This February it will be a year and a half since my mother died. That first year was rough, I gained 17 pounds and was pretty lethargic but I did manage to meet my responsibilities. The following summer I started working out again and lost the weight, fit back into my clothes, and was eating really well. But as soon as work started up and life got busy again, I fell back into those quick fix coping mechanisms like having a few beers and watching TV to reward myself for working all day instead of working out and getting things done at home. I worry that I may never get back to being that energetic person. How long does it usually take and is it really realistic to think you can get back to your old self at some point?
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