Monday, January 7, 2008

So that's what a fever will do for ya...

So Paris came and went.

And yes, it was wonderful.

The food, the scenery, the time away from work...heck, even the Arctic temperatures were a treat. (I live in South Florida; I get excited anytime the temperature dips below 70.)

But all that gluttony and chilly air did a number on my body...and a day after getting off the plane, I was huddled in bed, my body rebelling with a 101-degree fever. Mr. CCC came home early from work as several hours passed and my temperature wouldn't go down. The fever finally broke on Friday, but I was still so sick the only thing I could even fathom keeping down was saltines and Gatorade.

I think those two days of limited eating did a number on me--because when I went to my meeting on Saturday and stepped on the scale--fully expecting it to go up, btw!--I was pleasantly surprised.

Instead of gaining from my Paris indulgences, I lost half a pound.

How's that for just pure insanity? I spend eight weeks obsessing and completely stuck at my weight. Yet at my last two weigh-ins, the ones I wasn't worried about the number, or where I expected it to go up...the scale moved in the way I wanted it to.

So what's the lesson here? That I need to stop worrying so much about the scale? (Easier said than done!) Or that maybe, just maybe, a well-timed fever can do wonders for your weight loss efforts?

For better or for worse, I can now say that I lost a pound and a half during the holidays...and considering the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's, I'll take it.

It was just the kind of kick-start to the new year and my re-focused effort I needed.

And get this...I even managed to go to the gym today. Felt like I was going to collapse, but I feels pretty good to be back on track!


Heather said...

well I am sorry that you are sick, but glad that you lost! it must feel so wonderful to know that you lost over the holidays. I think your goal to not worry so much about the scale will help you succeed. and congrats on going to the gym!!

Weighing in w/ my .02 said...

I hope you're feeling better!! I agree you shouldn't worry about the scale so much but I know it's easier said than done sometimes.

Lora said...

Be proud - VERY proud! While the rest of us were gaining this holiday season - you lost!

Erin said...

Congratulations on making it through the holidays, not only unscathed, but successful and with a fabulous Paris vacation to boot!

Hope you've been feeling better over the last two weeks.