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Posted on May 9, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins | 14 comments

Donald Glover is the Man (Weigh-in)

Gooooood morning, friends! I hope everyone had an astronomically fantastic weekend. Yes, I really do hope it was THAT fantastic. I had a wonderful weekend with the boyf visiting and, of course, celebrating Mother’s Day with, uh, y’know, my mom!

Day 126 - Mother's Day
photo by ben powell photography

My family took my beautiful mama to a Mother’s Day lunch at a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant called Red Pearl at the Columbia waterfront. It was a beautiful day with beautiful company, and we took advantage of the wait for the restaurant to take portraits by the water, but the full recap of that will have to wait until tomorrow because I got home so late last night that I didn’t have the energy to upload my photos from the day, haha. Why was I so tired, you ask?

Well, as part of said wonderful weekend, Steve and I went to see Donald Glover perform at The Black Cat in DC! You know, that guy from NBC’s absolutely hilarious show, Community? Which, by the way, if you don’t already watch, you absolutely need to. This past Thursday’s episode was the best yet.

The show was half stand-up comedy and half rap concert. I know, it sounds crazy. But it was awesome! And I say that as a total rap neophyte (er, obviously. I mean… are you surprised?) His, uh, rapping name (?) is Childish Gambino and he is quite the wordsmith, I’ll admit, if not a rather vulgar one. But once again, are you surprised? I’m afraid all I have are some rather poor quality iPhone pics to show off from the concert, but unlike one person standing near the front I wasn’t going to try to sneak my DSLR into the venue.

For me, the real star of the show was the guy standing to the right of Donald in that last pic. That guy was AWESOME. He played violin, drums, keys, and sang backup vocals for him throughout the show, and he seriously WAILED on the violin. I’m sure that any classical violinists in the crowd were cringing (you know, ’cause I’m sure there were so many of them there, hahaha) but he rocked the crap out of that thing. Seriously.

Oh yeah, and I finally got to pay a visit to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, which is right across the street from the U-St Metro stop:

I got the half-smoke made even famous-er by the one and only Bill Cosby, who is apparently obsessed with ’em. It’s a sausage link in a bun with chili on it but to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. I guess the hype kind of set my expectations to be absolutely blown out of the water and it’s hard to meet that. Ah well, can’t win ’em all.

So anyway, that’s the short li’l recap you get of yesternight’s adventures. I promise you’ll get the full Mother’s Day recap tomorrow, just when you’re sick and tired of reading about people’s Mother’s Days on blogs. Hehe.

Moving on, here’s the sad, sad, SAD news that this morning brought me:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 195.6 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 199.6 lbs
This Week’s Loss: +4.0 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 46.4 lbs.


What the BLEEP?!!?!?!?

Eeeeyeah. I’m PRETTY SURE I didn’t consume an extra 14,000 calories this week so I am NOT sure what is happening right now. My theories are as follows:

1. Lack of sleep. As mentioned, I got home really late following the concert last night. So perhaps in the 4.5 hours of sleep I was able to glean throughout the night, my body stopped functioning properly.

2. Salty, salty food. Dim sum is not exactly known for being light in the sodium arena (fact: I had my mom ask our server if they had low-sodium soy sauce and he didn’t even know what that was.) Also, I can’t say that having what is essentially a chili-covered hot dog for dinner did much for my body salt levels either. Plus, as usual, I didn’t drink nearly enough water over the weekend in general, let alone at the hot show with tons of Donald-lovers crowded together. Dehydration = water retention = water weight gain, right?

3. This is guaranteed to be TMI but I MUST JUSTIFY. I literally just got my montly visit from Dot. So. You know. There’s that.

I’m going to assume it’s actually a combination of all three of these factors because I need something to keep me from going absolutely crazy. This is not a good way to start a Monday, btdubs. When I saw the number on the scale this morning it took all my power not to scream out in agonizing frustration (I’m sure my roommates would have loved me if I had, haha), so I quickly had to hatch a recovery plan (aside from my immediate thought of “That’s it! I am not eating again until Wednesday!” that is.) My solutions are thus:

1. Hydrate like a mothereffer.

2. Back to hot yoga as fast as I can (I didn’t go at all last week, oops!)

3. Back on the calorie-counting train full-time.

I’ve admitted that I’ve become rather lax in counting all of my calories, trying to transition to a more intuitive style of eating. Well, I think it’s pretty obvious that isn’t really working for me right now. Maybe it’ll work when I actually get to a maintenance weight, but I’m still trying to lose here! So back to square one I go, and I’ll go there happily if it means I can rid myself of this temporary weight gain (please oh please Lord let it be temporary!) and actually start losing regularly again.

How can I be better about hydrating? I’m really good about drinking water throughout the day when I’m at work, since I have a water bottle and close access to the water fountain in the kitchen. I drink it all day long! But as soon as I get home I never think about it, and it’s especially bad on the weekend. Thoughts? I obviously need some help here!


