Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

I’m making peace with my weight!  I surrender!

Surrender #1

When I was first diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea I was actually relieved.  This explained a whole slew of symptoms I was having over the years.  When the pulmonologist told me some of the benefits of receiving treatment with CPAP, I was particularly happy when she said I would most likely drop some weight.  As she explained, sleep deprivation and oxygen deprivation causes weight gain over the years if Sleep Apnea isn’t treated.  That was enough to motivate me to stick with the whole plan, along with the promise of increased energy and better sleep.

Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea (Part I)

As my treatment went on I was receiving different takes on this whole weight gain/weight loss thing associated with Sleep Apnea.  Sometimes, I was told, obesity can be the cause of Sleep Apnea.  Once you lose the weight you may not need the CPAP treatment anymore.  Sometimes, obesity has nothing to do with you having Sleep Apnea and the reason is more about facial structure.  It turns out that, in my case, it was the latter.  Good thing because no matter what I did, I wasn’t losing weight.  It was staying stable along with my commitment to healthy eating and exercise.  Better to maintain and not gain, right?

Then came the second stage of my Sleep Apnea experience.  I learned I had developed worsening symptoms of AVNRT which is a form of ventricular tachycardia.  Heart rhythm problems can be aggravated by Sleep Apnea over the years.  A cardiac ablation took care of the AVNRT and I was put on an increased dose of blood pressure/beta-blocker medication.  This caused a pile on of TEN more pounds in a span of one week.

Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea (Update ~ Part II)

weight gain

So!  I’m making peace with my body and my weight.  I’ll continue to take care of myself and be grateful for the quality of life that I’ve received now that I’m getting treated for OSA.  I’m not going to stress out over every pound I put on or get excited about every pound I drop.  Life’s too precious for that.

In two decades I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds.  I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.

~ Erma Bombeck ~

Seize the moment!  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. 

~ Erma Bombeck ~

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14 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

  1. Hi, Mary Lou….I was just (today) diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I already have fibromyalgia and a history of afib. Really????? Where did the strong, healthy me go while I wasn’t looking? I am happy to see you out here and to know that I’m not alone in facing the joys of life with a mask on my sleeping face….. I hope you feel much better now!!!

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    • For us women it seems related to menopause. I had OSA for so long before it was finally diagnosed. You’re going to feel so much better now that you’re being treated. Nice to meet you! ❤


  2. Sleep disorders are a lot more serious than many people realize. The affects on one’s body is underestimated even by some in the medical profession. Thanks for the info! Your story is truly encouraging.

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    • Yes Cynthia. I’m finding a lack of awareness and a skepticism that puzzles me. Being diagnosed and now treated has shown me how serious this is and how much it affects your life. Thanks for your encouragement! 🙂

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  3. It would be frustrating for you Mary Lou but sometimes we focus too much on the scales. Living a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and making healthier food choices is what really counts. I’m glad you have made peace with yourself and that you are being treated for sleep apnea that is something to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing your journey with us at #MLSTL and have a great week. x

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  4. Midlife just seems to be a killer for trying to shift those pesky few extra kilos that keep creeping on Mary Lou. I’ve never had a problem with weight gain/loss until I hit my 50’s and the steady small gains have been such a hurdle to try to stop and to reverse. I haven’t given up yet, but it’s so disheartening at times.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    • Hi Leanne, I just saw your comment! Yes! It seems healthy eating and exercise aren’t always able to keep those extra pounds from piling on. I also think medications don’t help either. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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