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Hidden Sodium, Groaning Scale

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I had Chinese for lunch on Sunday, and knew that I'd be a bit over calories for the day, but that I had room for it. I had the tiny cup of Egg Drop soup (with fried Wonton crunchies), and the Egg Roll. But, I only ate about 1/3 of the Shrimp Fried Rice and half the Imperial Chopsticks Special entree. Not having nutrition info available from the restaurant itself, it was interesting trying to find items that would approximate what I ate on the SP tracker.

When I was done piecing my meal together on the tracker, I looked at the values. HIGH in carbs & fat (expected). Enough protein. Sodium, however, was outrageous. While I expected it to be somewhat high, I had no idea that it would be nearly 3500mg for just the one meal.


3500mg. One meal.

Did you read that? 3500 mg of sodium in one meal (and I didn't even eat everything they brought me).

By the end of the day, I had topped 4000mg sodium, and I was as thirsty as if I'd spent the day in the desert. I think I drank around a gallon of water by the time I went to bed (after 9 cups on the tracker, I didn't add anymore).


Thing is...I expected to eliminate much of that water overnight and the next morning. It didn't happen quite like that. I had my normal weigh-in Monday morning, and I was one pound UP from the week before. I logged it, but figured at least part of that was likely the water retention.

Turns out, I was right, it took 2 days to de-puffify myself...2 whole days to get rid of the hidden sodium that I had ingested in about 30 min. So, just to see where I really am now, I weighed in again today and logged it.

The result? One pound lower than the week before the Chinese, so SP thinks I lost 2 pounds in the last 3 days. But it's really just one pound this last week.

What's the take-away of all this? Don't get Chinese take-away! hehehehehe

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/26/2013 12:08PM

    I don't see myself giving up Chinese altogether, especially seeing that when I want to go hang out with friends and they all want Chinese, I still want to go. But, I can make wiser choices. Steamed rice instead of fried, give someone else the soup that comes with the luncheon special, don't eat the fried wonton crunchies, save the egg roll for another day, etc.The buffet place would kill me, except they have sushi and a full salad bar. :)

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/26/2013 12:56AM

    Eventually I had to just give up Chinese. I don't crave it anymore.. I WAS an addict.. which probably led to my high bloodpressure.

We can replace it with other things.. like salads that have nuts and dried cranberries.

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NAPPIGURL 1/25/2013 10:47AM

    LOL @ "de-puffify" I know exactly what you mean. My puffiness shows up in my face, and sometimes in my ankles (pitting edema). The morning after a sodium-laden day my whole face will look like I lost a fight with a concrete pillow. I guess the puffy lips aren't so bad emoticon, but my eyes are not so becoming with the extra fluff.

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HWNHMMBRD 1/24/2013 3:35PM

    Shoyu, Hoisin, Oyster Sauce, Hum Ha, Black Bean Paste...all add great flavor, but are LOADED with sodium. The other thing I noticed is when a place does not use MSG, they use MORE of the other sauces to compensate. Your best bet is to cook your own.
I use reduced sodium shoyu and unseasoned rice vinegar mixed 1:1, reduced sodium broths, and liquor to help boost flavor.

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LINWASH23 1/24/2013 3:08PM

    Wow, sodium will get you when you eat out. I thought I was eating a healthy lunch at McAlister--well it was until I tracked the sodium. Thanks for the infor on Chinese and sodium. emoticon

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/24/2013 2:46PM

    The feed is designed to celebrate the things that show you're headed to your goal...weight GAIN isn't part of that, so I guess the feed ignores that.

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WEBEZE 1/24/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon I love chinese, but the salt is crazy high. Need to figure out how to make myself and lower the salt as much as possible. My scale keeps going up so when I do start losing again it's going to be the pounds I just gained. I find it interesting that my feed shows weight loss, but not weight gain. One of those things that make you go hmmmm.

