🙂

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  15. that’s great to hear that you’re gettin back on track and motivating yourself! It’s been one hell of a year and I’m so proud that you’re doing really well!

    Lots of love and support!
    ~L

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  16. I feel this. I was ill for a couple of months so my daily exercise routine kind of fell apart and along with stuff going on in my personal life I’ve just been putting off trying to get back on it. I wish I had a) a gym near me and b) the confidence (and money) to join one, but I wish you the best in your efforts!

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    1. Yeah it’s a tricky thing to get back on the horse again, though I think it’s mostly about finding out what works for you and then setting your mind on just doing it. It’s all about getting a routine up and running after all.
      It’s so bloody hard though haha! Good luck!

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