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Support for change through Diet and Exercise
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January 22, 2013
3:49 pm
KristenAtkinson0
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Since the other topic was more about how diet can affect you spiritually, this topic is for those of us who are trying to change ourselves through diet and exercise. Use this topic to discuss your plans, troubles, progress, etc. Through support, we can all have greater success with modifying our bodies to be stronger, slimmer, and healthier!

January 23, 2013
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Good idea!

Sharing with others makes it harder to give up (i hope!).

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 23, 2013
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Eating sensibly has been something I've done all my life and I do relatively innately. I'm a picky eater and, luckily for me, many of the things I don't eat just so happen to be really bad for me. Moderation is my tenant when it comes to those things that I enjoy that are bad for me.

As for the topic at hand, the main exercise I need to start doing is for health reasons. I have hypermobile joints which leads to chronic pain. The pain fluxuates but is pretty much always there and there are things I need to do day to day in order to mitigate my day to day pain levels. Exercise and, in particular, muscle strengthening exercises and light weight training are important in order to strengthen the muscles around the joints since the joints don't support themselves properly.

January 26, 2013
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I have a few health problems due to my poor diet in the past. My liver enzymes were quite high, and as a result, I've been on a strict diet and exersize plan. My doctor effectively scared the crap out of my by saying it could lead to perminant liver damage. I've dropped 30 lbs in about five months and I have to drop another 30-40 to really be where I want to be. I've almost entirely cut meat out of my diet as well, becoming a vegetarian for both health (the fat is my livers biggest enemy) and for ethical reasons.

I've worked on a ranch for years, and although when I did I ate a lot of beef (mostly because it felt like some sort of vengance for getting drug though cow flop and kicked in the damn head I don't know how many times), I've sense gained a more accute undersanding of suffering and pain. I attribute this mostly to my study of ethics and philosophy, but also because I've been subjecting myself to pain though piercings and one tug of war session with a friend. He's additcted to body suspension now, I don't think I'll ever do it again…

Forward though the dark uncertain, Or back though the thorns with your bare flesh, It is your choice how to live, between the truth and the lie.
January 26, 2013
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So many people are getting healthy! I'm glad!

Personally, I don't really have much willpower. Also, I'm currently living with my family until I move to Korea, and they insist on cooking with butter in just about everything. Although, my sister did join a gym today, so perhaps she's trying to change herself too.
I am trying to stay motivated, though! I have started a tumblr account and fill it with motivational blogs to follow, such as other people trying to get healthy or fitness blogs. They keep my eye on the prize!

What are some of the things that keep you motivated?

January 28, 2013
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I just like to be able to move around without being restricted by my own body!! Also, I think about the strain I put on my organs if I get heavy. If you try my 3 bite method, you may find yourself able to eat whatever you want, just not in the portion you are accustom. Also, try to keep yourself busy. My home is very clean and mostly organized all the time!! Project some goals and give yourself some peer pressure.

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January 28, 2013
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Being able to move about without restriction is very nice. I'd like to be able to do all the yoga I used to do. Now I can't because I have too much fat and my belly gets in the way. However, I know that if I keep working at it, I'll get there again. I have faith in myself.

The three bite method sounds like a good idea. Right now I'm telling myself that I can eat as much as I want of veggies. Good things like broccoli and carrots and beans, oh my!
I definitely have some goals in mind. I'm starting off with small goals as to not get discouraged.

May 4, 2014
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Any step is a good step Kristen! I've personally been excersizing over the last 3 weeks and it can be easy to slip back into fatigue, as I suffer from depression. I'd love to hear what progress you make!! My motivation is keeping a healthy body so I can have a clear mind. 

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August 26, 2014
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I've always wanted to be in shape.  I've been heavier at times than I am now, but I still go up and down a lot.  I have very little self-discipline when it comes to pizza and other Italian foods.  Also a few types of chips are really hard to pass up.

 

I've studied martial arts for a few years now, and I've gotten pretty good at it, but I've never practiced often enough to get into a routine, so I'm not in shape by any means.  I also suffer from depression, which is the single largest obstacle to doing ANYTHING, but I try to remind myself that proper diet and exercise will actually help relieve depression, and on some days I'm not depressed at all because I am well fed and well rested, instead of being stuffed and lethargic.

 

I'd be happy to know how people stay motivated in the face of chronic depression.

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August 29, 2014
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My weight goes up and down quite dramatically, and can be linked to my mood like you describe, although fortunately i have not suffered depression.

I think part of the key is recognising rational truths such as ' if i eat better or exercise i will feel better physically and mentally' when one's emotional mind is making us behave in auto pilot 'i feel sad so if i eat this pizza i'll feel better', or stop change ' i feel too tired to excercise'. Being mindful of what is happening internally gives us the opportunity to choose.Of course this is easier said than done!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 21, 2014
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I drink kombucha and kefir to energize and overcome emotional barriers which are effecting me physically.  You can buy both in many average grocery stores, but I make my own at home.  If anyone is interested, perhaps I can send a 'starter' in the mail so you can have your own culture.  Do some research and let me know if you are interested.

 

I am not medicated for depression, and never have been, but suicide runs in my family.  It's difficult to understand and deal with, and it is a VERY different feeling than one would suspect!!  Anyway, I recognize those feeling within myself which is why I am constantly mindful of honoring myself as precious.  

 

SasQ= What kind of exercise do you like to do?

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September 21, 2014
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Som,

 

I don't exercise much, but when I do, I try to build endurance more than strength.  Not that I couldn't benefit from larger muscles, but endurance is more important in a fight, and I train to survive, so there you have it.

 

So basically, cardio.  Anything that will push my endurance and/or build muscle tone.  Running, swimming, jumping jacks, I've never tried yoga, but that would be good, too.  Anything that also exercises balance at the same time is good for the martial art, as well.

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