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Monday, March 04, 2013

In the interest of creating a blog that I can look back on in the future to see not only where I succeed, but where I struggle also, I am setting down the good, the bad and the ugly of my weight loss journey.

I've been struggling with cutting down sodium. I'm surprised by how much I crave salt, and how much salt is in the prepared foods I eat, the sauce helpers, the condiments, the canned foods, which seemed so innocent, but are lurking with sodium.

I still don't think I'm drinking enough water.

Then there's Saturday, where I volunteered to chaperone, and didn't pack food, or even a book to read, and ended up eating concession stand food, and playing hours of Angry Birds. I missed my workouts, and the nachos upset my stomach. And I didn't even bother to track the food. Saturday was a lost day. I felt physically & mentaly bad. But no shame, no guilt, no mea culpas.

My tracking has been sporadic. I've been bummed about my weight. I'm up to 183.4. The weather is dreadful. There's snow on the ground, and if I don't get to the gym, I don't workout at all.

So here's what I'm doing right. I'm not letting a couple of bad days become a bad month. I'm jumping back on track right away. I'm lifting more weights, more reps, more sets. I'm tracking scrupulously today. Even the 10 calorie chocolate covered espresso beans I like to snack on. I count them out.

When I chaperone the next trip in a few weeks, I plan to pack healthy meals & snacks, and a book to read. I'll plan in exercise, too. Nothing too outrageous, just enough so I don't feel physically bad after the trip.

Final issue is that I made an appointment with the cardiologist. I didn't want to. There's a part of me that just doesn't want to admit vulnerability. But it's part of being a responsible adult to get all your check ups.
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    Sounds like a great way to reboot! Good for you! And I all goes well with the doctor. Love your wallpaper.
    1901 days ago
  • JANET552
    emoticon Way to go on what is going right and on having a plan to help improve what's not! Good for you for being honest about what you see going on. Recognizing the problem is the first step in solving it and I know you will do it. emoticon
    1903 days ago
    Good for you for documenting the good, the bad and the ugly!

    Sounds like you have a plan... emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Well done on all the things you keep learning and the plans you have to keep yourself on track! All the best for the appointment with the cardiologist.

    1904 days ago
    1904 days ago
    Oh boy! Do I struggle with the sodium thing, too! It is extremely difficult, even when you cook your own meals. It sneaks in in so many different ways. I, also, would be interested to know if anyone has tips or tricks on cutting it down to size.

    Best wishes to you!
    1904 days ago
    It isn't easy to get one's sodium in range. I think everyone who tries is shocked at the amount in processed foods and many manufacturers have even adjusted their products downward. Just keep working toward your goals and eventually you will make it.
    1904 days ago
    1904 days ago
    Oh that dreaded word - sodium. The two of us do not get along at all. I used to live on sunflower seeds all ball season long. Now I can eat a bag of at the ball park and my calves will swell beyond belief by the next day. Sure water helps but actually limiting my sodium would be much much better. But it's so hard. It's everywhere. Even if you are like me and actually dont cook with added salt.

    Let me know how you do it. I really could use some pointers.
    1904 days ago
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