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Cooking your way to a smaller Waistline

I can not even BEGIN to tell you how excited I was to be able to cook dinner for myself and Erick for the first time in 5 1/2 weeks!  This does not include Erick’s bday dinner in which I cooked, but was not yet able to partake.  (Talk about self punishment!)  I figured that since I have embarked on this new journey, everything needs to be new now.

New Attitude

New Traditions

New Techniques

New Approaches

New Recipes

Now, I was never the most enthusiastic person when it came to cooking.  (I loved baking but that was because I loved sweets, hence the fluffy frame which lead to surgery, so we are setting sweets aside for a long time!)  Over the last few years, I have learned to make some amazing foods (Chicken Cutlets and Fettuccini with homemade Alfredo Sauce, Italian Sausage and Peppers and Cream and Mushroom Chicken)  Did I mention I was Italian….that hinders the fluffy frame as well, LOL

Now that I had this surgery and am not just starting to eat solid foods, I had to retrain my brain to eat healthy and make healthier choices for a few reasons.

  1. I JUST HAD SURGERY.  It’s not going to waste by eating shit all day

  2. New start, new menus, new foods

  3. No sugars and breads for a while (Pasta, breads, rice, sweets, etc)

  4. Losing weight and seeing results motivates you to want to do better

  5. You are forced in this lifestyle for life, so you better find enjoyment in cooking healthier!

In the days before the surgery, I started actively looking through Pinterest for recipes on getting in enough protein, pureed foods and such so that when I entered those stages, I would be prepared.  In the last few weeks of eating the same soups, eggs, and such, I started blowing up Pinterest searches for meals.  I wanted food.  I wanted healthy food.  I wanted to be in the kitchen and smell the succulent aromas filling up the apartment and growing a smile knowing that I will be able to indulge in a few bites momentarily.

Last night was the first night of my quest!

Here we have what Erick and I have dubbed “Sweet Garlic Chicken”.  Basically its Chicken breasts with a glaze of Olive Oil, Garlic, and Brown Sugar.  It came out so amazing!  This was my portion, and as usual, I was unable to finish it, but even with a few bites, it was so great to eat my own healthy creation.

Also, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest (@Randomthought18) for other posts, pictures and updates!

If you are interested in the recipe (I did not create it, however, I personally didn’t follow the recipe since I had more chicken than it called for so I kinda just gauged.), then come to my pinterest page (@Randomthought18) and I created a board for Recipes I have tried and approved.  I am looking forward to posting more pics as they come along.

Pretty soon, I will be finally posting some before and after pics thus far from my journey (we are at 40 pounds lost now and 3 pant sizes) so keep a look out for those!

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