Regaining our Health

If you’re like me, the past several years have been stressful and difficult. COVID, quarantines, mental breakdowns, and so many other things have happened.

In terms of physical health, I found my weight creep to over 200 pounds, due to the lithium that I take, along with my diet. But now, I’m trying to control what I can – nutrition and physical activity.

Today I weighed in at 199.5 pounds and decided to double down on my goal to get my weight under 180. I ran a 5K race this morning at Jamaica Pond in 25 minutes and 19 seconds. It was tough, but it was fun, and the fastest time I’ve done in years. I’m also trying to follow the recommendations of my nutritionist – to eat mostly fruits and veggies, and to control portion sizes. So we’ll see where this leads.

I am hoping for weight loss, more energy, better mood, and, of course remaining free from depression and mania. That’s what matters, a healthy balance. Physical health is critically important to help us deal with the challenges ahead.

What are your health goals as we head into the holiday season? Please leave a comment below.

Cross country racing in 1998. I weighed 140 pounds and ran a number of 5Ks in about 20 minutes
Sprinting toward the finish line, 1998. Those were the days

41 thoughts on “Regaining our Health

  1. Good work, Son! Love, Mom

    On Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 7:42 PM Philip Lederer M.D. wrote:

    > Philip Lederer MD posted: ” If you’re like me, the past several years have > been stressful and difficult. COVID, quarantines, mental breakdowns, and so > many other things have happened. In terms of physical health, I found my > weight creep to over 200 pounds, due in part the lithiu” >

  2. It’s all about living your life mindfully. Just be present, aware of what you are doing. Just eat what your body needs. Take care of your body.

  3. Our jobs and lives keep us so addicted to our computer screens and phones – how can we hope to eat mindfully and healthily?

  4. dealing w some injuries including some sevete sciatica from sitting too long each. so I have been taking a bit of a workout hiatus good luck

  5. i just found out im a diabetic so im definitely going on a low carb diet.
    I have also switched from sugar to Truvia.

  6. i just found out im a diabetic so im definitely going on a low carb diet.
    I have also switched from sugar to Truvia.

  7. Self discipline is great, but it’s mostly about the food environment – what surrounds you now? What surrounded you when you were a child?

  8. The bottom line is we live in an obesogenic environment and it is very difficult to stay fit… but we can, and doing it with other people is key!

  9. Tracking your weight is important. But what about tracking your salt intake? Isn’t that more important, in terms of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease?

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