No Motivation to Move

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I've been b/p free for 8 days now! Yipeee! It's been a struggle for sure but I'm thrilled with my progress. My issue right now is exercise. I have no desire to do it. I don't know why. I know I'll feel great after I do it- I just can't seem to get myself to start. I think a part of this may be depression. I feel somewhat empty this past week since I haven't acted out in the ED behavior. I want to find the energy and willpower to work out in a HEALTHY way again. Any advice or suggestions?

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I have struggled with the

I have struggled with the same thing. I just had to force myself to exercise in a healthy way. I limit my exercise now to 45 minutes /five days a week and it works great! Also, I know it is very hard but try not to think about exercising solely to burn off calories. Try doing other exercises that you may not have wanted to do in the past because they don't burn as many calories. I have found yoga to be extremely therapeutic :-)

Holly

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Thanks Holly! I really have

Thanks Holly! I really have enjoyed every yoga class I've taken in the past, but you're right- I typically avoided it because it didn't burn enough calories. I should focus on what exercise makes me feel good and relaxed. Lately I've been so tired as I work so much and am trying to deal with this. Being kind to ourselves is one of the hardest thing!

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I find vitamins and omega 3's

I find vitamins and omega 3's have helped a lot. I think we all come here with nutritional deficiencies. Recovery is very tough in the beginning to you are making a huge change to your body, mind and soul. It will come

When you are going through hell, keep going.

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I am learning to listen to my

I am learning to listen to my body. If your body is telling you it needs rest. Its okay to rest. Ed takes its toll on your whole body and leaves us exhausted. It is going to take a little time for your body to resume homeostasis. I too have found yoga to be very centering and therapeutic. Its a hard habit to get into. I previously couldn't get off work to come home and have a glass or three of wine. I said "I deserved it." The problem is the alcohol would cause me to forget my mission of no b/p and in no time I had fallen back into old behaviors. Doing something like yoga after work is a good alternative.If your not an evening work out kind of gal, do it in the morning. I do that too if I know the evening is busy. Hope that helps :)

lh

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and way to go on 8 days bp

and way to go on 8 days bp free! that's awesome! keep it up!

lh

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Thank you everyone for the

Thank you everyone for the encouragement and advice. Taking vitamins is a great idea. I'll start implementing that. I will try and listen to what my body needs as well. I've been exhausted lately but I guess that's because my body is slowly healing itself. I look forward to the day when I feel energized and ready to kick ass in the gym or out.

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Just to let you know that for

Just to let you know that for the first nine months of recovery I did not exercise at all. I found recovery (plus three young children lol) exhausting. After nine months, I suddenly felt like I wanted to exercise and have been doing so ever since.
Don't give yourself a hard time about it. Focus on SE, take your vitamins/minerals, erst when you need to, and try and start listening to your body again.
After the initial recovery weight gain (which I needed after a lifetime of maintaining a weight that was slightly too low for me) I didn't gain any more weight despite not exercising. Now, if I weighed myself (which I don't anymore), I would probably be heavier because I have become more muscular, but weight honestly isn't an issue anymore.
Sending lots of strength for your recovery journey xxx

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