To my blog followers – Changes to blog niche

During the course of the five years posting on “Bird Flight” blog, my focus has gone from mental health issues and experiences (mainly bipolar disorder) to more travel, world cultures, and culinary/recipe offerings. Indeed, I enjoy posting about all kinds of things, but believe I should pick a more specific niche for this particular spot. I’ve decided to retain this blog, but mostly for just travel and culinary-related posts. For mental health topics, and light journaling purposes, I’ve created a separate blog on WordPress, and have done an export/import of select posts, accordingly.

Other reasons for the split above?

  • I’m yearning for more anonymity in regards to my mental health-related postings. Some may have noticed this category of posts absent, lately. There is more freedom with a degree of anonymity.
  • My followers, and other visitors, may be frustrated with the previous “hodgepodge” of posts here.
  • I may be able to grow this blog (and an additional new one) further with a more focused niche. There will also be more room improvement of both blogs.

So how might that affect my blog followers?

Well, you surely have a choice to make. Maybe decide to remain a follower here (with the focus on travel and culinary stuff/recipes)? Perhaps learn more about my new mental health focused blog (that includes all past ones of the niche)? Or, unfollow this blog completely or even remain a follower here AND follow my new additional blog? Regardless of the choice, I understand.

Where is my new solely mental health-related blog?

I will not provide a link here, for obvious reasons. However, if you wish to be notified in private, I can provide that info (at my discretion) via private message. I can be contacted through the CONTACT form on the menu bar or by clicking here.

So what’s been up with me, lately?

Well, besides just baking Christmas cookies and cooking Czech dishes? LOL! I’ve also spent a full year living in a new country. About a year ago, my husband and I made a big move from the US to Europe. Yup, Czech Republic. It’s been quite a stressful and also peculiar experience, particularly since we did it during a once in a century pandemic. 

Hearty thanks to all who’ve supported me here over the years! I look forward to a continued interaction with many on one of my blogs, and of course plan to follow others’.

– updownflight

Weeks 6 & 7 – Friday Fitness & Weight Loss Restart (Hectic, but some good results)

I’m sorry I missed last week’s update. The past two weeks have been ultra-hectic. I confess that some of the days I neglected to track my meals. I also ate some things that I wouldn’t normally eat during this effort. I didn’t go too overboard. See what happened below:

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Weight/Fitness Journey restarts (and icky peanut butter)

Diet again

About two and a half years ago, I started a once per week post series called “Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Updates”. Each Friday, I posted my weight loss for the week, as well as my challenges, discoveries, tips, and occasional healthful recipes. That lasted a total of 30 weeks, a few which were spent on vacation in Portugal. I shed over 10 pounds (4.5 kg) during that effort, though by week 30 I found myself down only about 5 pounds (2.25 kg) from my starting weight, because of subsequent regaining. That effort was then abandoned. But, after a long hiatus, I’ve dusted off my sneakers, and tracked my first day’s meals. Below I describe my inspirations to restart the journey, as well as a tip you might find humorous. Continue reading

Weeks 22 to 30 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

Hello again

Main Topic: Totally falling off the weight loss effort wagon

One of my main purposes in creating these Friday Fitness and Weight Loss updates was to stay mindful of my eating and exercise, or lack thereof. I promised to post these updates every week with only exceptions for vacations, sickness, or emergencies. I, obviously, did not keep that promise. With this update, you’ll see that seven weeks have past since I reported on these efforts. Yes, I “fell off the wagon”. I’m here now, though. I won’t claim to be currently vigilant about the effort, but I’m being mindful about it again. Below you’ll see a bit what happened since August 31, 2018. Continue reading

It’s October – Apple Time! Where to pick them, and a few yummy recipes

I know it is still September, but some apple varieties are already available for picking. My hubby and I will pick some today.

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apples on tree Pick em fresh from the tree

My husband just LOVES apples! You’ve probably heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, he certainly eats at least one apple every day. Maybe even two, or sometimes three. Actually, last weekend we went to a local apple orchard, and I swear he ate five. Honestly! September and October is certainly apple time in our part of the United States. Every year we can’t resist going to the orchard when they are in season, and picking two big canvas bags worth. The price was good, but because of the weight, we spent almost $50 total for those filled sacks. Good grief! What are we to do with all of the apples? Even my hubby can’t manage to eat them up too quickly.

My husband has his clear favorite apples varieties (Jonathan and Macoun), but the orchard we go to…

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Week 17 – Friday Fitness & Weight Loss Update

Back on trackI neglected to weigh myself on my official weigh in day (Friday), and didn’t write my weekly Friday Fitness & Weight Loss update on my blog that day either, as you can see. I did weigh myself today (Monday) and I’m up 0.8 lbs after last week’s mega gain. I’m sad to say that I’ve regained over half of what I lost during this journey, even since early May. Back then I thought by now I would have reached a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). It has not happened. I guess I could punish myself mentally and feel like I’ve failed, but I’m not going to. I keep writing these updates, and I am still a lower weight than when I started. I guess even if I gained all of the weight back (and more), I could at least say that I’ve learned from this experience. Continue reading

Week 16 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

Stress photo

Main Topic: Extreme stress and binge eating (self-medication)

I have been under a great deal of stress lately because of many things. I won’t list them here, but I’d say they number at least five. Unfortunately, I am not always good at handling stress, despite years of learning and practicing coping skills in therapy.

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When people with bipolar disorder disappear or “fall off the map”

hide in the cornerI’m not sure if I can do justice to this topic right now, but I’m posting about it anyway to explain why I haven’t been around much.

Starting around April of this year, my blog posting slowed up significantly. I confess that my habit of reading other peoples’ blog posts slowed up even more. I don’t even remember where my head was then. Continue reading

Week 14 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

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Roller coasters go up and down, just like my moods and weight

Main Topics: Excuses and Overly Rosy Perception of Appearance?

I’m here, but I deep down didn’t want to write today’s update. I promised I would, and I know that it’s a good thing to do. Continue reading

Week 13 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

Turtle race
My weight loss may sometimes be slow, but I will make it to the finish line!

I have mentioned my bipolar disorder in past Friday Fitness and Weight Loss updates, but I haven’t fully explained how mood disorders, and some of their medications, can affect weight loss efforts. Of course not everyone with bipolar disorder has the same struggles or successes, but there are tendencies that do seem common. I’d like to reflect on this in this update. As usual, I will also share this week’s results. Continue reading