Not a Lean Cuisine

I was so tempted to just heat up a Lean Cuisine for dinner last night…..

I was on my own for the night. The boys took off to do boy things. Since it was a Rest Day, I decided to use my time wisely and run errands. Library, grocery store, dyed my hair, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, and got sucked into hours of Netflix TV.

It would have been super easy to just heat up a frozen meal and call it good. I was very tempted. And I was feeling very lazy. I decided to suck it up and make something. Oy.

First, I cooked some plain whole wheat Couscous. Opened a can of chickpeas:

Then I steamed broccoli and tossed both on top of the couscous.

Then I drizzled some Goddess Dressing on top of everything. Fairly low in calories for the whole thing and I was filled up.

I also munched on some green grapes after dinner. Something else that saved a lot of calories? Not drinking wine with dinner. It’s amazing how many calories I save by NOT drinking. Which sucks because I love wine, I love trying new wines, I love wine-tasting. But really, who can just stop with one glass of wine? Those calories add up fast!

Today (Wednesday) Michael’s father and step-mom arrive from Texas. They will be visiting until Sunday. The step-sister and boyfriend arrive on Thursday and will be visiting until Sunday as well. Jeremy is still here with us too. So I think the plan for the next few days is a lot of EATING OUT! Gasp. Michael told me our dinner plans for the next 5 days and I think we are hitting every good restaurant in Portland. Which is understandable because they are also the favorite restaurants of the family visiting! It’s all good……

I will be strong.

I will be strong.

I will be strong.

I will……..oooh is that cheesecake?


I will BE strong!!!


10 responses to “Not a Lean Cuisine

  1. you WILL be strong!

    I’ve actually never been a fan of wine. Definitely helps me out sometimes!

  2. I love throwing together simple meals with beans as the protein because it takes no time at all!

    Eating out is TOUGH. One tip I have is to pick which night you want to be your splurge night so that you can look forward to it and keep on track during the other nights. That’s what I try to do with guests from out of town or on vacations and it generally helps me to be ‘good’ during the non-splurge meals. Good luck!!

  3. It is so hard to be good when it comes to eating out, having family/friends in town, etc. If I can, I try to look up the restaurant’s menu and nutritional information online ahead of time, to see if I can figure out the healthier options. 🙂

  4. You got this!

    Whenever I’m worried, I go with the 2 appetizer plan instead of an entree, but I think one splurge night is a good idea too.

  5. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying it. And I LOVE your comtemplation post today. It’s worth re-reading! Thank you for putting your experiences up so that those of us still on the journey can be motivated and encouraged!
    (I’m 30 pounds into my 100 pound weight loss.)

  6. I’m a huge fan of green grapes. I like bigger grapes, not the little ones, and green ones tend to be decent sized.

    Hooray for not going lean cuisine and actually eating REAL broccoli!

    And hey, a bit of cheesecake never hurts. But yes, YOU WILL BE STRONG!

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