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LUV2SURFCHIC 1/24/2013 12:23PM


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Just a Blog

Monday, January 21, 2013

This is a blog just to blog. Nothing major to report. The Chinese food was way higher in calories than I expected, even though I only ate half my plate. And I have to wash out all the excess sodium it gave me...I hate feeling puffy. Not to mention what it does to my bp.

At least I'm not in hormonal crave-mode like I was a few days ago!

Well, guess that's it. Have a Sparking day, ya'll!

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LINWASH23 1/21/2013 12:19PM

    I too love Chinese food but I am mindful of the sodium. emoticon

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DARJR50 1/21/2013 10:51AM

  It is a good idea to blog even when you have nothing to say just to maintain the habit. Now I need to take my own advise as I have been slacking lately. Thanks for the reminder.

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January NSV's!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Starting the year, I decided to challenge myself to get back into the routines that I had established before the holidays and my roomie's wedding, etc.

In the face of that, I managed to log a few NSV's the last 2 weeks...

After re-establishing my supplement regimen (primarily minerals), my joints don't hurt as much with exercise. emoticon

This week, while still kicking my butt, the vids in the January Jumpstart Challenge are easier to do! Whoo-hoo! emoticon

A few months ago, I had a clothing swap with someone locally, and kept a pair of grey slacks that I loved, but didn't fit yet. I wore them last week...all day! They fit! My mid-stage "goal pants" fit! emoticon

Many things from my sis's closet FIT me! emoticon

And the real kicker? My diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) has finally dropped into the mid-70's!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOODGALLEFT1 1/17/2013 8:27AM

    So excited for you that you are seeing the good results of all your hard work! You are an inspiration to me!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/16/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon emoticon So happy for you with your NSV's! Keep up the good work!

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WEBEZE 1/16/2013 2:32PM

    emoticon That is so awesome. Got behind on my jumpstart. Trying to get caught up.

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Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Okay...I didn't make it to the gym tonight, for various reasons. However, I did manage to get in some exercise.

What I just finished was the Day 1 video from the January Jumpstart Challenge. 8 min of butt-kicking interval cardio! I think my lack of cardio the last 2-3 weeks is showing!

Before that, though, I did some hula-hooping with my Danskin 2.5 lb padded hoop. Thought I needed some music to go with, so I hauled out the boom box and grabbed a CD somewhat haphazardly.

Turns out it was Golden Throats. This is a collection of songs "sung" by famous actors back in the 60's and 70's an attempt to bring them some "cross-over" popularity. Umm...I don't think it worked they way they hoped.

Before the hoop tuckered me out, I made it through:

"Proud Mary" sung* by Leonard Nimoy (yes, Mr Spock of Star Trek);
"It Ain't Me, Babe" sung* by Sebastian Cabot (Mr French, the butler, from A Family Affair);
"Blowin' In the Wind" sung* by Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas of Green Acres);

"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" sung* by William Shatner (yes...the original Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek: TOS).

Will you believe me that it's very hard to maintain a steady rhythm with a hula hoop when you're trying to stifle laughter? Honestly, the only thing funnier on this CD thanShatner's "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" is "Mr Tambourine Man", sung* by...guess who? Yep! William Shatner again!

If you're curious about Golden Throats (there are 14 tracks total on this CD, and I think there are additional collections), check Amazon. I think they're for sale there. Maybe even on iTunes for downloads, dunno.

(*any use of the word, "sung", in this blog post is purely semantical...I had to call it something!)

