Well – I had a great snack today but I have no pictures! My boss called us into our break room to have a “chocolate break” with (gasp!) truffles from The Chocolate Spike – you know I went for that :) I had 1/2 a plain chocolate truffle and 1/2 one of their hazelnut/dark chocolate turtles – those things are amazing. I wish I had pictures because they were all so pretty! I promise to have pictures/reviews of the next ones. I just haven’t really told anyone at work about the blog yet and I didn’t want to just come down to the break room, whip out my camera, and have to tell the whole story this afternoon.
Since we needed some food, Nick and I took a trip to the grocery store after work before heading home. I’m glad we went because we needed more than I remembered, and I bought my Forbidden Food.
Once we got home, Nick put a frozen pizza in the oven for himself and I whipped up a quick taco salad! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these things.
The plan was to have some of the chicken chili, but the weather was just screaming for a salad – not soup! It was absolutely beautiful here today and it made me angry I was working inside all day :) I can’t wait until every day is like this for a while.
I layered fat free refried beans, a black bean burger, romaine, chopped tomato, 1/4 avocado, and a few black olives.
Then…..it was time.
Introducing my Forbidden Food for the challenge:
Hello love :)
Why was this my forbidden food?
Well, I decided on this because I had avoided buying it for a while and it was the first thing that came to mind. I haven’t bought it until now because it’s expensive ($5.50!) and because I normally have a hard time eating just a serving of ice cream – especially out of these pints. 4 servings? Are you kidding me? :)
And – can I tell you? I think it was fate! We went to Kroger after work, there was barely anyone in there (all the college kids are out drinking for St. Patty’s Day, I’m sure), and I was so excited to pick out the flavor. I got to the frozen case and this was the last coconut milk pint left – period. Looking at the labels, I know that they normally have the cookie dough and mint flavors, but there was honestly ONE pint left and I picked it up as fast as I could!
So, tonight I bought it and ate it.
I had one serving topped with a little Hershey’s syrup….
…and it was heavenly. The absolute perfect way to end my day. The milk coconut taste was all throughout it, and I loved the mix of coconut and vanilla flavors.
To be honest, I had some struggles doing this challenge already:
- In the store, I saw the price again and thought “maybe I should pick something else for the challenge”
- In typical Brandi fashion, the first thing I looked at was the calories/fat/fiber (thanks WW!) and had a hard time deciding whether to actually get it again
- Once home, I was debating whether to have it tonight or waiting until a day I worked out
- I weighed out a portion before having it instead of just eyeballing it like normal people
I think these reasons are why I wanted / needed to do this challenge.
I haven’t really talked much about WW on here because I can’t say too much since all their actual info is copyrighted and I don’t know that people want to know that much MORE about what I eat!
Quick background: I’ve been doing WW for over 5 years now and it’s such an ingrained habit to go by their good health guidelines and figuring up points. I follow their Core/ Simply filling program, which basically means that most whole foods (lean proteins, veggies, fruits, ff dairy, whole grains) are “point free” and I only count points for those things not included in that list (i.e., nuts, ice cream, bread, etc).
I honestly wonder sometimes if I’ll ever be able to eat normally, without calculating points. One big reason I decided to do this challenge was to challenge myself to start moving away from counting points and try to eat healthy and balanced and not worry about it. I know that will take me a long time – and in case you’re wondering, I did count points for this treat – since I’m still following WW right now. Don’t get me wrong – WW is a great program and it’s what helped me lose my weight and keep it off for the last 4 years! I just want to find out if I actually have it in me to do this on my own, without using a program as a crutch. It’s going to be a long process, but I have to start somewhere.
Whoa – I didn’t mean to write that much :) Well, I guess you know more about me now -even if you didn’t want to :)
What a great challenge, Vani! I’m so glad you came up with this – I think this is the perfect time for it.
I’m going to finish watching American Idol while I edit this document some more, then bed.
See you tomorrow – hope you enjoyed your St. Patty’s Day!