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Wk 14 Weigh In

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wow!!! What a week! I lost 3.3 pounds and I haven't been walking at all. I'll take it!!

I went back to the doctor for a follow up visit and he said that my thyroid levels were still off so he bumped my dosage up to 75 mcg from 25. He also said that my blood pressure was much better (132/68) but it's still not quite where he would like it to be so he is keeping my on Avapro but gave me some samples that also include a diuretic. I think between the diuretic and the increase in the thyroid meds it had a lot to do with this week's loss.

I did mention my knee and he gave me an order for an xray. He asked that I not do my walking in the morning for now until it's checked out. He said it could be a tear, calcium deposits or a bunch of other things. It's VERY hard for me to not get up and walk in the morning.

I go back to the sleep apnea people to read my memory card in another week or two so that should be interesting. I've been almost 100% compliant since I got the full face mask. I can't believe how much of a difference since I got the machine! I feel like I'm getting much deeper restful sleep!

Hope everyone is doing well on their journey!! Keep going!!!

  
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ANNEMARIE001 7/21/2010 7:24PM

    Congrats on the loss. You are just moving right along. GOAL YOU!!

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CAROKNITS 7/21/2010 9:42AM

    I've heard the right mask can make SUCH a different. Hang in there with your knee!

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JUSTA123 7/21/2010 9:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon great !

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TINYC887 7/21/2010 7:16AM

    way to go, keep it up

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/21/2010 6:59AM

  Congrats on the loss!! emoticon

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Wk 13 Weigh In

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I lost but not much.... I lost 1.7 pounds this week which is something to be proud of, but I was hoping for a little more. I was only about 2 pounds away fro breaking into the 230's and I missed it by .1 stinking pounds so I'll have to wait til next week to see if I break into the 230's range.

I've been pretty light on the exercise this last week or so due to my knee. It was really weird. My knee was a little tender but I decided to give the Walk Away the Pounds 4 mile a try so I did it. For some odd reason, my knee no longer hurt and it hasn't since then. Maybe I popped something back in place or who knows what happened. I know that it's feeling better.

Now I've got to get back into exercise mode before I start running into a bunch of flat weeks. That would be extremely frustrating!!

Yesterday was odd as well. I went to IHOP with the wife and little one and got a Colorado omelet. I didn't realize how many cals and how much fat was in it until I got home. There was about 1200 calories in it and about 78g fat! That put me over for the whole day on fat and almost calories on one stinking meal. The only other thing I ate the rest of the day was about a .25 cup of raisins around dinner time. I still drank plenty of water, but I wasn't hungry after breakfast so I didn't eat. I won't get the omelet again. That's ridiculous to have that many calories in one meal.

I go back to the doctor Friday to check my thyroid levels and see how my blood pressure is going. He'll make a determination then what to put me on permanently and probably write a prescription for it. I'm going to mention my knee issues and see what he suggests.

Well, hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week! Take care and keep on losing!!

  
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WOOBUMS 7/17/2010 10:42AM

    Way to keep on truckin'!

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TIGGER6567 7/14/2010 1:01PM

    I know we always want to lose more weight then we do but at least we are losing. We just have to remember we did not put this on overnight so I guess we are not going to lose it overnight. Looks like you are going in the right direction just keep on thinking the way you are and the pounds will come off. The more weight you lose I'm sure the better your knee will feel. Keep up the great work!!

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Renee'

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DUSTEDTWIN 7/14/2010 9:40AM

    What's done is done. I think eating out is the HARDEST thing for me as well. I almost always look at an online nutrition report prior to going or just end up eating a salad without dressing. Sad I know, but they put so much sodium and butter in stuff to make it taste "good". Why can't they use spices? You may want to try looking online before you go OR see if you have any "Natural" cooking restaurants in your area. Plus, restaurants with a good chef will make any changes (leave off the cheese, eggwhite only, etc) to reduce the calories and fat in the meals. Hope this helps!

Congrats on the weight loss! You will blow 230 out of the water next week!
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BACHIRSBABY 7/14/2010 8:29AM

    Hello!
My name is Fatima, I am new but I really loved your blog, very true in deed!
It can be so difficult to eat out sometimes for me that, it isnt even a treat anymore. I hate buffets (when I say hate it means LOVE lol) and I started out real smooth, salad some shrimp but all that food at my fingertips was like a loaded gun... I ended up eating 1000 calories and its so disappointing when I did so well throughout the day. I want to be able to enjoy going out, I guess I need to work on will power.

