September 29, 2021

Wednesday Weigh-In : Week 18

My grocery shopping attire

Gah! This week was not a good week for me--on any front.

It was a busy week full of out-of-routine things. The main one is that Eli joined the soccer team (halfway through the season). Apparently, the team only had 11 kids, and they desperately needed people. If I remember correctly--I am too lazy to fact-check anything having to do with soccer right now, sorry!--there are 11 on the field during the game, which meant that nobody on the team got a break throughout the entire game (soccer is a LOT of running).

Eli's friend is on the team and he asked Eli to join. The last time Eli played soccer, he was probably 4 or 5 years old! None of us know anything about soccer, and Eli had a game the very next day after he joined. Thankfully, he didn't play much--just a few minutes here and there to relieve other players. He stayed under the radar, not wanting to draw attention to himself (since he still didn't know the rules!). He was unnoticeable, which was a good thing--he didn't score, but he didn't screw up. The interesting part was, he really liked it! I was very surprised.

(Fun Fact: Back in I actually coached Eli's soccer team with Renee--Renee is who I coached Cross Country with--back in 2010. At that time, the kids were so little that you don't have to teach them any real "rules" or strategies. So I could handle that!)

Eli is on the bottom right; Ben, on the far right, is Renee's son

All I remember about soccer is the weather. It was always SO COLD and rainy and windy. See how I have TWO hoodies on underneath my shirt?

So, he's had practice every day from 3:30 to about 5:00. (That's when we eat dinner so that Jerry can eat before work). I wish they'd do practice immediately after school at 2:30; instead, I have to pick him up and bring him home, then 45 minutes later, we have to go back to the school. Then I have to go back and pick him up 90 minutes after that. It gives me flashbacks of 2018, where I practically lived in my car!

Because of the new schedule, dinners have been all out of whack at my house this week. I've cooked a few days when Jerry was off work, but the kids had other plans so nobody ate it anyways. I hate that I feel guilty on days that I don't cook dinner; but then when I do, I feel like I'm the only one who eats it. So, most of this week has been very snacky--everyone just grabs what they can find when they have the time. Thankfully, soccer will be over soon and then I can get back to cooking dinner at a consistent time every day.

I ate a LOT of calories this week. I knew for sure that my weight was going to be up!

I was at 165.6, which is up 2.4 pounds from last week. I'm not at all surprised! Disappointed, yes--but if I want to continue to lose weight, I have to stay consistent. I'm not worried about it, though. I am already back to eating better and I went grocery shopping today so that I have options for dinner this week.

I also am super dehydrated, which makes me incredibly puffy. I'm going to chug the water over the next few days and hopefully drain some of this excess water retention.

I've been feeling kind of frustrated this month, because I've only lost 2.6 pounds since August 29th! I'm hoping that by next week, I'll be down to 163. That will be this week's gain + an extra 0.2. If I work hard enough, I bet I can see the mid-150s by the end of October. I would be thrilled with that!

So, gains happen. It's not the first time, and most definitely won't be the last time. At least I know why it happened and I can hopefully come up with solutions to make it easier next time my schedule is thrown off.

My running was way off this week, too--which I'll save for tomorrow ;)


  1. Why does Eli need to come home for that hour? Can't he just wait around at school? Go to the library or something?

    1. That would be so nice! But because of COVID, they aren't letting the students do that right now. It makes no sense--he's in school during the day and he goes to practice later, so what's the difference if he hangs out in the library?!

  2. I finally started tracking a few months ago. I was down 16 pounds and then I went on a cruise and gained 8 pounds. The plan was to get right back on track when I got home, but the very next day I bent over and my back went out (getting old). It was so bad my husband had to help me walk to the bathroom! He doesn't cook so we ate fast food for an entire week! Needless to say, I haven't lost the 8 pounds and I'm struggling to get back on track with meal planning and cooking this week. I really want to lose the 8 pounds before our next cruise, but that's in two weeks, so I think it's safe to say I will be starting from scratch on November 1st, when we get back from our trip. It's a struggle!

  3. Okay. Now it all makes sense. I read your next post before this one. NO WONDER YOU FEEL MESSED UP!! This would frazzle anyone. You're such a good mom for doing your best to go with the flow, but yowza. My only thought is, can he just stay at school? Does he have to come home in between? Probably, but that seems nuts. Sending lots of calm "you can do this" vibes. Please. Please. Please. Crank up any inner-cheerleader, self-love vibes you can find by rummaging around in your inner basement. Sending hugs too.


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