This bird is pretty much the best bird you will ever eat. For reals. And it’s easy to make.
My Christmas gift to you, my readers: a recipe!
I decided that for our Christmas meal, we would eat something high in protein and flavor. We’d already done turkey and beef tenderloin at Thanksgiving, so those were out. Fish didn’t seem Christmasy enough, and pork just doesn’t have enough protein bang for the calorie buck, so chicken it was. I decided to buy a roasting chicken (larger than your average bird at about 5-6 pounds instead of 2-3) so that we could eat on it the rest of the week, and have the carcass left over for me to make stock/soup out of later on.
This was seriously the best chicken I have ever made in my entire young life. It turned out so moist and flavorful that I am pretty sure I will not roast chicken any other way ever again. I mean, I’ll still make barbecue chicken legs, but this…for a whole bird? It’s a great way to make it.
The secret to the moist meat? The brine. Brining a chicken is one of the best ways to ensure that it stays moist through the roasting process. Since you’re roasting at a high temperature, the brine will help break down the muscle fibers in the meat, loosening them up so they trap water inside. This helps keep the meat moist despite the high cooking temperature.
So here’s how I did it.
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This week’s date with the scale ended really, really well. In fact, it was much better than I expected.
I had not expected to lose quite as much as I did, but I will definitely take a 7.2 pound loss any week, especially during the holidays! I was expecting maybe 2 or 3 pounds, but not 7!
I’d say I navigated Week One of Holiday Eating Hell pretty successfully. As we go into Week Two of said eating hell, I’ve got a game plan in place to make sure I’m just as successful come next Sunday. I’m closing in on 100 pounds gone since day of surgery. I’m really hoping I hit it before my 6-month appointment on the 2nd. That would be an awesome way to begin the New Year.
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Good loss this week. I think my losses are slowing down to a healthy 2-3 pounds a week as I approach the 6-months post-op mark. I don’t care how long it takes me to get to my goal, just so long as I get there.
Today marks another milestone: I now have less than 100 pounds to lose to get to my weight loss goal. I am less than 50 pounds from my surgeon’s goal. It is weird to think that I could possibly be at MY goal by the summer.
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Tomorrow promises to be a fairly busy day, even though I am not really cooking for us. This morning, we went out and bought what we will eat tomorrow for our Thanksgiving meals from the chef’s case at the grocery store to avoid leftovers and to avoid eating at someone else’s home.
Something someone on the OH VSG forum posted this morning, “Thanksgiving is a meal, not a season” has been rolling around in my head all day today. How I view special events that revolve around food has changed, and this shift in thinking has influenced how I view eating on days deemed special occasions, like Thanksgiving.
I am planning to treat tomorrow as a one day event, not an excuse to eat whatever, whenever. It’s how all of us should treat the holidays with regard to eating. They should be singular events that do not give us free rein to eat just anything in any quantity for an extended period of time with the hollow promise that “oh, I’ll get back on track at New Year’s.” Because you and I both know that never happens.
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Tomorrow morning, I’m getting up like I normally do for work (around 6:30 am) and hitting up the grocery store to get provisions for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for hubby and me. It is our first big holiday post-op, and our first Thanksgiving at home in four years.
Normally, we are traveling during Thanksgiving week since our anniversary typically falls during the holiday week and we are both off work for the week. This year that was not the case, and during the summer we’d decided that we’d stay home since we were unsure about what our financial situation would be after paying for two major surgeries back to back.
Since we were staying home, and fixing a large Thanksgiving spread was out of the question, we decided it best to simply head to the grocery store and let them do the cooking. So tomorrow, we will head to Central Market and pick up the things we will eat for our Thanksgiving dinner.
What’s on the menu? Have a look.
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This week saw me posting a good loss. I feel like I’m back on track (like I ever really got off of it?), but compared to last week’s 1.2 pound loss, this week’s loss is fantastic. I feel like I’m on pace to meet my December goal before Christmas, which would be a wonderful gift to myself. I am now 66 pounds away from my surgeon’s goal weight for me, but I’m hoping that by the time I see him again January 2 that I’ll be 50 pounds short of that. I am really hoping I can hit his goal weight for me by my birthday in March. That would really be something.
