Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 9 of 13: Rest – what a difference!

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One of the most common health issues of being morbidly obese is sleep apnea. I experienced sleep apnea for almost two decades and didn’t know it! According to a Johns Hopkins University study in Baltimore, “Severe sleep apnea raises the risk of dying early by 46 percent.” Now THATS a percentage to take note of!

I learned all about sleep apnea upon returning home for a long West Indies sailing adventure. I shared a cabin with two other friends, who, upon the first night together, I’m amazed they didn’t throw me overboard! During breakfast the first morning out to sea, they both told be I snored loud enough to possibly break our cabin portal! They also mentioned they feared for my life! Why? I’d stop breathing for long periods of time, only to shatter the silence when my body convulsed enough to restart my breathing. I had NO clue about all this until that fateful morning. Of course, I felt terrible about all this. Looking back, I see now how my obesity took its toll on the health of two dear friends. (Your health does, indeed, factor into the health of everyone you hold near and dear.)

supportAfter the dust settled from that trip, I spoke with my Doctor about my sleeping habits. I received a referral to a sleep apnea clinic. WOW! What an experience. The technician was amazed that I didn’t exhibit the traditional signs of sleep apnea based on my sleep study results. Given my results (a 95 out of 100 score on their scales), I should have been one of those folks who falls asleep at the wheel when driving, falling asleep at my desk, etc. Based on their scales, newborns may score a 25 on their tests (meaning, just about everyone has some form of sleep apnea from time to time). A 95 was considered life threatening.

My Doctor wanted me to IMMEDIATELY start using a C-PAP machine to help me breath better while sleeping. GREAT! A face-mask strapped to my fat face forcing air into my nose and mouth all so I might experience a sound sleep. I understood the implications of turning down a C-PAP machine when I opted for the more dramatic option. Surgery. A risky procedure known as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (or UPPP) combined with a full tonsillectomy. Thankfully, all turned out well.

Moral of the story, obesity often results in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea robs our bodies of necessary deep sleep time. If you’re partnered with someone, you may be robbing them of their sleep time with all that snoring! As we all know, lack of deep sleep depletes our immune system as well as increases our chances of being less than kind to ourselves and others. Think about it! If you’re over weight and feel tired all the time, it’s time you realize you may have a severe case of sleep apnea. Get this checked out ASAP!


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 10 of 13: Savoring results.

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I regret I didn’t savor each, “WOW! You look GREAT” or “OH! MY! How wonderful you look!” comment I received while retiring over 100 pounds.

Isn’t it a bit ironic how we often shun compliments yet we allow a criticism to complement our feelings of inadequacy. I wonder if we don’t have things a bit backwards! Instead of deflecting a compliment, we must allow it in – fully. No questions asked. No judgments around any kind word. Just savor such kind attention like we’d savor a steaming cup of soup on a cold, rainy day. On the flip side, any time we receive a criticism, we remind ourselves that there’s always MORE to the story than we’ll ever know, and let the criticism go.

Soul Then & NowThe act of savoring is often an acquired taste. Savoring something invites us to FEEL more than THINK! Savoring something involves ALL the senses. Savoring is best done real-time! (Ever try to savor the refreshing qualities of drinking a glass of chilled water on a hot day, an hour after drinking that glass of water? It’s just NOT the same is it!)

As you gain then maintain a healthy weight, kindly do yourself a HUGE favor! Savor every step of the process. LOVE every minute no matter what. Allow all the compliments you can stand – IN! If ever you experience a set-back of any kind, savor it as well. How? Know that everything has a divine reason of some kind. While that reason may not be readily apparent (if ever) there is a reason someplace. As I trust this notion of divine timing, it allows me to savor life more fully, each and every day!

If you need help in re-awakening your ability to savor – anything – let’s connect. I provide private coaching practice. Send me an email with your request. We’ll set-up a day / time to meet face-to-face via Skype. We’ll savor a few ah-ha’s along with a few hearty laughs!

Now, try to savor something within the next hour – will ya! Let us know what you savored by sharing a comment in the Comment box below.

And THANK you taking the time to read this post. Please share this post with others ehh? Namaste!


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 11 of 13: Re-imaging from the inside out.

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One steamy hot, no-wind Chicago day, I recall walking past a large shop window and wondering, “who’s that guy being reflected back to me. That’s NOT me!!”

I’ll not forget that moment for some time to come, to say the least! That day, I stood there looking at myself from head to toe, NOT recognizing me.  The thin, happy imagine in the window was NOT THE FAT, happy on the outside, miserable on the inside image I carried around in my sleepy, routine-laided “fat mind.”  The shop just happened to be a clothing re-use shop for a local children’s hospital. I spied some shorts I thought would be MUCH cooler to enjoy than the baggy pair of pants I sported that day.

I went in.  Examined the shorts.  Sighed.  “Too small” I thought.  The likelihood of me fitting in a size 32 was laughable.  Yet something inside me said – “SHUT UP!  Try on the shorts.  The worst that’ll happen is you’ll put them back on the rack.”  Okay! Okay!  I tried on the shorts with every intention of mocking myself for being so delusional!

self imageI wandered into the dressing room.  Baggy pants fall off easily you know!  Slipped on the shorts.  Without realizing it, I YELPED like I had just been surprised by a dear old friend materializing outta nowhere!  Actually!  I was surprised by a dear old friend – ME!

MY GAWD!  Those shorts – a bit snug – not too uncomfortable – FIT!

Those shorts FIT!  I could NOT believe it!

I gathered up my baggy pants and did a happy little Snoopy dance all the way to the cashier.  The poor woman at the counter wondered if I had completely gone off (or overdosed) my meds!  When I spotted her concern, I shared my story of retiring over 100 pounds little over six months ago (at that time). I continued to share how I thought I’d NEVER fit  into a size 32 EVER again!

She was amazed to say the least.  She also could stand to retire at least 100 pounds herself.  Do you think she inquired about what I did?  Nope!  I didn’t press the issue.  Everyone is perfect as is – right?  When you’re ready to get healthy – you know it.

From that moment onward, I daily worked at syncing up the image I felt with the image I thought!  Many times, I found myself in complete denial I had accomplished what I did!  Each time my ego wanted to flog me with old stories and images, I’d walk up to my bathroom door’s full-length mirror and observe myself from head to toe.  I gently rewired my internal image to match-up with real-time body.  Granted!  35 years of being morbidly obese imprints an image that’s hard to change. As we all know, ‘change happens’ with every breath we take!

When I begin work with someone who’s goal is to retire 100 pounds or more, I help them retire their inner image as they retire unhealthy weight.   The MORE my clients DO this work, the MORE quickly, safely, naturally retire unhealthy pounds!  Go figure!  Need help?  I’m a phone away!  312-268-0000.


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