The diet has started!!!!! This
also means exercise has started. Now trust me on this one. At age 42,
still undiagnosed with the bipolar beast I was able to wear a thong
bathing suit. Not only did I wear a thong bathing suit but I looked good
in it. I had the tan and a belly button ring (now theirs a painful thing
but that's another story).
I worked hard to keep my body in this shape. It was expected of me and I
did the work. Of coarse I did have the help of a few shots of vodka to
help keep me in this condition. My ex husband expected his Barbie doll
to look like this. Of coarse his Ken body was not something we would
have put a thong on. No, he had that couch potato look. Many beers had
hit that mid section and decided to stay. Well he's gone and I only have
my own waist to worry about now.
But now at 46, diagnosed with bipolar for 3 years and many different
meds in my system my midsection is no longer something that can be
viewed by others without a layer of loose clothing.
It seemed that meds were the start of this downward swing in the battle
of the bulge.
First were these lithium lumps. I had heard about and seen cellulite,
just hadn't really experienced it myself until lithium. These lithium
lumps seemed to be breaking out all over my body. This caused me to stop
taking all meds. I did get thin again but at quite a cost in other parts
of my life.
After this I did get serious about taking meds. I knew that I had to if
I was to get well. No more booze. Just life according to doctors orders.
Of coarse that meant more medication.
The first problem was the risperdol risperdol roll. That sucker just
seemed to appear overnight. How one little small pill can do that much
damage to a body I have yet to fathom. It was the end of the waistline
as I had known it. That thing just seems to stay. Dieting doesn't seem
to have an effect on that risperdol roll. I tried cutting out fats. No
Many meds have been added and subtracted since that time. Topomax seemed
to take a few inches off of that risperdol roll. I thought that one was
going to be the answer.
I've decided theirs only one way to attack this thing. Exercise! Get the
weights out and start doing some stretch exercise. Do it the old
fashioned way. I used to swear by these little stretch exercises using
the small weights. Then add a few crunches for the belly. I did this for
years. Of coarse I did add walking to the regime as I got older but
things looked pretty good at 42. I'll just have to see if I can get some
of that body back and maybe, just maybe something will happen to that