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01-01-2008, 04:30 AM
Since it is now officially after midnight and I'm on this site, I guess we can all assume that WEIGHT LOSS is high on my priority list of resolutions for 2008. I just barely got used to writing 2007.

High hopes for this year and I know it is going to be hard work. You don't learn anything on the easy days. HUGS and best hopes for all of you in your journey to a healthier year!!

(in the morning I plan on changing my lying ticker:()

01-01-2008, 07:06 AM
Happy happy 2008!

Relatively uneventful day here - Tom's still sick, Avery is over being sick, and Kadyn threw up. Connor and I have avoided it somehow, and hopefully we stay in the healthy realm.

I'm going to try to catch a 6:30 am yoga class tomorrow morning as Tom's working this weekend so I'll miss my Saturday class. It's an early night for me!


01-01-2008, 07:27 AM
Happy New Year everyone!
I made it till 10:00 last night and couldn't keep my eyes open any more. I kind of remember my husband coming in to give me a kiss. He was watching football all night long, so my Mother and I watched "Sweet Land" on in that just an exiting New Year's eve or what???

A couple of clients seem to have forgotten that today is a holiday, so, I've been up since 3 getting work out the way so I can start on today's "feast".

Hope everyone has a wonderful and successful 2008!!!

01-01-2008, 08:14 AM
Good morning and pass me some more coffee. I didn't get to bed until after one last night but woke at six anyhow. I must learn to sleep-in one of these days.

My dinner was excellent last night - if I do say so myself. The guys really helped with the serving and the cleaning up. Hershey helped too - by eating six crusty rolls that somehow managed to get from the basket at the edge of the counter onto the floor!

Mel is still asleep but I am going to finish up a few kitchen things and sneak in a healthy breakfast for myself. I think he'll definitely want bacon, eggs and home fries as he has a hearty appetite! He's 6'5" and must weigh close to 300 - a giant.

I've no idea what's on the agenda today aside from giving Mel some cooking lessons. He wants to learn cream of broccoli soup and how to make a coconut cream pie. His mother is my age and is also named Ruth but wasn't much of a cook.

It'll be a strange but amusing day. I hope yours is fun too.

01-01-2008, 08:25 AM
Cat, I laughed yesterday when I read your post about asking about the future from the past! We are constantly sending photos to our family back home with captions like, "I'm sending you this picture before it was even taken!" and such. The first time Tom was here in Korea (1996), he arrived back in the States before he had left Korea! That's our favorite time difference story.

Ruth, hope your cooking lessons are fun! Are you named after someone special? Melvin is a big name on my dad's side. Luckily (;)) his older brother got it (Melvin Howard :barf:) so none in our immediate family felt obligated to use the name.

I'm off to bed so I can get my beauty sleep before "O-dark-thirty" yoga class tomorrow. :yawn: 'Night, 'night!


01-01-2008, 08:30 AM

I managed to stay up until midnight, but just barely! The kids went home at 8, and Jake promptly fell asleep on the couch. I read and dozed and roused myself in time to watch the ball drop, then woke up Jake to wish him a happy new year and we went to bed.
I have a very lazy day planned for today. We're having our lucky New Year's dinner of pork & saurkraut, and I should go visit my Mom & Dad for a bit, but nothing else is on the agenda. Do any of you have a special New Year's dinner that you have every year? Most folks around here have pork & saurkraut, it's supposed to bring good luck for the new year. I'm not too crazy about it, but I know the one year we didn't have it, we had the worst luck ever, so we'll never do that again!

01-01-2008, 08:53 AM
Good morning and Happy new year :)

As expected we crashed around 10:30 after a sumptuous but relatively healthy feast. I suddenly decided I needed some version of hot spinach artichoke dip. After digging around I found a bunch of chard; chopped it very fine and sauteed it with lots of garlic; added artichoke hearts and Laughing Cow wedges and heated through. It was wonderful! I made chips from low carb whole grain tortillas to go with it and felt really decadent :) It was fun coming up with healthy but decadent food last night.

We are counting down to another storm here. Going to get out and snow shoe a bit before it hits.

Kara- hope you continue avoiding the germs!

