Increasing exercise, not intake!

I’ve been committing the unthinkable lately: eating my success…literally!

Since late May, I’ve really ramped up my exercise and I’ve been running at least 5x a week, plus ice-hockey games. And yesterday, after my run, I caught myself thinking, “Since I didn’t really want to run, but I did anyways…and I went farther than I was planning…I can treat myself to a glass of wine with dinner! Or a scoop of ice cream later! Or, hm, maybe both!”

Shame on me! That is not how that game works! Exercise should not be rewarded with calories in any form! I’m glad I caught myself thinking this, as silly as it sounds, because I imagine this has been happening subconsciously as my exercise has remained consistently high.

Luckily, dinner was completely healthy, satisfying, fun, and a Mr. Prevention-pleaser.

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos lightened up from Taste of Home

4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup 2% shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
10 jalapeno peppers


In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Cut a lengthwise slit down each pepper, leaving the stem intact; remove membranes and seeds. Fill each pepper with 1 tablespoon cheese mixture.

Prepare grill for indirect heat. Place peppers in a disposable foil pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Serve warm. Yield: 10 appetizers.

Nutrition Information (per appetizer): 36 calories*; 2.4 g. fat*; 6 mg. cholesterol; 150 mg. sodium; 1.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.7 g. fiber; 2.3 g. protein

*Original recipe was 66 calories and 6 grams of fat

Result: These were really delicious…but SPICY!!!! These are NOT for the spicy weenies out there!! If you are sure to remove ALL of the membrane and seeds, they’re hot, but not too hot….I really enjoyed them! Easy, too!

Baked Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons slightly adapted from Health for the Whole Self

Wonton wrappers (about 4×4” in size) — I used 2″ x 2″ Nasoya wonton wrappers
4 tbsp light cream cheese, softened
6 oz. can of crab meat (4 oz. drained)
freshly ground pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped


In a small bowl, mix together the crab, cream cheese, pepper, garlic powder, and chives.

Dollop a heaping teaspoonful onto the center of each wonton wrapper, then wet the edges and fold into triangles.

Place the wontons on a baking sheet lined with foil or sprayed with nonstick spray. Spray the wontons liberally with cooking spray (I used Olive Oil spray).

Bake at 400º for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Yield: 18 wontons.

Nutrition Information (per wonton): 34 calories; 0.7 g. fat; 8 mg. cholesterol; 4.4 g. carbohydrate; 0.1 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein

Result: Mmmmm! These were wonderful! I feel so silly for avoiding wonton wrappers for so long…they’re easy!!! These were Mr. P’s favorite! Can’t wait to make them again!

I had 4 jalapenos and 5 wontons for a WHOPPING 314 calories! The “meal” included meat, veggie, and carbohydrate and I loved it!

Question: Have you ever played “intake games” with yourself, or used food or beverages as a reward for a good workout?

Happy Hump Day! I work 12 hours today, so I’ll probably catch you all tomorrow!


  1. says

    I used to a lot more in the past, but I still catch myself with that attitude here and there. Hard to break old habits completely I guess.

  2. says

    I still do that, though less consciously than before. I’ll find myself putting extra almond butter on my sandwich or something, and realize that I’m going it because I think I “earned” it by working out earlier. Such a hard habit to break!

    Yummy dinner!

  3. lessonstolearn says

    Those wantons look amazing! I’ve never experimented with wanton wrappers, but I think I need to now!

  4. says

    Ha, ha, I’m a spicy weenie.

    I’ve definitely caught myself thinking that I’ve worked out really hard so I can consume *xyz.* Fortunately, my mind doesn’t work that way often…

  5. says

    No, I don’t reward myself with food after workout! I think it would be completely destroying the efforts. I love rewarding myself with some shopping spree for new outfits or flowers for home decor though… but not very often :)

  6. Danielle says

    So obviously I know that exercise calories burned shouldn’t be eaten by ice cream and wine….but I keep reading that you should eat back your calories you burned! Is this true? Or is this only true for extreme exercise.

  7. says

    Great point! I hear this ALL too often when I speak with friends. They wonder why they are not losing weight but will say to me: well, since I exercised today, I can treat myself. Absolutely not! Why counter all your workout efforts? I’m currently trying to lose the 2 lbs I’ve gained while on a cardio hiatus for the past 5 months due to injury. I’m finally feeling better and exercising like I used to but still trying to keep my intake a little lower in order to lose. I FEEL so much better and so I don’t want to add extra stuff in there!

  8. says

    Great Job with the workouts girl!!!

    I need to make both of those recipes next week. They look so good. Not sure if I can handle the spicy right now but I am going to try :)

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