Confession

confession

 

I have a confession to make. I want to start out by saying that I pride myself on trying to be as transparent as possible. This makes me a little vulnerable, but I also know that it makes me more relatable to you guys.

I’ve been a college student for over 4 years now. Last year, I graduated from one school and started at a new university. During the first semester at this new college, I allowed myself to become so overwhelmed that I started eating badly, skipped workouts, and even had some binge eating episodes.

The stress of trying to learn so much scientific information at school in a short amount of time, working 30 hours a week at my job, and volunteer mentoring kids really took its toll on me (to say the least).

I gained about 30 pounds in just a few short months. I suffered during this time with massive brain fog and gallstone issues. Ultimately, I had to seek psychiatric counseling in order to be approved for a reduced course load at my school. Once I had one of my stressful classes eliminated, I had more time to focus on my health again.

I started working out in the mornings once more. I stopped eating quick junk foods while studying (like trail mixes). I stopped trying to numb some of my bad feelings with shots of gin or vodka (made with potatoes, of course).

Since winter, I’ve lost 15 pounds of the fat I gained just by going back to my old, healthy habits. I still have 15 pounds to lose, and I know that it will come back off over the summer.

My point in tell you this: No one is perfect. I might be crazy about eating the healthiest foods possible. I might run marathons. I may have lost an impressive amount of weight and kept it off… but I still have stressors in my life from time to time that crowd out all of my good, positive habits that keep me on track.

From this experience, I learned that I have to reach out for help in my weak areas more quickly. If I wait it out, I fail. By letting my school know that I was struggling, I was directed to the right authorities to assist me in my class scheduling and tutoring. By spending some time in front of a psychiatrist, I realized that I was giving 175% of my time towards school, work, and mentoring and no time for me or my husband (I tend to overdo things, can you tell?). I’m not superwoman, but I sure tried to be (and it backfired).

There is no real balance in life. There will always be something that gets a little more attention than other areas of your life. But if you do not make your health a priority, whatever you are giving your attention to will not be successful either.

Have you had a similar experience of your own? Is this something that is going on in your life right now? Do you have the social support to help you in your times of need? Feel free to comment on this!

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One thought on “Confession

  1. I really appreciate this post. I find it is very important to let people know that you will make mistakes and you will have times you struggle. This doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you human. I too over commit in my life and I too stress eat. The important thing is remembering that when you see that it’s affecting you negatively you need to get help and maybe tell someone no to a request for your time. You need to put your happiness and health on your to do list. Do what you can to make your world a better place without leaving yourself out of the joy you create.

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