Much, much better mood this past week. I was manic for a couple of days, but that ended about mid-week. Here’s a couple of brief conversations I had with Maurice:
Me: I feel so much better now that the depression has lifted, but I’m kind of manic,
Maurice: I don’t think you’re manic. I think you just feel good because the depression is gone.
Maurice: What time did you wake up this morning?
Maurice: You went to bed at 3:30. I think you’re manic.
Me: I know.
Fortunately the mania didn’t last too long and I’m feeling pretty balanced right now.
Weight and Fitness
Here is how my weight has gone the past three weeks:
March 26 Lost 1.8 lbs
April 02 Weight didn’t change – no gain or loss
April 09 Gained 1.8 lbs
This has been going on for far too long. Up and down, up and down like a yo-yo. I’ve considered quitting out of frustration. But, if I do, what does quitting mean?
1) I could quit Weight Watchers and dieting all together, let myself blow up past 300 lbs and die young.
2) I could quit Weight Watchers and get gastric bypass surgery. However, I know a few people who have had complications from this, plus they require you to lose 10% of your current weight before they’ll do the surgery. This is what lead me to Weight Watchers to begin with. My thought was that if I could lose 10 lbs without the surgery, then why wouldn’t I just keep going and continue to lose weight through diet change.
3) I could drop Weight Watchers altogether and diet on my own. This is not an option. It was through Weight Watchers that I lost 90 lbs. It was only after quitting their program that I regained most of that back. Weight Watchers is not a lose weight and quit program. It’s a full lifestyle change.
My current weight is 264 lbs. That’s a 39.3 loss from my original weight of 303.3 lbs
My goal this month is to lose 6 lbs., so I will need to lose 2 lbs each week for the rest of this month. That’s doable. Just a bit of a challenge.
I am currently working on Chapter 7. I received excellent feedback from my writing group on Saturday, regarding Chapter 6. so I’ll be making the changes I agree with, then moving on to Chapter 7. My plan is to finish 1 chapter each week so I plan to make the changes to Chapter 6 by Monday morning then move on.
One interesting thing at the group session was a comment from a guy who’s been gone awhile. He remembers my chapters 1 – 3 and commented that the tone has changed and it’s almost slapsticky. I replied that the writing has taken a life of its own and is turning out more humorous than I originally planned. As a result, I will have to eventually go back to the first few chapters and give them a more humorous tone. I then told the group that I now see the novel as Green Acres. Mitch, the detective, is the Eddie Albert character and everyone else around him is nuts. I’ve had more fun writing since I changed the tone so that’s why I’m going to continue with it that way.
Overall, I’d say I had a pretty good week. The weight loss sucked, but I keep getting better at writing and I’m thrilled about that. Plus, to top that off with a balanced mood was good. Not bad overall.