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Desperate Times... (post #57139)

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Desperate times call for desperate measures!


Yep, I can't take it any more - tomorrow will mark the first day of South Beach. This is the first "DIET" I have been on in a very long time. More than anything, I need to reprogram my eating habits.


Lately (beginning with our wonderful long weekend in Montreal), we have been eating wonderful food and tons of it. My body needs to remember that portions are meant to be small, dinner is not served right before bed, and I am no lumberjack!


I am not excited about no fruit or wine for a few weeks, but I am ready to get my eating routine back on track. The only way I have ever been successful in losing weight on a so-called "diet" is to max the flavors and keep it interesting! New recipes, lots of spice...


Will report back!

MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #1 of 86)

Ohhhhhh, I need to join you, but as desperate as I am, don't know if I'm ready to give up my glass of wine with dinner.



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avak123's picture

(post #57139, reply #2 of 86)

Believe me, giving up wine will be the most difficult part!

courgette's picture

(post #57139, reply #3 of 86)

So do it all except for the glass of wine. I bet you'd still lose weight....


I too am making a renewed effort. I fell off the wagon last fall when Mom died and need to get back on track. But no South Beach for me. Can't do no/low carbs. Just have to eat reasonably in smaller portions so that I can just do it forever.


Mo

Marie Louise's picture

(post #57139, reply #4 of 86)

Re: the wine, not the desperation.

As I've gotten older, I've had a lot of trouble sleeping straight through the night. I fall asleep easily but wake up in the middle of the night. At my doctor's recommendation, I tried giving up wine, or drinking no more than one small glass. It didn't completely cure my restless sleep, but it helped. And I am much less groggy in the morning-DH has noticed that his runs are easier in the mornings that he hasn't had anything to drink the night before.

All in all, I feel MUCH better when I don't drink at all (though I do still enjoy it, especially on my days off.)

You may find the same?

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MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #6 of 86)

One of my many complaints at my doctor's visit last week (I've decided that complaints rise with your age!) was that I simply am not sleeping.  He had several recommendations, one of which was to be very careful about drinking in the evenings.  DH and I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, and if we're feeling like it, another later.  The doctor pointed out that although alcohol is a depressant, it forces the body to react by trying to stay awake (I'm paraphrasing and probably getting it wrong, but the point is there.)  So, I've definitely limited it to one glass with dinner.  Also said to try to get onto a schedule.  If normal bedtime is 10 p.m., stick with that, rather than going to bed at 9 one night and 11 another.  Finally, although he prescribed a sleep aid (Ambien CR) which I haven't taken, he suggested getting some melatonin at the drug store.  I pop one of those each night, try to follow his other suggestions, and have definitely been sleeping better. 



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nexus's picture

(post #57139, reply #27 of 86)

Have you tried the old standards of either warm milk or chamommile tea? If those don't work, Benadryl or valerian.


I know that's simplistic but its better than Ambien.


I 'm just suggesting, really.


Cheryl

MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #28 of 86)

Haven't used the Ambien-CR yet.  The doctor's suggestion was to take the melatonin, but to know the Ambien was there if I needed it.  I tend to agree with those who say that prescription drugs these days are better than the OTC ones at not making you drowsy, but can't say since I haven't tried it.  Besides, we have stock in the company which makes it, so I have to be loyal, LOL. 



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msm-s's picture

(post #57139, reply #29 of 86)

i was talking to a friend yesterday about these sleep aids. tylenol pm doesn't work for her (i love it).
ambien made her really really loopy and forgetful. lunesta/lunestra gave her a nasty metallic taste she couldn't get rid of for more than a day.

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MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #30 of 86)

DD took Ambien and it really made her loopy, but she likes Ambien CR.  Tricare won't pay for it which is a problem for her, though.



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nexus's picture

(post #57139, reply #42 of 86)

I know you're a very smart lady but I have heard scary things about Ambien. I'm just a Jewish Mother you know.


Cheryl

MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #43 of 86)

Okay, confession time...DD gave me a sample of Ambien CR, and frankly, the stuff didn't seem to work as well as the pills I'm taking.  I'm probably not going to take any unless the stuff I'm taking doesn't work any more.  So far, so good. 



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nexus's picture

(post #57139, reply #44 of 86)

Best of luck and take care.


Cheryl

Astrid's picture

(post #57139, reply #32 of 86)

My cure-all for not sleeping is one hot cup of milk and a teaspoon of honey, works every time. I heat mine on the stove, but it can also be done in a microwave. The commercial sleep aids always give me a hangover the next day, not so with milk and honey.

