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Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 2

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Last week was a major bummer — weight gain in week one??  Well, this week I was seriously worried that I’d end up gaining even more.

Yes, I made it to the gym twice this week and ran over three miles each time.  But… I also indulged a little.  I went out to a buffet for a friend’s birthday.  And Jamie and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a yummy and completely uncountable dinner… twice.  Yes, that was a vegan sushi dinner on Sunday at Shojin and a warm and gooey vegan mac and cheese dinner on Tuesday.  So how do you think I did? 

Yes!  Back down to 128! 

Well, what I didn’t say yet is that this week was dedicated to the toughest and most important skill a skinny girl can master: moderation.

On buffet day, I made sure to reserve half of my calories for the indulgent dinner and then stuck to mostly veggies with a little soup and salad.  At Shojin, Jamie and I ordered a “normal” amount of food (instead of the enough-for-six-people amount that we’d normally order).  Then, when I came home late from work on real Valentine’s Day and Jamie surprised me with perfectly portioned-out and countable mac and cheese, well… okay, no.  We threw caution to the wind and put that mac and cheese away.

But one little cheat night couldn’t outweigh the six good nights plus two runs.  Score one for the calorie counter!

Here’s to a successful week three.  I have a few exercise tricks up my sleeve for this week, so hopefully next week I’ll actually have a negative number in the +/- column!

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Author: tofubelly

I’m an attorney living in Southern California. I’m vegan, recently married, and am a proud mother of two misbehaving orange kitties. I love to cook and eat good food. I also love to exercise and to look and feel great. At times, it feels like these two passions are at odds, but I’ve made it my lifelong project to combine my loves into one super-healthy awesome lifestyle. I’m a huge advocate of calorie counting. My husband and I successfully lost 40 and 20 pounds just by restricting our caloric intake and burning extra calories with exercise when we could find time. I am constantly experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with fresh, healthy, and *countable* recipes. In effort to become more active, I’ve trained for and completed two races — Nike’s 10K Human Race (Sept. 2008) and the Disneyland Half Marathon (Sept. 2011 – photo on the right). Running is my project (read: I suck at it, but I will not let it defeat me). Yoga is like having a religious experience. Whatever the workout, if I’m at the gym, I’m always in a fabulous mood. As I leave, I always make a note to myself: self, you love going to the gym. That’s not to say that I don’t fall off the wagon all the time. Like in the photo above, with some *delicious* vegan mac and cheese at the 2011 Vegan Beer Fest. Or like every other day, when I convince myself that it is acceptable to park my butt on the couch and watch three hours of television before bed instead of changing into my gym clothes and fitting in a workout. Without all of my falling off, I wouldn’t be able to boast my tofu belly. But more important than the falling off is the getting back on. With this blog, I’ll share with you my constant struggles with myself to get to the gym, to drink more water, and to make healthy and low-cal food choices. By sharing, I hope to keep myself more accountable while also showing others that it is entirely possible to live a healthy, albeit busy, life one day at a time. Here’s to firming up my tofu belly — with a little help from you!

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