Why Being a Woman on a Diet Sucks

I have been really concerned lately that I haven’t been getting enough calories. My diet for the past few days has basically been a fruit when I wake up, and either a bowl (1 cup) of chili or a magic salad at lunch or dinner. Needless to say, that can’t be very much as spinach and apples don’t have very many calories, and I can’t have even gotten to 1000 calories. Luckily, at least for the first day I was on my period, I  haven’t been expending that much either.I do  my 20m of cardio (in the form of DDR) per day, and I practice my TKD, but other than that, I am sitting here at my computer, doing something or other.

But my worry was compounded when I got on the scale today. You see, I hopped on on Monday just to get an initial starting weight, and my lovely little scale told me that I weighed 190lbs.

Needless to say, I was not very happy, but I wasn’t too worried, because, hey, I was about to lose it.  I also wasn’t very surprised because I had spent a week at my dad’s house whoofing down Pizza Rolls.

However, today, when I got on the scale and the dial clearly said 185, I was very, very worried. If the scale was right, I had dropped five pounds in a matter of days. It’s not even healthy to lose that much, consistently, in a week.

I was especially worried because I had been having difficulties determining whether or not I was hungry for most of this week. It was/is a strange sensation, these days, when I get hungry. It happens a lot more often than it used to, and it feels different. Rather than a feeling that is centered at the “top” of my stomach, rather than at the bottom. I can’t really describe it.

But here’s the real sticker. I, like many women in the world, gain weight right before and around my period.  As we all know, I started my period just a couple of days ago. So was the weight gained part of my PMS bloating, or from the food fest at my dad’s? And did I really drop five pounds in four days, or did I perhaps drop less weight and at the same time lose my water retention. I don’t know.

But I wasn’t about to test that first hand, so I decided to make a new dish tonight and add that to the magic salad so that I had a full meal rather than just a partial one.

So, what did I make?

Chicken and Basil... without the basil

It was taaaasty. But it didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to. For details, see my next post.

But I had 1/4 of this (the serving size — 195 calories) and some magic salad, so I am feeling full but not stuffed, and I am feeling a bit better about  my caloric intake. I need to get off my ass and cook a little bit more, I think, but I’m also somewhat worried about running out of food…I dunno, we’ll see.

Anthony and I are off to the wedding tomorrow, which should be a challenge. I think I might bring some fruit to keep in the car and munch on in the car on the way to make sure I don’t splurge on tasty wedding food.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Posted on January 8, 2011, in Foods, Trying New things and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey darlin, I’m behind on this blog, but I wanted to say something here. Having been on several change the way you are eating periods in my life, it is way normal to lose that much weight in the first few days/weeks. Well done by the way. Keep up the excellent work.

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