Hey wait! Wasn’t I just 5 pounds lighter on Friday morning?
Could I have gained a whopping 5 pounds from the food I ate in one weekend?
Trust me, we have all been there and it comes from being a woman!
Here’s my story…
I’m a typical Italian woman, curvy, strong and I love to eat. However, I have learned to be as disciplined as I possibly can while eating, using the 80/20 method. The 80/20 method is when you eat 80% of the good stuff and 20% of the not so good stuff. I try and follow this method everyday of the week.
Although last weekend, when I took a spontaneous trip with my family, I decided I wanted to “live a little.” As I had mentioned in the beginning of my story, I was very happy with my Friday weigh in, but after two Gins with Club Soda, a glass of wine and a handful of potato chips and not to mention a chicken strip and cheese.. I returned home gaining a whole 5 pounds.
Now the old Jennifer would’ve given in to feeling defeated and would have eaten all the crappy stuff from my pantry. Why not? What’s another pound or two. Instead, I stayed focused on getting back on track, which consisted of eating only fruits, vegetables and lean protein for the next couple of days. I needed to prove to myself that if I follow through with discipline and determination, I would easily lose the 5 pounds I had gained. Another thing to keep in mind is that the majority of my weight gain was simply water weight.
Did I mention how important it is to drink water during this process? On my trip, I had avoided drinking water because I was going to be driving 2 hours to and fro without stopping. I usually drink about 125oz of water on a daily basis. There was no way I would be able to make the drive without stopping. Funny thing is restricting myself of water during my trip was one of the main causes of my weight gain.
“It may seem contradictory to try to lose water by consuming water. But staying hydrated is essential to helping your body release fluids (including water) and cleanse your body of any food that may be causing bloating. If your body is dehydrated, it will store water to compensate, leading to more water weight. Ensure you have at least eight glasses of water a day.”
“It took three days!”
It’s took three days, a ton of water and some boring recipes, but my goal was accomplished! I lost 2 pounds the first two days ( Monday /Tuesday) and 1 pound on Wednesday.
There I was, just where I left off last Friday. Goes to show that if you keep a positive and productive mindset, you can do it! Don’t punish yourself by giving into the unhealthy stuff, just power through it. There is nothing wrong with an occasional splurge here and there, we all deserve it… just keep in mind to get back on track with healthy food choices, because food is fuel!
Tips on keeping the bloat at bay:
- Increase your potassium intake
- Avoid process foods ( they usually contain high levels of sodium)
- Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day
- Limit alcohol
XOXO Jennifer Colon
Author: Jennifer Colon
Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!