Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sodium

Weigh in Tuesday is upon us!  Well it's actually upon me, but you know what I mean.  My week of having the sads caught up to me and I was up by 0.6 pounds, and was really lucky that it wasn't more.  I am definitely troubled by how much my lady hormones affect my mental state, because it gets really bad and it's very tough for me to pull out of it.  But then when things are over I'm able to pull it together and trudge forward, I would rather not lose a week every single month though, and I certainly hate the depression that comes with it.  Not sure what to do about it, it doesn't seem to warrant getting on medication or anything like that.

Today is going to be a bit crazy because we'll be eating out twice!  We rarely eat out during the week, and certainly not for 2 meals in a row, but I am meeting Eric for lunch today, and then a group of us who are all "ex-ers" from my last job are getting together tonight at Buffalo Wild Wings.  I'm planning and logging everything ahead of time in MFP so that I can stay on track and so there are no surprises.  If there is any doubt as to why Americans are overweight, then you need look no further than the Buffalo Wild Wings menu and nutritional information.  Sweet Jesus.  I had already decided to not have wings, because despite the fact that I passionately love wings, the ones from BWW always make me feel sick.  They taste good going down but then an hour later my stomach hurts and they repeat on me, which I'm sure you were dying to know.  But I'm just keeping it real.

Also I'm pretty sure negotiating a mission for Seal Team Six is easier than negotiating a healthy dinner at a place like BWW.  Especially since B-Dubs (cue my cringing at the corporate attempt to be hip) doesn't have their nutritional info on their site, so I'm having to look elsewhere and toggle between the menu and Calorie King/MFP.  I find it incredible that restaurant burgers are so high in calories (almost 1000!) when I can make a pretty nice burger at home for like 480.  And don't get me started on restaurant salads, which tend to be as bad or worse than the other menu items.  Why is there so much freaking sodium in everything at restaurants?  It's madness.  Sodium is the one thing I do try to watch due to my blood pressure issues, and the amount of sodium in restaurants drives me nuts!  The naked chicken tenders (ie plain chicken) that I want to get are actually quite reasonable on the calorie/fat content but have almost my entire daily allotment of sodium.  Completely outrageous.  I was a bit stressed trying to figure out an option, which I hate because it goes against my eating philosophy, but I think I have a meal planned out that I can live with.  Guess I will be drinking extra water for the next couple of days to combat the sodium though!

All of this talk about sodium made my inner geek chime in and say "Hey, remember that silly song about sodium from that one episode of Mystery Science Theater?"


That stupid song makes me so happy.  MST3K makes me so happy.  The fact that my husband looks like Mike Nelson (even though he flatly denies it, but seriously he does) makes me so happy.

Two random things I wanted to mention yesterday, but my post was so long that I decided to hold them until today.  First of all, I am signed up for another race in April called the Double Five Challenge.  The race is called the Double Five because there is a 5k and a 5 miler, so if you run both, you've done a double five.  I opted to only run the 5 mile race because there is a time limit of 2.5 hours if you run both races.  I probably (and I stress probably) could make it under the 2.5 hour limit, but I would rather just have fun and not feel pressure to have a specific time goal.  I am excited about this race because it's at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, which is very special to me because it's one of the places I took Eric when he came to visit me the first time, and I was trying to show him all the prettiest spots in my "You need to leave California and move up here" campaign.  We ended up getting engaged at that park just mere months later.  :)  I've also spent many happy hours there during times when I needed to clear my head, and would bring my dogs there to play in the river.  My dog Wicket especially loved going to George Rogers, and would spend hours swimming and fetching sticks.  We took her there a few days before she passed away, and in even in her very frail state she lit up when she saw the river and managed a few swims.  We ended up spreading her ashes there after she passed because I wanted her to be by the river forever since she loved it so.  We don't get there as often now, but when I'm there it's an almost spiritual sensation due to all of the history and different stages the park has played in my life.  I am actually looking very forward to this race!

