Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I’ve never been a good sleeper. I contribute this to a couple of things, my weight, my personality and my messed up body clock. Although lately I think I’ve developed Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Bit hard to describe what it is. I thought it could be a crappy sleep pattern through my body clock I’ve installed sleep apps on my phone to try and monitor it, but basically I average around 6 hours sleep per night. Of that I get around 30 mins REM sleep, 2.5 hours light sleep and 3 hours deep sleep. For what it’s worth, without doing proper testing in a laboratory anyway.

Regardless, I think I’m suffering from Sleep Apnea, I’ve suffered for a few years with randomly being tired in the day, regardless of the sleep I get I still end up yawning multiple times. Lately every night I go to sleep, I fall asleep for about an hour and then wake up, literally having to force myself to gasp for air. It’s a strange feeling, almost like my body has forgotten how to breathe. It’s happened a couple of times when awake. It’s slightly unsettling, but once it happens, I manage to drop off to sleep without issues. The only things I’ve been able to think of causing this is Sleep Apnea, Obesity or neurological damage. I also considered that I was bloody choking myself unconcious when I sleep without realising as I lie on my arm on my neck when I sleep, but I think that’s highly irregular.

Most likely cause is that I’ve developed Obstructive Sleep Apnea because of my weight, so I’m working on that first. I’d be interested in hearing other peoples opinions on it. I’m actually a nose breather, I rarely breathe through my mouth, although I have discovered I snore when I sleep (sometimes). I’m not really sure there’s a way of checking it other than monitoring my CO2/OXYGEN levels whilst I sleep some how or breathing through a mask to see if it helps, or going to a doctor to be diagnosed.

The main thing that really unsettles me is the Air Gasping though. I thought it may have been sleep paralysis but I’ve never suffered it before. Really weird, but the human body is interesting and that’s why I’m always curious about it. It’s a complex machine

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Captains of Crush – CoC Videos

I’ve always been interested in developing Body Strength I’ve always wanted to increase my grip strength. Nothing wrong with increasing the strength of the Body to various degrees whilst also having a sharp mind. Healthy mind and Body. Just felt like posting these. I’d love to have the strength like Joe Kinney, but to close a #4 CoC gripper you’d have to have obscene levels of strength in the forearms. Currently only 5 people in the world can close the #4 officially

To date, there are currently 11 Captains of Crush Grippers. Details taken straight from the Iron Mind website below and then onto my videos. I don’t own all the grippers. Still need to buy them, so if you’re feeling generous you can always send me a gift from Amazon 🙂

11 strengths to choose from
http://www.ironmind.com/product-info/grip-strength-training-tools/captains-of-crush-grippers/

CoC Closure Videos

Proof that I can close them. I’m not an expert strength trainer. I just do this infrequently every now and then to increase my strength more. I’ll be posting as I can successfully close each one

CoC Guide
CoC Sport
CoC Trainer
CoC 0.5
CoC 1
CoC 1.5
CoC 2
CoC 2.5
CoC 3
CoC 3.5
CoC 4

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2020 Fitness – Starting Numbers

I don’t believe in the whole new year / new me rubbish, or going to a gym to get healthy because it’s the start of a new year. I just prefer to get into shape again to improve my overall health nothing more.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to the gym (probably a good 6 years now). I wouldn’t so my overall health is too bad. Yes, I’m clinically classed as morbidly obese. However I rarely drink and don’t smoke. I was actually quite active, and I’m still active at work to some degree. So I don’t get out of breath easily.

I’ll be updating this post as I go. I’ve always had a good blood pressure, never been too high. Although lately it’s become too high (145/80 was my last reading). I contribute this to 3 things (My weight, my lifestyle, my job). I won’t go too much into this, I’m overweight, I eat shit and my job is very stressful. Just being honest here

TESTOSTERONE Results

  • All OK. My Prolactin was high, and my DHEA Sulphate levels were low. Other than that all readings were in range
    • I got a Dr’s report when I got my test results. Basically the main things that can be caused by these are
      • Infertility : This for me, I really don’t care about. I don’t want kids, never have never will
      • Loss of libido : Nope – wouldn’t say that either. I never switch off
      • Erectile dysfunction : Nope – but WOAH, best at health now. A broken tool is never good

