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julesthefox
Cutting Exercise

I recently really started getting serious about my recovery. I am working with a therapist and recently started seeing a nutritionist. Working with her has been amazing so far. It's the first time in a while that I feel like I'm actually making some progress. However, that's what brings about this post. A lot of her suggestions are very difficult for me to handle and even more difficult to follow. She is very understanding of this and is working with me in small steps, and for that I am very grateful. The first thing we started taking on are my exercise habits. Yes, exercise is good, but I do it to a point where it is unhealthy and detrimental to my health and well-being. She is helping me breakvit down into more manageable steps in order to break my awful cycle. I was able to cut out some of my routine for a full week now! That is huge. She knows it too and is very happy. The thing is, since cutting the exercise, I find myself not having more energy, but feeling extremely fatigued, in horrible, achy pain, more depressed, and have even been having dizziness and headaches. Has anyone else run into this while trying to develop a healthier routine? I would've expected the opposite of this to be true as I have not cut out any of my diet. How can I be tired when I'm treating myself better and doing less?

girl99
Everything you stated makes

Everything you stated makes sense.
Exercise:
-releases Endorphins which can alleviate depression
-increases BP which can prevent vertigo
-increases blood flow which wakes you up

In time, your body will adapt to your new routine.

dropthemetaphor
re: cutting exercise

Just give it time! I’m a runner and I feel the same way when I don’t exercise, even if it's only a few days. Your body just needs time to adjust to the new normal. And congratulations on taking these important steps in your recovery--isn't it so freeing to let go of some of the compulsive exercise behaviors? I find that giving myself "permission" to skip a workout can feel so invigorating.

Have you talked about the lack of energy with your therapist? I’m sure that’s a frustrating feeling while you’re experiencing all these other positives.

mameegan
well done

its so difficult - i know!i have found my recovery got much stronger once i started greatly reducing "purposeful" exercise (in a gym, going for a run...) i got stuck for quite a while in what i would call partial recovery. i was so much better than i was before, but still not where i wanted to be. i added many for foods, but began following my meal plan too rigidly, turning that into another ED behavior. i continued to exercise very rigidly, very consistently. my days continued to be defined as good or bad depending on if i had a good/hard workout. That didn't support my full recovery. i have learned that without vigilance to my moods & motivation, i can turn anything into a rigid, ED behavior. recently, I've been giving myself challenges by doing everything differently, when i walk my dogs, brushing my hair with my left instead of my right hand... changing my routine, foods i eat, the way i exercise can make me feel like I'm free falling, but it has been so good for me. take alll of this at whatever pace feels comfortable (or as comfortable as it can.) then fact that you are getting so much support shows so much strength. big hugs and high fives to you!!!

mameegan
well done

its so difficult - i know!i have found my recovery got much stronger once i started greatly reducing "purposeful" exercise (in a gym, going for a run...) i got stuck for quite a while in what i would call partial recovery. i was so much better than i was before, but still not where i wanted to be. i added many for foods, but began following my meal plan too rigidly, turning that into another ED behavior. i continued to exercise very rigidly, very consistently. my days continued to be defined as good or bad depending on if i had a good/hard workout. That didn't support my full recovery. i have learned that without vigilance to my moods & motivation, i can turn anything into a rigid, ED behavior. recently, I've been giving myself challenges by doing everything differently, when i walk my dogs, brushing my hair with my left instead of my right hand... changing my routine, foods i eat, the way i exercise can make me feel like I'm free falling, but it has been so good for me. take alll of this at whatever pace feels comfortable (or as comfortable as it can.) then fact that you are getting so much support shows so much strength. big hugs and high fives to you!!!

chunkymonkey68
Have you had a medical exam with a general medical internist?

My relatives all suffered from diabetes. When 1 in particular gave up daily walks due to knee surgery is when his attitude about life just went down hill.

Mom also had to take walks after meals for balancing out her blood sugar levels.

It may also be a blood sugar relationship w/ the exercise factor and new feelings of not exercising as much?

I would recommend a medical exam with your medical internist/MD to rule out any medical issues besides the emotional one's related to symptoms of exercise withdrawal, etc...

Good luck in your recovery