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01-03-2011, 04:07 AM
Good Morning Beachers,

Well the day is here. The day we start our new lifestyle. Our new way of eating thinking and feeling.

I am ready. I have weighed and will take my picture when I go over to the house. Will have Lou weigh and take his picture as well.

I do not plan what we will eat because I am a spur of the moment gal.

I have my aresnal of what we can eat list and am excited.

I love to cook so this will be fun for me. New recipes here I come.

With your support and friendship I will be successful.

Today is day one and I am ready for it!

My positive thought for today is: Little steps add up to giant leaps.


01-03-2011, 06:06 AM
Good morning!

Windsong: My husband and I find that as long as everything in the house is on plan, we're okay with less planning to our day.

We had white chicken chili last night, and it's definitely one of my favorites. It's made of navy beans, chicken, Pace picante sauce, chicken broth, celery and spices.

I've gone ahead and moved my goal weight to something inside the "healthy BMI" for my height (though BMI has issues as a measure, it's easy to use).

I hope everyone has a great day - a fresh start to a new year, with movement and good food and laughter. :)

01-03-2011, 06:20 AM
Good morning, Lady W and Annie. Thanks for the positive start-up. It sounds like you two have your day well under control.

I'm off to the gym with Donna in two hours and am somewhat relieved that my PT won't be there today. I need to find my workout sheet and re-familiarize myself with my routine. Right now I can't remember the names of the machines - except for the treadmill, of course!

Christmas is still hanging on in our house but I am planning to wind it all up after Wednesday night. I've invited my friends Claire and Doug, their DD Heather and her two boys for family dinner that night to wind up the season - and get rid of some of the leftover wine! I'm doing a ham and some food porn scalloped potatoes which I'll have to skip. Ham's a bad choice because of the salt but I do want the bone for real pea soup. I'm way too much of a foodie!

Time to plan today's food and the task list. Hope your Monday is great. :cofdate:

01-03-2011, 06:36 AM
Annie your soup looks divine!

Ruth foodie....that's US! Have a great workout at the gym. Company for dinner will be so nice.


01-03-2011, 06:54 AM
Well Beach Chicks, I am back and starting Phase I today. I have gained about 10 pounds back since I fell off the wagon several months ago....thankfully I did not gain all I had lost back. I have started a new ticker because that will help me keep perspective and accountability! I really want to focus on exercise more this time. My mini goal is to move at least 15 mins. each day. I know that sounds pitiful but with my schedule I want it to be attainable and I am hoping to increase as I go....Happy New Year and Monday!

01-03-2011, 07:06 AM
litar you can and will do it.

01-03-2011, 07:06 AM
Good morning on the first Monday of 2011!

Welcome back litar, it's great to see you again! :)

Windsong, good luck on your first official day on plan. Sounds like you're ready.

Annie, that soup looks good. I love chicken or turkey chili. Now I'm thinking I should change my supper menu tonight.... :lol:

Good morning Ruth, I hope all goes well at the gym this morning.

It's back to school for me today. I wonder how my kiddos will be. Some groups come back from vacation well rested and raring to go, others come back tired and cranky. I'm hoping for the happy, well rested scenario, but I planned for the other, just in case. :lol: Either way I'm heading back well rested and raring to go and with my on plan lunch and snacks.

Enjoy your Monday friends! :hug:

01-03-2011, 07:19 AM
Thanks Windsong and Hedi. I am going back to school today too! I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine!
Hey Ruth....have a good workout at the gym!

01-03-2011, 07:34 AM
Good morning :coffee2: Well I'm plopping back into work with a full day meeting up north, so probably a 12 hour day. Luckily the weather is fine and the roads are clear.

Lady Windsong - Sounds like you are ready to go. Have a great first day.

annie - I love pretty much anything spicy. I wonder if can make something like that with veggie chicken strips (I'm sure the answer is yes :) )

Ruth - good luck at the gym. I hope the machines recognize you. A last holiday dinner sounds lovely. We always celebrated the 6th when I was young (Little Christmas) and in my mind that's still when the season winds down.

Lisa - Welcome back! When I started I moved 10 minutes a day some days. Establishing the habit is the hardest part.

