Tonight my husband and I have tickets to the Colorado Mammoth game (professional lacrosse). We are planning on making it a special evening since we will already be downtown and obviously that means dinner out. I have already decided not to simply give up for the day and not worry about what I am eating. Instead this is what I am doing.
Special K 2 pts
V8 0 pts
We went and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical (don't forget to add resistance to up your heart rate and calories burned) and lifted upper body. I am working towards doing a full pull up someday so for now I was able to do 6 assisted ones with 120 lbs help. It may be a lot of help but you have to start somewhere. According to my heart rate monitor I burned 795 calories in the hour I was there. (Don't be fooled it is only this high because I work my butt off when I am there. Coasting on a machine will only burn minimal calories. I even smell like a guy by the time I am half way done, tmi I know but I work that hard.)
String cheese that is in my gym bag 1 pt
Scrambled eggs for lunch 4 pts
So I have had 8 points of my daily 20 but have added in 16 so I have 28 to play with at dinner. I may also bring a low point snack to eat on the way so I am never starving.
One of the biggest things that I will have to worry about is minding portions while I am out. We will most likely be going to the Old Spaghetti Factory and that means lots of pasta. I need to realize I have been eating smaller meals more often, resulting in a smaller stomach. I don't want to feel uncomfortably full all evening.
I wouldn't swap out your work out points everyday, just think of them as a job well done or for special occasions. When I think of them as extra things (on just an average day) I can eat I tend to go WAY overboard and eat all sort of bad food and wake up the next morning feeling guilty.