Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Related to that sleep article that I just posted, or maybe even in that article... somewhere on Spark anyway... I read that when women don't get enough sleep they report more marital problems. When men don't get enough sleep they do NOT report more marital problems. It might be because the men don't NOTICE there are problems or it might be because women tend to express themselves outwardly more easily than men do (generally speaking anyway). Still... the point is when women don't get enough sleep then EVERYONE suffers. A grumpy wife, or a grumpy mother, or a grumpy co-worker is going to be miserable. And chances are that if she's miserable then you better watch out... right ladies? So getting enough sleep is good for your weight loss as I said last time, AND good for your marriage, your job, and your kids, and of course yourself. :-)
Here's the article--
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I don't need to read a study to know that this is true. I KNOW that when I'm tired I crave carbs. A McDonald's cheeseburger sounds a whole lot yummier when I'm tired than it does when I feel energized. On a good day I want a salad, and on a bad day I want that milk shake or those french fries.
Still it was nice to read an article yesterday that validates what I already know from experience. It was a small study, only 12 participants, but interesting nonetheless.
Read about it yourself here--
Friday, June 10, 2011
Aside from spreading the Spark, I actually you know.. had an appointment. I made a list and brought it with me. I only see this lady once a year if all goes well so I try to come prepared. What can I highlight for my Spark friends?
Looks like my blood pressure and cholesterol are fine. I kind of expected that. Actually didn't do a cholesterol test because the ones I've done before have always come out well and since I track on Spark I know my numbers should be good on this. My blood pressure is usually in the low-normal range. Surprises my doctor but it never surprises me. Of course she was happy about the weight loss. It's the first time in a long time that my weight has gone down. I was VERY disappointed to see 201 on the scale though. It was 197 at home. I really, really wanted to be below that 200 mark on her scale too. Can't have everything though.
I've got pain on the right side that seems to be indicative of gallstones. I had a lot of testing done last summer (met with a different member of her staff, maybe that's where the Spark idea came from) and the tests all came up empty. The pain hasn't gone away so that is still a concern. She didn't order new tests yet though.
The pain on my left side that I'm getting randomly seems to be from the Shingles. I had a really bad case of Shingles last March before I joined Spark. It hit my left side, around my ribs on my bra strap line. I guess I am going to be forever cursed with recurrent mystery pain in that area that I will feel but no one else will see (I might not get the blisters always, but I will still get the pains).. So good to know I'm not losing my mind. Also good to know that it's not another new problem or something.
She did a pap and sent me for a blood test. I didn't have to fast for the blood test so I'm not sure what we're testing for exactly. I did see "Vitamin D" on the paper which I had mentioned to her. I told her my Vit D was low in the winter from what I could tell from my nutrition tracking, but I figured it's fine now since the sun is out and it's getting to be summer etc. I've also tried to add some dairy to my diet.
She referred me for a mammogram since I turned 4-0 this year. I set that up for June 21st. My maternal grandmother had breast cancer so I am cognizant of the fact that I need to watch for this. I am not panicking or anything. I just know this is something that needs to be taken seriously.
Back to Spark etc... I asked her how low I can go on my weight. She asked how much I weighed in high school. Honestly?? I can't remember back that far! LOL! So she said if I stay where I am then that's fine. I've lost 10% of me and that's a good thing. If I can get down to what I weighed in 2003 when I got married (180) then that's even better. IF I get down to 165 pounds and I'm healthy, then we'll talk. That might be more than I can do. I asked her if I should aim for 150 pounds because that seems to be what the charts say and she said she wasn't sure if that would be good for me. 135-165 is what someone who is 5'6" - 6'7" should weigh so let's aim for the high side of that and see what happens.
That's more than anyone here needs to hear I think, but there it is. I am kind of curious what her game plan is on the gall stone thing. I am guessing she wants to see what comes up in the blood test, the pap, and the mammogram. She might also be waiting until the one year mark from the last batch of tests. There may be something with the insurance about doing the tests again so soon or something. I guess I'll wait and see.
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