What in the world happened?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I promised myself I would get right back on track as soon as we got home from Arizona and that I wouldn't even think about stepping on the scale until we had been home for a week. I forgot about that dreaded Dr appt and it's associated weigh in. I gained 5 pounds in one week. I decimated 50% of the last three months work. In ONE STINKIN WEEK. I'm so mad at myself.

I went into the trip with tons of stress and decided immediately that I needed some time for myself to relax and not worry about the little stuff. Food was the little stuff. And of course, alcohol. Lots and lots of margaritas. And it was lovely. I had a wonderful time and I knew I was going to gain. What I didn't expect was 5 lbs!!!! That is a lot on a 4'8" frame!! I have work to do, I guess.

My grandpa is still in the hospital. He sleeps all the time but when he opens his eyes he knows us. He is not well enough to go to the nursing home but the hospital wishes to discharge him. It's been 3 weeks so I understand that. We are looking for a rehabilitation center that can help him get to the point that he will be well enough for the nursing home. All of this is hard to digest when he was fully himself and living independently just three weeks ago. We're not giving up hope but at the same time we have to be ready for a long, stressful road. Cautiously optimistic.
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    I am glad you had a wonderful time on your trip!!! I think you needed it. Forget about the weight gain. It is probably some water weigh gain. Don't let stress get your best! Walk away, take a deep breath, and refocus your energies on completing the task at hand! Just get back on track, take one day at a time and do what needs to be done.
    I can't imagine how hard it is for you to see your grandfather this way. Never give up hope...let him know how much you love him. I am keeping him in my prayers.
    Blessings and hugs,
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    2878 days ago
    it sounds like u have an ongoing stress problem,,.. take it easy on yourself and learn to let go , even just a little can make a huge difference in your life. I think u did need the break and prayers and best wishes for your grandpa to get well.. emoticon
    2879 days ago
    I don't think the 5lbs was all fat gain. There are many factors that don't have anything to do with body fat that can make the scale creep up or not budge.

    -Stress/too little sleep - increases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol will tell your body that you are in crisis and that you need to hang on to all your fat and calories instead of burning them. It does this so that you have enough energy to survive the "crisis". So try to find things that help you with your stress, and try to sleep at least 7 hours a night.

    sodium/processed foods - make you retain water. Causes an upward shift on the scale even though you didn't gain fat.

    exercise - exercise causes the muscles to swell with water and blood, causing the scale to creep up. It's not fat.

    Being female - women's weights can fluctuate 3-5lbs per week/per day based on normal hormone shifts and fluid shifts. It's not fat.

    So while you may have gained alittle bit from the alcohol and such, I don't think all 5lbs were fat gain.

    Be kind to yourself. Your body will burn off the excess when you get back into your program.
    2879 days ago
    Don't beat yourself up...remember all the fun you had 'earning' those pounds...now it's just time to pay for it...add some time to your workouts this week and good luck!!!
    2879 days ago
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