"Sport and a healthy diet do not help with lipedema."
You can hear such words in all sorts of places - or something like that. OK. Let's leave it that way.
Here and now I am asking you directly: Are you sure that you are doing something good for your body with fast food or excessive sugar consumption? We will quickly come to the same answer: No. What is the difference between having lipedema or not? Exactly, there is none.
Let's be honest
I just have to make it clear that my opening quote is utter nonsense. Because you can strive to live healthily with pretty much any (chronic) illness. I have not yet heard a (sick) person who said that it does not matter how they should eat. In my opinion, the doctors recommend that everyone take a little more self-care in this regard.
Sure, we are all different. And everyone has their own package to carry with them. I just want to clean up a bit here and make a clear statement. A healthy lifestyle with lipedema is possible and not as difficult as everyone thinks.
If you also have lipedema, weight loss is a huge issue.
Yes, it's super hard to lose weight. Yes, it is only possible to a certain extent. Yes, with some it really doesn't work. Yes, lip fat cannot be removed.
BUT: exercise and a healthy diet are never free. We want to stay fit and do something good for our body - whether you lose weight or not. Being healthy means so much more than just having "normal weight".
What not to forget:
- We don't just have lip fat
- Obesity comes from excess calories (we eat more than we burn)
- Lipedema shouldn't be an excuse
You can do so much more than you think
Give yourself and your body the chance to change something and don't immediately say that something won't work without knowing it. I have also taught myself better in this regard. Almost 13 months ago I was a lazy couch potato who preferred to put up her legs in her free time instead of doing something for herself. Everything changed on May 1st, 2020. I took the first step in the right direction and now I can say that I have become a real sports freak.
Racing bike, Hula hoop, Bellicon, Walking, Swimming - it doesn't matter, I'm at the start and even enjoy it. I never would have thought it possible that I would love to do sports one day. I changed my diet on October 5, 2020 and have lost over 22 kg since then. Not only that, I also have a completely different view of my body and feel very good - despite lipedema.
Exercise and nutrition for the psyche
It is not "just" about losing weight, but about a positive mindset. Your thoughts are the origin of your actions and therefore also of your success. If you (like me before) just rump service and (like I did then) “rest” on an illness, it can't get any better. Success has three letters: DO.
When starting in a new direction, you shouldn't set your goals too big. You need small intermediate goals so that the path doesn't seem endless. Back then, I set myself small milestones when it came to weight. When doing sports, I actually just kept “drifting” and tried out. You can only know whether something suits you when you have tried it. At first I thought that walking wasn't mine either. Now I really enjoy doing it. Think outside the box and get started. It doesn't matter how. And if you just choose to go for a walk every day - the important thing is that you do it. Because: "The more difficult it is for you to take the first step, the more important it is that you take it."
In the beginning I had a bit of a pain problem while cycling. But I noticed that it was still good for me and it got better from time to time. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and stay tuned. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
You only have this one life and I wish that each of you will cope with lipedema as well as I do now.
Who is more important, you or the others?
I am so glad that despite my many pounds last year, I gave a shit what other people think of me. Sure, I didn't feel particularly comfortable on the racing bike at first. But who cares? Even if someone sees you for a few seconds as you drive past on the narrow bike with a wider butt, what bucks you? Do you want to let thoughts of others, which might or might not be, limit your life? Is it really that important to you what someone thinks of you in the swimming pool in summer? Isn't it more important that you can put your legs in the cool water and feel the most comfortable compression in the world for your lip legs?
There is no right or wrong
And one more, very important thing on the subject: whether you do the lipos or not is completely irrelevant to me. I accept your every decision. Just find your way, because you have to tread it! Mine is without the surgeries and as you can see, you can achieve even without great success. We are all the same to me, yet so different. There is no right or wrong, it just has to suit you. You should definitely take good care of your body and soul. It all looks different, I don't want to deny that. That's not what I was talking about. The point is that we all stop resting on lipedema and start over into the future. In a life without self-pity, but with a lot of self-love.
A year ago, as I said, I was no better myself ... Therefore, it is even more important to me to encourage you here and now to take the first step in a new direction. In the beginning, the sport was a kind of compulsory event for me, although somehow I wanted it too. But not from the bottom of my heart. Of course, I often don't feel like exercising today, but I do it anyway. I don't give myself any more room for excuses and plan it firmly. You can make the decision in the morning that you are going to exercise on this new day. Stop doing it only when you feel like it. You will probably never start like this otherwise. In a team #antipigdog It's just so much better to live.
To summarize, once again for you: Exercise and a healthy diet for lipedema are beneficial!
Stop resting on your lipedema and hoping for a change without your own involvement. Take your life in hand, take off, stick with it and embark on your own journey to a new you that you love. No matter what others think - let's go!
One day or day one - the choice is yours. I've already made up my mind and go my way.
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