  1. I have my trusty Dumbo mug that I always keep filled around me when I’m home with tea or water. It’s almost an unconscious decision now when I drink a lot of water!

    4 lbs is probably mostly water weight so I would just get back to being on plan!

    Glad to see you had a great Mother’s Day weekend! I used to be a calorie counter but I’ve eased into intuitive eating and it’s worked for the last 13-15 lbs. Good luck!

    • Yeah I think that intuitive eating won’t be that hard of a transition to me once I’m in a place that’s closer to my maintenance weight (since even though I haven’t really lost weight, I haven’t really been gaining either… except for today obviously haha), but for now I think that I’ve proven I really need to go back to serious calorie counting and marking everything I eat since I do still have like another 20 – 25 pounds to go!

  2. First off, Troy is my favorite actor on Community, hands-down. I’m jealous you guys got to see his stand-up show! Now I’ll have to see if he ever comes to San Diego. Secondly, 4 pounds is not accurate because of your “visitor.” I gain anywhere from 6 to 8 pounds each month right before and it takes me until a few days after to lose it. You shouldn’t even go near a scale that week because it’s just NOT accurate. Salty foods + your body saying, “Hey woman, why isn’t there a baby in here?!” = MAJOR BLOAT!Then again, think of how good the number will look next week compared to this week. :o)

    If I were you, I wouldn’t even list this weigh-in because you know it’s not a true measure of your weight-loss journey. It’s just a dot in the road. Cheesy pun intended.

    • Thank you for being so reassuring. You’re the second person who’s come at me with personal stats for weight gain during the beginning of your, er, “visit from Aunt Flo” so I do feel a little better. I think I may weigh myself again in a few days to see if there’s a more realistic (ad less depressing) number to record… I hope.

  3. I try to hydrate with tea on the weekend because it makes me feel like I’m relaxing rather than trying to take in as much fluid as possible.
    I find it a lot tougher to hydrate on weekends too because I’m not glued to my desk all day with a water bottle at my side and a bathroom nearby.
    The best advice I can give would be to take a water bottle with you in your purse when you are out and about on the weekends.

    • Yeah, I might have to pick up a more travel-sized one or something to always keep in my bag. When I’m at work I’m constantly filling up my water bottle because it’s always right there on my desk, so I just gotta translate that into when I’m, er, y’know, not at my desk. Right?

  4. I concur with Samantha’s note above- I just try to bring a water bottle with me anywhere I go in my bag plus keep a glass of something by me at home at all times. I do find I drink less on weekends than at work though. I think it’s pretty common.
    I think that once you are where you want to be you can ease away from calorie counting but while you’re actively trying to lose I would stick with it. Don’t let this one weigh in get you down- as you listed, there are tons of possibilities to the weight gain so just keep moving forward! We’re all here for you!

    • Yeah, I know it’s all about picking yourself up and getting back on the horse. My hopes out of this experience is that 1) I hope that this is a lesson in water weight gain and you-know-what weight gain, and 2) I hope that either way it kicks my butt into gear literally by making me actually want to work out to combat it.

  5. I’m pretty good about drinking water at home — I have a Camelbak bottle from Target ($14 I think) and it is super easy to drink out of. I feel so silly for saying this, but it is so much more work to drink out of a cup than out of this bottle!

    Maybe for a few days write a number on your hand (small but still noticeable), that way when you look at it you can remember to go grab a glass of water?

    • That’s a really good idea. I heard that it should be like 1 glass of water for every 10 pounds you weigh? Or am I making that up? Hahaha

  6. I echo all of the words of encouragement above. You can beat this weight-thing without a doubt.

    All I have to add is that Donald Glover ROCKS! I’m so jealous of you! 😉

  7. this week is a new week! Im sure you didnt gain 4lbs in a week, I just hope the number doesnt get you down. Sometimes I let a number decide if Im happy or not about me.
    So just start fresh! thats what mondays are for = right? haha

    • Yeah I won’t lie, it has indeed gotten me a little bit down today. But I’m confident that come tomorrow I’ll be back on track and my bright and sunny self again 🙂

  8. I completely agree with the water bottle comments – I love the one I got from Target. I can’t tell you how much money it’s probably saved me already (no more need to buy Dasani, Evian, etc… okay sometimes I still buy Evian. I’m a water snob, I admit it.) and plus I feel like it reminds me to drink water because I’m like “Oh man I need to get my money’s worth out of this bottle!” I like the tea idea too – tea was a HUGE help to me when I decided to cut back on my latte intake. I think a hot beverage is just so relaxing. Tea is also good for me because I have so many sinus issues. It’s very soothing and the heat helps open up my airways. I have some kind of Yogi/Yoga something tea in the cabinet over the fridge. I also have some organic tea (I think it’s called “Breathe Easy”) that’s good for respiratory health… again with the allergy theme here! Anyway, you should try them both! I’ve also developed a slight obsession with the Zen tea and the China Green Tips tea at Starbucks. And hot teas still count toward my gold card rewards so it’s a win-win situation. 😉


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