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 🙂
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!
Kai is a writer, author and avid reader. A mental health advocate, Ludosport athlete and coder. She’s the mother of two young adults, owned by two cats, and lives with her beloved in the Cotswolds.