It's been quite a week. A sleepy week. I'm not sure why but I can't seem to keep my eyes open. I thought that perhaps it was a virus because my throat felt sore one morning, but I really think it's because my CPAP machine needs to be adjusted.
I went for a sleep test a couple of weeks ago and I will meet with the Doctor on Tuesday morning, but in the meantime, I have been struggling to wake up and stay awake.
At work I have resorted to having lunchtime naps in the car or my boss's office. Closing my eyes during meetings and conference calls. That works except when my head starts to nod and I scare myself. A couple of nights I went to bed as soon as I got home from work and slept for 2 to 4 hours and then turned around and went to bed for the night a few hours later.
It's not a good feeling. I have no patience and that shows in my face, which is visible to everyone, so then I get questioned about why I'm so grumpy. I don't mean to be a grump, I just want to curl up in the corner somewhere and sleep.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that when I meet with the Doctor and get the results, that it will mean some adjustments that will bring me some relief. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 5 years ago. Not long after obtaining my CPAP machine, my mother and I moved to Burlington and the sleep clinic lost touch with me. So I didn't realize that I should have been going for annual check ups and tests which may have led to minor adjustments in the amount of pressure being delivered. I was well overdue for a test by the time I spoke to my family Doctor about going to a new clinic in Burlington.
It was the best sleep I had had in a long time. They hooked me up to a new machine and pumped the air out so strong and it felt absolutely wonderful! In comparison, my machine dribbles the air rather than pumping and sometimes, I'm not even sure if it is on.
I guess I've pretty much diagnosed my tiredness. In spite of the sleep issue, I managed to get out on my bike twice last week. Not as much as I had planned, but my rides were much longer than the anticipated 30 min workouts. Instead of 3 -30 min workouts, I did 2-55 min workouts. I was further ahead even though I worked out less.
This week I will try to do better in that area.
I also had two eating out challenges. One dinner with co-workers and a lunch out with another peer. They weren't supposed to happen all in one week, it just worked out that way, back to back. Wednesday night I went out with the girls to Montana's Cookhouse. Prior to going, I printed out the nutritional information and made an informed decision on what I would order. My top three choices were the Apple Pecan Harvest Salad, the Southwest Salad and the Cedar Smoked Salmon. I finally decided on the Salmon and was very happy with my choice. I LOVE salmon and it had a Cajun seasoning that was delectable. It was served with a small bowl of rice and broccoli with carrots. It was a nice serving size - bigger than I would cook at home, but that didn't stop me from eating it all. I already had the information I needed to know that I was still within my plan points.
Lunch was more challenging. We were going to go to Turtle Jack's but they were too busy so we ended up at Shoeless Joe's instead. I wasn't really unhappy about the shift because I couldn't find any of their nutritional information online and I was apprehensive about making the right decision. Since I didn't have a chance to peruse the nutritional data prior to ordering, I kind of flew by the seat of my big ass pants and ordered what I thought would be OK. I chose the Blackened Sirloin and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Dressing. Absolutely delicious!
I could estimate the points value on Weight Watchers with the calculator but I know it is high because on the Weight Watchers plan you don't have to assign points for fruit or vegetables and lets face it, most of a salad is vegetables. I started to also track what I am eating on a free website, My Fitness Pal.com and on that website it tracks 4 categories for me, Calories, Fat, Carbs and Protein. I started to use it in conjunction with Weight Watchers because it has lots of nutritional information to help me track and I was curious to know how many calories I am consuming each day. Too much information is not a bad thing, in this case. I love the site. You can print out reports that track your progress for your weight, activity and nutrition. It's very interactive. So with the two sites, I can't help but succeed.
And I do feel very successful right now. I lost 3.7 pounds last week and am now down a total of 16 pounds. I've lost a dress size and a bit. Some items are two sizes smaller than I was and some are just one - depends on the make.
Happy weekend, here I come!