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Cornea Dystrophy and lack of sleep

I’m thinking they are related.  Especially for me.

Doing a search on the internet on both conditions doesn’t get any hits.

This week, I didn’t sleep much — we had rolling blackouts, was worried about the house and everything else with the deep cold (for Dallas).

By the fourth day, I had familiar eye pain.  I’ll say that the sleep has been getting better, with each night more hours of sleep and less wakening.

The eye pain is getting better — pm eye ointment helps a lot if only to get rid of the crust I have in the morning. 

Can’t wait until we’re all over this.


Fun Week

It's been a fun week.


Somehow I lost 4 pounds. I hope I don't find them again. I may be in trouble with my doctor.


I'm back a Baylor Dental College as a patient. Last year I had started out as a patient with the hygiene clinic and I'm supposed to go in every 4 months. I think I was the only patient that wasn't addressed by mom or dad there.


My eyes are hurting. I really think that the cornea dystophy is a symptom of sleep. The storm and rolling blackout really affected my sleep. I saw a therapist yesterday and we focused on that and came up with a plan that worked. I slept but woke up every couple of hours.


Weight Milestone

I currently see my lowest weight on my scale since 2017.  It may be lower, as it is very close to my lowest weight since Lap Band.  I got on the scale three times to see if it was really true.

Profile by Sanford is a pretty easy plan for me.  First, it’s low carb.  I’ve always been able to do low carb.  Second, most of the meals are pretty easy to make.

I’ve been doing their meal replacement shakes for breakfast which is a great substitute for my old breakfast: McDonald’s Mocha.

I use their Mocha shake and add coffee and whipped cream to it.  Taste and texture is very similar and it’s been so long since I’ve done that.

Lunch has been their Pizza crust with veggies and cheese.  If I get hungry I add a salad.

Afternoon has been their protein bar and their fiber replacement, usually jello which I made when the pizza is in the oven.

For dinner I make us something from emeals.  One night was taco soup which Rich really like.  Most of the time he likes the meals, and I tell him he is free to eat more carbs.

One day a week I do lunch out — usually Nicoise salad with salmon and no potatoes.

One day a week we do take out — Chili’s and I do their steak and asparagus.

When I travel, I take my food with me, and stick to salads and Chili’s steak.

Here’s some fun stats.

I’ve gone from 80 units of insulin a day to 8.  

I’ve been consistently losing 1-2 pounds a week.  

 


I was wrong on double masking

I honestly thought wearing a cloth mask over the GIR mask would be a bad idea.  I thought it would make fogging worse.

However, I needed to go to the TAMU Dental College today, and I have gotten a lot of push back on the GIR mask, with screening thinking it was a fake mask.

Wearing the fabric mask over the GIR mask didn’t cause fogging and not one person questioned my mask.

Sad, since the GIR is more effective than a fabric mask.


Double Masking?

This concept drives me nuts, but I wear a much different mask from most.

Mine is a silicon mask from http://gir.co

It clings to the skin, giving a tight seal.  If I get any fogging, I just press the mask and it stays.  It doesn’t slip.  Even running my dogs at a dog show.

They also sell a liner made out of material similar to that used to make N95.  The nice part of the liner is that it can go in any mask.  I have gone to a few places that didn’t like the silicon (my cornea doctor) so I wore a fabric mask with the liner in it.

I do keep a fabric mask in the car, so I guess I’ll go through the motions.

I’ve been vaccinated without knowing and have managed to NOT get infected.  I’ve only know for about a month and I haven’t changed the way I do things indoors.  I’m a bit more relaxed outside, depending on who I am with.

By the way, if you want to double mask without any bulk, those liners from GIR.co are really great.


Things are going well with Profile by Sanford.
 
I am steadily losing weight. We did a second measurement Wednesday and I have lost 9 inches. I have lost just over 15 pounds and am close to a third “decade”.
 
I am now wearing the short band on my Apple Watch.
 
It’s still very easy to do this way of eating.
 
