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12-11-2009, 07:48 AM
Good morning Chicks :coffee2: Where is everyone this morning? I hope the answer is sleeping in and not stuck without electricity!

It's back to the office for me today. I had a really fun day with my BF yesterday. It's so good to hang out together now. I miss her a lot after seeing each other just about every single week day for 10 years. Have to be diligent about getting together. Luckily I'll see her again Saturday night because Julie has a gig so it's a GNO.

The scale actually blinked two days in a row so maybe things are starting to move again. Don't want to get my hopes up too much. I've been strictly sticking to 45+ minutes of cardio and 15+ of strength/toning every day and I think that really helps.

Looks like a cold but clear day here. The snow is, in fact, still fluffy and white and kind of pretty :) How is your Friday shaping up?

12-11-2009, 07:54 AM
LOL Cyndi...I kept checking those little egg things on Ruth and Cottage and thought "you're kidding me....I'm the first one here!??!". I didn't look far enough down to yours! Thanks for starting! Congrats on the scale moving down!

Me - Unfortunately, I offered to work 2 hours longer for not working 2 hours for my daughter's christmas concert (which was delightful, btw!). If I didn't say anything, I probably could've just had it off!!

Today....I'm going to get my DS on the bus, then jump on the treadmill. Go to work at lunch today. I've been B-A-D about eating little things....not necessarily off plan, just not what I should be eating. (those darned 100%whole grain wheat thins are WAY TOO GOOD!!!) I need to prepare some veggie snacks!

It is stinkin' cold out there!!

Have a great day!

12-11-2009, 08:30 AM
:yawn: Stretch Good morning. :) Any coffee left?

I'm not having password problems, I just decided to burrow under the covers and sleep in this morning. :p It felt so good, and I refuse to feel guilty about it, so there!

Did you buy anything at Yankee Candle yesterday, Cyndi? I have a phobia concerning candles, but they are the only ones that I will use. I love the Balsam & Cedar one, since it smells just like Maine, and I just put away Autumn Wreath. I'm glad you were able to spend a nice day with your BF.

Twynn, don't you just love the children's Christmas concerts? I was at Audrey & Maggie's yesterday, and it was just delightful. Amber's is coming up soon, and I'm looking forward to that, too.

I think I may go out shopping today after the rush hour traffic clears out. I was going to see if my mother would like to come along, but I get so much more accomplished if I'm on my own, and she'd probably decline, anyway. I'm having a hard time trying to come up with an idea for my DS and DIL. They are so hard to buy for!

12-11-2009, 08:51 AM
Good morning gals!

Cyndi, I'm glad you had fun with your friend! Congrats on the scale movements.

Twynn, have fun on your treadmill. I hope work goes by quickly for you!

Linda, could you get your son and daughter-in-law a restaurant gift certificate? Good luck finding a present!

I woke up feeling yucky this morning. I got in my workout and have eaten a couple little things but I think it's going to be an early-to-bed night. The kids don't have any activities scheduled for this afternoon so I might make some cookies with them. I do not feel like cheating today so it would be a good day to make cookies and not be tempted.

Have a good day all!

12-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Boy everyone must be running behind today! I'm moving slower than molasses in January. Yes, I used a southern expression. I'm THAT tired.

Oh gosh 3 minutes to inhale my still-hot tea and start drying my hair. CRAP. Anyhoozle, last night was fun. Anna's program was a RIOT and she did a VERY good job as Dasher. Was nice to spend time with her mom, Chris (of course,) and the rest of Chris' family.

Well, gotta run again. Going to be in training all day but I'll try to find time to post later!


12-11-2009, 09:32 AM
Oh, so I'm fluffy now, am I?
I am so light-headed and dizzy this morning. don't know what's up with that. Not much going on around here today, just the usual work, laundry, housework. I mixed up a couple of batches of cookies last night, but I'm going to freeze the dough and won't bake them until we need them for parties, etc. I know I can't handle cookies around the house. I hope to get a lot of Christmas accomplished this weekend - the tree, the last of hte shopping, wrapping, and some baking. I get the honor of making the hard jelly cakes this year - my grandma used to do it, then my mom, but it's a lot of work, so now we rotate each year. Hopefully I can get to that because they need to sit for 2 weeks before we eat them.

