Did you ever see those little chicks given as gifts to children at Easter, dyed different colors? Yeah…I only think it’s cool if done in photoshop ….and maybe not even then.. but on Easter Sunday, Ebony broke out her pack of oil stick face paints and, well, I think the pictures say it all!:
I’ve got to hand it to my Father-in-Law, he’s a gem of a grandfather! While I started protesting as Eb began her work of art, he said that it was quite alright…it had washed out fine the last time. Well, at any rate, he’s got the perfect hair for it…she started with a nice white canvas! :-)
Things are quiet for the most part here. Cam and I are working on “behind the scenes” projects and the weather is cooling down quite a lot.. we’ve been switching on the heaters and gathering up wood for later in the season. I’ve gone on a couple of walks and Cam’s helping with my effort to get back on track…he’s gonna push me out the door when I make excuses. I’ve tried a few times to get back to walking, but it fizzles out for long periods, so I’m going to get back in the saddle again BEFORE the really cold weather settles in.. and that doesn’t mean I’ll stop walking in winter, it’s just easier to start before it hits.
I’ve got quite a lot of weight to lose, as I’ve gained an extra 30 to 40 pounds after my last manic episode. (I gained almost that much with the first one in 1995, and lost it gradually.) I also have another 30 to lose that I’ve been carrying since early college days, but I am definitely doing this at a realistic pace.
Not everyone who experiences a mental illness gains weight, but it is a high percentage, since most of the meds have that kind of side effect. I know that while it is possible to gain weight from medications, stress and emotional issues, it is also very possible to lose that weight. And for me, it doesn’t take much more than some gentle changes. So, walking, water, and more fruit/veggies is the first step!