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graindart - Friday Mar 16, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 180.9

Yesterday was successful.

Might need to change my menu plan somewhat.  I wanted to eat a big dinner in the hopes that I wouldn't want to snack as much afterwards.  The dinner plan included 8oz of cauliflower, 8oz broccoli, 8oz brussel sprouts, 3 slices of cheese, 8oz chicken breast, some mushroom / onion / garlic.  On paper, it filled all of the nutrient checkboxes and was a large amount of food for dinner.  In actuality, it was 2 heaping plates of food.  I forced myself to eat all of the veggie plate, mushrooms, onions, and 60% of the chicken last night, but had no desire to finish.  I put the remaining chicken in the fridge and snacked on it a few times, finishing it by the end of the night.  Later on, I did follow up the meal with 2 of the 100 calorie bags of popcorn, so I guess I wasn't completely stuffed. 

The dinner was less than enjoyable.  The mushrooms / onions / garlic / chicken breast tasted good.  But the massive amount of vegetables all tasted pretty much the same and were kind of a chore to finish off.  I guess it did kind of do it's job, in that I really didn't feel like snacking all that much (two 100 cal popcorn is a "light" amount of snacking in my world).

Have my smartwatch now alerting me hourly if I haven't got enough steps / movement.  I spend a lot of time working on the computer, so I could go several hours without much movement.  It's tough on my posture and back, so hopefully the reminder to move will help.  Right now I plan to just walk down and up the stairs to the basement 10 times whenever I get the notice. 

Progress as of today: 102.1 lbs lost so far, only 11.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/16/2018:
I don't enjoy vegetables either and if I feel like I HAVE to eat them...I despise them even more. Maybe you just sat down with all of that in front of you and treated it like it was a job you had to get done...and it was work. I've done that with vegetables too......Protein is filling and sticks with you longer...adding some veggies that appeal to you at that time makes the vegetables more tempting to me. Above you listed well over 2 pounds of food..that is quite a large quantity.....maybe the popcorn was a reward for eating all of the healthy stuff and not eaten out of hunger. I've looked at the food pyramid in the past and wondered how we were supposed to actually eat all of that in a day......at that point I decided to just start taking a daily multi vitamin to cover the nutrition...and then do what I can after that.

graindart on 03/16/2018:
I'm not a huge vegetable fan, but have gotten more tolerant of them over the past year. My main problem with the plate of vegetables last night was that I cooked them all together, so it all tasted pretty much the same for the entire plate. Probably need to cook each in it's own pan so that I can change-up the flavors.

graindart - Wednesday Mar 14, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 182.0

Exercise still going well.

Spent yesterday re-evaluating food.  Decided that I'm trying to go in 2 different directions at the same time.  I've been on a low calorie diet for the past year.  I think it worked well for the first 8 months because I wasn't exercising.  Since I've started exercising at the beginning of the year I've had several binge times where I've just gone full crazy at eating anything and everything.  The past few months have been a yo-yo.  On track for a week, off track for a day or two.  And my weight / bodyfat % has followed that yo-yo effect also.

I don't care what I actually end up weighing, but I do care about what my bodyfat percentage is.  I don't think it's sustainable for me to continue exercising and trying to stick to a strict low calorie amount at the same time.  So yesterday I recalculated the calories I'm burning with the daily exercise.  I also decided that a 2lb per week calorie deficit (1000 cal deficit per day) just wasn't going to work at this time.  Trying to build muscle takes calories and the more muscle I build, the more calories I can eat daily without storing fat.  So after all of the calculations, I decided that 2000 calories per day seemed like a number that would allow me enough food intake and still burn fat (although at a much slower pace).  I can see how I feel after a few days, but 2000 calories is a lot higher than what I've been trying to stick to over the past couple months (1500 calories).  

I also decided that I need to get rid of the temptations from the house, so the wife and kids will be changing a couple of their food items to alternatives.  Going to get rid of the bread, jam/jelly, peanut butter, and the breakfast cereal.  We haven't had candy, chips, and stuff like that in the house for quite awhile, but I've gone full-on bingefest several times with the bread / jam / jelly / peanut butter / cereal.  Getting through most of the day successfully, only to blow it at the end in spectacular fashion.  I'd start with just a piece of bread.....but the toaster has 2 slots, so it'd become 2 pieces of bread.  Spread the butter on, then jelly on one and peanut butter on the other.  Then I'd start craving other carbs and head for a big bowl of cereal.  Then I'd figure I've already screwed up, so might as well make it a cheat day.  At the end, I would've eaten half of the loaf of bread with butter / jelly / peanut butter, followed by another bowl or 2 of cereal.  Late night binging is my biggest problem lately and it'll be a lot harder to fall off the wagon with the empty carbs out of the house.  And late at night I'm way too lazy to get in the car and drive somewhere to buy food.

