Oh, I know. You think that since having kids is not on your radar that you can swipe left on this one. Guess what. I actually wrote this for you. Of course, I’ve got some words for the ladies who are totally here for this topic also, so pull up a chair and get cozy. Probably grab an adult beverage and hang on tight, because we are going to go there.
If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you know that I use vetted scientific research to explain hypothalamic amenorrhea. I spend hours researching, studying, and writing on this and similar topics as a graduate student in psychology. Yup, I’m practically swimming in journal articles...but I am going to tell you a secret: we don’t really need this stuff.
You made it through the first few weeks, or even months, feeling excited and confident that you are doing the right thing. But, then...something happens. It may start as a small voice creeping in, a passing glance at an IG post, or a text from a friend. At some point in the journey to recovery, there is doubt.
Many of you know that I have gone back to school to study psychology so that I can become a better resource on the topics of Overtraining Syndrome, Exercise Addiction, and mental health. I chose to study psychology because I truly believe that the root of all athletic evils begins with the mind. What we do to ourselves with exercise is less about what is happening on the outside than what we’re trying to prevent from happening on the inside. Buuuuut….let me not get too far down the rabbit hole before I share with you some of the things I learned while writing my latest research paper.
It’s Thanksgiving week and although I don’t live in the United States anymore, I have been inundated with friends and family expressing their anxieties about the holidays. It’s not just you, it’s everyone. Although, I will say that there’s a considerable amount of EXTRA chatter of nervousness coming from “us”; the runners, the athletes, the healthy eaters, the nervous, the type As, the in-trainings, the no-periods, the I-need-exercise-to-functions. It would be easy for me to say that all of your worry boils down to two things; am I going to have time to train on Turkey Day and how can I not eat 90% of what’s on the table because it freaks the hell out of me. But, it’s not that easy....we’ll get to that.
Aaaas usual, I am not trying to criticise anyone who feels compelled to produce any of the following kinds of posts on Instagram or their personal blogs. I see this stuff all the time out there and ya know, to each their own. But, I want to make a point here about the fact that there should not be an expectation that everyone has to do the same thing. So, here we go...here are the three things you will NEVER see me post about.
Talking about over-exercise without talking about anxiety seems a little bit like talking about a sandwich without mentioning bread. There are some who will read that and say, “I’m not an anxious person.” Sure, I know that there are those who do not identify as anxious, just motivated. I was that person once.