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happy-1 - Saturday Jan 22, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

 Sat 1/22/22 2:40pm

Resting after raising the head of my bed 3 more inches to improve respiration during sleep and sleep quality. This required 2 separate sets of risers and pulling everything apart. My "to do box" now fits under my bed neatly. Side benefit.

I also did dishes.

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/22/2022:
Inch by inch


jacky82020 on 01/22/2022:
That’s a clever idea!


innerpeace on 01/22/2022:
I think sleeping in a raised position helps my DH as well.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Very likely will help you too! These are the bed risers... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086S76U0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


bearcountrygg on 01/22/2022:
I knpow raising my head on several pillows really helps me too.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Yeah! I need a straight spine though, so head of the bed it is


Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2022:
good idea to raise up the head of your bead!

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Inch by inch


Donkey on 01/23/2022:
That helped my Husband a LOT - raising his head - to sleep (and stop the snoring!). However, because his spine is fused, it wasn't a long-term solution and ultimately did need the CPAP machine. Perhaps if/when he loses more weight, things may improve for him.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
How long has he had his cpap?



happy-1 - Friday Jan 21, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Friday January 21, 2022 7:10am

Very promising sleep cycle consolidation and  REM rebound. Looking forward to having the day and 7 day average match up again. That felt amazing.

A little split on what I should do with all this REM. Definitely not run errands. That would be a waste. Probably continue to focus on my to do list. I have the ADHD coaching call today. That may wipe me out.

Part of me wants to ditch everything and take my dad for a haircut and give him a good day out... but I dunno if that is the right move... would I wear myself out and impact REM tonight? Delay getting back to that awesome same day-7day matchup where I can think clearly and focus?

Should I run and do yoga? Or just keep to the 4 15 min walks that controlled my sugar better and resulted in REM sleep?

I don't know. First step is just getting one walk in.

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/21/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 01/21/2022:
Adhd coach call at 10 shouldn’t have wiped me out, but it did. Crawled into bed after. Not supposed to be in bed during the day, so I got up and ate, then walked, then crashed again. My limit for how much this is supposed to displace my schedule is 4 hours. At the 3 hour mark

happy-1 on 01/21/2022:
I am really ready to start feeling better now please. A 1 hour video call isn’t supposed to wreck me.

happy-1 on 01/21/2022:
Glad I don’t have any goodies. I would eat them all.


Maria7 on 01/21/2022:
I vote for your Dad's day out! Smile!

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Me too! Wish I had made it happen


jacky82020 on 01/21/2022:
I’m with Maria!

Really love your colorful Garmin graphics. Fitbit is all green and grey and crappy looking, much of same info, but not all on my Charge 4. They make really expensive models that look like Apple watches. Wonder if they have better graphics.

happy-1 on 01/22/2022:
But the data will still be much less accurate and likely meaningless


Horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2022:
it's def helpful to see an average of how we do across a longer period of time, just like you say! :)


Donkey on 01/22/2022:
Did something specifically set you off with your meeting with your ADHD coach? I'm sorry this sent your day into a tailspin.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I did find a doctor who has a holistic health practice, but her office is quite a drive. So now I know I will have options. Thank you for your recommendation.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
It wasn’t a tailspin, it was complete and utter exhaustion. Like the first 2 times I did the caregiver group. Maybe the drain of talking to someone new and being asked difficult questions? I expected to be tired, but not THAT tired.


jacky82020 on 01/22/2022:
Girl, you need to get yourself a job as the Garmin Poster Child.

I’ve purchased several activity trackers over the years and Garmin was the only one I hated & returned. Not positive, I buy so many things online, but believe I got it directly from them, not Amazon and had to pay for return shipping.

I had to hold my arm in the iPad’s face to get data! Weird as hell! Fitbit App picks up stuff from all over the house, even the cheapie kiddie one on sale for $30.



happy-1 - Thursday Jan 20, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Thursday January 20, 2021 6:27 am... 

