Maggie & Sadie

Welcome back to Smiling Through Tears!

Today has been a good day! I woke up and ate a very healthy breakfast and then Andrew and I took Maggie and Sadie for a nice walk. We have a park behind our house with a big field, playground, gazebo and walking trail. The weather here has been great — a bit grey but much warmer the past couple days. I’m starting to get out of my winter funk and I love it. Taking my dogs for a walk is very cathartic experience for me. I see how happy they are and it makes me smile and I would do absolutely anything for them.

When we got home from our walk, I decided to get my butt in gear and clean. My dog’s are blowing their coats right now and even though I’ve been brushing them once a week their hair was everywhere. We have dark hardwood floors throughout most of our downstairs so it took awhile to vacuum and wash them. Imagine white and yellow hair floating around dark hardwoods ahhhh!!!

To say I was itchy after cleaning is an understatement. I’m not sure if it’s the pollen starting to come out or if it was all of the dog hair and dust, but a shower was necessary right away because I was breaking out in hives. I think it may have been the best shower of my life!

After I showered, it was lunchtime. I ate one of my prepared meals that was high in protein and low in sugar and carbohydrates. I’m not one to pat myself on my back but I’m proud of myself for sticking to my healthy lifestyle. I use to think it was impossible to eat healthy and exercise, but I was wrong. It take’s time to get use to and fighting the cravings is hard, but once you get through the initial “breakthrough” its much easier. I took a nice nap after lunch. I feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.

All I have left to do today is go to the grocery store and buy things I forgot to buy yesterday and then make dinner. After that, I plan on relaxing and going to bed early again. Having a sleep schedule has really helped my mood. I could sleep in a bit later or at least stay in bed, but when my dogs tummy’s say it’s time to get up — well it’s time to get up! That is usually between 6:00-6:45AM EST.

I hope that I’m actually doing okay and a manic episode isn’t starting. I can’t tell yet. The past three to four days I’ve been go-go-go and I’m not sure if I am just motivated or not. That is the only concern that I have. I hope everyone had a nice Monday!

To my new followers, welcome to Smiling Through Tears. This blog is a daily account of my struggle with mental health disorders. To all of my returning followers, thank you for supporting me and following my journey.

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