Honestly, some of the stars featured on here CAN sing, but their agents got them into songs totally not fitting their styles, ranges, talents, etc. Here's the list of tracks:

1. Proud Mary - Leonard Nimoy (sounds like Mr Spock's emotionlessness)
2. It Ain't Me Babe - Sebastian Cabot (slang from a British butler???)
3. Blowin' In the Wind - Eddie Albert (wrong style, dude)
4. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner (think his agent had kaleidoscope eyes)
5. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Noel Harrison (not terrible)
6. I Can See For Miles - Frankie Randall (who?)
7. Try a Little Tenderness - Jack Webb ("Just the facts, ma'am")
8. Twist and Shout - Mae West (her vibrato is energetic)
9. House of the Rising Sun - Andy Griffith (good ol' Sheriff Taylor sings about a brothel)
10. Mr Tambourine Man - William Shatner (his tortured cry at the end is how I felt the whole way through!)
11. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Jim Nabors (ever heard this song performed like a dirge?)
12. Like a Rolling Stone - Sebastian Cabot (
13. White Room - Joel Grey (Dirty Dancing's dad)
14. If I Had a Hammer - Leonard Nimoy (yeah...if I had a hammer, too........)

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DAHALL8 1/5/2013 5:42AM

    I have heard that Capt. Kirk song before. He seems to talk more then sing. I don't know how you were able to keep the hoop up while you laughed.

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WEBEZE 1/4/2013 1:52AM

    What fun. Even though I like star trek, not a CD I will be looking up. emoticon

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A Chocolate Buffet!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yes, a chocolate buffet. Really. A couple of us took a friend out for his birthday...he wanted to go to Jazz Live at the Hyatt in N.O., to hear Anais St John sing and to sample the gourmet Chocoholics Buffet.

I planned for it, knowing I'd top my ranges, but trying to keep the rest of the day nice and low while concentrating on protein. Didn't do too shabby, either, as my inexpert figuring puts me at these values for today:

Calories: 1660 (my range is 1200-1550)
Fat: 93
Carbs: 140
Protein: 76
Sodium: 882

I'm willing to believe I might be another 100-200 higher in calories, as I have no true way to quantify the gourmet offerings. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach, though, because after the first 6 or 7 bits, I took 5 more, but could only manage to just taste each one. One of my friends oblingingly helped me clean my plate so as not to waste food (yeah, right! he's a sweets fiend!).

The gourmet-ness of the venue was a help to me, actually. I was originally planning to get a beer, a Bock of some sort, but they only offered wines and liqueurs, which I wasn't game for. Well...that left me a dilemma...go for a soda with all that carbonation & sugar (will not do diet sodas), or what? I chose a hot tea, which I drank black, unsweetened. It was both the perfect foil for the rich, decadent desserts, and nearly calorie free! (The beer would've been around 150 cal.) Oh, and my cup of tea was $5.25. Water and a tea bag. My friend's 3 oz martini was $12. (cough, cough, sputter, choke!) A 2oz glass of port would've been $ of the reasons I skipped all that.

So...this was yet another event in my busy month, and I feel very good about how it was managed. I actually feel good, physically, right now, too. I'm not over-full or hungry, I'm not in a sugar coma, no noticeable blood sugar spikes or drops, and I didn't waste any calories (or money!) on alcohol.

Now...vanity makes me say this - Tonight, I dressed up festively (and a bit saucily, if I do say so myself). As I walked through the hotel (lounge, ladies' room, car park, etc.) I caught enough glances from the opposite gender to put a smile (a smirk?) on my face. Also had a very nicely dressed lady stop me and rave over my gold bolero jacket that was a tremendous find on Clearance at DressBarn. (ladies, keep an eye on that store!)

So, anywho, I had a nice time tonight, enjoyed a chocolate buffet and didn't go berserk. THAT, my friends, is a true accomplishment!

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THESUBY 12/23/2012 6:09AM

    Wow. Never heard of a chocolate buffet. That would definitely not be a good place for me to work!

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WEBEZE 12/23/2012 3:05AM

    What a wonderful day. My hubby would be in heaven. He loves chocolate. I enjoy, but am ok with just a little bit.

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STEPH-KNEE 12/23/2012 2:13AM

    I had no idea there was such a thing as a chocolate buffet. My goodness! It sounds like you had a GREAT day all around, and you should be grinning from ear to ear from the glances you were getting! emoticon emoticon

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