8 more minutes till Garmin posts sleep stats, but I can tell I got REM. The urge to peel my skull off and massage my brain directly is gone. I don't feel suffocated. Fingers crossed.

If I got REM today I should go run, but if I do that I will lose my morning. I should probably do paperwork, then do cardio on the bike. Last as long as possible to build up sleep drive, burn off glucose.

6:33... look at that beautiful REM

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/20/2022:
I seriously wonder if Garmin isn’t instantly getting those stats & is jerking users around with this delay so they think: wow! How valid! Marketing. It’s all about marketing.

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
No it used to record rem live and post as it went… then correct it based on the next 24h of data. This is better. It still corrects a few hours later, but it’s only a 6-15 min change.


happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
10am. Garmin downgraded my rem after it was posted to 1:18 which is closer to how I feel and probably more accurate. I can feel that too-tight brain feeling of being tired.

All I have accomplished is waiting till my fasting window to eat, an on target breakfast, 2 walks, figuring out that the space heater I thought was broken works it was just on the wrong setting, logging here, and checking the challenge feed. Leaving comments. The questions are good and I will have lots to work with to improve it for the next round.


Jacky82020 on 01/20/2022:
Hope you saw my response to your questions re my spending habits before I deleted the last few weeks.

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
No… and I did not mean any offense.

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
Yours are better than mine.


bearcountrygg on 01/20/2022:
I fly by the seat of my pants....I would never be disciplined enough to live by electronics....I'm afraid I would just sit there all day trying to figure out what it all means........and wouldn't actually do anything. You have a lot of patience.

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
I am trying to pull myself out of a nightmare and so far this is working. I look forward to not having to do this anymore.


bearcountrygg on 01/20/2022:
I've spent the last many hours trying to figure out this computer update that is not working very well.......and I'm ready to throw it out the window.


Jacky82020 on 01/20/2022:
I was fascinated by the sleep and REM stuff on Fitbit for a year and then it got old and boring. Figured nothing that needed changing (like sleep apnea, don’t have it) and couldn’t do much to control off days on REM, light or deep sleep or whatever it did. Just a novelty at first. No longer sleep with the thing on.

happy-1 on 01/20/2022:
Yeah, I will probably feel the same way when I start feeling better.


Maria7 on 01/20/2022:
Hope you are having a good day.


legcramps on 01/20/2022:
Uh, the visual with the "peel my skull off"... yeah. It's a visual. I can't imagine that type of pain. Hugs.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
And weirdly raising the head of my bed fixed it???


Donkey on 01/21/2022:
"Too-tight brain feeling" --- yes, this I can relate to :-(

I hope your day improved. (((hugs)))



happy-1 - Wednesday Jan 19, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:53 am

Costco orders resulted in crazy high overnight sugar, even though I stuck to my fasting window. Oops. Not enough REM day 3. I want to peel my skull, and it is only 10am. I got 3 REM cycles but the 4th started and stopped, probably due to the fat content of the meal and delayed sugar spike. But still progress. 


 

Airsense and respiration, timing of earlier REM cycles suggest that the bed risers and blackout curtain helped. It will take a week with better blood sugar to tell.

I messed myself up yesterday by not getting daylight and a walk on time,  exercising on a new plan, not having real meals available, ordering Costco chicken, brussel sprouts, and almond milk (good) but also ordering keto cookies and crackers I normally buy at Aldi's since I am having problems getting out to the store. I had forgotten how good the ones at Costco are, went too many days on canned chilli and protein bars, wass tired, had burned too many calories... and over-indulged. It wasn't even good enough to be a real cheat meal.  Oh well. 

Recovery strategy today is to get back on track with schedule, walk after meals, still do cardio, and prioritize going to bed on time. Burn off blood sugar instead of taking Glipizide. Cross my fingers and pray. 
 

I'm so tired.

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
11:30 - Went out to get the chicken and brussel sprout meal prep I made. I had the presence of mind to handle dad's requests correctly.

11:45 - Done eating. Going for a walk. Hope the keto bbq sauce doesn't jack up my sugar.

