Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Hey guys,

So I marinated this fabulous chicken for 24 hours. To longer you marinate the better the chicken will taste.

I had turned by BBQ to grill this scrumptious chicken but as the grill was heating up I run out of gas. Boo Hoo!

Oh well took the next best thing and used my grill and oh did it turn out delicious!

Moroccan Grilled Chicken

Here is what you need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs trimmed boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

I doubled the recipe as I had more chicken ūüôā

Directions

  • Pound thicker parts of a chicken breasts with the flat side of a meat mallet to even out their thickness. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper (about 3/4 – 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper). Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag while pressing out excess air. Rub marinade over chicken breasts (and make sure marinade goes between chicken breasts). Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees. Grill chicken until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side for 6 oz chicken breasts. Transfer to plate then cover and keep warm and let rest about 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy

You can pair it with some couscous or just a simple green salad if you wish.

Enjoy!

Measuring vs Weighing

Hey guys,

So I always say not to pay too much attention to the number on the scale as at times it can get discouraging. Sometimes the scale won’t reflect you’re putting and there can be different reasons for that. ¬†Our bodies are one special, complex piece of machinery! Here are some reasons why the scale might drive you insane!

Water can be the biggest culprit, so water retention can cause the scale to vary from one day to another. I’ve had 2 to 4 pounds difference in a 24 hours spam, now does that I mean I gained that overnight ? Of course not.

Another reason can be that your body is building muscles, and muscles weigh more than fat.

For women, the time of the month can also change that number on the scale.

So try this: Weigh yourself in the morning, naked, yes naked! Limit your weigh ins at once every two weeks. I know, I know you must be thinking, Gaby are you crazy??? I could never go two weeks without weighing myself but of course you can. Take it from me I used to weigh myself everyday sometimes twice a day, yep that is how addicting I got to the scale, and when I did not see a loss, I used to be very down and not happy with myself. After doing much research I realize that the scale is not important!

What is important is how you feel! What is important is the fact that you feel physically and mentally stronger. Try to focus on that. Try to focus on the fact that you’re clothes might be getting looser, focus on things that you could not do in the past but now can!

Instead of the scale, measure yourself once a month, you will notice a difference!

You will hit plateaus, that is completely normal. I hit many and some lasted over 5 weeks long but I kept at it and then the weighed picked back up. My weight has been fairly stable for the past couple of months so not much weight loss but I am working on gaining muscles mass so I know the number will be going up so I try to stay away from that scale as much as I can.

Moral of the story here is don;t get discouraged! If you’re putting in the work then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Toss that scale out the window and concentrate on how you feel!

Have a great week guys ‚̧

Talk soon ‚̧

 

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Sunny Saturday Afternoon

Hey guys,

So today I decided to head to Second Cup, (side note; it’s like a Starbucks but it’s Canadian), I could have stayed home to write but felt like being somewhere else ….

As I was walking to the coffee shop from the parking lot, my mind was travelling. Two years ago, you would have never seen me walking downtown by my lonesome, especially not to go to a coffee shop by myself. I was way to shy and felt like everyone was talking about me as I would be walking…(It could have been all in my head but I doubt it) I was used to having people look at me and whisper. I pretended like I did not hear them or pretended like I did not see their stares but I knew what was happening.

People can’t imagine what it’s like to live in the skin of someone who has been overweight all their life unless you yourself have lived it. The weight loss has changed my life greatly, physically I am a different person, that is a fact! I am stronger, I am healthier BUT mentally I am damaged! I am broken! Not many understand, when I try to express how I feel, I just get a “Oh c’mon you look amazing what are you complaining about, get over it!” Those words are like a knife cutting deep in my heart!! Let me try to explain this as simple as I can.

Losing weight is physical,YES! but it is extremely¬†psychological as well, I would say it is mostly mental, because your body is capable of a lot, it is our minds that need convincing. With that being said, when you have been the fat girl all your life, it is simply impossible to change your way of thinking overnight. I thought that me losing weight would fix how I feel about myself, ¬†I thought that perhaps the pain I felt every time someone whispered something about me would go away, I thought that my anxiety when walking into a crowd full of people would disappear, I thought that maybe my anger towards men would fade away, because now I am what society deems, acceptable, the ”norm”, but OH WAS I WRONG! I could have not been more wrong.

I have said many times before that losing all this weight has affected my skin, I used to have huge arms (22 inch to be exact) so now I have lots of skin hanging from them, I’ve actually built up the courage to post a picture not too long ago on my instagram account (Supathick2Supafit) but I NEVER ever show them, you will never catch me with my arms exposed. My abdomen has also skin, my thighs are a freaking disaster, and um my breast will they are non existent.

Yes the skin affects me greatly, yes it stops me from meeting men as I am scared of being rejected, yes I am afraid of being judged BUT my fears are not just about the skin. Me being broken is not just about the way my body looks naked, IT’S so much more than that! It’s all the years of being made fun of that have affected me, it’s all the anxiety I used to have because I had fears of not fitting in a chair if I went out with a friend, it’s the hurt I felt because I thought I was never good enough to have someone to love me and YES I still feel this way … that is the sad part, losing weight does not remove the suffering, it does not remove your past, it is still there and it will stay with you for the rest of your life BUT there is hope!!

Not long ago, I decided to have a session with a psychologist, someone neutral, someone who did not me or my story. I wanted to see if I could get some advice, I was desperate, I was tired of always feeling sad or anger. I discovered a few things but mostly it was all the things that I already knew, I knew this was somewhat part of the journey, I just never expected it to be such a difficult process. She made me understand that it was normal for me to feel this way, that it will take a long while before I get used to my new body, that all this was completely normal but how do I get over these feelings ???

I still don’t have an answer! I think it will stay with me forever and I am hopeful that slowly my fears will fade away. I don’t want my past to be erased as without it I would not be the person I am today. I feel that sharing my stories with you, that it will help me heal. I also hope that it can help you grow. I know that¬†for me personally reading others memories and stories helps. It makes me feel like I am not alone, that others are living the same things I am.

On that note I will call this wrap for today!

Write again soon

Gabriella ‚̧

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My first post

Hey everyone,

I thought it was about time that I started a blog site.

I want to be as raw as I can with all of you so I know at times it won’t be easy for me to share certain aspects of my life but I know that it will help a lot of you in your journey’s. I also know that A LOT of you can relate to what I have gone through and still go through on a daily basis. This is why I decided to pour it all out even though it might hurt but this is also a healing process for me.

I have lost a total of 170 pounds thus far and still going! Even though physically I feel great, mentally I am still broken. It will take to heal and I know that sharing my story with all of you is what will help slowly get there.

Not only will I be posting my personal stories but you will also find health tips, recipes etc.

I appreciate all your love and support and we are all in the same boat. Hang in there and give it all you got.

I love you

Gabriella
Inner fat chick 4ever

Instagram/Supathick2Supafit

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