A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. It wasn’t too bad at the time, so they put me on a z pack and sent me on my way. Well, 2 weeks went by and I still felt pretty crappy so I made an appointment to go in and see the doctor. Find out, my sinus infection is worse and now I need antibiotics and steroids. I was not thrilled about the steroids. I’m on a weight loss journey and I knew those little pills were going to wreak havoc in my journey. But I also knew I needed to take them to get better. So I did. Now my weight loss stalled. I went from losing 2 lbs a week to NOTHING. That’s right, nothing.
Boy was I frustrated. Here I had been working my tush off at losing weight and these silly little pills derailed me in a matter of hours. But I pushed on. I stayed on my nutrition plan with Nutrisystem and focused on just trying to maintain. I finished the antibiotics and steroids and I thought that was the end of it. Well, I was wrong.
I started having headaches, like every single day. The doctor had also put me on Singular and Claritin to help keep my nasal allergies in check and to prevent any further sinus infections. So I just assumed it was body getting used to the new scripts. I also wasn’t losing any weight but I also wasn’t gaining. I figured this was my adjustment time for my body to get used to the new medicine and clear the infection. But the headaches were getting worse. Then one day I woke up with a headache so bad I couldn’t even see straight, it hurt to open my eyes and I had a huge lump behind my left ear. It freaked me out!
That lump had my mind racing. I had all these horrible scenarios racing through my mind. But it was 2 am and no one was up to listen to my babbling, so I took a few more Advil and made a doctors appointment for 7 am. Thank goodness there was an early appointment!
The doctor appointment only took a few minutes, instantly she could tell I had an infected lymph node and the sinus infection never cleared, it just migrated. (lucky me!) That is why I had been having headaches for a few weeks now that were getting progressively worse. So she put me on a 14 day round of one of the strongest antibiotics and another round of steroids. While I was not happy about being on more pills I was relieved to find out it was not as serious as all the thoughts I had running through my mind.
So now, I’m on antibiotics and steroids. These are guaranteed to kill my weight loss. But I’m ok with that. I’m still going to stick to my plan, eat my meals, my vegetables and try to get in some exercise. My goal for the next two weeks is not to lose weight but to maintain my weight. And that’s ok. Sometimes we have setbacks and need to focus on something else rather than losing the weight. For me, right now, I am focusing on riding myself of this evil infection once and for all and maintaining my current weight. Is it going to be easy? Nope, it’ll be a challenge. But I didn’t come this far to go backward! And if I do gain a few pounds that will be ok too.
Whenever you take an antibiotic or steroids it messes with your metabolism. Being sick messes with your body too. This is not the time to be hard on yourself. This is the time to love yourself and take it easy. That doesn’t mean you get to whip out that carton of ice cream or binge watch television for days at a time. It just means you stick to your nutrition plan, push extra water and try to get back to your normal routine when you feel better.
I know this is going to be tough. But that’s why I love Nutrisystem. The meals are planned out for me so I don’t have to worry about cooking, I can pick up some frozen vegetable to make it a little easier for now and if I am having a low moment and need to talk I can reach out to my counselor. I still have the emotional support I need during this time.
So now flashy weight loss meme or anything this week. Sorry. But this will not define my weight loss journey. It’s just a little scenic detour on the way to my goal.
If you are ready to slow down and enjoy life while trying to drop a few pounds, check out Nutrisystem. It’s really made a difference in my life.