Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Weigh In

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I lie in bed and try not to move at all. I lie there enjoying the feeling of being suspended in painlessness for as long as possible. It is a wonderful feeling, but as soon as I start to move, my feet ache. As soon as I step put of bed, the real pain begins. This morning I laid there for a long time just enjoying the feeling of peace and calm. Then I got out of bed and got on the scale: 232 pounds. Well, that's a 4 pound gain since last week.

My calories on the days I tracked this week were too high, averaging about 1800/day. My carbs were high too, averaging 170/day. But I don't think that is what caused a 4-pound gain. I think it contributed, perhaps. But I was telling a friend the other day, my ankles and lower legs are quite swollen and sore. Apparently this can be a side effect of the new blood pressure medication I started this week, but it usually goes away once your body gets used to the new med. I am hoping this is the case and the pounds will be gone again by next week's weigh in.

In the meantime I am aiming to track calories every day and keep the carbs a bit lower. I also am going to cut back on the nuts this week. I tend to go way overboard with things like pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and natural nut butters. I also made two different 'breads' this week from nut flours; the "cornbread" which didn't bother me and some grain free banana bread, which *did* other me (bother meaning I was tempted by it and ate more than I should have... 3 slices of banana bread).

I hope to start with my new physical therapist this week and am still trying to use my recumbent bike when I can (5 minutes a day, but not every day) and doing the usual PT stretches and exercises.

Breakfast this morning was an Egg Beater omelet filled with mushrooms, spinach, salsa, and leeks. Dinner is going to be a bowl of light cottage cheese with fresh pineapple chunks. And in between, I'll have a couple of Medifast meals, some veggies, and probably a bowl of soup. I want to make a new butternut squash recipe sometime this week too.

Also, I wrote some new reviews over on my review blog. Over the past few months I've been sampling some WonderSlim and BariWise products from Diet Direct, so I wrote about those. They're low carb, high protein snacks and meal replacements for folks eating low carb or people who have had weight loss surgery. If you're interested, here's the link: WonderSlim, BariWise, and Diet Direct Reviews.

Enjoy your long weekend!


Primal Gwen said...

I'm sorry about the weight gain, and the swelling. October 2012 I had terrible swelling when I added a 2nd bp med; I had to get off it quickly, and that lead to this weight loss. Now I'm down to just half a dose of the first meds. That said, be careful with cottage cheese, even light cottage cheese. It's deceptively high in sodium. :(

Also, your fruit content last week sounded pretty high. Though 'healthy', it is naturally high in fructose, that the body turns to sugar. A little fruit goes a long way in the 'primal' way of life. And keep nuts to about 100-150 calories a day. I had to give up cashews because I couldn't moderate them. I'm safer with whole, unsalted almonds and walnuts. I can control my consumption of those. It's all about tweaking 'our template' until you find what works best for you. Still praying that your feet pain is irradicated soon, or at least lessens...

birchgirl said...

I have a can of mixed nuts, and I throw a few in my oatmeal in the morning. But I cannot keep bags of whole cashews around, I lose all control with them. But I think it was more the time of day I was eating them -- after work as a snack, I would gorge. Tweaking when you eat something can matter a lot.