Monday, July 9, 2012

My Momma Said

My momma always said if you don't have anything nice to say don't say nothing at all. Well I know that the silence of the last few months has been speaking volumes about my resolve to get healthy. I am enjoying my new life with my wife and diet and exercise have been so hard to fit in. Melody and I love to cook and so much of our social lives center around our table and our friends tables. Well for the last few months I have been socializing so much that I have been neglecting my health forkful by forkful. I've gained 10 pounds and I am fed up.... This is it... I'm putting down the fork now and excusing myself from the table of excess. Now is my time to finally drop the extra pounds. The good news is that I have a willing partner who also will be taking her own journey to fitness in my new wife Melody.

During the last few months I have been tackling a partly weight related health issue. Shortly after getting married Melody noticed that I stop breathing at night.... actually she shook me awake because she was afraid I had died. After spending a few nights scaring Melody into fits of insomnia I made an appointment with a sleep doctor to see what was going on. The doctor decided that I should have a sleep study it was determined that I have a condition called sleep apnea (I thought that was something old men got). Actually I have extreme sleep apnea  and stop breathing 98 times per hour. I did not even know it but every night my blood was literally turning blue as my blood oxygen levels would drop to and hover around 70%. The sleep technician who did my sleep study said that it was hard to watch me struggle to breathe so much. Severe sleep apnea can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, and yes even death. Scary.

The standard treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine which is a mask attached to a box you wear at night that pressurizes the air coming into your airway. It's a simple if somewhat inelegant treatment but it works. With CPAP I have now been sleeping and feeling much better. My energy levels feel better than they ever have and I am not downing as much coffee as before. My local Starbucks Batista's probably are missing me. Seriously though daytime sleepiness was becoming a real problem, I  now realize that a 6 hour Sunday nap, and falling asleep at my work desk might not have been so normal after all. For many people sleep apnea will go away with weight loss but unfortunately for me weight loss likely will not improve things enough to ever make it go away. Oh well I feel so much better now I don't really mind the mask all that much. Thanks to Melody I can confidently say that marriage has saved my life.

Back to weight loss. The running from couch to 5 K was killing my knees and . I realize that Melody and I may need to shed some pounds to make running a safe and viable exercise in the future. So I have been looking around for some low impact alternatives and thought I found it in P90X. Its a DVD series with lots of indoor exercise push ups pull ups cruncnhes cardio kickboxing etc... It looked like a great option that is until I looked at the entry level fit test and realized that there were things on the fit test I could not even do yet so back to the drawing board. Fortunately I did not have to look far P90X stands for Power 90 Extreme and was actually the sequel to Power 90. After a few clicks on the interwebs I realized that this was what I was looking for a basic program that included calisthenics and Cardio workouts yeah! I'm kind of a balls-to-the-walls kind of guy so I do like the boot camp style to this series but was not yet ready for P90X.   

We picked up a copy of the series and Melody and I started off on the exercise routines yesterday. I have really enjoyed the thorough butt kicking that Tony Horton dishes out on those DVDs Oh I'm sore but not dead and that is a good thing. Lighter skinnier healthier Todd I'm coming for you....

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