Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Getting back to normal

I was writing a description of my blog yesterday for FitBloggin' and I said that my blog had evolved from its Yet Another Weight Watcher days to be less obsessively focused on the scale.  It would be hard for someone landing here in the last few days to agree. This post will, hopefully, be the last one that discusses the six-pound gain I experienced last week.

I was just talking with my runner husband and we figured out that I inadvertently carbo-loaded this last week -- I ate lower than normal calories (and carbs) for four days, then more than normal for three. In the last two days, I have lost two pounds of water each day.  Because my body fat is still reading below normal on the scale, I suspect there is still more stored water to dump, it just appears that two pounds a day is what my body can process. I did not eat higher than normal calories last week -- actually, my daily average was lower than the week before. Because I had such good results with 1600 calories per day, I am making that my goal for this week.  Monday I was a little over, but yesterday was right on target.

In addition to getting my calories back in order, I'm also working on remembering to take my supplements.  After reading Julia's recent blog post on Up & Running on magnesium supplementation, and also reading in Unleash the Power of the Female Brain that oral contraceptives can deplete magnesium, I am trying magnesium supplementation. That means that when I take my supplements, I now take: Magnesium citrate, vitamin D, 2 fish oil capsules, one flaxseed oil capsule, a probiotic, and one women's multivitamin with iron (I also tend towards anemia). It feels like a lot to take. I haven't been able to use a pill strip as a reminder because all these supplements are too bulky to fit in one, so I'm trying to remember them with lunch. I already have a double pill strip in the bathroom because I can never remember if I have taken my Synthroid in the mornings, and I also take an allergy pill and a baby aspirin at night.  I never thought I would be such a pill popper.

I think I should be able to be wearing my contacts by this weekend -- this time the eye flare-up got really bad. I had to go back to the eye doctor because even after taking the antibiotic/steroid drop for a few days, my eye really hurt. I had tiny calcium oxalate crystal deposits in my eyes, which were scratching them.  She had to physically remove them, which freaked me out. Apparently, these can develop in people with allergies. I had to keep taking the drops for another week. Today I switch to a different eye drop, and after that, I should be back to my normal allergy drops (Patenol). After these problems, I am going to be diligent about doing them twice a day every day.

Daily checklists for the last two days:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 45-minute Xtend Barre class, 30-minute walk
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone" under 1600 calories: Was over, 1860
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Spinach, orange, apple, ratatouille (eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes), Brussels sprouts, grapes
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 33.
  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 40 minutes of running, 30 minutes of walking
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone" under 1600 calories: 1587
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Strawberries, carrot, celery, cucumbers, peppers, apple, ratatouille (eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes), Brussels sprouts
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 41.


  1. glad the water weight is coming off for you. interesting about magnesium. that's not one I take. I should take more supps than I do, but I am like you--I already feel like I take a ton of stuff.

    Thanks for the info on allergy studies. I need to look into that here.

    1. A simple thing that would help is mattress encasements -- you put them over your mattress and leave them on permanently. They keep pollen and dust from puffing out of the mattress at you when you get into bed (they also keep away dust mites). Put your regular bedding (mattress pad, sheets) over them and wash at least every two weeks in hot water. It really helped me a lot. I wish mattresses just came covered like that.

    2. Ditto with cases for pillows

      I also have all the box springs in plastic zip cases

      And when I wash all the winter stuff and put away for summer, I put in Space (vacuum seal) bags so no dust or dust mites.

    3. The ones I have are a tight-weave fabric so they don't make plastic crinkle noises. I ordered them online but I saw them at Target too.

    4. Very good point. I have tight weave on pillows.

      I put plastic on mattresses because I have heavy mattress pads over them and no crinkle. But I accidentally bought crinkle for pillows and had to switch them

  2. There's not much space in those pill strips, especially for the horse pills that some supplements come in. A lot of the patients at the VA have so many meds that they use tackle boxes to keep them straight. It might seem a little excessive for suppliments, but there'd be plenty of space!

    At some point you will probably drop most of the water weight can after you deplete your glycogen stores. I'm trying to remember, but I think carbs store 3-4? parts water for each part sugar just because they're water soluble and they need it to stay in solution. If you're trying to make a number for your diet bet, low carb is definitely the way to go for that very reason. Using stored carbohydrates always releases a bit of water. Of course it kicks you into a stress/starvation mode once you reach a certain threshold, which can derail some people.

    Best of luck! Your willpower is really fierce!

    1. Good idea, though I'm a carb lover and it would be tough. I could always use that trick if I was close and needed a few more ounces on the last day.

      I did a tough workout tonight, hopefully that helped!

      I already have my food for today logged and will be under 1600 again. That weight simulation really motivated me.

  3. Look at Walgreens, boxes with every size compartments you can imagine.

    That being said I use three regular size ones myself (morning, mid day, night) because I keep them in different places in house.

    You have the potential to get travel food, meeting food, conference food down to a science because it comes up for you so often. You are smart about planning, so I see great posts coming next year as you tackle this topic. It is almost like a dragon that needs slayed in society, because options are terrible (in what is served). I have been thinking about this a lot. It comes up for my girls all the time (vegetarian, real food). I started a list for myself. So if I had to pack quickly or my husband or kids were packing for me, we would have ideas.

    Very interesting about two pounds (peed out) per day. I have never kept track. I know that I can put 5 pounds ON in one day.

    Really good post.

    So sorry you are still having trouble with your eyes. I know it has really messed with the pool. It is tough when things throw us off our routine. It is a topic I know well, it is not easy.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07