Last night was the premiere of Season 14 of The Biggest Loser – one of my favorite “reality” TV shows. Jillian’s back – thank goodness, the last couple seasons just haven’t been the same without her.
Like every season, I settle down to watch with a glass of wine and, perhaps, a bowl of ice cream. Or popcorn. Covered in butter and salt, of course. Strangely, watching The Biggest Loser makes me want to eat. My husband and I joke that I’m trying to gain enough weight so I can be on the show.
Luckily, I don’t think that’s possible. I’m no twig, but I’ve been blessed with a good metabolism. At 5’5″ my weight fluctuates from 125 at my low, to about 140 at my highest. I always know when the scale starts creeping toward the 140 mark that it’s time to cut back.
That being said, I’m not the healthiest eater. I love (and I mean, LOVE) sweets – ice cream, cake, cookies – as long as it’s not pie (yuck!), I’ll eat it. But, I also got my dad’s genes, and I love salty snacks too. Basically, if it’s a carb, I want it! Which means, despite my relatively low weight, I’m just a skinny fat kid.
Lately, though, I realize the weight is packing on quickly. Not only that, but my appetite is out of control. I am hungry every second of the day. That is, of course, the joy of being on prednisone. A few months ago, I raised the amount of pred I am taking. I had mono and my energy level just plummeted. To make it through the work day, I had to make a change. Which means I upped my pred from 5 mg a day to 10 mg – and upped my weight 10, then 15 pounds.
In case you don’t know, prednisone and carbs are buddies – like, best buddies. The stick together and stick to you. Prednisone makes you crave carbs like crazy; and it also makes your body hang on to those carbs even longer than normal, adding that fun “padding” to your hips, waist, and face.
So while everyone else is making their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, I’m making mine to eat healthier. Cutting calories at this point is counter-productive. I need the energy to get through the day and to be well, but I need to be eating the right things so that my body stays healthy and, hopefully, my weight stays put. So, for the first time, I am trying clean eating. Which basically just means eat natural foods, without added processing and preservatives. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and if it helps with my energy levels and weight.