Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bad food...or too much of a good thing?

I'm not sure which it was this weekend, but I literally gained almost EIGHT pounds from Saturday morning to Monday morning. That is not a typo. No wonder I didn't feel like blogging yesterday. I know I did not eat perfectly, but I truly do not think that EIGHT pounds is deserved. I definitely felt the weight though so it wasn't fake. My body constantly confounds me...

Saturday I had good breakfast, good snack (although probably after waiting too long -- 6 hours), then went out to friend's for equinox (sorry, not solstice...I'm learning!) celebration (and birthday since it was hers). I drank vodka (very safe, no carbs). We didn't have dinner until 10 or later so I needed a snack before and I ate what I thought was ok (particularly since it was carb-up night): cheese, some chips, some crab dip (2g carb per serving) and some guacamole (no carbs/serving). I felt kind of yucky in my tummy after that so when it came time to eat, I ate very little -- just some turkey and (this is probably the mistake) some of the casserole I brought. I made this casserole and it was very low-carb (broccoli, cheese, crackers, butter)...but VERY fatty.

Sunday morning...I was up 3+ pounds. We had leftover casserole for breakfast. Then salad for lunch. Then went to another potluck for dinner. I took the same casserole (didn't feel like being creative, but I did make a new one to take on Sunday!). I ate cheese and hummus dip on whole-grain chips (not ok since it wasn't carb-up night). Then, for dinner, I had some casserole and a sausage. Again, I thought I was being PRETTY low-carb. But was aware I was being FATTY.

After that potluck and fantastic equinox ritual at the Church of the Backyard, we went to meet my birthday friend for dessert (it was her actual b-day -- I had NO cake on Saturday night). We arrived at the restaurant where she and her hubby had dinner and there were two HUGE desserts on the table. I ate some. Definitely too much. And had non-vodka drinks (not ok). Monday morning...4 more pounds up.

Lessons from this:

1. Cheese, while low/no-carb, is not something I can eat freely.
2. Butter, while no-carb, is not something I can slather on things (during the week, I use light butter on my Ezekiel toast). The casserole, which is totally delicious, can be made with much less.
3. Sugary desserts -- NO NO, HELEN!!
4. Low-carb/high fat is not workable.

I'm down 3 of the 8 pounds today and more will be gone soon, but I totally sabotaged my going into new weight territory this week with my behavior this weekend. And DB (who I'm starting to call Anorexia Boy...not nice, I know) barely ate or drank anything Saturday or Sunday night. I guess he gets to have pizza and beer at our post-Burning Man party this coming Saturday. I DO NOT. :-(


Lori G. said...

I don't know how much of those 8 pounds would be permanently residing with you but I kind of doubt it would be that much. You're really active (not in the class as Vickie who is in a league of her own!) but you are right: you do not deserve the 8 pounds.

Just get back on the wagon. I'm really happy that you're not beating yourself up over this. I wonder sometimes if we just should say, for a week or ten days, I can be whatever weight as long as we're not deluding ourselves. I don't know.

Helen said...

A couple of other elements that were "bad":

- Processed (salty) food.
- PMS-y time.
- Haven't done "formal" exercise in a while much as I bike, walk, etc.

Sigh. Scale still said what it said. :-(

Vickie said...

(per 1 oz serving)
Calories (kcal) 69
Energy (kj)288
Fats 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Protein 0 g

Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Alcohol 11.3 g

I looked it up, because I was curious - and you are right - it probably wasn't the vodka (unless you have a reaction to it). The numbers are very interesting.

So, you are right - it probably is the fat. And do I remember that you are sensitive to fats (from past food plan experience)?

At least you are catching yourself after less than a week (and not much damage) instead of 'waking up' 6 most later. We have all been there. And I do think that there is some sort of a 'relax' response after good numbers.

Is DB working out so that he builds chest/shoulders/arms/abs and quads as he loses? He will start to look deflated otherwise. . .

Doc Manette said...

I'm sorry.

But like Lori said, it's not fat lbs. but water retention.

I weigh everyday, but stopped during my period week - it would upset me too much and I should know it is temp. water gain - but the scale still hurts my feelings.

I say eat the pizza - just not the crust - make sure it's veggie and not very cheesy . . .