100 lb. Club - A "high" from sweatin'!!

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01-25-2006, 01:34 PM
I joined the gym last night and sweated for the first time in a LONG LONG time. I loved it, and that "high" stayed with me all the way home, in the shower, cleaning, cooking, sleeping, when I woke up and even now. I am really looking foward to my workout tonight. I couldn't believe what 1 workout would do for me. I just found this article on Yahoo. Does anyone else feel this good after working out?

A single 30-minute walk on a treadmill can give a temporary emotional lift to patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the results of a small study suggest.


Researchers found that among 40 men and women recently diagnosed with major depression, those who spent just a half hour on a treadmill reported a short-term improvement in energy and emotional well-being.

Though a single workout is not the answer to clinical depression, the researchers say, exercise could offer depressed patients a way to give themselves an emotional boost.

SINGING *Walkin on sunshine...wooohooo* Don't you wanna slap me?!?

01-25-2006, 01:38 PM
Awesome Jennifer! I know it is great when you get that high from working out, it means you will keep it up and that you are enjoying it. I heard a similar report on the news today as well, that a 30 minute brisk walk a day is good for your mental health.

01-25-2006, 02:26 PM
I am a living testament to how much eating healthily and especially EXERCISE can affect one's mental state. I spent much of my life with major depression, taking meds and going weekly to the psychiatrist. But since I started my this journey a year and a half ago, I am SO MUCH healthier in just about every way, but particularly emotionally. I don't take any meds now and am shockingly stable (my husband sure has noticed!)

Jennifer, I think you're really onto something! Once it becomes a habit, I bet you'll find something feels really off when you aren't able to work out.

Congrats to you & keep up the good work!

01-25-2006, 02:44 PM
I love that you're feeling so great after working out, Jennifer! Long may that continue. :)

:soap: Though I agree that it can help lift the spirits, I hate that exercise is touted as a cure for depression. (I know that's not what you're doing; I'm referring to my past personal experiences.) When I was in the throes of a major depressive episode (and I've had many), there were a lot of days when I couldn't even get dressed, let alone go out for a brisk walk. This little detail didn't stop the advice from the world and his wife to "just get out and exercise". :rolleyes:

It's been some years since I was this debilitated by depression, and these days I find that exercise definitely helps keep my mood elevated. That's because my chronic depression is generally quite mild (with a few moderate bouts), and doesn't prevent me from actually living life, and therefore being able to exercise. </:soap:>

01-25-2006, 03:02 PM
Oh yes, exercise makes me feel SO much better. I start feeling restless if I don't do anything.

01-25-2006, 03:07 PM
I get that "high" too and I LOVE it! Even on days when I have to talk myself into going to the gym I find myself not wanting to stop once I get moving. Exercise clears my head, makes me feel confident and strong - it just feels good. And that feeling does stick with me for a long time. That is one of the reasons I switched to working out first thing in the morning. I used to enjoy going to the gym at night becuase I was able to let off some steam and relax at the end of the day. But, by going in the morning, I find that stress doesn't build up throughout the day to begin with so there isn't much to unwind from anymore.

01-25-2006, 03:25 PM
That's wonderful, Jennifer!

After a series of losses a number of years ago, I became depressed to the point where I couldn't get out of bed. Once I started on medication, I was then able to get out and walk, which I think helped get me off medication much sooner. That and volunteering. I really credit volunteering with getting me out of my own head and thinking about other people (well, in my case it was animals, but you know what I mean).

01-25-2006, 04:13 PM
Fishy, I definitely didn't mean to suggest exercise as a cure-all (sorry if it came across that way!), but I will say that in my case, it was clearly a chicken-egg thing. When I was mostly sedentary, the lack of exercise and feeling bad about my weight definitely made things much worse . On the other hand, I am *certain* the exercise and weight loss have helped control my depressive episodes considerably.

01-25-2006, 06:10 PM

I remember you being here a long time ago when I was also here. I just got back into the site this week. What all happened to you since (you don't have to give me details, just general stuff)? The last I knew you were buying a house. I think it was back in 2002-2003 and it seems you had many other issues going on. Glad to see you are still involved.


01-25-2006, 06:14 PM
I love that feeling after working out!

