Short Honeymoon

Welcome to the post I typically write at the end of the second or third week of a diet. The first week of a diet (I as posted just two days ago) is filled with rainbows and unicorns. I stay on track, I eat like a bird, never get hungry, and lose nearly a pound a day. Then the first or second weekend hits and reality sets in. That’s when I write my “Honeymoon’s Over” post, pout for a few minutes, then hunker down for the long haul.

That’s normal.

What’s not normal is posting the second week post this close to the first week.

For those of you outwardly shouted “Way to go!” over my four and a half pound loss in the first week but inwardly thought “I hate that clown—it took me a year to lose four pounds,” I have good news for you. My weight on Tuesday was exactly the same as it was the previous Thursday. I had three days in a row at 228.5, then one at 229, then one more at 229.

As the outgoing Cathy would say: AAACK.

But, that’s okay. There’s no rule that says the Honeymoon is supposed to last a specific period of time. It happens, we pout a few minutes, then hunker down for the long haul. Even if for the 104th time.


18 Responses to “Short Honeymoon”

Anna said
August 25, 2010 at 4:52 am

lol Charlie, you crack me up!

If it makes yo ufeel any better, I lost 4lbs the first week, then 1lb, then nothing for 2 weeks, then 1lb, then maybe 2lbs this week, will see on friday.

It’s differnt every time becasue you do different things every time. Eat different, exercise differnt, sleep different etc etc

You know that first week (well usually the firest 3 or 4 days) you just lose stored water weight. Water that you store cos you’ve been eating so badly. Badly, as in too many carbs.

I dont know if you know this, and sorry if I’m teaching you to suck eggs, but when you eat excess carbs your body stores them as glycogen in your muscles ready to be used as energy when you need them. Glycogen gets stored with 3 parts water. If its not released for energy then it gets stored as fat.

Lovely to see the weight coming off the first week, but its just testiment that we’ve been eating too much!! lol

The only diet, like the atkins, that consistenly shows high numbers is a low/no carb one, becasue that process doesnt happen.

Obviously I’m simplyfying things, but the point is, yes, you have lost your water/carb retention, not its time to get down to the business of losing fat. And that takes time, pateience and consistency.

Start eating more now. That’s another reason you may be slowing down, cos your body isnt getting ENOUGH energy. I think that’s why I didnt lose for 2 weeks, as I cut my calories too low.

Gawd! so many things to consider……

Good luck, and remember you drive the train!!!! No pressure or anything…


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said
August 25, 2010 at 5:52 am

Don’t you dare step off that train dude, you’re stuck on there with a bunch of chicks who WON’T let you get off!!! Next time you want to eat something that you KNOW you don’t really need, you come back and look at all of those pictures you posted of us on board. We’re watching you!

Go make another pot of vegetable soup! Stay positive!

TexasDeb said
August 25, 2010 at 7:48 am

Honeymoons were supposed to last a month. The thought was there would be this blissful self indulgent time to get a relationship started off well before the realities of everyday life set in.

I’ll be happy to avail myself of taking that longer view at this point. Like your weight averaging method it is a kinder, gentler approach.

Charlie said
August 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

Start eating more now. That’s another reason you may be slowing down, cos your body isnt getting ENOUGH energy.

Next time you want to eat something that you KNOW you don’t really need…

I thought I’d pull out these two quotes because they both address issues I left out of this post and had planned to put in the next one. For Debbi’s comment, some good news: I’m already ten days into this and I’ve only “cheated” once. And by that, I mean I went to a restaurant and had an 1,100 calorie meal consisting of a Caesar’s salad and some fries. And even then my entire day’s consumption was 1,400.

Which leads to Anna’s comment, I am not eating enough. Every day has still been pretty much the same as reported in Weapon of Choice. But more on that next post. πŸ™‚

Julie said
August 25, 2010 at 8:07 am

Yeah, but you didn’t gain it all back so you are heading in the right direction. You will get there, the same as the rest of us. It’s just so and hard and oh so worth it. Since I fasted I’m having trouble with my tummy. It can’t seem to get use to food. Well not exactly but not sure how to explain. Cereal and milk are fine, meat and potatoes hurt. Toast and PB are fine, uncooked veggies hurt. Hurt like gasey hurt, puffed up fat hurt. So just slow and easy I guess except I’m hungry. Oh complain, complain. Just ignore me.
Good luck to everyone. Take care my friends. God Bless!!

    Anna said
    August 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hey Julie

    how long did you fast for?

    I think its just trapped air working its way out? Your colon is 26feet long, but kind of moves pushing fecal matter down all the time. So if you imagine, eating, then no food, but its still working, then eating again, there is an air gap created.

    Perhaps take some windeze med (UK), or injest some friendly bacteria, or just be safe in the knowledge it will rectify itself when its fully functional again?

    All the best

    Anna πŸ™‚

      Julie said
      August 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Anna. I was thinking the same thing so just taking it easy. I’ll eat some yorgurt and I had hot cereal this morning so hopefully that will help. I appreciate your advice.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said
August 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

Oh, you’re forgiven then. Just don’t forget you’re driving this train dude! πŸ™‚

    Charlie said
    August 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I haven’t forgotten. And I feel bad if my post came off to everyone as, “Oh no, I’ve blown it, I’ve fallen off the train, I’m doomed, forget it all!”

    It simply stated “the fast weight loss period is over, now it’s time to get to work”. No more, no less.


      Anna said
      August 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

      hahaha!! yes Charlie, you did sound somewhat depressed!!

      Glad you’re not quitting tho πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

      Julie said
      August 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      Hey Charlie. You are chatting with a bunch of women who when they don’t lose a pound feel like failures, so when you wrote something and sounded a bit down, we took it and ran with it and just wanted you to know that we care, we are here and if you fall of this train, we are hauling your behinder right back on it. So win or lose your stuck with us.

MB said
August 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I’m sure the 104th time is the charm.

Tish said
August 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Yep. You’ve got to lead the way in how to get through the non-honeymoon times, too. I gained last week, but lost today. net 1.2 loss

Charlie H. (the girl one) said
August 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

The deed is done. However, I will be quoting you this weekend. My husband took your book, and I couldn’t remember exactly how you phrased a couple of things. So I gave the link on Amazon instead. πŸ˜‰

    Charlie said
    August 26, 2010 at 10:11 am


    Now if I can just get my distribution rights back on the book, it might even get restocked!


      Charlie H. (the girl one) said
      August 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      Well, this is how much I love you (in a Charlie/Charlie kinda way)- I went back and took off the Amazon link and put up the Lockshire one.

      Can’t have my readers going on a scavenger hunt for your book. We are busy doing that in our kitchens looking for forgotten junk food!!! lol

      And so far, the response has been great! Hope you get lots of new readers!

Biz said
August 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

I liked MB’s reply! Hang in there Charlie!

Glenn said
August 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Persistence is the only thing that pays long term dividends. I love that, all too brief, period of fast lost when your water balance helps to shed pounds fast but I’m happier still to see those gains consolidate over time. Down or status quo are both good in my mind. I’m not to keen on up. πŸ™‚