Life started happening…..fast…..at the end of the last semester. I was hyper-focusing on finishing strong, with good grades, and then med school interviews started coming and that was all that was on my mind. Throw in my thesis, and I was swamped.
I didn’t exercise for a minute the last 2ish months of the semester. I gained weight….I felt gross. I lost fitness.
School wise, I accomplished what I wanted to. I finished my thesis proposal and then actually proposed, and it all went better than expected! I am so glad I am getting this degree and able to research racial disparities in the geriatric population. No doubt, it’ll be part of my career in the future as a physician.
About 2 weeks ago I started feeling really sick. I was sleepy all the time, hungry all the time, bloated, gaining weight, had bleeding gums, my body temperature randomly fluctuated to extremes, and my heart rate was elevated. I was scared I was anemic, or had hypothyroidism……something……I wasn’t sure.
Well, I had had enough. This all started when I stopped exercising, so once I got a break from school I started up again. Easy…..30min….on the bike. This was a little over a week ago. I swear…….2 days after consistently exercising, I feel SO MUCH BETTER.
I don’t know if its all mental….If its the “placebo effect”, but man does exercise have such a wonderful affect on me. My mind set regarding exercise has changed a bit in the past week. As my symptoms disappeared I realized exercise is my medicine. It keeps me feeling good. It makes me feel great actually! Why stop? Why allow the possibility of feeling absolutely terrible? I can’t anymore…I won’t.
So I’ve been cycling and running consistently again for a week now. Not long at all, but better than where I came from. Fully appreciating now what a powerful effect it has on my health and mood, I am trying to darnedest to make this a regular part of my life. No ifs and or buts. Its something I just have to do for myself every day.
Classes start up again this coming Tuesday, and my challenge will be to not sacrifice my health for good grades. I can do both.