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May 20

Conquering Over Exercising

Posted By iamincontrol | May 20, 2014

Girl on treadmill
By Savanna

At the end of my senior year, I was off to college. I was starting to feel overwhelmed and anxious.  Not only was I done with competitive sports, but I would be soon leaving all of my friends and family.  With all these new changes occurring in my life, I started to turn to the only things I felt I could control: my diet and exercise.

I started exercising two to three times a day for hours at a time while only consuming around 1,000 calories or less a day.  I soon became obsessed with my body image and couldn’t bear missing a day of working out. I limited my diet to only a few food groups.  With my obsession of exercising and my diet, I started to lose relationships with my sister and friends.  I had no energy to ever do anything and ended up becoming a very negative person.

This all changed towards the end of the summer when a couple of my friends decided to talk to me.  I never knew I was hurting them as much as I was hurting myself, and from then on I decided to start making healthier choices.  Though it took me a while, I learned to start loving myself for the way I was. I learned that I wasn’t the only one going through these life changes.  From my past experiences, I now view exercise as a fun activity and not as a coping mechanism.

Starting new chapters in your life will be overwhelming and stressful at times, but you have to remember that you’re not alone. You will get through this.

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