DH is unintentionally messing up my vacation plans. I booked a trip to Orlando with the kids in January, thinking it would be a nice mid-winter getaway, and that DH would be at sea (he can't stand Orlando). We thought he'd be leaving before the holidays. Our trip is Jan 15th - 23rd. Yesterday he tells me they've set his departure date for Jan 20th. Not sure if I should cancel - it's the only non-holiday time the kids have off, and they'll be so disappointed. But I feel guilty if we're not here to see him off. Crap.

Cyndi, sounds like things are going well! Friend time is so important and I do tend to neglect that area - get caught up in the busy-ness, ya know? When I do take time, I realize how special it is. Enjoy your pretty snow!
Hope your long day goes by quickly, Twynn.
cottage, I don't envy you the shopping. I was in Target a couple of days ago, and it is busy out there! People are getting that glazed, stressed-out Christmas look too.
kara, I can never be in the house wtih homemade cookies and not be tempted. Good luck to you!
Happy Friday all!

12-11-2009, 10:06 AM
Good morning! :)

I'm back in Maine and posting from school today. First time I've ever had time to post from here, but I'm using the sub plans I left so it's an easy day.

It's cold and windy, they let the kids outside before school but I'm not sure if they'll get outside at lunchtime today or not. It sure is beautiful looking out the window though, it's sunny and the sky is blue and it looks like it ought to be a lot more comfortable than it is out there! lol

Cyndi, I'm wondering what you bought at Yankee Candle, too. :)
Twynn, I have the same problem with the wheat thins - they're SO good with that roasted vegetable hommus that I love so much, but I have a really hard time eating only one serving. :(
Cottage, Good for you sleeping in this morning! :D I wish I could have! I hope you find the perfect gifts.
Kara, I hope you start feeling better as the day goes on, you just got over being sick. *hug*
weezle, I made your refried bean soup last night - it's so good and so quick and easy! I can't wait for lunch - I brought leftovers with me. :p Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Hey Fluffy! er, I mean Schmoodle;) I hope you'll start to feel better as you get moving around, too.

I love your plan for your cookies - I should try that. Do all cookie doughs freeze well? I could safe myself a lot of time and aggravation by mixing up all the cookies my kids love in advance and just cooking up a few servings at a time when they get home for Christmas..... I usually do a marathon baking session the night before they get here and then I show up at the airport looking bedraggled and bleary eyed. lol

Debbie, Ruth and the rest of you who haven't posted yet - have a great Friday!

12-11-2009, 10:12 AM
Lisa, I'm so glad the Christmas program went well! Is Anna Chris' niece?

Schmoo, that's a tough call on the trip. What's the chance that your husband's departure date will get moved again???

Heidi, glad you made it home safely! Have a good day with the kids!

12-11-2009, 10:55 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

We got home late from our party then had to watch Survivor. I sure needed an early wake up call this AM!

Ruth, missing you :)

Cyndi, glad to hear your hard work is paying off! I think exercise is such an important part of this. It's soo much harder to keep it steady during the winter months. It sounds like fun plans are in your weekend.

Me, into action. The bus leaves here in an hour and I need to have nutrition. I'm dropping by the Vet's office to drop off calendars and get Bing's weigh in before heading to the pool. My list is in my head today-I'd like to get everything crossed off while enjoying it.

:wave: to anyone I missed this morning. Have a great day everyone!

Twynn, have a great day. I'm hoping you don't have to work on Saturday. When you talked of the :tread: my thoughts wandered to that beautiful park you run through. It will be nice when we can get outside again.

Cottage, glad you enjoyed your sleep in. I hope you get everything crossed off your list.