Heidi - I hope your group is excited to be back and ready to go.

Time to get my bits and pieces together for the day. We are meeting at a coffee shop so I will have to order lunch from the menu. Luckily it's online and pretty healthy (must resist the tempeh reuben though!). A good supply of snacks should get me back home for dinner instead of ordering from the Co-op.

Hope your Monday is a breeze.

01-03-2011, 07:36 AM
Good morning, and Welcome Back to both the old faces and the new! It's great to hear such positives outlooks and motivation! Let's hope this wave of enthusiasm carries us through the entire year! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

All the holiday festivities are finally over here at my house and all the decorations and outside lights are put away, although the tree is still up, and that will come down on Saturday. I love Christmas, but the house has been decorated and we've been celebrating since Thanksgiving, so I'm more than ready to get back to normal.

My meals are all planned out for the day, and it feels so good to get back to completely clean and healthy eating again. :)

01-03-2011, 08:28 AM
Good morning all :wave:

I'm baaaaccckkk LOL

cottage, good for you for taking Christmas down! I did it right after the day. I usually wait until New Years day.

Cyndi, The tempeh reuben sounds yummy! I hope you can resist!

Heidi, I hope the kids are good and ready to be back today, my son was up all night with a toothache and is not going to school. I am upset :( My daughter is not ready to go back. I suspect once she gets there, she will be happy.

litar, welcome back!

annie, that looks yummo!

Ruth, I am a foodie too! The scalloped potatoes sound good, but you can avoid them. Think of how good you will feel if you resist!

Lady Windsong, welcome back, it's a good time for a fresh start. Thanks for getting the thread started :)

I am back also! I am doing a combination of SBD and WW, WW has an entire new system, I think it will work well with SBD. I joined the WW online.

I worked out this morning, and also walked (like I used to do)

I am exhausted though, I hope I get more energy. I have to go to my grandfather's viewing today, and the funeral/memorial service is tomorrow :(

01-03-2011, 08:49 AM
Good morning!

Windsong - Love your excitement and optimism.

Annie - Looks yummy. Life would be so much easier for me if I could get my husband on the plan and the crap out of the house. Darn lack of willpower. Darn husband.

Ruth - I SHOULD be going to the gym. Haven't in ages and dread starting back now since it will be very crowded. I did the salty ham thing too - just Christmas to me.

Lisa - I fell off and gained back too. Story of my life, unfortunately. Let's get it off and keep it off this time!

Heidi - I wondered if you were headed back today. It is staff development or something at ours so my son gets another day to sleep. Happy first day of the countdown to summer break!

Cyndi - Have a great day. Happy snacking.

Linda - Woo hoo for that last part!

Beloved - I must have missed something about your grandfather. So sorry :hug:

Last day of winter break here for the teen. He will be tired tomorrow! I've been pretty much eating well this past week except that I got a bit addicted to sugar free hard candies. They are not agreeing with my tummy and I should probably just give them up.

Have a great day everyone.

01-03-2011, 09:20 AM
Woo, good gracious, you chicks are chatting early!! Bring on the new year!

Like us all, I need to cut back. Interesting enough, the recipe of the day is baked kale chips at : Sounds interesting, has anyone done this before? Make sure to read the contributors comments below the recipe!

I've already cleaned the bathroom and mopped the floor, just had my cinnamon omelette. Packed up my veggies, cheese stick and moroccan tagine for lunch. Hoping to go on a run outside after work, the pup would love it!

Don't have time for personals, the darned paycheck is calling. Have a great day on the beach!

01-03-2011, 09:21 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

:cp: for such an energetic SBD crew!

I'm running behind after sleeping in, however to my credit, I stayed up pretty late last night working on my animal rescue paperwork. End of the year is a big deal as I'll have lots of reports coming up soon. Pups have been out, fed and are quietly enjoying their morning. I'll scan photos later, walk and eat OP :carrot: I can honestly say I am thrilled to have all the sugar/fat laden functions behind me for a year.

LadyWindsong, thanks for getting us started! I'm not much of a planner, either, but one thing I have found that really helps is to have one or two freezer meals stashed for just that moment when I get home late and am really hungry. It helps.

Ruth, glad you can work out without the PT today!

