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MY EAR and other stuff

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy President’s Day! I’m only a little ashamed to admit that I have no idea why this is a holiday, especially because I have to work today.

BUT – I packed myself a healthy lunch and I brought my gym bag today. I’m thinking walking on the treadmill today – just something to ease myself back into gym time without hating myself. I also have a 1pm meeting so I can’t get too nasty sweaty.

I finally went to the doctor’s on Friday to see what was up with my never ending cold/headache thing. I have swimmers ear?! I have never had it before! Now that I have my antibiotic drops, it is hurting A LOT more than it was before. I hope that means it is healing. Right now I kind of want to go all Van Gogh and rip my ear off my head. (Sorry for that imagery – it is driving me crazy!)

I have been wearing my work pedometer every day, even on the weekend. I am tracking my steps on Spark, but I’m only syncing it twice a week so I feel like I can’t beat myself up over the fitness counts on a daily basis.

On a completely different note – I read a GREAT article in Marie Clare this month. It is called something like “Fat & Happy or Skinny & Sick?” It is about weight gain and antidepressants. I don’t think they have posted it online yet because I can’t find it – but let me say, it REALLY hit home right now. I decided to go off my meds because (a) I made a lot of lifestyle changes recently and I wanted to see if my depression was related and if I could be meds free again, (b) it killed my sex life, and (c) I was constantly starving and gaining tons of weight. This article analyzes the pro’s and con’s of these meds and how some people have made their choices based on them. I don’t know exactly where I stand yet, but I do know that I can see agreeing with both arguments – that it is better to gain some weight with meds and be depression free, or that you should spend more time focusing on your weight/health and try to deal with depression in other ways. I noticed lately that I felt my worst when getting dressed and nothing fits, and when I looked in the mirror. I am hoping that my lifestyle changes, getting back to the gym, and focusing more on good foods will help.
I had a pretty good weekend, minus my ear burning off the side of my face (dramatic, I know – but it is so annoying!)

I had a girls day on Saturday. We went consignment shopping and I found Tory Burch flats for $35 (I KNOW) and JCrew jeans for $10. Got a mani/pedi and had dinner out. Sometimes that stuff is just good for your soul, sort of who cares how much money I spent?! Right?!

Anyways I am off to a meeting and then TO THE GYM. Ahhh! Happy President’s Day?
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    My dad takes medicine for high blood pressure but he has already lost 10kg (about 20lb). So I told him to reduce the medicine, but check his pressure 2-3 times during the day so he'll know if it's better for him. The side effect of the pills he's taking is bad cough, although he's not sick. I know depression is not like high pressure, but I believe that it's better to adjust the medication if there are changes in your life.

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    1795 days ago
    If the side effects are counteracting the good the meds are doing, they're not doing their job properly. I hope that your depression responds to a healthy lifestyle: some people can self-treat with exercise and a healthy diet. Just keep your Dr. in the loop so they know what's going on, and keep aware of signs that things are getting worse!

    All the best!
    1796 days ago
    Thanks for sharing,,,minus the ear pain, sounded fun! emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Oh, I hope your ear gets to feeling normal again very soon!
    1797 days ago
    hope your ear feels better
    1798 days ago
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