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Out of the woods!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The past month has been really hard for me, as I've been struggling with a depressive episode. Last week, I finally saw a psych(iatrist) and had my med adjusted (she just upped it by 100mg), and I'm now on a 5-day happiness streak! I feel that I'm "out of the woods" now, and I'm hoping that this mood improvement lasts.

Besides changing my med, I've been more proactive about taking care of myself. Some of the changes I made:

*walking ten minutes out and ten minutes back in the morning for a total of 20 min of walking in the sunlight since exposure to sunlight helps regulate my mood
*making sure to take my multi-vitamin, omegas, and B-complex to help my mood
*remembering to eat throughout the day so I'm not running on empty

I think that these simple changes, along with the med change, really make a big difference in dealing with my Bipolar Disorder. Has anyone else read the book Take Charge of Bipolar (which is where I got this advice)?

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GAYLLYNNE 3/31/2014 4:24PM

    Hang on! I'm glad you are feeling better. Keep smiling!!!

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MARAGRAM 3/31/2014 4:22PM

    emoticon , you are making things better for yourself! emoticon

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Back to walking

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Today is my Spark re-start day. It's actually the first time I've logged my food and exercise this year. And today was the first time I've walked this year. Oops, where did January and February go?


I stuck to my menu plan yesterday, and the scale was down a pound this morning. Not sure whether that reflects reality, but I'll take it!


Anyway, I'm not going to play the numbers game with my scale right now. My goal is to use the next four weeks as a time to prime myself for weight loss by sticking to my menu plan, walking five times a week, and drinking water.

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How is everyone's new year going?

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SUZIPAM1 2/25/2014 12:49PM

    its been ok really - thanks - I am glad you are back xx

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WIFE48 2/25/2014 12:32PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are ready to continue your journey. emoticon

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My Menu

Sunday, February 23, 2014

It's been a long hiatus, but I am back on Sparkpeople! This week my focus is getting in more vegetables and more protein. Here is my menu plan for this week:


Black eyed pea & green cabbage curry with mustard seed, cumin & yogurt
Leftover Thai eggplant zucchini curry


Harira (chickpea & lentil stew with onion, celery, tomatoes, turmeric, ginger & rice)
Leftover black eyed pea & green cabbage curry


Moroccan vegetable stew
Mystery meal = ???


Cheese sandwiches
Lemony Snicket (a mild chickpea curry with lemon juice, onion, garlic & part of a Shaan)


Leftover Moroccan vegetable stew
Leftover Lemony Snicket



Yum! This is making me hungry. Today was my last hurrah before I give up coffee and sugar. Wish me luck!

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CHERIJ16 2/23/2014 8:30PM

    My husband would probably eat all of that in one day! emoticon Good luck with your plan.

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It's my birthday!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Birthday to me. :) Today, I'm turning 32, "the year of the heart" (in Hebrew, "heart" is "Lev" and the numerical value of the letters that spell it, lamed and bet, equal 32).

May you all increase in love and strength this year, and celebrate many successes!

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PHEBESS 1/1/2014 10:54AM

    Have a wonderful birthday!

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CJFUN01 1/1/2014 9:59AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon

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Monitoring Sugar

Friday, December 27, 2013

I'm combining Sparkpeople's Official Tame Your Sugar Addiction Challenge with an 8-week program to eliminate sugar that my wife found on a food blog.

So the first step is to monitor my current sugar intake to find out how many grams of sugar I'm currently consuming on a daily basis. With soda, my daily total is coming out way too high, but if I were to eliminate soda, the total would be under the "legal" limit (25g).

My current plan is eliminate soda and replace it with a small cup of coffee in the morning. I generally put two teaspoons of sugar in my coffee, so that's a mere 8g of sugar compared to a 12-oz Coke's 39g (!)

I'm excited about making the switch, especially because I have been waking up with a metallic taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste of Coca-cola. Yuck!

Ideally, I would want to eliminate sugar and caffeine entirely to get off the wheel of sugar/caffeine cravings and bingeing. But somehow I can't seem to give up my morning beverage ritual. Especially in the winter, a warm cup of coffee in the morning is very soothing. I know I could switch to tea with a similar effect, but I've never been a huge fan of tea.


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MAGGIEVAN 12/27/2013 12:30PM

    If you set your mind on it, you can do it, but I think the joy of that morning cup of coffee is hard to beat. There must be enjoyment in what we eat or drink within healthy limits and one cup of good coffee is not going to impact your health in a negative way.

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MICHELEBDAVIS 12/27/2013 12:26PM

  The first step is the hardest to make.I wish you well. Trying to eliminate sugar is hard to do. I tried to do it cold turkey and found out I couldn't. Therefore I did keep some sugar in my diet so I did not crash. I continue to lower it a little at a time. So please be careful at how fast you eliminate sugar so you won't crash the way I did.

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WALLINMW 12/27/2013 12:22PM

  Stay motivated!

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