Empty the Trunk – Weight Loss (or Gain as the case may be)

Empty the Trunk – Weight Loss (or Gain as the case may be)

Jaeda was so good with her sister.

This week went to hell in a hand basket.  Does anyone actually know what that saying even means?  I don’t really understand the imagery, but it seems to fit regardless.  Here are the details:


My goals from last week:

  • Record my food diary for a minimum of 4 days ~ only did it one day.
  • Use elliptical a minimum of 3 times and 750 calories ~ used it once for 26 min and 300 calories.
  • Walk the dogs 2 times ~ not even once, but did plant some trees (lots of digging) and shoveled rock onto a new path.
  • No ice cream and only 2 nights of wine ~ um, let’s just say I didn’t do well on this one. Dang Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby.

How’d I do?

  • I gained 4.6 pounds!  ACK!
  • Total weight loss back to square one – 0 pounds.

Conclusion = Horrible


But here’s the deal and a new revelation for me – Benadryl makes you gain weight!  Although I like to learn something new every day, I could have done without learning this one through personal experience.

On Thursday I took the kids to Broomfield Bay – it’s a fantastic water park for families with little kids up to preteens.  Heck, even adults like the rides.

Anyway, while I was there I felt my back pinch when I say down in one of the lounge chairs.  I’m not sure if I reacted to something on the chair or it happened earlier and sitting down made me realize it, but this is what my back looked like later that night:

And it ITCHES!

After consulting with my doctor twitter friends, the diagnosis was either bed bugs or hives.  Since I want it to be almost anything other than bed bugs (and no one else was bitten and I got no new bites), I took a Benadryl to treat hives.

The next morning I weighed myself and I gained 5 pounds from the morning before!  I know, I know, you’re not supposed to weigh in every day, but that’s for another post.  When I freaked out shared with the folks in the Empty Trunk Facebook Group, Samantha (from A Spoonful of Sugar) said that her doctor chastised her for taking Benadryl because it is known to cause weight gain.

WHAT?!?! Where is that on the warning label!!!

I Googled it this morning and found this article pretty easily which confirmed my excuse the bad news.  There are newer allergy products without this side effect, so if you take allergy medications you may want to consider finding out if it has this side effect.

Moving Forward

Although I feel somewhat mollified that perhaps all 4.6 pounds may not be exactly my fault, I do need to kick it into gear and buckle down.  I am excited to start our 10 week motivation program and am glad that it didn’t start this week.  That gives me one more week to kick start my commitment.  It also gives you a little bit of time to join up if you’re interested. Go here to apply to the Facebook Group.

Goals for 7/10 to 7/16

  • Record my food diary for a minimum of 4 days.
  • Use elliptical a minimum of 3 times and 750 calories.
  • Some other exercise a minimum of 2 times.
  • Only Popsicles for dessert and no wine (or other alcohol).
  • Lose this 4.6 pounds!

Empty the Trunk Facebook Group Partners

Go here to request an invitation.

Some of the other women that are in the fitness trenches with me include:

Jennifer @ Jenerally Speaking

Samantha @ A Spoonful of Sugar

Cyn @ The Geek Wife

Danielle @ My Little Apricot

Gina @ Special Happens

Kristina @ Racing and Saving Mama

Carrey @ One Girl Ideas

Caryn @ Living with Logan

Le’Ann @ Lark’s Song

Blessing @ Working Mom Journal

Connie @ Young & Relentless

Cara @ Macaroni Kid

Also, Barb, Heather, Jill, Lois, Melissa, Laura, Katie, Darice, Helen, Carrie, Alisha, Katherin, Leah, Sheila, Pam, and Merrill.

Weekly Weight Loss Tip:

Avoid Benadryl! And check your other allergy medications for weight gain side effects.

15 Responses to Empty the Trunk – Weight Loss (or Gain as the case may be)

  1. Well as we always say in this group, next week is a new week right? Dust off and start over. I am. Now that i know there is nothing seriously wrong with me, after 3 days in the hospital, I am looking forward to getting back on the wagon and getting down to business! I weighed today and I have neither lost nor gained so I am doing just fine. Take care.

    • Yep, it’s a brand new day and week. But I’m getting irked with myself for relying on that so often. It’s time to see some progress dang it! :)

  2. One of the things I love most about the members in this group is their complete honesty. I’d stop blogging about weight loss primarily because it was so defeating to ride that rollar coaster with my readers. Your blog and Facebook group make me feel normal in that we all have ups and downs with our goals.

    Although I’m not active in leaving posts on the FB group, I’m there learning and smiling and laughing – at times – at women who seem very much like me in this struggle so thanks again. I’m looking forward to the 10 weeks. Guess it’s time to be honest with myself and I couldn’t do that without a group like yours.

    • Wow! You made my day with your comments! That’s what I really want to accomplish with this blog – honesty, humor, and support to empower women (men too if they want). We are all holding ourselves to nearly impossible standards and knowing that we’re normal is pretty important for our sanity, but also for us not to get discouraged and just give up.

      Love you guys!!

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and like your “Empty the Trunk” theme! My sister (a family physician) recommended http://sparkpeople.com which is a free weightloss/diet & fitness tracker. I love it! There is built in food intake calculators, but it can be modified for any diet. Mine is modified for low carb. There is a fantastic app for your phone and it is FREE!!! If you go, tell them tashabrickhouse sent you :-)

  4. ok this benedryl thing?? What the heck? I take that almost every night so I can sleep… my doc told me it’s the same active ingredient as in Tylenol PM and of course benedryl is cheaper so I’ve been taking that every night as has my husband.. sheesh! I’ve applied for your fb group too..

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