Ruth- The inability to sleep in keeps me from staying up late most nights. My body just doesn't do flexible schedules the way it used to! Tried to explain that to my daughter when we were on vacation but she just laughed :)

RNMom - The great thing about a new year is it really is a fresh new start :) You've come a long way already so you know you can do it!

Cat - Up at 3 in the morning to work, no wonder you fell asleep early!

Cottage - My family has so many food traditions but seem to have missed New Year's. I'm sure if we had one it would be fattening!

That's it for now. Off to get some air before the storm!

little chick
01-01-2008, 09:15 AM
Morning chicks.... I have a fat head this morning.... but did have lots of fun last night with our friends... ate too many chips and drank too many pina colodas.... detox is going to be horrible..
I can't believe that my baby is 17 today. Makes me a little sad.
Well Chicks Have a wonderful day. May your new year be filled with health and well being.

01-01-2008, 09:24 AM
Do any of you have a special New Year's dinner that you have every year? Most folks around here have pork & saurkraut, it's supposed to bring good luck for the new year. I'm not too crazy about it, but I know the one year we didn't have it, we had the worst luck ever, so we'll never do that again!

Same here. Traditionally we have a ham, black-eyed peas (for good luck) and a cabbage dish (for money) and cornbread along with other side dishes. I usually fix "cabbage gloriouso" which is made with garlic cheese and is really yummy. But this year the cabbage is getting replaced with brussel sprouts because only 3 of us will be eating it. (My youngest would eat dirt before he touched anything in the cabbage family)
I'm getting ready to go put the black-eyed peas on (seasoned with turkey tasso) so they can be ready by one. I'm also going to make an apple tatin and will follow the 3 bite rule if I can resist.

01-01-2008, 09:43 AM
Funny - I'm neither Portuguese or German but we sometimes had Caldo Verde - a Portuguese kale and potato soup. I'd go out, rummage through the snow and pick the kale. Other times it'd be knackwurst and sauerkraut.

Today I may do a pork roast in the crockpot - sort of pulled pork - and serve it with sauerkraut and some beans. I guess black-eyed peas would be appropriate for my mish-mash of cultures! :lol:

01-01-2008, 10:34 AM
Ruth, speaking of crockpots, I ordered a new cookbook this morning. The guy who wrote it also wrote a Creole slow cooker book, but his new one is "healthy cooking" crockpot recipes. He has a few recipes online ( look great and are SB compliant. The eggplant looks fantastic.

01-01-2008, 10:45 AM
Happeee New Year Chicklets! :hat:Back from NJ but was sick with the flu or whatever the whole time.. No special meal plan but I think Porkchops sounds yummalish!
Here's to us all LOOOOSIN WEIGHT IN 2008! :cheer2:

01-01-2008, 10:57 AM
Happy New Year!!!! I am at work today my holiday to pull for the year. But I packed all my healthy phase I food and brought to work, I mentally prepared to finish losing the rest of my weight this year, so glad to have all of you for support and encouragement, makes all the difference.

Have a great day! My oldest baby turns 16 tomorrow, we are going to get his DL...making me feel old atleast the 4 year old is keeping me

01-01-2008, 11:11 AM
Good morning chicks. I did sleep in, although crazy MIL called at 7:30 AM to wish us happy new year. But I was able to go back to sleep for a while. We had fun last night, ate, drank, played pool, watched fireworks. The kids all made it to midnight and we watched poor old Dick Clark. Got home and to bed around 1:30. Since I turned down our two invitations for today, I've got to figure out what to cook for dinner. Traditionally, we're a pork and sauerkraut family, with black eyed peas for money. I know I don't have any pork though, and hopefully I've got some black eyed peas around. I'm broke enough already, after Christmas.
I plan to cook up a storm today to stock up the fridge for the rest of the week. Deviled eggs, roasted veggies, 3 bean salad, a package of turkey bacon, and I just may try that eggplant dish Cat, as I have everything on hand to make it. I'm so happy the holidays are over and I'm back in SB land. I think everything bad is out of my kitchen, but anything that crosses my path today will go in the trash.
I'm sure I put some weight back on over the last week, but I don't plan to weigh again until after 2 weeks of Ph2. I just don't wanna face it. I'll get a walk in today to start off my New Year's resolutions also. Well, I'm off to make a big veggie omelet.


