I was just your average overweight, fast food, candy, pizza-loving, non-active girl. A few years, a lot of determination & 130 lbs down later, I feel like I'm finally alive! If I can do this anyone can.
3/4 cup(s) uncooked jasmine rice, or basmati rice, rinsed (I used brown)
16 halves dried apricot halves, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup(s) canned chicken broth, or more if needed
1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, minced
How to make it:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Rub salt and pepper all over chicken; set aside.
Coat a large oven-proof pot with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add oil; heat until it begins to shimmer. Add cumin, coriander and cinnamon; cook until fragrant, stirring, about 30 second to 1 minute. Add chicken; cook until lightly browned, flipping once, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Remove chicken to a plate; set aside.
Add onion and squash to pot, scraping down sides and bottom of pot to incorporate pan drippings. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions start to turn translucent and squash begins to soften, about 10 minutes. Add rice and apricots; place browned chicken on top. Pour in broth; bring to a boil for 1 minute.
Cover pot and bake in oven until rice and squash are tender and chicken is cooked through, checking half way through to see if more broth is needed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving. Yields about 2 cups (including a piece of chicken) per serving.
So…As we all know the glorious thing about Weight Watchers is…WE CAN EAT WHATEVER WE WANT!!! Now, while that is oh so true…And if/when I want candy or pizza or whatever I will have it…But…I’ve been feeling like a big fatty slug lately. Did anyone else struggle in June??! It’s been a common situation I’ve come to find out! I also have a very important [THREE YEAR] anniversary coming up in August (yes with Weight Watchers!) and I’m still not at goal. And I want to be. I’m ready to be. And mostly, I just want to FEEL my best.
My very dear friend has listened to me bitch and moan about feeling like dog doo and has encouraged me to “eat clean” before. So recently when I came to her feeling overwhelmed and stuck she said “Let’s do a 31 day clean eating challenge in July!” I couldn’t text YES I’M IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! quickly enough! This is just what I needed.
So what am I eating? I didn’t give up my dessert. If this is going to be sustainable, I need my Skinnycow dessert. But, as a general rule “If it’s made from a plant, eat it. If it’s made in a plant don’t.” So yes, all of those brightly colored, delicious tasting snacks those tricky marketers make us crave…aren’t on the menu. Now people…while this might sound impossible and terrible to you…What those do to our bodies is INSANE. Please see exhibit 1:
No lie people. The left was actually taken last Sunday night (I started this journey on Monday!) and the right is from Wednesday night. Pretty crazy, right? I’ve shared my dinner menu:
And will share some of the recipes…But it’s very important if you want to try clean eating to do some research and put meals on your menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that you will enjoy and that won’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself. If you want to eat a starch here and there such as a baked potato do it. Just don’t do it EVERYDAY. Some examples of things I’m eating for other meals/snacks are:
Another thing I’m doing…only eating my 26 daily points. No extras, no activities (for now.) I will go back to at least eating my activity points because when I am doing longer distance runs (8+ miles) and I don’t refuel my body I tend to plateau. But for now while I’m getting into the groove of things I’m sticking to 26. (A little thing I try to remind myself of when I feel “hungry” at night…Food is used for energy…and I don’t need energy to sleep!) Now, if you’re STARVING…have a headache, can’t sleep, etc…by all means EAT! Just reach for the power food options versus the bad stuff.
Oh my gosh, you guys. I can’t believe how long it’s been since the last time I sat down here to blog! Life. Is. Crazy.
I’m still working on getting to goal weight. I struggle. I succeed. I struggle. But I focus on how far I’ve come rather than focusing on this last 10-15 lbs. My body continues to change as I exchange fat for muscle…I’m stronger. I’m faster. I’m happier. So that’s what I focus on! This picture is something I’ve look at daily for months. And here’s why:
My life the past few months has been utter chaos. Starting last December I had a round of surgeries for what turned out to be a benign tumor. (So many of you sent me well wishes via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and I am so, so thankful for that!!)
After the first surgery we weren’t sure I would need a second…As luck would have it…I did! Wooo (not.) My second surgery was a little more invasive. The tumor was removed and the cause was discovered and fixed.
The recovery wasn’t [isn't] ideal. To back up for a minute, they discovered what caused the tumor, but not what caused the thing that caused the tumor (ya following?) The area where the tumor was removed from is having issues healing properly (yes we’re going on 4+ months here) so I get to do a lot of waiting…see a doctor…not sure of answer…wait…see a doctor…looks better but still not quite right…wait…referred to another doctor…wait. I’ve now had 3 very trained doctors tell me either 1) I’ve never seen something quite like this or 2) I really don’t have an answer for this…Two things you never really want to hear a doctor tell you!!
But, the good news is it is much better than it was…and I’m allowed to run again (oh yeah, I was benched from all activity for SEVERAL weeks.) That was really fun…As someone who relies on running and being active to EAT the foods I LOVE…Yeah, go ahead and do the math on that one! But, like I said…I am better than I was before and it could have been so much worse, so for that I am hopeful, grateful, and thankful to a wonderful team of doctors who is determined to help me get 100% back to normal!
Adding that to lots of family/close friends dealing with things…Missing people I wish I could see everyday…and at times being generally overwhelmed…Life has been kicking my ass a bit. But I’m a firm believer in the Universe/God (whatever you prefer here!) not giving you things you can’t handle…So someone thinks I’m one tough, bad ass lady…Which duh, I am. But I’m confident that things will all workout, because they always do…and I just know [something beautiful is going to happen.]
Shifting a bit:
I’m trying to focus more on “clean eating.” I went all out for a couple of weeks and saw HUGE results…-8 lbs in 1 week! It’s not easy though.
[Our society makes it very, very hard.]
When I’m not able to be fully in control of making my food (when traveling or even just eating out with a friend) I can’t guarantee I’m processed foods free. And better yet, I don’t always want to be! I love cookies and candy and things that taste good (haha!) So I try to keep an 80-20 balance. 80% of the food I eat in a week is safe and “clean” while 20% is the good on the tongue bad on the body stuff we all crave.
I’m normal. I’m human and I love sweets, damn it!
But I’m also sick of wearing 10-20 lbs so I’m hoping I can get out of the 160′s and look down at the scale at that magic 1-5-0! It will happen, that I do know.
Ok, so now I’ve said this before, but really really really I am going to get back on here regularly. I will set aside time each week devoted to it! I hope you’re all doing well and haven’t forgotten about me, lol!