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museumgirl - Sunday Jan 11, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 160.5

I was at 160.2 this morning, so hovering around the same number. I have decided that, with the dietary changes I have made in the past 3.5 weeks, I am going to give my body some time to adjust to everything before I push for lower calories and more weight loss. I think the calories are automatically lower, with there being no added oils, but I have allowed myself some things like whole grain pasta and even some bread. There's been no weight gain, but no significant loss, either.

Rather than pushing right now, I think i will stick it out through the month of January and relax a bit. I know my calories are not high - probably still between 12-1400 a day, and all are very good "quality" - ie.,, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lower fat and all whole foods and almost entirely made at home. I have let up just a bit on the salt moratoriam, in that, my bp has been awesome lately so I am still doing low salt, but not NO salt.

I will continue to weigh, and track my foods, just to be sure I don't gain, but I don't believe I will. I just want to have a little time to feel "normal" with this lifestyle, and enjoy a cocktail before dinner occassionally, and get to feel comfortable with this as a lifestyle. I truly think I will stick with this way of eating for life, as I actually have more variety believe it or not!

So I am not quitting - on the contrary! But I am going to be patient and give myself time to adjust. I am feeling great, my skin is looking good and my energy is good, too. I am only 10 pounds "overweight" by the charts, 30 from my goal, so I am getting there.  

So breakfast was oatmeal with flax seed and a little maple syrup, decaf coffe.

lunch was some of my crockpot greens with sweet potato, and a chili rellenos from yesterdays dinner, and a 1/2 piece of ww pita bread.

Dinner: tbd.I still have some of my potato salad leftover, so I may have that and whatever else looks good in there :)

Hope everyone is having a good day. I am enjoying this month of Sundays without work.


Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 30.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/11/2015:
Your right M our bodies have a way of letting us know it needs a break or a period to readjust. I think you are making a wise move with the patience with your new eating habits. I also believe that the more we make this a race the worst it gets. It should be a life changing period. You are are doing great. I am very proud of your accomplishments in the past month or so. Thank you for sticking around. Have a great day.

museumgirl on 01/11/2015:
Oh, so true. It is not a race, it is my life, right? I'll stick around. Thanks for your kind words, I so appreciate the support :)

biscottibody59 on 01/11/2015:
Just a reminder that Ess and McD neither encourage (nor require) calorie counting.

Here's an article that may help from Jeff Novick, McD's RD for his site and programs:


He has his own forum on the McD site with tons of really useful info.

Good Luck!

museumgirl on 01/11/2015:
Yes, I realize that. Part of why I am laying off the calorie counting, although I will track food and be sure I am not overdoing it - kind of hard to "over eat" though, when you just eat vegetables :) thank you for the information. I have seen some things by Novick, and like what he has to say, it makes sense to me. This whole way of eating makes sense to me, and I think it works for me. maybe not for everyone. I've noticed some interesting changes since starting this that makes me think it is right for me. I would never have gone down this path except for the links you were posting that got me interested. Thanks for commenting, I have missed your posts and several times thought about how much I appreciate your links. :)

museumgirl - Saturday Jan 10, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 160.5

Busy today and forgot to post until now. Ran some errands to buy spices, etc., and got a ceramic-coated no-stick wok with a gift card we got for Christmas. I wanted a no-stick to make cooking easier without oil, but didnt want teflon - these ceramic pans are supposed to be good, and it worked fine for dinner tonight. :)

Breakfast was oatmeal w some flax and a little maple syrup - I was feeling indulgent 

lunch was a warm potato salad and a few apple slices

dinner was our "mexican" inspired meal - I made oil-free chips in the oven, a baked chili rellenos stuffed with brown rice, mushrooms and olives and used the same fillng for a taco with homemade salsa and guacamole. Probably more calories than I needed, but everything was baked, no fat added, and it was really satisfying.

Made another pot of greens in the crockpot and had a bowl of them for a snack. This is officially one of my favorite things to eat, ever!

Cleaned and organized my pantry a bit today, and got "bagged" things put into storage jars. They stay better and look neater, too. Didn't do much else, other than a lot of cooking, but now I should have food for a couple of days. 

