Losing weight with mental illness – can I do it?

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen my post about starting to eat healthy, and I thought I would expand on that a little bit.

So, as I have talked about before, I gained a lot of weight from antidepressants. I used to be really skinny and very active, but after being hospitalized and starting on meds, I haven’t really had the same drive to do exercise or eat healthy. I would have a bunch of bad days and tell myself I was allowed to eat bad food or stay in bed. Krop

The place I’m in now, I always try to figure out ways I can deal with my mental health issues and how I can better myself. The one thing everyone always told me was “exercise and eat healthy – it will affect your well-being as well”, and I always thought “well, I’m mentally ill anyway, I should be able to eat and relax all I want”. Honestly. That was my way of thinking, awful as it may sound.

But now it actually makes sense. I can’t expect myself to get better if I’m not actively out there doing something for it to happen.  And since I feel myself getting more and more sick of the way I look and my lack of energy, that can only mean one thing – I have to change my ways. Cause right now, I feel like I’m strong enough to do it! So I will let all of you in on my little journey to not only a better lifestyle but also to feel better about myself.

I started my “healthy life” journey (I’ll try to think of a better name, that is just boring) three days ago on December 15th, and my first thought was “why would you start on a Friday….”, haha. But it actually worked out pretty well! I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who is super into fitness and health and he’s helping me.

He calculated how many calories I could eat a day to lose weight in a healthy way. When he first told me I could lose 8 pounds in 2 months, I thought that sounded like a very low number, and I kind of freaked out on him for a second there. Cause in my head, I would be a fitness model in a month – too bad life doesn’t work that way, hey?

But he told me he wanted me to lose weight in a healthy way, so my body doesn’t go crazy. And I’m very happy I’m doing it this way. I would probably give up really quickly if I had to starve myself, and I also don’t think it would be a good idea for my mental state to do something like that. So taking it slow is perfect for me right now!

My plan right now is that I’m allowed to eat a little over 1800 calories a day if I go to the gym 4 times a week, and I use My Fitness Pal to track it so I don’t cheat. Honestly, I’m really liking it so far, but I’m also already hating it cause I already miss eating chips. I’m awful, haha.

Do you guys have any advice to live a healthier life with mental illness?

Since I don’t plan on this being a fitness blog at all, I’m thinking I’ll post a little update on this once a week. And then if you do feel the need to look at a fitness blog, you should go look at my boyfriend’s blog when it launches. I will give you a link when it does!

4 thoughts on “Losing weight with mental illness – can I do it?

  1. Although there isn’t much in the world better than chips I’m proper impressed here. You sound like you’ve got a great plan 🙂 I’m the sort that goes all out, full steam ahead then falls off the band wagon. Done that for years so I think the best advice would be to stick to what your boyfriend is saying! It makes sense to me

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