Posted by LynnPerley on September 18, 2002, at 22:20:02
In reply to working.out.blues, posted by wsj on September 17, 2002, at 0:01:27
What a wonderful thread!!
Nobody has mentioned strength training. Wsj, have you tried lifting weights, even light ones? If the aerobic exercise is troubling, I was wondering about it as a potential solution for you. Otherwise, perhaps switching to a different exercise or doing yoga/pilates would help.
A year ago, I was in great shape, healthy weight. Regular exercise had kept me functioning at a basic level for almost three years. It's a wonderful antidepressant. When anxiety was thrown into the mix, I needed help. I've been taking effexor xr since March and I've just finished 3 months at 225mg dosage. I cannot stay committed to exercise. Some of this is due to scheduling issues but I'm too lazy to choose easy alternatives (work late and miss aerobics class, but won't do the aerobics tape I have at home). I've gained 10 pounds since March and physically I feel low. I think I'm hitting bottom and I'm about ready to buckle down and get going again.
One thing that I have resolved to do which will help is to cut way back on my alcohol consumption. I should not be consuming alcohol on this med, anyway, and I'm sure it's having an effect on my attitude.