The Journey Ahead: Focusing On Health

Happy 2019! I hope that you’re all having a great start to this new year. And my, oh my, how quickly this first month of the year is already going.

In my last post, I talked a little about some of the changes I am going through in life. I have started my journey to a better self and have met some challenges along the way. I was at my heaviest weight around October of last year. Since then some things have come to my attention that I believe to be possibly related to that.

In November I got a sinus infection that started as a cold. It was difficult to deal with, but something happened to me that I had never experienced before. One night, as I started falling asleep, I stopped breathing. It woke me up immediately. I thought maybe it was some bizarre one-time thing, but it kept happening for a good two hours. I have asthma, so I used my inhaler, hoping that perhaps it would help. This happened for three nights, and finally, I had enough.

I went to urgent care.

I was exhausted from not sleeping well, and this symptom was very worrisome. They attributed it to asthma, and I thought it would be the end of it once my infection cleared up. It didn’t happen again after I went to urgent care and got some more asthma help along with medicine for my infection.

Fast forward to the beginning of January. I got a cold, and it happened again. This time I did not wait for more than a single night, and I went to urgent care again. However, following up with my doctor this week, she thinks it could be sleep apnea.

I have never heard of this type of thing with asthma, but the doctor thinks perhaps it could be that the illness exasperated the condition and made it more apparent to me. I am waiting to hear from a pulmonologist to set up a sleep study. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to it. It’s not the first time I’ve done one, but I am nervous to find out if it could be apnea. I hope that losing weight will help with this problem!

That being said, I met the goal I was hoping to reach as of the new year. Fifteen pounds are gone!

I am close to reaching the next goal of 20 pounds, and hopefully, by the time this blog is published, I will be there. I have noticed these last few weeks that my weight loss is slowing down a bit. But it is really my own fault. I didn’t keep track of what I was eating too well, and I would eat too much. After one week of this behavior and seeing that I didn’t really lose much weight at all, I knew I had to get back on track.

Honestly, this change has been hard to deal with at times, but it is because I find myself trying to revert back to behaviors that got me to that place to begin with. Let’s be real. I like sugary foods. I like cookies and ice cream. It has been hard to give up eating as much of them as I want to, but it’s important to be accountable to myself. No one can change my weight and situation but me. That is sometimes the best and most difficult thing about it all.

Wish me luck as I continue on.

What are some challenges you have found if you are in the process of losing weight? How did you overcome them? Sound off in the comments below! 



About Mary Spangler

Mary was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She currently lives on Scott Air Force Base with her husband, SSG Spangler, their two sons and cat. Previous duty stations include Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Rivanna Station, Virginia, and Fort Shafter, Hawaii. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University in 2009. During her college years she also spent some time volunteering for the Student Veteran’s Association, and participated briefly in the Army ROTC program. She loves writing, music, gardening, watching documentaries and movies, cooking, hosting get-togethers, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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