How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

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‘How to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks’ and, I must confess, I love the sound of this title! Most importantly, I have recently lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. I did it in a healthy way, with real, fresh foods that kick started my metabolism and it feels good. I wasn’t sure it was possible, but it is. I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks a day in a low carb, low-fat and no sugar eating plan. I was not hungry and my early cravings vanished.  I have never been a believer that food and math go together, so I did it without counting calories, points, blocks or shakes. The only math was how much weight I was losing.  I’ll go into my history of the weight thing later, but let’s get down to brass tacks right now. Here’s how I did it:

1-Buy The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life.

Here is a link on preparing for Phase 1.

2-Look at your calendar and plan a start date for Phase 1, around your social calendar, to reduce ‘foodie’ dates and temptation.

3-Shop and stock up on:

  • Fresh or frozen chicken breasts, salmon, halibut, as well as sliced turkey and chicken (for roll-ups with a string cheese, mustard and a lettuce wrap), canned tuna
  • Tons of veggies: cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, lettuces, kale, spinach, mushrooms (a steak alternative prep w caramelized onions), cherry tomatoes, cabbage, avocados, sugar snap peas (for dipping in hummus), cucumbers for spread like low-fat cheese or hummus
  • Fage 0% fat greek yogurt  (mix with stevia liquid and toasted almonds or pistachios)
  • Part-skim mozzarella string cheeses (eat individually or with chicken slice/mustard/lettuce wraps)
  • Non-fat 1/2 and 1/2  (for my beloved Starbucks in the a.m.)
  • Parmesan (hard cheeses) and other ‘reduced-fat’ shredded cheeses
  • Low fat sour cream, low-fat cream cheese and low-fat mayo (if you use them)
  • Mustard (no sugar)
  • Balsamic and Olive Oil
  • Beans-black, garbanzo beans (excellent fiber)
  • Almonds and pistachios
  • Lemons and limes (to mix with olive oil and balsamic for dressing and slicing into my evening La Croix ‘cocktail’)
  • Celery and almond butter (no sugar)
  • Sugar free marinara or crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • Salsa with no sugar added

 

On the beach

 

My Secret Weapons:

  • Low Fat Ricotta Cheese (for dishes and dessert treats)
  • Werther’s Original Sugar-free Hard Candy ‘Coffee Flavor’
  • Sugar Free cocoa powder
  • Cans of La Croix  Sparkling Water (assortment of flavors), pour into a pretty stemmed glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges.
  • No-sugar sweetener Skinny Girl (Stevia) liquid for sweetening yogurt or ricotta mixed with lemon or cocoa powder for dessert.

Just relax and float!

What you won’t be needing for Phase 1:

  • Breads, pastas, rice, cereal, tortillas, chips, crackers, pastries….just plain carbs.
  • Fruit (with the exception of lemon and lime-thank goodness!)
  • Alcohol (not even wine…it will be added back in Phase 2-Cheers to that!)
  • Starchy/sweet vegetables-corn, peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • Any sauce or dressing with sugar (and this is key-no sugar!)

I also bought the South Beach diet App on my iPhone/iPad. I especially like the tracking features and quick reference list of ‘what to eat’ on each phase. The South Beach Diet app also lists recipes based on a specific food, or group of foods, you have on hand, which is super handy for those of us on the run.

 

My secret weapon

My favorite evening ‘mocktail’ for South Beach Phase 1

Some tips: Since crackers, chips and the like are not allowed you may miss the ‘crunch’. Stock up on celery and sugar snap peas to dip into low fat hummus or low fat cheeses or to fill with almond butter. Use lettuce or cabbage leaves to create wraps or ‘tacos’ or bread for chicken, tuna salad, fish tacos, etc.

Though I didn’t struggle with my weight earlier in life, losing weight has become very difficult for me during the last few years. With a couple of miscarriages, hormonal changes and peri-menapause in my 40’s, and the slow metabolism/waist expansion of my early 50’s, I have watched the scale creep upward. After our trip to Portugal and Spain last summer I couldn’t seem to lose the 5 pounds I gained. It was depressing and I wasn’t feeling good in my own skin. You can only wear so much black to camouflage the unfortunate bits. Can anyone relate?  If you are a reader of my blog you may know that I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Three physicians told me it was impossible to lose weight with untreated sleep apnea. I now have a pretty good indication that they were correct. Now that I am treating my sleep apnea (with a nightly oxygen spa treatment;), I have adequate oxygen which gives me the energy to try a program like South Beach. That said, unless you have a serious health condition, the South Beach Diet Phase One should work for you too. People generally lose from 8-13 pounds in the first two weeks. There is still plenty of time to lose some extra weight before the foodie debaucheries of the holiday season begin.