Decided to make up a preliminary menu for the day so that I'm not just winging it.  I tend to do better with structure and a plan.  Tweaked the menu a few times and ended up with something that appears to cover most of the daily recommended allowances for vitamins from the foods and will take a multi-vitamin to fill-in some of the missing items.  My goal was also to have it be high-protein to encourage muscle growth.  I also wanted a good amount of bulk so that hopefully I don't feel as deprived.  Finished creating 1 day's menu.  Probably just going to stick to it for the next couple days.  We're having friends over for dinner on St Patricks Day, so that will be a different combination of food and I'll just concentrate on staying under 2000 calories that day without being as picky on the types of food.  After I get past SPD, I'll work on the menu structure to have alternatives for certain items so that I don't get completely bored.

So the new menu consists of the following:

B - egg, 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 multi-vitamin
L - salad mix, dressing, bacos, tomato, package of flavored tuna
Snack - hard boiled egg, banana
D - 8oz chicken breast, onion/garlic, mushroom slices, 1Tbs butter, 8oz broccoli, 8oz cauliflower, 8oz brussel sprouts, 3 slices velveeta cheese melted over some of the vegetables
Snack - 100 calorie microwave popcorn  
Drink 1 gallon of water daily, after which I can drink cans of diet pop.

The above menu calculates out to around 1700 calories.  That leaves me a cushion for eating an extra piece of fruit, 2nd bag of popcorn, or other snack during the day or late at night.

Progress as of today: 101 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2018:
Looks like a good workable menu!

horn_of_plenty on 03/15/2018:
good menu - yes, exercise DOES tend to increase hunger levels. You were most probably bingeing bc you were eating too low in general - this is what happened to me in college when i limited my calories to 1200...and even happened later when i was at 1500 cals per day. throughout my early 20's until around just recently, i was having a hard time with bingeing and it always got better when my avg calories went up a bit.

also, being able to eat carbs, yes carbs, in moderation (not big amounts but they are included for sure) in meals has helped me to NOT binge. Nothing is restricted and i do not feel a pull or need to have extra of things, when they are already in my diet.

horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2018:
i think your re-evaluation of menu will help you..

graindart - Monday Mar 12, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 187.0

Food intake currently a roller-coaster.  Several days good, followed by out of control day, then back on plan.  Just not feeling motivated.  

Got the treadmill back awhile ago and have used it daily since.  Currently walking for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night Monday - Saturday.  I spent the extra money on a treadmill with builtin touchscreen tablet and ifit with some fancy "guided tours" of various places that you're supposed to walk along with your host / trainer.  It might appeal to others (and did entice me to buy it), but now I consider it just a gimmick.  While it's just an android tablet, they have it locked down with their own software so you can't even use it for netflix or youtube.  And to use most of the features on the touchscreen, you have to subscribe to their ifit monthly plan service for another $15-$20 per month.  I really feel like the treadmill is crippled and just serves as an advertising program for them trying to get you to sign up for ifit every time you use it.  The message I feel they're sending to me daily is:  "Thanks for buying the treadmill for $1700.  Now if you want to USE it, please send us another $300 per year."  Of course I'm exaggerating some, because it is still useable as a basic treadmill without the subscription.  I mounted another tablet in front of theirs so that I can now watch Netflix while walking.  In hindsight, I should've just bought a used treadmill off Craigslist for $200-$400. 

Have modified my exercise program some.  Nothing too strenuous and nothing that takes up too much time, other than the walking. 

M,W,F - 60 pushups in the morning - start with as many as I can do in a row (25) and rest for a couple minutes, continue, rest, continue until 60 done

Tu,Th,Sa - nightly 5 sets of assisted pullups (goal is working up to 10 per set)

Tu,Th,Sa - morning - various "plank" exercises for a total of 5 minutes

M,T,W,Th,F,Sa - walk 30 minutes in the morning & walk 30 minutes in the evening

Still drinking 1 gallon of water daily.

The only thing not on track is my diet.  It's like I've subconsciously already switched into maintenance mode.  There are days that I'm determined to get back to dropping to a lower bodyfat % and other days that I think my current weight / bodyfat % is good enough for now.