Schmoodle, so sorry you're not feeling well. I am thinking about your cookie plan, too. What intrigues me is only making one big mess in the kitchen. I've never been to Orlando, but think my DH would dislike it, too. I'm wondering the color of your Prius. I drove my GF once and was really impressed.

Kara, sorry it sounds like all those cookies from yesterday weren't too happy in your tummy. TG for SBD! You asked about the pool. It is an outdoor hot springs-the pool is 2 blocks long and was built in the 1880s-lots of history. 3 million gallons of 130 degree water come through every day and it creates a little microclimate. It so well maintained and it's only 10 ft from the bldg to the water. Heavenly! Have you decided on the ballet class yet? Loved your tree story yesterday.

Lisa, your plans sound fun! You are really doing great combining healthy eating and holidays!

Jenski, :wave:

LC, hows your list coming along?

Karre, I hope yesterday gave you some time to catch up at home!

Barb, thanks for the tree tips. It sure seems to me that it should be warmer your way. Is 20 degrees unusual?

Pearlrose, boy, your day must be crazy today. I was multitasking with baking energy bars last week. Instead of turning the oven off, I turned it all the way up! I think that's why Bing is interested in the compost! I was in school plays and I remember all the fun of rehersals and performances. It's so great you help that happen for your kids.

Chelby, I am thinking good thoughts for Wade and the family today. :hug:

Heidi, I'm glad you made it home safe and are still cruising along on SBD. Although it's a tough situation it must feel good to know you can get up and go. I'll BIT later. :hug:

12-11-2009, 11:22 AM
Debbie, I did decide to take the dance class. I'm looking forward to it! And what better motivation to stay on plan than knowing I'll be in a leotard once a week! :D Your pool sounds wonderful. What a neat thing to have near by!

12-11-2009, 11:27 AM
Heidi - I'm glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites! Filling, low-cal, helps keep the plumbing unclogged, and gets better every day! ;)

Kara - Actually, Anna is Chris' daughter. She's an awesome kid (11) and I adore her. I get to spend quality time with her this weekend. I'm stoked! :D

Debbie - Well I sure am trying. I have 43 days to fit back into my summer clothes so I don't have a whole lot of options here. Haven't updated the tickie but am down from 127 to 123 and have 8 lbs to go before I'll be able to squeeze into my clothes. Gotta do it! :p

Oh, and Schmoo, who called you Fluffy???!?!? I'll whoop their..... oh wait, Cottage and Beachgal are able to get in. Hmm. :censored:

12-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Guess who this is?
Seems there is something wrong so my alter ego had to register.
Now I'll report this post to see if I can get Ruthxxx back with my MOD/ADMIN powers.

12-11-2009, 12:23 PM
Hmmm..... I don't know Ruthiexxx..... How many guesses do I get?

Schatzi? ellis? Hmmm.... let me think on this one.

12-11-2009, 12:39 PM
Freezing the cookies works well for me. It solves two problems. 1. I can get the batter all mixed up early and get a head start, without having your cookies go stale before Christmas. 2. I don't have dozens of cookies sitting around making seductive comments to me all day long. I also just use the same mixing bowl, so it saves lots of dishes. I just scoop them out onto a baking sheet and pop it into the freezer. When they are frozen throw them all into a ziploc or container and pull them out as you need them. I thaw before baking, but you might not have to. I've done it with chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, peanut butter, and oatmeal, and it's worked well for all. Haven't done sugar, but I expect you could just free the dough lump and thaw it when you're ready to roll them out.

Kara, I think the date is pretty firm now, although things have gotten changed last minute before. Sure makes it hard to plan! The trip is all paid for and I'll lose $200 deposit if I cancel now.
Lexxis, the car is red, DH says like a Ferrari LOL. There wasn't a lot of choice, black, white, sand, gray, blue, and red I think.
weezle, it was Cyndi, and I think she called us all fluffy. go get her!
RuthIE,did you do something naughty to get yourself banned?

12-11-2009, 12:52 PM
Ok I am confused.... I have been trying to stick completely with P1 just started monday.... I didn't read the book completely but skimmed through it I guess....

