Imbibing - the ins and outs.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Well, I haven't been on Spark for a day or two. I haven't been tracking, nor have I been really watching what i eat. And I'm at the lowest weight I've been since early last spring....following a large weight loss after my mom died in the end of October. So what's the secret? the only thing I can really think of is that I'm on a relatively new (to me) med I'm taking to treat my Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease. It's an injection that I give myself once a week. Adding that to my Methotrexate injections (also once weekly) and I'm finding the weight flying off. Needless to say, this makes me very happy. I do have other side effects from the med. It is a toxic drug and can be dangerous so I'm taking it with the knowledge that I may have to stop taking it at any time should the side effects get serious.
This kind of weight loss is the way weight loss SHOULD be: not a large area of focus, not obsessing over menu choices or calories, not really thinking about food at all. Why can't it
be like this always?
The other thing on my plate (or in my glass) is that I'm on a fluid restriction and for me, this really is more difficult a problem than is my calorie consumption. I LOVE to drink...even just water makes me happy. And now I have to count every ounce. And for as awful as that is, it also keeps the focus off of my solid foods. I did go to the nephrologist (kidney doc) who had put me on the restriction in the first place, to try to get my sodum levels under control. ...And he gave me welcome news: My sodium levels were almost normal and I could add between 1/2 Liter and 1 Liter to my daily intake. "Just don't go crazy" he said. And crazy is very easy for me to become (/in multiple ways). But i know he was just warning me against unbridled, indiscriminate intake of fluids. So I am still tracking that My goal is 2,500 ml a day. And so far, I've been drinking between 2-3 liters a day. I read online that for a woman, 2.7 liters is a healthy amount so that is about what I'm taking in.
When i was in the hospital recently, they had me on 1,000 mls and that is the size of two 16oz water bottles, in ONE DAY. I was in misery. Cottonmouth and my body very literally undergoing withdrawal from the large amount of fluid I had been imbiibing. My mouth was as dry as chalk. When I got home I raised it to a goal of 1,500 ml and that was still pretty miserable. I struggle, but now it is tolerable...and obtainable.
My urine used to be colorless....and now it is dark yellow....which I know is not supposed to be healthy--and that is one of the greatest difficulties I have with this restriction. It opposes everything I have learned holistically. But my doctor has bent over backwards to explain to me that FOR ME, because of chronic hyponatremia, the rules are different. You cannot live with sodium levels that are as low as mine were. Death is a real possibility. So I guess that really does have to be a priority.
I have been unable to focus both on calorie monitoring AND fluid monitoring..so the calories have gone by the wayside and I'm concentrating now more on my fluid intake.
And, thanks to my injectible meds, the calories are taking care of themselves.