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
12:12. Back. Resting 1 h wmusic on a timer

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
1:30 - dad decided he doesn't want to take a Lyft with me... rescheduling his appointment

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
6:13pm Done for the day. All I accomplished was eating, walking, writing challenge articles. I should shower, but I'm too tired. Holding out for 7:30 to go to bed.

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
7:30 got ready for bed 8pm in bed 8:45 too hungry to sleep. Probably not enough calories. I have to total them to figure it out. Took a glipizide and ate a pickle, carrots, hummus, tzatiki, crackers


bearcountrygg on 01/19/2022:
Getting back on track is the key.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Inch by inch


jacky82020 on 01/19/2022:
I so miss Costco from when we lived in San Diego. Right on my way home from work too. None here, just a crappy Sam’s Club, a Walmart thing not worth joining.

I make my own chili in a crockpot with ground turkey. Fewer calories and a lot less sodium than canned. Don’t add any salt, but lots of other spices. Easy to make. Sometimes I cheat & buy a big can of cooked kidney beans, but often cook my own pinto beans.

Have to say the graphics on your devices puts my poor Fitbit ones to shame. Very bland & boring.

happy-1 on 01/19/2022:
Fitbit has graphs


Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2022:
my exercise and sleep can use some help too!

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Said everyone everywhere!


Donkey on 01/20/2022:
I've heard marvelous things about Costco chicken - sounds so yummy! We don't have a Costco membership. The European deli near us used to have very good chickens but lately, we haven't had good luck with them.

I tried to apply the "sleep drive" concept you've been writing about, last night. It worked, but since I went to bed later, it was harder to wake up this morning. Ah, who knows, it might have been harder to get up even without staying up late....

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Lol… once I make the challenge public we can walk through concepts daily



happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 18, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

I just ordered mine:
 
The Postal Service is delivering one shipment of 4 COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email at www.usps.com/covidtest

to request a shipment. It is live now. 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2022:
Me too.


Jacky82020 on 01/18/2022:
Yeah, I got some as soon as everyone begin retweeting all the info on Twitter


Donkey on 01/18/2022:
Apparently, I was the only person not knowing this. Husband ordered his/ours this morning.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2022:
yes, i ordered mine this evening!!



happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 18, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Tuesday January 18, 2021 6:35 am:

Fell asleep on time last night. Awake on time this morning.

Pulse ox was fine last night. Head of bed raised definitely feels good. Should have done that years ago. 

BUT still not enough REM sleep. Augh. 35 min. 2:10 short of what i needed. I'm going to struggle even harder today. I did my job. I slept 8.5 hours. I don't get it. Unless knee pin required more deep sleep and it displaced REM sleep? Or high sugar overnight displaced REM sleep? I couldn't pull off taping myself last night, just got too tired... but pulse ox ws ok anyway.

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Pebble by pebble. I need coffee

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
7:42 am... I should have gotten daylight and a walk in already, but my tummy has't done it's thing yet... UGH.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
8:09 - Tidied. I'm in the not enough REM to focus and move forward trap.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Went for a 15 min walk, took out trash, weighed in.

9:30 - Need to push myself and eat something. 14h fast just ended.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Also I weighed in at 240 and 242... so what do I weigh today??? Did I lose or gain?

Eating a keto bar and water.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Also I weighed in at 240 and 242... so what do I weigh today??? Did I lose or gain?

Eating a keto bar and water.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
9:40... just remembered I need to eat more calories than that. Ugh.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
9:50 - 2 hard boiled eggs, tzatiki, carrots. Not even 10am and I am tired enough to go to bed. Then ran an errand, super tired. Went OK, but not my preference.

11 am - did 45 min cardio and then recovered.