Progress as of today: 96 lbs lost so far, only 28 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2018:
Despite the roller coaster which was pretty bad for me the second time into my weight loss, try to stick with the exercise part of your routine is my thought on it - and also try not to restrict as much the day after a binge - after a high cal day it's hard for me to drop right back down to something low and can create another binge cycle

horn_of_plenty on 03/12/2018:
Whatever you do, don't stop the exercise - this is how I regained my weight the second time - when my career changed, exercise stopped, and I was binging before studying. A Terrible mix - exercise may always be a challenge to find time for but it's worth it to pull you from bingeing and other time wasters - for me, exercise is a positive use of my time which also takes me away from less productive or unhealthy behaviors. I just wish I had a better balance but honestly nobody probably does ...unless you are rich and don't have to work !? I know now that whatever job I have, it will always be a challenge to make the time to exercise

trishpiglet3 on 03/12/2018:
Your exercise routine looks great

Donkey on 03/12/2018:
Good to know about the treadmill *sigh* I'm sorry if you're disappointed :-(

Horn has some really good advice about food intake - I second all that she says. You wouldn't want binge eating to become a habit - an acceptable habit or otherwise. It can be a slippery slope to bad things.

graindart - Thursday Mar 08, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 186.5

Controlling my food intake hasn't been going well the past couple months, but I have been able to become mostly consistent with a basic exercise plan.  It's the exact opposite of last year.  Last year I was rock solid on diet, but couldn't stick to any type of exercise plan.

I've decided that my intake calorie allowance per day must be too low, so I've upped it in hopes of being able to stay get back on track.  I think the combination of trying to add muscle and also lose weight at the same time just hasn't been working for me all that great. 

I've been drinking more diet pop lately, but have continued to drink at least 1 gallon of plain water daily.  Water intake and exercise on track, just need to reign-in the food now.

Progress as of today: 96.5 lbs lost so far, only 27.5 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 03/08/2018:
Good luck with this :) Awesome that you've kept up with the exercise plan!

bearcountrygg on 03/08/2018:
Being at a certain weight for your physical has now been achieved.....it's easier to relax a bit now.

graindart on 03/09/2018:
Yep. I met that goal and instantly became lazy in my food choices. That's why I rarely set intermediate goals. I know that once I reach any goal, I want to reward myself by going off plan.

Donkey on 03/08/2018:
Increasing your calories and staying in control is also a step that will help you in maintenance, when you decide you are there.

horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
every time i diet, it's hardest to reign in on the food. For me, it's the hardest part. But practically the whole thing with weight is determined on just that. i think increasing calories will help you if you have been having a really hard time - i don't usually binge much when calories are decent and not too restricted.

it's hard to both lose weight and gain muscle...

you just have to keep working on it and not give up....just remember it takes work and if it were easy everyone would do it...

sleep and getting enough helps me. the better i sleep, the less hunger and cravings i have.

horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
one thing that helps me with eating is remembering there's always tomorrow to have more...and that it really all tastes the same whether it be the first bite or the 100th bite...i still work on this too.

horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
i still work on the bite stuff bc i like to feel full...but then when i'm just indulging in a dessert i have been better at realizing it tastes the same - one bite or 100 bites. like when you are full after dinner and there's dessert...one bite tastes the same as the whole slice of cake....and if you want something to keep your mouth busy, my go-to is coffees / teas, low cal things. seltzer with stevia (which i don't buy as much anymore bc i don't drive as much during the week (i use bus now) so i don't like carrying the heavy bottles of seltzer home...lol.

Donkey on 03/10/2018:
Did you get the new treadmill yet?

graindart - Friday Mar 02, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 184.5

Have been absent from DD for the past many days, due mainly to embarrassment. 

My last trip out of town resulted in 3 days straight of full-on binging.  I stuffed my face with so much crap that I was extremely uncomfortable by the end of day one.  I woke up to day 2 feeling overstuffed and sick from too much junk food.  That didn't stop me though as I stuffed myself even more throughout day two.  Day 3 I awoke feeling like utter crap from all of the food.  Again it didn't stop me as I continued to stuff myself with every type of food / sugary drink / candy / chips / cookies / pizza / etc that I could think of.  I was fully out of control concerning food intake for 3 days straight.  The same thing happened the weekend before for 2 days straight on another out of town trip.  Thankfully I don't have these type out of town trips very often.  

