Tracking your weight loss on the scale gives you a simple, clear indication of how far you've come. Today we focus on what the scale can and can’t do for you—and how to accept what it’s telling you without fear or judgment. But there’s more than one way to measure your success. Pay attention to the whole person you are— as these Weight Watchers members did -- and you may find it easier to stick with your healthy behaviors. For starters, which of these tangible changes resonate with you?
* *Feel better about yourself.* There's a spring in your step, eagerness at the beginning of a new day, and the attitude that you can take on the world. You're well on your way to a healthier new you, and it’s a powerful feeling.
* *Like what the tape measure's telling you* Sometimes the scale doesn't show what your clothes can, especially if you’ve been doing toning and strengthening moves. You might gain a little muscle mass; it's denser than fat and occupies less space, so your circumference shrinks a bit. To chart these changes, take your measurements, or compare how your clothes fit to your pre-Weight Watchers days.
* *Can buy a smaller size!* It's the classic milestone: You head to the mall to buy a new pair of jeans (because that belt just isn't doing the job any more), and you see that you've dropped a size, or two. _Yessss!_
* *Know when to say "no, thanks"* Your discipline is real and you're proud of it. You don’t eat something just because it’s there or because someone offers it. You carefully stick to your plan and know when your body's telling you that you're satisfied.
* *Recognize your triggers* Hormonal swings. A major deadline at the office. You know what your danger zones are and you've lined up ways to de-stress and decompress that don't involve food, but do deliver what you need.
* *Order like a pro* You order your fish grilled, not deep-fried; tomato sauces, not creamy ones—unless you want it and can work it into your SmartPoints® Budget. You ask for salad dressings on the side and vegetables as appetizers. You even share that rich dessert with a friend (and if it doesn't taste good, you don't finish your portion. Life's too short for a dried-out brownie!).
* *Cook like a pro* Your stir-fry is made with just a touch of oil and lots of veggies, and you've discovered the pleasures of high-flavor spices and herbs. You've mastered some nifty techniques and feel at home in your kitchen.
* *Really enjoy your meals* You've invested in some classy placemats and bought some candles. You turn off the TV, turn up the relaxing music, and truly savor your food, with or without company.
* *Choose food-free rewards* When you reach weight-loss milestones, you indulge in new workout clothes or a massage instead of a bag of potato chips.
* *Exercise without exhaustion* And you can walk up the stairs without feeling out of breath and run for the bus with ease. You've built up endurance and strength — and there's also less of you to lug around!
* *Have the power!* You've worked hard and your efforts are paying off. You know what it takes to get where you want to be, and you can do it.
Veggie veggie good!
Who says vegetables have to be boiled or steamed? Try this perfect summer side below, Sauteed Zucchini with Oregano and Feta, with the bright herbs and tangy cheese. Or enjoy these yummy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic! Or use your oven to bring out the mellow side of vegetables: Roasted Green Beans and Fresh Tomatoes, shown here, delivers lots of flavor with just a dash of seasonings.