Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Last weekend I grilled a whole bunch of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the week. I was afraid it might be the last good grilling weekend, plus, I wanted lots of chicken for us to have for the week so we didn’t fall back on take-out.

I love a good chicken salad–you know the kind, with creamy mayo and crisp celery…yum. I wondered if I could make a lighter version, and ended up with a cross between a chicken and Waldorf salad.

Chicken Wally Salad
Serves 2-4, depending… 🙂

2 Cups Chopped skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 Cup chopped celery
1 Cup chopped apple (I love a Honeycrisp or Fuji apple)
Curry powder, salt & pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (the salad should be moist, but not overly dressed or runny)

Serve on its own, on top of lettuce, sprinkled with a few chopped almonds and/or raisins.

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I was talking to a woman who knows me professionally. She has a few pounds to lose, and was telling me she feels she’s lost jobs because of her “stature and size.” I never thought of her as overly heavy and told her so. Our discussion eventually touched on my obesity when I said, “You knew me back when I was at my heaviest. I was BIG.”

She asked what prompted me to “take the plunge” and I gave her my usual answer of being tired of being out of shape, unhappy with my body, and painful knees.

She said, “Yeah, well, I can’t afford gastric bypass,” with the implication that I’d had it.

When I told her that it was through Weight Watchers and exercise she seemed surprised–not at the success of method, but that it hadn’t been a surgical procedure.

I still have 30 more pounds to lose. Sure, I’d love a magic pill/procedure/fairy dust to take it off instantly…but there’s nothing out there that will instantly change my behavior, habits and thought patterns.

Because of that, I’ll keep plugging away at it my own way. No bypass, no pills, no fairy dust.