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Gonna get back in the saddle with tracking my food, after getting discouraged and falling off track for a couple months.
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If you're trying to watch sodium, like me, you're probably horrified by what you find in the grocery store aisles. Pasta sauce was one of my Great Disappointments, I couldn't find any with low sodium. I even resorted to making my own (which was great, but a lot of effort). I finally found a no-salt-added tomato sauce in the canned vegetables area at Kroger, with the tomato pastes and stewed tomatoes, etc. It tastes just fine!
I am very discouraged, and haven't been able to make myself care the last few days. 3 straight months of regular & often-varied exercise, and 2+ months of watching my diet very closely with few deviances. I've actually GAINED 6 pounds. Why do I even bother?
Went over on my carbs a few times this week, but I did very good with my sodium, even somehow on days when I had a fast food mystery shop to do. And my diastolic blood pressure is still down in the low 80s, after peaking in the mid 90s a couple months ago. Yay!
Not my best day eating-wise, with only 1 serving of vegetables (unless that glass of vegetable juice counts for anything). On the bright side, I somehow managed to eat Sonic for lunch and then homemade chicken pot pie made with biscuits and gravy, and still stayed in the green for everything!
I was brave enough to record the Chinese take-out we had for dinner yesterday >.< It hasn't been the best week for me food-wise, with the semester ending and final exams, but at least I stayed out of the red for several days before last night. It's crazy how processed and fast food jacks up your stats!
Just joined the salad-a-day challenge!
Yay, my first recipe! http://slimkicker.com/food?id=2169048&serving_type=0
The vegetables were liberally seasoned with black pepper, Mrs. Dash, and nutmeg--no additionally added sodium.
Little heavy on the fat, though. I'm going to try it again with less butter, less- and low- or non-fat sour cream and cream cheese or neufchatel.
Definitely a good start. It tasted scrum-diddly-umptious!
Is anyone else having problems posting their achievements to Facebook?
I definitely like the new clone & edit option for creating foods! Looks like it has a few kinks to work out yet, but that's to be expected I suppose. When I go to add the food I cloned, it's just sitting there spinning, spinning, spinning, lol.
Ouch...Taco Bell hurt my sodium baaaaaaaaad today. Pushin' it on carbs too, but still in the green. Will have to compensate with some extra potassium.
Struggling very hard today. Stress from finals, stress from my baby sister's situation, recent deaths in the family...I did not even want to eat. But I realized I'd only had 2 onion rings and 4 tater tots all day, so forced down a salad, grilled swiss, and some vegetable juice. *sigh*
3 straight days of in the green on everything!
Today I had the problem of not wanting to eat, I just didn't feel like going to the effort of making anything or eating anything, lol. I did eat eventually...had to, blood sugar got low and interfered with my studying. I know that is not good for my metabolism, though it is nice to see only 350 sodium on my stats today
Reward unlocked for level 3 :)
What an amazingly yummy and healthy dinner this was! Had a salmon fillet again, only made it for my husband also this time--seasoned with nutmeg and Mrs. Dash, so no added sodium. And Fusia's teriyaki stir fry, which weighs in at only 270 sodium. Added in a few drops of EVOO for a healthy fat. And now a bloody mary--or as I like to think of it, a great dose of potassium with a kick ;)
Today made 5 straight days with at least 30 minutes exercise
I didn't go in the red on anything yesterday, yay!
Passed on the feta cheese with my salad tonight...even though I only use about a half serving, that's still 175mg of sodium I eliminated from my diet today! I don't need feta cheese on every single salad. Got a salmon plank thawing out now. It's gonna be a good night.
Just did 30 minutes on the elliptical...cooling off with my daily serving of celery and vegetable juice :)
Yep, I usually end up making my own pasta sauces. Better choice
I do the same.......... :)
My homemade sauce has that 'fresh' taste that's hard to beat, but it's a lot of effort making it. I was very pleased to find these little cans of tomato sauce at Kroger the other day, and cracked one open tonight. They really taste fine as-is, and only have 40mg of sodium, which is likely what's naturally found in the tomatoes. Of course you can season it how you like. I've got mine simmering with some nutmeg and garlic :)
Here's a recipe for red sauce that you can make in 30 minutes: http://www.theawl.com/2012/01/how-to-make-weeknight-pasta-sauce
Don't be discouraged. Sometimes our bodies hit plateaus too soon. Adjust your calorie intake......change up the exercise.....work out with a buddy who will keep you in check. Don't beat yourself up.....it took longer than a few months to put the weight on so it will take some time to lose it.