Still very cold here, but I guess that's what winter is here. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend,


Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 30.5 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/10/2015:
Wow your supper sounds great. You were busy today. I also like to see my cupboards tidy and neat looking. It might just be a bad habits though. Have a great evening M.

museumgirl - Friday Jan 09, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 160.5

 Well, I have not seen the bright side of 160 since New Year's Eve, so I am adjusting my weight from 159.8 back up to 160.5, where I have been bouncing around since then. I guess that was a fluke, must have been dehydrated. Oh well. Not going to get bothered about 1/2 a pound.

I did go to work last night and help that person's son who is doing a project. I was there almost 2 hours, so I do hope they have a better appreciation of what my job is now. :) The kid was nice and polite so it was all good. Roads were pretty bad on the way home, snow blowing and slippery, but this morning there is only about an inch and the sun is shining so it is a beautiful day. 

Breakfast is the usual, oatmeal, berries, decaf coffee. Lunch will probably be the cabbage soup, and dinner I plan to make vegetarian tacos for me, and meat ones for mr husband. I think mine will be veggies sauteed in some broth and then roasted a bit until they get crisp-ish, and homemade salsa.

I found a recipe for low - fat vegan waffles that actually sound pretty good. If I pick up some applesauce today I can make those for Sunday brunch and really feel like I am indulging. :)

May stay home today, but also may go out and buy some more cat food. Foster cat Violet is still enjoying the expensive, dehydrated raw cat diet, and the other two are getting low of food, too. I also buy for my son's two cats, which are two of the 4 orphans I fostered, since money is tight with him and I want them to have a healthy diet, too. :) We have a great deep-discount pet food store on the other side of town that is about 2/3 the price of anywhere else, sometimes less. If the roads are good I may go out. 

Hope everyone is having a good day. I love seeing the motivation of the new/returning people here, it really motivates me, too. :)


Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 30.5 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 01/09/2015:
Yes... definitely don't worry about 1/2 a pound... there are a million reasons why you could be holding onto that little extra weight. It will definitely come off.

Sounds like a good dinner... you definitely made me crave mexican!

getmebackto150 on 01/09/2015:
The peanut soup is SO good! Here is a link to the blog I got it off of. I follow the recipe almost exactly except, I sautee the onions, garlic, and ginger first, and I used kale in place of collard greens. http://cookieandkate.com/2013/west-african-peanut-soup/

Umpqua on 01/09/2015:
You're doing great, so I'm glad you're not letting the scale bother you. Speaking of vegan waffles and other goodies, have you checked out http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/? She's really talented at taking traditional recipes and converting them to vegan, and always offers no fat and no sugar options. I love her site and some of her recipes are staples in this house!

puddles on 01/09/2015:
Don't worry about the scale - remember my long plateau and then it paid off in one week with a major drop. Your body is just adjusting. Glad to hear about Violet and also that she is doing well. Have a great day.

museumgirl - Thursday Jan 08, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

So I am now only .4 away from seeing the 150s again. My early morning meeting was rescheduled for next week, so I get a reprieve, although I am going out this morning to give son a ride to work, and then to work myself for a bit. I also have to meet that person after work to help with her son's project, but the rest of the day will be a couple hours of work then the time is mine :)

Making my collard greens in the crockpot again. Smells soo good. I tasted them last night, and I think I prefer the mustard greens, but these will be tasty, too. I'm exploring the "vegan" world of foods now, experimenting with nutritional yeast, but I am not really interested in any of the "fake" substitutions of things like cheese and meat. I figure if you want cheese, eat cheese! I am sticking to a plant-based diet, however, since I am enjoying the food more than I expected. I completely pigged out on sweet potatoes last night. Just plain, baked sweet potatoes that I threw in the oven for 45 minutes. So delicious and so satisfying. :) So that, along with some homemade cabbage & wild rice soup,, was last night's dinner. 

The only negative to this is that my body is definitely adjusting to eating more legumes, with some unpleasant side effects. I believe I will adjust to it in another week or so, but I hope I still have some friends left by then lol.

