Ever since I was diagnosed with PTSD a few years ago when a

Ever since I was diagnosed with PTSD a few years ago when a neighbour took their own life, I haven't been the same. I took the 'right' steps though, got therapy (still in therapy), an adjustment on my anti-depressants and unfortunately a few extra medications to help fight the good fight and allow me to sleep without dreaming of what happened always.
That being said, I've slowly withdrawn socially, up to the point where I now don't go on any social media, answer text messages, anything. I will have social blips where I'll be chatty with online friends, but those go back down. My s/o has been really kind and understanding, knowing that this has been really difficult.
Currently, and maybe it's due to the pandemic, my biggest struggle is depression holding the hand of weight gain. I've gained 45 pounds in the last year, and I feel horrible. Weird how when it happens to friends, I genuinely don't see any issues, but when it's me, I feel awful. Maybe because I know what my body was like. I cry when I see myself, and this happens at least a few times a week. I have a lot of self hatred and refer to myself with 'fat-shaming' words. I want to eat healthier but the designated person who shops for the household during the pandemic often forgets to buy what I write down, or buys everything spaced out to the point where stuff expires. My s/o tells me to just exercise, but he doesn't seem to understand if it were that easy I would have done it. I find it hard to get out of bed most days, lost interest in almost everything. I feel so ugly.

How can I help myself....?

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LollyNews's picture
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Feb 21

@matters I run through my house.
Choices are endless.

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Littleturtle1000's picture
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Feb 21

@matters I would suggest MyFitnessPal app for starters but keep in mind one app might appeal to one person but not another. I like to think of counting calories like counting money...you budget yourself. You can basically eat anything you want as long as you stay within your budget of calories. After awhile you will memorize how many calories the foods you eat have. Most people buy a lot of the same things so it isn't hard. I can give you tips if you would like as I'm sure others here have health tips as well. The main thing is being motivated, you have to have a reason to want to get healthier and lose weight. I understand the medication issue so thats even more reason to know how many calories you have had for the day. Dont complicate it keep it simple because you don't want to discourage yourself. We have total control over how many calories we each each day, if we don't pay attention and just eat without thinking then we gain weight but if we watch how much we eat and keep it within our ideal amount we lose weight. As far as exercise, that's endless but a simple one is walking and I mean a brisk walk 30 min several days a week. Always do some stretching before (especially) if you aren't use to doing exercise or brisk walking. But, stretching is just as important you have to get your body conditioned it will take some time but stick with it ..don't stop! I'll go to your profile and support you. If you ever want to pm you will have to support me as well.

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LollyNews's picture
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Feb 22

@Littleturtle1000
This is how I look at it now as well. And helps when I think of weight loss. Because I have to be 500 cal in the deficit every day for seven days to burn 1 pound of fat. So over a month, it’s only 5 pounds of fat at the most and some people get discouraged when they don’t realize this. I’ve realized it is actually really good.
Any other weight loss is coming from water. We don’t want that.
And it is a real challenge to be -500 Calories everyday.
Exercise is good. But when I exercise too much, it stimulates my appetite and then I eat more calories than I burned off. So I like to look at appetite suppression through fasting. Less is more.
One main meal a day that includes a lot of fiber.

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