It took me a long time to realize that in order to be completely healthy, you must be healthy within the inside as well. Not just with the foods that you eat, but how you feel-your mental well-being. It is just as important as diet & fitness.
I was diagnosed with depression in January of 2012 and was put on an anti-depressant called Celexa. While it helped me to improve initially, I was left feeling sluggish and very much like a zombie on a daily basis. My diagnosis came after a rough & abusive childhood, the death of a family member, and an abusive marriage which ultimately landed in me asking for a divorce and starting my whole life completely over after I was left with $10,000 of debt. I turned to alcohol to cope with my problems, never moved off the couch, ate whatever I wanted for comfort, and I eventually gained a few extra pounds because of that.
In February of 2013, I decided to get off of my medication and to start working out. I was tired of how it made me feel and how it was like putting a band aid over a very real problem. I did not want to be medicated; I knew this was a mental test for me. I quit the medication-cold turkey-and began my new workout routine of waking up at 5:30am, 5 days a week, and focusing on cardio & strength training. The results were amazing! I became the happiest I had been in years. I had stopped drinking altogether and I had lost weight and gained muscle tone. I remarried, paid off every cent of my debt, and found myself! I learned to love life again through exercise and taking care of my body. The body and the mind are truly connected in all ways and this is why you must be healthy in both.
The truth is that exercise did more for my depression than any medication could. Not only was I happier in general, my back pain virtually went away and I noticed other health benefits as well. I saw an amazing change in my body tone which lead to a higher self esteem. It took me from the edge of the cliff and wanting to commit suicide and it raised me up high and reshaped me. My new husband supported me and could tell a world's difference in the way that I acted and felt. It saved my life.
Exercise is truly the best medication!