Jun 21, 2011

Beware of the Blob

Early last week, before my camping trip to Halsey, I started to get super-duper sick. It may just be “regular sick” to some of you but for me, who doesn’t get anything other than headaches, super-duper sick is bad. It was so bad that I had to see a doctor, because I couldn’t sit up and I couldn’t lie down. Everything just filled right up! Good drugs were the only cure.

The good doctor fixed me right up with a mix of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. One little pill, a steroid I was told, would open me right up. Oh. My. Gosh. It was the miracle drug. I swear, within hours of taking the initial dose, I was pretty sure I was going to live. And not only that, I would ride and camp all weekend long!

I continued the cocktail of prescribed drugs all weekend and enjoyed the weekend festivities with my friends at horse camp. Did I mention when we camp, we eat well? It’s not like we have a buffet set-up whenever we aren’t saddled up, but no one leaves the evening campfire hungry. And really, we do wear stretch breeches for our riding comfort….

Getting ready for work on Monday morning, I went to slip into a pair of Capri pants. Hmmm. I had just worn these pants a couple weeks ago and I don’t remember them quite-this-snug! Okay, not a bit – A LOT too snug. I felt like a big fat blob! I stepped onto the scale knowing it was bad news. WTH? I have crossed over to the dark side! Although I haven't kept the weight off that I lost, I am now closer to the weight I was than the weight I reached after a successful diet three years ago and that is not good. (And yes, that sentence makes perfect sense!)

As I commiserated with my online friends, I noticed my ankles were swollen to a size I haven’t seen since I was pregnant fourteen years ago. I need to lose this fast and began to contemplate the side effects of Phen-Fen vs. the Karen Carpenter diet. (Sorry, I am in a dark, dark mood). Someone, much smarter than me mentioned perhaps that little wonder drug might have something to do with my very abrupt weight gain. I Googled and sure enough; increased appetite, weight gain and water retention. Not to mention mood swings. Bingo! All of the above!

Is it possible this little drug turned me into a moon-faced blob in one week? And that it had nothing to do with rhubarb crisp and campfire sized marshmallows? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


  1. "Although I haven't kept the weight off that I lost, I am now closer to the weight I was than the weight I reached after a successful diet three years ago and that is not good. (And yes, that sentence makes perfect sense!)"

    Know where you are coming from and that sentence makes perfect sense! lol! Hope the side effects of the wonder pill wear off soon!

  2. Definitely the pills and not all that great camping food. I'd stick with that story.

  3. Seriously. Steroids will make you swell up like a tick. I bet when you get off of them, you'll drop a few.

  4. I am sorry to hear that, I am sure when the effects of the drug wear off you will be able to lose it pretty quick.

  5. I was on steroids for a brief time in college and I definitely puffed up. With a little focus you should be able to get the extra pounds back off again!

  6. It's absolutely the steroids! That's exactly what they do. Edward is right; it's water retention and you'll lose it almost as fast as you gained it once you're through with the course of steroids. What a rollercoaster though! Hugs!

  7. Spot on Edward!

    There is always a catch!

  8. WOO Tammy!
    I am sorry that they did not warn you of that side effect. Disconcerting indeed!
    All my clients that have ever gone on steriods have blossomed into roundish versions of themselves! I hope to never do that..think it is bad on the heart to retain so much water!

    Bet you are getting to feel better now huh!
    When I camp with a certtain freind..I unfortuantely, but happily, gain wieght...No drugs needed!


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