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August 28th, 2013 (08:30 am)

Hi, hope you are all well!

Good news from me for a change – I’ve lost a further 3 pounds this week (even with a drinkie night last Friday) which has really perked me up. this means that I’m finally on the stone below which is always a good boost – and that in total in 2 months, I’ve lost THIRTY ONE pounds. Of course I have still about 200 pounds to LOSE (yes, you read that right) but I’m happy now that I CAN do it and the lowcarb seems to really suiting me.

Imagine carrying a 15 stone man with you, all day. I must have been mad to let myself get this bad. Anyway! good news.

Dad is a lot better and is eating which is great. He got so thin I was so worried – plus being so thin affected his immune system and his skin which is covered in sores, but now he’s eating seconds and thirds and they are indulging him in whatever he wants which is such a relief.

Pills have definitely helped me with the depression, but now I feel NOTHING which is worrying. I can’t feel happy or sad. I’ll stick with it a while longer and see if anything changes.

So, other than the not-writing, I’m definitely in a better place. How you lot?


Posted by: Angel (valarltd)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)

My husband is home for the first time in 7 weeks! Am enjoying the cuddles.
Not working enough, about to take a soul-killing job to get the ends a little closer to meeting.

Good about your Dad. Mine is well, playing some golf when it's cool enough. Mom isn't responding to chemo this time. It's just going to be a matter of months, I think.

Getting some writing in, and my small press is publishing 3 new novels, and re-issuing 2. Our first anthology is going off as well.

Posted by: Marion (aunty_marion)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)

Congratulations on the weight loss! You've done wonderfully well so far, so keep it up.

I know exactly what you mean about the anti-depressants - they levelled my mood swings off, but at a much lower level than I was comfortable with, and eventually I weaned myself off them. But you should probably wait a bit till you feel confident about doing that!

Posted by: Plutonian #2 (moreteadk)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)

That's wonderful news! You are doing so well with your weight loss, I get all cheery when I read about it. :D I'm so glad you and your dad are both doing better. Definitely sounds like he's got his appetite back. :)

Posted by: mylodon (mylodon)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)

We OK. Glad to hear that the diet is going well and that your papa is rallying. Give the pills a bit of leeway for the moment - one fight at a time, gal.

Thought of you yesterday - was sorting through the Christmas cupboard!

Posted by: Karen (cerisaye)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)

I am glad things are going well with your father, and the weight loss, too, very well done.

Posted by: Cee (paragraphs)
Posted at: August 28th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Come Travel With Me

You might need to consider a different anti-depression medication? Lexapro left me like that - a non-creative zombie - but I cared about nothing! I went off it cold-turkey (not recommended!) and was glad when I woke up. But eventually I felt the need for help again and turned this time to Wellbutrin. It has been brilliant. No more panicky-attacks, I am handling my emotions much better (both my kids have moved out now, and I am All Alone except for the dogs for the very first time in my life), and yeah... no weight gain either which is good. Some do that to you.

Excellent on the weight loss... you have a great start, just keep going. I lost 62 lbs a few years ago and though I regained ten (blast it) I have maintained this weight ever since and LOL definitely? Low carbing is what did it for me. Go you!

Posted by: Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll)
Posted at: August 30th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Brig -- Good Show by sallymn

Brilliant progress there.

I'm busy playing catch-up with reviews and blog posts as well as with reading and writing. But I'm off on a train tomorrow so I'll get reading time if nothing else.

Posted by: lee_rowan (lee_rowan)
Posted at: August 30th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)

It's great to hear from you and -- GREAT news on several fronts.

That flatline is why I've always been wary of depression meds, but numb is better than pain sometimes. Hopefully things will level out, or as your weight goes down you can wean off them. As Alex says, maybe a little time off will be good, even if it's weird.

We're doing okay, William is 4 1/2 months and a maniac, Cassie had to have eye surgery (minor, eyelid growth, stitches out) and was banging around for 10 days in a cone, no fun for any of us. I'm holding my breath to see if the tomatoes ripen without blight, we've had more rain than usual for August but so far so good.. How's Sasha the Wonder Dog?

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