Am I supposed to follow servings? I thought I wasn't supposed to be hungry... but sometimes I am if so I will eat another snack, like a lowfat cheese stick or smoething... Am I doing something wrong??
I've lost 4 lbs in 4 days, so thats good....
I just want to make sure I am following the diet correctly

12-11-2009, 01:11 PM
1lesslb, you definitely need to read the book!!!! You shouldn't be hungry with this way of eating. Can you post a sample menu of what you've been eating the last 4 days?

Schmoo, hmm Cyndi called us fluffy? Might have to call Guido up in Peoria for this one. I don't think I could take her by myself.... ;)

12-11-2009, 01:50 PM
she is pretty muscular, I hear...

12-11-2009, 01:51 PM
ok monday
quiche cups with spinach

celery with laughing cow cheese

salad with tomatoes, onion, cucumber and discusting dressing, ewww won't try that one again lol with jello s/f

snack- cheese stick, I think

dinner- grilled sirloin, brocolli and mashed "potatoes"

snack- I don't care for the texture of ricotta cheese so I tried the jello in cottage cheese instead, that was wierd

breakfast- 1/2 serving (was enough for me)mock pancakes, 2 pieces of turkey bacon

snack- mozerella stick

lunch- tuna on salad with avacados, mushrooms, onions, cucumber celery, with some kind of lemon dressing (out of the book) salad was ok but dressing was gross.... oh and jello s/f

snack lf cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes with alittle salt and pepper

scallops( I hope those are on the diet) sauted in olive oil with mushrooms, asparagus onions, and zuchinni on the side

desert- chocolate "brownie"

omelet with canadian bacon, and onions and peppers

snack- celery with laughing cow cheese

lunch- salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, leftover sirlion, cucumber, with lowfat italian dressing jello

snack- mozerella stick

dinner- um I can't remember.....


breakfast- eggs with turkey bacon

snack- mozerella stick

lunch- chicken breast salad at subway, got lf italian and realized it had hfcs in it so I only had 2 tbs

snack- mozerella stick

dinner- chicken parmesan, eggolant parmesan, and sauted eggplant

desert- sbd friendly pb cheesecake

breakfast, mock pancakes turkey bacon

snack- cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes

lunch- haven't gotten there yet......

let me know what you think please.....

12-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Weezle - You do know I'm Italian? Guido is a cousin, everyone is ;)
and Schmoodle is a trouble maker. I was talking about the snow!

12-11-2009, 02:01 PM
lol I'm glad I took a minute to peek in here during lunch. :D You are a fun bunch.

Freezing the cookies works well for me. It solves two problems. 1. I can get the batter all mixed up early and get a head start, without having your cookies go stale before Christmas. 2. I don't have dozens of cookies sitting around making seductive comments to me all day long. I also just use the same mixing bowl, so it saves lots of dishes. I just scoop them out onto a baking sheet and pop it into the freezer. When they are frozen throw them all into a ziploc or container and pull them out as you need them. I thaw before baking, but you might not have to. I've done it with chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, peanut butter, and oatmeal, and it's worked well for all. Haven't done sugar, but I expect you could just free the dough lump and thaw it when you're ready to roll them out.
Thank you so much for this. I'm going to stop by the grocery store on my way home today and pick up what I need to make my Christmas cookies. This is going to my make Christmas entertaining so much easier! :D

12-11-2009, 02:04 PM
Cyndi, suuuuuuure you were. I didn't know you were Italian! You must be related to Chris and his ginormous family then, too. This means there is potential for us to actually be related someday! Forget Guido, then! I'm calling Mema. Nothing like a 4'1" 84 year old Italian grandmother to whip somebody into shape! ;)

1less, I'm not the best person to judge a menu, but you seem to be lacking in the beans/nuts/legumes department. Those things have plenty of fiber and protein, and will fill you up (and help.... other issues that may arise.) You may try plugging your info into Fitday and see how many calories you're actually consuming. It may be that you're just not getting enough, but I don't know what your portion sizes are like.

