April Weigh In

The Prednisone scared me. I’d heard so many horror stories about it. Friends that had taken it for even a short period of time like 2 weeks told me of 20 pound weight gains. I didn’t feel like the Prednisone made me eat any differently than I normally would except for the fact that I was on vacation. It’s hard to divorce the two factors when I stood in front of the scale this morning.

I had to take responsibility for the part I played in whatever the scale said. Yes, I indulged on vacation. I own that.


What? That can’t be right? I lost a pound? I stepped back on the scale again.


A 2 pound difference in 5 seconds? What’s going on with my scale? I wiped it down (in case the microscopic dust was adding ounces LOL). I stepped back on the scale and the next two numbers were in the 144 range so I’m going with that. That was the consistent number.

March Weigh In                     April Weigh In

Hips: 35.5                                 Hips: 35

Waist: 32.5                               Waist: 32.5

Thighs: 18.75                          Thighs: 18.75

Biceps: 12                                Biceps: 12

Weight: 143.6                          Weight: 144.8

I realized that maybe the reason my size 4 jeans were suddenly really tight was all the salt I ate for two weeks. I was sucking down salty food in Arizona like there was no tomorrow. It’s not something I usually crave but I think it was the heat and sweating so much that I wanted salty food. It took about half a week to get over that once I got back to Oregon too. It makes sense that all that salt would cause bloating.

About a 1 pound gain in March. I’m ecstatic about that! It could have been A LOT worse. The fact that I could go on vacation AND take steroids for a week and not really gain weight means I’m doing something right! Yippee!

I own that 1 pound gain. I’m okay with it.

Last night Michael and I made a very healthy dinner. I made a salad for us to eat while we cooked.

I washed and prepped the fresh asparagus and Michael cooked them in the skillet with Grape Seed Oil. If you’ve never tried cooking veggies in Grape Seed oil, give it a try. It’s much more flavorful than olive oil and the food just tastes so much better.

I shredded fresh Parmesan cheese on the asparagus and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Michael cooked the pork chops (boneless) in the skillet with steak seasoning and he nailed it this time. They were perfectly prepared.

It was slightly more than 1 serving but I’m okay with that because it was a good protein and it filled me up.

It was a great, simple dinner. I’m glad the pork turned out well and it made me like pork chops again.

Now that I’ve faced the scale and it wasn’t as bad as I thought I’m making the vow to myself to do better in April. I’ve been lax with my calorie counting and serving sizes. It’s time to be more diligent about that.

QUESTION: Do you often gain weight on vacation?


‘Roid Rage

I spent about 2 hours at the doctor’s office on Monday morning. Blood tests, doctor appointment, chest x-ray, EKG, pharmacy…This is NOT my idea of a vacation, Body. Pull it together dammit!

EKG - Normal!


The verdict: The doctor said it’s probably the return of the Costochondritis which is inflammation in the rib cartilage. I first experienced it last Fall after Hood to Coast.

The doctor also said I could have developed asthma because of the bronchitis I had last month. Who knows? I am just glad that my lungs are clear. I had a bad case of pneumonia years ago and was in the hospital as a result. Ever since that I’ve been extra worried about lung illnesses.

Also because of my hospital stint from pneumonia it’s near impossible for the nurses to draw blood. 🙁 I look like a pin cushion. They always struggle with finding a good vein (thanks to IV antibiotics I have none) and they never believe me when I say they won’t find a good vein. They insist they can do it. I was stuck like 4 times in my arms on Monday. Ouch!

I look like a junkie with track marks! UGH!

The one thing I like about going to the doctor is getting my blood pressure checked. I get so happy when I see the low numbers! It used to be insanely high and seeing that small number now is like a High-Five.


So now for the ‘roid rage. The doctor gave me two options: take a steroid inhaler twice a day for awhile or take a low dose of prednisone. UGH! As soon as she said the words I groaned and just felt dread. I’ve heard all the stories about prednisone. I have a few friends who take it for something and they’ve complained about all the side effects they cause. Mood swings, irritability, weight gain, hunger…

I so don’t want to deal with any of these side effects. But when I told my doc I was leaving on a jet plane she said to take the prednisone. The steroid inhaler would take too long to start to work.

I am not looking forward to seeing the results of steroids on the scale but honestly I’d really like to just feel better so I’ll do anything at this point.


After work on Monday I met my friend Star for a much needed pedicure and then dinner at her house. I took lots of lovely photos of my freshly decorated toes and the yummy dinner….then promptly forgot to save the photos before I deleted them. Dang it! Trust me when I say it was all delicious. 🙂

Now it’s Tuesday and I feel a lot better. I don’t know if the issue healed itself or if the prednisone is finally kicking in. I do know that everyone seems to have their horror stories about the drug. Yuck. I hope my short-lived experience with it will be non-eventful.

QUESTION: How often do you pamper yourself? What’s your favorite way to do so?