Fit Girl…We have a problem…

28 Jun

More like no raining or pouring and lots of swelling and bloating…

Last week I received a call about my blood work from the weight loss clinic.  My sodium was low and I was told to salt my veggies.  This was exciting!  I had successfully cut sodium so much, mine was low.  They told me when I stocked up for the week, to get a soup and some protein chips to eat in place of a shake and bar each day.  These items had more sodium in them.

This week I minimally salted my veggies, ate my soup and the protein chips once a day.  By Wednesday night my face was puffier than it had been in weeks and I was bloated.  UGH I am retaining lots of water.

Today I corrected by returning to my no/low salt, no soup and no protein crisps plan that I was one the weeks prior.  I feel that this is probably safe to do because I have a condition called Diabetes Insipidus, not to be confused with Diabetes Mellitus (sugar diabetes).  Diabetes Inspidus, is sometimes termed water diabetes.  In a nutshell, my pituitary gland stopped producing the hormone that tells my kidneys to retain fluid.  Effectively causing me to constantly have full bladder and be on the verge of dehydration.  When I was diagnosed in 2008, I was up to drinking 4 gallons of water a day to stay hydrated.  It is all now controlled by a synthetic hormone nasal spray that I take as needed daily.

This condition/disease keeps my sodium level lower than what is considered normal, but is still in a safe range.  I knew that about the sodium, but was not thinking that what seemed low to the weight loss clinic, was perhaps my normal because of the DI.

So I am going to continue cutting the sodium as I felt like a million bucks before this week.  With all that sodium I felt like a swollen water logged whale.  When I get my blood checked again in a week or two, if it is lower, I will follow up with my Endocrinologist for advice.

The super positive side to all of this is that when I started to not feel great and look like I might be gaining again, I instantly went into critical thinking mode and made adjustments accordingly.  I am serious when I say I never want to see these lost pounds again.  I will not backslide, because I am in love with feeling better in general and feeling better each day with what I see in the mirror.  It is not what I want it to look like in the long run, but I am seeing the improvement and that makes me giddy!

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