How did two months pass without a blog post? Must have been that pre-Christmas/Christmas/post-Christmas thing. Whatever the case, here we go. BTW – Happy New Decade!
For those of you familiar with the Weight Watchers eating plan, you’ll know what I mean when I talk about my daily points. For those of you who are not familiar with WW, basically described, your new eating plan is based on a daily point allotment which is assigned by your weight at the beginning of the program. As you lose weight, your point allotment goes down. My current allotment is 18 points per day. (Which is also the minimum amount that it will ever be. Thankfully!!!)
In addition to your daily point allotment, you have a certain number of weekly points that you may use at any given time. For instance, when you NEED those french fries and you’re out of points. Tonight, I was heading into dinner with 5 points remaining. Instead of one of the WW meals (many are very good!) which normally contain from 4-6 points, I opted for stir fry veggies. I would normally like to use fresh veggies, but I was in a bit of a hurry and decided to use a package of frozen. Upon checking the content of calories, fat, and fiber, I learned that one serving of the stir-fry veggies contained (here comes the good part) ZERO POINTS. We WW people LOVE those ZERO POINT items. I especially love them when I’m craving veggies. I grabbed the wok, smeared some olive oil around in it, let it heat & then dumped in the veggies. Mmmm. Seven minutes later – Voilà! There’s just something very satisfying about stirring veggies around in a wok with a big ole wooden spoon. The package of veggies contained a nice assortment: broccoli, sugar snap peas, green beans, carrots, celery, water chestuts, onions and red peppers. And I just love the crunch those water chestnuts add. Yum.
Now understand this, another reason that I like the sound of ZERO points tonight, was that I wanted a glass of vino with dinner. And since it has 2 points per glass, I had to figure that into the equation. Since I wasn’t having any meat or other food, I doubled the veggie serving to 1.5 cups which = 1 point. Now add in the 2 point glass of Beringer White Zinfandel. For what it’s worth, I’m far from a wine geek and that might not be (probably isn’t) the right wine for veggies, but it’s my very favorite wine. So there.
Now, if you’ve been paying attention and keeping track of the points, you know that I’ve had my veggies and vino and I still have 2 points left for the day. Just enough for yet another glass of vino OR popcorn!
And for the record, if you’re wondering, WW is a very healthy, slow way to lose weight and learn how to eat sensible portions and healthy foods. I heartily recommend it. I’m doing it with the online program and have never felt that I was on a diet. I’ve been on it (with a few ups & downs) for over a year and am over half way to my goal.
Now, a bit about the photos. They were taken with my handy, dandy iPhone & processed in a cool app called ‘Camerabag.’ If you’d like some different looks to process your photos, check it out. You can instantly convert a photo to one of several filters – including: Helga, Colorcross, Lolo, Magazine, Instant, 1974, Cinema, Mono, 1962, Fisheye and Infrared. These were processed with Lolo – instantly. Check it out. It wasn’t pricey. 1.99 I think.