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A Leap, A Limp, and a Stagger = PROGRESS

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I haven't yet lost any weight...( I don't THINK anyway...I had one weight reading that was really high...and the next one some days later was a lot lower...so am not quite sure...today's reading was somewhere in the middle....So it is the one I've charted)...
Yesterday was not a good day for me physically ...After Tuesday's good start - oh, I guess it was Monday...but I DID also exercise on Tuesday--I struggled yesterday. I didn't feel well physically or emotionally...And sort of temporarily wavered in my determination to DO this. I even mentioned to a friend last night that i'd lost my "Spark" and wasn't getting much out of the site anymore >>>(Has anyone guessed yet my BIpolar Tendencies???)

But then this morning....Well. let me preface it by saying that I got a new BIPAP mask (because I have severe sleep apnea). My other one was broken and I'd gone without BIPAP for close to two years. I only was sleeping about two to three hours a night. I'd thought that it was pain waking me because when I awakened, that was the first thing of which I was aware. However. My new theory is that I awakened because I had stopped BREATHING (minor details....) and THEN pain kept me up. NOW, my habit is to sleep well...and wake once in a while (by pain) and then move to the recliner and continue to sleep. Last night I think I slept close to the whole night long...In fact I was in bed or the recliner for 10 hours...and most of it was spent sleeping !!!!!! HEY!!!!

ON the downside:
When I DID finally get up , my pain levels were astronomical....And I was so stiff I really couldn't move for the first two hours...although I kept trying to stretch and get various parts of me working....When I finally DID start to feel somewhat on top of that problem I WANTED TO MOVE!! YEAH. I FELT like exercising!! Sooooo. I did,.

35 minutes of pretty hard (for the state I'm in now) cardio on the ergometer...And I think six strength training exercises. i also tried to keep my upper body in motion when on the ergo also. (My friends had named my ergometer "EGOR" so that is how i will refer to him. (and yes it's a him. OH! and I'm really trying hard not to make the next quip that comes to mind. Have to keep it clean. )

So Egor and I went at it...til I'd worked up a good sweat ((..and THAT isn't even the thing I was trying not to say...they just KEEP coming.... OK, I'll stop now. ))
I also weighed and measured myself today...still have to track the consumables thus far. I will take your advice and try to keep current with my tracking...I see your points... I will only use the notebook as a self reminder for when I'm not able to be at my computer and track immediately.

One thing I did not do well today was I failed to eat breakfast in the first hour I was awake. i did have a small bite...but I don't know if it was enough to jumpstart my metabolism. I wasn't feeling good enough to make anything til a while longer.

so ...onward and upward...or maybe downward if we are talking about the weight thing.
Have a great day all.
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  • no profile photo CD3604344
    Those things we do wrong teach us important lessons--things that we will not repeat. This is a time of learning about our body, our weaknesses and how to listen to our body.

    You are not alone on this journey. Keep up the progress and blogging--you are helping me so much!!
    3270 days ago
  • RGEETING
    So glad you were able to get sleep! I find that when I'm short on sleep, my pain level is much higher the next day. And when I just had my first baby, and I got frustrated with my mom and started crying, she replied, "You always did need your sleep..." :-/ Why she didn't tell me this when I was growing up, I don't know. But I do know that sufficient sleep makes the next day better.

    And WANTING to exercise! AWESOME!!!! I know that when I see the tiny changes in my lifestyle, I'm encouraged! So... I will rejoice with you!

    Have a wonderful SONday!
    3275 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    Progress - I sleep that way too - in bed til I wake in pain, walk around, then in the recliner for more sleep.
    Hugs, Love, Prayers,
    Deborah
    3275 days ago
  • CAZ5346
    CYNTHIA, WHAT A WONDERFUL UPBEAT BLOG. HOPE THE FEELINGS HANG AROUND A BIT.

    HUGS
    3277 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow!!! You got sleep! That is amazing! Shame on you for going so long without your breather :(( Therein is the dilemma. Sleep too long and you are all stove up :(( Never a problem for me, last two nights I was lucky to get three broken hours :(
    Its nice to hear you getting exercise and being upbeat about it. I have been getting a charge going to all these exercise classes, especially because its free!!! Go me!! And go you!! We can do this thing and get our bodies moving!!
    3277 days ago
  • BKWERM
    Sleep makes a world of difference. When I was first diagnosed with RA, I was sleeping with ice packs on both knees and a heating pad under the rest of me because it was two months between diagnosis and getting in to see the specialist. After about a month (I don't know how you survived 2 years!), I broke into tears 3 times one morning at work (all before 10 a.m.) and my boss ordered me to go home and get some rest. So, I drove straight to my family doctor's office even though I didn't have an appointment and told him that he had to give me something to sleep because I wasn't sleeping because I was in so much pain. So he prescribed Tylenol 3s for me and I went home and took 2 and slept until 6 the following morning and when I woke up, I didn't want to get up so I called in sick to work and took 2 more and slept another 8 hours.

    Sleep made all the difference. Once I was able to sleep, the pain became much more manageable.

    Take care.

    3277 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    Have you any idea how delightful it is to hear you in good spirits and having actually gotten some sleep during the night time hours? The pain, not so much, but it is what it is! And then the exercise...in spite of your limitations to have worked up a good sweat! WooHoo! Then lest you think I wasn't paying attention, thanks for the humor tinged blog.

    vicki
    3277 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Ohh Sweetie, You are doing so well ! why oh Why did you spend so long without you mask ?
    Never mind just glad you have it now!
    It is amazing the diffence a good night sleep makes and I love your discriptions of your machine !!
    On ward and Up ward
    my love !!
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    3277 days ago
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    3277 days ago
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