BNF and I had a bit of a row about money last night. It’s too wearisome to recount, especially on 4 hours of sleep, but the upshot is that I have cancelled my party. I feel a bit sad about this but there we go – I don’t have the money and I need to be thinking about saving for the wedding to boot. It’s just sucky timing that my 40th falls at this time – I should have been married for years by now! And also have grown out of saying things like sucky, possibly.
On the plus side, it means no precious points on cocktails tonight. It’s not an outstanding plus side but it does mean that I’ve come in very comfortably at 18 points today (assuming I don’t go mad and eat an avocado washed down with glugs of olive oil before the end of the day!).
I agree with Shauna that a diet system that demonises such things is all varieties of crazy, but there we go. When I was whinging about this before I started WW, I was grumping about joining a diet which tells me that marshmallows are better for me than avocado. I got advice (from Beth) that I just had to go with it and suspend [grumpiness]. I replied tartly that I was really looking forward to making a tricolore salad with marshmallows replacing the avocado. This was when I was young and naive and didn’t realise I’d also have to replace the mozzarella! More marshmallows? Mmmm, tomatoes and marshmallows – that classic combo! The Italians have NOTHING on this delicacy. Served naked, obviously (the tomatoes and marshmallows, not me) since I now know about the wickedness of olive oil.
So today I cut out the olive oil and I cut out the avocado and this has made a dramatic saving to my salad – now a mere half a point for leaves, cabbage, carrot, celery, pepper, cucumber and tomato. The half point is for a tbsp of balsamic vinegar; I couldn’t face my radioactive orange fat free dressing. I have even had so many points today that I had a Starbucks mocha light frappuccino (1.5 points) and can look forward to a Skinny Cow ice cream after dinner (ham and ratatouille). It’s a relief after yesterday’s hard slog to not be scrabbling around for points to save. Admittedly, I may not need them at the weekend as I have a rough idea of what I’m going to have - for breakfast and in the evenings anyway - and it's pretty virtuous, but a glass of wine would be lovely with my crab risotto (thanks Seren) – and my seabass and samphire. And there are those magnums if I have enough points! Yes, it’s all worth saving for.