Aww, that’s rough
And by that I mean – losing the weight or being thin or whatever exactly your goal is can only go so far. A lot of people equate weight loss with happiness, and even though I’m not sure if you’re one of them, I just want to let you know that it is not a magic bullet. My problems didn’t go away when I got healthier.
BUT it is a process of self-love and self-affirmation, plus eating healthily and exercising will always lead to an increase in overall well-being, so it’s definitely worth it. Endorphins from exercise and healthy eating have been scientifically proven to increase energy and happiness levels, so I’m sure that if you can kick-start your journey, you’ll see some improvement. All I’m saying is, if there is anybody you can reach out to about your depression – close friends, parents, extended family, even a therapist – then please please do
As for simply upping your motivation… it’s difficult. At first, I didn’t want to drag my ass down to the gym and exercise, because it HURT and I HATED the sweating and I didn’t feel fit enough to be doing what I was doing.
But it gets better. So:
1. Make a workout schedule. Write it down, and stick it up somewhere. Make concrete goals. Start small, and if you don’t like running or cardio, maybe begin with some yoga and pilates. Then slowly increase the intensity of your workouts over time, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Also, join a group if you have trouble motivating yourself, or get a fitness buddy. You will feel more accountable.
2. Make a playlist or find someone else’s playlist that gets you pumped up. I cannot overstate the importance of music in my workouts.
3. Have healthy snacks on hand that are EASY to make, and remove temptation from your fridge. I’ve talked about this in other Q&A’s, so feel free to look back at those too. Basically, don’t make it difficult to have healthy food on hand (i.e. don’t plan meals that are super difficult to make), so that if you feel like binging, you have tasty HEALTHY snack food you can eat instead:)
4. Make a vision board. I know this helped me a lot getting started. Since you’re a tumblr user, perhaps starting a fitblr to collect inspiring images could also be an option for you? Look at it when you need to remind yourself why you’re doing this.
5. Talk to people you love and see often about your journey, and ask for their encouragement:) If you want them to be more involved, ask them to hold you accountable and talk to you about your journey weekly or bi-weekly. It doesn’t work for everyone, but involving others in the process can push people to meet their goals.
This will be hard. There will be days where you don’t want to do it. If you fall off the wagon, all is not lost, because it isn’t how many times you fall down but how many you get up that’s important (so many clichés rn lolol). Know that you are worthy and that getting healthy will be an amazing, frustrating, wonderful process. I believe in you
Hi, I just saw your transformation post. I've been wanting to lose weight as well, and I'm not blaming it completely on my depression, but it's definitely making it harder for me to achieve my goals. I can't even focus on school anymore sometimes, cause I just feel so tired and unmotivated all the time. I DO want to get better, I WANT to lose weight and be healthier for myself, but the motivation isn't there. What should I do? What can I do? Please help me. 😞
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