SSR Curt Christiansen’s Happier, Healthier Me: Week Thirty Four

SSR Curt Christiansen’s Happier, Healthier Me: Week Thirty Four

Oh what a tangled web we weave?..

Okay so I have been very honest with you guys in the writing of this blog and have shared many a personal fact. I am like an open book.

I told you about gaining weight in blog week one that started this whole thing off.

I told you about the cod fish and hamburger casserole in blog week three.

I told you about my fear of treadmills in blog week six.

I told you about my blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea in blog week nine and the treatment I use for those issues.

I put my wife out a number of times including her ugly feet in week sixteen.

In week twenty nine I told you about how, after starving myself I managed to hit 160.8 pounds but couldn?t finish a 5K as a result.

I told you about boxers or briefs in week??nah just messing with you, I didn?t tell you about that.

The other thing I didn?t tell you about was that after week twenty nine I hit the carbs heavy and within days had gained back most of what I had lost.

Then I did something else. I stopped something that I hadn?t shared with you. I stopped taking this mild prescription sleep aid that had been prescribed for me back in November.

I have weird sleep issues and last Fall they seemed to peak and so I started seeing a sleep specialist and tried meditation and other things, but after a particularly bad week in November I began to take a mild non habit forming prescription sleep aid. A couple of weeks ago, with a hectic evening schedule and a run of early morning work needs I stopped taking it.

And I started to lose weight.

And I thought hmmm??.so I made a point to continue to not take it and even though I had added a certain level of carbs back into my diet, guess what, I continued to drop weight and maintain it.

Interesting huh? Could it be that it wasn?t all that pigging out I did during the holidays last year that cooked my weight up? (Well, I am sure that didn?t help).

But sleep is so important. I can?t under emphasize that. And I read recently that one of the best ways to recover from your running workouts is quite simply, to get better sleep. (http://www.active.com/running/Articles/The-Single-Best-Way-to-Recover-Faster-From-Workouts.htm?cmp=291&memberid=146844725&lyrisid=44047137&[email protected]&gender=M&dob=19560627+00:00)

And for functioning at work or school and thinking and communicating clearly you have to have sleep (am I making any sense?).

So I may never run a marathon while I am awake, but apparently I am now running them in my sleep and burning lots of calories. That is as long as I go to sleep naturally. And after some easy research I have learned that weight gain is a frequent side effect of the medication I am taking or not taking currently. So I am going to continue monitoring this change and see how it goes but also, be mindful of my sleep needs too.

See, what a tangled web we weave indeed.

And speaking of eating right and recovery, check this out if you are in the Northern Virginia area, ?Healthy Ways to Reach Your Race Weight? presented by Dr. Riccardo Tersigni at the Tyson?s Potomac River Running August 26th.

And finally remember Week 25, Lowen and Navarro, and my recent Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of Eric Lowen who succumbed to ALS. It was through Dan Navarro that I learned about the ALS effort and the challenge. Here is Dan at the Jammin? Java in Vienna last Sunday evening.

Curt Christiansen
Chief Operating Officer
Sport and Spine Rehab
[email protected]

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