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Losing Pounds Sensibly & Sleep Apnea Support


Losing Pounds Sensibly & Sleep Apnea Support

This group is dedicated to those of us that need to shed those extra pounds caused by untreated sleep apnea. Here we may share our stories, recipes, and motivate each other to take control over our weight caused by sleep apnea.

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Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2012


Low Carb Diet 3 Replies

Started by Mary Z. Last reply by Richard Gepheart Mar 21, 2012.

3 pounds in a week ! YAHOO YAHOO !!! 1 Reply

Started by candice. Last reply by susan mccord Oct 6, 2010.

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Comment by susan mccord on February 11, 2010 at 8:39pm
RL--hey, both these books sound like they might be REALLY good reference books for our SleepGuide Book Club! If you haven't checked out the Book Club Group, I'd encourage you to not only visit it, but also to consider adding both these books so members can easily locate them by title, author, and content. I've gotten a couple of useable ideas just from reading your post. The books both sound great and exactly what we'd like to have In The SG Book Club Group!!!!

Check out the format and see what you think!

Susan McCord :-)
Comment by RL on February 11, 2010 at 4:04pm
Response to: "Comment by mickel harris on January 28, 2010 at 8:40am
Im 65 years old, and need a good night sleep. for years i have wakeing about ever 2 hrs or less cant breath, i always go to the kithen for something to eat and drink.I stay up awhile,go back to bed and wake up again and about 2 hours,cant breath,go to kitchen,this gos on all night.HELP."

I have seen reference to sleep apnea and any type of chronic sleep deprivation causing brain and hormone changes that will trigger people to eat too much and especially crave carbohydrates. In my humble opinion, you would do well to consult a doctor about your sleeping and eating problems as they may be related, and treating the sleep issues could help with the eating issues. Your profile noted that you are not using any treatment for sleep apnea, so have you been diagnosed? That would be a first step.
Comment by RL on February 11, 2010 at 3:53pm
In reference to a previous posting on July 8, 2009: "from Sleep Apnea Ed: 'I am taking a few days away from the office and I have with me a copy of Mark Bittman's new book - Food Matters A guide to Conscious Eating - which is part ecological/dietary manifesto and part recipe book.

My inspiration for reading the book is the fact that Mr. Bittman was formerly a sleep apnea sufferer, along with having high cholesterol and being pre-diabetic...."

I found this interesting as I enjoy another book by Mark Bittman, "The Minimalist Cooks at Home". It is a nice small cook book giving a simple and flexible way to cook that makes it easy to work with what you personally like, try new things, and use what you have on hand, or try something that may be entirely new to you. As many have learned, portion size is always a consideration.

I also find that vegetarian cookbooks are good sources for vegetable based recipes, even if you still eat meat, the vegetarians have lots of ways to make such food interesting and delicious, since they rely on that type of cuisine for everything.
Comment by mickel harris on January 28, 2010 at 11:40am
Im 65 years old, and need a good night sleep. for years i have wakeing about ever 2 hrs or less cant breath, i always go to the kithen for something to eat and drink.I stay up awhile,go back to bed and wake up again and about 2 hours,cant breath,go to kitchen,this gos on all night.HELP.
Comment by susan mccord on January 27, 2010 at 11:29pm
Hi Melodie--gotta tell you that what you and your MD have planned out worked like a charm for me. I've lost a ton of weight doing exactly that. It doesn't come off fast like some people want it to, but you'll have good results if you keep after it. The combination of smaller portions (and healthier eating in general) AND walking is the trick. At least it was for me. Congratulations! I agree with your MD--you don't have to starve yourself or miss out on things you love. Sounds like you're on the road, literally AND figuratively!

I'm so sorry to hear about your lapband going so badly. People seem to misunderstand that stomach re-sizing is a serious surgery. There's so much hype about it, that folks take for granted they'll have it and the #s will drop off. Not so, even with a successful surgery.

Sure sounds to me like they didn't do even preliminary blood testing, etc., or at least not adequately, to rule out other medical problems. But you sound like a strong woman who's looking for the best way to stay healthy. I applaud you for that!

Keep up the good work. And I warn you, walking can get addictive! I love it and it DOES change the way I feel, both physically and emotionally.

Susan McCord :-)
Comment by Melodie on January 27, 2010 at 8:52pm
Since we last spoke, I have been on alot of steroids (for various health reasons) and have put on quite a bit of unwanted weight. My family doc told me the best way to start losing weight is to STOP DIETING. She said to just eat what I normally like to eat, but to cut my portions in half, I can even have dessert - but very little. This way you don't feel like you're being deprived of foods you enjoy - but you are cutting way back on the "portions". I am finding this to be very helpful to me. She (the doc) also said that I should add some type of exercise to my daily regimen, such as simply walking. Just this week I have been getting serious about taking the advice of my family physician and I can already feel a difference in the way that I feel and am sleeping better too.

I had lapband surgery in May 2005, and had a horrible experience with it. Had the physicians done the appropriate lab work necessary, they would have found that I have systemic lupus, along with many other medical issues and they would NOT have performed the surgery that literally almost killed me. I did lose about 100 lbs with the lapband, but I was constantly vomiting, so much so that it destroyed the enamel off the backs of my teeth - and now I am having problems with my teeth. They eventually had to open the band wide open so that I could even eat. I cannot even have it removed unless it's a matter of life or death due to my many other health issues. I would NOT suggest that anyone undergo lapband or any other kind of bariatric surgery - the risks are NOT worth it. I am living proof of what can happen when lapband goes totally wrong.
Let me know if there is anything else that I can contribute in this particular discussion.

Melodie (Mel)
Comment by amott1973 on November 6, 2009 at 11:00pm
Welcome Corrine! I'm so glad you've found cpap working for you. The lapband sounds exciting. I've known people who have had good success with it. I love my machine too. It's amazing the difference!

Thanks sleepycarol! Stress is a huge issue for me too. Especially when I'm operating under deadlines. too tempting to snack away. Good luck getting back to losing!
Comment by Corrine Greenhalgh on November 3, 2009 at 8:24pm
Hi all! Congratsvon the baby! That's always exciting news! I've been on cpap for a few months so I'm a newb. I love my machine (that's what I call it). I'm also going for the lap band in six weeks or so. I am hoping that I can eventually get off of all of my meds, but I am never getting rid of my machine! I have become so attached to it! Haha.
Comment by sleepycarol on November 3, 2009 at 7:54pm
amott -- That is terrific news!!

Please keep us posted on your progress with the babies. We are blessed on this form when it comes to babies. I had three grandbabies this summer!!

As far as my weight loss goes, I have gained part of what I had lost back. I know part of it is stress. I have a new boss at work and she micro-manages our department. I have worked for the same district for 14 years and have always been left alone pretty much. My paper work has always passed our state reviews without any problems. Now things have become topsy-turvy and it is driving me crazy as she has misplaced files, sent paperwork to the wrong parents, passed deadlines due to micromanaging as she has to okay all paperwork and since she is only in the building one day a week it is tough. Oh well enough whining.

Again congratulations to amott!!
Comment by amott1973 on October 29, 2009 at 7:20am
It's a good thing I just lost 40 pounds on WW, because I found out Tuesday that I'm pregnant with TWINS! I am supposed to gain between 35-45 pounds with them (to be healthy). I'll be right back on that WW horse when they're born though. And all the healthy eating stuff I've learned will actually come in handy for the pregnancy too. We're so excited!

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