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I want to thank you for sharing your personal story. I too have schizophrenia and here to lose the additional weight I put back on from medications...I find it so brave of you to come out and expose yourself into the light with that affliction because it is the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease out there. You are an inspiration to me and others. Keep up the fantastic work. And again thank you so much for sharing!!! You Are
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1,301 8/5/12 10:08 A
Wow!!!! GREAT job! You are amazing. I wish you luck in your journey.
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8/5/12 9:36 A
I hope I can do the same thing!
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8/5/12 8:31 A
Whooo Hoo. That is awesome.
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2 8/4/12 10:19 P
Thank you all for the emotional support :). You have made some amazing progress, too, AMYKBLUE! You look really great, ADARKARA; and I LOVE your boston! He looks like my brother's boston. Thank you so much, PHILLYSKYLINE! I think this is the 20th time I have quit for at least a day. Lol. I don't want to say I have a harder time than you because it is a huge challenge to break the habit regardless. :) I love being able to run for an hour and not be out of breath. My entire life is changing... I am full of energy, my sleep is improving, I feel stronger, etc. I figure I would like to pass naturally in old age maybe 70 years from now, not 40 years from now because of a heart attack or slow growth of cancer or emphysema. This very well may be the best decision I will have ever made. Stick with it! You're doing great! They do call them the munchies still, LOVEXAVIE. Haha. I have taken away all drugs including caffeine, pot, alcohol, nicotine, and perhaps my prescribed medication if I continue to improve (of course only with permission from a doctor!
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8/4/12 11:54 A
Wow, JESSE2088 - that's amazing!!
Congrats to you! I wish you continued success. I know you can do this, and like a lot of members, you'll possibly find you won't need so many meds when all the other pieces fall into place. For many, pot leads to "the munchies" (do they still call it that? lol) so hopefully, that will be a non-issue for you, too, soon. When I severely cut back alcohol and ramped up the veggie consumption, my weight started falling off. It's amazing when something just *clicks,* isn't it!!! I know I was hoping for that all my life, and w/ Spark, I finally got it. Sounds like you did, too! Yippieeee!!
Great for you!!!
8/4/12 10:53 A
This is awesome! Congratulations on all your hard work and progress.
Quitting smoking is a bear, isn't it? I've been a light smoker for 15 YEARS (wow it's crazy to write that) and considered myself a "social smoker" until recently. I started smoking 1-2 cigs per day by myself, more if I drank alcohol or hung out with people who smoke. I'm on day 7 without one and feel like this time I can really kick the habit. I can't even imagine quitting a 1-2 pack a day habit, so kudos to you!
That's wonderful! It's amazing how good exercise can make us feel emotionally.
8/4/12 2:19 A
WAY TO GO!!!!! That is amazing!
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2 8/3/12 8:56 P
I am so excited! The last five years, I had been extremely obese and a 1-2 pack/day smoker. Today I hit my 40 pound mark, and have been smoke free for 9 days! Also, I ran/walked 5.1 miles in 61 minutes this morning! My whole life, I was overflowing with ambition, but I had no motivation. Something finally clicked, and the payoff is ENORMOUS.
The reason I was so overweight is because I had been diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia 5 years ago, and the medications I was put on made me gain over 100 pounds within a few months. I became sedentary, glutinous, and self medicated with nicotine, alcohol, and pot, which in turn affected my medication, which affected my health, which affected my self medicating. I reached 311 pounds at my maximum weight, and I was in horrible shape. I could not walk far without getting out of breath, and I was always burning up and sweating heavily. The runner's high is all I need to give me a mood-boost. I am still on medication, but only MINIMAL dosages. My mental health is going very well, and I have had a perma-smile the past 3 months!
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