In all seriousness though, I’ll be seeing the Dr though, it was recommended in my Health report. I suffer from Psoriasis which has been flairing up as it’s agitated by stresss, and so can the levels on my health tests. So I’m doing a follow up test, but also they can be caused by Thyroid issues (which can cause weight gain / loss), so another test for me to do. I’ll be advising the Dr anyway on the tests so I have more control over it. I’m trying to get a baseline for start + finish as this will be an ongoing journey for me

BLOOD TEST Results

  • Not yet done… Tests cost money

With regards to my overall body, see the Gallery below. I want to be around 105-120kg. This is higher than my recommended Body weight, but I don’t want to be tall and thin, I’d rather be tall and chubby. Wouldn’t suit me in terms of look. You can see my current figures below. Main ones

  • My OVERALL Body Weight is 149.8 Kg
    • 32.5% of my Body Weight is FAT (Approx 48.69 Kg)
    • 36.8% of my Body Weight is MUSCLE (Approx 55.13 Kg)
    • 8.61% of my Body Weight is BONE (Approx 12.9 Kg)
      • 49.3% of my total body weight is WATER (Approx 73.85 Kg)
  • Weight 150kg (I’d like to get this between 105 – 120kg)
    • My “ideal” weight for my height is meant to be around 10-14st. Sorry that build wouldn’t suit me. I prefer being big. Just not huge. So I’d like to go to about 15-17st

25/04/20

I was debating about updating this post with a lot of information first before I made it live, but may aswell make it live so people can read. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak afecting the world I’m stuck indoors a lot. Using the time to clean the house and crack on with the exercise bike. I need to start slow, as I reckon since the last time I’ve been to the gym I’ve easily put on 20kg, so need to start slow. Not sure how long COVID will last but this will keep me occupied

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I think clearer when angry

Ever had those moments of zen? I was doing the dishes in the house and whilst doing them my mind went over an argument I had at my place of work recently.

I realised that for some strange reason I think clearer when angry. I get the red mist, my adrenaline flows, and my temper goes off the rails. For some reason however my mind never phases, it actually zones in when I’m angry and I seem to have an acute point of reasoning or understanding of the problem at hand.

I don’t know whether to be worried or interested about myself. Probably means I’m borderline psychotic, bi-polar or have ADHD. Most likely something along those lines, but for now I’ll go with the flow.

I’m not a shrink so can’t really analyse myself; I just for some reason at times reach complete clarity and realise things. I just now have to figure out how I can use my anger to fuel a solution to problems rather than to increase my mental stress when I encounter them

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Start your day with a cold shower

Recently I’ve been having a cold shower each day to help wake me up, there’s many reasons over why this benefits you on-line and quite simply you feel more manly stepping into a freezing cold shower and forcing yourself to stay calm without crying like a little bitch. Now, I like my creature comforts, but alongside the obvious benefits of saving money having a shower. Having a cold shower means you also don’t waste time when cleaning as your in and out quickly anyway and additionally it doesn’t cost me as much money in electric / gas because the water doesn’t need to be heated.

There are many benefits to taking a cold shower. I’ve trawled the web and posted as many as I can find here for you to review and consider it. If you take up the 30 day challenge of a cold shower, or just want to tell me how you felt about it then why not make a comment and let me know

I’m going to post the benefits below and try to backup the claims with links to research articles rather than just spamming content. A lot of this content was used from other websites as I wanted to collate the data, however I don’t want to copy word for word so I will be taking the information and modifying it with references to articles from research

 

Health benefits of cold showers 

 

Cold showers help burn fat aiding weight loss

Claims on the web have reported that Scandanavian researchers found exposure to cold temperatures accelerated the metabolic rate of brown fat by as much as 15 times which could result in a weight loss of almost 9lbs in weight of white fat over a year. For reference …

Brown Fat = Good (this burns it)

White Fat = Bad (this is what stores it)

(1 Stone in weight is 14 pounds so it’s almost 1 Stone in Weight Loss)

Now, I did a search for the article about it but I couldn’t find it. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, I did however find an article in the Wikipedia for Brown Fat, which is also known as BAT or Brown Adipose Tissue. This article describes the Activation of Lipolysis and Metabolism by Cold Exposure. Basically if you can’t be bothered to read it, they did lab tests on mice for 8 weeks after feeding them a heavy-fat diet so both groups of mice were really plump.

