Snowquester (Weigh-in)

Hello there my Wednesday compadres — are you currently experiencing the effects of Winter Storm Saturn? Even though it’s March, which MEANS IT SHOULD BE HEADING TOWARDS SPRING, we are currently experiencing the most snow we’ve received all season here in the metropolitan DC area. Plus side? I’m working from home today, which means schnauzers in my lap and frequent ukulele breaks.

So I figure I’ll cut right to the chase with the weigh-in for today, since the weigh-in itself informs what I want to talk about/ask you guys today. YE BE WARNED: This is a full-scale TMI kind of post, so if bathroom-related things make you squeamish, I suggest you X out now. No hard feelings. Heh.

Ooookay, here we go…!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 193.8 lbs
This Weigh-in: 193.9 lbs
Difference: +0.1 lbs

So. No loss. I don’t count 0.1 pounds as a gain, but if you do, well, there it is. However, I’m really not too broken up about this, and I have a reason not to be. (Though, honestly, at this point I’ve been blogging about my weight for so long that it takes a pretty serious move in either direction to get me really worked up these days.) Anyway, I’m not too saddened by my not-loss, because I have this distinct feeling that I did actually lose a smidge, it’s just not showing up.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, that this is just the deluded kind of self-talk that professional weight-losers-and-regainers like yours truly tell themselves. And normally, I’d probably agree with you. You know I don’t really make excuses when it comes to my weigh-ins. If I lost, I lost because I did some things right, and if I gained, it’s probably because I ate pizza 3/7 nights the previous week. The only times I tend to get actually annoyed/upset/dumbfounded by gains (or not-losses) is if I did everything “right” and still don’t see any results. And, of course, that does tend to happen occasionally because our bodies are douchebags and sometimes they just like to screw with our feelings.

But! In this case, I actually do have a pretty hearty suspicion as to why the scale hasn’t appeared to budge in the past two weeks. And that, my friends, brings us around to our bathroom discussion. See, I’ve been, um… not… able… to do stuff… (please don’t make me actually say it) for a few days now. It’s actually getting pretty bad. I feel bloated and heavy and thus SUPER ATTRACTIVE, and it’s generally really uncomfortable. I am going to guess that the obvious culprit is the huge decrease in the amount of grains and carbs in my diet, as I’ve increased my protein and fat amounts. Shocking, I’m sure. I’m hoping that it’s just my body taking some time to figure itself out, and I’m also hoping that the pound of roasted brussels sprouts I had for dinner last night will help set things in serious motion. But even if this particular… episode… bout… thing… resolves itself soon, I’m thinking I’m going to need to start paying attention to my fiber intake. Perhaps even look into taking a fiber supplement of some kind? The crappy thing about fiber is that it seems to wreak havoc on your system whether you have too little OR too much. Tricksy, tricksy little hobbitses.

Do you ever experience fiber issues? Take a fiber supplement? I’m especially interested in hearing from any of you that operate on paleo-like diets, or anything that’s higher in fat and protein, but really anybody should feel free to add their two cents (provided you haven’t run screaming for the hills yet).


  1. Oh geez! I hope you feel better asap!! Try coffee?

  2. I have to make sure to get plenty of veggies in or I have the same issue. I would try either a fiber supplement or an enzyme to help break up the foods a little faster.

  3. Alicesays:

    I am the (un)happy owner of a pretty spazzy digestive system so i’ve totally been in your situation. I find in general, whenever I make a change in my diet I tend to get stuck–whether it’s from healthy to unhealthy, or the other way around. Intestines work pretty slowly so unfortunately there tend to be a few days of catch up. I’ve found that monitoring my fiber intake (not too low or high), drinking lots of water and stretching can help.

    Although I’ve been eating a pretty healthy balanced diet for a few years, i recently started adding more olive oil and healthy fats into my diet (hello mediterranean diet) and have been experiencing a touch of the same thing, but i think it’s just the usual period of transition after a switch in diet. Pro biotics are great if this turns into a long term thing, and in general. Also i’ve found that ginger tea helps get things going for me. Exercise is always good too!

