Monday, February 21, 2011

Forever Ago

Is where I left y'all hanging. Sorry 'bout that!

The old adage "one step forward, two steps back" applies to me. I fell off the wagon Superbowl weekend and am just now climbing back on. Yes, I ate all sorts of things I shouldn't have. My salt intake went up and I swelled up like a blimp, which left me hurting the next day. Funny thing is, my bp is beautiful. I only avoid salt to avoid water retention. And the less I have, the less my body swells at night.

The other interesting thing I noticed is that right before Superbowl weekend, our beautiful, low humidity weather gave way to rain. Before that, I was energetic as all get out! I felt great! I had surplus energy to spare! Rain hit, I hurt. Correlation? I think so! That would explain why my pain levels increased when I moved down from Alaska. So... We will have to see how I feel here this summer!

I'm going to run down a quick list of things that have happened since I last blogged and the resulting consequences.

1. Forgot to take vitamins for 5 days in a row- massive chocolate cravings returned
2. Had soda- the salt I ate beforehand made it taste good= cravings= tummy pain from the carbonation.
3. Went to Olive Garden- low sodium diet made everything taste too salty. I'll stick with a couple bread sticks and salad with dressing on the side from now on.
4. Had a few chips on Superbowl Sunday- lots of swelling in hands and feet the next day.
5. Had alcohol on Valentine's Day- did fine.
6. Made adult coffee the next day- muscle cramps in calves (need to drink lots of water if going to have adult beverages).
7. Had a bowl of icecream every night for a week- upset tummy.

So, what did I learn? EAT BETTER! DRINK MORE WATER! DON'T FALL OFF THE WAGON!

If I cheat a little, it snowballs and I don't feel good. I can't cheat and expect to feel good the next day.

Oh, and store bought bread? Um, no. Can't do it. Something in it that's not wheat IS affecting Dude's behavior. Homemade bread, he's fine. Store bought bread, no way. Maybe it's the dough conditioners. WTH is a dough conditioner anyways? Are they massaging something like hair conditioner into the bread to make it look pretty?

I'm getting back on the wagon. I did my yoga back therapy dvd today. I just did the beginning, short session. Guess what? I feel better in my lower back and sacrum! Now, I'll just have to find the motivation to continue it!

I think I'm going to start incorporating some strength training in a couple times a week. I've heard a lot of Fibro people swear by it. So, I'll give it a try! I have a dinky kettle bell I want to try out anyways.

Back to low sodium for me! I know my body will thank me for it.

What've you guys been up to?

3 comments:

cdncowgirl said...

I found that when I cut out fast food (we used to eat a LOT of it, you know... the convenience thing) anyway when I did have McD's for the first time in almost 2 months it made me ill. I need to start sticking to that more.

What's the name of your back yoga dvd?

oregonsunshine said...

I was really disappointed by OG's red sauce. My husband's is more flavorful and less salty.

We don't eat fast food unless it's Chik-fil-A. I like that their chicken is real and not processed, pressed and full of yuck.

Keebler said...

Sometimes I think that a few falls off the wagon aren't so bad, as it helps give you some insight into how the positive changes really do help...

That being said, I fell off the wagon last June and I think the wagon took off without me! I have been working at catching up with it! :-)

(I love the Olive Garden - I get to go a couple of times per year... however, I'm sure like all commercially prepared food, it is full of salt, fat and sugar. Bastards.)