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Ccap Machine

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Today I got my ccap machine. It's a machine that gently forces air into the lungs while the person is asleep to help keep the passage ways open. By doing so it helps keep oxygen levels up during the night which is suppose to lead to a better quality of sleep.
Not too fond of the concept overall of me needing such a machine. But I'm optimistic that it will help with my quality of sleep. Which I'm hoping will help me overall to have more energy to do things throughout the day. With that energy hopefully I can lose the weight I need. Which I'm hoping will lead to me to hopefully not need the machine anymore.
With the machine I have its portable and lightweight. So I can take it with me where ever I travel to.
The one side of the machine has a humidifier and the other is the forced air machine part. They can be either used together or separate. It can be adjusted to different levels of humidity for sleep comfort. I guess some people sleep better at cooler and less humidity while others sleep better with the warmer more humid.
I'll probly use it together just to make things more simple for myself. Rather than trying to figure out how to set the computer for separate.
It has a "smart" feature that can detect surrounding humidity and can adjust accordingly. That same feature can be set to automatic. That way it will start up at first breathing for night and continue for so many hours.
Then there is an automatic release valve with a manual release backup valve in the event of power outage. It will function for so many minutes after power outage.
There is an SD card that the doctor can take out and download. It keeps track of things like usage, body oxygen saturation, indications of continued breathing night time issues, etc. The same information can also be accessed on the machine it's self through the machine's built in computer prompts. That way I can keep track for myself and let the doctor know of any issues/concerns I may find/have. Also if the insurance company wanted to know for coverage purposes. Which makes sense that if someone has the machine, but doesn't use it then what's the sense of the insurance covering it. That money and machine could be better used with others that need it that will use it.
I'm planning on using mine though. Looking forward to seeing if it helps with things.
There are other features with the ccap machine as well. They handed me a thick manual to read. With my schedule it's going to take awhile to get through reading it.
For now I plan on using it the simple, manual method. I put the distilled water in it. I put the mask that is connected to the machine on and then turn the machine on. Then I press the on button. Then when I'm done sleeping for the night. I clean it with soap and water. Then put it away.
Like I said hopefully with using the machine at night it will help with my daytime sleepiness and my inability to sleep well at night. And hopefully will help overall with my weight loss goals.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/10/2014 1:22AM

    It actually is called a CPAP machine and it does work but can be uncomfortable and some are noisy too. But you will find that you get better rest too. My late husband had one of those and he did not like them too.

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Still Cold Outside, but Warming

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

It's still a bit cold outside today, but is finally slowly warming up. Starting to see closer to single digits of both temperature and wind chill within these past couple of hours or so. It was still quite cold this morning though with wind chill temps being close to around minus 30 range. So schools, some businesses, etc were closed for the day. So day two for me in a row of staying home.
Tomorrow though is expected to be cold, but not as cold as it's been. So if all goes well I go back to work. Hopefully my car still runs. I've heard reports of people's water mains to their homes breaking and being frozen. Thankfully didn't run into that so far. But have some parts of the sewage line mainly in my laundry room are frozen.
I've been able to cook some pretty tasty yet fairly healthy meals. So been able to stay closer to my calorie goals since being home bound pretty much. Haven't been able to exercise as much as I would like, but still getting some exercise.


It's Cold Outside

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Today has been very, very cold outside here. It's been in the negative digits temperature wise outside since last night and is expected to continue for at least a day or two (or maybe longer). The wind chill here has been hovering around minus 30. There hasn't been much snow here though. I thought about seeing if my car worked to drive down to the fitness gym, but decided that I didn't even want to see if my car will start.
The schools and quite a few other places have all closed in the area for the day as well as government offices. The state has declared a state of emergency for this part of my state. Certain areas not too far from me have even been put under travel bans. They have been getting quite a bit of snow along with the sub-zero temperatures.
So needless to say today is at stay at home day for me. So far I haven't really done much so far other than sleep in. I slept in for awhile so I think my body must have needed the sleep. But I plan on watching some of the sparkpeople videos and do some of the exercises here in a few.

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LVIVIERS 1/8/2014 3:12PM

    Brrr, it's so crazy to think my side of the world is sunny and hot! emoticon

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SUE5007 1/7/2014 6:02PM

    Hang in there...I think "cold" doesn't begin to describe the weather! Brrr! emoticon

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My New (More Specific) Goals

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I've had the goals for quite some time of wanting to lose weight. I have had general ideas of how maybe to go about it. But with those it seems that I've been met with good, but somewhat limited success. I keep trying though.

This time of trying I now have more specific long term goals and action steps towards them. Thanks to the newer goal board setup via sparkpeople.

I've already started the journey a few days ago towards taking action steps towards my newer goals. I thought it would be a good time as any to share via blog about my new more specific goals.

