I am sure you have seen the cartoon with the devil sitting on one shoulder and the angel sitting on the other “helping” the character make a decision.  Yesterday, I told my husband, “It is a good thing that my angel is much bigger now than my devil!” 

All the way home yesterday I struggled with wanting Buffalo wings for dinner.  I had seen a post on Facebook with a picture of a plate of wings and it looked so good!  I knew once I got home that I would have many hours of cleaning ahead of me to prepare for the birthday party today.  I also knew that once I got home I would have to cook something to eat for dinner.  We were out of leftovers and I didn’t have any spinach or lettuce left for a quick salad. 

Sixteen months ago the decision would not have even been up for debate.  I would have driven out of my way to find a Shane’s Rib Shack to get some chicken wings.  However, now I plan those special meals to fit into my meal plan.  My angel (brain) told me that I was going to be eating more than usual today, including some cupcakes and ice cream, and I did not need the extra calories two days in a row.   Additionally, I will be going to cheer on the Braves tomorrow and can expect to eat something at Turner Field that, I am sure, will be full of calories and sodium.  The devil, on the other hand, told me that I really did not have time to cook and clean the dishes and I was far too hungry to wait.  Plus, I have not had wings in a month or so. 

The decision turned out to be really very easy.  I have a goal and I am determined to meet that goal.  Eating wings last night would NOT have helped me reach that goal and would have, in fact, deterred me from losing the two pounds that I had lost when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I knew that it was more important for me to use my “MOO,” or Meal of Opportunity as Zach calls it, today to celebrate our birthdays.  So, I came home and cooked fajita chicken (see recipe below) and ate a very yummy low calorie meal!

Today, on the other hand, I have already been for a walk and I am planning to consume a larger number of calories than usual.  That is ok.  It is all in my plan and my goal is sooooo close I can taste it!  Have a wonderful weekend, Everyone!


FAJITA CHICKEN W/ SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI                              Number of servings 4


Ingredients Calories




Squash – Zucchini, includes skin, raw, 1.25 cup, chopped






Chipotle – Fajita Vegetables (Sauteed Green Bell Peppers & Red Onions), 9.3 oz






Perdue Short Cuts – Carved Chicken Breast Southwestern Style, 1.5 cup






Kroger – Salsa – Thick & Chunky – Mild, 4 tbsp






Dynasty – Hoisin Sauce, 2 tbsp


















Per Serving:





Cut squash, zucchini, onion, and bell peppers into strips and sauté with a tablespoon of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.  (You can also add some black pepper, a pinch of sea salt, and some Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle for added flavor.)  Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  Once the veggies cook down and the onions become translucent, add the chicken, salsa, and Hoisin sauce (if you want it to be spicy) and let the mixture heat through.  Serve and enjoy! 

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