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Intuition, mistakes, and steps in the right direction

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Funny thing, logging your food daily almost becomes an intuitive thing. I seem to really be knowing just what I should have, and need throughout the day. There are some days I may not "write" it all down in the log til late, sometimes I jot it down in my paper journal to add later. I am getting to know just what I need and should have for a meal. I also know when I have goofed and eaten a little too much. The only thing I don't always know is how much sodium is in something that may be processed. That can be my biggest mistake! Because I have high blood pressure, though my readings are fairly low (134/78) due to my one med HCTZ, and avoiding hidden salt as much as possible, if I accidentally overindulge in something salty I suffer for it the next day. Typically, I can feel swelling begin in my joints and more joint pain. My husband has gotten used to my reading the sodium content on everything and my advising him which salad dressings, etc. are the best to buy and use due to lower sodium content. He has adjusted to turkey meat with reduced sodium, cheeses with reduced sodium, and other things. If I "have to" buy chips - I buy salt free for me (to have with a tuna salad, and I count them out), and low sodium for the rest of the family, although my son likes the salt free too! It is still not something I buy all the time, just once in a while. Thank goodness I no longer sit eating bowl after bowl of salty chips. Ugh!~ What in heck was I thinking? Oh, yeah, I wasn't thinking. That was when the scale was obliterated from my life, and whatever I weighed was just that, whatever. I am so glad for making so many healthy changes in my life by what I eat, and practicing fitness and drinking 8 glasses of water daily.

I have been thinking about next week's hospital stay and the fact that I probably will not get to log in. How do you count water drinking when you are on IV? I may ask a nurse how much it would equal, lol. Between not being able to log in, not feeling up to logging in or even writing things down, I know that my beloved streaks are going to falter in the breeze. I am for sure going to somehow log my "fitness". I will be having to stretch my low back, just to keep flexible, and I have my list of what I can do according to the pt. It will depend on just how I feel though. I will log each minute, even if it is two minutes at a time. I plan to bring a small notebook, and ask my hubby to write it down for me. I may even bring my little blue pedometer to attach to myself when they get me walking down the halls after the cervical spine surgery. Tell you what, I am hopeful, that is what I am. Whether I feel up to it or not, I know that I will be making steps in the right direction to regain my health and mobility. If being still is what it takes, if moving in baby steps is what it takes, I will do it, and count it, and make it happen, one moment at a time.

dishes loaded in the dishwasher
workouts and stretches DONE
healthy breakfast and lunch
a little more de-cluttering - working on it

Time flies when you're having fun...
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    Interesting about the IV drip, never thought of that! I couldn't do with out my food log.
    3176 days ago
    You have done so well. It is hard to keep the sodium down, I always struggle with the Spark number, and I don't eat any processed foods excpt for bread, some cheese, soy beverage, cereals..I don't eat processed meat..
    I lost all my streaks in my five day stay at the hospital. Even though I was walking constantly around every hour round the clock as my insomnia was especially bad, I couldn't use a pedometer because we were not allowed underwear or pants to put it on. The hospital used to have PJ pants for the guys, but they stopped having them :(( What a royal pain!! I can imagine with spinal surgery, you wouldn't be able to wear pants and I know my pedometer won't work properly unless its exactly over my hip and in alignment my knee.
    As I blogged, the food was horrible and they made bad substitutions for every healthy choice I made, was so frustrating!!! Imagine getting soggy french fries on your plate (and nothing else) instead of the baked fish over rice I had ordered!!!
    I wish you all the best with your surgery and hospital stay, hopes its better for you then me. PS, the IV bags are a standard size, but its in ml, you would have to do a conversion maybe unless the US shows it in ounces..
    3176 days ago
    You have definitely come a long way. Its amazing how much you actually learn what is good and not good for you if you just put in the time and effort.

    lol You are going to have to give your husband a crash course on how to use sparkpeople so he can plug in your info!

    I think the surgery is going to go fine and I will be sending "healing" vibes your way!
    3177 days ago
    Great entry! I can relate to a lot of what you wrote here. The biggest thing for me is wondering why I'd sit around & eat the large size bags of chips, if not at one sitting, then over the course of a day or a few hours. "What was I thinking?" I wasn't, just as you said. Yes, certain things, like logging in what's been eaten, does become habit & intuition after a while. I, too, find my streaks things that I don't want mussed up - I want them to continue.

    Now that you brought it up, I'm actually curious what an IV drip would be compared to drinking water. If you find out, please let us know. :D
    3177 days ago
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