Friday, 11 September 2009

More rubbish

This is difficult to write. I am making myself post tonight even though I really don't want to. But when you're blogging you have to keep going. I feel bad if I don't post!
And I feel I haven't been posting half enough. I must get myself into the discipline of posting most days even when I don't feel up to doing anything. In my defence I will say that I spend quite a lot of time commenting on other people's blogs.

I haven't been making myself do very much for most of this week. Tuesday was a bad stressful day. It started with hardly any sleep followed by a lot of itching on waking as the stress hormones were raging. I had to take an anithistamine asap. I find myself being very reactive these days. Much more than I used to be. Quite small things set me off.

After having porridge, I got out early and walked along the river to get to the other side to go to the health shop for the stuff I need to dye my hair. I have needed to get this stuff for weeks - I have well over an inch of grey roots showing. The walk along the river itself was quite nice. But after I'd been to said shop and called in at Boots I started to feel really unwell. A combination of lack of sleep, my nerves, and the tiredness brought on by antihistamines. I had to sit down on a bench for a while.

I walked back along the river and went home and did my laundry. I didn't even manage to feel good about myself for having done that walk.

On Wednesday and Thursday I did nothing. Nothing except eat too much - low fat carbs, fruit, milk, low cal yoghurt, low cal sandwiches.

It's like I've given up on myself really. That my life has reduced to sitting in this chair in front of the TV while surfing on my laptop or eating. I have hardly done anything else in weeks and weeks.

Part of me thinks "Why bother?" Why bother trying anymore? My life is going to be rubbish whatever I do. I might as well just sit here until I die.

Another part of me thinks "How can I break out of this?" Maybe I could do an adult education class? I could do an art class now as my hands are much better at the moment - such a class has been an impossibility for most of the last 3 years while my hands have been so bad. Of course, I don't know how long my hands will stay good, so I should grab the chance while I can. But do I have the confidence to face all those people? My appearance is so dreadful it saps all my confidence.

Maybe I should try Overeaters Anonymous. As posted previously, I've always been too scared to talk about my food issues. But since writing this blog and reading other people's struggles, I do feel I might be able to do this now. Perhaps, in itself, this is a significant step forward.

I think with a huge amount of effort I could get myself out walking and I could deny myself food and therefore lose some weight. But I will relapse again. I will go through all the pain of going without food for a while only to relapse at some stage in the future. It always happens.

My life is just going round in circles.

I have been suicidal at times this week. I read Vicarious Therapy's (see blog list) post about thinking she is just an afterthought with her family. Hell, at least she has family members to talk to on the phone. I really am alone in this life. No-one would even notice if I didn't wake up tomorrow morning. I only hear intermittently - about every two weeks (sometimes much longer) - from The Bear. And usually it is only when he needs something from me, ie a phone call making, or advice for his girlfriend etc. It hurts that he is only really using me. But I have no right, of course, to complain. I am lucky to still have any contact with him. Without him, dear reader, I would be dead right now.

It's not that I want to be with him, because I don't, but I would like him to be able to consider me sometimes, and to be able to see beyond his own needs sometimes. The fact that he can't do this is why I split up with him. So it's a bit ridiculous to expect anymore from him as a friend. And I do prefer him as a friend - he was such hard work as a boyfriend!

I just wish there was someone in my life who would actually care about me. But this isn't about having a boyfriend. What I wish for is the thing I can never have ie family members who care about me, not a sexual relationship. I wouldn't be upset never to have sex again. I've had to have sex far too many times in previous relationships when I didn't want it to be bothered with that ever again. Sex just isn't on my agenda.

If you don't have family then there is nothing you can ever do about it. It's the thing I can never get over. There's no sustitute for having family members who are a) alive and b) want to have contact with you and care about you.

So this is the unsolvable problem.


  1. You may not have blood family but you have support here. Sometimes family isn't all it's supposed to be. Sometimes even if you have family you are better off without them.

    I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself and keep the faith things will get better.

  2. You may not believe this, but having family is not all it's cracked up to be. It is much better to have good friends and if I were you, I would put my energy in obtaining them.

    I think taking an art class is an excellent idea and I hope you do that. Don't worry about what you look like. That's not why people take art classes. It would be awfully shallow of them if they did.

    Try not to think too much about being dead, but try to think of the things you can do. The only thing that stands in the way is your own insecurity about yourself. That's not a good enough reason not to do things. That should be THE reason to tackle anything you want.

    I did things when I was very overweight and learned a lot of lessons then. One of them was that people judged me on my character.

  3. I think you should do the art class as well!! Go for it! It will be a way to meet new people as well.
    I agree about the family thing that the others said not all its cracked up to be.
    Just focus on friendships. At least that you can control. Very often you cant control family relationship very well. I know from exp.
    I know that it is so hard to focus on eating and walking or whatever. I will if you will?

  4. My heart goes out to you... I agree that you should try to meet people! Go to that art class or try something new to get out of the house. We movved from Cali to get AWAY from out familes... :)

  5. Hi Friend,

    Aloneness can be very stark. I'm sorry that you are in such emotional pain and want to echo what others have said that the grass is often greener on the other side when it comes to families.

    You've been very kind and insightful with me after some of my posts, and I want to return the favor. Sometimes we just have to suck it up and do something - anything - to change the negative space in which we find ourselves. OA can be a very loving and helpful fellowship, and it's full of what you need more of in your life...other people! It sounds like a great idea to just go to one meeting and see how it feels. Try to talk to someone. Also, the idea of a class in something you're interested in is great.

    I know for myself when I get into an endless negative whirlpool circling the drain, it's essential to reach out and grab onto anything, even if the thing doesn't turn out to be the right thing over the long haul. I hear you living in problems rather than living in solutions. You have some good ideas about climbing up and out...try hard to accomplish even one of them for now. Who knows what may come along that IS the right thing?

    You have a good community of support here in blogdom, where it's all safe and anonymous. Take that in and feel it. Increasing your posting is a good idea so all of us who care about you can know how you're doing and keep you in our prayers. Please hang in there!

  6. Hi Friend!

    Listing the ideas that you did shows that you want to live...not just exist...but truly live!

    Yes, to more blogging...every single day is true therapy.

    Yes, to OA and the art class....2 different groups of's just a fantastic idea for you...especially that you're getting out glad you went for that walk.

    Here's the thing girlfriend...don't just sit around and think about it....taking advantage of the moments when you're having positive thoughts and get it done...this week...don't put it off! You'll be so glad you did. :)


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