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Mon, Feb 18 9:47am · Thinking of training for a 5k-Ohio Edition! in Healthy Living

I read @ihatediabetes post on training for a 5k, and at the end of the post, she shared a photo of her medal. I was nearly brought to tears (maybe that's sad in itself, but I was really moved by her determination and success). I want to do this too. I live in the Cleveland, OH area, so there are 5k races (and longer) available throughout the year, but I'm 230 lbs now (after a year of getting on and off antidepressants) and struggle to catch my breath when walking and talking. I've come a long way from being fit and healthy in my 20s. Now in my early 30s, even though I know this isn't the case, it still feels like another lifetime/a pipe dream to get back to health and fitness.

If I want to pursue a 5k, does anyone have recommendations for doing so? I have a treadmill at home because I'm honestly too embarrassed to train with other people (even a trainer, who's probably used to obese people working toward fitness). I should probably start with an app or something, right? Any help, insights, advice, or tools you have to recommend are more than welcome! Just a note-I'm a teacher and have pretty much no money and no energy to start with 🙂

Sun, Feb 3 11:20am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I was only on Effexor RX for a year (last January), and titrated from 150 (which I was only on for 2 days) to 75, 37, and 18 (a week each at my doctor's recommendation). I was off completely last Saturday and still have bad side effects. Any idea how long I can expect the side effects to continue? Dramamine for the dizzies and a pain killer for the body aches had no effect. Also, is there a remedy for the paresthesia? I cannot live life whatsoever this way and sleep 12 hours a day (including naps, or else I'd never get to work on time). My so mad my doctor prescribed this without any mention of the side effects if you skip a pill or ween off. With side effects this day, I think it should be very clear before you even start about what to expect when you want to finish.

Mon, Jan 28 8:41pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Such great solutions to minimize the withdrawal symptoms on this thread. I was on Venlafaxine for a year (took Wellbutrin a decade earlier for longer). This is the first antidepressant I've been on with such horrendous withdrawal symptoms. I can't stay at work my full 8 hours because about 6 hours in, I get more nauseous than usual and more dizzy. For only being on this for a year, I'm wondering how long I can expect to have these symptoms. I transitioned from 150 to 75, 37.5, then 18.25 over the course of 2 months, and finally just stopped taking the 18.25 (I experienced withdrawal symptoms every evening on the 18.25, so I stopped those earlier than I had planned).