12:30 - Caregiver support group

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
1:30 - sucked it up and tried to help my dad change internet plans. HA. So f-ing tired it was too confusing. I am wiped.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
2:30. Couldn’t pull it together on second try. Resting.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
2:46... Yeah, no cooking is happening. Netflix isn't making any sense. Found a tai chi class on ompractice, ordered Costco on Instacart so I can feed my dad. I still need to clean all the burned food out of pans from last week. Putting up a blackout curtain between now and when class starts.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
3pm, curtain up. Instacart in progress. I am so tired I could peel my skull like like an egg. The horrifying part is that I can only discern it as that I am tired because I’ve had a couple of days of feeling better.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Part of a tai chi class while instacart came and i launched into 4 chicken legs.

4:30pm - watching netflix. The cat finally has the lap she wanted all day

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
7:30… ordered keto crackers, cookies…. Porked out


Jacky82020 on 01/18/2022:
Glad the pulse ox is excellent. That’s an important one.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Right? Such a mystery


Maria7 on 01/18/2022:
I would think that you lost weight. Hope you are having a good day today.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Hugs, ty


horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2022:
at least you were able to be in bed, resting for awhile, despite not enough REM...you will get there! i think all of us struggle a little to get the best recommended sleep.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
I just want enough to be able to work


bearcountrygg on 01/18/2022:
Numbers look better today!

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Inch by inch.


Donkey on 01/18/2022:
(((hugs))) it's hard when you feel so tired to be productive. I think you've made a good go of it, despite the fatigue.

happy-1 on 01/18/2022:
Gotta build up sleep drive to be able to fall asleep tonight. It almost doesn’t matter what I do, as long as i do stuff to build up sleep drive.



happy-1 - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Mon 1/17/21 6:52am: 

Hard time falling asleep last night. 3 hours from putting my butt into bed (albeit I did skip wind down). Got up at 5 with alarm. Getting back on track inch by inch. Knew on wakeup I didn't get enough REM to be sharp. Bizarre because my CPAP says I did great. Respiration is a culprit here.

 
 

Searching the Internet and following up with pulmonologist.

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
At 7:30, Garmin updated stats and showed I only got 25 min of REM last night. It fits how I feel. Decided to restart Garmin Coach and do a 10 min benchmark run for daylight. I'll do yoga after lunch.

8:00 - Called and dealt with health insurance stuff. Yay me. Now I just need to hold out till 9am to eat.

I'm so frustrated and hopeless. I was supposed to do all these errands and I shouldn't be driving today.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
8:20... Digestive system finally kicked in and I weighed myself... LOST MORE WEIGHT! 240.9

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
9am - meltdown on phone to therapist because no matter what I do, how many rules I follow, I can't make myself breathe better at night. I might actually be disabled, even though doctors just tell me that if I lose weight this will all get better.

9:30 - Got dad's Ralphs order for Instacart. Can't drive today.

10am - Ordered a neck brace on Amazon for sleep. Maybe it's my neck position while sleeping?

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:27 on Instacart order chat. Looking for ways to film myself sleeping tonight. New CGM sensor will be calibrated by then. I can raise the head of my bed today as the first variable to eliminate. It's MLK day... so no point in emailing doc today anyway.

I just want to cry.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:45 - I can swap the pillow on my bed for the one in the car. It might be less compressed.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
3:22... Have posted today's challenge article, raised the head of my bed, gotten dad groceries and dealt with a drama issue (I spent too much on groceries but there's nothing in the house), had a small lunch (and drama about said lunch... I had sausage and almost lost a hand). Received Instacart order, put away Instacart order. Rested on raised bed, doesn't feel high enough. Measured... Only raised it 5.5" not 6... but starting point for tonight.

I want to scream and cry, but I need to write another article and figure out how to take video of myself sleeping tonight... and every night until I find the source of the hypoxia.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
3:46 - Bought used 8" bed risers on Amazon. $12. If nothing else it will keep me from running creaming into the night to hang onto hope for a week.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
5:30 - Yoga done. I swear this cat loves being on camera. She just walked all around and over me and loved on me like a cat food commercial. I'm going to end up on YouTube.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
6:51... Showered on time for wind down. Amazon package may still arrive. Neighbors are jerks and keep my packages.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Also, the cat has a clean box. I have a basic plan for video taping myself while asleep. The boardroom cam I use for yoga captures my entire bed. I can put my alarm next to my bed tonight for time code in the video. I will solve this. It's not every night anymore. It's 2x a week but that 2x a week sends me off schedule and messes me up wit bedtimes/wakeup times and exercise.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
The mask stats look good. I wish my fancy new bike had an app, but don’t think so.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
You can retrofit it to work with Garmin, just change the pedals


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Hope you have a good day.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
I tried calling LifeFitness today, but closed. I am entering the hard to earn burned calories into Fitbit as oz of water.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
? You can't log an activity to Fitbit?


