The Mary's Mini is fine and I have been using the CHRON-O- meter every day to check the meal plan. There have been little variations in the types of greens I am having with my sweet potato for dinner and what not, but all in all its about the same each day. Today the CM said I was spot on for loosing 2 pounds a week at 1010 calories. That is pretty cool, but it doesn't seem to be happening. I haven't lost a thing yet - no problem - at least I am not gaining anymore, which has been the bane of my recent existence!
So as of today the Mary's Mini is this:
b: Nuked sweet potato/peach mango salsa/cinnamon/flax meal
l: Veggie green salad w/ steamed sweet potato cubes/tomato salsa/cilantro
d: veggie green salad w/ sweet potato cubes/ stir fried greens/mushrooms/onions/garlic
s: banana and nuked desert sweet potato/cinnamon & maple syrup
Greens - swiss chard, broccoli, collards, chinese brocoli, bok choy & whatever is cheapest
I have another issue that I am researching just now as well: Gramma Jackie posted a new technology that replaces the CPAP for some. so I started thinking about that and realized I better pay attention to this issue again.
I have been using a CPAP on and off for about 3 years. Unlike some I don't find it impossible, but I am having problems with a dry throat and realize now that the model I have is really out dated. Mostly because it doesn't have a water reservoir and this would probably solve the too dry throat issue that makes me yank it off many nights.
Also, people on the forum have mentioned different pillow configurations - I thought they meant modified sleeping pillows that better adapt to the CPAP mask. Nope, they mean that there is an entirely new mask that just has pillow nostril inserts and is about half as intrusive as a mask. so I did some web surfing and OMG I have an Edsel of a CPAP machine!!! Given, all of this it's time to go back to my HMO and get an upgrade.
I mention all of this because for me the CPAP had a lot to do with my initial weight loss. My high was 250 ( I am now 207.5). I think I described that I have two sleep disorders both of which have the exact same symptoms - pain and fatigue. The first being fibro and the second being upper area resistance symdrome (UARS).
My great new doc was the one that got me tested for the second one and she was extremely distressed to find that no one had tested me for other sleep disorders before just diagnosing me with fibro and calling it done! Essentially, it was kind my hope that it would just be a CPAP treatable disorder and not fibro. No such luck, its both.
The thing is the CPAP controls the UARS and also the weight that had been going on often a pound a week. Even though I was on a national weightloss plan! Once on the CPAP, that weight started slowly coming off, and I was having less fatigue and pain (which had been so diblitating I really was home aspleep most days). Eventually, I was able to start swimming aerobics in the morning. This was HUGE for me.
I had been doing light swimming in the late afternoons, but I would come home from that, nap, get up eat and call it a night right after eating. Then I couldn't wake up until about 9 or 10AM the next day. With the CPAP my life completely changed - enough that I could do more than just the afternoon exercise and call it a day.
Here is a weird aside: I seriously think the only reason I was on the nationally known diet plan was because I could pick up my food in bags every Friday for the week and do a fast veggie shop and call it done. I was living on nuked only food trays and the few veggies I could pick up in a 15 minute grocery shop. Doing anymore than that was out of the question!
Anyway, a lot of folks here are on CPAPs and no one has nice things to say about them. Everyone hopes that when the weight comes off, so will the CPAP. As far as I can tell UARS is a collapse of the throat muscles not a weight issue. I may have to stick with the CPAP forever, maybe not -- but I am not going to complain about it because I got my life partially back because of my CPAP.
Still I need to get on the ball and get an upgrade because I know I am not wearing it full nights and that may be part of why the weight is not coming off.
Promise to self: tomorrow I make a concerted effort to get back to my HMO on this CPAP issue. I think I have done all the diet and exercise tweaking I can and something else may be contributing to why I am not lossing that I just haven't been taking care of!!