I have been trying desperately to get in shape for a long time. This has always been a touchy subject for me, since I had an eating disorder when I was younger, and anytime I start dieting or excising both myself and those that care about me worry I will fall into bad habits again.
I need to stress here that I am not a medical professional, and this is all my own opinion based off of my experiences.
Despite my worry, there are three things that remain very true for me personally.
- I am currently overweight according to the American Medical Association.
- Working out regularly has been known to help with depression.
- There is a very big difference between getting in shape and having and eating disorder.
I try to lose a pound a week, because any more is unhealthy. I count my calories, and try to eat healthy foods instead of junk foods. I make swaps like pop for water and fruit for chocolate. And I try to work out by either walking or doing yoga once a day at least five days a week.
To make sure I do not develop any bad habits, I check in with myself and my therapist regularly to make sure I am in the right place mentally. I make sure I eat three meals a day, and of servings that are neither to large nor to small. I refuse to take supplements, because I now know just how much damage they can do to your body. I am sure there are some out there that could help, but I am not willing to risk that again.
I’m down from 182 lbs to 167 lbs since January. In order to be in shape according to the AMA I should get down to 140 lbs. Slowly but surely, I’m making my way there.
What do you do when you have no idea where your life is going?
If you have the answer, let me know.