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Sodium and Challenges

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I kept my sodium under 2300 yesterday and I could feel a difference. Maybe it wasn't just the sodium but I think it may have had a big part in it. I've already planned out my food for today so I should be under again. I can't wait to check out my blood pressure at the end of the week.

My heart rate was back down to 50 this morning, so that made me feel much, much better.

My husband asked for sushi rolls again for lunch so I'm going to very carefully measure my soy sauce today. I think that all of the asain food that I've been craving is what really messed up my sodium the last couple of weeks but at least I know now. I'm glad that pulled muscle sent me to the doctor so that I found out about my blood pressure going up.

I really enjoy these little challenges that help me to get healthy. I am really and truly not just trying to lose weight anymore - I am going to be HEALTHY! In the past I would just watch my calories, fat and fiber and track points with WW. As long as I stayed withing my points, I thought I was doing well. I probably would have eventually discovered that I needed to watch other things like carbs, protein and sodium but SP makes that so much easier. Just seeing the exact numbers and knowing my goals for each nutrient is a big help. At first I just concentrated on the main 3 - calories, fat and fiber but I learned what the numbers actually meant and why my goals were set where they were. Then I added the exercise and learned how it affected my calories. After concentrating only on exercise and the 3 main nutrients for a while, I learned how carbs affected my health and ability to exercise. Then I watched my protein and realized that I rarely, if ever met my protein goals. The few times that I did, I was WAY over on calories, so I concentrated on finding a balance between those two. Then I learned about interval training and found something new for my concentration. I love intervals! After the visit to my doctor and a higher than normal BP and heart rate, I began to watch my sodium, which means I will also be checking my heart rate and BP more often.
My next goals will be to increase my protein again without increasing calories or sodium and to continually add strength training. I'm still spotty on that one even though I've tried it a few times.

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