Weekly Weigh-In: Up A Little

weight jan 30

I’m up slightly and it feels like most of that weight is in my plugged up sinuses! Yep, my bug is back with abandon. And I’m fighting it the best way I know how…lots of sleep!

Well I’m up nearly half a pound, but I don’t consider that anything serious. My guess is my returning illness has more to do with it than what I’m eating. Yep, I’m sick again (or is it still?). Two weeks ago it was painful sinuses that turned into a head cold with a chaser of a bad earache. Well that earache turned back into painful sinuses with another shot of a head cold. Ugh!

So I’m doing what I should have done the first go-around — plenty of sleep and meds.

If I’m not fully recovered by Superbowl Sunday, then I’m raising the white flag and heading to my doctor’s for something stronger.

My appetite has decreased with round 2 of this bug. However I’m now craving comfort foods. Pizza, pancakes and chips. Oh my!

I took care of the chip craving thanks to a stash of zero carb pork rinds. The beauty of pork rinds is that you need water after every big, fluffy chip.  I can only eat a handful as I’m loading up on liquids to get them down. Unlike potato chips where I can eat a whole bag in one sitting.

As for the pizza and pancakes, every time a craving kicks in I just head back to bed and slept for 4 hours.  Seems silly, but it works.

The one silver lining in all of this is that as I recover the snow is nearly all gone. Hopefully early next week the trails and sidewalks will be snow and ice free and I can go walking again.  I’m also toying with hitting our country rec club’s weight room. My resistance bands aren’t cutting it anymore.

I can’t wait to be germ free again.


Surviving on Soup & Eggs

Well after trying some comfort food, I'm back to eating lukewarm soup and scrambled eggs. Strep Throat has sidelined me the week.

Well after trying some comfort food, the pain from the strep throat drove me back to eating lukewarm soup and scrambled eggs. Image courtesy of cuteimage and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Ugh! Swallowing is still very painful. It takes about 7 days for strep throat to go away once you start the antibiotics. So I have a few more days of this crud left. I can only eat soup and scrambled eggs (lots of eggs!) somewhat pain-free. I’m staying away from juices and only drinking water, herbal tea (lukewarm) and herbal ice tea. I made the mistake of drinking my carbonated water on day one — that hurt something fierce.

I have no idea how many carbs I’m taking in during my illness. I’m not tracking anything. Since my food is limited to what doesn’t hurt going down, I saw no point of tracking. A girl’s gotta eat and anything soft and cool on the back of my throat is all that matters.

I did enjoy 2 comfort foods over the weekend — frozen custard and pizza.  Actually, “enjoy” isn’t the right word.  Yes, the foods lit up my taste buds, but my throat was having none of that joy.  Friday night my husband picked up 2 pints of frozen custard — chocolate and low-carb vanilla. Initially the frozen custard felt great on my throat, but by the time Sunday rolled around, it felt like broken glass.

The pizza was just a bad idea but my mind told me I needed comfort food while I’m sick. Even though I let my slices cool significantly before eating, the sauce felt like molten lava on the back of my throat. It took about 45 minutes just to eat 2 slices.

So now I’m back to eggs and soup.

As for working out, I have no wish to hit the gym anytime soon.  I still have a fever and until that breaks, I’m not going anywhere. If this clears up by Friday, I may hit the spin room on the weekend for a light workout.

Otherwise, this week I’m on a break.