Bipolar Disorder And Fitness

I recently blogged about my health goals. So today, I’m going to update you on how things are going.

Have you ever felt like a weight loss goal was out of reach?

Well, I often feel this way! For the last few months I’ve tried to stay motivated to maintain my exercise. A few hiccups or hurdles is my will power, my energy level, and my medication. Three ingredients to stumble anyone!

It’s already hard enough to keep up exercising but my big issue (besides motivation) is my medication. I’m taking a decent amount of prescriptions, in which all but one has a side effect of weight gain.

It’s like winning a losing battle! I maintain my weight more easily then I’m losing it!

My medication increases my want to eat. I’m fighting the hunger. To do so, I replace some of my comfort foods with healthier choices. I’m a sugar junkie, so to substitute I eat apples, berries, and grapes. For salt cravings I substitute chips for an ounce of cheese.

Honestly, it’s taken me a few weeks to get my eating under control. I also drink a lot of water during the day to help curb my appetite. This has not been an easy adjustment. But, I’m dedicated and determined to reach my goal in weight loss, and healthier eating!

In the process I’ve also tried desperately to find an exercise routing to adhere to. I’ve found if I exercise in the morning, I’m more likely to follow-through. So far I’m doing good! Much better than when I initially started. But, that’s to be expected when making a life change.

I’ve discussed my weight loss goal to both my psychiatrist and primary care physician to make sure I don’t hinder myself. As it is a juggling act to be sure I don’t trigger mania or depression. It’s really easy to fall prey to mania and/or depression if you don’t balance your proper vitamins, and protein intake.

It is also very important to get ample sleep. Sleep not only refresh’s the body but keeps us from falling into mania.

About four years ago I managed to lose a significant amount of weight. I was exercising up to two hours a day and hardly eating (Mind you I was off my medication at that time). I wasn’t making good choices and wound up in the worst mania I had ever experienced.

Unfortunately, I gained it all back within a year. Eventually, becoming severely depressed. I didn’t go through the proper channels. Today, I’m making all the right choices and keeping in contact with my doctors to ensure I’m monitored.

I’m happy to say I’ve lost 24 pounds, eating healthier foods, and found a safe level of exercise.

If you have decided to journey through weight loss and exercise, please talk to your doctor first. Believe it or not, it makes all the difference.



Living with type 1 bipolar disorder, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), Rapid Cycling, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Writing about my life experiences.

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  • September 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the tips. My meds have me absolutely famished at times. Being recently diagnosed with diabetes also is forcing me into being more active and making better food choices. In a strange way, its been a blessing in disguise. What’s the old adage of life giving you lemons? ?


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