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happy-1 - Sunday Nov 14, 2021
Weight: 245.0

 Sunday 11-14-21 12:34pm:

oh windfall. Just had to post. Someone on Noom answered my question about recovery time and theyad a Garmin too. Apparently Garmin tells you how much recovery time you need, up to 4 days and I never saw it because it's on the watch not the app. 


off to face whatever Dad is mad about. I went grocery shopping without him before asthma this am.

Also, another 14 h fast nailed. Resting todaya my knee feels weird.

Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2021:
Dang, your Garmin makes my Fitbit look like an imbecile. It’s a real cheapie. All I do is use it to count steps. A glorified pedometer.

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:
Pretty much... Sorry :-(

Jacky82020 on 11/15/2021:
This is truly a case of you get what you pay for! LOL How much did your Garmin cost? My latest Fitbit is the child’s model, Ace. Small band makes no difference because I wear it in an ankle strap, All of $39, on sale.

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
$200, on sale from $249. Forerunner 245. Prices drop everytime they release new.

Donkey on 11/15/2021:
Now THAT is a nice feature to have in a tracker. I had no idea that the Garmin could do that. That is really good to know. I'll mention this to Husband, although I'm not sure if it's applicable to him right now.

Oh watch that knee!

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
I can’t wait to see what it tells me :)

horn_of_plenty on 11/15/2021:
interesting about recovery time, that would just make me want to sleep, hearing "4 days!"

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
I think that’s for marathon runners

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
I think that’s for marathon runners

happy-1 - Saturday Nov 13, 2021
Weight: 245.0

Sat 11-13-21: A little proud of today. I woke up at 6am with help from Mama Cat. I took meds and got up at 7 for coffee and to write book club notes. I finished early and kept it brief. Then I went for a run. I was shocked when I realized I ran a minute without stopping. At the end, Garmin gave me a "Fastest run yet" badge. I shaved a minute off my mile time. ThenI ran book club. The guy who flaked in the meeting this week was the only one who showed and we talked. Turns out he doesn't know anything about profit shares for founders. Silent eyeroll.

Spent the rest of the day in the most severe asthma attack of my life. Dad was determined to get me to take him to the grocery store. I couldn't talk without making it worse, but I did offer the museum. He said he needs a cart. I offered Home Depot. He insisted on the grocery store. I said no buckets of ice cream, he flipped out. I retreated to my room and let my aunt know that I had offered reasonable alternatives... she said I should take him and let him buy his stuff... except she then doesn't haveto take care of him or watch him struggle and refuse to go to the ER. I suggested we both find an online caregiver support group we can both join, or maybe she could come out here for a week and help him figure it out and give me a break. We'll see what she says.

In any case I did everything I possibly could today, every minute and that's what counts. Letting it all go. Cpap comes on wednesday.

Inch by inch. Pebble by pebble.

Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:
11:25. In bed since 9. Can’t sleep.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
If I had a vote ( which of course I don't)...I would vote that opinionated aunt come and help out with him...let her take him to where ever he wants to go....let him buy anything he wants to buy....and deal with his attitude...my guess is she will be gone quickly and will start keeping her opinions to herself...talk is cheap........You have to live with him.....But I would give her all of the free time with him that she thinks she wants!!! ((HUGS))

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:
I started the process by suggesting it. It takes 9-11 repeats of the same concept to communicate with her because we just march to different tunes.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2021:
Such a productive Saturday morning, go you!!!!

oh, what a great idea to join a support group online sorta like this but centered on exactly the tips and support you are looking for with dad. nice job thinking about that. i have forgotten to also do the same. maybe i should look for one with people looking to change careers, etc. something to help me....i prob won't...but your idea for yourseelf is good bc your dad is a big part of your life.

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:
Hugs. Ty. I’ve looked for some but they are dumping out their emotions freely and not focused on resolutions

Donkey on 11/14/2021:
A support group for caregivers sounds like a wonderful idea.