 

Rustic Gazpacho

Do the chunky gazpacho but skip the corn and use non-fat sour cream instead.

They suggest logging your progress in your daily ‘journal’. I did jot down some notes from the first 4 days and then became so encouraged by the weight loss I didn’t feel the need to journal after that:

Day 1: I can’t believe I’m actually starting South Beach Phase 1 today but I’m feeling ‘geared up’ for it.

Day 2: After following the program closely yesterday I found I enjoyed the food choices, had good energy (with a dip in late afternoon-no snack-bad girl) Big hot flashes. Craved a bite of chocolate but tolerable. Stayed up later than usual but awoke feeling great energy for day 3.

Day 3: Made a cheesy eggplant parmesan dish with homemade marinara sauce last night. My husband and I loved it!  I can’t imagine that was truly phase 1 but we’ll see in the morning when I weigh in. Added some sugar-free hard candies (Werther’s Original ‘Coffee’ Sugar free Candy) for an after dinner night-cap. Miss the wine but am making do with my ‘fancy’ La Croix loaded with citrus.

Day 4: Weighed this morning and I’ve lost 4 lbs. in 4 days. This is really happening…:)

Fish Tacos with cabbage

Use lettuce leaves or cabbage leaves in place of tortillas in Phase 1. These are fish tacos in cabbage ‘tortillas’.

So I didn’t log my food, I only did part of the journaling, and I still lost 10 pounds. The truth is, I didn’t spend a lot of time planning my eating or dwelling on it. That’s the good news. This eating plan fits pretty easily into the way a healthy person would normally eat. Remember, it’s essential to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks each day. I missed the fruit a bit, I missed the wine a bit but substituted with my La Croix loaded with lemon and lime slices.  Let me tell you, the sliding scale downward, almost daily, was great motivation! I can see a difference in my face, my neck and my waistline already. I’ve had a number of compliments from friends at work, and more importantly, my husband is noticing, which feels good. I’m slipping back in to clothing that previously felt ‘too tight’. I no longer feel ‘puffy’ all the time.

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Why it worked? Though I generally try to follow healthy eating principles in my regular life, I think there were a couple of tweaks that kicked this weight loss into gear for me. The combination of low carb, low fat and no sugar is the dynamic trio in my mind. In the past I would go low carb for a while, but keep with full fat cheeses and 1/2 and 1/2 in my morning coffee. I would miss my grains and pasta so then I would be on an ‘eat less of everything’ kind of plan. I would only do dark chocolate and Kind bars for a snack but I have never before cut out the hidden sugar in  all sauces, dressings, condiments and even salsa. I think it’s the power of these three elements that make it work.

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 I love a black dress moment….

they are sexy AND they cover a multitude of sins. As you can see, they’ve gotten ‘bigger’ over the years.

I’m looking forward to having less to cover.

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Have you found an eating plan that works well to maintain your weight?

Do you have any tips to share?

Do you want to try the South Beach Diet with me? If so, let’s support each other in the comments below.

I have more ideas now that I’m embarking on Phase 2.

Welcome back Mr. ‘Will Power’. It turns out you are good for me and my waistline.

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

P.S. I’m not affiliated with South Beach diet in any way.

I am just so happy with my results that I want to share the plan with my friends.

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Welcome to the Weekend and Date Night!

 

The patio at Monks Wine Bar in Chico

It’s Friday and that means welcome to the weekend! It seems that October is simply flying by. I saw my first Christmas decorations out in a store yesterday and I wanted to shield my eyes. I’m not ready to even consider all that the holidays entail. I am, however, considering the weekend and there’s always a good chance of ‘date night’. This spot is one of favorites in Chico for a date night.

Monks Wine Lounge in Chico, California

After a busy few weeks with our careers as school psychologists, local events and family celebrations, Scott and I took time out for date night, last Saturday night. It was a warm evening and we thought patio dining would be perfect. We selected Monks Wine Lounge for the intimate and rustic feel. Scott called ahead and made a reservation, just in case our university town was hopping.

Monks Wine Lounge

 

Monks Wine Lounge Patio

As you can see, we beat the rush!

