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I Can't Relax This Much

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Well, like other SparkFriends, I find that I'm learning something about myself and my journey this month.

I had decided early on, that with the multitude of events, I wasn't going to worry about losing anything this month, but wanted to guard against gaining. When the first two weeks (which included me being sick nearly that whole time) resulted in a tiny loss, even though I'd overshot my ranges several times, I got cocky and relaxed my guard.

Bad move.

That cockiness grew as I began to succumb to all sorts of whims for junk and snacky foods. In fact, with as much as I've been over-eating, I've been hungry almost continually...'cause it was all junk, and my body wasn't getting what it really needed. And since most of that stuff was high-carb and high-sodium, I began craving carbs and sodium in a way that hasn't been my norm for 6 months now. My ranges were often left far behind (but thankfully, I still logged everything). Also, given everything, my water consumption dropped and so did my levels of exercise. Even broke my streak of at least 10 min a day.

The result? I feel weighted down, puffy, and my blood pressure is up. I have a slight gain which I think is mostly water, and my resistance to the seasonal ick has dropped...and I'm starting to feel sick again.

So, I planned a walk for this morning as part of my reset switch. Only, I slept so poorly from coughing again, that I couldn't get up early enough to fit it in before I had to go to work.'s nearly 10pm, and I haven't exercised at all today.

What I need most is cardio, and it's what I just don't think my body can handle with this respiratory illness. My heart rate goes up, and with it, my rate of breathing, and I start coughing my head off. So, I'll do a little resistance band work and maybe some squats and wall push-ups, just to get my 10 min in.

I stayed within my ranges easily today, ate 2 big, filling, salads and some good protein. Other than a brief few minutes at work before I ate my banana, I didn't get hungry today at all. I took in 1442 calories, with 84g protein...this is my key. If I can get to 75-90g protein, and between 50-70g fat, I am never hungry, even if my total calories are in the 1200's. I function better with carbs on the low end of the ranges, and fats at the top end. Of course, it helps loads if the fats are quality, like olive oil, real butter & coconut oil.

So, basically, my lesson learned is that I must remain diligent to plan my meals, to choose the better options, to challenge myself to exercise, because if I let myself relax, I will go overboard and I don't know how long I can tread water before sinking.
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    JXNCHICORY, I love it that someone else uses the term "doing swimmingly"! :)

    Today was rougher than yesterday, as a friend made a meal, and it's high sodium...Instead of wrapping the southwest chicken salad in a tortilla with cheese & sour cream, I put it on top of a huge bed of romaine & shredded carrots. And the tortilla soup she made, I had a half cup with no tortillas strips, no cheese and no sour cream. Still too high in salt, but way less than if I'd done the whole shebang, and I got a lot of roughage in.
    2283 days ago
    Yes, the respiratory illnesses that are making the rounds do make it difficult. Hope you feel better quickly. Wonderful analysis of the situation, and kudos on your lessons learned! Perhaps one might say you're doing swimmingly!?
    Have a happy holiday!
    2284 days ago
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