Nothing personal to her, but your aunt has no idea. However, I do believe that she intends to be helpful with her comments and suggestions. She just has no clue. Not one Scooby Doo.

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:
She remembers him as a kid and doesn’t see him day to day. It’s not unreasonable for me to say I want behavioral health support around something that turns into a big public spectacle and wrecks me for 5 weeks.

bearcountrygg on 11/14/2021:
The aunt sounds like she has selective hearing....likes to give marching orders but has no intention of marching herself.......

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
He’s different with her. The last time they were here, they took my dad grocery shopping and he was a good boy and was polite and made healthy choices. They didn’t go through the cycle of negotiating what we will buy, getting to the market, have him make a beeline for plastic buckets of ice cream and get into a screaming match in the middle of the store.

Donkey on 11/15/2021:
^Agree with Bear, 100%

happy-1 - Friday Nov 12, 2021
Weight: 245.0

 Friday 11-12-21:

Successful day. No workout, but I ate healthy and took the stairs 3x. Saw an East West doctor at UCLA today. He says the exercise / REM sleep issue probably isn't bad enough to be considered PEM, but if I follow the guidelines I will have an easier time getting all my workouts in... which is all I am asking for. I just want to go for a run, do some yoga, spend time with my friends and get a job. He also recommended American Ginseng tea to help with the hurdles.

And now I also know what windows to pook at to figure out what is affecting what. If I can measure it, I can manage it.


Also I have to thank my kitty kat for all the help getting up this morning. I don't know how she knew that today was important, but she did something she never does... she woke me up by sitting on my shoulder and batting at me with the tips of her claws very, very gently. After all that insomnia last night, I really needed that assist. Thank you, kitty kat. What a good momma cat.


Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
Also, almost forgot to brag… I made my friend a 7 day meal plan for Trader Joes to help her eat clean for ADHD, and my nutritionist says I did exactly right. I get a gold star.

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
10:41… still waiting to fall asleep. I should mention that my aunt got on me for dad being in the house too much. Was super glad I could tell her “I tried to get him out for a walk, but he was being difficult.”

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
And I got a 14 hour fast in. By accident, still counts.

bearcountrygg on 11/13/2021:
Maybe your aunt could help out with her brother?

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
From the other side of the country? I dunno. She's 9 years older. I'd hate to ask her to come out for a week or anything and fly till COVID is better situated. Talking to him is very helpful.

Jacky82020 on 11/13/2021:
I say 3 Gold Stars for Happy.

Don’t know what PEM is. Will google. Do know UCLA is one of the best hospitals in the country.

happy-1 on 11/14/2021:

horn_of_plenty on 11/13/2021:
Nice job also doing stairs ! I am also going to really try at this !

Awwww to your kitty :) my pigs do something similar when I fall asleep with them still on me. They start to make little noises and move around a little and one of them will nip me lightly with his teeth on my face

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:

Donkey on 11/13/2021:
Wow, that sounds like it was a really helpful doctor's appointment!

The link that you provided was very interesting. I see a LOT of similarities in the Fibro/CFS and the experiences my Husband has with his AS. The challenges that physical exercise pose really frustrates my Husband, since most of his efforts must be mostly diet-related (restriction of calories), since he can't offset calorie intake with exercising.

Anyway, what I'm saying is that I found the article to be very helpful. I like how you said that if you follow the guidelines, you will have an easier time doing what you want to do.

Momma Cats are the best cats - they take care of their families :-)

happy-1 on 11/15/2021:
That sounds awful. I thought fibromyalgia was about the managing of energy and avoiding the push/crash cycle? The Garmin Body Battery Garmin Coach features on the Forerunner 245 do that for you.

