IVINSAM and to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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Fitness Minutes: (529) Posts: 1,398 5/24/12 9:00 P
Hello! This is my first post on spark. Well not to get too heavy right out of the gate I have leukemia and a brain tumor. Treatments meds anemia surgery _ look like beached volleyball ...think Wilson from Castaway. Weight shot up to 323 now it is 230.4. On another note _ have 7 children. All were in the service 2 recently got out. Well that is enough for now.
Hi and to the Spark People and the Dealing with Depression team. I am so very sorry for your losses.My heart goes out to you. It sounds as if you have some unresolved issues with grief. May I suggest you read an article written by Spark Coach Dean Anderson called " Good Grief". All you have to do to access it, is type the title into the box at the top of the page. It may help you understand what is normal and what is not as you grieve for your lost family members. The Mayo Clinic can be googled for great information relating to grief too. All you do to access that information is to google Mayo Clinic/grief. Grief can be a huge part of depression. It sounds as if you are fighting some unresolved family issues in addition, as well. I can certainly understand why you are so affected by depression.
As Hanahascloudy, has said, exercise is one of the best way to combat depression. It releases all those feel good endorphins that make us feel better. Be sure that your diet has plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially dark, green leafy veggies which will help with your mood too. Take time for yourself. Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise and get as much rest as you can. Do you have a medical professional or therapist that you see? Are you on medication for your depression? If not, then perhaps you might want to make an appointment for a full physical with your doctor. Your physician may be able to recommend a psychiatrist or therapist for you to talk to if you don't already have one.
The site has so many resources and so much information, that it is wise to take your time looking around at all there is here for you. It is easy to become overwhelmed if you don't take it slowly. Change only one or two things in the beginning and let those become habit before adding more to your program. Perhaps adding 10 minutes of activity to your day and drinking 8 glasses of water a day would be a good starting point. If you need some instant inspiration may I suggest that you read some of the Success Stories, found at the top of the page under the Community tab. They are about extraordinary people meeting extraordinary challenges. They are very motivational.
Most importantly, stay in touch with the team. We care about you. Post often so that we can cheer your successes and encourage you along the way. We are so very happy that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb T.
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current weight: 118.6
Fitness Minutes: (4,444) Posts: 369 5/23/12 2:57 P
Isn't it cool we have a place like Spark to come to and chat. That there are people who have been where or are at in your stage of life?
I have also fought with depression throughout the years. However I have learned a lot about being depressed through the years also. A lot of times I was situational depressed, abuse in younger years and alcoholic parents and then Married my own Alcoholic. ;) 20 years just not wanting to give up and not understanding why I could be depressed??
I'm remarried now to a wonderful, caring, respectful man. I enjoy My Grand Daughters a lot! I have 3 wonderful daughters whom are growing into fine young woman. And I still fight the demon of depression off and on. 3 weeks ago, it was bearing it's ugly head in my life again. I found spark, and having something to focus on and learn has really lightened my mood. Exercising has been a God send.
Glad your both here! Have a great day.
"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott
"Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrow's." William Osler
"One Day at a Time!"
Fitness Minutes: (2,571) Posts: 5 5/23/12 1:47 P
I can totally relate. Depression and I have walked the earth for pretty much the same length of time. It got worse after my step-mother's suicide along with the first of 2 very ugly marriages. I stumble along but finally allow others into my 'inner circle' and get the support I need.
keep your chin up and know that you are never really ever alone!
Fitness Minutes: (410) Posts: 15 5/23/12 1:29 P
D.W.D.... Dealing With Depression, I have had Depression almost all of my life... My mother past away 3 years ago, My brother past away a year ago this july 4. And now my sister is not doing well at all . Are stepfather still has not given are stuff from are mother !!! She has a litter for all 10 of her kids now that my brother is gone it is just so darn upsetting because he will never know what my mother had to say in his litter. Oh the list goes on and on. Its just been so hard these past few years. Just need some friends right now : (
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