The damage noted on the scale was extreme.  I know that much of it will disappear pretty quick, but it was initially a shock.  On Feb 16th I was down to an all time low of 168 lbs, within 9 lbs of my final goal.  On Feb 25th I weighed 192 lbs.  Ten days = 5 on plan and 5 completely off plan resulted in a change of 24 lbs on the scale.  It was depressing to see, but I got right back on the wagon after returning home and 8 lbs have dropped on the scale over the past 6 days.  I'm still 16 lbs over where I was just a couple weeks ago, but am expecting that to drop pretty quickly too.  I don't really know how much each day's caloric intake was when I was stuffing my face, but wouldn't be suprised if it was over 6000 calories each day.

The scale numbers were depressing to see, but the change in assisted pullups was even more depressing to see.   I've been doing assisted pullups using giant rubber bands to help me be able to do them.  I do 5 sets nightly and the goal is to work up to 10 reps per set.  When I'm able to do 5 sets of 10 reps, I drop to a lower amount of rubber band assistance and work at making it back up to 5 sets of 10 reps.  The end goal is to someday be able to complete 5 sets of 10 reps UNassisted.  When I was at 168 lbs I was getting close to being able to drop to a lower amount of assistance (10 reps, 10 reps, 9 reps, 9 reps, 8 reps).  When I got back from my last trip, I was barely able to do 8-7-7-5-6.  Twenty-four extra pounds made a huge difference.  I can also easily see the extra flab in my tummy area.

Now that I'm back home it's a lot easier to stay on track.  This is due mostly to the lack of temptation food in the house.  It's also due in part to having a clear goal and timeline.  March 1st - beginning of a new month and also exactly 99 days before the cruise.  I've upped my daily exercise somewhat and am 100% back on my eating plan.  No big out-of-town trips planned before the cruise, so should be able to remain focused.  Only 98 days to go now......

Progress as of today: 98.5 lbs lost so far, only 25.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 03/02/2018:
I'm glad to see you back. No judgement here!

graindart on 03/02/2018:
Thanks. It wasn't that I was worried about being judged here. It was more that if I didn't write it down / record it, maybe it didn't really happen? Completely illogical. But denial is sometimes 'initially' easier than just owning up to something. Finally owned up to it, put it behind me, and am back on plan.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/03/2018:
Hello Grains!

It's so great to have you back here with us! Earlier in my dieting days, it would go something more similar to yours. I'd have amazing days and lose weight at a nice pace that i was pretty pleased with - but when i went off track, it was really off track...because i had just missed things i never ate or maybe my calorie deficit was too much too fast? i don't know...

Now, After pretty much working to maintain my current weight for two years, i try to stay more moderate and less things are off limits. I am sorta aware of the calories that work for me and what doesn't...so it's harder for me to go totally off course bc i know the consequences and have a hard time then being really strict and low cal after i go off course - so i try hard not to - and instead have a lot of foods that are go-tos for helping me feel fuller, etc, without messing up my calories so much.

what i'm saying is, my knowledge and experiences in the past of fluctuating weight and then regaining everything i lost have taught me to try much harder to maintain my current weight. but no doubt i have many go to foods and snacks that help me do this - because i'm def a snacker who likes to eat all day long!

Donkey on 03/03/2018:
Welcome back! I was wondering where you went.

Moderation has been always been an issue with me. Sometimes I can manage it, and sometimes I can't. Like Horn said, over the years, though, I came to realize that the food is just not worth it to have to start the mission all over again.

I got tired of being Sisyphus, continually pushing uphill only to have to start all over again. Maybe this time it just clicked? KEEP TRYING :-)

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2018:
I think moderation is probably a problem for all of us...if it wasn't...we wouldn't be here struggling....

graindart - Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 176.2

Past couple days have been on-plan.  Continuing to drink 1 gallon of water daily.

Drank too many cans of diet pop and 1 zero calorie energy drink yesterday while driving for 4 hours straight yesterday.  Unplanned trip I needed to take and didn't want to do it back to back with the 3 hour drive I have tomorrow.  Sitting in the car for hours straight never used to bug me, but now it's something that I really despise.  My normal coping mechanism for the monotony of driving is to eat and drink.  Since eating is kind of difficult to do while remaining under calorie count, the number of cans of zero calorie goodness will probably spike on most travel days. 

