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#1 of 9 Old 11-24-2002, 12:33 AM - Thread Starter
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i am just feeling good tonight and thought maybe this was a place to share it. The last decade for me has been up and down. I had tried so many times to figure out how to get it together. I went to a therapist off and on and read every self help book in the world. Finally this last year I was at my wits end. I saw a therapist that thought i should take an antidepressant of anti anxiety med. I really didn't want to, so i figured i had to do something. I had just read a study that said for mild to moderate depression/anxiety daily excercise had the same effect as medication. Now i have tried to get in an excercise habit probably 1000 times only to fail. I have a very self defeating personallity. But this time was different, because i felt it was for my health, which was starting to affect those around me. So i bought the book Body for Life, a program i knew about from a friend. I started getting up at 5am (and i typically had to make myslef get up at 8am, with a pot of coffee), and going to the gym. A week later i was like, hey, i just made it a week. Now i am 6 weeks into the 12 week challenge. I feel amazing. My mental health is skyrocketing, my physical transformation is astounding, and i am so proud of myself for sticking with it. The eating program is very whole foods etc and i think cutting out crap in my diet has helped too.

So is it okay here to give myself a pat on the back? i feel like i have lifted myself out of a hole i have been in since i was 15. And i just wanted to share. Thanks for listening.
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Congratulations, you deserve to shine.
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I know how you feel I am on a antidepressant right now and I am alittle better. Still feeling tired all the time though. But am better now then what I was before I was on it. I wish I could be like you. A BIG pat on the back for you. Hope everything keeps on being good for you. I wish I could say the same.
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Not only can you give youself a pat in the back, we're here for you too... You deserve it !

Go ahead, embrace life and love yourself!

And - thanks for sharing, it's always inspiring (at least for me), to hear "real people's" stories...

Josephsmommy, you don't have to be perfect to love youself too! I also know how YOU feel... you are also on the right track, taking care of yourself, so there's a pat on the back for you! ! Don't be too hard on yourself! (I know, I know, it's much easier said than done, but belive me, I'm there too...)
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Good for you. I'm so glad you are doing better, you must feel great!
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ditto what Josephsmom said
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Good for you!!
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You did it all by yourself.

I exercised and ate well for years, even after the birth of my babes, but I was still depressed. I then decided that I was as happy as I decided to be. I decided to be happy. That was it.

I had the worst post partum experiences! I tried everything: therapy, exercise, vitamins, good healthy food. Nothing worked until I decided to be happy.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Most people are about as happy as they make their mind up to be."

Congratulate yourself.

You deserve it.

"Majorities are never a proof of 'The Truth'."

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Congratulations! How encouraging to hear this. May 2003 bring you wonderful mental and physical health!
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