I started dieting on May 15, 2020. I have lost 3 pounds since beginning this blog. It is published nightly at 10 pm CST unless otherwise noted.

Today I want to work on developing my mental health. This is part of my goal to establish a new normal life. I have to redefine normal as a life with less dysfunction.

Before I started working after an 8 year battle with failing mental health, I had a lot of free time on my hands. These hours were mostly spent obsessing about the past and future, having as many as six panic attacks per day, seven days a week. I was totally debilitated. I usually felt like I had Adult ADHD. I found it difficult to focus on any one thing as my mind went through a thousand thoughts a minute.

Spring Cleaning

I’ve learned that disorganization around the home reflects mental clutter. As I sank into depression and other disorders, I lost control of my personal space. As I continue making changes in my overall health, I want those changes to be reflected in my environment.

So I have this hutch that I repurposed as a bookcase after tossing the dresser that it used to sit on. Here’s a before picture.

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Over time, the papers just built up. I never seemed to find the frame of mind to organize it. I must say that I am a bit of a hoarder. I got worse after I became traditionally homeless. I developed a fear of losing my personal belongings since I had no place to keep them.

I began collecting things that did not take up physical space in my life – although the mental capacity was enormous. I started collecting websites. I currently have over have over fifty of them, each with their own topics. In the past, every time I would have a new idea for some product or service, I would create a new website to describe it. This way, I did not accumulate a mess of paperwork and I always had room for more ideas.

In a way, I was getting rid of my mental clutter by farming it out to the web. It was free and easy organization. BONUS! I found papers I had been scrounging for months to find on that bookshelf, such as my college transcripts. I also came across a document titled, “Controlling Your Hunger.” It said the following: 

Some of the medicines you are taking to treat your mental illness may increase your appetite… Here are some helpful hints on controlling your hunger.

  • Take a walk when you feel hungry.
  • Drink a glass of water.
  • Eat a rice cake or a cup of raw vegetables.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or sugar-free mints.

Here’s the new mirror of my mental office – neat and organized.

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Want to see what’ s on my mind? Here are a few of my other authored sites:

As you can tell from my website list, I am a creative goldmine. However, I have not been very successful at marketing this skill. Although I am in my forties, my mental age is about twenty-eight. My mind-body connection was severed at age six following abuse. I did not manage to reconcile it until about age thirty-two. Meanwhile, I was in and out of the psych ward suffering from major depression and bi polar disoder.

I developed the Sandline Program as a healthy response to my trauma – to help me learn the important life skills that eluded me, and to teach myself and others how to navigate life under the pressure of mental illness.

Looking for a hub for your next big thing? I recommend WordPress. Need ideas? Ask me a question.

My SandLine Mental Health Program

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This is actually my Masters degree thesis project.

Background

The SandLine Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Mentoring Program (SandLine Program) leverages the power of the Internet to empower the reach of traditional mentoring. Participants are matched in one-to-one relationships with trained mentors and communicatweekly through a secure website. The needs and interests of the program participants drive service development.

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The SandLine e-Mentoring Model is a faith-and-recovery-based, psycho-social rehabilitation program tailored to the unique needs of at-risk populations including youths, teens, and adults, living within or transitioning from the justice system. Participants are empowered to overcome obstacles in life, relationships, education, career, and business.

The SandLine vision spans over two decades. The program offers mentoring and leadership training, a life-coach connection, vocational tools, service opportunities, educational resources, inspirational support, and empowerment. Leadership training is available for parents, teachers, individuals, organizations, and other leaders who work with at-risk populations, and to those who are in or transitioning from the justice system.

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Read more about the SandLine Mental Health Program.

My Fast Track Week One – Day 1

Yesterday I made a fifteen-week meal plan. This is week one, day 1.

For the first full week of my modified Fast Track (starting today – my weight-loss journey days 7 to 13), I will concentrate on reducing my calorie intake and cravings for high fat and processed foods. I want to start eating more fruits and vegetables.

My meals for week one will be during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours, with a snack after each meal. My goal is to eat within a 2,500 calorie per day limit on days that I work my day job, and a 1,500 calorie limit on days when I do not work since I will have less activity. I am not focusing on eating specific foods. I will eat small potions of basically whatever I want (within reason) as long as I don’t go beyond my calorie limit.

Next is my daily food memo for day 7 of my weight-loss journey.

—————- MY FOOD MEMO FOR MAY 23, 2020 —————-

My Daily Food Diary – Day 7

Today’s starting weight at waking: 268 lbs. I have lost 3 lbs since beginning this blog.

AM Notes

  • Take morning meds.
  • Take daily vitamins. I take a Nutrilite Women’s Pack everyday.
  • Note today’s work schedule: I am not scheduled to work today.

Saturday Exercise

  • I’m taking the 7 day challenge. This is my third day.
  • Walking around the grocery store for one hour.

Saturday Food & Drinks

Saturday Breakfast at 8:00 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0

Saturday Morning Break / Snack at 10:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Morning Break Calories = 0

Saturday Lunch at 2:30 pm

  • 1/4 L of Mango Pineapple Smoothie (8.45 fl oz) – 130 calories
  • 18 Yogurt Covered Pretzels – 486 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 616

Saturday Afternoon Break / Snack at 4:30 pm

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break / Snack Calories = 0

Saturday Dinner at 6:30 pm

  • 1/4 L of Bottled Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1 Cup of Rainbow Rotini Salad from Hy-Vee – 190 calories
  • 1 Slice of Gourmet Apple Pie from Hy-Vee – 290 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 480

Saturday After Dinner Break / Snack at 8:30 pm

  • 1/4 L of Bottled Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Fruit – 200 calories
  • 1 1/3 Cups of Mini Marshmallows – 200 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 400

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 616 + 0 + 480 + 400 = 1,496

1,500 – 1,496 = 4 calories remain as of 11:30 pm

My Saturday Water Intake: 1/2 L (16.9 fl oz, close to two 8 oz glasses)

PM Notes

  • Take night meds.
  • Record weight at bedtime.
  • Record today’s weight-loss / gain.
  • Note tomorrow’s work schedule: 9:45 am – 3:10 pm
  • Set alarm for tomorrow morning.

——————— END ———————

————– MY DAILY WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNAL FOR MAY 23, 2020 ————–

My Daily Food Journal – Day 7

Daily Reflection & Goal Setting

Good Karma Grocery Shopping

Today I went grocery shopping. I tried to avoid buying chips, cookies, and ice cream which are my staple foods. I passed over these for the following:

  • 2 4oz Salmon Pieces
  • 0 calorie seafood seasoning,
  • 2 bags of Salad mix
  • 1 bag of mini multicolored marshmallows
  • 5 Bananas
  • 4 Spring rolls
  • Yogurt pretzels
  • Rainbow rotini
  • Strawberries

2 minutes after leaving the store, I realized that I left my kindle fire tablet at the register. Went back in to get it. The cashier said it was at customer service. One guy said he hadn’t seen it. I was praying that it would be in the office. It was! That’s a little karma for all of the times people left phones at my register at work and I kept them till they returned.

How Does My Body Feel?

I started feeling hungry at 12:23 pm, walking around the grocery store. I ate snacks for lunch. I did not feel hungry at my after dinner break time, so I decided to wait until dinnertime to eat again.

Tomorrow’s Goals

I wan to work on my financial health program.

——————— END ———————

Follow my weight loss journey from the beginning on Facebook. Read My Weight-Loss Journey Day 6. Read My Weight-Loss Journey Day 8. View my weight-loss journey in pictures on Google Photos. Hungry? Check out my cookbook for some awesome recipes!

 

 

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