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How’s it going?
I want to tell you the truth about
dealing with bipolar disorder.
There is one truth that very few people
talk about. It’s something that many
First let me tell you the story
of how I thought about this.
Yesterday I was in the gym and
and a bunch of us were talking
about our “eating plans.” An eating
plan is basically a plan on how
we eat. So we figure out how many
meals per day that we eat, which
days we eat what, what days we
can eat junk food, which days are low
carbs, which days are high protein,
If you got my amazing fat burning
formula, you would know what I mean.
Anyway, so I was saying how I have been
trying to gain 4 pounds and haven’t
been able to do so.
It’s really annoying. I think finally
this week on Saturday, I will gain
one pound. Hopefully. Actually
last week I lost two pounds which means
that now I have to gain 6 pounds. 🙁
Anyway, I was discussing my trouble
to my friend Dan. Dan is really big.
Like 265 7% body fat.
I am 218 8.1% body fat.
My goal is to get to 224 7.4% body fat.
I am hoping on Saturday that I am at least
So my friend says, “How many times
are you eating a day?” I said 6.
He said, “bump it to 7.” Then he
tells me to add some more fish
oil for the calories.
So then I was saying how it’s such
a pain to eat so many meals a day.
Then my other friend Ron says, “no
it’s not, it’s easy.” Then everyone
was like, “it’s easy because your
wife lays your cloths out in the
morning for you and makes all your
food. She treats you like a little
He said that wasn’t true and quickly
changed the subject 🙂
I thought that was soooo funny.
Anyway, Ron is a self made millionaire
who sometimes acts like he is like 18.
NOTE-BIPOLAR LESSON COMING
Don’t worry, there’s going to be a lesson
to this story.
So anyway, my friend Dan says, “my roommates
hate me because they say that I use too
many dishes a day and run the dishwasher
too many times a week.” He then says how
they want him to either only use paper plates
or to pay more in rent.
Dan eats 8 times per day. He’s becoming
a professional body builder.
So anyway we all talked for an hour
of various ways to cook chicken,
fish, turkey faster and ways to
eat more per day, gain weight and
hold body fat.
So I got a few ideas and then someone
who doesn’t care about his weight or
health said, “man, you guys are crazy,
that’s way too much of a pain, that’s too
Dan, who really believes he is the best
looking person in the history of man kind
“If you want to have this kind of body (he points to
himself) nobody says it’s going to be easy.”
You might read this and think he is super
arrogant, which some could say, but he’s
a really nice guy. He’s a great trainer who
gets people results. And, seriously a nice guy
that would help anyone with anything related
to fitness (that’s all he knows about).
BUT, he really does think he looks incredible.
He has unbelievable self confidence and
self esteem. It’s really funny sometimes.
At the end, we were all like, “it’s all a pain
but we are in great shape and healthy so
the annoying stuff is worth it.”
That was the universal conclusion we all
So I was thinking yesterday to myself.
How many people that I have interviewed that
do well with bipolar disorder that have to
do stuff that’s a pain.
They have to:
-go to the doctor
-go to the therapist
-work so they have money but not work too much
-take medication (many different kinds)
-skip the alcohol
-go to bed early
Now I have many friends with bipolar disorder, and
many friends without bipolar disorder. In the gym,
most of my friends don’t have bipolar disorder
but many body build non competitively. Meaning,
they follow almost everything a body builder
does but they don’t go into competitions or
on stage. Dan does but most of my other
In order to do this, they:
-take lots of supplements
-eat many times a day
-drink one gallon of water a day
-plan trips based on bathrooms (if you drink a gallon
of water a day plus half a gallon of shakes, you have to know
where all the bathrooms are 🙂
-exercise, sometimes twice a day
-follow a carefully planned strict eating plan
-go to bed early
-have to see coaches and nutritional advisers to
improve and “tweak” their eating plans
-Coordinate fun activities with eating, supplements
I have friends that actually have grills in
their trucks so they can cook away from
home. It’s crazy. I don’t do that :). BUT,
I do carry a cooler with me whenever I leave
with all my meals for the day. If you ever
saw me, and you looked in my back seat, you
would most likely see a cooler.
When I got to business meetings in the city,
I plan way in advance what I will be eating. I know
which restaurants I will be going to and call
ahead to get the menu. I then find out which
items fit in my eating plan and make notes. So
then when I eat, I know what to order. And, I
always have back up plans just in case something
goes wrong. I carry “emergency bars” in case
my plan for eating doesn’t work so I can at least
eat something that is pretty healthy.
AND, when you follow this way of life, there
are times when you are really tired either
from working out twice a day, or doing
what’s call carb depleting,
which affects your energy level and your ability
Body building competitively or non competitively
is much like managing bipolar disorder.
Much of body building is a pain. It’s a major
pain but many people do it. Much of managing
bipolar disorder is a pain. A major pain.
In my courses/systems below:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I talk about all the ways to cope and deal
with bipolar disorder whether you have
it or you are supporting someone.
Some of it’s really easy. Some of it’s
In my material, I am 100% honest. Some
people don’t want to do anything. It
amazes me. The worst are some parents supporting
children with bipolar. I don’t know why, but some parents
for some reason want someone else
to do everything. They want a magic
system. I just don’t know why.
But, the truth about bipolar disorder
is that in order to effectively cope
and deal with it, whether you are a supporter
or have it yourself, some things will be a
pain but the reward of peace, stability are
worth it. Don’t forget that.
Sometimes I think bipolar supporters and those
with bipolar disorder need a reminder that
there are many things that are going to be a
pain but you just have to deal with them.
It’s just like my body building friends. We
always have to remember that a lot of what
we do is a pain. If I forget this, I go to
the gym and the people there remind me.
So today I wanted to remind you about
bipolar. For all those people out there
that have to do all the things I described
for bipolar disorder and think, “this is such
a pain,” you are on the right track but hang
in there, the rewards of stability and
success are worth it.
I think if more doctors, therapists and people
in the mental health field were honest and
would say, “managing bipolar disorder can
be a pain but the rewards are worth it”, we
would be way better off. Also, if people said,
“if you don’t manage it, there’s a good chance
that you’ll commit suicide or hurt someone
you love” we would be better off.
I don’t know why so many people sugar coat
stuff. I just can’t figure it out. I never
I have to run now, I will catch you tomorrow.
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