Friday, November 08, 2013
I have now been tracking my food daily, paying close attention to my calorie deficit, and I am now down 13 pounds! I am feeling good about this start despite having been limited w/ my return to exercise due to an exacerbation of my neck from work. I have been able to walk and have good balance of calories.
My one downfall is occasionally salt intake. This one component makes tracking my progress a little deceiving at times. I am someone who fluctuates 2-5 pounds based on excessive salt intake, so I try to keep my salt low. The result is still 2000mg of sodium per day (not really low afterall)....so....the upper end of the limit.
I do find that the food content breakdown in sparkpeople nutitrion tracking is helpful for when I may have "slipped" re: salt intake. For example, I saved some room for popcorn w/ a weekend date night last week. However, this did make my weight go up 2#. I did really well (I thought) the next couple days, but that 2# stuck around. I looked at the sodium content of a meal I had made (more prepared than I traditionally would cook, but frozen and therefore I thought would be fairly innocent, I noted that the calorie content was good), but wow, my sodium for the day was 4000mg! Luckily, I now am down that 2# of water weight plus a little more.
Today, I am so grateful that I returned to using Sparkpeople!