Sugars are on Notice

It recently occurred to me that my really bad pain days are usually preceded by higher than normal sugar intake days.

Thank you Easter candy stash.

I did some initial digging, and created a list of foods/ingredients that might increase your body’s inflammatory response.

This is a big deal for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Fibromyalgia.
More inflammation = more pain.

On this list, I’m starting with limiting my sugar intake. I’ll take the rest on one at a time to see if reducing those ingredients helps.

On Weight Watchers, all I’m aware of is points. I often don’t track the foods that are considered zero points. So, to increase my awareness of the food science stuff I’m putting into my body, I joined SparkPeople. It’s a terrific and free resource for weight loss and health.

Yes. This means I now track my food twice. Once to know the points, and again (in more detail) to know the particulars.

After 2 bad pain days and 1 really bad pain day, this girl has got to do something.

Plus side: The sweets, breads, and pastas don’t even look appetizing anymore.


Hungry After Dinner

I absolutely hate it when I get hungry a few hours after I eat a meal. Was my meal just a snack?!

What did I eat? Well, I ate a meal I often eat that usually leaves me very satisfied.

So, I’m wondering if a skimpy (snack-like, perhaps) lunch caught up with me after dinner. I wasn’t hungry at lunch! Seems odd, but… If you can have a sleep deficit that catches up to you and crashes you out, then why not a hunger deficit that catches up to you eventually?

Ignoring the hunger is a bad idea. It just grows into an angry beast that will eat the pantry whole.

My plan is to eat a Greek yogurt. I’m over, but at least I’m not WAY over.

Non-Tracking Tracking

When I “blow it” for a particular day, it is hard for me to get back to tracking. The reason is that the remaining points that show in my WW app no longer have any real meaning. It’s just not accurate anymore. It is then that I switch to the dangerous method of tracking my points in my head.

Before you judge, consider that this method is better than just throwing in the towel with the attitude of eating whatever I want because I already blew it.

I didn’t blow the week with one meal/day of bad choices. I just blew that day. I try very hard to get my WW mojo back by controlling the very next bite I take, and then the next one and so on.

My mental tracking does not go beyond each meal. I have 30 points each day, which divides out to 10 points per meal skipping snacks. I won’t die without snacks! I only mentally keep track of each meal. It’s easier and more do-able than keeping the math of the entire day in my head.

5% AwardThis recovery mode tracking is not standard/recommended WW fare, but it works for me. I missed a meeting, and then had a great weigh-in last Saturday. I lost over 3 pounds in the past two weeks making my 5% goal and getting my 2nd 5 pound star.

*Insert victory dance here.*

I’m not losing weight very fast, but I am losing. Now to stay on plan, tracking consistently all week. I can do this!

Water Consumption

If you told me that I needed to eat 8 to 12 cookies a day to stay healthy, that would not be a problem. Why is it that drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day is so freaking hard! It seems like so much!

Do I even need that much water?
Yes… and no.

Doesn’t how much water you actually need vary?
Yes. Your body weight, caloric intake, and or your activity level can all affect how much water you need.

I’m taking activity level out of the equation, since that only increases the water one needs to stay healthy. I’m not going to consider caloric intake either since that’s harder to determine than my weight.

I calculated it out based on my current (avg) weight, and I need about 90 fl. oz. of water a day (11.25 cups). Water is best, but other sources of fluids count: fruits, vegetables, and non-caffeinated drinks.

How much does eating fruits and vegetables really count?
More than you think!

According to, fruits and vegetables provide up to 20% of my fluid intake each day. Personally, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies since they are often zero points! So, that takes my daily fluid intake down to 9 cups a day.

Do I have to down NINE glasses of water a day?
It still seems like a lot. Let’s take a look…

A cup is only 8 fl. oz. Most of the glasses & cups in my cubbard hold 16 fl. oz. Some even hold 32 fl. oz. This means that my Texas-sized cups are really 2 cups. That bring my required fluids down to 4.5 “cups” a day.

A 500 ml bottle of water is just over 2 cups. I love the Nestle flavored waters. If I drink 4.25 of those bottles a day, I’m set. I love my Diet Dr. Pepper too, but that’s caffeinated and doesn’t count. Oh well.

I can do this.

Drinking my needed water (fluids) isn’t nearly as hard as I imagined.


Hello Again

It’s been a few minutes since I’ve taken the time to write about this journey. Sorry to leave y’all in the dark! The past few weeks have been very up and down for me emotionally, physically, and weight-ally.

There have been new medications to get used to, a husband out of town for a week, a car breaking down, and a few other personal stressors. If that’s not enough, there was also Valentine’s Day candy, chocolates, cookies, and a very special date night with my hubby.

That date night did a number on my official weigh-in! We had this huge, 3-hour long very Italian dinner the night before my WW meeting. I posted a gain of 4 pounds! There’s no way I was THAT far off track, was there? I doggedly pushed aside my doubts and determined that I would lose those four pounds next week. Besides… that was an awesome date night.

No regrets.

I’m so excited to report I did it! I posted a 4.2 pound loss yesterday. That’s one heck of a swing, but I’ll call it a win and move on.

My goal for this week is to lose between 1 and 2 pounds. If I could do that every week, I’ll be in sight of my goal weight by year’s end.

I’m certain that life will come up and try to smack me in the face (the gut?) again, and I might lose a battle or two.

I will not lose the war.

I will persevere and I will loose all this unhealthy weight and be in less overall pain.

Ran Off Track

I was doing great until late this afternoon, and I got thirsty. I could have drank water, but I didn’t want water. I wanted a soda. It had caffeine. Also, what diet, caffeine free soda can you order from McDonald’s?

So, I had caffeine for the first time since I quit. I didn’t think it would be forever, but I don’t think I lasted even a week! That’s kind of pitiful, right?

Then, there’s what I ordered at McDonald’s. We were on the go, and I should have ordered the 6-piece chicken nuggets. That’s way lower in points than a Big Mac. Why didn’t I order what I knew I should have?! Because I wanted that Big Mac.

Why didn’t I want my health more?

Speaking of health, my new meds are making me nauseous. Insert crackers, rack up more points. At least that overage is understandable… or excusable?

Now I’m trying to track just how much damage I’ve done, and the WW app has gone and pooped out on me!

I have so many great excuses: stress, pain, on the go, busy, the app wasn’t working, etc. They all sound great, but when are these factors not in play? Almost never. That’s life.

Life got the best of me today, but I’m not giving up. I’m just going to start again tomorrow. One step at a time (even if I step backwards sometimes) I will be victorious.