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I had a section on the site that was going to be dedicated to Medication. Then I thought:

  1. I’m not qualified to make statements about specific medication
  2. I’ve only had personal experience with Fluoxetine, Lorazepam, Zoplicone, Trazodone and Quetiapine
  3. I don’t think Fluoxetine did that much for me
  4. Zoplicone allowed me to fall asleep when I was pinging
  5. I think Trazodone was strong but can’t really state that for sure as I can’t really remember that much about the time when I was taking it
  6. I’m currently taking Quetiapine and although it makes me tired and fat, it has stabilised my mood massively. It stops me from panicking. It stops me from feeling shit about myself. It also stops me from pinging into the places I don’t want to go.
  7. Lorazepam stops my brain from spinning when it ebbs out of control, but generally I don’t need it that much when I’m taking Quetiapine

And that’s it. Quetiapine is working for me right now, but it might not work for others. So I have to refer back to point 1 – I’m not qualified to comment on this stuff and don’t have much more to say. Listen to your doctor and don’t read shit on the internet.

I’ve therefore created a section dedicated to Health & Fitness. I’ll probably still write stuff on the blog about what I’m doing health and fitness wise (like I’m doing here), but I think I might be able to qualify a dedicated page for this topic more than I can medication.

The reason I think Health and Fitness is a valid topic for me to comment on is that I know how it relates to mental health for me. It doesn’t cure everything, but it sure as hell helps your head get into a good place. My release valve is running, but I tend to do most cardio on a Concept II Rower and a Life Fitness Cross Trainer to ease the strain on my knees. I’m also planning on getting into MTB and road cycling again.

Herein lies my problem – when I latch onto something like getting fit I do seem to get a little carried away. Obsessed you might say. If this is a symptom of bipolar then that’s ok – there have to be some benefits.

I wrote about running the Cancer Research London Winter 10k race a little while back. It was difficult to do on the meds, but I made it round and when I got home I signed up for next year’s race. I also said I’d aim to knock almost 30 minutes off my time next year.

A few days ago I realised that I needed to enter a few events between now and 5th Feb, 2023 if I was going to improve by this much..

This is where my all or nothing approach sometimes gets carried away. So far I’ve signed up for:

  • Windsor & Eton 10k Lake Run in March
  • Thames Valley 10k Lake Run in April
  • Vitality London 10k in May
  • Henley Trail Run 10k in June
  • ASICS London 10k in July
  • In August I’m taking a break for some vacation time
  • London Duathlon Half (5k run, 22k cycle then 5k run again) in September
  • Oxford Half Marathon in October

I’ll also be signing up for the Marlow Half in November, then having a winter break before doing the Cancer Research Winter Run in Feb 2023.

I have applied for the London Marathon on the ballot. I might cry if I get a place as that might be a little too far for my knees to handle!

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  1. On the ‘all or nothing’ thing just enjoy the challenges that you have signed up for. Enjoy the view and the nature you are seeing. Enjoy the company. Enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the feeling you get when you’ve done a run. Forget the target setting. If you happen to perform well at a particular challenge then that’s a bonus. Anyway that’s just my view! Good luck with all the runs.

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