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I Started Working Out Again and So Can You!

I started working out again and so can you!  It's not often that I like to admit this, but getting motivated to workout is always more difficult for me than eating healthy.

Maybe its because it requires physical action or maybe its because somewhere along the way, eating healthy and vegan became a lifestyle for me.  It wasn't always this way.

I used to be the constant, on-the-go action girl.  I was the one always first in line to take long hikes, climb mountains, practice yoga, and spend more than 90 minutes doing strength training until I had the perfect 6-pack abs that I always wanted.  Then, life happened.

It wasn't until the past couple of years that it's been a real struggle for me.  I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, but I usually manage it pretty well.  Lately, over the past several months, it's grown worse.

The really bad part about this is that exercise eases the signs and symptoms of both anxiety and depression.  The problem is when you're in too deep to even start.

When You're So Depressed You Can't Even Begin to Workout

Every day, usually all day long, I'd tell myself that today was going to be the day that I worked out.  This track would go on all day long, filling me with shame and guilt, because even though I wanted to, I just couldn't.

This has been going on for months and months.  I have exercised a day or two here and there, but nothing stuck.  I knew that when I started fitness up again officially, that it wasn't enough to do just cardio anymore.

I could tell that I was out of shape and strength training, ab core, and yoga was the way to go.  To try to come out of my depression, I have really been working on myself.

I was browsing the Kindle Paperwhite shop for books recently when I came across two books that really stood out to me.

Both books were by author Nancy Levin of Hayhouse Books and they are superb so far!  One is "Jump...and Your Life Will Appear: An Inch-by-Inch Guide" and "Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth."

Each book has exercises that I've been completing in a notebook, that I will probably throw away after reading them is over.  The advice is not only sound but refreshingly honest!  Something I know a lot about.

In the first book "Jump...and Your Life Will Appear" one of the exercises was to choose a commitment that will start to change your life.  I chose to get in shape because I know it will help me the most.

How You Can Start Working Out Again Too

I highly recommend writing down all your excuses first and then burning them or ripping them up and throwing them away.  This is something Nancy taught me well.

That's first and foremost.  Second, buy these two books. It's rare for me to say a book is changing my life but these two really are!  I'd recommend these books to any woman.  It really does feel like I'm in an intense therapy program and that I'm digging deep and healing.

I want to tell you to just start but sometimes that doesn't work.  It didn't work for me.  I've spent more times berating myself than working out.

If you're suffering from depression and anxiety and you're not into self-help books, then here are a few tips to see you through the process to speed things up.  I wish I would have done them sooner!

Tips to Get Started

  • Call on the Great Goddess Pallas Athena!  She is a warrior goddess, and if you ask her to, she'll do battle for you on your mind, body, soul, and heart.  I did this last night as I was going to sleep and I felt a tingling sensation come over me.  She has a very powerful energy that's very healing and therapeutic.  In my experience, she always answers instantly!  There are no time delays.  Just be very specific about what you want and be sure to thank her.

  • Do Workouts in the Morning!  If you don't do it in the morning, you probably won't get the task done.  Take it from someone who knows.  Get up a little earlier than anyone, turn on some indie music, and break up your workouts.  Half strength training and half cardio or half yoga and half meditation.  This way you don't have the entire day to talk yourself out of it.  You can ask Pallas Athena to help you with this too.  Ask her every day if you have to.

  • Set Out All Your Workout Gear.  You can choose to just hold it or sit on it for now, if that's what you need to do.  Lace up those sneakers so it gets your mind cued to workout.  All of these are solid signals to your brain, preparing you for fitness!

  • If your depression is bad enough, please seek help!  I don't take medications for mine and I never will, but for some people, a temporary medication may help.  Therapy may help.  Holistic medicine may help.  Even telling someone how you feel and speaking your truth can make a huge difference.  When it gets this bad, don't be afraid to reach out.  Trust me, I wish I would have.  Depression is a lot like crawling out of a hole and the deeper you go, the harder it is to get out.  

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