Instead - I just thought I'd share the things I have been thinking about since I woke up at 3 pm.
- Yes, that does say I woke up 3 pm. I have screwed up my sleep cycle and now my body thinks we are on the night shift. I fall asleep around 7 am and sleep until 3 pm. Which, in the scheme of things, is good because I am getting 8 hours [unheard of for me, usually] but I miss out on spending mornings with Wallene and Pooldad.
- How come, if I am eating so healthy - and I am - my face is still breaking out? I never had this kind of problem in High School, but bah! This just sucks. I have my teenagers giving ME skin tips. It's depressing. Thank goodness Pooldad loves me. heehee
- Duke Mom #1 [waving!] wanted to know what I am doing for protein on this [almost] non existent sodium meal plan. Good question - the fact is I can eat lean pork loin [3 oz serving] and boneless, skinless chicken breast because both are below 50 mg per serving for sodium. Also - and a HUGE bonus for my tuna loving behind - I found Starkist low sodium canned white albacore tuna. It is only 35 mg per 1/4 cup serving [about 1/2 a can] which makes me a very happy Skippy.
- For the last 3 days I have kept my sodium intake below 75 mg per day and so far I have shed 3 lbs of water - but - and it is a big but - I have to now limit my liquid intake. I only drink two things since I gave up carbonation a month ago, and that is water and mint tea. Most people need 64 ounces of water a day, but not me. I will retain it. So what's a girl to do? I was told to "be creative" managing my liquid intake. I got your creative ::sarcasm drip:: I have taken to sucking on hard candy to keep my tongue from sticking to the roof of my mouth.
- Speaking of sodium [bored yet? yep, me too] I am glad that a lot of you don't salt your food or even own a salt shaker, but after keeping my sodium under 1000 mg a day for over 18 months I have to tell you - please don't think it is making a bit of difference..Unless you were shaking a teaspoon worth on your meal [that is 2,300 mg - and just gross btw], you really don't save yourself much. Sure it sounds good, but it has a nominal effect on your overall, daily sodium intake if you do any of the following: eat out, drink soda, drink alcohol, eat canned vegetables, eat canned soup, eat frozen dinners, eat processed foods [like rice a roni, Kraft mac & cheese, Cup O' Noodles, ramen] pizza [frozen or delivery] or consume a lot of bread. They changed the guidelines this past year and a healthy adult's maximum sodium intake per day should not exceed 1,500 mg. That is ONE meal at any fast food restaurant or sit down restaurant. Bizzy made a great comment on my last post [waving again!] and said she tracked her sodium intake for one day [and this woman eats HEALTHY and is a GREAT cook, believe me] and she was shocked to see she had consumed 5,500 mg a day. I am not saying everyone needs to be at 1,500 mg - sodium does have it's benefits - but go online and check your favorite meal at your local chain or pick up a can of vegetables or salad dressing and just see what it is you are consuming.
- This is the FIRST time since being diagnosed and released from the hospital in May 2010 that I have retained this type of water [in my stomach and now legs]. From what I understand that isn't bad, especially considering I am not taking a single medication for CHF.
- Okay - I am done chatting about sodium. You're welcome. heehee
- Does the following bug anyone else? We all know I am weird, but tell me if this bothers you too. I gave myself a manicure on Saturday. I removed all my finger and toe nail polish, trimmed them, filed them and then painted my fingernails. For two days I walked around without my toenails painted and it was BUGGING the crap out of me [I know. I know. Weird. Told you.] The biggest problem is I have a hard time reaching my toes because of the water retention in my tummy [think pregnant belly - that's me] - plus I fear getting put back in the hospital [big possibility I am trying not to think about] and the nurses talking about how ugly my toes are. [I heard them do this with my Mom when she was sick. It is a real fear of mine.] I needed to paint my nails. This afternoon, after I woke up, I managed it and can now breath easy that my toes match my fingers. And I will be a well groomed patient with teenage acne. giggle