I’ve competed in bodybuilding competitions and survived 8 months of solid competition prep, and I can honestly say that it was easier than the last 8 weeks of no exercise.
The thing I miss most about fitness is the way it makes me feel, both mentally and physically. My moods have been so low, and my body so stiff and cumbersome.
I have lost motivation to do anything much, and I seem to want to eat all the time, even though I’m not really hungry. It’s very strange.
I’ve been feeling very depressed, and this has been the worst part for me. I’m generally a positive person, but at the moment my thoughts are so negative.
I went to see a psychologist. She told me that physical activity is not only one of my favourite things to do, but it’s also one of my main coping mechanisms in life.
I think there is a large problem with body image in the fitness industry. Most people want to go the gym because of the way it makes them look. I can say right now, that the looks come second to the feeling of being fit and mobile. I’d prefer to feel happy and be slightly out of shape, than to be in perfect shape and feel depressed.
I just can’t wait to exercise, as I don’t know how much longer I can go on feeling this terrible…