Narcoleptic and Overweight

The Build up…

In my “Tell Me Your Secrets” video I revealed to the world that I have Narcolepsy. This is the main reason for my weight gain. Narcolepsy impairs the part of the brain that handles metabolism. I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy after a “Multiple Sleep Latency Test” which is a test where you stay up for a certain amount of time, then lay down in a dark room and they measure how fast you fall asleep. The average person falls asleep and dreams in 30 minutes to an hour. I can fall asleep and dream in 5 mins. This means that my body is falling too deep into sleep too fast. Falling a sleep is a process for most of America! For me it’s like falling into a coma.

Upon deciding to pursue my dreams I decided to quit my good paying full-time job as a teacher. This is by far the best decision I have even made in my life, however, I had to sacrifice my insurance. This means that I don’t have access to my medicine. I have been prescribed two medications Provigil and Xyrem. Provigil helps me stay awake and Xyrem helps me sleep without dreams. Provigil is the equivalent of about 8 cups of coffee in one pill. When I don’t have my medicine my body craves caffeine and in reality it is pretty much the only thing that can keep me awake. I have lots of it, at least two cups with cream and lots of sugar in order for it to really work. Xyrem is basically the date-rape drug and is not to be played around with. I have to be sitting in bed when I dilute a couple drops with water and drink the solution. According to doctors I will have to take medicine for the rest of my life unless my schedule permits me to take naps during the day.

Taking matters into my own hands…

I have gained back every inch of the 30 pounds I had lost. I am beginning to feel less agile and my clothes are a task to put on. I cannot afford my medicine without insurance so I have decided to take matters into my own hands.

1. Set a goal of losing 10 pounds a month

2. Try a variety of metabolism boosters

3. Exercise at least 30 minutes daily

4. Use 5 hour energy drinks to stay awake

5. Weigh in at the beginning of every week

6. Blog about my experience

7. Drink lots of water

8. Eat three meals a day

9. Take Metamucil daily to increase fiber intake and help keep me regular

10. Try to get to sleep early

Also in my “Tell Me Your Secrets” video I mentioned my addiction to wine and sweets. I went grocery shopping yesterday at Walmart and DID NOT BUY EITHER OF THESE! I am proud of myself. This week is the beginning of my weight loss journey once again. I lost 30 pounds last year and was able to keep it off for a year. I celebrate that. I don’t see that as failure. It took me so long to understand my body. I now know that it’s ok if I gain weight. I just have to be conscious of the health risks and know when to say “ok Shelly, this is getting ridiculous.”

DAY ONE WEEk ONE here we go!!

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Pura Vida,


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  1. Oh wow I’m the same way. Idk if it’s deep enough to consider myself a Narc but it definitely has me wanting to go see the dr. I applaud you for quitting your job to do something that makes you happy. If I wasn’t scared I would do the same. Also keep me posted about your weight lost I’m going to attempt to do the same. I’m currently taking a weight loss shake but I want to change the way I eat as a whole. I prefer to lose my weight the natural way. However, I know it requires discipline. Thanks for this blog it was very informative!

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