    Good luck!

    • Gretchensays:

      Thank you Alice! It’s nice to hear that this is something people experience even when their diets aren’t Taco Bell-centric. Well, it’s not really NICE to hear that you still have issues, but you know, in that whole misery loves company kinda way. Really appreciate your advice!!

  4. Three words: Kashi. Go. Lean. Plus blueberries. I don’t know if it fits in with a paleo diet, but it has 13g of protein and 10g of fiber. I typically cannot finish an entire bowl without taking a bathroom break. (Hahaha, TMI?) Worth a shot! Sorry you’re, uh, having issues.

    • Gretchensays:

      Lol, I love how you’re like, “Is this comment TMI?” when it’s in response to the post above. Nothing is TMI in comparison, I don’t think, hahaha.

  5. Lizsays:

    Maybe try adding chia seeds/flax seed into yogurt, baking for fiber boost?

  6. I thankfully do not have digestive issues, but my man does. He’s been taking a fiber supplement and it’s been working well for him. I think the key to my “regularity” is definitely getting my fruits and veggies in, trying to choose things that are high in fiber, drinking lots of water, and eating yogurt every day at lunch.

  7. Nancysays:

    I did paleo for 30 days. It was fine and I’m glad I did it but I don’t think I’d do it again. I’m Chinese, I need white rice and I was about to fight someone to get it by the end of my 30. If you have issues with fiber, try eating lots of seeds and greens—I mix flaxseed into everything now and use kale in place of spinach. Delicious!

  8. Every time I do a lower carb diet, I get “blocked up” for lack of a better term 😉 and I hate it. The only thing that seems to help me is using a natural laxative or a fiber supplement. I can’t remember the brand I used, but you took a few fiber pills and night and by the morning everything was working again. Good luck! 🙂

  9. Jilliansays:

    Been there, sister! Anytime you increase your protein, this can be a side effect. Make sure you are eating LOTS of veggies and drinking lots of water. Your body will eventually work it all out but it will probably take some time. Fiber supplements are not as good as just eating more veggies so go for the real stuff! Good luck!

  10. Amaliesays:

    I’m a paleo-er and totally had this, um, issue in the beginning. It will pass. It’s just your body adjusting.

    I wouldn’t suggest taking fiber supplements, as you should be getting enough from the veggies and fruit you’re consuming. Water also helps the fiber “work” so make sure you’re getting enough of that. I totally recommend drinking Kombucha to help with overall digestive health (but it’s not for everyone). Thats what I use if I’m ever in a tight spot.

  11. Sarasays:

    Haha, I fear not poo talk! I have, shall we say, “struggled” with this issue since I was a kid. I used to have two work friends who also had the same problems and we used to talk poo over lunch all the time, thereby totally grossing out our fourth non-poo-problem-having lunch buddy.

    In any case, yes to the person above who said this tends to happen when you change your diet–true for me too, especially when you cut carbs. The two weeks of my life I went low carb were the most miserable I’ve ever been–for many reasons, the main one being what you’re talking about here!

    I still have problems here or there, but if I’m good about lots of water, some coffee and tea but more water than anything, exercise, fruits/veg/healthy fats (oils, flax, chia) I’m usually ok. So, hang tight! It’ll sort itself out so long as you’re getting enough water/fruit/veg/fats. If you get desperate and need meds, Miralax is the most gentle!

    Also, dried coconut chunks! Super high in fiber, works every time!

  12. I vote more poop posts.

    But seriously, I’ve had a pretty high-fiber diet for a long time, and if I go a single day without being–regular–I’m like UH OH MY BODY IS BROKEN WHAT DID I DO WRONG.

    Broccoli and chick peas, believe it or not, or surprisingly high in fiber. So there’s your excuse to eat hummus all day.