Annie, I must try that recipe! Thx for the picture!

BelovedK, glad you are getting back into a groove. Your accountability combo sounds great! :hug: as you move through your Grandfather's passing.

Linda(cottagebythesea), yay for routines, planned meals and "normal days!

Heidi, it sounds like you have all your bases covered as you head back to school.

Lisa(litar), welcome back! Half your gain will probably come off as water weight. I think the idea of 15 minutes of exercise a day is a great idea. It adds up...I figured it out last month.

Cyndi, take care during your long work day. Drive safe and enjoy your "reuben free" lunch.

Karen, great job sticking to plan last week! Let's go for another!

:wave: :wave: :wave: to everyone else!
The question was raised about the later posts being read. I want you all to know that I DO read every post every day. It is important to me to know what you all are up to...Lots of times, though, it's on a flyby when I don't have the time to sit down and get to personals. Then when I sit down later, often my internet is too undependable for responses. Keep posting! It matters!

01-03-2011, 11:00 AM
Good morning,

I am ready to go as well. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Thank you!!!

I have today off still, but I have a ton of homework. Also, I am going to my Grandma's to visit/lunch. That was one of my resolutions - to spend more time w/ my friends and family. I do not want to take anything for granted.

Have a great day!

01-03-2011, 11:16 AM
I am impressed at the energy on this site. I am also impressed how many people have already posted. However, I guess in a few days when I head back that will be me to. I am not looking forward to the early wake up, but looking forward to my students. My son is definately ready to go back. He misses his buddies.

I am not sure what the day holds. It is a go with the flow kind of day.

01-03-2011, 11:25 AM
Good morning chicks!

I took a couple of detours over the holiday season but didn't do too much damage:) I hope you all enjoyed your holiday! Yesterday I took the opportunity to put away all the Christmas decorations, my house looks so empty and boring now!

I went out and bought the South Beach Quick and Easy cookbook and it is fantastic! I made delicious soup out of it last night and have a menu planned for the entire week. The Supercharged edition of the book is also a great buy, there is so much more information in it and they provide a far more detailed information on foods to eat and avoid in all phases.

I made my resolutions for the year but none of them were regarding weight loss:)

Have a lovely day ladies!

01-03-2011, 11:51 AM
Good morning,

Nice to see such enthusiasm this morning.

I am doing wfh today hope to get a lot accomplished.

I have been doing great eating and exercise wise since Friday so hopefully will keep it up and just stay on track that is the goal.

Have a great day everyone!!

01-03-2011, 11:51 AM
Morning everyone!

Enjoying my last day of vacation today. Planning on seeing a movie this afternoon and hitting the gym this evening, possibly vice versa.

Lindsay -- what soup recipe out of the cookbook did you make? I've got the book, but have been using recipes from 3FC instead. I was planning on exploring the cookbook in more depth today and pick up the necessary groceries for the rest of the week. I made the red bean mash from the Supercharged book yesterday, and it was definitely lacking... something. Keep us posted of other successful recipes!

01-03-2011, 02:29 PM
I made the chicken and mushroom soup and it came out delicious. I also made the turkey stack for breakfast this morning and it tasted wonderful.
I was a little nervous about the soup since brussel sprouts were one of of the ingredients but it ended up being very good and I now have a way to eat those nasty little green balls:)

Tonight I am going to make the crab and avocado salad.

Let me know what you find to be good too!

The Superchared SB book had a lot of great new recipes in it too, I thought I had won the lottery!

01-03-2011, 03:10 PM
Happy Monday! I'm new here, just started Phase 1 today -- Haven't participated in an online group in a long time but have finally gotten serious again after falling off the wagon over and over for 2 years. Figured it would be a good idea to have somewhere (virtual) to go in order to feel somewhat accountable. I think that's what has been missing.

Trying to lose 25 pounds - can't post my widget yet, but I'm at about 170 right now (maybe slightly higher, haven't weighed in yet today).


01-03-2011, 05:51 PM
Hi Everyone!

Welcome to all the new beach chicks! I'm having internet issues and need to get my work done.


01-03-2011, 06:42 PM
Wow, so many posts this morning! I'm impressed and the energy is great! :wave: to all that have already posted and for those (if any) to come after me.

