December 07, 2022

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 80

Ugh, I'm going to get right to the point... I am not posting a weigh-in today.

I had a really terrible week as far as my eating goes, and I just didn't want to face the scale this morning. I did promise myself that I will weigh in next week, though, no matter what. I don't want this bad week to turn into quitting my Wednesday accountability posts altogether; just the fact that I'm writing this is more than I would have done in the past.

I just feel that, mentally, I needed a break from the scale this week. Maybe it's not as bad as I imagine, or maybe it's worse... I have no idea. But I want a week to try my best to break the bad snacking habits. Hopefully, I'll feel better going into a weigh-in next week.

For now, though, I want to write out my thoughts as to what could be the problem with my weight going up. These are some ideas I have:

1) I was under a ton of pressure and felt extremely overwhelmed for a few months, and my appetite all-but disappeared. Once things started calming down, my appetite returned tenfold and now maybe it's making up for lost time.

2) I haven't been eating the amount of fiber I was before. I was all about fiber all year, and then in August, when Jerry started eating a vegan diet, things changed. I wanted to make meals that we would both enjoy-- and eating barley instead of rice, or adding vegetables to pretty much everything, just wasn't Jerry's jam. He never said he didn't want it, but I know his likes/dislikes, so I catered to them. And in turn, it resulted in less fiber overall.

3) I started to really enjoy cooking again. I like to try several new recipes a week, and my meals aren't as simple as they used to be. When I first became vegan, it felt like I eliminated a LOT of food from my diet; but now that my eyes have opened to the world of possibilities in vegan cooking, I feel like I eat a bigger variety of food than I ever have in my life! A dramatized analogy would be if you ate nothing but oatmeal your entire life and you didn't even know other foods existed; then, one day, someone let you loose in an enormous grocery store. You'd want to try everything! That's how I am feeling right now with vegan food.

I'm guessing it's probably some combination of all three of these. I talked about it with my therapist again yesterday and she offered a couple more suggestions for "homework". As a person who loves to write lists, I really liked the idea of writing a pro/con list--to list the pros and cons of choosing to overeat as well as the pros and cons of choosing NOT to overeat. It sounds really simple, but I think writing it down will help me to think about it better than just trying to keep the list in my thoughts.

It definitely helped me today when I was at the grocery store. I had to pick up a couple of things for dinner and I was tempted to buy Biscoff cookies (Biscoff cookies are vegan, can you believe it?). I thought about the pros and cons that I'd written down and was able to skip the cookies (just barely, but I did it! haha).

Last night, I wrote out a meal plan for the week and entered the recipes into Cronometer (a food tracking app). Cronometer is very helpful for seeing a full nutrition breakdown--showing not just macronutrients, but micronutrients as well. I figured it wouldn't hurt to log my food for a few weeks to see where all of my calories are going. I don't even know how many calories I eat these days! With my weight climbing, the food log could be helpful in figuring out the big contributing factors.

Anyway, even though I had a really rough week of trying to break the bad habits, I do feel good going into this week. My therapy session was helpful yesterday, and I feel prepared to do my best to turn things around this week. No matter how it goes, though, I'm going to do a weigh-in next week!


  1. 🙂 we all need a break now and then. Hope you have a great week.

  2. You're not eating fiber because of Jerry? He doesn't strike me as someone who minds what you cook for dinner. Instead of some new idea every day to take and keep weight off, why don't you go back to what worked in the beginning? Count calories and exercise- every single day

  3. Sending you more hugs and lots of love exactly as you are on any given day!

  4. I never weigh in after a few days or a week of getting "off track". You are human. It messes with the mind too much even though it's not your true weight and mostly water weight after a week. I overate a few days last week, stayed off the scale for 5 days and I'm back to normal. Give yourself some grace. It's a journey not a destination.


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