Gaining Instead of Losing

8 05 2012

And so begins week 20 of my switch to a plant based diet and an increased exercise regiment.   This week I gained a pound.  Ugggh!!!

Since the very beginning, I have dreaded writing this post and after 19 weeks it has finally happened.  The weight loss has just completely bottomed out.  Over 60 pounds down and now it is becoming really difficult.  I’ve essentially lost no weight in the last 3 weeks.  And because I publicly am broadcasting what I’m doing, it does really upset me so see the needle not moving or in this case going up.

Last week I gave up wheat (mostly) and that made me very hungry.  A lot more hungry than I had been feeling previously which probably highlights just how much wheat I had been eating up until this point.  Soy is no longer an option for me as I seem to have developed an allergy to it.  It seems like the list of things I cannot or should not eat has grown larger than the list of things I can/should eat.  As someone who has always loved food, it is becoming depressing.

I see a lot of room for improvement.  I still use food as something to calm me.  I will eat something high in protein / plant based fat late at night before going to bed.  It is not uncommon for me to eat nuts or seeds at midnight.  It’s just not  smart.  I need to find another way to better relax.  I need to put myself to bed earlier too.  I’ve been so busy with the many things I’m involved in that it is not uncommon for me to go to bed at 1 or 2 AM lately.  I’m not doing my body any favors by getting such little sleep.  My schedule continues to be too busy for me.  I’m way over extended and have no one to blame but myself.  So many good things to do and so little time but I absolutely must put that same energy into getting healthy.  That has got to be my focus.  If good health is in place all of the other things I love to do will be more successful and more easily accomplished.

65 pounds down…that is where I failed the last time I tried to lose weight.  I put it all back on and then some.  I’ve worked too hard to lose this weight.  I will not do that again.

So as of today I’m hitting the reset button:

No more cheat meals until I hit the 300 pound mark (and I have a ways to go – 39 pounds)

Exercise 5x a week – no ifs, ands or buts

No wheat….period

at least 7 hours of sleep a day


I will get back on track starting right now.  I will inherit the life I was born to live.



8 responses

8 05 2012

Thank you so much for sharing this. I am experiencing my own struggles and the last 2 months of following a plant-based diet has been challenging! I don’t sleep much so my doctor told me that that’s a major issue for weight loss & my once consistent exercise regime has dropped due a hectic schedule. You have done a great job and I find your journey very inspirational – keep up the good work!!!

10 05 2012

Thanks you so very much for your kind words! I wish you all the best on your own journey!

8 05 2012

It still sounds like you’re making great progress! Good luck with your renewed commitments. Do you use anything to track your calories/carbs/protien/fat/etc., exercise, and sleep? I use SparkPeople. It’s not great for being vegan (the meal plans always include dairy), but if you just turn that off, then it works fine for tracking.

10 05 2012

Thanks so much. I really should start trying something like that. I haven’t yet but it would be helpful. i’ve been adverse to calorie counting so far.

8 05 2012

If you’re missing wheat have you tried porridge oats or oat bran. They so well with yogurt (if you eat that?) Also a bowl of hot porridge is very satisfying. You are doing so well so don,t give up now. We get get stuck in a plateau every now and then!

10 05 2012

Thanks so much for weighing in Lynn. i need to try oats. i’m really missing a good breakfast food right now. I purchased a healthy rice Chex alternative but there is nearly zero nutritional value…so why eat it?

Thank you for you words of encouragement. I truly appreciate them.

9 05 2012
Renee Schalasky Goldsberry

Hi Johnny,
This is the first time I’ve been to your page. I love your perseverence! I was wondering about you saying you are wheatless. Is it all wheat you are avoiding or gluten wheats? Battling weight gain for years I have recently started eating gluten free and it is making a difference. I have more energy and feel more alert. I ordered my DDP Yoga kit yesterday and am anxious to add that to my war on weight. I will be reading more of your blogs to see what helpful hints I can glean from them.

10 05 2012

DDP told me to stay away from wheat as it is heavily processed and the body doesn’t know hot to efficiently break it down. but honestly, I have not researched it yet myself. I need to do that. I often find “everything in moderation” works best. Having an occasional wrap or some pasta would go a long way. For now though, I’m taking a break.

Thanks so much for your kind words and for reading my blog. I wish you all of the best. Please let me know how the DDP Yoga works for you!

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