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Major Turning Point... and no more CPAP

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I feel like I am turning a corner in my life and in my weight loss journey, all for the better.

1. I have discovered that I no longer have sleep apnea (and that using the mask was actually making my sleep worse). I have since stopped using the cpap machine and am sleeping better. It feels good to know that I have lost enough weight to do that!

2. Mentally, I feel much more focused and motivated than I have in months. I think this Lexapro is really helping me, and I have done a lot of soul-searching recently that has led me to change my workout program. I want to increase my running interval duration but it is currently too hard on my body to do it consistently enough for weight loss ... and I worry about getting adrenal fatigue again if I follow the Couch to 5k program. Last time, I think I did too much too quickly, and I don't want to repeat the same mistake.

So, this is the new plan: I am going to walk 3-4x per week for 30-45 min. This will accomplish several things. First, it will help condition my body to be better at running when I begin it. Second, it will give me a consistent calorie burn to increase my weekly deficit and help me lose weight.

As much as it sucks to admit it, this approach is probably a lot healthier and safer than just jumping into running after taking nearly 3 months off due to my health problems this summer. I LOVE running intervals. I might still do a few small ones during my walks, but I will not be pushing it too hard. I need to keep in mind that I want to be able to do cardio each day, and I don't want to have to take time off because I got overzealous with my workouts.

I will be restarting Couch to 5k on January 1st, 2013. And I will be prepared -- both physically and mentally. I want to lose at least 20 lb between now and then.

Now is the time for consistency, focus, and determination.
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  • JOYANN84
    emoticon Great news!! emoticon
    1869 days ago
  • BISCO_
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    1869 days ago
  • WINDSONG29
    Congrats on getting rid of that machine!!!
    1870 days ago
  • CURLYLADEE
    emoticon you don't have to use the cpap machine to sleep and emoticon to hear that the Lexapro is working for you! I was on it too and it worked for me when I needed it!
    1870 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I'm so excited for you. When you are ready to register for a 5K...DO IT! DW & I walked our first 2 5Ks. She still "racewalks" after 23 5Ks. I run now. But the point is whether you walk, jog, run or crawl, you will be hooked on the events. It only keeps us embracing a healthy lifestyle on a life journey! STay strong and rock this thing!
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    1870 days ago
  • DEBPRE16
    How great that you don't need the CPAP anymore. I look forward to the day when I can get rid of mine. Good goals too. I just recently increased my walking time and my legs and feet feel it. I was walking 30 mins twice a day 6 days a week and I have started 45 minutes instead and like I said I sure feel it.

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    Debbie
    1870 days ago
  • BECOMING_HOLLY
    Way to go! I am so glad that you have been able to get rid of the CPAP machine!! I think taking longer walks will be helpful for C25k so that you can build up endurance.

    Go Jamie!
    1870 days ago
  • ELLENBERRY
    emoticon emoticon You are doing GREAT!!!
    1870 days ago
  • BOOKWORM27S
    That is great news! That shows real progress in your overall health. Congrats!
    1870 days ago
  • MORETHANAMOMOF3
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    1870 days ago
  • MIDNIGHTER1
    Hey, you are using my power words. You will get there with FOCUS,DETERMINATION,PERSEVERANCE,EF
    FORT,COMMITMENT. These are the words on my vision collage. Planning is the key to a successful outcome. You have a great plan and an goal to achieve with a good time frame.
    My wife informed me that I recently stopped snoring and my breathing does not stp during the night. It is great you are getting healthy enough to not use the C-Pap.
    Another check off on you list of accomplishments. Time to turn the corner and keep on movin. emoticon
    1870 days ago
  • MAHGRET
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  • TRICIAE2
    Sometimes we have to slow down to progress!
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    1870 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    That is fantastic news:I wish I could buy your machine,, I have not been diagnosed, but I know I have S.A. I have every single symptom.

    You are doing great, but remember, the goal you set is just a goal, not a Commandment!! If you do not have your health, classes are worth crap to you. Follow your instincts,, they are you!!
    1870 days ago
  • SPICEMWE
    So proud of you! You are absolutely taking the right approach. You're listening to your body which is the most important lesson to learn, sometimes!

    Congrats on not having to use the mask anymore! Such a big step!!!
    1870 days ago
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