Now that I've mostly explained the evaluation process, I'll show you what my mood chart looked like for yesterday. Once again, because I use my Day-Timer, I've got my day set up in hours. So, if I awaken at 9:00, like I did today, I just write in the word "awakened" at 9:00. But since I can't seem to scan the mood chart and have it work, I'll give you an approximation.
9:00 Awakened. Took 30 mg. of Adderall and went back to sleep.
9:45 It wasn't enough so I took 10 mg. more and felt fine within a half hour.
Breakfast: Had one egg, and whole wheat toast.
10:30-12:00. Wrote my blog post this morning, answered emails, and posted on a few other blogs. Folded laundry.
12:00-1:30. Reread chapters of Winter Blues about diet and exercise. Wrote marketing list for tomorrow. Called two local swimming pools and learned I can swim laps as well as participate in exercise programs. Checked out bikes and piano keyboards on Craigslist. Have an appointment tomorrow to see a keyboard.
Lunch: Tuna salad with avocado and a piece of cheese.
1:30-3:00. Decided to weed instead of painting the garage.
3:00-6:00. Worked on book.
Dinner: Stir-fry chicken with vegetables and noodles. Popsicle for dessert.
7-9:00. Watched Seabiscuit video.
9:00-11:00. Wrote blog, answered emails, finished reading The Friday Night Knitting Club.
I felt much better today. I think it was because I now have a plan, which I've begun implementing. I'm really excited about the piano keyboard. I know that music is an important wellness activity for me, and I've been wanting to learn piano for some time.
I'm also excited about swimming. The downside is that I need to buy a new bathing suit and I'm not thrilled about how I'm going to look in it. The upside is that swimming is very relaxing for me, and it's a great aerobic activity. If I can join an exercise class, that may be the impetus I need to make myself do it a few days a week. If I can find a used bike and begin riding the other two days, plus two days of badminton, that should be all the exercise I need.
I think my new diet should work out well. The concentration needs to be on protein and vegetables and I need to eat much less carbohydrates. Rosenthal recommends snacking on nuts and string cheese, which I like.
I'm still not pleased about taking 40 mg. of Adderall, but the side effects weren't as apparent today. And I'm concerned that now that I've begun taking Ativan (even 1/2 mg.), it will be difficult to go off it. Still, I slept much better last night and that may account for feeling better today.
40 mg. Adderall (Perspired a bit, made smacking sounds with lips, but didn't have shortness of breath.)
1/2 mg. Ativan (The low dosage didn't make me awaken feeling slightly depressed or groggy.)
Slept 8 hours last night.
Didn't feel depressed or hypomanic today.