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Exercise and Me – What I’m doing in the Gym Pre-Op

So several people in my life that are keeping up with my blog for info on what is going on with me in regards to my surgery have asked quite a bit about what I am doing for my exercise routine.

When I started exercising a few months ago, I set out to walk a mile a day from the start. It took me about 30 minutes to do that at first, and I think I started walking at about 2.3 MPH. Definitely not FAST really, but it’s pretty fast for someone that weights 395lbs and I can tell you this, I was sure as hell huffing and puffing and sweating before I was done.

As time has gone by I have tried to bump the speed up now I’m walking at about 2.5 MPD and I’m walking 5 days a week, but changing the amount of time that I walk each day. On Mondays and Fridays I walk for 60 minutes now. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I walk for 45 minutes and on Wednesdays I walk for 30 minutes. I am still getting just over a mile in the 30 minutes, about a mile and a half on the days I do 45 minutes and about 2 miles on the days that I do an hour. That is getting me about a total of 8 miles a week right now. According to FitDay I’m burning about 312 calories in an hour of walking at 2.5 miles per hour. Now I’m not sure if that is completely accurate, the treadmills at the gym have a higher count when I input my weight, but then I am going faster than 2.5 MPH at some points too.

I’ve also added Swimming to my routine, which I am trying to do 3 nights a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’ve been swimming for about 30 minutes or so and doing about 9 laps which is equal do about ¼ a mile a night. I rotate between swimming in I guess what people would call a frog stroke (trying to get my upper arms some exercise by making them pull my body through the water) and then using a kick paddle on the next lap to keep my legs moving. I just go back and forth with these two lap styles, doing on then the other until my 30 minutes is up. According to FitDay, If I am swimming for 30 minutes doing “Slow, moderate or light effort” laps, I am burning 364 calories in 30 minutes of swimming .25 miles.

So basically as a break down this is what my week of exercise is looking like right now.

  • Sunday – Off
  • Monday – Treadmill 60 Minutes @ Approx 2.5 MPH
  • Tuesday – Treadmill 45 Minutes @ Approx 2.5 MPH & Swimming 30 Minutes .25 Miles
  • Wednesday – Treadmill 30 Minutes @ Approx 2.5 MPH & Swimming 30 Minutes .25 Miles
  • Thursday – Treadmill 45 Minutes @ Approx 2.5 MPH & Swimming 30 Minutes .25 Miles
  • Friday – Treadmill 60 Minutes @ Approx 2.5 MPH
  • Saturday – Off

The Sleep Study

I went in yesterday for the Sleep Study that I have to do pre-op. Now I have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea for about 10 years. I was first diagnosed back in my early 20s the first time my weight hit 350lbs. Later when I lost all that weight when I first met Jason, and I was back down to about 225lbs again I was able to stop using the CPAP Machine and just go back to sleeping normally, which I must say made for much better cuddling. After I had my hysterectomy and once I started putting my weight back on again, it wasn’t long before Jason started hearing the telltale signs of sleep apnea. My snoring got out of control and he started to become concerned about the fact that I seemed to stop breathing in my sleep. Once again I ended up back on a CPAP Machine.

I will say that I am pretty religion about sleeping with my CPAP Machine, I can easily tell the difference in the quality of my sleep when I don’t use one.

The Sleep Study is much the same as it was the first time I did it years ago. You go into what is very similar to a hotel room environment, they put a ton of wires on you, I mean a TON, and they monitor everything. There is an EKG on you, there are electrodes that monitor your chin movements, eye movements, which can tell when your eyes are open or closed and ones that can tell which way you are moving your eyes. They have wires that monitor the rise and fall of your chest. They have wires that monitor the movement of your legs. There is an oxygen sensor to monitor your o2 saturation, and of course there are all sorts of electrodes stuck all about your scalp that monitor all sorts of stuff. It takes a bit to get through all that and actually get to sleep; it’s not easy sleeping while you are in medical wire bondage.

You sleep for about 6-7 hours, while they continue to raise the pressure on the CPAP Machine to get it to where you need it to be to stop Sleep Apnea episodes. Since for me this was just a Sleep Titration, meaning that they were just making sure the pressures where set right, they didn’t have to spend the first part of the night actually proving that I had Sleep Apnea by  letting me go into Apnea episodes to see how often it happened.

I had to be there at 9:30pm I think I was able to go to sleep by about 10:30 or pretty close to that, and then they woke me up at about 6:30 and sent me home. All it all it was pretty standard if you know what to expect from a sleep study.

Alright time to start working on this 4lbs that I need to lose and get my ass into the Gym. Speaking of which, a lot of people have been asking me about what I’m doing for exercise so I will write a bit about that next week.

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