I haven't lost a single pound in order for there to BE a plateau :(
One thing to remember positive changes are good no matter what. Muscle weighs more than fat. It kinda pissed me off at first and I still have a way to go, But if I quit as I have done before the time it takes me to get back to where I am is wasted. If you have the willpower take a single day and have your "pity party" Eat what ever crap you want. I bet it won't be as good as you think. Keep up the good fight Your darkest hour will be right before your greatest victory. Good luck
if you're interested i'm happy to look at some of the foods you've been eating.
muscle definitely weighs more than fat, although i recognize when the scale number is staring at you it's not the most comforting mantra to have in mind. one key thing to remember is that you are making positive lifestyle changes. and even during those plateaus, the body is still learning and changing, so when you break out of a plateau it seems like a miracle, but really you've been laying the ground work all along
Hey if you give up I get to toss in the towel too. Let me tell you I was down 132 to 123 and now back to 126 but the fat roll is down and I am stronger. At 52 I'm thinking i look pretty good in my yoga pants. Are you feeling the same. Toss or no toss. Get going buddy we have a lot of life to live.
I would be discouraged too! But... don't give up. If you have truly been following regimented exercise and diet then it's time to seek advice from a professional. You may have something going on that needs to be found out. At the gym I go to they have a nutritionist and they have the ability to do blood tests to find out exactly where your body is at in a whole myriad of areas.
I definitely have something underlying going on, I have other problems such as excessive hair loss; the problem is getting doctors to take you seriously, especially when you don't have health insurance. *sigh* Thanks for all the support. Being validated and motivated by others helps. I was crying last night and my husband pointed out that my exercise and diet HAS brought down my blood pressure. So I guess that's pretty important.
@saleemhuepenny you are right. positive lifestyle changes are still positive, whether or not the scales are cooperating. I've reduced meat and dairy intake, greatly reduced processed food, and increased vegetables and occasional fruits. I'm nearly always in the green on slimkicker, I do have days where I see red once or twice, but those days are the exceptions, not the rule.
@Mistyfied Is that really your reward??? I no way could eat that. I would have a huge gas problem, oh and heartburn that would kill. DH liked your profile. He thinks we should grow and tax pot in WI. They just had a big bust here. farm. Just think if all that pot were veggies, I would be in heaven.
lol, no, I would explode if I ate all that! But I thought it was funny :D I usually have fast food or some cheat meal, so I googled "fast food feast" and found that and thought it was hilarious. We just had a big bust here today, over 700 plants...I just thought "what a waste" ...of plants and tax dollars.
I say what a wast of talent. I wish I could grow plants like that. My seed get fungus and My garden got over run with weeds.
Brave is right! At least you get to see how that food affects you, even if you don't like it. :) hang in there!
processed foods really get me on the sodium stats. most of all. but it's better to be honest--you def. did the right thing
Goooood job, my friend!!!!!!! You can do it. :)
I just finished it and it was great...something I'll stick with.
Sounds like a fantastic recipe!
are you using Internet Explorer? it's a known bug for IE
no, IE is the devil! I'm using Firefox 12 currently
can you try it again?
I did a little while later, and it went through just fine that time
I struggle to eat when stressed too, but we can't be useful to others if we don't care for ourselves first. Hang tight!
Thank you. And you're right. I can't say I feel *better* about everything, but since eating a decent meal I have at least been able to get some classwork done, and have got my thinking cap on again about the family situation instead of just being upset about it.
Hiya, I can't eat when stressed either buy try to even eat small meals or snack on a healthy cereal bars. Don't reach for chocolate !!!
Yeah, it's hard to think straight when our brains are depleted of nutrients. I'm sorry for your recent losses...
You're doing alright. It's tough when stress is a major component of the day. I actually ate a healthy dinner and it helped a lot. I know what you mean.
Yay! Go you!
Awesome! Great job!
Whoa. Really? That's awesome. I have yet to do that!
A little fasting isn't so bad once in a while. It's good to listen to your body and only eat when you're hungry too. Sometimes I don't want much for dinner - especially when hubby's working and I'm solo - tonight I just had a big artichoke. Just make sure you still get your water in.
ooooooo yummy Bloody Mary... Well, and the rest, too! ;)
You are doing so well with this program. Keep up the good work. Salmon is so good for you.
Wow, even on workdays. That takes discipline and dedication! :)
Way to go!
Gooooood job, my friend!
That is AWESOME!
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