01-01-2008, 02:01 PM
Happy New Year ladies!!
Have to say bless Hershey for helping clean up dinner. My motivator helped with cheese dip and corn chips! I had my omelet this morning and the veges are cut in the fridge. I keep telling myself it is only 14 days it just seem to be so long this time around. Maybe after afew days it won't seem so bad. My DD at the tender age of nine is having a meltdown. She is upset because her sister took her seat in front of the t.v. so she has been bringing her Christmas gifts to me all moppy saying she doesn't want them and to get rid of them.. Could it be hormones?? Hoping it is just not enough sleep. I don't think I want to start the new year with two females with raging hormones!!!!
Well my life for 2008 is started and I will make it through........ Have a great day and a safe one.

01-01-2008, 02:25 PM
Happy 2008, Chickas!!


RNMOM: Happy New Year to you as well and we'll push eachother through this healthy 2008 together!!

Kara: :hug: Sorry about the three sickies at your house! I hope you and Connor stay healthy as well. Have a great workout!!

Cat: I would have liked to have gone to bed at 10pm last night, I feel terrible this morning! Hope you have a great feast and that you get all of your work accomplished.

Ruth: That's a big guy!! Have a fun day of cooking and I hope that you get caught up on your rest tonight.

Cottage: No special New Year's dinner here. Tonight we're having the Tex-Mex Chicken from the P1 entrees with brown rice for DH and sauteed peppers and salad. Maybe once I don't need to do P1 on New Year's Day we'll start a tradition!!

Cyndi: Have fun snow shoeing! :brr: I don't know if I could stand it. I hope the storm isn't too bad and that you're safe and warm by the time it hits.

LC: Happy Birthday to DD! :gift: Hope you have a nice, quiet day of recuperating. Get some rest!!

Schatzi: Happy New Year! Hope you're feeling better!!

Pearl: I hope you have a good day at work. I guess New Year's Day isn't a bad holiday to cover if you have to cover one, right? I hope it's nice and WTG packing your healthy food. I'll be doing that for the rest of the week tonight!

Schmoodle: How do you make your deviled eggs? That would be a nice snack for me, but I don't remember how to make them. I'm glad you all had fun last night! I hope you have a great day.

Me: Well, we ended up staying out until about 12:30 this morning. It ended up being just DH, his boss, his boss' wife and I at midnight. It was a little awkward as boss' wife pulled boss into the bedroom to yell at him about 4 minutes before the midnight. I know why she did it and agree that something needed to be said, but I think that it could have waited until we left. Anywho, we came home after a while and I ended up watching infomercials until 3:30 and then the dogs barked at people returning home from their festivities until 4:30. Needless to say, I ended up sleeping until 11. I did get a good P1 breakfast in, albeit late, and plan on eating all my snacks and meals for the day, just a little later than usual.

I've got some great pics to get on the computer, so I'll do that now and then start the laundry and other chores for the day.

Have a great Jan. 1!!


01-01-2008, 02:42 PM
Hey, Schmoodle, isn't that sad to see Dick Clark aging? I thought the same thing when I saw him. God bless him though, he's still hanging in there!

It sounds like everyone is enjoying their day, and I hope everyone who's under the weather starts feeling better soon. We ended up having a nice leisurely breakfast at Cracker Barrel, then walking around at the mall. It was almost empty, and I found some great deals! Now we're watching the Mummer's Parade and being couch potatoes for the rest of the day.

01-01-2008, 03:01 PM
Happy 2008 Everyone. I hope this year brings each of you health and happiness. I actually made it to midnight in my own time zone last night (unheard of for me).

01-01-2008, 03:03 PM
Morning, er afternoon all!!! Happy 2008. Still have weight-loss on my mind. I may not be able to eat veggies yet but DW and I took a 35 min. walk today (and I've been doing it 3x a week with a coworker for the past 2 weeks) and did 100 crunches, something I am vowing to do every day.


01-01-2008, 03:14 PM
phx: Hope you start feeling better about P1. It is hard, but we'll all be in it together! Happy New Year! Remember, it's only 2 weeks out of 52!!

Cottage: I wish I could join you and Jake and be a couch potato today, but I've just got way too much catching up to do!

