Where did all the time go? I don't know about you, but these 14 days flew by for me, and I can't believe we are already in April! With that said, it is time to post your streak results! Whether you did fabulously or you had a rough time, the point is that you tried and we want to hear about it.
My 14 day streak had 2 parts... to stay under 2300 mg of sodium per day and to not have any diet soda.
For the sodium, I had one planned girls night out that I knew would be way over, so other than that I only had one slip up towards the beginning, and I think that's pretty good. I am not sure if I see a huge improvement in how I feel... I was really looking for some good physical evidence that lowering the sodium would have a positive effect on me but I really haven't seen any. With that said, I did wind up bloated after my girls night out, so maybe not being bloated is the benefit ha ha (and for health reasons of course).
I think cutting the soda cold turkey was the way to go. I was originally just going to have it sometimes, but I think for me some will turn into a bunch, so it's best to stay away from it altogether. The sodium I will continue to monitor because I know excess sodium isn't good for you. I may not be as strict in the future, but I will definitely keep my eye on it.
During this adventure, I found Heinz No Salt Ketchup (5mg of sodium per serving), and it was quite tasty. I have always enjoyed Mrs. Dash Marinade and Mrs. Dash spices, so I will continue to use those. I have also found some other low sodium spices to add to my collection. I was able to balance eating things I love (tyson panko chicken tenders) that had high/moderate amounts of sodium, and still stay in my sodium ranges for the day. With some planning it can be done, and I don't feel like I had to sacrifice anything. I have never been one to do a complete overhaul. To go in the kitchen and throw out everything that doesn't fit into the "new plan". I am all about baby steps, and I will continue improving my diet as days go by.
My other March goal was to hit 2,000 fitness minutes, which of course I did and I shouted it from the roof tops.
In March I lost a total 4.4 pounds and I am happy with that! In the last 10 weeks of BLC I Have lost 13.6 pounds and am currently the 20th overall biggest loser! I will be so happy if I can finish in the top 30, there is 2 weeks left to go!
This is all about progress, and I feel like I am doing well. I am in a good place mentally and I am focused on getting to 90 pounds lost (182).
Without further ado, please let me know how you did on your streaks below! I really want to "goodie" everyone who participated in this with me, because you all keep me motivated to keep going. I may have just quit after I messed up on the 3rd day and said "ah, no one cares if I eat too much sodium". But doing this with all of you is what kept me going!
My plan is to continue the streak with the diet soda for as long as possible. I am also going to continue to monitor sodium but may not be looking at the amount of "streak days".
The next streak will be the last 14 days of April...April 17-30. I will post a blog on the 16th so that we can all decide what we want to do for our streaks! I know some of you fabulous people might still be streaking by then, and that is fabulous! Thanks again to everyone who joined me and I hope we can do it again in April!