PCOH051610   51,911
SparkPoints
50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
 
 
PCOH051610's Recent Blog Entries

Watch only if you have a sense of humour! (video)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%
2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVsyE2r
CW71o%26sns%3Dfb&h=sAQDbpQPwAQB4m5q-5o
nbgZL_z1XiIrXrbx3zLN-0FB-DnA


This was sent to me by a dear gay friend who lost his mom to breast cancer. Ironically enough his partner's mom is a breast cancer survivor. It is funny yet certainly gets the message across!

Busy day ahead for me....dog walk tomorrow to raise funds to neuter/spay a feral cat colony in a nearby community. Today we have to finish all of the details.....sshhhhh....don't tell Maddy and Louisa they are walking for cats.....growl!

Susan

P.S. I am typing this with no glasses on as I have misplaced them again.....have to wait until my husband gets home to resume the search!!! Blind as a bat......

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CALGARYNEWF 10/16/2011 1:28PM

    Thanks Susan! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THETURTLEBEAR 10/16/2011 10:16AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ESILBO 10/15/2011 8:20PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING...IT SURE GETS THE MESSAGE ACCROSS
HUGS
LISE

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSJERRYBUSH 10/15/2011 3:00PM

    Very good reminder--and men do get breast cancer, too! My sister just finished 32 radiation treatments and, believe me, a mamogram would habve been much less painful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAYDE53 10/15/2011 2:49PM

    emoticonCertainly an eye catching way to get this important message across!!! Thanks!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 10/15/2011 2:26PM

    OMG! Now I am sweating, lol. Yummy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 10/15/2011 12:22PM

    Love the link ~ Oh la la!
emoticon
Your secret from Maddy and Louisa is safe with me. Have a great walk and successful fundraiser!


Report Inappropriate Comment
AZURELITE 10/15/2011 11:50AM

    Love the link! Thanks for the laugh & what a great reminder!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 10/15/2011 11:39AM

    I won't tell the dogs they're walking for cats if you don't! lol DeeOhGee's best friend is a cat - she'd be happy to walk if we were nearby. I really admire you for the time and energy you give to the animals in your area.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESLIES537 10/15/2011 11:37AM

    LMAO!!! *wiping the drool from my face* That was great!! Must share that one! Thanks for the laugh this morning! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHUBRUB3 10/15/2011 11:37AM

    emoticon Susan! Hope you find your glasses, your typing is wonderful with out them.
Have a great walk and I will watch the video.
Hugs,
Angela


Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYANDME 10/15/2011 11:27AM

    It is certainly a reminder to me! Need to also get a mamogram soon! Enjoy your walk tomorrow with your pup and hope you have great weather. It is a wonderful thing that you are doing for the cat community. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2011 10:52AM

    Sweet! It brought a smile and makes light on a serious subject. I just accepted a request to knit a prayer shawl at my church for a woman with breast cancer. We need to be more diligent in making sure we take the steps to good health. Thanks for sharing! I loved the end of the credits where even the older fella was pretty svelte! 8-))

Report Inappropriate Comment
SVELTEWARRIOR 10/15/2011 10:18AM

    First I am impressed at how well you did this blog without your glasses!!!!! I really loved this link, it gets a message across with humor...oh yeah it's not bad to look at either!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/15/2011 10:09AM

    Great link Susan!! emoticon emoticon If it gets just one more woman to check themselves, it will be well worth it!! A nice bright, sexy wake me up to my morning! Too bad I don't have those fancy electronic gadgets!!
You did very well to type without your glasses, I sure couldn't. I always make sure I put my glasses down in the same spot every night -not hard there is only room for them in one place lol.
Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy!!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


A crazy lady has taken over my body and mind! (Pictures)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hi,

Yes, for somebody who lives with mental illness on a daily basis I think it is ironic that I think I've been taken over by a crazy lady. Maybe it is just my warped sense of humour coming to light but I really do have to wonder who I am turning into.

