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Tuesday, Jan 22 2013

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Is it possible to have adult onset ADD? I can't concentrate on anything for longer than 3 minutes. This doesn't bode well for the mountains of school work for this semester. I keep having to parse tasks down to tiny, tiny bits in order to get things done. I say, "Alright, I work on this for 5 minutes and then I can stop". And sometimes I can't even make it 5 minutes.

On a positive note, the weight is coming off. Please, Universe, let it continue. I've completely dropped my prior strategy of having one 'off plan' day per week. I have found that if I allow myself to range between 1200 and 1500, I don't NEED an 'off plan' day to make up for the misery. Not sure if this strategy will last as more weight comes off and my caloric needs decrease, but I'll have to tackle that when I get to it.

I had a mantra to get me through exams, and now I need a mantra to help me manage my anxiety about maintaining good grades (didn't see that anxiety coming) and dealing with work. I am not coming up with anything except "It doesn't matter" which although true in the cosmic sense isn't really helpful in the immediate sense. :cross2: But I need something that reminds me this is important and hard but not determinative of my value as a human being.

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5 comments so far.


5 years ago

I am actually reaching the same conclusion. If I can just keep it under control with some minor indulgences up to 1500 I don't need to go bonkers the one day I get to eat more than 1200.

I'm working for a large law firm in NYC when I'm finished with my JD. Are you in law school? I've read your posts about school (and your awesome GPA :) ) but I couldn't tell what degree you're getting. Let me know what kind of advice you want and I can PM you :)




5 years ago

"I am successful, and I'd like a luscious cake." Is that what you said, or is that just what I want?

Oh, man, there is always something new to be anxious about. Grades are a textbook example, so to speak. I think your problems with concentration are not ADD but just a case of overload. You will figure it out, I'm sure; I just hope you don't stress too much doing it. :kiss:




5 years ago

"I am successful, luscious, and cake-like" - bingo, new mantra. :laugh5:




5 years ago

Mmmm Jennie said cake.

I think adult onset ADD is called "stress". I know I suffer from it. I'm thinking about that today actually, and how it just might be that I have unrealistic expectations for myself. Not in a succeed or fail way but simply that I have a lot of things I'd like to do but if I do the math I'd have to live to be 200 to do them all. I suck at choices, which isn't helping any.

So yeah, I can commiserate but like Jennie said you are successful and luscious and cake like or something like that.

by JAY



5 years ago

Well, if you have a strategy (parsing tasks down to 5 minutes) then that's half the battle. Keep doing that, even if it doesn't work sometimes. But, yeah, I know how frustrating that can be. Making lists always helps me because I feel a huge sense of accomplishment by crossing things off. You wouldn't believe how minute some of the items on the list are, but it helps me prioritize. Here's a mantra for you: "I am already successful. This is just icing on my already luscious cake." :kiss: