Consistency: The Good and the Bad
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The year didn't start well nutritionally since I was on a month long vacation in January. The extra 4 pounds that I've been carrying around found an extra six pounds to partner up with because I struggled the entire month to get good nutrition and daily exercise.
The good news is that I've been eating and exercising much better and I began to see improvement on the scale every week in February. This morning I mournfully saw that I had lost ground and gained back a pound. I'm sure you can identify with my disappointment: I've been faithfully exercising and planned healthy meals every day this week.
Aaaah, but DID I plan healthy meals every day? I noticed that my nutrition tracker revealed that my sodium intake has been off the charts just about every day this week. In fact, I've been puzzled about why I've been feeling tired and headachy over the past couple of days. So, I printed off the wonderful nutrition reports that Spark People makes available for us every day. And there was the evidence: yep, I'd been consistent all week long...lots and lots of salt in my food -- and I USUALLY watch that number like a hawk because I know high sodium intake is bad, bad, bad.
New plan for next week: exercise faithfully and avoid those foods that have been tripping me up. That means looking at the numbers before I add them to my menu plan and it also means there's one or two items that will be thrown into the trash (sigh, I hate to be wasteful BUT) shortly after I post this blog. If I'm getting too much salt, so is my sweetie. He trusts me to provide healthy food for both of us and I am hunkering down to battle the hidden salt in our nutritional intake.
Okay, I feel better now...well, not entirely because I still am processing all of that excess sodium (water! water!), but now I think I understand what happened to my weight loss for the week and it can be fixed. Now that feels GOOD!