I know from experience that depression is a nasty, nasty illness and one over which you have little control. But you do have a wee bit of control and you've got to fight back even if your efforts are unnoticeable to others. When I was truly depressed I didn't want to get out of bed much less have the energy to put one foot in front of the other. And people telling me to exercise, well, they just didn't understand. Sure it sounds good - move you body and it will suddenly release all of these feel good hormones - but for somebody truly depressed the solution isn't that easy.

But now that my depression is quite manageable (knock on wood) I have learned to incorporate exercise into my little bag of magic tricks that keeps me on track. It is there along with my daily multi-vitamin, time my dogs, a good night's sleep, a warm bath and my husband's love. By itself I don't think it would have done the trick but now exercise is helping to keep me on an even keel.

I've been feeling low the past few days but I've kept walking. I didn't make it to the gym many days but I have walked at least five kilometres each day which is a far cry from how I reacted to stress even a few months ago. Who knew that a few hundred kilometres under my belt could make such a difference? Wow!

So to those who live with depression cut yourself some slack. Don't expect that exercise will be an overnight cure but consider it something to add to your routine of "feel good tricks". It has certainly been working for me!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LESLIES537 10/14/2011 10:50PM

    Excellent advice! A++++ on this blog! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 10/14/2011 3:37PM

    I am so happy for you!
emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a wonderful weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARLENE_MOVES 10/14/2011 2:14PM

    I have not experienced it first hand, but my dh does. I would like to understand it more. I've read some good books on the topic but I agree that if you don't experience it in you own body, it is very difficult to understand. I try tho...


Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMAC2011 10/14/2011 1:57PM

    Keep those endorphins flowing! Good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIPCONTROL 10/14/2011 1:00PM

  emoticon It sure does feel good !

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/14/2011 10:45AM

    So glad you are finding things to help you Susan. Its nice to hear and see you are not totally alone in your struggle, just look at all these comments! Far too many people are battling this demon :((
Keep on fighting the good fight, you are doing it!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SVELTEWARRIOR 10/14/2011 1:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am glad you found things that work for you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNANOW 10/14/2011 12:08AM

    It's a long time since I experienced an immobilizing episode of depression but that experience sits at the back of my mind like a shadow that could grow any time. I know that exercise helps keep me on an even keel among other things. I'm still amazed at how many km you cover on your walks Susan! You are doing so well! I hope the fall coming on with the fading of the summer light will not affect you too much. I know that is always hard on me. Have you added full spectrum lights to your environment?
Wishing you a happy Friday. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THETURTLEBEAR 10/13/2011 11:16PM

    Great to hear!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHYBARB1 10/13/2011 10:37PM

    Love the pictures...your blog makes me smile. I think we all feel like some other woman inhabits our brains and bodies at times! My other woman just jumps in an attacks my immune system...keep kicking her back out though! I needed some humor and a different perspective this week....Thanks for sharing. Hugs Barb emoticon





Comment edited on: 10/13/2011 10:40:14 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
PONYFARMER 10/13/2011 10:23PM

    Yep, can so relate and you are correct that no one understands unless they have been there.

But good for you for making strides and doing what helps. You rock!

Oh and you are amazing to me, I am a bit embarrassed that I struggle with depression. I guess I have bought into what those who don't know and have not experienced think of us. I worried my entire life that I would be crazy like my mom. Gratefully I only have depression and she had so much more wrong with her that she tried treating with alcohol.

