Last Weekly Update: Vegan Weight Loss Challenge

I want to wrap up this segment with a few thoughts as well as tips and resources for further support. I have a lot of things I’d like to share with you just bumping around my head, so check back tomorrow for some uplifting insights into weight loss and maintenance. For today, here’s Elise’s last post. If you’re part of the challenge, remember to update us AND email me a synopsis and pics(optional) of how your 12 weeks in order to be considered for the contest (check here for more details) by April 5.

Thanks to Elise for being willing to give us a glimpse into her life. I’m proud of her commitment to healthier living, she’s done a great job juggling it all!

Week 12
by guestblogger Elise

This last week has been comparatively good. I’ve made dinner a couple of times (which for some reason is crazy hard when I’m pregnant–bless my husband’s patience), and I’ve (finally!) put The China Study on reserve at my local library. I’m looking forward to reading it and getting some scientific motivation to back up the plant-based lifestyle.

We are still a family very much in transition. I haven’t bought meat for cooking in several months, and our whole family is officially converted to rice milk, but I admit that I still crave and give into butter occasionally. Of all things. Although ideally I shouldn’t be eating butter at all, I have finally found earth balance here, and I have been using that.

My biggest struggle is still adding fresh veggies to my diet. I anticipate that will get easier as I ease into the second trimester of pregnancy and can start to think like a sane person again. I’m just getting to the point where I have a clean house again! I think more responsible, thoughtful eating will be the next step in my “recovery” from my first trimester!

I have some regrets about my eating choices over the past three months. I have been nowhere near perfect. But I do feel like Brad and I know where we want to be with our family, and that feels good. And I also have to allow that this is a major life change for us, and those things don’t happen quickly!

At the end of this challenge, I am happy to report that I am at 140 pounds. At 16 weeks pregnant, for me, that is pretty darn good. I also feel physically better than I have in my other two pregnancies. I haven’t thrown up due to pregnancy at all, and I haven’t yet experienced the severe heartburn that plagued me during my other two pregnancies. (I’ve still been slightly emotionally psychotic, but you can only blame food for so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I am sad to have this challenge end, but I sincerely hope that Janae will give us the chance to do updates as we attempt to advance our pursuit of a healthier plant based lifestyle!

I should also add that I have loved reading about your own attempts and successes. Please continue to share those. That sort of support is exactly what I (and I‘m sure many others) need to continue in our own healthy paths.


  1. julieg
    on April 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm said:

    I certainly learned a great deal during the challenge, mostly that planning is the key and I need to avoid going out to eat. I lost the low end of what I wanted to during the challenge. If I had been more dedicated (and being out of town all of last week didn't help)I am sure I could have lost more and felt even better. However, I was trying to lose those five pounds forever it seems and thought it impossible before this challenge, so now I know what I need to do if my weight starts to creep back up. I like the idea of one day at a time and not focusing on what you are giving up but what you are gaining by eating a plant based whole foods diet. Pretty soon it will just become second nature! Great job everybody on the challenge and good luck to you Elise.

  2. Sabrina
    on March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm said:

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Elise. I love reading about everyone's transitions. Makes me remember we all have our ups and downs. I lost 2 lbs this last week. Yay! I went back and added up all the pounds I recorded on these updates and realized I have been reporting wrong. I don't know how. My original goal was to lost 15 lbs on this challenge and I have lost 13 from when we started. However, I've only reported like 5 or 6, so I don't know how I got all mixed up there. In any case. I didn't realize how close I really was to my goal. I still want to lose those other 2 lbs, plus 10 more before the summer. I think it's do-able. I have certainly had a lot of successes and failures during this challenge. I am especially bad when traveling, having people staying with us or sleep-deprived. Unfortunately, living away from family and having a baby means I was one of those nearly the whole time. I have learned some coping strategies and I have learned to forgive myself and get back on the horse when I fall too. It's been really good and I plan to continue my transition to better health. Thanks, Janae, for this opportunity to report back and to be working toward something with others. I wish everyone the best of luck on their goals toward better health.

  3. Gillian
    on March 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm said:

    Thank-you Elise for sharing with us and helping us along with this challenge! My last weight update on here was from when I weighed myself 2 weeks ago. I've lost 2 pounds since then! I've finally come up with some guidelines that are working well for me and I'm sticking to them! I'm still fine tuning them, probably always will be. I stuck to my plan for 16 days as well as upping my exercise. I think my body feels better then it EVER has! Even when I was 15 lbs lighter. Now that my veggie intake is way up and I'm avoiding certain foods my unhealthy cravings are pretty much gone, it's amazing! I'm still amazed at how I'm relating to food now and how little I'm eating without feeling hungry. It's like is this really me? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. tbsomeday
    on March 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm said:

    good job elise and thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us!don't beat yourself up about the bad choices…just focus on the good, and one decision at a time…it's especially hard when you are pregnantchina study will get your extra motivated…and just in time for the feel good 2nd trimesterrubs to baby!

  5. Steph H
    on March 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm said:

    Hi Elise, don't give up! It is all worth it, and like Alicia Silverstone says, she's thankful that she has a way to lose. Something that she can return to to right herself. No one is perfect, you're doing better than most, for sure.I maintained my weight, which was good because it was a hectic week. I missed only one workout. To my surprise, I enjoy running now! I walk to my fitness class, but I decided to jog because I was running behind, and it was easy and fun and a mile. So now I have a easy way to fit some more exercise into my tight schedule! This is huge, I hated running before.