One Step Forward…..

Posted by Laura Baker | July 31, 2012  |  No Comment

Typically my blog posts have had a lesson I’ve learned during the week, or some sort of positive undertone. This week’s blog does not have either. I’ve been stressed out this past week—and it hasn’t helped that one of my favorite summer veggies is ready right now—and I can usually enjoy its fresh taste for just a month. Yes….it’s sweet corn (on the cob!) I love its sweet, yummy flavor….dipped in full-fat butter and salted to the max!

Now, I’m very sensitive to sodium and always have to watch how much sodium I use. Just a little bit of sodium goes a long way on the scale for me. Therefore, imagine what a meal of sweet corn and salted cucumbers and salted, and sliced, tomatoes would do to me!

This week’s movement towards weight loss wasn’t that spectacular to begin with……I’d lost .2 lb by the time I reached Saturday morning….and despite hiking and mountain biking all day at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin, and burning 1400 calories according to the heart rate monitor I wore, I’d only lost a total of .4 lb since Tuesday, at least when I weighed in on Sunday morning. Granted—I’ve been eating a lot of sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes…..and adding salt to it all. It’s the only time I really add salt to my food, except for the occasional steak….and it’s the only time of year that I get fresh garden food. But the salt has really been killing my weight loss efforts. I gained 1.8 lbs since Saturday morning and I am pretty certain the sodium has been the blame (at least I hope!)

Needless to say, it’s still psychologically bothering me—this is the first time in two months that I have to report a gain. Even if I can justify that the salt caused it, I really hadn’t been doing very well this week in the first place. So…this week is a tough one……I can only hope I will find the time to get in a decent workout this weekend. Both days would be nice. We’ll see. I have a lot of homework, I’m just over two weeks from the 5K Run and Bike Tour event which still has lots to do, and I’m working on a website on my “spare” time. Yikes……….

At least I can say I made one very good choice, I wanted so bad to bury myself in comfort food last night due to my frustrations….but I chose otherwise. I stayed my course. Maybe it was because I had to weigh in this morning….and maybe it was because I have chosen not to allow any serious stressors to take me down. I’ve come a long way since I started…and still have a long way to go. I’m not going to give up that easily.

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