SADDKATT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SADDKATT SADDKATT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Whole 30--Finished! Results & thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223889 Holy cow, I made it through all 30 days. Barely. The Dude and I are going to start reintroducing, starting with grains. We are going to have brown rice tonight with dinner. Hopefully that goes okay. I'm actually a bit apprehensive about the reintroduction process. <BR> <BR> Because... <BR> <BR> ...I lost 9 pounds. Nine. The scale has not gone down in five years, no matter how much I have dieted or exercised. So it's not an extreme amount, but it's the only progress I've been able to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:35:08 EST Day 27 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221693 Hitting the home stretch. Yesterday I sat through a staff meeting with my salad and raw veggies while everyone around me ate Aurelio's pizza and made ice cream sundaes. And last night I dreamed that it was day 30 and I got on the scale to find that I had gained 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm getting very tired of salad and tired of eggs. The Dude and I have been talking about the reintroduction period, and what we are going to start with. We're going to try to reintroduce grains first, like ma... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:27:40 EST Day 25 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220616 Five more days!!! I'm feeling a bit better, although the digestive issues are still there. Little more appetite the last couple of days. Today was my first day of school (students on Monday...two days of meetings first). One of my coworkers said that my face looked thinner. So that's something, maybe. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit torn between "I can't wait for this to be over" and "maybe I'll keep going." It's been difficult at work with all the non-compliant foods all around me. Central offic... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:25:42 EST Day 23 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218935 7 days to go. I've been trying to look for information as to why I'm still feeling like crap. There is some evidence to suggest that maybe I have a sensitivity to nuts or eggs. Last night all I had was a salad with some grilled chicken and homemade apple cider vinaigrette. I got about four bites in and my stomach just twisted up in knots. Horrible sharp gas pain, after I had barely eaten anything. The funny thing was that I was still hungry. I'm now at about the point where I'm afraid ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:45:44 EST Day 21 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217793 Yeah, I don't know how well I'm actually doing with this diet. Yesterday morning I got sick--really sick. Friday night it was raining, so instead of grilling we made breakfast skillets: potato, green and yellow pepper, leeks, beef chorizo, and eggs. Slice of melon on the side. Saturday morning got me up at 5:30, so unwell that I didn't know which end to put on the pot first. I threw my back out from heaving so hard. I don't know what caused it. I was okay by about 9:30 later that morn... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:48:46 EST Day 18 whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216170 12 more days to go. I found some organic almond butter that I have been putting on my apples, which is pretty yummy. But the big score was happening across some sugar-free low sodium bacon. I'm going to spend some time this morning re-reading the book. I am getting tired of eggs, tired of almonds and pistachios. I miss being able to whip up a quick lunch; there's a lot of prep involved with each meal. I'm really worried about how to get enough food ready for work lunches. I will be bac... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:42:38 EST Day 14 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214049 I've skipped a few days. My summer is drawing to a close, and I'm getting caught up in various tasks...starting a new master's degree, preparing to buy a house, planning for the new school year. <BR> <BR> But I've made it two weeks! I'm halfway there. I have been totally complaint with this diet plan. No dairy, no grain, no sugar, no beans. Also no preservatives. Everything has been whole food. It is a bit more expensive than I had bargained for, and requires a lot more prep. There... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 01:14:56 EST Day 9 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211175 Never got around to posting yesterday, but I had some turkey roll-ups filled with lettuce, a swai filet and some grilled veggies and potato. Had cantaloupe for dessert and a handful of pistachios and olives. <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day. The Dude and I are planning on moving to a larger house, so we spent the morning with the realtor and looked at houses. We did some serious downsizing during the recession in 2007, and I am way over the tiny-house lifestyle (940 sq ft). I'm absolutely g... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:20:00 EST Day 7 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210062 Breakfast: black coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: two egg scramble with spinach and mushrooms. Wedge of cantaloupe. <BR> <BR> Dinner: Zoodles with homemade marinara sauce and grass fed ground beef. Cashews and grapes for dessert. <BR> <BR> I bought a vegetable spiralizer and made zucchini noodles. I also figured out how to make homemade marinara sauce, which was super easy and turned out pretty good. <BR> <BR> I have survived the first week of this insane elimination diet! Three more weeks t... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:19:22 EST Day 6 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209443 Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, almond milk, half a banana and frozen mixed fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch: 3 fried eggs on a bed of sauteed veggies and potatoes. Handful of pistachio nuts <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled pork chops with grilled mixed veggies and sweet potatoes <BR> <BR> I know that smoothies are kind of discouraged in the Whole 30 program, but the green smoothies are the only things that keep my IBS-C at bay. I've been suffering all week long. So I'm having my smoothie. Sue me. <B... