Thank you all for your strategies on handling the cookie swap party and on generally making me feel better about my inability to stop at just one cookie. I never can. Even if they’re the size of my head. At least 2 is how I roll.
As an update, I actually did quite well. I brought a cup of coffee which kept my hands and mouth busy and I just tried a few bites of cookies that looked especially delicious, then ate 1 whole one of my favorite one. I originally packed a bunch to take home with me (planning to freeze them) but then decided to just let my officemates go to town. I saved a few for myself and ate one of them later in the afternoon and one this morning. I’m considering this one a success!!
Moving on to a topic I wanted to discuss today… I think those of you trying to lose weight (or have in the past) can probably relate, especially if you ever counted calories, points, protein/carb/fat grams, etc.
Going over your target number of [insert the thing you’re tracking… Weight Watchers Points+ in my case] for a specific meal and having a mini-freak out about it. Let me expand by backtracking a bit.
Sunday night I decided to roast a whole chicken we got in last month’s meat CSA, create a roasted carrot recipe (for Adam’s potluck lunch at work… someone’s gotta bring veggies!!) and make brussels sprouts with truffle oil. Oh yeah! I had both of my ovens going – it was so much fun!
I rubbed the outside and inside (under the skin) of the chicken with Stonewall Kitchen’s chicken & pork rub and slipped lemon slices under the skin as well.
See? Yeah, it’s a bit of a dirty job but so worth it. This added so much flavor with no additional fat/calories!
The carrots got a sprinkling of S&P, about 1/2T EVOO per pound (I made 4!!) and baked at 400 for 10 minutes covered, then for 10 minutes uncovered… and then on the skillet for a few minutes with some ponzu sauce which caramelized. Crazy delicious!!
Everything turned out super flavorful. I made a plate of what I thought was a reasonable portion and dug in.
This, my friends, is apparently what an 11 Points+ dinner looks like (I ate the skin off the chicken while putting my plate together). I get 29 Points+ a day so it seemed like a lot so I packed a skinless, slightly smaller piece of chicken for lunch and went about my day (err night).
Monday at lunch, though, I had a bit of a freakout. My lunch was 10 Points+!!! With breakfast and 2 snacks under my belt, dinner and cookies to be made, is that too much? How the hell can I stay within my Points+ range if I eat like that? [And btw, this was supposed to be healthy – doesn’t it look it?]. Ughhhhhhhhh
You know what, dinner ended up being just 6 Points+ and it was good. I made a giant veggie stir-fry with tofu and red curry sauce and it was amazingly satisfying. If I didn’t end up consuming 3 cookies that night, I would actually be UNDER my daily allowance even with that 10 Points+ lunch. The point is that some meals or snacks will be higher than the number that you *think* you should allocate to a meal but it’s relatively easy to adjust elsewhere. I planned on doing the stir-fry anyways so in my case, there was even no compromise to be made. It really should balance out if you focus on nutrition, hunger levels and eating until you’re satisfied, not stuffed!!
Do you ever feel like you had a balanced and healthy meal yet the numbers still look scary? Or do you beat yourself up if a meal was more indulgent than you originally “planned for?” If so, when you looked at your whole day overall, did you find that if you didn’t give up into the “hell, I’ve fallen off the wagon, might as well screw it” mentality, that it evened out at the end? For me, the key is not falling into that trap and it usually works out!