Sunday, April 29, 2012
I Am Back!!
Well, I am gearing to get this blog back up and rolling. This is my lengthy explanation of where I have been and what I have been up to!
A couple months back I had to stop. Stop all of it. Initially it was all of my internet time consuming task, but mostly this blog and my “health” goals. What I was neglecting was my mental health. I needed to walk away from my blog for a while to re-gain sanity.
I had made hefty weight loss goals at the beginning of this year and I even joined two challenges that cost me big bucks to enter. I stopped all of those things too, weighing myself, counting calories, obsessing over whether or not my body was weighing less. I found I was getting angry with my body and I was feeling crazy with my load as a wife and a mother. Not a healthy place to be if you ask me!!!
For my sanities sake, I had to stop it all. I had to re-prioritize my life. I have visited with my doctors and I am healthy in all physical aspects, other than I am overweight. Since my mental health was going to pot, I just had to stop it all. For one whole month I didn’t go to the gym and I didn’t fret over the food I ate.
I maintained my weight for the most part, up until the past week or so where I have seen a gain. Sigh…
During my time “off” I mostly just took a step back and began breathing again. I was struggling with anxiety and it was getting worst with my weight loss efforts. I would stress over things I did not have control over like sickness, and the moods of my children. I would cry and feel stressed if I couldn’t get to the gym. It was at a point of I needed to make a change, and I really didn’t want to let go of my goals I had set, but something big had to budge or I was not going to “get better” mentally.
I worried that my anxiety was beyond my control. I was to the point I had made an appointment with my doctor to talk about options and possible medications. But due to my doctor being out of town and a job change with insurance not starting up right away, my appointment was a month out. I decided before I got into see my doctor I would do every thing I could to get mentally healthy before I went to see her.
Normally I think most of us would benefit from exercise mentally. But it was not working for me, it was bringing more stress, especially because all of my efforts felt in vain because I was not losing any weight. I was feeling more stress about trying to get to the gym, than was good for my soul and my body!
Along with my break from the diet world, I saw a counselor to see if I could sort some things out. My hopes were that I could gain some tools to help me deal with my anxiety so I wouldn’t have to turn to a medication route.
The other change that took place was birth control, I ran out of my prescription for the pill and I wouldn’t be able to re-fill until I had my doctor appointment. So I went off. I suspected that the hormones in the pill were partial factor in my anxiety (which has been a struggle for me the whole year I was on the pill). I started feeling better and better with each day without the pill. The hormones were messing me up!
Here are some of the things I learned from my:
“break from weight loss”
-Yes, the birth control pill makes me more moody and anxious. Not a good way to live!
-Going to therapy was helpful and I was able to gain a better perspective and helpful tools for coping.
-Not working out, was a blessing for this time being. I needed it! Backwards I know!
-You have to put what is most important first, even if it means you have to give up something you want really bad (I had big dreams of being down 60 lbs by June! Not gunna happen!!)
-When I eat lots of sugar I am more moody and it also brings on the anxiety. Dang, I wish sugar wasn’t a factor cause for some crazy reason I like the stuff!
-When I am not exercising and eating healthy I have a hard time getting to sleep, and a harder time getting up in the morning. I missed my deep sleep and the ability to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!
-But most importantly I have once again learned how important it is to Trust in the Lord!
So here I am, ready to start making healthy choices once again. I didn’t think my break was going to be as long as it was, but I am grateful to say that I am a healthier person today, even if I still am fat! :) I can think clearly again, and I am not emotionally volatile, like I was becoming a few months back. I have gained back a great sense of sanity and I don’t live in an anxious hole of worry. I am very grateful.
I hope all of you are hanging in there! Please do not forget to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. They go hand in hand and if one is lacking greatly, you can not win!
Have a beautiful week!