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Do you have shortness of breath in the daytime? I once wore a heart monitor for a couple of days and nights for the cardiologist and he said that I breathe very slow and shallow at night.......years later an in hospital sleep study showed severe apnea..........I do have asthma (lifelong). I'm wondering if you are dealing with the same thing.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
I have asthma... who can tell?


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I sleep on 3 pillows....I just seem to breathe better that way....I put 1 down flat...then one halfway over that and then the third on top of both of them...actually I add a small 4th one on top too....it is a small one that I can kind of bunch up where I want it......I cannot sleep flat.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Sounds like a good system. I saw special pillows for that... I have the neck injury and need to sleep flat... I even sleep on a board on top of my mattress. Only 1 pillow for my head, then I use a body pillow for my knees. So risers it is.

It does actually feel a little better raised.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
No problem with Fitbit. LifeFitness is the company that makes pro gym equipment


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Congrats on the weight loss

Hope a neck brace helps. Worth a try

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
$10. Beats throwing in the towel and trying to get disability.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
for the first time in a long time, i stayed up a bit more last night. was even on the phone with a friend at 10pm! hope you will have better sleep toinght!

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
OMG... I would love to have consistency like that.


Donkey on 01/18/2022:
Well, at least you do have the weight loss as a bright light.

I'd be interested to hear how the neck brace works for you. Keep in mind that some adjustment and time to adjust may be required. I have a sling-brace for my foot, for plantar fasciitis, and it took me a little trial and error to get it to work for me.

happy-1 on 01/23/2022:
Hugs, ty



happy-1 - Sunday Jan 16, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

 Sunday Jan 16, 2022 8am:

Phooey on staying up on friday to reset my sleep clock. I did get to bed on time last night. Too early by an hour but that's ok. I ended up sleeping almost 12 hours... and not getting up till 7. It must have been what my body needed though because my 7 day average is on point.

 

$5 says this is the day I start to sleep better. Today I had enough rem sleep and a good 7 day average at the same time.

Feels like a good day for a run.


 

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I really believe in doing what your body tells you to do....unless it involves too much sitting down...then I believe that it's time to get up and move around....I'm glad you got some needed sleep.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Lol… except my body tells me to stay up all night, be a couch potato, and order chinese food…


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Well, maybe your reset was successful, perhaps. Do we sleep better when we're utterly exhausted?

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
We sleep earlier when we are utterly exhausted. The trick is not to nap, go to bed early, and the next day not lounge around from too much sleep inertia… you wipe yourself out on purpose to get to sleep again that night in your desired bedtime window.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Glad you were able to get some extra sleep.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Hugs! Ty!


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
9:38 am… so far I have accomplished making my bed and taking a shower. Had enough mental energy to color condition my hair, shave, and get calluses off my footsies. Overdue maintenance. Maybe that’s my theme for today.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
10:12 - there is an invisible force that keeps pulling my butt back to bed. All I did was get up, dress, brush teeth and comb hair.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
And the cat says she will give me my desk back if I buy her a cat tree with a little bed in it at the top that she can jump up into. I was thinking of just buying a second folding table that comes to waist height… it is a disagreement.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
10:42 - we both like this one, but we aren’t sure about the platform part being in the middle of the scratching post…

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-285-in-modern-cat-tree-condo/dp/204589?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Frisco&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY-PBhCNARIsABcz770iHWboJ5hruCKFKCEvxyPDOtt07gf8YuzJmZpCbWE3qErfDDDv_Y8aAsz8EALw_wcB

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
11:19… well I ate something. That’s progress. IR stimulants are not as good as xr stimulants

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
12pm - have accomplished taking another IR, running out to buy a heat gun, de icing the freezer. Fended off dad requests. Heating up a heat pack for my knee and eating a keto bar

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
3:36pm - Used up my Instacart $15 promo on an order with a great sale on collagen creamer... that they didn't have. Bah. Waiting for the call from the ADHD coach. I gave her a window I was free, but she didn't pick a time, just said she would call me. Should have picked a time.

