September 28, 2022

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 70

Remember those muscle pants? Hahaha, I haven't worn them in SO long--I think 2013? I was hoping to wear them to cross country practice one day because I think the kids will get a kick out of them, but even at this size, the seams look like they are going to tear apart at any moment. I wish I'd ordered a large! These ones are a small and could not be any tighter.

As you can see, I'm still having to prop the mirror up for my Wednesday mirror selfies. The bathroom is taking forever to finish! When Jerry works nights, he sleeps until 2:00 in the afternoon, so I don't want to wake him up by working on the bathroom. I usually start making dinner at around 3:30 before everyone has work, school, or my cross country practice. So it doesn't give me a lot of time to work on it. I've been doing a little every day, though, even if it's just mudding one or two corners of the drywall. 

Anyway, I'm still getting the hang of maintenance as far as my weight goes. I'm not actively trying to lose any more weight, but the scale was down quite a bit again this week:

I was at 127, which is down from 128.8 last Wednesday. It's ironic, really--I spent so much time counting calories to lose weight, but now I'm trying to *stop* losing weight and I'm increasing my food intake (and I assume calories). I've been adding extra food here and there; in the evenings, I've started eating a little cup of peanut butter (2 ounces) for a treat, which is 400 *delicious* calories.

I feel really good and healthy (at least physically; I still feel extremely overwhelmed mentally right now) so it's not a big deal if I lose a little more weight. But I like the size I'm at now, so I'll continue to add calories here and there until my weight stabilizes. I've never really been in "maintenance mode" before! Even when I got to my goal weight a couple of times, I was still counting calories and it didn't really feel any different than when I was losing weight.

My brain is still catching up as far as this recent weight loss. I remember being this size before (back in 2016) and feeling excited about it, but also scared to death of putting the weight back on. So I was very careful about counting calories, and eventually, I put the weight back on anyway.

This time feels so much different. I'm eating a million times healthier and I am eating what I want to eat. My choosing to become vegan had nothing at all to do with weight loss, but I'm sure it played a big part. It's just an odd feeling that this is the first time I've lost weight and don't worry about gaining it all back. I'm not saying I *won't* gain it back, because who knows what will happen in the future? But I don't *worry* about it like I used to. I am just going to continue eating a vegan diet and if need be, I'll add more calories. I certainly know how to do that ;)

I'm working on a Q&A post about my recent weight loss because so many people have been asking questions about it. I'm not really sure what to write that I haven't written already, because I'm not doing anything special. I think becoming vegan and increasing my fiber so much has had a big role in it, but I will write what I can. I also collected a ton of pictures of what I've been eating, so I'll post those as well.

I have an appointment next week with my doctor for an annual wellness visit and I asked if I could get a whole panel of blood work to see if/how eating a vegan diet has affected my health (other than my weight). I'm VERY curious about this--particularly about my cholesterol. It's been eight months since I became vegan, so I think that's a good amount of time to see a change, even if it's a small one!


  1. Those pants are fabulous! (Just like you.)

  2. I panicked when you wrote that you asked for a full panel of blood work. I had a new doctor in 2020 that wanted to do a full panel and I was quite shocked to get a $2500 lab bill! Insurance paid almost nothing. You might just check before getting it done.


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