Why a Fitness Update on a Bipolar Blog?
As I remind you with every fitness update, over 80 percent of people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, are overweight or obese. Much of this has to do with medicines that reduce the metabolism. This contributes to them dying at three times the rate of overall population. Therefore, I have begun this weekly fitness update for motivation.
Fitness Update Overview
Losing Weight over the past few years has been an exciting and frustrating adventure. At one point I lost exactly 90 pounds and was excited that I was so close to reaching the 100 pound milestone. But, I stayed at 90 pounds…and stayed at 90 pounds…and stayed at 90 pounds.
Eventually, my weight started changing, but it was moving in the wrong direction. Each week I’d gain ¼ pound, then ½ pound, and so on. Eventually I gained back 45 of the 90 pounds I lost, but fortunately I stopped gaining and have stayed there. While I’m very frustrated about the weight gain, I’m also relieved. Why? Because most people who lose weight regain their entire loss back, plus additional pounds.
I am stuck though. I’ve been hovering around 255 – 260 pounds for a long time and I’ve been damned upset about it. Mentally my body has been feeling the same way physically as it did when I weighed over 300 lbs. To my relief, my husband, Maurice, pulled up the following photos to show me visually our weight loss success over the past couple of years. I’m still damned frustrated over the 45 pound gain, but I’m happy to see in the picture that my progress is obvious.
This Weeks Statistics
Original Maximum Weight: 303 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
This loss/gain this week: -0.4
Total loss so far: -44.0
Current weight: 259.4