Jaz Jackson had depression and anxiety for many years and it was having devestating effects on her physical and mental well being. But it took a major crisis to force her into change – story courtesy of womenshealthmag,com:
I’ve struggled with depression for years—I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2012—but in 2016, it took a turn for the worse after a relationship ended.
I began using food as a coping mechanism. I’d start each day with a 20-ounce soda, eat way too much junk food, and continue to snack at all hours of the night. Oh, and you couldn’t pay me enough to step foot into a gym.
At one point I’d gotten so fed up with my weight gain—I was 190 pounds, and I’m only 5’2”—I tried the “Lemonade Diet,” where all I consumed for 15 days was a mixture of Grade B maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and water. Did it work? At first, yes; but once I stopped the diet, I quickly gained the weight back because I didn’t learn healthy eating habits.
‘I knew I had to do something to get my weight under control.’
In September of 2016, I realized I couldn’t make any significant changes on my own, so I started training regularly with a personal trainer who also specialized in nutrition. At first, she suggested I cut out soda, chips, candy, and fast food, but I still found myself falling for trendy “diet” foods with empty calories. I clearly had a lot to learn.
I started eating five times a day—three meals and two snacks—following a high-protein diet laid out for me by my trainer. Here’s what a typical day looked like:
- Breakfast: Two egg whites, chicken breast, and spinach
- Lunch: A small salad with tuna
- Dinner: Ground turkey, brown rice, and tons of veggies
- Snacks: Hard-boiled eggs or sugar snap peas (a great alternative to chips!)
But, because I also learned balance is key, I’d splurge a little every Saturday and treat myself to one cheat meal. I ate this way for two months and lost 10 pounds.
‘I totally revamped my fitness routine, too.’
I began working out six times a week for an hour, focusing on an equal mix of weight training and cardio. My trainer always had something new for me to do during our sessions, so my body was constantly challenged. Throughout my training, I also learned to focus on form and consistency instead of rushing through my workouts.
Once summer 2016 rolled around, I had lost about 40 pounds (I went from a size 18 in jeans to a size 9). From that point on I began to focus less on fat loss and more on building muscle… Read More
It’s a story that’s both sad and compelling at the same time, don’t you think? Have you ever had to deal with depression? If so then please let us all know what effect it had on your own life in the comments – Thanks
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