Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hitting the Brakes

My dear friend Jersey warned me not to step on the scale until after the new year, but I wouldn't listen.  By the reflection in the mirror and the tightness of my jeans, I knew I'd gained a few pounds, and considering how I've been eating, I knew I deserved it.  I was shocked, however, to discover just how much I'd gained.  I am disgusted to report that I am almost back to my pre-JC weight - 173 lbs.  This is approximately 8 pounds more than my last WW weigh-in back in October. 

What can I say? I'm disgusted, disappointed & frustrated with myself but self-flagellation isn't going to help the situation.  I've got to find out what's causing this mindless emotional eating and simply STOP.  One day at a time, starting with today, I need to hit the brakes on this ridiculous out of control binging, turn around and head back to the mindful, sensible eating of last year. I had a setback, got off track, headed down the wrong road, but I can find my way back, no doubt about it. 

Continuing with my plan to limit the "white stuff" in my diet, I'll be focusing on lean meat & lots of veggies, making this favorite roasted chicken recipe, not just good as the title implies, but perfect. I don't know the actual nutritional analysis of this recipe and am not going to worry too much about it just now. Instead of counting calories and PointsPlus, I'm just focusing on healthier, leaner eating, at least for the next couple of days while I get the sugar & carbs out of my system.                     

                       Really Good Roasted Chicken

Recipe By     :Robert Arbor & Katherine Whiteside

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                        Salt & pepper to taste
                        Paprika to taste
  3             pounds  whole chicken -- free range if possible
  4             cloves  garlic -- or to taste
  1              Pinch  herbs de Provence (thyme -- bay rosemary, oregano)
  1              slice  stale bread
                        Olive oil or butter
                        A bunch of carrots -- about 8, with greens intact
  2             medium  yellow onions
  2                     Roma tomatoes -- fresh & whole
  1              glass  white wine -- optional

Preheat oven to 375°.
Place salt, pepper and paprika inside the chicken cavity.  Add one or two cloves of garlic & Herbs de Provence.  Replace liver, heart and gizzards in cavity if you eat them.  Rub the stale bread with one clove of garlic and stuff it in the cavity.

Don't bother to tie or truss the chicken, simply push the chicken back into shape and tuck wing tips under the bird. 

Rub the skin of the chicken with the fat of your choice & season the outside with the same herbs you stuffed the chicken with if you wish.

In a low-sided pan that has been lightly rubbed with oil, place the following:  the seasoned chicken, the carrots (greens removed, peeled but whole), the onions (cut in half then into 4 wedges each), one clove of garlic.

Cook for at least one hour and until juice from a pricked thigh runs clear.  It is not bad to cook this chicken a little longer than necessary, but is awful to undercook a chicken.  You do not need to baste.

When done, remove the chicken to a serving platter.  Remove the vegetables and place them around the chicken. 

Bring the remaining juice in the pan to a boil.  Add salt and pepper and deglaze with a glass of wine.  When the liquid boils and reduces a bit, pour it into a sauce boat and serve with the chicken and vegetables.  You could add butter or cream at the end of the sauce making for a richer taste.

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Have a Beauty-Full Day,


  1. Good idea! Regulation won't make you feel better - it's getting off of the sugar high that will make you feel healthier. <3

    Anyways, you're beautiful at any weight.

  2. ~ R, I hear your frustration but enjoy the memory of a fun holiday and some great food. The important thing is that you have a plan and the capacity to get your weight back to where you want to be. Also, you can have some creative fun with cooking the right kind of delicious foods while you are at it. I hope your New Year is wonderful!

  3. I am so sorry your having a rough time...keep your head up and keep pushing forward is all I can say!

  4. David, thank you for being so supportive!! xoox