A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Something I Could Have Never Done 4 Years Ago (Friday 5)

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Hey all! I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5 2.0!

I used to be addicted to exercise. I used to be obsessed with food and I counted every calorie that went into my mouth. It was not fun. It was horrible.

dreamed of a day where I didn't think about food all. day. long. I didn't think it was possible.

But with a lot of hard work, it turns out it was possible for me to get over those obsessive habits. 

On Saturday, I did something I never could have done four years ago...

didn't workout and I went clothes shopping!





I know, that sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But anyone who has struggled with food/exercise/body image issues can probably relate and realizes what a HUGE accomplishment this is! To be able to freaking try on clothes and see yourself changing in the mirror without working out that day... it is a huge success and just solidifies in my mind how hard I worked and I've made HUGE progress.

I know I won't ever be 100% recovered, but I feel pretty damn good right now. What a victory!


Tell me something awesome you have overcome!

19 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you! It's a big huge deal. As you know, I was addicted to exercise for many years and worked out 2 hours each day. 90 minutes in the morning and then a 30 minute swim every afternoon. Now I take rest days, and the days I workout I am done at 45-60 minutes. I honestly didn't think that was possible when I was in the throws of my addiction but with determination, it totally is!

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    1. I very much admire how you have come to have a healthier relationship with exercise. You have an extremely well rounded routine!

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  2. Many (including me) will get it; many won't. Overcoming disordered eating or an eating disorder is so tough, because we have to eat & we have to be around food!

    I hope you got some really cute clothes. :)

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    1. You're right, it is different because we HAVE to eat. Thanks Judy!

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  3. I spent many years of my younger life in the same destructive thought pattern. So glad to hear you are making great strides in moving into a healthier mindset about your body xoxo

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I'm glad you got past it as well.

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  4. You should be so proud of yourself! Such a huge accomplishment and positive step.

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  5. That is a huge accomplishment and I know it must feel good to be able to do that. Whenever I can do something "normal" I feel a sense of relief rush over me. Like, okay I'm really DOING THIS like a normal person, yes!! Of course normal people probably don't cheer themselves on like that but you know... it's a step in the right direction haha!

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    1. The times when I feel the most NOT NORMAL is when I do something outside my comfort zone and I realize that normal people do this all the time lol.

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  6. You're doing a great job, and those clothes look cute, especially that dress. We can be so hard on ourselves, and small steps is a good start.

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  7. I get it.

    Honestly, trying on clothes is tough. We are always our own worst critics and it stinks to like an item on the rack and have it not look good in the fitting room. I'm super short and it's hard to find clothes in general that are not too long. I have a weird thing about mirrors as well, and on days when I just don't feel good about my body, I will work out in the back corner of the Planet Fitness, away from all the mirrors. I know it's there to check form when you lift, but it's still tough.

    You are so strong Meg! Especially your upper body/shoulders. All the outfits look great on you as well.... I hope you bought them.

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    1. I can totally imagine how it would be hard to find clothes to fit your height. I am an average height (5'5) and there are still pants that are too long on me or that would only be the right length if I wore heels. I hate to hear that there are days you don't feel good about your body, but obviously I get it because I feel that way sometimes too.

      Thank you, Amy! I actually didn't buy a single thing! I do wish I would have gotten the dress.

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  8. That's a HUGE victory. Congrats, girl!!!

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  9. The Megan I know is such a confident young women and I hate to hear that there were/are times that you don't feel good about yourself, but then on the other hand I get it. Trying on clothes is a hard thing to do because I think we all are a bit too harsh on ourselves. I hate trying on clothes.

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    1. Thanks! I know I do feel like I am a generally a confident person but it's really a mental health issue that I wish I had total control of.

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  10. I am so glad you're able to take a rest day and just do something fun. I think rest days are just as important as keeping up a physical fitness routine ;)

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