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 I was pleased that my husband took the time to reserve a private patio just for us (or so it seems;). It’s easy to skip over date night, when life gets super busy, and I was happy that we took the time out to relax, unwind and spend some quality time catching up with each other. Somehow we just tend to ‘see’ each other better without the distractions of real life.

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We were lucky enough to have that patio to ourselves for most of the evening. Brian and Keely Coy have created a delicious menu, paired with fine wines from around the world, at Monks Wine Lounge. I ordered the pecan encrusted chicken with roasted vegetables, my new favorite. Brian was the chef last Saturday night and all of our dishes were spot on. Thank you Brian and Keely.

Arriving at 'The Celebration' Chico

I’m still riding high from my time spent styling for, and attending, the ‘Celebration’ a couple of weekends ago. I am humbled by the kind words I received from the Chairman and organizers of the event. If you missed my post here, I added a link from one of the ‘models’. She writes about how the experience changed her view of herself after her breast cancer diagnosis. I’m so pleased the team has requested to use my photos for the wrap party for the models. On a side note, if you are blogger, covering fund-raisers and charity events, in your home town, is a wonderful way to give back to your community, meet new people and build your local blog following. It’s a win-win all the way around and it feels good.

Today I’m off for the photo shoot for my new holiday ‘Ice’ Collection for my Stylemindchic Boutique. I think the lighting is just perfect for a photo shoot.  Wish me luck! I have a huge staff of me, myself and I, so there are all kinds of management issues. Thank goodness we are all able to sit down and enjoy a glass of vino together, at the end of the day, to celebrate a new collection.

Finally, I promise I’m not delaying the post about ‘How I Lost 10 Pounds in Two Weeks’. If you want to get a jump on the process get this

The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life

today. I will share my tips next week. If I can do it, you can do it!

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This has been one of those ‘around the world’ kind of posts but I was feeling the need to catch up with you all. I want to thank you for stopping by my Stylemindchic Lifestyle and your lovely comments. You truly make my day.

Welcome to the weekend!

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

My eShakti Dress Story

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Late last spring I was contacted by the eShakti fashion brand and offered the opportunity to select a dress and have them customize it for me. I was intrigued and jumped at the chance to create my own garment for the first time. I enjoyed pouring through the various styles, each with modification choices, to create a unique piece. This is one of my favorite features of eShakti: the made-to-order creation you receive within 14 days (18 calendar days) created just for you. Sizes run 0-36 W, which provides a range of options for every size and style. Pure genius! At the time I had our upcoming trip to Spain on my mind, so I settled on this colorful green poplin number, with beautiful embroidery in shades of sky blue and maize.
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‘The Lilian’

A pleated surplice bodice and seamed empire waist add subtle dimension to our fit-and-flare silhouette with a waist-defining paneled cut.

  • Slips on over head; partial side hidden zip closure.
  • Wide sweetheat neckline, sleeveless.
  • Elastic smocked center back waist.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • Below knee-length.
  • Cotton, woven poplin, pre-shrunk and bio-finished, light crisp feel, no stretch, midweight.
  • Machine wash.

The eShakti website makes the ordering process simple. Work through each section with a measuring tape in hand. You have your choice of skirt length, width of skirt, strap or sleeve design, as well as colors and fabrics. This particular style is built on a tank dress silhouette so careful measurements are essential. This is where I may have run into a bit of trouble. I measured the bust but perhaps not as accurately as I should have. Bottom line (or top line, you might say) is that my beautiful green dress was too tight in the bust when it arrived. There is a zipper on the side of the dress, but, sadly, I had to wait until my husband came home so that I could even maneuver the zipper (breathe in…reposition…hold it…). Getting into this dress was a two person job! It was my mistake on the measurement, not the fault of eShakti. I could zip the dress but it was not comfortable. Be sure to read the reviews of a style on the website. In the reviews I just noticed that this beautiful dress has a structured, fitted bodice, with no stretch.

My eShakti dress story ends well in that losing a few pounds, upon our return from three weeks of tapas feasting in Spain, helped the fit of this dress immensely. So much so that I enjoyed wearing it out on the town just last weekend. I adore this fresh color of green, the swingy skirt and the pockets…..oh the pockets!