Thank you for the blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/13/2011 8:26PM

    That is awesome! I am so glad that exercising helps emoticon

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIVER331 10/13/2011 8:16PM

    Well said! Exercise is so helpful to me too, even (especially?) just walking. Nutrition has also helped me immensely! Glad you're feeling better!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ESILBO 10/13/2011 7:27PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING, I HOPE IT WILL HELP MANY PEOPLE... BUT YOU ARE SO RIGHT WHEN YOU SAY THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN THERE, EVEN TRYING TO PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE...I AM NOW AT YOUR LEVEL, AND I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK...I REALLY HOPE EXERCISE WILL KEEP ME OUT OF THAT...FOR EVER
TAKE CARE
HUGS
LISE

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 10/13/2011 7:25PM

    Glad you seem to have found what works for you :-) Best of luck on your journey :-)
Eve emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENN03275 10/13/2011 7:23PM

    I too have the daily burden of depression. I find that exercise does help but there are days that I can't muster up any extra energy that requires me to do it. Somedays, going to work has taken the last bit I had. I have it under really good control but as you know, there are bad days!!

Keep up the good work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CODEMAULER 10/13/2011 7:18PM

    Exercise is good for so many things and I'm glad that you've found an extra great way that it works for you!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/13/2011 7:08PM

    Glad you have found something that works for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CALGARYNEWF 10/13/2011 6:54PM

    I love reading your blogs Susan! You truly are an inspiration, in more ways than you even know! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIRLRAIN888 10/13/2011 6:34PM

    Reading ur blogs I wish my mom had the understanding u have! She completely lost the second relapse (read suicide)
I was there when we couldnt get her off the couch and take shower...she was a well kept woman! I mean no hair out of place!

Pops mostly importantly! U r awesome and thank u for putting awareness!!!!

Comment edited on: 10/13/2011 6:36:51 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
EJOY-EVELYN 10/13/2011 6:33PM

    This is what I call a revelation. Praise God for the insight you have developed. Hug, hug!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WELLNESSME09 10/13/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon I have been there a few times in my life but has overcome it. emoticon you are absolutely right about exercise, it sure helps.
Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Where do you walk?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hi,

As many of you know I get most of my exercise walking so I got to thinking about where my SparkFriends walk. I mostly walk in the woods along old abandoned roads used when the pulp and paper industry was in its heyday but sometimes I walk the streets in our town. I really don't like the latter very much as I let my mind wander when I walk and you really can't do that when walking amid traffic.

So, where so you walk? What do you see along your way? Do you vary things up or keep to the same route?

When I walk in the woods, it is on different trails but the scenery is pretty much the same. It isn't boring in the least and if you are real quiet you might see wildlife you don't normally see. The other night while driving to our walking spot (it was 9:00 p.m.) and there are no lights we saw a huge moose walk out in front of us. Luckily we were still in the car because the dogs would have chased it into next week given a chance.

Speaking of walking at night, my friend dropped off safety vests for the dogs to wear when we take them out at night. I wear one all the time so it is nice that the dogs have theirs too the rare times we go out after dark.

I prefer walking mid-afternoon (only because I work in the mornings) and I like to have supper in the oven when I leave the house. That way there is no excuse for not eating right when I get home. Tonight it was chicken and beef plus veggies. My husband had gone berry picking this afternoon and said the house smelled divine when he walked in the front door.

I've been feeling off the past few days but have still managed to get outdoors. I think most of it was because of that time of the month - thankfully none of the full blow depression although I've been mighty tired. Can't figure that one out but I've napped each day for the past three or four days. Hmmm?

Talk to you all later......

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SVELTEWARRIOR 10/15/2011 6:41PM

    I love to walk. It depends on how much time I have. If I have only an hour or so I walk around my neighborhood. If I can spend alot of time I walk along the bike trail. It has such beautiful views of the river. When the weather keeps me indoors I do my Walking Away the Pounds dvds.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EJOY-EVELYN 10/14/2011 9:14AM

    Great topic, as walking is my favorite fitness activity. As a fairly private person (yes, my hubby says I lied), I walk indoors or with a Sasone DVD. I most enjoy the lakefront trails and parks with a camera in my purse. Thanks for sharing. Great blog topic .. . encouraging great feedback.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/13/2011 10:59PM

