Thursday, January 15, 2009


It's pretty obvious that I haven't been blogging much lately. I can't blame that on my recent addiction to Facebook, as that has only been the last week or so. This frankly hasn't been a very bloggy year despite the election, and since Labor Day, I've frankly felt too busy. A week in Dublin, a week with my US team in town, a week at the beach and then the holiday stuff started. And I should say that this was the funnest holiday period I can remember. Ever. While we unfortunately didn't get a chance to see ALL of our friends, we did manage to see many of them while seeing lots of concerts, seeing our families, running into folks we haven't seen in years, making a nice long weekend trip to DC and finally getting a bit of rest.

My problem now is a bit different and is the reason for the title of the post. I spent a lot of time last year trying to catch up with taking care of my health. I spent a lot of time at the dentist taking care of things that I'd let go way too long, I had my first physical in 8 years and I spent a couple of nights at the sleep clinic at the UNC Hospital, resulting in getting a CPAP and starting to really improve my sleep. I also realized that my blood pressure has gotten much higher over the last few years and have started trying to do something about that. So here's the problem - in addition to the CPAP, I need to sleep MORE. 6 hours a night isn't enough and I don't always get 6 hours. But I also need to lose weight to help reduce my BP, which means adding some workouts and morning is the only time I really have available. I also need to eat less for lunch, which kind of means (making and) taking my lunch to work, which means yet another thing to try to get done in the morning. Not being willing to hit the sack at 10pm (I'd miss Daily Show!!), I'm having a real problem getting more sleep while still managing to run and lift as often as I need to and I'm still eating at the cafeteria at work. Something's got to give somewhere - just haven't out what yet.



At 3:58 PM, Blogger Lex Alexander said...

One small step: Watch TDS reruns at a more civilized hour the next evening. While exercising.

And I can say from experience that there's nothing like losing 40 lbs to ratchet down your blood pressure. You'll probably sleep better, too.

But, no, 6 hrs/night won't cut it. You might be able to get by with 7.

Fun fact: the word-verification thingie reads: UNCturc

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Cindy Lee said...

Record TDS and watch it in the morning while your having breakfast or working out.

I have a friend who lost weight and was able to get off the C-Pap. You may not be able to but its a reason to lose the weight. I also understand the sleep thing. With all the research that shows how good sleep is for your heart I have been "making" myself sleep 7 hours. I'm a normally a 6 hour sleeper. Its not easy to change. good luck

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Thanks for the encouragement, guys!


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