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Sunday, Jul 24, 2011
What Do You Wish For?
By Karen
Sunday, Jul 24, 2011 10:32
How many times have you said, "I wish I could do that." Or maybe you say, "I wish I could lose this weight." "I wish I was as skinny as she is." "I wish I could eat everything she does."

Do you put yourself and your dreams last?

For many overweight people they put their self-last. They do not take the time to take care of their self properly. I know I always took care of my children needs and wants way before I took care of any of mine needs. I would take care of myself late at night when everyone else was sleeping. That was when I would eat and watch TV. I would not even know how much I was eating. I would eat right out of the bag. When I did this I would zone out, I would be able to breathe.

I look back and ask myself, "was that really taking care of myself?"

I would not think of the consequences while I was eating. The guilt, the shame and the - what the heck did I do, comes in after.

I had the "Wish" problem. I wished I had control over my eating issues. I wished I were an active part of my family's life. I wished I was not sitting on the sidelines.

There is no easy way out of this problem. There is no magic pill, no special potion, or lotion. It comes down to not wanting to live your life being overweight, obese anymore. It really comes down to wanting to live life.

This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It is much easier to eat whatever you want and not worry. That is when the "Wishing" starts.

Here is a trick. Before you eat something that is not on your eating plan, say to yourself "Is it worth it." What this does is make you think twice about what you are going to do. If you really want it and it this does not stop you from eating it, then measure out a portion. When you are in this frame of mind, you will keep eating until the bag is gone. If you want it in the original bag -- some people have to have it that way. Then put the rest in another bag out of your site.

We have all heard that people eat when they feel their rest of their life is out of control. Take control back of your life, one thing at a time. Small changes do add up to big changes.

For today, make one change. A change in the way you do something. Change something that will help you get your life in more control and in less chaos.

Clean out your pantry so all the healthy items at your eye level. Then put the not so healthy stuff to where it is difficult to get that item. Better yet, get rid of the unhealthy stuff. It is a lot harder to get in your car or walk to the store to get it then it is to reach in a pantry.

Email me with the small change you made today.

I'll be talking to you soon.


Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011
Does Someone You Know Have Sleep Apnea?
By Karen
Wednesday, Jun 08, 2011 04:50
People who have sleep apnea are not getting enough air through your mouth or nose into their lungs. It also is when you have shallow breathing or when you stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds at a time.

People who usually have sleep apnea usually snore very loud. There are also people who snore that don't have sleep apnea.

When you are overweight, it affects your body's airways staying open during sleep. Not all sleep apnea is caused by being overweight.

One way to treat sleep apnea is to use a CPAP machine. It forces air through a mask into your nose or nose/mouth. This keeps your airways open.

My husband Paul has sleep apnea. His is not overweight and feels he has had it since he was a teenager. I would hear him in the middle of the night stop breathing. I would have to nudge him for him to take a breath. He finally listened to me and had a sleep study to determine if he did have sleep apnea.

Some of his symptoms were being always tired. Wanting to sleep more and sleep in on the weekends. After getting his CPAP machine, he is much better. He does not stop breathing in the middle of the night. His energy level has increased immensely.

In Stockholm there was a new study conducted on Sleep Apnea and the effects of weight elimination. They had male patients that aged between 30 and 65 who had sleep apnea and were overweight went on a weight elimination plan.

Half of the men who had eliminated weight a year later did not need their CPAP machines. In about 10% of them, the sleep apnea went away.

Dr. Somers of the Mayo Clinic says "There seems to be a connection between weight and sleep apnea."

This is one more reason to eliminate those extra pounds.

I'll be talking to you soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I'm On The Dr. Drew Show!
By Karen
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:45
Yesterday I was on the Dr. Drew show with Dr. Drew, Alison Sweeney and Dr. Bruner. The station is HLN. The Dr. Drew show contacted me on Thursday to possibly flying out to LA on late Sunday or early Monday morning for the show. They would have to get back with me with the details.

I spoke with Cristina on Saturday. I would go to a studio here in Phoenix and I would be live by Satellite. I agreed to do the show. The show was about body acceptance.

I know I will never be a skinny person. That is not how my body is. I also realize that even though I am over 200 pounds I am healthier than many people who are within the normal range for their weight.

Alison Sweeney is the host from The Biggest Loser Show. She was a sweetheart. She agreed with what I had to say and really backed me up. I wish I had been in the studio to meet her in person.

Dr. Drew asked me what moment made me change my life. When I said it was not one moment it was a bunch of moments, I'm not sure if he understood or believed me. He then asked if I had a death scare and was that why I changed my life. He sees that to be the case, with many of the people who he has worked with. I explained that everyday living (existing) was very difficult and that I couldn't live (exist) like that anymore.

Dr. Bruner came on the show by satellite. She is an obesity and metabolic specialist. She was explaining all the health problems from being overweight. Then Dr. Drew explained what metabolic syndrome was. It includes high LDL, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruner admitted they have this syndrome.

Dr. Drew asked Alison if she was and she replied no. I told them I was not either. You can barely hear me saying I'm not.

Here is a doctor warning about being overweight and having this syndrome because you are overweight, she has it, and she was not overweight.

I think we need to know our numbers and our health issues. By being aware, we can help ourselves. I know it is scary. I was afraid to go to the doctor. I would be told I was obese and I was going to have health problems. Getting on that scale was embarrassing.

I was lucky. I started my journey when my numbers were elevated but not where they were considered high and pre-diabetic.

I am very proud of how far I have come even though I have gained some of the weight back. It is a battle I will be fighting the rest of my life. I am wining that battle. Don't ever give up on yourself. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

I'll be talking to you soon.


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