You open your fridge, and to your delight, you see two beers and a six-pack of your favorite wine. It’s a beautiful day, and you decide to enjoy your beer and wine, while taking a walk to the beach. On the way there, you stop by the shop to get some sunscreen and some flip-flats in case the sun becomes too strong. You also purchase a bottle of wine to have with dinner, as it is a lovely, sunny day and you want to make the most of it. You arrive at the beach and sunbathe for a couple of hours. During one of your beach walks, you meet two friends who suggest you try out the new Chipotle restaurant on the beach. They give you delicious advice about the food and the service, and you decide that this place is absolutely perfect for you and your taste buds. You give the server your order, and as he takes it, you notice that there is something different about him. He doesn’t smell like normal people, and that little detail is making you feel peculiar. You wonder if something is wrong. Is he wearing cologne? Could it be that he is sick? You don’t know, but you feel uncomfortable around this guy. You also don’t feel like you can trust him, since he doesn’t seem like he feels like he can relate to you.
Are You Obsessed With Dieting?
It starts innocently enough. You receive an email from your friend Katie featuring a picture of herself and her incredible weight loss. She lost 50 pounds, and you decide to try out the new Gym Jones gym with her. You don’t want to seem like a loser, so you schedule a time to work out with her. You go to the gym, and while you are stretching, an instructor comes in and notices your arm problem. He asks if you’re ok, and you tell him you’re fine but you have an arm problem. He says that he can fix it, but it will cost you $500. You tell him you have a problem paying that kind of money, but he assures you it’s nothing serious and that he has a plan to help you out. You decide to go ahead with the fix, as you don’t feel right going to the gym without attempting to fix your arm problem.
Was That the Worst Mistake Of Your Life?
You make an appointment with the gym’s doctor in order to get the injection. While the doctor is not opposed to giving you the shot, it is his professional opinion that you are not a good candidate for any type of medication. The injection will not fix your arm problem, and besides, the side effects are unknown. The doctor tells you that if you’re looking for weight loss, you should consider an alternative approach. You are angry at the doctor, and for the first time since you started your weight loss journey, you feel discouraged. It’s not the first time the doctor’s suggestion has hurt you, but this time it feels different.
You’ve Messed With The Doctor On This One.
After that setback, you make a change and decide to take the medication route. You try Comprised, and as expected, it helps you lose weight. You start seeing results after only a couple of weeks, and you decide to increase your dose. You purchase some over-the-counter anti-anxiety medication to help with the extra stress that the medication is causing you. While you are taking the medication, you keep up with your exercises and soon begin to see further results. You decide to increase your exercise regime, and soon you are doing 20 minutes of cardio five days a week.
You’re On A Roll. No, Seriously.
After about a month of taking the medication, you decide to go for a swim. You put on your swimsuit and go to the beach. While there, you decide to give the salt water a try. You dive in and begin swimming around. After only a couple of minutes, you see a wave coming toward you. You begin to panic, as you are not a strong swimmer. You begin to envision yourself stuck underwater with just a life jacket. You struggle to get to the surface, but with every passing minute, the panic increases. You finally make it to safety, and from that point on, you realize that the medication is not for you. You decide to stop taking it and begin weaning yourself off of it. A couple of days later, you throw out your pill bottle and vow never to look back. You never take medication again, and thanks to your newfound love for swimming, you never feel that you lack confidence in the water. The doctors are always surprised at how far you were able to come without medication.
How’s Your Mental Health?
Your mental health is something that you should be particularly concerned with, as long-term use of ADD medication can have some serious side effects. If you are experiencing any of the following, then it’s time to rethink your meds:
- Feeling overly anxious or nervous
- Having trouble sleeping
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Losing interest in daily activities
- Depression or mood swings
- Suicide thoughts or attempts
- An addiction to alcohol or drugs
- Experiencing psychosis or hearing voices
- Experiencing flashbacks or visions
- Experiencing memory problems
- Experiencing paranoia or feeling unsafe
- Experiencing tremors or twitches
- Experiencing any other mental or physical problems
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, then it’s time to seek help. There are many resources available to you, and with some hard work and the right treatment, you can find your way back to health.
When you begin your journey to weight loss, you make many mistakes. Some of them are obvious while others may seem small, but they all add up and hinder your quest for wellness. You must learn to trust your body and enjoy the process of living a healthy life, even if this means making some mistakes along the way. The important thing is that you learn from those mistakes and continue moving forward. Never forget –> you are worth it.