Must See Video and Fitness Update

fitness update

This most excellent song and video should be the Stigma Free National Anthem. From mental health, to sexual orientation, to dysfunctional families – she touches them all. The name of the song is “Secrets” by Mary Lambert. Below the video is this weeks Fitness Update.

Why a Fitness Update on a Bipolar Blog?

As I remind you every week, 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. Motivation for those of you out there struggling with weight, and more specifically, motivating me.

Here is Last Week’s Fitness Update:

Maurice and I went on a long weekend in San Francisco last week. Before we left we knew there were a couple of decadent restaurants where we planned to eat, so we agreed we’d eat healthy meals the rest of the week – Yeah right. We were absolute gluttons. Heavy meal here and heavy meal there and a dessert after every meal. I can tell you that desserts in San Francisco do not come in small or average sizes…They’re HUGE. Cookies are huge, cakes are huge, cheesecakes are huge…you get the picture.

Today I had decided I was not going to get weighed, but changed my mind. I expected to have gained between 5-10 lbs. With much trepidation I stepped on the scale and found I only gained one pound. I’m still in shock, but very happy today.

The Statistics

Original Maximum Weight: 303 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
This loss/gain this week: +1.0
Total loss so far: -46.4
Current weight: 257.0

For Those Familiar With Weight Watchers :

I was not good at tracking the past couple of weeks so I have no Weight Watchers statistics available

  7 comments for “Must See Video and Fitness Update

  1. Cat
    September 1, 2014 at 07:59

    I love the video, Bradley. That’s a huge amount of weight to lose. I’m struggling with a loss or gain of about 2lb. It’s been going on for weeks now. I’m not too overweight, just at the beginning of a problem, really. Interestingly, recently I reduced my Quetiapine/Serequel by 100mg per day and lost 6lb in about 3-4 weeks without trying…. proof to me that a lot of it is based on the MH medication.

    • Bradley
      September 1, 2014 at 08:42

      I can’t deny that I’ve been overweight my whole life, however, once I started taking meds my weight skyrocketed out of control. Good luck on the extra pounds. I know it’s frustrating to be stuck and can’t shake that extra weight. I’m glad you stopped in, I missed you for awhile there.

      • Cat
        September 1, 2014 at 08:44

        Oh, I have been reading and liking, Bradley, just been in one of my rollercoaster rides with little to say!

  2. August 31, 2014 at 11:29

    You’ll have to share your secret with me as to how you didn’t gain after eating what you did 🙂 . The video’s message is strong and to the point.

    • Bradley
      August 31, 2014 at 12:03

      I wish I knew the secret. I was shocked – but happy

  3. Jim
    August 30, 2014 at 16:40

    Awesome video Bradley
    Thank you

    • Bradley
      August 30, 2014 at 19:16

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, jim. I fell in love with it immediately when I first watched it

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