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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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    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!

    2676 days ago
    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!
    2687 days ago
    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.
    2687 days ago
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