Progress as of today: 106.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2018:
yeah, i also don't enjoy long periods driving...ever since a couple years ago it's never been the same...i used to enjoy driving.

bearcountrygg on 02/21/2018:
pop just makes my joints hurt.....so I stopped drinking it....Maybe take a zip lock bag of carrot strips, celery and peppers...not very interesting I know.

Donkey on 02/24/2018:
I find that drinking diet soda sets me up for eating more. Not sure why, if it's the artificial sweetener triggering something biological or what.

graindart - Monday Feb 19, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 177.0

Went off the deep end for 2 days while out of town.  Ate everything and anything I saw, even when it didn't taste good.  For example, went down to the 'continental breakfast' at the hotel lobby and stuffed my face with sub-par carbs until I felt ready to explode.  I ate pretty much every type of cheat food I have been craving for the past month, including pizza, candy, chips, chocolate, peanuts in the shell, banana split, corndog, bagels, cookies, cheeseburger, etc.

Scale read 10 lbs heavier when I returned home.  

Yesterday was back on track and under calorie allowance.  

We're heading right back out to the same out-of-town destination again this weekend (HS basketball final tournament).  Not planning on going off plan this time.  I already ate at the couple restaurants I wanted to this past weekend and already stuffed my face with every type of cheat food imaginable.  This time I plan on remaining under calorie allowance and on-plan.

Progress as of today: 106 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2018:
Good job getting back on track

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
Every time I head off track - i always realize it only good the moments the food is in my mouth - after I am just sleepy and it puts me in a coma like state - not literally I mean figuratively- where I am just not productive. I realized this especially this month and realize it's not helping me maintain my weight - I am working to not let my emotions get the best of me - lately I have a tendency to overeat after work on fridays after a working week and it's some habits that need to be stopped early bc I def do see a pattern developing now - and being that I am only in the new job office for 2 month so - this is exactly the time to regain focus on weight control and not letting my weight spiral out of control

graindart on 02/19/2018:
I know when doing it that I'll regret it later, but choose to continue anyways. Ideally it would be nice to confine the excess to a smaller window of time so as to minimize the damage. When I started this diet last April, I didn't plan any cheat days and had every intention of not screwing up until I met my initial 100 lb loss goal. I made it approximately 7 months in a row without a single screwup. Since then I've had a few small hiccups along the way, but nothing that's derailed the overall progress. I'm past my initial goals and have modified to new goals. While 'moderation' everyday would be better, I'll still be ok as long as my crazy cheat days are few and far between. Thinking about planning 1 cheat time per month at the end of a day. I could keep a running list of things I want to stuff my face with during that one monthly window of time.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
So it's a good thing you will not be wanting to repeat last weekend's indulgences this weekend

Be prepared with liquids to drink and small snacks to have - beef jerky or small granola bars and stuff like that - you don't have to starve just make better choices - when you eat out order the sautéed veggies with a little meat and order soup and seltzer and other things to fill you for less - volumetric eating

Donkey on 02/19/2018:
I figure what you gained from the weekend should be off by this weekend, presuming you're back on track. I'm starting to think that the "relax" days aren't even worth it, any more. It's just all the more work to get back to where I started.

Sisyphus comes to mind.

graindart on 02/19/2018:
I'm sure it'll come back off pretty quick. After I'm on the other side of a cheat day, I always realize it wasn't worth it and regret doing it. However before I do it, all I can think about is how good it's going to taste......even though it never tastes anywhere near as good as I was expecting.

happy-1 on 02/20/2018:
Be strong! Like the cast of the 300!

graindart - Friday Feb 16, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 168.0

Made it through yesterday successfully without any food / drink, other than 1+ gallon of water.  (did for insurance health exam today)

Two hours to go until my life insurance exam (blood work / UA / weight / height).  Stepped on the scale this morning and was happy to see 168 lbs.  Even with light clothing and someone else's scale, that should still come in at 173 or lower which is the magic number for my BMI to be in the normal range.

After my exam I'm planning on eating light for the rest of the day and probably going 'off plan' for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.  We're going a few hours away to another city that I've been wanting to try a certain restaurant at.

With the exam over soon, my sodium limits will be rising to my more typical levels (not as restrictive as pre-exam).  I'll also allow myself some caffeinated drinks again, but in a lower dosage than before.  The new rule for myself is to drink 1 gallon of water each day before allowing myself other drinks. 