  13. Fleursays:

    In addition to the excellent suggestions made so far, I would also suggest doing some abdominal massage. Just lay down, put a little oil or lotion on your hands and rub your tummy clockwise. Press as firmly as is comfortable, making big circles (up to your rib cage, and down to your pelvis bones). Make sure you’re rubbing clockwise, that makes things move in the right direction. Do that for a few minutes, several times a day, and I guarantee it will help!

  14. Carrie S.says:

    I recently had a long, long bout of, shall we say, digestive unhappiness. Nothing super severe, but enough that I felt like something was not quite right. After lots of experimentation, I found the culprit- DAIRY.

    I’ve been semi- lactose intolerant for a while, meaning that medium to large amounts of dairy cause me discomfort. But I could always get by just fine with like a piece of cheese on my sandwich, or a little milk in my coffee. With larger amounts of dairy I took lactaid pills and that worked just fine.

    Anyways, to make a long story short- I realized that even those smaller amounts of dairy that weren’t causing me immediate discomfort were causing these longer term digestive issues (as in, if I ate some dairy on Wednesday, I would have some issues on Thursday). I started taking a lactaid pill whenever I had any amount of dairy and….problem solved immediately.

    Just thought I’d give you a different idea since I know you’ve mentioned issues with dairy in the past. Do you ever use those lactaid pills? They’re amazing (and really cheap at costco). I guess alternatively one could just cut out all dairy, but, a girl needs her cheese!

    • Gretchensays:

      A life without cheese is a life not living, in my opinion. But yeah! Even though I do have known issues with dairy (milk and ice cream in particular, sometimes yogurt, sometimes cheese though I don’t really like to admit it, haha), I am really not good about taking lactaid. I just kinda, I dunno, deal with it? Probably not the best solution. I will definitely stock up on some lactaid and get better about this!

      • Carrie S.says:

        Yeah I am also really really terrible about taking the pills for some reason. However, for me personally, I’ve found that it still helps if I take it later, and not necessarily with the first bite or however you’re supposed to actually take it. So sometimes at night if I remember I’ve had dairy that day I’ll take a pill even if my dairy was hours ago, and it still seems to help.

  15. occulasays:

    I think the common-sense and non-extreme advice you’re getting is great. I’m gonna say water, an apple a day, and – um – well, I don’t have this problem generally, but on weekends when I have the leisure to sit around and have TWO cups of coffee instead of my usual one during the week, I DEFINITELY notice a, um, er, rise in productivity.

    On the other hand, I often have a big bowl of oatmeal and fruit on weekends, so there’s that, ha ha. Oats and banana topped with blueberries and/or mixed fruit, and coffee and an orange on the side. Bam!

  16. I hate potty talk, haha. But it’s such an important part of health and it really affects weighins. I’ve had the same issue at times so all the advice you are getting is really helpful to me.

  17. Lots of water and grapes – especially frozen grapes – for some reason, they just work for me. You can also try drinking tea with flax seeds soaked in it; drink the tea, then scoop out the flax seeds and swallow them without chewing to help, uh, clean you out. 😉

  18. Elisabethsays:

    I have to eat a high protein diet for medical reasons & it definitely caused some digestive troubles just like that in the beginning… What works for me (and is doctor approved): a good amount of water, a daily probiotic supplement (I just use basic acidophilus from the drugstore) and Citrucel (sugar free variety), which is just a bulk forming fiber supplement & not habit forming like extreme laxatives, etc. hope some of the reader suggestions help!

  19. No screaming from the hills quite yet, but just a couple cents:

    1) Cheese will make you constipated if consumed in too high quantities.
    2) Blueberries are FANTASTIC sources of fiber and antioxidants that should get you moving pretty easily.

  20. Paulasays:

    I sometimes crave chocolate at night, so I like to keep FiberOne brownies around because they kill two birds with one stone. And they actually taste legit.

  21. cathysays:

    I find that flax seeds work wonders for me. I also took a digestive enzyme from whole foods and was super regular then. 🙂

  22. I had a lot of similar issues when I was pregnant (in case you thought gestating a human itself was enough, your entire body wigs out including your GI tract).