If you don’t have ADHD and remember to check the messages. Last night I was going to clean the kitchen, but body battery said rest and I was able to get REM and get up on time for fasting labs this morning.

happy-1 - Friday Nov 12, 2021
Weight: 245.0

Thursday 11-11-21:

Tried to get dad out to walk to Mc Donalds but he was so fussy, I gave up and went for him and brought him back 2 sausage sandwiches so I coiuld have a peaceful day writing challenge content. Which I did incessantly morning to night. I don't know how I had the presence of mind to get up and make dinner or go for a run. Tried to wake dad up for dinner and it was impossible. I had to nuke his dinner to warm it up 4 hours later and he got fussy because the texture changed. I gave up and wrote more challenge content... a 1 week adhd friendly meal plan for shopping at Trader Joes... because one of the women in the coworking group asked me for guidance... so I did a rough outline of it, spent way too much time on it... but I will get feedback by giving it to her right away.


inch by inch



Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/12/2021:
Also, vo2 max is up to 25 from 24 again. Encouraging, even if my fitness age is still 79.

happy-1 on 11/12/2021:
Also cpap shipped today. Yay.

happy-1 on 11/12/2021:
Ugh 1 am and still up. Blood sugar isn’t that bad… 149. I don’t understand why I have so much insomnia

happy-1 on 11/12/2021:
1:30 am. Still up. Of course I have an 8 am appointment

bearcountrygg on 11/12/2021:
Sounds like you had a productive day....!!

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
Had to break through sometime, right?

Jacky82020 on 11/12/2021:
Sounds like you’re making progress on multiple fronts. And Dad’s still a pain in the butt. So was mine!

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:

Donkey on 11/12/2021:
I'm so glad to hear that the CPAP machine has shipped. I hope it helps you. I'm not sure how that would work with insomnia. I'll have to ask my husband what his experience is, with his machine.

All in all, it sounds like it was a good day. We have to pick and choose the battles we fight and when. I'm sorry the insomnia is so bad :-(

I hope your appointment today is positive.

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:

coffee&calories on 11/12/2021:
I hope your Friday is going well :)

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
Inch by inch! Have a good Friday on my behalf.

horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2021:
inch by inch is a GREAT approach! :-D it is mine!

haha, i'm sure the woman will appreciate your Trader Joe's meal outline!

happy-1 on 11/13/2021:
Hopefully! It will be more impressive when I get it up on Spoonacular! My nutritionist said I did a good job.

happy-1 - Tuesday Nov 09, 2021
Weight: 245.0

Tuesday 2021-11-9:

Sigh. Team meeting today did not go well. One of the guys turned around and balked completely in the meeting. Bizarre because he was the biggest advocate. I reached out but haven't heard back yet.

I'll keep cranking on it. Worst that happens is I have a reason to get out of bed in the morning... Then I release for a few months in January as a fun toy. Go write the challenge content. Do what you said you would.

I also ran a little today. I have been feeling a little better consistently 2 weeks in a row. My VO2 max went up a point yesterday, but now it is back down.

COVID antibody test came back positive. I'm a long-hauler. It's not all in my head.

Trudging along, step by step.

I can do this... I can I can I can.

Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
Sorry the team meeting didn’t work out well. Here’s hoping the next goes better.

Of course you can do this! HUGS!

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Hey, someone passed on Google. My little challenge concept is hardly that, but some people just lack vision.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:

Donkey on 11/10/2021:
Oh my goodness! So you've had COVID and didn't realize it? (Asking for my own clarification only - have pity on this old Donkey)

Wow, I think that's kind of a game-changer. Is your doctor treating you for long-hauler issues now? Or what's the plan moving forward?