It is definitely soup weather here today. very cold wind chills even for Michigan. Looking forward to being home tomorrow and staying cozy by the fire, but for today, lots of things to do.

Food will be the typical - the usual breakfast, either that or I'll eat those collard greens, decaf coffee, lunch will be some of the cabbage soup and dinner will be....who knows yet? something good and warm.

Have a great day everyone!


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/08/2015:
I know what you mean with all the vegetable I also have some of the side effects but I live alone - right now I consider that a bonus. lol Cabbage is my worst veg but I love it so much. You will get to that 150s soon I have no doubt because you are put the work in and success will be yours. Have a great day M.

skinnygrlwithin on 01/08/2015:
Haha it's definitely an adjustment when you've been away from veggies and legumes for awhile.. but yes it'll get better.

I agree about the vegan thing... if you're giving something up, just give it up... I always believe it's much more healthy to eat the real unprocessed version of things then the fake processed substitute that claims to be healthier.

museumgirl on 01/08/2015:
completely agree. Part of getting healthier, for me, is avoiding "fake food." so I will just shut up and eat my veggies and like it. Just kidding, I really DO like it :)

Umpqua on 01/08/2015:
I had the same problems with eating vegan :P I only lasted about a month on the plan but from what I remember the problem didn't subside for me - I hope it does for you. I'm picking up some sweet potatoes today, they're so good and I've been craving them!

museumgirl - Wednesday Jan 07, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Yesterday was a really good day, food wise. Dinner was the rest of my potato leek soup and some polenta and salsa and homemade sprouts, and then followed up with 2 oranges. I must need vitamin C. And I avoided any alcohol, yay me! I got a lot of things done at work - a good chunk of a big project that has a deadline coming up at  month-end, so that made me feel I accomplished something, too.

Went to return a dress I didn't like that I got for Christmas, and bought a new pair of boots (NOT wide calf!!!) and a skirt - a size smaller than I thought I could wear. So I was feeling pretty darn good about my progress. This morning the scale says I am almost back to the posted weight - just a few ounces above now, so I will kiss 160 goodbye forever very soon!

Food today is the typical oatmeal breakfast, decaf coffe, snack was an orange, lunch was the rest of my lentil chili. (soo yummy). dinner will be....I don't know yet! Something simple. Making pasta for husband, but I make him a sauce with olive oil and cheese, neither of which I am eating right now, so I may bake myself a tater and put on my collards to cook in the crock pot. I found more the other day at the store, and they're just waiting for me to have time to wash them and throw'em in the pot :) 

Stuck in a deep freeze here, as a lot of the country is right now, so enjoying soups and chilis and good hot, fillng meals. I may make an Ethiopian lentil/vegetable stew I found online tomorrow. :)

Have a good day everyone, and thanks for all the kind comments


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/07/2015:
Nom nom, great food choices and I LOVE Ethiopian food. It's always so nice to have a good clothes shopping trip, especially with smaller sizes. Way to go!

museumgirl on 01/07/2015:
I love it, too, so flavorful. And yeah, its awesome to see a single digit on the size tag, even if it IS vanity sizing :)

Jezebel on 01/07/2015:
YaY on the new boots. NOT wide calf! :)

museumgirl on 01/07/2015:
I know, right? First time for me since...forever! And they are comfy :)

puddles on 01/07/2015:
Food sounds wonderful. Congrats on the shopping trip. I am also waiting to shop - today had to put a belt on my pants to make sure they did not slip down. We are all going in the right direction it seems lately - down. Have a great day and a great dinner.

thinnside40 on 01/07/2015:
Sounds good. Keep warm!

museumgirl - Tuesday Jan 06, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Good morning everyone!

Weight this morning was headed back down, but not sure if I am back on track or dehydrated. I have had a little problem cutting down on the cocktails since the holidays ended - I gave my self permission to enjoy one or two a day during that break, but at 150 calories apiece, that can add up. No damage done then, really, but I can't keep it up. I need to get back to one a week like I did before. I think partially it is the post-holiday let-down, add the sense of overwhelming work to do at the museum and so little time to accomplish it.