    Good for you getting your walking in! At my Mom's I get to hit the river trails, I prefer the rough, unpaved ones as they are softer and easier on my joints. Where I live I have no choice -its mostly cement walking as the parks dotted throughout the area are small and take me at most ten minutes to get around and I find going around and around the same place just too boring and their paths are all paved.
Part of that course I took on live well with chronic conditions dealt with recognizing the signs of depression. One of those was feeling tired and wanting to sleep all the time. The lady I was talking to who was diabetic took one look at the list and realized just how much of the criteria she met :(( She is on Sparks but has an awful dial up connection and can't use all of the features here :( I hope to keep in contact with her.
Or you could be low in iron because of TOM, wouldn't hurt during those times to increase your iron..
Keep up the great work!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RJSAMS 10/13/2011 2:28PM

    I like walking outdoors, but in the winter, I have also gone to the Mall of America to walk. It is open early for walkers (stores are closed--no temptation!) and 6 times around is a full 5K. Since there are 3 floors, we go once each direction on each floor, so you see new things each time around. I'm wondering about running in there this winter--I've seen runners, but the floors are concrete underneath the carpet, and it could be hard on the joints.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 10/13/2011 12:56PM

    My two daily walks are pretty routine. The first one is 2.5 miles before work and I walk the city streets to the post office, through the city park, on a trail along the lake and back on the streets to my office. The second is on all city streets as I walk home for lunch - 1 mile each way.

Evening and weekend walks do vary from a designated walking trail, hikes near old mines (always do this with a walking partner) through the woods and around several area lakes. On these walks I am usually accompanied by my youngest son and the dog.

Happy walking!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THETURTLEBEAR 10/13/2011 11:49AM

    My street (with hills); my local state park (with big hills and rocks); woods; other parks and parkway trails...anywhere I can!!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYANDME 10/13/2011 11:42AM

    I love walking in the nearby woods. Its nice too because I can let my dog off of her leash to run. Have to be careful now because it is hunting season. After work, if it is too late to walk in the woods, I walk my neighborhood. I get a good work out due to the 2 large hills. A nice tool that SP has that I use is the mileage tracker, where you can put in the route you walked and it will tell you how many miles you walked and calories burned! Happy walking! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 10/13/2011 9:04AM

    I love walking in the woods too! When we have the chance, we go to one of the local hike/bike trails in our area and hike through the woods. When I go at work - I work on a military post - I have a lot of walking/jogging trails to chose from. These vary widely on hills, shade, etc. One goes around a pond, one goes around the perimeter. I pick whichever one suits me that day but I always try to mix it up. When we can't get to the local trials, I'm lucky enough to be in a neighborhood close to a local regional park. We have walking/jogging trails that connect up to the park trails so I'll go to them too. No moose for me (that would be AWESOME!) but I do see a variety of deer, foxes, racoons and other small mammals. It's fun!
Chris

Report Inappropriate Comment
CODEMAULER 10/13/2011 8:41AM

    I live and work downtown, so the bulk of my walking is either my commute or running (well, walking) errands. As you pointed out, it's not a good idea to let your mind wander.

emoticon

My husband and I walk to the Farmer's Market on the nice weekends. Sadly, that will be coming to an end for us before long. Else we walk in the skyways, the Minneapolis answer to downtown in winter.

http://www.minneapol
is.org/page/skyways-minneapolis
.jsp


Report Inappropriate Comment
NINJA-NED 10/13/2011 7:16AM

    i love to walk in the woods too. we have a lot of parks and great hiking trails, so we are quite lucky. however, i must admit that i do most of my walking on the treadmill because i can easily fit it in during my lunch.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLITT62 10/13/2011 5:17AM

    I do a LOT of walking in our neighborhood, but I get bored easily, so there are several parks/trails I visit on a regular basis too.

No moose - very occasional deer, lots of rabbits squirrels & chipmunks, the occasional groundhog.