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:58:28 EST Day 5 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208983 Breakfast: forgot to eat. Had some black coffee while cleaning the living room. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Leftover chef salad from last night. Carrots and baby pickles. Handful of pistachios. <BR> <BR> Dinner: went to Round the Clock and had a breakfast skillet with no cheese and a side of melon chunks. 6 oz glass of tomato juice. <BR> <BR> The dinner was kind of heavy on the calories, even though I only ate about 75% of it. And afterwards, I felt kind of puffy. My stomach is still being a... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:45:00 EST Day 4 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208487 Breakfast: spinach and mushroom omelette. Banana sliced with a splash of almond milk <BR> <BR> Lunch: leftover tuna salad from yesterday. Salad with sliced almonds. Handful of pistachios <BR> <BR> Dinner: Big salad with homemade vinaigrette. 3 oz of rotisserie chicken. Wedge of cantaloupe <BR> <BR> Ran out of produce today, so the Dude and I went for an evening shop. We were hungry. It was a bad scene. We bought a hundred bucks worth of veggies, nuts, and recipe items. This was not... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:44:05 EST Day 3 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207882 Breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms <BR> <BR> Lunch: tuna salad (with the homemade mayo) on romaine lettuce leaf. Handful of almonds <BR> <BR> Dinner: grilled steak, zucchini and snap peas. Banana. <BR> <BR> I was way under for calories and carbs today, and just slightly over with fats. I am very tired and crabby today. No oomph. The food I'm eating does not feel satisfying. Am I going through grain withdrawal? Is that even a thing? <BR> <BR> I know that I'm proba... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:32:06 EST Day 2 whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207342 Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms. 4 oz of prune juice. <BR> <BR> Lunch: romaine lettuce rolled up in a slice of lunchmeat with the homemade mayo. Handful of almonds. 2 cauliflower florets. <BR> <BR> Dinner: grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies. Half a berry smoothie with almond milk, banana, frozen berries. <BR> <BR> It's weird not weighing myself every morning. Part of the program is to focus on the nutrition, not the weight. I'm still way under cal... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:51:07 EST Day 1 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206691 It's the end of the first day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms <BR> <BR> Lunch: romaine lettuce salad with raw cauliflower and 2 slices of chicken lunchmeat. A handful of almonds and a handful of olives. <BR> <BR> Dinner: turkey "chops" on the grill. Cabbage and mushrooms tossed in balsamic vinegar. Grilled sweet potato. 3 garlic-stuffed olives. 1 cup of pineapple. Handful of pistachio nuts. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling relatively full, but I'm way under... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:28:09 EST Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205861 I've been off my game for a while. Between work getting hectic and eating my way through New Orleans, I have been eating poorly and not exercising. I'm tired and fat. The Dude has been struggling too...he's eating just as poorly as I am, not exercising much, and he's having unpleasant side effects from some of his cardiac medications. We are a collective mess. <BR> <BR> The topper to all this was my yearly visit to the doctor. I'm still having thyroid issues. My cholesterol is starting... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:31:54 EST Happy 4th! Still struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194567 The school year ended, and so did the sessions with the trainer. I did okay for a while doing workouts on my own, but kind of fell off. This morning I got up and did 30 minutes of circuits in my back yard. My goal is to get at least 50 minutes of exercise a day, but I don't know if that's too lofty of a goal right now. I'm teaching summer school on a skeleton crew, and by the time I get home, I'm starving and exhausted. So I've been eating lunch (sometimes healthy) and then crashing into... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:52:22 EST The continuing insomnia battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153924 When I joined SP, I was about 25 pounds overweight. I was newly diagnosed with hypothyroid, had horrible digestive problems and crippling insomnia. My doctor put me on Synthroid for the thyroid issue, Remeron for the insomnia, and told me to take fiber supplements for the other problem. The Synthroid didn't speed up my metabolism any. It made the digestive issues worse. The Remeron made me put on an additional 20 pounds, and the fiber supplements ground everything to a painful, screechin... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:12:54 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150920 So I've been doing the after-school personal trainer for a month now. She is a Crossfit junkie, and the workouts are sort of crossfit-light. They are only half an hour, but they are brutal. Burpees, push-ups, running, horrible things with kettlebells and planks. I can barely drive home after these workouts. <BR> <BR> The Dude has been steadily recovering from the heart surgery. He's gone back to work. We've been eating healthy, for the most part. I've been trying to be mindful of the ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:19:57 EST Everything is new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138409 Everything in my life has changed. On January 29, the Dude had a heart attack in the shower getting ready for work. Four days later, he had a triple bypass. It was rather frightening. He came through it like a champ, and was back home a week later after ten days in the hospital. After a week recovering at home, he started complaining of stomach pain. I took his temperature, and he had a low-grade fever, Fearing an infection, I took him in to the ER. It wasn't an infection. It was appe... