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Valentine’s in moderation…

Posted Feb 15 2011 12:00am

There is no reason to avoid chocolate and treats on V-day; however, there is no need to go ‘all-out-eat-everything-you-see’ crazy!!

 One of my goals for the week was to enjoy Valentine’s, have some treats if I want them, enjoy them and not feel guilty about it!  That is exactly what I did!  We had our work potluck and the ladies did not disappoint (we were in charge of desserts).  I was able to enjoy a teeny piece (about 2-3 bites) of a Weight Watchers Strawberry Shortcake, a Sugar-Free Strawberry-Pretzel Dessert, my Red-Velvet Cake, and about 3 Hershey kisses.  I decided to eat my Salmon, asparagus, toasted WW pita and hummus before I browsed the pot luck goodies!  I also placed my tofu pudding and banana, plus one of my mini cupcake shaped flax brownies on my plate before adding anything else.  Everything was really yummy, and I even saved half the banana and tofu pudding so I wouldn’t feel over-stuffed (I ate it before leaving for the day).  My students spoiled me with goodies, but I actually just kept them on my desk and then packed them into a cute hello kitty baggie to take home.

When I got home Eric was making some feta and spinach stuffed chicken for the grill, roasted veggies, and wild rice!!  I was feeling pretty hungry so I decided to indulge in a treat BEFORE dinner since I didn’t want to have one too late in the evening.  I went with 2 of the mini banana/choco chip cupcakes on of my students made me.  I shared them with Gavin :)   They were so good!!  I had a bit of time before dinner so I decided to get my workout in before I got full and lazy…Day 6 of the Shred!!  Man, I love that work-out and so I figured I would show it how much I love it by giving it every bit of energy I had in me :)   Then it was din-din time!!

Since I had my little treats through-out the day, I didn’t go with a dessert.  I felt satisfied and happy with my meal and did not need to eat sweets so I could fit more into my day :)   In the words of Bob Dylan, ”the times, they are a changin’”…last year would have been a completely different ending!!  This year I am wiser, healthier and getting to be a more intuitive eater…best gift EVER!!

What changes do you notice in yourself when it comes to making healthier choices?  What gifts/rewards have you given yourself lately?

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