I'm sorry to hear about your meeting. The next one WILL be better.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
At some point... It's not really a game changer but following up anyway. If anything it explains why the Lunesta suddenly flipped on me after I had that head cold in November 2019. If COVID caused sleep apnea, sleep medications that affect sleep architecture are a no-no. Mostly I just feel validated and more in control, and that this isn't just some big, nebulous, impossible hole I won't ever be able to dig myself out of... My time spent on data yields actionable information. It is good and helpful and a worthy investment of my time.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
I'll get some guidance from doc on Friday.

bearcountrygg on 11/10/2021:
AWWWW......I'm sorry to hear that you are apparently a long hauler.....((HUGS))

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:

Jacky82020 on 11/10/2021:
Read in the paper the Feds are putting something like 1.4 Billion into researching long covid. Sure much good will come out of it that will help you and others. Also expected to shed light on CFS & ME

Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2021:
i gotta say, if i had asthma, i think i'd learn to follow instructions...but she is still so young, 24...i'm sure she'll learn her lesson too. it will be scary when she's older and more prone to other asthma-induced scares.

that's interesting about the guy in the meeting totally acting out...you may be able to slowly establish a reconciling with him, or he may have just changed his mind and then i guess it's best he is left out of the plan / group completely. time will tell, i guess. maybe he feels he isn't "being heard," but maybe not.

oh no...but your dad never got covid??

also, i read some of those tests are UNRELIABLE. so you never know. bc the test is similar to a regular cold antibody test. teacher friend of mine also came back positive...i don't believe it. she's never around like anyone.

happy-1 - Wednesday Nov 03, 2021
Weight: 245.0

Wed  2021-11-3:

Got the Cpap prescription. Why was it so hard to get to this point? Will be a 6-8 month wait due to worldwide shortages to do it through insurance. Looking into a refurbished one tomorrow while I wait. I need something immediately, I can't keep going on like this. Now that I know it's appropriate I just want to cry that I didn't straight out buy one.

So tired. 

  • Flr - no
  • Bkfst - yes
  • Fd - no
    Ag - yes
  • Ylog -yes
  • Bp yes
  • Ns no
  • 14h no
  • 2do yes
  • Pln no
  • -250 tbd
  • 10cr no
  • 10Kstp no
  • 1G no
  • 9bed yes


Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/04/2021:
11:11pm. Was in bed at 8:30… but still up. Lucky me.

Jacky82020 on 11/04/2021:
Same here! After a while, I whip out the iPad & read. & tweet.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Supposedly that makes it harder to get back to sleep. I had a cheese stick and a cup of herbal tea about 1 am. Finally got to sleep. What tips you into sleep?

Donkey on 11/04/2021:
Oh my goodness, 6-8 months for a CPAP machine? I'm so sorry :-(

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Thus the rental. I feel worse for the folks who can't do a rental while they wait for insurance to process.

bearcountrygg on 11/04/2021:
That is a long time to wait for a c-pap....They need to be calibrated...will they do that for you with a refurbished one? Be careful choosing one.....that air goes straight to your lungs.....( or if you mouth is open...straight out of your mouth)....Bacteria thrives in those things so just be careful.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Yeah, if I use it on auto setting for now it will be ok to start. This is from a legit medical company, so it should be ok.

Brett on 11/05/2021:
I always thought people rent those breathing machines. Did you buy one?

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Renting to try it while I wait for a new one through insurance.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2021:
wowwww...even supply chain issues on ...just about everything. wow. at least it will come and when it does, your sleep will dramatically improve :)

sorry for the extra waiting time...but i'm very glad you will soon get it. xoxo :)

Bear has good advice.

one of my coworkers, young one at 24yo, has asthma and didn't clean her inhaler or rince (whatever it is) as it is supposed to...leads to bronchitis and infection. you'd think she would just listen to the doc! so she's out with bronchitis.

happy-1 on 11/10/2021:
Yeah and thrush, which is no party. People rarely follow instructions.

happy-1 - Tuesday Nov 02, 2021
Weight: 245.0

Tuesday, 11-2-21:

Oi. The scale climbed to 245.

Pulmonology appt is tomorrow. Everything is printed out. Praying I get REM so the appointment is useful. Today I slept 10.5 hours, but only got 30 min REM. For that length of time it should be 2.5 hours of REM. I feel like my brain is in a plastic sack and can't breathe.

