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Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'm veering off from MIL talk today to publically announce that I am already frustrated that I'm not losing weight. This week I was sick and so, I ate soup for many lunches and I tried to keep my portions in control and make wise choices when we ate out. Yesterday, I added the Lose It App to my smartphone and I tracked all my food. I came up with about 1600 calories for the day. I had cereal for breakfast, a small portion of thai food for lunch, and a roast chicken salad at Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. I got up this morning and gained 2 pounds.

This is the frustrating part of weight loss for me. I seem to maintain and maintain. Whatever I eat, even if it is a healthy choice, puts weight on me. Eventually I give up and give in.

This morning is boot camp at Gold's gym and I am going to go even though I would rather stay home and sew. Last night I was up at 3:00 a.m. with a cough resembling an adult asthma attack. The doctor I saw on Thursday described it as bronchial asthma so now I'm wondering if I have developed this in my old age.

Hubby let me sleep until about 9 a.m. which was good because it took me a while to go back to sleep after my coughing attack. I have a good friend who had a heart cath this week to discover that she doesn't have a heart problem. They had scared her into thinking she had serious issues and now they have put her on a mediterranean diet. I said I would go on it with her and together, we would lose. I bet she drops pounds like crazy and mine will cling and cling. If you have been a friend of mine for many years here on Spark, you will have been through this with me before. I don't want my biggest loser challenge to go by the wayside so I am going to get on my exercise clothes and make the best of it and hope I don't cough my way through it.
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    Like everyone else, I'm thinking that the sodium from the Thai food and the Ruby Tuesday food is the culprit. If you drink lots of water today (OK, it's too late today, so make it tomorrow), you should flush the sodium out of your system and with it the 2 pounds of water weight.

    I had bronchial asthma as a child, but finally outgrew it (I think the fact that both of my parents stopped smoking had something to do with it, but Mom denied that). Keep an eye on it and if it gets worse go back to the doctor, otherwise you may be coughing for a while (it has taken me 6 to 8 weeks to get rid of winter coughs).


    1915 days ago
    sodium is a killer for me...and most restaurants' choices are overly-full of sodium, so i'll usually gain after dining out. don't give up....keep working your program....it's hard to find the right calories in/out balance for you. hang in there!
    1915 days ago
    I know what "they" say - and I'll tell you, I eat about 1200 calories / day. I don't think I get enough exercise, but then again, I do housework, shopping, run errands, whatever, plus I walk and ride my exercycle if not every day then every other day, for 20-30 minutes. I also avoid salt like mad (because of hypertension, plus it bloats me and water retention drives me nutz). I don't eat artificial sweeteners, or very seldom. Butter? Couldn't tell you the last time I had it. No sugar, little fat, and I rarely eat meat.

    I'm maintaining. Just barely. I can't go any lower on cals or I won't get the nutrients (minerals, etc) I need - I take a vitamin supplement, but I prefer to get my nutrition from "real" food.

    So 1600 calories with things like Thai food (is there salt in it?) and chicken salad (any mayo, dressing, sauce--?) and I would definitely gain.

    The last thing I'd ever recommend to someone is "do what I do." But I know if I did what you're doing, I wouldn't be plateauing, I'd be gaining...
    1915 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I have found now that I am older I have to tweak, tweak, tweak. I am finding foods that make me gain, and foods that doesn't. Sparkpeople had me where I could eat up to 1700 calories. I can't eat no where that many. I can usually lose between the 1200 and the 1350 mark. Any higher I maintain or gain. Also, sodium in foods used not to bother me, and now it does. Keep good track of when you lose and when you gain and compare them.
    1915 days ago
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