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  1. I started mirtazapine about two weeks ago and I'm freaking starving. I'm actively trying to lose weight with Weight Watchers, and I'm pretty good with gauging my hunger signals before I eat something. I track my food and when the hunger hits I try drinking a glass of water or doing something else to occupy myself before I turn to the food. The problem is, since I started the mirtazapine, I really feel hungry. On the other hand, though, it has really helped both my sleep issues and my anxiety issues. (I also take Effexor, btw - my pdoc said that the mirtazapine would give the Effexor a sort of bump, and that seems to be holding true.) I don't know if I can live with the weight gain, though. I need to lost weight - and I had lost 10 pounds before I started it ... I've already gained 2 back. Before I give up on it, I'd like to know if anyone has had the increase in appetite taper off ... like, is there a light at the end of this tunnel? Thanks, all!
  2. I have the other book and I'm too lazy to go look at the title right now but I think it's something like the Sugar Addicts Recovery Program or something. There's also a website that has enough of the information that you don't really need to buy the books if you don't want to: www.radiantrecovery.com There's a weight loss program on the website too. While I haven't checked out that part of it, I can see how it could be helpful for weight loss. For one thing, if I'm going to have dinner then wait three hours then eat a potato, I end up eating less. Also, when I eat protein for breakfast, I'm less likely to want a snack before lunch. I've been doing a protein shake with a banana mixed in for breakfast, which has been quick and filling. If anybody has any ideas for how to prepare the potato, please add them - I can see that I'll probably get bored with it pretty quickly!
  3. Okay, so like I mentioned, I know the name of the book is ridiculous, and I'm not fond of anything that minimizes the legitimacy of anti-depressants. That said, I wanted to post about the book because I'm giving some of the stuff in it a try and I wanted to see if anybody else has tried it too. The book outlines a 7 step method for dealing with what the author calls sugar sensitivity ... which pretty much describes me to a T. Being my non-normal self, I am currently working on three of the steps, but not the first three. Right now I'm working on eating protein at breakfast, taking a multi-vitamin every day and eating a potato approximately three hours after dinner. The protein with breakfast really has made a difference in my energy level and I think that the potato is helpful in winding my body down - I have serious insomnia issues and when I eat my potato I get more of a tired feeling at bedtime. It also keeps me on a healthier schedule, because if I'm going to eat a potato three hours after I eat dinner, I have to have an actual dinner rather than just a series of snacks between work and bed. One of the steps is completely cutting out sugar, which I don't think I'll ever get to, but I'm going to keep trying to work the program as long as I feel it's helping.
  4. My advice would be to see if you could find someone to read it that hasn't yet and ask them what they would like to know more about. Also, are you including any anecdotes? Little stories can stretch the time and can also make your speech more interesting. They don't necessarily have to be from your own life - just something to give an example.
  5. My friend's son was prescribed an antibiotic that cost $1000 last week. Luckily it ended up being covered, but I just don't get it. For $1000, I feel as though it should come with someone to be at your house to administer the dose and that the bottle it comes in should be platinum. With warning labels that are 24k gold.
  6. Another one - I hate, hate, hate to iron, but the name brand wrinkle release spray is expensive, so I make my own. I got a cheap bottle of liquid fabric softener and I put just maybe a teaspoon into a spray bottle of water - works the same.
  7. I look for babysitting jobs on the weekends as a way to make extra cash. I'm registered on www.sittercity.com and www.care.com. Unfortunately I haven't been finding quite as much work since it seems that a lot of people are going out less, but when I find the work, it's good money.
  8. I've done it twice - once moving from PA to TX, then moving from TX to PA (incidentally, I now live in TX again, but this time I sold my car, flew down, and bought a new one). First trip - my family was NOT supportive of my making the move, so I packed everything I owned into a 9-year-old Ford Escort hatchback and made the trip on my own. I had to stop every two hours to put a quart of oil in the car. It was August and the car didn't have air conditioning. I consider it the grace of God that I made it to Houston. The trip was great, though, in a lot of ways. I was making a huge transition in my life and that trip on my own gave me the time to reflect on it and to simmer down from the family drama and be ready to start over. Second trip - I was going back, so family was supportive, but I still drove on my own. This time, I sent a bunch of stuff by truck ahead of me and had a more reliable car - a 5-year-old Ford Focus. It was still packed with stuff, including my cat. The Focus turned on me, though, breaking down several times and causing me to randomly spend a weekend in Kentucky waiting for dealership to open up (my saving grace this time - the warranty). It was a very weird trip, all the car drama made me feel kind of homeless or nomadic or something - probably didn't help that I was on my way to move into my parents' house, then student housing. I've done it a couple of other times with other people - MI to TX, PA to TX, PA to FL - for vacations, but it was the times I did it alone that have been really meaningful for me.
  9. Wow, glad that it isn't SJS! I bet the chicken pox as an adult sucks, though - hope you're feeling better soon!
  10. Oh, I've been there ... and at times acted on it ... sometimes a good thing, sometimes not such a good thing.
  11. I'm so sorry that you're having such a hard time. I know how maddening it is. I can throw in some experience that I have ... Remeron did help me a lot with falling asleep, but I did gain weight. However, I gained weight because I was craving carbs and eating them rather than re-directing myself. If you are conscious of the possibility and prepared to monitor how much you're eating, I think the weight gain could be avoided. I went on it while in the hospital, so I wasn't at all active - I gained weight partially because I didn't make a plan for going on a medication that I knew could have that side effect. As for the environmental things, I have a strict set of rules about how my bedroom has to be that have helped me get better sleep. I sleep with a fan on, which helps to lower the temperature and also gives me some white noise. I have figured out which pillows, blankets, sheets, etc, are most comfortable for me so that I'm not distracted by how I feel lying in bed. Also, I use a mask for my eyes - it shuts out the light, which helps a ton. I have bought various masks, and liked some of them better than others, but my old stand-by is actually just a bandana that I tie around my head. I also have had some success with hypnosis. I did a google search for hypnosis downloads and play them before bed sometimes. It's really more of a guided relaxation than real hypnosis, but it helps me turn off my brain. I hope that you find some relief!
  12. Yes, I hope that you have been to the ER. I got "The Rash" from Lamictal, but got on steroids and a topical cream right away and it never got to the point that you are describing. It was bad, but it didn't get to my throat - keep on until somebody gives you more than the benadryl.
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