    I found a good mixture of Coalesce (OOTC stool softener), water and a healthy portion of Greek yogurt helped. I tried fiber supplements and ended up in so much pain I couldn’t stand straight. I guess my body didn’t need more fiber, just a probiotic rewiring of sorts.

    Good luck, hope you feel better soon!

  23. So I used to have this problem ALL the time. Switching up my diet at one point last year had me not go potty for almost 2 weeks. Miserable. But now I’m pretty regular and I found that vegetables are why do it for me. Also if you do one cap of miralax a night (normal dose is more) it helps to regulate you too. I try to stay away from the drugs to help but that works much less painfully than laxatives! Oh also make sure you are drinking a ton of water!!!

  24. I am so thankful for this post! This is my life. I weigh in every week, but I know when the scale is off this is usually the reason.

    I eat tons of fruits and veggies, but my diet is very high in protein. Coffee usually works for me but i hate to rely on that… I do get a lot of fiber, but I don’t want that to act like cement in a too tight of a tube. If that makes sense. I’m toying with the idea though, so I’m curious to know what you decide and what works for you. Please post about it 🙂

  25. Michellesays:

    I’ve been paleo/primal for 2 months now and haven’t really had a problem like what you’re describing. Soluble fiber (fleshy part of fruits/veggies) is more important than insoluble (green veggies) for bathroom issues. So maybe you could add a 1/2 sweet potato (just the mushy part, not the skin) a day? It’s a little carby, but definitely healthy and should do the trick.

  26. Probiotics. Been there,could not go, done that. 🙂

  27. wendy r.says:

    +1 for the suggestion of kombucha; if you can find it, my favorite is a brand called Kevita that makes an incredibly delicious coconut flavor.

    Also +1 for miralax; it’s not a laxative and works by absorbing more water into your colon, so you don’t have to worry about becoming dependent on it.

    +1 for the chia and flax seed suggestions (mixed with oatmeal = breakfast every morning) and I recently started adding buckwheat groats which are also delicious and awesome little fiber nuggets.

    Don’t ask how I know, but the above works. Sigh, sorry you’re going through it.

    • Angiesays:

      Yes to the Miralax. For occasional bouts like this (which it hopefully is) it can get things moving quickly and then hopefully upping your water/veggies will take care of it from then on out.

      I unfortunately have this problem all the time (it’s pretty “normal” for me to go 7 days- GOOD GOD!) and Miralax did wonders for me in the beginning, and I tried every single thing.

  28. I don’t take a fiber supplement, but eat at least 10 servings of fruits & veggies a day, so that keeps me pretty regular!
    I got really used to feeling bloated all the time. And ever since I stopped chewing gum, I haven’t been bloated once. Coincidence????
    And yeah. This weather is stupid.

  29. Smooth Move Tea!! I swear by this stuff. I took on a paleo diet three separate times and each time I had the same issues you’re having. I’m back on the good stuff (oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat flour) and never felt better and I’m also losing weight consistently again and broke through a 6-month long plateau. High protein isn’t right for everyone, and for me, getting um..backed up…was the sign that it wasn’t right for me.

  30. I start every day with an apple and strong, black coffee. They get the job done 😉

  31. When my bathroom breaks aren’t going as planned, I tend to up my acidophilus/pro-biotic intake (via a supplement). I really like PB-8 (found at whole foods) but generic Trader Joe’s brand works well also.

    Ditto about the Kashi Go Lean Crunch, though. What is in that stuff??

  32. Kaitlynsays:

    Fiber pills, fish oil pills, and LOTS of water to push it all through. Works like a charm!

  33. Kimsays:

    I have no idea if these things are paleo, but they could help with the digestive issues (in the order of most effective): Beet Greens, Kale and All Bran.

  34. “And, of course, that does tend to happen occasionally because our bodies are douchebags and sometimes they just like to screw with our feelings.”

    hahahah I thought you were going in the direction along the lines of “our bodies are complex”, scientific theory, etc. haha nope, just threw that one under the bus!

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