Giving Up on Exercise… Again

I’ve written before about how I’m mental about my weight. I know I am. It’s a work in progress. I’m so much better than I used to be. It doesn’t help that I used to be thinner. The downside of that is I constantly assess myself with how I am today compared to then. And I am incredibly critical about myself. And yes. I know that doesn’t help.

Crushing fatigue

The plus side of being half a stone heavier now is that I am in a better place overall. When my weight went down to 9st I was incredibly stressed and burnt out in my final year at uni. I was miserable. I was exhausted. I cried all the time. All my lecturers saw me cry in my final year.  And I ate far too much chocolate. I was in the library all the time. I had no life. Caffeine and refined sugar got me through the day.  So being half a stone heavier and overall happier is much better. I know this deep down. It’s just sometimes hard to remember.

I used to run, well, jog a lot. I have done 2 marathons and a half marathon. Admittedly the last marathon I did destroyed me physically and emotionally, but I was happier with how I looked so I decided to do something about it. I had to stop running months ago.  Maybe a year ago. I couldn’t keep it up.  Fatigue getting worse and worse on Bosutinib which I am coming off of to try a new drug.

I hate not being able to go running and got fed up with my internal chat and started doing home exercises. I was doing really well. Including stretching, it took me half an hour, and I did it 3 times a week for 3 weeks. And then I noticed in the 3rd week how my energy had crashed. I wasn’t coping. I couldn’t get all my work done and the only thing that had changed was the exercise. So I stopped.

Goodbye for now

And my energy has picked up again a bit. I still do lots of walking as I look after a labrador and clocking up the steps Monday – Friday makes me feel good. Yes, I probably would be less tired if I didn’t, but I get outside and it’s the only exercise I get. I know how damaging it is to your overall health not to exercise so I keep going with the walking. I won’t give this up. I refuse to give this up.

So for the time being I’ve said goodbye to exercise, again. It really upsets me that I can’t. But I’m not willing to completely destroy myself or to muck up my work because of it, even though I hate the fat around my abdomen (which I know is mostly in my head). And I just hope the new drug that I start in 3 weeks is better and I get to run again. That would be amazing.

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  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    2 weeks ago

    I couldn’t totally give up on the exercise… It’s become my new life. Although that fatigue plays a huge part, I try to nip and defy it. Plus once I get into it I’m good for that time, but it is a crash when I miss time exercising. Hey, we can do only what we can do, and listening to your body in what you feel like doing is the key! Best! 🙂

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi Katie! I am so with you. I have had such an odd relationship with exercise post treatment and I truly find that the crushing fatigue is just that… CRUSHING! When I get home from work I am just beyond exhausted to even consider making it to the gym. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @katieruane It’s difficult, especially when you can’t do it. It’s become part of my daily routine, and when it’s interrupted, everthing feels off. You’ll get back to it, though, I know it. We always adapt. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • bluchs
    2 weeks ago

    I can relate to the exercise situation, I was the same weight my entire life, for 45 years I weighed 170 lbs. and was 5’10”
    When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I got very sick, and went down to 104Lbs.
    Now I am 140.lbs and I can not gain weight, because I get sick every single time I eat.
    Plus fatigue makes it hard for me to exercise , and now I have lost muscle strength, I sometime, can hardly even walk.
    The 6 pack is gone forever, now I just Pray for another day, each and every day.
    The only exercise I can even get, is to walk when I am able.
    I won’t give up on exercise, though?
    I will simply do it when I can, and I will continue to Pray, not just for Me.
    I will Pray for all of us ,who suffer from this blood cancer, we sadly share!

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