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I paired the beautiful eShakti dress with a pair of retro chunky-heeled sandals, Tory Burch clutch, Tory Burch pendant,

and jewelry from my Stylemindchic Boutique.

eShakti reflections on Stylemindchic Life

 eShakti carries an array of dress styles, from modern to retro, from sweet prints and florals to the perfect LBD, as well as skirts, tops and coats. Their wedding collection is a brilliant idea for customizing a similar look for an entire wedding party.They also sell gift cards which would be perfect for birthdays or the upcoming holiday season.

 I think I’m in the mood to customize another dress…….

These are a few of the styles that caught my eye for the holiday party scene.

 At these prices (and the discount) these frocks are well-priced in my book.

At this stage in life there is something irresistible about having unique fashion.

Shop Fall Winter Topsellers. Customize to your size, your style, your choice! Only at www.eShakti.com

I’m so pleased that e-Shakti is offering an excellent discount on your first purchase:

Get $25 OFF your first order! Shop www.eShakti.com

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Thank you eShakti from Heather Lindstrom

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*My eShakti dress was generously gifted to me by eShakti, and all opinions of this collaboration and design are expressly my own.

Have you ever had a dress personally designed for you? I found it to be a refreshing and unique experience. Let me know how you like your unique fashion, now that you can add ‘fashion designer’ to your resume’. At these prices, it’s an affordable luxury.

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xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

(On a side note, if you are looking to lose 10 lbs., like I did, stay tuned to an upcoming post. I have some ideas for you. If I can do it anyone can!)

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‘Celebration’ Life Beyond Breast Cancer

Kick it up to Celebrate!

‘Celebration’ life beyond breast cancer

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Celebration’, an event showcasing the beauty, grace and resiliency of life beyond breast cancer. Laughter mingled with tears as the community celebrated these extraordinary women, and one gentleman, who are vibrant survivors following their breast cancer diagnosis. The ‘Celebration’ was all about music, dance, fashion, beauty, delicious food, camaraderie, support and fun in an elegant setting.

Arriving at 'The Celebration' Chico

 The event was held at ‘The Palms‘ event center in Chico, California.

Getting beautiful for 'The Celebration' Chico

Merchants, business owners, make-up artists and stylists around Chico donated of their clothing, jewelry, food, supplies as well as personal time, and hearts, to make the stars of the show shine.

In Hair and Makeup for the show!

 Beauty…..

Color and think pinks

Everyone seemed to be ‘thinking pink’ with coral tones, and fuchsia, and every lovely shade in between.

The Tables Collage

 Community members generously donated fabulous prizes and raffle items for the pre-show event.

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5 Ways to Update Decor for Fall

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Fall at Home on Stylemindchic Lifestyle Are you ready to update your decor for fall? I know I’m not alone in finding the crisp feel to morning air, and the need to grab a throw blanket in the cool of the evening, to be welcome refreshers following a long hot summer. Fall is here!  When I start to feel the signs, I’m quick to make my top five edits to ready my home for fall. These are my five simple tips for updating home decor for the season: Our living room with pillows and throws for fall *I change out my throw pillows in our living room seasonally. I tend to move towards a fall palette of butterscotch, pumpkin, caramel, chocolate and burnished golds (don’t they just sound delicious?). This season I’ve added pillows with a touch of shine to brighten up for the drab winter months. Faux fur is always cozy on a throw blanket, throw pillows or even a pouf, to encourage casual fall lounging by the fire. I love the neutral palette of our great room, but I’ve added pumpkin shades, below, and even a touch of animal print to the den. Adding touches of fall decor to the home *Toss a throw blanket on your couch, lounge, bed or favorite reading chair and you’ll have an instant cozy feel to the room. Fall Elements on Stylemindchic Life *Bring out your favorite candles, with richer, more complex notes like smoke, woods and spice, in home fragrances for fall. Find some of my favorites, like Vineyard and Black Fig, in the Spa Collection at my Stylemindchic Boutique.  I also freshen up fall linens, pillows and throws, that have been stored, with a linen spray, like this one. Orange flowers for fall *I add large bowls of flowers as well as bowls for seasonal fruits and nuts during the season.  Apples, pomegranates, pears, walnuts and oranges are natural pops of color and texture in the winter months. Not only are bowls of fruit beautiful on display, they are great reminders of healthy snacking. fall pumpkin and succulents

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Pumpkins mingle with succulents in this fall edit.

For some modern fall decorating tips these are fun from Update Interiors.com

These are some of my favorite fall finds to create a cozy transition to fall at home:

 

What are your favorite tips for adding a touch of fall to your home decor?

