April 13, 2022

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 46

I love this shirt! After my recent post about alcohol, my sister bought this for me. She got it on Etsy and it turned out really cute!

This has been a super stressful week for me regarding Phoebe. I swear, trying to get cats to do what you want is like is like trying to lick your own elbow. That's a terrible analogy, but I couldn't think of one at the moment and I googled "impossible things"--that's what jumped out at me! Hahaha. And how many of you tried to lick your elbow when you read that? ;)

In December, when I was constantly stressed out because of the cats being sick. Side note: If you own a cat or are thinking of getting a cat, please take my advice to not let them play with string or yarn at all! The vet bills were about $3,000 to remove the string from Duck and his subsequent fever/hospitalization! Then he brought home an upper respiratory infection. Having four sick cats was awful. I had to take Estelle and Phoebe to the vet for getting whatever virus Duck had.

The hardest part has been trying to keep the kittens away from Phoebe's food. Her kidney diet food is expensive, and the kittens will eat a whole can in mere seconds if I don't keep them away. Phoebe likes to go in and out of my room so I don't want to block the doors. This means I have to constantly put her food down on the floor for her--where she likely won't eat it--and then pick it up before the kittens get it. Putting it in the fridge isn't ideal because cats aren't really attracted to cold food. But I've been doing my best! Still, a lot of the $2.20 cans (the tiny ones) have gone to waste (or in the kittens' bellies, who are getting heavier by the day).

Anyway, the stress got to me and I didn't count calories more than maybe two days this week. Not a good sign for a weigh-in but I just didn't have it in me to think about that. Last week's weigh-in was at 151.6. And today?

I was at 149.0! I believe it's been over a month since I was at that weight. I'm glad to be in the 140s again. One again, this brings the total to 48 pounds down since May 2021.

I made a meal plan for this week and I went grocery shopping today. I decided to do a bit of an adventurous recipe for my vegan recipe taste test this week. I'm excited to see how it goes! 

I'd really like to have a great upcoming week--counting calories, attempting to run again after resting my knee. Having the meal plan will help a lot. I'm going to make a few vegan dinners and see if the kids like them. I love that they've been open-minded about tasting things. I also want to run again and see if my knee holds up. I still have problems with it, but it's not constant, which makes me frustrated because I can't figure out what it is. I'm so tired of seeing doctors for various reasons. This pain is different than typical knee pain. 

I came up with a super easy and cool way to make my vegan dinners in less than about 10 minutes so. I'll write about that later this week. But it's been super helpful for the last couple of days. 

Wow, I just fell asleep while writing this post! And it's only mid-afternoon. I haven't gotten much sleep the past few days. This is totally off-topic, but I have been having horrible night sweats for the last few months (usually for five days or so before my period). My sister said it happened to her, too, around this age (I just turned 40). I'm assuming it's perimenopause? If any of you have experienced this and have tips for dealing with it, I'd love to hear them. My sheets and pajamas get soaked and I'm constantly having to wash them! But I wake up really cold because of the sweating and then I just can't get comfortable.

Okay, I really need to get to work on dinner before Jerry goes to work. I'm excited to have had a good weigh-in this week, and let's hope it's another good one next week!


  1. Perimenopause, right here. Age 40. Hot flashes, night sweats. Welcome to the party.

  2. Have been experiencing the exact same night sweats, SO gross, annoying, and uncomfortable. I bought a 'cooling' waterproof mattress protector, which hasn't done much, but also did research and ordered bamboo cool sheets, which are quite cold to the touch! I love them so far and they've been really helpful.

  3. A quick typo, you put April 5 at the top. Well done on the weigh in. Being busy with cats might have meant you didn't have time to eat much.
    On being too hot in bed, layers might help, I have a thin duvet and a couple of fleece blankets which I can throw off as soon as I start feeling hot. I do get noticeably hotter before my period.

    1. Thanks! I just corrected it. I was SO tired when I typing this, I'm almost embarrassed to read for more typos! Hahaha

  4. I hope Phoebe stays well, and hope your knee is pain-free. I took my Glucosamine the past two mornings, so I'll let you know if it helps my hip pain. How do you run with knee or hip pain? Not easy.

  5. 1/2 cup soybeans a day will supposedly help with the hot flashes. I'm not there yet so I haven't tried it, but I definitely will! Here's the study: https://www.pcrm.org/clinical-research/fighting-hot-flashes-with-diet

  6. Oh yes to the night sweats. It's um, ugh. They do go away eventually, but I chose not to go on estrogen or take any of the natural alternatives because of all the negative side effects. Result? Night sweats. Sorry.

  7. I've been plant based for 7 years this month and eat according to Dr. McDougall. I have a notebook with all of my favorite recipes but my three go-to recipes are: Shane and Simple's Easy Vegan Chickpea Curry (SO good), Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures Lemony Pasta Greens & Beans and Cookie and Kate's Thai Pineapple Fried Rice (skip the oil and the eggs). Please try them, they are so good and good for you. Keep up the great work!


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