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 I'm having one of those brain-chemically Off days and finding it hard to take advantage of this, one of my last kid-free days for awhile. But the good news is, this is the first of such days I've had in MONTHS. MONTHS, SERIOUSLY. I'm not sure if those of you who are neurotypical-and-mentally-healthy are appreciating this fully, so try again, harder: I have gone MONTHS without depressive symptoms taking over my day. Last week at counseling I had to fill out the let's-see-how-sick-you-really-are checklist and I got to check "none of the days" for almost EVERY SYMPTOM, and the ones I didn't were things that have other causes besides depression, like, "Trouble focusing or paying attention" (have I mentioned I'm now officially on the record as having ADHD (Inattentive)? because I have mentioned it, but I keep forgetting).

The really annoying thing is, what could have caused this improvement? Certainly not the state of the world, which, if you haven't been paying attention, kind of sucks more every day. My kids are still loud and my husband's still Republican. I haven't even made any permanent changes in my medication, though we did try, seeing that I have an official new diagnosis that can be treated differently-- it turns out my heart really doesn't like prescription stimulants and I certainly don't want to force the matter on it. 

No, unfortunately, my improvement can be directly correlated with me being on Weight Watchers. 

SERIOUSLY, body?! My diet wasn't THAT bad before, and I'm not exercising THAT much more now. Yet you're going to make me watch what I eat and take the stairs for the rest of my life now to keep me all internally balanced out, is that what you're saying?

Before I go further, I want to make a few things abundantly clear. Most importantly: I am NOT, absolutely NOT, implying that clinical depression can be CURED just with diet and exercise. Maybe for some people it can, but that's not actually how the mental illness of depression works (maybe it works, combined with talk therapy, for some folks getting over situational depressions, but I ain't talking about them!). I am still on 100mgs of Zoloft a day, thanks, and I still have days like today, where I just haven't quite got the drive to live. The Zoloft attempts to keep the serotonin behaving as it ought to in a normal brain, but apparently being generally healthy keeps the levels of serotonin manageable on top of that.

Second thing I want to make clear: I'm relatively bothered by our culture's stance on FAT. I don't really approve of cosmetic weight loss, trying to get a Beach Body, wanting to hit a certain number on the scale. I've always had, I've said, relatively healthy feelings toward my figure (if not my face), whether as a skinny kid, a curvy adolescent, or an overweight adult. I figure, as long as I'm HEALTHY, there's nothing wrong with a little heft.

But that's the key-- I'd stopped being HEALTHY. If I ever WAS healthy. But anyhoo. That's why I started feeling better after only a week of "weight-watching." I hadn't even WEIGHED myself for the first time yet, so I wasn't psychologically cheering about that. No, I just woke up one morning about a week later and thought, "I ALREADY feel so much better. CRAP." 

i.e., apparently scaling back on portion sizes and carbs and non-water drinks actually DOES give you more viv. WHY. I LIKE NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT HOW MANY POINTS SOMETHING IS BEFORE I EAT IT. I LIKE BUFFETS. I haven't had to deal with a real buffet yet while on Weight Watchers but I WILL GO TO BUFFETS AGAIN. 

Anyway, it's funny, I've now hit the point, weight-wise, I was at about two to three years ago, when other people (doctors, inlaws, you know) were telling me I was gaining too much weight and I was perfectly happy where I was. It was much later into my sudden-blimping-out phase when I became dissatisfied with my own body-- looks-wise, the fact that I wasn't fitting into pretty dresses I'd just recently MADE-wise, but also I was getting a lot of annoying side symptoms that were in fact related to extra weight. I set my first goal on Weight Watchers to lose 20 pounds, which would get me out of that stage. And I hit it, a few weeks ago. And yes, like magic the heartburn and incontinence and joint pain and junk are gone! Woot!

But now my logical brain and my Id are apparently arguing with each other. I set a new goal to get me down another twenty pounds, which would get me back to pre-Maddie weight if not pre-Sammy. But-- though my points numbers and habits haven't changed-- I'm not losing as quickly now, and I'm CRAVING high-points food items a lot more, which GIVES me less desire to stick through it. So it's like subconsciously I hit a point where my superego is saying "Okay, keep up the good work, keep going!" but my id's all "No, this is my happy spot, remember? It's fine right here." 

But it's NOT fine right here, because it's too easy to slip back to where my body wasn't so happy? So I really need to keep going, and make sure habits are in place where I don't HAVE to be QUITE so strict with my diet but I'm not going to slide down that hill of healthlessness again? 


From your sister

Date: 2017-05-31 07:22 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
1. First off - I am SO PROUD of you!! That's amazing and I am so happy you didn't get the thyroid problems I did.
2. The first so-many pounds are easier to get off than the last so-many pounds. So keep it up! When I initially lost those 40 lbs, it took me two years. So 20 lbs in almost 3 months is awesome! The pounds aren't going to shed as quickly but you should still see a gradual decline.
3. The unfortunate thing about eating healthy to stay healthy is that you can't stop. You will eventually find a way to make it work for you - but don't stress yet about buffets or anything just yet. It will all work out! If you are already making smart choices, it should help you while in the buffet. The only one downfall I have ever heard about WW is that sometimes then you see everything in numbers and not actually in healthy options. But I don't think you have to worry about that so much until you get to your "maintain" weight.
4. I am so happy that you are feeling better. I always loved the quote "most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel".
5. Okay I am at work and I think I am done for now. Love you!

Date: 2017-06-05 04:53 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] sal_amanda
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I wonder if there's even some sort of food intolerance going on there. Not necessarily allergies, per se, but there are those who believe that diet can impact mood. Which is unfortunate because the stuff that tastes the best sure can make you feel good in the moment.

There's also something to be said for your kids reaching an age where maybe they don't need you every waking hour so you can finally start taking care of yourself. Which is where I'm at. I started going to actual doctor's appointments, finally got my allergies diagnosed, and then lost enough weight that I actually had to completely replenish my wardrobe (and I had saved pre-Nora clothes).

Maintenance is much more enjoyable than losing, though I do have to be careful because I've gained a smidge back (thanks, knee injury!) so it's a good thing I'm such a creature of habit and have added my calorie counting app into my regular routine. But I have to give myself days where I don't touch that app because it can get to be very rigid and take the joy out of eating.

Date: 2017-06-07 06:52 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] sal_amanda
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Huh. Maybe there's some level of something that's more concentrated in some of those than others?

It might be worth talking to an allergist to rule out a full blown allergy, but I don't think there's a test for an intolerance. I think you're just supposed to completely eliminate anything you think might be a problem for a week or two. And then slowly add one thing at a time back in.

And sometimes it's just a mystery. I was getting stomach aches from hummus that were similar to my nut issues, though not as severe. I knew it wasn't chick peas because I was fine with falafel so I figured it was sesame, which made me very sad. Tested for sesame and soy (which I was also suspicious of) and I don't have allergies to either. I recently tried a new brand of hummus that is specifically labelled as nut free and no problems. So it could have been some other ingredient. Especially when all they list is "spices." There's a pink peppercorn that's in the nut family and I'd never know if it was in something.

It's made me really high strung every time I get a stomach ache, but sometimes it's just indigestion. It's kind of annoying when food is out to get you.


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