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"Have You Lost Weight?"

Sunday, July 06, 2014

We are visiting the in-laws in Oregon this week. Last night my mother-in-law asked "Have you lost weight? Because your booty looks smaller than it did the last time you
were here." Thanks - I think. emoticon

Then last night, on Facebook, one of my "friends" saw a recent photo of me and asked, "Have you lost weight? You look good?" Seriously - what did I look like before?

The truth is I've only lost a couple of pounds since January. I really think the low sodium diet is why people are seeing a difference. There is so little bloat now, it's amazing. So I will take the backhanded compliments with a smile. emoticon

  
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MISSLORI5 7/22/2014 12:11PM

    It's weird what people do notice when our bodies start to change, and sometimes I have noticed people who know I am working on losing will mention that I am looking like I've lost some lately (when I've actually only lost maybe a few ounces!), but I take it as the compliment they intended it to be and thank them!! Sometimes we don't see our bodies as others do, especially if they don't see us everyday, so we have to allow for their choices of compliments, but it's all good and our main job is to keep our eyes on the ball!!! emoticon

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LIFENPROGRESS 7/13/2014 11:06AM

    A compliment is another NSV -- take it and run with it! emoticon You deserve the accolades! emoticon

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NEWTINK 7/9/2014 5:02AM

    I roll my eyes when people ask me ... I swear sometimes I just want to ask them " have you gained weight ? " lord you look so different ... sorry a bit testy today but i so understand what you are saying ... Can't anyone just say " you know what you are looking so good lately " .... I for one think you are beautiful now and then emoticon

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KALISWALKER 7/8/2014 10:06PM

    Take a compliment, back handed or whatever, it still counts.

I like your new profile picture.

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MICKEYH 7/6/2014 10:06PM

    Love your new profile picture. emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 7/6/2014 7:35PM

    When I start to lose weight I tend to show it in my face first, so everyone ask me if I'm sick? You can't win! Just take everything "with a grain of salt" then forget about it. People may not use the right words, but for the most part, I think they meal well! emoticon

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SIRIUS2014 7/6/2014 6:14PM

    Hooray for low sodium. I have been a salt lover all my life. but really less now. I was always bloated. I didn't really get it. Great blog. Gotta love them.

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BAHAMAMARG 7/6/2014 2:12PM

    yeah - you gotta just take the compliment! I'm sure your attention to your health is showing in your appearance - even if you can't really see it yourself.

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HMBROWN1 7/6/2014 1:45PM

    Some people.....
You know you look great! Have a great day!

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The DASH Diet Health Plan Book Review

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As you may know, I was recently diagnosed with venous insufficiency and put on a low-sodium diet. For some reason, at my doctorís visit I wasnít offered any resources and I didnít think to ask for them. When I got home I was a little lost on how to implement low sodium or what it even meant, so I did an internet search.

I found out that low-sodium refers to a daily diet of less than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. I also discovered that the National Institutes of Health helped to develop the DASH diet (DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is lower in fat and sodium and higher in fiber than the typical American diet.

To read more go here:
teressamorris.com/2014/06/dash-diet-
health-plan-book-review/

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 6/30/2014 8:32PM

    Because I eat out as much as I do, I find that I can only stay within 1000-2300 mg of sodium if I stick to eating at home with lots of freggies (fruits and veggies). We've been convinced that the use of salt is "a box of compliments," which I've heard a member of The Chew (Noontime TV show) confirm. By using salt for flavor, they keep us coming back. You've done great at keeping this level down. I really should dedicate more time to the DASH lifestyle.

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_MOBII_ 6/18/2014 11:35AM

    Doctors can be frustrating! I think that they forget sometimes that we rely on them for information other than just a diagnosis.
Glad you took the initiative and are gathering info for yourself, there is so much good info online. And some not so good info....when I come across anything that is questionable or that I can't just rule out for myself, I make note of it and ask the doctor specifically about that thing.

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WONDERGALE 6/17/2014 10:47PM

    Thanks for sharing! We should all strive for a low sodium diet. emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/17/2014 10:48:02 PM

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 6/17/2014 2:46PM

    I have been on a low sodium diet for a number of years now, from 1200 mg up to 1500 mg. There are days (and I hate to admit this) that I do go over. No sense beating myself up over it but mistakes do happen. It is very, very hard to do this diet unless you cook your own food. There I said it. Eating out is a luxury. Eating at work potlucks is too. You don't know how the food is prepared so you have to learn to pass it up. You have to give up stuff you dearly love (pickles, olives) and think of them as a reward. YOU WILL ADJUST. Remember this. I'm behind you!

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MICKEYH 6/17/2014 9:02AM

    Dash diet sounds so healthy. Thanks for sharing and good luck with reducing your salt intake. emoticon emoticon

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Finishing the Spring 5% Challenge

Saturday, May 31, 2014

So I won't have my final weigh in until tomorrow, but it looks like i will be finishing the Spring 5% Challenge 2 1/2% down. Mostly I am happy that the low sodium diet is working.

  
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4KWALK 6/3/2014 2:09PM

    You are doing great, Teressa. Give yourself a pat on the back.

