No Sleep Til’ Slimtown: Intro


Sleep Disorders are a silent killer. Not getting enough sleep, or even worse, enough oxygen when you sleep- can literally kill you. You know what else can kill you? Being overweight. It can cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and death.

There’s a link to sleep disorders and weight gain…I should know, I suffered from both.

In my upcoming novel, “No Sleep Til’ Slimtown” I will walk you through my experience with sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, weight gain, nerve pain and other struggles.

My book will highlight how they are all linked, what I did to get out from under it all, and what you can do to better your situation if you are suffering from any or all of these problems.

Am I a doctor? No. Do I have years of experience in this field personally? YES YES YES.

If you are tired of being tired, having no energy, having hip and back pain, being irritable, or taking pills for problems you don’t know why you have, then you need to read this book.  While you are waiting, here’s some highlights:

I suffered from major obstructive sleep apnea since I had my daughter nine years ago.  Honestly, I probably had it my whole life, but before I started gaining the pregnancy weight, it didn’t affect me as badly.

Because of my inability to breathe properly and my severe lack of oxygen while sleeping, I put on over 100 hundred pounds in 9 years.

In 2012 I had sleep apnea surgery in my nose and throat to open up my airways and it reduced the apnea but I just couldn’t lose the weight. Weight is linked heavily to hormones and when you aren’t getting enough oxygen, you body releases stress hormones that put on weight and make it very difficult to take off.

I tried dieting, yoga, running, walking, swimming and mixed martial arts. Nothing worked. In fact it made it worse, causing heavy bleeding, groin pulls, nerve damage, etc.

In 2015, I was referred to a bariatric surgeon who basically told me that if I continued to push myself as hard as I do, I would still probably only lose about 2 percent of my body fat.

After many months of research, I decided to get a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy which if you don’t know what that is means they’re basically cutting out part of my stomach so that I will drop a lot of weight. (More specifics on this will be referenced in the book)

This will decrease the inches around my neck, (because seriously, how do you lose weight around your neck?)- allowing more air to come into my airways at night and during the day allowing they oxygen to do its job- to build muscle and burn fat. 

In March of 2015 my highest recorded weight was 297 lbs. at 5’9″. Before surgery on July 15th, I was 275 lbs, down 22 lbs from the required two week pre-op liquid diet they put you on to reduce the size of your liver. (More explanation on the importance of this in the book)

As of this post, I am one month post-op. My weight is 245 lbs, down 52 lbs since my first meeting with my bariatric surgeon, and down 30 lbs in 30 days.

Want to know more? Look for my upcoming novel, “No Sleep Til’ Slimtown” by Arlene Lagos coming soon!

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 Women's Fiction, Book I

Women’s Fiction, Book I

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For five days only, August 1-5th, “Butterflies Wake” is available for FREE on Amazon kindle!

An underground female mafia rights the wrongs of an unjust society in this gripping story of everyday women taking matters into their own hands where the justice system has failed. For many years they have worked quietly and gone unnoticed by the world in which they live, until one of them goes missing. The wrong people start asking questions and before they know it, they are in danger of being exposed. How will they save one of their own without putting their organization in danger? Will they be able to remain a secret?

Already read book 1? Check out book 2, “Butterflies Rising” also available on Amazon now for $2.99.

The third book in the series, “Butterflies Forever” will be coming out this fall so catch up!!!!

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“Outside The Circle”

“Outside The Circle” now available!.

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“Butterflies Rising” Book Signing at Dean College

Women's Fiction, Book II

Women’s Fiction, Book II


 Alumni Author Book Signing For “Butterflies Rising”

Franklin, MA– Author Arlene Lagos, Dean College Alumni class of ‘94 will be back on the Franklin campus on Sunday, March 8th from 3-5 pm in the Golder Room to hold a book signing for her latest novel, “Butterflies Rising”.

Currently, Lagos is working with Dean of the Arts, David Krasner in adapting the first book, “Butterflies Wake” for the stage.

“The Butterflies Series are fictional stories based on the problems that arise for women in everyday society including domestic violence, rape, and other forms of abuse that the law isn’t set up to protect them against. In these books, I try and capture a world in which women have had enough and start dealing with the problems regardless of what side of the law they stand on.” – Lagos

This will be Lagos’ sixth novel in three years, the second in the Butterflies Series. In Book one, “Butterflies Wake” we learn about the formation of an underground female mafia and what happens when they take matters into their own hands. In book two, “Butterflies Rising,” something has changed.

As the underground female mafia continues to grow, something dark is lurking in the shadows. Bodies are piling up and all the signs point to the Butterflies. Who is out to frame them and why? As they try and uncover the truth, they get closer to endangering themselves and their friends. Will they be able to find the real killer before the FBI finds them?

Lagos, a native of Massachusetts has written several books including the Science-Fiction Fantasy Trilogy, “Beyond Earth Series”; a middle-grade fiction novel, “Outside the Circle”; and the first book in the Butterflies Series, “Butterflies Wake.” Lagos also has fourteen short stories published in the Giant Tales Anthologies. Her goal in life is to create and to inspire the world around her. Lagos currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter.

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