Staying On Plan When You’re Sick

Where in the world have I been? I feel like it has been FOREVER since I have had a chance to talk to you. Truth be told, life happened. Nothing crazy or serious, just life. After Thanksgiving, we prepared to head up north to visit family. We had a wonderful trip. We visited Dutch Country in Pennsylvania and New York City! Round trip, we counted TEN states that we drove through. That was a LOT of driving.

Can you see the Statue of Liberty in the background?!🗽

I struggled with staying on plan during this trip because my family wanted some of my older traditional home-cooked meals and we ate out a lot. I really looked forward to getting back home and back to my normal routine. I had blog ideas that I wanted to write about. Except, that didn’t exactly happen. Two days after we got back (just a few days before Christmas), my son got sick. His doctor thought it was just a virus and treated it as such. And then Mama got it. It hit me hard. Turns out, it was the flu. I’ve never had it before and it kicked my butt. It started on Christmas day, and while I am no longer contagious I am still dealing with lingering symptoms. Like, how long does this mess last? I am so over it.

I sported this beauty for a week! I know, it’s hawt!!

Anyways, I’m not here to go on and on about being sick. What I really want to talk about is loss of appetite and staying on plan. I really didn’t want to eat. At. All. The only thing I could stomach for a week was applesauce. And so, that’s what I ate. A LOT of unsweetened applesauce. I mean, that’s not so bad. Right? And then came egg drop soup and beef lo mein. Totally not on plan. Did I mention the saltine crackers or the hamburger on a bun with french fries and ketchup? I knew what I was doing wasn’t nourishing my body but I told myself, “It’s ok, you’re sick. Just eat something.”

I ended up losing weight in the long run because I was practically starving myself. I stepped on the scale and was only TWO pounds away from ONEDERLAND. You guys, I don’t think I’ve seen ONEDERLAND since way before I got married and we’ve been together for a long time. I was so excited!! Only two pounds to go until my next goal?! I’ll take it!! I guess there was a plus to catching the flu!

And then it happened. My appetite came back. I started eating normally again. I tried to stick with lighter meals but we had celebrations to celebrate, like our anniversary. Our son requested a fancy restaurant meal as a Christmas gift. There were special meals to be had! And guess what, I started gaining. WHAT?! I haven’t gained since I started Trim Healthy Mama back in March of 2018. I’ve gained 5 pounds. The only thing I can figure is my body went into starvation mode and it is trying to figure out what in the world I’m doing. It just goes to show that Serene and Pearl know what they’re talking about when they tell you to eat every 3-4 hours. I’m hoping this is just a lot of water weight and my whoosh is coming.

We celebrated our anniversary at home ♥️

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to learn from my mistake. I really wish I would’ve forced myself to have some protein with my applesauce. Even if it was only a tiny bit. Chicken broth or bone stock probably would’ve been fantastic! I’ve had to get my mindset right again. I have no more excuses. Now that all of the celebrations are over, I’m trying for lighter meals and more water. Because I can’t go back and have a do over. And I wouldn’t want one. I’m going to give myself grace.

My Trimaversary is coming up in March and ONEDERLAND is so close!! I know I can do this. Because no matter what, I AM A TRIM HEALTHY MAMA!!

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