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Posted 06 September 2018 - 10:43 AM
I agree you've created a false dichotomy here.
I find exercise is the only time my mind is still. As in all I can focus on is getting through it. Which actually helps my mental health. For an hour twice a week I don't think about anything.
If you don't love cardio I would start with Pilates or Yoga. Its quiet and not competitive. If mixed gyms are an issue for you, there are plenty of women only groups around. Alternatively find a walking buddy. Focus on chatting rather than the actual exercise. Don't think of it as strenuous or for weight loss. Its me time! It promotes a hit of good brain chemicals, better sleep and good appetite. There is nothing bad about that. If you can find something that suits you, you will be better for it.
Food is harder. Keep it fresh, small changes. No more takeaway. Take out the fizzy drinks (if you drink them). Desserts only 1-2 times a week.
Posted 06 September 2018 - 11:11 AM
Food is the easiest way to lose weight - you don't even have to exercise. You could try something like LCHF, which helps with hunger issues.
Exercise doesn't really do that much for weight loss, unless you are doing heaps and heaps of it, but it does do a lot for mental health. Are there ways you can exercise without exercising? Movement, rather than exercise. Do you like window shopping, for example? You could give yourself some times that you will spend window shopping. If you love walking by the river or the beach, or in a nearby garden, have a couple of times for that too.
Posted 06 September 2018 - 10:14 PM
Some ideas that work for me...
- Portion out treat food, make a nice cup of tea (or whatever) to have with it and take it out of the kitchen to enjoy.
- Have nice, fresh fruit in the house and go for that when I have a 'stand at the fridge door scarfing food' level sugar craving.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Just enjoy being outside. Sit on the beach, have a picnic at the park, go to an outdoor cinema thing. Maybe after a while that'll turn into a walk on the beach, or a bike ride through the park but either way it's good to just get out in the fresh air.
Good luck, hope you find something that works for you.
Posted 29 September 2018 - 08:18 AM
I have mental health issues related to my weight. I know I need to lose weight. It is getting harder and harder to do my job and I'm taking painkillers to function, as well as other meds. I've started walking and choosing better food options. I bought a few frozen weight loss meals to help me stop buying takeaway. I might be too tired to cook but I can nuke. I also try cook once a week and then freeze the food in portion sized for later.
I think I've lost a couple of kilos and am starting to feel a little positive about the changes I'm making. But last night I had a rape dream. The man is someone I'm attracted too. Now I feel like sh*t and will struggle to look at him in the same light. This is a normal pattern for me when I try to lose weight. It is safer for me to stay fat.
Posted 29 September 2018 - 10:51 AM
I think I read somewhere that 80% of weight loss comes via dietary changes and 20% through excercise. Not sure if that's true but it made me realise that I didn't need to start doing marathons (!!) in order to lose weight. I started by cutting out alcohol. A bit of weight fell off. Then I cut out the really, obviously unhealthy foods (chocolate, chips etc..) and more weight began to trickle away. It didn't feel like a big deal - just a couple of small changes.
I am also a big reader (it is my happy place) and I had absolutely no interest in audio books but I bought a cheap, second-hand excercise bike and began using audio books and it has been great. I still won't be running marathons but I am feeling much better.
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