The old adage if mama aint happy no one is happy is so true. I too was overweight and suffered from depression and basically let myself go. Then one day I woke up and realized I wasn't just hurting myself it was effecting my family as well and while I did not really care about myself at the time I did love my kids. So I decided to just take it one day at a time and make small changes here and there. One of the best ones was to go for a short walk everyday, even if it was just to the end of our street and back. That little bit was like a shot of sunshine. It improved everyone mood which became addicting and soon we were walking to the end of the block and then further. I also started making little changes in my diet, like adding one piece of fruit each day into the meal plan, looking for healthier meals for my family, not a diet but just eating healthier. As time went by each little change I made had a catalyst effecting my mood (less depression) energy levels and as a result my family was happier, which again made me happy. It was a struggle some days but the incentive of knowing that my family would be better helped a lot. You can do this just remember it takes time there will be good days and bad but don't beat yourself up if you slip... tomorrow is another day. Baby steps is the key to long term success to making changes in your life. Find a good support system, that is also very helpful. Have faith in yourself
1 DAY at a time my friend. Losing weight, battling depressing and dealing with a condition is like trying to learn to juggle in a day. Starting small and focusing on the things you do have control of will make for a better you and your kids! Maybe start with an exercise goal of 10-15 mins. per day for the 1st couple weeks and then add additional mins. in the weeks thereafter. Finding an exercise(s) that you enjoy is important to keep up your new momentum. As you start to master the idea of incorporating exercise into your routine you can then start to incorporate better nutrition and self care. This site has so many fabulous resources and I and others can help guide you when needed. Good luck, I'm rootin' for you!
I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. My heaviest weight has been 265.
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