Adding last night's prep for today:

  • Flr - No, the floor was not clear for yoga
  • Bkfst - No, coffe and breakfast were not setup
  • Fd - No, my day of food was not in my cooler
  • Ag - No, my agenda was not setup and put out for today
  • yLog - No my log for yesterday was not complete

Rebooting my 10 habits:

  • Bp - No
  • Ns - No
  • 14h - Yes
  • 2do - No
  • Pln - No
  • -250 - TBD. I didn't eat enough today so I may end up overeating.
  • 10cr - No
  • 10Kstp - No. Barely moved
  • 1G - No, more like 72 oz, not a gallon of water
  • 9bed - Probably not. Have been up till midnight since neighbor's 4AM Halloween haunt kept me up on Saturday. Working my way back to schedule.

Progress as of today: 72 lbs lost so far, only 85 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/03/2021:
So much for getting back on schedule… 12:30 am and I can’t sleep a wink. In bed since 11:12

Jacky82020 on 11/03/2021:
Happens to me EVERY night & worse.

happy-1 on 11/03/2021:
Augh. What’s keeping you up?

Donkey on 11/03/2021:
I hope your doctor's appointment tomorrow is a good one. You need some answers.

When is your 2nd sleep study scheduled for?

Good idea, I think, to get back to your daily goals checklist. I think it gives you a good indicator of what worked (for any given day) and what needs help.

happy-1 on 11/03/2021:
Pulmonologist ordered a triation test. Everything is so backed up… sleep studies take 3 mos to schedule, 6-8 mos total process with worldwide cpap shortage. Have to buy a refurbished one on my own while I wait. Will be a good emergency backup.

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2021:
Good luck at your Dr appt....we all have days like this and it passes when the time is right.....((HUGS))

happy-1 on 11/04/2021:

Horn_of_plenty on 11/03/2021:
burger for dad yesterday sounds great as does another sleep study. but i thought you have good answers from your first? did you want to confirm the results?

Nice job to think about your good habits and tasks.

happy-1 on 11/04/2021:
No, first sleep study said mild aleep apnea but I think it is severe.

Maria7 on 11/03/2021:
Having gone down from 317 to 245 where you are today is like big WOW!!! Don't be too hard on yourself. You'll get it going again toward your goal weight. I know you want to. Sometimes it is just so difficult to DISCIPLINE ourselves to 'JUST DO IT!!!!' Love ya!!!

happy-1 on 11/03/2021:
But I was at 218 at the end of 2018… I fought so hard… it’s not just weightloss… everything got so hard when my sleep fell apart.

happy-1 - Tuesday Nov 02, 2021
Weight: 241.0

Monday 11-1-21:

No workout today. I went to the GP to ask for a COVID antibody test and an amino acid test. He did both, then did one better and ordered a second sleep study. Yay. I could have worked out this afternoon, but I prioritized groceries, chores, laundry and making my dad a burger.

Onwards and upwards. One pbble at a time.

Progress as of today: 76 lbs lost so far, only 81 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/02/2021:
Geez, were you exposed to covid or do you have symptoms? Hope you’re ok! HUGS

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
I had the worst flu ever November 2019. Looking for antibodies to rule out being a COVID long-hauler on why exercise and activity reduce my REM. Study: https://jmedicalcasereports.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13256-021-02819-0

bearcountrygg on 11/02/2021:
Sounds like a good solid day........

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
I'm trying my best every single day. Eventually, something will move the needle.

Donkey on 11/02/2021:
This sounds like a really good day! And I'm so happy that you got another sleep study.

I too chose other priorities this morning over a weights workout. Peace of mind is golden. I can work out with weights tonight.

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
Did you get the weights in last night?

