Slowly Coming Back

I missed Friday’s post. I apologize.

Ever since my mood stabilizer (Epival) was reduced to 1000mg from 1250mg, I have experienced no fewer than 2 manic episodes over the past 4 weeks. Keeping up with normal activities has become increasingly difficult, sleep has been impossible without the help of sleep aids (which I am certain that I am quickly developing a dependency on), and I have been steadily irritated beyond belief.

I would say that things, with the exception of my sleep difficulties, have started to mellow over the past three or four days and I am slowly getting back in the habit of my “normal life”. Whatever that means.

Days are still spent largely in bed, doing nothing.. except the occasional blog for She Zine and here at Tickety Blog.

I have a number of things planned for the coming weeks, including a visit to the YMCA with a group from the Gerstein Centre’s F.R.E.S.H. Program and some grocery store trips to outfit our refrigerator and pantry for my new diet.

I attempted to discuss my new way of eating, which is only mildly different from my current way of eating, on my She Zine blog and I was accused of fat shaming and promoting “diet culture”.

In fairness, I could see what she was talking about, but I don’t think most people can truly understand how difficult it is to maintain body positivity until they have gained 60lbs in 4 months due to a prescribed antipsychotic.

In the future, I will have to watch my language and ensure that my messaging is not offending people. At least people are reading.. right!?

Once I begin this new way of eating and my exercise regimen, I will begin blogging about it here. As I am sure you all know, diet and exercise are key factors in maintaining good mental health.

For future reference, I am vegan and starting from zero when it comes to fitness, so the information that you will be receiving here will be meat-free and starting from scratch on the exercise front.

I hope you all stay tuned!!