Making a meal plan and a grocery list. A little frustrated because Spoonacular has a bug in their Custom Foods feature so I can't add my bars and their cost. UGH!

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Worked on my grocery list and throwing away old coupons till about 4:30pm. Then I called the ADHD coach. I'll keep an open mind. She's cheap. I booked 2 sessions to start. We shall see.

5pm, I started dinner. Meatloaf and whipped sweet potatoes for dad, veggies for me. I ate with him. It was dismal. He called a friend back who texted me... I bailed when he started talking about how he can't get out. It's an issue and not much I can do tonight about it without stressing myself out, missing my bedtime and prolonging it another week.

6:45pm - Working on the challenge. Just going to sort the topics in order for tomorrow and then wake up early and do some writing. I've been too foggy all day to write and seeing people's answers makes everything I wrote a little irrelevant.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
7pm- I caught myself settling in to watch Netflix. Something I am trying to do in bed. I packed everything up for the night and am starting over tomorrow. Nothing is gained by staying up late. I didn’t do much today but hopefully with the IR meds and the earlier bedtime, I can make it happen.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
7:30 - in bed

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
9:19 - can’t sleep. Hungry. Bored. Tired

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:24 - still can’t sleep


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
That link won’t open for me. But I’ve bought from Chewy for years


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Sometimes I use a fan on our freezer.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Yeah… I was using my expensive CHI hairdryer and it’s refreezing so fast I can’t keep up.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
The Chewy link worked for me. I like it! It's not very tall. You could get a taller one for a little more money. However, perhaps the shorter one is more suited to your home/room. It has everything she needs: scratching posts, a perch to sit and reign over her kingdom, and a hidey hut.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Right? She wants to be either under my chair (not that bright with a reclining folding chair) or lap-adjacent, able to view everything I am doing and occasionally lick my arm to indicate that she would like me to put aside my lap desk and pull a blanket over my lap so she can have a cuddle. Occasionally get a piece of anything I am eating. I do have a taller window-mounted one, but can't figure out how to mount that in my bedroom without giving up either the AC or my night stand. This one can be picked up and moved on top of my bed for yoga. It matches the taller one so they would be cool positioned adjacently in my next space.

I'm just not sure if the ledge in the middle of the post discourages scratching.



happy-1 - Saturday Jan 15, 2022
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Weight: 243.1

Saturday Jan 15, 2022 1pm -

Tried to stay up all night and go to bed at my regular time. Backfired. I couldn't make it past 3am, woke up at 7:30 am and now I am dead tired. So far today I have jumped my car battery, made an attempt to clean out the fridge, inflated my exercise ball. Mostly I am watching Netflix and taking breaks from the kitchen stuff... Everytime I go in there I end up crosswise with my dad.

Tired. I hope I go to bed on time tonight. 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
Inch by inch.


Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Sometimes breaks & Netflix are the way to go! Have had Netflix off on & the on for years, off now. Have Sling, Hulu and Amazon Prime. When we first moved to the sticks in PA, I had Netflix DVDs coming in every other day or so. This was circa 2005, before streaming went big. Also a missed stock opportunity for me, a big one that got away. Could have bought in at $50 a share, but thought online DVDs getting old, everyone streaming & not the foggiest Netflix would make its fortune doing original programming.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Omg… all the things we missed out on, right?


