1/2 protein – 1/2 fruit – 1 starch
Do you have a saboteur? Someone in your life who just fails miserably at supporting your weight loss goals? These are the people who try to convince you that “one little burger” won’t hurt. They are quick to point out that the fair only comes along once a year, so go ahead and have that funnel cake. They are the ones who tell you not to donate your old fat clothes because you will probably need them again someday. They always tell you that you can “work it off” tomorrow, or eat whatever you want as long as you run like you’re being chased by a bear three times a week.
I’m a caterer, and guess what? I used to be one of those people. Oh c’mon–one little bite won’t hurt! It’s good! Whoever said that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels has never had my cooking! Bleh. I totally hate myself for every single time I ever contributed to someone going off of their plan, no matter what their plan. I recognize now that I just had no idea how difficult this can be sometimes, and didn’t think that what I was doing was harmful. Now I know that it is, and I will never ever engage in those behaviors again. You only have to say “no” to me once these days, and whatever your reasons, I am A-OK with that.
The thing about saboteurs that is most damaging to me is that, once I give in, I feel really badly and continue to sabotage myself. If I cave and take a taste of that ice cream, I think, “Oh I’ve blown it, what the heck…” and eat a massive bowl of the stuff. Which is hilarious when you consider that ice cream has never been my favorite dessert. I convince myself that I’ll just start fresh tomorrow, but I end up being off-track for days at a time.
Have you picked up yet that this has happened to me recently? Yep. I have a saboteur in my midst and am working very hard to take control of the situation and focus on what I need to do for ME, despite the efforts of my saboteur. Step one: Lift up the bottom of my shirt to show my saboteur that I am busting out of my skinny jeans and it doesn’t feel good. Step two: Inform the saboteur that not trying to help me is just as bad as trying to hurt me. Step three: Assume ownership for my choices so that the saboteur knows that they are, in fact, my choices. Step four: Be specific in telling the saboteur what I need from them to feel supported.
With that, I’m recommitting to weight loss for a few weeks. I started it off with this week’s recipe for breakfast, and I am reminded of how good being on-plan can taste and feel.
And so we stand united against our saboteurs…who know not what they do…made strong by a delicious bowl of Blueberry Rice Pudding. And we are victorious.
• 1/2 C. 1% or 2% milk or milk alternative
• 1 Tbsp. margarine
• 2 eggs
• 1 Tbsp. Splenda “measures like sugar”
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla
• Pinch cinnamon
• 1/2 C. cooked brown rice
• 1/2 C. blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place milk and margarine in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Do not allow to boil.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs with Splenda, vanilla and cinnamon.
Once margarine has melted and milk is warm, remove saucepan from heat and stir in rice. While whisking, add egg mixture to milk and rice. Stir well to combine.
Divide mixture between two large ramekins coated with cooking spray. Divide blueberries between ramekins, dropping into egg and rice mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Without opening oven door, turn off oven but let puddings sit in hot oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until set. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy warm.
Makes 2 servings