I was told in so many words that I was not allowed to work extra hours - at least, to be paid for them, and I explained that, as a professional, I don't work for free, and I already volunteer plenty of my time as well, but shouldn't need to volunteer extra hours to finish what is essentially my "work" each week, since I can't do what I need to do in 20 hours. So they apparently don't value what I do enough to pay me any more, even though I was willing to continue my education and finish my graduate certificate, on my own time and my own dime, of course. (and trust me, what they do pay me is not much. I could quadruple my income anywhere else without question.)

So funny thing, the main person who is against me working, has now asked if I can come in or stay late one evening, and help her son with a history project. So suddenly what I do has value! Interesting. (snarky intonation....) Of course I won't be paid for this, and will need to carve out an hour from my work time to do this. Which I normally do happily - research assisting is part of my job, I just found the whole situation a little funny :) 

So as much as I whine about my job, why do I stay? why not leave and make more money? Two reasons. First, I actually like having the autonomy to do what I want at the museum. I don't work for anyone else, so I decide the projects and exhibits and tours, etc. Which has its own pitfalls, but I am always working on something I love. Secondly, changing postitions would require relocating, and my life is here for now. Mr. husband makes the big bucks, and even if I reached the top of my earning potential, I would still be at less than 2/3 what he makes now. 

Sorry to be crabbing. Anyone who has worked in a non-profit (and many who haven`t!) deal with much, much worse every day. So I will suck it up and go in one night to help this kid with his project, even though his parent is a *!$##. :)

Sorry for the long ramblng grouchy post. Its out of my system now. 

breakfast is the typical oatmeal and berries and decaf

lunch is leftover homemade lentil chili - this turned out awesome!!! Red and black lentils and it tastes like real chili. Actually i like it better. No fat added and so satisfying (it is 11 degrees this morning - chili weather!!!!!)

dinner: tbd. i have lots of good veggies and stuff to chose from.

One thing I will NOT have today is a cocktail. I will be good until Friday or Saturday. I wrote it here so it must be true.

have a wonderful day everyone, and if you made it this far, thanks for reading my rant.


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/06/2015:
I was curious about your user name so I'm glad you explained what you do! I guess every job has its pros and cons but it sounds like you genuinely enjoy your work, which many people don't. It's too bad you aren't valued more (particularly by the person who asked you to help their kid), but at least he will benefit from your knowledge and experience.

I hear you on the cocktails, we got a bunch of specialty liqueurs for entertaining over the holidays and those can add up to major calories! I've told myself they are off limits for the time being and I can indulge when I see some progress. I hope you have a good one!

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
I do love my job - I am the curator/director/manager/registrar etc of a small municipal museum and it is generally awesome! As for cocktails, there is only one I enjoy - a rye or bourbon old fashioned, which isn't too deadly as calories go, but an extra 150 every day for a couple of weeks will add up - plus, it usually makes me want to snack. And even too many healthy snacks is not good for me. Thanks for the encouragement.

puddles on 01/06/2015:
Being able to do what we enjoy is definitely a bonus. I understand it can be frustrating on the other aspects. Wishing you a good day.

thinnside40 on 01/06/2015:
I'm a "preservationist"...LOL, I'm a yard sale, thrift store, treasure hunting fool! I have a couple friends who want me to open up my outbuildings for tours and charge admission.... Silly. As for your success so far and dropping the cocktail... Congratulations and best wishes!

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
Hahaha, I would totally come there! I love antique/flea market, junk stores shopping/browsing almost as much as museums. And I love not paying retail! :) My grad cert is in historic preservation, and that has helped me to cull parts of my "collections" by understanding I am not the repository for all knowledge in the universe..in other words, keep it under control or it will bury me! I will have one great estate sale someday though.....

Jezebel on 01/06/2015:
I think it's awesome that you get to work at a job in a field you're passionate about. Not many are that lucky. I enjoyed the work related mini "rant". I do the same more often than not here. But hey, it's my diary and ranting is part of who I am :).

