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Back in the Swim of things

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Today was my first day back in the pool since I began the Sleep Study on October 9th. It felt great, and I was surprised how many calories I burned! A bit difficult to swim with only 2 lap lanes open, but I got 35 minutes in. Yesterday I ended up camping out in my doctor's office for 2 hours...when I finally got to see her she was apologetic. Her office staff at a different location called to let me know they had ordered my CPAP machine...while I was in the treatment room. Good news, after being persistent on the phone with the medical supply company I get to pick it up today! I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought ingredients to make some homemade soups and chili. I haven't had fast food in a month and I find that even though it tasted yummy I have lost the desire. I would rather be healthy. Last night I went shopping with my hubby...which never happens, and bought us multi vitamins, fish oil, and another vitamin for his liver. I am so glad he is on board. Yesterday I got a phone call asking us to host another exchange student from China, and as exciting as that might be I am going to decline. This really just needs to be the year to focus on my health, then the sky is the limit!

  
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REBARUTH55 11/5/2010 8:27AM

    Thank you for declining......YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO US! Love ya Sis

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To Fire or not to Fire, that is the question.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

I'm a nice, person, sometimes too nice. So I have been calling my doctor every day, left her two different test results at her office. It has been one week, no call back. No approval on my CPAP machine. So, I am sleeping or at least trying to without something that actually cures my sleep apnea and makes me feel much better. I see her in 45 minutes. Should I be sweet and understanding and hear her side of the story? Fire her? I have gone to see her for 10 years. She usually will give me any referrals I want. This time though I feel as if she has really let me down and not acted in a professional manner. I am still trying to get 8 hours of sleep a night and slept through the night last night for the first time. Still feeling good, but knowing I could be feeling better. I actually had developed a habit of wearing the mask for 18 nights and don't want to blow it! In the end, it is up to me to implement the things I need for change. Any ideas?

  
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PEOPLE12341 11/3/2010 11:14AM

    Tell her what has not happened- no call back- she may not be aware of how her office is handling patient requests- then tell her you need approval today-now! this is the beginning of the new you- being strong, caring about you first, doctor is a business- not a friend! If you are not getting what you pay for- and we all are paying for service and expertise- then go somewhere else. But give her a chance to see you expect better service and to change. You and your health come first!!!

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Still picking up the pieces! Facing the Halloween demons.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Today I decided to go back and track the food I ate on Sunday...even though I really didn't want to. I think in the big picture it is important to see what I ate and what the result was...versus what I normally eat. Also, it made a huge difference in my Progress Chart, and I want it to be accurate. OK, so I consumed more calories than usual on Sunday. But, I also taught Sunday School, attended church, prepared and gave a speech at our church potluck, and made it 15 minutes early to my nephew's birthday party (a one hour drive) in costume with a card and very crisp bill for a present. I didn't have seconds at the pot luck, and had one dessert at each event. And loved spending time with my sister's, Mom and Dad, and extended family. So, bottom line, I am willing to accept the extra calories. It doesn't mean I am a failure, I just have to plan a little better. So, here's to looking back, picking up the pieces, and moving forward!

  
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CALIKIKI 11/2/2010 12:22PM

    Way to go to think about the positive things that happened rather than just the food!

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The Morning After

Monday, November 01, 2010

Well, I survived Halloween. Not sure how to remember or count what I ate...church potluck, followed by Halloween birthday party with a pizza theme. I did eat way less candy than usual, one fun size snicker, and one fun size pack of M & M's. At the potluck I had a taco salad and a cookie with a chocolate kiss. Had a pizza brownie too...

Looking on the bright side, I didn't have pop, tons of candy, then more candy, followed by more candy, so I feel I can pick myself up and keep moving forward.

Went back to the hospital today to return my blood pressure cuff, activity watch, and cardio monitor. Had a chance to look at my initial sleep study and compare it to my sleep study using the CPAP. Basically the CPAP totally cures my sleep apnea. My oxygen level is great, and there are little to no events. Only 50% of people who are prescribed CPAP use it, I will definitely be in the the 50% that do.

Now what? Finished with the study. Time to implement what I learned, chase down my doctor until she approves my prescription for the CPAP, and continue on my weight loss journey. Very grateful that I am feeling better and well rested.

  
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NEWME0519 11/1/2010 11:10PM

    Congratulations on making it through the study and making wiser choices this Halloween!

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EILEENXO 11/1/2010 3:36PM

    Congrats. I probably need a CPAP, I snore horribly always have and with putting on extra pounds it has only gotten worse, but I have that stubborn " I can do this on my own" mentality. I hope I can get over it, because I'd love to feel well rested and not like I get run over by a truck at least once a week.

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Yes I can!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

First time trying to blog on the go! At the beach, waiting for my phone to charge so I can use my CardioTrainer. Addicted to it now. It is cold and windy but I have 6 miles to bike. Let the clown out at the hospital during my glucose tests and glad that I did. Found out they have two clowns on staff! The nurses got a kick out of the balloons. I was happy to lose another pound, even with the carbon loaded meal I had last night. I slept great! I am going to miss being around all the staff but glad to go home to my family armed with some new ideas. Watched Fit TV and saw some recipes I want to try. Back to the hospital soon. Two more nights. I didn't think I could do it but I did. I didn't
think I could lose weight but I can! I have more discipline than I give myself credit for! Time to ride now, Cardio Trainer or not!

  
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CONNORCOLINSMOM 10/28/2010 4:34PM

    Keep up the great work! emoticon

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