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I broke 200

Monday, January 11, 2010

Last February, My doc told me he suspected I had congestive heart failure I asked me what I ate,and shuddered as I told him mostly Campbell's soup in the winter. When I get home from work I am usually too exhausted to even thing about cooking ( I hate cooking and it is always so dark here in the winter, and I never see daylight)
well he ordered me to reduce sodium to about 100 mg per day. thus started my search for simple, easy recipes of reduced sodium. I found several sites and read a lot of different material and then I happened upon Spark Recipes. Eventually I found my way over to Spark People, and started lurking in the shadows. After about 2 weeks, I decided to sign up.

At this point I was not in it to loose weight (although I have plenty to loose) , I just wanted the support of low sodium eating,

Gradually the edema condition improved as I started eating less sodium and then I leveled off at around 210. I figure most of that initial weight loss was water weight. what a thrill the first day I wok up and could actually see my ankles again.

Well I have been learning a lot on this site, most by osmosis I am sure, but I gradually over the next few months inched my way downward on the scale.

I had not weighed myself since about mid December, but yesterday I stepped on the scale.

Imagine my surprise. 197.6 emoticon

I spend a lot of time online and encourage others, telling them that they can do this, they can reach their goals.

Now, with a 22.4 lb loss under my belt, I think maybe that I can do this too..... I just have to put a little more work into it for ME.

There is nothing like a little success to encourage one that their efforts have paid dividends.
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    Amazing! Your story is much like mine, except my problem 1 year ago was a cholesterol near 300 :-( And yes, I had 50+ pounds to lose.
    My doctor told me to keep an eye on my fat intake, so I decided to start writing down everything I thing led to another...and while looking online for a free food tracking program I stumbled onto SparkPeople(also like you). IN the process of tracking my fat & cholesterol I eventually added calories & carbs....then sodium(boy! that was an eye-opener!), and I also started to lose weight :-D
    This has been an interesting, challenging(at times), but worthwhile journey.
    All the best to you!! Deb

    3042 days ago
    WOHOO! Congratulations!
    3043 days ago
    Lower your sodium, huh? That's really something to think about! I'm certain that I need help in that area too, as I get edema when I exercise. I'm glad you've brought it to our attention! I'm glad also, that you put your mind to work and researched what you could do to lower your sodium in SIMPLE, effective ways, instead of just getting frustrated about it as I am somewhat prone to do.
    And to suddenly find out that you've ALREADY broken 200 without really thinking about that part is such a bonus! That'd be cool to be back in the 100's too, someday soon!

    Thanks for your strength,
    Contessaangel (Ellen) emoticon
    3047 days ago
  • JUST-ME39
    You CAN. You WILL.

    Best of the Best to you on your journey to health and fitness. Don't make weight-loss a goal (I see you're already avoiding that pitfall) because what tends to happen is that once the weight loss goal is reached, folks tend to go back (slowly) to their old habits one baby step at a time. Pretty soon, they're packing on weight and not feeling good again.

    Much better, as I've found, to almost completely forget about the numbers on the scale and focus instead on establishing healthy, life-time habits for eating and exercise. If you're doing THOSE things only, you'll find yourself more-than-pleasantly surprised when you weigh yourself once a month or however often you choose.

    One thing about eating pre-processed foods, like Cambell's soups, for example, or anything else we tend to look to for convenience' sake is that it's an expensive proposition, for one thing. For a fraction of the cost, you can prepare large crockpot soups and other dishes on your days off and then divide those up into individual servings and pop those in the freezer for the coming week. You can buy inexpensive freezer bowl containers (like ZipLok) and then during the week just pull one out of your freezer and pop into the microwave or just take something out of freezer and put in Fridge to thaw while you're at work for the day.
    Managing your diet this way will not only cost you a fraction of what you'd otherwise be spending but you have much more control over what is being put into your foods.

    I hope this is helpful for you. Before beginning to manage my diet to control my diabetes, I thought I couldn't afford to eat healthy and you can imagine my complete astonishment when I learned that through cooking most of my foods from scratch that I was not spending more money on groceries but much LESS.

    I use my crockpot and freeze a lot of foods for use in the coming week. This is my own version of "fast food" and it works really well for me.

    Take care and keep on truckin'!

    3048 days ago

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    How exciting!! I'm smiling from ear to ear for you, and hope to be joining you in the "100's in the Spring!

    3051 days ago
    That is absolutely fantastic and GOOD FOR YOU!
    Congratulations on breaking the 200.
    Right now, I'm at 207...and my next short term goal is to get under the 200. I'm hoping by Valentine's Day...but I'll be happy even if it takes a little longer. I seem to lose very slowly. I'm excited for you....and you've inspired me through your excitement to do the same.

    3051 days ago
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    Excellent Job! THat is great.
    3052 days ago
    This is SOOOO wonderful! I am absolutely delighted to hear you've made this progress. The energy that comes from feeling better and knowing you look better is amazing! I'm glad you're along on this journey with me (us)!
    3052 days ago
    I am glad that your doctor did not give you the blank stare and suggest you reduce sodium. His non verbal communication had more impact. I am so glad that you have been successful. Getting support and offering the same is what sparks is all about.
    3052 days ago
    Awesome! Keep it up...MJ
    3052 days ago
    Excellent emoticon all things are possible with education. Keep up the good work. Here's to your health emoticon
    3052 days ago
    Woot for you!!!! That is awesome!
    3052 days ago
    Oh wow! Under 200! THAT was the big one for me too! The big scare was 296, who knows if I had been 300 before, but I actually saw 296 with my own eyes... But when I went under 200 I felt like I was in the normal zone finally. I had a "1" in front of my triple digits... It had been a long long time.

    God bless ya :)
    mrs. K
    3052 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you! emoticon
    3052 days ago
  • DARA52
    Woo Hoo for you!! That is awesome! Good job and I'll be here with you as we keep on trying to be healthy!
    3052 days ago
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