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
so glad yo hear that you and your cat have bonded so well! i remember the day before the bond and when she was just in your bathroom / getting used to it all was hard! now, you both finally are in a good spot :)

will you need to get a new car battery? i am starting to worry about mine, but will wait until my next oil change in 3 months to ask about it. they have a test to measure how much juice is in it!

you give me an idea to clean the one stain i have in my living room carpet. the stain is the side of a grape, but is truly annoying to look at. perhaps i'll take care of it in a few more months...or not at all yet...

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Did you buy a warranty for the battery?


bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
I don't think I could stay away anywhere near 3 A.M. anymore.....I fall asleep at the computer at 8 P.M. sometimes...LOL

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Omg… teach me how to do that


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
I hope you were able to go to bed on time last night. Were you trying to reset something in yourself by staying up all night?

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Yeah, it’s called planned sleep deprivation. I was supposed to see the Exish this weekend but his brother has COVID so that whole place is in quarantine and so is he. With the unplanned time, I just figured I’d try resetting that way.



happy-1 - Friday Jan 14, 2022
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Weight: 243.1

Friday Jan 14, 2022, 3:12pm

The cat is in full love mode. Did you know I am the best human in the world? I was surprised to find out myself.

Bouncing back from yeserday. I slept wrong, gave myself a headache, woke up late, had a leak in the mask and didn't get enough rem sleep. I just kind of abandoned all plans and humped it through the shrink appt to get immediate release adhd meds. My theory is that my VO2 max isn't improving despite runs because my stimulant meds increase my recovery time. If I have IRs, I can run, wait for my Garmin stress levels to drop, then take them. They will kick in faster and have a shorter active cycle so I can skip afternoons when not out and about, possibly improving the effectiveness of resting between workouts and making it easier to get to sleep. I need to do something... The Moderna dropped my vo2 max 12 points. I'm weak as a kitten, worn out in 2 hours. It keeps me up. Stayed up too late watching Netflix in full on revenge bedtime procrastination mode. Possibly also stress. I braved casual time with my dad yesterday... twice. I am glad I did it, but it completely depleted me. I also made him a nice piece of salmon. 

Today I am still struggling to pull it together. Enough REM sleep but not enough total sleep. I skipped my morning walk because all my energy was pulling me to clean and / or write. Oops. I used my carpet cleaner to scrub out stains and increase the liklihood of yoga. Got so into writing (plan your challenge break to avoid revenge procrastination, why it's hard to identify food intolerances when you have adhd). Then I showered. Now I am lying here with a nice cat, writing to you, dear reader.

At least I've somehow lost 7lbs. 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/14/2022:
Onwards and upwards.

happy-1 on 01/14/2022:
4:51 - Tried to go get dad a subway sandwich and discovered that my car wouldn't start. I have a battery thing, but it's not charged.

Sitting down and rebooting my brain. Positive feedback on the challenge.

happy-1 on 01/14/2022:
4:51 - Tried to go get dad a subway sandwich and discovered that my car wouldn't start. I have a battery thing, but it's not charged.

Sitting down and rebooting my brain. Positive feedback on the challenge.

happy-1 on 01/14/2022:
6:53... I'm so tired and stressed and nothing is fun... I just have no juice left. Finishing my salad and going to bed.

happy-1 on 01/14/2022:
7:02... Found an interesting post on stimulants and vo2 max. I'm not the only one.. https://www.reddit.com/r/fitbit/comments/nbxibc/how_to_improve_vo2_max/


Donkey on 01/15/2022:
It sounds like it was kind of a challenging day, trying to have enough energy and focus. Well, some days are just like that.

I hadn't considered the relationship between the Moderna vaccine and VO2. You might be on to something there.

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
Found a starting point anyway... https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262239v1.full.pdf


bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
How do you keep all of those stats straight........???? You my friend are a statistical champion......

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
No idea. I think I get it from my dad.


Maria7 on 01/15/2022:
Hope you are having a good day today. Please give your little cat a pet for me. She is so cute. Take care. Hope your Dad is doing well, too.

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
I told her "Maria says hi!" He is, actually :-)



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