Harriet: I'm lucky about sodium. I seem to be able to tolerate a higher amount than some people with no side effects. On the other hand, if it is a high sodium meal (like pizza), then there is a 1 - 2 pound gain but that comes off when I return to my regular sodium levels.
Today I was back at my pre-trip/post-Christmas weight. So I've 'lost' 7 pounds since getting home. Three came off within 2 days so that was the sodium/dehydration/flying weight.
While this makes no sense, I feel the remaining 4 pounds were recently gained therefore were not firmly attached to my body so came off quickly.
I have 10 more pounds to lose before no longer being 'obese'. Sigh...
The test of this way of eating is if the weight continues to come off at the same rate (2 lbs a week.) If so, then I'll make my goal 179 for March 1 and no longer obese by Easter.
The way of eating is becoming both easier and more difficult. I've added in more veggies (telling myself they can be virtually unlimited.) And a second serving of fruit a day. That has replaced peanuts in my diet so my fat count is lower than I'm shooting for. I don't miss potatoes so dinners are fine. I've started having occasional sandwiches (whole grain bread) with no ill effect although I can't have that plus some higher carb for dinner, it is an either/or.
I'm having trouble finding the time to exercise and plan and track food each day. That's the hard part. I'm considering drawing up a 7 day eating plan and then eating the same things each week. That will solve a lot of the planning and tracking time problems.
I'm still exceeding my calorie limit (even when adding in exercise) but that's OK, the important thing is to count and be conscious of what I'm eating.
Last night I deliberately ate half my exercise calories before bed by having a piece of toast and honey. I need a better, lower calorie spread since I forgot I really don't like honey. Peanut butter is too high in calories. There used to be a fruit spread that was 15 calories a tablespoon so I'll go looking for that in the store (all jams, etc. were lost when the fridge lost power.)
Looking back at my weigh-ins you can see when I gave up aspartame. There was a 5 pound gain over 4 weeks after my weight hovering back and forth by a pound for almost the whole year. The gaining only stopped when I added Zevia into my diet, but one can a day instead of the 2 of Diet Dr. Pepper I used to have. In my case that shows the people who believe aspartame makes you fat are not using it the way I used it. On the other hand, I'm hoping those 5 pounds are also 'new' and not 'firmly attached' so they'll come off too.