Feeling pretty good about my weigh-in today. I lost .9 pounds. Anything less than a pound always seems like a bit of a disappointment to me considering how much I have to lose and how impatient I can be. Truth be told, I am grateful to be heading in the right direction. The crazy gaining frenzy after the miscarriage freaked me out and made me even more sad. I was afraid I was going to gain everything back that I had worked so hard to lose last year. Talk about rubbing salt into a wound. I am still well over my October low, but I think I have, at least, conquered the uncontrolled gaining.
Much of that credit goes to my husband. My husband is back on track. And when he is on track there is NO messing around. He does his exercise and tracks his calories. This week it paid off big for him - he lost 7 pounds. I am super proud of him and thankful that his success rubs off on me too. I am benefiting from not eating out or having snacks in the house. Of course, that is in addition to how loving and supportive he is of me :)
I also give credit to my accountability group. One thing I have learned though, if I truly want my accountability to have an impact I have to be open and honest. I confess, there have been days when I am struggling and purposely don't tell them because I want to do what I want to do. I know that if I say "hey I need help with the sweets today" they will have a surprising influence that keeps me out of the candy jar (from hundreds of miles away!) I love that I can go on our Facebook page in the morning and say "today I am going to do x" and later that day I will be checked in on. And if I tell them I am going to do or not do something I am so much more likely to succeed than if I just told myself.
The day before weigh-ins I am usually a little anxious about what I eat and do. I tell myself to just do it like every other day and it will all work out in the end. For the most part I do that, but after reading Mary's post on Runs to Get Waisted, I spent some time thinking about sodium yesterday.
I have heard people talk about limiting sodium or flushing with it out of their system with water (especially around weigh-in time.) I am curious about how much sodium really makes a difference to water retention. For example, I ate a Lean Cuisine (don't judge) with 660mg sodium (28% RDA). Would you expect something like that to affect a weigh-in? Obviously, I wouldn't go to a Chinese buffet the night before weighing-in (I mean, I would never go, ever), but if you are within the RDA of sodium would you expect to see an affect?
Then say you did have too much salt, does drinking a tank of water really flush it out? How long does it take all the extra water you drank to exit your body?
Yes, I know it is all about the downward trend in weight loss and obsessing about weigh-ins isn't my point. I am just curious because so many people allude to it and it makes me wonder how in tune with my body I really am.
I can say for certain when I am eating better and getting some exercise I definitely feel better and that is a win in itself.