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Minna

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About Minna

  • Rank
    Rebel
  • Birthday 12/27/1971

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    43.819053, -72.228913
  • Class
    ranger
  1. I'm still here too, though not active on NF. I've lost my job, gained a ton of weight and been consumed by the kind of Sarlacc-pit depression that digests you for thousands of years. I'm also reading Jenny Lawson's book Furiously Happy, so that one day I might be able to write really depressing sentences like the last one in a witty, self-deprecating and mildly hopeful way.
  2. People are already commenting on mental health issues in other sections of the community, from four-week challenges to off-topic posts. Since every one of my challenges has centered on mental health, I can say that the conversation has been active and helpful, regardless of the other users' credentials. I'm part of a closed mental health Facebook group that grew out of a podcast community I belong to, and we know how Facebook works: maybe you'll get a lot of replies, maybe not. Maybe you'll ask a question and get no answers. Maybe a user vents once and then ghosts. We expect that.
  3. Hi everyone - I haven't been online in ages and am so glad that you replied! Sounds like we could all use a NF mental health buddy. Would any of you like to create a group, either here or on Facebook, that focuses on mental health? I've stopped doing the regular challenges because they set off all my anxiety alarms - as supportive as everyone was, it felt to me like an unintentional popularity contest. I never had the mental/emotional bandwidth to be as involved in other people's challenges as most of my other guildmates, so it was hard to build my friend-base and feel like I was contributing
  4. We do live in the woods, and it's heaven. I highly recommend it! My husband may be a bigger introvert than I am - the difference is that his desire for solitude isn't partly fueled by anxiety like mine is. My mom worries about us living up here way back of beyond on a dirt road - but I've never been more content than where I live now. It's hard living in such an extroverted country as the US, where you're seen as somehow flawed if you need space.
  5. Me too. But it takes so much energy keeping that armor on that I'm forever exhausted. I wish I could find a healthier balance.
  6. Imagine if taking care of our mental health were given the same space and energy in these forums as are topics related to weights, running, nutrition, etc. But it isn't given the same space anywhere, in large part because of the stigma we've all faced that keeps us from talking about it. But here's the thing. Mental health IS physical health. I'm so grateful that we have THIS space where we needn't ever apologize for how we feel or how much we want to share. I'm grateful for every one of you. Talk all you want. This is a safe place.
  7. Ugh, sugar. I've never really done a long enough sugar fast to see how it affects me, but now that I'm on the high side of 45, my joints are complaining (and so is my scale). I'm aiming to make good healthy crockpot recipes in the near future - if you have one you particularly like, let me know!
  8. Happy New Year, everyone! How are you all doing?
  9. I will clean out my car, a daunting task due to the layers of disgustingness it possesses and the fact that it's about 3 degrees out there right now.
  10. I'm so sorry you're going through all this. We're here for you.
  11. When you don't feel like doing what you set out to do - be it strength or cardio training, following a good diet, etc. - how do you motivate yourself to go on? (Cross-posting in a couple places...)
  12. When you don't feel like doing what you set out to do - be it strength or cardio training, following a good diet, etc. - how do you motivate yourself to go on? (Cross-posting in a couple places...)
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