Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Metabolism is Magical

Wow. Last week sucked.

I mentioned in my Round Up post last week that I had a really sick kid and a teething baby on my hands. My husband also ended up working 80+ hours last week.

And yet, I lost 2.5 pounds.

The only thing I can figure is that it was because I kept relatively true to the “eat something nutritious every 3 hours” plan.

Now that might sound selfish. Like while my daughter was feverish and miserable that I trotted off to the kitchen to make a salad.

But what I’ve discovered is that if you get used to eating every 3 hours, your body is tuned to that pattern and you become very hungry if you go too long between meals. The kind of hungry where you feel a bit shaky and weak if you don’t grab a string cheese or granola bar and wolf it down right quick.

So even if I wasn’t watching the clock or remotely thinking about skinny jeans, around 3.5 hours or so my stomach growled to let me know that it was time to eat.

Check out this article on metabolism on WebMD, particularly this quote:

Of course, the diet advice we’d all love to hear is “Eat more and lose more weight!” But what really works is “Eat more often, and you’ll lose more weight.” Small, but frequent, meals help keep your metabolism in high gear, and that means you’ll burn more calories overall.

There is also a point earlier in the article that discusses a faster metabolism manifests in more weight loss at the beginning of a diet or when you are carrying more fat:

That’s one reason it’s almost always easiest to lose weight at the start of a diet, and harder later on, Kimball says: “When you are very overweight your metabolism is already running so high that any small cut in calories will result in an immediate loss.”

I don’t want to give you the wrong impression though. I’m really surprised by that loss.

Last week was incredibly difficult for me—probably the toughest I have had as a parent.  I can’t relax if my kid has a fever. I can’t sleep. I can’t take my eyes off of her. Her fever lasted SIX DAYS. I stalked my pediatrician and took her to see him twice in 3 days. Toss a teething baby into the mix and it’s not a pretty picture.

But I don’t want this to read as, “I had a heinous week and I still lost weight. Bask in my awesomeness!” so here are all of the things that got ignored last week:

Personal Grooming. I took two, maybe three, showers. I only managed to dry my hair once. I went 48 hours without changing my clothes (hats off to my Mom for spending the last 8 hours of that stretch with me).

Household Chores. I finally had to wash dishes when I ran out of baby bottles. My giant couch in the family room was covered from end to end in clean, wrinkled laundry.

Work. Thanks to the rest of the Today’s Mama staff for their patience and support while I worked a whopping 4 hours last week.


Cooking. Please, like I’m going to whip up some fabulous dinner for just myself.

I also had a ton of help from my folks. They delivered ice cream, diapers and came over to watch the baby while I went to the pediatrician and help me put the kids to bed three nights in a row. My Mom even brought me a chocolate milkshake.

My kids are doing much better this week. I’m going to celebrate with a cupcake.

On the mend.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Five Weight: 185 pounds (-2.5 pounds this week / -10.5 pounds total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

I’m ready to get some time on the treadmill this week. What are your favorite cardio tunes?


Read the previous Healthy Living for Mom posts…

Healthy Living for Mom: Treating Yourself

Healthy Living for Mom: Tasks and Travel 

Healthy Living for Mom: Have a plan!

Healthy Living for Mom: One Change at a Time

Healthy Living for Mom: Let’s Do This

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  3. Terri Thomas 10/10/2011 at 1:37 pm

    Your babies are soooo cute,so glad she’s feeling better.I had 4 kids and I remember going through many days and nights about worrying about a fever.Being a mom is the hardest job of all.I love this site and your posts.

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  5. Allison Y. 10/07/2011 at 12:23 pm

    I used to listen to music but now moved to audiobooks. Listening to a cheesy chick lit right now, Something Blue. But I find wanting to find out what happens next in my book is more motivating than music.

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  7. Shannon 10/05/2011 at 10:42 pm

    Missy Elliott – Lose Control….Inappropriate, but I swear I could run seven miles listening to that song. And since I’m usually home about 7 minutes after leaving the house to run, that says a lot.

    You’re a rockstar mom!

  8. Rachael Herrscher 10/05/2011 at 9:10 pm

    My favorite cardio tunes . . .
    Beastie Boys Sabotage
    Sarah McGlouchlin VOX
    Anything by the KILLERS
    Mumford and Sons is actually some good cardio too — Roll Away Your Stone
    I might or might not also have some Rage Against the Machine on my placelists

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/05/2011 at 10:12 pm

      Dude. I love you, but WHO IN THE HELL IS “Sarah McGlouchlin”? Is she related to Sarah McLachlan?

  9. Carina Wytiaz 10/05/2011 at 2:29 pm

    My kid had a fever last week. Nutella got me through. I don’t think I’m doing this right…

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/05/2011 at 10:10 pm

      GASP. I just realized I have a jar of Nutella in my house. Weight loss be damned! I’m having a spoonful right now.

  10. Petit Elefant 10/05/2011 at 1:23 pm

    Dang girl, you’re totally inspiring me! Anything by Taio Cruz or the playlist from the Step Up movies is awesome. No judging.

    Also, I’m so sorry you had a rotten week. My kids both manifested temps of 101-102 while I was hanging with Jennifer Garner in LA. Made me feel like a super awesome, responsible mom. Not at all like someone was going to call DCFS.

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/05/2011 at 10:09 pm

      I would never judge.

      I looooove Jen Garner. I’m going to be a jerk and say that she would be worth missing the fevers.