(Closed) Intro post – Starting a new and scary journey (long)

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m glad you’re starting to make a commitment to eating heathier and to working out! I just wanted to say that, in addition to this, you may want to consider a few sessions of counseling. If you weren’t overexaggerating about the anxiety that exercise causes in you (the crying and the hyperventilating), you may want to make sure that you have some resources hooked up to deal with that in case it really starts to come at you with a vengeance. Since you’ve had depression issues, you probably know how helpful counseling can be, and maybe you already see someone on a regular basis. If so, this condition and the fact that you’re starting to work on it would definitely be something to bring up in session. If you’re not seeing anyone and you’re still in grad school, you should have a few free sessions with the campus counseling center. Also — there should be some sort of fitness or weight management info also offered through the health center or the gymnasiums on campus. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@seevan07:  Oh, man, if you’re in the mental health field, then you know how important it is to have someone to process with. Best of luck finding someone new. If you’re adjacent to a university or college though, it still might be worth seeing what sorts of “health education” workout-type stuff they have. It could be more reasonable than the community center!

Post # 8
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

When I started to be better about exercising a few years back, I was also really self-conscious about it. I was the non-exerciser in my circle, the non-athlete in my family, kind of iconoclastic by nature and also intensely private.

What worked for me was a combination of a couple of things: I made exercise time into my music time (seriously, I could never, ever work out EVER if I didn’t have music …). The music helps me fool myself into enjoying what I’m doing. 😉 I also did a bunch of dancing, which I’ve always loved to do – you can get exercise and actually have fun doing it! Also, I started running (or, in my case, “running” – interspersed with a LOT of walking and slow jogging, but hey, it got my butt moving.) I sneaked off and did my running “privately,” outdoors, on my own. Some people find it helpful to exercise with a partner or a group, but for me, I wanted to be by myself. Even though I’m outdoors on a public street, sidewalk, or trail, I still feel far less conspicuous than if I were in a gym. I still don’t go to gyms.

I also found that working out at home with a DVD was a good fit for me (especially during bad weather). It was also helpful for me to avoid comparing myself to anybody else. Seriously, two of my siblings run marathons – which is light years away from what I do – but it doesn’t matter. If alternating between running and walking means that I keep on doing it regularly, then that’s what I’ll stick with.

ETA: Also, be patient with your body. I’m not sure what age you are, but if you’re in your thirties, it’s inevitably going to be different from how it was when you were an undergrad. Still, if you try yoga or Pilates or something, it can make a big difference to your strength, flexibility, and tone.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@seevan07:  I’m also a carb-lovin’ veg-head. I love to cook, but I work like a madwoman, so it’s hard. I suggest stacking up on yogurt, nuts, fruit, veggies, etc.  Keep these in your house and at work. Force yourself to eat healthy. Tracking your meals will help you count calories, fat, nutrients, etc.  Also, drink tons of water.

Start out easy with the exercise. Your idea of walking a few times a week is great. Try that. You can also youtube exercise videos so you can workout from home.

Best of luck with getting the healthier body and lifestyle you want!

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