01-25-2006, 07:35 PM
Fishy, I definitely didn't mean to suggest exercise as a cure-all (sorry if it came across that way!),I know you didn't mean that, and that's not how it came across at all. That's why I wrote, "[...] I'm referring to my past personal experiences.)". :) If I'd had a pound (, not lb.! ;)) for every time someone did mean it though, both doctors and "lay people", I'd be a rich lady.

I'm glad healthy living has had such a positive impact upon you (and you look fantastic to boot!), and I'm sure it's helped keep the black dog in check for me too. All I was trying to say was that it was impossible for me to get moving whilst I was immobilised by depression. Starting from such a position wasn't an option at a time when I needed to be talked through the procedure for tying my shoelaces or making a cup of tea. Yes, it was that bad at times. :( Now that I'm out of that situation, and in a position to exercise, I can recognise and reap all the benefits it brings.

I really wasn't getting at what you, or anyone else, wrote. :^: I was just taking the opportunity to vent past frustrations. :dizzy:

01-26-2006, 07:05 PM
I went to the gym last night too...oooh, felt good. I wish I could go in the morning, but I just can't. My bed is too comfy and all of my "self promises" go out the window at 6 am.

DNR *HUGS*. Yep, been a long time. I crawled back in here Jan 2nd, and was blessed that so may remembered me. Welcome back to you too! Uhm, it a nutshell, I was divorced 4 years ago officially on Christmas Eve (******* is remarried now). I was laid off 3 years ago (blessing in disguise). I now have a great extremely busy and stressful job and a wonderful boyfriend. And I gained each and every 60 lbs I lost previously back and then some. I am in a good place right now. Thank you for remembering me, how have you been?

01-26-2006, 08:48 PM
I get that great high from exercising as well! I get so pumped up I don't want to stop. I love that feeling. I don't understand why it's so hard to just do it when I know I'll feel that great afterwards!

01-27-2006, 10:06 AM
I went back to the gym last night for the 1st time in a long time. Yep! It felt great. Packed my bag and I plan on going back tonight!!!

There is no way for me to go in the morning, I wish there were.

01-27-2006, 10:37 AM

You seem to have your life in order, but then that doesn't surprise me. You were always on top of things!!! I remembered that you were possibly getting divorced - but it sounds like you have survived that as well. I've been there and done that and things keep getting better for me as I go through life. I think you will find that is true for you too. Sometimes you wonder how many times you have to yank those boot straps up.

I will be a grandma in about 6 weeks and am excited about that. I got my degree in interior design - graduated in 2003 and started working in that field. Absolutely loved the work, but the pay really sucked - most of the jobs in that field in this area are commission only and waiting to be paid was the worst part of it. I was used to making good money as a secretary, so after 2 years, I came back to secretarial work and do the design stuff on the side, as I feel like it. Now I have the best of both worlds.

I also know what it's like to gain all the weight back and start over but this time my attitude is quite different and I think I'll be able to do this for life. Since everything else seems to be in order for me, I can concentrate on this now and get it fixed. You'll get it done too - I have faith.

Take care - stay in touch.


01-30-2006, 07:09 PM
As far as the whole gym thing is going...I went 3 nights last week and my goal is to go 5 times this week. I sweated like a pig today during my lunch hour...but oooh, do I feel powerful. Was a great boost during the day, I will try to make it during the day instead of after work.

Sandi..Woooohoooo...so, how good did you feel sweatin??

DNR..A grandma!? Wonderful!!!!! You sound great too...missed you and so glad were both here at the same time..ahahaha.

01-31-2006, 10:37 AM
That's great! I wish I could get that high. I feel better after I exercise but it's not because the exercise gives me a high, I just feel better because I know I've done something good for myself. Good for you!


01-31-2006, 07:10 PM
The "high" is on a vacation sweeties. I am trying to get myself all revved up...I can't. I will not log off at work from3FC until I know for sure I am inspired enough or just determined to get it over with...so I don't just wave and drive by on my way home. I know am going to be so pissed when I get home and lay in bed thinking that I should have just gone.

SO, instead of listening to my tired, lazy self tonight, I am going to drag my butt over there, put in my time and go home. Then I won't have to "deal" with my self guilt tonight and tomorrow. Ahhhhhh...one of those days.

02-01-2006, 11:34 AM
Yes, you must get your butt over there - that way, there will be less of your butt to go over next time. :) :) :)


02-01-2006, 01:13 PM
I did it, I did it....woooohooo...I did it! I dragged my butt over there, did my work out, sweated like a pig, and went home and to bed happppy.