Saturday, August 07, 2010
First of all I went to the sleep apnea folks yesterday and brought along the memory card from my machine. I was very happy with the results even though I knew that I was more than the 70% compliant. I was 88% compliant and I attribute the days when I wasn't compliant to when I had the nose only mask instead of the full face. I was also told that previous to my treatment I had on average of 12 apneas per hour but with the machine its dropped to .9 per hour. That's point 9. Less than 1 an hour. That is awesome!! I can certainly notice a big difference in how I feel in the morning. I have more energy and it's not such a chore to get my a$$ outta bed.
I also found out that my x-ray was normal. There's nothing wrong with my knee. I don't believe that it's correct since from what I've read, many of the ligament related issues aren't always discovered on an x-ray, they usually need an MRI for that.
So after getting the green light and coupled with the fact that I haven't walked in like forever I went out this morning and walked about 1.4 miles. I walked for about 25 minutes, got the heart rate up, and of course I got to sweat a little bit. I truly forgot how good it feels to sweat! So far everything feels good, no knee discomfort and the new shoes feel good on the feet.
I will have to watch the blood pressure though as the therapist advised me that as the apnea gets better, my blood pressure should start to drop and normalize. This could be a point to keep an eye on as I'm on bp meds plus a diuretic.
I've also been light headed when I stand up recently and there have been a few days where it's felt like I was hit by a truck! I had absolutely zero energy. If I didn't know better I woulda thought I had the flu or something. I was really tuckered out! I'll keep an eye on it and if it doesn't improve, then I'll mention it to the doc and see what he says.
Today we're going to get a treat... we're planning on driving down to Dover (about an hour or so ride) to stop in and get a Chicago original... Pizzeria Uno! I haven't had their pizza in soooooooo long! It's about 770 cals and about 55 g of fat for 1... yes one slice. Is it worth it to blow the cals on it??? YES!! I believe so. I'll just cut back and eat tomatoes for the rest of the day if I have to.
I think I deserve a stinking treat! I'm 16 weeks into my adventure and I've lost 35 pounds so far. I have had a few moments of weakness, but for the first time in my life I'm not beating myself up about it. I used to sit around and sulk if I ate something bad which made it worse and then I wanted to eat more to suppress the feelings of guilt and that's how it became a negative spiral back into the world of fat. Now if I have a bad day, I just forget about it and move on. I can't dwell on what I did yesterday or what I'm going to do tomorrow. I can only worry about what I'm going to do right now, this very second. As long as I continue to make the right decisions (or most of the right decisions) I know I will succeed and I will achieve my goals!
Every day is one step closer to your dreams! Take care!!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Lost another 2 pounds this week and I'm back on track after a flat week. I'm surprised that I'm still losing even though I haven't done any walking in about a month.
Unfortunately I didn't make it to the lab to get my knee x-rayed. The plan is to get there today to get it done. Hopefully I can get back to walking sooner than later. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I actually miss it. Only bad thing is that it's now still VERY dark at 515 am. I wouldn't want to wait to long for fear that I would screw up my morning schedule.
I've been craving salads.... let me repeat that b/c I can't believe that I just said that... I've been craving salads lately for some odd reason. I know that I need to be careful b/c they can hide a bunch of calories in them if you're not too careful. There's a Saladworks here at our local mall and I'm in love with the Tivoli salad. It's got ham, pepperoni, swiss cheese, tomatoes, pasta and of course the greens. I get it with the light Caesar dressing and the whole thing is about 500-600 calories. It's about twice what most of my meals usually are, but if I've got the room in my nutrition tracker to stay within my guidelines, then I'm getting it.
I should be going in the next week or so for my follow up with Cardiosom for my sleep apnea. I need to bring in the memory card from my machine so they can read it. It will tell them whether or not I'm complying with my treatment. I've had the machine for about 5 weeks now and there have been only about 5 days where I haven't kept the mask on for more than 4 hours and that was when I had just the nose mask. Since I've been using the full face mask I've been 100% compliant. I don't think they'll have much to say now will they!?!?
I've had a few people on my team at work tell me that they can really tell that I've been losing weight which makes me feel good. I can definitely tell that I'm making progress. My wonderful wife was at Old Navy and saw some jeans on sale for like $7 and she picked up 2 pairs of 38's for me. I was a little unsure whether or not they would fit as I had been wearing 44's or 42's. I tried them on when we got home and low and behold THEY FIT!!! I was ecstatic!! When I was in high school (and much too thin) I was in a 29 or 30. I'd like to see what size I'll need when I reach my goal weight. Hopefully if I stay on track I'll find out before I know it!!
Take care all, enjoy the rest of the week and keep on losing!!!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Like I said yesterday, it wasn't going to be a good week. Although I didn't lose anything, I also didn't gain anything. I was on a good streak of 8 weeks in a row with a loss so I'm not going to beat myself up over it.
Just going to get right back in the saddle and keep on trucking! I'm going today to get an xray after work to see what's going on with my knee. I'm hoping it's nothing crazy because I REALLY need to get walking again. If I can't walk like I need to walk to get my heart rate up, then what the heck else am I supposed to do?
I'll be really pi$$ed if I gotta lay off the exercise for much longer, it's starting to put a kink in my success. Like my SparkPage says though, I WILL NOT FAIL! So if that's what happens I'll just have to figure out some way to get some aerobic exercise in without putting a strain on my knee. I would love to get an elliptical or a recumbent bike but I don't exactly have the funds. I could also join a gym, but that also requires $$$. That's why I was walking because for the price, you can't beat it!
Well, I'm gonna get outta here and get ready for work.
Best of luck to you guys!
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