The best are along bodies of water.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIPCONTROL 10/13/2011 2:18AM

  Sooo jealous ! I live in the city and there are no nice places to walk nearby. I'm forced to walk in a small (read tiny) park in our community. I just seem to keep going round and round. I feel like a character out of The Truman Show. Or I walk on the treadmill at the gym....booorrrriinng !!! But with my iPod for company ...it just makes it doable.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMAC2011 10/12/2011 11:32PM

    That sounds like a wonderful place for a walk. I live in south FL where it is so hot & humid for much of the year so I don't walk outside often. Sometimes at night but I only walk around my community. Sometimes my DD & I walk together which I really enjoy because she talks to me about everything going on in her life.

Wish I lived some place with nice woods or where I could hike. One day I want to live out West!

Keep on trucking! Good for you for getting in some exercise even during tom!

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIRLRAIN888 10/12/2011 11:06PM

    Wow sound nice! I run at my park' only recently that I added walking I realized how Beautiful it is! Its a lake and my course loops around it, on road and in park.

Right now it's so beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 10/12/2011 11:03PM

    I walk on the greenbelt. An area of walk that leads thru a park(with a lake and ducks) thru the golf course and goes on for miles either way from north to south.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAFARMERWIFE 10/12/2011 10:04PM

    I have four different routes I take. They are all different bike/walking trails and it just depends on my taste for the day. If I need a long hilly route, I take my favorite one. But if I'm in a hurry, I take the one around the a lake. I have a flat one and try to add some distance by going through a residential section. I love to walk also, thanks for sharing today. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/12/2011 7:51PM

    Thanks Susan for the cheerful smiley. When you come visit, I will take you where I walk 70% of the time. I will never tire of it because it's along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, opposite the Opera House, around Luna Park where there is a secret garden (should video-blog the garden one day) and often across the Harbour Bridge itself to go to uni. 10% of the time along the Opera House itself and surrounding Botantical Gardens. 5% in the public gardens that backs onto some original mansions in Mosman. The remaining 15% is walking my partner's dog across boring industrial streets to the fenced dog run and I enjoy watching him run flat out.

Did you know that one of the Spark tools is to create Fitness Maps to graphically display your route. Other sparkers can see and track. I used it before to measure the distance and to figure out how much time I have to allow. Here are mine:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/re
source/fitness_maps_saved.asp?u
ser=scootergirloz

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNANOW 10/12/2011 7:12PM

    Hi Susan, I walk in the woods too. There is a pretty little lake with a wonderful trail around it, the walk it just over 3km. There are a number of camp sites around the lake but there are few campers. On weekdays I rarely see another soul weekends are a bit busier. I see bear sign but have yet to meet a bear. The moose and deer are out there too but we have not met. Mostly I see birds osprey, grouse, ducks,ravens and the occasional owl. Lots of squirrels that entertain my dogs no end.

There is another walk that is just over 2KM and it is a trail that goes around a natural wet land and in the spring there are geese and ducks there.
On the days that I don't get to go on those walks I just walk to the dead end on my road. It is only a KM round trip but it 's better than nothing. I wonder why my neighbours go out so rarely... I almost never see anyone on that walk either. I live in the forest I don't see any neighbours during the months that there are leaves on the trees but in the winter I see a couple of houses across the way. When I get to the dead end I can see Burns Lake in the distance and the lovely rolling hills. My dogs find this little walk interesting every time... it amazes me that they are so easily pleased!
Every once in a while I walk in the village just for a change but the dogs prefer the woods I think the pavement is just harder on the feet and they have to be leashed in town.
I really admire the distances you cover, it makes me feel whimpy when I see how far you go! I think you are younger than I am ...my old feet get pretty tired. I have a part time job that is running errands for the local college among other things and I don't call that going for a walk but up and down the store aisles is hard on my old feet too. Not complaining as long as I can run around I'm happy! Keep on keeping on!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CALGARYNEWF 10/12/2011 6:31PM

    I'm so envious Susan. Most of my walking these days is done inside the gym. It's usually close to dark before I get home from work and walking in the woods in calgary (especially after dark is not the safest thing to do). I miss that about Nfld!!!!! I really enjoy the trails and parks around here on the weekends though

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Almost home for Thanksgiving - an update on my Newfoundland T'Railway virtual adventure

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Hi,

Since I started the virtual trek of the Newfoundland T'Railway on July 8th I've had a great time trying to reach the next "pit stop". This challenge is a great motivator for me and I have to thank the leaders of the Newfoundland Spark Team for coming up with this challenge. Although our numbers are few and the members completing this trek even fewer, it is a fantastic way to watch those fitness minutes turn into kilometres.

