Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments

CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a mild to serious sleeping condition that affects the total amount of time, and quality, of your sleep. This disorder causes you to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer throughout the night, which often will wake you up or at least disrupt the quality of your sleep. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S. alone, mostly adults, and people who are overweight or obese are at a much greater risk of contracting the disorder. There are various treatment options available to people effected by sleep apnea, as well as many preventative measures that can help you avoid the disorder altogether. Read More…

Weight Loss Challenge: Week 1

Rounding out the first week – actually half a week – of my Weight Loss Challenge, I ended right back where I started at 190 pounds. That’s to be expected though, so I’m not too worried about the lack of progress – it’s only been a couple of days and it takes time to “get in the groove”.

I lifted weights on Wednesday and ran on the treadmill Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Overall, it was a good start. I’m still slowly adjusting my diet, so it’s not such a drastic change. I’m eating more salads, chicken, beef, cheese, eggs, and other high protein foods. Avoiding soda (with the exception of diet soda), sugary snacks, and excessive breads and cereals (that’s the hardest part).

I hope to lose about 3 pounds by the end of next week. Keep checking my Weight Loss Challenge graph periodically for updates on my progress. I’ll try and update the graph everyday.

Have a great weekend, and good luck with your health and fitness goals!

Kicking Off the Weight Loss Challenge!

weight loss challenge
If you haven’t already noticed, I added a new page to Promote Health called “Weight Loss Challenge”. I have my weight loss tracking graph posted there as well as in the sidebar to the right – you can click the small weight loss graph to get to the Weight Loss Challenge page.

The start of this challenge is exciting for me, and I hope I can inspire others along the way!…or at least get people to laugh at me for failing miserably (lol)!

Anyway…As promised, here are my vital stats to start:

  • 28 years old
  • 5-foot 9-inches tall
  • 190 pounds
  • BMI (body mass index) = 28.03 (considered “overweight”)

My goal is get down to 175 pounds within about 3 months, although I don’t necessarily have a time limit on this challenge. I will use no diet pills, weight lifting powders, or other diet “helpers” during this challenge. I don’t believe in most of these products, and besides, most of them don’t work anyway. My weight loss regiment will consist of eating healthy foods, adjusting my portion control, and exercise – including both weight lifting and running.

I will try to post at least 2-3 times per week to update my progress, but you can check back anytime for up-to-date weight loss results on my weight loss graph.

Wish me luck!

Follow Me on My Weight Loss Challenge!

Being that I blog about health on a daily basis, I come across hundreds of great posts by bloggers trying to help people lose weight. There’s so much information out there about losing weight, but accomplishing weight loss goals seems to be impossible for some people. I think the biggest reason for this “failure” is the lack of motivation. So, I’ve decided to try to motivate people by tracking my own weight loss goals and posting the results here at the blog. Read More…

Top 10 Healthy Drinks That Can Help You Lose Weight

healhty drinks
When it comes to weight loss, substituting healthy drinks for those sugary sodas and energy drinks can have a drastic effect on your weight loss goals. Most people don’t realize how many calories they take in each day from drinks alone. For instance, a caffe mocha with all the fixings can pack in over 500 calories! So as you can see, switching to healthier drinks and ditching the “junk drinks” will greatly reduce your daily caloric intake and in return start shredding those unwanted pounds. Check out this list of the top 10 healthy drinks that can help you reach your weight loss goals… Read More…

Peanut Butter Recall: Latest Information

Peanut Butter Recall is a Mess

By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve all heard about the recent peanut butter recall caused by a massive salmonella outbreak across the U.S.  The alleged culprit: Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Georgia. This salmonella outbreak stemmed from tainted peanut butter at the plant that has been linked to over 600 people getting sick due to salmonella and is even linked to some deaths. Read More…

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