I was in my late 20s; I had a full-time job and a regular fitness routine. I exercised 5-6 days a week at a women's health club. Then, I spent over 5 months in Europe. I walked so much I was in better shape that summer than the summer I paid for a personal trainer. At 5'8" with a medium build, men needed a warning sign that said, "Danger: Curves Ahead." I literally stopped traffic with men hitting the curb, stopped construction at construction sites, had men following me around like lost puppies through the city of Madrid and received more cat calls in one day than Duchess Kate has pictures snapped of her in one day by the paparazzi. (NO, not kidding, not exaggerating.) Then, I was diagnosed with depression... I lost my job. I was for the most part bedridden from fatigue and muscle aches and pains. I lost the curves and lost the muscle and gained the FAT. My life consisted of a combination of depression medications and eating without exercising that lead me to expand to an obese size 3X. I have progressed from the bedridden level to the couch potato level to the low activity level. When I write "low activity level," I mean: I can wash and iron clothes now, load the dishwasher, and maybe vacuum. A year ago, my doctor and I decided to change my depression medication and I lost 30 lbs in one year. I repeat I only changed medications. I did NOT change my diet habits. I did NOT reinstate exercise. So, I'm guessing my metabolism has not been shot to pieces. Six years later, 5 different depression medications tried and tested later, my doctor and I decided to stop my depression medication altogether. I am seeing my energy level very slowly increase to my current "low activity level." I want to have energy again! I want my figure back!!! Where do I start??? How do I lose all of the weight I gained in a course of 6 long excruciating years??? Has anyone else lived through this experience? How did you increase your energy level? How did you begin an exercise routine? How did you lose all of the weight? View Thread
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