The second thing is this interesting bit from the latest Women's Health magazine on how to calculate Resting Metabolic Rate (ie the minimum calories you need to maintain your weight).  If you want to lose weight then you would have to eat below that number or burn extra calories.  If you are interested, the RMR formula is 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years).  I did the calculation and it came up with 1,694.8 calories to maintain, and obviously I'd have to eat below that in order to lose weight.  Right now I have MFP set up for 1,500 calories a day, so I guess I'm on target.  I also did the calculation for maintenance at 140 pounds for me, and it looks like my maintenance calories will be about 1,412.  I figured as much, and that also explains why I was dropping weight so quickly a couple months ago when I had my target set to 1400!

Fun fact, that is the most math I've done in 15 years.  ;)

10 comments:

  1. Math hurts my brain! But you made up for it by having a MST3K reference! Glad you signed up for the race! That sounds the perfect run since it has such a special meaning to you! Hope you hang tough at BWW's. It's tough finding anything remotely healthy at some of these places!

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    1. Math is not my thing at all. I can't comprehend people that do it for a living or teach it, I would literally jump off a building!

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  2. Your post makes me thankful that I don't really like BWW. I love wings - just not theirs. Your description of the park almost made me cry. My husband and I have a special park too - we had our first date there and then got married there. We try to spend the night there at least once a year.

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    1. It's a beautiful park and Eric and I should go there more often! It's just a bit of a haul from us, but there are so many happy memories. We always walk past where we spread Wicket's ashes to tell her hi too. :)

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  3. Your RMR is not the minimum number of calories you need to maintain your weight - it's the minimum number of calories you need to maintain bodily functions (breathing, circulation, etc.). This is the number of calories you would need to exist in a coma. You should never eat below that number. The number you need to eat below is your Total Energy Expenditure (TEE). This is the number that includes your daily activities - walking around, exercising, etc. This is a great calculator that can help you find your TEE. http://www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditure-advanced

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    1. Hmm, interesting, do you have more information on this? This is totally not meant to be flip, but I can't imagine that netting 1694 calories a day (what this formula spat out at me) would put me in a coma. That's actually quite a bit of food depending on what you're eating. Maybe Women's Health had what type of formula this is mislabeled?

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    2. 1694 calories wouldn't put you in a coma! It's the bare minimum number of calories your body needs to support you if you did nothing at all every day - in other words, if you were laying in a coma. That's why it's called your "resting" metabolic rate. It's the bare minimum you should eat each day. If you add in activity - like walking, going to work, etc. - you'd need to eat more than that to maintain your weight. The old "1200 calories" to lose weight # is so unrealistic for so many people. When I tried to eat only 1200 calories a day I was too hungry to do my workouts. And using the calculations you posted above gave me over 1500 calories - which is what the calculator you linked gives me *before I add in my daily activities. I can search for more links if you'd like - didn't mean to hijack your blog post!

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    3. No no! I totally agree, I think netting 1200 calories is too low for just about anybody. I am a complete monster at anything less than a net of 1400 a day, especially if I am working out! I think the formula that was in Women's Health was a guideline of what you should be netting per day without workouts. So for me if I did a workout and burned 600 calories, but need to net 1600 calories a day to maintain the current weight I'm at, then I would want to eat back those calories for a total of 2200. To lose weight I'd want to eat back enough calories to net 1400 - 1500. I probably could have clarified that a little better. And you didn't hijack at all! This stuff is all so confusing, it's good to talk about it and have as many voices in the conversation as possible!

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  4. Those formulas have never worked for me! Frustrating! Oh and good job btw, that's great math haha!!
    Since I stopped doing calories, I've been maintaining on intuitive eating. Some how my body has been able to figure out how much it needs each day--so I listen. Sounds weird haha.

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  5. So glad you get to race in a park that means so very much to you!

    Too bad about the gain, but you're already kicking butt at making up for it. And I usually get the buffalitos from Buffalo Wild Wings. I LOVE their mild sauce, and this is just grilled chicken with mild sauce and pico de gallo on a tortilla. Two of them. With chips and salsa. Which I don't ever eat. Because when I do go to Buffalo Wild Wings I also make everyone at my table split potato wedges with me. Damnit, now I'm thinking about Bdubs. Jeez.

    What were we talking about again?

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