Writing my last 10 things blog had an uplifting effect on me, so I decided to try another one. I still have persistent problems, but it made me realize that there are a lot of things that are right with my life, so here goes:
1. This Tuesday, if all goes well, I will be finishing up a Certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University. It's a program that is offered online through the eCornell.com web site, and it's on-the-job training for me. Or would be, if I actually had time to complete it during work hours. I've been doing a lot of the assignments at home. It's a series of 6 two-week courses that I've been taking since July. I think it's a good program, and I've learned a lot. I won't miss the homework though.
2. After a near melt-down this afternoon, my computer is back on. I didn't lose the course project I was working on (see #1), and I'm running a full backup that should be completed by 9:30 pm, EDST (cross fingers!)
3. My daughter was home for her fall break this weekend. It was wonderful to see her, and we had some good times baking apple cider donut holes, watching movies (Pride and Prejudice), and crocheting. She's making a hat for one of her friends, and I'm making a baby blanket for one of mine. Good times!
4. My boss is back, part-time this week after hip surgery. Maybe things will be a little less crazy at work.
5. I continue to make very satisfying progress on my Italian genealogy. I've added more third great-grandparents, and several more microfilms are on their way to my local Family History Center from Salt Lake City. Italian records are remarkably good, and I expect to be able to find a few more.
6. I'm thinking of making a family history book for my Italian aunts for Christmas. Suggestions welcome. I've even found photographs of the area where my family lived on Flickr.com to complement the existing family portraits. The photo above is one of my grandmother as a young woman. I retouched it in Photoshop to remove crease lines and smudges. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
7. I start running again this week. I haven't done much since the Sea Gull Century, because of work, studies, my daughter's visit, and other demands on my time. But that's okay, because my objective is to train for the Pittsburgh Rock n Roll HM in such a gradual way that I don't hurt myself. My goal is to finish another 5 weeks of the Jeff Galloway program by the end of the year, while continuing to bike to work.
8. I mentioned in a previous blog that I was making sleep a higher priority, but I didn't really explain why. Now I can finally say. My husband suggested a few weeks ago that I make an appointment with a doctor because my snoring was starting to bother him. I have chronic allergies, so initially I just thought it was just congestion, but I was wrong. I've now had 3 visits with a sleep specialist, spent 2 nights in a lab, and had 2 other visits with my primary doc. I have sleep apnea. It's mild (whatever that means), but it's there. The reason I'm so excited about this is that I finally UNDERSTAND why I can sleep and sleep and never feel like I've had enough, why I always feel tired and sleepy during the day, have a lousy memory, poor ability to concentrate, why I constantly crave carbohydrates, and can't lose any weight no matter what I eat and how hard I exercise. Sleep apnea can cause all of this, and more. I've probably had it for quite a while now. I was really tired of being tired all the time. Now I can get better!
9. So now I have finally started treatment (after 4 weeks of waiting for the process to work it's way through) and it's starting to work. It will probably be a few more weeks before I feel the full effect of it, but I've already noticed that I don't have the same food cravings, and I haven't felt excessively sleepy during the day. Progress!!
10. In spite of sleep apnea, I have managed to log over 100,000 exercise minutes on Sparkpeople over the last 4.5 years. I had been gaining about 10 pounds a year for about 6 years when I joined, and while I haven't lost nearly as much as I would have liked, thanks to Sparkpeople, I effectively put a stop to the endless weight gain, and I don't have other complications that are associated with sleep apnea (such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and mood problems).
They say many people have it without knowing it. If you experience excessive daytime sleepiness and weight gain, get checked out. It's very treatable.
Cheers and hugs!