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    I’ve lost 18 lbs!!! I’m ecstatic!! I’m feeling more confident I can lose more… #Bipolar #Depression #weightgain #WeightLoss #PTSD #OCD

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    I’m really quite pleased with myself.

    Over the Christmas period there was a LOT of family drama that seriously upset me, which led to me comfort eating quite a bit.

    In my last post, after my weight check and diabetes review, I proudly told you lovely people that not only was my diabetes unaffected, but that I’d also lost 19lbs.

    Well. This morning I came across a couple of pairs of size 16 skinny jeans I bought myself just before the pandemic began. When I bought them at the time, I was really pissed because I couldn’t even pull them up past my knees/lower thighs. I threw them to the back of my chest of drawers and sulked.

    So, I stared at the jeans, a bit disgruntled. Before finally deciding to give them a go…

    And… They fit me PERFECTLY. I am ecstatic! I was once a size 20-22, and now? A 16! You can bet your ass I did a victory dance in my room. 😂

    #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #POTS #EDS #NAFLD #InterstitialCystitis #Diabetes #Migraines #IBS #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #BPD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #WeightLoss #SoHappy

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    Good news! (And a rant).

    Hey, everyone. How was your Christmas? Mine was pretty awful, honestly. I'll try and explain it as best as I can.

    Around 4 years ago, my mum was talking to my big sister (her name is Dawn), and she told her about my health conditions/problems. Dawn then proceeded to accuse me of faking my health issues. Despite the many scans and test results clearly showing they are real. And then, shortly afterwards, she said that any gifts or presents I buy for people for birthdays/christmas (and everything else) are worthless because the money comes from a 'government handout' (disability benefits). After learning this, I refused to talk to her unless she apologises. So, we didn't talk for several years.

    My little sister (Jess) gave birth to my nephew in 2021, and I love him very much. Since Dawn doesn't live near us, she was only able to visit this passed Christmas, and she stayed at Jess's house for two weeks.

    Originally, before Dawn announced she would be coming, the whole family was going to go to Jess's house for Christmas dinner and whatnot... But once she booked her tickets and everything, Jess said that I wasn't allowed to go to the event. I wasn't allowed to spend time with the whole family. Which REALLY upset me. So much so, that I seriously comfort-ate for a couple of weeks. I was binge-eating whatever I could get my hands on. And I spent the entire of Christmas day curled up in bed watching stuff on my laptop. It was my first Christmas alone and I hated it.

    Anyway, that leads up to the good news. I was really expecting my diabetes to be so much worse, and I was expecting to have put on a lot of weight. So, I reluctantly went for my weight and diabetes check last week. After they recorded my weight, they told me that since last July, I've lost 20lbs! And my HBA1C blood test came back yesterday - it's not worse! In July it was 63, and as of yesterday, it was 62. Admittedly, it's not much progress, but considering I was expecting it to be a disaster, I feel pretty good.

    Anyway - I'm sorry for this rant, I guess. I just needed to get it out. Thank you for getting this far, though. Have a great day!

    #chronicillnesswarrior #chronichealth #ChronicPain #POTS #POTSUK #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #EDS #NAFLD #InterstitialCystitis #BladderPain #BPD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Familydrama #Depression #PTSD #Migraines #Diabetes #diabetic #WeightLoss

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    Being bipolar…

    I’ve learned to accept I’m bipolar. I’m on a lot of meds. I’d rather not be on meds because of all their side effects, but I’m learning to accept that I might need them. I don’t want to relapse and end up back in the hospital. I never want to be hospitalized again. It’s been a year since I was last in the hospital. I wish I was normal. I also used to be in great shape, but put on a lot of weight from prescription pills and depression. I have to realize I didn’t gain the weight overnight. It’s been a few years of gaining weight. I need to remind myself it’s going to take time to lose the weight. My psychiatrist said I can lose the weight while still on medication. I’m hoping I can. I just need to be patient. I need to stop wishing I can change the past and stop wanting instant gratification. #Bipolar #Depression #Anxiety #WeightLoss

