I’m not a slave to the scale, so when I began weighing myself every week while on Weight Watchers, I was really more annoyed than anything. I was (and still am) working out a lot, lifting weights, building muscle, so even though I was getting smaller in inches, the number of the scale wasn’t budging very much. As a result, I thought it’d be more beneficial to only weigh in on the first of every month so that I could at least have some idea of where my weight is.
Well, yesterday was the first of April, and in this last month I’ve lost 2.5 lbs. So excited. Even though that number isn’t very big, I’m still very proud, and hopefully next week when I check in with measurements, I will have lost even more inches.
In all honesty, this past week I wasn’t as diligent as I should have been in terms of tracking my food intake, limiting my alcohol consumption, and working out. I saw some success last week and that made me slack a little bit. Dolvett on Biggest Loser would be disappointed, and I would not want to disappoint that specimen of a man. Luckily, I was still good enough that I saw some losses. This is inspiration to get back on track, not slack off:
In the last 7 days:
Hips: -0.8 in
Bust: -1 in
Waist: -0.5 in
Thighs: -0.25 in each
Total: -2.8 inches
Also, check out this tumblr: Reasons to be Fit. Very inspiring for anyone who’s looking for a reason to be fit.
As some of you may know, in my journey to lose weight, get healthier, and become more fit I’ve decided to stay away from the scale. I weigh in once a month just to have a rough idea of where my weight is, but other than that I don’t pay too much attention to the number. As I continue to lift and work out, my body changes while the number on the scale often won’t. Instead of continually weighing in and being discouraged that the number isn’t moving, I’ve decided to base my successes off measurements. That being said, in the past 3 weeks, my measurements have changed as follows:
Arms: -1.25 inches each
Hips: -0.5 inches
Waist: -2.5 inches
That’s 5.5 inches off my body. I call that a success! Who cares what the number says.
I must admit, I love Chinese food. Chinese food, however, does not usually love me back. It doesn’t love my thighs or my love handles or the number on the scale. It doesn’t love my skinny jeans, and it certainly doesn’t love the bikini I want to wear this summer. The pain of this unrequited love has left me only one option: to try to make my own healthy version of Chinese food.
Am I aware that this will taste absolutely nothing like the deliciousness that is real Chinese food (or at least Americanized Chinese food I get down the street from Fortune Panda)? Yeah. I am. But that’s ok. The hoisin sauce in this recipe almost makes me feel like I’m eating Chinese food, so it holds my cravings over for now.
This recipe is also perfect for a weeknight meal as the majority of the ingredients are already chopped and prepped for you. Took me 20 min to make total. Perfection.
1 package of Nasoya Light Firm Tofu, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cups packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
a couple medium sized, low-carb tortillas (only if you want – I didn’t use them)
jar of hoisin sauce
Heat up a skillet or stock pot over medium high heat. Add a quarter inch of vegetable broth and add tofu. Continue to add broth as it evaporates. Flip tofu after a few minutes, when it’s starting to look golden brown.
After tofu is golden brown on both sides, remove from pan and put aside on a plate
Add another splash of vegetable broth and add all of the vegetables. Let vegetables cook over medium-high heat until crisp-tender (oxymoron, I know, you get it). Continue to add broth as it is needed to keep steam rising from the bottom of the pan. The steam will cook the veggies
Remove vegetables from heat and add soy sauce to taste (roughly 2 tbsp)
Spoon vegetables onto your plate (or into your tortilla) and place some tofu cubes on top.
Top vegetable-tofu mixture with about 2 tbsp hoisin sauce (or however much you’d like)
So, where are those weekly weight watchers check in? Why haven’t you been writing? We’re waiting for posts here Ms. Murphy. These are things I’m sure some of you are wondering, some of you don’t care about (I get it, it’s cool), and some of you have actually said to me. Well, my path with weight watchers has changed a bit. I’m still following the plan as I really love the new points+ system, but I’m not weighing myself every week as planned. I’m weighing myself every month.
As I take on this new, healthier lifestyle, I’m working out, building muscle, and subsequently staying the same weight or maybe even gaining. I’ve decided that I can’t let myself be a slave to the scale – I need to base my success based on how I feel, how I look, how my clothes fit, and my measurements. Within those four critera lies true success. Not in a number on a scale.
That being said, my next weigh in will be on March 1. If the number isn’t much better, whatever. It’s life. It’s all about how I feel and how my clothes fit.
I’m really taking inspiration these days from fitness posts on Pinterest as well as on Tumblr. Join up and let’s motivate each other, together.
Through the holidays and football Sundays and Superbowl Sunday, I’ve really let myself do whatever I want. I ate and ate and ate, and drank and drank and drank, and you know what? I feel like crap.
As a result, I’ve decided to take control and to really invest in myself and my body. I also invested in Weight Watchers, the program that I hope will help me regain control. I’ve tried WW before only to drop out of it because I wasn’t mentally ready for the journey. I feel that now is as good a time as any to work on both my mental health and physical health. This journey is going to be long, and at times painful, but anything that’s worth having is worth sacrificing for. I’m looking to lose around 40 lbs, and I’m going to check in about once a week to let you know if the scale is moving, how my eating and exercise have been going, and overall just how I feel.
In case any of you are interested in Weight Watchers, it’s a little under 20 bucks a month. It’s based on a points system that factors in carbs, protein, fiber, and fat. No restricting. No strict calorie counting. It’s about putting good food into your body, and being rewarded for it, but also letting yourself have those times where you eat what you want (which is good for people like me who love to go out). They have all sorts of cheat sheets for the best drinks to have, best pizza to have, best burger to have, etc, when you do have one of those days where you want to eat whatever.
Wish me luck, and hopefully next Monday I’ll have seen a loss on the scale.