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Struggling.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I started new meds a few days ago for bipolar and now I'm stopping them. They're not making me feel sick or have headaches but I haven't had the energy to exercise and I'm sleeping a lot. On top of that, my eating is out of control. I got on the scale this morning and it read 276.2. I'm debating if I should change my starting weight again and start over from here, today. Anyway, I just wanted to share where I am.

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/16/2010 5:01PM

    Sabrina honey... one thing I know about folks with bipolar issues is that getting the medications right is vital. Please wait to speak to your doctor before stopping them altogether. They might just need to be "tweeked" a bit. I'm keeping you in my prayers. I love you my friend. I'll support you in whatever you decide. You know yourself better than any of us here do. Love, Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/16/2010 2:52PM

    Bre, you know yourself and what you need to do. I hope you don't give up on finding the right meds!
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DIFROMWYOMING 5/16/2010 11:32AM

    Hope you'll chat with your Dr. first. I have a close family member that is bipolar and it can be very bad to stop taking these without supervision...it also can be that the emotional ups and downs of the medication adjusting can effect your ability to monitor how you're really doing. This is a terrible, sucky thing to work on and I know from the front seat how frustrating it is, but your overall health is important, and this is part of it. Hope you can work this out soon. emoticon

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KBVMCRAE 5/16/2010 10:37AM

    I am meds that cause major intestinal issues. I brought it up to my doctor and she seemed to think that it wasn't the meds. Six months passed and the issues continued and I stopped taking my medicine for a 10 day stretch and sure enough I felt 100% better. I went back to my doctor right away and asked for new medicine. I am currently trying out some different options. We know our own bodies and there are many choices out there, I am sure that they can find something to help you without the frustrating side effects.

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TBRANCH2 5/16/2010 10:09AM

    that is a common side effect of these kinds of meds. However, sometimes we have to stop and re-evaluate which is most important...our mental health or our number on the scale. You should ALWAYS talk to your doctor before stopping ANY medications! Tell him of your concerns and he may have an alternative medicine to recommend!! After all, you did have to pay him for his advice so, you might as well get your money's worth!!! Good luck!!

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Daily Meditation.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Living Life Fully

Today's Quotation:

Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.-Alcoholics Anonymous

Today's Meditation:

If we're overweight and we want to do something about it, we watch what we eat, what we put into our bodies. If we have an upset stomach, we watch what we put into our bodies so that our stomach can get better. If we get a splinter, we take it out so that the harmful foreign object can't continue to hurt us.

There are so many things that hurt our spirit, though, that we just leave as they are, and we make little effort to get them out of our lives. Something like resentment can eat us up inside like a cancer, turning our days and nights into miserable experiences, yet there's no such thing as a pair of tweezers that will pull out resentment or anger like there is to pull out splinters. Besides, these things that hurt our spirits are invisible, and we really can't see them to pull them out.

But we have to take care of our spirits just as we take care of our bodies--in fact, if we do take good care of our spirits, we'll find that our bodies are much healthier as a result. As will be our relationships with others, our work performance, our state of mind, and so much more. Our stress levels will be lower and our outlook on life will be more positive, leading to even greater improvements in all aspects of our lives.

If you resent someone or something, you are doing no harm at all to the object of your resentment. You are, however, harming your own body and spirit in a significant way, holding yourself back from improving yourself and your life. Spiritual illness shows itself in physical ways, so if you can imagine a pair of resentment or anger or jealousy tweezers, use them to pull that negative part of yourself right out. Your spirit--and your body--will appreciate the effort.

Questions to ponder:

1. What kinds of things might be harming you spiritually?
What do you do about them?

2. How does your spiritual state affect
your emotional and physical states?

3. What can you do to improve your spiritual condition?

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 5/8/2010 12:01PM

    Thanks!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/8/2010 11:08AM

    Thanks. Excellent blog & I will be thinking on these questions. Love, Dawn

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SIANAN74 5/8/2010 10:47AM

    Well said! I believe that the mind, body and spirit are most definitely connected and even if one of the three is out of balance, it will damage the other two.

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Quotation.

Friday, May 07, 2010

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
(also attributed to Bessie Anderson Stanley; see below)

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/8/2010 4:09AM

    Awesome quote Sabrina. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. I am thinking about you and keeping you and yours in my prayers. Love, Dawn

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JAPOPE1 5/7/2010 9:03AM

  emoticon this really is a fantastic quote

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OHYESITSME1 5/7/2010 8:46AM

    I love this quote!

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Quotation.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The more we have given to ourselves, the more we have to
give to others. When we find that place within ourselves that
is giving, we begin to create an outward flow. Giving to
others comes not from a sense of sacrifice, self-righteousness,
or spirituality, but for the pure pleasure of it, because it's fun.
Giving can only come from a full, loving space.-Shakti Gawain

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/6/2010 12:47AM

    Thanks for sharing this with us Bre. Awesome! I hope that you're doing well. I'm here for you if you need a friend. Love, Dawn

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Quotation.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Joy is what we are, not what we must get.
Joy is the realization that all we want or need in life has been
etched into our souls. Joy helps us see not what we are "going
through," but what we are "growing to"--a greater sense of understanding, accomplishment, and enlightenment. Joy reveals
to us the calm at the end of the storm, the peace that surpasses
the momentary happiness of pleasure. If we keep our
minds centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.-Iyanla Vanzant

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/4/2010 2:04AM

    Awesome quote my friend. Thanks for sharing it with us. Thank you for being here! Love, Dawn

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