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AYLAMAY SparkPoints: (5,983)
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7/21/13 2:22 A

I have been a manic/depressive for many years. You say you are depressed and that you toss and turn all night. Have you taken a depression screening test? Have you had your depression evaluated by your physician? If you are depressed, know that there is LOTS of help available, and that approximately HALF the population will wrestle with depression at some point in their lifetime. If your symptoms are getting worse, the time to act is now. Lack of sleep can cause diabetes to worsen, as you well know, because the lack of sleep causes a release of the stress hormone cortisol, which the then triggers the release of glucose into the system. Cortisol also triggers depression symptoms. Please consider talking to your doctor after taking a depression test, if needed. Many can be found on line. The Ivan Goldberg test is very accurate and easy to take.

Know that you are not alone. I applaud your efforts to work on losing the weight, and admire your determination.

Now, about disliking the exercise. Do you like dancing? Have you considered an exercise video that incorporates dance? These can be a lot of fun. I personally like swimming and biking as well. I love the feeling of swimming, the way I feel lighter in the water, in fact down-right skinny. It's very motivating. To me biking feels like flying. It's a very free-feeling activity. There are so many kinds of exercise, there has to be one you will like, or at least don't hate.

Have you tried exercising with a buddy? Having a friend to share the experience can make an stressful activity go by much more quickly and smoothly.

Best wishes to you. I hope you are sleeping better, and liking your exercise program better too, very soon!

LMRYAN2 Posts: 44
7/20/13 10:32 P

Hi! I'm so sorry that you're going through this! It sounds like you've got quite a few problems all at the same time. I'd like to recommend the book, "The Blood Sugar Solution". I think the recommendations in it would really be helpful to you!

As far as your sleep goes, are you drinking a lot of caffeine? Soda? too much sugar? processed foods? Cravings come from nutritional deficiencies, so making sure that you have the right amount of vitamins and minerals is essential. When I take my multivitamin, I experience fewer cravings. When I have processed sugar, I experience many cravings. ALL. DAY. LONG. (It sucks!) I'm learning to live without processed carbs, and I'm much happier. (Processed food makes us grumpy and irritable too!)

I hope this helps!


COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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7/18/13 5:44 P

ICEDEMETER, that was a wonderful reply, how kind of you to share your experience, blessings to you as well. emoticon

ICEDEMETER Posts: 878
7/18/13 5:25 P

I would suggest that the first thing you do is go in to see your doctor and explain what is going on. It could be that you need some meds adjusted, or that there is a nutritional deficit that is contributing to the issues. Either of those need to be addressed by your doc.

Now, the other thing is that it's entirely possible that you are just hitting another stage in grief. After my husband died, I found that I went through many cycles of grieving, seeming to recover, and then grieving again. The cycles of grieving always included insomnia, exhaustion, sadness, and an irregular appetite (I either had no interest in food at all, or all I wanted was a quick sugar rush to give me some energy). Not to be a downer, but I actually found that the 3rd and 5th years after his death were almost as hard - in some ways harder - as the first. If this is the case for you, then it could be worthwhile to discuss this with your doc as well, to see if a sleeping pill or a referral to a therapist would be most helpful for you.

Previous posters are absolutely right that exercise is supposed to make you feel better, and that it might be worthwhile changing things up to find things that you actually enjoy. I've never been much of a cardio fan, but I found that kick-boxing was one of my best therapies when I was newly widowed (and the others in the classes actually got used to me randomly bursting in to tears during a workout). I also became a huge fan of heavy lifting, since a good session in the weight room was pretty much the only thing that would give me a good night's sleep. It's definitely a matter of trying different things until you find what works for you.

Finally, I'm wondering if the fact that your "eating is not better" might be due to you having a total lack of interest in actually cooking for yourself. After years of cooking for a family, it is a pretty major mental and emotional leap to "justify" in your mind that it is worthwhile to spend the time and effort on cooking for just yourself. I spent many years as a widow eating at restaurants for the majority of my meals, and having popcorn or cereal if I was at home. If this is the case for you, then I'll just invite you to start thinking about what might make it interesting for you to start cooking again. For me, it was the challenge of meeting specific micronutrient goals and making foods that tasted as good or better than the restaurant meals that I'd been eating for years.