I've been living out of hampers since my bathroom stopped working.  I didn't realize that I had a whole bunch more clothing than I was wearning -- some of it is really cute.  The nice thing is that the tops will work for a while.
 
So I started cleaning out my closets.  I'm going to have Operation Kindness pick up my 3x clothing on their next pickup.  
 
I also discovered a whole bunch of clothing that I bought when I was this almost small with Jenny Craig, so I have a whole wardrobe of athleisure that is waiting for me to lose a few more pounds!

What vaccination means to me

I've said this on other people's posts but finding out that I've had the vaccine since September / October is a huge relief.


First, I've managed to not get covid by masking, social distancing, and washing my hands. I've traveled to Oklahoma, East Texas, and Glen Rose. I get my nails done weekly, I go to Nordstrom's for lunch, and a few other restaurants. I go shopping. I go to the gym, but when they got really bad about not wearing a mask, I froze my membership again.
BUT, there was a little voice in my head, wondering if I am doing the right thing.


That little voice is gone now. It's very freeing.


Yes, I am still wearing a mask, but I'm back at the gym. I'm still social distancing, but I'll admit to getting a hug last week and it felt really good. Second hug since March.


When I wake up stiff and congested, I no longer wonder if I have covid.
Yes, I know that the science isn't proven yet whether or not, I can catch it and spread it BUT I didn't catch it and spread it before I was vaccinated or before I knew I was vaccinated.


What knowing I was vaccinated does is let me know I was doing the right thing.


That's freeing. Even if I still wear a mask, keep my distance, and wash my hands.


Just hit a goal that was supposed to be a short term goal

I have hit a weight goal I've had for several years.  I’ve always looked at weight loss as a short term and a long term goal.

My short term goal has been 245.  I’ve tried for two years to reach that, and I’ve been within a pound or two.

I've been on a great behavioral management plan, but I really needed the structure that Profile gives.

I know that I'm going to hit plateau's and I know I'll go off plan (I did a bit yesterday, broke down and ate a fun-sized chocolate bar).

I think I've finally found the key for me to lose weight!

For those who don’t know:

I started out at 320 pounds in May 2009, had bariatric surgery and lost 70 pounds. I stalled out a few years ago and in the last year, the band was so tight I couldn't eat anything healthy. I could have done the shakes, but not dinner.

I saw a bariatric surgeon this summer and after lots of testing we found that my band had slipped. She took all the fluid out of the band and I promptly gained about 5 pounds.

I literally found Profile by Sanford by driving down the street and joined that day. We couldn't get doctor's approval for Reboot for a few weeks, but I still lost weight.


10 pounds lost of Profile!

I’ve lost 10 pounds now according to the Profile App!

Profile has been easy for me, I haven’t had a binge since the day before the foundation repair started.  Man was I stressed.  

We’re slowly adding choices — last week, we added Profile Pizza Crust, and it took a couple of tries before I figured it out. 

This week we added Profile Ice Cream.

Both count as 15g meal replacements.

I get 4 15g meal replacements a day, and 1 10g meal replacement.  Usually 4 shakes and 1 protein bar, but the pizza crust and the ice cream also work as shakes.

Lunch is at least 2 cups of vegetables added to a meal replacement.  Dinner is 3-4 oz protein, 1-2 oz of fat, and at least 2 cups of vegetables.  I admit to frequently going over on those portions, but that keeps me to no more than a 2 pound weight loss a week.

Going to the gym, either the one in the house or the one outside the house.

Pain level is still pretty high.


At my lowest weight in over a year!

I am at the lowest weight I have been at in over year.  This last month has been so much easier than the last year.  I was doing everything I could to lose weight — work out and try to control my eating.

Because the band had slipped and because I was eating the wrong food, and couldn’t control my eating, nothing I did was working.

I’m still having trouble with wanting to eat late at night — last night was carrots.

Most of the time, being this low carb has been pretty easy.  Last night I just couldn’t eat my retables. 

Profile by Sanford just works for me, but I probably couldn’t do it if I hadn’t done the lap band first.

It means I have a weight loss of over 70 pounds at my heaviest.