Let’s Talk

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This is one of the posts that I had in draft form but did not finish.  As today is Bell Let’s Talk day I thought I would publish it now.  Sometime in the fall one of my Aunts posted the following picture on her FB and it got me thinking about mental health.  To provide a bit of history there was a15219579_10155486935309992_6083396182227080753_n.jpg period in my life a few years ago where the stresses and daily grind got to me to the point where I realized I could not handle them anymore.  I want to make perfectly clear that I did not at any point consider suicide but I did need help.  I was seeing a councilor for a while and she was the one who brought it to my attention.  At one point she said the following.  “Before when you came to see me you were stressed but you were able to deal with it.  Now I see that you are stressed and you are not able to deal with it.”  I knew I was not in good shape but this one of the points where I realized I had to do something about it.  The instance that seal it was when I came home one day and the Brita jug was empty on the counter and I lost my freaking mind.  I am pretty sure I may have been foaming at the mouth ;).  In the middle of my tirade I actually stopped looked my self in the mirror and actually told myself out loud something like this.  “Shit dude something is wrong.  We better do something about it”.  I knew to listen because I recognized the voice.

Eventually I saw my doctor and had anti-depressants prescribed and they really helped to turn things around.  Eventually the stresses that were the cause of this went away and I was able to take myself off of the medication.

Why am I telling you this today?  Well it goes back to the quote in the above picture.  Physical activity is great for the mind and soul.  It will relieve you of stress and invigorate you in ways you may not even imagine.  This is in no way taking away from anyone with mental health issues. I cannot say if I was physically active during that period I would not have had to take the meds (I am pretty sure I still would have).  I can say that it would have been a lot less.  This may be one day which the spot light is on mental health but everyone should keep it in mind all year.

I showed this post to my wife before I decided to post it to get her thoughts, and she asked me if I wanted to post it as it is personal.  I felt that yes it is very personal but if people feel that they cannot express what is going on in their personal lives then nothing gets better and people suffer in silence.  If my post helps one person speak out then that is a great accomplishment.  Please feel free to share this post.

Finally I will say this.  Here is Newfoundland winter is here, which means crappy weather, short days and trapped in your home.  It is easy for anyone to get in a funk under these conditions.  If you find that life is getting to stressful, crazy and you are not able to handle it then talk to someone, anyone!  Call a partner, friend, family or councilor.  Hell you can even message me.  The important thing is to realize that you need assistance and seek it out.

Let’s talk.

 

I’m a Loser Baby

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A couple of co-workers decided to have a Biggest Loser competition at the office and I was asked if I wanted to participate.  At first I was a little apprehensive but the more I thought about it I decided it was a great opportunity to keep me focused on my goals.

The rules of this competition are pretty simple.  There is a $20 entrance fee with a first weigh in last Thursday (I will get to my weight in a second).  Every Thursday for 8 weeks we will weigh ourselves.  If we miss a weigh in we pay another $2 and if we gain weight we pay $2.  It is not much but still incentive to eat healthy and exercise.  At the end of 8 weeks the person with the largest percentage of weight lost is the winner and takes all the monies.  Also participants do not know what everyone starting weight will be….but I guess they will know mine which is okay with me.

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Did it really have the say Gross?

Funny enough the scale at work does not go high enough to show my weight so I have to go to the YMCA, weigh myself and take a picture of it.  As you can see from the picture my weight always seems to hover close to the 400 mark.  The number is the truth but I can honestly say I am healthier than when I started this journey.  The choices I made don’t show on the scale but I am better for it.

I look forward to seeing the results after 8 weeks to see if I have been successful.  To be honest I don’t really care about winning.  Sure the money would be great and is a motivator, but the weight loss is the real goal and prize.  Good luck to everyone participating.

My last post I discussed some of my short term and long term goals and wanted to provide a quick update for each of my short term goals.

1. Complete my next 5k which in in April and beat my time of 53 minutes.

There are two 5k races in April with the first is the Boston Pizza Flat Out 5k which is around Stavanger Dr on April 9th and the second is the Mundy Pond 5k on April 23rd.  I think I will sign up for both of them.  I really want to beat my previous time of 53 minutes so if I can do that on both that will be an awesome achievement for me.

2.  At least once a week write a blog post.

Awkward….well I need to work on this one some more.  Funny thing is that I have 4-5 posts in draft form.  I just need to finish them.

3. Be more physically active and track how often.

I can honestly say I have been more active on a consistent basis.  One of the ways I have been doing that is by taking a spin class at the Y.  It is a great cardio workout and by the time I am done I have sweated buckets and am pretty tired.  I also like how the classes are right after work so once I get home in the evenings I do not have to go back out. I would like to start tracking this more and would love suggestions on how I do that.  Comment below.

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Don’t I look good?

4. Be more consistent in my healthy food choices and exercise routine.

With the exception of the bit of junk food I have this weekend during the storm I have to admit I’ve been pretty good with my healthy choices lately.  I still don’t eat fast food or drink soda.

Looking at my my short term goals I can honestly say I am happy with the progress to date.  Of course there are areas in which I can improve, but I am headed in the right direction.  Always push forward.

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