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Monday, September 20, 2010

Project Skinny Me

This blog theme is hosted by Miss Candy and I'm so excited to join her group challenge and lose post pregnancy pounds. Here is my status report after week two:

I struggled with fitting a workout into this past week. Monday & Tuesday started out great with Jillian's shred DVD and Wednesday night I had a great yoga session. Thursday I opted to do an hour of chores in the morning that were threatening to drive me over the edge by way of no clean dishes or laundry! Friday and Saturday I never get to work out from balancing kid and work needs and Sunday is my day off. So sadly less than half the week was a workout.

Eating wise I've done okay but I should probably work a little harder to cut back on the sweets and pastas. Mrs. Fields cookies & Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffins are enough to throw anyone off the bandwagon!

I haven't lost any weight, I might have even gained a 1/2 inch in the belly but I'm not willing to call this week a failure because I started off well. Now I just need to regain motivation for week three.

My diet tip of the week:
Avoid Salt! It causes enormous bloat and contributes to belly size - which we all want to reduce right? I found that salt can be found in the craziest places. Take for instant, my favorite meal at Chick Fil A. They have this awesome nutritional calculator that breaks down everything:
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich 1730mg of Sodium, 490 Calories
  • Medium Fries 190mg of Sodium, 380 Calories
  • Small Cookies and Cream milkshake 430mg of Sodium, 570 Calories
Total Calories 1440
Total Sodium 2350

I've wisely stopped getting the fries and milkshake but I was astonished/shocked/amazed to see the sodium is 1730mg in the sandwich!!!

The daily recommended level of sodium is 1500 milligrams per day! See I can justify eating a 490 calorie sandwich in a diet that allows 1600 calories per day but I can't justify that kind of salt intake - especially when I'm feeding my son! Even more surprising is the fries have such a low percentage of salt that I might as well get them instead of the sandwich!!


Unpolished Parenting said...

Wow that's a lot of sodium. Thanks for the reminder to really watch how much I should be putting into my body. Keep up the hard work!

Heather said...

Thanks for the info! I'll make note of it and refer to it when "mommy brain" strikes and I can't remember the details. :)

Amy Sullivan said...

But I love salt (envision me stamping my foot two times). Ugh.

Miss. C said...

Thank you so much for the tip!! I don't look at the salt/sodium intake. I am a HUGE bloater!!! I am guessing this is why or at least I hope so and this will fix it!!