Please always remember that a healthier you is worth the time and effort and energy to get yourself checked out with the doc and figure out a nutrition and fitness plan that will leave you feeling better and not worse.

Strong thoughts to you...

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/18/13 4:43 P

Now that you're exercising, your body may be looking for better nutrition which would cause the cravings and other issues. It's great that you're exercising and seeing results in your blood sugars, but you might find it better to start changing your diet as well.

KARMASAYS SparkPoints: (3,697)
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7/18/13 3:00 P

You said that your eating habits are not better. A poor appetite (i.e. empty calories/processed food) will not fill you up and satisfy you.

I would look in to changing your diet, but start with baby steps so as to not overwhelm yourself. Start by adding 1 serving of fruit/veggie a day or a salad before each dinner and work up from there. Try replacing processed food with natural food (i.e. instead of deli sliced chicken breast, bake a real chicken breast to slice up).

I also have trouble sleeping, but I'm anemic so insomnia is part of the package, but I find when I eat well and exercise I sleep way better.

Weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,035)
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7/18/13 1:48 P

BSLMKH1954,

If you've been tossing and turning the last few nights, it may well be because of the heat and humidity. I'm in the Northeast and this heat has been awful. As a result, I'm not sleeping well either.

If you've been doing the same routine day after day, week after week, it's not a wonder you're sick of it. It's time for a change. It's time to doing something for FUN. remember, exercise isn't just about burning X calories in Y time. the benefits of exercise go way beyond calorie burn. If you're feeling some pain, that's no good. No one should ever push through the pain just go get a workout.

How long have you been feeling some pain ? Depending on how long it's been, perhaps it's time to discuss your pain with your doctor. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about some of the symptoms you've been feeling. yes, a good exercise program can energize a person. But, it can also wear a person out too.

It sounds like you may be experiencing some burn out. not unusual. In order to keep your workouts fresh so that you aren't getting burned out or fatigued try changing your routine. try something different. try a different dvd. try riding a bike or swimming. Exercise should be fun because when we enjoy doing soemthing, we look forward to doing that something each and every day.

You shouldn't have to dread doing a workout. That's not healthy. If you've been in pain, my advice would be to talk to your doctor. If your doctor gives you the all clear to workout, then try changing your routine.

And where did you read that exercise suppresses hunger ? In fact, the opposite is true. a vigorous exercise workout should cause a person to be hungrier. Why ? When you exercise more, your body needs more calories to be able to do the workout. The more you exercise, the more energy (food) you need to sustain the workouts.

Another possible reason for your recent fatigue (along with burn out), could be that you're not eating enough. food = energy and no food = no energy. When a person doesn't eat enough, that causes fatigue. So, do make sure you're eating enough calories not only to nourish your body, but to provide your body with the calories (energy) it needs to function properly.



Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/18/2013 (13:51)
BARDIC_GRRL SparkPoints: (11,097)
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7/18/13 1:34 P

It sounds to me like you may have tried to take on too much too early. I was an athlete in my "skinny" days, and would often ski or hike all day, all weekend, and take long walks on work day evenings. But now that I am recovering from years of overeating and illness, I'm taking gentle walks daily, plus half an hour of easy cardio 3 days a week, and strength training on alternating days. I will pick up the pace as I get back in shape, but right now my body isn't ready for it.

Check out SP's fitness articles for some ideas. But please don't beat yourself up.

BSLMKH1954 Posts: 546
7/18/13 1:25 P

I have been exercising for several months. I am doing 25 minutes of Cardio and 10 minutes of Strength Training 5 days per week. In the last week I have not been able to sleep. I spend most of the night tossing and turning. They say exercise improves mood but I am more depressed. Exercise is supposed to help improve energy but all it does is make me tired and sore. Exercise is supposed to suppress hunger but I am more hungry and have more cravings then every. The only reason I continue to exercise is because my blood sugar is better even though my eating is not better. I don't know how I am going to keep going if I don't start sleeping. I have Diabetes so sleep is really important. I exercise first thing in the morning so it should be helping me sleep. The less I sleep the more hungry and depressed I get. I would quit the exercise program if it wasn't for the benefit on my blood sugar.

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