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!
About the Author: Carli Fierce is a Fitness and Weight Loss Blogger promoting a healthy lifestyle through her book “The Official 5K Training Guide”, hundreds of blog posts and FREE 5K Training podcasts that have helped people around the world get up and run. Follow her on Facebook.com/CarliFierce, on Twitter @CarliFierce, Instagram @CarliFierce.