battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

Weigh-In Wednesdays: Weeks 4 and 5

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Let’s get right to it!

Would you look at that?  I know it may not be much, but -0.3 lbs is a big deal to this girl.

I must admit, the scale has only budged slightly because each weekend I cheat on dieting.  I don’t plan it, and I try to avoid it, but it always happens nevertheless.

Last weekend, for example, was Jamie’s birthday and we partied in Big Bear with big bowls of vegan spicy sushi bowls.

This week, work kept me super busy and I was very diligent with my dieting.  But then all of the long workdays made me tired.  And when I get tired, I get weak.  By Friday, my will power flew entirely out the window and I indulged.

Yes.  That’s right.  I made pizza.  From scratch.  (: 

Artichoke, olive, and spinach pizza with vegan mozzarella cheese and … yes, vegan pepper jack-stuffed crust.  *Drool.*

If my goal is to lose weight, then why do I keep allowing myself to sabotage the weight loss?  One simple reason: food is so much fun.  Exercise is healthy and great and makes me feel wonderful.  Dieting during the week is also healthy and keeps me from otherwise-inevitable weight gain.  And a little indulgence on the weekends… well, I’m starting to realize that it may not be the end of the world.  I’ve been so focused on weight loss for so long.  I ended college at an overweight 147 pounds.  But, with much persistence and dedication, here I am at a perfectly healthy 128.  Yes, come swimsuit season maybe I’ll step it up a notch, drop a few extra pounds, and totally rock a bikini.  But it’s March.  The extra three pounds don’t make a big difference under all of my work sweaters and I’m feeling a slight lack of motivation.

Still, after the weekend is over, I arrive at work bright and early on Monday feeling a little extra bloated and wondering why I didn’t just be good for the two little days I had off.  If I could just get through a couple of consecutive weekends without splurging on fun foods, I’d make so much progress.  I must be good next weekend!

Are you following along with the 90 day challenge?  How are you keeping motivated?

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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!

One thought on “Weigh-In Wednesdays: Weeks 4 and 5

  1. Pingback: Trying and Failing… is Actually Working | Extra Firm Tofu Belly

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