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Today is REALLY blustery!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

We are under a tornado watch as I type here. Should not be on the computer but oh, well. Lent starts today. And I didn't know what to give up or do. Well, Editor wrote a blog with a prayer on it asking God for his divine help. I copied it and will use it everyday. Check out Editor's blog today.

I met with my psychiatrist about the little blue pill and we decided to make a reduction in the dosage very slowly so that maybe I could manage to get off it. He is closing his practice so I will be finding a new doctor. The one he suggested is a good drive away but I don't mind. I feel better and want to be better without so many meds so hopefully it will work. I could use some prayerful help.

I'm taking the rest of the day off and heading to the sewing room! Later.

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TIRED49 3/9/2011 11:17PM

    Glad your doctor wants to help you get off the meds.
Saying a prayer for you as well.
Enjoy your sewing time, always wished I could sew.

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KASEYCOFF 3/9/2011 3:31PM

    Sounds to me as tho sewing is good therapy - some people paint, some knit, some do gardening... why shouldn't quilting be a good-for-you hobby as well as just being fun and creative? Thinks me!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

As Winnie the Pooh would say. Our march weather here in Florida is very unpredictable as one day will be lovely and the next day will be a lion. Keeps me indoors. I am really flunking the diet right now. I have to get a grip to remind myself I need to decide what choice I will make. I was doing so well last year. In spite of not dropping pounds, at least I was dropping inches and I felt better. Then I just threw it away and put the few pounds I lost back on. I know you readers are getting tired of hearing me say it but I need to get it back in my head to get on a regimen.
Weight sticks to me and it is very difficult to release it, even if I follow a diet. I guess it is the medications I take that help to hinder my progress. Tomorrow I am going to talk to my doc about getting off of the little blue pill. It will be tough but I want to try and do it, gradually. I feel good and my depression is under control and I feel it is time to try. I don't have the stressors I used to have.
Quilting has taken over my life. I find myself gravitating back to the sewing room to see what's up. If I like the project I'm doing, I can't wait to get to the end to see how it looks finished. When I was sewing clothing for myself, I could make an outfit in a day. I knew how the patterns fit and what to do and I would just push it through the machine. Made lovely jackets and suits and pants, etc. Now I am finding the same thing with the quilting. I want to get to the end to see how it looks. A few years back, we had a mardi gras ball to attend. I literally sat sewing the entire day and had a queen elizabeth dress with full skirt and hat done to wear to the ball. Now if I could just apply that effort to cleaning my house or losing weight, I would be a winner.

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EDITOR 3/9/2011 9:42AM

    So we don't have the dieting down pat yet but we will. One day at a time and I found it extremely encouraging to see you keep busy! My downfall.

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MUMZELLA 3/9/2011 12:03AM

    Boy I understand. I'm struggling now with staying focused on what I eat and how much I exercise. But I'm still determined to stay at my goal weight and not start gaining again. I know this is the rest of my life and I never want to go back to being big. I love being able to move, get up out of chairs, climb ladders, try on clothes, etc and I keep having to remind myself of those wonderful benefits of all the effort I've put in to get here. And I love to sew too, so when I'm feeling the need to eat, I too go to my sewing room and find a new project. go for it!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/8/2011 6:32PM

    But cleaning the house isn't near as much fun. I find it helpful to make a list of things I have to eat (vegetables, protein, dairy, fruit) and don't eat any extra till all my "required" items are completed and I have gotten my 30 minutes of exercise in. You can do it!

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Friday, March 04, 2011

I'm taking a quilting class all day today at the local Convention Center! I am very excited about it! I haven't done much quilting lately as I've been waiting for this class so I'm looking forward. Maybe at lunchtime I will walk around their large parking lot to get out of the building. It will be a lovely day! I've got to get going as I want a good seat! Later!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:08PM

    Have a wonderful time and be sure to let us know how it went.

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KASEYCOFF 3/4/2011 9:17AM

    Oh, sounds wonderful! Post pix of your projects as you go along - you can do a quilting 'album'!

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yesterday I saw a new doctor for my annual exam, a nice young man about the same age as my sons. He was kind of quirky, cracking jokes and putting me at ease so I liked him. I take meds for depression and we were going over them and he said that the little blue pill I take at night causes weight gain and constipation. I told my husband and he said, "Well, it's working!" Maybe that little blue pill is what keeps me from losing, last year I struggled all year and the weight just clung to me. I've been taking that pill for about 10 years and slowly put on weight over that time and can't seem to release it.
Well, last year I tried to give up that little pill all during the month of January. I was totally miserable and down in the depths again. When I realized how I had slowed down, I went back to taking it and my mood stabilized and I've been okay. Well, I see my psychiatrist next week and I am going to try again. Maybe I can cut it in half instead of dumping the whole thing. I take it at night and I think it also helps me to sleep so maybe a tylenol PM added would help.
I won't do anything unless I talk to my doctor about it. I did manage to give up 2 pills last year so I am making progress. And I'm perfectly calm about life in general.
This little blue pill is also the one that keeps me from going to a fast weight loss clinic. They turned me down because of it. So, here I am just rolling along.

Tomorrow I go to an all day quilting class. They are having a quilting retreat at the local conference center so I am so excited! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/3/2011 11:55AM

    ...just like being able to gradually work your way off of this one, is there a different medication that would be milder in its stabilizing effects (I say that because it doesn't sound as if you need the really strong one anymore) plus not have the unwanted side effects of constipation and weight gain? If they've had you on the same medication for the last ten years, maybe there's something newer that would work better, if you find you still need to have a 'booster.' :-)

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ANDI571 3/3/2011 9:38AM

    I am sure that little blue pill is hindering you from losing. I would also ask your doctor about that. It might be that you will just have to be extra vigilant with your eating to lose.

Maybe there is a team here on Sparkpeople with its members that have been able to conquer that issue. Maybe there is a way of eating that would help.

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LADYJ6942 3/3/2011 9:19AM

    Great job, medication side effects can really slow things down and mess them up. You are handling the info well and it sounds like you have a solid plan.

Keep up the good work.

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ELLEN0407 3/3/2011 8:52AM

  great job being calmer

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

You know the one, where you have to see the doctor annually and have a mammagram. Thank goodness for another year. I saw a new funny young doctor, about the same age as my sons but I liked him and he put me at ease. He was looking over my medications for depression and one of them that I take causes constipation and weight gain. Ah, ha! I knew there had to be a reason. Now next week, I see my psychiatrist so I will ask him how I can get off of it. I tried last year to no avail. Had to resume taking it so maybe a lower dose and gradually taper. That particular medication also prohibits me from going to a weight loss clinic. It's on the don't take this person list.
The weather is so beautiful here, why we wait for March to come. THis is the nicest time of year in Northwest Florida but we say that about a lot of times of the year. It will be in the 60's today and sunny. Just lovely! And spring brings out the clients. Another bonus. Got to get to work! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/2/2011 2:31PM

    Always worth it to do an evaluation about the medication and see what they say - if you need to, you know you can always go back to it, but if you can decrease it, or get off of it altogether, it may just do the trick for losing weight. I really think it helped me when I was able to stop taking it, so... you never know! :-)

Re 'the dreaded exam' - the one I dread more is at the other end, lol...

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