If you’ve read my book Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, you’ll know I was an A.C.E.-certified personal trainer and worked in a gym for a few years.
This was me, “B.B.D.” (Before Bipolar Diagnosis)
At college, I gained the “Freshman 20+” instead of the typical “Freshman 15.” Ever since my uni days, my adipose tissue (the fancy term for fat) has fluctuated in quantity due to a variety of reasons; bipolar depression and stress/anxiety have been the main reasons for my weight gain.
Last year was one of the most stressful years I’ve ever experienced.
I was under a deadline with Post Hill Press to deliver my edited manuscript. At least writing my book didn’t almost kill me (During that same year, Bipolar Burble blogger Natasha Tracy published a post called Writing a Book about Bipolar and Depression Almost Killed Me), but what did happen was that I gained almost 30 pounds in only a couple months.
If I kept up that rate of weight gain, I’d turn into Jabba the Hutt!
On a serious note, I’d risk developing very serious health conditions and complications.
I realized I had to come to terms with my emotional stress eating once and for all.
“Coming to terms” sounds nice and granola-y, but what does that really mean?
Well, for me, it begins with enlisting my counselor’s support and making a commitment to myself stop this vicious cycle.
It means bringing my shame out into the open, which is why I’m publishing this post despite having second, third, and fourth thoughts.
I’m also a fan of self-help books, although I admit I never do the exercises they usually require. Nevertheless, I just started reading a self-help book and a healthy food cookbook. Both of them are inspiring me and I’ll share those titles here after I finish reading them.
The only thing that has ever helped me lose weight has been using a free tracking app called Lose It!
Last year I wrote about using Lose It!: “Losing a Mirror Carp Feels Good.“
If you’re like me—an emotional, compulsive overeater/binger/midnight fridge marauder—and you’d like to join me and get healthier, please consider joining Lose It! I keep reading that pairing up with others when embarking on weight loss greatly increases your chance of success.
On Lose It!, I belong to two groups where we cheer one another on. Once you’ve signed up, go to “Community”, then select”Find Groups” and type one (or both) of these in:
Moms with Bipolar group
Bipolar Battlers group
And now for something completely different….
Dr. Benicio Frey
Apart from my weight woes, I wanted to let you know psychiatrist Dr. Benicio Frey will present a free webinar about perinatal mood disorder research next Wednesday, January 17th from 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. PST.
The webinar is sponsored by the International Bipolar Foundation and it’s not too late to sign up – just go to this link!
The following section is just part of Dr. Frey’s impressive bio.; you’ll find the rest of it on the IBPF link:
“Dr. Frey is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, Academic Head of the Mood Disorders Program, and Director of the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.
In 2008, Dr. Frey received a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship award to study brain imaging in perimenopausal women with depression, at the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Currently, Dr. Frey has over 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.”
Lastly, I want to share a cool new resource with you – it’s run by John Emotions, the charismatic podcaster and founder of Bipolar Style. John wanted a “private, more focused area to talk about Bipolar” that will surpass Facebook forums, etc. He created Bipolar Party on Yammer and I really like the layout – it’s original and it has great potential.
Come join us! If you’re interested, email me your email address so I can send you an invitation: firstname.lastname@example.org
And on that note, have a good weekend, and I’ll see you next Friday. (I hope I’ll see some of you on Lose It! too. Feel free to ask me any questions about it in the comments!)
Take good care & lots of love,