Never trust a skinny cook

I roasted a ton of veggies this morning (yellow and red peppers, red and yellow onions) for Chicken Cacciatore tonight. I'm looking forward to it. Mmmmm. It made the house smell awesome... like some fat Italian girl's kitchen... wait a minute?!? LOL ok a not-as-fat Italian girl's kitchen… I am wearing Size 10 now!!! Woot woot.

I think I posted this recipe before but I can't be bothered to look in the archives so here it is again...

Shelly's Chicken Cacciatore

1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper

7 chicken breast tenders cut into 1" piece, marinated in a few T's of Italian Dressing for 4 hours (at least)
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz S&W brand is my fav)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss onions and pepper with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in oven for 50 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Sauté chicken that has been marinated till golden. Add Italian Seasoning and garlic. Add diced tomatoes. Simmer 5 minutes. Add roasted vegetables with all juices. Mix to combine. For non-ops serve over angel hair pasta. For post-ops serve on it’s own with shredded Parmesan over top. It's yummy and perfect when you want that Italian food fix without the carbs.

The carbs I eat (about 25% of my diet) primarily come from fruits, veggies, and soymilk. I don't eat pasta, rice, or bread (with the exception of an occasional 1/2 of a Mission Fajita-size Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortilla.) I'm not a carb basher though. I don't push my way... every one should follow their nutritionist/surgeon's advice. Personally, I stay far away from them because eating too many simple carbs made me fat. It wasn't the carbs themselves it was that I ate too damn many of them!! I couldn't curb it... I know this and so I avoid them like the plague. I've not had them for almost a year now and I really don't crave them anymore (Thank God) so I don't want to start eating them and start wanting them again. What's that saying nothing tastes as good as thin feels... it's true.

I think it's really important that we figure out what made us fat. Old habits die hard and it's easy to fall back into those comfortable patterns if you don't have a plan. You can't repeat the same actions and expect a different result you know.

For me it was overindulgence in pasta, bread, and rice. I couldn't care less about ice cream, chocolate and desserts. I could spend the night in See's candy store and never have the urge to take a bite... but if I got locked in Panera watch out might not be any bread left in the morning. I know this and so I avoid my trigger foods. I hope I can always be as strong. I see post-ops further out that struggle with weight gain which scares the shit out of me I have to say. I think it's good it scares the shit out of me though... it'll hopefully keep me on my toes.

Highlights of the day:

* My yummy smelling house
* It is an absolutely gorgeous day
* Mmmm Silky Latte Protein Shake (4 oz. Silk Mocha, 4 oz. water, Vanilla Protein Powder, 2-3 ice cubes. Blend.)

Listening to: "Body Movin'" The Beastie Boys