I knew the scale would be up this morning because of my weakness for delicious gummy supplements.
No, I didn't go crazy with Flintstones vitamins. I received a bottle of children's iron gummy supplements and thought "Hey, these look interesting. I could probably use the iron and it's a child's dose so what could go wrong?"
What are the risks of taking iron?
Side effects: Taken at normal doses, iron supplements may cause upset stomach, stool changes, and constipation.
So, OK, yeah. Bingo!
And here's another bit of information I should have read before I cracked open that bottle of delicious iron candy:
Risks: Don't start taking iron supplements unless your health care provider tells you that you need them.
All week I've been a bit backed up. (TMI? Well, duh!) Consider this a cautionary tale.
I even did a trampoline workout yesterday to get things moving. (More on that Monday.)
I'm feeling somewhat better today because I stopped taking the iron a couple days ago.
But here's the ridiculous part -- I had absolutely no desire to eat between meals or late at night. And I'd love to be able to harness that feeling, just without the stomach pain.
Feeling satiated is elusive for me. I'm not talking "full" because that's not the goal. It's feeling good after a meal and not wanting more food. When your stomach is full and it's stretch receptors are activated and the food isn't going anywhere, your stomach doesn't growl.
So, this week's weigh-in? Not all that concerned. And that 6-pound drop in fat? I have no idea if that's accurate but perhaps I'm continuing to build muscle and lose fat, which is the whole point of this thing.