Many people want to be healthy, they say they are going to work out and they want to live a healthier lifestyle but they just do not have the motivation to do it! I remember days where I just sat there on my laptop, thinking to myself ‘I should probably work out’ and then as I ate a slice of pizza, I thought I would be eating healthier, but I never did! So here are some tips that helped me a few years back to get healthy the right way :)
Motivation to eat better:
- Don’t buy junk food! To eat healthier, you should just buy healthy foods, if they are in your fridge or pantry you will probably reach for them :) I am not saying to get rid of junk food all together, you can treat yourself once in a while but try not to over do it.
- Do research! When I wanted to eat healthier, I started reading about all these different foods and what they do for you, like salmon, veggies and other proteins. It may sound boring but after a while I found it pretty interesting and cool knowing that I was putting good into my body. It also really does show! Your hair and skin a lot healthier :)
Motivation to work out:
- Keep a fitness/health blog or a journal and document what you eat. Reblog pictures of healthy foods or write/reblog different workouts. Tumblr really helped motivate me because of all the pictures of all these fit people and inspirational quotes!
- Workout to be healthy and feel healthy/good about yourself. Unless told by a doctor that you need to loose some weight, then you should workout and keep a good diet that lets you maintain your weight.
- Keep a pin board in your room and post pictures of inspirational quotes and not necessarily bodies of others you want to look like, but ones that want you to work out. Most pictures are photoshopped or are very unrealistic, so do not aim to look like those in the fitness magazines!
- Buy cute workout gear! Not all workout gear is expensive, I find that the very bright and crazy prints are good for me :)
- Make a workout playlist! Using an ipod/iphone/mp3 player or whatever when you workout is so motivating! I find I like running alone, but I get so bored I just want to stop when I am not even tired. But songs like ‘“i’ll Make a Man Out of you” - Mulan, etc. is so much fun! I just love it and singing the songs in my head! Especially when lifting weights :) Thats its for now! Ill add more later maybe! :)
In this I will be talking about how I developed, went through, and am recovering from anorexia and answering some questions lots of people might have about it.
First lets start with how I developed it. Well, all my life I have been tall and skinny. Just naturally. No matter what I ate. Before working out I was kind of a skinny-fat as they call it but I did not worry that much about my body. But everything changed before summer. When the new year started I looked upon my body with such disgust. I was at a perfectly healthy weight and was involved with track and ate healthy most of the time, but I wanted a flat stomach! So I changed my diet, eliminating ALL desserts/sweets. I did research on the internet on how to get a 6-pack or flat stomach. I started doing intense ab work outs 2-3 times a day, waking up at 5:30am in the morning before school sometimes and staying up when I came home late to do more abs. I was exhausted, but my motivation to get a flat stomach kept me going. Then I started cutting out LOTS of carbs. I had only lean meats, VERY little bread sometimes none, and some fruit because I thought carbs were bad. I started eating low fat everything! I tried keeping my fat intake to less then 20 grams a day.
This went on through march, april, may and june. These months I was depriving myself. I lied about what I ate before parties so I wouldn’t eat the cake or the pizza at a friends house. I went from a healthy 5’7 and 120 pounds, to 5’7 and almost 103 pounds. I was pale, my hair was falling out and was full, my eyes were dark and I was shaking all the time from the cold due to low body fat. But I didn’t think I was anorexic. I soon got more of a 6-pack, I was happy right? Nope. I was ALWAYS miserable. I was irritated at every word, every noise and wanted to scream and tell everyone to shut up. I was paranoid. My jeans were very baggy and my legs became twigs. I became distant with a once really good friend… I couldn’t concentrate. Food was on my mind 24/7 thinking about what I was going to eat next. My parents became worried about me, but I told them and the doctor I was fine.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
What got me out of anorexia? Unfortunately, until hitting a very low, potentially deadly weight is when I realized I needed to change. I felt horrible about myself because I knew guys probably did not find a bag of bones like me that attractive. I wanted meat on my bones. I don’t care how my body looks to anyone else anymore, and now I am just going to do things to make me healthy. I am thankful that I am able to recover within a little over a month all by myself, I am not sure of my weight but last time I checked in recovery I was 130 pounds which is healthy. I am staying off the scale and roughly eating 2,500+ calories a day. It use to be like 3,000-3,500 when I really was putting on weight, but since I got my period back and I am gluten free (recently discovered, need to go grocery shopping for more gf foods).
Let me tell you the road to recovery was definitely NOT easy but it gets so much better and is so worth it! Once you know you need to eat, that is pretty much the first step. Once you start eating 3,000+ a day (you should consult your doctor for a meal plan) then you might feel like crap and really tired, but its normal! Your body is not use to the food, it is in survival mode, so whatever food you eat, in case you starve again it keeps it in your belly so you will feel bloated, tired, etc. It will go away within a few days though if you continue eating that much! :) Drink LOTS of water and get lots of fiber. Also I do not recommend exercising until you are FULLY healed, your body is still fragile and weak. I tell you after my recovery I feel 100% better. I am just so happy and more optimistic, I don’t see everyday as a struggle anymore. I welcome life and am so grateful for it. I am so much more confident. As for my period it temporarily did not come for the few months where I was anorexic because I was not eating enough and I was not getting enough fat. Your body needs these things to thrive! Women especially! I got mine back after about a month in recovery through eatings lots of dark chocolate, peanut butter, and stuffing myself with food. Nothing was really off limits to me. But check with your doctor if you are trying to recover of your meal plan.
If you have any questions or advice about it just ask me about it :) I am not a doctor but I did lots of research and just experience for going through anorexia first hand.