How Living a Healthier Lifestyle Saved My Life

Three years ago I made a decision that changed my life for the better. I was 80 pounds overweight, extremely depressed, and was struggling to stay alive. I had hit a low point with my depression and anxiety where I had stopped caring about myself that I allowed to let myself go. Food had become my best friend causing me to gain so much weight back then.

Three years ago was when I had my wake up call. I remember that moment when I worked up the courage to step on the scale for the first time in over a year, I knew deep down I was gaining weight, I just didn’t want to acknowledge it. When I saw that number on the scale, tears immediately filled my eyes. I began to feel embarrassed and upset with myself. I was upset that I had allowed myself to do that to myself. I was ashamed of what had happened. It was that day when I made the decision to get my life back on track.

I was living in such a haze, going through the motions day after day I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself. I had stopped loving myself and it was taking a toll on my mental and physical health.

I wasn’t taking medication either at the time and made an appointment with a psychiatrist to get started on medication again. That was when I received the correct diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder and got put on proper medication that has helped my recovery process.

Along with getting back on medication, I changed my diet and added exercise into my routine. I was eating a lot of fast food (mainly Taco Bell) and a lot of junk food. I wasn’t eating any natural whole foods and was only putting junk into my body.

I started with cutting out the fast food first, then the junk food, and replaced those with natural whole foods. I did it in a slow transition so it helped me build that habit to create a healthier diet.

I then started to exercise three to four days a week. I would either go to the gym or I would go on a run in my neighborhood. Every week I started to increase the length of time I would spend exercising to build my strength and stamina up again. About three weeks into my lifestyle change was when I started to notice the positive changes it was bringing me. I was feeling happier again, I wasn’t as anxious anymore, I had more energy, and I was starting to feel alive again. It made me realize that it wasn’t only helping me physically, but mentally as well.

By staying consistent with my exercise routine I was building up my strength and was starting to lose the weight I had gained. With the new medication I was on and my new lifestyle was helping my mental health immensely.

I truly believe that it was because of fitness that helped save my life. Three years ago I was at my lowest point. Everyday was a fight for me to stay alive. I was struggling with the negative thoughts everyday and wanted to give up so bad. When I had that wake up call and made the choice to change my lifestyle is what brought me back to life again.

Exercise has become a non-negotiable part of my lifestyle now. It’s become a part of my healing and recovery for mental health. With taking medication, exercise, and eating healthier all helped save my life and got me onto a better path.

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19 Replies to “How Living a Healthier Lifestyle Saved My Life”

  1. I agree. I’ve been attending a local martial arts school for the past couple of years. The best thing when I am feeling down or upset is to put on gloves and hit a bag.

  2. Exercise has been vital to my mental health as well. I feel lazy and terrible when I don’t exercise. I still go through depressions, but I know exercise keeps most of those demons at bay. Running is my exercise of choice.

    I enjoyed your post! You are an excellent writer.

    1. I feel the same if I don’t exercise either and it definitely helps. I’m glad you found what works for you! Thank you!!

  3. I have major depression and find that junk food makes my mood worse. Been eating 85% healthy, clean food cooked at home and I’ve lost 14 lbs in 2 months since my major depressive episode. Whenever I think about eating junk food, I try to picture a dumpster. We can’t fuel our bodies and minds with garbage very well. Our bodies deserve respect, and to be treated like a temple ❤️

    1. Yes I completely agree!! Congrats on your own weight loss & finding what’s works for you!

      1. It was the depression that led me to change my diet because of how crappy I felt. Also, the antidepressant I take sorta acts like an appetite suppressant. The dieting was initially unintentional, but I’m starting to take care of my health now where before I wasn’t. I follow an anti-inflammatory diet specifically.

      2. It’s amazing how cutting out the junk really helps beat the depression! So glad you found a diet that works for you!

  4. I am also living a healthier life. There is so many bad chemicals in cleaning supplies, I swap shopped. who knew cleaning products could make us feel so sick.

    1. That’s awesome and I agree there are so many harmful chemicals in cleaning supplies today!

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