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
I am very fortunate to have a great job I love. I shouldn't complain, but sometimes I still do :)

thinkpositive on 01/06/2015:
As a guide at my local museum I know how many hours you put in. Here they cut positiions & consolidated jobs & now there are fewer people working long hours. Also on the alcohol- hard to cut it out but I know it would help.

museumgirl on 01/06/2015:
I agree with what you say on all counts. I only get 20 hours so there is so much that just is never going to get done lol. I cut down drinkiing before and did just fine - its the holidays that got me relaxed about it. Doing fine now, enjoying my tea tonight. :)

museumgirl - Monday Jan 05, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

So I am over 160 today, which doesn't make sense since I have been good with food for the past few days. Even the little "splurges" were not enough to take me over a caloric threshhold - I try to stay around 1200, so a splurge day is typically 17-1800, which should not be enough to actually make me gain unless I sustained it over several days. In other words, there's not much explanation for this except that its a normal fluctuation and the 159.8 was a fluke.

I will get back there!!!! And then beyond!!!

I am actually not that unhappy with my appearance in the very low 160s, but I know I need to be lower for my health. I feel so much better with my dietary changes, I guess I am expecting miracles in the weight loss arena and that is still going to take time. I am not the most patient person....and I have never been one of those people who can go on a diet and lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks. Or 45 in a month like some guy supposedly did - but he's on the radio so who's to believe it? lol.

And to be honest I have not been motivated to much exercise. It has been very cold and I would rather hibernate :)  So that is a factor, no doubt.

Anyway, today is back to work for me - this month we are closed for cleaning, etc. I expect to get a lot accomplished at work, and I have a new intern starting, yaaay!!! 

Breakfast is my oatmeal with blueberries and decaf coffee

lunch: leek potato soup I made yesterday, and probably some of my taboule, although I used too much parsley and its not as good as last time :(

dinner; polenta and sweet potato

I wanted to make more of the mustard/collard greens in the crockpot - that recipe was amazing!!! But the grocery didn't have any greens yesterday, not even frozen. It was a smaller store than my usual stop, so I will go by the regular store today and pick some up. They were so tasty, I had them for breakfast one day! They're made in the crockpot with onion, garlic, spices and cooked in vegetable broth, so there's no fat added. They tasted so similar to the traditional southern greens, but without the meat and fat. I know, I know, it couldn't possibly taste the same, but it was a close enough approximation to make me happy! All I need is some pinto beans....

I may have grown up in Michigan, but my family is all from Tennessee, so greens and beans, fried apples and chess pie are standard fare! At least I found a greens recipe that makes me happy :)

Have a good day everyone, we have snow on the ground here now, and it is cold today!


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/05/2015:
Hi there, it looks like you're doing great overall so don't worry about the minor scale flux! I have tried the Esselstyn diet and I know it's a challenge so it's fantastic that you're finding ways to adapt some of your favorite recipes. I'm looking forward to reading about more of your foods and I hope you have a fantastic day!

museumgirl on 01/05/2015:
Thank you for the encouragement! I am actually enjoying the food - making it and eating it, so its going ok so far. I've only been following it about 2 weeks now. We'll see how it goes. :)

puddles on 01/05/2015:
Sometimes our body has to take a break and maybe that is what is going on. Don't drive yourself crazy over this. You have been very good and your determination will get your through this. Have a great day M.

thinnside40 on 01/05/2015:
Look forward to getting to know you and reading about your success. :)

museumgirl - Sunday Jan 04, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Nothing much new to report today. Worked on some fun sewing projects yesterday - completed a little blanket for the granddaughter, and "refashioned" a cute dress from a t-shirt and a skirt I never wear. It came out really well and is so much more comfortable and flattering now.

Other than that, food has been good. Indulging in too many cocktails over the holidays, but tomorrow is back to work, so that is over, and I will go back to just my one a week allowance. That will probably help take some weight off lol. 

Determined to get back and stay in the 150s, working toward the 140s by the end of February. Short month, so I really have about 6 weeks to work with if I am going to make that goal. there's not much else to do in January, anyway, so why not be good? :) I'd like to be in the 130s by the end of April, but that may not be attainable depending on plateaus, etc. We will see....

