With wine, of course!
Mal and I had a low-key, but really nice Valentine’s Day night. It involved wine, a simple dinner, and cuddling on the couch with a Netflix movie. Perfect.
We watched Bad Teacher, which was absolutely terrible. We even considered shutting it off a few times—it was that bad. The storyline was cheesy, the characters were weird (but not it a good way), and I didn’t even realize Jason Segal had a main role until halfway through the movie. Blah. Don’t waste your time on this one.
A movie that was really good (much better than I expected) was Crazy Stupid Love—and not just because Ryan Gosling was in it with his shirt off (ok, maybe it was a little). Mal and I watched Crazy Stupid Love over the weekend, and I liked a lot of things about it: the acting, characters, storyline… it was even pretty funny at times. I definitely recommend it.
Anyway, onto dinner!
Neither of us felt like cooking last night, so Mal and I did our own thing for dinner with leftovers from the refrigerator. I made myself an arugula salad, which I topped with leftover chicken stir fry and truffle salt.
On the side: a toasted Everything bagel with cream cheese and a glass of wine. Random, but it worked.
For dessert, I ate a zillion peanut M&Ms. This handful is a just small representation of how many I actually ate. Once I get going with the peanut M&Ms, I just can’t stop!
Feel Great Weight
I frequently receive questions about the number of calories I consumed when I was trying to lose weight, and people are usually surprised when they hear my answer. Then (and now) I typically consume 1,800 to 2,200 calories a day. This might sound like a lot of calories compared to some of the 1,200-calorie plans you hear about, but finding my Feel Great Weight wasn’t a short-term diet just to shed pounds. The word diet often means a temporary and restrictive eating plan that helps you to lose weight, but when you stop the diet, you often gain the weight right back. My diet wasn’t temporary, but something I planned to sustain for the rest of my life. Plus, I knew that drastically reducing my daily calorie count would leave me hungry and miserable so I set out to make changes that would stick.
In the past, I just threw together whatever convenient and low-calorie meal I could get my hands on. A lot of the time, it was one of those 300-calorie frozen dinners. In theory, eating them made sense for slashing calories, but it always left me hungry later on, which led me to overeat. I quickly learned that I needed to plan well-rounded meals with a good amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to satisfy my hunger and keep me full for hours. Take a look at this slideshow for a few things to keep in mind when you’re planning healthy meals.
Question of the Day
What are your tips for planning a nutritious, delicious, and satisfying meal?