Blessedly, I didn’t have to work Monday. That was fine by me. Not only did I have time to take a 1.8-mile walk, but also get some quality rewriting done on Brad and Erin’s story and whip up a delicious dinner.
The day didn’t get off to the best start, though — and I blame the dreaded scale.
Yes, the big metal monster reared its ugly head, telling me I’ve gained three pounds since my last weigh-in. Granted, that was three weeks ago (I skipped the last two Mondays, one because I was in Utah and the next because I was at the Boyfriend’s … well, that and I didn’t really want to see the number on the scale.)
That puts me back at 217. There are two pluses to that: One, I regained a Point, so now I get to eat 34 Points a day. (I don’t know why 34 seems so much more manageable than 33, but it does.) Two, it wasn’t worse. Especially after the crap I ate this weekend, I half expected to see a higher number on the scale.
So I’m happy to still be in the 210s, and ready to get back to the business of taking weight off.
I started with a 30-minute walk to kick off Mel’s Summer Walk Challenge.
It was a beautiful morning to get outside — and yes, it was actually morning when I started. Note that 8:55 starting time. Because I was in bed before midnight Saturday night, I didn’t have to sleep ’til noon.
Ah, what I could accomplish if I worked more regular hours!
I hoofed it down the street to one of my favorite walking neighborhoods, Railroad Springs.
It was pretty good, but I really prefer tropical combos. Mango/peach/pineapple smoothies don’t have all those tiny seeds.
Shortly after breakfast, I prepped/roasted a butternut squash. I cut part of it into chunks and part into fries, and stuffed the bulb with quinoa a la Roni’s recipe.
For lunch, I served the squash fries alongside a chicken burger topped with onions. Sandwich Thin and a wedge of Laughing Cow white cheddar were also involved. Yum! The combo was a definite keeper. I’ll have to remember that the next time I hit Safeway, since it was one of those pre-cooked Open Nature caramelized onion chicken burgers. The burger itself had just 5 WW Points, so lunch had 10 altogether. Not too shabby for a satisfying burger/fries.
The rest of the squash got packed into containers for consumption this week — my only nod to Sunday Food Prep this week. (So it was Monday. I was still off, making it feel like Sunday.)
After lunch, it was writing time. I treated myself to a skinny caramel latte while I worked. For once, I really did work. (That hasn’t happened much since returning from Utah.) I reworked a problematic scene and am really pleased with how it turned out.
That’s always a nice feeling.
Several hours and several hundred words later, I left the Bux and ran to the store to pick up supplies for the recipe I wanted to try for dinner.
I decided to tackle the Triple-Bean Vegetarian Burgers from Jenn at Peas and Crayons.
That turned out to be an excellent decision.
Yes, it was a bit of a pain in the butt to make — and I about lost it when, after frying the onions and mixing the burgers, I realized they had to chill for 30 minutes before I cooked ’em. I didn’t think I’d make it. However, cleaning up the kitchen gobbled up most of the wait time.
Forgive my picture, which doesn’t do them justice. I just realized it doesn’t show the burger as much as the tomato and onion I piled on top of it. Next time … I have three more burgers to get the photo right.
Since I’d already eaten a bun with lunch, I did a lettuce-wrapped burger for dinner. That left me with Points to taste the roommate’s homemade pasta salad. It, too, was delicious.
That was a whole day of homemade food — for only 35 WW Points (including an after-dinner chocolate shake made with a WW smoothie packet, banana, 1 Tablespoon PB and some ice cubes). And it was just as satisfying as the junk I ate Sunday.
I can do this.
I will do this.
One meal … one choice at a time.
In the words of Theodora, I may lose the battle, but I will win the war.