Hey kids! Been a while since I checked in here. I have good news and I have bad news...
Good news, I've continued losing weight, and have ALMOST gotten down to 200. Been sitting around 206-208 most days lately -- and still, really, don't know quite why. I try to maintain generally good habits, but I haven't been sticking to any particular diet or exercise program. I just drink a lot of water, try to keep the snacking under control (which, really, I think I eat more junk food now than I was a few years ago when I was actively trying to lose weight, but just keeping things in balance), and keep meal portions in check. I did finally get a new fitbit about a week ago so I can get back to tracking everything, though I haven't started tracking my food yet. Just need to get back on that habit.
However, the bad news... this year has brought a whole new challenge. A few months ago, I had this incident where I was driving (alone, thankfully), and passed out. Luckily I didn't get hurt, just "woke up" out driving in a field being followed by some cops. Went to the ER, and they determined that I had had a seizure. I've been on anti-seizure medication ever since, but I have had a handful more and am going back to see the neurologist again at the end of next week. They also did a test for sleep apnea, which they determined I have, and I'll be doing another sleep study and looking into getting some sort of machine to wear on my face while I sleep -- I don't know if that's related to the epilepsy / seizure issue, but at least it's something to address and hopefully it will help head off the seizures. The scariest part of these seizures has been the fact that I get zero warning before they happen -- I just go from feeling totally normal, to waking up about half an hour later all confused and possibly injured. One of them happened as I was getting on the riding lawn mower, and I fell off and landed on the gear shifter and got a gnarly bruise on my back. Another one happened just as I was getting out of the van after a trip to get some groceries, and I smacked my face on the door frame and scraped the hell out of my knees on the pavement in the garage. I really haven't been back on my bike much in the last few weeks, and I miss it, but the uncertainty with these seizures makes bike riding REALLY scary. I do need to get back into my yoga habit, though, my neurologist was excited when I mentioned I did a bit of yoga and she said she thinks everybody should do more of that. I'm sure if I was doing it every day, it would be a great help with this seizure issue -- plus it may push me over the edge to finally get my weight below that 200 mark! I'm currently off work on short term disability while we work on figuring out the best way to deal with this, so I have plenty of time to get that yoga mat out again. Just need to make sure I'm getting it done!
All in all, though, aside from this terrifying seizure thing, stuff has been pretty good! If any of you guys use fitbit and want to friend up, let me know.