Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 19 of Phase 4 Challenge: Still not very hungry, still losing: 70 POUNDS LOST!!! :) Orthostatic appt with Primary Doc, And today I see the R.D. for a follow-up. Plus Yesterday's particulars, "Walking in the Rain..."

Scale: 229.0

Seventh straight day of loss, even though I doubled my salt intake yesterday. And I'm now officially 70 pounds down from highest home-recorded weight of 299. Yes!!!!!!

Now, why increase sodium? Isn't that a bad, bad thing?

I've been having orthostatic hypotension--it's been increasing in the last couple months, but got so bad Wednesday, I had to lie down and hubby got worried--and in general, my BP has gone way down. I think the triple combo of:

1. more weight loss
2. starkly reduced carbs from previous eating plan
3. lowered salt intake this week

combined to do this. I may need to be on less or off my BP meds.

My blood pressure yesterday without taking my regular dose that day (left it for evening, when I usually do morning, cause I was afraid of it affecting me too much during the active hours of the day) after walking, right after getting home and still all blood-pumping from the exercise: 125/68 with a pulse of 76
Forty minutes later when I was "calm" again: 129/71 pulse 66 on right arm, 117/63 on left.

Before bed, after supper, after dose, after three salty meals: 113/58 with a pulse of 60.

This morning after waking and bathroom: 111/60 with a pulse of 60

I think those number would be fine if I had no symptoms, but I was woozy at Pilates and when I'd get up suddenly from the couch. Normally, my diastolic was in the 70 to 80 range when checked at the doc offices and at home...and I was HEAVIER than I am now when I got started on

I'm hoping the added sodium yesterday (I pretty much doubled Thursday's sodium intake from that of Wednesday's), will keep things a little perkier BP-wise until Monday's doc appt.


calories: 1119
water: met
exercise: Pilates and walking
mood: very, very good!
hunger: pretty low

I've had an issue with taste-pickiness. This happens to me sometimes, since forever. I'll cook chicken or steak or some meat, taste it, and something in my mouth rejects it. Happened with last night's palomilla I made mostly for hubby (he loves his palomilla). I took a small bite, went, EW, and tried to figure out yet again how to fit protein. Since I needed some sodium, I hit a couple ounces of deli ham. Not a lot of calories, didn't make me gag. Ate my veggies and had my yogurt/nut/fruit snack for dessert instead. Yum. So, today, I'm gonna go see if there's some fresh rotisserie turkey and if my mouth will tolerate it. If not, it will be tofu for me.

My walk was kinda fun, if solitary. "Walking in the rain with the one I love, feels so fine; walking in the rain with the one I love on my mind..." Anyone remember that one from the seventies?

Yes. It rained. I can't remember the last time I voluntarily walked in the rain. :) Nice smell of wet grass and foliage. Kept me cool. And curly people know what rain does to curly hair--yes! It gets curlier. No problem there. hahahah

Today, the R.D. A rest day, probably, since I don't wanna risk too much wooziness.

Belly fat is noticeably lessening, for a dang change. :)

Okay, another day to work our plans. Let's be healthier tomorrow. Happy Friday, folks!


Karen Butler Ogle said...

I'm not sure adding sodium is a great idea. It sounds counterproductive. Orthostatic Hypotension, if I'm not mistaken is caused by dehydration. I had it once when I was very ill and dehydrated. In your place I would be calling my doc about the BP meds.

FatAngryBlog said...


You are doing awesome!!! :>:>:>

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I don't really know anything about sodium and blood pressure but I wouldn't think that you would need to add too much. Usually normal foods have enough. I think.

Isn't it nice to see the belly morph into different positions? Hanging skin won't be pretty but I'd rather have it hang than be full of fat! :-)

Roxie said...

Woohoo to 70 lbs down!

Jaime said...

As my mom lost weight, they had to take her off her bp meds as she was having the same problems. I think a visit to the doc is in order to either reduce or eliminate your meds! Nice job on the 70 pounds, you'are a wonderful inspiration! said...

70 lbs - that's an awesome milestone. Keep up the great work!

Tamzin said...

Your waist is a widdlin'!!!!

Laryssa said...

Go you!! 70 pounds gone ... better be for good, too!!!! ;)

Diandra said...

Congratulations on 70lbs loss!!!

Concerning your blood pressure, you should of course talk to your doctor... but it seems weight loss affects most people that way, and it may take some time for your body to come up with a sustainable blood pressure level. (6 months ago, my blood pressure was around 140/90 all the time, 16lbs later the doctor measured it at 110/70, and I am not done yet... there's hoping increased physical exercise will keep it at a healthy level!)

FattyMcFatPants said...

Dang, that is some low BP! You mentioned reduced carbs -- those often cause your BP to plummer, it's probably a very good idea to see your doctor.

The Better Idiot said...

Congrats on the 70lbs!

Chubby McGee said...

70 lbs.!!! AMAZING! You're on fire! Great work, baby cakes!

Patrick said...

Way to go on reaching the 70 pounds dropped mark; outstanding news!

Have a Great Weekend!

Roxie-Girl said...

Wow, 70lbs!!! Girl, that is astounding!! Congrats!

I'm now a new follower, I found you at your other blog...the princess one. Too cute.