My good friend Jen is having her big 4-0 tomorrow and we celebrated with her at work today. There was not just one, but two batches of brownies brought in for her.
I was able to ignore them today. It is much easier now when you are in the first days of the program and starting fresh. You are so gung-ho to stay on track. It is easy to pass up those gooey chocolaty treats.
A week ago I would have tried both kinds. A month from now I may work it into my day. But not today.
Tonight I am looking forward to our standard Friday night pizza and wine. At least I was looking forward to it until I put the recipe into e-Tools and saw how many points it was going to cost me. Our homemade pizza with Boboli whole wheat thin crust, light sauce, part skim cheese, turkey pepperoni and mushrooms was going to be 15 points. I usually eat half of it. It doesn’t seem like a lot, 4 small pieces. I am not even stuffed after eating it.
But there it was on the screen staring back at me, 15 points. That just isn’t going to work for me. It isn’t worth starving myself all day.
Time for plan B.
- 1 whole wheat pita pocket
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup Ragu Pizza Sauce
- 1 1/2 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese
- 7 slices of Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
- 1/4 c fresh mushrooms
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush pita with olive oil. Top with sauce, cheese, turkey pepperoni and mushrooms. Bake on aluminum foil directly on oven rack for 8 minutes. Slice and enjoy.
8 – 9 PointsPlus for entire pita pizza. You could forgo the olive oil (I did by accident) and/or cut the cheese back a bit to shave another point or two off.
Points can very based on which brand of pita pocket you use, for example the Thomas Whole Wheat Pita I had on hand made the pizza 9 points, but the Sara Lee Mr. Pita 100% Whole Wheat that I bought over the weekend would have made it an 8 point pizza. You can probably guess which brand I will be buying now.
Mike still ate the original Boboli pizza we have been making every week. I cut the crust in half before baking and froze the rest for him next week. This is how the pizzas compare:
My pita pizza on the left is smaller, but it was just as filling and satisfying as the Boboli pizza and I saved 7 points. I could enjoy my wine and pizza Friday nights. I did not feel like I sacrificed anything except an extra couple of minutes to make separate pizzas.
I may not have got myself out of bed to walk this morning. But I did finish the day only using 2 points of my weekly allowance, which for me is not bad for a Friday.
Even the small victories feel good.