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  1. Making some good gains there, way to go!
  2. Hey everyone, This intro post may end up being a little long, but I joined this forum hoping/looking for a good support group where I could gain useful knowledge, mutual motivation, advice-sharing and form connections with like-minded people. I've been vegan for about 2 years now, before that I was a "social vegetarian" and vegan on my own time, I thought I would be an inconvenience to the people around me - Clearly, I've gotten over that silly notion. I am 5'7/8" and currently weigh in at approx. 130-135lbs. My metabolism is not the best, and if I want to lose weight I have to work really hard at it - with food and fitness. Starting in the Winter of 2012/2013 I had a steady workout routine (which included a good balance between yoga, cardio and weights), and used MyFitnessPal to track my food intake. It worked very well for me - I lost fat, gained muscle, and was leaning out nicely. I was doing a lot of reading and educating myself, and I was saving up to start a holistic nutrition program - I was feeling really good about myself and life. In the Summertime, I would cycle and stay active with outdoor activities, going back to the gym when Winter came back around. Summer 2014 I made a big change in my life, I moved from one big city to another and I ended up not adjusting very well - It caused me to lose all motivation and drive I had for anything, including my spot-on and ever-growing fitness goals and eating regime. I tried joining a gym after a few months of feeling sorry for myself, and I tried to get back into a clean eating routine, but I simply could not make it work like I used to. The gym was dreary, nobody was friendly and I dreaded going for the short workouts I had planned for myself. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I had also recently weaned myself off of my high dosage medication; I was drained, depleted and completely unmotivated, so I gave up. In January 2015, once again I tried to muster up the energy and same drive I used to have, I decided that maybe what I needed was a new way of working out, so I ordered Insanity Max 30 and bought a DVD player; It is now September 2015, and I still have yet to touch my DVD set. My current eating habits are unstable; I like to aim for eating a lot of fruit and veg, drinking mainly water or fresh juice, staying away from soy/soy products (though I do enjoy a "fake chicken" here and there, and a decaf latte from Starbucks), I have guilty pleasures that I do not indulge in very often. Breakfast is rare for me these days and I know I am not eating enough. When I was younger, I struggled severely with disordered eating and it still haunts me to this day, even though I know in my right mind that skipping meals will NOT encourage weight loss or healthy living, I simply cannot help but self-sabotage myself at times. I am really hoping for some good advice on how to get back on track, what are some good ways to ease myself back into a fitness routine and make sure I am eating enough? Should I go back to MyFitnessPal? Should I forget Insanity Max 30 for now while I get back in shape or do I jump into it? Are there any good light work out routines I can find on youtube? I am open to any and all advice, as long as it is kind and open-hearted/minded. Thank you so much for reading this, and I am really looking forward to hearing from you guys!
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