Hi Coll! It's been a while, but I've read up on your journal.
No wonder your weight is not going down so quickly! You are building muscle! They are way heavier than fat
Can you get a big net to pin over your hay? We call them bird nets and they are intended to put over your cherry trees as they are growing. They are big and really cheap. I think with a couple of pins / big rocks they would do the job.
I'm all sore from my gardening, but I've got the first results! Tiny pinkish-red radishes! Too small to pick - yet, but so darn cute! And the lettuces are getting there and I've got the cutest tiniest chicory plants ever! I wish I could send you pictures.
(But I'm too stupid to figure out how to upload pictures from my phone )