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    I am too hard on myself sometimes. Trying not to overthink, stress, or be hard on myself. I’m trying really hard to be optimistic. I’m working hard at work all while having a positive attitude. I’m trying to lose weight. I’m over 10 lbs lighter than my heaviest weight. Going to try not to get discouraged if the scale goes up. #Bipolar #Depression #WeightLoss

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    The Relationship with Yourself

    Learning to love myself. I’m bipolar and the past 6 years on and off I’ve made an ass out of myself when I was manic. I also put on a lot of weight from psychiatric drugs. Hoping I won’t lose my mind again and hoping I can lose the weight. Going to try to be positive and happy. Going to remind myself that I wasn’t in the right state of mind when I made an ass out of myself and hopefully people will see how far I’ve come. It’ll be a year since I was last hospitalized. I plan on never going back. I meditate and I’ve been trying to exercise every day. I’m thinking clearly and feel like myself again. I’m hoping with time I’ll lose the weight and look like myself again. I’m going to try to love myself now. I don’t look bad. I just have a stomach I’d like to lose. I’ve been doing MyFitnessPal and Weight Watches. Last night I went to a Christmas party and overdid it with food and booze. Going to try to get back on track this week. #Bipolar #Mania #Depression #Selflove #WeightLoss

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    Difficulty losing weight with m.e/cfs and fibromyalgia

    I am now almost at my highest weight. Ive gained almost 10 pounds since the summer and thats with trying to lose weight! Ive cut my calories down and Ive been sticking to them but Ive gained 1.5 pound this week. Its so upsetting and I feel so uncomfortable in my body. I know my health issues aren’t helping but surely I should be losing some weight and not gaining it.
    Does anyone else struggle like I do? I feel very alone right now. #weightgain #WeightLoss #Fibromyalgia #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis

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    My mum kinda pissed me off...

    So, I've been trying to lose weight for a long time, and I've slowly been losing it. I walk for 2-3 hours a week at a brisk pace, I've been really careful of what I eat and drink, too. A couple of weeks ago I had a review of my diabetes, and I was placed on a new medication that's going to help keep my blood sugars down. I'm still going to keep up with the diet and exercise, though. A nifty side effect of this drug (Dapagliflozin) is that it helps you lose weight, which my doctor thinks is a good idea.

    Exercising can be difficult for me because I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - when I stand up, my blood pressure plummets so drastically I often faint, and to make up for the drop in blood pressure, my pulse skyrockets - often getting up to around 150-160bpm. It's a horrible condition and I truly hate how much it limits me.

    I've managed to drop my weight down to 95kg (209lbs), and I'm really pleased. And my mother said... "I wish I had a heart like yours. MY weight would fall off too if my heart rate was constantly over 150bpm."

    Like... Excuse me? I couldn't help but get really angry. I'm not even sure how I managed to hold my tongue. I would give ANYTHING to be healthy. To not have this condition so I could have more of a normal life, so I wouldn't have to live in fear of fainting in public. I'm not even sure that ONLY having tachycardia would make you lose weight... But if it does/did... I still wouldn't want it.

    I'm just seriously pissed off. Would YOU be pissed in a family member said this to you? My friend says I'm overreacting. But, if anything, I feel like I'm underreacting.

    #POTS #posturalorthostatictachycardia #Dysautonomia #chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #Tachycardia #EhlersDanlos #EDS #NAFLD #Diabetes #BPD #Migraines #InterstitialCystitis #HeartCondition #WeightLoss #Exercise #ChronicFatigue

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    Good Day 😊

    Had a productive day. Got a lot done. Went for a nice walk in this beautiful weather we’ve been having. Excited for fall and more beautiful weather. I used to run/walk 5 miles a lot. Going to try to do that again. It’s just been so hot. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain so I’m going to go to the gym or do a Yoga with Adrienne video on YouTube. Feeling better about my weight loss journey. I lost a lot of weight before. I know I can again… it’s just going to be more difficult with all the prescription meds I’m on. Had good conversations with family and friends about my struggles. #optimistic #WeightLoss #weightgain #weightlossjourney