- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2017
I’m 5′ or 5’1″ depending on which leg I stand on. 🙂 And I hovered around your weight for most of when I was in college and had a lot of muscle. Then I blew out a knee, got very sedentary, and didn’t adjust diet appropriately. When I started my first master’s degree, my schedule was so tight it was eat vending machine food or nothing, so I got up to 150 pounds, with at 5′ on a bad knee was entirely too much. The biggest thing, though, was that my blood pressure was through the roof. The Red Cross one day said they couldn’t take my blood until my lower Bridal Party number got down to 100. When I asked what it was, they said if they told me, it would not go down.
So I went on a low sodium diet. I tracked everything obsessively and ensured that I didn’t break 1500 mg of sodium per day. And that is a lot harder than it sounds, because sodium is everywhere. I stuck to this for about a year, and at that point was reliably hovering at around 120 pounds. I calmed down a bit then and over the next year stabilized between 110 and 115, because below 110 you can’t give blood anyway. Of course, since I’m always borderline anemic, I can rarely give blood in the first place, but darn it, if I have hemoglobin, I’m determined to give it away.
So low sodium helped me a lot. In part because it’s impossible to take in a large amount of calories with your sodium low. I drank a lot of water, convinced myself I liked low sodium V8 (it’s gross, seriously, it’s disgusting, each can is a year off my time in Purgatory, it’s so vile), really, I like it, it’s good for me, full of potassium, and made sure I had plenty of fiber to stabilize the blood sugar and keep the appetite fairly suppressed. I also had to shift all my meals forward and not eat anything past 5:30/6 PM just because I tend to not sleep (ever) and found that cutting off all caloric intake earlier in the day meant I might sleep a little bit, and sleeping better helped me process food better.
Cardio probably would have been an awesome option, but I have this habit of getting kicked out of every gym I join for falling over/vomiting. Only recently did we discover that it’s because once I start getting winded, I actually trigger minor seizures. Ah, my whole life, suddenly explained. Hopefully, you’re not epileptic, not even in secret, so you can take the advice of all the wonderful other bees here talking about their cardio and kickboxing. 🙂
DISCLAIMER: always talk to your doctor about a major diet change. High fiber, high potassium, low sodium diet worked wonders for me, and even at a lesser pace has continued working wonders for me. I also have my blood drawn and checked very frequently to check my hemoglobin. Too much potassium can kill you. Make sure you’re not at risk for toxicity.