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SIRIUS2014 6/1/2014 4:36PM

    Congratulations on finding the key!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/31/2014 7:53PM

    Excellent! So glad the new way of eating is working it's magic for you.

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MICKEYH 5/31/2014 6:03PM

    Way To go ! emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 5/31/2014 8:58AM

    Good show! emoticon emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 5/31/2014 7:27AM

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MISSY455 5/31/2014 2:40AM

    emoticon on your progress!

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Eating Out on a Low Sodium Diet

Friday, May 30, 2014

I am not super low sodium. My doctor just wants me to stay under the 1500 mg maximum per day set by the American Heart Association. So I can have a little salt. But I am finding there are very few ready made things that I can eat.

Of course, I've only been doing this a little over a week, so I'm still learning. Tonight, hubby wanted Chinese. I knew his favorite take out didn't have anything I could eat, so I made steamed brown rice with scallops and sauteed mushrooms and spinach for myself. And I learned that I can cook and eat two frozen potstickers and still stay within my range. So it was nice to have a little treat from the "old" lifestyle and know I am still taking care of myself.

  
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_MOBII_ 5/31/2014 10:50PM

    You did a fantastic job! Chinese food is my downfall when it comes to anything resembling self control!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/30/2014 8:50PM

    Good job. You got to try something. I usually check out the menu online before going out. Many places will list nutrients now because so many are following a lower sodium diet. Embrace salad with a protein. Stuff with sauce is usually a killer.

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ALIIDA 5/30/2014 8:38PM

    I'm cooking for my husband's dietary restrictions, including low salt. I did Chinese dumplings the other day from a renal diet site - hard work but yummy results. 1500 mg is a challenge.

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WATERONE 5/30/2014 8:29PM

    Good job sticking with it. It is very hard to follow a low sodium diet and almost impossible to find foods that fit in restaurants.

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JAZZEJR 5/30/2014 9:08AM

    You've got the right idea, prepare it yourself. You'd be surprised at how much sodium is in ALL prepared foods. The restaurants have to go for high-palate satisfaction--lots of salt and butter.

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MISSY455 5/30/2014 3:00AM

    emoticon It will get easier as you go along. Eating out is an issue with almost any dietary restrictions. You can do it with some planning and research. Good luck!

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SOPHINEZ 5/30/2014 12:58AM

    emoticon Eating out low sodium is a real challenge! Go for it!!

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Figuring Out Pain Issues

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I have had a really rough time sleeping the past couple nights, partially due to breathing problems and partially due to pain issues.

The breathing issues are dependent on a lot of factors - today is much better!! But, I think I have figured out part of the pain issues.

First, my hip has been hurting me. I figured out then when I prop my feet up at night (to relieve fluid build up in my ankles and feet), I have not been supporting my knees, which is in turn putting a lot of pressure on my hjps. So I will be making sure my knees are supported from now on, and hopefully that will help.
Second, my neck and shoulder have been hurting me. This is the part of my body where I carry my stress. Hubby was very sweet and bought me a heating pad today, which I think will help tremendously.

Third, I have begun clenching my jaw so hard at night that I am waking up with jaw pain. I am hoping the jaw clenching is due to the other pain and once that is relieved the clenching/jaw pain will stop.

Anyway, hoping/praying for a good night's sleep!!

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 5/29/2014 11:48PM

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KAYTIE22 5/29/2014 9:32PM

    I'm sorry you are going through this. Hope the changes you are making will help you feel better.

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POSITIVEHOPE 5/29/2014 9:13PM

    Hope you get some relief. The swelling of my feet stopped at a certain weight loss so I hope it will for you as well. I wore elastic stockings to help prevent the swelling and they helped ease the pain as well.


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SIRIUS2014 5/29/2014 4:45PM

    Praying tonight will be your night for a great sleep..

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/29/2014 3:04PM

    I had forgotten about the swollen ankles and elevating them at night. It does pass (thank goodness). Keep up with your meds and watching your sodium intake. That sneak that stuff into more stuff than you realize.

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MICKEYH 5/29/2014 11:46AM

    I hear you dear. I do have same issue. Hope we both get good night sleep soon. emoticon

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MISSY455 5/29/2014 2:29AM

    I hope you can get some relief from the pain, and get a good night's sleep.



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POPSY190 5/29/2014 12:52AM

    Sorry about these pain issues, Teressa. I was interested in your comment about supporting knees as I raise the foot of the bed at night as well. I've had sciatica for about a month now and am wondering if the raised foot might be putting pressure on my hips as well! Might try lowering a bit to see what happens.
I would like to be a CT again but there's no option yet to express a preference - or I've missed it! But I put in my introduction and wall post that I have been a CT before and hope that will help.

Here's wishing you a better night's sleep.

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HAZELFRUIT 5/28/2014 11:13PM

    Hope you have a better night, now that you've identified some of the issues.
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 5/28/2014 11:06PM

    It is so difficult when the pain comes from just too much stress. I wish I could send you calming thoughts to help. Hope tonight's sleep is better.

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