Study Type: Member Story
Patient Sex: Male
Patient Ethnicity: White
Patient Age: 40
Published Date: 05/07/2018
Therapies: Exercise, Diet Therapy
I was diagnosed with a bad mood disorder. Although that may sound like a joke, it is far from it. A mood disorder is a type of depression.
My family was my motivation. I have two kids and a wife that rely on me. When allowing my depression to take hold, I could not be there for them as I wanted to be. Depression and mood disorders take time, energy, and patience to overcome. Lets face it, it’s not going to happen overnight, but with dedication and a will to get better, it is possible to overcome depression.
Encouraging WordsWhen you have depression, it is hard to have the motivation to do anything. You know you want to feel better, but you feel as if that is a hopeless goal. The thing is, you just have to work at it. If you don’t work at it, you will never get better. Whether it requires the assistance of medication, therapy, or a treatment plan that you put together for yourself, you must take action to see results.
There are two primary exercise activities that worked for me: basketball and running. Today, I primarily stick with basketball. You see, I’ve always been a fan of watching the NBA on TV, but I had never actually played basketball. One day I decided to get an inexpensive ball from Walmart. Luckily, my neighborhood has a nice court to play on for free. After day one, although I was absolutely terrible, I knew that it was for me. Ever since, two years later, I play at least 3 times a week. Sometimes by myself, sometimes with others. Either way, I make sure to get out there and just do the work.
It was not always easy to do. I was terrible at shooting the ball, as well as dribbling it. It was discouraging at times, but I knew that I just had to keep trying. Today, I continue to surprise myself with the basketball skills I have learned and can apply today.
In addition, there is a huge mental boost that comes along with the exercise. The simple act of forcing yourself to continue to exercise, even when you may be tired, or sad, or feeling anything but up to the task cannot be expressed enough.
I follow what is known as the ketosis diet. It consists of eating high fat, high protein, and low carbs. Generally I will get my calories as follows: 45% fat, 45% protein, 10% carbs. This includes no added sugar, as well as avoiding high sugar foods like apples.
It was not easy at all. I faced a huge challenge teaching myself to not eat carbs. I love ramen noodles, potatoes, and bread. These are all no-gos on a ketosis diet. In the end, it was all worth it. I went from 215 lbs to 160lbs over 6 months.
There is a saying that I have to remind myself when I have a craving for something sweet or loaded with carbs: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”