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!

Suggestions, comments, stories and advice welcome in the comment section below!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Peri's Spice Ladle

Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Good Clean Food

Living Deliciously Well

New Body Same Mind

My battle with the mind/body limbo after gastric bypass surgery

| Gaining My Life Back |

My physical and mental journey to a healthy lifestyle

The McCutes

A glance at the life I'm creating with my family.

Mae Mai

Boldly going where no cellist has gone before...

fitnessgurutraining

revolutionizing fitness

The Primal Sophisticate

city life, simplified

ryanlyndseycoulter's Blog

A fine WordPress.com site

Lose It Big

From losing to living

angieandfrankswedding

Sharing tid bits of our wedding planning processes!

THE MITCHELL MESSENGER

a blog about our little family

%d bloggers like this: