Time to get some cheese
Love and hugs XXX
Ugh! I hope everyone is feeling much better!
Thanks, Jeff. I still feel a little sick & daughter stayed home from school today. Thanks for the hugs, Pandas! 💚
Feel better soon! Soft pretzel sounds like a good start
Thanks, Albertine! I thought I was starving & ended up feeling sick after only half of it. 😢
Poor thing. Hope he feels better soon.
Thanks, Alicia. He's still sore & a little swollen but hopefully it'll feel better soon. He's a trooper!
Ugh, hugged myself. Wanted to say that this is bringing up lots of old memories. Crazy to miss my ex when I think he broke me.
We have to keep feeling these things to get over them properly, hard but stick at it.
I hope you manage to clear out that room and decorate it with all sorts of good stuff that makes you happy! Subconscious feng shui! (I like this metaphor!)
Thank you, Pandas. I like that metaphor too, Jeff. Will be sharing it with my therapist!
I like the sound of that too, Jeff
Belated happy Thanksgiving Manda Panda
Thank you, sweet nixi! 💙 Thanks for the hug, Jake!
Oh no, Hope you're feeling better by now
Thanks, Alicia! I managed to flush it out of my system in a day. Thank goodness because UTIs suck!
Love it when there's a game to enjoy! What is it?
It's called The Outer Worlds. It's awesome! Thanks for the hugs, Pandas! 💚
BF built me a new computer today & the treadmill has been ordered!!
Sounds like a good day :)
I hope the meds help! And the treadmill too! I use mine a lot. I hate it...treadmill is 50x harder than exercising outside. But in the cold of winter, it's a necessary evil for me!
Thanks, Pandas. Jeff, why is it harder than exercising outside?
Mentally, it's way harder. Seems to go on forever, and way too easy to stop. If 2 miles from your house, you have to get home. If tired on treadmill at 2 miles, you can easily stop. It's the mental thing, I think. But I use mine all the time!
I see. All I know is I'm gonna start out slow. Haven't done much of any physical activity (besides yoga) since I was in high school.
Yes, put it on a good walking pace. Somewhere near 4-miles/hour (15-min/mile). That's a brisk walk. Anything to get the heart pumping! And do like 10 mins fast, then an easy walk for long enough to watch a show. Build up! You'll see results quickly!
Thanks for the tips, Jeff! I am super excited to start this!
Good luck with your routine, I know it's very important.
Thanks, Alicia! Routines really are super important for Bipolar peeps. My therapist thinks I'm already on a pretty good schedule. Might not torture myself to wake up at 7AM. Maybe I'll feel different if I can get up & start my day with exercise.
Good news all around! Wonderful :)
Thanks, Alicia! Thanks for the hugs, Pandas! 💚
Sorry, Manda! You'll get through until Friday. Try not to feel too guilty about binging...sometimes it brings some needed comfort.
Thanks, Pandas. Med should be here any minute. I'm laying off the pot to get this appetite under control. Sorry you made yourself ill, KT. I know the feeling.
Oh, that's just beyond sucky! Ugh. So many screw-ups when it comes to mental health, unbelievable!
I caved last night and ate a good deal of chocolate (and crisps -you probably call them 'chips' - and Pringles and soft drinks). I am allergic to cocoa and milk. I felt I'll after. Then follows shame
I had been doing well avoiding the chocolate for a good while. . . I guess I made the excuse to myself that I could fall off the wagon once or twice and that it was unrealistic not to. . . So I empathise. Don't be too hard on yourself. Xxx
I haven't been on too much lately so I haven't seen your latest posts . . .I hope you get your meds sorted. It can be so frustrating when the health system fails you!!
I've been thinking that I should at least read one book by King in my lifetime... But kind of can't bring myself to start. Do you like it?
Which one have chosen?
The Stand is one of my favorite King books...really one of my favorite books at all. Which one are you reading?
I went with Pet Semetary on the recommendation of the phlebotomists I see. So far so good, but I'm not very far in. I hope I like it because he has so many famous novels.
Enjoy the novel Manda Panda!! Xx
Pet Semetary is a good book :) hope you enjoy!
Thanks, Pandas! 💚
Thanks for the hugs, Pandas! ❤️
Good to have a distraction. 😁
How does it work Manda? Hope you are doing well. Xx
Thanks, nixi! I get my meds delivered in the mail so I haven't been able to try it yet. Hope you are having a good weekend! 💙
New meds buddy :)))) Hope it works well! Can't wait to find out.
Thanks, Alicia! Same here! 💖
I weigh between 150-155lbs. Puke. (I don't, but used to. Will never go back there.) Crazily enough, my small Patagonia winter coat fits, & zips!, so I'm thankful for that. I guess the weight is spread out or something? I only crossed 150...
...within the past couple of weeks. Therapist says she thinks I'm lonely. Gee? You think? BF says he is with me as much as possible yet it still doesn't feel like enough. I'm out of the episode. Yay!! I win & yet here I cry. Felt soooo sick when I...
...when I woke up. Headache since yesterday, upset tummy, nauseated. Vaped, so ok for now. Daughter's first Jr High School Play today. 2 performances. $5 to get in so we are only going to the late show. BF's dad will be there. I don't want to miss...
...this. No fever. Sipped OJ that I probably shouldn't have bought. We don't really drink caloric beverages unless you're me. Well, a coffee or tea every now & then. I'm in bed with the mattress cover heater in & I think I'll stay here.
Hugged myself. Lame..
Not lame to hug yourself. Self-love is important. You have to love yourself how you are, even while you strive to be healthy (physically and mentally). You're a strong panda, Manda! You can do this...
Also, I wish you could find an outlet during the day to be around people. I know it's not easy. Volunteering, a yoga class, something so you're less lonely. Easy to say, I know...
Thanks, Jeff. I really do need to come up with something to get me out of the house. My sister has been pushing the volunteer idea for a long time. Will definitely ask my therapist for help with ideas.
Hugging yourself is great. A step towards liking, ( or dare I say loving) yourself
Also glad for you fitting into the coat. Go you!
Thanks, nixi! 💙 My thoughts are so f*cking distorted. I thought there was NO WAY I'd even be able to get it on.
Oh, I guess I might like myself ok sometimes. On a good day.
Planning small tasks, that sometimes helps to fix distorted thoughts. Also, now I crave OJ :) haven't had it for years.
Thanks, paul. I hadn't had OJ in forever, too. Get some!
I find starting small with even just a trip to a café can help to get out of the house. It's human interaction, you can choose to order to takeaway or to drink your coffee in. You can choose to stay and write and read a magazine or to leave as soon
as you have drank your beverage . . . But ultimately, take home point - you are in control of how long the interaction lasts for. I have found it made a difference for me in the past. And maybe it could be an easier/less daunting first step than
volunteering/a regular commitment where you might feel guilty for pulling out of or embarrassed or overwhelmed. . . I guess it depends on how much anxiety the social interaction invokes!!
Thanks so much, KT! I never thought how the time spent is up to me. That does make things easier.
Glad it helped in some small way at least! 🙂 Did you try anything yet? 🙂
Not yet. I'm going to have my therapist help me come up with some ideas.
Even on days you don't like yourself so much. Remember, we like you. And we are cheering for you
Ps. Give me wine over soda or juice. Lol
Thank you, sweet nixi! 💙
Manda. We love you.xx