About Moi

About Moi
My Name is Brittany, and I'm 23yrs old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 15, and then diagnosed with RA, when I was 18. I also got married when I was 18, and I'm enjoying my happily ever after with my hubby! When I got married, I was slim and trim...But not for long. After getting married, I started to gain a LOT of weight! In 1yr, I gained 50lbs! Finally, I went to the Doctor, where I discovered I have low thyroid. After being put on medicine, my weight gain slowed down, although over the next 3yrs, I gained an additional 26lbs. When I was 20yrs old, I got yet another diagnoses of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. That's 4 diagnoses in a 5yr period, if you lost count. They all effect my weight, in one way or another. Add on top of that, my love affair with food, and every 1 of those 76lbs gained was accounted for. Being 76lbs over weight is unhealthy for anyone, but it was especially unhealthy for me, and my health issues. Since starting this blog, in Jan-2010, I have lost 40lbs! I'm a new, slimmer, and healthier me! Before losing weight, I was told I needed knee replacements. Losing weight was the ONLY tool I had to help me hold off on that life changing surgery. Since losing 40lbs, my knees have never felt better! My husband and I are also trying to start a family, but my PCOS was not going to make it as easy as 1,2,3, as I didn't have periods on my own. My doctor had told me if I wanted a baby, I HAD to lose weight. Since losing 40lbs, I've had regular cycles for the first time in my life! Which is very important when trying to have a baby ;) This journey of mine is more than me simply wanting to wear skinny jeans. It has been a quest to becoming :Deliciously Healthy, so ALL of my dreams can come true! I'm almost half way there! With each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs, and becoming :Deliciously Healthy!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mexican Skillet Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes to make! I love it because it is delicious, but it is also quick and easy! I keep beans and salsa in my pantry, and a bag of corn and chicken in my freezer, so I can make this simple dish when I'm in a hurry, or just not in the cooking mood.

You Will Need:
~4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 pound)
~chili powder
~1/4 teaspoon of salt
~1/4 teaspoon of pepper
~1 table spoon of vegetable oil
~1 can (15 ounces) black beans rinsed drained
~1 cup of frozen whole kennel corn
~1/3 cup thick and chunky salsa
~1 tablespoon chopped, fresh cilantro

~Remove fat from chicken. Mix chili powder, salt and pepper and coat both sides of chicken breast with mixture. heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook 8 to 10 minutes turning ones, and cook until center of the breast is no longer pink
~Stir in beans, corn and salsa. Heat to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until veggies are hot. Sprinkle with cilantro.
I add a small dollop of fat free sour cream to top it all of.

Here's What I'm Thinking:
Calories: 230
Carbohydrates: 28g
Serving size: 1 chicken breast w/veggie & salsa mix

Recipe originated from: Betty Crocker's Cooking Healthy Cook Book

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