Overeating When Sick (and an Update)

I haven’t posted since my mid-June weigh in.  And, that is because I’ve been sick most of the time.  At the time I was glad I seemed back on track and I had a good weigh in.  And, the next several days were fine.  I was starting to get more active.  I added steps every day and was getting ready to start going to the Y to work on strength training after a week or so of steps.

Then, on Wednesday evening (two Wednesdays ago) I started feeling bad.  I had gone out during the day and had been in a building that was freezing.  I never really feel that cold causes sickness, but I had to wonder this time.  That evening my throat started hurting and I started aching all over.  Now, I don’t usually get sick.  In the last 5 years, I’ve maybe had a sore throat or cold a few times and usually it lasted a day or two.  And, even then it is usually something where I just feel bad but I can mostly follow my usual routine.

Well, not this time.  Within a day I was basically living in the bedroom.  I wasn’t sleeping all day, but sitting upright in my desk chair was out of the question.  And, I didn’t feel like doing anything.  I basically spent several days just using my iPad in bed or watching TV.  And..well…eating.

The worst day was the the first Friday after I got sick.  That was the day that I really felt the worst. I felt exhausted and didn’t want to even go in the kitchen.  And, I was bored.  And, I felt sorry for myself.  Up until that point, I had had an OK week.  Before I got sick on Wednesday, I had had a great week.  I overate a little after I got sick but it was no big deal.  Friday was the last day of my week and I was definitely able with just normal eating to end the week with a calorie deficit.

But, no.  Instead, I sent my husband out to Panera’s to get take out food.  Now, I can eat very reasonably there in terms of calories.  But, I had him also get a cinnamon crunch bagel (not a health food by any means…something I don’t often eat).  And, I was starving all evening and snacked and snacked.  I ended up the day with 2504 calories and 91 Smart Points!

So, that took my good week and just that one day obliterated it all.

Now, Saturday was a new day.  I even drug myself to Weight Watchers. I didn’t really feel that great, but I am trying to go every week to get the summer charm (I had already missed the first week in June).  We went out to eat after the meeting and I ate very reasonably (about 500 calories).  But, then, I went nuts on the snacking when I got home.  It wasn’t quite as bad as Friday, but almost.

And, at that point, I just sort of lost it for a week.  I did track everything.  There is that.  I am sure I would have eaten even worse if I hadn’t tracked.  A big part of it was that I just felt awful the whole week and was mostly in bed and bored.  And, cooking was beyond me so I looked for easy things to eat.  Several times, I sent my husband out to get take out.  And, of course, I wasn’t burning any calories through activity so that didn’t help.

So this past week was just awful. I was in the hole by 200 SmartPoints for the week!  Finally by the latter part of the week I was feeling well enough to get up and sit at my desk and even went out a couple of times.  My new week started on Saturday and I did OK this weekend.  I should have a calorie deficit this week.

The data from Fitbit and MyFitness Pal tell me that while I was sick I legit I had a calorie surplus that was big enough to gain about 1.6 pounds.  OK.  Fair enough.  If I gain that when I weigh in next Saturday, I would weigh 148.2 pounds which would mean that I was over 148 pounds and I would have to pay for the month.  I can’t really complain about it because last week was really awful in terms of how I ate.  Now, I had lost a little bit from weigh in until I got sick so maybe if I did gain exactly 1.6 pounds from my low point I would sneak in at 148 pounds and not have to pay.

But…it isn’t that simple.  From a numbers standpoint, I should theoretically be up 1.6 pounds.  Now, I was eating more carbs than usual so that adds some water weight.  But, I usually eat lower carb when I am watching what I eat so that would probably go away by weigh in date.  So, even if I was up, say, 3 pounds now I was expect to lose a couple of pounds of water weight by next Saturday.

But, here is the thing.  I am currently up 7 pounds from where I was before I got sick!  Yes, you read that right 7 pounds.  And, no, I have not eaten anywhere near enough to actually gain 7 pounds.  So, why the huge gain?

A huge factor for me right now is post-liposuction swelling.  I had the same thing happen after my tummy tuck.  Even a couple of months after surgery, I would gain a couple of inches in my waist from morning to evening due to swelling.  It was very frustrating at the time.  It took months for it to go away.

Now, I don’t expect the swelling to last as long with liposuction as it did with the tummy tuck.  I wore a medical grade compression garment for 3 weeks after my May liposuction.  Then, the last 3 weeks I’ve worn a lighter garment with a piece of foam inside it.  As of today it is 6 weeks since surgery and I don’t have to wear the compression garment any more.  However, I have noticed that the last week or so I’ve had a lot of swelling.  I had the same thing happen after the tummy tuck after I had been wearing the lighter compression garment for awhile.  And, this seems to be happening again.

The other day I measured my waist in the evening and it was 3 inches larger than it was when I got up (the swelling goes down some overnight, but quickly returns once I get up).  And, it seems to be more in the mornings now than it was when I was wearing the heavier garment.  So, I think part of the 7 pounds is related to the swelling.

All of that makes it difficult.  It can be hard to figure out what is true weight gain versus temporary swelling.  On paper, the true weight gain should be about 1.6 pounds.  Even if that should be doubled, it is still way less than 7 pounds.

I will see my doctor later this week and will see what he thinks on the swelling.  At my last appointment, he felt I still had some swelling (although it was much better).  But, my swelling now is worse.  I am thinking about wearing the heavier compression garment at least part time and seeing if that that will help some.

Anyway, the positives are that I am finally feeling better, I am starting to work on steps again and I am eating better.  I expect with the swelling (and the legit gain) to have to pay next Saturday even if I eat really well until then.  And, given the circumstances, I am fine with it.

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