God knows where this month has gone, I probably say that every month!!
The beginning of Feb was a real struggle mentally as recently I’ve lost all motivation to exercise and it was getting to me.
I’ve been into exercise for as long as I can remember, at school, I played whatever sport I could and fell in love with hockey, I played this during my time at college and through my twenties and into my early thirties, finally giving it up when I lost the love for it, I supplemented this with going to the gym regularly and found CrossFit seven years ago which I’ve done on and off ever since. I also love swimming and when my gym had a pool I would be a regular early morning dipper and now I swim in lakes, well any body of water that is safe! I qualified as a personal trainer 20 years ago this summer (fu*king hell, didn’t realise it was that long ago) and although I don’t do much PT’ing now my love for exercise and training people hasn’t wained though 2 decades, now I just have to hold my tongue when I’m at the CrossFit box as have to remind myself that I’m not one of the trainers!! However, in late January and into February I simply lost all my mojo for exercise, not sure what caused it but I just had no will to do anything, not even lake swimming (which is my usual go-to thing if I need some mental breathing space).
A lot of people won’t know this but I’ve suffered from constant fatigue since my late teens, I got Glandular fever when I was 17 and don’t feel like I’ve ever fully recovered from it. Most of the time I just drive through it, just get on with life. But I think during this time of lost mojo I decided to ask for help. My first port of call was my GP, which was a pointless exercise really as they took some blood and then told me that all the blood tests that might indicate the cause of the fatigue had come back “normal” and then closed my case so to speak.
I bought a book called decode your fatigue – I am reading it but after a quick flick through it realised I’m already doing most if not all of the recommendations in there.
As a nutritional therapist, I know what to do to look after myself, I take the supplements I know will support my health, 95% of the time I eat really well, I hardly drink and I have a good sleep routine but still, the fatigue persists. Thankfully, I know complementary therapists who I can turn to for a second opinion as to what’s going on, I’ve got my own suspicions but would be good to hear their thoughts too, I’m determined to overcome this and live a life free from fatigue.
By the end of the month my exercise mojo had returned, not to the level I’m used to but I’m taking each day as it comes and just listen to my body.