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Mama's got a brand new bag

Long time no write.  If you have been following along all this time, you may notice that I removed the 30-days of blogging.  I regretted starting that project and not finishing it, and as I wrote on, the topics seemed primed for a grade-school SLAM book than serious retrospection and writing. I actually have a .doc file filled with posts for the whole 30 days, but when I tell you some of it was better left alone, boy I am not kidding. People don't need to know your whole life.

Ha. And so I find myself blogging again, ringing in 2011 with a single post to say I have begun a new journey into a new body, one I have been on before.

When you last left me, I was minus a gall bladder and plus an endless set of excuses to not move on with my transformation. While you were gone, I found comfort in the holidays, hosting Thanksgiving for 17 and baking and attending parties. It was such a splendid season! I also went down to Georgia as usual, getting some new ink and totally relaxing with some good friends. In short, I had a blast.

Come 'round to the almost close of January (the bitter end of the holiday season was when my last decoration made its way into my attic), and boy are my pants tight! I have put back a lot of the weight I lost, not all, but more than half.  I think at least 10 lbs of this is solely my mom's Christmas cookies. I made them with her and know how much butter and sugar went into them, but I ate them anyway, and enjoyed the shit out of each one!

So here I am, 4 paragraphs in, and I have yet to talk about my new bag - working up to new juice fast 2011 via 6 Week Body Makeover (6WBMO).

In the past I did the 6WBMO and it worked, well. The downfall was in the preparation (always the prep). You need to cook your meals, and portion them, and bring them with you, to succeed. It is portion control at its finest.  I really enjoy it, but Sundays are cooking days and it is a lot of work.  My sister and The Hubs are joining on this plan for the next few months, then I will depart onto a juice fast on indeterminate length.  We did on-plan foods last week during the day, but this weekend we pulled out all the stops and cooked and bagged and made meals for 3 for the majority of the week.  I am excited, one because the food is really yummy, and two because I will ease into my pants again.

I will be blogging about this process, and the plan, and the food, so stick with me if you will.  I already know this coming weekend will pose a challenge as we are going away with friends, but I'm bringing food and trying to be on plan minus Saturday night when we are going to a fancy-dress restaurant. Food is likely to be in small portions, but expensive and butter-laden, so I will be as good as I can. I'm off to enjoy my morning snack of 1/2 sweet potato and 2oz of yummy Greek chicken (with a splash of our garlic hot sauce)..

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