April 25,2003 I know what I need to do to get/stay healthy, but there are things that consistenly get in my way. One thing is Salt. I must be very sensitve to it. I also CRAVE it. I do try to limit my intake, but it is in everything! I just returned a multivitamine I had purchased from Sam's Club. I noticed that it tasted like pure salt when I had the unfortunate experience of it landing squarely on the tip of my tongue. (Usually, I just slam them all down at once, and never taste anything) This corresponded with a significant increase in my blood pressure, which I thought might be caused by the new calcium supplements I has just started taking. Go figure. I have since switched back to my normal brand, and my BP is fine. I NEVER add salt directly on my food. I rarely add it during cooking. I have started buying low sodium items. Another thing is Light, or the lack of. I do get depressed if the sun doesn't shine. I also tend to eat more during the winter months. I have notice since I've been trying to keep the lights off during the day, that I eat, or am at least hungry, more often. I have heard that restaurants do keep the lights dimmed for this very reason; people tend to order more food. My kitchen faces north and has only a small window and in fact, most of the areas I need to spend time in, are gloomy. My office is in a nice sunny spot, and I do like to spend time in there, but that doesn't get the laundry done, or dinner cooked or blah, blah, blah. I need to keep the Kitchen Lights ON. I need to be outside more. (but this doesn't get the house work done) This will be a hard one for me. More to follow. Edited to include vital stats I'm going to start keeping track of my measurements here, starting with todays stats: Weight:153.5 Bust: 39.5 Waist: 30.5 Hips: 42 Thigh: 24 Arm: 12.75 April 29, 2003 Just some thoughts for the day. The Kellogg snack bars (Krave) suck. They are too sweet and gooy. Blech! The B&J's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Yogurt is not as good as I remember it. The people on this board do give me strength and keep me focused. I plan on having a very nice day today. I'm going to the Y to use the ellliptical, then swim, then sauna. First I'll have lunch and walk with DH. (Emphasis on the D, for darling ) I'll not beat myself up for the B&J's. It is all becoming clear. I'm winning! Every time I put a supposed treat into my mouth, I learn something. Usually, I learn that it isn't worth the calories. I love learning! OMG!!!! I just had the best workout of my life! I am going to have to do this at least every other day! 1. Walk with DH for 20 mins. Just a nice stroll to warm things up. 2. Go to Y an do 30 mins. on the elliptical trainer. 3. Shower off and swim laps for 15 mins. (would like to work up to 30.) 4. Use sauna for 10-15 mins. 5. Hit the showers and float home! I feel so PHAT! Don't know what's for dinner, but I'm not really hungry. Must have wine.