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Difficult to get in the workout / Sleep study

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Well I have tried to commit to a program of working out more and eating better. I also want to get more consistent at logging my foods on Sparkpeople. However, I have not done well at those.

What have I done? I find that my time is being consumed by preparing for the CPA exams. I have sat for 2 (did not pass the first and waiting for results on second) and have 2 more to go (1 next Monday, the second in January). After doing accounting for over 17 years, it is a bit challenging to by studying so much again. There are times that I feel that I am getting it and then times that I am like what I am reviewing.

I need to try and schedule my studying and workouts so that I can do both, as well as spend some family time. I am trying to do my “homework” while the kids do theirs, but it is hard with all the interruptions. I do get up extra early but I am feeling the pressure to study as I really need to pass the tests and not plan on retakes. The sooner I pass the sooner I am done and get back into a healthy routine.

As to tracking I am finding that it ties in well with workouts and not so well without. I find it easy to think that it is not as important since it is ½ the program. I know that it is not true, but why do find it so easy to “lie” to ourselves? I will say that I have been more conscience of my choices even though not logging them in.

One other bit of info I have been trying to process is that I am going for a sleep study on Friday as my wife convinced me to go see her sleep specialist. She says that when I sleep I breathe very shallow and occasionally stop. The specialist says that based on the anatomy of my tongue and soft palette it is most likely that I do have apnea and weight loss will not make it go away. If I do have it I will probably have to sleep with a CPAP machine. I know that this would be healthy for me in the long run, just another part of getting older that I do not want to face. I am not sure why the thought of the machine bothers me, but for some reason it does. Oh well, perhaps this will help me sleep better and we all know that good sleep can help in weight loss.

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DDOORN 11/21/2010 1:12PM

    Hey the CPAP is really no biggie...although it will seem like it at first. My pulmonary doc sez: It's only like trying to sleep with your head hanging out of a car window nose first when it's going 60 mph...! :-)

I've lost the weight, still need the CPAP, but not as badly...I've skipped it on occasion when traveling and seem to do "okay."

It won't take long before you notice SUCH a BOOST in your energy levels that you won't want to THINK about not using it!


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TURBOAMIE 11/10/2010 5:34PM

    I got my CMA a few years back and I didn't pass my second test the first time around. I think I missed it by 3 questions. SO frustrating! I totally understand! Sometimes if you don't use that stuff in your "real" job, it just doesn't make much sense. Good luck! The time you put in is worth it though. Not sure why those 3 little letters mean so much but they do....

good luck on the sleep study!

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KRICKY 11/10/2010 1:37PM

    It's tough to juggle all of those things, especially when you add stress in the mix.

Don't forget the power of flash cards, and see if you can involve your kids in helping you study too!

For the sleep study--I understand how it would be a pain to possibly be on a machine, but like you said, it could be really great for you in the long run.

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I am trying to get back.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I am trying to get back.

Well here I am again. I never should have left, but I did. I did not do so because I reached my goal. I was close, just not there - .5 pound. I did not do so because I felt that I was ready to go at it alone. Obviously the scale and my clothes tell me that I was not in that place yet – and I knew it.

What I did

• I was laid off in December, but I did not let that get me down then. I set up the my schedule to search and stay on track with the Job hunt.

• I did not let myself get down as I had some interviews, but no jobs.

• I took advantage of having more time with my 2 boys.

• I started the process to get my CPA license. Take advantage of time to study, and improve odds of getting another accounting job.

• I hit a plateau on both the scale and tape measure.

• I was reaching end of unemployment and savings – making me nervous for how my family and I were going to make it.

• I stopped going to the gym.

• I stopped logging my food and visiting Sparkpeople.

• I got a job!!!

What I did not do:

• I did not get depressed with the lay off.

• I did not curl up and give up on the job search.

• I did get frustrated with my lack of progress.

• I did forget that I had done a good job and had made a big accomplishment.

• I did not take care of myself physically. (lack of gym and lack of sleep).

Changes I am making:

• I am starting to log my food again this week.

• I am wearing my GoWearFit (body bugg – type) Band again.

• I am trying to get more sleep – still not accomplishing that, but it is a goal.

• I am trying to get more exercise. Started with early morning cardio, but may have to move to evening. Studying is really stressing me out.

• I will start trying to eat, at least a small, something for breakfast before I leave the house. I have oatmeal at work, but that is usually 3 hours after I get up. I know that we need to fuel our bodies regularly.

• I am going to try and Blog more. Never have been a writer, but it will help me if I at least but things down to see them for myself.

Here is to getting back into a healthy lifestyle. And getting back to (and hopefully below) my goal weight. I may not be happy with where I am now which is about exactly where I was last year during my journey, but I am still over 35 lbs down from my high and that is over half way between my highest and my goal.

Thank you Sparkpeople emoticon and SparkFriends emoticon .

I know that you did not leave me, I left you, but I am back. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/7/2010 8:53PM

    Whew...! Sorry so long before catching up on blogs...SO pleased you're back to work! Sounds like you've learned much through your recent trials & tribs and are putting your learning to work for yourself!

Keep the SPARK! :-)


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SKYWATCHERRS 10/29/2010 1:42PM

    Happy to have you back - and happy you found a job! Sounds like you have a plan in place - now work the plan!

Best wishes and be well...

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I lost an X!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Please don't help me look for it since this is a good thing.

I have always worn XXL shirts for about as long as I can remember. Well this winter Target had a few XL workout shirts on sale so I knew that eventually I would fit in them. They got lost in my closet and I recently found them. Well today when I was getting dressed to go to the gym I had to try it one and it fit!

I am not sure if I am ready to give all of my XXL polos away yet, but knowing that the possibility is there is a great feeling!

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DDOORN 3/9/2010 10:45PM

    Love it when that happens...! Not too long ago I gave up an X and crossed into'll get there soon, I'm sure! :-)


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JEA1668 3/9/2010 1:15PM

    good for you!!!! that has to be SO exciting! recently i've found some of my shirts i try on have that pesky X tagged on! can't wait to say its no longer there! keep up the good work!

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STEPHANON 3/9/2010 1:04PM

    That is awesome! Congratulations!

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PIXELLY 3/9/2010 12:38PM

    Very cool...hope you're feeling good!

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PORF82 3/9/2010 12:26PM

  Good job, I just started yesterday i cant wait till i can report that i lost and X

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Interesting Discovery

Friday, January 29, 2010

Well for the previous two weeks I have not hardly lost anything at all on the scale. Week ending 1/15 loss of .2 lbs and week ending 1/22 a loss of .1 lbs.

On January 13th I started using my GoWear Fit (like BodyBugg - not associated with a gym). I was looking forward to this for both the sleep tracking and since I had appeared to plateau (I had not lost anything since early December). I thought this would be great to see the true difference between calories burned and calories consumed. I still use Sparkpeople for nutrition tracking and put the calories into the Bodymedia site.

At the start of the year I had reset my spark goals and due to the progress I had made it lowered my daily calories to a range of 1650-2000. Since I had been good at my previous range I had no reason to not follow this plan. However, as I stated I was not seeing progress. My DW said that the calorie range sounded low for someone my size perhaps I should make 2000 a minimum range. So that is what I for this week.

I lost 2.9 lbs! I beleive that this is the lowest I have been in 12 years.

I know and beleive in Sparkpeople as a great gateway into this new lifestyle, as we all know it is not a diet. But there are times that you need special tools (GoWear Fit) and the support of friends and loved ones to help give you not only support, but other points of view.

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DDOORN 2/17/2010 3:01AM

    Anything and everything that helps us move toward our goals is worthwhile...woo hoo to YOU! :-)


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8THTIMEUP 1/29/2010 6:57PM

    Congratulations! Aren't these tools great? emoticon

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GATORLADY10 1/29/2010 6:04PM

    Congrats!! How are you liking your GoWearFit?? I just got one this week.....I also found that maybe I am eating a few hundred calories shy of where I really should be (and as a result I am not losing weight)...let's hope the scale continues its downward descent!

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KRICKY 1/29/2010 6:03PM

    Sometimes it seems weird to eat more food to lose weight, but if you body feels like it's not getting enough calories, it will hang on to every bit it can get. I've also hear that is a good reason to have a cheat meal/higher calorie meal--to keep your body guessing.

Congrats on your loss and for breaking through your plateau!!!


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Closet Cleaning

Friday, January 22, 2010

Well tonight I went through a box that I had put in the back of my closet quite a while ago, the clothes were too small.

Great news! I get to donate most of them as I have lost enough that they are now too big!

I also found some new shorts that now fit. Since I live in CA I can start wearing those soon.

This is one of the wins that a scale can not show you.

I have had my first full week with my new GoWear Fit. Tomorrow is my first weigh in heaving used it for a whole week. Since the family went to the mountains for the MLK weekend and it was sort of lazy I am not expecting a big week, but since it shows deficits each day I am hopeful.

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KEETAK 1/22/2010 2:26AM

    Welcome to Spark! :)

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