For my longer term goals I would like to lose 40 pounds by July. That is my 6 month goal. And also I would like to lose a grand total of 75 pounds by December. If I lose more than that awesome. Not sure if I should or will have more long term goals added to that, but that's what I've got so far as far as my goals.

For my action steps towards reaching those goals I have a few things listed that I'm starting to work on. I'm up for any suggestions that maybe I should look at to add that may help. So for I plan on: drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily; to not skip meals and eat healthy snacks at regular intervals; work towards replacing each unhealthy food item with healthier options; do my best to eat within my recommended calorie range (If on any given day I go over that I won't get upset by it- the next day is a brand new day reset from the previous day). Then also as far as exercise, no less than 15 minutes daily for month of Jan; no less than 30 minutes for month of Feb; and then no less than 1 hour daily after Feb.

As far as the exercise I figure maybe breaking it up into 15 minute segments throughout the day if it doesn't work out that I have a full hour all at once on any given day to dedicate towards it. My schedule can sometimes get crazy, but I figure some exercise is better than none at all. And it may be easier to squeeze in several shorter spurts sometimes. Then the times that I'm able to exercise longer then taking that opportunity to do so.

I currently got a gym membership to a place that so far I enjoy going to. The people I've run into there so far don't seem to stare or anything. Most of them just go in and do their thing then leave. At the same time the ones I've encountered so far are also polite. I know it's pretty obvious that I'm a gym "newbie" with my paper and clipboard so I can keep track of my exercises. But no one there seems to mind. There is a wide range of ages and abilities I noticed that goes there which makes me feel better. I'm hoping that going there while I can afford to will help with my goals or at least get a nice jump start to those goals.

As far as the food part of things. That's going to be a struggle. I love food. There are certain things I've been able to stay away from or limit. But there are certain things that I just love to eat. So it will be an interesting journey with the food part of things.

My completed goal is that I previously lost a large amount of weight. I was 250 pounds, but have not reached back to that weight since loosing it.

My goal motivators are several. The two main ones I listed to summarize are: my health and quality of life.

The excess weight is starting to cause sleep and other issues that have been brought to my attention. I may need to have a ccap machine. It is a machine that forces oxygen into the lungs at night time with the idea that it keeps the airways open. I asked the doctor if I lost the weight could I ever be removed from it. And she said most definitely. The doctor said even a weight loss of 20% of total weight could possibly cut the amount of oxygen needed via ccap machine by almost half which in my case may mean a total taken off from the machine. In my case my airways are only partially blocked at night time, but its enough to totally block the air flow at times. During REM sleep she told me I stop breathing an average of almost 28 times an hour and during other sleep stages I stop breathing an average of once an hour (both averages are around a minute or so each time). According to the doctor that qualifies as me having a mild sleep apnea. Will find out in the next week or so if I will be given the ccap machine to use nightly.

So I don't get a good night's sleep even if I lay down to sleep for hours. That affects everything else. Energy gets drained quicker and get depressed because don't have energy. It just spirals down from there.

To me even the once an hour is enough of a wake up call to make some major changes. I'm not sure how long I've been going on like that with the sleep issue, but thankful was found out in time to be able to address the issue and make changes.

Getting all the goals and action plan written down too on a paper. I plan on placing that paper on my wall. That way I have visual reminder outside of online about my goals, action plan, and why it is I have those goals. Hoping it all works in helping with the positive changes. :)

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Return to SparkPeople

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Well, I'm back to the SparkPeople program again. I've had sucess with the program in the past. I had lost some weight and I was able to establish a regular sleep schedule. I've been able to maintain for the most part ever since. I've also made some friends through SparkPeople that I'm still friends with.

I'm making the committment to stick with the program definately much longer than last time. I was looking through my past goals and realized that they were good goals. But looking back probly not specific as they could have been.

This time around I took my end target weight goal and made it into smaller mini-goals. When making the first mini-goal target date I looked at what is concidered a healthy weight loss per week/month. But I mainly concidered what I know about myself. I love food and I love to eat. Unfortunately in the past my food choices helped to put excess weight on.

I have come to the conclusion and almost an acceptance that it's ok to love food. But there has to be a healthy view of it and healthier choices need to be made.

Instead of eating foods high in sodium, fat, and/or sugar. Fruits and veggies need to become more of a "friend" (as well as drinking enough water daily).

From what I've read and heard it takes longer to burn off excess weight than to put it on. Excercise is part of the solution to weight loss too. For me that will be a challenge to stick with a program long enough that it becomes a "loved" routine.

The excess weight I have didn't take overnight to be there though. So it won't take overnight to get rid of it. I think it will be a challenging, but good journey to better health. Looking forward to taking that journey with the help of SparkPeople.

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DOLCEMARIA81 1/15/2013 12:51PM

    Don't give up on the excerising! Even if you eat bad on some days you'll still loose inches and feel awsome! I love food myself and I tend to over eat when I'm stressed. Keep up the great work! :) emoticon

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