I am almost halfway to my own weight loss goal. I think I might be able to hit the halfway point next week. We’ll see.
I did a little cooking today to get ready for the week. I’m trying to get back into the habit after not doing it for a bit–I’ve been too damn busy working to spend time prepping meals. And thankfully, I had plenty of stuff in the freezer to eat that I’d made before. But I need to invest the time in meal prep to keep me from deciding to pick something up on the way home or going out for dinner. We have actually saved quite a bit of money not dining out nearly as much as we did prior to both of us having surgery, which has been nice. So I cooked a couple of things for both of us to have for meals this week: chili and barbecue chicken legs.
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This week’s loss was a good one. I’m glad it wasn’t as big as the previous two weeks’ losses had been–I was actually getting worried about losing so much so fast! Of course, losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks is still pretty freakin’ fast.
This is the first picture in which you can see both knobs of the closet doors on either side of me in my front-facing picture. When I noticed this as I was putting together the composite, I got very excited. It means my shoulders are more narrow, that I’m losing inches around my upper arms, and that perhaps finally, the next time I fly on a plane, I’ll actually be much more comfortable, and so will anyone who has to sit next to me.
This week I learned some important lessons about my new stomach and eating that I’ll be using this week and every week as I go forward. This is Important Stuff if I am going to keep making forward progress. Continue reading →
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This week’s loss was a good one. It would have been greater had I not been retaining water (thanks, Nature, you suck sometimes)–I was a little puffy in the ankles this morning when I got up. But hey, a kilo lost is a kilo lost and I’ll take it! I am finally starting to see my belly flatten out (about time!) and when I look in the mirror in the mornings as I am getting dressed, I can actually see the obliques on my right side. I can see my upper abdomen flattening out some. This is encouraging. I’m closing in on 3 months post-op, and feeling better and better about hitting my goal of -100 pounds by Thanksgiving. I am hopeful that by New Year’s, I will have lost a total of around 115 pounds or thereabouts. I want my surgeon to be impressed and proud of my progress.
I spent a little time cooking this afternoon, but not as much as I normally do only because I had to work today so that took 3 hours of time I would usually spend cooking. So I prepped some things to eat for the week, but also prepped some things to put in the freezer for times like next weekend when I know I am not going to have the time to cook since we will be out and about all day Saturday and unable to shop for groceries.
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Today was a long day that began early with me having to go to training to be an Interact Club sponsor down in Dallas. I’m not sure what fresh hell I’ve gotten myself into, but the group of kids I’m working with this year is really great so I am hopeful that their awesomeness will transcend any of the administrative suckage that accompanies being a school clubs sponsor. The kids have some great service projects planned, and the training session today gave them even more ideas for things our club can do around our school and community so I am excited about what they’ll be doing this year.
After that, I came home and helped my hubby tidy up the house as our landlady and her husband were coming over today to take care of the lease renewal for our place. This is an annual event that generally has us scrambling to clean and straighten up the place, and since he was home, my husband got a head start on the housework. He’d done quite a lot by the time I arrived back home, so I did what I could given that most of it had been done and I wasn’t feeling well (thanks, Ma Nature…you’re right on time). Landlady and her husband came and went, and so we left the house to go have dinner and do our grocery run for the week. Saturday evenings are a good day to do the shopping as there are generally no samples being given out, and the store is pretty well calmed down by then–not too terribly crowded or overrun with kids and their parents.
But that’s neither here nor there. We’ve found our food run shopping groove and that’s what matters.
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Dear readers, I owe you some Daily Bites. Life’s been a little hectic this past week so I haven’t been timely in posting them each day so I apologize in advance. As the school year wears on, this sort of thing tends to happen. So I bring you the weekend’s eats, plus what I’ll be eating this week that I fixed. Continue reading →
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