Depression and weight loss

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Posted: 01 Sep 2013, 20:23
Things have been really bad lately emotionally. I don't suffer from depression continually but more situational. This is the first time in several years I've had to deal with it. One of the main issues I've had is I've lost my motivation to work out. I did really good the first half of the year leading up to my sister's wedding but I haven't been able to get back on track since then. I have worked out very sporadically since then. On top of that on days when the depression gets really bad I find it very easy to validate bad food. Tonight it was pizza and cookies. Once in a while I'm ok with it but lately I'm having more bad days than good and therefore validating more bad food. I'm going to be starting anti depressants tomorrow. Hopefully that will start to turn things around. I'm going on Wellbutrin, which I've taken in the past with good results. I did some reading on it this time and I'm really hoping for the weight loss side effect. More than that though I'm hoping to stop wanting to cry all the time. I miss liking my life and being motivated to lose the last of this weight. I'm so close and yet it seems miles away right now.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2013, 23:23
Depressions are tough to handle.

We lose focus, we lose the will power to want to do what we're supposed to. We move less, we eat more, and we know it is wrong. This makes us MORE depressed.

I hope you find your way through the jungle - the is a wonderful beach at the end of it, and it's worth fighting to get there.

Remember that exercise makes your brain release endorphins. You actually get happier and in a better mood, lift the depression, when you work out.

The best thing you can do for yourself while you are dealing with these issues is to work out.

Maybe try to find someone to join you at a gym, or make is a mission to do something every day. Schedule it. Plan it. Commit.

Remember that eating bad foods when feeling bad will eventually make you feel even worse. It's NOT the solution. Moving more IS the solution. It makes you happy afterwards, and THAT is what counts.

I know, it's easier said than done. But it CAN be done, even with a depression. Like you said, you have come so far, and you just have a little more to go.

You're already past the middle of the jungle. It's too late to turn around. Keep going, keep your focus. Take small steps in the right direction.

I hope the best for you, my friend.


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Posted: 02 Sep 2013, 11:19
It may seem like you have miles to go, but you are mere footsteps away from your goal! Keep in mind that the "negative self talk" is the depression talking. It is not you.

I have suffered from bouts of depression since I was a teenager so I understand what it can do to a person. It can really take its toll on a person effecting a person's physical as well as emotional well being.

Aside from taking the Wellbutrin which is excellent for curbing cravings, make sure to eat your green leafy vegetables. The green leafy vegetables boost the Serotonin levels.Remember to feed your body and your brain by eating well and get enough sleep.. Try to avoid sugar and white flour. I don't want to preech to you about not eating pizza or cookies. Try to eat healthier versions of those if you are going to eat them. I noticed that during one of my weight loss attempts, I did a Body For Life Challenge. When I started working out with free weights my depression disappeared. I also was instructed by a physician to exercise and I would no longer need to take antidepressents. I haven't needed to use them, now, for several years.My main exercise is walking.

Right now you do not feel like walking or doing any other exercise, but I strongly suggest that you "fake it til you make it". Sometimes just going through the motions can help propel you forward.

This is a temporary low point but you will have a much brighter future.
Stay strong, stay focused.

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