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Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

 I can wrap up my weekend in only two words: SICK KID.  My 6year old started running fever on Friday. She continues today. I spent all weekend giving her meds, inhlaers and trying to shove fluids down her as much as possible. I was essentially in bed with her the whole weekend as she was pretty dang sick.  I thought she had the little cold or whatever her sister had last week that lasted 24hours, but here we are 3 days later and still she has a significant fever and a nasty cough. I'm going home at lunch to test for flu and strep although I think they will be negative.

I didn't do much of anything this weekend and I didn't sleep much either so I'm tired. I did ride my stationary bike on Saturday, but yesterday nothing because my little girl was worse yesterday. Being a doctor doesn't make having a sick kid any easier.

I didn't weigh in or get on line or send my weight to Allan for that matter so I suppose I'm out of the challenge. I honestly didn't even remember until this morning that I hadn't done it.  I didn't lose weight and I am frustrated so maybe it's better this way. I'm wondering if 1200cal is too much for me. I work out a lot and I eat right and I'm not losing.  I added up my calories for the week and the math adds up to a loss, but the scale didn't show it.

This week I'm going to be very very careful and if I do not lose weight again this week, I'll be decreasing calories to 1000.  I'm also thinking I'll stay off the scale this week. That's really tough for me, but I'm just not getting anywhere right now. That only leads to frustration.

My hamstring is better, but still screwed up. I tried to run through the parking lot this am to avoid the cold wind and it just is not possible. Frustrated is the word right now. BUT, I am determined and those are 2 very different things.

So I'll stay focused. My 5 year old has a trip to the dentist today, the 6 year old is home from school still sick. I hate it when my kids are sick. Hate it. But, a little illness is nothing in light of others problems. I'll take it.

I am hopeful that this week will get better and that I can see that scale budge. There are things I can do better and I will continue to improve. I will not have time to workout today as I'll be making the trip home at lunch to check on my poor sick kiddo, but there are things more important sometimes. Who knows? She might perk up and be better. In which case, I'll hop on the treadmill or bike.

I didn't read much blog stuff this weekend so I'll be catching up today. Hope you all had good weekends and a good week is ahead!


  1. Sorry the kiddos have been so sick :-(

    Hang in there with your calories. At your activity level 1,000 is dropping pretty low. Maybe watch carbs (quality) closer? Just a thought. I've been paying close attention to the research on insulin and the interaction with fat cells. Sobering stuff. It's really convinced me that not only calories but starch, grains, and sugars were keeping me stuck.

  2. Remember, you've lost 77 pounds and that is huge! (Just realized that this could be read as a bad pun, but that is NOT my intent!) Sorry about the sick kiddos. Hope they get well quickly. Maybe it was good for you, too, to have a little downtime because you probably don't get a lot of that!
    Today starts a new week and hopefully a better week for you and your kids.

  3. Sorry to hear about your sick girl. Hope she gets better quick.

    As for the calories, IMHO, 1,000 is low. Especially when you are active like you have been.

  4. Poor Baby! Hope she feels better soon.

  5. I'm going to chime in with the others on considering that something other than calories may be the issue. And yeah, I feel weird saying this to a doctor (hello lovely MD degree!). So, you know, feel free to ignore me :)

    So sorry to hear your daughter is ill. Sick little ones are no fun. I hope she feels better soon.

  6. LOLLL I agree with Amanda - it's weird giving our 2 cents worth to you, the doctor! But here's mine for whatever it is worth: try bumping your calories UP to 1200-1300 BUT not in the form of any carb or starch. Instead, make it protein and/or combo of good fats. You work out a LOT. You work HARD at work. You have a houseful of busy-ness. Your body may be putting on the brakes to all this and the 77 pound weight loss trying to stop this downward trend. You need to confuse your metabolism and FEED your body...give it try for a week or two and see what happens! :D PS-Hope your girl is better very soon!

  7. Sorry about the munchkin! Thats always so tough! I was actually the sick one this weekend. I was laughing this monring because I weigh everyday and this morning I was 3 lbs down from yesterday morning. I would love it for that to stay - but I was violently ill last night and I am fairly positive THAT was the weightloss NOT ME. So, yeah I am thinking that I might quit the everyday weigh ins as well - too depressing!

  8. Have you thought about the fact that 1200 calories could be too low, especially with all your exercising? Maybe your body is in starvation mode and that's why you're not losing weight. How about increasing to 1500 (good calories, not simple carbs) and see what happens.

  9. Sorry you have a sick child. It is so difficult to see your kids suffer. You just want to make it all better for them.

    Stop being so hard on yourself with the weight loss. It is a healthy lifestyle that you are striving for and you are doing that. The weight loss will follow.

  10. It sucks when your kids are sick. I hope she is on the mend soon. You have to cut yourself a little slack-you will do this- and you are (the becoming Dr Fit thing), but life is happening around you, too. She'll; be well soon and you will be kicking your own butt again, too.


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