So as of today I have 438 km under my belt and am within 9 km of my house. How is that for something to be thankful on this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend?! I am hoping to get those remaining km hiked today and then I will be officially halfway through the journey! Wow!

I'm realizing that I do best when I challenge myself although at times I'm sure I hear the old me saying "who are you and what have you done with the old Susan?". This lifestyle is not killing me, it is enjoyable and quite doable. Who knew? Oh, and I lost weight again this week so something is falling into place!

For an early reward on reaching my hometown my Mom bought me a lovely Reebok gym bag. It looks like a big purse (just plain black) but when I open it the inside is lined with the hottest pink ever! It makes me smile to unzip the thing! Anyway, I have my gym things all ready so I don't have to stop and look for things before heading out the door! Three weeks until my measurements are taken at the Y and I can't wait to see if I am making progress. I think I am but it could just be wishful thinking!

Oh and I mentioned to my doctor about the link between exercise and depression and she and I basically agreed that one walk isn't going to magically make you feel better but with like everything else on this Spark journey it is the little steps that lead to big accomplishments. She even mentioned I could have one of my meds lowered in the next few months....talk about a great NSV!!!





P.S. I did it...I reached my home and now have exercised the equivalent of 450 km under my belt since July 8th!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CALGARYNEWF 10/11/2011 12:27PM

    Way to go Susan!!!!!I am so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I can't wait to read about your new measurements!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 10/10/2011 10:11PM

    Happy Thanks giving!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPEFULANGE 10/10/2011 6:45AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 10/10/2011 12:21AM

    Great job! Awesome news on the meds too. Keep up the great work!
Chris
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNANOW 10/9/2011 10:11PM

    Way to go Susan, your walking is so inspirational. I'm sure you will find inches gone too. I just finished a turkey dinner and the pie is warming up... back to reality tomorrow.
Hope you've had a happy one.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/9/2011 9:48PM

    emoticon

What a welcome party waiting for you to come home!
I know you have two dogs so are these pets of someone you know?
Hilarious!

Scooterg
irl in Oz
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 10/9/2011 8:35PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 10/9/2011 7:15PM

    emoticon You are doing a terrific job, that's emoticon
I'm really happy for you emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAYDE53 10/9/2011 5:23PM

    Love that pic!!! What an emoticonjob you've done with your journey!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHUBRUB3 10/9/2011 3:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Keep up the great work!
Hugs,
Angela


Report Inappropriate Comment
JLITT62 10/9/2011 12:35PM

    I'm betting you'll see a difference in those measurements! Lowering meds may be an even better NSV!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESLIES537 10/9/2011 12:33PM

    Very emoticon

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THETURTLEBEAR 10/9/2011 12:07PM

    You are doing so awesome!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/9/2011 11:48AM

    Well done!! That is walking out a lot of k's!!!
Have a great Thansgiving at your home :)
Love the photo :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 10/9/2011 11:26AM

    Great job on the trek so far!
emoticon emoticon
Isn't it great when something simple makes us a smile.
emoticon
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIRLRAIN888 10/9/2011 10:44AM

    very cool! awesome on the the mileage (not sure how to say it in kilometers lol)
happy thxgvg and cute pic

Report Inappropriate Comment


The result of my doctor's appointment yesterday

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Hi,

I have to first stop and thank each and every one of you who took the time to not only read my blog from yesterday but for offering such words of wisdom and support. If you haven't read yesterday's blog this one isn't going to make a whole lot of sense - consider yourself warned!

