Gymin’ it

I felt like garbage these last 5 months from too much work and work related stress. I’ve done a hard reset this November: stopped the nightly drinking (to deal with the stress), stopped feeding my body comforting junk food, stopped drinking coffee, started eating high quality proteins again, re-upped my salad intake, eating chewy and filling grains, forcing myself to do a ton of workouts again like I used to before... And I feel great, just after 13 days of this. My body doesn’t ache anymore. I’m not puffed out anymore. I feel calm and happier. I have regained that feeling like I can take on the world again. I need the gym like I need air. It was my mistake to let work take over my life and letting myself stop doing the essential things that I need to do to keep myself happy, satisfied and healthy. This is where I should be. I thought it was depression but it was my lifestyle that I let slip due to work.

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This is an awesome post

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:42am

Working out and healthy diet do more to help with depression and other mental health issues than any prescription med out there.
Also, I found that cutting out alcohol as you mention is another positive step.
I drank to self-medicate but ironically it does not help, it makes things much worse.

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Nov 13, 2018 at 3:39pm

@This:
Alcohol to relax and sleep put me on a terrible cycle. I drank nightly. I woke up tired and groggy. I over drank coffee to deal with my extremely demanding job. Then I wouldn’t be able to sleep from all the daytime coffee. Hence, the repeat of the cycle drinking nightly. I definitely need to have hard, sweat dripping onto the ground type of workouts, 6 days a week. It’s what I’m built for, both physically and mentally. When I exercise 30-50% of what I should be, I feel like crap. I’m not meant to sit on my butt 8 hours a day. But sitting for 8 hours pays the bills, so I have to find the time to exercise. Mornings. Lunchtime. Two other things are terrible for health: white sugar and screens. Ironic that I write this, looking at my screen, but refocusing my energy into the things that REALLY make me happy has meant letting go of screen time and social media. It’s better that I reach a personal best at the gym and eat roasted chicken and sweet potatoes, than surf Facebook or whatever and eat a bag of chips for dinner. Yes, I did that, and it made me depressed and I felt bitter that I was so tired all the time. I am sticking with my hard reset and maybe people might not understand why I am scarce, but I’m happier now and feel like myself again. Thank you for your positive comment, it made my day!

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I can also relate

Nov 14, 2018 at 7:16pm

I've done the same and I feel like a different person.

Let's keep it up! Virtual high five!

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