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nexus's picture

(post #57139, reply #41 of 86)

There are a lot of ways to go before trying the pharmaceuticals, gentler and easier on the system. That's where I prefer to start too.


Cheryl

avak123's picture

(post #57139, reply #7 of 86)

I agree completely - wine definitely wreaks havoc with my sleep pattern. It didn't used to, but now any more than a glass or two and I am wide awake at 2 A.M.


Rarely, I will have a glass or two on "school nights" and maybe a bit more on weekends. I think it is more the fact that I AM NOT ALLOWED than actually giving it up! ;-) 

Jean's picture

(post #57139, reply #8 of 86)

My wine consumption has dropped to almost nil, even though I do love it, alcohol is contraindicated with several of the meds I have to take. Even so, I still wake up around 3 or so hoping it's morning. When I'm desperate I will take a Tylenol PM before I go to sleep.  That seems to carry me through OK. I still have to really fight the urge to take a nap during the day. Unless I have someone around to rouse me after 15-30 minutes, those naps could extend to over an hour and there goes the night time sleep again.   sigh





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avak123's picture

(post #57139, reply #12 of 86)

Poor baby. Not sleeping just stinks! :-(


Regarding Tylenol PM, you may want to speak with your Dr. and have him/her prescribe something for those occasions. The reason I mention this is that a dear friend of mine is a Neurologist/Psychiatrist and has mentioned that most over-the-counter sleep aids really mess with your brain chemistry and are quite addictive. 


For those rough nights, they now have prescription sleep aids that aren't addictive and make you feel better in the A.M. Just my 2 cents!

roz's picture

(post #57139, reply #13 of 86)

Talk about weird! I awoke in the middle of the night last night, and thought of you and MadMom and how both of your physical therapy was coming along! How goes it? The physical stress of therapy either could have a beneficial or detrimental effect on sleep.

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MadMom's picture

(post #57139, reply #16 of 86)

Afraid I'm out of physical therapy, although I still have and use my TENS machine and am trying to keep up the exercises.  I'm gradually building my gym in the basement, and hopefully will start to use it soon.  Seems every time I get close, something happens to put me back a couple of steps.  This time, it was running into a wall with my little toe, probably breaking it, and ending up with a horribly bruised foot.  I'm such a klutz.



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roz's picture

(post #57139, reply #18 of 86)

Ouch! Sprained my ankled three weeks ago, just now starting to walk comfortably. So sorry for you!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
Marcia's picture

(post #57139, reply #14 of 86)

I recently read that statins can cause insomnia. :(

TracyK's picture

(post #57139, reply #15 of 86)

Save some pennies -- buy your store's generic version of Benadryl. Same exact medication, same dosage, a fraction of the cost.

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soupereasy's picture

(post #57139, reply #17 of 86)

Very good advice. When I worked in the hospital Benedryl was given as sleeper, now it is OTC.

TracyK's picture

(post #57139, reply #20 of 86)

It's weird...  I know very few people who would knowingly take a sleeping pill and drive, yet those same people would probably take Benadryl and drive. The power of suggestion, perhaps?


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Heather's picture

(post #57139, reply #21 of 86)

I read a study a couple of years ago that showed that driving under the influence of Benadryl was as bad as drinking and driving. Of course I can't remember the doses now, but it didn't take much Benadryl IIRC.

avak123's picture

(post #57139, reply #22 of 86)

I read a study a couple of years ago that showed that driving under the influence of Benadryl was as bad as drinking and driving. Of course I can't remember the doses now, but it didn't take much Benadryl IIRC.


Absolutely. Three or four years ago I was working on a pharmaceutical deal involving a non-drowsy allergy med. We had the recommended dose benadryl/accident stats - they were staggering! The stats also included pilot error under the influence of Benadryl. Very scary!!!

soupereasy's picture

(post #57139, reply #23 of 86)

Just curious, how did they compare with driving while on a cell phone. I keep hearing that that is just as bad as driving over the limit.


No, I am not advocating any of the three.:)

avak123's picture

(post #57139, reply #25 of 86)

Can't help you with the cell stats, but I am sure they would not be pretty. :-(

Jean's picture

(post #57139, reply #24 of 86)

Scary, indeed.  In the process of learning i was allergic to Plavix and Ticlid, I walked around for a month in a Benadryl haze.  Or rather I should say I didn't walk around, that's what contributed to the leg muscle problems I have now. This week is the end of my scheduled therapy.  I'm seeing some improvement and will she how I do with my home excercises before deciding if I want to do more.  My therapist thinks that it would be helpful, but we'll see how it goes.


 






Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need