I woke up feeling very pleased with myself today. Last night I discovered a packet of these in the cupboard. They are my favourite crispbread and I bought them to have at Christmas as a treat with cheese or just butter.
We didn’t get round to eating them so they have been sitting in the cupboard since and last night I was desperate to have one or two. I wasn’t going to binge eat the lot. I was going to count points and deduct from weekly extras. However, I need to keep the weekly extras as I have a very sociable weekend coming up. So I wrestled with myself for a long while and the new in control Zoe won. I was happy when I woke up and remembered that.
One evening this week I popped in to Jane R’s and she gave me some good advice. I am in control of what I eat. It doesn’t always feel that way to me and it certainly didn’t during my blip before Christmas but I am (unless you invite me over and I will gratefully eat everything you offer me 🙂 ). So I have been thinking about that and decided to accept that I can take control. Last night was my first test and I passed. So I was very happy when I woke up today. Thank you Jane 🙂
I did have a Dr.Karg’s crispbread for breakfast. Just the one and with no butter. I had it instead with 2 eggs which were scrambled in butter. 8 points (2 large eggs = 5, 1 crispbread = 2 and 1 tsp butter = 1).
The focus of lunch was to be a salad. I had another Little Gem lettuce to use up and wanted to make a gutsy Blue Cheese dressing to go with it. I didn’t have the right ingredients though so I adapted the recipe I blogged about here.
I added lemon juice, Balsamic vinegar (hence the brown colour), avocado oil and cottage cheese. Getting rid of the cottage cheese lumps would have been easier in a food processor but I remembered the bingo wings and decided to press on.
I finally added some Blue Cheese which I cut in to chunks which are lovely to bite in to. The dressing was the same consistency as humous. I wanted something looser, more like yogurt. The Blue Cheese dressing I posted before is better.
The quantity I made weighed 200 g so I calculated the points for a quarter of it which is what I served myself which came in at 5 points (1/2 tbsp oil = 2, 35 g 1.5% fat cottage cheese = 1 and 10 g + 7g Stilton = 2). The 7 g was a cheeky nibble I had while I was chopping the salad veg.
and rather weird and not quite wonderful dressing on the other. This was a reasonable enough lunch and the only points were from the dressing which is a good result.I have been feeling quite tired recently and I read an interview with nutritionist Jane Clarke called ‘Eating for Energy’. I am eating and doing nearly everything she recommends apart from her top energy-boosting food which is good quality red meat to get a good dose of iron. I have not had red meat for ages. In fact, I eat far less meat of any kind these days than I used to. So when I popped out at lunch time I bought a large Rump steak to share with the little fella tonight.
I fried the steak in a ridged pan with oil and butter and served it with mashed butternut squash ( I steamed it first) and green beans. I mashed the squash with butter and black pepper. Mashed squash is great for weight loss as it has no points in Weight Watchers and saves eating a carb such as potato. It was really delicious and we both enjoyed it. 12 points for this lovely dinner and I must say, it was worth every single one of them (180 g lean Rump steak = 6, 2 tsp butter = 2 and 1 tbsp oil = 4)
I have eaten so well today I have 7 points left and that is not including the 5 extra I earned for walking for 40 minutes. I think I will leave the day’s eating there though and go to bed very much in credit.
I ate well again today. I did my Mile A Day. I am in control.