I’ve got the weight gain cycle down to a science. Right around September when the first frost hits I begin to crave my sister’s banana bread and the comfort it gives on a chilly evening. Then I get into the baking mood and one banana bread turns into one batch every week. Then a few weeks later my husband starts asking for my Dutch apple pie after we go apple picking. “Oh sure, honey! I will make one tonight after we finish off the banana bread 😯 . I begin to notice a slight bloat, and I check the scale and I’m up a few, no biggie. Then Halloween candy hits. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas cookies, those rascals. By then, it’s all over. I’ve gained back the 10-15 lbs. I previously lost the Spring before. So, here I am sliding back around again, and it’s mid Spring. I’ve lost 10, but have about 3 to go to be at my happy weight. Now you know why I am posting my very fluffy “Guilt-Free Creamy Chicken Casserole” recipe…
I’m 48 and losing weight has become extremely difficult compared to my 20’s and even 30’s. This last round has been the hardest and just losing 10 pounds seems like it has taken me forever. I’ve had to reduce my calories, reduce my fat, reduce my carbs, reduce my sugar, and exercise like a mad woman. I use to be able to just pick 1 of those things, but not anymore.
The good news is, I am gaining muscle and feeling really good. The exercising has taken my back pain completely away. My ankle that I sprained over Winter is back in shape, too. However, I still can’t really “jog” too good. Right now I spend approximately 50 minutes at the gym (3 days a week) doing 10 on the elliptical, 15 on the treadmill (on an incline and walking extremely fast), 10 on a thigh/butt buster thing, and 15 more on my arms (bicep, tricep, and shoulder machines). The arms has helped my back pain the most.
Let’s not forget the FOOD. I eat 3 times a day with 3 snacks in between. I haven’t had chocolate, fries, pizza, chips since before Easter 😥 ! For breakfast, I usually eat 1 egg with a lean meat such as turkey bacon, and veggies or fruit. Strawberries are my favorite. Lunch is the hardest one for some reason, but I usually eat a lettuce wrap, or tuna with celery sticks. Sometimes- 1 piece of rye bread loaded with turkey, lettuce, tomato, lil mayo. Then dinner is easy with lots of chicken (I get the Costco rotisserie one once a week) and veggies such as mashed cauliflower, or green beans. Here’s my LOW CARB CHICKEN DINNER FEAST, too. Snacks consist of a lean protein such as light string cheese, or nuts, and lots of fruit like apples, and grapes. The grapes save both my husband and I from eating cookies after dinner. STAY AWAY FROM THE COOKIES, JULIE.
So, yah…I guess I better tell you about this yummy “Guilt-Free Creamy Chicken Casserole” that is so good you will want to hug me. My husband even asks for it now. It’s loaded with veggies and the protein in the chicken will really fill you up. The flavor is amazing and the texture takes it all over the top. Oh, and my mouth waters every time I look at that photo. It also provides an idea of how big a serving is for me. I hope you try it~