Dawn: Hope you got enough sleep last night! Happy New Year's!!

Me: Just had to post some of the more fun pics from last night. Of course, we brought out the camera after the rest of the party attendees left (all had kids and were gone by 10:30).

01-01-2008, 03:34 PM
:hat: Happy New Year Chicks!! :hat:

We had a fun night last night. We wound up staying at our friends' place until after midnight. I am beat today! I am not a nightowl AT ALL!

I, too, am ready to get focused and to get this weight off! I plan to lose 25 pounds by my birthday in September. I think that is totally doable if I get my act together and also start exercising!!

We are chilling for the afternoon and then heading to my cousin's house for dinner. I am taking a spinach salad that is Phase 1 legal and will have some of the pork tenderloin that my dad is making.

Have a super first day of 2008 my friends!

01-01-2008, 03:40 PM
Kim I love the pictures. :) I always love being able to put a face to a fellow chick. :hug:

Cottage I am reaching coauch potato status myself today. Bravo is doing a marathon from the Biggest Loser 2 season. :)

01-01-2008, 05:42 PM
Happy New Year!!!!

Didn't get out of bed til 12:15 as we didn't make it home from the party til 3:30am. We had a great time. Gonna spend today taken it easy as tomorrow is back to work :(

Hope everyone has a great start to the new year.

Bionic Beach Babe
01-01-2008, 06:23 PM
Hi Everyone: I didn't make it to midnight. Been nursing a cold since before Christmas. I got my days mixed up and was a day early for the new year. I had gone on our food plan and got rid of all the sweets, but when I found out it was not New Years yet until tomorrow (now) I went out and finished the Old Year with a "Snicker Ice Cream Bar" So enjoyable...But now it is the last one for quite a while and today I am with you in SB...Best to you all.

01-01-2008, 08:07 PM
Happy New Year Girls,
I am sorry I haven't written, got on the scale and gained 9 pounds since Thanksgiving. Was it really worth it? I will update my scale and things tomorrow. Have a great evening.

01-01-2008, 08:57 PM
Hi Jenn and bkstitch, good to see you guys back!
Kim, how I make the deviled eggs depends on my mood. Always mayo and yellow mustard though, and salt and pepper. I found if I add a little water I can add less mayo too. Then you can put in capers, or pimentos, etc., but the kids like 'em just plain. So I only add stuff if I want to make sure everyone stays away from them but me! You guys are so cute! Love the pictures.

I got all my cooking done, and then started couch potatoing too, over the Monk marathon. But I decided I didn't want to waste the afternoon, so I made a cup of coffee and ran some errands. For dinner I pulled out tons of leftovers and everyone was happy to pick whatever they wanted. For the first time since I was a kid, I didn't eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day. My grandmother would be scandalized if she knew. I hope I'm not inviting financial disaster! Anyway, one day of Ph1 down, and I feel better already. Early bed tonight, I am beat.

01-01-2008, 09:24 PM
Hi Ladies
I was up till 4 am today just from insomnia so I slept till 11 :eek: I had a good Ph 1 breakkie but had to go to the ER with my foot something in it! So i' gave in and had a cookie ( I was getting lightheaded and you'd think a hospital would have good snacks! PH 1 friendly dinner heating up in the oven

Schmoo how long are the deviled eggs good for?
I gotta run kitchen timer just wnet off!

01-01-2008, 10:52 PM
Kierie, I've never had them go bad, they never last long enough. I usually make up a dozen and they'll last us anywhere from a day to five days in the fridge. I guess I wouldn't want to keep them much longer than that.
Kim, I guess I didn't really explain how I make them. I assumed you would know what to do, but if not, just mush everything up with a fork until it's creamy - for a dozen eggs, I think I do about a Tbsp of mayo, half a T of mustard, and half a T of water. Then add more mayo if you think you need it. I put it into a ziploc bag, cut off the corner, and pipe it into the eggs.
I've gotten addicted to them. It's one of my favorite breakfasts.

cottage, we were wondering if they would ever let Dick retire. It's gotten kind of painful to watch. I think he looked a little better this year than last though. I remember last year we thought they must have propped him up. I think that was pretty soon after his stroke.