PlayingQuietly on 11/02/2021:
one pebble at a time (thumb's up)

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:

Jacky82020 on 11/02/2021:
You definitely should rule out covid. That link won’t open from here. I’ll try a C&P

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
Yeah, COVID long-hauling, specifically.

Jacky82020 on 11/02/2021:
Comes up as rapid eye movement & sleep apnea. Maybe I didn’t copy entire link

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
It is. Newly detected rapid eye movement associated sleep apnea after coronavirus disease 2019 as a possible cause for chronic fatigue: two case reports

Essentially, COVID can cause sleep apnea, specifically during the REM cycles so patients get deep sleep but not REM sleep no matter how long they sleep, and it is exacerbated by exercise.

Jacky82020 on 11/03/2021:
Interesting. But highly unlikely you had covid in 2019. First known US case in early 2020 in Seattle from a guy who visited Wuhan. Could be you will independently test positive though. Over 50% of people in some areas are. Asymptomatic cases.

happy-1 on 11/04/2021:
I know it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel but my sleep disintegrated the month I got sick and never recovered again. I just want to rule it out.

It was here in December 2019… and diseases don’t have hard and fast start dates like the IRS.


Jacky82020 on 11/04/2021:
Sure it was, but you getting it then strikes me as a stretch, wonder if they can detect how old antibodies are, or from what variant

happy-1 - Friday Oct 29, 2021
Weight: 241.0

Thursday, 10/28/21:

Pitch went well. We booked a follow up meeting for next week. I didn't get any of my havits in or a run because I didn't want to wear myself out before the pitch. Now I have insomnia. 

I have to say I enjoyed sharing an idea and how to execute it, then watching people's eyes pop out of their heads as they experience the "red pill" effect of a paradigm shift. I forgot what it was like to do that. 

I may feel like crap, but my brain is still in here kicking.

Inch by inch, pebble by pebble, step by step.

Progress as of today: 76 lbs lost so far, only 81 lbs to go!

Donkey on 10/29/2021:
(I'm a little behind in comments...)

Yay, your pitch went well!!! Isn't that a great feeling? Accomplishment!!!!

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
I'm behind in comments too...

Feels like "me" again.

PlayingQuietly on 10/29/2021:
wow I have no idea what you are talking about lol I got back up and read your previous writings about what "red pill" & what paradigm shift from what... but for sure congratz for getting your pitch across to your audience

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
red pill - Reference to The Matrix

paradigm shift - Making people change underlying assumptions to see things a completely different way so that they can no longer view a problem the same way ever again

andthank you!

bearcountrygg on 10/30/2021:
Glad for you that your meeting went well.

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2021:
Lol is it me or you have two different Thursday entries ?!

Yesterday’s entry for you sounds very motivated and also forward thinking like you are the project manager of your life !

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:

horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2021:
Oh my and now you use the word execute ! Def a project Managment word :)

There are times when I also prefer not to exercise or wear myself too thin before I need to execute !

You are doing well !

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
I was a little out of it and logged 2x because I forgot I already logged.

Brett on 10/30/2021:
What HOP says

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:

happy-1 - Thursday Oct 28, 2021
Weight: 241.0

Thursday 10-28-21 

Inch by inch, step by step, pebble by pebble... 

Yesterday I tracked my hydration, meals, and went for a run. I got my pitch materials together for the business idea (second meeting today). I made an alternate plan for getting a CPAP prescription if the pulminologist won't give me one next week.

Today I deliberately slept late so whatever REM I got would last till the 3pm pitch.

Getting after it. 


Progress as of today: 76 lbs lost so far, only 81 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/28/2021:
One day at a time!

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:

Donkey on 10/29/2021:
I feel like I've peaked at the end of the book, before commenting here, because I now know that your pitch went very well! Well done!

I'm interested to hear what happens with your CPAP adventure. I'm glad to hear that you have a back-up plan in place. Oh, just in case...

happy-1 on 11/02/2021:
Fingers crossed for tomorrow...

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