Pills vs. Exercise

No looking back now! The gym membership has been purchased (daycare included) so it’s a done deal. I’ve worked out twice since we paid for the membership on Friday. My mood is already a hundred times better than before. And I learned if I just loosened the laces on my new shoes, my feet wouldn’t hurt so bad. Who knew??

My eating wasn’t the greatest on the weekend but I kept it in check. I didn’t lose any weight but I didn’t gain any either. Glass half full right? I am down 5 lbs since April 19. That equates to a little more than 2 lbs a week – not too shabby.

I’ve also been taking a large-ish dose of vitamin D and calcium with magnesium which I am sure has helped my mood a bit. At my last physical in October, my doctor told me that I was vitamin D deficient which wasn’t a huge surprise living in a cold, northern climate and not getting enough sun exposure. The problem with vitamin D supplements was that I was getting horrible headaches after taking them. I even tried taking them right before bed and I would wake up with a headache. I started taking them again just before I go to bed and I seem to be handling them better this time around.

So my pre-bedtime regimen of pills/vitamins :

30 mcg of Vitamin D

333 mg of Calcium, 167 mg of Magnesium (also includes another 15 mcg of vitamin D3)

150 mg. Lamotrigine

25 mg Seroquel

I’m not sure if better moods are from pills or exercise – probably a little of both but I’m putting more money on the exercising. I am off to the psychiatrist tomorrow.

Workout #1

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First day back at the gym in about 10 years on the weekend was a success! It felt so good to work out again – why did I wait so long? Because I had a million and one excuses that’s why. In my defense, I have popped out 3 kids in the last 6 years so finding the time has always been a struggle. But I need to do this. My life and health depends on it. I’ll be a better wife and mother if I take care of myself and my mental health will improve which is really the main reason I decided to go back to it.

In talking with my husband (who also wants to start exercising too), we’ve decided that we can carve out an hour on two nights of the week and then one or both days on the weekend. We’ve found some gym and fitness facilities with childcare which is great or we can take turns on alternating evenings during the week.

So in order to start this new endeavor, I had to buy new running shoes. Unfortunately my feet hurt sooooo bad after I was done on the elliptical machine so I really hope that I just need to break in these shoes and then things will get better. It really pissed me off because I was totally fine with the workout but my feet were throbbing – I almost didn’t make the 30 minutes. So frustrating! And my legs were absolutely killing me when I went to bed last night – this was after I took some naproxen. I was thinking “uh oh I pushed myself too hard – I’m not going to be able to walk tomorrow!” So I dug out the roll-on muscle analgesic that I’ve never used in my life and it helped a lot. I was able to fall asleep and the pain was gone when I woke up this morning – thank goodness.

But I am super proud of myself. I want to go back. I think I can do this. Just need to take it one day at a time.