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It's a New Year and a New Life

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

So many years behind me that I have made that same resolution. "Lose weight and get fit!" Every year starts out great and every year I fail. Oh, I always start with the right intentions, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered why.

This is hard for me to do, but I am going to chronicle this year closely on this blog to make a record of the positive and the negative. You see, I was recently diagnosed with mental illness. I know. I sound like that brokenl record you hear from so many mentally ill people. "It's not my fault!" Well, not this time. I'm going to own the responsibility and take action.

I have suffered from depression and anxiety all my life. I've been to doctors and therapists and they take my medical history and proscribe pills...but nothing worked. That is, hopefully until now. You see, I have been diagnosed, at the age of 56 with attention deficit disorder. The depression and anxiety are still a problem, but I have discovered that without being treated for the ADD my medication has only covered up the symptoms and I have developed both a binge eating disorder as well as early stages of hording. .....yup I am a MESS! But I am going to change!!!

In addition to a change in medication I am beginning Cognitive Behavior Therapy. It sounds scary, but it is just exercises to help me recognize my triggers and "hopefully" avoid my binging. I'm getting back on Sparkpeople because its free, supportive, and non-judgmental. Hopefully it will chronicle a positive change this year.

Wish me luck!
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  • MAINSTREETGAL
    The best of luck for a wonderful year! Mental illness is no joke and hats off to you for owning it and may a positive path to order in your life be made forever!
    1628 days ago
  • TOPSY57
    Good luck! You can do it! None of us are perfect. We all have our issues and triggers. Some of us are just better at controlling them. Hopefully you have found the root to the problem.
    1628 days ago
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