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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

One salty restaurant meal Saturday.

Two pounds up Sunday.

Off today -- four days later. FOUR.

OK then, I'll remember. It could take that long.

(And: most of that restaurant meal was slid across the table to DH!!)

Don't feel so bloaty today either -- quite a relief. Such an uncomfortable sensation.

But it took four days of (natch) strict tracking of calories and low sodium PLUS extra fluids.

No wonder I don't like eating in restaurants! Particularly when the chosen restaurant and carefully pre-selected menu option was unavailable and I was winging it at an alternate restaurant. That jerk chicken seemed like a reasonable option at the time. But the jerk spicing clearly masked a whole lotta salty salty salty. If I had it to do over again, I would simply have skipped the meal to make the concert deadline. I'd already eaten the apple I was carrying for an emergency . . . but hunger is never an emergency. Four days of bloating felt much worse than temporary hunger.

Also reminding myself: potato chips are my personal kryptonite not just because of their calories. They are the perfect trifecta of salt, sugar (simple carbs metabolizing) and fat. And they also bloat me up with water weight every time.

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    Yay for the pounds gone. I also cut back on the sodium when I am losing. However, it is hard as it is everywhere and used by my fellow family cooks. Great job of being persistent.
    1949 days ago
    I agree. Water retention from salty foods is discouraging. I don't freak out like I used to. Way to go on being consistent in tracking your food and choosing wisely afterwards so you don't undermine yourself.
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  • PHOENIX1949
    1949 days ago
    I rather eat out than at home (I hate cooking) but it's a high price to pay if you can't find healthy food. Here, it's easy to find home cooking like restaurants/cafeterias. About the potato chips... I emoticon them too emoticon

    Great for your accountability and knowing how you react to foods.
    1949 days ago
    I too don't like eating out but we are leaving Friday for a WEEK, which means lots of meals out. Hate it!

    Four days seems like a loooonng time to get rid of the salt, but hey, at least it's gone!!
    1949 days ago
    You must be relieved to see those pounds gone though....always nice when they leave....
    1949 days ago
    I'll remember that kryptonite comment for next time DH serves me a bowl of potato chips...
    1950 days ago
  • NANCY-
    So glad they are finally gone and thank heavens it was fixable.
    1950 days ago
    Congrats on losing that 2 pounds of mostly water!! Finally. WooHoo!!

    I know what you mean. Sometimes it just isn't worth it. I used to love feeling stuffed, but now my favorite feeling is sucking in my stomach and feeling like every bit of it moves toward my spine. Much, much better feeling than bloat.

    Here's to feeling good -- every day!!
    1950 days ago
    We need a revolution in the restaurants...we should be able to dine out just like we dine in.

    So, those 2 pounds really didn't matter...except as a signal to avoid jerk chicken in the future.
    1950 days ago
    I very much prefer eating my own food I have fixed at home. Glad you are feeling better and have eliminated the excess sodium. emoticon
    1950 days ago
    We're often appalled at how salty the food is in some cuisines, and some restaurants. I might add a sprinkle while cooking, but just as often skip it.

    And yeah, I often end up a salad and some protein on top - I'll talk to the waiter and do a special order. (One of my faves in St Thomas was a place that would put their crab cake on top of the salad - didn't even need salad dressing, the crab cake was so tasty! And I figured since it was pan fried, it had enough oil anyway.)
    1950 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You did emoticon cause you ARE emoticon ! And I thought of you as I got up and weighed myself this morning because I ALSO lost the 2 POUNDS I had been up (from eating out at a restaurant...but my usual turkey Reuben....but THREE TIMES this past week....SODIUM YIKES!

    So I am celebrating with you and I also feel THIN today (not bloated)! I have also decided that the next time I am in the CITY (we live far out in the country....thus the reason we will be moving BACK to the city next spring) I AM going to get those "nice undies" we spoke of and I WILL let you know how I like the Garmin VivoFit as soon as I get it!

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    1950 days ago
    Yes, jerk seasoning IS a whole lotta salt.

    Made the same mistake w/using pre-made garam masala -- OMG! Up 3 lbs. the next day. Looked @ the label -- the first ingredient is SALT! 1/4 tsp. = 210 mg. sodium - I used 1/2 tsp. in the recipe -- almost my 1/2 day's worth of salt and certainly more than I take in being on a low salt diet! UGH

    Hope the water flush gets it out of your system.
    1950 days ago
    I find that all restaurant meals are salty, even when they don't taste salty. The next couple of days my hands squish. But it does come off. Patience and persistence!
    1950 days ago
    Amazing what a little salt can do to us isn't it!

    What I loved about this blog, Ellen, is all of the familiar references to Beck w/o it being a Beck blog. A sure sign that her wisdom carries on and on and on in our lives, Congrats of finally unloading those water pounds.
    1950 days ago
    I hate the sodium bloat. I will typically have it for 4-7 days after an off meal or two or if I let myself get dehydrated. Glad yours finally dissipated!
    1950 days ago
    Here's to avoiding that kryptonite - glad the lbs are off!
    1950 days ago
    Whew! You're past THAT bump in the road. Onward! Spark on! emoticon
    1950 days ago
  • MARGOH12
    I always ask in restaurants for nutritional information, especially as so many of my friends and family have lots of special dietary requirements. Glad you're feeling better.
    1950 days ago
    oh thanks for the reminder I can't believe I had chips with dinner and forgot to track them. Kryptonite!
    1950 days ago
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