I ended up putting pen to paper and writing down exactly how I felt about the situation and I read this out to both my husband and my doctor during the appointment. Yes, I cried like a baby but it felt good to get it off my chest. For all of those who wondered, yes, John does have situational depression and so I mentioned that in my letter as well. Like most men he likes to be self-reliant and really resists any help at all and I think sometimes thinks that he should be able to get over this by himself.

Interestingly enough, my doctor thinks John might have adult-attention deficit disorder along with mild depression. She reassured him that it doesn't mean anything negative and we all agreed that a diagnosis is the next step. Apparently she has it too and has terrible difficulties concentrating and getting this accomplished without a plan.

True, John has never been one to come up with a plan and often gives up out of pure frustration of not getting anything done. How many times have I heard him say at night that he was anxious because another day passed without accomplishing anything.

So step one is for me to research the ADD, then we will read it together, call the psychologist he used to see (who apparently mentioned this to him several years ago but he didn't want to hear it), see if we can get some testing done and move from there. She also recommended that he should bump up the anti-depressant he is on which we will talk about when we both see our family doctor next week.

Also, we have to make a plan to get his resume in order. I think he focused too much on the overall picture but she said it is important to break it down into small steps. This is what I found interesting because it is how I have learned to cope with my anxiety and depression. I always try to be as prepared in advance as possible. Whether it is for getting my clothes ready the night before, making meal plans, etc. It really helps me and I think by now is just second nature.

There is no question of us separating - we love each other and have been there for each other through thick and thin. We enjoy each others company and we spend a fair amount of time each day just laughing. Besides we often joke that it would be too hard to start over and re-train somebody else.... emoticon

Oh, and another positive thing I lost 3 pounds this week! I was reading an article the other day and they actually said it takes about six weeks of strength training to start seeing a difference in the scale so it is important to just keep pushing yourself. When I first started I gained 4 pounds but now I'm down below where I started and I'm actually really enjoying the gym!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of fellow Canadians!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HICKOK-HALEY 10/9/2011 2:44AM

    I have ADHD..It is hard to concentrate for a long time, so I know how John feels. I hope he gets everything squared away. Hugs for you, and congrats on the 3 pds. We are all here for you!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/9/2011 1:45AM

    Glad to hear you got to voice your frustration in a safe manner. I think it is equally important for your husband to feel safe as well. Hope you two work it out quickly so that you can enjoy the laughter together much more frequently.

Scootergirl in Oz

emoticon on those 3 lbs and Happy Thanksgivings.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/9/2011 1:47:45 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESLIES537 10/9/2011 12:37AM

    Had to do a little catching up before I commented. Sounds like you got some great feedback at your appt and have a good plan of action set. I think you are one smart, strong, and brave woman. Good for you on writing your feelings down and pouring them out. That had to of been so hard! I'm extremely proud of you, Susan! Big hugs! And a big high five on your 3 lb loss!! Awesome!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAYDE53 10/8/2011 9:09PM

    So glad that you got some answers, I read your blog & thought it might be depression, but didn't know. More & more adults are being diagnosed with ADD; I have an adult son with it. You'll get through this together & be stronger for it!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHYBARB1 10/8/2011 7:54PM

    So glad you told me to read yesterdays blog before reading this one!! Love it when we are struggling in our relationships and then communication happens and a plan is revealed. Wish you the best as you and your DH learn and grow together in this new season of your life!! Wish you the best Canadian Thanksgiving and a wonderful fall!
Smiles and Hugs Barb emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHUBRUB3 10/8/2011 7:47PM

    Great job Susan! Losing is winning!
You and hubby will get it all sorted out. I often wonder if I or my DH has that.
Hugs,
Angela