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This weekend I’ll be helping with the styling for ‘The Celebration’ for Enloe Hospital starring breast cancer survivors.

I’m thrilled to be part of this very special and celebratory event.

Wishing you a warm and cozy first weekend of fall.

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

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My Journey with Sleep Apnea

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Heather Orr Lindstrom on the beach Portugal

On the beach in Algarve, Portugal

This is a deeply personal post, yet I feel compelled to share my journey with sleep apnea in hopes that someone who is struggling, as I have for the last couple of years, may gain insight and possibly some support for this life threatening condition. Now that I have officially been diagnosed with sleep apnea, I have met a number of other people who have said to me, “I have that.” Some are treating it and some are not. Here’s my story:

Scott and Heather Lindstrom

This photo of my husband and me was taken on New Year’s Eve at a big birthday bash for my sister, Dorie, in Newport Beach. It was the last leg of our trip to Southern California where I was busy visiting my old stomping grounds, and writing travel posts on  Los Angeles and Santa Monica for the blog. On this special evening I remember being thrilled to celebrate my sister, connect with family and friends, and ring in the new year with my love. Despite all the good vibes, as the evening went on I remember feeling as though I was going to pass out. I simply couldn’t get my breath and it was getting worse. The feeling was like trying to keep your head above water. Everything felt like it was closing in by the end of the night. The next morning, on our 9-hour drive back to Chico, I couldn’t get a breath to save my life. Looking back, we should have gone straight to the emergency room. I felt like I was suffocating and like my body was shutting down. To be honest, I felt like part of me was was dying.

I’ve shared the story of my stint in the Emergency Room a month before, on a day I awoke utterly exhausted, with severe shortness of breath, and a massive headache during the holidays here. Fortunately, following a multitude of tests, doctors determined I did not have a heart problem or a blood clot in my lung. My symptoms persisted, some days worse than others, and the battery of tests continued: a stress test by a cardiologist, a breathing test (in a machine), inhalers for possible asthma, and medication for acid reflux disease. Nothing worked. I was beyond exhausted and still experiencing all the troublesome symptoms. The first real clue to my condition came after sleeping with an oximeter on my fingertip, to measure nighttime oxygen levels in my blood. It turns out my blood oxygen levels were very low and revealed the possibility of sleep apnea. At that point my physician set me up with an overnight sleep study at the local sleep clinic. In the end I needed three different sleep studies to determine my type of sleep apnea. My ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ post  was inspired by my nights at the sleep clinic.

“I always second guess myself, and feel pangs of regret, but I always show up. When I arrive at his place, I use a secret code to gain entrance. I hear a low, deep voice, with a rich accent, welcoming me in. I’m nervous, but I can’t help myself, I know this is where I need to be.  He shows me to the bedroom chamber, makes me comfortable, in that way that he has, slow, methodical, never rushed…….and he asks if I am ready to begin.”

If you’ve ever spent the night in a sleep clinic, you’ll understand why I needed to add a humorous twist to the process.

Selfies at Sleep Diagnostic

In the end, I was diagnosed with central sleep apnea (my brain doesn’t tell my body to breathe adequately at night). The other type of sleep apnea, obstructive type, is when the throat causes obstruction and prevents adequate breathing. My study revealed that I stopped breathing on average 6.7 times per hour during the night and was functioning on 86% oxygen level. Normal range of oxygen in the blood should be between 95%-100%. Lower than normal ranges can cause damage to internal organs, heart attack, stroke and death.  No wonder I had been feeling exhausted, to the bone, for the last year or more. I was waking up exhausted, with severe shortness of breath, an odd headache, and, even more dangerous, I was feeling like I might fall asleep while driving to and from work. More than once I briefly nodded off in an inter-agency meeting for a student, and I was leading the meeting. Crazy! I was having a serious struggle and I knew it.

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The thing is, no matter how miserable we may feel, we keep charging on……….

Here, there and everywhere!

It was Mexico, Wine country, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Spain and Portugal for me this year.

Can you relate?

While in the process of exploring a diagnosis, I was charging on with my career as a School Psychologist, my lifestyle blog, my online Stylemindchic Boutique and styling sessions in my community. During the last year I had only a handful of days where I felt normal. I’m happy to say, I made my decision to treat my symptoms, just before leaving for our 3 weeks in Portugal and Spain.  It was not an easy decision, with the machine and the mask, but the consequences of not treating sleep apnea can be life threatening. While considering my options I heard a report that a young man had died of complications from sleep apnea, and I made my decision then and there.

