My silly scales are continuing to play up. Another perfidious attack on my resolve and my motivation courtesy of the weighing device happened this morning. Although I was freshly relieved of excess liquids, and in a suitable state of undress, the scales had the audacity to claim I had actually *gained* 200g over the last week. Impossible. No, really. Because there was no eating out, I kept to the diet, and I even got plenty of walking in. 33km in total, so an average of 5km every day, with a minimum of 20 minutes activity every day. Oh horror. I saw my motivation vanish down the drain…
Motivation is really such a fragile thing. If the pounds don’t melt, I get very easily discouraged. What is the point of adhering to a health and fitness regime, if there are no results? I find it very hard to bounce back from defeat. If I am putting effort into something, I *need* a reward, a visible result. The lack of it frustrates me, angers me, makes me feel helpless. How do you deal with lack of progress? Do you shrug and set your sights on “next time”, or does it plunge you in the depth of despair, most likely to be followed up by the old, bad pattern of “I need to console myself with chocolate”?
In this case, I decided to give the scales a rest and apply last week’s strategy. Four hours later, I tried again. Low and behold – suddenly the scales decided I had lost 700g, even though I hadn’t even fiddled with books and heavy objects. The question is: Are my scales broken? Or does my metabolism need a bit of time in the morning before it is up and running and burn the fat? Or am I possibly just lying to myself with my manipulation of weighing times?
I might be clutching at straws here. Maybe I need to buy a new weighing scale. But for the moment I am glad that the motivation is back. 7.2kg in total, that’s about one third of the way done. But the way it is going at the mo, it’s going to take more than 12 weeks to get to goal.
On to today’s recipe. I probably shouldn’t combine the word “fake” with “pizza” here – our host, Zeesmuse, would definitely have a word to say about that. However, when pizza is off the menu – too much cheese, too many carbs, and let’s spread the veil of shame over pepperoni – then the fake pizza is something that tastes nice without the points. As you all know by now, I am not a great fan of cooking, so anything that is quick and easy – especially when my cooking duties are already engaged by cooking a regular meal for the rest of the family – works well in my book. Thank heavens for wraps, I say. They have become my mainstay over the last six weeks. And they are the basis of today’s recipe, too. Literally. Using a kiddie size wrap as the base, you can easily create a fake pizza for yourself that is easy to prepare, takes only 10 minutes under the grill or in the oven, and does without the points, if you want it to.
1 kiddie size wrap (2 Smartpoints)
a handful of soft, ripe cherry tomatoes (0 SP) (or 3 tbsp canned chopped tomatoes)
3-4 mushrooms (0 SP)
half an onion (0 SP)
half a red pepper (0 SP)
10 g of low-fat, ground cheese (1 SP)
salt, pepper, herbs etc. for seasoning
optional: 2 slices of Parma ham (2 SP)
If you don’t have chopped tomatoes at hand, mash a handful of cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Spread on your wrap. Season to your liking. Place 2 slices of ham on top. Chop your veggies and spread over the ham. Sprinkle the whole thing with the ground cheese. I put my fake pizza under the grill for about 10 minutes, until the cheese was golden brown.
The wrap base was actually nicely crisp around the edges, and even with only a small amount of cheese, the pizza tasted really nice. I splashed out on the ham, but I was happy to invest those 5 Smartpoints.
Having said all that, I *would* much rather eat the real thing.