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GROEDER 7/14/2010 7:25AM

    Congratulations on the loss!!!!
Yes, eating out can be hazerdous to your health! LOL Or at least to your calorie range for that day. You did a good job of compensating for the omlet. Another lesson learned, right?
Glad to hear that the knee feels better.
Keep on going.
Gregg


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ANNEMARIE001 7/14/2010 6:18AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! (1200 calories, 78 g of fat! It should be a crime for restaurants to offer food with these numbers.)

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TINYC887 7/14/2010 6:16AM

    a loss is a loss, way to go

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Wk 12 Weigh In

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

So..... today puts me at about the 3 month mark on my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I lost 1.6 pounds this week which is much better than I thought it was going to be. I ate a fair amount of food on the 4th of July and I really expected to have a gain this week. Maybe the thyroid meds helped me out a little bit!

So total in 12 weeks I've lost 28.2 pounds. That's an average of 2.3 pounds a week which is slightly above the suggested guidelines of 1-2 pounds a week. If I keep this pace up I could be at my mini-goal weight of 200 hopefully around Thanksgiving which would be about 3 weeks ahead of my plan as I hoped to be 200 by my b-day in December. I would be ecstatic to be under 200 again!

In the mean time with the weigh in this week I reached an important milestone of losing 10% of my body weight. I've read a number of articles that talk about this 10% as a big thing so I've happy to have made it this far!

I've had to cut back on the walking though which makes me angry b/c I did something to my knee and I'll probably have to go get it checked out. I kneed to find some aerobic exercise that I can do that won't hose up my knee even more! Wish I could afford an elliptical machine or a recumbent bike! I loved the recumbent bike when I had a gym membership. I would sweat like a pig on that thing!!

On the sleep apnea front, I think I'm going to switch to a full face mask. I find that even though my nose is clear at night when I attempt to breathe in through it I am sucking the air in so quickly that it collapses my nostrils and prevents the air from getting in. I'm not thrilled about having my mouth and nose in the mask, but I'll give it a shot. I've thought about using those breathe right strips too, but they're pretty expensive to wear every night.

We'll see how things go! Hopefully next week I'll be in or hovering on the 230's! Wish me luck!!

Thanks for everyone's support! Take care, and keep on losing!!!

  
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JUSTA123 7/9/2010 8:35AM

    emoticon emoticon You can do this and we're all here for you!

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TINYC887 7/7/2010 7:28AM

    way to go, good luck, you can do it

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Listen up body parts!!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Ok, so I've been walking every other day for a few months now and I've been having some trouble with my right knee every once in a while for the last 2 weeks. Monday I should have walked but I didn't b/c my knee was still tender from my 3 mile walk on Saturday.

Today I got up and it was still a little tender so I only walked a mile today. A very s l o w mile which I did more just for the exercise than the time. I walked it in about 17.5 minutes. Normally if I'm walking just a mile I do it about 2 minutes faster than today's effort. It's still a little tender right now but it's not excruciating pain at all.

I know that I should probably take a few days off the walking until it feels better, but I'm afraid that I'll never go back to walking if I take 3 or 4 days off.

I'm looking at this knee issue as a test of how determined I am to get this weight off. I'm here to tell my knees, my hips, my moobs, heart, and any other body part that wants to stay in my way, you better figure out a way to deal with the exercise cuz I'm not going to stop! If I can't walk, I'll figure out some way to get some exercise in. I'll get the knee fixed and move on. There will be no excuses, there will be NOTHING that will stand in my way this time.

I've worked too hard over the last 3 months to stop. I can certainly cut back on the intensity of the walking, but I've got to get my butt moving and keep moving.

So one last message for any joints, tendons, etc. (this means you Mr. Lateral Meniscus, and Mr. Gluteus Maximus), I WILL win this battle, I WILL NOT stop, I WILL NOT give in, so you better just pack up your $h!t and get the hell outta my way!!

In the words of Todd Beamer, "Let's roll!!"

  
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DIANE7786 7/6/2010 10:35AM

    You have a great attitude and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Be careful! Body parts can fight back when they disagree with your plans. My husband has been fighting the whole Meniscus family for a couple of years. If you haven't already, consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon. They do a lot to ease pain and slow damage. I agree with previous posters who suggested a knee brace. Drug stores have some, but those prescribed by doctors are much better. They cost about $100, less if you have insurance. My husband is pain free while walking long distances, bike riding, golfing. bowling and dancing.