Windsong, congrats on starting your journey and don't hesitate to ask if you have a question. There are some very experienced and knowledgeable folks here that have helped me in the past.

Litar, hey 15 minutes is more than I was able to do when I started walking. At best I was only able to do 10 minutes and now look at me; almost three months later and I'm walking 45 minutes. Just keep at it and you will accomplish so much. By the way, don't think we've met so it's nice to meet you and :welcome: back.

Heidi, go get em girl! My GD returns to teaching today too.

Cyndi, be safe on the roads.

Beloved, sorry about your Grandpa.

Karen, I have the same situation with my husband but have accepted the fact that he has his food and snacks and they are off limit to me. I really think it is a mind set thing. He has food porn snacks all over the place and they don't even call to me 99% of the time.

Debbie, ;)

I spent a good part last evening organizing Christmas decorations. I have about 12 very large Rubbermail type totes and I've decided that at our age we just don't need that many so am going through each tote to give away what I really don't need/want. So far though my stack of "give away" isn't very large :(. I figure it will take one or two more days of work before this project is finished and the totes are put away in storage for another year.

It was so nice to walk this morning without the raincoat. I even took along a personal CD player and listened to the start of Steve Martin's bio. Luckily I had a pocket for the CD player as I got tired of carrying it. Guess I'm going to have to figure out something different.

Hope you all have a good day. Later.

P.S. - Hey Amy, you snuck in on me. :welcome: you will find a lot of support here.

01-03-2011, 06:51 PM
HOLY GEEZ. Hi everybody! Guess who had a busy first-day-back at work with half-staff for the holiday? :lol3: I'm DYIN here! SO BUSY!

Just wanted to pop in and tell you I'm OP today! Yesssss. Hope everyone is having a fabulous day! :D


01-03-2011, 07:31 PM
Interesting enough, the recipe of the day is baked kale chips at : Sounds interesting, has anyone done this before? Make sure to read the contributors comments below the recipe!

I've had them and really like them. Timing is key, crisp but not burnt. I can eat the whole batch though :)

I've become hooked on the raw kale chips and am looking for a dehydrator recipe for those.

01-03-2011, 08:08 PM
Like us all, I need to cut back. Interesting enough, the recipe of the day is baked kale chips at : Sounds interesting, has anyone done this before? Make sure to read the contributors comments below the recipe!
I love them and do them a lot. I usually add a little garlic or sprinkle them with Mrs. Dash, I found the "just salt" version a little bland. It took me a few tries to figure out just how long to cook them, but it was well worth the trial and error. My DH does NOT like them at all though, he says it's the texture that bothers him.

I've had them and really like them. Timing is key, crisp but not burnt. I can eat the whole batch though :)

I've become hooked on the raw kale chips and am looking for a dehydrator recipe for those. Cyndi, this is the recipe I've been using. Dehydrated Kale chips ( They're better than the oven ones (IMO) but one of the best things about the oven version is that I could fix them so quickly..... These require planning ahead! :)

Beloved, I didn't know about your grandfather either. I'm sorry. *hug*

Hello to the rest of you. I enjoyed reading your posts, but don't have time for that many personals this evening. Sleep well!

01-03-2011, 09:55 PM
Good afternoon, ladies!!! :) Sorry that I, yet again, don't have time for personals but the weekend completely got away from me and now here I am back at work again. Poo!!! :( I hope everybody is doing well.

It's brother and his wife decided today that they will be filing for divorce. He seems to be in a good place about it and had kinda resolved himself to the fact long ago. I'm trying to be supportive b/c I know it IS hard for him...but I have to say that I'm ecstatic he is making it out of that family. Pure white trash, I'm telling ya. I won't go into details, but lemme just say again I am ECSTATIC!!!

Anywho, gotta run...phones are ringing again. UGH!!!

01-03-2011, 10:09 PM
Thanks Heidi! It's not good to get hooked on snacks that cost almost $8/bag :eek: I'll try these this weekend. the ones I buy use sesame seeds instead of cashews but the same basic idea. Do you need to use the leather trays or will they work on the mesh trays?

ETA - wow this site looks great. I'll have to spend more time with it over the weekend