Off to the farmer's market after breakfast. I do enjoy a Sunday off!!! Actually, I will be off Sundays the whole month of January, and working M-Thursday instead, which will be nice to have 3-day weekends. We may even get away for one of them toward the end of the month.....

Breakfast will be oatmeal, w/a leeetle maple syrup, blueberries and decaf coffee.

lunch: probably better eat that polenta that's been in the fridge a couple days.

dinner: I didn't make my soup yet, but I also have some fresh mint and parsley and tomatoes to use in another batch of taboule, so I may make one or both of the those recipes later today. The soup will be good to have for lunches this week, since I will work longer hours than usual so I can take a mini-vacay at the end of the month. 

Hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday,


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/04/2015:
Great time of the year for sewing projects. The month of January will be nice with your days off I am glad you will take advantage of those. Your goals are sound and I know how determined you are once you put your mind to it. I am convinced that you can do it. Wishing you a great day M.

SkinInTheGame on 01/05/2015:
Yeah for you! So glad you beat the 160's! Leave 'em in the past!

museumgirl - Friday Jan 02, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Well, I was up to 160.something this morning, but not worried, its a fluctuation, and I am committed to being back down in the 150s very soon.

Yesterday was a fun day, very relaxing and then watching football with husband's family, and dinner. I made a new oil-free hummus recipe with a couple of jalapenos in it, and it was delicous!

Today I may make some soup, (leek potato sounded sooo good when Puddles talked about it!) and also some greens in the crockpot and a sweet potato I baked yesterday. Also soaking some dried chickpeas to make a baked falafel burger recipe I found that looks amazing.  Some how this will be food for the today and maybe tomorrow, but I haven't really planned meals, except to have my breakfast oatmeal with a little bit of maple syrup and some blueberries. I've been buying frozen fruit this time of year since it is a little cheaper, but seriously, I can't wait for fresh to get cheap again!

Got totally frustrated with my latest knitting project, so may take a break from that for a while and do something else. Maybe embroidery? I am sure I have some sort of unfinished project lying around here somewhere!

Hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. nice to see some new people here and now older bloggers returning. let's all have a great year!


Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/02/2015:
Winter and soup goes together. It is comfort food and it warms us up. I am going to curl up with a book today. A me day. Wishing you a great day.

SkinInTheGame on 01/03/2015:
I love needlepoint! Wish I had time today, but I have to work from home on some things.

Good luck with this years goals!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/03/2015:
frozen fruit is nice for added atop greek yogurt, because when you heat the fruit, it's almost like a syrup in texture :) I also like frozen fruit as a change of pace :)

You have done so well with your weight loss these past couple of months, you should be so proud of yourself!

museumgirl - Thursday Jan 01, 2015
(plant-based diet per Drs. Esselstyn & McDougall)
Weight: 159.8

Happy New Year everyone!

Had a fun time with our friends last night - the Ethiopian food was awesome, even though I suspect it all did contain oil, but oh well!

Breakfast was oatmeal with some maple syrup and decaf coffee

snack: two pieces of chocolate (naughty me!)

lunch: sweet potato gnocchi with peas and corn in a mustard sauce I made

dinner: making some hummus to take to our family gathering tonight - my SIL now knows about my dietary changes, and she will have fresh veggies for me to dip :)  We talked a bit, and she understood that I didn't want her to do anything special for me, but to understand why i was bringing the hummus and not have her feelings hurt that I didn't eat the ribs. I didn't like ribs even when I did eat meat, they just gross me out, even though they are husband's favorite lol.

Hope everyone is enjoying the day, and I hope the new year brings us all health and happiness 

Progress as of today: 44.2 lbs lost so far, only 29.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/01/2015:
That was nice of your SIL to add a few things for you. Chocolate naughty LOL. Wishing you a very joyous day M.

museumgirl on 01/01/2015:
naughty but delicious chocolate! It will all be out of the house soon, and I did exercise a great deal of restraint lol. yes, my SIL is a peach! Wishing you a joyous day, as well :)

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