Physical Recovery: As with my emotional recovery, I had to take control of my own physical recovery. During my darkest depths, from 1996 to 2000, medication increased my appetite greatly; I was bored with having no life and lost hope. Food became a disastrous need and a comfort.
The biggest help I have received with losing weight has come from my dog ‘Beau’ He came into my life to encourage me with life! He has helped me immensely to maintain not only my emotional but my physical wellbeing.
Finding correct medication helped me to feel more in control of my life. 'Beau' and correct medication arrived more or less at the same time. Originally, I was prescribed 200mg quetiapine in the morning and 400mg at night. This was no good. I felt sedated during the day and this only provided another difficulty with exercising and so changed to 600mg at night.
I forced myself to always walk after I had eaten. My main meals are at breakfast and lunch and I made myself walk after these meals. I try to avoid eating in the evening. If I do feel hungry, I will aim to eat fruit.
To help with physical recovery
: Adapted medication to enable myself to feel less sedated.
: Exercised after main meals.
: Strict on diet with introduction of foods that would benefit my body.
: Began to understand how correct food can also help to potentially heal the mind.
: Introduction of more water and natural fluids over sugary drinks.
I became very strict with my diet and made sure I ate more fruit, and included more fibre and the likes of baked beans, tuna, potato and soups. The only meat I have ever really eaten is chicken. I introduced more Rice which is very good to maintain weight and give energy.
I was very strict with my walking routine. I forced myself out the front door and made sure I kept with planned distances. Very reluctantly at times! But it paid off! As with my emotional recovery, I knew it would take some years to regain physical wellbeing. I was also very fortunate to have an eventual goal to focus on, that of wanting to trek to Everest Base Camp.
I have never felt ashamed of my diagnosis; although not my fault, I have felt ashamed about my huge weight gain. I had lost my fitness and become obese. For most of my life, I had been very fit and have a very strong sporting background.
Now in 2013, I am currently weighing approx 98kg and this has been maintained for some years now. My type 2 diabetes has been under control for many years. All blood readings are perfect. This is maintained by eating the best I can and by maintaining exercise.