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Day 1: A week of trials and triumph

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's been a stressful week, I won't deny it. Yet that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise because lately every time I feel very stressed, I call time-out to walk the dog or put in time on the rowing machine. And guess what? I feel much less stressed afterwards! What a shocker.

My larger point is that positive reinforcement works. Despite the fact I've struggled with motivation this week, I wound up putting in over 100 fitness minutes because I now realize how great I feel after I exercise and what a great stress-buster it is. I actually look forward to exercising and now jealously guard my workout time. It's quite a change from where I was a year ago!

Besides the work and home stress, my scale hit the doldrums mid-week. For four days in a row, my weight didn't vary by more than 0.1 pound! But today, it slid down a full 0.6 pounds, and I'm now at my lowest weight in recent memory. I reviewed my nutrient intake when the scale stopped moving and realized my sodium intake had been elevated. Over the past couple of days, I've seriously reined in the salt and have seen almost immediate results.

I've never had a problem with blood pressure or water retention, but I'm going to challenge myself to flavor my food without salt as much as possible. I think it will be fun to see how I can make meals flavorful without being salty. I'm not giving up salt altogether. I think it's a valuable part of the flavoring arsenal. But I want to experiment with other flavor enhancers, as well.

So, that's it. It was a rough week. I'm glad it's Friday. I hope the weekend holds good things!

[Edited to correct the number of fitness minutes.]
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  • KANOE10
    I find that exercise helps with stress also. That is interesting about the sodium intake., I am going to decrease mine to see what it does to the scale.

    You made it through a hard week and did a great job of staying on track! Good for you losing .6 pounds!

    1827 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Here's to a great weekend for you.
    1827 days ago
    I'm glad the week is over. I eat so much less salt than I used to eat, but I would be in trouble if I had to limit peppers! I think cayenne goes on everything!
    1827 days ago
    way of the world
    1827 days ago
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