I chose to treat my sleep apnea with a BiPAP auto SV unit. Some folks, call it a ‘hose’. I’ve decided to change my perspective on the device and I’m calling it my ‘nightly oxygen spa treatment’…..ahhh……isn’t that lovely? There were a selection of masks from which to choose. When my husband, Scott, and I looked up at them on the wall it was definitely a ’50 Shades of Grey’ moment, and we laughed. I was offered one in hot pink, but rather than candy coat it, I went with the slimline gray number. I don’t use a full face mask, rather a band with, wait for it, ‘nasal pillows’. That too sounds very spa like. Does your nose have pillows? Mine does!

Sleeping Mask

(This isn’t my mask-maybe someday it will be this stylish though)

Is it fun to have to ‘turn on’ your machine and gear up for a night of sleep? Not really. Is it fun having to announce to your husband “I’m going to sleep so kiss me NOW!” before I have a Darth Vader moment? No, I won’t lie to you. If you move wrong it sucks and blows and, at least early on, it can keep you awake. You are sleeping with a life saving ventilator after all. But stick with it. It gets easier. Wearing our spa gear to bed takes a lot of getting used to, but you know the things we do for beauty and health. We can do this, if we need to. The best thing, about making all the effort, is how I’m starting to feel. Oxygen is like love, or love is like Oxygen (remember that 80’s song?. Turns out they were completely right.) Having adequate oxygen has changed my world in 6 weeks. I feel awake, clearheaded and energetic. I’m more fun, I want to have more fun, of all kinds. I’m more engaged in my world. I feel like I’m getting my life back and it feels amazing.

There are other excellent benefits to having adequate oxygen, and this is big (literally and figuratively). Three medical professionals told me, during my journey, “It’s impossible to lose weight with untreated sleep apnea”. A trickle of relief ran down my cheek. It really did. For some of us, who eat consciously and carefully, and yet the weight doesn’t budge, there must be something else going on. I would be lying if that wasn’t also a motivator to get my ‘nightly spa treatment’ and get rolling with it. As it turns out, the professionals were right. The hope, with treating sleep apnea, is that the body functioning improves. I’m here to tell you, the weight is coming off!! I’m down nearly 10 lbs. in the last three weeks. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned in a follow-up post.

As many of us know, getting adequate sleep can be an issue, especially for peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women, impacted by hormonal fluctuations. When we don’t get enough sleep, it negatively impacts every function in our bodies. The fogginess, lack of energy, word-finding difficulties, and moodiness that accompany insomnia can take a serious toll on quality of life and relationships. The inability to function productively, and enjoy life, can lead to depression. Lack of sleep makes it harder for the metabolism to function efficiently, so weight gain and other health issues occur. It’s basically a never ending cycle. You find yourself exhausted, depressed, low energy, not feeling sexy, and fat! It’s not the best platform for a regular work out routine, feeling our sexy best or living a vibrant life.

 

My personal indications of sleep apnea were abnormal breathing patterns, stopping breathing for periods of time and gasping to wake myself up. Okay, maybe a little snoring, according to Scott, but I never heard it. I have also experienced years of insomnia, especially in the early morning hours. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? For more resources check out the American Sleep Apnea Association From the Mayo Clinic

Common signs and symptoms of central sleep apnea include:

  • Observed episodes of stopped breathing or abnormal breathing patterns during sleep
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Shortness of breath that’s relieved by sitting up
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood changes
  • Morning headaches
  • Snoring

Remember this song by Sweet?  “Love is like oxygen…..get too much and you get too high…..Not enough and you’re gonna die!”

Sleep apnea is not about weight or age. Thin or heavy, older and younger, all types of people are diagnosed with it. More and more children are diagnosed and emerging research links it to certain behavioral issues at school. Diagnosis is on the rise, and the consequences of untreated sleep apnea are life threatening. If you, or someone you love, experiences the symptoms listed above, it’s time to check in with your doctor on diagnosis and treatment. I hope you do, like I did. It’s kind of powerful to morph into Darth Vader, on occasion, and it’s quite luxurious to have a nightly spa treatment.

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Does any of this ring a bell for you or someone you love?

Here’s to sweet dreams…..

xx,

Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature

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