As a means to quickly give my personal story, I have been overweight (let's be real here... obese*) a substantial portion of my life. From adolescence to approximately junior year of high school, I was very heavy. At this time, I started going to the gym and was able to lose 100 pounds. I kept this weight off for 3 years. Whether it was the stress of my undergraduate senior year or just the return of old habits, I relapsed. During grad school, my binge eating got even worse (perhaps to fill the void of all the lonely hours in the library or the sheer stress). Not only did I gain back the 100 pounds, but I have managed to go higher than I ever have before. Now that I have graduated from grad school, I still cling on to my horrible eating habits, guilt, and the sadness of seeing how horrible it has become. To make weight loss even more difficult, I have been accepted into medical school starting next fall (2016). In the mean time, I work (60-72 hours/week) at a hospital as a ED technician and do extracurricular activities (24-32 hours/week).
I understand that everyone's life is particularly busy, but I am inquiring how to put time (and motivation) aside to exercise outside of work. I am, by far, a morning gym person. For about a month, I was going to the gym before work (getting up around 4am, exercising for about 1.5-2 hours, and then going to work). This seemed to work quite well but soon took one hell of a toll on my sleep so I stopped. I've tried going to the gym after work, but I'm not exactly up to run a few miles or lift heavy things after a 12-16 hour shift. I am fortunate to have an active position (20,000-30,000 steps/day), but I feel my busy lifestyle hinders any formulation of a weight loss program. I've always firmly believed that one cannot be too busy or too tired to eat healthy and in moderation. While this is complicated with the paroxysmal binge eating bouts, I do generally eat somewhat healthy. I am sick of the guilt, unhappiness, and my mirror image. I would ideally like to lose a substantial amount of weight prior to the beginning of the academic year (early August). This way, I can be focused on maintaining my weight rather than trying to lose a considerable amount.
Has anyone been in a similar situation? If so, how did you find time to "go above and beyond" to achieve your weight loss goals? Has anyone overcome binge eating/emotional eating? Any other advice?
Any help will be apprecited.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.
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