Entries by Jenni Elyse

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Milestone 1: Down 50 LBS

At the beginning of 2017, I made a goal to lose 50 lbs. and after a lot of hard work, I’ve finally met my goal. I’m so excited to have met this first milestone in my weight loss journey. I’ve wanted to lose weight for a while, but I’d had a hard time. As I said in the post Rising from the Ashes, my weight loss has been like a yo-yo, up and down.

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Depression, Antidepressants, and SAD, Oh My!

About two months ago, I realized something significant. My antidepressants are actually working. Am I always happy? No. Am I even happy most of the time? I guess it depends on how you define happy. But, to be honest, that’s not what depression is really about. Depression is about not being able to cope with stresses in life. It’s about shutting down when life gets too hard to deal with. It’s about brain chemistry and not being able to enjoy the simplest of pleasures.

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Living with Fibromyalgia

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at 16, but I started having extreme leg pain when I was about nine. It usually occurred at night. The only relief I received was when my mom rubbed my legs for hours and from Icy Hot, which I still use to this day. At first, my parents thought it was growing pains, but when the pain worsened as I got older, they wondered if something else might be wrong.

HALT BS

Have you ever heard of HALT BS before? It’s something one of my therapists taught me. It and the drama triangle (another topic for another time) are two of the major things I took away from my sessions with her. Learning about these two things changed my life.

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the United States. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the one day of the year where gratitude is the main focus. Even though we should focus on gratitude all the time, when you’re living with a mental illness that can be really hard to do sometimes. Fortunately, I’m in a place right now where I can remember all the things I’m thankful for and I wanted to take the time to express them.