Added after the exam:

Blood pressure was good (105/65).  Weight was within acceptable range.  I hate needles and she had a little problem getting the blood.  It didn't hurt, but took longer with the needle in my arm than I had hoped.  Will wait on blood and UA results, but shouldn't be any surprises.  I was kind of surprised that my blood pressure reading was so low.  I figured the fact that I was nervous about stuff would spike it somewhat, but I guess not.  I've always wondered how accurate those automated blood pressure machines in Walmart were.  I used one a couple days ago at about the same time of day and it had almost identical results to those taken today by the person.


Progress as of today: 115 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 02/16/2018:
Wow sounds like you will get your lower premiums! Great job on achieving your goal. I hope you many continued successes!

happy-1 on 02/16/2018:
Good job!!!!

Donkey on 02/16/2018:
Congratulations on your lower premium!!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
You worked hard to do the right thing !

graindart - Thursday Feb 15, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 171.1

Yesterday was under calorie allotment with over a gallon of water intake.  Went most of the day with very few calories.  As soon as I started eating near the end of the day I really didn't want to stop (but I did).

Have been planning on skipping food for today since my life insurance health exam is tomorrow morning at 9am.  It's not a huge thing, but I haven't been looking forward to it.  Woke up this morning and am actually happy that today is here.  I'm very goal oriented, so seeing that I only have 25 hours to go until this goal is great.  All I have to do is get my exercises done over the next hour or two and then only drink water.  Tomorrow I'll wake up and take it easy until after the exam.  Exam suggestions include not exercising for 24 hours prior to exam and not eating for 8+ hours prior to exam.  After exam I'll get my exercises done and then we have an out-of-town overnight trip for my daughter's high school basketball team. 

There's a restaurant I've been wanting to eat at for quite awhile at the city were going to and I already mentioned to the wife that I'm going off-plan for the night.  I'll remain "good" for the beginnning of the day, so it will at least be confined to an hour or so of indulgence.  (Korean bbq type restaurant) 

Progress as of today: 111.9 lbs lost so far, only 12.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2018:
Good luck tomorrow.

happy-1 on 02/15/2018:
Good mindset!!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2018:
It does help being "good" most of the day before going out to eat - but I try not to go anywhere just plain starving bc I'll eat everything - luckily most places have many veggie and light dishes or sides so it's def easier to order at restaurants these days !

graindart - Wednesday Feb 14, 2018
(moderate food, decent water intake)
Weight: 172.6

Another day or two down.  Day and a half until life insurance exam.

I've been doing pretty good at staying relatively low sodium and have drank 1 gallon of water each of the past few days.  

I've gotten used to low calorie and have been ok with low-carb, low-fat, etc in the past.  Trying to go low-sodium is probably the hardest of any of the "low" options that I've tried.  Pretty much everything I like has high sodium content.  And anything that has low sodium......I like to add salt to.  I don't mind eating veggies, but like them with a decent amount of seasoning or a topping (cheese, sauce, etc).  Of course almost all toppings have decent amounts of sodium.  And most of the seasoning mixes I've got in the kitchen have salt as the main ingredient.

So I went searching for no-salt seasoning mixes and came up with a few options.  The most notable (and available locally) is about 10+ different types of Mrs Dash seasonings.  After reading the different flavorings available, I settled on 2 that I thought sounded the best.  Bought them.  Excitedly sprinkled them on a large amount of cooking / cooked vegetables.  Took my first bite........and it was flat.  Very little flavor.  Sprinkled on a ton more seasoning and it had some taste, but nothing as satisfying as the taste of just salt / pepper.  Neither flavor were worth buying at all.  

After being disappointed, I went through the spice cupboard one-by-one trying each of them sprinkled on some cauliflower by themselves.  None of them tasted overly great by themselves.  The only reason I've been doing low-sodium is in preparation for the life insurance health exam this Friday.  After that, I'm going back to my normal sodium intake.  I can't wait to just sprinkle some freshly ground salt & pepper on my veggies again.  I'm guessing the Mrs Dash will still be sitting in the cupboard in another 10 years, just in time for my next life insurance checkup.

Progress as of today: 110.4 lbs lost so far, only 13.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2018:
Lemon juice may help add some flavor.

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2018:
yeah, after the test use your normal sodium options and just make sure to drink water to dilute your system from all the salt. ;)

i also like the taste of salt on my food, especially veggies - makes it easier for me to also digest them! (for some reason, i get less gas / indigestion when salt is added! - have you experienced this?)

graindart on 02/15/2018:
I haven't really noticed any real difference in bodily function with a lower sodium intake vs my normal higher intake, but I've only been watching sodium intake for the past couple weeks.

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