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Getting out of Winter Depression

Thursday, March 02, 2017

I haven't been active on this site for so long I don't even know if anyone will read this but I shall write to make myself feel better. Maybe I can use this as a journal since I hate journalising, but people say it makes you feel good!

For the last two weeks my knee has hurt so bad I can't even bend it. I have arthritis from the army, but it hasn't hurt like this in years. I don't know what set it off, I don't remember doing anything, it sure as hell wasn't overuse. I sit at a computer for work then sit in front of the tv at home. Well everything I read online says weight loss will help. That's also supposed to heal my fatty liver, and get rid of my snoring so my husband can stop sleeping on the couch.

PTSD/Depression screws with my brain. I have a great life for the most part. I just bought a new house with my husband of 15 years in the state/city/town that I've always wanted. I have an awesome job and two fur babies that love the hell out of me. But somedays I just sit on my couch and can't move because the depression wont allow it. I know in my heart there isn't anything to be sad about and things are good for me but this brain of mine tries to tell me otherwise. I had acupuncture on Saturday, the sun is coming out, I see flowers blooming. This is totally helping my mood and the last two days I have went out for 20 minute walks after work. That's helping too. I have to remind myself next winter to do acupuncture more, take vit d supplements and force myself to move my body and hopefully I wont get as down as I was this year.

So anyways, I'm feeling good and now that we are moving into spring I suspect that I'll be on the road to happiness for the next 9 months which is a great time to refocus myself on losing weight to start helping some of these issues that I'm dealing with. I'll also look back on this blog to remind myself the things I need to do during winter to try to prevent myself from going into a black hole for 2-3 months and gaining all my weight back.

Ok moving forward- I started walking after work 3 days ago for 20 minutes each. I am going to do that every day after work. I will also try to walk during my lunch breaks when able. I'm going to find some stretches to do for my knee to help the pain. I will also make a meal plan each week, batch my food on saturday/sunday for the week and do my best to follow the meal plan. I'll need to do a bit of research to see how many calories I should eat each day to incorporate into my meal plans. I will also only drink water and herbal tea. No more fo fo coffee million calorie starbucks drinks. And lastly, I'm going to look up some motivational pictures, pages and maybe some people to follow on IG.


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    1305 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! I've been dealing with a bad knee for many years. There are some suggested exercises here at SP especially for people with knee issues and/or your dr or PT might suggest some. My ortho told me in no uncertain terms - we can't ask our joints to do the work of our muscles.

    1305 days ago
    We are all here for you!
    1305 days ago
    I like all the positive changes you are making. Just remember it's about progress not perfection. I can make my expectations for myself too high and end up giving my depressed mind more reasons to be sad.
    1305 days ago
    Congratulations! One day at a time, yeah? Fill your environment with things that make you smile and don't forget happy music!
    1305 days ago
    I have seasonal depression too. I find that full spectrum light helps me a lot. I am glad that you are doing acupuncture. I think a lot of people think depression will just go away on its own, but it does not. It can't be reasoned with either. I like
    1305 days ago
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