Monday, May 4, 2009


My unhealthy, unhealthy, unhealthy behavior finally caught up with me and I gained 1.6lbs this week...this is the first week I got BETTER at being fat in months. My score is UP to 87.81%. Even worse, while I only gained 1.6lbs, I gained 1.77lbs of FAT. Which means, I lost .17 lbs of muscle that I died a little to put on during Body Pump. Everything we worked so hard to put into place during January, February, March and most of April, we have let come completely undone the last 10 days.

Ready to get back in gear, I was up, double holstered and raring to go, got .14 miles, then coughed up a nice, gooey piece of lung, and had to come home with my fat (+ 1.77 lbs) ass tucked between my legs. Fuck me. This cough is wrecking my world. I read online that anything below the neck you should rest, and not try to exercise, but I have not done ONE thing in 48 hours but rest, and I thought maybe the cough when I got out of bed was *the last one*.

This means I will have to tackle something I have NEVER been successful at...watching what I eat without the safety net of exercise, at least for a few days. For me, exercise is not just about the extra food I can eat, a good bout of exercise makes me crave eating healthy and drinking water, keeps my giant hunger machine at bay, and generally makes me feel SO good about myself. What is making this worse is that after today, I am on 'vacation' until May 18th...I give my last final today, I don't start summer teaching until May 18th so I don't have a regular schedule. I have work to do, but can do it whenever the urge arises, and I really, really thought I was going to be super athlete and really do some good runs, classes at the gym, long walks around town, etc.

Instead I am going to sit on my couch very still and try to keep my lungs in my body. I promise, with you the interwebs as my witness, I will never take being well for granted!


Not Your Aunt Bea said...

You need to rest. Trust me. I just am getting over being sick and I could barely eek out 2 miles today. And that is after a week's worth of resting, antibiotics, steroids, advil, allergy meds, and asthma inhalers. It is no fun to cough up a lung.

Once you're better I think you'll lose the weight you gained. I think your body holds on to what it can when you're sick (unless you can't eat- then you lose weight). Hang in there!

And how do you know how much of it is fat and how much is muscle? Do you have a fancy scale or get tested somehow? Lemme know when you get a sec.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried honey? That is what we give Steamboat when he has a cough, he loves it, but I'm not sure how well it works....

Maybe you should try a reward system where you can't go out until you have gone to exercise that day or is hard if you aren't on a schedule


Alice said...

oh lady, i am feeling your pain. my knee has been.. um.. wonkylike, for about 2 weeks. i finally gave up and stopped running to give it a "rest" to try to heal it, and bah. now i feel like crap, i am absolutely certain i have put on weight (and definitely the fat kind, not the muscle kind!) and i'm all grumpy about it. AND i'm being an idjit and won't go to the dr about my knee, because if i don't see a doc, he can't tell me i've done something serious to my knee. smart, right? ;-)

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

You can have a cough (with no other symptoms at all) for 3 weeks until you need to see a doctor. They should give you antibiotics and treat you for "atypical pneumonia".

If you start to run fever or have other symptoms, you can wait 3-7 days before going to the doctor (depending on the severity of the symptoms).

wafelenbak said...

Hang in there, lady. I know that whole food/exercise struggle--I am fighting the food and especially sugar cravings so bad right now. My trainer once told me that 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen...and sometimes I still want to cry when I think about that!
Take care of yourself, you'll be back in the swing of things soon enough!

DAVs said...

Don't beat yourself up! You've been sick for goodness sake. REST REST REST! When you get back to it, a bunch of weight will just fall off, I know it.

kilax said...

I hope you feel better soon! I struggle when I cannot exercise. It is a cycle for me too - eat healthy/exercise... well, except for these past two weeks, where I stuffed my face while training for the half and gained 5 pounds. WOO HOO!!!

Hee hee. You've been kicking ass, and you're going to keep it up :)

Creative Commons License
TheHotchPotchery by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.