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:38:10 EST grr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067905 161.8 <BR> <BR> Up more than half a pound since yesterday. Didn't do the Shred today (sore!!!) but I stayed after school and did two miles worth of Leslie. Lot of stress at work today. First semester is ending. The start of second semester brings that long, dark corridor where it's cold and dark outside, holidays are over, and everyone is tired and on edge. Incidents start to happen. Had a few very stressful moments during the course of the day. On top of everything else, one of my st... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:36:15 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066993 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 2 <BR> Weight: 161.2 (wish I hadn't looked) <BR> Sleep: 5 Hours 34 minutes (restless 17 times for 34 minutes) <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercised, ate right, gained two and a half pounds. There are a few things going on here. <BR> <BR> *It was the weekend, so of course I had lunch in front of the tv and there were Cheese-Its involved. <BR> <BR> *My hot flashes have stopped again. This has happened twice before. It means that it's time for my little friend to come and vis... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:20:38 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065764 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 1 <BR> Weight: haven't weighed myself since Friday morning <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 51 minutes (restless 16 times/31 minutes) <BR> <BR> I thought I would skip to level 2 a couple of days early. It hurt. I couldn't do all the reps with the 8 lb weight, couldn't do the burpees or plank jacks at all, but I got through it. I was kind of getting tired of level one and wanted to work some new muscles. I really need to pick up a new set of 5-lb weights for home because ther... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:35:36 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064779 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 8 <BR> Weight: didn't weigh myself this morning <BR> Sleep: 7 hours 13 minutes (restless 19 times/54 minutes) <BR> <BR> I got up early and exercised. I did the Shred and then 1 mile of Leslie Sansone afterwards. Last night the Dude brought home chinese food from the little place down the street from us. I had an eggroll, twocrab rangoons, a teriyaki beef stick and some fried rice. When I logged it in, it was well over 1000 calories. Boo. And it wasn't even th... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:44:07 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063369 30 Day Shred level 1 Day 7 <BR> Weight: 159.8 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 58 minutes (restless 15 times/35 minutes) <BR> <BR> I have exercised after school every day this week. The older ladies didn't stop by today, so we threw in the Shred. I grabbed some 8-lb weights from our recreation area. Kinda hurt. Haven't done it since Monday, and my muscles are letting me know. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any snacks at all this week. I've been trying to drink tons of water (made it to at least 60 oz e... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:24:55 EST nope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061470 My coworkers wimped out on me. We did a 1-mile Leslie Sansone video instead of the Shred, with 10 minutes of weights at the end. <BR> <BR> Weight: 160.2 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 45 minutes (restless 20 times for 46 minutes) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:39:34 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060328 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 6 <BR> Weight: 159.6 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 22 minutes (18 x restless for a total of 41 minutes) <BR> <BR> I took yesterday off; less of a rest day and more of a "holy crap I need to finish my lesson plans" sort of day. Because of the nature of what I teach, it takes me between five and ten hours to plan all those activities for the week. <BR> <BR> Did the Shred at work today for our exercise club. There were only 3 of us today, and we all got through it. Afterwar... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:36:44 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057820 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 5 <BR> Weight: 160.4 (up .2lbs) <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 40 minutes (up and restless 19 times/60 minutes) <BR> <BR> Ow. Why was today so much harder than yesterday? Didn't get through all the reps of the strength exercises. I know I'm pushing it using 8 lb weights, but I should be building up some endurance. I am feeling a little off today, though...lousy night of sleep. The fitbit says that I got more than six hours, but I think for some of that I was just lying sti... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:07:14 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056775 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 4 <BR> Weight: 160.2 (down one from yesterday!) <BR> Sleep: 5 hours 7 minutes (woke up 14 times) <BR> <BR> I'm worried about how to keep going with the Shred after I start back to work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm up insanely early every morning, but I'm not alert enough to exercise until I've been up for about an hour and a half and have finished by 6 oz cup of coffee. So it's kind of not practical to try that intense of a workout before my workday. I'm just not ge... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:39:28 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056002 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 3 <BR> <BR> I skipped yesterday, basically because I couldn't get any alone time with the computer in my workout area. The dude had gotten up early. I know it's a lame excuse, but I have a really hard time being okay with him seeing me exercise. I have a feeling that it's not a pretty sight. I'm horribly self-conscious about it. He's not in shape either, not by a long shot, but still. My muscles needed a rest day anyway; Jillian's workouts really are hard on the... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:13:06 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054720 I have survived the first week of the holidays with so much unhealthy food that I've been afraid to look at the scale. But I'm getting back on track this week. Bought myself a new yoga mat and started the 30 Day Shred (again). I'm very sore right now since the only weights in the house are 8's. But I made it through the first two days. Still can't do a proper push-up to save my life. <BR> <BR> I've been using the Nutribullet for a month now. I'm digging the effect it's having on my d... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:33:42 EST Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051174 I'm on a much-needed two week break from school. I did bring home a whole bunch of homework that needs to be done...IEP's, unit plans, lesson plans, activities...there are not a lot of reasonably priced (or available) resources for planning lessons for the diverse needs of my students. It takes me between five and ten hours to plan a week of lessons for my kiddos, with me sitting in front of my computer every weekend combing the internet for materials, pictures, etc. An activity that takes... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:38:46 EST And here we go again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046783 Seems like every December I get sick of my life and jump back on the health and fitness bandwagon. I struggle mightily to maintain my weight. Last July, I went up to Wisconsin to visit my parents for a week. They live in Door County, which is a tourist destination filled with nature and restaurants. Lots of restaurants. And stores that sell mass quantities of artisanal cheese. I gained six pounds that week, and since then, the weight has been going up and up, and so have the digestive s... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:51:26 EST One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840757 Ten days of exercise, lost one pound. Just one. And it might not even be that much; I fluctuate a bit, especially during the more hormone-driven parts of the month. My muscles aren't aching any more, so I switched from 5-lb weights to 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if gluten-free isn't enough and I should maybe try being entirely grain-free in my dietary choices. Or maybe I should go back to the doctor and demand more thorough testing on my various thyroid levels. I personally thin... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:16:05 EST Back again...and again and again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838356 I've been MIA on SP since the end of July. I keep giving up. It's a bad pattern I keep falling into. I get discouraged really easily, and, due to the hypothyroid thing, I also get fatigued really easily. I go through phases where I'm so tired all the time, it's all I can do to just function and make it through the day. There's been no energy left to use for exercise. I get tired, I get depressed, I get digestive distress...and I give up. <BR> <BR> I read a lot of literature on hypothyr... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:35:57 EST ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749875 Still alternating days of strength and cardio, 50 minute sessions each. Tracking everything, trying to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Lost a couple of pounds the first week, gained it right back. <BR> <BR> Discouraged, depressed, and tired. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:27:08 EST Thrown off by Mother Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732437 So I had jumped back in to the fitness thing with both feet. I was doing well, counting calories, drinking water, staying consistent. Then Monday happened. <BR> <BR> The Dude was outside barbecuing turkey brats, and we were getting ready to sit down to a nice dinner. a really strong storm blew in and knocked the power out. The storm only lasted for a few minutes. The Dude finished barbecuing, and we ate dinner in the dark. The power didn't come back on, so I set my phone's alarm to get... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:27:01 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726481 I have exercised every day so far this week, alternating weights and cardio. The scale says I lost two pounds, but I'm suspecting that it might just be water...I'm trying to remember my 8 glasses a day, and my kidneys seem to be in overdrive. For the first couple of days, my muscles were screaming in pain, but that's slowly fading. I feel like I'm actually having a harder time with the cardio days, even though I'm exercising for less time than the weight days. I can't wait until my endura... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:38:36 EST Back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723310 I fell off the healthy lifestyle wagon last October. I haven't exercised, tracked my nutrition, or stepped on a scale in almost a year. Why? Medication issues, job stress, and laziness. I've been overloaded and depressed, and the scale wasn't moving at all, so I kind of lost heart. Slowly, the chips and pizza and bread started creeping back into my diet...and the scale has been creeping back up as well. <BR> <BR> School's out for the summer, after a long year and a particularly harsh wi... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:16:58 EST bits of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520615 I kind of dropped off the SP radar for a bit. Work was getting hectic, and my fatigue level has gone a little crazy. I have been taking half the trazodone every night, and it seems to be working so far. I'm still having trouble sleeping, but that has more to do with the significant other than with medication/insomnia issues. <BR> <BR> This morning I got on the scale and noticed that I had (finally) lost my sixth pound. Now I'm back in the 140's (barely, but I'm there). I like progress. ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:01 EST still adjusting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500666 Still on the fence about my situation lately. I was feeling really unwell Friday and Saturday: queasy, faint, lethargic. Saturday night I decided to do half a pill instead of a whole one. Now I'm less nauseated and tired, but either way, it's still iffy whether I sleep or not. I didn't exercise all weekend, due to feeling so punky. I did mile today, and a wee bit of cardio and weights. I'm not going to push it too much. I'm still not eating enough to make the minimum quota of calories... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:07:40 EST improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496211 Okay, the sleep situation is improving. Not awesome, but last night was alright. Very groggy in the mornings. Headachy. Also not digging the fact that the traz makes my nose swell shut when it kicks in. That's improving a bit, too, but I am very sniffly all day. <BR> <BR> Here's the part that I don't mind: I've already lost three pounds. Some of that has to do with the fact that my appetite is quite lessened; I'm just not that hungry. I have been below my low calorie range for the la... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:55:22 EST as I feared--the return of insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494167 Day three of the traz. What a disaster. I was in an unpleasant fatigue-y fog all day. Overwhelmingly tired...until the moment I went to bed. Then I was wide awake, brain racing, getting panicky about not being able to sleep. I've been so used to the Remeron kicking in, and sleeping restfully for the whole night. The traz either wore off, or didn't work, or something. It was just like old times. After staring at the ceiling for a couple of hours, I got up and broke a Xanax in half, the... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:41 EST Day two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492883 I'm dragging. I think I had about five or six hours of sleep, although it didn't really feel restful. Woke up okay, but I am really really tired and unmotivated today. Foggy. I'm also having low blood sugar shakes, which hasn't happened since I started taking the Remeron. I did about 25 minutes of low impact cardio, which is about half of my usual workout. I just don't have it in me today. I still need to run errands and get my act together for work tomorrow. I feel like I could just ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:58:14 EST first day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491860 Okay...first day without the Remeron. I took my first dose of trazodone last night. Slept kind of fitfully, but I did sleep. Side effects: slight headache after I took it, and when I went to bed, my nasal passages swelled shut. Un pleasant. Eventually it subsided a bit, and I got some rest. Woke up about three times (once to let the dog out), but I wasn't groggy this morning. That's encouraging. <BR> <BR> Did a mile this morning, plus 10 minutes of low-impact cardio, and 30DS level 2... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:07:58 EST steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489560 I bought a pedometer. I have been coming home from work very tired, with sore feet. I was suspecting that working in a large warehouse involved more walking than a usual up-and-down-the -aisles in a classroom. So, this morning, I put on the pedometer first thing. Did a mile before work, and checked the pedometer when I left the school. Lo and behold...two and a half miles worth of steps. More than five thousand steps, just at work. No wonder I'm sore. <BR> <BR> Then I did another few ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:10:59 EST at the doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488552 So I drove out and saw my doctor on Monday. He has given me a two-month trial prescription of trazodone (50mg), and also a referral to a psychiatrist that specializes in sleep disorders. I haven't picked up the referral yet; the office called me at 7 pm last night, and there was no way I'd make it all the way back out there to get it before they closed. Back and forth to my doctor is an hour on I-80. No way I was doing that twice in one day! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to make the switch unt... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:35:57 EST throwing in the towel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483976 I am officially giving up. <BR> <BR> Since I was a kid, I have struggled with insomnia. It would take me a couple of hours just to fall asleep. And once I finally did, I would wake up pretty much every hour on the hour. This has been going on for maybe 25 years. I have taken every over-the-counter thing that's out there. I have taken benzodiazepines. I have taken Ambien and Lunesta. All those things would knock me out...and I would wake up the second they wore off, right at the 4-hour ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:08:19 EST settling into my new routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477131 Second week of school is almost done. I'm trying to keep my exercise routine consistent: <BR> <BR> Getting up at 5:30 instead of 6 and doing a mile before work, and <BR> <BR> 30DS when I get home in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> That gives me 45 minutes a day of exercise...not quite as much as I would like, but man, am I tired. I warned the staff that my social-emotional students might have a bit of a time adjusting to classes in a big open warehouse. I don't think they really believed me. ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:40:08 EST back in the saddle...sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470188 Almost through the first week back at school. It's only Thursday and I'm already exhausted. In the big, open spaces that we are in, there's no sitting, no stopping. I'm running non-stop for six hours. My feet are killing me. This has to burn more calories than working in a classroom setting. <BR> <BR> My back finally loosened up this week. On Tuesday I got up early and walked for 15 minutes. Yesterday, the Dude was out for the evening, and I managed 40 minutes of cardio/strength. T... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:02:23 EST