The mice were then split into two groups and were exposed to two different temperatures. The mice exposed to 30’c didn’t show much change, but the mice exposed to a temperature of 4’c (they were acclimatised by by exposure to 18’c first) showed marked elevation of the metabolic rate as measured by O2 consumption and CO2 production which is consistent and linked to weight loss and the decrease of BMI. This same test was carried out on “normal” mice fed on a usual diet, and after they were exposed to similar temperatures they were also shown to be decreasing in BMI and weight. So there’s at least some proof to the claims, but the temperatures must be at least 4’c and for 8 weeks to have any real effect.

 

Cold showers help wake you up

When you step into the cold shower, and that oh so icy cold water hits your skin. It sends your brain into panic mode, and forces you to breathe deeply and longer, it sends your body into shock and makes you shiver. As a result this speeds up the oxygen intake and your heart rate which results in increased blood flow. The result? It gets more oxygen around your body and makes you feel wide awake in an instant. I actually stood in my shower when I switched it on, my resting heart rate was 51bpm and when I went into the shower it instantly jumped to 101bpm. After finishing the shower and measuring it again around 30 secs later it was back to 51bpm.

 

Make yourself like good with that N(ICE) cold shower

Apparently cold water is good for your skin and hair. The only real benefit of hot water is opening up your pores. As your body does this to increase removal of excess heat from your body. For your body however, the hot water dries out the skin and removes essential oils in it. Cold water does the opposite it firms your cuticles and pores and closes them up aiding the grip on your body and preventing dirt from entering it

Improving your bodies immunity to illness and stress

Similar to the effect of waking you up cold water increases heart rate and oxygen circulation throughout your body. This has claimed additional benefits like lowering blood pressure, clearing clogged arteries and boosting your immune system. Additionally research has shown it can help with depression

Quote from site “this is because exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect

Showering in cold water is a hormonic stressor too which improves you bodies ability cope with stress tolerance by a reaction known as Hormesis which works by your body being exposed to low doses of an agent that is toxic or lethal at higher doses

Increased fertility and testosterone production

Several research articles, the majority of copy & paste articles about cold showers online quote the Thrombosis Research Institute and University of California. Claim that taking a cold shower increases your testosterone. Additionally it’s also reported that this can increase your sperm count too, those “nads holding your lads” don’t like being too hot. There’s a reason why those balls are held in a sack that shrinks or expands. They work a miracle at maintaining your little swimmers temperature. Exposure to cold shower helps keep those little swimmers alive rather than killing them off. The same reason as wearing tight underwear and sitting down is meant to be bad for sperm production too. So if you’re trying for a baby it can have benefits for things that may seem a lost cause

Speed up recovery from hard exercise

After a hard exercise session, your body builds up a lot of lactic acid which is produced as a result of your body breaking down glucose for high demands of energy which then forms a bi-product of pyruvate which is generated from oxidised glucose. The problem with this is generally your muscles can’t get rid of the lactate produce which can lead to symptoms such as cramps. One way of solving this is by cold water therapy such as showers and ice baths. This works because the cold water shocks and constricts the veins holding all the blood which removes the lactate and then when you step out of the ice bath or shower new fresh blood is pumped into the body. The shock also causes your heart to pump faster which helps to circulate the blood better containing the lactate

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Captain of Crush Grippers

I finally received my Captain of Crush Grippers from eBay. I’ve been hankering for a while to develop some proper strength and muscle. Even though I’m fat I’m also a large build ripe for sports such as bodybuilding and overall power.

I’ve started with grip strength training because I use keyboards a lot so my overall forearm strength is a bit wank.

Ordered the CoC 1.5 AND 2.0 models aswell as some extensor bands for training the other muscle groups. Muscle groups weaken so you have to focus more than one.

I can’t close the 1.5 or 2.0 yet but I can get to about 1cm away on each one when trying to close them. I’m working on technique aswell for better closing. It’s only day 1 but already capable of almost closing the 1.5 so I’ll go from there

UPDATE – Successfully closed the 1.5 (18th / 19th of May). Starting to work on 2.0 now

Left Hand CoC 1.5

Right Hand CoC 1.5

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28th February 2013

I’ve decided today is the last day I will be compiling all of these logs for my eating as I’m a lot better at managing what I eat now and I’m still losing weight as I progress due to being aware of what I eat

Current weight 20.5st, lost 2st in 6 month (approx 1lb per week) just by getting reducing the junk food I eat).

I shall continue into summer but without this log

5 chocolate/rich tea biscuits
2 whole meal bread slices
cup of tea
3 crumpets
fish and chips micro meal
3 tuna mayo sandwiches
fruit and grain bar
steaklet, chips and beans micromeal

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