WG, I'm glad you are taking positive steps to get out of your funk. However, I'm wondering if your husband is concerned about your relationship with him. Maybe you two need to have a serious talk and see what you can do to make him happier in the relationship, possibly even couples therapy.
And believe me, you are still a young thing!
WG, as one who has had considerable amounts of therapy in the past, I'd say those sound like positive steps and that you are going in the right direction! Good for you!
It does sound like you're getting to a better place for you. You need to take care of you. Exercise can be a drag but it really is powerful on making you feel better and have more energy (which is kinda ironic since you feel drained right after a workout!). Having an exercise buddy helps too! My friend and I go super early in the morning and some mornings, if it weren't for meeting her, I'd just curl back up...but I have to go and meet her!
Definitely don't keep things bottled up. I did with my ex-husband, not that I think that would have changed his "ex" status but I have definitely learned a lot. I say what I feel and want and if they don't like it...too bad! Your husband loves you for you so just be yourself! Maybe if you went for walks as a family that would help bond too...it's good for your daughter as well. My boyfriend likes to get out a lot so we try to get our daughters out. He has a 6 yr old and I have a 12 yr old. We all have tennis rackets, fishing rods and golf clubs. We don't do it a lot cuz of time and the girls still aren't soooo keen on all those sports (obviously he influences the fishing and golf ) but we try!
Good luck with your self improvements!!
Congrats, WG! Good for you. I know you are going to feel better, too. I've been walking 3/4 mile almost every evening (that's a lot for me, with artificial hips.) Sometimes I really don't feel like doing it, but force myself. If my neighbor isn't working, she walks with me (though she trails a block or so behind me) and that helps, too. Keep up the good work!
Good news, WG! Keep it up. He sees that you haven't given up and that makes him feel more positive towards you.
That should have been "sees." Men are not the greatest at expressing their thoughts and feelings until it comes out in a fight or by persistent questioning, etc.
Maybe he was afraid to hurt your feelings or say something wrong. We all hear things the way we want to sometimes and when you weren't exactly yourself, you may have taken anything he said out of context. Also, Connie's right (sorry to the guys on the group) but they aren't always the greatest at talking about feelings So now he's showing you with affection and attention that he is also happier with your efforts at getting out of your funk.
I'm very proud of you for making such a great effort. You will be so much happier with yourself as you get out more and do things that make you feel good!
WG, you are just beginning, so make sure you don't overdo and injure yourself.
How about Diet Pepsi? I know some diets forbid any carbonated beverages, but I have to think the a diet soda occasionally isn't going to throw your plan out the window.