About 2.5 years ago, I went from absolutely 0 regular exercise to about 5 hours a week of moderate cardio activity. I am a healthy enough weight but there are parts of my body that I don't love so much, so I have tried to increase exercise/ eat less/ do strength training/ etc and have seen no change whatsoever in my body, which is disappointing, but that's actually not what my question is-- just background.
I have been abroad for about three and a half months and will return home in January. I decided that a four month break from my exercise routine would not have long term effects, and chose to enjoy every moment possible of my limited time abroad rather than spending time working out. I'm realizing now that this has been amazing-- I have miles more energy every day, I can function better on less sleep than I was getting before, and I'm not starving all the time like I once was (being hungry all the time was just a fact of my life, I was in fact eating a healthy amount).
I still plan to go back to the gym when I get home, but the thought of it just makes me so sad. Why is it that so many people say that exercising gives them more energy and suppresses their appetite, and why do I experience only negative effects from exercise? Is there something I can change about my routine when I get home that will make it better this time around?