January 26, 2022

Wednesday Weigh-In : Week 35

I LOVE this super comfy shirt and I've missed wearing it. It has a little spaceship on it and it says, "I NEED MY SPACE"--perfect for introverted me ;)  I'm loving being able to wear clothes I haven't worn in a long time.

Duck was (as always) trying to get my attention while I was taking my token Wednesday Weigh-In mirror selfie. It's so funny how he KNOWS when I'm going to be doing something that keeps my attention away from him for a moment, and he can't stand it. When I ignore him winding himself around my ankles or reaching up my leg, he then jumps up on the counter right next to me and stares me down...

When I turn away from him, he starts reaching his paw out to grab onto my phone, which is right next to him while I'm trying to take the picture. (I get many blurry photos this way, haha). He is just always determined to hold my attention.

It's hilarious how all the cats are attracted to my bathroom when I'm in there. It's like they think I'm throwing a party and they're all invited. Even Phoebe will join in sometimes. But Duck is the very pesty one!

Anyway, after last week's 3+ pound loss, I wasn't expecting a big weight loss today, but I was bummed to see a somewhat significant gain...

I was at 154.8, which is up 1.2 pounds from last week's 153.6. I'm actually not worried about it, though; I was at 153 and 153.2 all week long, and then after eating a fairly large volume of food yesterday, I'm not surprised to see the scale is up a bit. I'm sure that it'll be back down in a day or two. When I eat a larger volume of food (even if it's the same number of calories as a typical day) I tend to retain water. It's just something I've noticed after weighing myself almost daily for years.

My body definitely feels best when I eat lower volume, higher-calorie foods! Yesterday, my stomach felt like a bottomless pit--I was ravenous all day, so I grazed from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, pretty much.

Something I've been doing this month that I've really liked is eating foods that are higher in fiber. I had no idea how little fiber I was getting until I started paying attention to it this month. (One of my "new year's goals" is to eat more fiber. The recommended daily intake is 25 grams for women.)

I still only want to eat foods I love and not force myself to eat foods I don't, so the changes haven't been drastic. Also, I don't want to eat the "fake fiber" foods just for the sake of getting in fiber. I want to just eat more of the the high-fiber things I already eat anyway--like beans, lentils, berries, oats, peas, bran cereal, etc.

I've been eating Asian pears ever since my mom found some at Costco (they are high in fiber). I've also been making my Cold Almond Joy Oats every day for lunch (it's SO good!) and that has 11 grams of fiber (45% of the daily recommended intake).

I'm sure you've heard of "overnight oats" recipes, but I never make them because I always forget to do it ahead of time. Instead, I use chia seeds to thicken the whole thing in about 15 minutes (and they add a lot of fiber!). (Here is a post where I listed 10 of my favorite cold oats recipes. They all have a ton of fiber!)

This is how I make the Cold Almond Joy Oats:

40 grams dry old fashioned oats
13 grams chia seeds
8 grams brown sugar (or pure maple syrup--I've used each and can't tell the difference)
8 grams shredded coconut
10 grams mini chocolate chips
5 grams of cocoa powder
4 fluid ounces of whole milk
A few drops of coconut extract
A few drops of almond extract

Put everything into a mason jar and shake it up well. Then set it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes (I've left it in there for 24 hours before, though, and it was still really good). The chia seeds will have thickened everything.

(It has 373 calories; for those of you that count macros, it has 13 grams of protein, 50 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of fat.)

I don't know if eating the RDI of fiber every day is actually doing anything for my body, but I like to imagine that it's good for my digestive system if nothing else. I've been feeling really good!

February 1st is when Jerry and I have to do our first month's weigh-in for our six-month DietBet. He's 0.4 pounds from his goal right now and I've already passed mine. So I think we'll do fine :)


  1. I don't usually comment but I'm a registered dietitian and am loving the fiber goal! It's so good for everyone. Helps with digestion, blood sugar, cholesterol, and so many others. It's the unsung hero of nutrition 😂 So glad it's getting some air time!

    1. When Fiber One bars came out, I Ate a lot of them. But I stopped eating them when I realized the gas you have is over the top. And when you're working with people all the time, it's so embarrassing.

    2. I learned from a nutritionist that the reason Fiber One bars give you gas is because they use chicory root for the added fiber and that is what causes the gas. Now I always check the labels for chicory root, LOL.
      Katie, I love that one of your goals is to ADD something good for you :) So many times we focus on what we need to subtract from our diet.

  2. Your fiber goal has helped me look at how ridiculously little fiber I've been getting and made me move the needle to get more. Thanks to Holly for chiming in on the benefits!

  3. Sounds delish, but did i miss the point count on the almond joy oatmeal


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