Report Inappropriate Comment
YIWEN39 10/8/2011 7:13PM

    Glad to hear the good news :-) Now you know which steps to take, things should get better soon :-)
Congrats on keeping up a positive attitude through all this :-) And congrats on the weight loss and strength training too :-)
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
THETURTLEBEAR 10/8/2011 6:55PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WELLNESSME09 10/8/2011 6:47PM

    emoticon emoticon on your three pounds loss. emoticon
That is so wonderful that both of you are there for each other!!!
Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LASARRE 10/8/2011 6:22PM

    Glad to hear you have a plan and are working on it. Congrats on the weight loss.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAMAPERRY 10/8/2011 6:00PM

    So happy for you!! Congrats on the 3 pounds!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 10/8/2011 5:57PM

    Great to find out what is going on with your husband.
Congratulations on the weight loss. One day at a time
and hang in there my dear. Good luck. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMIN2GENES 10/8/2011 5:39PM

    What a relief to hear! It sounds like you're moving in the right direction with DH. Hopefully this will help.

Congrats on the 3 pounds! That's awesome!
Chris
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 10/8/2011 5:05PM

    I'm glad your doctor was helpful in sorting through all of this stuff. Interesting about the adult ADD. One of my long-time friends was diagnosised only 2 years ago. I've seen a real difference in how she is able to manage her life now that she's learned new coping skills & is taking medication. Hopefully it will be the same for John. Glad to hear the two of you are still rock solid. It's scary to experience these kinds of emotions, but working through them together only makes you stronger as a couple... or at least has for hubby & I.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOVEY63 10/8/2011 2:12PM

    I guess I should have read this blog before responding to the last one. So glad you found the problem and are working on a resolution. All the best to both of you.
emoticon
Congrats on the weight loss.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANNANOW 10/8/2011 12:22PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan. I hope your weekend weather is better than ours. The prediction for wet snow today is sort of depressing. However I am happy because my grandson came last night home from college and reporting a good first month there. I will cook ... even pie ... but will be careful about how much.
You and John sound like survivors to me. You are so fortunate to have the professional support you have there.
Enjoy every minute and congrats on that 3 lb loss! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/8/2011 12:15PM

    So sorry you are both suffering from disorders that are interfering with your well being and happiness :(( I am so glad you got it all out into the open and are now committed to getting the help you both really need. Looking forward to hearing progress reports!
Way to stick with your program and rock it!! You are awesome!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
Q8PRINCESS 10/8/2011 12:10PM

    Good to hear and it great that you are there for each other. Also
emoticon on the 3 lbs.
Interesting to hear about the 6 weeks delay with weight training and seeing results.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/8/2011 10:56AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

Big huge YEAH on losing 3 pounds! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYANDME 10/8/2011 10:53AM

    All good and positive! I am glad you were able to express your feelings and you and your husbabnd, with the help of your doctors, will be on the right track! . . . and the icing on the cake is the 3 pounds. Well done!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMLORI 10/8/2011 9:56AM

    That's wonderful!! It is so good that you "got it off your chest" like that....I tend to hold things inside for way too long a time. You are doing so well, Susan, and I'm sure your hubby is very proud of you. Mine commented one day that he can feel a difference in my body so I know something is happening, and it is probably the same with you. You and your John will get over this little hump, and things will get better. It's so worth it to just hang in there. (If you are on FaceBook, look me up!) My Jon and I will be cheering for you both!
God bless,
Lori

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMAC2011 10/8/2011 9:48AM

    Sounds like everything is moving in the right direction! I'm sure you & your DH will get stronger as a couple from working on your issues together. Way to go on losing 3 lbs! WooHoo Teddy Bear. Hope you have a great week.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLITT62 10/8/2011 9:00AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Great job sticking with it.

Always good to have a dx & plan.

Report Inappropriate Comment
APIRLRAIN888 10/8/2011 8:50AM

    wow sounds like good news and good plan. glad you communicated now he can get the help he needs

Report Inappropriate Comment
CODEMAULER 10/8/2011 8:32AM

    It sounds like things are working out and moving in a positive direction. Stick to the plan and keep on track.

Congratulations on your weight loss and have a wonderful holiday!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 Last Page