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All the news that’s (mostly) fit to print

Feb 3, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Things are slowly getting better, or at least, aren’t getting any worse.  We’re slowly coming to terms with the idea we need a bit of help extending our family, and I’ve embarked on a new daily exercise plan with the help of an app on my Kindle (I exercise for 20 – 30 mins every day – when the weather is a bit nicer, I’m also going to start running again), and I’m trying to control my intake of cola and stuff (which I think is the main reason I’m struggling with weight loss. I guess it doesn’t help when I’m under my calorie intake/at my intake, but still getting FAR too much sugar.  And please, don’t lecture me about empty calories – I know.  The problem is, I’m on meds that make me constantly want to eat, and crave sugar, and it’s really difficult.  I’ve done periods of not drinking Coke, but it’s difficult.  And trust me, telling me I need more willpower isn’t helpful either – I’m taking it one step and one day at a time, but it’s still tough.

Seroquel and appetite

Anyone that takes atypical medication (or are on meds for their on label reasons) probably know this one, but short of taking things like Chromium and other supplements, one of the things I do know seroquel messes with is my appetite.  I never used to want to eat at three in the morning, but sure enough, I’m fighting that right now.  And we try to keep healthy snacks in the house, but seriously, path of least resistance, headache staving off and more generally works with cola.  I need to retrain myself and I’m working on that, but to be honest, I’m sat right now with a glass of Cherry Coke.  It’s maddening.  I am trying right now to cut it down to two glasses a day – from tomorrow, it’ll be mornings only, with food, and small glasses.  Next week, one glass.  Eventually, on the weekends, if at all.  I tried cold turkey, and it’s just not doable.  I have a bad day and I go running back to drinking it, to get rid of one ache.

Books, writing and more

Books and writing are going slowly.  I’m trying to keep up with doing at least 750 words a day, as you can see over at Stateofthewriting.  It’s not the easiest thing in the world – I’ve found lately that I’ve put it off until the end of the day.  I’m also trying to ‘front load’ blog writing to the beginning of the week and other writing once I’ve finished that, to see if it helps.

No books published in the last month, though I am republishing some short stories in a small anthology soon 🙂

Other stuff

I’m getting ready to launch or relaunch lots of stuff, that I’m setting up while I’m not in a full-time job.  Watch this space!




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P is for Psychosis #realmentalhealth #mondayblogs #nomorestigma

This is one of my harder blog posts to write, because though I talk – a lot – about the impact my mental health has on my day to day life, and has done for a while, I’m pretty sure that this is the bit no one really understands, causes the most…misunderstanding and I hope, because I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, they can’t relate to. If you didn’t know that psychosis was a feature of my mental health diagnosis, or didn’t understand if you’d heard it mentioned before now, please…don’t start changing your opinion of me. That’s the biggest reason those of us with serious mental health issues aren’t as open as society needs. Because we lose people.