I went to lunch with an old co-worker friend. We ended up going to the Bamboo Bistro, a fantastic Chinese Buffet downtown. I made healthy choices for breakfast that morning. I had an english muffin with a 1 Point Weight Watcher Cheese wedge and a Lactose Free Yogurt. I had all kinds of stuff at the lunch buffet, fried rice, general Tso’s chicken, fish and crab rangoon. For dessert I had a few pieces of honey crisp pineapple. I knew I had blown my points for the day. I made up my mind right then that I was having stir-fried veggies for dinner and told my friend I was doing so as confirmation.
Once I got home, I was tired and figured I could just grab some fast food and relax. Luckily, I talked myself out of that foolishness. I felt kinda bad about eating so much at lunch, so I decided to go to the gym as “punishment.” Then I read somewhere that working out should not feel like punishment, and you should do activities you enjoy. I turned on my new favorite toy the Xbox Kinect. Sweat is sweat, whether it’s elliptical sweat or doing sexy dances to Rihanna in my living room sweat. I had fun doing the 20 minute Dance Central fitness routine. After my mini workout session, I was so against veggies for dinner I actually ate nothing. I sat in my own silent protest to such a “horrible” dinner. Then around 10 o’clock my stubbornness started to wane because I was hungry. I went in the kitchen and chopped up some fresh zucchini and squash. I put them in olive oil and sautéed them with pre-chopped frozen green peppers. It was such an easy dish to prepare. I seasoned them with a veggie seasoning I got from the spice store at the market.
After they cooked down some, I added some frozen chopped spinach. It started to smell really good. When it was ready, I topped it off with a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese. I can put cheese on just about everything but ice cream. And…guess what? My 4 point dinner was delicious! I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t feel like punishment at all. There was no meat, no side dish with carbs, and I was satisfied. I even went back for guilt-free seconds!