Sunday, April 6, 2014

Another Week Gone By...

... and another weigh in at 229. No loss no gain this week, but my effort in the weight loss direction was pretty much zero aside from mindlessly keeping calories in check by using Medifast and Wonderslim shakes for some meals and snacks. I hardly ate a vegetable this week though and that's a step in the wrong direction. No exercise aside from being busy and a few necessary walks, either.

I believe things will be slowing back down after tomorrow, or at the latest, next Monday. Maybe then I will actually have time to pay more attention to my own health and needs, which are:

eat more produce
get some solid sleep
start biking again

Actually, sleep is my top priority right now. Getting so little sleep lately is affecting everything in a negative way. If I could just get a good 4 hour stretch every night I would feel so much better. So... this week: earlier to bed, and a shift in the time I take my last blood pressure medication dose to take advantage of its side effect of drowsiness. I find it so hard to sleep when I am stressed and exhausted... when I need it the most!

I am very thankful for all the kind support. I apologize that I have answered almost no emails in the past few weeks... just have not had the time but please know I appreciate the kind words and I do hope to be able to sit down with a cup of coffee and relax and write you back!

6 comments:

Mary McNamara said...

Hi Lyn,

I was so happy to see that you had an update posted :)
I think focusing on more sleep is defo a step in the right direction- If I don't get enough rest, I feel like everything just becomes bigger and seems insurmountable. You will find your way.. please take care. :)

Mary

LHA said...

Lyn, put sleep at the top of your priority list. I learned the hard way what a negative effect lack of sleep has on weight loss. I can only imagine the type of pressures you are dealing with that are robbing you of your sleep, but you are going to have to put sleep ahead of just about anything else at some point. No one can go on with little or no sleep forever, and your comment that you are seeking just four hours of quality sleep was shocking.

I mean this in the most supportive way. I have lived through some nightmare years where I was so sleep deprived from trying to meet all of my responsibilities to others that my health eventually suffered badly. At the time, I felt I had no alternative. Looking back....yes I did. If I had known then what I know now I would have done things differently. Good luck on the sleep and other goals!

Lori said...

Lyn,
I know life of a single mom is crazy busy, but you need more than 4 hours sleep per night. Try to get at least 7, you'll probably be surprised at how more productive your waking hours will be.
Lori

Lyn said...

Thanks guys. I absolutely know the sleep issue is top priority. I do lie in bed for about 8 hours a night, but I have the hardest time actually falling asleep and staying asleep. This morning I woke up at 4 and then just laid there until 7. I hate it. I tend to go to bed around 11 and don't fall asleep til after midnight, then wake up every 2 hours for no reason and take a long time falling back asleep. Been thinking about asking the Dr for a sleep aid since melatonin hasn't helped. But if I take a higher dose of blood pressure meds, I fall asleep faster. Still waking up before morning though.

LHA said...

Lyn, the type of sleep/attempts to sleep that you describe are so much like what I went through at one time in my life that I was compelled to add another comment. This is none of my business, and certainly you do not have to answer, but are you suffering from anxiety and depression due to difficult life situations? When I was facing some very, very hard issues that required a lot from me mentally and physically almost around the clock, I became depressed and so anxious that it was almost unbearable. Like you, I had trouble going to sleep, trouble staying asleep and was chronically exhausted. I did not seek appropriate help, partly due to not even having time to think of it! As I mentioned before, my health suffered greatly. When circumstances forced me into facing the music and I got on appropriate psychiatric meds it was like a miracle.

I know you have mentioned getting counseling in the past, but if you have not been worked up and treated by a psychiatrist (M.D.) I urge you to. Sleep disturbances are a symptom of mental illness many times. I do know that there are people who are opposed to taking psychiatric medications, especially anxiety medications, but I just felt I must tell you that appropriate medication when needed can change your life. I'm not trying to be intrusive, just trying to offer what might be a different perspective. I so hope that the stresses in your life will decrease, but whatever happens I hope you can find a way to feel better soon. Wishing you all the best!!

Lyn said...

LHA~

thank you for sharing your experience and how much you can relate. You hit the nail on the head about anxiety right now. All that's been going on has me on "high alert" all the time and rather anxious and that is part of why I wake up and lay there. I did talk to my regular Dr about it and he said the blood pressure med I am on, is also sometimes prescribed for anxiety, so he recommended changing the dose and shifting one to bedtime to help. And working on some other support options as well. If that doesn't do the trick, I am totally open to seeing a specialist.

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