12-11-2009, 02:15 PM
1less, I agree, my menu would have more dairy, beans, nuts in there. Make sure you have some kind of protein with each meal, it will help keep you from getting hungry, and if you do get hungry, have a snack, as long as it's something legal.

12-11-2009, 02:19 PM
Ruthie! How cute. Sorry you're having troubles with the log-in.

Lisa, I love the name Anna. It was almost Avery's name. Almost, like for three days (yes, after she was born!), we were trying to decide between Avery Claire and Anna Elise.

1lesslb, it would serve you well to read the book thoroughly. It really helped me stay on plan when I understood WHY the plan was the way it was. This way of eating makes a lot of sense. You've gotten great advice on your menu. Have you stopped into the Phase 1 thread?

I am in bed at 7:18 in my PJs watching Survivor. I already brushed my teeth and if I nod off at 8:00, that is fine with me!

12-11-2009, 02:45 PM
Kara, well Chris being Italian and all, it's actually Adrianna (ay-dree-AH-nah) but we call her Anna (normal pronunciation) for short. She's such a delight to be around! I can't wait to see them tonight!

12-11-2009, 02:47 PM
thanks everybody for the info, I will be sure to read through the whole book..... thanks!!!

little chick
12-11-2009, 04:07 PM
HELLLLLOOOOO Chickies: this is a quickie had to take Megs for a test this morning at the hospital and they were running an 1 1/2 behind and her test was for 8:15 go figure. Then I rushed home and have been cleaning and baking as we are off to DH grandma's 90 birthday tomorrow we are having a big family party sat and then a big breakfast on sunday morning. Not sure if we are staying up over night. If we do I am off to a party as well. Busy Busy Busy. Well got to dash and finish up. Just took two minutes to jump in and say Hello.

12-11-2009, 04:51 PM
Oy! and Grrr! I seem to have spent the whole darn day trying to get back in here as myself. There has been a major problem but it's nearly fixed now.

AND....the tub guys are gone! I managed a nice soak this morning before they came back to put on some finishing touches like baseboards. Yes, I was out of the tub and dressed when they arrived!

Now to finish up wrapping so the house can be readied for Donna Day tomorrow. I am so glad I'm home tonight with the doggies becauses it's really cold out there. I'm just back from a trip to the bank and will enjoy some tea and the woodstove for a while.

Just looked outside and it's snowing again. It'll definitely be a white Christmas around here.

12-11-2009, 05:33 PM
Whew! I'm glad you were finally able to get your password all straightened out, Ruth!

Whoever asked, yes, you can bake the frozen scoops of cookie dough straight from the freezer. They actually hold their shape better that way, especially chocolate chip.

Schmoodle, congratulations on the new car! A good friend of mine got a brand new red Prius this past summer, and she adores it. It is a nice car, enjoy!

Holy cow were the crowds ever out this morning! I think everyone took today off to go shopping! At least everybody was in good spirits and there was lots of joking and laughing in the checkout lines. I made out very well, and only have two more gifts to buy. I did end up getting a gift certificate to a nice restaurant for my DS and DIL. I think they'll enjoy a nice evening out, since with two little ones they don't get many oppportunities.
Caitlyn and Carley came out on the train to spend the weekend with us, and are here now, so I may not be able to check in again until later.

Funny, but I have an Uncle Guido in my family, too! What a coincidence!

12-11-2009, 05:57 PM
Hello everyone,

Didn't get a chance to post earlier crazy day had to go to two meetings at a different location this morning and then around lunchtime drive back home. Been wfh this afternoon but its been busy and then just took DD2 for her 2nd H1N1 shot- tonight is opening night of her play. We are excited. I got a ticket for tonight to watch opening night and then the next three performances I will help out downstairs and then as a family we are all watching last performance Sunday evening.

Her Christmas program at school was last night it was great, she had a good time.

Alright have about 4 minutes till I am off, so gotta run have a great evening everyone.