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TINYC887 7/6/2010 7:55AM

    I wear a knee brace when I run and it helps, no more pain,lol. dont push to hard, you dont want more damage. good luck and keep up the great attitude

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GROEDER 7/6/2010 7:27AM

    I know all about knee pain (still have it every day), but I have had it checked and now know what is going on in the joint. Your determination is great, but do get it checked out if the pain persists. You wouldn't want to cause real damage and get worse.
I wrap both of my knees when I walk and that helps a lot. You might want to try that.
Good luck and keep going as best you can.

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LINDACHRISTIE 7/6/2010 6:34AM

    Do be careful you don't want to cause more damage to your knee. Look after yourself.

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ANNEMARIE001 7/6/2010 6:26AM

    Please be careful. Try a brace/wrapping on the knee. MOOBS! lol! emoticon emoticon

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CPAP Night 2

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Last night was the 2nd night for my CPAP machine. The first night I went to bed around 10 and kept the mask on until about 330. Not too bad for the first night!

I had cut the grass earlier that day so I was having allergy issues and I ended up sleeping with my mouth open for some of the night but at least I kept the mask on for most of the night. I did feel better in the morning though so it must have helped at least a little bit!

So last night was much better! I didn't have any issues keeping my mouth shut and I think I woke up twice the whole night. I flipped to my side, and then later flipped back to my back. I ended up going to bed around 1030 and kept the mask on til 445 this morning. I normally get up around 5-530 so I was extremely happy with the results! I feel 100% better this morning than I usually do when I get up. I'm not groggy like I usually am in the morning and I feel rested like I actually got some quality sleep for once!

I know it's still early, but I love my machine so far and I look forward to many more nights of restful sleep!!

If there's anyone out there that is concerned that they may have sleep apnea, PLEASE see a doctor about it. The testing for it was nothing more than sleeping in a sleep center with some wires hooked up and on the 2nd night of the sleep study you spend another night there but with a CPAP machine on so they can determine what level of air pressure you need to avoid the sleep apnea events. The only pain during the whole testing process was when they removed the sensors from my legs and chest b/c it pulled the hair!

I was kind of skeptical that I would notice a difference, but it's like night and day. I love my machine, and I'm so glad that I've had the testing done!

Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!!

  
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INDIANOAKS 7/4/2010 5:46PM

    CONGRATS on taking the positive step to help your health with the CPAP machine! As a nurse, I know it can be intimidating so it's impressive that you're adjusting already!! SOOOO glad it's helping you too!! You'll just feel SO much better in SO many aspects of your life now... BEST OF LUCK on your journey!! emoticon

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SLY_REDUX 7/4/2010 1:53PM

    My CPAP made such a difference for me. I call it my Dream Machine - it's amazing how much and how vividly I dream, now that I'm sleeping properly! And here's another plus - being properly rested decreases the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. That's widely believed to lead to weight gain, especially around the belly area.

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HAPPYONE331 7/4/2010 11:37AM

    Before I regained all my lost weight emoticon I didn't even need my CPAP. Another motivtion for getting back into shape! Happy Fourth everyone!

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CTTAGENT 7/4/2010 10:59AM

    My husband has been using a CPAP machine for 6 months now. The first couple of nights, he said he wasn't seeing it help, to which I told him it give it some time. A person can't make up for years of lost sleep in 1 night. About a month later, he said he was noticing it must be helping. He wasn't waking up feeling drugged, and he was dreaming a lot.
I am so glad that you have found it helps you too. Good sleep is so important; it is good that you have found what will help you.

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BJCANDOIT 7/4/2010 8:41AM

    I saw your blog on the iphone page and jumped over here to read it as I am also a sleep apnea sufferer. I assumed you were a female and I giggled when I read that it hurt when they pulled off the tape and it took off your chest and leg hair. I am glad you are making progress ( actually excellent progress) and you will notice gradual improvement for the next couple of months. Good luck and it is possible you might not even need the cpap as your weight returns to normal.

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GROEDER 7/4/2010 6:53AM

    I'm really glad it is working so well for you. Hope it continues to get even better.

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TINYC887 7/4/2010 6:17AM

    im so glad its helping, have a relaxing 4th and enjoy your sleep

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