Archive for the ‘Destressing’ Category

My weight-loss journey with depression (aka Flab to FAB!)

October 14, 2010

I’ve already written about how I lapsed from fit back to flab, so I won’t go over what I wrote already. I’ve also written about how I suffer from mixed depression and anxiety disorder, and I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about others who have also suffered from these diseases. Our “down” periods can last from weeks to months; some people gain tremendous amounts of weight, while others lose it; some people have “up” periods amongst their down periods, and others don’t. I’m lucky enough to be one of the people who has “up” periods, but I’m also unlucky in that I’m a weight-gainer, not a weight-loser! I’ll be the first to admit that I  cannot attribute all my weight gain to depression. Some if it was due to other life events (relationship issues, mostly), and some was due to general laziness and apathy. I know my therapist said the laziness and apathy can be attributed to depression, but  it’s so hard for people on the “outside” to believe that. To family and friends, it might look and/or seem like I didn’t care about my appearance, which was true, but as those suffering know…it’s not all our fault.

I have a friend who is also going through this journey, and as someone who is just starting to get back into the game again, I’m glad to have her to occasionally bounce ideas, etc. off of. I already have a gym membership, and am working up to getting back to the point I was before (gym 4 times a week, including group classes, cardio and weights). For now, I’m mostly doing the treadmill to get my stamina back up; soon, I plan to start lifting light weights. I’m a bit self-conscious, but as long as good music is pounding away in my ears, I tone out to what’s going in around me. Arnold Schwarzenegger could be bench-pressing 500lbs beside me, and I wouldn’t notice!

I’m also looking at Weight Watchers for the group-support aspect. I used to have a personal trainer, and that was great, because I had someone to answer to. However, that’s quite expensive, so I thought WW would be a viable alternative. I used to be terrible at reaching out for help, for turning outwards from inside my shell, but I’m getting much better at it. Plus, it’s very encouraging to be surrounded by those who are going through the same thing, because they understand your struggles. I haven’t joined yet, so I will update the situation as it progresses  🙂

Looking towards the future…that’s my goal. I tend to live in the past, but I’ve decided that I can’t do that any more. I’m going to make myself a better person, and ensure that I’ll live a long and healthy life. I’m doing this for ME, and no one else!

 

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Life’s Simple Pleasures

March 19, 2010

There is a nature park near where I live that my family has frequented since its opening in 1992. My youngest brother’s first hike there was when he was 3 weeks old, and we went subsequently as a family too many times to count!

I like going to this park solo to meander, think, and clear my head. Especially at this time of year, when the sun is shining, the air is warming up and you can smell the fresh scent of pine and warm earth. Oh, and I have a confession to make…I really love feeding the birds and squirrels! Some may think I’m crazy, or acting like the “bid lady”, but it’s really nice to stand there with your hand extended and have a chickadee alight right at the edge. It’s also hilarious to watch how they steal the peanuts I put out for the squirrels, and to hear the angry chirp of the squirrel when it realizes it’s been had.

Ah, I know I’m a huge geek (I did have to do a detailed animal observation project for an animal behavior class I took), but I realized long ago not to let what I think people think of me bother me. An hour in the nature park certainly does me more good than an hour sitting down and staring blankly at a book! I’ll definitely be back next week  🙂