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10/8/19 10:11 A

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Hello Country,

I'm sorry to hear of your situation.   It can truly be a spiral when you are fighting multiple issues.

When I read your response the words " its up to me" stand out.  That can be a good thing.   It means YOU.  You said you have tried therapy and it didn't work.  Why didn't it work?  Was it your interaction with the therapist?  If so,  look for another that you "click" with.  Keep looking until you find one you are comfortable with. They even have therapists via video or Skype. Just keep looking...

As for walking,  if outside isn't an option anymore,  then find on YouTube the free walking workouts.  There are many options available,  for free and you do them in your house. (No bears or skunks)

As for not eating,  that can not be good for your overall health.   Yes, you will lose weight if you don't eat,  but it will cause more problems in the long run.  Maybe working with a specialized nutritionist can help.  Start with your local hospital, maybe they can refer you.

It is YOUR life,  YOUR health, in this day it is all of our responsibility to research and look for answers.   You can do it, you have a phone or computer with the internet, that means you have access to do research.

There are always road blocks to starting our journey, "I can't.....", I don't.....", "what if. ..."  don't let these be reasons or excuses.

I encourage you to start your journey to find answers and solutions,  you CAN do it.



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10/8/19 9:57 A



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COUNTRYGIRL6CAT,

It sounds like you've been dealing with a lot of adversity recently. Having a nephew that abuses animals isn't helping.

I know that when I'm having a bad day, a long walk helps me. But if you don't feel safe walking near your home, there are plenty of other ways you can reduce your stress. If walking isn't working, put on some of your favorite music. Listening to music can be soothing. Sit and sip a cup of herbal tea.

Do you have any hobbies ? Many studies have shown that knitting can help reduce stress. You don't have to knit. You could scrapbook, needlework, paint, sculpt, etc. It's something to do that keeps your mind active.

Something that helped me when I was laid off, was hitting the gym. Getting in a regular workout helped keep me sane while I searched for a new job. Are you near a Planet Fitness or inexpensive gym ? You might feel a lot safer inside than outside.



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10/8/19 8:33 A

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I've talked to my doctor already and have for many years. They just keep pushing for me to see a therapist but I already tried that and it didn't help. They really don't say anything else to do. It's up to me. Since I wrote this post I got the blood work results back. (read them on my hospital account...haven't seen doctor) My cholesterol has jumped up from 289 to 349. Was taking over the counter all natural pills to reduce that but it seems they made it worse. So, I've quit everything except my pain med and one for hydroxyzine and since there really isn't anything I can eat now between cholesterol and my swallowing I should drop the weight for sure. Can already tell I'm not as fat as I was last week. Decided on bad mental days I will just push through them and wait it out.
I used to walk outside for many years because I live in the country but after I was chased by a skunk with rabies I stopped walking outside. Thank goodness those little stinkers have small legs! Plus the bears have been showing up during the days which they never did before. I'm to scared to go for walks anymore.

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10/3/19 11:17 A

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Hi COUNTRYGIRL6CAT,

Have you discussed all this with your doctor? I sure hope you have. Although you can get lots of good support here on SparkPeople, we are not equipped to handle issues like medication recommendations like you are asking. Please call your doc and see what they can do to help you through this.

Wishing you all the best! Please do check in again to let us know how you are doing.

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10/2/19 11:00 A

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I just wrote a long post but I will send it to you in a private message.

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10/2/19 8:18 A

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How horrible about your nephew! What a jerk!

Have you tried getting outside for a few hours and walking around? Even if it's in your backyard, just being in nature always helps me get a better attitude.

If you think you have fallen into depression, it may be time to see the doc.


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I haven't posted in a long time because things has been a lot of family drama going on in and with all the stress it did me in physically and mentally. The worse of it all was I found out my nephew is an animal abuser and he got away with it because he moved out of state. Plus I took in the cutest cat that got left behind but sadly I only had her for 3 weeks total. She started getting sick after only 5 days here and she tested positive for Feline Leukemia. On the 21st day I had to have her put down. It was the hardest thing to do and vet said she was 3-4 years old. She finally found her forever home after being bounced around and left outside and she only had 3 weeks with me and yes I cried and I still will cry when I think how rotten life was to her but glad I did find her and she didn't die alone. Or thrown in the garbage. I buried her in a pet coffin next to my other cat. Lots other stuff happened but that's the worse of it.
Anyways, I went off the Prozac because I can't drop weight when I'm on any antidepressants and I finally got down to 189. I was so happy and thrilled but then I had to go back on it but with nightmares from it I changed it to Celexa. It helps to calm me down otherwise I'm panicked beyond panicked and I can't get anything done. Plus I'm happier on it but I gained back the weight within 2 days. I've been going on and off of it so my weight goes up and down. More up then down. it takes weeks off of the pill before I can start to drop the weight but I gain the weight back within 2 days. it's been like this for many many years.
I don't know which to choose. Take the pill and be happy (but fat and at times crying over being fat again) and able to get things done or not take the pill and not be happy at all and get to where I don't and can't even take a shower or brush my teeth or hair????? It feels like no matter which I choose I can't win. Why is it too that fat people are considered lazy and just eat to much? Everyone seems to think I eat to much and I'm just to lazy to exercise. I have health issues so there are days when I'm lucky just to get out of bed and get done what I have to get done. I think about that too. The things I used to do 21 1/2 years ago before my health problem started which caused other health problems. I'm only 55 years old but I move and act like I'm 100. I know people who are more active then me and they are in their 70's.
I just don't know what to do anymore. I've been on a diet since 6th grade because a boy called me fat when I really wasn't and I wanted to be a size 10 like my sister.



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