So I asked my dietician last week if I could resume exercise – it’s been, oh, 9 months since I’ve been allowed to use my gym membership (and NO I haven't done the math or calculated AT ALL that 24 Hour Fitness has gotten $270 from me FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING). Since I have reached my goal weight, (can I get a resounding HELLS YEAH!) I thought it reasonable that I be allowed to exercise, as long as I ate enough food to compensate for energy expended while at the gym. My dietician said that it was okay with her to resume exercise as long as it was okay with The Almighty T…and I knew that it would be a much harder feat – convincing the T I am ready for the added responsibilities of exercising.
So yesterday during our sesh I asked her, and she said that she had been doing research, and she knew that especially with my asthma and low functioning lungs; (seriously, I'm, like, half-dying all the time) exercise could really help strengthen my lungs and help them function better, and she really thinks exercise could be really great for me. HOWEVER (and that’s a BIG however) she said that she was really concerned because every time I’ve been allowed to exercise in the past, I’ve eventually gone downhill and lost weight and gone into Eating Disorder La La Land, and she was concerned that it would happen again, and she was hesitant because I’ve been doing so well, and she doesn’t want me to lose all the fantastic progress I’ve made.
So she said that before she gives me the green light to perspire it out at the gym, she wants me to write an assignment and talk to her about all the ways in which I used exercise in an unhealthy manner and for my ED in the past, and then what I can do this time to make it different – you know, make it a healthy and positive experience rather than it turning into Gestapo Brie forcing my poor body to run 20 miles on like 300 cals or something equally ludicrous and abusive.
So here’s where you come in:
Do ya’lls have any ideas for me, of ways I could make exercise more fun and less demanding? I have a few ideas…namely, I’m not going to focus so much on cardio, but try to incorporate weight lifting and yoga, etc.
But I know there are plenty of you out there who have been in my position, and I’d love if you shared your ideas and experiences of how you overcame this particular hurdle and made exercise fun and healthy and enjoyable. Ideas or encouragement would be muuuuuuuch appreciated.
Thanks and loves to you all.