You are at the place of realizing you need to do something. You are overweight and depressed. Some of us get the point where we start experience health issues created by our gain. High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, back and knee pain, etc. Maybe your experience isn’t like mine where I started to experience health issues like moving very slow, labored and pains. But the worst thing for me is what is in my head. When I am out of control with my diet I eat whatever I want and I think I’ll deal with it later. But later comes back every single day and night. At the end of the day my true mental suffering would begin when I’d either beat myself up for another day of eating poorly or I’d start strategizing for the diet I would start.
So the question is how do we get off the weight crazy train? I knew last December I was ready to make changes but I wanted to have my surgery first. I kept procrastinating. After I had the surgery I had planned to start right away but I didn’t. I really took it easy and it was actually the right thing for me. It was time for me when my daughter was so embarrassed by my appearance. Don’t get me wrong she’s always embarrassed by me, as she’s 12 but I was embarrassed too.
So far I am down 15 pounds and I have 23 left to go! I am excited at how great I am doing. My sports bras are finally started to not choke my rib cage! I can’t believe how tight they were, I was struggling to breath!! I feel like the diet industry makes it seem elusive and complicated. It’s hard and takes a long time but you and I can do this. It’s one step at a time, one healthy day at a time. The best place to start is drinking more water and reducing calories to be at a deficit. Find food replacements that are lower calorie and let you feel full and treated! It’s essential for me to count calories and weigh myself. Its how I stay focused. Once you get into a groove, its contagious and you don’t want to go back. It’s positive and feels so good. I am 83 days into my journey.
So the first step to get away from being unhealthy is a step to not. It sounds dumb but if you put in that effort to track each of these changes and really focus on it like you would if you were researching a new task at work. Your body and you come first. Without your health, you have nothing. I’m not saying it easy, but I will say ITS WORTH IT.