Good Monday morning, everyone, how are you?
This past week I’ve gotten off to such a slooooow start in the mornings. If it wasn’t for the roaring LifeFlight rescue helicopter I heard at 5:00 a.m. (we live across the street from its landing field) I wouldn’t be up right now.
The time change threw me off, which I expected, but I still hoped it wouldn’t affect me to the extent that it did. Despite using my cheery Sunbox light as soon as I get up, I resemble a cast member from the film “Dawn of the Dead”. I kind of look like this fellow, but with long brown hair.
I suspect another culprit for my sluggification is the change of seasons. I’m simply not a cold-weather gal; I was born and bred in balmy, 70 degree Los Angeles for heaven’s sake. Although I still live in California, it gets very chilly up here.
Adding to the fun is the advent of “Leak Week”. As my husband lovingly told me the other day, our bed looked like the setting of a hunting accident. A visit from Auntie Flo always makes me tired. (Sorry for T.M.I., but please believe me, this post could be much worse.)
Case in point:
I’ve been trying harder to be healthy in order to boost my energy level. I work out almost daily on my elliptical and I usually get enough sleep. While I take lithium, tranylcypromine and quetiapine, all notorious for causing fatigue, I haven’t made any med changes up to now.
But I’m still exhausted.
I need to reduce my sugar intake, as I know that causes “sugar crashing” and I eat too much of it. It seems like there’s always something new, sugary and tempting that hooks me in. The latest product is Marley’s One Drops with Jamaican coffee. I could rhapsodize all day about how tasty these One Drops are. (I don’t work for the Marley Beverage Company, LLC. I’m not being paid to advertise for them – I wish! I could use a little cash to buy a new laptop.)
Anyway, apart from that, I promised to report on how the book writing is going. I’ve been plugging away. It helps immensely to have a virtual writing mentor in Wendy K. Williamson (bestselling author of “I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar” and “Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival”). Wendy holds me accountable. Moreover, she truly understands the challenges of writing a bipolar-themed memoir. But as wonderful as she is, Wendy can’t write my book for me. She’s writing two or three of her own books at the moment, and promoting her most recent book “Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival” so she’s a bit busy.
If any of you have energy-boosting tips, I’d love to read about them. Also, if you’re participating in “NaNoWriMo” (National Novel Writing Month, an annual writing project in which writers complete a novel in a measly month!) I want to know how the hell you do it, especially if you have young children running around your house.
I wish you all an energy-infused week in which you make progress on the creative projects close to your heart.
take care & thanks for reading as always,
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