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Re: Confusion/life moving too fast

Posted by janey on November 14, 1998, at 14:29:27

In reply to Re: Confusion/life moving too fast, posted by DL on November 14, 1998, at 1:52:06


Janey here, not one of the docs. Congratulations!!
It sounds like you are doing so well!

Boy, that weight gain is a pain, isn't it? I'm
right there with you! This summer after my bad
depressive episode, I was wanting to lose my weight
and LOSE IT NOW! I was in a similar situation as
you. Moving into a new apartment, a healthy
environment for me, but I stuck on losing weight!

I was talking to my psychiatrist about it and she
put my STOP SIGN out there for me. She helps me
focus on one thing at a time. My medicine was
working excellently for me, and she said that's
one thing we weren't going to screw up.

She asked me to focus on moving. Getting the utilities
established/transferred, packing and unpacking,
learning about my new neighborhood - exploring and
to go to work. She gave me "permission" to be
overweight for a while; and let me tell you, what
a relief that was! I had permission from someone
not to worry about losing weight!

And so, for a month I did not worry about losing
weight -- AT ALL! Funny thing... I didn't GAIN
any weight during that time; I remained at the
weight I was.

Well, then the weight worry returned. There I was
at an appointment bitching about losing weight
again. Again she reminded me that my medicine
was working well and I was doing well, and we
weren't going to mess with that.

So, I was to focus on these things: If I skipped
the gym, then I was to walk 30-45 minutes that evening.
I was to avoid eating out (that will pack it on like
gangbusters!). I was to buy healthy snacks to
munch on during my "munch" phases, and try to prepare
more healthy foods for myself. If I prepare any
carbs for dinner, I try to balance it with chicken
or fish (salmon is great!), and a vegetable and
a fruit. The snacks I keep in the house are
low-fat microwave popcorn (and I dump Molly McButter on it!)
and my favorite fruits -- even canned fruit!

I make smoothies when I want an ice cream fix.
I put some ice in a blender, chop up some fruit
(whatever I want), pour in a little bit of low-
fat evaporated/condensed milk (the kind in a can)
and blend away! I pour it in a glass or bowl
and eat away. Note -- If I use apples as my fruit,
I put a little cinnamon in it. YUM. It's healthy
and sinfully delicious!

I keep my hands busy -- writing, crocheting, needle
point, jigsaw puzzles. I taught myself how to knit.

Again, indulge yourself, too. Go to the mall and
get a makeover at one of the makeup/perfume counters.
Who says you have to buy their stuff? Keep an eye
on the colors they use and buy Mabelline! ~laughing~
Get a day or half-day of beauty at a day spa -- new
haircut/hairdo, massage and manicure? Or, just get a

Pick up travel brochures at travel agencies, or surf
the net? Start planning that really cool vacation
you've always wanted. Begin investigating how
you can learn more about infant movement facilitation
and feeding issues. I bet you're active in La Leche
League, aren't you? Do some web searches on infant
movement and facilitation.

Congratulations, DL, you are such a good role
model and you keep me on my toes! Thank you.
Don't let the weight rule your life right now. There
are too many positives already happening. Take
small steps in order to maintain it or begin to
lose it slowly. Weight is a nightmare to live with
sometimes. It seems like it comes on overnight
and takes forever to lose.

Good luck!





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