Weekly Wrap-Up July 05, 2016

weekly wrap-up


I saw my pdoc on Friday and told him how well things have been going. No mania, no depression, no hypomania for about a month now. He was as happy to hear it as I was to say it. I did bring up anxiety, though. I mentioned that I still am getting it and it is affecting me when I want to shower, as always. I said there are days that I’ll stand there holding my towel and breathe heavy before I get the energy to step in. Seriously and I mean seriously, he suggested that may come from movies, such as Psycho. When I told him it seems to be a common thing with people who have BP or depression and he pretty much ignored it and started talking about other movies with scary shower scenes. Normally I’d consider getting a new pdoc, but it’s hard to argue with the results I’ve had lately. I have a great therapist to bounce things off. The pdoc is just my pill pusher.

Weight and Fitness

Weight on June 18 – 264.6
Weight on July 02 – 259.8
Total loss = 4.8 lbs

I feel totally stoked about last week. I ate well, with few weak moments, and I exercised every day.

On last weeks review I said that my therapist and I came up with a great idea of me walking 5 miles to the library to get exercise and then I’d be there in a good environment for writing. It also would keep me from snacking too much, since there’s not a good eatery nearby. As it turns out, I only did it one day, but it worked perfectly. I got my 10,000 daily step goal in, and successfully got some serious writing done, and didn’t snack all day. I will be doing it more often. I didn’t do it all week because I had other appointments. There was one other day that I could have done it, but chose to go to the beach instead where I wound up walking 25,000 steps, which was over 10 miles. Damn, my feet hurt after that.

I look forward to seeing how the rest of this week will go.

If you’re trying to lose weight – and who isn’t? I invite you to join Dyane and I and sign up on Lose It! Dyane, whose excellent blog is Birth of a New Brain, created the Wondrous Writers Weight Loss Group to provide a place where we can all support each other. She has been an inspiration to me and I appreciate her encouragement. To join us, you can go to Dyane’s blog, leave your email in a comment and she’ll send you an invite. If you prefer, you can sign up for free at www.loseit.com and find us under Groups.


I didn’t get much novel writing in this week and that’s okay. Instead I’ve been writing a sermon. Our previous minister at church left last month and our new minister doesn’t arrive until next month. Most of the Sundays in between we have members of the congregation subbing. I was pleased to be asked if I would like to do one and am now scheduled to be behind the pulpit on July 24th. Like the last couple of times, I will post a transcript of the sermon. Hell, maybe I’ll post a video while I’m at it.

I’d like to have had the sermon done by now, but as I was researching the topic my perspective of the subject changed. This required me to nearly start from scratch.


A small amount of anxiety countered by no manic and no depressive episodes. Ate well and exercised, and wound up losing weight. I wasn’t writing my major project, but still kept writing. How would I rate last week? Purdy damn good.

14 comments on Weekly Wrap-Up July 05, 2016

  1. I’m so glad for your purdy damn good week. I wish you many more. And good luck with that sermon. How awesome that they asked you to participate!

    1. Thanks for the good luck about the sermon, I’ll need it (gulp) Actually, if I finish writing it soon, it will give me plenty of time to rehearse it, which is the hardest part.

  2. I am so excited for you! It sounds like you had a damn fine week! Keep up with the good work on the weight loss! 🙂

  3. Wow Brad! What a fantastic week! Congratulations on the significant weight loss! I’m so happy you’re mood is stabilized. How about a 5 minute meditation practice before showers? I keep telling myself I need to meditate, I don’t know why it’s so hard to do when it feels so good! I can’t wait to read your sermon. Hugs!

    1. Thank you for all your comments, Deb. It was a good week. I’m hoping my 4th of July festivities didn’t wipe out any progress from the week before. I’ll know after Saturday’s weigh in. A brief meditation before the shower sounds like a good plan. I’ll give a try.

  4. Wow! Sounds like you had a week full of achievements. Well done, Bradley. I’m impressed by your commitment to exercising, something I sorely lack. Well done 🙂

    1. Exercise is hard to get going, but it’s not long after doing it regularly that it becomes second nature. Thank you for your positive comments.

  5. I salute you!

    I have shower anxiety sometimes and it’s not because of a movie, LOL!!!!!

    That’s incredible that you walked over 10 miles at the beach last week- have you ever tried soaking your feet in Epsom salts? One of my best friends, a very experienced aesthetician/holistic healer 25 years, suggested it to me, and it really helps. I also swear by arnica gel for any sore joints/brusing/soreness and it’s fairly inexpensive (I like Boiron which you can get at healthfood stores – there’s also Hyland.)

    That’s super-cool you walked a whopping 5 miles to the library, got some good writing done, and didn’t snack that day!

    Congratulations on your upcoming sermon – I’m impressed! Looking forward to reading the transcript & I’m proud of you.

    Thanks for the lovely shout-out. I still can’t believe just four months ago I was around 170 pounds, and today I weighed in at 131 – one pound from my goal! It’s wonderful to feel healthy, like who I see in the mirror, and have the energy to take walks/hikes with my dog again in the redwoods. Of course I owe some of my success to *you* – you’ve been immensely supportive! I’m thrilled that ouo Lose It! quest is helping you too. :)))

    We’ve got to….

    1. Thank you for making me smile and laugh this morning, Great job on the weight loss. I look forward to you reaching your goal. I’m proud of you, Great song!

      1. Thanks my friend – the song is from one of my favorite movies, “The Mighty Quinn” with the gorgeous, gifted Denzel Washington & hilarious Robert Townsend. If you haven’t seen it, you must. The soundtrack alone is excellent!

        1. I’m almost positive I’ve seen it, but it was a long time ago. I’ll have to check Netflix

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