Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 2 comments

FOOD FOR THOUGHT : A Bug in the System


I don't know what your winter has been like, but my family and I have struggled through some really nasty viruses these past few months. A couple of weeks ago, I had a raging throat combined with a bad back (an old war wound), which was not a great combination!

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Forgive me if I'm stating the obvious, but I thought it was worth sharing my experience with you as I had a similar one with a dental problem a few years ago... 
Even though I stuck to my propoint allowance religiously and tracked everything whilst unwell, I gained around 3lbs in weight during that week. I realised that I had been pretty inactive due to being in pain, and my every-day activity was kept to a minimum, along with a disturbed sleep pattern. This is what contributed to the weight gain.
The other problem is that some of the painkillers I was taking, such as co-codamol, can make you very constipated.

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I'm amazed to learn how dynamically these weight gains can happen. Everything seems so finely tuned. With hindsight, as I'm on maintenance points, I probably should have reduced my dailies by 2 or 3 pp's as soon as I knew I was unwell. If I had nowhere to go on the dailies and on 26pp (the minimum for a female), I would probably reduce my weeklies a little whilst so inactive.
(When I had my dental problem, my WW leader at the time advised me to do this but I had forgotten).
So....alongside feeling rough, I had a significant weight gain to contend with.

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I have to say, (again only from my experience), that this gain came off as quickly as it went on and by the following week, I was at my preferred weight again.

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So the lesson learnt?
If you're unwell and inactive, try reducing your propoints by 2 or 3 per day, or accept that you will have a gain of a few pounds, but that it will come off again fairly rapidly once you're feeling better.

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Bring on Springtime!

2 comments:

Sarah with Love 2 May 2013 at 11:41

I'm one of those people that gets ill all the time as well!! I've learnt to accept my gains so far but may have to try dropping a couple of propoints and see how it goes :)

Janey 2 May 2013 at 13:19

You just have to do what feels right for you Sarah! x

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